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VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT: Consultancy Service Support the promotion of strategic agricultural commodities value chains in IGAD Region

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT:

 Consultancy Service Support the promotion of strategic agricultural commodities value chains in IGAD Region

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

The Semi-Arid Food Grain Research and Development (SAFGRAD) is one of the specialized technical offices of the Commission of the African Union under its Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture. SAFGRAD mandate is to lead, coordinate and facilitate the formulation of appropriate policies and programmes that build resilience of rural livelihoods in semi-arid Africa through strengthening of institutional capacities aimed at advancing agricultural research, technology transfer and adoption; enhancement of value chains; management of natural resources; and mitigation and adaptation to climate change and combating desertification. SAFGRAD vision falls within the Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development (CAADP) framework which is at the heart of efforts by African governments to accelerate growth and eliminate poverty across the continent.it is within this context that AU-SAFGRAD is going to conduct a study to Support the promotion of strategic agricultural value chains in IGAD Region.

The Commission invites applicants who are citizens of Member States for Consultancy service for AU-SAFGRAD Office in the Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture for a a consultant to prepare study on the  promotion of strategic agricultural commodities value chains in IGAD Region

1.         Post

Post title:        Consultant(s)

Post level:      -----

Duty Station:

Immediate Supervisor:        Coordinator of AU-SAFGRAD

  • 2.         Major duties and responsibilities (Scope of work)
  •  To identify  and prioritize the staple and cash crops in IGAD Region
  • In consultation with SAFGRAD to select the most important strategic commodities to be focused on in the study through the followings:

-      to explore the nature of production and the terms and conditions of employment along  the selected commodities value chain

-      Identify constraints and opportunities to improve market access, raise productivity and wages, and foster pro-poor growth in the required value chains.

  • Focus on institutional arrangements that link producers, processors, marketers and distributors while recognizing that power differentials among actors may influence outcomes along the chains.
  • Conduct gender analysis while highlighting (the different positions) of men and women across the chain and addressing issues of power reflected in the production and marketing.
  • Provide an overview and analysis of existing laws, policies and institutional frameworks related to selected commodities value chains that need to be addressed for this study in IGAD Region
  • Highlight specific policy and programme gaps on the development of selected commodities value chains in IGAD Region.
  • Provide recommendations and propose policy interventions to achieve policy goals and to develop relevant sector in IGAD Region.
  • Find out specific interventions that could be achieved systemic changes throughout the value chains.
  • Assess the capacity of producers and their organizations (POs) to access services, credit, information and resources.
  • Recommend specific policies to the value chain system for ensure direct linkages of the farmers with the major markets and increased incomes from their produces
  • It might be the consultant will be required to visit some selected countries to meet with the relevant experts/institutions there.
  • If required, The consultant will present his study to the relevant stakeholder in the workshop organized by AU-SAFGRAD
    • The consultant will be responsible to facilitate the above mentioned workshop
    • Based on the above mentioned the consultant will finalize his study and submit to AU-SAFGRAD

 

 

3.         Educational Qualifications:

An advanced University degree (Masters Level or PhD) in agriculture, Science, Agriculture economics, social economics or any development science

4.         Work Experience:

The consultant shall have the following minimum qualifications:

  • At least 10 years of experience working in the agriculture sector in developing countries
  • At least 7 years’ experience with assessing value chains: production, post-harvest handling, processing and marketing of African agriculture products (staple and cash crops) with  experience providing hand-on support to small holder farmers and other value chain actors in the area of market and trade development;
  • Experience with developing and analyzing budgets for farms and agribusiness
  • Proven experience to design and implement programmes that create market opportunities for small holder farmers, small scale processors, and other value chain actors eg NSA;
  • Experience in poverty reduction initiatives through livelihood development for rural communities;

5.         Other relevant skills

  • Computer literacy.
  • Excellent drafting and reporting skills.
  • Good planning and organizational skills.
  • Conscientious and efficient in observing deadlines and achieving results.
  • Takes accountability for goals and challenges.
  • Effective and distinct communication ability with excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  • Ability to defend, explain with tact and diplomacy difficult positions addressing key policy issues.
  • Ability to work under pressure and collaboratively with and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues
  • Track record of excellent time management and ability to meet tight deadlines.

6.        Language requirement:

Proficiency in one of AU working  languages. Knowledge of other AU working languages would be an added

7.Tenure of Appointment:

 The consultancy is planned for a maximum period of 2 months starting from Month, June 2014.

8. Gender Mainstreaming:

The AU Commission is an equal opportunity employer and qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.

