Consultancy for Capacity gap assessment and development of a comprehensive Capacity Strengthening Plan for CCARDESA Secretariat under the CAADP-XP4 Project, Botswana

Job Description: 

Request for Expression of Interest

Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa (CCARDESA)


The Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa (CCARDESA) has received financing from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) equivalent to €5,370 Million towards the cost of Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme’s Ex-Pillar 4 (CAADP-XP4) Project, and intends to apply a portion of the proceeds of this grant towards eligible payments under this contract. Payment by IFAD will be made only at the request of CCARDESA and upon approval by IFAD, and will be subject, in all respects, to the terms and conditions of the financing agreement. The financing agreement prohibits a withdrawal from the grant account for the purpose of any payment to persons or entities, or for any import of goods, if such payment or import, to the knowledge of IFAD, is prohibited by a decision of the United Nations Security Council taken under chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations. No parties other than CCARDESA shall derive any rights from the financing agreement or have any claim to financing proceeds.

CCARDESA is a subsidiary organization of SADC and has the mandate of coordinating all matters of agricultural research and development in the SADC region. It facilitates implementation of various projects including Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme Ex Pillar 4 (CAADP-XP4). The CAADP-XP4 project supports a science-led and climate-relevant agricultural transformation in Africa and aims at strengthening the capacities of the five African institutions to deliver on their Agricultural Research for Development (AR4D) mandates and to collectively support African countries implement relevant programmes of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP).

The project seeks to deliver five (5) key outputs including one on improving the capacities of CCARDESA and the other organizations in competencies required for the successful implementation of the Project such as technical and organizational capacities in gender, infrastructures, coordination, multi-stakeholder project management, resource mobilization, fiduciary processes, and monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL);

The specific objective of this assignment is to undertake capacity gap assessment (CGA) and develop a comprehensive Capacity Strengthening Plan for CCARDESA. The CGA will assess the organizational, individual, technical, and functional capacities of CCARDESA and its selected regional and national level partners to implement CAADP XP4 project efficiently and effectively. 

The Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa now invites eligible individual consultants to indicate their interest in providing the Services. Interested consultants should provide information (Comprehensive CVs that show description of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions) demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services.

The shortlisting criteria are:

  • A minimum of a Masters degree (or its Equivalent) in Human Resources Management, Agricultural Policy, Development Studies or any relevant field.
  • At least Ten years’ experience in the agriculture policy and development; preferably in capacity development, capacity assessments and developing capacity development plans,
  • Ability to organize meetings, calls and documents that may require the input of multiple sources,
  • Proven ability to work both independently and as part of a team,
  • Experience in similar assignment (capacity assessment for organizations),
  • Experience in agriculture policy analysis and formulation,
  • Experience on sample design and data collection methodologies including online data collection techniques as well as development of survey tools,
  • Experience in working in Southern African countries,
  • Experience in gender and youth mainstreaming will be an added advantage.

The Consultant will be selected in accordance with the individual Consultancy method set out in the CCARDESA Procurement Manual.

Further information (terms of reference) can be obtained at the address below during office hours 0900 to 1630 hours.

Application letters complete with detailed curriculum vitae must be delivered in a written form to the address below (in person, or by mail, or by e-mail) by 26th June 2020. Applications should bear the name of the assignment in the subject field.

The Procurement Officer

Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa (CCARDESA) Secretariat

Ground Floor, Red Brick Building

Plot 4701

Station Exit Road

Private Bag 00357

Gaborone, Botswana


Closing Date: 
Friday, June 26, 2020 - 16:30
Job Type: 

International Cooperating Partners


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