Ogun State Government Job Recruitment – OGSTEP


  2020-09-02
  Unspecified

The Ogun State Government is requesting assistance from the World Bank to fund the Ogun State Economic Transformation Program (OGSTEP) through an Investment Project Financing instrument, The funds will support the Ogun State Development Plan (SDP) (2018-2030) with a focus on the business environment, skills development and public sector governance.

The ministry of budget and planning has the responsibility for project implementation and ensuring that the project development objectives are met and coordinated by the Project Implementation Unit (PIU).

Below is a critical role / activities that are needed to be filled or carried out for the preparation and implementation of the program:

Job Title: Social Specialist

Reference No.: OG/CS/PPA/36/2020
Location: Abeokuta, Ogun State
Project Title: Ogun State Economic Transformation Project (OGSTEP) – Agric Sector Project Development Support
Reports to: Project Manager – OGSTEP Agric & Sector Lead
Duration of employment: 2 Years (Renewable upon satisfactory performance)

Project Development Objective

  • The Project Development Objective is to increase agricultural production and stimulate private sector participation in the agricultural, industrial and skills sectors of the Ogun State economy.

The project consists of two main components. The project components include:
Component 1: Increasing Agricultural Production and Industrialization:

  • Sub-Component 1.1: increasing Agricultural Production
  • Sub-Component 1.2: Improving Business Environment.
  • Sub-Component 1.3 Developing Skills.

Component 2: Technical Assistance to Strengthen Capacity to Implement the Program:

  • Component 2.1 Agriculture
  • Component 2.2 Business Environment
  • Component 2.3 Skills
  • Component 2.4 Public Sector Reform and PFM
  • Component 2.5 Project Implementation support

Background Information

  • The Ogun State Government through the Federal Government of Nigeria has received a credit from the International Development Association (hereinafter referred to as IDA) Bank towards the financing of the OGUN STATE ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION PROJECT (OGSTEP). The Project Coordinating Office of OGSTEP intends to apply part of the proceeds of this credit to payments under contracts for the Consultancy Services:
  • The OGSTEP is in line with the Ogun State Development Plan 2017-2030 (SDP) reform agenda to accelerate strategic reforms and foster public investment to enable greater private sector participation in the State’s economy which is organized around five cardinal programs covering agriculture production and industrialization, infrastructure and rural development, education, health, and affordable housing and urban renewal.
  • The OGSTEP Agriculture component seeks to help address key constraints to increased private sector investment in agriculture. The Agriculture component will support three types of activities: First, support the development and implementation of the international best practice Framework for Responsible and Inclusive Land-Intensive Agricultural Investments (FRILIA) in Ogun State ; Second, foster the engagement of Value Chain Development Firms (VCDF), and finally, develop critical infrastructure to strengthen market linkages to production areas where value chain development alliances are being promoted.
  • The project will promote farming operations in the following priority value chains: 1. Food Crops, 2. Horticulture, 3. Livestock and 4. Fiber.
  • Based on the afore-mentioned, it is therefore important that as part of efforts towards project implementation, (including front end activities, pre-implementation activities etc.) a Social Specialist is required to support the activities of the Project Manager and sector lead

Objective

  • The Social Specialist will be responsible for the day-to-day management of tasks executed by OGSTEP Agric in relation to project preparation and project implementation geared towards the farmers and firms, while working closely with the Project Manager

Scope of Work
The project will seek to enhance the sustainability and competitiveness of rural community-based agriculture enterprises by way of informing the business development strategy with respect to current market needs and trends both locally and internationally as well as ensuring alignment with broader development goals.

This work assists Ogun State to meet Disbursement-Linked Indicators (DLIs) for the World Bank assisted, “Ogun State Economic Transformation Project (OGSTEP),” scheduled to start March 2020. The Social Specialist(s) will therefore be required to support the OGSTEP Agric Sector Technical Team, Project Manager and the Agriculture portfolio in terms of the evolving trends and demands for products as well as to provide assistance in the areas of enterprise development and competitiveness. The Social Specialist will therefore be required to:

  • Coordinate and carry out social and technical studies required for comprehensive environmental impact assessment.
  • Undertake reporting approvals and compliance issues to both the project team and atlas leadership team.
  • Development and implementation of Social Management plans.
  • Facilitate awareness among the project team in relation to approval/ compliance-related information requirements.
  • Contribute to establishment and development of project, environmental implementation strategy and system.
  • Timely submission of social safeguards instruments together with work plans for activities
  • Develops and manages complex agriculture and environmental activities as well as providing leadership in monitoring and evaluation.
  • Carry out field visits to review compliance with social safeguards instruments and prepare semi-annual reports as inputs to the project progress reports
  • Perform other duties that may be required by the Project Manager and the sector lead.

Report and Schedule of Deliveries:

  • The Social Specialist will be required to provide reports, documents and deliverables as required by the project and as directed by the Project Manager regarding his/her activities.

Services to be provided by the Client:

  • The OGSTEP Sector Technical Team working closely with the PIU and Ministry of Agriculture is responsible for the provision of an office for the implementation of the duties.

Institutional and Organization Arrangements:

  • The Social Specialist will work directly with the Agric Sector, Project Manager and the Honorable Commissioner for Agriculture.

