Consultant – Value Chain Analysis (Poultry and Olive enterprises) - North East Syria

Consultancies Hasakeh City, Hasakeh City



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Consultant – Value Chain Analysis (Poultry and Olive enterprises).

North East Syria (Hasakeh and Raqqah Governorates).

Consultant, short term

15 June – 31 July  2019




Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within. Now and for the future.



Since May 2014, the North East Syria (NES) program has been providing emergency food, non-food items and unconditional cash transfers to communities affected by the ongoing conflict. In addition to addressing the basic humanitarian needs of displaced populations, including improving shelter conditions and providing Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) assistance, Mercy Corps NES supports vulnerable communities to reduce negative coping strategies through early recovery activities, strengthening their livelihoods, particularly through agricultural interventions. Coordination is one additional pillar in NES implemented through the NES forum.

Through its Livelihoods and Agriculture related interventions, Mercy Corps aims to support local businesses, farmers and processors in Al-Hasakah and Raqqa through a market systems development approach. Mercy Corps takes an integrated approach to livelihoods programming, identifying value chain opportunities for all market players while helping them develop self-reliance, community integration and enhance self-organization among the market players for poultry and olive enterprises. For them to satisfy the demands of the local market, MC seek to support poultry and olive enterprises to better position its targeted beneficiaries on the local and regional markets.



The main objective of this assignment is to provide sufficient understanding on the current status and future potential of Poultry and Olive commodities in the project area and conduct an analysis to identify specific bottlenecks and opportunities in the two respective value chains that can be addressed and leveraged through the project intervention thereby increasing production, income and employment for the entire market system. The specific objectives are as follows:


  • Identify major production pockets in the two governorates, growth potential, market trends & competitiveness of selected value chains (supply and demand) including the future prospects within the country and abroad.
  • Value chain mapping that depicts the chain actors and their functions & interrelationship to enhance Mercy Corps’ Market Systems Development Approach.
  • Identify and examine constraints and opportunities within the Poultry and Olive value chains and recommend interventions to overcome constraints and make use of opportunities to promote inclusive & sustainable pro poor economic growth and competitiveness.
  • Analyze dynamics of processing and value creation, reward distribution, value chain governance and power relation structures and knowledge transfer.
  • Identify the underlying policy, institutional, and infrastructural issues that affect the competitiveness of the two value chains with reference to the role of government and private sector in Raqqah and Hasakeh Governorates. Also develop a matrix indicating areas of priorities for which the project can intervene and areas for the private sector support.
  • Identify institutions and organizations working in the two value chains from national to local levels (local, regional, national organizations from GO, NGO and private sector) whose efforts can be reinforced by the project.



Expected Outcome of the Assignment

The consultant firm will furnish a comprehensive value chain analysis report having disaggregated data including following, but not necessarily limited to:

  • Detailed analysis of selected value chains with quantitative & qualitative description and the incremental values at each level of the chain.
  • Value chain mapping of actors, process stages, monetary flows, governance and power structures, information and knowledge flows from input, production, processing to consumption level.
  • Economic analysis, production and market costs and revenues, value additions and profit margin along the chain including income and employment.
  • Production pockets area and major market centers identification, growth potential, market trends (supply and demand) including cross-border trade (export and import) and competitiveness of selected value chain.
  • Identify constraints and opportunities at each stages of value chain and leverage points.
  • Recommend areas of interventions to improve the value of products including capacity building requirements for pro poor value chain development.
  • Enabling environment (policy/incentives and its implication) with suitable policy advice for project implementation and VC supporting/facilitating organizations, &institutions at local /regional/national level (CBOs, cooperatives, GO, NGOs and private sector) and their roles.
  • List of potential agribusiness interested to collaborate with the project through contractual arrangements and their contact details including useful policy advice for their involvement at any level of the value chain.
  • List of stakeholders consulted and list of References (studies and other literature used).



