Recruitment of an individual consultant to develop success stories for the USAID-funded partnership for agricultural research, education and development (PAIRED)  program

CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

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Recruitment of an individual consultant to develop success stories for the USAID-funded partnership for agricultural research, education and development (PAIRED)  program

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Opening date: February 18, 2022

Closing date: February 28, 2022

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CEI N° 04-2022

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CORAF is a novel coordination tool among West and Central African countries, promoting sustainable food increases, family farmers’ competitiveness, and free inter and intra-regional trade. Established in 1987, CORAF comprises a vast network of institutions belonging to national agricultural research systems, from which it draws its mandate to act on their behalf. With a membership from more than 23 countries in West and Central Africa, CORAF is the largest sub-regional research coordination organization in Africa. Regional Economic Communities such as the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA), Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), and Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) have cooperative agreements, permitting CORAF to advance its agriculture priorities from a science and innovations perspective. CORAF has a track record of results that have earned the trust of the World Bank, African Development Bank, European Union, Swiss Cooperation, USAID, AusAid, JICA, Global Affairs Canada, and other multilateral and bilateral institutions, which are its primary funders.

With funding from donors, CORAF implements several projects in West and Central Africa. One of the major projects implemented during the past five years (2017-2022) has been the PAIRED. This USAID-funded intervention has been implemented through three interdependent components, namely:

  1. CORAF capacity strengthened for effective coordination of agricultural research and development.
  2. Innovative scaling framework for Agri-input Technologies and Innovations (T&Is) established in West Africa (WA).
  3. Use of quality Agri-inputs in WA increased.

With the project coming to a close, CORAF seeks to document the success stories of the intervention. This is why CORAF seeks to recruit an individual consultant to develop success stories that have been brought about thanks to the intervention PAIRED in Benin, Ghana, Nigeria, Niger and Senegal and at the level of the institutional strengthening of CORAF.

The Executive Director invites seasoned and highly qualified consultants and experts to express their interests for this call by providing information indicating that they are qualified to perform such services (CV detailing previous similar experience, references, etc). The tasks to be performed as well as other information relating to the call are detailed in the terms of reference attached.

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 defined below:

  • Possess a Master’s degree in journalism, communications, international relations or development, public administration, or a related field is required (25 points).
  • Demonstrated five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in related fields is required, with at least three years’ experience in public relations, journalism, or communications required.  Previous work experience writing or documenting impact under the U.S. government funded or another international development donor project is a plus (15 points).
  • Possess good working knowledge of English/French is required. Given the nature of the assignment, demonstrated effective written communication is a requirement. Proficiency in creative writing in English/French around human interest and impact stories (10 points).
  • Demonstrated skills in planning and coordination for the data collection of success stories (10 points).
  • A brief description (max 2 pages) of why the Consultant is the most suitable for the assignment, including a short description of the plan and methods envisaged to meet the assignment objectives (25 points).
  • A sample of your previous work in the same or related area (outcome stories, impact story, story of influence, etc) (15 points).

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

Interested consultants can obtain additional information from the CORAF Executive Secretariat by sending correspondence to the David Akana, Communications and Marketing Manager of CORFAF (d.akana@coraf.org) from 9h to 16h GMT.

Applications must be submitted by e-mail to the following address: procurement@coraf.org, not later than February 28, 2022 at 10:00 am GMT.

Executive Director

Dr. Abdou TENKOUAN