Recruitment Qualifications/ Competencies
Education:

  • Master’s degree in Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Social Science or a related field is required.

Experience:

  • Minimum of 8-10 years professional experience in design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of agriculture, environment and related activities including two years of experience managing donor-funded assistance programmes in the agriculture or environment sector is required.
  • Thorough knowledge of agriculture development and environmental resource management is required.
  • Experience in research and statistical analysis;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and experience in working with a wide range of individuals in government, private sector and civil society;
  • Commitment to quality and control of data and resultant information;
  • Experience in data collection;
  • Experience in working in teams;
  • Experience in similar project and programmes
  • Computer literacy is required.

Language Requirements:

  • Proficiency in both written and spoken English

Payment and Fee for Service
Payments shall include the agreed consultancy fees and reimbursable expenses associated with the performance of the consultancy activities. The payment of the consultant will be based on sign off of deliverables by the Project Manager and sector lead

Job Title: Consultant, Engagement of Value Chain Development Firms (VCDF)

Reference No: OG/CS/PPA/43/2020
Location: Abeokuta, Ogun State
Project Title: Ogun State Economic Transformation Project (OGSTEP) – Agric Sector
Reports to: Project Manager OGSTEP – Agric & Honourable Commissioner for Agriculture
Duration of Employment: Twelve (12) Weeks

Project Development Objective

  • The Project Development Objective is to increase agricultural production and stimulate private sector participation in the agricultural, industrial and skills sectors of the Ogun State economy.

The project consists of two main components. The project components include:
Component 1: Increasing Agricultural Production and Industrialization:

  • Sub-Component 1.1: increasing Agricultural Production
  • Sub-Component 1.2: Improving Business Environment.
  • Sub-Component 1.3 Developing Skills.

Component 2: Technical Assistance to Strengthen Capacity to Implement the Program:

  • Component 2.1 Agriculture
  • Component 2.2 Business Environment
  • Component 2.3 Skills
  • Component 2.4 Public Sector Reform and PFM
  • Component 2.5 Project Implementation support

Background Information

  • The Ogun State Government through the Federal Government of Nigeria is applying for a USD 250 million credit from the International Development Association (hereinafter referred to as IDA)/ World Bank towards the financing of the OGUN STATE ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION PROJECT (OGSTEP). The Project Coordinating Office of OGSTEP intends to apply part of the proceeds of this credit to payments under contracts for the Consultancy Services.
  • The OGSTEP is in line with the Ogun State Development Plan 2017-2030 (SDP) reform agenda to accelerate strategic reforms and foster public investment to enable greater private sector participation in the State’s economy which is organised around five cardinal programs covering agriculture production and industrialization, infrastructure and rural development, education, health, and affordable housing and urban renewal.
  • Agriculture plays a major economic role in Ogun state, providing income and employment for about 70 percent of the labour force, while contributing 30 percent of the State GDP over the 2013-2017 period. Significant potential exists in the State to increase productivity and improve competitiveness to meet the growing demand of the agri-food industry. In order to grow the sector, multiple consultations with the private sector have confirmed the private sector’s high interest in investing in the agri-food sector.
  • In conjunction with World Bank-financed projects in Nigeria, OGSTEP Agriculture component seeks to help address the key constraints to increased private sector participation in Agriculture working closely with Ogun farmers. The Agriculture component will support three types of activities: First, support the development and implementation of the international best practice Framework for Responsible and Inclusive Land-Intensive Agricultural Investments (FRILIA) in Ogun State ; Second, foster the engagement of Value Chain Development Firms (VCDF), and finally, develop critical infrastructure to strengthen market linkages to production areas where value chain development alliances are being promoted.
  • The idea is to support smallholder farmers at farming communities in Ogun State to participate in production effort in the following priority value chains: 1. Food crops; 2. Horticulture and; 3. Livestock; 4. Fiber
  • In line with the OGSTEP project development objective, in the first instance and in line with best practices, OGSTEP working with the Ministry of Agriculture, therefore seeks to engage Value Chain Development Firms (VCDF’s) to work with farmers across the identified Value Chains Segment, among others in the State.
  • This Terms of Reference (TOR) therefore intends to set the minimum requirements and the scope of work.

Objective

  • The objective of the engagement of the Value Chain Development Firms (VCDF’s) is to develop and promote further the commodity value chains to be promoted in the State. Further, the engagement of VCDF’s seeks to facilitate timely linkage between producers, input suppliers and service providers, and off-takers; and well as identify relevant value chain Service Providers across the Value Chains Segment, among others in the State.

