Recruitment of national individual consultants to map Climate Change Initiatives in West and Central African countries

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Climate change is a global phenomenon with growing implications on different aspects of human life. The agricultural sector has been  tagged as both a source and sink of greenhouse gasses while it remains the sector that is most affected by the scourge of climate change. Prior to the upsurge of the climate change constraints, African agriculture has its intrinsic challenges, ranging from low soil fertility, pests and diseases, low levels literacy and lack of resources to use improved technologies. The agricultural sector in Africa also suffers a huge investment gap in infrastructure, supportive policies as well as unstructured planning for growth and quality delivery. However, climate change issues in Africa agriculture continue to attract attention from national governments and regional organizations as well as development partners.

A handful of initiatives have been launched and implemented at the different administrative levels viz., countries, sub-regional and continental levels. The two broad categories of interventions are Climate Smart Adaptation (CSA) and Climate Smart Mitigation (CSM). The European Union under the Development Smart Innovation through Research in Agriculture (DeSIRA) initiative aims to strengthen the deployment of science and innovation to achieve inclusive, sustainable and climate relevant transformation. The second pillar of this support aims to strengthen the institutional architecture to achieve the DeSIRA objectives. A key activity under this initiative is to undertake  a continental mapping of all climate smart initiatives in recent past and present in order to characterize them, assess the contributions to change and guide the way forward under the auspices of the EU funded CAADP-XP4 project implemented by the continental organizations FARA and ASARECA together with associated sub regional organizations: ASARECA, CCARDESA, and CORAF.

CORAF is an international non-profit association of National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS) of 23 countries, covering over forty percent of Africa’s population, thus making it the largest sub-regional research organization (SRO) on the African continent. In order to achieve the objective of the above mentioned activity, CORAF will be engaging the services of suitable national individual consultants on a short-term basis to carry out the mapping of Climate Change Initiatives in selected West and Central African countries  to generate comprehensive information on the state of climate change interventions in the region.

The Executive Director of CORAF invites Consultants with the qualifications demanded as indicated in the terms of reference to express their interest in this call.

Consultants interested in this call must provide information indicating that they are qualified to perform such services in the selected country (references concerning the performance of similar contracts, CVs, experiences in a similar field, experiences in similar conditions, etc.).

Qualified consultants will be selected according to the rules contained in the CORAF Administrative, Financial and Accounting Procedures Manual.

Interested consultants can obtain additional information from the CORAF Executive Secretariat by sending correspondence by e-mail to m.lorka@coraf.org.

Expressions of interest must indicate the country selected by the consultant and be submitted by e-mail to the following address: procurement@coraf.org no later than October 29, 2020 at 05p.m. GMT.

Dr Abdou TENKOUANO

Executive Director of CORAF