Agricultural Policy Advisor – Uganda

Individual consultancy for an Agriculture Policy Advisor

Background and Context

Founded in 2006, the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), is an African-led African-based organization that seeks to catalyze Agriculture Transformation in Africa. AGRA is focused on putting smallholder farmers at the center of the continent’s growing economy by transforming agriculture from a solitary struggle to survive into farming as a business that thrives. As the sector that employs the majority of Africa’s people, nearly all of them small-scale farmers, AGRA recognizes that developing smallholder agriculture into a productive, efficient, and sustainable system is essential to ensuring food security, lifting millions out of poverty, and driving equitable growth across the continent.

AGRA is rolling out a new 5-year strategy to catalyze and sustain an Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa to increase incomes and improve food security for 30 million farmers. Under this strategy, AGRA will deliver through an approach that simultaneously catalyzes change at farmer level, strengthens input and output market systems and puts government at the center to enable and champion private-sector-led agricultural growth at national level.

As part of its Inclusive Agricultural Transformation agenda, AGRA will step-up its policy engagement by supporting government-led reform of policies that are constraining agricultural development.  Specifically, AGRA will support partner governments to articulate alternative policy reform options and undertake ex-ante legal and economic analysis so that they are better placed to assess and approve policy changes based on reliable and relevant evidence.  Additional policy engagement activities include ascertaining government buy-in and commitment and identify policy priorities, articulate and assess alternative policy options and ensure uptake; understanding the political economy around specific policy issues (linkages to CAADP and national agricultural strategies, key stakeholders) in order to provide timely, effective and influential advice and identify windows of opportunities for policy reforms;  undertaking ex-post analysis on policy reforms achieved to assess the impact of reformed policies already underway; and identifying and partnering with external (non-government) advocacy partners to promote inclusive policy dialogue and reform processes.

To drive policy and regulatory reform in Uganda, AGRA is seeking to recruit an Agricultural Policy Advisor/Consultant and second or embed him/her to the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry & Fisheries (MAAIF) in Uganda. The expert will advise the agricultural policy makers in the Planning and Development Department (APD) in taking a proactive approach to providing policy options for review and reform. Furthermore, he/she will support in driving the AGRA’s Uganda Operational Plan in the realm of policy, advocacy and state capability by building government’s technical implementation and coordination capacity, strengthening the enabling environment through the provision of technical support to ADP department, at MAAIF.

Scope and Approach of the Consultancy

The consultant is expected to:

  • Support AGRA’s Country Manager in the implementation of ongoing policy initiatives under the current portfolio;
  • Initiate, and co-create policy concept notes that present emerging, and innovative ideas that will transform the agricultural sector;
  • Support MAAIF to identify and set priorities and movement of a policy matrix for regional food markets and food trade;
  • Supporting the Ministry to diagnose and assess, prioritize and reform agricultural policies, laws, regulations and administrative practices along staple value chains;
  • Support to Ministry in advancing micro-policy reforms to promote agribusiness;
  • Engage government officials, agribusiness leaders, representatives of farmer organizations and Civil Society Organizations and other stakeholders in the reforming and advocacy processes;
  • Carry out policy analysis and dialogue to support the policy process;
  • Engage other donors in the agriculture sector within the framework of government-donors’ coordination;
  • Plan and coordinate work plans for reforming each individual prioritized reform;
  • Plan and coordinate activities of sub-grantees and other stakeholder to drive reforms through the government processes;
  • Coordinate, monitor activities to promote, communicate and publicize reformed policies and regulations to stakeholders (both domestic and foreign) in order to raise awareness about improved agribusiness enabling environments; and
  • Manage activities to enhance the capacity and commitment of MAAIF and/or other relevant line ministries and government agencies and AGRA policy grantees to continuously review, assess and reform policies and regulations that limit agricultural development.