Scope of Work
The firm will assist Ogun State Government through the Ministry of Agriculture, OGSTEP Sector Technical Team, working closely with the farmers to develop and strengthen the target agricultural value chains in Ogun State. The Scope of work will have two phases as follows;

  • Pre Investment Phase, and
  • Investment Phase

Pre-investment Phase:

  • Aggregate farmers into groups and clusters to facilitate their access to inputs, services and markets, and the support to groups to move toward formal business entities, such as cooperatives;
  • Identification and analysis of value chain in selected areas;
  • Identify various options for value chain improvement/development that promote inclusiveness.
  • Put in place value chain coordination model that builds trust and promote innovation and opportunities and communication.
  • Assessment of business and partnership opportunities including buyers, suppliers of inputs and services, and related public institutions;
  • Assist farmer groups /cooperatives to engage with off takers and input suppliers with a view to form productive alliances with these parties ;
  • Assist farmers groups/cooperatives to prepare business plans that’s enable them meet the quality and quantities required by off takers while enabling the farmer groups/cooperatives move up the value chain to provide post-harvest management services;
  • Support the farmers to bargain specifically for better prices and more generally for better terms of engagement with off-takers and input suppliers as part of the productive alliance relationship;
  • Mainstream climate smart agriculture, nutrition, and gender into the business plans using evaluation criteria that give additional credits to business plans that promote gender, nutrition, and the use of climate-resilient and low-emission innovations;
  • Preparation, evaluation, and approval of proposals;
  • Evaluation of business plans and sub-projects out of successful proposals;
  • Identify public sector supports needed from the OGSTEP project and other public institutions to enable the productive alliance relationships work for the farmers and other partners, off-takers and providers of inputs and services

Investment Phase:

  • Facilitate timely linkage between producers and off-takers;
  • Support business-related plan activities covered by project ;
  • Assist the farmers in the administration of the matching grants which will be provided to farmers, guided by the projects grants manual;
  • Assist farmers to adopt low-emission practices in the crops and aquaculture sectors; xv. Work towards improved agricultural productivity and profitability of small farm/holder production systems for targeted value chains.

Others:

  • Provide overall value chain coordination that promotes inclusiveness in supply of primary products in respective value chains;
  • Assist/build capacity of enrolled off-takers in taking charge of source of raw materials and maintaining relationship, and building trust among actors;
  • Identify the main actors and other stakeholders (supporters and influencer) and how they are linked/interact; assessing the flow of products, information and financial resources along the value chains.
  • Identify lead firms that are likely to invest in activities along the value chain;
  • Work with the key actors involved to analyse their roles, contribution to value creation and/or addition and the inherent risk along the chain relative value to the chain.
  • Work with the actors to describe and quantify the sequence of operations regarding its production, processing and marketing.
  • Provide Training and extension support to farmers and beneficiaries
  • Train extension agents.
  • Provide evidence-based information and decision support for interventions and intervention programmes design.
  • Provide reports that revalidate selected value chains and data update as well as incorporation of sustainable coordination of value chains.

Profile of the Consultancy Firm
Experience:

  • The Firm is expected to be fully registered business concerns, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) and qualified civil associations registered in Nigeria.
  • The firm will be required to have at least ten (10) years of relevant, demonstrable and verifiable experience in management of complex projects on value chain, rural business development and agricultural marketing in Nigeria

Others:

  • Demonstrate the capacity to aggregate large number of farmers, form them into groups and manage the groups, demonstrate organizational capacity of the organization and experience carrying out similar project of activities and handling large groups of farmers, including woman and youths ;
  • Experience on facilitating linkage between producers, input suppliers and service providers, and off-takers;
  • Evidence of close working relationships with farmers and rural and community-based organisations;
  • Have proven records of ability to facilitate and coordinate: linkage and access to technology, market information and management of out-growers, in relation to responsibilities to off-takers and vice versa; and management of emerging and unforeseen circumstances likely to disrupt value chain activities;
  • Working relationship and partnership with small and medium enterprises;
  • Experience researching trends in end markets, and supporting firms to meet the requirements of end markets, competitors and buyers regionally or internationally;
  • Experience in conducting value chain assessments and determining appropriate interventions to enhance agricultural productivity and market access for farmers, agro-pastoralist and pastoralist.
  • Strong working experience with key-value chain stakeholders (producers, traders, enterprise groups, rural financing institutions/banks, and research/policy associations);
  • Be capable of facilitating value chain studies and shared learning platforms needing sound reporting and sharing for use within the productive period of the project; and
  • Have experience in providing or facilitating the required logistics and managing the issues arising from linkage and the development of effective management and control of the emerging opportunities;
  • Experience in developing and managing capacity building activities for enterprise groups and local institutions.
  • Proven ability to work in a cross-cultural and multidisciplinary environment;
  • Evidence of providing similar services for national and international value chain development exercise;
  • Familiarity with Ogun State, its rural environment and local institutions and rural governance structures might be an advantage.

Key Consultants / Technical Resource(s) Experience
Lead Consultant:

  • Minimum MSc degree in Economics, Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness Management, Rural Development, Development Studies or related fields. and a minimum of 15 years’ (post-grad) working experience working in a related field.

The lead consultant is expected to have:

  • Excellent knowledge of value chains, marketing systems and private sector development and minimum ten years of proven ability to design and implement programmes that create market opportunities for small holder farmers, small scale processors, and other value chain actors; 2) Demonstrated experience achieving increased competitiveness in the developing country context
  • Compelling (verbal and written) communication skills including ability to prepare reports, formulate and defend sound recommendations and articulate opinions concisely conveying maximum necessary information;
  • Outstanding oral and written communication and presentation skills in English.
  • Formal training/certification in value chain studies/development will be an advantage

The lead consultant is expected to show evidence of leading similar activities of services for other national and international value chain development exercise. He / she will be expected to perform the following core responsibilities among others:

  • Lead and supervise activities of other consultants / technical resources involved in the specific value chains. 2) Review all relevant primary and secondary sources of data and any relevant information to the study.
  • Develop all necessary data collection, plans tools and present them for review before use.
  • Participate in training of research assistants/data collectors, where necessary;
  • Identify interface issues and risks, and develop tools to record and manage the interface, issues and risks;
  • Author regular detailed progress reports as required.

