CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST
Recruitment of an individual consultant for the Review of the CORAF Pesticide Evaluation Report and Safer Use Action Plan (PERSUAP)
Opening Date: May 31, 2021
Closing Date: June 18, 2021
CEI No. 16-2021
Since 2011, CORAF has been coordinating implementation of the USAID funded Feed the Future (FTF) initiative which extends until 2016. The FTF aims at assisting countries in the sub-region to achieve the Millennium Development Goal Objective One (MDG-1): “Eradicating Hunger and Extreme Poverty”. In 2012 a new component in the form of the West Africa Seed Project (WASP) was added to the FTF portfolio. In June 2017, The West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF) received a grant from the United States Agency for International Development/West Africa Regional Mission (USAID/WARM) to implement a Partnership for Agricultural Research, Education and Development (PAIRED) Program over a period of five years (2017 – 2022). PAIRED is designed to undertake the needed reforms, with the aim of transforming CORAF into a structurally sound and financially stable organization to take the lead in agricultural research for development in West and Central Africa. PAIRED is aligned with the CORAF Strategic Plan 2018-2027 and contributes to achieving the objective of the USAID Global Food Security Strategy. Its specific objective is to improve agricultural productivity and market access in West Africa, through the following three components: (i) CORAF capacity strengthened for effective coordination of agricultural research and development in West (and Central) Africa; (ii) CORAF’s leadership in scaling up technologies and innovations established in West Africa; and (iii) Use of quality agri-inputs in West Africa increased. PAIRED’s component 2 is focused on promoting the use of agri-inputs aiming at contributing to a significant improvement in agricultural productivity in West Africa. The implementation of this component requires special attention, due to its foreseeable environmental and climate risks and impacts which are well documented by USAID/WA in the PAIRED Initial Environmental Review (IEE).
All projects involving any potential assistance that could involve the promotion, procurement or use of pesticides are subject to the procedures set forth in §216.3(b), USAID’s environmental regulations and pesticide procedures. These procedures state that an Initial Environmental Examination (IEE) will be produced for each project or activity. Such an IEE will generally render a ‘negative determination with conditions’ for projects that might involve pesticide use. The IEE will subsequently be amended to include a section (PERSUAP) that evaluates and recommends mitigation measures for locally registered pesticides that could be used by USAID project implementers or beneficiaries. Consequently, a PERSUAP was developed in 2010 to provide the necessary framework for the effective use of pesticides in the various FTF projects. However, that PERSUAP was outdated in 2013.
It is important to note that the development of new IPM tools, pesticides, host countries and EPA’s regulations and registrations are all highly dynamic, changing every few months. In addition, new pesticide human health and environmental ecotoxicity data is produced continuously. For these reasons and others, PERSUAPs should be updated at least annually, and amended after two years at the least and at new project startup at the most, in order to remain current and accurate. In the meantime, an IEE with a negative determination with conditions has been produced for activities to be implemented by FTF and PAIRED. Now, a 2021 PERSUAP must be produced and attached to an amended version of the IEE.
Services are requested for an Integrated Pest and Pesticide Management Specialist (IPPMS) who will update the existing PERSUAP for the continuing CORAF FTF and newly initiated PAIRED projects, including planned and potential activities.
It is in this context that CORAF wants to recruit an individual consultant for the Review of the CORAF Pesticide Evaluation Report and Safer Use Action Plan (PERSUAP)
The tasks to be performed and other information related to the conduct of the mission are detailed in the terms of reference attached.
The Executive Director of CORAF invites Consultants with the qualifications demanded as indicated in the terms of reference to express their interest in this call by providing evidence that they are qualified to perform such services.
The Consultant will be selected in accordance with the rules set out in the Manual of Administrative, Financial and Accounting Procedures of CORAF.
General selection criteria
- Degrees in agriculture, entomology, and plant pathology, with coursework concentrations in chemistry and pesticide toxicology (PhD preferred)
- Extensive experience researching and writing PERSUAPs
- Experience living in West Africa and working in at least 9 of the 23 CORAF partner countries
- MBA a plus in order to understand vital agriculture and pesticide business issues and key value chain productivity and efficiencies
- Experience working with CORAF a plus
- Excellent communication skills preferably in both French and English
Additional information can be obtained from the CORAF Executive Secretariat by sending correspondence to Dr Hippolyte AFFOGNON, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Consultants interested in this call must submit an Expression of Interest (EoI) and a detailed CV to email@example.com highlighting their suitability based on the criteria mentioned in the attached TOR, not later than June 18, 2021 at 5:00 pm GMT.
Dr Abdou TENKOUANO
Executive Director of CORAF