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الأربعاء، 17 يناير 2018

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Feasibility Study and Market Research Consultant

Title: Feasibility Study and Market Research Consultant
Final Deliverable Deadline: March 15th 2018
Worksite location: Remote and Irbid
The influx of more than 635,324 registered Syrian refugees is one of the greatest challenges facing Jordan today. Given the protracted nature of the Syrian war, the Syrian refugee crisis is likely to remain an ongoing and potentially permanent challenge for the Jordanian economy and social landscape. More than 80% of Syrians refugees live among host communities, rather than in official refugee camps.  This has placed an enormous strain on the country. The quality of life in host communities most affected by the Syrian refugee crisis is declining, particularly in so-called poverty pockets that were impoverished even before the crisis began (both rural and urban). As a consequence, public infrastructure including schools, health centers, roads, and water and wastewater networks are overwhelmed, and competition for low/semi-skilled labour has dramatically increased as wages have fallen, pushing the poor further into poverty.
With funding from the Dutch government, Mercy Corps is implementing a three-year project that started on December 2016 which aims to improve access to justice, as well as increase incomes and employment opportunities for vulnerable Jordanians and Syrians in host-communities of Mafraq and Irbid governorates.
The project has 3 components: 1.) increase ability to access rights including work rights, secure legal status and work permits; 2.) increase employability of youth and women through transferrable skills training, apprenticeships and start-up grants; and 3.) increase capacity of micro, small, and medium-sized businesses (MSMEs) to expand and create employment opportunities. The Project aims to strengthen MSMEs in both the olive oil and dairy sectors. Entire sectors will be strengthened using Mercy Corps’ Market Systems development approach. The key to a successful sustainable program will be to establish partnerships and linkages with private and/or public sector providers of services. Efforts will be made to promote youth and women throughout all activities.
Under the Access to Justice and Jobs in Jordan project, the olive oil sector was targeted for the following reason: over one million dunums in Jordan are planted with olive trees, distributed over small and medium farms in Irbid, where traditional farming techniques are still used, and much larger farms in Mafraq, which are more commercially-minded. This diversity is a strength for the area, and provides an interesting space in which to consider different business development models for olive-related businesses. The olive industry is considered the most important agri-business activity in Jordan, with investments valuing around one billion JD[1], and it is unsurprising that the sector has been slowly increasing over the last ten years, with cultivated areas growing by about 4% since 2008. This is a flattening of the trend seen previously, as current production levels represent a 200% growth since the early 1990s. Jordan is the second largest exporter of fresh olives in the world, after Portugal.
Irbid has the highest number of olive oil mills around Jordan due to the fact that it produces the the biggest amount of olives in Jordan.
Background: Wastewater Production and Electricity Consumption in Olive Oil Mills
Mercy Corps, conducted a deep dive market assessment on the olive and olive oil sector of Irbid, the purpose of the assessment was to identify key actors within the value chain, common constraints similar players face, and areas of growth that will result in an overall more prosperous sector.
Results from the assessment, indicated that water management is a common problem among Irbid mills. On average, mills require 940 cubic meters of water per season (2-6 months). Assessment results that for every 1 cubic meter of water purchased, 1.5 cubic meters of wastewater is produced when using the three phase centrifugation system, which 90% of Irbid mills use. It is to be noted that there are two types of wastewater that come out of mills: 1. Washing wastewater from the beginning of the production line 2. Black wastewater from the end of the production line. Jordan has specific regulations on the method wastewater should be disposed, which can be highly expensive for mills.
MC is looking for solutions on how to lower the cost of wastewater management. Through various stakeholder meetings (interviews) and primary research gathered, newly introduced water management systems installed at the mills seems to be an appropriate solution, nonetheless more information needs to be gathered before any investments are made.
Water management techniques include the following:
  • Install rainwater harvesting system in the mill, to benefit from rainwater in production.
  • Improve production through separating washing water from olive oil wastewater, and install a filtration system to reuse the water.
The second highest cost mills incur are the energy costs. One of the assessments recommendations, is to find an alternative energy source, such as solar energy that can be utilized through photovoltaic systems.
Purpose of Consultancy
The objective of the consultancy is to conduct several comprehensive feasibility studies and a research on the practicality of introducing water management/saving systems and energy saving techniques for different categorized olive oil mills (using a certain criteria specification such as production capacity) and an average olive oil mill in the targeted area (Irbid). Energy saving Techniques are photovoltaic (PV) systems.
While, Water management techniques include the following:
  • Install rainwater harvesting system in the mill, to benefit from rainwater in production.
  • Reduce water consumption cost by installing filtration systems for olive washing water and black wastewater (Zibar Water). Consequently the transportation costs for the mill will be reduced due to lowering the volume of water that should be dumped (through filtering the former dumped zibar water and separating it from the washing water).
This consultancy will take place in Irbid Governorate, since it has a high concentration of mills and the highest production of olives in the kingdom (56,006 Ton). Irbid has 50 olive oil mills with the highest total production capacity within the kingdom, equaling 134.9 ton/hour.