Other Consultants / Technical Resources:

  • Minimum BSc degree in Economics, Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness Management, Rural Development, Development Studies or related fields. and minimum of 5 years’ (post-grad) working experience working in a related field.

The consultant / technical resources to be engaged are expected to have;

  • Demonstrable knowledge of Agricultural value chains and commodities;
  • Experience in conducting thorough and clearly referenced literature review on the value chain approach for priority value chains;
  • Experience providing hand-on support to smallholder farmers and other downstream value chain actors;
  • Experience in the design and implementation programmes that create market opportunities for smallholder farmers, small scale processors, and other value chain actors;
  • Experience with value chain analysis and development for priority value chain area;
  • Experience in poverty reduction initiatives through livelihood development for rural communities;
  • Sound communication skills including ability to prepare reports.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English language and ability by critical staff to communicate in Yoruba

Institutional and Organization Arrangements:

  • The firm will liaise with the Project Manager OGSTEP Agric, work closely with the relevant stakeholders, in particular the technical team composed by the Sector lead, and report to the Project Manager OGSTEP and Honourable Commissioner who is the sector lead.

Report and Schedule of Deliveries
The firm will work directly with the Technical Team in the Ministry of Agriculture constituted by the sector lead to deliver on the following:

  • Aggregate farmers into groups and clusters to facilitate their access to inputs, services and markets, and the support to groups to move toward formal business entities, such as cooperatives;
  • Identify various options for value chain improvement/development that promote inclusiveness, as well as value chain coordination model that builds trust and promote innovation and opportunities and communication.
  • Assessment of business and partnership opportunities including buyers, suppliers of inputs and services, and related public institutions;
  • Assist farmers groups/cooperatives to prepare business plans related to project and have better engagement with off-takers and input suppliers within a productive alliance relationship and assist farmers achieve improved agricultural productivity and profitability for targeted value chains.;
  • Administration of the matching grants to be provided to farmers;
  • The VCDF will ensure that those farmer groups are connected to off-takers and input suppliers through productive alliances.
  • The VCDF will have a minimum of 1,000 farmers under it in year 1, and is expected to have the capacity to grow and increase the number of farmers progressively over a five year period to a maximum of 10,000 farmers across the following value chains: cassava, rice, maize, sesame, soybean and horticulture crops, poultry and aquaculture;
  • Implementation of VCDF contracts and deliver progressively 20% , 30%,60% & 80% of these contracts from Year 2 to Year 5.
  • Report summarising the process, activities of value chain, the business models – 3 hard and soft copies. Soft copies of analysed data and filled datasheets/tools shall also be handed in. , quarterly. The report format will be agreed by technical team and signed off by the Project Manager and Sector Lead.

Services to be provided by the Client:

  • The Ogun State Ministry of Agriculture shall provide all relevant documents available to the firm. It will also provide necessary institutional support for operations of the consultant. It is the sole responsibility of the firm to search for and collect all required information.
  • The firm will organise all necessary travel and other resources, subject to reimbursement as stipulated in the contract.

Payment Schedule:

  • The VCDF’s will be engaged by the Ogun State Government and will be paid by Government operational expenses (farmers aggregation, group formation, incremental operational cost, preparation of business plans , recruitment of service providers, office running etc.) as stipulated in the projects implementation plan (PIM).
  • The payment of the firm will be based on sign off, of deliverables by the Technical Team within the Ogun State Ministry of Agriculture as appointed by the Honourable Commissioner / Sector lead, with the final sign off by the Honourable Commissioner / Sector lead.

Job Title: Baseline Study Consultant

Reference No.: OG/CS/PPA/26/2020
Location: Abeokuta, Ogun State
Project Title: Ogun State Economic Transformation Project (OGSTEP)
Reports to: Project Manager, Agriculture – OGSTEP & Honourable Commissioner for Agriculture
Duration of Employment / Engagement: Six (6) Months

Project Development Objective

  • The Project Development Objective is to increase agricultural production and stimulate private sector participation in the agricultural, industrial and skills sectors of the Ogun State economy.

The project consists of two main components. The project components include:

  • Component I: Increasing Agricultural Production and Industrialization
  • Sub-Component 1.1: increasing Agricultural Production
  • Sub-Component 1.2: Improving Business Environment.
  • Sub-Component 1.3 Developing Skills.

