REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST: INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANT TO CARRY OUT FORESIGHT CAPACITY NEEDS ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATE INSTITUTIONAL ARCHITECTURAL ASSESSMENT FOR FORESIGHT RESEARCH AND POLICY PROCESSES IN AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH FOR DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA.

Name of project:      FARA Multi-Donor Trust Fund (FARA-MDTF)

Grant No:                  FARA-MDTF TF095129

Project ID No.:          P112684

 Ref:                            CDI 1.2.2                                                                    Date: August 21, 2017

 This request for expressions of interest follows the general procurement notice for this project   that appeared in the Market, issue no. 4577029 of November 10, 2009.

The forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) has received a grant from the Multi-Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) towards the cost of implementation of Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) Third Medium Term Operational Plan (MTOP III) to be implemented over the period, 2014-2018.

 FARA intends to apply part of the proceeds for the following consultant services:

CONSULTANCY TO CARRY OUT FORESIGHT CAPACITY NEEDS ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATE INSTITUTIONAL ARCHITECTURAL ASSESSMENT FOR FORESIGHT RESEARCH AND POLICY PROCESSES IN AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH FOR DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA.

The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) is the apex organization coordinating agricultural research for development in Africa and the AUC/NEPAD mandated institution to lead implementation of Pillar IV of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) focusing on generation, dissemination and adoption of agricultural innovations.  Harnessing the development and poverty-reducing potential of CAADP depends crucially on the effectiveness, efficiency and relevance of agricultural research institutions and services in addressing the challenges facing African agriculture.

Achieving the post-Malabo CAADP goals would require sustained primary agricultural productivity growth and downstream value chain development against a myriad of uncertainties and challenges occasioned by biophysical constraints, climate change, conflicts, debilitating health epidemics, demographic transitions, and price volatilities. Agricultural research for development (AR4D) will be key to tackling such challenges; but appropriate tools will be needed to ensure the right priorities, strategic planning, and decision making related to AR4D policies and investments.

The Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR), mainly targeting constituent regional fora, has championed the role of foresight studies to facilitate forward thinking on how innovation and knowledge can best help surmount the diverse challenges facing agriculture in various contexts around the world. Through foresight, agricultural research and innovation can be made more responsive to future development needs. A typical foresight exercise should lead to the elaboration of a guiding strategic vision, to which there can be a shared sense of commitment. Therefore, FARA views foresight as an apt tool to help perform its mandate of an apex organization bringing stakeholders together around a shared AR4D vision for Africa’s agricultural transformation.

Developing a regional foresight capacity will enable FARA and the sub-regional research agencies to better advice agricultural sector stakeholders, particularly policy makers and development partners, on how: a) anticipated future changes and scenarios would affect productivity growth (and thus food and nutrition security) in Africa; b) associated response strategies, priorities and investments around the Science Agenda (s3A) for Agriculture in Africa; and c) predictive approaches for concerted action to ensure viable agricultural futures

In an effort to contribute to the knowledge on agricultural foresight, FARA carried out a review of agricultural foresight studies conducted in Africa and identified broad areas where anticipatory knowledge will be critical to Africa’s agriculture, and prioritize potential foresight topics. One of the key findings from the review is that Africa will require a critical mass of a new generation of African agricultural scientists, research for development experts and innovators with the ability to combine forward thinking and strategic foresight with their work. Building the capacity of a new generation of younger and middle career agricultural professionals is, thus, important. Furthermore, the study recommends the need to research into the architecture of African institutions to be able to conduct effective fore sighting in various sub sectors in the agriculture industry in Africa. This may require capacity to obtain and adapt existing and new tools.

In addition, FARA has a proposal for the structure and architecture of the African chapter of the Global Foresight Academy that aims to facilitate foresight knowhow and practice in African AR4D; provide training in the management and organization of foresight exercises; and serve as a useful forum for exchange of foresight experiences to influence AR4D policies across Africa. The proposed structure is expected to guide the establishment and operationalization of the African Foresight Academy. However, the proposed structure needs to be evaluated for its utility for operationalization of foresight work in the S3A implementation.

