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  • Posted: Sep 20, 2022
    Deadline: Sep 30, 2022
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    AU-IBAR is a specialized technical office of the African Union Commission (AUC), headed by the Director who reports directly to the AUC through the Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture (DREA). Founded in 1951 to study the epidemiological situation and fight rinderpest in Africa, AU-IBAR's mandate covers all aspects of animal resources, includin...
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    Development of a Continental Strategy for the Operationalization African Union Animal Resources Seed Centres of Excellence (AU-ARSCoEs)


    Therefore, AU-IBAR seeks the services of an independent technical leader to coordinate a team of experts to undertake a technical assessment of the existing African Union Animal resources Seed Centres of Excellences (AU-ARS-CoE) and continental back-up facility and develop a governance framework for the above-mentioned centres.

    The specific objectives of the consultancy are to:

    1. Evaluate/interrogate/assess the AU-ARS-CoE against the technical, administrative and infrastructure indicators of the assessment criteria.
    2. Review and assess existing gene banking models/strategies at Member States or regional level for adoption and/or adaptation
    3. Analyse and present a synthetic report on the Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) framework for the movement of animal genetic material within the five regions
    4. Develop a continental strategy incorporating the gene banking models incorporating digitalization, Access and Benefit Sharing, training communication action plan and governance frameworks
    5. An accompanying implementation framework for operationalization of the AU-ARSCoE
    6. Facilitate the validation of the consultancy outputs by Member States

    Expected Outputs of the Consultancy

    Working closely with the Live2Africa Technology, Innovations and Skill development expert and building on the above, the expected outputs of the consultancy will be:

    1. A well detailed Inception Report encompassing; introduction, methodology, and proposed workplan.
    2. The following reports
    3. Detailed Assessment report of the existing ARS-CoE technical, administrative and infrastructure status
    4. a Draft Continental Strategy on gene banking including communication framework, governance structures, training
    5. A report on potential obstacles to the effective movement of AnGR between the MS and the AU-ARS-CoE, and propose solutions
    6. Final validated reports


    A minimum post-graduate degree in Animal Science, Animal production, Genomics or related field is required. A PhD is an added advantage.

    1. Experience: Minimum ten (10) years’ work experience, of which at least five years’ experience in AnGR conservation and management in Africa
    2. Proficient in development of gene banking strategies and cryoconservation
    3. Proficient in the development of governance frameworks for gene banks at national, regional or international level
    4. Experience in training on conservation, cryoconservation and sustainable utilization
    5. Experience in the development, adaptation and application of technologies and innovations for cryoconservation, characterization and biobanking
    6. Experience in working with African stakeholders in conservation and sustainable utilization of Animal genetic resources

    Method of Application

    The proposal should include the following information:

    1. Background and introduction to the institution;
    2. Vision and mission;
    3. Statement of accreditation by national authority and/or regional body;
    4. Curriculum for undergraduate and graduate training programmes;
    5. Historical records/information of students graduated from the institutions;
    6. Research outputs;
    7. Staffing situation and their qualifications (abbreviated resume);
    8. Present financing arrangements of the institution and financial control systems; and,
    9. Any other relevant information.

    Please submit your CV including three references and a proposal including workplan latest 30th September 2022 to the Director of AU-IBAR, Kenindia Business Park, Museum Hill, Westlands Road, PO Box 30786-00100 Nairobi, Kenya or email at clearly indicating in the subject line. Only short-listed candidates will be notified.

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