Component 2: Technical Assistance to Strengthen Capacity to Implement the Program

  • Component 2.1 Agriculture
  • Component 2.2 Business Environment
  • Component 2.3 Skills
  • Component 2.4 Public Sector Reform and PFM
  • Component 2.5 Project Implementation support

Background Information

  • The Ogun State Government through the Federal Government of Nigeria is applying for a USD 250 million credit from the International Development Association (hereinafter referred to as IDA)/ World Bank towards the financing of the OGUN STATE ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION PROJECT (OGSTEP). The Project Coordinating Office of OGSTEP intends to apply part of the proceeds of this credit to payments under contracts for the Consultancy Services.
  • The OGSTEP is in line with the Ogun State Development Plan 2017-2030 (SDP) reform agenda to accelerate strategic reforms and foster public investment to enable greater private sector participation in the State’s economy which is organised around five cardinal programs covering agriculture production and industrialization, infrastructure and rural development, education, health, and affordable housing and urban renewal.
  • Agriculture plays a major economic role in Ogun state, providing income and employment for about 70 percent of the labour force, while contributing 30 percent of the State GDP over the 2013-2017 period. Significant potential exists in the State to increase productivity and improve competitiveness to meet the growing demand of the agri-food industry. In order to grow the sector, multiple consultations with the private sector have confirmed the private sector’s high interest in investing in the agri-food sector.
  • In conjunction with World Bank financed projects in Nigeria, OGSTEP Agriculture component seeks to help address the key constraints to increased private sector participation in Agriculture working closely with Ogun farmers. The Agriculture component will support three types of activities: First, support the development and implementation of the international best practice Framework for Responsible and Inclusive Land-Intensive Agricultural Investments (FRILIA) in Ogun State; Second, foster the engagement of Value Chain Development Firms (VCDF), and finally, develop critical infrastructure to strengthen market linkages to production areas where value chain development alliances are being promoted.
  • The idea is to support smallholder farmers at farming communities in Ogun State to participate in production effort in the following priority value chains: 1. Food crops ; 2. Horticulture and; 3. Livestock ; 4. Fiber
  • OGSTEP intends to apply part of the proceeds of this credit to payments under contracts for the Consultancy Services of a Baseline Study Consultant to conduct a baseline study in line with the project development objective and outcome indicators. This survey will identify the current state of affairs of the beneficiaries. Moreover, project impact will be evaluated with reference to the baseline study.
  • This Terms of Reference (TOR) therefore intends to set the minimum requirements and the scope of the study.

Objective

  • In the course of implementation, the baseline survey is a significant requirement to monitor the progress of the Agriculture component of the OGSTEP against the set indicators, and the conduct of a mid-term review and the final evaluation.
  • The baseline data collection and analysis will take place early in project life, and will be focused on variables that permit accurate analysis of project outcomes. At the same baseline, attention will be paid to the identification of target groups, understanding the socio-economic parameters and monitoring what happens over the project life. A detailed M&E plan will be in place at project start-up
  • The baseline survey is expected to examine the current yield per hectare of farmers in the farming communities for all the value chains in the communities and areas covered by the project, provide information that support the projects agricultural activities, including value chain development and productive infrastructure (e.g. irrigation, feeder roads, warehouses etc) Irrigated and non-irrigated land, access to land ,land ownership and leasing pattern, size of holdings, secure tenure rights, compensation etc. as provided for by the Framework for Responsible and Inclusive Land-Intensive Agricultural Investments (FRILIA) agreements in place in the State. These will be carried out in order to further gain knowledge of the current technical and organisational practices in the farming communities, where present and where not present, among others.

Scope of Work
The consulting firm will provide technical assistance to the Ministry of Agriculture, Ogun State through OGSTEP Sector Technical Team. The baseline study will involve sampling among farmers in the likely locations where the project will be implemented or within designated farming communities and locations in Ogun state.

The activities include:

  • Desktop Research and Information Gathering
  • Sampling design (population and location),
  • Development of tools; structured questionnaires, key informant interview and focus group discussions
  • Preparation of detail plan of action and timelines, including orientation to enumerators;
  • Recruiting and training of enumerators,
  • Pre-testing the questionnaires and enumerators, in selected farming communities and incorporate the inputs in final questionnaire and checklist;
  • Fieldwork – Actual data collection using the questionnaires and other tools,
  • Data entry and Error checking data,
  • Analysis of data,
  • Development of robust and fully functional tool that will guide and support data and information gathering for tracking and registration of farmers in designated farming communities and locations and across the State
  • Report preparation (pre & final)
  • Validation and Feedback

The report which will show strong links with the would-be M&E system and process is to be shared with the Agric. Sector-Project Manager, the M & E specialist and Technical Team for consultation before it is finalised.

Institutional and Organization Arrangements:

  • The consulting firm will liaise with the Project Manager OGSTEP Agric, work closely with the relevant stakeholders, in particular the technical team composed by the Sector lead, and report to the Project Manager OGSTEP and Honourable Commissioner who is the sector lead.

