Massive Recruitment at the Ogun State Government

Ogun State Direct Labour Initiative: The Ogun State Government through the Office of the Special Adviser on Job Creation and Youth Empowerment welcome applications from skilled individuals willing to benefit from the DIRECT LABOUR INITIATIVE of the government on numerous projects spread across the 20 Local Government Areas of Ogun State under the supervision of the Ministry of Works and Ogun State Public Works Agency

Applications are invited from interested and qualified candidates to apply for Recruitment at the Ogun State Government

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Reference No.: OG/CS/PPA/23/2020
Location: Abeokuta, Ogun State
Project Title: Farm & farmers registration, including Geo-tagging using Digital Tools & Database Development
Reports to: Project Manager, Agriculture – OGSTEP & Honourable Commissioners.
Duration of employment / engagement: Four (4) Months

Job Description:
  • The Project Development Objective is to increase agricultural production and stimulate private sector participation in the agricultural, industrial and skills sectors of the Ogun State economy.

The project consists of two main components. The project components include:
Component 1: Increasing Agricultural Production and Industrialization:

  • Sub-Component 1.1: increasing Agricultural Production
  • Sub-Component 1.2: Improving Business Environment.
  • Sub-Component 1.3 Developing Skills.

Component 2: Technical Assistance to Strengthen Capacity to Implement the Program:

  • Component 2.1 Agriculture
  • Component 2.2 Business Environment
  • Component 2.3 Skills
  • Component 2.4 Public Sector Reform and PFM
  • Component 2.5 Project Implementation support

Background Information

  • The Ogun State Government through the Federal Government of Nigeria is applying for a USD 250 million credit from the International Development Association (hereinafter referred to as IDA)/ World Bank towards the financing of the OGUN STATE ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION PROJECT (OGSTEP). The Project Coordinating Office of OGSTEP intends to apply part of the proceeds of this credit to payments under contracts for the Consultancy Services.
  • The OGSTEP is in line with the Ogun State Development Plan 2017-2030 (SDP) reform agenda to accelerate strategic reforms and foster public investment to enable greater private sector participation in the State’s economy which is organised around five cardinal programs covering agriculture production and industrialization, infrastructure and rural development, education, health, and affordable housing and urban renewal.
  • Agriculture plays a major economic role in Ogun state, providing income and employment for about 70 percent of the labour force, while contributing 30 percent of the State GDP over the 2013-2017 period. Significant potential exists in the State to increase productivity and improve competitiveness to meet the growing demand of the agri-food industry. In order to grow the sector, multiple consultations with the private sector have confirmed the private sector’s high interest in investing in the agri-food sector.
  • In conjunction with World Bank financed projects in Nigeria, OGSTEP Agriculture component seeks to help address the key constraints to increased private sector participation in Agriculture working closely with Ogun farmers. The Agriculture component will support three types of activities: First, support the development and implementation of the international best practice Framework for Responsible and Inclusive Land-Intensive Agricultural Investments (FRILIA) in Ogun State; Second, foster the engagement  of Value Chain Development Firms (VCDF), and finally, develop critical infrastructure to strengthen market linkages to production areas where value chain development alliances are being promoted.
  • The idea is to support smallholder farmers at farming communities in Ogun State to participate in production effort in the following priority value chains: 1. Food crops ; 2. Horticulture and; 3. Livestock ; 4. Fiber
  • Ogun State Government through the Ministry of Agriculture is desirous to have a robust registry of all its farmers, warehoused within a would be Farmers’ Information Management System. Based on the aforementioned, it is therefore important that there be an audit of the farmers and primary producers in the State in order to have a database that throws up a lot of information about the farmers and other related information such as current state of affairs of the farmers, and would be useful for design and implementation of various intervention programmes in the State. Such a farmers’ registration therefore needs to be conducted in line with the OGSTEP project development objective in the first instance and in line with best practices.
  • OGSTEP working with the Ministry of Agriculture , therefore seeks to engage a consultancy firm to assist in the farmers registration and database creation exercise.
  • This Terms of Reference (TOR) therefore intends to set the minimum requirements and the scope of the exercise.

Objective

  • The specific objective of the assignment is to develop a detailed database of farmers and related information, that will support decision making process, ensure effective development , implementation of agricultural support programmes and development of the Ogun Farmers Information Management System (OGFIMS) seeks to achieve the following:
  • Determine the actual number and locations of the practicing farmers so as to ensure effective planning and implementation of farmers’ support programmes;
  • Determine location, farm sizes and the enterprise combination patterns of farmers in each locality to enable effective planning to support the agricultural/food sector;
  • Ensure effective performance monitoring and evaluation of agricultural programmes in the State;
  • Ensure effective distribution of agricultural inputs/equipment;
  • Enable / complement the adoption of technology in service delivery to farmers in the State;
  • Provide a holistic view of farmers and their activities in the State.

Scope of Work:

  • The Firm will provide technical assistance to the Ministry of Agriculture, Ogun State through OGSTEP in developing and managing the Farmers Registration process and required database for a Farmers’ Information Management System (OGFIMS) platform for the State, in line with best practices and similar undertakings in neighbouring States. .
  • Specifically they Firm will be responsible for developing the technical platform for OGFIMS including the geo-spatial and attribute data base, and the Government staff such as extension agents will be utilised for gathering the data relating to the farmers on the field. The Firm will in turn geo reference the farm locations and validate where necessary.

The scope of the work for the Firm for the Farmers Registration Project will include, but are not limited to:

  • Establishing guidelines and developing data collection techniques or utilising available methodology / tool for data gathering.
  • Design and Develop the Farmers Information Management System – (Inc. Architecture & System)
  • Developing data collection field manual.
  • Overseeing the farmers registration exercise across the State.
  • Managing data gathering (including geo-referenced data), entry and provide guidance to team workers.
  • Monitoring data collection process to ensure field manual and procedures are followed.
  • Coordination and supervision of enumeration activities in the enumeration area during the data collection process.
  • Monitoring and assessing the quality of the work of the enumerators, and review the questionnaires for completeness, consistency, and accuracy.
  • Oversee the concurrent data entry effort in the field and ensure that the errors identified by the data entry application are corrected.
  • Supervision of a team of government staff responsible for the collection of data.
  • Collection and validation and input of the data.
  • Build the platform including the hardware and software system required for FIMS
  • Carrying out, when required within the project duration, the processing, storage and retrieval of data of various kinds and to prepare data for its inclusion in computerized databases and to assist in their production and maintenance.
  • Train the Ogun State Ministry of Agriculture Staff (extension agents) on data collection and on the operation of the Farmers Information Management System
  • Completion report that outlines sustainable management of pathway for the farmers’ information management system for continuous use.
  • Evolve a sustainability plan for long term and post-project management of the process.

The areas of focus of the Farmers Information Management System / Database will include (but not limited to) the following: land hectares, location, crops, yields, fertilizer needs, agro-input needs, etc.) of each and every practicing farmer in the State.

Bio & Demographic information on the farmer:

  • Name, Age, Gender, mobile contacts, GPS location, Acreage / Hectarage, Homestead, Village, Ward Etc.

Farm incomes / expenses:

  • Total cost of production;
  • Value at farm gate;
  • Total cost of marketing;
  • Transportation;
  • Levies;
  • Cost of communication;
  • Farm income / receipts etc.

Crop Productivity:

  • Seed / seedlings varieties;
  • Crop yields;
  • Soil management technology / practices;
  • Access to extension support, Etc

Post-Harvest Management:

  • Crop storage facilities;
  • Post-harvest technologies and practices, Etc

Access and Utilization of Services:

  • Input providers;
  • BDS providers, off-takers;
  • Financial service providers,
  • Advisory services Etc.
  • The Ogun State Farmers Information Management System (OGFIMS) will also provide platform to communicate with farmers by SMS by LG, Wards, by Crops planted Sex and other fields as may be defined for communication. It is expected that the OGFIMS will provide information on land , cropping systems and priority crops.
Qualifications and Requirements:
  • The firm will be required to have minimum ten (10) years of relevant, demonstrable and verifiable experience in Demography and Social Science or Management Information System (MIS) / Information Technology (IT) or Rural Development / Agric Economics and Related Fields.

Others:

  • Proficiency in geospatial data capture, and database development & management, e.g. GIS;
  • Demonstrated experience in implementation of agricultural policies, initiatives, agricultural sector plans, and frameworks;
  • Experience in research and statistical analysis;
  • Experience in capacity building and training, on the job coaching and mentoring in the field of data collection will be an added advantage;
  • Commitment to quality control of data;
  • Experience in data collection;
  • Experience in similar solution for an international development project (will be an advantage);
  • Experience in working with a wide range of individuals in government, private sector, civil society, rural and community development associations etc.
  • Mandatory evidence of successful completion of similar exercise(s) in the past.

Key Consultants / Technical Resource(s) Experience
Lead Consultant:

  • Minimum M.Sc. degree in Geography, Demography, Social Science or Computer Science, Management Information System (MIS) / Information Technology (IT) , Geographic Information Systems (GIS) or Rural Development / Agric Economics and related Fields with minimum ten (10) years’ post-graduate experience.

The Consultant / Lead Consultant is expected to have:

  • Excellent knowledge of Geography, Demography, Social Science or Computer science, Management Information System (MIS) / Information Technology (IT) , Geographic Information Systems (GIS) or Rural Development / Agric Economics and Related Fields
  • Proven ability to design and implement similar projects, data collection, database development etc.;
  • Experience in research and statistical analysis;
  • Understanding of spatial database systems development or use of same;
  • Compelling (verbal and written) communication skills including ability to prepare reports, formulate and defend sound recommendations and articulate opinions concisely conveying maximum necessary information;
  • Strong reporting , presentation and analytical information support skills;
  • Outstanding oral and written communication and presentation skills in English.
  • The lead consultant is expected to show evidence of providing similar services for other national and international value chain development exercise. He / she will be expected to perform the following core responsibilities, among others:
  • Lead and supervise activities of other consultants / technical resources involved in the farmers registration and database development activities;
  • Planning, coordinating and directing all computer-related activities
  • Review all relevant primary and secondary sources of data and any relevant information to the study.
  • Develop all necessary data collection, plans tools and present them for review before use.
  • Participate in training of research assistants / data collectors, where necessary;
  • Experience in systems architecture design and implementation;
  • Understanding and experience in selection and use of Computer hardware and software;
  • Conduct both quantitative and qualitative data collection using acceptable methodologies.
  • Provide steer at cross-functional meetings

Other Consultants / Technical Resources:

  • Minimum B.Sc. degree in Geography, Demography, Social Science or Computer science, Management Information System (MIS) / Information Technology (IT) , Geographic Information Systems (GIS) or Rural Development / Agric Economics and related Fields with minimum six (6) years’ post-graduate experience in a related field.

The consultant / technical resources to be engaged are expected to have:

  • Demonstrable and sufficient knowledge of some or all of the above;
  • Experience in conducting thorough and clearly referenced literature review;
  • Experience in research and statistical analysis;
  • Experience in the design and implementation and working with MIS / IT and GIS systems;
  • Experience providing hand-on support to similar projects;
  • Understanding and experience in systems architecture design and implementation;
  • Requisite IT literacy & skills, including Database, SQL, SPSS, GIS etc;
  • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills in English Etc.

Language Requirements:

  • Proficiency in both written and spoken English and ability by consultants / technical resources to communicate in Yoruba language will be an added advantage.

Institutional and Organization Arrangements

  • The consulting firm will liaise with the Project Manager OGSTEP Agric, work closely with the relevant stakeholders, in particular the technical team composed by the Sector lead, and report to the Project Manager OGSTEP and Honourable Commissioner who is the sector lead.
  • The Ogun State Ministry of Agriculture shall provide all relevant documents available to the consulting firm. It will also provide necessary institutional support for operations of the firm. It is the sole responsibility of the consultant to search for and collect all required information.
  • The consulting firm will organise all necessary travel and other resources, subject to reimbursement as stipulated in the contract. Reimbursable expenses must be included in the submission.

Report and Schedule of Deliveries
The consulting firm will work directly with the Technical Team in the Ministry of Agriculture constituted by the sector lead to deliver on the following:

  • Inception Report: Within three (3) week following commissioning of the assignment, the Consultant will present an Inception Report outlining the proposed methodology to be applied to deliver this assignment, a Work Plan detailing key activity to be undertaken.
  • Develop Data collection manual and procure equipment’s.
  • Enumeration and field data collection.
  • Progress report & presentation
  • Database development (incl,Geo spatial database) and Hardware set up.
  • Verification and Error checking (field and desk)
  • Training for onsite support staff for the OGFIMS.
  • Submission of Final Report and Delivery of OGFIMS – Including Hardware & Software.

Services to be provided by the Client
The Ogun State Ministry of Agriculture shall make all relevant documents available to the firm. It will also provide necessary institutional support for operations of the consulting firm. It is the sole responsibility of the consulting firm to search for and collect all required information. The Ministry will be responsible for:

  • Provision of information and other relevant input to finalise designed system;
  • Monitoring and provide feedback to ensure effectiveness of the exercise;
  • Coordination with farmers and other stakeholders to ensure adequate support is provided;
  • Provision of Officers and Extension Agents to support the project data gathering and validation phase.
  • Giving inputs to draft and final reports; and
  • Sign off and release of funds in accordance with agreed payment disbursement schedule.

Payment Schedule
The payment of the consultant will be based on sign off, of deliverables by the Technical Team within the Ogun State Ministry of Agriculture as appointed by the Honourable Commissioner / Sector lead, with the final sign off by the Sector lead and following the payment schedule below:

Progress Target Payment – Percentage:

  • Inception Report (including Systems Architecture design etc) & development of data collection manual and procure equipment’s. – 10
  • Enumeration and field data collection & Supervision including procurement of hardware & software. – 40
  • Database development (incl, Geo spatial database) and building of the platform including the hardware and software system required for FIMS – 10
  • Draft report submission and Successful trial run of FIMS platform – 20
  • Training for support staff for the OGFIMS. – 10
  • Submission and Approval of Final Report and Delivery of OGFIMS – 10
  • Total – 100

The potential firm is expected to submit a financial proposal clearly indicating the time, daily rates and detailed schedule for the exercise. The firm will organize all necessary travel and other resources, subject to reimbursement as stipulated in the contract. Reimbursable expenses must be included in the submission.

