CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST
Recruitment of Individual Consultants for the Mapping of Climate Change Initiatives in West and Central African Countries (Cape Verde, Chad, Congo, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mauritania, Niger and Sierra Leone)
Opening of the call: 11/05/2022
Closing of the call: 25/05/2022
Climate change is a global phenomenon with increasing implications on different dimensions of human life. The agricultural sector has been considered both a source and a sink of greenhouse gases and is the sector most affected by the scourge of destabilizing climate variables. Prior to the rising constraints of climate change, African agriculture has its own intrinsic challenges, ranging from low soil fertility, pests and diseases, low levels of literacy and lack of resources to use improved technologies. The agricultural sector in Africa also suffers from a huge investment gap in infrastructure, supportive policies, and unstructured growth planning and quality delivery. However, the challenges of climate change on African agriculture continue to draw the attention of national governments and regional organizations as well as development partners.
A large number of initiatives have been launched and implemented at different administrative levels, namely at the country, sub-regional and continental levels. The two main categories of interventions are Climate-Smart Adaptation (CSA) and Climate-Smart Mitigation (CSM). The European Union, as part of the Development of Smart Innovation through Research in Agriculture (DeSIRA) initiative, aims to strengthen the deployment of science and innovation to achieve an inclusive, sustainable and climate-smart transformation. The second pillar of this support aims to strengthen the institutional architecture to achieve the objectives of DeSIRA. A key activity under this initiative is to undertake a continental mapping of all previous and current climate-smart initiatives in order to characterise them, assess contributions to change and guide the way forward under the auspices of the EU-funded CAADP-XP4 project implemented by the continental organisations FARA and ASARECA with associated sub-regional organisations: ASARECA, CCARDESA and CORAF
CORAF is an international non-profit association of National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS) from 23 countries, covering over forty percent of the African population, making it the largest sub-regional research organization (SRO) on the African continent.
In order to achieve the objective of the above activity, CORAF will in the short term engage the services of individual consultants to carry out the mapping of climate change initiatives in selected countries in West and Central Africa in order to generate comprehensive information on the status of climate change interventions in the region.
The Executive Director of CORAF invites consultants with the required qualifications as indicated in the terms of reference to express their interest in this call for proposals.
Consultants interested in this call must provide information indicating that they are qualified to perform such services (references regarding the execution of similar contracts, CV, experience in a similar field, experience under similar conditions, etc.).
Qualified consultants will be selected according to the rules provided in the CORAF Manual of Administrative, Financial and Accounting Procedures.
Interested consultants may obtain further information from the CORAF Executive Secretariat by sending an email to: [email protected].
Expressions of interest must be submitted via email to the following address: [email protected] no later than 25/05/2022 at 17h00 GMT.
Dr Abdou TENKOUANO
Executive Director of CORAF