Recruitment of individual consultants for National Training courses on “Innovation platform for agricultural development: Farming as a business”

Call for Expression of Interest

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Recruitment of individual consultants for National Training courses on “Innovation platform for agricultural development: Farming as a business”

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Opening Date: December 28, 2021

Closing Date: January 12, 2022

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CEI No. 38-2021

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West Africa (WA) and the Sahel region are home to about 387 million inhabitants, which represents over 5% of the world’s population. The average annual growth rate of the population in WA stands at 2.7% against an annual agricultural productivity growth of less than 2% (CORAF, 2017). Much of the concern over feeding Africa by 2050 relates to the relative slowing down of food production in the face of rapidly growing populations. Food demand is projected to increase, especially in the growing urban centers of West Africa to about 60% to 80%, but agricultural yields are not keeping pace, with gaps estimated to be 75% of potential yield. As the population grows and fields shrink from generation to generation, farmers must produce more food on less land. As a result, African farmers have faced an inexorable pressure to intensify their production (Jayne et al., 2016).

Intensification of production requires increased use of agricultural inputs such as improved seeds, fertilizers, etc. Despite the efforts of stakeholders, the use of Agri-inputs remains low with negative consequences on agricultural productivity in West Africa. CORAF with support of USAID is implementing a regional project entitled Partnership for Agricultural Research, Education and Development in West Africa (PAIRED). Under this initiative, CORAF with its partners will fostered establishment of Innovative scaling framework for Agri-input Technologies and Innovations in West Africa to insure sustainable scaling and adoption of best-bet agriculture technologies and innovations. However, the adoption of intensive technologies and production methods can only be sustainable if farmers view the practice of farming as a financially profitable enterprise including innovation platforms. In this regard, CORAF solicits the services of appropriate consultants to develop and deliver regional training course on “Innovation platform for agriculture development: financial management, entrepreneurship and market linkage”.

CORAF is inviting individual consultants for national training courses on Innovation platform for agricultural development: entrepreneurship, financial management and market linkage. Interested consultants may obtain further information from the Executive Secretariat of CORAF.

The Consultants will be selected according to the rules contained in the Manual of Administrative, Financial and Accounting Procedures of CORAF.

Required expertise and duration of the consultancy

The training will be conducted by a consultant for each country. The time allocated to the consultancy is 7 days. The training shall be delivered during the months between February and March 2022.

General Selection Criteria

Criteria
At least 7 years of experiences in Integrated Agriculture research for development
Good knowledge of innovation systems and a good experience of multi-stakeholder process establishment and management
Familiar with the Integrated Agricultural Research for Development (IAR4D) approach and the management of value chains
Track record in training on agriculture stakeholders on entrepreneurship, financial management and market linkage
Knowledge of agricultural research and development in West and Central Africa within the overall global development context
Good command of French for Francophone countries and English for English speaking countries

Applications of the individual consultant 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 January 12, 2022 at 5:00 pm GMT.

Dr Abdou TENKOUANO

Executive Director of CORAF