Social Specialist

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Reference No.: OG/CS/PPA/36/2020
Location: Abeokuta, Ogun State
Project Title: Ogun State Economic Transformation Project (OGSTEP) – Agric Sector Project Development Support
Reports to: Project Manager – OGSTEP Agric & Sector Lead
Duration of employment: 2 Years (Renewable upon satisfactory performance)

Job Description:
  • The Project Development Objective is to increase agricultural production and stimulate private sector participation in the agricultural, industrial and skills sectors of the Ogun State economy.

The project consists of two main components. The project components include:
Component 1: Increasing Agricultural Production and Industrialization:

  • Sub-Component 1.1: increasing Agricultural Production
  • Sub-Component 1.2: Improving Business Environment.
  • Sub-Component 1.3 Developing Skills.

Component 2: Technical Assistance to Strengthen Capacity to Implement the Program:

  • Component 2.1 Agriculture
  • Component 2.2 Business Environment
  • Component 2.3 Skills
  • Component 2.4 Public Sector Reform and PFM
  • Component 2.5 Project Implementation support

Background Information

  • The Ogun State Government through the Federal Government of Nigeria has received a credit from the International Development Association (hereinafter referred to as IDA) Bank towards the financing of the OGUN STATE ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION PROJECT (OGSTEP). The Project Coordinating Office of OGSTEP intends to apply part of the proceeds of this credit to payments under contracts for the Consultancy Services:
  • The OGSTEP is in line with the Ogun State Development Plan 2017-2030 (SDP) reform agenda to accelerate strategic reforms and foster public investment to enable greater private sector participation in the State’s economy which is organized around five cardinal programs covering agriculture production and industrialization, infrastructure and rural development, education, health, and affordable housing and urban renewal.
  • The OGSTEP Agriculture component seeks to help address key constraints to increased private sector investment in agriculture. The Agriculture component will support three types of activities: First, support the development and implementation of the international best practice Framework for Responsible and Inclusive Land-Intensive Agricultural Investments (FRILIA) in Ogun State ; Second, foster the engagement of Value Chain Development Firms (VCDF), and finally, develop critical infrastructure to strengthen market linkages to production areas where value chain development alliances are being promoted.
  • The project will promote farming operations in the following priority value chains: 1. Food Crops, 2. Horticulture, 3. Livestock and 4. Fiber.
  • Based on the afore-mentioned, it is therefore important that as part of efforts towards project implementation, (including front end activities, pre-implementation activities etc.) a Social Specialist is required to support the activities of the Project Manager and sector lead

Objective

  • The Social Specialist will be responsible for the day-to-day management of tasks executed by OGSTEP Agric in relation to project preparation and project implementation geared towards the farmers and firms, while working closely with the Project Manager

Scope of Work
The project will seek to enhance the sustainability and competitiveness of rural community-based agriculture enterprises by way of informing the business development strategy with respect to current market needs and trends both locally and internationally as well as ensuring alignment with broader development goals.

This work assists Ogun State to meet Disbursement-Linked Indicators (DLIs) for the World Bank assisted, “Ogun State Economic Transformation Project (OGSTEP),” scheduled to start March 2020. The Social Specialist(s) will therefore be required to support the OGSTEP Agric Sector Technical Team, Project Manager and the Agriculture portfolio in terms of the evolving trends and demands for products as well as to provide assistance in the areas of enterprise development and competitiveness. The Social Specialist will therefore be required to:

  • Coordinate and carry out social and technical studies required for comprehensive environmental impact assessment.
  • Undertake reporting approvals and compliance issues to both the project team and atlas leadership team.
  • Development and implementation of Social Management plans.
  • Facilitate awareness among the project team in relation to approval/ compliance-related information requirements.
  • Contribute to establishment and development of project, environmental implementation strategy and system.
  • Timely submission of social safeguards instruments together with work plans for activities
  • Develops and manages complex agriculture and environmental activities as well as providing leadership in monitoring and evaluation.
  • Carry out field visits to review compliance with social safeguards instruments and prepare semi-annual reports as inputs to the project progress reports
  • Perform other duties that may be required by the Project Manager and the sector lead.

Report and Schedule of Deliveries:

  • The Social Specialist will be required to provide reports, documents and deliverables as required by the project and as directed by the Project Manager regarding his/her activities.

Services to be provided by the Client:

  • The OGSTEP Sector Technical Team working closely with the PIU and Ministry of Agriculture is responsible for the provision of an office for the implementation of the duties.

Institutional and Organization Arrangements:

  • The Social Specialist will work directly with the Agric Sector, Project Manager and the Honorable Commissioner for Agriculture.
Qualification and Requirement:

Education:

  • Master’s degree in Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Social Science or a related field is required.

Experience:

  • Minimum of 8-10 years professional experience in design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of agriculture, environment and related activities including two years of experience managing donor-funded assistance programmes in the agriculture or environment sector is required.
  • Thorough knowledge of agriculture development and environmental resource management is required.
  • Experience in research and statistical analysis;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and experience in working with a wide range of individuals in government, private sector and civil society;
  • Commitment to quality and control of data and resultant information;
  • Experience in data collection;
  • Experience in working in teams;
  • Experience in similar project and programmes
  • Computer literacy is required.

Language Requirements:

  • Proficiency in both written and spoken English

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Consultant - Develop a Framework for the Education Management Information System (EMIS) for the Ministry of Education Science & Technology, Ogun State

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Job Description:
  • The Project Development Objective is to increase agricultural production and stimulate private sector participation in the agricultural, industrial and skills sectors of the Ogun State economy.

The project consists of two main components. The project components include:
Component 1: Increasing Agricultural Production and Industrialization:

  • Sub-Component 1.1: increasing Agricultural Production
  • Sub-Component 1.2: Improving Business Environment.
  • Sub-Component 1.3 Developing Skills.

Component 2: Technical Assistance to Strengthen Capacity to Implement the Program:

  • Component 2.1 Agriculture
  • Component 2.2 Business Environment
  • Component 2.3 Skills
  • Component 2.4 Public Sector Reform and PFM
  • Component 2.5 Project Implementation support

Background
The Education sector is a top priority of the current Ogun State Government and about 20% of the state budget is spent on education. While Ogun is one of the states with the highest levels of literacy in the country, substantial challenges remain, which are being addressed in the State Education Sector Plan (SESP) up to 2030 and the State Education Operational Plan (SEOP) 2018 to 2020.

Of particular concern to the Government is also the poor performance of the state’s skills development eco-system. The formal TVET sector requires a re-engineering and shift towards demand-orientation to meet the skills needs in the labour market. Overall, the public TVET institutions in the state provide a poor learning environment. Technical teachers are not sufficiently available and largely not conversant with up-to-date technologies and training methodologies. Industry linkages of public TVET institutions are weak, if at all existing. Non-formal training in the numerous training centres as well as informal learning in the traditional apprenticeship system also need improvement.

To address some of the multiple challenges related to skills, the Ogun State Government has requested support from the World Bank to overhaul the state’s skills development system, specifically to increase access to skills training, to enhance the quality and market relevance of skills programs and to improve Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics teaching in secondary schools. Expected results of the planned interventions include:

  • Industry is fully participating in the planning, management, monitoring, delivery and funding of skills development initiatives in the state
  • Quality and market-relevance of skills development in Ogun State has increased, resulting in an increased rate of employment and self-employment among completers and graduates from skills development institutions (both formal and non-formal)
  • An increasing number of young women access market-relevant skills development through both formal and non-formal education and training programs
  • Access by vulnerable population groups, including people with disability, to employment-oriented skills development, based on local market needs, is steadily increasing
  • Farmers are equipped with better foundational skills resulting in increased productivity of farm activities and agriculture-based value chains
  • Youth undergoing apprenticeship training with mastercraftspersons in the informal sector benefit from improved training quality.
  • Increased efficiency in the formal TVET provision, through an expansion of dual apprenticeship training and improved management of Technical Colleges
  • Improved teaching of STEM subjects in schools encourages more youth to enroll in skills development programs in Technical Colleges and Polytechnics, and to study engineering subjects
  • Better match between supply and demand of skills in the labour market as a result of a coherent policy framework and improved public management capacities.

World Bank support to the Ogun Skills Program will focus on five intervention areas:

  • Reforming colleges and technical colleges into Model Technical Colleges governed with strong conceptual and operational influence of industry, focusing on selected priority economic sectors (centre of excellence approach), and involving advanced and innovative teaching and learning (e.g. dual training, introduction of technology-enabled teaching and learning, integration of academic (literacy and math) education in TVET programs, etc). Existing Technical Colleges would be rehabilitated and revitalized to become Model Technical Colleges.
  • Development of apprenticeship training in Ogun State, scaling up the successful pilot project by ABIOCCIMA to include more companies and occupations, and starting a pilot project to enhance the training quality in the informal sector.
  • Strengthening and expanding demand-driven community-based skills training, including literacy programs for farmers. The reform area would be strongly focusing on skills development of vulnerable populations and women. To ensure demand-orientation, the establishment of a competitively accessible funding facility would be considered to support market-oriented training provided by different public and private providers in the state.
  • Driving a reform of the state’s TVET system, including systems for strong private-sector involvement, sustainable financing mechanisms, technical teachers training and further development, monitoring and evaluation and other fields. The formulation of an Ogun State TVET Strategy and the appointment of a private sector-driven State TVET Board would be important first steps in the reform process.
  • Strengthening the knowledge and practices of secondary school STEM teachers through introduction of an innovative and proven teaching program that utilizes interactive technology in the classroom and an enhanced delivery of content, as well as the development and implementation of a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) teacher network for Continuous Professional Development (CPD) to provide support and school based continuous professional development opportunities to teachers.

At present Ogun State Ministry of Education Science and Technology has been publishing information reports and maintaining the available data in simple MS Access and MS Excel based programs.

To enable the Education sector achieve its mandate and provide evidence-based planning, there is a need to leverage on technology by developing an effective integrated Education Management Information System (EMIS).

Objective of the Assignment:

  • The overall objective of this assignment is to develop a framework for the implementation of an ‘all inclusive’ State wide web-based Educational Management Information System (EMIS) which will comprise of information gathered from all institutions offering educational services (Formal, Non-Formal & Informal) within the State.
  • This will require the development of metadata standards and an interoperable framework with infrastructure that is scalable for future expansions.

The integrated framework will therefore consider these two main Management Information Systems:

A Formal Education Management Information System (EMIS):

  • The Formal Education Management Information System (EMIS) is a comprehensive web-based system that will be used for timely, effective and efficient collection, processing, and reporting of data/information needed for decisions, program development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation across all structured (Formal) educational institutions, both public and private within the State.
  • Some of these institutions include: Ministry of Education, Science and
  • Technology (MoEST), State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM), Ogun State Technical Vocational Education Board (OGTVEB), Tertiary Institutions, Technical Colleges, Private Educational Institutions etc within the State.
  • The Web-based EMIS will be a multi-user system that will allow district and zonal education offices to enter, view and query data via the web.

A Non-Formal Education Management Information System (NFEMIS):

  • NFE-MIS is a comprehensive system which brings together people, processes and technology to map, coordinate, and improve the delivery and management of Non-Formal Education (NFE) at sub-national level, by collecting, processing, and disseminating information on NFE providers, NFE programmes and courses, educators and learners.
  • The NFE-MIS contains indicators covering grassroots to central level in the NFE sub-sector. It consists of comprehensive data on NFE providers and their capacity, learners, facilitators, NFE centres, materials used, financing and delivery mechanism.
  • The NFE-MIS contains the data/information that will assist in answering the following questions:
    • Who are the NFE service providers and in which area?
    • What types of NFE services are provided?
    • Who are the target beneficiaries?
    • Who are the facilitators involved in delivery mechanism?
    • How many are participating in NFE services and how many are waiting?
    • How are the NFE graduates using obtained skills and getting benefits afterwards?

Specific Tasks
The consultants’ duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Design of the framework for an integrated inclusive Education Management Information System for both Formal and Non-Formal education sectors for Ministry of Education ensuring the structure complies with the guidelines as directed by UNESCO for NF-EMIS and formal EMIS.
  • Identification of information that needs to be collected from relevant institutions (through consultations with MOEST, SUBEB, TESCOM, Universities, academia, researchers, policy makers and other stakeholders).
  • Ensuring the Integrated EMIS is designed in an evolutionary mode to accommodate the possible expansion of the system to meet future needs. The design should be completely modular to allow for ease of additions and modifications of the system.
  • Provision of a user-friendly, interactive framework design for the collection, processing, and reporting of pertinent education data/information inputs from various local government areas;
  • Accommodate school-based MIS with their coordinates and teacher’s registration council Nigeria (TRCN) for teacher’s certification data as part of the formal sector requirements and national commission for non-formal and adult literacy education literacy agency data at federal and state level as part of NFE-EMIS.
  • Commence data collation from stakeholders, ensuring uniqueness of data and standardisation of metadata. User testing of framework modules by select set of users.
  • Leverage on-going TVET federal assisted project namely, Innovation and development effectiveness for acquisition of skills (IDEAS) managed and coordinated by Federal Ministry of Education (FMOE) and National Board of Technical Education (NBTE) for informal including public and private apprenticeship data.
  • Implement a pilot/model system with approved design of Framework.
  • To ensure synergy and effective integration of both formal and non-formal sector information.
  • Produce standard reports and disseminate information to policymakers and stakeholders in a systematic way.
  • Prepare comprehensive documentation including detailed but non-restrictive technical specification for the procurement of all software and hardware needed for the EMIS for Ministry of Education Science & Technology.
  • Provision of training to user groups and administrators.
  • Perform any other activities related to the objectives of this assignment upon the request of the Client (Ministry of Education Science & Technology).

