Agriculture Specialist - National Consultancy Assignment to Support for Formulation of Borno State Development Plan

Location : Borno State, NIGERIA
Application Deadline :22-Oct-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :40 Working days
Expected Duration of Assignment :40 Working days

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


The Borno State Government plans to develop a 10-year Development as well as Implementation Plan 2020 – 2029.  The goal of the Borno State Development Plan is to provide a long-term vision and policy direction for leap frogging the development of state in line the global Sustainable Development Goals, The Lake Chad Basin Commission Regional Aspirations and various Nigeria’s Sectoral Plans and Strategies. 
The specific objectives of the planning exercise include:

  • Provide a frame work for the rapid transition of the state through the Transition, Stabilization and Development Nexus
  • Provide a Policy framework that will provide the road map for all humanitarian and development activities in the state.
  • Set clear and measurable developmental goals with costed implementation plans for Borno State.
  • Provide a roadmap for Borno state to get back on track towards achieving the SDGs after the setback caused by the insurgency.
  • Establish a clear agenda for Borno State Development as part of the Lake Chad Basin Commission agenda to stabilize the region.

The “Borno State Development and Implementation Plan 2020 – 2029” will be a participatory approach that will integrate economic, sectoral, spatial, social, institutional, environmental and fiscal strategies in order to support the optimal allocation of scarce resources between sectors and geographical areas, and across the population in a manner that provides sustainable growth, equity and the empowerment of the poor and marginalized. The process will have strong and purposeful political leadership and stakeholder engagement oriented towards promoting economic recovery, peaceful coexistence, inclusive growth and sustainable decentralized development.

To support the planning exercise of Borno State, UNDP is recruiting Education Specialist.  The Agriculture Specialist will support the effort, providing analysis and policy advice in all agriculture-related aspects to the Borno State Development Plan project steering committee, programme team and government counterparts that favor inclusive development, including the integration of National and Subnational Plans and the SDGs into the plan and activities in Agriculture sector. S/he is expected to contribute to knowledge generation through research and analysis, and work closely with the consulting team and technical working groups.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Agriculture Specialist will closely work with Borno State Government to provide technical advice to Borno State Planning Exercise Steering Committee, technical working group and other partners, especially in plan development and the introduction of sustainable and inclusive economic policies in Agriculture Sector, which include:

  • Support and facilitate dialogue on sustainable development issues on agriculture sector within the context of the plan development, with government officials, development partners, civil society, and the private sector.
  • Provide policy and programming advice and support for development planning and policy formulation focusing on agriculture at the national, sub-national and local levels.
  • Support the identification and analysis of interventions that can impact multiple development goals and targets at the same time in Agriculture Sector.
  • Support monitoring and reporting of progress related to SDGs and other national development frameworks, including to help strengthen national and local level data collection and statistical capacity in the aspect of agriculture.

The consultants’ technical support will focus on:

  • Context Analysis & Assessment; Comprehensive review of progress made by past administrations in the context of development and work to define the structure of the plan.
  • Scenario Planning and Plan Definition; Working to define strategic vision, goals and objectives of the plan with sector specific indicators
  • Development of 3-year Development Cycle FrameworK
  1. Define short, intermediate and long-term programme cycles, each with its own objectives, aligning to Governors agenda.
  2. Prioritize and sequence programme proposals accordingly.
  3. Review proposed needs, programmes and projects to ensure strategic goals can be achieved, identifying, leveraging and leapfrogging opportunities.
  • A short-term development cycle resource plan will be developed across prioritized sectors.

