The African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), a specialized technical office of the Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture (DREA) of the African Union Commission (AUC), is mandated to support and coordinate the utilization of livestock, fisheries, aquaculture and wildlife as resources for both human wellbeing and economic development in the Member States of the African Union. The Vision of the AU-IBAR Strategic Plan 2018-2023 is an Africa in which animal resources contribute significantly to integration, prosperity and peace. AU-IBAR intervention in the fisheries and aquaculture sector is guided by the Policy Framework and Reform Strategy for fisheries and aquaculture in Africa (PFRS) which is aimed at improving governance of the sector for increased sustainable contribution to food security, livelihoods and wealth creation. Also within the framework of the African Union Agenda 2063, the Africa Blue Economy Strategy environed an inclusive and sustainable blue economy that significantly contributes to Africa’s transformation and growth.
Notwithstanding the current benefits and opportunities in the fisheries and aquaculture sector, the sector is still beset by challenges that require major governance and policy reforms, underscored by enhanced capacity, in order to unlock and unleash the full potential of the sector. Thus mindful of these challenges and aware of the huge potential of the sector for socio-economic advancement of the continent, the Joint Conference of African Ministers for Agriculture, Rural Development, Fisheries and Aquaculture in May 2014, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), requested African Union ‘to establish African Centres of Excellence for Aquaculture, Capture fisheries, biodiversity studies and oceanography to enhance capacity for fisheries and aquaculture research.’ This recommendation was also endorsed by the Executive Decision Doc. EX.CL/842(XXV) of the African Union in 2014.
Subsequently, the African Union InterAfrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) embarked on the process of identifying and selecting the appropriate academic training, research and vocational training institutions on the African continent as possible African Union Centres of Excellence in fisheries and aquaculture or related disciplines. The process resulted in the selection of six African training and research institutions as African Union of Centres of Excellence in fisheries and aquaculture.
Furthermore, whereas the six institutions had been assessed for endorsement, the 3rd Session of the African Union Specialized Technical Committee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment (STC-ARDWE) in October 2019 endorsed eight African institutions as Centres of Excellence for fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa; including two (1. L’Agence Gabonaise d’Etudes et d’Observation spatiale (AGEOS), Gabon and 2. Institut des Arts et métiers nautique de limbe, Cameroon). The two are yet to be assessed.
In order to implement the decision of the 3rd Session of STC-ARDWE and to ensure that the selection of the two institutions are regularized, AU-IBAR has requested the two institutions (1. L’Agence Gabonaise d’Etudes et d’Observation spatiale (AGEOS), Gabon and 2. Institut des Arts et métiers nautique de limbe, Cameroon) to submit dossiers on their institutions based on pre-determined approved criteria for selection of institutions.
The identification and selection of institutions as African Union Centres of Excellence in fisheries and aquaculture entailed the following processes:
- Launch of advertisement to request Expression of Interest (applications) from prospective institutions in Africa
- Recruitment of appropriate experts to conduct evaluations of the submitted applications for short-listing against adopted guidelines
- Conduct expert verification missions to the short-listed institutions to ascertain veracity of the contents of their applications against clear guidelines; for rationale and professional verification of the capacity of short-listed institutions
- Formulation of final report with recommendations of the selected institutions in respective disciplines within fisheries and aquaculture for which the institutions have been identified as deemed qualified as African Union Centre of Excellence
The functions of the Centres of Excellence would be as follows:
- Strengthen the capacity of African institutions to produce high quality research in relevant disciplines of fisheries and aquaculture;
- Develop human capacities to enhance knowledge and skills for effective fisheries management and aquaculture development in African Union Member States;
- Provide evidence for policy support and decision making at regional and continental levels;
- Increase professionalism in the sector at all levels;
- Generate information for advocacy in the interest of the sector’s development as well as building evidence-based coherent African positions;
- Improve networking and complementarity among universities and research institutions;
- Improve mechanisms for sharing information, best practices and lessons learnt; and,
- Enhance regional integration.
In the above regard therefore, AU-IBAR would seek the services of independent team of experts (two experts) to review the submitted dossiers of the two institutions and undertake expert planning meetings and verification missions, where possible, to ascertain the veracity of the content of the applications.
Objective of this Consultancy
The objective of this consultancy is to mainly carry-out expert evaluation of the dossiers (applications) submitted by the two institutions for selection the African Union Centres of Excellence in appropriate fields related to fisheries and aquaculture.
The Specific Tasks
- To evaluate the dossiers of the two institutions for selection as Africa Union Centres of Excellence in fields related to fisheries and aquaculture
- Based on the submitted dossiers, identify the appropriate disciplines related to fisheries and aquaculture for which they would be selected as African Union Centres of Excellence
- Where necessary, to participate in expert verification missions to the two institutions in the indicated countries
- Where necessary, to participate in any expert consultative meeting relating to this consultancy
- To write comprehensive reports of the evaluation exercise and verification mission and make relevant recommendations
The successful candidate should have a minimum of Master’s degree in fields relating to fisheries and aquaculture. A PhD Degree in relevant field would be an advantage.
The following experiences are required:
- Over 5 years’ working experiences in African fisheries and aquaculture, in national and regional institutions
- Sound knowledge of activities of regional economic communities and specialized regional institutions in fields related to fisheries and aquaculture, including knowledge of their functional relationships with educational institutions, if any
- Familiarization of relevant continental and global instruments in support of fisheries and aquaculture development
- Over 3 years’ experience in research and training institutions as well as coordinating international projects relating to fisheries and aquaculture
- Advanced knowledge of educational systems and curricula in fields relating to fisheries and aquaculture, especially in West and Central Africa
- Proven record of conducting institutional assessment, undertaking similar activities in fisheries and aquaculture institutional set-up or establishment in Africa
- Ability to work in a team for accomplishment of stated goals
Other Relevant Attributes
- Record of scientific publications in fields relating to fisheries and aquaculture
- Fluency in French language and working knowledge in English language
- Evidence of computer skills and in relevant software
The duration of Mission will be for 10 days.
The remuneration package for each selected expert a lump sum amount of USD 3000 per each expert and will be paid after the field verification mission (if any) and submission of approved report.
AU-IBAR will undertake payments of costs for any approved field mission related to this consultancy.
Supervision and Approval of Report
The successful candidate will work under the technical coordination of the Team leader, with overall supervision by the Senior Fisheries Officer at AU-IBAR, who will also have the responsibility of final approval of reports.
The consultant will use his/her own laptop and other data capturing equipment deemed necessary during execution of the assignment.
The consultant will be responsible for his/her own medical and life insurance cover for the duration of the assignment.
How to apply
Interested candidates should submit their applications accompanied by a detailed CV, copies of both academic and professional certificates and testimonials, names and addresses of three reputable referees, contact details (e-mail, telephone) by email to: email@example.com with copies to firstname.lastname@example.org, by 1st June 2020 15:00 Kenyan Time.