The African Union InterAfrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) is a specialized technical Office of the Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Blue Economy and Sustainable Environment (DARBE) of the African Union Commission (AUC). AU-IBAR’s mandate is to support and coordinate the utilization of livestock, fisheries and wildlife as a resource for both human wellbeing and economic development in the Member States of the African Union (AU) and Regional Economic Communities (RECs).
AU-IBAR and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) are collaborating in the implementation of an action: “Evidence Driven Short Term Solutions to Build Resilience and Address the Adverse Effects of Crises on African Feed and Fodder Systems” commonly referred to as the ‘Resilient African Feed and Fodder Systems Project’ (RAFFS Project). This emergency and short-term action will contribute to understanding the effect of recent and on-going global crises (3Cs: COVID-19, Climate Change shocks and the Conflict between Russia and Ukraine) on the African feed and fodder supply chain and subsequently their effects on the Livestock Sourced Foods (LSFs). This will generate evidence base critical to shaping coordinated action to respond to the feed and fodder shortages that have led to huge losses of livestock (e.g., over 9.5 million livestock in the Greater Horn of Africa region alone), eroded livelihoods, loss of incomes, and driven up prices of highly nutritive livestock sourced foods making them inaccessible to sections of the population that need them most.
Feed constitutes 60 – 70% of the total cost of animal production: the crises have exposed the significant weaknesses and vulnerabilities in the African feed and fodder input and supply chains. Addressing feed and fodder shortages in the short-term ensures business continuity and sustainable livelihoods. The multiplicity and increasing frequency and severity of shocks and their complex and interlocking effects demands an approach that will also strengthen resilience in feed and fodder systems.
The action proposes strengthening analytical capacity for evidence-based decision making and attracting investment, identifying and upscaling viable existing approaches and innovative models, and harnessing partnerships for coordinated action to galvanize impactful immediate and short-term investments. Women, who are largely rural-based or in the informal sector, are disproportionately poor and vulnerable to the increased prices and unavailability of livestock-sourced foods. Working through the African Women in Animal Resources Farming and Agribusiness Network, established under the ambit of AU-IBAR, the action proposes interventions to ensure women’s meaningful involvement in gainful activities in the feed and fodder and the livestock sourced foods supply chains.
The Project Goal is to respond to the worsened food and nutrition security occasioned by recent crises that have negatively affected African feed and fodder systems and production of animal sourced foods.
The Purpose is to harness evidence driven solutions for short term interventions to enhance access to affordable and quality feed and fodder critical to ensure sustainable production of animal sourced foods.
The RAFFS Project has four Results:
The RAFFS Project is planning to undertake country level Assessments to better understand the effect of recent and on-going crises on feed and fodder supply chains in the national priority livestock value chains (previously identified by stakeholders), and the related impacts on availability of and accessibility to the livestock sourced foods.
The Data Management Consultant will collaborate closely with the National Assessment Coordinator to carry out Key Informant Interviews (KIIs) and Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) as components of the consultancy project within the specified country. The consultant will be responsible for ensuring precise data collection, recording, documentation, and maintaining data integrity. Furthermore, the consultant will collaborate with the assessment team to provide clarity on questions and topics related to data management in feed and fodder.
The Data Management Consultant shall:
The Data Management Consultant will work for a period of 12 working days to be completed over a three (3) calendar week period. All the proposed activities and outputs should be completed within his period.
The assignment will start immediately after signature of the contract by both parties
All documents and data acquired from the records and during the interviews and meetings are confidential and will be used solely for the project.
The deliverables and all material linked to the assessment (produced by the consultant or AU-IBAR itself) shall be confidential and proprietary in nature and may not be shared with 3rd parties without the written consent of AU-IBAR and/or the relevant national authorities.
The total amount for the consultation will be $3,600 to be paid upon the successful completion of the assignment, submission of the satisfactory final report, and fulfillment of the terms outlined in the terms of reference. Other costs related to the activities such e.g cost of meeting venues, ground transportation, materials and tools for data collection will be covered by AU-IBAR.
The Data Management Consultant will be under the overall supervision of the National Assessment Coordinator to identify and coordinate teams for the assessment. AU-IBAR will hold a training session with the country assessment team on the assessment tools and approach to the assessment.
Criteria Scores (%)
General Experience of the Consultant 25
Specific Professional Experience 35
Other skills and competencies 10
Working language(s) 5