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Background

The African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) is a specialized Technical Office of the Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union Commission. Its mandate is to support and coordinate the sustainable development and utilization of animal resources (livestock, fisheries and wildlife) to enhance food and nutrition security and contribute to the wellbeing and prosperity of the people in the Member States of the African Union (AU). AU-IBAR accomplishes its mandate through supporting and empowering the AU Member States, the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and other stakeholders in the sector. AU-IBAR’s vision is of an Africa in which animal resources contribute significantly to the reduction of poverty and hunger.

AU-IBAR led a multi-stakeholder process that brought together livestock sector actors from across the African continent in the formulation of the Livestock Development Strategy for Africa (LiDeSA). The Strategy, which provides a 20 year framework for the collective and coordinated development of the livestock sector on the continent, was approved and endorsed by the AU Heads of States and Government in January 2015.

To kick start the implementation of the continental components of the LiDeSA, the European Union funded an AU-IBAR initiative the Sustainable Development of Livestock for Livelihoods in Africa (Live2Africa) Project, which is being implemented in partnership with Member States, Regional Economic Communities and other key livestock stakeholders. The overall objective of the project is ‘To support transformation of the African livestock sector for enhanced contribution to environmentally sustainable, climate resilient, socio-economic development and equitable growth. The specific objective of Live2Africa is to strengthen the systemic capacity of continental, regional and national livestock sector stakeholders for the economically, environmentally and socially sustainable transformation of the livestock sector.

Live2Africa project addresses all the subcomponents of livestock development utilizing a value chain approach, focusing on selected priority regional livestock value chains. The Live2Africa project has undertaken a consensus building exercise and a REC Consultative process, which resulted in the identification of seven regional livestock priority value chains and identification of intervention areas and action points along the identified Regional Priority Value Chains. For the IGAD Region the Meat and Live Animal Value Chain was selected and one of the strategic activities being implemented to enhance the systemic capacity of the value chain is enhancing disease Prevention and Control. A key sub-activity to be undertaken is promotion of animal welfare to enhance the competitiveness of animal and animal products in regional and international markets.

The systemic capacity development of the meat and live animal value chain is being spearheaded by the IGAD Center for Pastoral and Livestock development (ICPALD) whose mission is to compliment efforts of IGAD member states in enhancing sustainable economic growth in arid and Semi-Arid areas in IGAD member state

The Livestock Context and Animal Welfare in the IGAD Region

IGAD member countries (Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda) are home to over 336 million ruminant (cattle, small ruminants and camels) resources that form a critical part of the economies of the member States. The livestock sector offers a unique potential for alleviation of poverty, provision of food security and serve as source of hard currencies. It represents, on average 30% of the Agricultural Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and about 10% of the national GDP and up to 250 million poor people depend on it for their income and livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa. It is one of the drivers of wealth creation and a major contributor towards achieving the aspirations of the Agenda 2063 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

However, the sector is majorly constrained by poor compliance with animal welfare due to inadequate public and private sector investments thus constraining its contribution to the livelihoods and economic development in the region.

Through a highly consultative and participatory process AU-IBAR led to the development of a 5-year Animal Welfare Strategy for Africa (AWSA) in 2017. The strategy provides a framework that addresses all aspects of animal welfare including animal welfare and human compassion, sustainable livelihoods, value chains for safe and profitable food and nutrition security, and efficient animal traction/utilization including wild animals. A system approach allows addressing the full range of animal welfare challenges including farm animals, working animals, experimental and laboratory animals, companion animals, animal used in sports and leisure and entertainment, pets, captive and free living wild animals, and deploying a variety of interventions and convening partners from across countries, the continent and the world.

IGAD region work on animal welfare is guided by a five (5) year regional Animal Welfare Strategy and Action plan. The strategy identifies and proposes solutions to key areas necessary for promotion of animal welfare in the IGAD region in areas such as technical capacities, governance, partnerships and legislation.

Objective for the Consultancy

The objective of the consultancy is to support the development of the national animal welfare strategies and action plans for South Sudan and Uganda in line with OIE standards and aligned to continental and the IGAD regional animal welfare strategies.

