CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST
Recruitment of an individual DTP (Desktop Publishing) specialist consultant for the design of agri-input package sheets.
Opening date: August 5, 2020
Closure date: August 17, 2020
CEI N° 11-2020
West Africa (WA) and the Sahel region are home to a population of about 387 million people, which represents 5% of the world’s population. The average annual population growth rate in West Africa is 2.7% compared to an annual growth in agricultural productivity of less than 2% (CORAF, 2017). Therefore, relative decrease in food production in the face of faster population growth is a concern for the sub-region. According to experts, food demand is expected to increase by about 60-80%, especially in the growing urban centers in West Africa; however, agricultural yields are not keeping pace, with gaps estimated at 75% compared to other regions of the world. As a result, farmers face inexorable pressure to sustainable increase their productivity (Jayne et al., 2016).
This sustainable intensification of the production requires increased use of agricultural inputs such as improved seeds, quality fertilizers, Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), etc. (Jayne et al., 2016). In this context, low access and lack of availability and accessibility of good quality agricultural inputs undermine farmers’ efforts to increase and sustain agricultural productivity and production. Despite the efforts of stakeholders, the use of agricultural inputs remains low with negative consequences on agricultural productivity in West Africa. Indeed, the lack of adequate communication often means that technology users, i.e. farmers, are not often aware of the existence neither of the technology nor of optimum use conditions.
The West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF/WECARD) and the International Fertilizer Development Centre (IFDC), through their respective five-year regional projects funded by USAID, PAIRED and EnGRAIS have undertaken to develop and disseminate input packages, including improved seed varieties, appropriate fertilizer recommendations for the main crops and according to the different agro-ecological zones of West Africa in order to contribute to a sustainable increase in agricultural productivity.
The development of input packages launched in 2019, continues this year with the participation of a variety of stakeholders including the private sector. Once the development is completed, the promotion, dissemination and marketing to end-users, including producers and agri-food industry actors (men and women) will be done by the private sector, which will assume full responsibility. The specifications for the agricultural input packages will be disseminated through an online map called FeSeRWAM and online downloadable versions of agri-input packages on the CORAF and IFDC websites.
Consequently, the present work entails producing agri-input package sheets in the form of files that can be downloaded from the internet. This activity fits into this framework and will enable the information on existing input packages to be used as downloadable sheets from the internet by country and by crop.
CORAF therefore invites individual consultants in the sub-region to express their interest in the above-mentioned mission. Interested individual consultants can obtain more information on the following website: www.coraf.org.
Required expertise and duration of the mission
The work will be carried out by a consultant specialised in computer graphics and desktop publishing.
General selection criteria
|Bachelor’s degree in computer graphics, computer science or a related field|
|At least 5 years of professional experience in the field of computer graphics and desktop publishing|
|Skilled in working with professional DTP software such as Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, QUARKXPRESS, LATEX, GIMP or similar softwares|
|Experience in the production of similar documents|
|Fluency in French or English (written and spoken)|
The applications of individual consultants will be evaluated based on the above-mentioned criteria and the preferred consultant will be invited for contract negotiations.
Consultants interested in this call should submit an expression of interest highlighting the performance and experience of similar contracts as well as a detailed CV highlighting the relevance of their profile to the above-mentioned criteria.
Expressions of interest should be sent by email to the following addresses: email@example.com, by August 17, 2020 at 12:00 GMT, at the latest.
Dr Abdou TENKOUANO