Deliverables and Reporting Requirements
The Consultant will report to the Honourable Commissioner in the Ministry of Education Science & Technology. The Consultant shall also provide weekly project status reports and the following deliverables:

  • Inception Report: Four weeks after commencement of the assignment, including a comprehensive description and justification of the methodology used, results of findings on activity already conducted and next steps.
  • Interim Report: Delivery of 60% completed design of framework, including standardisation of data collated from stakeholders. This will be presented in a workshop to the MoEST technical team.
  • Draft of final documents: Presentation of pilot/model system with approved framework and input of 50% of data collated. This will be presented in a workshop to the MoEST technical team.
  • Final activity reports: Encompassing pilot system with completed data upload. Recommendation on implementation of a global standard EMIS including detailed design and road map to implement recommendations.

Payment Schedule
The payment of the consultant will be based on sign off of deliverables by the Ogun State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and following the payment schedule below:

Progress Target – Payment Percentage

  • Contract signature (mobilization) – 10%
  • Submission of Inception report – 10%
  • Interim Reports & Presentation of design for MIS – 20%
  • Draft of final reports & Input of 70% data into system – 40%
  • Approval of final activity reports – 20%
  • Total – 100%.

Time Frame:

  • The assignment should be completed within five months.

Organisational Reporting:

  • The consultant will report to the Ogun State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and will be supervised by a technical team to be appointed by the Honourable Commissioner of Education, Science and Technology of Ogun State.
  • The Ministry will submit all relevant information available to the consultant. However, overall it remains the sole responsibility of the consultant to search for and collect all required information.
  • The consultant will organize all necessary travel and other resources by himself, subject to reimbursement as stipulated in the contract.
Qualification and Requirement:

The following represents a tentative staffing schedule for key consultants. However, the consultancy firm may suggest another staffing arrangement and quantity structure for key staff appropriate to accomplish the required tasks.

Team Lead:

  • Advanced Degree (Masters or Ph.D) in Education, Economics, Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Engineering, Computer science, or related field.
  • Experience in establishment of EMIS for Ministry of Education Science & Technology is considered an advantage.
  • Ten (7) years of prior research experience in the area of information management in education.
  • Experience in the design and analysis of quantitative research, understanding of educational systems in Nigeria and abroad would be an advantage.
  • Strong interpersonal and Analytical skills and good written and oral communication skills in English,
  • High standards of personal integrity and ability to treat all individuals with fairness and respect.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.

Metadata Specialist:

  • Proven working experience with data lifecycle management and governance, metadata management, with enterprise data catalogue, with ETL processes that include data profiling and data quality, data integration, education sector and/or with another relevant field.
  • Advanced University Degree and proven technical expertise in Information Technology, Computer Science and / or other relevant areas.
  • Ability to develop Metadata and Data Lineage Solutions for multiple data sources across on-premise and cloud environments in accordance with Data Governance Standards, Policies and Procedures.
  • Familiarity with conceptual, logical and physical data modelling and data dictionaries and semantics, syntax and taxonomies.
  • Demonstrate interpersonal and consultative skills and capable of facilitating workshops with stakeholders with diverse backgrounds.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Good organizational, analytical, conceptualization and problem-solving skills.
  • Fluency and excellent writing skills in English required.
  • Good knowledge of the Nigerian public sector and the education system is an asset.

System Integration Architect:

  • Proven experience developing and implementing strategic system architecture plans, enterprise resource planning system, including development of data service bus and data warehouse.
  • Advanced University Degree and proven technical expertise in system architecture development, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Systems Engineering, information technology, information systems or other relevant areas.
  • Proven technical expertise in integration architecture, application to application integrations, services, internal and external API, file transfer, information security, role-based data access, and electronic data interchange (EDI).
  • Good knowledge of requirements analysis and decomposition, of design, development, internal testing, and the documentation of same for the application to application integrations, of troubleshooting existing integrations and providing technical support to the application development team.
  • Familiarity with computer operating systems, applications and software development processes and tools (design and engineering procedures).
  • In-depth knowledge and experience with XML, PHP, Python, Java, JavaScript, SSL, Apache, MySQL SQL, PostgreSQL, Linux, Nginx, Windows server 2012 or newer.
  • Experience writing Web Services, RESTFUL, or SOAP APIs, as well as experience writing fault-tolerant and secure code.
  • Experience in structured release and deployment best practices.
  • Good organizational, analytical, conceptualization and problem-solving skills.
  • Fluency and excellent writing skills in English required.
  • Good knowledge of the Nigerian public sector and the education system is an asset.

Software Developer:

  • Proven experience with information systems, applications and software development.
  • Advanced university degree and proven technical expertise in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Systems Engineering, information technology, information systems or other relevant areas.
  • Proven technical expertise in designing, developing software and interfaces.
  • Familiarity with computer operating systems, applications and software development processes (design and engineering procedures).
  • Familiarity with PHP, Java, JavaScript and SQL
  • Good organizational, analytical, conceptualization and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to oversee and manage a team of software development officers.
  • Fluency and excellent writing skills in English required.

Data Scientist:

  • Proven experience with the development of data analytics features and tools, programming languages (R, Python, etc.) and application of machine learning principles.
  • Advanced University Degree and proven technical expertise in Statistics, Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Data Science, or similar.
  • Track record of designing and developing dashboards
  • Ability to devise and oversee data-driven projects.
  • Familiarity with data querying languages, and statistical or mathematical software.
  • Good organizational, analytical, conceptualization and problem-solving skills.
  • Fluency and excellent writing skills in English required.

Rural Infrastructure Engineer - OGSTEP

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Location: Abeokuta, Ogun
Project Title: Ogun State Economic Transformation Project (OGSTEP) – Agric Sector Project Development Support.
Reports to: Project Manager – OGSTEP Agric & Sector Lead
Duration of employment: 2 Years (Renewable upon satisfactory performance)

Job Description:
  • The Project Development Objective is to increase agricultural production and stimulate private sector participation in the agricultural, industrial and skills sectors of the Ogun State economy.

The project consists of two main components. The project components include:
Component 1: Increasing Agricultural Production and Industrialization:

  • Sub-Component 1.1: increasing Agricultural Production
  • Sub-Component 1.2: Improving Business Environment.
  • Sub-Component 1.3 Developing Skills.

Component 2: Technical Assistance to Strengthen Capacity to Implement the Program:

  • Component 2.1 Agriculture
  • Component 2.2 Business Environment
  • Component 2.3 Skills
  • Component 2.4 Public Sector Reform and PFM
  • Component 2.5 Project Implementation support.

Background Information

  • The Ogun State Government through the Federal Government of Nigeria has received a credit from the International Development Association (hereinafter referred to as IDA) Bank towards the financing of the OGUN STATE ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION PROJECT (OGSTEP). The Project Coordinating Office of OGSTEP intends to apply part of the proceeds of this credit to payments under contracts for the Consultancy Services: –
  • The OGSTEP is in line with the Ogun State Development Plan 2017-2030 (SDP) reform agenda to accelerate strategic reforms and foster public investment to enable greater private sector participation in the State’s economy which is organized around five cardinal programs covering agriculture production and industrialization, infrastructure and rural development, education, health, and affordable housing and urban renewal.
  • The OGSTEP Agriculture component seeks to help address key constraints to increased private sector investment in agriculture. The Agriculture component will support three types of activities: First, support the development and implementation of the international best practice Framework for Responsible and Inclusive Land-Intensive Agricultural Investments (FRILIA) in Ogun State ; Second, foster the engagement of Value Chain Development Firms (VCDF), and finally, develop critical infrastructure to strengthen market linkages to production areas where value chain development alliances are being promoted.
  • The project will promote farming operations in the following priority value chains: 1. Food Crops, 2. Horticulture, 3. Livestock and 4. Fiber.
  • Based on the afore-mentioned, it is therefore important that as part of efforts towards project implementation, (including front end activities, pre-implementation activities etc.) a Rural Infrastructure Engineer is required to support the activities of the Project Manager and sector lead.

Objective:

  • The Rural Infrastructure Engineer will be responsible for the day-to-day management of tasks executed by OGSTEP Agric in relation to project preparation and project implementation geared towards the farmers and firms, while working closely with the Project Manager.

Scope of Work
The project will seek to enhance the sustainability and competitiveness of rural community-based agriculture enterprises by way of informing the business development strategy with respect to current market needs and trends both locally and internationally as well as ensuring alignment with broader development goals.

The Rural Infrastructure Engineer work assists Ogun State to meet Disbursement-Linked Indicators (DLIs) for the World Bank assisted, “Ogun State Economic Transformation Project (OGSTEP),” scheduled to start March 2020.The Rural Infrastructure Engineer will therefore be required to support the OGSTEP Agric Sector Technical Team and the Agriculture portfolio in terms of the evolving trends and demands for products as well as to provide assistance in the areas of enterprise development and competitiveness. The Rural Infrastructure Engineer will therefore be required to Support the Project Manager and:

  • Provide Implementation support, formulation and evaluation of investment operations (projects and programmes) in food security, agriculture, rural development, natural resource management and agro-processing as well as strategic and policy work with a focus on water resources management, irrigation, drainage and rural infrastructure.
  • Assist in designing small-scale irrigation systems for beneficiary farmers
  • Provide technical advice on engineering design and in preparation of bill of quantities (BOQ), tendering process, and supervision of infrastructure works.
  • Ensure engineers designs incorporate safeguards requirements as outlined in the Environmental Management Plans (EMPs) and other safeguards instruments
  • Formulate and delivers capacity development activities.
  • Provide technical expertise, studies and strategies in the formulation of sector, investment plans and programmes.
  • Carry out field visits and provide backstopping to the contractors to ensure works are carried out in accordance to the designs
  • Support the development of inclusive and sustainable food systems.
  • Provide support in task organization, selection of consultants, preparation of terms of reference and in ensuring the quality of output.
  • Prepare semi-annual reports on physical progress and results as inputs to the project progress reports
  • Carry out activities and tasks as directed by the Project manager and sector lead.
Qualification and Requirement:

Education:

  • Holds at least a Master’s degree or its equivalent in Agricultural Engineering, Civil Engineering and Rural Infrastructure Engineering, Hydrology, Water Resources Management or related field.

Experience:

  • At least 8 years relevant experience in programme/ project design and management, broad knowledge of all rural infrastructure and water agriculture sub-sector.
  • Demonstrate experience in implementation of agricultural policies, agricultural sector plans, and frameworks;
  • Experience in research and statistical analysis;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and experience in working with a wide range of individuals in government, private sector and civil society;
  • Commitment to quality and control of data and resultant information;
  • Experience in data collection;
  • Experience in working in teams;
  • Experience in similar project and programmes
  • Proficiency in the use of Computers and relevant packages.

Language requirements:

  • Proficiency in both written and spoken English.

Report and Schedule of Deliveries:

  • The Rural Infrastructure Engineer will be required to provide reports, documents and deliverables as required by the project and as directed by the Project Manager regarding his/her activities.

Services to be provided by the Client:

  • The OGSTEP Sector Technical Team working closely with the PIU and Ministry of Agriculture is responsible for the provision of an office for the implementation of the duties.

Institutional and Organization Arrangements:

  • The Rural Infrastructure Engineer will work directly with the Agric Sector, Project Manager and the Honorable Commissioner for Agriculture.

Payment and Fee for Service:

  • Payments shall include the agreed consultancy fees and reimbursable expenses associated with the performance of the consultancy activities. The payment of the consultant will be based on sign off of deliverables by the Project Manager and sector lead.
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Baseline Study Consultant

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Reference No.: OG/CS/PPA/26/2020
Location: Abeokuta, Ogun State
Project Title: Ogun State Economic Transformation Project (OGSTEP)
Reports to: Project Manager, Agriculture – OGSTEP & Honourable Commissioner for Agriculture
Duration of Employment / Engagement: Six (6) Months

Job Description:
  • The Project Development Objective is to increase agricultural production and stimulate private sector participation in the agricultural, industrial and skills sectors of the Ogun State economy.

The project consists of two main components. The project components include:

  • Component I: Increasing Agricultural Production and Industrialization
  • Sub-Component 1.1: increasing Agricultural Production
  • Sub-Component 1.2: Improving Business Environment.
  • Sub-Component 1.3 Developing Skills.

Component 2: Technical Assistance to Strengthen Capacity to Implement the Program

  • Component 2.1 Agriculture
  • Component 2.2 Business Environment
  • Component 2.3 Skills
  • Component 2.4 Public Sector Reform and PFM
  • Component 2.5 Project Implementation support

Background Information

  • The Ogun State Government through the Federal Government of Nigeria is applying for a USD 250 million credit from the International Development Association (hereinafter referred to as IDA)/ World Bank towards the financing of the OGUN STATE ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION PROJECT (OGSTEP). The Project Coordinating Office of OGSTEP intends to apply part of the proceeds of this credit to payments under contracts for the Consultancy Services.
  • The OGSTEP is in line with the Ogun State Development Plan 2017-2030 (SDP) reform agenda to accelerate strategic reforms and foster public investment to enable greater private sector participation in the State’s economy which is organised around five cardinal programs covering agriculture production and industrialization, infrastructure and rural development, education, health, and affordable housing and urban renewal.
  • Agriculture plays a major economic role in Ogun state, providing income and employment for about 70 percent of the labour force, while contributing 30 percent of the State GDP over the 2013-2017 period. Significant potential exists in the State to increase productivity and improve competitiveness to meet the growing demand of the agri-food industry. In order to grow the sector, multiple consultations with the private sector have confirmed the private sector’s high interest in investing in the agri-food sector.
  • In conjunction with World Bank financed projects in Nigeria, OGSTEP Agriculture component seeks to help address the key constraints to increased private sector participation in Agriculture working closely with Ogun farmers. The Agriculture component will support three types of activities: First, support the development and implementation of the international best practice Framework for Responsible and Inclusive Land-Intensive Agricultural Investments (FRILIA) in Ogun State; Second, foster the engagement of Value Chain Development Firms (VCDF), and finally, develop critical infrastructure to strengthen market linkages to production areas where value chain development alliances are being promoted.
  • The idea is to support smallholder farmers at farming communities in Ogun State to participate in production effort in the following priority value chains: 1. Food crops ; 2. Horticulture and; 3. Livestock ; 4. Fiber
  • OGSTEP intends to apply part of the proceeds of this credit to payments under contracts for the Consultancy Services of a Baseline Study Consultant to conduct a baseline study in line with the project development objective and outcome indicators. This survey will identify the current state of affairs of the beneficiaries. Moreover, project impact will be evaluated with reference to the baseline study.
  • This Terms of Reference (TOR) therefore intends to set the minimum requirements and the scope of the study.

