Recruitment of three individual consultants for national training courses on strategies for scaling agriculture technologies in West Africa

Call for Expression of Interest

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Recruitment of three individual consultants for national training courses on strategies for scaling agriculture technologies in West Africa

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Opening Date: April 3, 2019

Closing Date: April 15, 2019

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CEI No. 04-2019

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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 adoption of cutting-edge technologies and innovations. A multitude of constraints are the cause of the high yield gaps at farm level including increasing land degradation and low soil fertility, 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. CORAF with support of USAID is implementing a regional project entitled Partnership for Agricultural Research, Education and Development in West Africa (PAIRED). Under this initiative, CORAF with its partners will fostered establishment of Innovative scaling framework for agri-input Technologies and Innovations in West Africa to insure sustainable scaling and adoption of best-bet agriculture technologies and innovations. In this regard, CORAF solicits the services of appropriate consultants to develop and deliver national training courses on strategies for scaling agriculture technologies in West Africa.

CORAF is inviting individual consultants for the mission mentioned above. Interested consultants may obtain further information from the Executive Secretariat.

The Consultants will be selected according to the rules contained in the Manual of Administrative, Financial and Accounting Procedures of CORAF.

 

Required expertise and duration of the consultancy

The training will be conducted by a consultant. The time allocated to the consultancy is 10 days. The training shall be delivered in May and June 2019.

General Selection Criteria

Criteria
At least 10 years of experiences in Integrated Agriculture research for development
Extensive knowledge in farming systems in West Africa, with focus on the research, production, adoption and extension delivery system of the major food commodities
Familiar with the Integrated Agricultural Research for Development (IAR4D) approach and the management of value chains
Track record in training on social change, communication for development, technologies dissemination and adoption
Knowledge of agricultural research and development in West and Central Africa within the overall global development context
Good command of French for francophones countries and English for anglophone countries
  1. Applications of the individual consultants will be evaluated on the basis of the criteria mentioned above and the selected consultant will be invited for
  2. Consultants interested in this call must submit an Expression of Interest highlighting the execution and experience of similar contracts and a detailed CV.
  3. Expressions of Interest (EoI) must be submitted by e-mail to the following address: procurement@coraf.org not later than the 15th April 2019 at 12:00
  4. 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