The African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to facilitate sustainable access of agricultural technologies to smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa. AATF is driven by the vision of a prosperous and food secure Africa, where the livelihoods of smallholder famers are transformed through innovative agricultural technologies that deliver results. These efforts, combined with optimal agricultural practices and product value addition, will contribute to agricultural transformation in Africa leading food security and poverty reduction in SSA.
About the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa (OFAB)
Despite the growing evidence of the potential of agricultural biotechnologies to address Africa’s food and nutrition challenges, widespread use remains limited due several factors. These factors include controversies surrounding genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and lack of adequate enabling policy environment. A lack of sufficient information and knowledge among policy makers, who are sometimes confronted with contradictory sources of information is another key factor.
About the Assignment.
To optimally execute its role at national and regional level, OFAB relies on the benefit of credible information on the state of enabling environment and the prevailing perception on genetically modified organisms GMO). This information is important in devising advocacy, influencing and education strategies. OFAB engagement based on credible information and state of affairs will go a long way to improve the enabling on agricultural biotechnology. **
The main purpose of this consultancy is to conduct a Policy Analysis to assess the Agricultural Biotechnology policy and regulatory environment and analyze the Consumer Perceptions on products emanating from Genetic Engineering/GMOs (Transgenics and products of Gene Editing) in six OFAB Chapter Countries while providing a comprehensive review of the Political Environment and Interests that shape regulatory decision making around Agricultural Biotechnology in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, and Mozambique.
1. Identify and characterize the interest groups (including the Media) in the Agricultural Biotechnology Space, their objectives, underlying driving force, motivation and level and sphere of influence.
2. Identify the patterns of interactions between interest groups and regulators and their resulting influence on regulatory decision making and implementation of Policies/regulations on Agricultural Biotechnology.
3. Based on Political Economic Theory, identify the key preferences that underlie political decision-making processes that influence the Agricultural Biotechnology Regulatory environment.
Scope of the Assignment
The current consultancy is supposed to cover six OFAB Chapters: Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, and Mozambique. Given the unique political environment, we expect to engage one Consultant/team of consultants for each Country.
Approach and Key Considerations
The consultants are expected to propose a sound methodology that is well grounded in the Political Economy Theories/Models. The approaches taken should have the ability to generate implementable recommendations to improve the perceptions and enabling environment for agriculture biotechnology. The proposed methodology should provide a clear distinction on how the two critical facets of the study will be delivered:
(i) Policy analysis to assess the Policy and Regulatory environment and the successes/challenges in the Implementation of Policies and regulations.
(ii) Assessing the Perceptions of varied stakeholders on products emanating from Genetic Engineering/GMOs (Transgenics and products of Gene Editing).
SCOPE OF WORK
In consultation with AATF and other partners the consultant will be expected to undertake the following tasks:
· Gather sufficient background information relevant to the study through a desk review of project documents and other relevant literature.
· Develop an appropriate and acceptable data collection and analysis methodology as well as data collection instruments.
· Develop a comprehensive sampling frame, identify a clear sampling methodology, establish links with all the potential interviewees.
- A study INCEPTION REPORT detailing the methodology, approaches, data collection tools and processes as well as execution work plan and detailed budget.
- A DRAFT REPORT outlining the key findings on the Political Economy and Perceptions of Agricultural Biotechnology and Consumer Perceptions in the relevant country.
- A comprehensive FINAL REPORT to be submitted incorporating comments from AATF on the Draft report. The report must incorporate all terms of references covered in detail.
Evaluation Quality and Ethical Standards
The consultant/s should take all reasonable steps to ensure that the assignment is designed and conducted to respect and protect the human rights and welfare of people involved. Therefore, the consulting team should adhere to the acceptable and professional standards and principles such as:
· Utility: Evaluation must be useful
· Feasibility: Evaluation must be realistic, diplomatic, and managed in a sensible, cost effective manner
· Ethics &Legality: Evaluation must be conducted in an ethical and legal manner, with regard for the welfare of those involved in and affected by the evaluation.
· Impartiality& Independence: Evaluations should be impartial, providing a comprehensive and unbiased assessment that considers the views of all stakeholders.
· Transparency: Evaluation activities should reflect and attitude of openness and transparency.
· Accuracy: Evaluation should be technically accurate, providing sufficient information about the data collection, analysis, and interpretation methods so that it’s worth or merit can be determined.
· Participation: Stakeholders should be consulted and meaningfully involved in the evaluation process when feasible and appropriate.
· Collaboration: Collaboration between key operating partners in the evaluation process improves the legitimacy and utility of the evaluation.
Qualification of the Consultant(s)
- The consultant(s) should possess minimum Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics/Economics/Political Science or any other related field.
- Demonstrated technical expertise and experience in biotechnology and biosafety.
- Clear understanding of the state of Agricultural biotechnology in Africa and especially the relevant OFAB Country.
Interested individual consultants/Consultancy Firms should submit detailed technical and financial proposals (not more than 5 pages) covering:
- Capacity statement.
- Demonstrated understanding of the terms of reference.
- Proposed methodology to be used in undertaking the assignment.
- A detailed work plan (time and activity schedule).
- A detailed financial proposal.
The proposal should be accompanied by the below as annexes:
- Profile of the consultant and Curriculum Vitae (s)for key personnel
- Samples of two most recent related works (and/or references for the same with contact details of the referees.
This consulting assignment is expected to take approximately two and half (2.5) months from the time the contract is signed.
Evaluation and awards of the consultancy
AATF will evaluate the proposals and award the assignment based on technical and financial feasibility. AATF reserves the right to accept or reject any proposal received without giving reasons and is not bound to accept the lowest or the highest bidder.
How to apply
Applications should be submitted to AATF Procurement Officer at: email@example.com by COB 20th April 2021 with the subject head “INDIVINDUAL/COMPANY NAME_POLITICAL ECONOMY/PERCEPTIONS ON BIOTECHNOLOGY”