9.Expected Outputs

Inception report: The consultant will prepare an inception report including the methodology of delivering the assignment and detailed work plan. The report should also highlight all logistic issues necessary for the exercise. The contents of the inception report will include: background, understanding of the ToRs, work plan and reporting.

 

Draft evaluation report: the consultant will submit a draft report for review by SAFGRAD team and other key stakeholders within and outside SAFGRAD. The report will be submitted in electronic copy. The contents of the report will include, but not limited to:

  1. 1.Executive summary, context and introduction and methodology
  1. Strong analysis  and recommendation of  the points mentioned in the scope of work

Final evaluation report: After organizing the workshop and receiving comments on the draft report, the consultant will submit a final report including the relevant inputs from SAFGRAD and other stakeholders. Hard copies and an electronic copy of the final report will be submitted by the consultant

10. Remuneration:

The salary attached to the position is a lump-sum of US$ XXX inclusive of all allowances

11. Application: To apply, please submit the following: A detailed and updated CV.

Applications must be received not later than 1st May 2014  and should be addressed to:

 

AU -SAFGRAD

01BP1783Ouagadougou 01

Ouagadougou

Burkina Faso

 

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VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT: Consultancy Service to Support programme design and review in Africa as part of CAADP-based National Agricultural and Food Security Investment Plans (NAFSIPs)

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT:

 Consultancy Service to Support programme design and review in Africa as part of CAADP-based National Agricultural and Food Security Investment Plans (NAFSIPs)

 

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

The Semi-Arid Food Grain Research and Development (SAFGRAD) is one of the specialized technical offices of the Commission of the African Union under its Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture. SAFGRAD mandate is to lead, coordinate and facilitate the formulation of appropriate policies and programmes that build resilience of rural livelihoods in semi-arid Africa through strengthening of institutional capacities aimed at advancing agricultural research, technology transfer and adoption; enhancement of value chains; management of natural resources; and mitigation and adaptation to climate change and combating desertification. SAFGRAD vision falls within the Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development (CAADP) framework which is at the heart of efforts by African governments to accelerate growth and eliminate poverty across the continent.

The Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) framework reflects the recognition that in Africa agriculture is central to the alleviation of poverty and hunger. Hence, the successful development of agriculture is crucial to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Today, 40 countries have signed CAADP Compacts which reflect a commitment to shared vision and strategy for Africa’s agricultural development. Most of these countries have moved ahead in the CAADP process for formulating National Agricultural and Food Security Investment Plans (NAFSIPs), and Regional Economic Communities (RECs) are developing and moving ahead on Regional Agricultural and Food Security Investment Plans (RAFSIPs), which clarify priorities to bring the best returns to investment.

It is within this context that AU-SAFGRAD is going to conduct a study to support programme design and review in Africa Semi-Arid Zones as part of CAADP-based National Agricultural and Food Security Investment Plans (NAFSIPs) both at national and regional level.

The Commission invites applicants who are citizens of Member States for Consultancy service for AU-SAFGRAD Office in the Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture to support programme design and review in Africa as part of CAADP-based National Agricultural and Food Security Investment Plans (NAFSIPs)1. 

Post title:        Consultant(s)

Immediate Supervisor:        Coordinator of AU-SAFGRAD

2.         Major duties and responsibilities (Scope of Work)

  • The Consultant will be requested to identify gaps, review and analyze the NAFSIPs in the areas of land management, land degradation, desertification andclimate change, in 5 countries located in ECOWAS region The consultant will be requested to advice the selected countries on the activities and/or programmes that have to be enriched, added or reprioritized in particular of above mentioned areas.
  • The review and analysis will be based on desk work, then the consultant will meet with the national focal point(s) for discussion
  • Track progress in the implementation of Pillar I at the sub-regional and national levels of above mentioned areas.
  • Assess whether the investment plans incorporated adequate and gender-targeted steps to adapt to the impact of above mentioned areas on smallholder agriculture and pastoralism.
  • Analyze the way in which the regional dimension (subsidiarity, complementarities, and comparative advantages) were correctly taken into account both in content and in the process of elaboration of plans
  • It might be the consultant will be required to visit some selected countries to meet with the relevant persons/institutions there.
  • The consultant will present his report to the relevant stakeholder in the meeting organized by AU-SAFGRAD
  • The consultant will be responsible to facilitate the above mentioned meeting
  • Based on the above mentioned the consultant will finalize his report and submit to AU-SAFGRAD

 

3.         Educational Qualifications:

An advanced University degree (Masters Level or PhD) in agriculture science, Agriculture economics, Land Management, Climate change related science or Desertification’s related science. 