Report and Schedule Of Deliveries
The consulting firm will work directly with the Technical Team in the Ministry of Agriculture constituted by the sector lead to deliver on the following:

  • Inception report to show methodology, Pre-study desktop research and consultation results, to include setting of goals and objectives; guidance on scope of study; nature and source of data; sampling procedure and pre-determined analytical procedure; and other proposed analysis relevant to the various value chains; and also procedure for training of data gathering staff; and data collection, collation, back up support, and on-field support.
  • Questionnaires (incl. farmers registration and data capture), plan, checklists and tools for the study, to include pre-testing of study tools and subsequent adjustment and finalization.
  • Initial report based on participatory and inclusive training of data gathering staff, showing data and result of analysis of data accompanied by e-copy of raw data;
  • Baseline data , analysed in required format using appropriate statistical software – (SPSS and STATA), and
  • Consolidated final study report ( 3 hard copies as well as soft copy), to include necessary review and validation

Services to be provided by the Client
The Ogun State Ministry of Agriculture OGSTEP through the Technical Team (STT) is responsible for the:

  • Provision of information and other relevant input to finalise designed study instruments;
  • Monitoring and provide feedback to ensure the effectiveness of the study;
  • Coordination with farmers and other stakeholders to ensure adequate support is provided;
  • Giving inputs to draft and final reports; and
  • The Ministry upon sign off by the MoA technical team and the Honourable commissioner will ensure release of the budget as per agreed budget disbursement schedule.
  • It is the sole responsibility of the consultant to search for and collect all required information.
  • The consultant will organize all necessary travel and other resources, subject to reimbursement as stipulated in the contract. Reimbursable expenses must be included in the consultant’s submission.

Profile of the Consultancy Firm

Experience:

  • The Consulting firm will be required to have Minimum fifteen (15) years relevant, demonstrable and verifiable experience in carrying out large rural household socio-economic and surveys to support M&E of large agricultural development programs

The Consulting firm should have or show:

  • Experience in implementing / monitoring rural development projects, using participative approach, local development strategies
  • Track record in developing feasibility studies, baseline studies evaluation, monitoring & evaluation (M&E) , proposal writing
  • Experience in capacity building and training, on the job coaching and mentoring in the field of data collection
  • Commitment to data quality assurance and control;
  • Mandatory evidence of successful completion of similar exercise(s) in the past.

Key Consultants / Technical Resource(s) Experience
Lead Consultant / Resource:

  • Minimum M.Sc. degree in Economics, Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness Management, Rural Development, Development Studies or related fields and minimum 15 years’ (post grad) experience working in related fields.
  • The lead consultant / resource person is expected to have:
  • Excellent knowledge of Agric economics, value chains, public / private sector development and ability to lead, design and implement programmes and projects in the related fields;
  • Demonstrated experience monitoring rural development projects, use of participative approach, local development strategies, development of feasibility studies and proposal, evaluation, monitoring & evaluation etc.
  • Experience interfacing with senior project and government staff;
  • Compelling (verbal and written) communication skills including ability to prepare reports, formulate and defend sound recommendations and articulate opinions concisely conveying maximum necessary information;
  • Proficiency in spoken English and ability to communicate in Yoruba language will be an added advantage.
  • Computer Literacy

He / she will be expected to perform the following core responsibilities among others:

  • Lead and supervise activities of other consultants / technical resources involved in the baseline survey;
  • Review all relevant primary and secondary sources of data and any relevant information to the study.
  • Develop all necessary data collection, plans tools and present them for review before use.
  • Develop a sample design for the baseline study, including calculating a sample size (project / treatment and controls) that is sufficient to measure expected changes in the project development objectives “PDO indicators”;
  • Lead recruitment and training of enumerators / data collectors etc.
  • Conduct both quantitative and qualitative data collection using acceptable methodologies.
  • Develop the data collection manual to guide enumerators and field supervision manual to guide field supervisors that review questionnaires completed by enumerators”
  • Use the project beneficiary and site selection criteria to reasonably identify areas that are likely to receive the project (based on available secondary data) and then use their characteristics to select control areas that are similar to project areas”;
  • Vet results and reports for quality and quality assurance.

Other Consultants / Technical Resources:

  • Minimum B.Sc. degree in Economics, Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness Management, Rural Development, Development Studies or related fields. and a minimum of 5 years’ (post-grad) experience working in related fields.
  • Experience monitoring rural development projects, baseline studies, data gathering, analyses, monitoring & evaluation etc.
  • Good (verbal and written) communication skills including ability to prepare reports, formulate and defend sound recommendations and articulate opinions concisely conveying maximum necessary information;
  • Computer Literacy and ability to use relevant software packages and tools e.g. Excel, SPSS, GIS etc;
  • Proficiency in spoken English and ability to communicate in the Yoruba language especially for field staff and enumerators.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English language and ability by critical staff to communicate in Yoruba

Job Title: Rural Infrastructure Engineer – OGSTEP

Location: Abeokuta, Ogun
Project Title: Ogun State Economic Transformation Project (OGSTEP) – Agric Sector Project Development Support.
Reports to: Project Manager – OGSTEP Agric & Sector Lead
Duration of employment: 2 Years (Renewable upon satisfactory performance)

Project Development Objective

  • The Project Development Objective is to increase agricultural production and stimulate private sector participation in the agricultural, industrial and skills sectors of the Ogun State economy.

The project consists of two main components. The project components include:
Component 1: Increasing Agricultural Production and Industrialization:

  • Sub-Component 1.1: increasing Agricultural Production
  • Sub-Component 1.2: Improving Business Environment.
  • Sub-Component 1.3 Developing Skills.

Component 2: Technical Assistance to Strengthen Capacity to Implement the Program:

  • Component 2.1 Agriculture
  • Component 2.2 Business Environment
  • Component 2.3 Skills
  • Component 2.4 Public Sector Reform and PFM
  • Component 2.5 Project Implementation support.

