Call for Position of Consultant

 A study on emerging agribusiness trends in Africa and implications on Tertiary Agricultural Education Networks

Introduction

In Africa, agribusiness – more than any other industry – has the potential to reduce poverty and drive economic growth. Agriculture including Forestry and Fisheries, accounts for nearly half of the continent’s GDP, and employs 60 percent of the labour force. The World Bank estimates that by 2030, agriculture could develop into a $1trn industry in sub-Saharan Africa[1].For this reason, Tertiary Agricultural Education Networks must position themselves strategically to tap into the potential of agribusiness if they are to contribute meaningfully to the socio-economic development of this continent.

The African Network for Agriculture, Agroforestry and Natural Resources Education (ANAFE) is commissioning a study to explore the current status of agribusiness environment in Africa and its attendant implications on Tertiary Agricultural Education networks in the continent.  Findings of this study will enable ANAFE and similar networks to effectively tap into the potential of agribusiness by not only making the necessary structural adjustments but also building their technical capacity to address emerging trends and priorities in agribusiness. In addition, the study will also shed light on how Tertiary Agricultural Education networks can enhance the capacity of universities and colleges in Africa to align their agricultural education programmes with emerging trends in agribusiness for optimal benefit for both the institutions themselves and the graduates. The study will focus on Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia. Other institutions in the Sahel and African Humid Tropics regions of ANAFE will also be covered electronically.

About ANAFE

The African Network for Agriculture, Agroforestry and Natural Resources Education (ANAFE), celebrated its 20th year anniversary in 2014. The Network envisions an “effective agroforestry and natural resources management education and research in Africa, with measurable impact on livelihoods and environmental sustainability”. ANAFE’s mission is “to improve the quality, relevance and delivery of agroforestry and natural resource management education and research in Africa”.

ANAFE implements its mission through four sub-regional chapters named RAFTs (Regional Agricultural Fora for Training) one each in Eastern and Central Africa (ECA), Southern Africa (SA), the Sahelian countries (Sahel), and the Africa Humid Tropics countries (AHT)). In these regions, ANAFE members are universities and colleges dealing with agriculture, forestry and other natural resource management areas. Structurally, the RAFTs report to the ANAFE Board, which in turn reports to the General Meeting of Members.

Over the past four years, ANAFE has embarked on improving Agribusiness education and research in Africa, mainly through its programme of Strengthening Africa’s Strategic Agricultural Capacity for Impact on Development (SASACID) and the UniBRAIN (Universities Business and Research in Agricultural Innovation) programme. ANAFE Strategic Objectives are to;

Review and reform curricula

Improve context relevance through content development and enhanced delivery

Improve institutional governance and leadership

Create an enabling policy and institutional environment

Objective of the Study

The objective of this consultancy is to conduct a study of the Agribusiness environment using Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia as examples with a view to defining proper implementation, coordination and partnership structures to ensure ANAFE effectively delivers on its mandate. This should be informed by the business models and development actors particularly in the areas of Agroforestry, Forestry and Natural Resources, vis-à-vis ANAFE’s preparedness, capacity, membership, regional/national structures (RAFTs and NAFTs respectively) the Board and the Secretariat.

Specific Objectives/Tasks

To study the Agribusiness environment focussing on Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia and how ANAFE can optimize on emerging agribusiness opportunities.

To identify gaps in agribusiness training in ANAFE member universities and colleges in Africa

To highlight emerging trends in agribusiness and implications for universities and colleges in Africa

To review ANAFE’s institutional structure in line with its new strategy (2016-2020) and to propose refined structure and organs with clear definitions of roles and responsibilities (Governance, Management, Partners and their interactions that are complementary and value-adding)

To conduct compensation review of ANAFE in line with other market forces among other African International NGOs.

To propose a sustainability plan for ANAFE in line with the demands of its new strategy and expected growth.

The expected outputs from the consultancy are as follow:

A Report on the Agribusiness environment in Africa (based on the assessment in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia) and implication for TANRE (Tertiary Agriculture and Natural Resources Education) Institutions and networks working in that area.

Report on ANAFE current structure, management and governance with their key strengths and weaknesses, and how to readjust them to the agribusiness environment.

A sustainability plan for ANAFE including operational and financial management systems.

The consultant should:

Be a firm or a team with recognized experience in the field of Agribusiness, Agroforestry and/or Forestry.

Have competence and experience in undertaking studies that have led to restructuring of Regional organizations in Africa.

Have good knowledge and experience in working with the private sector and tertiary agricultural education and research institutions.

Have at least a Master’s Degree in Rural development, Economics, Agribusiness, Organizational Development, Strategic Management or related field for the Principal Consultant (Lead Consultant) and same qualifications with 7 years’ experience for the other consultants

Demonstrated knowledge and experience in organizational assessment and restructuring

Proposal Submission

Taking into account the TORs, the consultant should submit a clear and concise proposal not exceeding 3 pages, together with the CVs of the Principal Consultant and other members of the team that will be directly involved in the study. The proposal should clearly cover the following elements:

Understanding of the ToR

Methodology

Work plan that includes generic time frame for completing the assignment

Cost for undertaking the assignment

How to apply

Follow the link below to complete your application before 20th April 2015 at 5pm (East African Time). Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Go to: http://worldagroforestry.org/working-for-icraf/vacancies

[1] African Agribusiness: A new growth story. This is Africa, June 2013.