Expression of Interest - TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR A CONSULTANCY TO REVIEW NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL AND FOOD SECURITY INVESTMENT PLANS AND DETERMINE IMPLEMENTATION CAPACITY GAPS IN RWANDA
The Malabo declaration of 2014 was a recommitment by African Heads of State to the key principles and values that define the Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP). Amongst these principles and values is the pursuit of agriculture-led growth as a main strategy to achieve targets on food and nutrition security, and shared prosperity on the continent. A key milestone in the national level implementation of this framework is the development of National Agriculture and Food Security Investment Plans (NAFSIPs) which set priorities and integrate the scaling up of practices that augment agricultural development and food security. However, a cursory review of the NAFSIPs points to significant capacity deficits that will have to be addressed for the successful implementation of CAADP. Addressing such capacity deficits will require holistic needs assessments for all key commodities identified in the NAFSIPs and other national and regional food and nutrition security strategies. Consequently, FARA, ASARECA and the other sub-regional organizations (SROs) have therefore joined hands with other operational partners with support from the European Union (EU), to implement “Africa Human Capital in Science, Technology and Agripreneurship for Food Security Framework (AHC-STAFF)”. The purpose of AHC-STAFF is to develop and validate a framework for demand-led and holistic capacity strengthening in Africa, that will contribute to the successful implementation of CAADP-NAFSIPs.
B. Objectives of the Assignment
ASARECA seeks to commission a consultancy for the review of the Rwanda NAFSIP with a focus on delineating pertinent issues on the development of on overarching human capital development framework, to support CAADP implementation. A suggested generic methodology of the review will be availed by ASARECA.
C. Scope of Work
The consultant will undertake a desk review of the Rwanda NAFSIP to map key action or programme areas, the main actors, and the capacity deficits that need to be addressed for each programme area. Specifically, the consultant will:
- Prepare an inception report, covering the background, objectives, methodological approach, work plan and deliverables;
- Review and identify priority areas and commodity value chains in the NAFSIP and programmes;
- Undertake broad sector mapping to determine institutional arrangements, key actors and their inclusivity for programme implementation;
- Determine the duties and responsibilities of each actor in the programme implementation;
- Perform capacity budgeting (human and institutional) for each programme area;
- Perform institutional capacity assessment of national actor agencies to determine existing capacity (human and institutional) to implement their respective responsibilities;
- Identify capacity (human and institutional) gaps for each programme area and key actors; and
- Provide recommendations on a framework to address the capacity gaps.
D. Outputs or Deliverables for each consultant
- An inception report covering the background, objectives, methodological approach, work plan and deliverables;
- A draft report with an Executive Summary and Sections covering areas (ii) – (viii) of the Scope of work above
- A Power Point presentation to a National Stakeholders workshop
- A final report incorporating the comments of stakeholdersof the review exercise two weeks after receiving comments on the interim report
E. Duration of the Assignment
An inception report must be presented to ASARECA by 31st March 2016. The draft report must reach ASARECA by 30th April 2016. The deadline for submission of the final report will be agreed upon between ASARECA and the consultant, depending on the appropriate time for the National validation workshop. The consultant will be expected to hold consultations and work with the AHC-STAFF National implementation team in Rwanda.
F. Qualification and Experience
ASARECA is looking for an individual with the following qualifications and experience:
- Minimum of an MSc but preferably a PhD degree in economics, applied statistics, agricultural economics, or development studies
- Have over 15 years professional or post-PhD/MSc experience, with evidence (publications or testimonials) of similar econometric studies undertaken
- Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the current African agricultural development agenda (e.g. the CAADP country processes) FARA, and the sub-regional organizations , specifically ASARECA
- Be conversant with contemporary thinking on capacity development for agricultural innovation
- Be hands-on with quantitative techniques of (e.g. social) data analysis
- Have demonstrable ability to write concise technical papers and synthesis reports
Interested individuals are required to send their technical and financial proposals via email to:
P. O. Box 765, Entebbe
A comprehensive profile and CV must be presented in the technical proposal. For any further clarification, you may contact the Head, Partnership and Capacity Development on firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date: 15th March 2016