Objective

  • In the course of implementation, the baseline survey is a significant requirement to monitor the progress of the Agriculture component of the OGSTEP against the set indicators, and the conduct of a mid-term review and the final evaluation.
  • The baseline data collection and analysis will take place early in project life, and will be focused on variables that permit accurate analysis of project outcomes. At the same baseline, attention will be paid to the identification of target groups, understanding the socio-economic parameters and monitoring what happens over the project life. A detailed M&E plan will be in place at project start-up
  • The baseline survey is expected to examine the current yield per hectare of farmers in the farming communities for all the value chains in the communities and areas covered by the project, provide information that support the projects agricultural activities, including value chain development and productive infrastructure (e.g. irrigation, feeder roads, warehouses etc) Irrigated and non-irrigated land, access to land ,land ownership and leasing pattern, size of holdings, secure tenure rights, compensation etc. as provided for by the Framework for Responsible and Inclusive Land-Intensive Agricultural Investments (FRILIA) agreements in place in the State. These will be carried out in order to further gain knowledge of the current technical and organisational practices in the farming communities, where present and where not present, among others.

Scope of Work
The consulting firm will provide technical assistance to the Ministry of Agriculture, Ogun State through OGSTEP Sector Technical Team. The baseline study will involve sampling among farmers in the likely locations where the project will be implemented or within designated farming communities and locations in Ogun state.

The activities include:

  • Desktop Research and Information Gathering
  • Sampling design (population and location),
  • Development of tools; structured questionnaires, key informant interview and focus group discussions
  • Preparation of detail plan of action and timelines, including orientation to enumerators;
  • Recruiting and training of enumerators,
  • Pre-testing the questionnaires and enumerators, in selected farming communities and incorporate the inputs in final questionnaire and checklist;
  • Fieldwork – Actual data collection using the questionnaires and other tools,
  • Data entry and Error checking data,
  • Analysis of data,
  • Development of robust and fully functional tool that will guide and support data and information gathering for tracking and registration of farmers in designated farming communities and locations and across the State
  • Report preparation (pre & final)
  • Validation and Feedback

The report which will show strong links with the would-be M&E system and process is to be shared with the Agric. Sector-Project Manager, the M & E specialist and Technical Team for consultation before it is finalised.

Institutional and Organization Arrangements:

  • The consulting firm will liaise with the Project Manager OGSTEP Agric, work closely with the relevant stakeholders, in particular the technical team composed by the Sector lead, and report to the Project Manager OGSTEP and Honourable Commissioner who is the sector lead.

Report and Schedule Of Deliveries
The consulting firm will work directly with the Technical Team in the Ministry of Agriculture constituted by the sector lead to deliver on the following:

  • Inception report to show methodology, Pre-study desktop research and consultation results, to include setting of goals and objectives; guidance on scope of study; nature and source of data; sampling procedure and pre-determined analytical procedure; and other proposed analysis relevant to the various value chains; and also procedure for training of data gathering staff; and data collection, collation, back up support, and on-field support.
  • Questionnaires (incl. farmers registration and data capture), plan, checklists and tools for the study, to include pre-testing of study tools and subsequent adjustment and finalization.
  • Initial report based on participatory and inclusive training of data gathering staff, showing data and result of analysis of data accompanied by e-copy of raw data;
  • Baseline data , analysed in required format using appropriate statistical software – (SPSS and STATA), and
  • Consolidated final study report ( 3 hard copies as well as soft copy), to include necessary review and validation

Services to be provided by the Client
The Ogun State Ministry of Agriculture OGSTEP through the Technical Team (STT) is responsible for the:

  • Provision of information and other relevant input to finalise designed study instruments;
  • Monitoring and provide feedback to ensure the effectiveness of the study;
  • Coordination with farmers and other stakeholders to ensure adequate support is provided;
  • Giving inputs to draft and final reports; and
  • The Ministry upon sign off by the MoA technical team and the Honourable commissioner will ensure release of the budget as per agreed budget disbursement schedule.
  • It is the sole responsibility of the consultant to search for and collect all required information.
  • The consultant will organize all necessary travel and other resources, subject to reimbursement as stipulated in the contract. Reimbursable expenses must be included in the consultant’s submission.
Qualification and Requirement:
  • The Consulting firm will be required to have Minimum fifteen (15) years relevant, demonstrable and verifiable experience in carrying out large rural household socio-economic and surveys to support M&E of large agricultural development programs

The Consulting firm should have or show:

  • Experience in implementing / monitoring rural development projects, using participative approach, local development strategies
  • Track record in developing feasibility studies, baseline studies evaluation, monitoring & evaluation (M&E) , proposal writing
  • Experience in capacity building and training, on the job coaching and mentoring in the field of data collection
  • Commitment to data quality assurance and control;
  • Mandatory evidence of successful completion of similar exercise(s) in the past.

Key Consultants / Technical Resource(s) Experience
Lead Consultant / Resource:

  • Minimum M.Sc. degree in Economics, Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness Management, Rural Development, Development Studies or related fields and minimum 15 years’ (post grad) experience working in related fields.
  • The lead consultant / resource person is expected to have:
  • Excellent knowledge of Agric economics, value chains, public / private sector development and ability to lead, design and implement programmes and projects in the related fields;
  • Demonstrated experience monitoring rural development projects, use of participative approach, local development strategies, development of feasibility studies and proposal, evaluation, monitoring & evaluation etc.
  • Experience interfacing with senior project and government staff;
  • Compelling (verbal and written) communication skills including ability to prepare reports, formulate and defend sound recommendations and articulate opinions concisely conveying maximum necessary information;
  • Proficiency in spoken English and ability to communicate in Yoruba language will be an added advantage.
  • Computer Literacy

He / she will be expected to perform the following core responsibilities among others:

  • Lead and supervise activities of other consultants / technical resources involved in the baseline survey;
  • Review all relevant primary and secondary sources of data and any relevant information to the study.
  • Develop all necessary data collection, plans tools and present them for review before use.
  • Develop a sample design for the baseline study, including calculating a sample size (project / treatment and controls) that is sufficient to measure expected changes in the project development objectives “PDO indicators”;
  • Lead recruitment and training of enumerators / data collectors etc.
  • Conduct both quantitative and qualitative data collection using acceptable methodologies.
  • Develop the data collection manual to guide enumerators and field supervision manual to guide field supervisors that review questionnaires completed by enumerators”
  • Use the project beneficiary and site selection criteria to reasonably identify areas that are likely to receive the project (based on available secondary data) and then use their characteristics to select control areas that are similar to project areas”;
  • Vet results and reports for quality and quality assurance.

Other Consultants / Technical Resources:

  • Minimum B.Sc. degree in Economics, Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness Management, Rural Development, Development Studies or related fields. and a minimum of 5 years’ (post-grad) experience working in related fields.
  • Experience monitoring rural development projects, baseline studies, data gathering, analyses, monitoring & evaluation etc.
  • Good (verbal and written) communication skills including ability to prepare reports, formulate and defend sound recommendations and articulate opinions concisely conveying maximum necessary information;
  • Computer Literacy and ability to use relevant software packages and tools e.g. Excel, SPSS, GIS etc;
  • Proficiency in spoken English and ability to communicate in the Yoruba language especially for field staff and enumerators.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English language and ability by critical staff to communicate in Yoruba

Consultant Engagement of Value Chain Development Firms (VCDF)

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Reference No: OG/CS/PPA/43/2020
Location: Abeokuta, Ogun State
Project Title: Ogun State Economic Transformation Project (OGSTEP) – Agric Sector
Reports to: Project Manager OGSTEP – Agric & Honourable Commissioner for Agriculture
Duration of Employment: Twelve (12) Weeks

Job Description:
  • The Project Development Objective is to increase agricultural production and stimulate private sector participation in the agricultural, industrial and skills sectors of the Ogun State economy.

The project consists of two main components. The project components include:
Component 1: Increasing Agricultural Production and Industrialization:

  • Sub-Component 1.1: increasing Agricultural Production
  • Sub-Component 1.2: Improving Business Environment.
  • Sub-Component 1.3 Developing Skills.

Component 2: Technical Assistance to Strengthen Capacity to Implement the Program:

  • Component 2.1 Agriculture
  • Component 2.2 Business Environment
  • Component 2.3 Skills
  • Component 2.4 Public Sector Reform and PFM
  • Component 2.5 Project Implementation support

Background Information

  • The Ogun State Government through the Federal Government of Nigeria is applying for a USD 250 million credit from the International Development Association (hereinafter referred to as IDA)/ World Bank towards the financing of the OGUN STATE ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION PROJECT (OGSTEP). The Project Coordinating Office of OGSTEP intends to apply part of the proceeds of this credit to payments under contracts for the Consultancy Services.
  • The OGSTEP is in line with the Ogun State Development Plan 2017-2030 (SDP) reform agenda to accelerate strategic reforms and foster public investment to enable greater private sector participation in the State’s economy which is organised around five cardinal programs covering agriculture production and industrialization, infrastructure and rural development, education, health, and affordable housing and urban renewal.
  • Agriculture plays a major economic role in Ogun state, providing income and employment for about 70 percent of the labour force, while contributing 30 percent of the State GDP over the 2013-2017 period. Significant potential exists in the State to increase productivity and improve competitiveness to meet the growing demand of the agri-food industry. In order to grow the sector, multiple consultations with the private sector have confirmed the private sector’s high interest in investing in the agri-food sector.
  • In conjunction with World Bank-financed projects in Nigeria, OGSTEP Agriculture component seeks to help address the key constraints to increased private sector participation in Agriculture working closely with Ogun farmers. The Agriculture component will support three types of activities: First, support the development and implementation of the international best practice Framework for Responsible and Inclusive Land-Intensive Agricultural Investments (FRILIA) in Ogun State ; Second, foster the engagement of Value Chain Development Firms (VCDF), and finally, develop critical infrastructure to strengthen market linkages to production areas where value chain development alliances are being promoted.
  • The idea is to support smallholder farmers at farming communities in Ogun State to participate in production effort in the following priority value chains: 1. Food crops; 2. Horticulture and; 3. Livestock; 4. Fiber
  • In line with the OGSTEP project development objective, in the first instance and in line with best practices, OGSTEP working with the Ministry of Agriculture, therefore seeks to engage Value Chain Development Firms (VCDF’s) to work with farmers across the identified Value Chains Segment, among others in the State.
  • This Terms of Reference (TOR) therefore intends to set the minimum requirements and the scope of work.

Objective

  • The objective of the engagement of the Value Chain Development Firms (VCDF’s) is to develop and promote further the commodity value chains to be promoted in the State. Further, the engagement of VCDF’s seeks to facilitate timely linkage between producers, input suppliers and service providers, and off-takers; and well as identify relevant value chain Service Providers across the Value Chains Segment, among others in the State.

Scope of Work
The firm will assist Ogun State Government through the Ministry of Agriculture, OGSTEP Sector Technical Team, working closely with the farmers to develop and strengthen the target agricultural value chains in Ogun State. The Scope of work will have two phases as follows;

  • Pre Investment Phase, and
  • Investment Phase

Pre-investment Phase:

  • Aggregate farmers into groups and clusters to facilitate their access to inputs, services and markets, and the support to groups to move toward formal business entities, such as cooperatives;
  • Identification and analysis of value chain in selected areas;
  • Identify various options for value chain improvement/development that promote inclusiveness.
  • Put in place value chain coordination model that builds trust and promote innovation and opportunities and communication.
  • Assessment of business and partnership opportunities including buyers, suppliers of inputs and services, and related public institutions;
  • Assist farmer groups /cooperatives to engage with off takers and input suppliers with a view to form productive alliances with these parties ;
  • Assist farmers groups/cooperatives to prepare business plans that’s enable them meet the quality and quantities required by off takers while enabling the farmer groups/cooperatives move up the value chain to provide post-harvest management services;
  • Support the farmers to bargain specifically for better prices and more generally for better terms of engagement with off-takers and input suppliers as part of the productive alliance relationship;
  • Mainstream climate smart agriculture, nutrition, and gender into the business plans using evaluation criteria that give additional credits to business plans that promote gender, nutrition, and the use of climate-resilient and low-emission innovations;
  • Preparation, evaluation, and approval of proposals;
  • Evaluation of business plans and sub-projects out of successful proposals;
  • Identify public sector supports needed from the OGSTEP project and other public institutions to enable the productive alliance relationships work for the farmers and other partners, off-takers and providers of inputs and services

Investment Phase:

  • Facilitate timely linkage between producers and off-takers;
  • Support business-related plan activities covered by project ;
  • Assist the farmers in the administration of the matching grants which will be provided to farmers, guided by the projects grants manual;
  • Assist farmers to adopt low-emission practices in the crops and aquaculture sectors; xv. Work towards improved agricultural productivity and profitability of small farm/holder production systems for targeted value chains.