The service provider is expected to deliver the following listed deliverables:

  • Inception report: The inception report should cover the methodologies and work plan. The hiring of person and their training should be completed during the period.
  • Draft report and Presentation: Covering 2 Agricultural value chains (poultry and Olives) detailing out backward and forward linkages in the value chain with recommendations mentioning the bottlenecks, opportunities and key leverage points were the project can intervene for maximizing the returns to producers.
  • Final report incorporating the comments (soft copy) of each value chain.










Familiarization with the project (document review, meetings with team members, adopting the methodology and reports from the region, etc.)





Conduct desk research and draft inception report. The report should include:

  1. Identification of target locations and justification
  2. Target location characteristics
  3. Outlined design and methodology
  4. Enumerator planning and training.
  5. Sampling size

Inception report




Together with the program and MEL team, organize and document logistics and resources needed.

Logistics plan





Agree on  data collection tools in consultation with program team (Livelihoods Advisor).

Final  assessment tools




Train enumerators

  1. Ensure that training materials are tested after the training and are well-documented to increase local ownership in the future.

Value Chain assessment tools




Value chain mapping to support the identification of key opportunities/ major players/needs for poultry and olive interventions.

  1. Identify value chain characteristics (demand and supply functions, stakeholders, market dynamics, risks and opportunities) for Olive and Poultry enterprises.
  2. Map out key actors and stakeholders, including those outside the region.
  3. Identify key interventions that can be adopted to support the two enterprises.

Datasheet and preliminary results




Generate a list of potential agribusiness interested to collaborate with the project through contractual arrangements and their contact details including useful policy advice for their involvement at any level of the value chain.

List of stakeholders consulted and list of References (studies and other literature used).


Registry datasheet




Analyze assessment data and draft the VCA report for review by Mercy Corps

Draft VCA report




Finalize VCA Report, incorporating feedback, as follows:

  1. Narrative report
  2. Summary report (not more than 4 pages) and Key Findings presentation
  3. Electronic file with all raw and cleaned qualitative and quantitative assessment data
  4. Agribusiness registry.
  5. Finalized tools

Final VCA report




Conduct Skype debriefing  with Mercy Corps both in NES and Amman

Presentation material




Total Consultancy Days

up to 46



Reports Directly to:
Livelihoods Program Manager

Works Directly with: NES Director of Programs, NES Deputy Director of Programs, Livelihoods Advisor, Program and M&E field teams




  • Minimum 5 years of experience in in value chain, sub sector analysis, good understanding of private sector and trade policies including market dynamics so as to make the study sufficiently private sector oriented.
  • Knowledge and proven understanding of the Syrian context/region and environment required
  • Undergraduate degree or equivalent in economics, development studies, research and evaluation methods, or other relevant field required. Post-graduate degree strongly preferred.


Technical skills

  • Excellent quantitative skills and experience with Excel required, experience with statistical software strongly preferred
  • Experience with mobile data collection tools such as ONA/ODK including XLS Forms authoring, required
  • Experience with qualitative methods, including key informant interviews and focus groups, preferred
  • Experience with data management including the ability to structure and collate data sets for ease of analysis
  • Ability to summarize and make predictions from multiple datasets, and to combine evidence from different sources and methods


Leadership skills

  • Preference given to candidates with a proven track record of staff capacity building and training enumerators.
  • Ability to conceptualize, plan and implement learning agendas and research activities creatively and efficiently.
  • Proven ability to work productively with a variety of stakeholders to run participatory processes and meet tight deadlines with an emphasis on producing quality products.


Reporting and Communication

  • Excellent verbal and written communication and reporting skills in English and Arabic is a must. Kurdish language would be an asset.
  • A proven track record in creating reports and presentations from complex data, and to facilitate actionable lessons learnt
  • Drive to encourage open communication, local leadership, and accountability towards staff and beneficiaries
  • Ability to provide actionable insight from structured and unstructured data



The successful candidate will have proven experience working with a cross-cultural team and possess strong capacity building and mentoring skills that promote a culture of learning. They will demonstrate a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, and make effective communication a priority in all situations. A sense of humor, team mentality and positive nature is highly desirable. The incumbent should be able to travel to NES to conduct field work.