Recruitment of individual consultants to undertake a study on The Impact of Government’s COVID-19 responses on food systems and livelihoods in the Sahel

CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

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Recruitment of individual consultants to undertake a study on The Impact of Government’s COVID-19 responses on food systems and livelihoods in the Sahel:

Project Coordinator (1)

Regional Consultant (1)

Country Consultants (5) Cape Verde, Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger)

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Opening Date: November 5, 2020

Closing Date: November 26, 2020

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CEI No. 17-2020

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Background The world continues to be confronted by the increasing devastating impacts of COVID-19 on the health and economies of nations at varying levels of vulnerabilities and consequences. There is growing fear that with no cure and vaccine at the moment, the pandemic will wreak havoc to an already over-stretched African continent particularly in the Sahel zone in West Africa. The Sahel zone faces  protracted challenges linked to environmental degradation, ubiquitous poverty, conflicts, rural exodus, etc. against the background of prevalent gender inequality. It is characterized by 15% of its population undernourished, while 30% of children under-five have stunted growth (FAO, 2019). In a bid to manage the disruptions caused by COVID-19 pandemic in West Africa, the Ministers of Agriculture and Food of ECOWAS held a video conference on March 31, 2020 on the impact of COVID-19 and crop pests on Food and Nutrition Security in West Africa. They noted the following economic measures taken in all countries: partial or total containment of populations, limiting the mobility of people, closing borders, closing urban, peri-urban and rural markets that structure the relationship between supply and demand. While acknowledging the positive effects of these measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, they also mentioned the initial negative impact on food and nutritional security including: price increases for basic necessities, poor access to food for vulnerable people, drastic drop in the marketing of perishable market garden and fruit products, higher transport costs, difficult access to seeds, fertilizers, plant protection products etc. It is worth noting that responses to COVID-19 varied across countries, but no specific study has evaluated the precise impact of the various policy measures taken on food and nutrition security. IDRC launched a call for proposals to document how responses to economic and health shocks associated to COVID-19 have been protecting and/or undermining food production, availability and access, and how it has impacted gender relations and equity for the most vulnerable. The work is intended to collect and analyse evidence from sub-Saharan Africa, with a focus on food insecurity hotspots and components of the food systems where multiple stressors intersect. The outcomes of the initiative will inform the development of more efficient and equitable responses to fragility and shocks.The CORAF led component of this initiative will therefore carry out strategic investigations linked to the specific measures taken in five  Sahelian countries (Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Mali, Niger, and Senegal) as well as their relative impact on the livelihoods of farmers and herders and as much as necessary other key stakeholders in their respective value chains. It is expected that the findings will inform policy formulation that will facilitate a stronger resilience of farmers and pastoralists to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic as well as future pandemics. The duration of the project is one year. The Executive Director of CORAF invites candidates  with the required qualifications indicated in the terms of reference to express their interest in this call for the positions of Project Coordinator, Regional and Country level consultants. Interested candidates should submit an application indicating that they meet the requirements for the respective positions. Selection will be based on the rules contained in the CORAF Administrative, Financial and Accounting Procedures Manual. Interested candidates can obtain additional information from the CORAF Executive Secretariat via  m.maiga@coraf.org. Expressions of interest must indicate the country selected by the consultant and be submitted by e-mail to the following address: procurement@coraf.org no later than November 26, 2020 at 17.00 GMT. Dr Abdou TENKOUANO Executive Director