Others:

  • Provide overall value chain coordination that promotes inclusiveness in supply of primary products in respective value chains;
  • Assist/build capacity of enrolled off-takers in taking charge of source of raw materials and maintaining relationship, and building trust among actors;
  • Identify the main actors and other stakeholders (supporters and influencer) and how they are linked/interact; assessing the flow of products, information and financial resources along the value chains.
  • Identify lead firms that are likely to invest in activities along the value chain;
  • Work with the key actors involved to analyse their roles, contribution to value creation and/or addition and the inherent risk along the chain relative value to the chain.
  • Work with the actors to describe and quantify the sequence of operations regarding its production, processing and marketing.
  • Provide Training and extension support to farmers and beneficiaries
  • Train extension agents.
  • Provide evidence-based information and decision support for interventions and intervention programmes design.
  • Provide reports that revalidate selected value chains and data update as well as incorporation of sustainable coordination of value chains.
Qualification and Requirement:
  • The Firm is expected to be fully registered business concerns, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) and qualified civil associations registered in Nigeria.
  • The firm will be required to have at least ten (10) years of relevant, demonstrable and verifiable experience in management of complex projects on value chain, rural business development and agricultural marketing in Nigeria

Others:

  • Demonstrate the capacity to aggregate large number of farmers, form them into groups and manage the groups, demonstrate organizational capacity of the organization and experience carrying out similar project of activities and handling large groups of farmers, including woman and youths ;
  • Experience on facilitating linkage between producers, input suppliers and service providers, and off-takers;
  • Evidence of close working relationships with farmers and rural and community-based organisations;
  • Have proven records of ability to facilitate and coordinate: linkage and access to technology, market information and management of out-growers, in relation to responsibilities to off-takers and vice versa; and management of emerging and unforeseen circumstances likely to disrupt value chain activities;
  • Working relationship and partnership with small and medium enterprises;
  • Experience researching trends in end markets, and supporting firms to meet the requirements of end markets, competitors and buyers regionally or internationally;
  • Experience in conducting value chain assessments and determining appropriate interventions to enhance agricultural productivity and market access for farmers, agro-pastoralist and pastoralist.
  • Strong working experience with key-value chain stakeholders (producers, traders, enterprise groups, rural financing institutions/banks, and research/policy associations);
  • Be capable of facilitating value chain studies and shared learning platforms needing sound reporting and sharing for use within the productive period of the project; and
  • Have experience in providing or facilitating the required logistics and managing the issues arising from linkage and the development of effective management and control of the emerging opportunities;
  • Experience in developing and managing capacity building activities for enterprise groups and local institutions.
  • Proven ability to work in a cross-cultural and multidisciplinary environment;
  • Evidence of providing similar services for national and international value chain development exercise;
  • Familiarity with Ogun State, its rural environment and local institutions and rural governance structures might be an advantage.

Key Consultants / Technical Resource(s) Experience
Lead Consultant:

  • Minimum MSc degree in Economics, Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness Management, Rural Development, Development Studies or related fields. and a minimum of 15 years’ (post-grad) working experience working in a related field.

The lead consultant is expected to have:

  • Excellent knowledge of value chains, marketing systems and private sector development and minimum ten years of proven ability to design and implement programmes that create market opportunities for small holder farmers, small scale processors, and other value chain actors; 2) Demonstrated experience achieving increased competitiveness in the developing country context
  • Compelling (verbal and written) communication skills including ability to prepare reports, formulate and defend sound recommendations and articulate opinions concisely conveying maximum necessary information;
  • Outstanding oral and written communication and presentation skills in English.
  • Formal training/certification in value chain studies/development will be an advantage

The lead consultant is expected to show evidence of leading similar activities of services for other national and international value chain development exercise. He / she will be expected to perform the following core responsibilities among others:

  • Lead and supervise activities of other consultants / technical resources involved in the specific value chains. 2) Review all relevant primary and secondary sources of data and any relevant information to the study.
  • Develop all necessary data collection, plans tools and present them for review before use.
  • Participate in training of research assistants/data collectors, where necessary;
  • Identify interface issues and risks, and develop tools to record and manage the interface, issues and risks;
  • Author regular detailed progress reports as required.

Other Consultants / Technical Resources:

  • Minimum BSc degree in Economics, Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness Management, Rural Development, Development Studies or related fields. and minimum of 5 years’ (post-grad) working experience working in a related field.

The consultant / technical resources to be engaged are expected to have;

  • Demonstrable knowledge of Agricultural value chains and commodities;
  • Experience in conducting thorough and clearly referenced literature review on the value chain approach for priority value chains;
  • Experience providing hand-on support to smallholder farmers and other downstream value chain actors;
  • Experience in the design and implementation programmes that create market opportunities for smallholder farmers, small scale processors, and other value chain actors;
  • Experience with value chain analysis and development for priority value chain area;
  • Experience in poverty reduction initiatives through livelihood development for rural communities;
  • Sound communication skills including ability to prepare reports.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English language and ability by critical staff to communicate in Yoruba

Institutional and Organization Arrangements:

  • The firm will liaise with the Project Manager OGSTEP Agric, work closely with the relevant stakeholders, in particular the technical team composed by the Sector lead, and report to the Project Manager OGSTEP and Honourable Commissioner who is the sector lead.

Report and Schedule of Deliveries
The firm will work directly with the Technical Team in the Ministry of Agriculture constituted by the sector lead to deliver on the following:

  • Aggregate farmers into groups and clusters to facilitate their access to inputs, services and markets, and the support to groups to move toward formal business entities, such as cooperatives;
  • Identify various options for value chain improvement/development that promote inclusiveness, as well as value chain coordination model that builds trust and promote innovation and opportunities and communication.
  • Assessment of business and partnership opportunities including buyers, suppliers of inputs and services, and related public institutions;
  • Assist farmers groups/cooperatives to prepare business plans related to project and have better engagement with off-takers and input suppliers within a productive alliance relationship and assist farmers achieve improved agricultural productivity and profitability for targeted value chains.;
  • Administration of the matching grants to be provided to farmers;
  • The VCDF will ensure that those farmer groups are connected to off-takers and input suppliers through productive alliances.
  • The VCDF will have a minimum of 1,000 farmers under it in year 1, and is expected to have the capacity to grow and increase the number of farmers progressively over a five year period to a maximum of 10,000 farmers across the following value chains: cassava, rice, maize, sesame, soybean and horticulture crops, poultry and aquaculture;
  • Implementation of VCDF contracts and deliver progressively 20% , 30%,60% & 80% of these contracts from Year 2 to Year 5.
  • Report summarising the process, activities of value chain, the business models – 3 hard and soft copies. Soft copies of analysed data and filled datasheets/tools shall also be handed in. , quarterly. The report format will be agreed by technical team and signed off by the Project Manager and Sector Lead.

Services to be provided by the Client:

  • The Ogun State Ministry of Agriculture shall provide all relevant documents available to the firm. It will also provide necessary institutional support for operations of the consultant. It is the sole responsibility of the firm to search for and collect all required information.
  • The firm will organise all necessary travel and other resources, subject to reimbursement as stipulated in the contract.

Payment Schedule:

  • The VCDF’s will be engaged by the Ogun State Government and will be paid by Government operational expenses (farmers aggregation, group formation, incremental operational cost, preparation of business plans , recruitment of service providers, office running etc.) as stipulated in the projects implementation plan (PIM).
  • The payment of the firm will be based on sign off, of deliverables by the Technical Team within the Ogun State Ministry of Agriculture as appointed by the Honourable Commissioner / Sector lead, with the final sign off by the Honourable Commissioner / Sector lead.

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Engagement of Consultant for In-depth Analysis of Priority Value Chains

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Reference No: OG/CS/PPA/24/2020
Location: Abeokuta, Ogun State
Project Title: Ogun State Economic Transformation Project (OGSTEP) – Agric Sector
Reports to: Project Manager OGSTEP – Agric & Honourable Commissioner for Agriculture
Duration of employment: Twelve (12) Weeks

Job Description:
  • The Project Development Objective is to increase agricultural production and stimulate private sector participation in the agricultural, industrial and skills sectors of the Ogun State economy.

The project consists of two main components. The project components include:
Component 1: Increasing Agricultural Production and Industrialization:

  • Sub-Component 1.1: increasing Agricultural Production
  • Sub-Component 1.2: Improving Business Environment.
  • Sub-Component 1.3 Developing Skills.

Component 2: Technical Assistance to Strengthen Capacity to Implement the Program:

  • Component 2.1 Agriculture
  • Component 2.2 Business Environment
  • Component 2.3 Skills
  • Component 2.4 Public Sector Reform and PFM
  • Component 2.5 Project Implementation support

Background Information

  • The Ogun State Government through the Federal Government of Nigeria is applying for a USD 250 million credit from the International Development Association (hereinafter referred to as IDA)/ World Bank towards the financing of the Ogun State Economic Transformation Project (OGSTEP). The Project Coordinating Office of OGSTEP intends to apply part of the proceeds of this credit to payments under contracts for the Consultancy Services.
  • The OGSTEP is in line with the Ogun State Development Plan 2017-2030 (SDP) reform agenda to accelerate strategic reforms and foster public investment to enable greater private sector participation in the State’s economy which is organised around five cardinal programs covering agriculture production and industrialization, infrastructure and rural development, education, health, and affordable housing and urban renewal.
  • Agriculture plays a major economic role in Ogun state, providing income and employment for about 70 percent of the labour force, while contributing 30 percent of the State GDP over the 2013-2017 period. Significant potential exists in the State to increase productivity and improve competitiveness to meet the growing demand of the agri-food industry. In order to grow the sector, multiple consultations with the private sector have confirmed the private sector’s high interest in investing in the agri-food sector.
  • In conjunction with World Bank financed projects in Nigeria, OGSTEP Agriculture component seeks to help address the key constraints to increased private sector participation in Agriculture working closely with Ogun farmers. The Agriculture component will support three types of activities: First, support the development and implementation of the international best practice Framework for Responsible and Inclusive Land-Intensive Agricultural Investments (FRILIA) in Ogun State ; Second, foster the engagement of Value Chain Development Firms (VCDF), and finally, develop critical infrastructure to strengthen market linkages to production areas where value chain development alliances are being promoted.
  • The idea is to support smallholder farmers at farming communities in Ogun State to participate in production effort in the following priority value chains: 1. Food crops ; 2. Horticulture and; 3. Livestock ; 4. Fiber
  • Based on the afore-mentioned, it is therefore important that there be clear definition and distinction of the various value chains (VC) in the State, as well as the range of activities which are required to bring product in the value chain from conception, through the different phases of production (involving a combination of physical transformation and the input of various producer services), delivery to final customers or the market.
  • In line with the OGSTEP project development objective in the first instance and in line with best practices, OGSTEP working with the Ministry of Agriculture , therefore seeks to engage a Consultancy Firm to assist in the “In Depth Analysis of Priority Value Chains” and Data Update for better Decision Making in Ogun State,
  • This Terms of Reference (TOR) therefore intends to set the minimum requirements and the scope of the study.

Objective
The objective of the value chain analysis is to develop value chain profile for each individual commodity value chain to be promoted in the State; revalidate selected value chains and update data. The assignment seeks to achieve the following:

  • Value Chain Analysis of identified agricultural value chains in Ogun State
  • Identify those activities unique to Agricultural value chain in Ogun State where there can be optimisation of effort, profits and reduction of waste.
  • Identify the potential producers’ groups, and private sector players, the promising value addition opportunities and markets in the State.
  • Improve Agricultural productivity and profitability of small farm/holder production systems for targeted value chains.
  • Strengthen linkages and competiveness of market systems for target value chain products.
  • Enhance private sector engagement and support to marketing and processing of target value chain products as well as other key opportunities.
  • Promote inclusiveness in Agricultural opportunities linked to value chain promotion activities
  • Develop coping and mitigating strategies for emerging issues and environmental concerns related to value chain activities 9) Provide evidence-based information and decision support for interventions and intervention programmes design.

Scope of Work:

  • The consulting firm will provide technical assistance to the Ministry of Agriculture, Ogun State through OGSTEP Sector Technical Team in designing, implementing, strengthening and monitoring target agricultural value chains in Ogun State.

The specific tasks will include but not limited to the following:

  • Identify the main actors and other stakeholders (supporters and influencer) and how they are linked/interact; assessing the flow of products, information and financial resources along the value chains.
  • Identify lead firms that are likely to invest in activities along the value chain;
  • Work with the key actors involved to analyse their roles, contribution to value creation and/or addition and the inherent risk along the chain relative value to the chain.
  • Work with the actors to describe and quantify the sequence of operations regarding its production, processing and marketing.
  • Identify and describe the factors of institutional context (policy, regulation, fiscal aspects…) affecting the value chain actors, facilitating or hindering their performance.
  • Analyse the input and output market structure, accessibility and availability including related standards and information.
  • Analyse degree of competitiveness, market share and market segmentation for both input and output markets; and identify potential player that could facilitate the commodity value chain.
  • Together with the actors, identify the elements of the value chain that needs strengthening for developing strong linkages between production, aggregation, processing and market actors.
  • Propose the suitable business models of the commodity value chain the project would promote, comprising the economic assessment/profitability of commodity.
  • Propose the measures to be implemented by the project to support the development of those value chains.
  • Contribute to analysing the input and output market structure, accessibility and availability including related standards and information.
  • Identify the factors of the institutional context (policy, regulation, fiscal aspects…) affecting the value chain actors, facilitating or hindering their performance.
  • Identify the elements of the value chain that needs strengthening for developing strong linkages between production, aggregation, processing and market actors.
  • Draft the value chain profiling report following the matrix presented in Appendix 1.
  • Facilitate training on value chain profiling using institutional analysis combined with other approaches.
  • Provide framework for the design, implementation, monitoring, risk management and evaluation of value chains development strategies : to provide tools to ensure that information is incorporated in production stages and how it should be interpreted and used for decision-making
  • Facilitate training session on business models.
  • Facilitate training session on measures to promote value chains.
  • Provide report that incorporates sustainable value chain coordination
Qualification and Requirement:
  • The Consulting firm will be required to have at least ten (10) years of relevant, demonstrable and verifiable experience in management of complex projects on value chain, rural business development and agricultural marketing in Nigeria

Others:

  • Experience researching trends in end markets, and supporting firms to meet the requirements of end markets, competitors and buyers regionally or internationally;
  • Experience in conducting value chain assessments and determining appropriate interventions to enhance agricultural productivity and market access for farmers, agro-pastoralist and pastoralist.
  • Experience in developing and managing capacity building activities for enterprise groups and local institutions.
  • Demonstrated experience in sustainable agriculture and livelihoods resilience programming
  • Relevant work experience in complex environment and protracted crises.
  • Demonstrated ability to liaise and build partnerships with NGO, and government institutions;
  • Strong working experience with key value chain stakeholders (producers, traders, enterprise groups, rural financing institutions/banks, and research/policy associations);
  • High level of demonstrated competency in developing and implementing effective strategies, business plans and budget management/
  • Proven ability to work in a cross-cultural and multidisciplinary environment;
  • Ability to organise farmers into business organisations, including linking them to markets;
  • Mandatory evidence of successful completion of similar exercise(s) in the past.

Key Consultants / Technical Resource(s) Experience
Lead Consultant:

  • Minimum MSc degree in Economics, Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness Management, Rural Development, Development Studies or related fields and minimum 15 years’ (post-grad) experience working in related field.