Background Information

  • The Ogun State Government through the Federal Government of Nigeria has received a credit from the International Development Association (hereinafter referred to as IDA) Bank towards the financing of the OGUN STATE ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION PROJECT (OGSTEP). The Project Coordinating Office of OGSTEP intends to apply part of the proceeds of this credit to payments under contracts for the Consultancy Services: –
  • The OGSTEP is in line with the Ogun State Development Plan 2017-2030 (SDP) reform agenda to accelerate strategic reforms and foster public investment to enable greater private sector participation in the State’s economy which is organized around five cardinal programs covering agriculture production and industrialization, infrastructure and rural development, education, health, and affordable housing and urban renewal.
  • The OGSTEP Agriculture component seeks to help address key constraints to increased private sector investment in agriculture. The Agriculture component will support three types of activities: First, support the development and implementation of the international best practice Framework for Responsible and Inclusive Land-Intensive Agricultural Investments (FRILIA) in Ogun State ; Second, foster the engagement of Value Chain Development Firms (VCDF), and finally, develop critical infrastructure to strengthen market linkages to production areas where value chain development alliances are being promoted.
  • The project will promote farming operations in the following priority value chains: 1. Food Crops, 2. Horticulture, 3. Livestock and 4. Fiber.
  • Based on the afore-mentioned, it is therefore important that as part of efforts towards project implementation, (including front end activities, pre-implementation activities etc.) a Rural Infrastructure Engineer is required to support the activities of the Project Manager and sector lead.

Objective:

  • The Rural Infrastructure Engineer will be responsible for the day-to-day management of tasks executed by OGSTEP Agric in relation to project preparation and project implementation geared towards the farmers and firms, while working closely with the Project Manager.

Scope of Work
The project will seek to enhance the sustainability and competitiveness of rural community-based agriculture enterprises by way of informing the business development strategy with respect to current market needs and trends both locally and internationally as well as ensuring alignment with broader development goals.

The Rural Infrastructure Engineer work assists Ogun State to meet Disbursement-Linked Indicators (DLIs) for the World Bank assisted, “Ogun State Economic Transformation Project (OGSTEP),” scheduled to start March 2020.The Rural Infrastructure Engineer will therefore be required to support the OGSTEP Agric Sector Technical Team and the Agriculture portfolio in terms of the evolving trends and demands for products as well as to provide assistance in the areas of enterprise development and competitiveness. The Rural Infrastructure Engineer will therefore be required to Support the Project Manager and:

  • Provide Implementation support, formulation and evaluation of investment operations (projects and programmes) in food security, agriculture, rural development, natural resource management and agro-processing as well as strategic and policy work with a focus on water resources management, irrigation, drainage and rural infrastructure.
  • Assist in designing small-scale irrigation systems for beneficiary farmers
  • Provide technical advice on engineering design and in preparation of bill of quantities (BOQ), tendering process, and supervision of infrastructure works.
  • Ensure engineers designs incorporate safeguards requirements as outlined in the Environmental Management Plans (EMPs) and other safeguards instruments
  • Formulate and delivers capacity development activities.
  • Provide technical expertise, studies and strategies in the formulation of sector, investment plans and programmes.
  • Carry out field visits and provide backstopping to the contractors to ensure works are carried out in accordance to the designs
  • Support the development of inclusive and sustainable food systems.
  • Provide support in task organization, selection of consultants, preparation of terms of reference and in ensuring the quality of output.
  • Prepare semi-annual reports on physical progress and results as inputs to the project progress reports
  • Carry out activities and tasks as directed by the Project manager and sector lead.

Recruitment Qualifications / Competencies
Education:

  • Holds at least a Master’s degree or its equivalent in Agricultural Engineering, Civil Engineering and Rural Infrastructure Engineering, Hydrology, Water Resources Management or related field.

Experience:

  • At least 8 years relevant experience in programme/ project design and management, broad knowledge of all rural infrastructure and water agriculture sub-sector.
  • Demonstrate experience in implementation of agricultural policies, agricultural sector plans, and frameworks;
  • Experience in research and statistical analysis;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and experience in working with a wide range of individuals in government, private sector and civil society;
  • Commitment to quality and control of data and resultant information;
  • Experience in data collection;
  • Experience in working in teams;
  • Experience in similar project and programmes
  • Proficiency in the use of Computers and relevant packages.

Language requirements:

  • Proficiency in both written and spoken English.

Report and Schedule of Deliveries:

  • The Rural Infrastructure Engineer will be required to provide reports, documents and deliverables as required by the project and as directed by the Project Manager regarding his/her activities.

Services to be provided by the Client:

  • The OGSTEP Sector Technical Team working closely with the PIU and Ministry of Agriculture is responsible for the provision of an office for the implementation of the duties.

Institutional and Organization Arrangements:

  • The Rural Infrastructure Engineer will work directly with the Agric Sector, Project Manager and the Honorable Commissioner for Agriculture.

Payment and Fee for Service:

  • Payments shall include the agreed consultancy fees and reimbursable expenses associated with the performance of the consultancy activities. The payment of the consultant will be based on sign off of deliverables by the Project Manager and sector lead.

