Azerbaijan Republic

Agricultural Competitiveness Improvement Project

Loan No.8286-AZ


Assignment Title: Selection of national consultant - economist for impact assessment of the project interventions in the seed sub-sector


Reference No. AZ-AACD-241297-CS-INDV/B2-ECO


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:

  1. 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.
  2. Component B - Agri-food value chain development. The Component helps to develop value chains by partially financing demand-driven investment proposals. It also supports activities for improving seed varieties and quality of seeds entering the market. The activities are structured into two sub-components: (i) Investment and advisory support for agribusiness value chain development, and (ii) Seed sector development.
  3. Component C - Financial services to agribusiness.
  4. Component D-Project Management. 


Project activities under sub-component B2 are coordinated with the Agrarian Service Agency, the PMU Monitoring and Evaluation specialist.


The general objective


The objective of assignment is to assess the economic impact of Project investments in seed production, processing, testing and certification services, which have been supported within ACIP seed sector development sub-component.


Scope of works:


Under this assignment Consultant shall analyse the total cost of Project investments in the relevant public agencies and the return to these investments based on the consequent increase in crop production. For this Consultant will carry out desktop and filed analyses. Filed works will include in-depth interview with 20 seed growers and 20 wheat producers in regions with higher wheat growing potential. 



Expected outputs and deliverables:

  • Submission of inception report with description of the methodology and approach for the subject assignment;
  • Methodology for cost-benefit/financial/economic analysis of seed sector development activities;
  • Provide report on cost-benefit/financial/economic analysis of private seed growers who purchase reproductive seeds from 6 NRICH’s Experimental Support Stations;
  • Providing report on impact and economic benefit, including IRR and NPV calculations of Project procured equipment to entire seed sector of Azerbaijan;
  • Consultant will make presentation/workshop on his/her recommendations and discuss them with the ASA, PMU and all concerned parties.


 Duration of the assignment:

  • It is estimated that a total input of 35 work/days will be required, deployed during the period of July-September, 2021. As required, the Consultant will visit rural areas to meet private seed growers and filed personnel of ASA and NRICH.


The shortlisting criteria are:

  • Advanced university degree in economy;
  • Over ten years’ experience in the subject field(s), agribusiness knowledge will be an asset
  • Previous experience with World Bank funded projects and understanding of its requirements is preferable
  • Previous experience of working with other donor organisations will be an asset.
  • Excellent knowledge of Azerbaijani language
  • Excellent written and spoken English and strong writing skills are an asset, but not a requirement;
  • Sharing knowledge and experience, communicating ideas and managing information flow;
  • Good inter-personal and communication skills.
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft office programs


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 July 13, 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




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