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Technical assistance for forestry and agroforestry assessment, improve sector coordination and preparation of public investment project

Country Rwanda
Sectors Rural development and food security
Language English
Status Framework
CV Deadline 2018-03-14 (Closed Project)
Background

The Rwandan farmers, faced with a perpetual land shortage, have evolved certain intensive agricultural systems. Integration of agroforestry trees in the crops production system can contribute significantly to soil health and fixation which reduces need for fertiliser application, reduce soil erosion and enhance water infiltration.

The trees can contribute to the family diet through providing fruits and can contribute to enhance income from sale of fruits, timber, poles, and energy wood. Many of the tree species employed can also provide fodder. Trees planted on the farms provide the family with their wood requirements on the door step, make it easier to find cooking wood, therefore save the labour of women and children and contribute to conservation of the forest estate. Given the importance of agroforestry on agriculture and energy wood productivity and landscape restoration, there is a need to increase its monitoring and the budget for its implementation.

In Rwanda, the agro-forestry policy under development falls under the responsibility of the Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) and its implementing agency Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB), the Ministry of Land and Forestry (MINILAF) and its implementing agency the Rwanda Water and Forestry Authority (RWFA), while the Ministry of Local Government (MINALOC) with its implementing agency the Local Administrative Entities Development Agency (LODA) are responsible for the decentralized activities. Successful implementation of the policy requires close collaboration between these institutions.

The new strategic plans for agricultural transformation in Rwanda (PSTA-4) has a particular focus on improved agriculture food system's skills and knowledge, resilience and sustainable intensification, food security and nutrition and incomes. PSTA-4 promotes the development of soil and water conservation as part of integrated watershed management programmes, considering that the most successful approaches are those involving local communities, especially in reconciling the use of crop, livestock, and trees. PSTA-4 also encourages the investments in hill slopes soil and water conservation and agro-forestry (tree belts, contour belts, grass strips, contour bunds, planting of fodder grasses on bunds/ridges, use of permanent, perennial vegetation on contours, integration of trees on farm plots, tree belts, protective forests, etc.).

Objectives

Global objective

The global objective of the assignment is to contribute to the development of agroforestry for sustainable agriculture towards the achievement of Rwanda's growth-, export-, poverty reduction-, food and nutrition security- and sustainable development targets.

Specific objectives

  • Identify and support adequate and appropriate coordination mechanisms and regulations to ensure common understanding, approval and implementation of the policy by main stakeholders, to facilitate the integration of the agroforestry policy in policies of main concerned department under MINILAF, MINAGRI, MINALOC and MINECOFIN and to secure the sustainability of the sector.
  • Support RWFA/MINILAF, RAB/MINAGRI, LODA/MINALOC delivery capacity in the selection, preparation and completion of promising public investment agroforestry project appraisal documents that are aligned to the sector's objectives and medium-term performance targets.
  • Support RWFA/MINILAF in the survey and mapping of the surface of agroforestry (and forestry if possible) implemented in the past years (from 2014 to nowdays-july 2018).
Activities

The Consultants’ services will include but not necessarily be limited to the following:

  • Data collection and desk review of related studies, evaluations and/or project documents established in Rwanda by Governmental, programs, donors’ agencies and non-governmental organisations involved in agroforestry and forestry. These data must be delivered under files, maps and the investments identified will be geo-located.
  • Analyse of the baseline known (2014 Forest Landscape Restoration Opportunity Assessment for Rwanda).
  • Mapping and field survey of the results obtained by the various agroforestry stakeholders. It is expected to know the areas under agroforestry at national level. A representative sampling approach can be envisaged in consultation with the EU Delegation in Rwanda.
  • Review of the existing directives and guidelines for the preparation of public investment projects related to Agroforestry and Rwanda's agriculture sector to prepare a work plan and methodology.
  • Interact with government senior officials and technicians, development partners and beneficiaries to gather information and data required for the design of the investment program and to map the forestry/agroforestry policies and projects/programs under MINILAF,MINAGRI, and MINALOC and their respective responsibilities, pointing out gaps and overlaps.
  • Establish the background, problem analysis and logical-/results-framework for the investment program (for submission to MINECOFIN) and for each investment projects.
  • Perform the socio-economic analysis for the investment program and for each investment projects.
  • Perform the market analysis for the investment program and for each investment projects.
  • Perform the economic and financial analysis for the investment program and for each investment projects.
  • Establish the project implementation plan for the investment program and for each investment projects.
  • Long term support in the coordination of the agroforestry policies and project/program, coordination between ministries and between their implementing agencies, districts and partners. This support will help to build capacity to accompany the change of strategic organisation and ensure the coordination.

Project Position 1

Position Key expert Nº 1: Team leader
Qualification
  • A University Degree in Management, Business Administration, Institutional support, Organizational sciences and sociology or closely related subjects;
  • Excellent English language report writing and communication skills.
Required Experience
  • At least 6 years of proven experience in societal and corporate organisation, in institutional support, in administration organisation and stakeholders’ coordination;
  • Proven experience in coaching, training and capacity building;
  • Experience in decentralization process will be an asset;
  • Experience as an advisor to senior officials will be an asset.
Estimated Manpower 102 WD
Mission Begin 16/04/2018
Mission End 16/10/2019
Other

Category and duration of equivalent experience:

The team leader will be category II, the duration of equivalent experience (instead of University Degree) will be 8 years.

Contact Nicolas Blondel

Project Position 2

Position Key expert Nº 2
Qualification
  • A University Degree in Economics, Project management, Agro-Economy or closely related subjects with expertise in Agroforestry and/or Forestry;
  • Excellent English language report writing and communication skills.
Required Experience
  • At least 6 years of proven experience in the design of public investment projects related to poverty reduction and in the economic and financial appraisal of environmental or agriculture investment projects;
  • Experience in public investment formulation is compulsory;
  • Proven experience in coaching, training and capacity building;
  • Experience in agroforestry or forestry will be an asset.
Estimated Manpower 100 WD
Mission Begin 16/04/2018
Mission End 16/10/2019
Other

Category and duration of equivalent experience:

The second expert will be category II, the duration of equivalent experience (instead of University Degree) will be 8 years.

Contact Nicolas Blondel

Project Position 3

Position Key expert Nº 3
Qualification
  • A University Degree in Spatial Geosciences, Geography, Forestry and agroforestry or closely related subjects;
  • Excellent English language report writing and communication skills;
  • Kinyarwanda will be an asset, specifically for field surveys.
Required Experience
  • At least 3 years of proven experience in Geographic Information System (GIS), Remote sensing analysis, mapping, field survey and capacity building for land cover;
  • Proven experience in coaching, training and capacity building;
  • Experience in agroforestry or forestry mapping will be an asset.
Estimated Manpower 108 WD
Mission Begin 16/04/2018
Mission End 16/10/2019
Other

Category and duration of equivalent experience:

The third expert will be category III, the duration of equivalent experience (instead of University Degree) will be 5 years.

Contact Nicolas Blondel