Development of Short-Term Year 2020 Development Plan

Development of 3-year Development Cycle Framework

  • Define short, intermediate and long-term programme cycles, each with its own objectives, aligning to Governors agenda.
  • Prioritize and sequence programme proposals accordingly.
  • Review proposed needs, programmes and projects to ensure strategic goals can be achieved, identifying, leveraging and leapfrogging opportunities.
  • A short-term development cycle resource plan will be developed across prioritized sectors.
  • Development of Short-Term Year 2020 Development Plan



Deliverable 1
Draft section of Agriculture of Foresight Framework 
Sector Situation Analysis in Agriculture
Collected inputs on Agriculture for MDA

Deliverable 2
Synthesized Framework for Agriculture Section Development Plan
Finalized Agriculture Section of Visionary/Scenario Plans

Deliverable 3
Short, Medium, Long Term Development Cycle Framework for Agriculture 
Draft section of Agriculture of 10-Year Plan

Deliverable 4
Agriculture Section of 10-Year Final Reviewed Plan.
Agriculture Section of Short-Term Plan (2020- 2022).
Agriculture Section of Year 2020 Plan Draft.
Agriculture Section of Year 2020 Final Reviewed Plan.


  • Sound knowledge and understanding of the on-going emerging policy issues in the areas of Agricultural Commercialization, Marketing and Cooperatives Development.
  • Strong knowledge and background in Agriculture sector marketing and Value chain in Nigeria.
  • Experience in designing, monitoring and evaluating development projects is an asset;
  • Experience working with the MDGs or SDGs in Nigeria at the national level.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and experience in working with a wide range of individuals in government, private sector and civil society.
  • Experience in preparing high quality policy briefs and guidance notes for use by senior policy makers.
  • Experience of working with the government counterparts, national or international financial institutions, private sector/ civil society in the field of economic and social development in Nigeria.
  • Familiarity with the agricultural system of different geographical regions, their products and potential internal and external marketing systems

Required Skills and Experience



  • Master’s degree in degree in any one of these fields: Agriculture and Livestock Sciences, Agricultural Economics, Economics, Rural Development, Monitoring and Evaluation OR any other relevant field


  • Minimum 10 years of relevant development experience in a policy setting at the state, national or international level


  • Proficiency in both written and spoken English


Application Procedure:
The application package containing the following (to be uploaded as one file):

  • A cover letter with a brief description of why the Offer considers her/himself the most suitable for the assignment;
  • Personal CV, indicating all past experience from similar projects and specifying the relevant assignment period (from/to), as well as the email and telephone contacts of at least three (3) professional references;

Note: The above documents need to be scanned in one file and uploaded to the online application as one document.

Evaluation Process

Applicants are reviewed based on relevance of qualifications, required Skills and Experience stated above and based on the technical evaluation criteria outlined below.  Applicants will be evaluated based on cumulative scoring.  When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

  • Being responsive/compliant/acceptable; and
  • Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation where technical criteria weighs 70% and Financial criteria/ Proposal weighs 30%.

Technical Evaluation - Total 70% (700 points)

Relevant Educational experience Weight = 20%; Maximum Points: 200

Relevant work experience as per TOR requirements Weight = 40%; Maximum Points: 400

Competencies and skills Weight = 10%; Maximum Points: 100

Having reviewed applications received, UNDP will conduct a desk review of the top five shortlisted candidates. Candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% (49 points) of the maximum obtainable points for the technical criteria (70 points) shall be considered for the financial evaluation.

Financial Evaluation - Total 30% (30 points)

The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal:

p = y (µ/z), where

p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated

y = maximum number of points for the financial proposal

µ = price of the lowest priced proposal

z = price of the proposal being evaluated

Contract Award:

Candidate obtaining the highest combined scores in the combined score of Technical and Financial evaluation will be considered technically qualified and will be offered to enter into contract with UNDP.

Institutional Arrangement:

The consultant will work under the guidance and direct supervision of the head of sub-office Maiduguri and will be responsible for the fulfilment of the deliverables as specified above.

The Consultant will be responsible for providing her/his own laptop.

Payment Modality:

  • Payment to the Individual Contractor will be made based on the actual number of days worked, deliverables accepted and upon certification of satisfactory completion by the manager.

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