Recruitment of a consultancy firm or a group of consultants for the design of a smart and sustainable mechanism to guide States on good practices regarding public seeds and seedlings subsidies for the countries of West Africa and the Sahel

Partnership for Agricultural Research, Education and Development (PAIRED)

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CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

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Recruitment of a consultancy firm or a group of consultants for the design of a smart and sustainable mechanism to guide States on good practices regarding public seeds and seedlings subsidies for the countries of West Africa and the Sahel

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Opening Date: May 21, 2021

Closing Date: June 18, 2021

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CEI No. 13-2021

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The West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF) is a subregional organization founded in 1987. It currently has 23 National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS) in 23 countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.

In June 2017, the USAID awarded US$ 15 Million to CORAF to facilitate the implementation of a five-year program named “Partnership for Agricultural Research, Education and Development (PAIRED)” in West and Central Africa. The PAIRED is being implemented through three interdependent components: (i) Strengthening CORAF capacity for effective coordination of agricultural research and development, (ii) Establishing innovative scaling framework for Agri-input Technologies and Innovations (T&Is) in West Africa (WA) and (iii) Increasing the use of quality Agri-inputs in WA, and particularly quality seeds which  form the basis of agricultural productivity and crop production

In the wake of the 2007/2008 food and nutrition crisis, governments made a comeback in agricultural subsidy policies, including agri-inputs of which seeds, in order to accelerate farm productivity and production. More recently, in response to the disruption of agricultural value chains due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, targeted one-off subsidy programs for agri-inputs have been advocated to increase the adoption of modern inputs and enhance agricultural productivity.

However, while commendable efforts have been made, there has been little impact from subsidies, and it is clear that agricultural productivity and the use of improved seeds in the subregion are still low. Evaluation reports on agri-input subsidies reveal often contradictory views. Some go so far as to report that farmers who had access to input subsidies during this period did not achieve higher yields on their plots as compared to control farmers. Surprisingly, their production even declined in the year they received the vouchers[1]. However, many people confirm that if the subsidy operation is well conducted, the seed subsidy not only makes it possible to (i) replenish the seed capital often lost after a crisis, (ii) facilitate the access of producers, especially the smallest ones, to improved varieties and significantly increase farm productivity and production, (iii) contain the risks associated with the rapid uptake of new technologies, and (iv) in some instances, alleviate the pressure of the vicious cycles of agricultural credit experienced by small-scale producers[2].

Given the urgent need to carry out reforms in seed subsidy policies, CORAF has drawn up these Terms of Reference with a view to recruiting a consultancy firm or a group of consultants to carry out a study for the Design of a smart and sustainable mechanism to inform and guide governments and development partners on good practices regarding public subsidies for seeds and seedlings in the countries of West Africa and the Sahel.

The  objectives and the expected results of the assignment, the tasks to be performed as well as other information relating to the call are detailed in the terms of reference attached.

The firm will be selected according to the selection method based on qualifications of consultant in accordance with the CORAF Administrative and Financial procedures Manual, in accordance with the criteria below:

  1. Firm experience (25 points)

Experience for similar assignments (relevant experience in conducting feasibility studies in the agri-input sector and / or in agricultural program and policy developments in the subregion for technical and financial partners) scored out of 25 points (5 points per relevant reference).

NB: References must be accompanied by a certificate of service made to be admissible.

  •  Qualification of the consultant Team to conduct the mission (scored out of 75 points)

1.  Expert No.1: Agroeconomist /Economist – Head of Mission scored out of 25 points

– General qualification (10 points):

  • Qualification: Hold the required diploma: He/she shall have a minimum university degree of Engineer/Master in Agribusiness Economics (5 points)
  • Professional experience: Have eight (8) years of professional experience: (Experience ³ 8 years = 5 points; Experience <8 years = 0 points)

Specific experience (15 points):

  • Have carried out at least five (5) similar assignments as Associate Auditor (3 points per assignment carried out).

2. Expert No. 2: Specialist in seed issues: scored out of 25 points

– General qualification (10 points):

  • Qualification: Hold a required diploma: He/she shall have a minimum University degree of Engineer/master’s in plant breeding, seed technology or seed policy, agronomy (5 points)
  • Professional experience of having at least 6 years professional experience: (Experience ³ 6 years = 5 points Experience  < 6 years = 0 point)

– Specific experience (15 points):

  • Have carried out at least three (3) similar assignments as consultant (5 points per assignment carried out).

3. Expert No. 3: Public Finance Specialist: scored out of 25 points

– General qualification (10 points):

  • Qualification: Hold a required diploma: He/she shall have a minimum of a Master’s degree in public finance (5 points)
  • Professional experience of having at least 6 years professional experience: (Experience ³ 6 years = 5 points Experience  < 6 years = 0 point)

– Specific experience (15 points):

  • Have carried out at least three (3) similar assignments as consultant (5 points per assignment carried out).

The firm ranked first will be invited for negotiation after having drawn up a technical and financial proposal on the basis of the terms of reference.

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.

Consultant firm or group of consultants interested in this call must provide information indicating that they are qualified to perform such services (technical qualifications, references concerning the performance of similar contracts, publications, experience in the similar field, CVs of proposed experts, etc.).

Interested firms/group of consultants can obtain additional information from the CORAF Executive Secretariat by sending correspondence to the CORAF’s agri-input development Expert by e-mail to: y.diallo@coraf.org.

Applications must be submitted by e-mail to the following address: procurement@coraf.org on June 18, 2021, 16:30 GMT at the latest.

Dr Abdou TENKOUANO

Executive Director of CORAF