Terms of Reference for the selection of an individual consultant for the update of the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) strategy and the development of the CORAF M&E operational manual

Terms of Reference for the selection of an individual consultant for the update of the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) strategy and the development of the CORAF M&E operational manual

Opening Date: May 11, 2022

Closing Date: May 26, 2022

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CEI No. 13-2022

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The West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF) was established in 1987 as a Conference of African and French Agricultural Research Managers. CORAF membership was extended in 1995 to include 23 National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS) from the following West and Central African countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo.

CORAF’s main objective is to improve livelihoods in West and Central Africa through sustainable increases in agricultural production and productivity, and to promote competitiveness and markets. This is achieved by addressing the critical issues of food and nutrition insecurity, chronic poverty, and youth unemployment through the following core functions: (i) coordination and capacity building, (ii) scaling up of technologies and innovations, (iii) creation of an enabling environment at regional level for technology flows and increased trade, and (iv) knowledge management and learning. To learn more about CORAF’s mission and mandate, visit: https://www.coraf.org/our-mission/.

Since 2007, CORAF has been involved in a Performance approach by implementing its first Strategic Plan 2007-2016.

The current CORAF Strategic Plan provides a ten-year framework (2018-2027) for developing and promoting pathways for the scaling up and dissemination of agricultural technologies and innovations for high impact. More specifically, it aims to: (i) increase the use of appropriate technologies and innovations in the region, (ii) increase the adoption of strategic decision-making for policies, institutions, and markets, (iii) improve institutional and human capacities in agricultural research for development, (iv) meet the demand for agricultural knowledge from target clients.

Thus, the implementation of this plan should enable smallholders, peri-urban farmers, and producer organisations to be market-oriented and competitive entrepreneurs in complex markets, while ensuring food and nutritional security for the population of West and Central Africa.

Monitoring and evaluation have a crucial role to play in the implementation of CORAF’s strategic plan and its accompanying operational plan.

In order to better report on the achievements of the strategic plan and to measure their impacts on the beneficiaries, CORAF plans to update its monitoring-evaluation strategy. It also intends to put in place a single operational manual for monitoring-evaluation, the main objective being to standardise, harmonise and federate practices in this area, within the framework of the implementation of the various projects and programmes implemented by CORAF.

It is within this framework that CORAF is recruiting a senior consultant to update its M&E strategy and develop its operational monitoring and evaluation manual.

The Executive Director of CORAF invites candidates who meet the qualification criteria, as indicated in the terms of reference, to express their interest in this recruitment.

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

The consultant will be selected according to the selection method based on the Consultant’s qualification in accordance with 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 correspondences to z.kpavode@coraf.org.

Qualification of the Consultant

  • At least a master’s degree in agro-economics, socioeconomics, rural development, agriculture, management, or any other related field. A PhD will be an advantage.
  • At least 10 years of experience in designing strategy and/or manual for monitoring and evaluation of research and development projects.
  • Experience in formulating or supporting development policies, programmes or projects in the agriculture and food security sector in West and/or Central Africa.
  • Have a good knowledge of monitoring and evaluation tools for development projects.
  • Proven experience in developing strategic documents for international or national agricultural organisations on various M&E and RBM issues.
  • Excellent written and spoken English and French.
  • Ability to produce accurate, high-quality analysis and documentation in a short timeframe.
  • Have a proven knowledge of the agricultural sector in West and Central Africa.

Consultants interested in this call must submit an Expression of Interest (EoI) and a detailed CV to procurement@coraf.org, not later than May 26, 2022, at 5:00 pm GMT.

Dr Abdou TENKOUANO

Executive Director of CORAF