The European Alliance on Agricultural knowledge for Development

Value Chain project is glad to share with you a new call for experts for a very interesting value chain analysis in the Gambia on fishery and aquaculture.

The profiles are detailed below. Each expert will have 45 working days (50 for the team leader). The period for the study is May-October 2019.

 

The ToR will be circulated as soon as approved – but this is expected to be a standard study, undertaken by using the VCA4D methodology, as described in the ‘Methodological Brief. Tools and Methods’. https://europa.eu/capacity4dev/value-chain-analysis-for-development-vca4d-/documents/methodological-brief-v12

 

Please send the CVs of candidates to giorgia.mei@agrinatura-eu.eu and to sara.jones@agrinatura-eu.eu, by Monday 8 April, COB.

 

Context:

Since 2017 the EU affirmed its support to the democratic transition in The Gambia and to the realization of the Gambian National Development Plan (2018-2021) which sets out 8 strategic priorities: governance, economic growth, agriculture & fisheries modernisation, investing in people, infrastructure & energy services, tourism, youth and the private sector.

 

Fishery and aquaculture represent a small share of The Gambia’s economy, but offer potential working opportunities for the local population, also linked to the touristic sector. The sector is still in early stages of development and consists either in local artisanal costal or river fisheries or in embryonic aquaculture production (as mangrove oysters). It is challenged by several factors such as: climate change, the erosion of fish resources and the competition between their use for local consumption or for large scale foreign fishmeal companies, the low level of remuneration and of living conditions of small-scale fishermen, etc.. 

The EU, which revamped its cooperation with the Gambia in 2017, is expected to sign a Sustainable Fishery Partnership Agreement with The Gambia by the end of 2019 for a duration of 6 years. While one part of the agreement will regulated fishing rights of access for vessels, the other concerns a sectorial support to the fisheries sector (whose focus and action plan will be negotiated with the Government at the end of the year). The VCA4D study on fishery and aquaculture will support DG-MARE, the EU Delegation and the Government by providing a baseline for the definition of the above-mentioned action. The study will also provide support for the preparation of the new EDF programming phase.

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Experts profiles

1) Agricultural economist

S/he is a senior expert with deep knowledge and experience on value chain analysis from an economic point of view. S/he will elaborate financial and economic accounts of the VC actors and the VC (and VC sub-systems) as specified in the toolkit (see  https://europa.eu/capacity4dev/value-chain-analysis-for-development-vca4d-/documents/methodological-brief-v12).

S/he is able to undertake a full functional analysis with the support of his/her colleagues.

Experience on economic analysis in value chain, and in particular in developing countries, is required.

Experience is West Africa and in the fishery and aquaculture value chain is an asset.

Knowledge on The Gambia is appreciated.

Knowledge of English is required.

A collective training or at least an individual introduction to the software AFA will be made to the Economist prior to the first mission. In the case the training cannot be done before the first mission, it will be done before the second mission.

S/he will provide a report on Functional Analysis and Economic Analysis that will be included in the final report.

S/he will help the team leader to: (i) define the typology of actors that will be adopted throughout the study, (ii) formulate an executive summary and conclusions that combine the results of the different analyses in order to answer the framing questions and to finalise the report (rereading, formatting the report…).

 

2) Social expert

S/he is a senior expert with deep knowledge of and experience on social issues related to value chains in developing countries the project wants to delve into (gender equality, land and water rights, working conditions, living conditions, social capital, food and nutrition security).

S/he has experience at least in one (but preferably 2 of 3) of these domains and is able to handle and inform on the other ones.

Specific experience in social analysis of the fishery and aquaculture sector in developing countries is required.

Experience in social aspects of the fishery/aquaculture value chains is an asset.

Professional experience in The Gambia is compulsory.

Knowledge of English is required.

Experience in stakeholder management or policy and practice capacities are a plus.

An introduction to the Social Profile as a guiding tool will be made to the Social Expert prior to the first mission.

S/he will provide a report on Social Analysis that will be included in the final report, based on a completed Social Profile.

S/he will help the team leader to: (i) define the typology of actors that will be adopted throughout the study, (ii) formulate an executive summary and conclusions that combine the results of the different analyses in order to answer the framing questions and to finalise the report (rereading, formatting the report…).

 

3) Environmental/LCA expert

S/he is a senior expert with deep knowledge of and experience on the Life Cycle Analysis (LCA).

Experience on LCA value chain analysis in developing countries (in particular in Africa) is appreciated.

Experience in value chains, in particular on fishery/aquaculture, is required.

Knowledge on The Gambia will be appreciated.

Knowledge of English is required.

S/he will preferably use the SimaPro software for LCA.

S/he will provide a report on Environmental Analysis (together with the other environmental expert) that will be included in the final report.

S/he will help the team leader to: (i) define the typology of actors that will be adopted throughout the study, (ii) formulate an executive summary and conclusions that combine the results of the different analyses in order to answer the framing questions and to finalise the report (rereading, formatting the report…).

 

4) Value Chain National Expert 

S/he is a specialist of the fishery/aquaculture value chain in The Gambia.

Relevant knowledge of the national institutions (technical, economic and political ones) and stakeholders involved in the fishery/aquaculture value chain is required.

At the beginning of the study, s/he will provide overall information on the value chain, identifying key players and existing and relevant information and data for the analyses. The national expert will help to select the most relevant data from available sources, to clarify inconsistencies and to improve coherence between analyses.

S/he will facilitate and complete the data collection, in agreement to guidelines of the Team Leader.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to get in contact!

giorgia.mei@agrinatura-eu.eu and to sara.jones@agrinatura-eu.eu