Call for Expression of Interest
Recruitment of individual consultants to develop a Regional Agri-input Strategy
Opening Date: February 14, 2019
Closing Date: February 28, 2019
CEI No. 01-2019
West Africa (WA) and the Sahel region are home to about 387 million inhabitants, which represents over 5% of the world’s population. The average annual growth rate of the population in WA stands at 2.7% against an annual agricultural productivity growth of less than 2% (CORAF, 2017). Much of the concern over feeding Africa by 2050 relates to the relative slowing down of food production in the face of rapidly growing populations. Food demand is projected to increase, especially in the growing urban centres of West Africa to about 60% to 80%, but agricultural yields are not keeping pace, with gaps estimated to be 75%. As the population grows and fields shrink from generation to generation, farmers must produce more food on less land. As a result, African farmers have faced an inexorable pressure to intensify their production (Jayne et al., 2016).
Intensification of production requires increased use of agricultural inputs such as improved seeds, fertilizers, etc. A multitude of constraints are the cause of the high yield gaps at farm level including increasing land degradation, pests and diseases, climate change, etc. Against this background, poor access and availability of farmer preferred and market-oriented agri-inputs continue to undermine farmers’ efforts towards increased and sustainable agricultural productivity and production. Despite the efforts of stakeholders, the use of agri-inputs remains low with negative consequences on agricultural productivity in West Africa. The Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) in collaboration with development partners is leading the initiative to increase the use of agri-inputs to ensure sustainable intensification that will improve agricultural productivity and production. ECOWAS has therefore requested CORAF to lead the development of a Regional Agri-input strategy that will provide a framework for increased and sustainable use of quality agri-inputs to ensure sustainable intensification. In this regard, CORAF solicits the services of appropriate consultants to develop the strategy.
CORAF now invites individual consultants for the mission mentioned above. Interested consultants may obtain further information from the Executive Secretariat. The individual Consultants will be selected using the selection based on the individual consultant (IC) method in accordance with the World Bank guidelines on “Selection and Employment of Consultants under IBRD loans and IDA Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers, January 2011, revised on July 2014”.
Required expertise and duration of the consultancy
The study will be conducted by a team of four experts (an agricultural economist, an agronomist, a livestock expert and an aquaculture expert). The most experienced will lead the team. The time allocated to the study is 35 days for the lead consultant and 30 days for the other consultants. The study will be undertaken from March to June 2019
General Selection Criteria
|At least 15-year professional experience in one of the required fields and appreciable knowledge in one of the other fields will be an advantage|
|Proven knowledge of regional institutions (ECOWAS, UEMOA, CILSS, CORAF, Hub Rural, IFDC, AGRA, ROPPA, etc.)|
|Track record in developing agricultural policies and strategies in West Africa|
|Knowledge of agricultural research and development in West and Central Africa within the overall global development context|
|Speaking French or English fluently and be able to work in the second language will be an additional advantage|
Applications of the individual consultants will be evaluated on the basis of the criteria mentioned above and the preferred consultant for each expert area will be invited for
- Consultants interested in this call must submit an Expression of Interest highlighting the execution and experience of similar contracts and a detailed CV.
- Expressions of Interest (EoI) must be submitted by e-mail to the following address:firstname.lastname@example.org not later than the 28th of February 2019 at 12:00
- CORAF Executive Secretariat reserves the right to accept or reject any or all of the EoI or annul the EoI process at any stage without assigning any reason(s) whatsoever and without incurring any liability to the applicants(s). For more information, you will find attached the terms of reference of the
Dr Abdou TENKOUANO
Executive Director of CORAF