The lead consultant is expected to have:

  • Excellent knowledge of value chains, marketing systems and private sector development and minimum ten years of proven ability to design and implement programmes that create market opportunities for smallholder farmers, small scale processors, and other value chain actors;
  • Demonstrated experience achieving increased competitiveness in the developing country context
  • Compelling (verbal and written) communication skills including ability to prepare reports, formulate and defend sound recommendations and articulate opinions concisely conveying maximum necessary information;
  • Outstanding oral and written communication and presentation skills in English.

The lead consultant is expected to show evidence of providing similar services for other national and international value chain development exercise. He / she will be expected to perform the following core responsibilities among others:

  • Lead and supervise activities of other consultants / technical resources involved in the specific value chains.
  • Review all relevant primary and secondary sources of data and any relevant information to the study.
  • Develop all necessary data collection, plans tools and present them for review before use.
  • Participate in training of research assistants/data collectors, where necessary;
  • Conduct both quantitative and qualitative data collection using acceptable methodologies.

Other Consultants / Technical Resources:

  • Minimum MSc degree in Economics, Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness Management, Rural Development, Development Studies or related fields and minimum of 7 years’ (post grad) experience working in related field.

The consultant / technical resources to be engaged are expected to have;

  • Demonstrable knowledge of Agricultural value chains and commodities;
  • Experience in conducting thorough and clearly referenced literature review on the value chain approach for priority value chains;
  • Experience providing hand-on support to small holder farmers and other downstream value chain actors;
  • Experience in the design and implementation programmes that create market opportunities for small holder farmers, small scale processors, and other value chain actors;
  • Experience with value chain analysis and development for priority value chain area;
  • Experience in poverty reduction initiatives through livelihood development for rural communities;
  • Sound communication skills including ability to prepare reports,

Language requirements:

  • Fluency in English language and ability by critical staff to communicate in Yoruba

Institutional and Organization Arrangements

  • The consulting firm will laisse with the Project Manager OGSTEP Agric, work closely with the relevant stakeholders, in particular the technical team composed by the Sector lead, and report to the Honorable Commissioner who is the sector lead.

Report and Schedule of Deliveries:
The consulting firm will work directly with the Technical Team in the Ministry of Agriculture constituted by the sector lead to deliver on the following:

  • Inception report that should cover overall methodology and tasks;
  • Desk Review;
  • Proposed Stakeholder Engagement & Workshops and training for relevant Strategy;
  • Data collection, Synthesis & Analysis;
  • Value chain profiles prepared using the outline provided in Annex 1. Each Value Chain profile will describe business models to be promoted, and the specific measures that the project will consequently implement;
  • A report summarizing the process of Value Chain profiling exercise, the business models to be promoted, value chain mapping and analysis, institutional and policy analysis, relationships of stakeholders (numbers, roles & responsibility ,volumes and value of transaction, demand (Markets) and supply (Production) factors) and recommendations as well as presenting a table describing the measures the project will implement to support the various value chains. – 3 hard and soft copies. Soft copies of analysed data and filled data sheets/tools shall also be handed in.

Services to be provided by the Client:

  • The Ogun State Ministry of Agriculture shall provide all relevant documents available to the consultant. It will also provide necessary institutional support for operations of the consulting firm. It is the sole responsibility of the consultant to search for and collect all the required information.
  • The consulting firm will organize all necessary travel and other resources, subject to reimbursement as stipulated in the contract. Reimbursable expenses must be included in the consulting firms submission.

Payment Schedule
The payment of the consultant will be based on sign off, of deliverables by the Technical Team within the Ogun State Ministry of Agriculture as appointed by the Honorable Commissioner / Sector lead, with the final sign off by the Sector lead and following the payment schedule below:

Progress Target – Payment Percentage:

  • Contract Signature (Mobilisation) -10
  • Inception Report – 10
  • Desk Review Data Collection, Synthesis & Analysis Report – 20
  • Workshops and training for relevant actors – 10
  • Draft of Final Documents Including Report(s) – 40
  • Approval of Report(s) – 10
  • Total – 100

The potential firm is expected to submit a financial proposal clearly indicating the time, daily rates and detailed schedule for the study.

Procurement Reform Specialist

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Reference No.: OG / CS / PPA / 32 / 2020
Location: Abeokuta, Ogun
Project Title: Ogun State Economic Transformation Project (OGSTEP)
Reports to: Project Coordinator – OGSTEP
Duration of employment: 2 Years (Renewable upon satisfactory performance)

Job Description:
  • The Project Development Objective is to increase agricultural production and stimulate private sector participation in the agricultural, industrial and skills sectors of the Ogun State economy.

The project consists of two main components. The project components include:
Component 1: Increasing Agricultural Production and Industrialization:

  • Sub-Component 1.1: increasing Agricultural Production
  • Sub-Component 1.2: Improving Business Environment.
  • Sub-Component 1.3 Developing Skills.

Component 2: Technical Assistance to Strengthen Capacity to Implement the Program:

  • Component 2.1 Agriculture
  • Component 2.2 Business Environment
  • Component 2.3 Skills
  • Component 2.4 Public Sector Reform and PFM
  • Component 2.5 Project Implementation support

Background Information
The Ogun State Economic Transformation Project (OGSTEP) is a comprehensive effort that will help propel Ogun into a high-income State that is inclusive and sustainable. The program will lift Ogun’s gross national income and raise per capita income, meeting the World Bank’s threshold for high income state. The purpose of OGSTEP is to increase the participation of the private sector in the economy of Ogun State with a focus on improving the business-enabling environment, strengthening agri-food value-chains and upgrading skills.

OGSTEP, along with the Government State Development Program (SDP) serves to achieve economic development in the state. OGSTEP builds upon the policy directions, strategies and programs of the SDP (organized around five cardinal programs covering agriculture production and industrialization, infrastructure and rural development, education, health, and affordable housing and urban renewal) and aims to accelerate strategic reforms and public investments to enable greater private sector participation in the State’s economy.

Consequent to the above, it will increase the State revenue and help achieve the Government Transformation Program. Ogun State is also focusing on governance as a cross-cutting area to improve government efficiency in the delivery of key SDP outcomes and to ensure the sustainability of these outcomes through a results-driven financing of the cardinal programs.

The Program proposes to support a subset of the overall expenditure program of the State that are related to the SDP’s cardinal objective of agricultural production and industrialization, alongside skills development and improved public sector performance. With a combined use of result-based financing and technical assistance, the World Bank is well positioned to support Ogun State in implementing the SDP.

The Program funding will consist mainly of IDA credit (World Bank Group) and will be disbursed base on the Disbursement Linked Indicators (DLIs) in components / Result areas. The program will last for a period of five (5) years all things being equal.

Objective

  • The objective is to assist Ogun State in establishing a modern public procurement system, including a dedicated Procurement Cadre in the Public Service that will facilitate improved delivery of goods and services.

Scope of Work
The Consultant will work closely with the Honourable Commissioner for Budget & Planning, Chairman of the Procurement Council, Project Coordinator – OGSTEP and Director General of the Bureau of Public Procurement, in modernizing and strengthening the procurement processes and systems with a view to improving the efficiency and effectiveness of public procurement and budget execution in the state.

The Consultant is expected to perform the following tasks:

  • Provide technical assistance in establishing the procurement agency and institutionalizing modern procurement practice in the State
  • Provide technical assistance in implementing Ogun State Public Procurement Law
  • Provide technical assistance in establishing the procurement cadre
  • Conduct a detailed analysis of public procurement of Ogun State
  • Identify the current needs of the public service in modernizing and strengthening public procurement.
  • Identify the systems, policies and procedures that need to be modernized (including technological improvements)
  • Design and implement a capacity building strategy for strengthening public procurement. The strategy must be divided into short-, medium- and long-term targets with the short- and medium-term targets expected to be delivered by the consultant during the term of the assignment.
  • Provide technical assistance in developing and issuing guidelines for public procurement as may be deemed necessary in modernizing public procurement systems and processes across the State.
  • Identify and improve upon mechanisms for coordination of public procurement across ministries, departments and agencies
  • Provide technical assistance in organizing interviews, meetings and focused group discussions with public servants, other key stakeholders in the public procurement process including suppliers with a view to improving procurement practices.
  • Actively liaise with the Ministry of Budget & Planning in integrating the procurement management process into the budget and cash management processes and strengthening the budget and fiscal management of the Ministry.
  • Provide handholding support to the Procurement Officers assigned to the project.
  • Develop and report on a framework for monitoring improvements in the procurement management process over the period of engagement

Report and Schedule of Deliveries

  • The Procurement Reform Specialist will be required to provide reports, documents and deliverables as required by the project and as directed by the Project Coordinator regarding his/her activities.

Services to be Provided by the Client:

  • The Procurement Reform Specialist will be provided office space in the Project Implementation Unit, transportation to the municipalities outside of state and related logistical support for implementation of project activities only.

Institutional and Organization Arrangements:

  • The Consultant will report to the Project Coordinator – OGSTEP and the Hon. Commissioner for Budget and Planning.

Payment and Fee For Service

  • Payments shall include the agreed consultancy fees and reimbursable expenses associated with the performance of the consultancy activities
  • The payment of the consultant will be based on sign off of deliverables by the Project Coordinator.
Qualifications and Requirements:

Education:

  • Master’s Degree in Public Procurement, Governance, Public Administration or other relevant fields.

Experience:

  • At least 10 years substantive experience and expertise in the areas of public procurement operations and public administration and familiarity with Nigeria’s or regional procurement needs and challenges
  • At least five years of substantive experience and expertise in the area of public procurement reforms
  • Demonstrated capacity to design and execute capacity building strategy for public procurement officials
  • Strong strategic and analytical skills
  • Strong political economy skills
  • Demonstrated capacity to establish and maintain excellent relationships with key partners
  • Strong interpersonal communication, reporting and presentation skills.

Language Requirements:

  • Proficiency in both written and spoken English.

Land Administration Expert - OGSTEP

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Location: Abeokuta, Ogun
Project Title: Ogun State Economic Transformation Project (OGSTEP) – Land Administration Expert
Reports to: Project Manager, Business Environment
Duration of employment: 12 month contract, renewable (up to 5 years), based on performance/ need

Job Description:
  • The Project Development Objective is to increase agricultural production and stimulate private sector participation in the agricultural, industrial and skills sectors of the Ogun State economy.

The project consists of two main components. The project components include:

  • Component I: Increasing Agricultural Production and Industrialization
  • Sub-Component 1.1: increasing Agricultural Production
  • Sub-Component 1.2: Improving Business Environment.
  • Sub-Component 1.3 Developing Skills.

Component 2: Technical Assistance to Strengthen Capacity to Implement the Program

  • Component 2.1 Agriculture
  • Component 2.2 Business Environment
  • Component 2.3 Skills
  • Component 2.4 Public Sector Reform and PFM
  • Component 2.5 Project Implementation support

Background

  • The Ogun State Government through the Federal Government of Nigeria has received a credit from the International Development Association (hereinafter referred to as IDA) Bank towards the financing of the OGUN STATE ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION PROJECT (OGSTEP). The Project Coordinating Office of OGSTEP intends to apply part of the proceeds of this credit to payments under contracts for the Consultancy Services.
  • The OGSTEP is in line with the Ogun State Development Plan 2017-2030 (SDP) reform agenda to accelerate strategic reforms and foster public investment to enable greater private sector participation in the State’s economy which is organized around five cardinal programs covering agriculture production and industrialization, infrastructure and rural development, education, health, and affordable housing and urban renewal.
  • OGSTEP is a multi-sectoral response project premised on a combination of results-based financing, technical assistance, and increased private sector participation through public private partnerships. The project will focus on sustainable reforms to address constraints impeding the ease of doing business in the State and limiting effective private sector participation. It will support investment promotion through dedicated agencies and industrial zones, while emphasizing private sector management and market-driven investments.
  • It is therefore important that as part of efforts towards project implementation, a Land Administration Expert is required to support the policy reform team within the Bureau of Lands and Survey (BLS). This is to enable the state to achieve the reform efforts aimed at simplifying the registration of property by supporting the improvement and the efficiency of the Bureau of Lands and Survey in issuing the CofOs under the activities of the Business Environment Sector Technical Team.

Objective

  • The Land Administration Expert will provide support to OG BLS to achieve increases in land titling and registration to help secure property rights, which should lead to higher level of investment and productivity under a sound governance environment. Although property taxes forms a key component of internally generated revenue for the state, the Land Administration Expert will ensure that CofO issuances does not only promote income generation but strengthens citizens’ rights in an inclusive manner.
  • OGSG is also planning to engage in a systematic land titling registration (SLTR) program in three major urban areas across the state to strengthen citizens’ property rights in an inclusive manner. The goal of the SLTR program under OGSTEP will be to create a higher level of investment and productivity under a sound governance environment by cost effectively growing the State’s land database.
  • The Land Administration Expert will be responsible for the day-to-day management of tasks executed by OGSTEP Business Environment Sector Technical Team in relation to project preparation and project implementation at the Bureau of Lands and Survey geared towards improving the business environment in Ogun state, while working closely with the Project Manager.

Scope of work
Land administration reform has the potential to truly transform Ogun state’s economy. Good land policies are not only known for being a catalyst for commercialization of agriculture; but they are also essential for facilitating flows of private investment into industries, creating new jobs, and stimulating mobility and structural change, as well as ensuring well-functioning cities1 and sustainable resource use.

The overarching role of the Land Administration Expert (LAE) is to ensure that the land title registration process is significantly streamlined, to facilitate strong security of tenure and energised the land economy of the state. Given that only about 3% of the land is registered in the country1, this has become a stumbling block for both investors and communities, because it ultimately reduces the volume of investment in the country.