Job Title: Consultant – Develop a Framework for the Education Management Information System (EMIS) for the Ministry of Education Science & Technology, Ogun State

Reference No.: OG / CS / PPA / 06 / 2020
Location: Ogun

Project Development Objective

  • The Project Development Objective is to increase agricultural production and stimulate private sector participation in the agricultural, industrial and skills sectors of the Ogun State economy.

The project consists of two main components. The project components include:
Component 1: Increasing Agricultural Production and Industrialization:

  • Sub-Component 1.1: increasing Agricultural Production
  • Sub-Component 1.2: Improving Business Environment.
  • Sub-Component 1.3 Developing Skills.

Component 2: Technical Assistance to Strengthen Capacity to Implement the Program:

  • Component 2.1 Agriculture
  • Component 2.2 Business Environment
  • Component 2.3 Skills
  • Component 2.4 Public Sector Reform and PFM
  • Component 2.5 Project Implementation support

Background
The Education sector is a top priority of the current Ogun State Government and about 20% of the state budget is spent on education. While Ogun is one of the states with the highest levels of literacy in the country, substantial challenges remain, which are being addressed in the State Education Sector Plan (SESP) up to 2030 and the State Education Operational Plan (SEOP) 2018 to 2020.

Of particular concern to the Government is also the poor performance of the state’s skills development eco-system. The formal TVET sector requires a re-engineering and shift towards demand-orientation to meet the skills needs in the labour market. Overall, the public TVET institutions in the state provide a poor learning environment. Technical teachers are not sufficiently available and largely not conversant with up-to-date technologies and training methodologies. Industry linkages of public TVET institutions are weak, if at all existing. Non-formal training in the numerous training centres as well as informal learning in the traditional apprenticeship system also need improvement.

To address some of the multiple challenges related to skills, the Ogun State Government has requested support from the World Bank to overhaul the state’s skills development system, specifically to increase access to skills training, to enhance the quality and market relevance of skills programs and to improve Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics teaching in secondary schools. Expected results of the planned interventions include:

  • Industry is fully participating in the planning, management, monitoring, delivery and funding of skills development initiatives in the state
  • Quality and market-relevance of skills development in Ogun State has increased, resulting in an increased rate of employment and self-employment among completers and graduates from skills development institutions (both formal and non-formal)
  • An increasing number of young women access market-relevant skills development through both formal and non-formal education and training programs
  • Access by vulnerable population groups, including people with disability, to employment-oriented skills development, based on local market needs, is steadily increasing
  • Farmers are equipped with better foundational skills resulting in increased productivity of farm activities and agriculture-based value chains
  • Youth undergoing apprenticeship training with mastercraftspersons in the informal sector benefit from improved training quality.
  • Increased efficiency in the formal TVET provision, through an expansion of dual apprenticeship training and improved management of Technical Colleges
  • Improved teaching of STEM subjects in schools encourages more youth to enroll in skills development programs in Technical Colleges and Polytechnics, and to study engineering subjects
  • Better match between supply and demand of skills in the labour market as a result of a coherent policy framework and improved public management capacities.

World Bank support to the Ogun Skills Program will focus on five intervention areas:

  • Reforming colleges and technical colleges into Model Technical Colleges governed with strong conceptual and operational influence of industry, focusing on selected priority economic sectors (centre of excellence approach), and involving advanced and innovative teaching and learning (e.g. dual training, introduction of technology-enabled teaching and learning, integration of academic (literacy and math) education in TVET programs, etc). Existing Technical Colleges would be rehabilitated and revitalized to become Model Technical Colleges.
  • Development of apprenticeship training in Ogun State, scaling up the successful pilot project by ABIOCCIMA to include more companies and occupations, and starting a pilot project to enhance the training quality in the informal sector.
  • Strengthening and expanding demand-driven community-based skills training, including literacy programs for farmers. The reform area would be strongly focusing on skills development of vulnerable populations and women. To ensure demand-orientation, the establishment of a competitively accessible funding facility would be considered to support market-oriented training provided by different public and private providers in the state.
  • Driving a reform of the state’s TVET system, including systems for strong private-sector involvement, sustainable financing mechanisms, technical teachers training and further development, monitoring and evaluation and other fields. The formulation of an Ogun State TVET Strategy and the appointment of a private sector-driven State TVET Board would be important first steps in the reform process.
  • Strengthening the knowledge and practices of secondary school STEM teachers through introduction of an innovative and proven teaching program that utilizes interactive technology in the classroom and an enhanced delivery of content, as well as the development and implementation of a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) teacher network for Continuous Professional Development (CPD) to provide support and school based continuous professional development opportunities to teachers.

At present Ogun State Ministry of Education Science and Technology has been publishing information reports and maintaining the available data in simple MS Access and MS Excel based programs.

To enable the Education sector achieve its mandate and provide evidence-based planning, there is a need to leverage on technology by developing an effective integrated Education Management Information System (EMIS).

Objective of the Assignment:

  • The overall objective of this assignment is to develop a framework for the implementation of an ‘all inclusive’ State wide web-based Educational Management Information System (EMIS) which will comprise of information gathered from all institutions offering educational services (Formal, Non-Formal & Informal) within the State.
  • This will require the development of metadata standards and an interoperable framework with infrastructure that is scalable for future expansions.

The integrated framework will therefore consider these two main Management Information Systems:

A Formal Education Management Information System (EMIS):

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