AGA KHAN FOUNDATION
The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF), an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), is a private, non-denominational, international development agency established in 1967. It seeks sustainable solutions to long-term problems of poverty, hunger, illiteracy and ill-health with special emphasis on the needs of rural communities in mountainous and other resource poor regions, primarily in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Its main areas of focus are education, health, rural development, environment and strengthening civil society.
AKF(P) is seeking high caliber Consultancy firm for its Satpara Development Project (SDP) being implemented in Skardu-GB by the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP).
“Gilgit Baltistan (GB) Agriculture and Livestock Policy Development”
1. Scope of Work
While the detailed tasks are given below, the Consultancy firm should ensure the following:
Under the above-mentioned imperatives, the Consultancy firm would need to undertake the following tasks:
A) Desk Research and Inception Findings
The Consultancy firm should develop a detailed process outline/plan during the inception phase on how it will proceed. The inception report should cover the proposed stakeholder consultations’ plan, detailed research methodology for undertaking on-ground research. The inception report should also include a detailed secondary review of available documents and international research. These documents may include Agricultural strategies for the first decade of new millennium released in June 2000; MTDF (2005-10); Draft National Agriculture Policy – 2010; Draft National Agricultural and Food Security Policy – 2013; and National Vision 2025. The Consultancy firm will also be required to review the agriculture support initiatives in the recent past at the federal and provincial level. The Consultancy firm will also be required to give a presentation to Agriculture Department on inception findings. The Department must formally approve the inception report before commencement of any further work.
B) Institutional & Regulatory Review
The Consultancy firm should conduct detailed regulatory and institutional review of the agriculture and livestock sectors in Gilgit-Baltistan. The regulatory review should not only cover all existing regulations and laws impacting the sector but should also identify any gaps in the regulatory regime. The institutional review should cover various actors in the sector and how they interact with each other. In particular, the review should cover how Agriculture and Livestock Department is organized and if the present structure can deliver the desired policy objectives.
C) SWOT Analysis
Conduct problem analysis and analysis of stakeholders using SWOT technique and;
D) Policy Formulation
The Consultancy firm will develop separate drafts each for agriculture and livestock based on deliberation on strategic options for key priorities of the government and recommending best possible policy course. Specifically, the Consultancy firm will:
The Consultancy firm shall deliver to AKF(P) as per the following details.
Deliverable No. 1: Inception Report
The Inception Report shall have a detailed process outlines to be adopted during the course of this assignment by the Consultancy firm. The inception report shall also cover the proposed stakeholder consultations as well as the plan for undertaking on-ground research. It will follow the standard Table of Contents which will be provided by SDP-AKRSP/AKF(P). The Consultancy Firm will be required to give a presentation to SDP-AKRSP/AKF(P) and Agriculture Department of GB on inception findings. The Agriculture Department of GB, USAID and AKF(P) shall formally approve the inception report before commencement of any further work.
Deliverable No. 2: Secondary Review Report
The Secondary Review Report should be submitted within seven days of submitting inception report and should include a detailed secondary review of available documents and international research. These documents shall include but will not be limited to, a) Agricultural strategies for the first decade of new millennium released in June 2000; e) MTDF (2005-10); b) Draft National Agriculture Policy – 2010; c) Draft National Agricultural and Food Security Policy – 2013; d) National Vision 2025. e) draft horticulture policy of GB. The Consultancy firm will also be required to review on-going agriculture support initiatives and initiatives in the recent past at the provincial level by various development actors.
Deliverable No. 3: Reports for various events, workshops and stakeholder sessions
The Consultancy firm will be required to deliver a brief report on salient discussions and key findings thereof of major consultative events, workshops and sessions on an agreed table of contents. Each of such report will be 300-500 words (one to two page of typed content).
Deliverable No. 4: Draft agriculture and livestock policy and presentation along with Communication plan
The Consultancy firm will deliver a draft agriculture policy document as per a Table of Content (TOC) and template agreed during the inception period.. The Consultancy firm will also help the Department for pre and post policy orientation workshop with all the relevant stakeholders in the GB Specifically, the Consultancy firm will develop contents for communication pack and a communication plan to provide targeted messaging to inform the wider public about the agriculture policy and what it means for the GB Province.
Deliverable No. 5:Final agriculture policy and presentation
The Consultancy firm will deliver final agriculture policy document and presentation after incorporating comments received on the draft policy document. SDP-AKRSP and AKF(P) and the Department of Agriculture GB-through provincial head, shall formally approve the final report before release of final payment to the Consultancy firm.
The Consultancy firm shall submit the deliverables described above in accordance with the following deliverables schedule,
The Consultancy firm should submit a: Firm’s Profile, b: detailed CVs of the proposed team having the following minimum or equivalent qualifications:
1. Policy Expert
2. Agriculture Development Expert
3. Livestock Development Expert
Preparation and sharing of draft report 30th July, 2017
Feedback on draft report 20th August, 2017
Presentation to Chief Secretary of GB 1st September, 2017
Sent to Cabinet for Discussion & Approval 15th September, 2017
AKF(P) offers a competitive remuneration package and conducive working environment. We are an equal opportunity employer - females are encouraged to apply. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Interested Firms should forward their applications by April 9th, 2017. Firms will also be required to produce Concept Note and the detailed methodology (If Shortlisted)
Please note that only online applications will be entertained.
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