Recruitment of one individual consultant (Gender expert)



Partnership for Agricultural Research, Education and Development (PAIRED)


Recruitment of one individual consultant (Gender expert)

Consultancy to train stakeholders on gender mainstreaming in the PAIRED


Opening Date: September 18, 2019

Closing Date: September 25, 2019






A new Cooperative Agreement signed between the USAID and CORAF in June 2017 is facilitating the implementation of a five-year program named Partnership for Agricultural Research, Education and Development (PAIRED) in West (Central) Africa. This is being implemented within the context of a Strategic Plan (2018-2027), an Operational Plan (2018-2022) and a Resource Mobilization Plan to support the achievement of CORAF objective Agricultural productivity, competitiveness, and markets sustainably improved for target groups in West and Central Africa.


The Specific objective of PAIRED is Increased agricultural growth, food and nutritional security and reduced poverty in West (and Central) Africa. This is being achieved through three mutually reinforced Intermediate Results (IRs): 1. Strengthening CORAF’s Institutional Capacity, 2. Establishing CORAF Leadership in scaling Agri-input T&Is in WA and 3. Increasing availability of quality Agri-inputs in WA. Much effort will be devoted to strengthen the NCoS/RCoEs and establish institutional arrangements for full implementation of technical activities. With enhanced capacity, the NCoS/RCoEs, as coordinating units, will ensure joint planning, resource mobilization, cost sharing, for the implementation of actions at the national level. Thus, an innovation platform approach (comprising the key stakeholders) will be used to implement the program with focus on four priority commodity value chains (Rice, Maize, Millet and Sorghum).

Gender inequalities in agriculture remain one of the main causes of the underperformance of the agricultural sector, with major impacts on food and nutrition security, economic growth, and sustainable socio-economic development of the populations, especially the vulnerable groups as women and youth.


Women and youth make up 62% and 65% of the agricultural labor force, respectively, and play an important role in the rural economy and household food and nutrition security. However, they have limited access to productive agricultural resources such as land, water, appropriate technologies and innovations, certified seeds and fertilizers, agricultural infrastructure, credit, and extension services (ADB, 2015).


According to FAO, mainstreaming gender dimensions is essential for achieving sustainable development and poverty reduction. Indeed, closing gender inequalities in agriculture would foster agricultural productivity growth, and help reduce the number of people suffering from hunger from 925 million to 100-150 million people (FAO, 2011). To achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, agricultural development policies, projects and programs must be gender sensitive enough. This entails promoting equitable access to resources, opportunities and benefits of agricultural research and development for men and women, especially for the disadvantaged groups such as women, youth, people living with disabilities, and the elderly. Therefore, gender capacity building for stakeholders involved in PAIRED becomes an imperative and aims at facilitating the achievement of the program’s development objectives, which necessarily involves integrating gender and social dimensions effectively in PAIRED various activities.


The tasks to be performed as well as other information relating to the call are detailed in the terms of reference attached.


The Executive Director of CORAF invites candidates meeting the qualification criteria, as indicated in the terms of reference, to express their interest in this recruitment.


Interested consultants can obtain additional information from the CORAF Executive Secretariat by sending correspondence to the Regional Gender and Social Development Adviser of CORAF by e-mail to from 8h to 12h and 15h to 17h GMT.


Applications must be submitted by e-mail to the following address : the latest on September 25, 2019 at 17:00 PM.




Executive Director of CORAF