CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST
Partnership for Agricultural Research, Education and Development (PAIRED)
Recruitment of two individual consultants (Seed expert and IT expert)
Consultancy to Upgrade the Seed Demand Forecasting Tool for the Development of Seed Demand Roadmaps for Private Companies and Country Programs in West Africa
Opening Date: May 13, 2019
Closing Date: May 23, 2019
CEI N° 12-2019
A new Cooperative Agreement signed between the USAID and CORAF in June 2017 is facilitating the implementation of a five-year program named Partnership for Agricultural Research, Education and Development (PAIRED) in West (Central) Africa. This is being implemented within the context of a Strategic Plan (2018-2027), an Operational Plan (2018-2022) and a Resource Mobilization Plan to support the achievement of CORAF objective Agricultural productivity, competitiveness, and markets sustainably improved for target groups in West and Central Africa.
The Specific objective of PAIRED is to improve the performance of Agri-input system in West Africa (WA). However, The lack of information on the accurate estimation of seed demands often puts seed enterprises and breeder seeds producing units in disarray in their effort to produce seeds to meet the actual demands of seed thus creating a considerable gap between seed supply and seed demand.
To reduce the seed supply and demand gap, CORAF adapted a tool originally developed by CIMMYT to support some member countries such as Nigeria, Niger, Mali and Senegal to develop five-year roadmaps for actual seed demand. Determination of the potential and actual seed demands will also help estimate the seed market value to attract additional investment. In this context, the tools and mechanisms developed by CORAF will need to be scaled up to holistically embrace seed, linked to technology and innovation to create greater impact.
CORAF intends to develop an electronic-based tool for seed demand forcasting and seed production roadmaps designing. The Seed demand forcasting tool will be a practical instrument for the determination of the potential and actual seed demands to support both for public sector decision-making and for the Seed companies in the seed market value estimation and business investment.
The upgraded seed forecasting tool should be used in the process of making projections of demand for each class of seed by examining past and present performance levels, combined with an assessment of available seeds and markets.
The seed forcasting tool will be a computerized interactive spreadsheet. The program will operate on data entered in cells of a table. Each cell containing either numeric or text data, or the results of formulas that automatically calculate and display a value based on the contents of other cells.
The tasks to be performed as well as other information relating to the call are detailed in the terms of reference attached.
The Executive Director of CORAF invites candidates meeting the qualification criteria, as indicated in the terms of reference, to express their interest in this recruitment.
Interested consultants can obtain additional information from the CORAF Executive Secretariat by sending correspondence to the CORAF Agri-Input Expert by e-mail to email@example.com from 8h to 12h and 15h to 17h GMT.
Applications must be submitted by e-mail to the following address : firstname.lastname@example.org on May 23, 2019 before 16H at the latest.
Dr. Abdou TENKOUANO
Executive Director of CORAF