Consulting Services:

Consultancy Services: Commission Regional Case Studies on Effective Partnerships for Innovation

Name of Project:


Activity Ref No:

CAADP-XP4 Activity: 2.3.5

Procurement Ref:


Issue Date:

Thursday, February 01, 2024

Submission Deadline:

Thursday, February 15, 2024


  1. The CAADP-XP4 program, involving organizations like AFAAS, ASARECA, CCARDESA, CORAF, and FARA, aims to enhance the development of African agriculture for shared prosperity and improved livelihoods. As part of this program, FARA seeks to strengthen its capacity and collaborate with stakeholders to support African countries in achieving CAADP and SDG results. Through effective partnerships and innovation, the program promotes food security, economic development, and climate resilience. Over the past two decades, FARA has championed the Agricultural Innovation System (AIS) approach, including the Integrated Agricultural Research for Development (IAR4D) concept and Innovation Platforms (IP). The IAR4D/IP model has positively impacted livelihoods, research demand, and meeting end-user needs. As the agricultural sector changes, the CAADP-XP4 program introduces an activity to commission regional case studies on effective partnerships for innovation. In implementing this, FARA plans to collate knowledge on AIS, update continental synthesis studies, support SROs in institutionalizing IAR4D/IP, and document stakeholder experiences on Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships (MSPs). Recognizing the evolving landscape, the TOR proposes a desk study to assess the continued relevance of the IAR4D-IP approach. This study includes synthesizing existing knowledge on AIS, reviewing the IAR4D-IP model with experts, collecting stakeholders’ experiences on AIS, and producing a third white paper on the IAR4D/IP model. The goal is to ensure the model’s adaptability to emerging issues in African agriculture, considering factors like food security, climate change, and evolving agricultural trends. The primary objective of this assignment is to engage a consultant to assess and document the effectiveness of the IAR4D/IP partnerships model for innovation to generate insights on the best model to ensure a collaborative effort for innovation in Africa.
  1. This request for expression of interest aims to engage a consultant to carry out the following functions:
    1. Desk study: a comprehensive desk review of existing literature, reports, studies, and documents on partnerships, innovation, multistakeholder arrangements for R&D, and other issues on agricultural innovation systems.
    2. Surveys, Interviews, Key informant interviews, case studies, etc.
    3. Online questionnaire to sampled stakeholders
    4. Run a webinar with front-line experts, stakeholders and partners for validation exercise.
  1. The Executive Director of FARA invites interested consultants to express interest in carrying out this assignment.
  1. Consultants interested in this call must provide an Expression of Interest no longer than 10 pages, outlining proposed methodologies, references related to the execution of similar assignments, experience in similar areas, or evidence of knowledge and a proposed timeline. Brochures, CVs, and other supplementary materials submitted shall not be accounted for as part of the 10-page limit.
  1. The anticipated period of performance for this consultancy is 30 man-days spread over three months (March 2024 to May 2024).
  1. The individual consultant shall be selected based on procedures defined in the Procurement Guidelines of FARA.
  1. Interested consultants may obtain further information from the Ag Director of Research and Innovation, Fatunbi Oluwole [], and copy the Procurement Expert, Mr. Callistus Achaab [], during the following hours: 9h00 to 16h00 GMT.

Please download the Terms of Reference below, for further information on this opportunity.

Click: TOR – Engagement of consultant to commission Case studies on Partnership for innovation\

  1. Expressions of Interest should be submitted electronically to [] and addressed to Dr. Aggrey Agumya, Executive Director of FARA, No 7 Flower Avenue, New Achimota, Mile 7, Accra, Ghana, no later than [highlight dark=”no”]Thursday, February 15, 2024[/highlight], at 16h00 GMT. Tel: +233 302 772823/744888.
  1. FARA Affirmative Action Statement on Recruitment: there is no discrimination based on gender, race, religion, ethnic orientation, disability, or health status.