Recruitment of a specialized communication firm or agency for the development and implementation of CORAF’s communication strategy

CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

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Recruitment of a specialized communication firm or agency for the development and implementation of CORAF’s communication strategy

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Opening date: September 29, 2021

Closing date: October 29, 2021

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CEI N° 31-2021

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  1. The West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF) was created in 1987 as the Conference of Heads of African and French Agricultural Research. Membership in CORAF was expanded in 1995 to include 23 National Agricultural

Research Systems (NARS) from the following West and Central African (WCA) countries; Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Sao Tomé & Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.

  • It is in this context that CORAF is recruiting a specialized communication firm or agency to provide services for the development and implementation of its communication strategy. The tasks to be performed as well as the other information are detailed in the attached terms of reference.
  • The Executive Director of CORAF invites consulting firms or specialized Communication Agencies to express their interests in this call by providing information indicating that they are qualified to perform such services (documentation concerning the consulting firm, references for similar missions, experiences under similar conditions, logistics available, proposed staff, etc.).
  • In accordance with the rules contained in the CORAF Administrative, Financial and Accounting Procedures Manual, the selection will be carried out according to the method based on the qualification of consultants (SQC). The selection criteria are defined below:
  • The experience of the Firm, scored out of 60 points
  • Having carried out two (2) similar missions in the development and / or implementation of a communication strategy on behalf of programs or development partners or State Agencies (5 points per relevant reference).
  • Having carried out two (2) digital communication missions (digital communication campaign, internet referencing, digital event coverage, emailing, etc.) (5 points per relevant reference)
  • The firm must have at least two (2) years of relevant experience in a country and / or region of West and Central Africa (scored out of 10 points).
  • Team Profile (Key Personnel) scored out of 70 points
  • Senior expert, Head of mission (Bac + 5 in communication) with at least 15 years of experience in the communication field or equivalent fields and having led at least three (03) similar missions of development of communication strategies and / or communication plans for the visibility of projects and programs or similar experiences with research / development organizations or structures funded by donors; this will be scored out of 25 points distributed as follows :
    • Qualification (Diploma and certificates): 10 points
    • Professional experience: 15 points i.e. 5 points per relevant reference.
  • Expert in digital communication (Bac + 5 in communication or equivalent with specialization in digital communication), with at least 5 years of experience and having participated in at least two (02) similar missions in supporting the implementation of a communication plan or strategy with production of digital media on behalf of research / development organizations or structures financed by donors; this will be scored out of 15 points distributed as follows:
    • Qualification (Diploma and certificates): 5 points
    • Professional experience: 10 points i.e. 5 points par per relevant reference
  • Communication / Journalism Expert (Bac + 5 in communication or journalism) with at least 10 years of experience and having participated in at least two (02) similar missions in the fields of information processing in the agricultural research and rural development sector, particularly in communication or support missions for organizations for the visibility of project and program activities; this will be scored out of 15 points distributed as follows:
    • Qualification (Diploma and certificates): 5 points
    • Professional experience: 10 points i.e. 5 points par per relevant reference
  • Expert in Social Communication and Development (Bac + 5 in social sciences, sociology or equivalent) with at least 10 years of professional experience. They must have a proved record of at least two (02) similar missions in supporting development organizations for the visibility of project and program activities; this will be scored out of 15 points distributed as follows:
    • Qualification (Diploma and certificates): 5 points
    • Professional experience: 10 points i.e. 5 points par per relevant reference

The firm ranked 1st at the end of the selection procedure will be invited to negotiations with a view to concluding a contract.

  • Interested firms and agencies can obtain additional information from the CORAF Executive Secretariat by sending correspondence to CORAF by e-mail to procurement@coraf.org from 9am to 4pm GMT.
  • Applications from firms must be submitted by e-mail to the following address: procurement@coraf.org  on October 29, 2021 before 10am at the latest.

Dr Abdou TENKOUANO

CORAF Executive Director