CONSULTANCY: Sustainability and Resilience in Agriculture Value Chain Expert

CONSULTANCY

Sustainability and Resilience in Agriculture Value Chain Expert

Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)

Introduction

The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA, www.agra.org) is a not-for-profit organization working with African governments, other donors, NGOs, the private sector and African farmers to significantly and sustainably improve the productivity and incomes of resource poor smallholder farmers in Africa. AGRA’s vision is to catalyze and sustain inclusive agriculture transformation in Africa by contributing to reducing poverty and increasing food security for 30 million smallholder households in Africa and supporting countries on a pathway to attain and sustain an agriculture transformation.

AGRA is currently working in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) and the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) on a three year initiative that seeks to ‘Scale-Up of Integrated Approaches through the use of a value chain approach in scaling-up more environmentally sustainable and resilient practices in in food systems in Africa’. The initiative seeks to build capacities of regional and national actors to integrate sustainability and resilience aspects into national and regional value chains and to catalyze action for significant regional value chains to integrate sustainability and resilience practices. The project targets both private and public sector actors to ensure inclusivity in building resilience to threats that affect regional food systems are mitigated.

The project operates at a regional level, collating experiences and providing capacity building support to 12 countries through regional interventions. It is part of a programme that has 12 independently managed country projects that seek to integrate natural resources management in food systems in Africa. This project therefore forms part of a technical support and capacity building mechanism for the country projects. The project addresses the scaling-up integrated approaches that seek to create a balance between increased demands on agriculture systems and safeguarding vital ecosystem services; and through this, building resilient food systems.

The project strategy is to build capacities of countries through training and knowledge sharing on promoting sustainability and resilience through management of the natural resources that underpin food and nutrition security.

AGRA, with UNDP, will promote the scaling-up of best practices through a ”greening of the value chain” approach, which will leverage on existing work and experiences in agro-food value chains on the continent. AGRA and UNDP will therefore develop a training manual and toolkit; and deliver a series of regional trainings.

It is against the above background that AGRA seeks to recruit the services of consultant with a clear understanding of agriculture value chains and natural resources management in Africa to work with a team of experts in AGRA and UNDP to develop training materials and provide technical support countries, where needed. The consultant will work under the supervision of AGRA’s Resilience Officer.

Consultancy Overview

The consultant – Sustainability and Resilience in Agriculture Value Chain Expert will form part of AGRA’s resilience expertise and will support the Resilience Officer on the development of a training and capacity building toolkit on the integration of sustainable natural resources management and climate change in food systems with a particular emphasis on ‘greening’ national and regional agriculture value chains. The development of the training and capacity building toolkit will involve undertaking a scoping of existing similar initiatives at regional level and collating of best practices from AGRA’s programmes. These will be synthesized to develop a training manual and recommended delivery methodology. The consultant will work under the supervision of the Resilience Programme Officer.

Responsibilities

  1. Regional and national value chains analytics (Deliverable 1: A Working Paper)
  • Carry out desk based research on key regional and national value chains. Particular focus will be on these value chains that are vulnerable to climate change and environmental degradation;
  • Undertake analytical work on environmental degradation and climate change; and their effects on food systems in Africa;
  • Identify key value chains that have opportunities for integrating natural resources management and climate change
  • Identification of key barriers in the integration of natural resources management and climate change into national and regional agriculture value chains.
  • Identify capacity gaps in key value chains for natural resources management and climate considerations
  1. Stakeholder mapping and identification of case studies (Deliverable 2: Stakeholder and case study report)
  • Map out key and relevant stakeholders in the selected value chains
  • Identify and develop case studies that can be used in the training
  • Identify partnership opportunities for AGRA in the thematic areas
  1. Development of a training manual (Deliverable 3: Training Manual with relevant annexes)
  • Using the analytical information, stakeholder mapping and identified case studies develop a training manual for integration of natural resources management and resilience building in agriculture value chains in the target countries
  • The manual will also contain:
    • Recommended delivery methodology clearly stipulating the target audience for the training
    • Clearly identified target audience, this should also include stakeholders that are outside the agriculture sector
    • Case studies that will used as reference points for learning
    • Required resources for delivery of the training
  • Provide other key recommendations for ensuring the success of the capacity building efforts in greening the value chains

Duration (Term) and Location for the assignment

The Consultancy is for a period of 6 months, spread over a one-year period. This is a home-based assignment with limited travel to AGRA HQ and countries. Travel will require pre-clearance.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Master’s in Development, Economics, Agriculture Economics, Environmental Management or equivalent.
  • At least 10 years of experience in a relevant field
  • Strong knowledge of sustainable agricultural systems in general. Knowledge of Africa is an added advantage
  • Technical understanding and operational competency in agriculture value chains, and regional food movement
  • Traceable work experience in the development and training modules.
  • Strong analytical, research and writing skills;
  • Knowledge of challenges and opportunities of agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa;
  • Fluency in English. French is an added advantage;
  • Ability to perform at a high level under pressure
  • Available to start the assignment as soon as possible.

Evaluation Criteria

The selection process of this assignment will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Relevant technical and academic qualification – 15%
  • Required experience in a relevant field(s)- 20%
  • Technical understanding and operational competency in agriculture value chains – 25%
  • Technical competency in climate change and/or, natural resources management in Africa – 15%
  • Experience in developing and delivery of training materials or capacity building interventions – 20%
  • Fluency in English. French is an added advantage; 5%

Total: 100%

Note: The best consultants may be contacted to clarify some of the information provided in their proposals/CVs

Clarification Request

Clarity on any item in the TOR can be sought by sending an email with subject line “Request for clarification: Resilience Consultancy” to procurement@agra.org by 20th April, 2019

Technical and Financial proposal

With reference to the TOR, the consultancy candidate should submit a proposal containing the following:

  • The technical proposal to:
    • Clearly demonstrate the consultants understanding of the assignment and experience supported by verifiable evidence of having undertaken assignments of similar scope (provide a minimum of two samples of similar work done for other organizations in the last three years)
    • Detailed Curriculum Vitae including three referees
  • The financial proposal to:
    • Be in US Dollars
    • Be password protected and sent as a separate document from the technical proposal. Password’s will be requested from those who attain the set minimum technical score
    • Include a clear breakdown of all costs as follows:
      • Consultancy fees, all inclusive, and proposed payment installations per deliverable;
      • All applicable taxes. AGRA will not be liable for any taxes that are the responsibility of the consultant as a result of the contract given
      • An estimate of the travel and accommodation costs shall be discussed with the successful candidate to be included in the contract

Proposal Submission

All interested consultants or consultancy companies are asked to submit their technical and financial proposals by 20th April 2019, 1700 Hours East Africa Time (GMT +3) to the following email address: procurement@agra.org

The email subject to clearly read “Sustainability and Resilience in Agriculture Value Chain Expert

Disclaimer

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

 

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