lean study consultant needed in kenya | united states


Deadline is on 18th September, 2023 | lean study consultant needed in Kenya | united states | TechnoServe

Title: Kenyan Lead Study Consultant


Detailed description:

The project’s goal is to find potential for regenerative and equitable growth in Kenya’s agriculture industry and to define a strategy for FCDO Kenya that can seize those opportunities.

Position: Consultant for Strategic Initiatives

Nairobi, Kenya

Time: 4 months, roughly from the end of January 2024 to October 2023.


Since 2019, CASA has collaborated with FCDO and a group of investors to assist agribusinesses that have the potential to increase climate resilience and the inclusion of smallholder farmers across Africa.

In order to define a pathway to scale for prioritized options and recommendations that are pertinent for private, public, and donor actors in Kenya, CASA also carried out a study for FCDO Kenya in late 2022 that aimed to identify and assess the alternatives and complements to inorganic fertilizer in Kenya with the highest growth potential. These strategies attempt to improve soil health over the medium to long term, which will increase farmer climate resilience.

Several considerations make it necessary and advantageous for FCDO Kenya and CASA to support inclusive and regenerative growth models in Kenya:

Farmers are more susceptible to climate shocks as long as soil degradation problems exist and weather patterns remain unpredictable nationwide.

Kenya’s agribusiness industry is still developing, but it has the potential to be a powerful driver of inclusive and regenerative farming practices. Agribusinesses may foster more inclusion and promote the adoption of regenerative techniques among the farmers in their supply chain by providing a safe market, access to inputs, and technical training to farmers.

CASA appears to be in a good position to offer FCDO Kenya targeted technical advisory support on opportunities to invest and drive regenerative and smallholder inclusive growth in the agricultural sector given its core expertise at the intersection of climate resilience and mitigation, investment and trade, smallholder inclusion, and food security.

Deliverables and the Consultant’s Role

  • The goal of the project is to locate potential for regenerative and equitable growth in Kenya’s agriculture industry and to specify a strategy for FCDO Kenya that can seize those chances.
  • Deliverable for the project: A PowerPoint presentation (roughly 50 slides) that evaluates and prioritizes high-potential industries and businesses that can spur the development of the agricultural sector in a way that is both regenerative and inclusive, and that establishes a concrete strategy for operationalizing the assistance that FCDO and other actors may be able to provide to foster such development. The product will consist of:
  • Evaluation of the supportive environment, investors, and other essential players for inclusive and regenerative growth
  • A national policy’s effects on inclusive and regenerative growth (such as Kenya’s NDCs, CSA strategy, etc.)
  • evaluation of the demand from key investors for the agricultural industry generally and for inclusive and regenerative models in particular
  • mapping of additional essential stakeholders (donors, government agencies, etc.) who are supporting inclusive and regenerative models
  • Evaluation and setting of sub-sectors’ priorities
  • Framework focused on the potential to enhance Kenyan farmers’ regenerative farming techniques, encourage the development of inclusive supply chains, and catalyze or open up UK trade and investment.
  • Priority subsectors chosen that have the greatest chance of having an impact include investment, smallholder livelihood expansion, and green adaptation and sustainability. Sub-sectors may be rooted in certain products (such as agri-tech, agri-circular models, etc.) or crops (such as coffee, tea, or macademia).
  • high-level evaluation of the potential for inclusive and regenerative growth in the subsectors that are most important
  • Detailed explanation of the value chain and major market participants
  • Key environmental challenges, such as the need for adaptation and the hazards to environmental sustainability that now exist.
  • The degree to which smallholders are included in the value chain, or the main obstacles and difficulties farmers face in better integrating into commercial value chains
  • What is the current investment climate, where it needs to be stimulated, and what are the key obstacles to investment and growth in the chosen subsectors?
  • Finding and prioritizing agribusinesses that can promote equitable and regenerative growth

Map of the list of companies

  • Agribusinesses from the portfolios of investors (such as CASA investors and others), especially those in the prioritized sub-sectors, have been mapped.
  • Finding additional agricultural enterprises with a strong potential for inclusive and regenerative growth but are not currently connected to investors
  • Businesses are categorized according to how strongly they emphasize inclusive and regenerative models (for example, agri-circular models, bio-fertilizer producers, agri-tech companies, etc.).
  • a ranking of the top 5–10 agribusinesses based on the prioritizing criteria
  • Case studies of unique, real-world prospects from agribusinesses will provide readers a sense of the opportunities and problems in practice.
  • Identification and formulation of strategies for FCDO Kenya to implement findings
  • List of possibilities divided into the following categories: (i) legislative modifications or incentives; (ii) financial and technical support for enterprises; (iii) farmer-level agricultural practices; and (iv) products/technologies
  • Evaluation and ranking of chances both now and in the future
  • Definition of the most effective strategy FCDO Kenya might use in the near future, encompassing:
  • Goals to be accomplished
  • important areas of attention in terms of working with certain regions, sectors, and types of firms
  • Model for implementation
  • Key KPIs and investment requirements

Important parties to involve

FCDO Kenya will use a 5- to 10-page executive summary to enlist the support of additional funders and stakeholders.

Activities and Timeline of the Project

(October – January) Project:

Starting in early October, we would work on the project’s primary research and analysis for three months. The final month would then be dedicated to engaging with stakeholders, answering their queries, and, if necessary, generating several iterations of the final deliverable for various audiences.

The TechnoServe Strategic Initiatives team would undertake the investigation and analysis. To capitalize on local expertise and build relationships with important players, the team will also cooperate with TechnoServe Kenya’s team. On the best way to approach important players to interact with, particularly in the public domain, TechnoServe will work with FCDO Kenya.

Skills and Conditions

  • shown modeling and analysis abilities
  • demonstrated aptitude for leadership, cooperation, and relationship-building
  • Outstanding interpersonal and written communication capabilities
  • a strong knowledge of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
  • working independently, flexibly, and quickly
  • able to change with the environment at work


  • If travel is necessary, TechnoServe will pay for all associated expenditures, including international airline, lodging while abroad, transportation while abroad, a daily living allowance, visas, immunizations, and emergency evacuation insurance.
  • The Consultant will work with local teams while also reporting to TechnoServe’s Strategic Initiatives team. The majority of the consultant’s work will be independently directed and carried out, however it will still be supervised by the Strategic Initiatives team.
  • Minorities, females, protected veterans, and those with disabilities are all welcome at TechnoServe.

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