CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST
Recruitment of national individual consultants to support the assessment of the storage and country needs in terms of storage of cereals, legumes and protein crops (Benin, Ghana, Niger, Sierra Leone, Senegal)
Opening date: January 24, 2022
Closing date: February 7, 2022
CEI N° 01-2022
In West Africa and the Sahel, low agricultural productivity and food and nutritional insecurity are major development challenges. Actors in the agricultural sector in the region constantly face a number of challenges, including low productivity linked to competition for limited land, climate change, limited access to quality agricultural inputs and agricultural advice, huge post-harvest losses, rapid population growth, scarcity of food and water for both agricultural production and domestic use, and multiple conflicts. Most of the countries in the region are at the lower ranking levels of the Human Development Index (UNDP, 2015).
ECOWAS, in order to reduce post-harvest losses, has developed a regional food security storage strategy, as part of its regional agricultural policy, implemented since 2015 and reviewed in its 2025 Strategic Orientation Framework. It is comprised of two major dimensions for the West African region to achieve its objective of collective food security and its protection against market supply disruptions: (i) food security storage to cope with shocks; and (ii) commercial storage for the structuring of agricultural sectors and the regulation of food markets. This West African security storage system is built on three complementary lines of defence: (i) local stocks set up and managed by farmers and local organizations or decentralized communities, (ii) national security stocks managed by public storage organizations and supported by State budget funding and the contribution of their financial partners, (iii) the Regional Food Security Reserve set up and managed by the ECOWAS Commission through the regional food and nutritional security reserve division of the Regional Agency for Agriculture and Food (ARAA).
Local stocks play a major role in the ECOWAS storage system in that they help: (i) improve the access of smallholder farmers through their professional organizations to quality inputs such as seeds, fertilizers and phytosanitary products; (ii) facilitate the primary collection of agricultural products as well as their packaging for primary processing at the community level, thus creating added value for women and young people; (iii) Promote food fortification and fortification initiatives at the local level to combat maternal and child malnutrition ; (iv) increase the capacity of Farmer Organizations (FO) in marketing and processing to obtain more added value and better prices for the benefit of their members.
In order to be able to put in place the ECOWAS storage strategy, it is important first of all to evaluate the storage devices and make an assessment of the national needs in terms of storage of cereals, oilseeds and legume seeds, and also to develop a program for the implementation of the ECOWAS “one million silos for Africa” initiative.
It is within this context that CORAF is recruiting national consultants from the target countries (Benin, Ghana, Niger, Sierra Leone, Senegal) for the assessment of the storage and national storage needs of cereals, legume seeds and oilseeds in their country of residence. The tasks to be performed as well as other information related to the call are detailed in the attached terms of reference
The Executive Director of CORAF invites qualified and experienced consultants and experts to express their interest in this call by providing information indicating that they are qualified to perform these services.
Duration of consultancy and expertise required
The total number of payable days for the consultancy is 45 days.
General selection criteria
- Doctorate or master’s degree in post-harvest management, food technology, agronomy, nutrition or other related field;
- 7 years of professional experience with at least 5 years of experience in the field of post-harvest management in Africa including storage, processing or marketing in the cereals and legume food sub-sectors;
- Familiar with and have used the FAO Food Balance Sheet Guidelines;
- Teamwork experience;
- Excellent analytical skills and experience working with national and sub-regional organizations;
- Good knowledge of agricultural development in West Africa;
- Excellent communication, report writing and consultation skills;
- Good communication and writing skills in French.
The application of each consultant will be assessed based on the criteria mentioned in the attached terms of reference and the selected consultant will be invited to continue discussions and negotiations.
Consultants interested in this call should submit an expression of interest highlighting the execution and experience of similar contracts, as well as a detailed CV indicating the country for which they are applying.
Expressions of Interest should be emailed to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org no later than February 7, 2022 at 10am GMT.
Dr Abdou TENKOUANO
Executive Director of CORAF