Recruitment of an individual consultant to conduct a Regional Training on Distinctness-Uniformity-Stability (DUS) and Value for Cultivation and Use (VCU) of Candidate Plant Varieties for Release

CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

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Recruitment of an individual consultant  to conduct  a Regional Training on Distinctness-Uniformity-Stability (DUS) and Value for Cultivation and Use (VCU) of Candidate Plant Varieties for Release

For breeders and members of National Variety release Committees

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Opening Date: 29 April 2021

Closing Date: 17 May 2021

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CEI No. 09-2021

CORAF has received funding from USAID/West Africa to implement the “Partnership for Agricultural Research, Education and Development(PAIRED)” program. A portion of the program resources is earmarked to support the Regional Seed and Seedling Committee in West Africa and in the Sahel for the implementation of harmonized regional seed regulations on seeds and seedlings quality control, certification and marketing in West Africa (C/REG.4/05/2008 of ECOWAS and Regulation No. 03/2009/CM/UEMOA).

This support to CORAF is consistent with the provisions of Article 4 of the Cooperation Agreement for seeds, between ECOWAS, UEMOA and CILSS, signed in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on June 4, 2018 and which entrusts CORAF with implementing the harmonized regional seed regulation, for five (5) year period, renewable.

Under this mission, CORAF works closely with its regional partners, notably CILSS, through the Sahel Institute (INSAH), which administers the regional electronic data management platform for the development of the Regional Catalog of Plant Species and Varieties of West Africa and the Sahel (CREVAOS). This platform should allow for the online registration, on a permanent basis, of plant varieties released by the Member States of the three regional organization. During the edition of the previous catalogs, the national experts identified several weaknesses in the platform which is currently being improved. However, the weaknesses identified in the regional electronic platform are coupled with technical weaknesses among national actors. As a result, the plant varieties registered in the national catalogs of some country of West Africa and the Sahel did not meet the requirements of the harmonized regional seed regulations. According to the regulations, if a plant variety is to register in the national catalog of plant species and varieties, it must meet a number of technical requirements to be met by the candidate varieties released, i. e. conformity with the requirements for (i) the Distinctness-Uniformity-Stability testing, known as ” DUS testing “, and with (ii) the Value for Cultivation and Use (VCU) testing, known as ” VCU testing”. The lack of information on some important traits is an indication that the required tests have not been carried out in accordance with the regulations.

It is against this background that CORAF has issued this Call for Expression of Interest (CEI), to recruit a consultant, expert in conducting the required testing (DUS and VCU), to deliver a regional training for breeders and members of the National Seed Committees (NSC), responsible for the release of plant varieties, which ultimate goal is to: “improve the quality of the national catalogs of the countries of West Africa and the Sahel, and therefore, the Regional Catalog of Plant Species and Varieties”

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

The Executive Director of CORAF is inviting individual consultants with required qualification as described in the Termes of references to apply  for this recruitment.

Interested consultants may obtain further information from the Executive Secretariat of CORAF by sending an email to :  y.diallo@coraf.org.

The Consultant will be selected according the “consultant qualification method”  following the rules contained in the Administrative, Financial and Accounting Procedures Manual of CORAF.

General Selection Criteria

Criteria
Hold a PhD or a Master degree in Plant Breeding, Agronomy, Seed Technology or any other related field. He/she should: Have proven knowledge of agricultural research and development and seed systems in West Africa and the Sahel. He/she should have worked for at least :For Ph.D holder 7 years in the agricultural research and development sector, including at least 6 years of proven experience in plant breeding and plant genetic resources management.For Master holder 10 years in the agricultural research and development sector, including at least 8 years of proven experience in plant breeding and plant genetic resources management
Good knowledge of Regulation C/REG.4/05/2008 and UEMOA Regulation N°03/2009/CM/UEMOA, on the harmonization of rules governing quality control, certification and marketing of plant seeds and seedlings [in West Africa and the Sahel];
Demonstrate proven knowledge of the procedures for the registration of varieties in the national/regional catalog of plant species and varieties (conduct the testing for Distinctness- Uniformity -Stability or Identification – DUS testing, and the testing for value foe Cultivation and Use – VCU testing
Track record in conducting trainings on seed and agricultural sector in West Africa
Good command of French or English

Applications of the individual consultants will be evaluated based on the criteria mentioned above and the selected consultant will be invited for further discussion and negotiation.

Consultants interested in this call must submit an Expression of Interest highlighting the execution and experience of similar contracts and a detailed CV.

Expressions of Interest (EoI) must be submitted by e-mail to the following address: procurement@coraf.org not later than the 17 May 2021 at 4:00 p.m GMT.

Dr Abdou TENKOUANO

Executive Director of CORAF