Deliverables
The consultant will conduct several comprehensive feasibility studies on different categorized olive oil mills in Irbid, the number of feasibility studies will specified depending on a certain categorization criteria for the olive oil mills (such as the annual production). One of The consultant’s main responsibilities is to supervise, design, and plan the primary data collection process/methodology.
However, The consultant shall also conduct key informative interviews with the markets significant stakeholders (such as olive oil mills owners, Irbid Agricultural directorate, Jordan Olive Product Exporters Association - JOPEA, Jordan Olive Oil Producers Syndicate and Irbid municipality officials) and the filtration/photovoltaic systems suppliers, in the aim of obtaining all required historical and present data that will aid in conducting the feasibility study.

Main deliverables will include:
  1. Methodology of data collection, as well as design of all tools.
  2. Conduct a research for black wastewater (Zibar Water) filtration system suppliers and photovoltaic (PV) system suppliers, that will conclude the capital expenses for the proposed investments. Furthermore, conduct key informative interviews with markets significant stakeholders in the aim of in the aim of obtaining all required historical and present data that will aid in conducting the feasibility study.
  3. Several comprehensive feasibility studies for different categorized olive oil mills (using a certain criteria specification such as production capacity) and an average olive oil mill in the targeted area (Irbid), these will be delivered in the form of a report, a presentation and the models used. These feasibility study reports shall include:
  1. Analyzing the olive oil mill operational strategy, market, competition, targets and their waste water management methods.
  2. Analyzing the mill’s business and financial planning through forecasting 10 years of all its financial statements including structuring a loan to pay back the investment fees;
  3. Conducting a business analysis on all selected mill's, analysis will include the following: calculating annual breakeven points and a sensitivity analysis for each category of mills.
  4. Analyzing each category of mills feasibility before and after adding black wastewater (Zibar Water) filtration system as well as photovoltaic (PV) system, independently and jointly.
  5. Study the possible amount of wastewater and energy reduced after installing black wastewater (Zibar Water) filtration system and photovoltaic (PV) system independently and jointly;

Activities, location, and timeline (Start Date: February 18th 2018 )
Activity
Location or Remote option
Estimated Number of Days (min)
Submission date 




Pre-Work
Remote


Work plan for how time will be allocated during consultancy
Remote


Deliverable 1: Methodology and design of  data collection  tools 


4
February 21st 2018 
Develop  the methodology of the primary data collection process
Remote
1

Design the surveys/tools  for all primary data collection
Remote
2

Give brief training to enumerators on the developed survey
Irbid
1

Deliverable 2: Data collection 

8
March 5th 2018 
Supervise the enumerators in primary data collection
Amman - Irbid


Conduct research on: local and international providers of black wastewater (Zibar Water) filtration systems.  Research should indicate the prices and specifications of their systems

Amman - Irbid


Conduct research on: photovoltaic (PV) systems. Research should indicate the prices and specifications of their systems

Amman - Irbid


Conduct Key informative interviews with the market's significant stakeholders
Irbid


Deliverable 3: Final feasibility report

8
March 15th 2018
Analyze all primary and secondary data collected
Remote
2

Write up first draft of report
Remote
3

Amend drafted report, according to MC comments
Remote
2

Submit final deliverable report and give presentation on findings
Remote
1

Total expected days of effort 

20 Days 


Needs and deliverables and time sheets may change and it is expected that the consultant/firm can adjust to programmatic changes as needed in coordination with the program team. All deliverables must be approved by the Mercy Corps representative to be considered final.
The Consultant/Firm will report to:
ARC Senior Project Manager
The Consultant/Firm will work closely with:
SME Expansion Officer
Qualifications 
  • At least  5 years of experience in conducting feasibility studies
  • Demonstrated skills in  data collection and research
  • B.A in economics, statistics, or related fields
  • Good organizational skills and ability to work under time constraints
  • Familiarity working in Irbid Governorate is a plus
  • Proficient in English and Arabic
Mercy Corps responsibilities
  • Provide list of  mills, in which the consultant will conduct feasibility studies on.
  • Act as the liaison between the consultant and the mills in Irbid and Mafraq Governorate.
  • Provide the consultant with volunteers and tablets for the data collection of the study.
  • Provide logistical support for the data collection portion of the study.
  • Provide the consultant with contact information of market’s significant stakeholders.
Consultant/firm responsibilities
The consultant/firm will remain responsible for all costs associated with expenses not listed above, including equipment and other requirements necessary to undertake the responsibilities outlined in this SOW.
Supporting Documents
Mercy Corps Olive Oil Market Assessment Report
Mercy Corps Olive Oil Concept Note
Mercy Corps Olive Oil Deep dive Reports
Ministry of Agriculture - Olive Directorate Annual Report 2016
Interviews with Olive Oil Market Stakeholders
Contact Information of Market’s Significant Stakeholders