CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST
Recruitment of one (1) individual consultant (seed expert) for the technical and economic analysis and the definition of appropriate mechanisms and conditions for the operationalization of the national Seed Sector Support Fund in the countries of ECOWAS and the Sahel.
Opening Date: 9, August 2021
Closing Date: 18, August 2021
CEI No. 11-2021
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, inter alia, the low performance of sector in general and the agri-input subsector including seeds in particular.
Quality seeds 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 and affordability of improved seed varieties at the right time and for the right price.
From breeding through to variety release, production of different seed classes, quality control and certification, the seed Industry requires substantial and long-term financial investment. Moreover, seed activities are carried out by different direct actors whose actions and missions are linked: (i) the National Directorates for Agricultural Seeds and Seedlings (seed administration, quality control and certification), (ii) the Agricultural Research Institutes and Universities of Agriculture (Breeding, variety maintenance, production of breeder and foundation seeds), (iii) the National Councils or Committees for Seeds and Seedlings (regulation and release of varieties) and (iv) the private seed actors (seed companies, seed producers or producer organizations, seed suppliers etc. )
In West African, the seed sub-sector, just like the agricultural sector as a whole, is facing constraints in terms of sustainable funding. Actually, the sector is denied private funding as banking and microfinance institutions mistrust the agricultural sector. Public funding, while being often available, is not long-term funding and does not always encompass the entire sector and its diversity.
Therefore, in order to address the funding needs of the different links of the value chain, the regional Regulation C/REG.4/05/2008 on the harmonization of rules governing quality control, certification and marketing of seeds and seedlings in the ECOWAS region provides in Article N10, sub-paragraph 2 that each Member State shall establish a national seed committee and a Seed Sector Support Fund (SSSF). This Fund will be a sustainable mechanism that will allow access of actors to funding tailored to their activities. However, the regional regulation does not specify the nature of the Fund, nor the mechanism for its operationalization, and therefore leaves it up to the Member States to decide.
Unfortunately, it should be noted that despite overall significant progress made towards the implementation of the harmonized community regulation, Member States have made very little progress in setting up the national Seed Sector Support Fund. Some countries like Togo, Burkina Faso, Mali issued decrees establishing such Fund, but they fail to walk the talk as to the effective establishment and operationalization. There are many reasons for this, including (i) lack of a clear vision of the Fund’s architectural and institutional model, as well as its modus operandi, (ii) the unwillingness of the Ministries of Finance in some Member States because of the large number of existing funds, etc.
The Executive Director of CORAF is inviting individual consultants with required qualification as described in the Termes of references to apply for that assignment to support the Agro-economist Expert (Head of mission) on the technical and economic analysis and the definition of appropriate mechanisms and conditions for the operationalization of the national Seed Sector Support Fund in the countries of ECOWAS and the Sahel.
Interested consultants may obtain further information from the Executive Secretariat of CORAF by sending an email to : email@example.com.
The Consultant will be selected according the “consultant qualification method” following the rules contained in the Administrative, Financial and Accounting Procedures Manual of CORAF.
Required expertise and of the consultancy
This assignment will be performed by two selected qualified consultants including on Agro-economist (Head of the mission already recruited).
General Selection Criteria
- Expert : Seed specialist
|Hold a university degree (at least Master/Engineer) in Seed policy, Seed sciences, Agronomy with a good knowledge of the regional seed sector (actors, institutions, operation and organization of the seed value chain)|
|At least five (05) years relevant experience in research and /or development in the seed sector in West Africa and the Sahel.|
|Proven knowledge in seed production, seed quality control and seed business management.|
|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: firstname.lastname@example.org not later than the 18 august 2021 at 16:00 GMT.
Dr Abdou TENKOUANO
Executive Director of CORAF