Consultant Job-Review and Analyse the Status of Digitalisation of the Agricultural Systems in the SADC Region-Quality and Cost Based Selection

Consultant Jobs-Review and Analyse the Status of Digitalisation of the Agricultural Systems-Request for Expression of Interest Consultancy firm to  in the SADC Region – Quality and Cost Based Selection

Reference No: BW-CCARDESA-178921-CS-QCBS

The Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa (CCARDESA) has received financing from the World Bank toward cost of the facilitation of the implementation of the Agricultural Productivity Programme for Southern Africa (APPSA) and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consulting services in Conducting Digitalisation Study in selected partner Countries. The consulting firm will undertake a stocktaking analysis of the status of digitalisation in the agricultural systems of the SADC region paying special attention to agricultural research for development, agriculture education, agriculture extension and market linkages. Therefore, the consultant is required to assess the extent to which digitalisation has been embraced in agriculture innovations, policies, and practices to facilitate integration, development, and acceleration of digital technologies in the agriculture innovation ecosystem. The situation analysis should focus on assessing the available digitalisation technologies and skills in the public and private sectors including the agriculture innovation institutions. The analysis should include the numbers, scope, trends and characteristics of the digital technologies.  The assessment will also determine the extent to which the member states are prioritizing digital technology solutions i.e. use of digital data in agricultural research, education, extension and markets in both public and private sectors. The consultant will also propose the appropriate means for establishing an attractive networking platform. The study will be expected to, among others, meet the following objectives:

  1. 1. Assess the extent to which the national and regional policies and regulatory frameworks of the SADC countries provide a conducive environment (policy space) for agricultural digital innovations.
  2. 2. Provide a tool (digital or analog) to identify the policy opportunities and gaps that need to be addressed if the SADC region is to fully take advantage of the digital transformation.  This tool should be tailored to help countries to compare and harmonise their policies to allow digital innovations and formation of networking platforms in agricultural systems.
  3. 3. Map the various agricultural digital innovations available in each country, and assess their availability, affordability and usability and potential for scalability by smallholder farmers.
  4. 4. Map the various agricultural digital players in each country and identify their roles in the digitalisation value chain.
  5. 5. Evaluate the extent to which the current agricultural syllabi in agricultural Universities and colleges embrace digital agricultural skills, innovations and applications that encourage youths to become digital entrepreneurs.
  6. 6. Identify and propose opportunities for establishing an attractive networking platform for the SADC countries
  7. 7. Propose a structure of a Digitalized Agricultural Platform for the SADC member countries (Community of Practice or Tool) to be launched in the region.

The Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa (CCARDESA) now invites eligible consulting Firms to indicate their interest in providing the Services. Interested Firms should provide information demonstrating that they have the required experts with required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services.

The shortlisting criteria are:


a) The Firm is expected to demonstrate experience and expertise in the Digitalisation reforms including baseline surveys, organizational development/facilitating collaborations /web or mobile applications development and implementation of ICT/Digitization agenda and capacity building initiatives in the agriculture sector.

b) Key Staff Qualifications and Experience. 
The consulting team should have experience and/or be qualified in the following areas: Business Information and communication technology, agricultural research, extension and education, agribusiness, GIS and modelling.

i. Scientist /Digital Expert – Team Leader 

  • At least a Master’s degree in digital marketing, information technology, computer science, Agricultural extension / MBA/ Economics or equivalent qualification.
  • At least Ten years’ experience in evaluating developmental programs related ICT/digitalisation in the agriculture sector.
  • At least 15 years’ experience in leading program/project evaluations (quantitative and qualitative) in digitalisation in agriculture systems including 5 years leading research in Multiple countries.
  • Ability to organize meetings, calls and documents that may require the input of multiple sources (public, private sector, Non-governmental Organisations and any other source relevant to the assignment)
  • Proven ability and experience of leading digital evaluation teams, to work both independently and as part of a team,
  • Experience on sample design and data collection methodologies including online data collection techniques as well as development of digital maturity assessment survey tools,
  • Experience in gender and youth mainstreaming in the digitalisation space will be an added advantage.
  • Experience in project management with a digitalisation bias in a development cooperation context (ideally Southern Africa) would be an asset
  • Knowledge of French or Portuguese is an added advantage

ii. Agricultural Education/Agricultural Research/Agricultural Extension/Agricultural Development Policy Expert– Team Member x 2

  • At least a masters or equivalent in Agriculture Based Degree or other relevant discipline e.g. ICT, Policy Development, Rural Development or related field.
  • At least 10 years professional experience in agriculture and digitalisation, especially in developing country contexts
  • Minimum 5 years in using digital /electronic data collection tools and storage.
  • Traceable experience in Agricultural Education, Research and Extension.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in evaluation of tertiary school’s syllabus.
  • Minimum 10 years traceable experience in conducting multicounty research.
  • Experience in training, and capacity building of digitalisation platforms.
  • Ability to communicate and write effectively in English.

iii. Web Developer / Software Engineer – Team Member

  • At least a masters or equivalent in Website Development, Information Technology, Computer Science, or other relevant discipline.
  • At least 05 years professional experience in mobile applications development.
  • Traceable experience in software development in the agricultural sector
  • Demonstratable experience in agricultural technological innovation.
  • Experience in training, and capacity building of digitalisation platforms.
  • Ability to communicate and write effectively in English.
  • Demonstrate experience in development of digital agricultural platforms for a wider community, e.g at national level or regional levels.

The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers (“Consultant Guidelines”), setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest.

Further information (terms of reference) can be obtained at the address below during office hours 0900 to 1630 hours or click here to download the pdf version.

Interested Consulting Firms should submit their expressions of interest with comprehensive information that include experience of the firm, similar assignments conducted, comprehensive CVs of the proposed team members to the address below on or before 20th August 2020.

The Procurement Officer
Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research in Southern Africa (CCARDESA)
Ground Floor, Red Brick Building
Plot 4701 Station Exit Road
Private Bag 00357
Gaborone, Botswana
Tel: +267 3914997

Closing Date:
Thursday, August 20, 2020 – 16:30
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