The Strengthening Agricultural Value Chains and Youth (SAVY) project, is a 5-year, $11 million project that began on October 5, 2016. The goal of SAVY is to facilitate improved agricultural inputs and credit tools, and increased market information and flows along the rice, horticulture, and livestock value chains in Guinea. In close collaboration with the Guinea Agricultural Services (GAS) program (ACDI/VOCA, CNFA, DAI, JSI, OIC, Winrock International), the SAVY project is taking the lead in facilitating and improving agricultural input supply services, financial inclusion, and market facilitation for rural agro-dealers, rural agro-producers, local enterprises, and the Government of Guinea.
The Guinea Agricultural Services (GAS) Project, developed by the Government of the United States of America and the Government of Guinea, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Ministry of Agriculture of Guinea respectively, supports the Development Objective of sustained economic growth for poverty reduction as well as the Feed the Future (FTF) initiative, by applying a value chain approach for increased competitiveness of the Guinean agricultural sector that contributes significantly to economic growth and social progress in rural communities.
Funded by USAID, the GAS Project involves partnerships among six international NGOs including ACDI/VOCA, CNFA, DAI, JSI, OICI and Winrock International implementing the GRAND, SAVY, AfricaLead, SPRING, ILADP and SMARTE projects, respectively. Private sector partner organizations SAREF, Rio Tinto Foundation, and SIMFER are built into the project design through USAID GDA mechanisms and support GAS activities related to 1) creation of a wide range of agricultural inputs and credits, 2) development of a network of existing private agricultural service providers, and 3) agricultural training institutions that respond to market needs. The project also seeks partnerships with other private sector and development actors involved in target value chains to strengthen interventions and facilitate youth’s access in the labor market. The overall goal of the GAS project is to enable more Guineans to participate more in, and benefit more from, improvements in the utilization of the country’s natural resources for a sustainable increase in agricultural productivity and profitability in the Guinean small farm sector.
Objective of Consultancy
The SAVY project is looking for an Environmental Management Specialist to conduct initial training for GAS staff on environmental monitoring and reporting; and develop an Environmental Mitigation and Monitoring Plan (EMMP) for the GAS project based on field interviews with stakeholders and observations. The EMMP will identify, based on the Pesticide Evaluation Report and Safer Use Action Plan (PERSUAP) under development by CADEMUS, aspects of the GAS project that have the potential for adverse impacts on the human and animal health and environment. These anticipated impacts will primarily involve assistance for the use or procurement of agricultural inputs such as pesticides, fertilizers, etc. and therefore activities in this area must comply with the conditions set forth in the PERSUAP.
Due to their potential for adverse environmental impacts, activities under agricultural extension, R&D, training (Component 1), input supply, financial inclusion and market facilitation (Component 2), enabling environment for private sector investment in agricultural sector (Component 3) and nutrition – sensitive agricultural and youth capacity building and women empowerment (Component 4), will require special considerations and actions to identify and mitigate these potential impacts.
The potential for adverse environmental impact may include among others habitat conversion, threats to critical habitats for endangered species, soil erosion, use of fertilizers, and water pollution. The EMMP will provide guidance on these potential impacts, appropriate mitigation measures, monitoring measures and a reporting schedule for the responsible parties. Additional GAS activities will be analyzed to identify unpredicted potential for adverse environmental impact.
In order to establish a strong foundation in this area for GAS implementing partners, CNFA is seeking to use a consultancy service of an Environmental Management Specialist to develop an EMMP for the GAS implementation.
The mitigation actions to be recommended by the consultant may be supplemented with guidance from the USAID/Africa Bureau Environmental Guidelines for Small-Scale Activities, which can be found at http://www.encapafrica.org/egssaa.htm.
Period of Performance
Timeline: This assignment is planned to take place from June to July 2017. Total LOE for this assignment will not exceed 30 days.
Level of Effort: The consultant will have a short-term consultancy agreement with CNFA/SAVY of 1 month (June-July 2017 depending on start date) to complete the tasks.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
- An international consultant will be coupled with one or more local staff of SAVY in order to support him/her in development and delivery of the following tasks:
- Literature review – review existing literature (GAS/Guinea, USAID’s PERSUAP and EMMP, SAVY and SMARTE technical proposals, etc.);
- Pre-trip kickoff call – teleconference with SAVY and SMARTE project teams prior to field visit to confirm meeting times, mission objectives, interview tools, reporting formats, communication protocols, etc.
- In- country scoping exercise – in coordination with SAVY and SMARTE teams:
- Conduct interviews with in-country stakeholders Governmental officials, farm-based organizations, input suppliers, and other actors as necessary to 1) better understand the landscape of agricultural input provision and usage in the country, and 2) identify the level of environmental risk resulting from program activities and assess the status on the ground in terms of existing local environmental policies, mitigation and enforcement practices. This will include travels to GAS intervention area (Mamou, Faranah and Kindia regions of Guinea);
- Conduct initial training of GAS staff on environmental impacts, compliances and mitigation measures/strategies and reporting.
- Final report – Based on the findings from the scoping exercise, develop an environmental mitigation monitoring plan (EMMP).
- A Literature Review report;
- Summary of interviews conducted;
- Training Agenda, Materials, and report;
- Draft report (within 1 week of concluding the scoping mission) – including list of interviews completed, analysis of current state of agricultural input provision and usage in Guinea and provide a framework for environmental compliance reporting to USAID
- Final report (within 1 week of receiving CNFA comments and feedback) – finalized version of the draft report incorporating comments and feedback provided by CNFA.
- A brief report outlining main aspects and key takeaways of the consultancy.
- Have a University degree (or higher) in Environmental Sciences (Bac + 5) or equivalent;
- Have at least ten (10) years of overall experience including five (5) years in environmental and social assessments;
- Have participated in at least three (3) environmental and social projects’ impact assessments as the lead in the last ten (10) years;
- Have carried out or participated in at least one (1) mission to the field for environmental and social assessments of projects in West Africa during the last five (5) years;
- Deep knowledge of environmental and social safeguard policies and a good knowledge of Guinea’s related laws and regulations;
- Experience working with USAID
- Have a perfect command of written and spoken French and English;
- Knowledge of local languages a plus.
- Experience in Guinea preferred.