Recruitment of a consultant to support CORAF in operationalizing a framework for managing bio risks

CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

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Recruitment of a consultant to support CORAF in operationalizing a framework for managing bio risks

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Opening Date: February 5, 2020

Closing Date: February 19, 2020

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CEI No. 03-2020

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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 Africa. The program with three components: (i) CORAF Capacity strengthened for effective coordination of agricultural research and development in West Africa (ii) Innovative scaling framework for Agri-input technologies and innovations established in West Africa and (iii)  Use of quality Agri-inputs in West Africa increased  is being implemented within the framework of the current Strategic Plan (2018-2027) and associated Operational Plan (2018-2022).

The CORAF Strategic Plan encompasses three Priority Intervention Domains (PID) namely (i)  Agriculture, food, and nutrition security; (ii) Policy, institutions, markets and trade; and (iii) Gender, youth and social equity. To ensure appropriate interventions in the identified PIDs, the following Activity Pillars (AP) were identified: (i) Establishing Communities of Practice on scaling T&Is for sustainable impact; (ii) Integrated regional capacity strengthening in agri-food research and innovation; and (iii)  Knowledge management and Foresight. Under PID 1, a key thematic area identified by stakeholders to be addressed within CORAF’s IAR4D framework is the Management of foreign invasive pests which falls under Component 2 of PAIRED.

Currently, the Fall Army Worm (FAW) (Spodoptera frugiperda) is threatening maize production in many parts of sub-Saharan African including West Africa. In recent times, the pest has become global, having spread from its native American distribution to Africa and Asia since 2016. In its larvae stage and in the absence of natural control or good management, it can cause significant damage to crops. The rapid spread and concerns about potential yield losses are major public concerns in several countries especially in Africa, where food security remains a development challenge. The recurrence of the incidence of invasive diseases and pests across national borders calls for a concerted regional effort to manage such threats.

The need to better prepare for, and respond to, emerging biological risks is capital at regional and country levels and has been articulated into one of the major pillars, namely, foresight and anticipation, of the 2018-2027 Strategic Plan of CORAF. Foresight and anticipation require the setting up and operation of a robust framework for containing emerging biological risks through strategic collaboration. Experience has clearly demonstrated that responses to pests and diseases without borders, through a set or sum of individual country plans, without regional coordination backed by regional economic commissions may make implementation difficult. Sustainable pest management practices adapted to West and Central Africa countries’ socio-economic-environmental contexts need to be identified or developed, tested and upscaled to mitigate the potential impact of FAW on crop production and food security in areas already subjected to high level of vulnerability to food insecurity and malnutrition.

CORAF is, therefore, inviting applications form qualified consultants to develop an effective framework and mechanism for the effective management of FAW and other invasive pests in its mandate region. The interested consultant may obtain further information from www.coraf.org website.

The selection of the appropriate consultant will be based on 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” and approved by USAID.

Duration of the consultancy and expertise required

Total number of payable days for the consultancy is 84 days spread over a 6-month period.

General Selection Criteria

  • Minimum qualification: A Master’s degree in Plant Protection or any other related field. A PhD will be an advantage;
  • Proven knowledge of pest control in West Africa with at least 8 years working experience in the agricultural sector particularly in the management of emerging productivity bio-risks;
  • Excellent analytical skills and experience in working with national and sub-regional organizations;
  • Good knowledge of agricultural development in West Africa as well as the portfolio and interventions of ECOWAS, UEMOA and CILSS with regards to pest control;
  • Excellent communication skills preferably in both French and English.

Consultants interested in this call must submit an Expression of Interest (EoI) to procurement@coraf.org highlighting their suitability based on the above criteria  and a detailed CV, not later than February 19, 2020, at 5:00 pm.

Dr Abdou TENKOUANO

Executive Director of CORAF