CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST
Partnership for Agricultural Research, Education and Development (PAIRED)
Recruitment of firm or group of consultants
Consultancy for the Establishment of Web-based Data Management and sharing Platform for CORAF
Opening Date: March 20, 2020
Closing Date: April 10, 2020
CEI N° 05-2020
The West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF) is a subregional organization founded in 1987. It currently has 23 National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS) in 23 countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.
In June 2017, the USAID awarded US$ 15 Million to CORAF to facilitate the implementation of a five-year program named “Partnership for Agricultural Research, Education and Development (PAIRED)” in West and Central Africa. The PAIRED is being implemented through three interdependent components: (i) Strengthening CORAF capacity for effective coordination of agricultural research and development, (ii) Establishing innovative scaling framework for Agri-input Technologies and Innovations (T&Is) in West Africa (WA) and (iii) Increasing the use of quality Agri-inputs in WA. The PAIRED program aims to primarily undertake systemic reforms that will improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and professionalism of CORAF to move the organization towards becoming a stellar instrument for regional coordination of agricultural research, and to put it on a path to financial stability and sustainability. The reforms will result in a solid and resilient organization with a new strategic orientation capable of providing a high-quality, demand-led, core service package.
While CORAF has strong M&E skills and has established a library, there is a need to strengthen the data management, and especially learning. At the heart of this process, CORAF has to set a rigorous Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEAL) to support decision making. In 2019, the M&E team developed data collection sheet built upon the Operational Plan (2018-2022) Result Framework (RF). The team will now focus on creating an online web-based MEAL system and Data Management (DM) Platform to assist in the generation of data, codification, and sharing data and information among stakeholders.
The Platform portal will provide a singular place were staff across teams and NARS members in various countries can access and report on standardized indicators and customized indicators related to the Operational Plan 2018-2022. The primary means of gathering data against these performance indicators and outcomes is through bi-annual narrative reports, providing both quantitative and qualitative data, from CORAF ongoing Projects and for the regional Organizations and partners. Given the multiplicity of partners institutions, the current monitoring and reporting systems need to be improved to meet the requirements.
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.
Candidates interested in this call must provide information indicating that they are qualified to perform such services (CVs, references concerning the performance of similar contracts, publications, experience in the similar field, etc.).
Interested firms can obtain additional information from the CORAF Executive Secretariat by sending correspondence to the CORAF’s M&E Specialist by e-mail to email@example.com.
Applications must be submitted by e-mail to the following address : firstname.lastname@example.org on April 10, 2020, 16:30 GMT at the latest.
Dr Abdou TENKOUANO
Executive Director of CORAF