The International Potato Center (CIP) is seeking a Consultant with experience in managing and facilitating seed systems activities with special focus on multiple biofortified crops including orange-fleshed sweetpotato, vitamin A yellow cassava, vitamin A orange maize and high iron beans.
The Center: CIP is a not-for-profit international agricultural research-fordevelopment organization with a focus on potato, sweetpotato, and Andean roots and tubers. Its vision is of roots and tubers improving the lives of the poor.
The Building Nutritious Food Baskets (BNFB) project: This three-year project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, seeks to reduce hidden hunger by catalyzing sustainable investment for the utilization of biofortified crops (vitamin A cassava, vitamin A maize, vitamin A sweetpotato and iron rich beans) at scale. The project is being implemented in Nigeria and Tanzania, to demonstrate how multiple biofortified crops can be scaled up together at country level. The project is led by CIP and is implemented by a consortium partnership of - the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), the International Potato Center (CIP), the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), HarvestPlus and the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) together with the Governments of Nigeria and Tanzania and national implementing partners.
The position: CIP is seeking to recruit a highly skilled and experienced Seed Systems Resource Person who is enthusiastic about working with our multi-disciplinary team of professionals on a multi-crop (“food basket”) approach project. The Seed Systems Resource Person will facilitate cross-cutting seed systems activities with special focus on orangefleshed sweetpotato, vitamin A yellow cassava, provitamin A orange maize and high iron beans. The Resource Person will work closely with all seed systems experts to ensure the seed systems component of the project delivers its objectives; and also ensure associated learning materials are aligned to the project objectives and expected results.
The Resource Person will be required to travel to Tanzania and Nigeria and will report to the BNFB Project Manager.
Activities will be implemented in the two BNFB project countries (Tanzania and Nigeria).
Training and capacity building
Scope of Work:
The Consultant will work closely with CIAT, CIMMYT, CIP, IITA and HarvestPlus and the other consortium partners to coordinate the seed systems activities, synthesize seed systems progress reports and support capacity development activities as called upon.
Duration of Contract:
This consultancy contract is for 10 working days spread over the period September to December 2016, with possibility of extension, subject to performance and availability of funding.
The candidate shall have the following competencies, skills and experience and/or shall have successfully demonstrated these attributes in actual work situations:
BNFB will facilitate logistical arrangement for field visits, and meetings. The consultant will be expected to provide his/her own equipment. Working space can be provided with prior notification. Payment will be based on deliverables as outlined in the contract.
The statements in this description represent typical elements, criteria and general work performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills for this job.
Expression of interest, including but not limited to:
Deadline for application is 19 August 2016. The assignment will kick-off early September, 2016.