4.         Work Experience:

The consultant(s) shall have the following minimum qualifications:

  1. At least 10 years of experience working in the agriculture sector in developing countries
  2. The consultant(s) must have prior expertise on smallholder agriculture as a route to poverty eradication and inclusive growth in Africa, and must also be familiar with the ecological sustainability desertification and climate resilience issues surrounding African agriculture
  3. The consultant(s) must be well experienced  with the CAADP and other agricultural policies and plans at-country level
  4. Demonstrable experience in conducting similar work with proven analytical skills
  5. Thorough understanding and knowledge of agriculture and development issues in Africa, agricultural policy analysis and food security
  6. The candidate is expected to have an understanding of CAADP in particular CAADP Pillar I and the issues, challenges and constraints of Pillar I implementation that will guide him/her to track the progress of the Pillar implementation in selected countries.

5.         Other relevant skills

  • Computer literacy.
  • Excellent drafting and reporting skills.
  • Good planning and organizational skills.
  • Conscientious and efficient in observing deadlines and achieving results.
  • Takes accountability for goals and challenges.
  • Effective and distinct communication ability with excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  • Ability to defend, explain with tact and diplomacy difficult positions addressing key policy issues.
  • Ability to work under pressure and collaboratively with and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues
  • Track record of excellent time management and ability to meet tight deadlines.

6.        Language requirement:

Proficiency in English and French. Knowledge of other AU working languages would be an added  advantage

  • 7.Tenure of Appointment:

 The consultancy is planned for a maximum period of eight weeks starting from Month, May 2014.

  • 8. Gender Mainstreaming:

The AU Commission is an equal opportunity employer and qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.

  • 9. Expected Outputs

Inception report: The consultant will prepare an inception report including the methodology of delivering the assignment and detailed work plan. The report should also highlight all logistic issues necessary for the exercise.

 

Draft evaluation report: the consultant will submit a draft report for review by AU- SAFGRAD team and other key stakeholders within and outside AU-SAFGRAD. The report will be submitted in electronic copy. The contents of the report will include, but not limited to:

a-Executive summary, context and introduction and methodology

b-Strong analytical and recommendation country reports

 Final evaluation report: After receiving comments on the draft report, the consultant will submit a final report including the relevant inputs from AU-SAFGRAD and other stakeholders. Hard copies and an electronic copy of the final report will be submitted by the consultant to AU-SAFGRAD’s to the below mentioned addresses.

  1. Remuneration:

The salary attached to the position is a lump-sum of US$ ---inclusive of all allowances

  1. Application

To apply, please submit the following: A detailed and updated CV.

Applications must be received not later than1st May 2014-and should be addressed to:

 

 

AU -SAFGRAD

01BP1783Ouagadougou 01

Ouagadougou

Burkina Faso

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AU SAFGRAD to facilitate the Fifth Meeting (Ouagadougou, 19-20 May 2014) of the Heads of Intelligence and Security Services of the Countries of the Sahelo-Saharan Region

AU SAFGRAD, in close collaboration with the department Peace and Security and the Governmment of Burkina Faso, has faciltated the Fith Meeting of the Heads of intelligence and Security Services of the Countries of the Sahelo-Saharan Region. This important two-day meeting took place in Ouagadougou on May 19th  and 20th , 2014.

Participants to the Meeting with notably In the center in  the foreground: Commissioner for Peace and Security Ambassador Smail Chergui (with sky blue suit), Burkina Faso Minister for Territorial Administration and Security, Dr. Jerôme BOUGOUMA, Head of MISAHEL, HEM Pierre BUYOYA and General Gilbert DIENDIERE from Burkina Faso. In the bottom right-hand corner: AU SAFGRAD Coordinator, DR. Ahmed ELMEKASS.

For more details, See Press Releases: Opening of the Fifth Meeting of the Heads of Intelligence and Security Services of the Countries of the Sahelo-Saharan Region

 

South Africa Freedom Day in Ouagadougou: AU SAFGRAD Coordinator participated to the celebration

 

On the occasion of the celebration of Freedom Day considered as the National Day of the Republic of South Africa, AU-SAFGRAD has been invited to participate in the event. Many participants mainly from the Diplomatic Corps in Burkina Faso, among which AU-SAFGRAD Coordinator attended the ceremony.

The AU-SAFGRAD Head of Office seized the opportunity to congratulate H.E. Ambassador Gangumzi TSENGIWE, the Government as well as the people of the Republic of South Africa for this great and historical achievement.

The freedom day in South Africa commemorates the first post-apartheid elections held on April 27th, 1994. This year marks the 20 years anniversary of this historical event.

