Individual Consultant: Strengthening Business Cases

  • Executive-level, Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 12 March 2020

Job Description

Objectives of the consultancy

AGRA’s Food Trade Programme requires the services of a consultant to Strengthen Business Cases for proposed Policy and Climate Resilience Interventions of the Regional Food Trade and Resilience Programme on a retainer basis. The consultant will be required to undertake quick and rigorous CBA that will be integrated in proposal development and strengthening the business cases for the Programme’s proposed interventions.

Scope of Work

Working closely with the Africa Food Trade & Resilience Programme, the consultant’s scope of work includes the following:

  1. Undertake quick and rigorous cost benefit analysis of the policy and climate resilience proposals
  2. Develop recommendations for or against supporting proposed interventions based on CBA on the different policy and climate resilience proposals
  3. Provide write up of the analysis for input into policy and climate resilience proposals
  4. In addition to CBA, the consultant is also expected to provide an assessment of risks and assumptions for the achievement of the project objectives (policy and climate resilience) and its unintended benefits and impacts
  5. Support proposed policy and climate resilience investments through strengthening of the business cases for the interventions:
    • Up-stream design– which will comprise reviewing of concept notes, checking and filling in gaps and undertaking analytical work including CBA to strengthen the proposal design;
    • Upon proposal being approved (or in process of design), drafting of intervention implementation plan – which will capture key aspects of the delivery of the intervention. Key to this will be the TORs that will be sent out under the RFP. This will help in ensuring that the TORs reflect the objectives and expected results as per the intervention design.
  6. Develop capacity building element within the design and drafting of implementation plan of proposed policy and climate resilience interventions.

Deliverables and timeframe

The consultant will produce:

  1. Inception report detailing understanding of the task, methods and work plan
  2. Cost Benefit Analyses reports as requested by the RFTR Programme for at least 5 projects, estimated at 10 work-days for each report
  3. Recommendations (for or against supporting the proposed intervention) based on the Cost Benefit Analyses on policy and climate resilience proposals
  4. Strengthened business cases for policy and climate resilience interventions based on an assessment of risk, assumptions and any unintended benefits/impacts of the proposed project
  5. Reviewed concept notes, including checking and filling in gaps and undertaking analytical work including CBA to strengthen the proposal design.
  6. Intervention implementation plan – for the selected project (as in (b) above) support the development of an implementation plan detailing key partners, delivery dates for activities, and key performance indicators
  7. Capacity building integrated within the CBA process and design and drafting of implementation plan of proposed policy and climate resilience interventions.

It is expected that this assignment will be carried out within 50 days.

All deliverables should be succinct but informative, and key points should be easily understandable to a wide range of stakeholders. Deliverables should be submitted in English.

Qualifications and experience of the consultant:

  1. At least a Master’s degree in development economics, social sciences or other fields related to the scope of the assignment.
  2. More than 10 years of proven Cost Benefit Analyses or technical experience in investment analyses and strengthening business cases with respect to policy related interventions.
  3. An understanding of VfM analysis for DFID-funded programmes is an added advantage.
  4. Excellent English report writing and communication skills.

Submission requirements

  1. Brief Technical proposal, detailed CV and Financial Proposals must be submitted separately to by March 26th, 2020 at 1700 Hours East Africa Time (GMT +3).
  2. The subject of the email MUST read “RFP/00117/ REGIONAL FOOD TRADE/2020”. AGRA shall not be liable for not opening proposals that are submitted with a different subject.
  3. Technical and Financial proposals will need to be submitted as separate documents.
  4. Only financial proposal of the best candidate will be opened and negotiated.
  5. Neither technical nor financial proposals should exceed 10MB.
  6. The financial proposal MUST be password protected.
  7. The Financial proposals shall include all applicable taxes. If taxes are not mentioned in the financial proposal, AGRA shall consider them as included in the prices provided.

DEADLINE: March 26th, 2020 1700 hours, East African Time GMT +3

About the Organization

The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) is a partnership that works with governments, donors, NGOs, the private sector, and African farmers to significantly and sustainably improve the productivity and income of resource-poor farmers in Africa. Founded and initially funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation, AGRA supports interventions aimed at improving seed systems, soil fertility, input and output markets, policies, and other priority sectors, with the overall objective of reducing food insecurity. AGRA aims to achieve these goals by: supporting and building capability of farmers and enterprises across the agricultural value chain; being a thought-leader on African agriculture by collecting, packaging, and disseminating knowledge; and creating strong partnerships with public, private, and donor actors to drive change within the sector. AGRA is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, and has an office in Accra, Ghana.

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