Thus; the role of the LAE is to lead a successful land administration reform, strategic enough to engender investors interests in Ogun state whilst protecting the local communities’ land rights. Other roles and responsibilities include:

  • Agricultural Development: The LAE is expected to work with relevant stakeholders within the state (MDAs, state and non-state actors) to wright substantiable land policies capable of driving significant industrial scale agricultural investments in the state. The policies should be strategic enough to protect security of tenure for investors and proper integration and protection of local community and traditional smallholders,
  • Industrial Development: Land access and responsible tenure system is a critical factor for industrialization, essentially in the agro-allied primary production and value chain systems. The LAE is expected to develop strategies that would facilitate the industrial and manufacturing sector of the Ogun State Economy, using modern land administrative models which is capable of creating improved access to land for manufacturing firms in Ogun state to construct warehouses, showrooms, and worker housing and other ancillary infrastructure to support industrialization.
  • Increased Employment: New investments and productive activities state-wide, triggered by a more secure access to land would mean significant job creation. Sustainable job creation is critical to Ogun State, thus; as part of the core remit of the LAE, the role would entail aggressive drive for a sustainable and measurable job creation strategies through optimal land use reforms and industrialization activities.
  • Improved Access to Finance: Land access plays a central role in production process, same applies to guarantee systems for industrial, small business and personal loans. Improved access to land would enable firms and individuals in the private sector to secure loans using land as collateral. The LAE is expected to drive a system that would make it easy for large organisations, small businesses and individuals benefit optimally from financial offering as. Result of their holding status.

Among others, the Land Administration Expert will support the strengthening of the land administration and management in Ogun state by:

  • Re-structuring the lands rights administration system;
  • Re-structuring the institutional framework for the land administration and management;
  • Reinstating and adequately facilitating the Land Use Allocation Committee and the Land Advisory Allocation Committees; and,
  • Increasing capacity and support proper institution of land valuation services.
Qualifications and Requirements:

Education:

  • A minimum of a Master’s degree in either of the following discipline: Land Administration, Development Economics, Sustainable Development, Property Law, Urban Planning, Geodetics / Geomatics Engineering and Business or related field.

Experience:

  • Minimum of 7 years relevant, progressively responsible experience with proven track record in land law reform
  • Experience in land tenure projects in Nigeria and/or West Africa including practical and legal knowledge of the land tenure system.
  • Experience in conducting land policy reform activities under World Bank assisted projects or similar multilateral institution environment organizations is an advantage;
  • Excellent knowledge and professional experience of systematic land titling projects in Africa;
  • Knowledge of the Framework for Responsible and Inclusive Land Intensive Agriculture investments (FRILIA) or other similar inclusive land policies and the international documents that form the framework for FRILIA;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and experience in working with a wide range of individuals in government, private sector and civil society;
  • Experience in policy reform with government agencies;
  • Experience in working in teams;
  • Highly computer literate with demonstrable proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel;
  • Basic understanding of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Extensive knowledge and experience of managing impacts related to land access and development-induced displacement
  • Knowledge and experience of managing cultural issues around land tenure, land transfer and negotiating complexities around law of eminent domain and traditional land title holders.
  • Strong multiple stakeholder engagement knowledge and experience
  • Adequate knowledge of urban planning, urban renewal and geospatial planning
  • Fluency in spoken English required with excellent written English skills, including sound report-writing skills;
  • Proven ability to work under pressure and meet strict deadlines;
  • Proven ability to work effectively as part of a team.

Language Requirements:

  • Proficiency in both written and spoken English

Framework for Responsible Investment in Land-Intensive Agriculture (FRILIA) Specialist

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Reference No.: OG/CS/PPA/37/2020
Location: Abeokuta, Ogun
Project Title: Ogun State Economic Transformation Project (OGSTEP) – Agric Sector Project Development Support.
Reports to: Project Manager – OGSTEP Agric & Sector Lead
Duration of Employment: 2 Years (Renewable upon satisfactory performance)

Job Description:
  • The Project Development Objective is to increase agricultural production and stimulate private sector participation in the agricultural, industrial and skills sectors of the Ogun State economy.

The project consists of two main components. The project components include:
Component 1: Increasing Agricultural Production and Industrialization:

  • Sub-Component 1.1: increasing Agricultural Production
  • Sub-Component 1.2: Improving Business Environment.
  • Sub-Component 1.3 Developing Skills.

Component 2: Technical Assistance to Strengthen Capacity to Implement the Program:

  • Component 2.1 Agriculture
  • Component 2.2 Business Environment
  • Component 2.3 Skills
  • Component 2.4 Public Sector Reform and PFM
  • Component 2.5 Project Implementation support

Background Information

  • The Ogun State Government through the Federal Government of Nigeria has received a credit from the International Development Association (hereinafter referred to as IDA) Bank towards the financing of the OGUN STATE ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION PROJECT (OGSTEP). The Project Coordinating Office of OGSTEP intends to apply part of the proceeds of this credit to payments under contracts for the Consultancy Services: –
  • The OGSTEP is in line with the Ogun State Development Plan 2017-2030 (SDP) reform agenda to accelerate strategic reforms and foster public investment to enable greater private sector participation in the State’s economy which is organized around five cardinal programs covering agriculture production and industrialization, infrastructure and rural development, education, health, and affordable housing and urban renewal.
  • The OGSTEP Agriculture component seeks to help address key constraints to increased private sector investment in agriculture. The Agriculture component will support three types of activities: First, support the development and implementation of the international best practice Framework for Responsible and Inclusive Land-Intensive Agricultural Investments (FRILIA) in Ogun State ; Second, foster the engagement of Value Chain Development Firms (VCDF), and finally, develop critical infrastructure to strengthen market linkages to production areas where value chain development alliances are being promoted.
  • The project will promote farming operations in the following priority value chains: 1. Food Crops, 2. Horticulture, 3. Livestock and 4. Fiber.
  • Availability and access to land is critical for Agricultural activities generally. Current land administration challenges, including processes for acquiring and distributing land for private investment and registration systems, undermine investment opportunities and thus key policy objectives in Ogun State. These challenges and solutions have been identified by joint Ogun Sate and World Bank assessments in 2017 and 2018. The World Bank project will assist Ogun State to meet policy objectives, including in the agricultural sector. The project is scheduled to start in March 2020.

The Joint Ogun and World Bank assessments have identified several entry points for addressing land challenges in OGSTEP, and supporting government’s objectives, including:

  • Support the development and piloting of a Framework for Responsible and Inclusive Land Intensive Agricultural Investments (FRILIA). This will help bring Ogun State into closer alignment with international best practice, help attract responsible investors and enhance opportunities for productive alliances between commercial investors and smallholder and medium-scale producers.
  • Support the establishment and operationalisation of a land management agency to gather data, introduce international standards, and guide the development and implementation of FRILIA.
  • Support cross-agency inventory and data management for acquired state land.
  • Support an analysis of the planned GIS/land records management system to determine utility, opportunities for upgrading and interoperability, and to better meet State needs.

This consultation will assist with the first objective, while being cognizant of how implementation of the FRILIA aligns with other noted objectives.

The Joint Ogun State and World Bank consultants identified several Disbursement-Linked Indicators (DLIs) to guide this work, the indicators are:

Year – Target & Timing:
Year 1:

  • FRILIA principles are adopted through Executive Order of the Governor;
  • A FRILIA Implementation Plan is prepared through a consultative process satisfactory to IDA;
  • A FRILIA implementation compliance checklist satisfactory to IDA is developed.

Year 2:

  • Approval by the Agricultural Land Allocation Committee (ALAC) of 3,000 hectares of lands for agri-food sector investments, in compliance with the FRILIA implementation checklist and as confirmed by the Independent Verification Agent (IVA).

Year 3:

  • Approval by the Agricultural Land Allocation Committee (ALAC) of 3,000 additional hectares of lands for agri-food sector investments, in compliance with the FRILIA implementation checklist and as confirmed by the IVA.

Year 4:

  • Approval by the Agricultural Land Allocation Committee (ALAC) of 3,000 additional hectares of lands for agri-food sector investments, in compliance with the FRILIA implementation checklist and as confirmed by the IVA.

Year 5:

  • Approval by the Agricultural Land Allocation Committee (ALAC) of 3,000 additional hectares of lands for agri-food sector investments, in compliance with the FRILIA implementation checklist and as confirmed by the IVA.

Based on the afore-mentioned, it is therefore important that as part of efforts towards project implementation, (including front end activities, pre-implementation activities etc.) FRILIA specialist(s) will be required to support the activities of the Project Manager and sector lead.

Objective

  • The FRILIA Specialist(s) working closely with the Project Manager Agric, will assist Ogun State in implementing the Framework for Responsible Investment in Land-Intensive Agriculture (FRILIA).

Scope of Work
This work assists Ogun State to meet Disbursement-Linked Indicators (DLIs) for the World Bank assisted, “Ogun State Economic Transformation Project (OGSTEP),” scheduled to start March 2020.

The FRILIA Specialist(s) will therefore be required to support the OGSTEP Agric Sector Technical Team and the Agriculture portfolio in terms of the evolving trends and demands for products as well as to provide assistance in the areas of enterprise development and competitiveness. The FRLIA Specialist(s) will therefore be required to support the Project Manager and:

  • Contribute to the design and implementation of FRILIA.
  • The consultant(s) will work with OGSTEP to form a team with Ogun State staff (this may be a FRILIA Multi-Stakeholder Work Group) with representation from all impacted Departments and Ministries to accomplish land tasks below.
  • The consultant(s), with assistance from the FRILIA team, will lead the development of a process/diagnostic map of institutional, administrative and legal changes that will be required to implement the FRILA Framework.
  • The consultant(s), with assistance from the FRILIA team and based upon the diagnostic map, will develop a FRILIA implementation plan.
  • The consultant(s), with assistance from the FRILIA team, will develop a FRILIA implementation compliance checklist.
  • Perform other duties as required and requested by the Project Manager within the framework of this consultancy.

Report and Schedule of Deliveries:

  • The FRILIA Specialist(s) will be required to provide reports, documents and deliverables as required by the project and in line with the tasks in the Scope of Work, as directed by the Project Manager OGSTEP Agric regarding his/her activities.

Key Deliverables include:

  • Create an implementation framework for Ogun re FRILIA
  • Train and support the FRILIA Working Group
  • Review decisions of the ALAC team re FRILIA
  • Review land acquisitions for compliance with FRILIA
  • Track the impact of FRILIA related investments
  • Create content for Communications Specialist re FRILIA success stories

Services to be provided by the Client:

  • The OGSTEP Sector Technical Team working closely with the PIU and Ministry of Agriculture is responsible for the provision of an office for the implementation of the duties.

Institutional and Organization Arrangements:

  • The FRILIA Specialist will work directly with the Agric Sector, Project Manager and the Honorable Commissioner for Agriculture.
  • The level of effort required at the minimum is approximately 150 days over a period of 24 months.
  • Most of this work will be carried out in Ogun State, although it is anticipated that up to 20% may be carried out off-site (report writing, desk research, etc.)
Qualifications and Requirements:

Education:

  • A Masters in any of the following fields: Land Administration, Political Science, Law, Investment or Agricultural Economics. Investment, legal experience. A PhD degree will be of advantage.

Experience:

  • 8-15 years’ work experience in one of the fields above.
  • Extensive experience in legal, administrative and technical institutional review of land administration programs.
  • Extensive knowledge of Nigeria, including land laws and administration at state and national levels.
  • Knowledge of FRILIA (or FRILIA-like programs, such as the Voluntary Guidelines for Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests).

Language Requirements:

  • Proficiency in both written and spoken English

Payment and Fee for Service
Payments shall include the agreed consultancy fees and reimbursable expenses associated with the performance of the consultancy activities. The payment of the consultant will be based on sign off of deliverables by the Project Manager and sector lead.

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Reference No: OG/CS/PPA/08/2020
Location: Abeokuta, Ogun
Project Title: Ogun State Economic Transformation Project (OGSTEP)
Reports to: Honourable Commissioner, Industry, Trade and Investment.
Duration of employment: 12 Weeks

Job Description:
  • The Project Development Objective is to increase agricultural production and stimulate private sector participation in the agricultural, industrial and skills sectors of the Ogun State economy.

The project consists of two main components. The project components include:
Component 1: Increasing Agricultural Production and Industrialization:

  • Sub-Component 1.1: increasing Agricultural Production
  • Sub-Component 1.2: Improving Business Environment.
  • Sub-Component 1.3 Developing Skills.

Component 2: Technical Assistance to Strengthen Capacity to Implement the Program:

  • Component 2.1 Agriculture
  • Component 2.2 Business Environment
  • Component 2.3 Skills
  • Component 2.4 Public Sector Reform and PFM
  • Component 2.5 Project Implementation support

Background Information

  • The Ogun State Government through the Federal Government of Nigeria has received a credit from the International Development Association (hereinafter referred to as IDA) Bank towards the financing of the Ogun State Economic Transformation Project (OGSTEP).
  • OGSTEP is in line with the Ogun State Development Plan 2017-2030 (SDP) reform agenda to accelerate strategic reforms and foster public investment to enable greater private sector participation in the State’s economy which is organized around five cardinal programs covering agriculture production and industrialization, infrastructure and rural development, education, health, and affordable housing and urban renewal.
  • OGSTEP is a multi-sectoral response project premised on a combination of results-based financing, technical assistance, and increased private sector participation through public private partnerships. The project will focus on sustainable reforms to address constraints impeding the ease of doing business in the State and limiting effective private sector participation. It will support investment promotion through dedicated agencies and industrial zones, while emphasizing private sector management and market-driven investments.
  • The Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council [PEBEC] works towards the fulfilment of the projections of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP 2017-2020), which is striving to deliver sustainable economic growth in Nigeria by restoring growth, investing in the people and building a competitive economy.
  • Nigeria has improved its ease of doing business performance score as she was ranked 131 out of 190 countries in the World Bank 2020 Doing Business Index. In the past 4 years Nigeria has gone through reforms and moved 39 places up the World Doing Business rankings. This improvement has been attributed to the PEBEC which has worked to remove bureaucratic constraints to doing business in Nigeria and make the country a progressively easier place to start and grow a business. PEBEC includes the Enabling Business Environment Secretariat [EBES] which is the operational arm of PEBEC, assisting the Ministries, Departments and Agencies [MDAs] to implement the reform agenda of the PEBEC.
  • Ogun State is situated in the South-Western region of Nigeria, with an estimated population of 6 million in 2019.The State is a major economic hub and has one of the biggest economies in Nigeria. It has one of the largest concentration of industries in the country and serves as the major corridor for transportation of goods, services and people between the nation’s commercial centre Lagos, and the rest of the country as well as the large West African markets. Hence living up to its name as the Gateway State in Nigeria.
  • The State has witnessed significant industrial growth in the last 5 years in line with its State Development Program [2017-2030] and that has adopted an economic blueprint of international best practices which ensures increase in revenue generation, raising optimal finance or funding for the infrastructural development, streamlined processes and faster micro-economic growth. Recognized the need to put in place a medium to longer term strategy to promote inclusive and sustainable development in the State as a thrust to economic growth.
  • The Year-on-Year (YoY) revenue reports by National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) and Joint Tax Board (JTB) tagged, Ogun State in the league of top five Nigerian States in terms of Revenue Generation. A four-year financial sustainability index analysis indicates that Ogun state has grown revenue by 144% between 2015 – N34.6 billion and 2018 – N84.55 billion.
  • The state is committed to improving its business environment by ensuring an investor friendly environment through the creation of the Ogun State Business Environment Council (OGBEC) supported by the Ogun State Business Environment Secretariat and Technical Working Groups, with an objective to reduce time and costs associated with doing business in the state.
  • As part of efforts towards project implementation, a Consultant is required to draft the Regulatory Framework of the Ogun State Business Environment Council, Ogun State Business Environment Secretariat and Technical Working Groups to support the activities of the Business Environment Sector Technical Team.

