04
Nov

Consultant – Review of the SRF

 

Title:                          Consultant

Organization:           International Crops Research Institute for the Semi Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)

Location:                  Malawi

Duration:                  October 25, 2019 – December 31, 2019

A. Purpose of Assignment

The purpose of this assignment is to deliver:

  • Internal Review of SRF Operations from a operations, governance, risk management and control environment context.
  • Options and recommendations to delink SRF operations legally from the name of the Institute.

B. Background

The primary purpose of International Crop Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) is to conduct agricultural research in the Semi-Arid tropics. ICRISAT’s vision is prosperous, food-secure and resilient dryland tropics. ICRISAT’s mission is to reduce poverty, hunger, malnutrition and environmental degradation in the dryland tropics so they can share in economic growth and manage natural resources in the face of climate change and other challenges.

The Seed Revolving Fund (SRF) is a strategic partnership involving multiple stakeholders including donors – USAID and IRISH AID, Government of Malawi, private sector and most importantly the smallholder farming communities of Malawi. In line with the mission and vision of ICRISAT, the primary objective of SRF is to strengthen the seed systems of under invested crops in Malawi to unlock growth opportunity for agriculture.

As a publicly funded international research organization, ICRISAT and by extension SRF are required and expected to be a diligent, competent and socially responsible steward of all financial resources, with adequate control mechanisms and oversight structures for accountability and good governance. The public nature of the SRF resources necessitates the need for a robust and comprehensive operational and control framework for all streams of activities within its operational life cycle.

Initially, the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Seed Revolving Fund (SRF) was established with funding from USAID, to strengthen seed systems of under invested crops in Malawi. Over the years, with subsequent injection of funds from other agencies such as IRISH AID etc., the SRF has been significantly impacted Malawi’s seed systems with spillover to neighboring countries such as Mozambique, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe among others. The SRF has ultimately impacted the lives of the smallholder farming community, which otherwise does not have access to improved seed systems.

The target group of SRF invetsments are smallholder producers of groundnut, pigeonpea, common bean, rice sorghum and millets (pearl and finger). These farmers in general do not have access to certified high-quality seed of the focus crops dur to among others the limited availability. As a result, their productivity is compromised through lower yield increasing their vulnerability to food nutrition and income security. The Commodity of SRF is the Certified Seed. Certified Seed is seed of good quality as approved by national statutory agencies. In the Case of Malawi, the Seed Services Unit (SSU) certifies Seed produced by SRF and other actors. Due to under investment by both public and private sector, in seed of self-pollinated crops, The SRF primarily was established to support production of early generation seed such as Breeder and Basic Seed and in case of under invested crops and nascent value chains, all three classes of seed i.e., Breeder, Basic and Certifie. The modus operandi of the SRF is:

  • The SRF, supported by ICRISAT, produces and sells basic/foundation seed to producers including seed companies, farmer associations and other agencies seeking to produce certified seed for delivery to the market.
  • In case of limited investment in a particularly strategic crop by any agency, the SRF directly produces certified seed of such crops eg.,rice, sorghum and pigeonpea.
  • Seed costing is designed to generate a mark-up which is used to increase seed production and the fund value. 

C. Scope of Work

The scope of work for the consultant is as follows:

  • Conduct a desk review and minor consultation to develop an Inception Report that will be mutually agreed upon with ICRISAT as the guide for the assignment. The Inception Report will also include a workplan agreed with ICRISAT for the delivery of the key outputs.
  • Plan, organize, conduct and manage a review mission for the SRF.
  • Conduct onsite analysis of governance, risk management and control environment documents, manuals, guidance and agreements.
  • Review the operational delivery of the SRF and legal governance identity to develop options and recommendations for splitting the SRF legally from the Institutes name.
  • Identify the key risk management governance and control challenges to improvement operations.

D. Expected Output

The Consultant is expected to deliver the following key output:

  1. Provide an Inception Report that frames (guides) the assignment.
  2. Provide a detailed Assignment report that:
    • Covers the review of the SRF operations, governance, risk management and control environment including key recommendations, conclusions and implementation plan for a way forward.
    • Provides options, recommendations, steps and way forward for alienating the SRF legally, Governance and operationally from the Institute.

E. Qualifications

  1. Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in Business Administration, Agriculture, Economics or any related field.
  2. Experience with Seed Industry or agriculture development related investments, especially the policy environment and management, is desirable. Work in the Eastern and Southern Africa Development Regional Economic Communities is an added advantage.
  3. Experience in CGIAR system with research and agriculture related operational and financial delivery especially in Africa.
  4. A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in risk management, finance, operations and corporate services.
  5. Experience with international organizations is desirable, as is experience with an international or multilateral public institution.

F. Inputs and Payment Terms

  • The Consultant will be paid per working day. Payments will be made in installments based upon outputs/deliverables specified in the TOR (under payment schedule) and upon certification of satisfactory work as per work plan and endorsed by ICRISAT.

Payment Schedule

  1. 50% on signing the contract and within 10 days of submission of an Mission Plan (in English).
  2. 30% on approval of the inception report
  3. 20% within approval of Report (in English).

The Consultant will also be paid a daily subsistence allowance at the UN in-country rate for Malawi. A round-trip air ticket from the Consultant’s home country economy to Malawi will also be provided.

