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  • Posted: Jan 26, 2023
    Deadline: Jan 27, 2023
  • Biovision Africa Trust (BvAT) is a not-for-profit organization established in Kenya in 2009 by the Biovision Foundation for ecological development in Switzerland and supported by the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) in Nairobi. The Trust’s goal is to alleviate poverty and improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Ke...
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    Consultancy Assessment of the Landscape of Agroecology (AE)/ the Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) Initiatives in Africa

    Purpose and Scope of the Assessment

    Given the varied distribution of the countries across the five categories, the findings point to the need for an assessment that provides status of landscape of initiatives, programmes and projects in these countries sampled across the 5 typologies and establish if there is a correlation between the landscape and findings of the policy and legislation study.
    The objectives of this assessment will be:

    1. Assessment of previous (last 10 years) and ongoing interventions (initiatives, programmes, projects) related to EOA in these countries, providing an overview of the distribution of the interventions against the prevailing policy and legislation environment and establish key donors/funders of such interventions.
    2. Assessment of current status from the baseline to ascertain level of investment, impactareas, spatial coverage, longevity and focus on the value chain stment and target beneficiaries and establish the organizations implementing the interventions.
    3. Identification and documentation of successful interventions in each country during the last ten years, the drivers of success and key lessons learnt.
    4. Ranking of countries according to their “agroecologicalness” on the basis of policies and interventions formulation and implementation.
    5. Identification of constraints and opportunities in the context of development priorities and how far the selected countries have progressed with supporting EOA related initiatives.
    6. Provide a road map for priority setting for EOA related initiatives at national, regional, and continental levels.
    7. Preparation of regional and continental policy briefs resulting from this assignment.

     The Deliverables
    The expected key outputs of the assessment are:

    • An Inception Report: Elaboration of the assessment methodology and tools to be applied including a detailed schedule of activities to be undertaken across the selected countries. This should be ready within 2 weeks before signing the contract.
    • Draft Report: A report with findings related to all the objectives and should be ready within 75 days from the day of signing the contract.
    • Final Report: The technical report should include the executive summary, background, methodology, key findings, conclusions, lessons and recommendations, and annexes (key officials interviewed, documents consulted, and data collection instruments applied). The final report to include inputs from the CSC and RSC.
    • Policy Briefs: Preparation of national, regional and continental policy briefs resulting from this assignment.

    Background Documents

    In addition to relevant documents and reports to be sought at country and AU level, various documents valuable to this study will be provided including but not limited to:

    • Report of the study on the legal, policy and institutional development of EOA in Southern, Northern, Central and Southern Africa undertaken by AUC under the EOA-I
    • Report on the legislation and policy development of EOA-I in 3 eastern Africa countries of Kenya, Uganda, and Ethiopia.
    • Country specific reports, plans and strategies on Agriculture and particularly EOA, if any.
    • AU Decision on Organic Farming, (the basis of Ecological Organic Agriculture)
    • EOA Strategic Plan (2015-2025) and EOA Action Plan (2015-2020)
    • SDC and SSNC Project Documents (for the period 2013-2018)
    • Report of the Assessment of SSNC contribution to first phase of EOA in Eastern Africa
    • EOA Mid-term Review Report 2016
    • Report of the Organizational and Capacity Assessment (2018)
    • Baseline Study of EOA Initiative in Africa- Phase 2 – 2019

    The Assessment Methodology/Approach 

    The country-specific assessments will be conducted through a consultancy expected to develop an appropriate approach/methodology to address the scope provided. The study will be conducted using various tools including desk reviews, household survey, key informant interviews, focus group discussion. Overall, the methodology will include but not limited to:

    1.  Identification and review of relevant documents on initiatives, programmes, projects etc. implemented in the country over the last 5 years and ongoing, and where possible capturing upcoming initiatives.
    2. Data collection approaches and tools, appropriate to allow for triangulation of findings.
    3. Data analysis techniques that are rich and informative to allow for quality decision-making.
    4. Validation meetings for the results obtained.

    The study will be conducted between February 2023 and April 2023.

    Budget Considerations
    The budget is expected to cover:

    1. Field activities for data collection in at least 15% (8) of African countries, focusing on the EOA-I participating countries in Eastern African and Western Africa and randomly sampling from 7-10 from the other regions (Central, Southern and Northern Africa) including selection across the five categories of the policy study to sample of size of 15-20 countries.
    2. Consultancy – Data collection, analysis, and reporting
    3. Inception and validation meetings
    4. Preparation of national, regional and policy briefs

    Consultants & Minimum Qualifications

    The study will be conducted by a consultant or team of consultants with the team leader and partners having the following main qualifications:

    • At least a master’s degree or equivalent in agriculture, sociology, development studies, economics, or related social sciences.
    • At least 5 years of experience in conducting policy assessment/evaluations, policy impact assessments or similar assignments in agricultural development programmes and projects.
    • Demonstrated ability to assess complex situations to analyze critical issues succinctly and clearly and draw conclusions and recommendations.
    • Proven in-depth understanding and consulting experiences on institutional set-up of complex development programmes.
    • Substantive knowledge of participatory M&E processes and experience with multistakeholder/community development interventions.
    • Excellent English writing and communication skills.

    Method of Application

    Interested candidates should submit the following:

    1. A brief proposal indicating their understanding of the assignment and methodology including gender aspects and workplan for successfully conducting the study.
    2. Financial proposal showing the cost of conducting the study, breakdown of consultancy costs and any other costs associated with this assignment.
    3. At least one report of a similar assignment conducted in the past three years.
    4. A concise curriculum vitae of the consultant(s), with at least one being a woman with a gender orientation. A gender balanced team would be preferred.
    5. Names and contacts of three referees (phone numbers and email).
    6. A one-page write-up showing why you are the most suitable team for the consultancy.

    If you are interested in the above consultancy and can demonstrate your ability to meet the qualifications required, then submit your expression of interest with the above mentioned documents to with the subject heading: e.g Consultancy for Assessment of Landscape of EOA Initiatives in Africa.
    The closing date for applications is 27th January 2023. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.

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