Recruitment of individual consultants to conduct a remote Regional Learning on quality seed production and seed business management

Call for Expression of Interest

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Recruitment of individual consultants to conduct a remote Regional Learning on quality seed production and seed business management

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Opening Date: April 12, 2021

Closing Date: April 26, 2021

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CEI No. 08-2021

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In West Africa, agriculture sector represents approximately 35 percent of the region’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and 60 percent of the active labor force. Therefore, the sector is committed to achieving food security and broad-based economic growth in the region. However, despite the progress made, the sector is pending not fulfilling its goal unless measures are taken quickly to improve the sector performance in general and the agri-inputs subsector including seeds in particular.

Quality seed and other planting materials form the basis of crop production and the key issues to be addressed for significant contribution of seed system to agricultural output are availability, quantity, quality, accessibility, and affordability, which means physical access by farmers to the right seed and other planting materials in quantity at the right time and for the right price.

The West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF) as the major actor of the seed sector in West Africa considers that the most instant challenge to be addressed in the seed system is to ensure the availability of different classes (breeder, foundation and certified) of seed of staple food crops in the ECOWAS region.

For over 12 years, the USAID West Africa Mission has partnered with CORAF to support CORAF institutional capacity development and implementation of research and development projects such as the Cereals Network, the Food Crops Program through the Global Food Security Response (GFSR) initiative in response to the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) and ECOWAS Regional Agricultural Policy (ECOWAP) frameworks. The West Africa Seed program, the partnership has resulted in significant successes and impact in the West Africa region. A new Cooperative Agreement signed between the USAID and CORAF in June 2017 is therefore facilitating the implementation of a five-year program named Partnership for Agricultural Research, Education and Development (PAIRED) in West (Central) Africa.

The Specific objective of PAIRED is to improve the performance of Agri-input system in West Africa (WA). This is being achieved through three mutually reinforced Intermediate Results (IRs): IR1): CORAF capacity strengthened for effective coordination of agricultural research and development in West (and Central) Africa. IR2): Innovative scaling framework for Agri-input T&Is established in West Africa (WA). IR3): The use of quality agri-inputs in WA increased.

Much effort is devoted in the PAIRED program to strengthen the national and regional stakeholder capacities and their organizations (private sector, farmer-based organizations, universities/tertiary institutions, the international research institutions, policy makers, etc.) to scale new technologies, produce and supply quality seed and expand the seed industry. Therefore, the implementation of the harmonized seed regulations will be enhanced in relation to variety registration and release (including the updating of Plant Variety Catalog), quality control and certification and cross-border trade. Entrepreneurship and organizational capacities of the Private sector will be strengthened to enhance its advocacy and leadership roles in the delivery of quality seeds. In addition, Intellectual Property Rights will be promoted to protect the emerging private seed companies and to promote innovation in plant breeding.

The Executive Director of CORAF is inviting individual consultants with required qualification as described in the Termes of references to apply for that online training courses on quality seed production and seed business management.

Interested consultants may obtain further information from the Executive Secretariat of CORAF by sending an email to :  y.diallo@coraf.org.

The Consultants will be selected according the “consultant qualification method” following the rules contained in the Administrative, Financial and Accounting Procedures Manual of CORAF. The consultants in their application are invited to specify the module (s)for which they are applying.

Required expertise and duration of the consultancy

The training modules will be delivered online by the selected qualified consultants. The time allocated to the consultancy is 14 paid days for each module including, the development of the training material, the online training and the narrative article development. The training shall be delivered during the period of May-June 2021 and for each module, two to four hours slot time will allocate using ZOOM link

General Selection Criteria

Criteria
At least 7 years of experience in Seed science and seed business development
Good knowledge of seed production, seed quality management and seed business management
Familiar with the regional seed sector and Agricultural Research for Development approach and the management of value chains
Track record in training on training in seed and agricultural sector in West Africa
Good command of French or English

Applications of the individual consultants will be evaluated based on the criteria mentioned above and the selected consultant will be invited for further discussion and negotiation.

Consultants interested in this call must submit an Expression of Interest highlighting the execution and experience of similar contracts and a detailed CV.

Expressions of Interest (EoI) must be submitted by e-mail to the following address: procurement@coraf.org not later than the 26th April 2021 at 16:00 GMT.

Dr. Abdou TENKOUANO

Executive Director of CORAF