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REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

FOR INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANT

AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK

Statistics Department (ECST)

Avenue Joseph Anoma

01 B.P. 1387, Abidjan 01 Côte d’Ivoire

Email : F.Deme@afdb.org; N.Lazlem@afdb.org

A.Nzi@afdb.org ; V.Ngendakumana@afdb.org

Title of Assignment : Consultancy Services for MSCD compilation and Country Assessments.

Brief description of the Assignment : The assignment involves the compilation, review, validation and publication of the MSCD reported by countries, and assessments of country capacity to produce required agricultural statistics.

In order to inform the “Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA)” known as “Feeding Africa” initiative, AfDB has developed a system for compiling the Minimum Set of agricultural Core Data (MSCD) produced by African countries, and assessing and monitoring the capacity of Regional Member Countries (RMCs) to produce such data, while assisting them to ensure that such data as well as their sources are consistent and coherent.

Department/Division issuing the request : ECST.2

Place of assignment : Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire

Duration of the assignment : 6 months, renewable

Tentative Date of commencement : January 01, 2020

Deadline for applications : December 03, 2019

 

The Statistics Department now invites Individual Consultants to indicate their interest in providing the above-described services. Interested Consultants shall provide information on their qualifications and experience demonstrating their ability to undertake this Assignment.

Applications to be submitted to : Ms. Fatema DEME (F.Deme@afdb.org), Ms. Nejma LAZLEM (N.Lazlem@afdb.org) and Ms. Amoin Delphine N’ZI; (A.Nzi@afdb.org), with Cc to Mr. Vincent NGENDAKUMANA (V.Ngendakumana@afdb.org).

Any questions and requests for clarifications may be sent to : Mr. Vincent NGENDAKUMANA (V.Ngendakumana@afdb.org).

Expression of interest must be received no later than December 03, 2019 at 17:00 hours Abidjan local time, and specifically mentioning : Consultancy Services for MSCD compilation and Country Assessments.

 

EVALUATION CRITERIA :

The following criteria with the corresponding weights shall be considered in the selection of the candidate :

 CRITERIAWEIGHT 
 General qualifications and adequacy for the proposed30 
    

 

Assignment 
Similar experience  in  the  area  of  expertise  of  the50
Assignment as described in the Terms of Reference 
Experience with the Bank or other international donors10
Language proficiency10

 

Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference for Recruitment of two consultants in Agricultural Statistics to assist for the compilation, review, validation and publication of the Minimum Set of agricultural Core Data (MSCD), and Country Assessments

 

  1. Introduction, background and objectives :

Agriculture plays a central and strategic role for Africa development in terms of economic growth, enhanced living standards, poverty reduction, and increased food security. Indeed, all the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have direct or indirect linkages to agriculture. Therefore, the importance of agricultural sector requires that its planning, management, and monitoring be based on sound incidence. In turn, this requires the availability of comprehensive, reliable, consistent and timely statistical data in a form that is usable to a variety of users at both national, regional and international levels.

In October 2015, the Bank developed a strategy for long-term agricultural transformation in Africa, entitled “Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA)” known as “Feeding Africa” initiative, in order to map out how to unlock Africa’s agricultural potential and boost job creation in view of diversifying economies. As such, ATA supports the realization of key SDGs through the development of an inclusive and competitive African agribusiness sector. Underpinning this vision the ATA are four specific goals: (i) contribute to the end of poverty ; end hunger and malnutrition; (iii) make Africa a net food exporter; and (iv) move Africa to the top of export-orientated value chains where it has comparative advantage.

In order to inform the ATA, AfDB has developed a system for compiling the Minimum Set of agricultural Core Data (MSCD) produced by African countries, and monitoring the capacity of Regional Member Countries (RMCs) to produce such data, while assisting them to ensure that such for data as well as their sources are consistent and coherent. MSCD and Agricultural Statistics Capacity Indicators (ASCI) which are used to measure the capacity of countries to produce agricultural data are published on the AfDB’s Africa Information Highway (AIH) Data Portal

The MSCD covers crop production, core agricultural inputs, land cover & use, livestock production, aquaculture & fisheries, forestry production, food consumption, trade data, consumer & producer food prices, etc. The information is collected from African countries (& is regularly updated every year) by AfDB, as part of the AfDB activities on agricultural activities in order to inform agricultural & rural development policies in Africa, as well as the Feed Africa agenda of the Bank, and SDGs.

