African countries are making efforts to achieve increased agricultural growth and improved livelihoods within the broader agricultural transformation agenda as guided by the Comprehensive Africa Development Programme (CAADP). As such several countries have developed quality national agricultural sector strategies and national agriculture investment plans (NAIPs). The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), in collaboration with other development partners, has been at the centre of supporting African governments and their partners to implement home grown national agricultural strategies and investment plans. This support has involved strengthening policy and strategy development as well as building technical and institutional capacities that drive programme implementation and achievement of intended results. The support has been underpinned on the understanding that government is key driver for the implementation of the national development agenda (in terms of laws, policies, strategies, investment plans) that provide strategic direction for the different sectors of the country.
Implementation of these investment plans requires the right agricultural sector institutional architecture, including specific capacities across all levels. Therefore, in order to increase understanding of the challenges faced by African governments and to develop refined and tailor-made support interventions, AGRA in collaboration with ministries of agriculture across 11 African countries carried out agricultural sector institutional capacity assessments (ICAs) in 2018/ 2019. The assessment aimed at generating updated information on the status of these countries in five thematic areas namely: i) Alignment of strategies and policies; ii) Enabling Business Environment iii) Capacity to implement; iv) Coordinated investment and action and v) Mutual accountability for results. Although the identified challenges varied across the countries, there were some that were similar in nature and included: inadequate guiding policy frameworks, inadequate systems and legal/regulatory frameworks, inadequate technical capacity (leadership, technical skills and staff numbers), limited financial resources and lack of appropriate technology/equipment. The assessment provided several actionable recommendations on broad areas that require institutional and capacity strengthening to facilitate better implementation of sector plans and programmes.
In order to move the ICA recommendations to the next level, there is need to design country specific Institutional Capacity Strengthening Plan (ICSPs). The ICSP will be sector specific and led by the Ministries of agriculture. In this regard, AGRA, is seeking the services of a team of an international / regional consultancy firms to develop a comprehensive five -year country Institutional Capacity Strengthening Plan (CSP) for the agricultural sector in Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda Tanzania, Mali and Ghana. The consultancy firm/s be expected to work in close collaboration with technical officials from the government.
Objective of the Consultancy:
To develop a five-year Capacity Strengthening Plan (ISCP) that addresses all the systemic challenges to agricultural sector development and transformation in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ghana, Mali and Nigeria. The consultant will be expected to produce country specific plans. This assignment will cover a period of three calendar months.
AGRA now invites eligible consultants (firms) to indicate their interest in providing these services. Interested consultants must provide information indicating that they are qualified to perform the services (description of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions, general qualifications of key staff, and so forth). Consultants may associate to enhance their qualifications. A maximum of six (6) qualified firms shall be shortlisted to provide detailed technical and financial proposals.
The expression of interest shall not exceed 20 pages. The detailed terms of references can be found on https://agra.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Terms-of-references-Instutional-Capacity-Strengthening-Plan_final.docx
Interested consultants may obtain further information at the email address provided below.
of interest must be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org by 5th
June 2020 at 1700 hours East African Time (GMT +3)
 The final list of countries is likely to be adjusted to possibly include Malawi, Uganda, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and Mozambique