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Consultant – Review of the SRF – ICRISAT

04
Nov

Consultant – Review of the SRF

 

Title:                          Consultant

Organization:           International Crops Research Institute for the Semi Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)

Location:                  Malawi

Duration:                  October 25, 2019 – December 31, 2019

A. Purpose of Assignment

The purpose of this assignment is to deliver:

  • Internal Review of SRF Operations from a operations, governance, risk management and control environment context.
  • Options and recommendations to delink SRF operations legally from the name of the Institute.

B. Background

The primary purpose of International Crop Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) is to conduct agricultural research in the Semi-Arid tropics. ICRISAT’s vision is prosperous, food-secure and resilient dryland tropics. ICRISAT’s mission is to reduce poverty, hunger, malnutrition and environmental degradation in the dryland tropics so they can share in economic growth and manage natural resources in the face of climate change and other challenges.

The Seed Revolving Fund (SRF) is a strategic partnership involving multiple stakeholders including donors – USAID and IRISH AID, Government of Malawi, private sector and most importantly the smallholder farming communities of Malawi. In line with the mission and vision of ICRISAT, the primary objective of SRF is to strengthen the seed systems of under invested crops in Malawi to unlock growth opportunity for agriculture.

As a publicly funded international research organization, ICRISAT and by extension SRF are required and expected to be a diligent, competent and socially responsible steward of all financial resources, with adequate control mechanisms and oversight structures for accountability and good governance. The public nature of the SRF resources necessitates the need for a robust and comprehensive operational and control framework for all streams of activities within its operational life cycle.

Initially, the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Seed Revolving Fund (SRF) was established with funding from USAID, to strengthen seed systems of under invested crops in Malawi. Over the years, with subsequent injection of funds from other agencies such as IRISH AID etc., the SRF has been significantly impacted Malawi’s seed systems with spillover to neighboring countries such as Mozambique, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe among others. The SRF has ultimately impacted the lives of the smallholder farming community, which otherwise does not have access to improved seed systems.

The target group of SRF invetsments are smallholder producers of groundnut, pigeonpea, common bean, rice sorghum and millets (pearl and finger). These farmers in general do not have access to certified high-quality seed of the focus crops dur to among others the limited availability. As a result, their productivity is compromised through lower yield increasing their vulnerability to food nutrition and income security. The Commodity of SRF is the Certified Seed. Certified Seed is seed of good quality as approved by national statutory agencies. In the Case of Malawi, the Seed Services Unit (SSU) certifies Seed produced by SRF and other actors. Due to under investment by both public and private sector, in seed of self-pollinated crops, The SRF primarily was established to support production of early generation seed such as Breeder and Basic Seed and in case of under invested crops and nascent value chains, all three classes of seed i.e., Breeder, Basic and Certifie. The modus operandi of the SRF is:

  • The SRF, supported by ICRISAT, produces and sells basic/foundation seed to producers including seed companies, farmer associations and other agencies seeking to produce certified seed for delivery to the market.
  • In case of limited investment in a particularly strategic crop by any agency, the SRF directly produces certified seed of such crops eg.,rice, sorghum and pigeonpea.
  • Seed costing is designed to generate a mark-up which is used to increase seed production and the fund value. 

C. Scope of Work

The scope of work for the consultant is as follows:

  • Conduct a desk review and minor consultation to develop an Inception Report that will be mutually agreed upon with ICRISAT as the guide for the assignment. The Inception Report will also include a workplan agreed with ICRISAT for the delivery of the key outputs.
  • Plan, organize, conduct and manage a review mission for the SRF.
  • Conduct onsite analysis of governance, risk management and control environment documents, manuals, guidance and agreements.
  • Review the operational delivery of the SRF and legal governance identity to develop options and recommendations for splitting the SRF legally from the Institutes name.
  • Identify the key risk management governance and control challenges to improvement operations.

D. Expected Output

The Consultant is expected to deliver the following key output:

  1. Provide an Inception Report that frames (guides) the assignment.
  2. Provide a detailed Assignment report that:
    • Covers the review of the SRF operations, governance, risk management and control environment including key recommendations, conclusions and implementation plan for a way forward.
    • Provides options, recommendations, steps and way forward for alienating the SRF legally, Governance and operationally from the Institute.

E. Qualifications

  1. Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in Business Administration, Agriculture, Economics or any related field.
  2. Experience with Seed Industry or agriculture development related investments, especially the policy environment and management, is desirable. Work in the Eastern and Southern Africa Development Regional Economic Communities is an added advantage.
  3. Experience in CGIAR system with research and agriculture related operational and financial delivery especially in Africa.
  4. A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in risk management, finance, operations and corporate services.
  5. Experience with international organizations is desirable, as is experience with an international or multilateral public institution.

F. Inputs and Payment Terms

  • The Consultant will be paid per working day. Payments will be made in installments based upon outputs/deliverables specified in the TOR (under payment schedule) and upon certification of satisfactory work as per work plan and endorsed by ICRISAT.

Payment Schedule

  1. 50% on signing the contract and within 10 days of submission of an Mission Plan (in English).
  2. 30% on approval of the inception report
  3. 20% within approval of Report (in English).

The Consultant will also be paid a daily subsistence allowance at the UN in-country rate for Malawi. A round-trip air ticket from the Consultant’s home country economy to Malawi will also be provided.

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