Recruitment of a firm/team of consultants to conduct a mid-term assessment of CORAF’s Institutional Transition Strategy

CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

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Partnership for Agricultural Research, Education and Development (PAIRED) in West and Central Africa.

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Recruitment of a firm/team of consultants to conduct a mid-term assessment of CORAF’s Institutional Transition Strategy

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Opening Date: July 24, 2020

Closing Date: August 10, 2020

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CEI No. 09-2020

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CORAF is an international non-profit association of national agricultural research systems (NARS) of 23 countries, covering over forty percent of Africa’s population, thus making it the largest sub-regional research organization on the African continent. It was created in 1987 and assigned the responsibility to coordinate and facilitate ground-breaking and cutting-edge research outputs needed to unlock the agricultural potential of West and Central Africa. The vision and mission of CORAF are to achieve sustainable reduction of poverty and food insecurity through improved competitiveness, productivity, and agricultural markets in West and Central Africa.

In 2016, at the request of its Governing Board, CORAF underwent an institutional audit which examined key aspects of its operations including but not limited to redefining the organizational structure of the Executive Secretariat, an assessment of its Human Resources Management System, an analysis of the functionality of its Governance and Management bodies, a fiduciary analysis, a technical diagnosis of its program components and a review of the ICT system. The results of the 2016 institutional audit highlighted the growing number of challenges CORAF had encountered including financial sustainability that threatened its existence beyond 2018, unless significant efforts were made to restructure the organization.

Twelve strategic recommendations from the audit were validated by CORAF under three areas. The first area is “Strategic Planning and Orientation/Governance” which has provided CORAF with its 2nd Strategic Plan and 3rd Operation Plan. The second area is “Financial Sustainability” that aims to provide CORAF with instruments and capacity for modern and capable financial management. The third area is “Organizational Structure and Efficiency” which will provide CORAF with a cost-effective staffing and networking structure and sound operating procedures. These key areas formed the fundamentals of CORAF’s Institutional Transition Strategy.

CORAF is mid-way through its Transition Strategy and a reflection on how effective the organization has been in its implementation is highly sought after to appreciate and document the successes, gains as well as lessons learned. It is against this backdrop that CORAF is inviting firms and/or team of consultants meeting the qualification criteria as indicated in the terms of reference, to express their interest for this call to conduct a mid-term assessment of CORAF’s Transition Strategy (2018-2022).

The firms/teams of consultants interested in this call must submit an expression of interest indicating that they are qualified to perform such services (Understanding of the terms of reference, methodology, references concerning the performance of similar contracts, publications, CVs of proposed experts and other experiences in similar conditions).

Qualified firms/team of consultants will be selected according to the rules contained in the CORAF Administrative, Financial and Accounting Procedures Manual.

Interested firms/team of consultants can obtain additional information on the Institutional Transition Strategy and other details from the CORAF Executive Secretariat by sending correspondence by e-mail to n.amoah@coraf.org .

Proposals must be submitted by e-mail to the following address: procurement@coraf.org no later than August 10, 2020 at 4.30 p.m. GMT at the latest.

 

Dr Abdou TENKOUANO

Executive Director