Against this background, FARA is seeking the service of a high-level consultant to conduct a follow up study with the objective of   unravelling key fore sight capacity needs for the implementation of the S3A as well as evaluating appropriate institutional architecture to facilitate implementation of foresight work on the continent.

 

OBJECTIVES OF ASSIGNMENT

The objectives of the assignment are to:

  • Assess human and institutional capacities required to build a critical mass of foresight capacity in Africa
  • Assess organizational capacity needs to carry out effective foresight analysis by institutions in Africa
  • Evaluate the proposed institutional architecture for the establishment of the African Foresight Academy.

SCOPE OF ASSIGNMENT

The consultant will carry out the following activities:

  • Carry out foresight studies on human and institutional capacity needs required to build foresight capacity in Africa and support the implementation of the Science Agenda, in particular and development of the African agriculture in general.
  • Carry out studies to examine the capacity of African institutions to carry out foresight analysis
  • Analyses recommendations for designing the institutional structure of the African Foresight Academy

OUTPUTS AND DELIVERABLES

The consultant is expected to:

  • Submit an inception report detailing the approach to executing the assignment by 30th September 2011
  • Submit an interim progress report by 31st October 2017
  • Submit a detailed report by 15th November 2017 detailing the various aspects of the objectives including:
  • Anticipated human and institutional needs for the implementation of S3A and development of African agriculture
  • Identification of relevant institutions for anticipated studies on African agricultural development
  • Evaluation of institutional preparedness for foresight work
  • Recommendations for institutional architecture for African Foresight Academy

DURATION OF THE ASSIGNMENT

The assignment will be carried out in 45-man days spread over 4 calendar months (September- December 2017).

LOCATION OF THE ASSIGNMENT

The assignment will be home-based, but the consultant will be expected to travel either to specific pre-agreed places to conduct key informant interviews and present his findings at a stakeholder validation workshop

PERFORMANCE CRITERIA

 The Consultant is expected to undertake the services with the highest standards of professional /ethical competence and integrity. He/ she should be able to deliver the listed assignments in a most effective and efficient manner, within the period of assignment stated in Section E.

REPORTING

The consultants will be reporting to the Executive Director of FARA through the Divisional Manager of CDI.

FACILITIES TO BE PROVIDED BY FARA

Where necessary, FARA will provide the following to the consultants:

  • Literature material on foresight and foresight exercises
  • Travel and accommodation while in Accra or anywhere else to attend the stakeholders workshop
  • Any other logistical support, as may be agreed, to facilitate execution of the assignment

QUALIFICATION AND EXPERIENCE

The consultant(s) should be:

  1. A seasoned agricultural research and development professional with more than 10 years’ experience in leading agricultural research and development issues at the continental and global level.
  2. Should be highly knowledgeable on the issues affecting African agricultural development, agricultural research, education, science and technology.
  3. Have good knowledge of foresight in agriculture at the continental level.
  4. Should have demonstrated capacity to facilitate high level dialogue on agricultural development issues in Africa
  5. Familiar with FARA’s role in African agricultural research and development and should portray virtues of integrity and confidentiality.

 

FARA now invites eligible individual consultants to indicate their interest in providing the services. Interested individual consultants must provide information indicating that they are qualified to perform the services (brochures, description of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions, availability of appropriate skills among staff, etc.).

 

A firm will be selected in accordance with the procedures set out in the World Bank’s Selection and Employment of Consultants by the World Bank Borrowers, January 2011 revised in July 2014.

 

Interested consultants may obtain further information at the address below during office hours 0900 to 1500 hours

 

Expressions of interest must be delivered by e-mail to the address below on or before September 12, 2017 to the address below:

 

Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa

Dr Yemi Akinbamijo

The Executive Director,

Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA)

PMB CT 173 Cantonments, Accra

12 Anmeda Street Roman Ridge,

Accra, Ghana.

Email: recruitment@faraafrica.org

 

Consultants are advised to quote the Assignment Title & Reference Number in the application.

 

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