The Country Assessments (CA) to generate ASCI are conducted every two years, and analysis comprehensive report is produced accordingly.

AfDB is therefore looking for two consultants to assist with the compilation, review, validation and publication of the MSCD reported by countries, as well as with the assessment of country capacity to produce required agricultural statistics.

  1. Activities to be undertaken by the Consultants :

Under the overall direction of the Division Manager, ECST2, and direct technical supervision of the Principal Agricultural Statistician, the Consultant in Agricultural Statistics will assist the Statistics Department in the following activities :

  • Contribution to the compilation, review, validation and publication of reported/collected MSCD time series ;
  • Follow-up with countries to ensure that all countries report on the MSCD and establish an updated reporting status ;
  • Identification of missing data and follow-up with countries to fill the data gaps, and/or look for alternative semi-official data sources to get supplementary data ;
  • Identification of inconsistent data and, together with countries to make the needed adjustments ;
  • Work with the AIH Team to keep updated and maintained the MSCD webpage data ;
  • Responding to enquiries of data users on MSCD ;
  • Mapping MSCD with CAADP M&E indicators, as well as SDGs ;
  • Identify supplementary data needs to comprehensively inform the Feed Africa agenda ;
  • Where needed, contribution to data reconciliation between country agricultural censuses/surveys data and routine data, through related TA delivery ;
  • Conduct assessments of country capacity to produce MSCD; checking, processing, validating and analyzing obtained data, and preparing the result report (on Agricultural Statistics Capacity Indicators -ASCI-) ;
  • Undertake any other activity as requested by the Management.

  1. Expected Outcomes :

The main expected outcomes of the consultancy is: (i) to establish, for each country, the most updated and validated MSCD time series which inform adequately the Feed Africa agenda, (ii) to keep update the published MSCD; (iii) Reconciled agricultural data (where needed), and (iii) Report on ASCI.

  1. Duration and duty station of the assignment :
  • The assignment is proposed for a duration of 6 months on a continuous basis, renewable based on need and subject to satisfactory performance ;
  • The duty station should be AfDB HQs based in Abidjan.

  1. Required qualifications of the candidates :

The candidates shall have the following qualifications :

  • At least a Master’s degree in Statistics and/or economics, with a very good quantitative statistical and IT background ;
  • A minimum of 5 years relevant experience in the field of Agricultural Statistics at national and/or international levels ;
  • Proven experience in data compilation, review and validation, as well as in data processing, and analysis;
  • Proven experience in database management ;
  • Professional experience in agricultural statistics undertakings would be an advantage;
  • Ability to interpret and relate statistical data to socioeconomic developments ;
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office Package, and reputable statistical software’s for data processing, analysis and management ;
  • Ability to complete tasks on a timely basis ;
  • Excellent knowledge of one of the two languages (English or French), and average knowledge of the other ;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills in liaising with colleagues; and
  • Openness to sharing information and keeping people informed; strong communications skills, both oral and written, especially ability to draft/edit a variety of written reports and studies in a clear, concise style, and to make presentations.

  1. Reporting :

The Consultant will be required to prepare and submit activity progress reports as appropriate and a final Consultancy Report for the period of the consultancy which should exhibit achievements and recommendations.

  1. Missions/Travels :

The Consultant would be entitled to any travel/mission needed for his/her fulfilment of the duties, particularly to countries for the delivery of Technical Assistance, and attending meetings/workshops as needed.

 

Please attach an updated Curriculum Vitae on the basis of the template below : MODEL CURRICULUM VITAE – AFDB BAD PDF

 

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