Recruitment of an individual consultant in charge of mainstreaming the Integrated Agricultural Research for Development (IAR4D) approach within the extension strategy of the ProPAD                    intervention area

CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

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Recruitment of an individual consultant in charge of mainstreaming the Integrated Agricultural Research for Development (IAR4D) approach within the extension strategy of the ProPAD                    intervention area

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Opening date of the call: June 15, 2022

Closing date of the call: June 30, 2022

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CEI N° 18-2022

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  1. The Government of Chad and CORAF have signed an agreement to support the implementation of the Climate Resilience and Sustainable Agricultural Productivity Project (ProPAD) in general and Component A in particular. This component is intended to strengthen institutional capacities for agricultural research and development and adaptation to climate change at the national level. CORAF has been asked to facilitate: (i) the extension to Chad of CORAF’s technical networks on strengthening regional cooperation and sharing experiences, knowledge and training; (ii) the development and implementation of annual communication action plans based on the regional communication strategy, including the networking of knowledge management, information and communication systems to accelerate the sharing of technologies, tools and best agricultural practices; (iii) the development and implementation of an action plan to mainstream climate change issues into R&D programmes; (iv) the development and implementation of an action plan to mainstream gender issues into R&D programmes based on the gender strategy developed by CORAF; (v) the expansion of CORAF’s Regional Competitive Agricultural Research Grants Programme to the beneficiary; and (vi) the technical assistance for the creation and implementation of a sustainable national competitive agricultural research grant mechanism.

To strengthen the connection among research, extension, production and the private sector, CORAF recommends the Integrated Research for Development (IAR4D) approach through the establishment of Innovation Platforms (IP). The latter are now an effective tool for addressing the socio-economic and institutional problems faced by small-scale producers, especially access to new technologies and innovations. Indeed, the institutionalisation of the IAR4D

approach has become an issue in agricultural development. The results of the implementation of this approach in different countries of West and Central Africa, in terms of effectiveness in accelerating the mass adoption of new technologies and innovations, argue for their use on a larger scale for a better impact of technology dissemination. 

A strategy for the dissemination and piloting of new agricultural technologies in the ProPAD intervention area has been developed and adopted by the project’s implementing actors. However, it was noted that this strategy did not take into account new approaches such as the Integrated Research for Development (IAR4D) approach, which recommends the establishment of Innovation Platforms (IPs) on priority agricultural value chains in a given area.

The second support mission in November 2020 therefore recommended that this strategy be reviewed in order to take into consideration the IAR4D approach, which has a strong potential to accelerate the adoption of agricultural technologies and innovations.

2. The objective of this consultation is to recruit an individual consultant with a view to mainstream the Integrated Agricultural Research for Development (IAR4D) approach into the extension strategy developed for the ProPAD intervention area.

3. The tasks to be carried out as well as other information relating to the conduct of the mission are detailed in the terms of reference below.

4. The Executive Director of CORAF invites interested candidates (“consultants”) with the required profile as indicated in the terms of reference, to express their interest in this call for proposals.

5. Interested candidates should provide an expression of interest dossier consisting of: (i) the methodology to be adopted for the work requested, (ii) references concerning the execution and experience of similar services (iii) and their updated CV.

6. It is brought to the attention of the candidates that the provisions of paragraph 3.14 of the “World Bank Procurement Regulations for Investment Project Financing Borrowers” of July 2016, revised in November 2017 and in August 2018 (“The Regulations”), relating to the World Bank’s rules on conflict of interest are applicable.

7. Candidates will be selected according to the procedure for the employment of individual consultants as described in the “World Bank’s Procurement Regulations”.

8. Interested candidates may obtain further information on any working day from the CORAF Executive Secretariat at n.lamien@coraf.org and copy procurement@coraf.org. 

9. Applications must be submitted by e-mail to procurement@coraf.org, no later than June 30, 2022 at 17h00 GMT.

Dr. Abdou TENKOUANO

Executive Director