REOI on Selection of national consultant on application of Integrated Pest Management practices on alfalfa cultivation

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST   26.03.2021


Azerbaijan Republic
Agricultural Competitiveness Improvement Project
Loan No.8286-AZ
 
Assignment Title: Selection of national consultant on application of Integrated Pest Management practices on alfalfa cultivation
Reference No. AZ-AACD-218611-CS-INDV-LIC/A2

The Government of Azerbaijan has received financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the Agricultural Competitiveness Improvement Project, and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consulting services. 
The project consists of four components:
(i)    Component A - Support for sanitary and phytosanitary services, which is structured into three subcomponents: support: (i) Food Safety Capacity Building; (ii) Upgrading Plant Health and Phytosanitary System, and (iii) Animal Health and Veterinary Services. 
(ii)    Component B - Agri-food value chain development.    The activities will be structured into two sub-components: (i) Investment and advisory support for agribusiness value chain development, and (ii) Seed sector development.
(iii)    Component C - Financial services to agribusiness.
(iv)    Component D-Project Management.  
Sub-component A2: Upgrading Plant Health and Phytosanitary System. This sub-component would support upgrading the State Phytosanitary Control Services (SPCS). Project interventions will be focused on: (i) strengthening pest diagnostic capacity through provision of equipment for SPCS laboratories and training in pest diagnostics; (ii) enhancing pest control and pest risk analysis capacity through provision of equipment and targeted technical assistance and training and (iii) implementation of the pest management plan.
Project activities under sub-component A2 are coordinated with the Agrarian Service Agency, the PMU Monitoring and Evaluation specialist. 

The general objective

The overall objective of the assignment is fostering Integrated Pest Management practice among relevant institutions and farmers’ communities in order to minimize dependence on chemical pesticides and produce environmentally friendly crops. 
The specific objective of the assignment is development and conduction of comprehensive training program on IPM, preparation of activity plan for establishment of demonstration fields on IPM for alfalfa, as well as supervision of implementation of demonstrations fields. 
As a result of the assignment awareness of farmers on highly effective, modern and environmentally friendly pesticides, as well as on pest control methods by application of modern techniques will be increased.

Scope of works:
The Consultant will be responsible for the following:

1.    Development of training materials and work plans
2.    Delivery of trainings

•    Conduct theoretical training classes for farmers and representatives of relevant institutions (in total about 30-35 participants)
•    Conduct field training days for farmers and representatives of relevant institutions. 
•    Supervision of the field demonstrations

•    Supervise implementation of field demonstrations for alfa cultivation 

Trainings will be delivered in regions (Ganja as a main station for alfalfa research, Samukh and Goranboy) where alfalfa cultivation is considered as a one of the leading sectors of crop husbandry.

Reporting and expected outputs: 
 The work program, Training modules and awareness materials on IPM practices for alfa cultivation, reports corresponding to indoor training courses and demo field trainings indicating results and impacts of provided activities within one week after the delivery of each training, Quarterly and final reports comprising all results and advices and etc. 

 Duration of the assignment:
It is estimated that a total input of thirty (30) work/days will be required, including site visits during the period April – October 2021. 

The shortlisting criteria are:

•    M.Sc. in Agronomy/Agriculture, with at least 5years of experience on conducting trainings and developing training manuals.
•    At least 5 years of experience in field including works related to Integrated Pest Management.
•    Experience with alfalfa cultivation  (researches, publications or projects)
•    A good sense of teamwork, ability to work independently in the given environment; 
•    Good command on Microsoft office programs
•    English language skill is desirable

The Agricultural Competitiveness Improvement Project now invites eligible individual consultants to indicate their interest in providing the services. Interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services.

The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants] by World Bank Borrowers, January 2011 edition, revised July 2014 (“Consultant Guidelines”), setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interests.  
A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the Individual Consultancy method set out in the Consultant Guidelines.

Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below (in person, or by mail, or by fax, or by e-mail) by April 12, 2021.

Agency for Agro Credit and Development under the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Azerbaijan/Agricultural Competitiveness Improvement Project
Attn: Mr. Anar Azimov
Project Director
1965, Z.Bunyadov avenue, Chinar Park Business Center, AZ1075, Baku, Azerbaijan
Tel: (+99 412) 525 01 17 
E-mail: anarazim@gmail.com; gunelsafaraliyeva@gmail.com;nargiz.acip@gmail.com
Web: www.akia.gov.az  

Further information can be obtained at the address above during office hours 09:00 - 18:00.