Recruitment of an individual consultant to support CORAF for regional training on fall Army Worm management practices

Recruitment of an individual consultant to support CORAF for regional training on fall Army Worm management practices

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Opening Date: June 17, 2021

Closing Date: July 1, 2021 

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CEI No. 20-2021

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A new Cooperative Agreement signed between the USAID and CORAF in June 2017 is facilitating the implementation of a program named Partnership for Agricultural Research, Education and Development (PAIRED) in West (and Central) Africa. The program with three components: (i) CORAF Capacity strengthened for effective coordination of agricultural research and development in West Africa (ii) Innovative scaling framework for Agri-input technologies and innovations established in West Africa and (iii) Use of quality Agri-inputs in West Africa increased is being implemented within the framework of the current Strategic Plan (2018-2027) and associated Operational Plan (2018-2022) of CORAF. The Strategic Plan encompasses three Priority Intervention Domains (PID) namely (i) Agriculture, food, and nutrition security; (ii) Policy, institutions, markets, and trade; and (iii) Gender, youth, and social equity. To ensure appropriate interventions for the PIDs, the following Activity Pillars (AP) were identified: (i) Establishing Communities of Practice on scaling T&Is for sustainable impact; (ii) Integrated regional capacity strengthening in agri-food research and innovation; and (iii) Knowledge management and Foresight. Under PID 1, a key thematic area identified by stakeholders to be addressed within CORAF’s IAR4D framework is the Management of foreign invasive pests which falls under Component 2 of PAIRED.

Currently, the Fall Army Worm (FAW) (Spodoptera frugiperda) is causing devastating effects on maize production and threatening the livelihoods of millions of poor smallholders across sub-Saharan Africa. At the present time, the pest has become global, having spread from its native American distribution to Africa and Asia since 2016. In its larvae stage and in the absence of natural control or good management, it can cause significant damage to crops. The rapid spread and concerns about potential yield losses are major public concerns in several countries especially in Africa, where food security remains a development challenge. The recurrence of the incidence of invasive diseases and pests across national borders calls for a concerted regional effort to manage such threats. The need to better prepare for, and respond to, emerging biological risks is capital at regional and country levels and has been articulated into one of the major pillars, namely, foresight and anticipation, of the 2018-2027 Strategic Plan of CORAF. Foresight and anticipation require the setting up and operation of a robust framework for containing emerging biological risks through strategic collaboration.

Sustainable pest management practices adapted to West and Central Africa countries’ socio-economic-environmental contexts need to be identified or developed, tested and upscaled to mitigate the potential impact of FAW on crop production and food security in areas already subjected to high level of vulnerability to food insecurity and malnutrition. Optimal approaches to manage FAW need to be identified and upscale through constant capacity building of regional stakeholders.

CORAF is therefore inviting applications from qualified consultants to help develop training materials on optimal FAW management and to conduct regional training of agricultural stakeholders on FAW management.

The tasks to be performed as well as other information relating to the consultancy are detailed in the attached terms of reference

The consultant will be selected according to the selection method based on the Consultant’s qualification in accordance with the rules contained in the CORAF Administrative, Financial and Accounting procedures manual

General Selection Criteria

  • Minimum qualification: A Master’s degree in Plant Protection, entomology or any other related field. A PhD will be an advantage;
  • Proven knowledge of pest control in West Africa with at least 8 years working experience in the agricultural sector particularly in the management of emerging productivity bio-risks;
  • Experience in training of trainers
  • Excellent analytical skills and experience in working with national and sub-regional organizations; 
  • Good knowledge of agricultural development in West Africa as well as the portfolio and interventions of ECOWAS, UEMOA and CILSS with regards to pest control;
  • Excellent communication skills and perfectly bilingual (French-English).

Interested consultants can obtain additional information from the CORAF Executive Secretariat by sending correspondences to c.sobgui@coraf.org.

Consultants interested in this call must submit an Expression of Interest to procurement@coraf.org  highlighting their suitability based on the above criteria and a detailed CV, not later than July 1, 2021, at 5:00 pm.

Dr Abdou TENKOUANO

Executive Director of CORAF