Key Qualification and Experience required

  •  Education: Advanced university degree in economics, law, public administration, political science, social sciences or related field.
  •  Experience: A minimum of 10 years of relevant professional experience from business or development cooperation with an emphasis on support to regulatory reform; in-depth understanding of agricultural policy and regulatory reform issues and processes in Africa; extensive experience from policy-related work planning and management.
  • Communication Skills and Language Requirements: Excellent oral and written communication skills in English; Portuguese is a prerequisite for working in Uganda.
  • The person will be required to have the good grasp of knowledge and understanding of agricultural policy and not limited to the following key areas among others;
    • Demonstrable capacity in National and micro policy constraints in the input systems [seeds, fertilizer, extension, ICT etc.], agricultural finance, food markets such as weight and standards, warehousing and lack of clarity and predictability by governments on the objectives and interference of national food reserves;
    • Ability to identifying and codifying key elements of predictability of government interventions in its implementation of the Agriculture Growth and Transformation Strategy and Plan, including ability to ability to identify bad practice that government should avoid and advise on how to avoid setting a specific list of prescriptive policies that could affect smooth implementation of programs.
    • Knowledge of different tariffs for agricultural products applied by different regions and high dependence on trade tax revenue as a proportion of fiscal revenue;
    • Understand nontariff barriers, including import and export restrictions including import quota restrictions and import and export licenses; customs import and export procedures; customs documentation and certificates of origin; Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures; technical regulations and standards that set out specific characteristics of a product such as its size, shape, design or labelling or packaging of the product;
    • Understanding of and develop intelligence of possible policy reversals and unpredictable monetary and fiscal policies resulting in poor financial services and late payments for imports and getting paid for exports;
    • Should also be able to know the institutional capacity, including red tape and corruption, rule of law and judiciary system, and social and political conflict; and
    • Hands on experience in areas of various customs controls and administrative rigidities to facilitate movement of agricultural goods and services.

Reporting Arrangements

The advisor/consultant will work closely with the Directorate for Planning and Development DPCI) at the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (MAAIF).

However, within AGRA the advisor shall report directly reports to AGRA’s Country Manager in Uganda with dotted line to the Head of Policy & Advocacy at the Headquarters in Nairobi.

Outputs and Deliverables

The advisor/consultant will be expected to have a bi-weekly check-in call as well as monthly policy advisory briefs.

Terms and Conditions

The consultant is expected to commit at least 15 days a month to the advisory role over a 12-month period. This means a total of 180 days in a year. The contract will be renewable following successful delivery of the agreed outputs. Note the following:

  • Expenses associated with the delivery of the role will be billed to AGRA. Before expenses are incurred, planned expenditure must be pre-approved by AGRA Country Manager or AGRA Head of Policy and Advocacy; and
  • AGRA will offer a fixed payment per month. The consultant’s financial proposal is expected to outline a fee rate.

Proposal Submission

The proposals should comprise of the following:

  • Consultant’s understanding of the consultancy requirements: description of technical approach, methodology and work-plan for performing the assignment;
  • Details of consultant’s availability and cost for the assignment;
  • Clear tentative assignment delivery plan; and 
  • Consultant’s CV
  • Cover letter explaining suitability for the role and evidence of recent work must be submitted
  •   Brief technical proposal on the understanding of the assignment (not exceeding 5 pages) including a draft work plan
  •  Financial Proposal – should show the expected daily rates in USD

 The CV, Cover letter, brief technical and financial proposal MUST be sent separately to procurement@agra.org  by 2nd October 2019 at 17:00 Hours East Africa Time (GMT +3). The subject of the email MUST read “Proposal for Agricultural Policy Advisor Uganda”. AGRA shall not be liable for not opening proposals that are submitted with a different subject. Neither technical nor financial proposals should exceed 10MB.

Procurement Evaluation Criteria

The proposal submitted will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • General qualifications: (general education, training, and experience): [25%]
  • Thoroughness, Adequacy for the Assignment: years of experience in delivering similar assignments; past performance, experience in playing and providing advisory roles; strong familiarity with scope of work; quality of technical proposal; and methodological approach [55%]; and
  • Relevant experience in the region: (working level fluency in local language/knowledge of local culture or administrative system, government organization, etc.): [20%]

Total weight: 100%

Technical and Financial proposals will need to be submitted as separate documents. Financial proposals will not be opened until the conclusion of the technical evaluation and then only for those proposals that meet the 75% threshold score. The consultant’s financial proposal is expected to outline the fee rate and applicable taxes shall be quoted separatel

DISCLAIMER

AGRA reserves the right to determine the structure of the process, number of short-listed candidates and the right to withdraw from this process at any time without prior notice and without liability to compensate and/or reimburse any party.

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