The European Alliance on Agricultural knowledge for Development

We are glad to share with you a new call for experts for a very interesting value chain analysis in Mali on fisheries 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 2019 – March 2020 (one mission possibly in June 2019, the second in January 2020 – in accordance with the seasonality of activities).

 

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 olimpia.orlandoni@agrinatura-eu.eu and to sara.jones@agrinatura-eu.eu, by Monday 22 April, COB.

 

Context:

Mali is endowed with a high inland and sea fish potential. Fishing activities are concentrated in the central delta of the Niger River (80% of fishing national production), and the Selingué and Manantali Lake.

Fundamental for the food security and nutrition of households in the regions where fishing is the main activity, it is also important for the broader economy (job creation, commercial activities, etc.) while facing several challenges.

The EU is supporting the Government of Mali on fisheries through the PAFHa – ‘Projet d’Appui à la Filière Halieutique’, implemented by the Belgian cooperation agency – ENABEL. This 8 million Euros project, running until 2021, is developed around three axis: a) improvement of conservation, commercialisation and valorisation of fish products; b) improvement of the productivity of the fisheries value chain via sustainable practices, c) and reinforcement of the government’s technical services and producers organisations capacities.

Support to fisheries is expected to continue in the next programming phase of the EU (2021-2027) and the VCA4D study will serve as a baseline analysis for better defining, together with the Government of Mali, the priorities for the fisheries value chain.

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Experts profiles

1) Agricultural/Fisheries 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 fisheries and aquaculture value chain is an asset.

Knowledge of Mali is appreciated.

Knowledge of French 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 fisheries and aquaculture in developing countries is required.

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

Professional experience in Mali is compulsory.

Knowledge of French 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 fisheries/aquaculture, is required.

Knowledge of Mali will be appreciated.

Knowledge of French 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 fisheries/aquaculture value chain in Mali.

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.

 

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