Tasks to be undertaken and Expected deliverables

The Consultant will be required to undertake the following duties during the assignment:

  1. Undertake a desk review of the continental & IGAD regional animal welfare strategies and IGAD regional animal welfare strategy field survey findings report, existing national policies/laws, international guidelines and any other relevant documents on animal welfare that promote good practices;
  2. Conduct interviews with key informants to collate national animal welfare practices in compliance with the set OIE standards, obtain suggestions on existing strengths, weaknesses and opportunities to inform the strategy development;
  3. Facilitate national validation workshops to consolidate the national inputs for the development of the five year national animal welfare strategies and action plans for the two countries;
  4. Develop national animal welfare strategies and action plans for South Sudan and Uganda;
  5. Develop national policy briefs on animal welfare good practices and lessons learned for each country for advocacy.

Expected Outputs and deliverables

  • An inception report including the methodology, study tools (questionnaires etc) and tentative work plan;
  • A comprehensive draft national status report on each nation's animal welfare strategy and action plan;
  • Facilitated stakeholders’ validation workshop to consolidate national findings
  • National animal welfare policy briefs and good practices and lessons learned for each country;
  • National animal welfare strategies and action plans for South Sudan and Uganda;
  • A final Consultancy Report

Proposed Methodology and Approach

The consultancy will outline the indicative approach and methodology that shall be followed by providing an elaborate outline of the approach as a response to the terms of reference.

The approach should include, but not limited to the following:

  • Timelines for the review of the relevant documents;
  • Conduct telephone calls, teleconference, Skype, emails etc with key informants or dispatch tailor-made questionnaire to obtain required information
  • Where absolutely necessary, develop a tentative itinerary to visit the target country(ies) to meet with relevant stakeholders and institutions;
  • Approaches for designing, enriching and validating the final documents (National Animal Welfare Strategies and policy briefs)

Minimum Recruitment Qualifications

Education

The profile of the experts should be as follows:

  • Master or PhD degree or equivalent in Animal health with relevant experience on Animal welfare issues;
  • Knowledge and experience of using participatory approaches;
  • Strong analytical skills;
  • Excellent communication/ writing skills and fluency in English.

General Professional Experience

  • A proven successful track record in development of national and regional strategies and policies;
  • Proven experience in the programming and policy implementation;
  • Experience in conducting and facilitating dialogue with national, regional and international organizations.

Specific Professional Experience

  • At least 10 years work experience in livestock development with vast knowledge and experience in in Animal welfare;
  • Knowledge of animal welfare legislation, OIE standards, and animal welfare principles;
  • Understanding of teaching and training, education and awareness methods to improve the reach of animal welfare understanding within the two member states;
  • Legal knowledge and understanding of the domestic and international laws related to animal welfare;
  • Demonstrate competence and skills in developing regional action plans

Language Requirements

Proficiency in English (verbal and written) is essential. Knowledge of other AU languages (French, Portuguese and Arabic) will be an added advantage.

Duration of the Consultancy

The assignment will take Thirty (30) man-days spread over a period of three (3) months. The consultant will develop and submit an inception report detailing timelines of delivery of outputs in accordance with the TOR.

Location

The consultancy will be home-based predominantly by desk, online research and correspondences. Field trips shall be undertaken thereafter to Sudan and Uganda after consultation and approval by AU-IBAR to undertake field study and to conduct stakeholder workshops to discuss preliminary findings and to hold validation workshops.

Reporting

Reports will be submitted to Dr. Ameha Sebsibe, Head, Livestock and Fisheries IGAD Centre for Pastoral Area and Livestock Development (ICPALD) Kabete Veterinary Laboratories, P. O. Box 47824-00100, Nairobi, Kenya

Payment

The payment will be at the rate of Three Hundred (300 USD) USD only per day.

Payment will be as detailed:

  • 30% after the signing of contract and submission of the inception report
  • 70% after the submission and acceptance of the final report and documents as per the expected outputs and deliverables in this ToRs.

Travel Outside Duty Station (Home country) if necessary

Air tickets and Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) will be covered for field work upon approval of travel schedules. Costs for stakeholder and validation workshops will be met by AU-IBAR.

Insurance Cover

The consultant will be responsible for his/her own medical and life insurance covers for the duration of the assignment.

Technical Scoring

The evaluation of the Technical Proposal will weigh 80% of the total rating and will be evaluated against the Minimum recruitment qualifications and competencies.

Financial Evaluation

The evaluation of the financial proposal will weigh 20 percent of the total rating. The financial proposal will be evaluated on the basis of total cost, cost realism and used in combination with the assessment of the technical quality to determine the best value for money.

How to Submit Application

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) should be sent by email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , with a copy to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by no later than 16.00 hours East African Time on 28th September, 2020.

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