Short-term Consultant for School Meal Program Study Job Arusha and Babati at The World Vegetable Center | Deadline: 20th September, 2018

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Short-term Consultant for School Meal Program Study (Arusha and Babati) - Tanzanian national
The World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg) is a non-profit, autonomous international agricultural research center with headquarters in Taiwan and five regional offices around the globe. WorldVeg conducts research and development programs that contribute to realize the potential of vegetables for healthier lives and more resilient livelihoods. For more information, please visit our website: worldveg.org

WorldVeg - Eastern and Southern Africa, located in Arusha, Tanzania, requires an experienced consultant for a short-term assignment (for about 30 working days during October and November 2018) in Tanzania. The assignment is part of the Bioversity International project “Analysing schools as platforms to improve diets, livelihoods and the environment in four countries in East Africa” funded by the Australian Center for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and may form the basis for a larger project intervention in Tanzanian schools in the near future. 
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Key responsibilities:
The Consultant will engage in desk-based research, key informant interviews and focus group discussions in Arusha and Babati related to the following activities and outputs:
1. Understand the current livelihood and food security context: identify sites for project intervention; conduct a literature review; collect and analyze existing data in the potential project sites; complement existing data with field investigation/expert interviews. Output: report including socio-economic data, farm data, food consumption data.
2. Understand the existing policy framework for school food procurement: review of existing policy framework; document current meal composition of school meals in the selected locations; assess influencing factors and capacity to plan and deliver nutritious school meals; identify and prioritize nutrient-rich local foods currently available by season. Outputs: report on national and local policy frameworks and current school meal program settings.
3. Understand market settings and opportunities for establishing farm-to-school food networks: identify farmer groups and schools to be included in the project intervention; carry out a comprehensive analysis of the institutional settings in the different locations, current public procurement mechanisms and costing framework capturing fixed and recurrent costs incurred at school level. Output: report. 

Skills, knowledge and qualifications
• A PhD in agricultural economics or development studies with a focus on quantitative nutrition economics research. An MSc with extensive experience may be accepted.
• Strong experience in conducting key informant interviews, focus group discussions and desk-based socio-economic analysis.
• Strong experience in writing reports of high quality.
• Strong communication skills in spoken and written English and Swahili.
• Knowledge of the vegetable sector and/or school food procurement is considered a strong asset.

Terms of engagement:
The Consultant is expected to work for a fixed period that will be agreed upon. An attractive professional fee will be paid based on WorldVeg’s consultant engagement policy. The consultant is not eligible for any allowances or benefits. Income tax and insurance payments will be the responsibility of the consultant. Travel and other field research expenses will be reimbursed based on actual expenses on the basis of travel claims supported by receipts. 

How to apply:
Applicants are invited to send a cover letter, clearly illustrating their suitability for the above position against each of the listed items under ‘skills, knowledge and qualifications’, together with a detailed curriculum vita, including names and addresses of three referees. Applications should be sent by e-mail only to [email protected] with the title ‘Short-term Consultant for School Procurement of Vegetables’. Only applications sent by e-mail and following these requirements will be considered. Only applications from short-listed candidates will be acknowledged. WorldVeg offers an attractive working environment in a multi-cultural setting with employees from different countries and diverse backgrounds. WorldVeg is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.
Closing date: Closing date for applications is 20 September 2018.