Consultancy Services: Technical Support to National and Regional Organizations on Strengthening Quality Control of Agricultural Inputs and Products

Consulting Services: Provision of Technical Support to National and Regional Organizations on Strengthening Quality Control of Agricultural Inputs and Products
Name of Project: CAADP-XP4
Activity Ref No: CAADP-XP4 Output 3/ Activity 3.5.1 / 2021
Procurement Ref: FARA/CAADP-XP4/CS/IC/2021/03
Date: Thursday, June 17, 2021
  1. The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) together with the Sub-Regional Agricultural Research Organizations (SROs) offer a strategic platform that fosters continental and global networking to strengthen the innovation capacities of Africa’s agricultural research system. FARA also has a mandate from the AUC to serve as its technical arm in the advancement of the Science Agenda in Africa’s Agriculture.

To achieve transformation in the agricultural sector, FARA has identified an increasing need for deeper collaboration among Agricultural Research for Development practitioners and private sector partners in Africa. FARA has therefore embarked on an inclusive process together with the Sub Regional Organizations (ASARECA, CCARDESA, CORAF) and AFAAS, to develop a new vision of collaboration and operationalization with private sector partners. This is being done through the European Union (EU) FUNDS under the Development Smart Innovation through Research in Agriculture (DeSIRA) initiative. The initiative aims to implement a 4-year project in Africa called CAADP Ex-Pillar 4 (CAADP-XP4).

FARA is of the view that ensuring and strengthening quality control measures to increase cross-border trade should be a priority for Africa countries in the quest to achieve SDG 2 and its related SDGs.  Through the implementation of the CAADP-XP4 project, FARA aims at contributing to enhancing cross-border trade on the continent by strengthening the capacities of national and regional organizations through the provision of technical support. One approach identified by FARA is the creation of enabling environment to ensure enhanced regional trade, markets, and transboundary commodity movement of agricultural commodities. To achieve the objectives of this activity, there is the need to technically support national and regional organizations to strengthen their capacities to ensure quality control of agricultural inputs and products to increase cross-border trade among African countries.

  1. The overall aim of this assignment is to provide technical support to national and regional organizations and stakeholders to advocate for policy reforms towards enhanced cross-border trade among Africa countries.
  2. This request for expression of interest aims at engaging a consultant to carry out the following functions:
    • To assess the effectiveness of regional and country-level quality control mechanisms for agricultural inputs and outputs
    • To develop an action plan for improving quality control mechanism to promote intra-continental trade for agricultural inputs and outputs in relation to cross-border trade
    • To generate a policy brief that advocates for trade policy reforms to enhance cross-border trade on the African continent

The detailed terms of reference is in the link below:

https://faraafrica.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/TOR-Technical-Support-to-National-and-Regional-Organizations-on-Strengthening-Quality-Control-of-Agricultural-Inputs-and-Products.pdf

4. The Executive Director of FARA invites interested consultants to express interest in carrying out this assignment.

5. Consultants interested in this call must provide an Expression of Interest no longer than 10 pages, outlining proposed methodologies, references related to the execution of similar contracts, experience in similar areas, or evidence of knowledge and a proposed timeline. Brochures, CVs, and other supplementary materials submitted shall not be accounted for as part of the 10-page limit.

6. The anticipated period of performance for this consultancy is 30 man-days spread over two months. The work shall be carried out from the first week on July 16, 2021, to September 17, 2021.

7.  The individual consultant shall be selected based on procedures defined in the Procurement Guidelines of FARA.

 

Interested consultants may obtain further information from FARA’s Policy Officer, Kwaku Antwi [kantwi@faraafrica.org], and copy the Procurement Expert, Mr. Callistus Achaab [cachaab@faraafrica.org], during the following hours: 9h00 to 15h00 GMT.

 Please download the Terms of Reference below for further information on this opportunity.

Expressions of Interest should be submitted electronically to [recruitment@faraafrica.org] and addressed to Dr. Yemi Akinbamijo, Executive Director of FARA, No 9 Flower Avenue, New Achimota, Mile 7, Accra, Ghana, no later than Thursday, 1st July 2021, at 14h00 GMT. Tel: +233 302 772823/744888

 

FARA Affirmative Action Statement on Recruitment: there is no discrimination based on gender race, religion, ethnic orientation, disability, or health status.

 Executive Director of FARA

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