 

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 HE Gangumzi TSENGIWE, South African Ambassador in Burkina Faso (at the center), posing with Dr Ahmed ELMEKASS, AU-SAFGRAD Coordinator (on the right), and HE Idriss Ismail FARAGALLAH, Ambassador of Sudan Republic in Burkina Faso (on the left)

 

AU-SAFGRAD attended Climate SMART Agriculture (CSA) Orientation Workshop in Nairobi, Kenya, March 31st to April 05th, 2014

From March 31st to April 05th, 2013, AU-SAFGRAD Office represented by the Senior Information and Outreach Officer, attended  in Nairobi, Kenya an Orientation Workshop on the issue of Climate SMART Agriculture.

The workshop was organized by the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) in collaboration with NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency and the International Center for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF). The organizers have received a grant from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) to implement a two-year project aiming at promoting adoption of  CSA strategies that enhance agricultural productivity for improved food security and environment sustainability. Participants to the Workshop came from various organizations at global, continental and national levels in Africa. The purpose of the workshop was to stimulate collective action to leverage political, technical and financing support to grass-root, national and regional-level programmes and initiatives to scale-up the adoption the adoption of CSA practices in defining farming systems in Africa.

Scheduled for three days, the workshop finally was extended to five days. The three first days (March 31-April 02) were dedicated to the “CSA Orientation and Scaling-Up Workshop” while the two last days (April 02-03) concerned more specifically “Farming systems Orientation for CSA in the context of CAADP NAIP”. The new AU-SAFGRAD strategic Plan has been presented during the fourth day.

As way forward, the work plan of the initiative built during the workshop will be implemented  as soon as possible. 

               

 

10th CAADP Partnership Platform opens with a call to African leaders to own and recommit to the CAADP process

 

AFRICAN UNION

Directorate of Information and Communication 

 Press Release No. 054/2014

Durban, South Africa -19 March 2014–Yesterday, the 10thComprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) Partnership Platform officially opened in Durban at the International Convention Centre. On the 10th anniversary of CAADP inception, this meeting is a pivotal moment, asking members to objectively reflect on previous goals and actions and call upon African Heads of State and government to enhance their ownership and commitment to CAADP.

 

The meeting brought together Africa and global leaders from a number of international organisations, African Governments including ministers, private agribusiness firms, financial institutions, farmers, NGOs and civil society organizations to discuss and develop concrete investment plans for scaling agricultural development success in Africa.

 

As a proven engine for growth, the conference emphasised that, agriculture is essential to Africa’s long-term and sustainable economic growth, and a solution to most of the continent’s most pressing challenges, such as youth employment and climate change.

 

The meeting was officially opened by Mr.James Nxumalo, Mayor of Durban, who acknowledged  CAADP’s success over the last decade saying, ‘’this meeting will foster a spirit of mutual learning and growth for Africa.’’

 

Addressing the meeting on behalf of the AUC Chairperson, H.E NkosazanaDlamini-Zuma, AUC Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, H.E Tumusiime Rhoda Peace, said tremendous progress had been achieved in the last decade of CAADP implementation.

“The deeper we commit to the CAADP process, the greater the level of coordination, harmonisation and alignment to the strategy and priorities of Africa’s agricultural transformation, “she said.

 

Commissioner Tumusiime said the agenda of agricultural transformation was strategically positioned to provide enormous opportunities for inclusive and sustainable development in Africa. (The complete speech is available on www.au.int).

 

Giving a keynote presentation during the opening, Dr. Ibrahim AssaneMayaki, CEO of NEPAD said, “CAADP has now become a recognised and irreversible ‘’brand’’ throughout Africa and the rest of the world.” “It has been a catalyst for African leadership in driving agriculture at all levels, as well as for the process of Africans regaining control of the dialogue with technical and financial partners.” (The full speech is available on www.au.int).

 

Other speakers at the opening event included Mr. Stephen Muchiri, representative of the Pan African Farmers Organisation, Ms. Abby MguguMhene representing civil society organizations and Mr. Roberto Ridolfi representing the development partners, who all reiterated their support of CAADP.

 

The four day meeting will encompass numerous discussions, pledges, and ultimately, goals, actions and targets with clarity on execution strategies, for the next decade of CAADP in line with the thrust of the AU Agenda 2063, a huge part of which is agricultural transformation.

For interview requests and more information about CAADP or the CAADP Partnership Platform, please contact:

Ms Carol Jilombo

Department of Rural Economy and Agricultrure, AUC

Tel: +260 9775 13535

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Directorate of Information andCommunication, AUC

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