Objectives:

  • The objective of this consultancy is to develop a regulatory and operational framework for the Ogun State Business Environment Council, Ogun State Business Environment Secretariat and Technical Working Groups in line with best practice based on the work at PEBEC and other states in Nigeria.
  • The goal of the regulatory framework is to ensure long-term sustainability of the Business Environment Council, to set out its organizational structure and functions, establish a robust accountability structure to maximise effectiveness at the state level.

Impact results for OGBEC will include, but not be limited to:

  • Improve the state’s business environment as captured in the World Bank sub-national index,
  • Establish regulatory frameworks and reduce the administrative burden for all companies/enterprises including Micro, small and medium enterprises [MSME’s] to help them thrive and compete globally,
  • Foster healthy competition among states and ensure economic growth and development aspirations, etc.

Scope of Work
In order to draft the regulatory framework for the Business Environmental Council and supporting bodies to be submitted for Ogun State’s government approval, the consultant is required to:

  • Review national and international best practice of operational frameworks for Business Councils with the aim of establishing good models of inclusiveness in addressing business environment emerging issues.
  • Engage and consult as needed with the government agencies and relevant private sector stakeholders represented in the Ogun Business Environment Council, Ogun State Business Environment Secretariat and Technical Working Groups to ensure accurate representation and inclusion and assess lessons learned from past experience.
  • Draft the regulatory framework for the Business Environment Council and Secretariat based on best international practices and adapted to the local context to be agreed and validated by the Ogun State government.

The assignment will comprise the following components, but not be limited to:

  • Provide a comprehensive assessment of the operational framework as to how it establishes capabilities and the sustainability of the BEC for the long-term, and to sustain reforms on an on-going basis.
  • Ensure the MDAs are accountable for implementation in Ogun State.
  • Ensure that assistance is provided to the OGBEC for reform scoping, implementation management, and operational standardization with the private sector.
  • Draft a governance manual and any necessary laws and regulations for the regulatory framework for the Business Environment Secretariat which will be adopted by the Government of Ogun State.

Specific Task to be provided by the Client:

The Consultant will:

  • Carry out reviews of documents relevant to the understanding of the regulatory framework. These will include but are not limited to the existing PEBEC mandate, Ogun State development action plan, national legislation relevant to ease of doing business and existing assessments of the Ogun state business sector.
  • Review other current relevant policy frameworks, laws, approaches and state level implementation plans on ease of doing business issues as relevant for the setting up and operationalization of the Ogun State Business Environment Council and Ogun Business Environment Secretariat.
  • Develop an understanding of the current situation of ease of doing business in Ogun State, and the areas where reforms have been flagged as necessary paying special attention to issues of sustainable development.
  • Undertake any other tasks that are necessary to accomplish the regulatory framework for the Business Environment Council.

Outputs And Deliverables
The outputs expected from the consultant will be as described below.
Inception report:

This report will contain:

  • A detailed work plan (including timing and duration) outlining the assignment to be taken for the proposed period of fieldwork and subsequent phases of the assignment;
  • Lists of data which will be required;
  • A comprehensive desk review of documents relevant to an understanding and execution of the assignment;
  • Lists of agencies, individuals and key parties or stakeholders with whom the consultant would wish to meet;
  • Requests for any changes to the ToR for the project which the consultant believes are warranted;
  • Proposed dates for the submission of the draft and final reports.

Monthly Progress Reports:

  • The Consultant will be required to submit status reports on the work plan with any proposed changes at one-month intervals up until the end of the consultancy. The Consultant’s Progress Reports will contain, the following:
    • Overall progress made in the assignment with reference to the ToR, with special reference to progress made in the month;
    • Problems experienced, resolved and outstanding;
    • Issues anticipated to arise during the completion of the fieldwork; including access to data sources;
    • An update of the work plan and proposed changes, if any;
    • Proposed activities for the following month
    • Any variations expected to the timing of the remaining stages of the assignment.

Presentation of preliminary findings:

  • At the conclusion of the fieldwork and prior to the consultant returning to their home office to prepare the draft regulations, a project report and a presentation of the principal findings from the fieldwork phase will be made, as described above.

Project Report:

  • A final report containing the results of the consultant’s work will be prepared for submission to the Government of Ogun State. The final report should contain:
  • A draft law for submission to the Ogun State House of Assembly
  • Draft regulations for the management of Ogun State Business Environment Council
  • Draft regulations for the operations of the Ogun State Business Environment Secretariat
  • Draft rules and regulations for the operations and membership of the Technical Working Groups
  • Operational model for OGBEC, OGBES and TWGs which clearly sets out the day-to-day modus operandi, accountability processes and escalation mechanisms for effective work by all bodies based on international best practice
  • Prepare a comprehensive review report of the findings from the assessment and the associated recommendations for the most appropriate solution for the BEC in order to achieve state level goals

Presentation of the Project Report:

  • Following submission of the Draft Report, the consultant will make a presentation of this report to Government of Ogun State. In preparing the Final Report, the consultant will take into account the content of the discussions, which occur at that presentation and the written comments, which Ogun State provides.

Implementation Progress Reports:

  • Once the Implementation Assistance component commences, the consultant will be required to submit progress reports. The nature and frequency of these reports will be specified in writing prior to the award of the contract.

Duration of Project:
The proposed project timeline, expressed as weeks from the date of award of the contract, is as follows; bidders should feel free to propose alternative timelines:

  • Project component – Duration – Cumulative time
  • Mobilisation – One Week – One Week
  • Inception mission – One Week – Two Weeks
  • Inception report – One Week – Three Weeks
  • Fieldwork – Two Weeks – Five Weeks
  • Draft report – One Week – Six Weeks
  • Government consideration of draft – One Week – Seven Weeks
  • Presentation of Draft Report – One Week – Eight Weeks
  • Government written comments – Two Weeks – Ten Weeks
  • Final report submitted – Two Weeks – Twelve Weeks
  • Implementation assistance – To be specified
Qualifications and Requirements:
  • Education: Master’s Degree or PhD in Law or a related field.

Experience / Competencies:

  • Professional Skills Minimum of 10+ years of professional experience in Law, Economics, Finance, Operations, Management Consulting, Public Service, or related field;
  • Strong background of working with developing country governments in the areas of business environment reform and regulatory delivery;
  • A proven track record of working successfully with governmental and public sector officials is a mandatory requirement, while knowledge of the political and economic dynamics at the state and federal government levels in Nigeria is desirable;
  • Experience with development agencies, ideally in large emerging markets and Sub-Saharan Africa and previous experience of business environment consulting assignments will be an advantage;
  • Experience in or In-depth knowledge of simplification of business start-up, business licensing and related legislative and regulatory frameworks for doing business in Nigeria;
  • Experience in project implementation, monitoring, and management in a developing country context;
  • Evidence of substantial experience as a project team lead or manager of a unit in a large and internationally supported project;
  • Substantive knowledge of Ogun’s State public and private sectors as well as a working knowledge of the PEBEC, Doing Business Report, Logistics Performance Index and Global Competitiveness Reports;
  • Experience in dealing with government organisations and networks at a senior level. Specific experience working with government organizations involved in doing business – CAC, Lands Bureau, Urban Planning, Judiciary among others – will be an advantage
  • A thorough understanding of global developments in business regulatory frameworks, institutional set-ups and strategies for reform, including previous experience of process mapping and assessment;
  • An in-depth understanding of the political and economic factors influencing the creation of business environments and the factors which influence investment location decisions by investors;
  • Sound interpersonal skills; – The ability to work well with minimal supervision in a small team environment, proven ability to work in a multi-disciplinary environment, with excellent teamwork
  • Strong presentation and communication skills. Report writing on economic or legislative issues
  • A demonstrated ability to work successfully within a multicultural environment and to adhere to tight deadlines with accuracy and professionalism
  • Applied research/economic analysis would be an advantage;
  • Proof of having championed reforms.

Language Requirements:

  • Excellent oral and written communication in English.

Institutional And Organization Arrangements
The Consultant will report to Honourable Commissioner, Industry, Trade and Investment.

Payment & Time Frame:

  • The financial proposal shall specify a total lump-sum amount denominated and payable in Nigerian Naira, around specific and measurable (qualitative and quantitative) deliverables. Payments are based upon output following Government of Ogun State’s consideration of the Final Report.

Time Frame:

  • The activity work plan with clear timelines will be finalised before commencement of the assignment.

Special Terms & Conditions/Specific Criteria
In addition to the foregoing provisions, the following conditions and understandings shall apply:

  • During the performance of Consultant’s duties, any correspondence with the authorities or officials shall be cleared through and coordinated with Ogun state.
  • Copies of all documents, materials or work product received or produced in connection with employment shall be provided to Ogun state. Unless otherwise in the public domain, all documents, materials or work product received or produced, constitute property of the Ogun state government and upon request shall be delivered to the government.
  • Certain knowledge and information (whether oral or written, in documents, materials, or work product) that is not already within the public domain that the Consultant acquires from the Ogun state government, its staff or under the Consultant’s assignment shall for all time and purposes be regarded as strictly confidential and shall be held in confidence by the Consultant. Such knowledge and information shall not be directly or indirectly disclosed by Consultant to any person whosoever without written permission from an authorized person of Ogun state.

Contract Payment Terms & Time Frame:

  • One contract will be issued for this assignment, which will be a Lump Sum contract, denominated and payable in Nigeria Naira.
  • Progress or interim payments will be based upon Project team receipt and satisfactory acceptance of the consultant’s delivered reports.
  • This consultancy shall run for no longer than 12 weeks.

Procurement Procedure:

  • The procurement procedure to be followed in the selection of the Individual Consultant shall be The World Bank Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers, July 2016, revised November 2017 and August 2018.
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Job Description:
  • The Project Development Objective is to increase agricultural production and stimulate private sector participation in the agricultural, industrial and skills sectors of the Ogun State economy.

The project consists of two main components. The project components include:

  • Component I: Increasing Agricultural Production and Industrialization
  • Sub-Component 1.1: increasing Agricultural Production
  • Sub-Component 1.2: Improving Business Environment.
  • Sub-Component 1.3 Developing Skills.

Component 2: Technical Assistance to Strengthen Capacity to Implement the Program

  • Component 2.1 Agriculture
  • Component 2.2 Business Environment
  • Component 2.3 Skills
  • Component 2.4 Public Sector Reform and PFM
  • Component 2.5 Project Implementation support

OGSTEP Background
The Ogun State Government is requesting assistance from the World Bank to fund the Ogun State Economic Transformation Program (OGSTEP) through an Investment Project Financing instrument. The amount of the proposed program is USD 250 million, and it will support the Ogun State Development Plan (SDP) (2018-2030) with a focus on agriculture, business environment, skills development and public sector reforms/ governance. The Project Development Objective (PDO) is to increase agricultural production and stimulate private sector participation in the agricultural, industrial and skills sectors of the Ogun State economy. The project consists of two main components. The project components include:

The Project is an Investment Project Financing operation consisting of two inter-related components: a results-based component and an investment component. Component 1 which is results-based will disburse against agreed-upon actions, outputs and outcomes (Disbursement-Linked-Indicators or “DLIs”) while Component 2 will finance select technical assistance and investment activities to strengthen the government’s capacity for implementing the Project and thereby support the achievement of the results under Component 1. The two components are inherently linked as shown in the Project’s theory of change and results framework.

Component 1: Results based financing to improve the business-enabling environment and foster private sector participation in the agri-food and skills sectors:

  • Under this component the Project will support the Ogun State government’s reform efforts increase private sector investment through the following three results areas: (i) Improving the business-enabling environment; (ii) Strengthening agricultural value chains; and (iii) Upgrading skills. Progress towards achieving these objectives will be measured using nine (9) key DLIs which combine actions, outputs and outcomes. Under this component, project funds will be disbursed against selected Eligible Expenditure Programs (EEPs) up to capped amounts and conditioned on achievement of the target for agreed disbursement linked indicators (DLIs). Several DLIs will be tracked on a gender-disaggregated basis.
  • Sub-Component 1.1 Improving the Business-enabling Environment (US$50 million from IDA). The objective of this subcomponent is to provide support for government reforms to build an enabling business environment by addressing regulatory and institutional challenges that serve as barriers to private sector investments. Activities to be supported under this component include (i) strengthening the capacity and effectiveness of the Business Environment Council and other agencies to design and implement ease of doing business reforms in an inclusive way; (ii) systematic land titling in major urban areas; and (iii) strengthening of the State’s capacity to promote, attract and retain domestic and foreign private investments. This sub-component will be implemented by the Ogun State Ministry of Commerce and Industry (OGMoCI), Ogun State Bureau of Lands (OGBoL) and OgunInvest.
  • Sub-Component 1.2: Strengthening Agri-food Value Chains (US$75 million from IDA). The objective of this subcomponent is to attract the private sector to participate in the development of key agri-food value chains in the State by addressing the binding constraints that are specific to the sector. This subcomponent will support three types of activities: First, it will support the development and implementation of the international best practice Framework for Responsible and Inclusive Land- Intensive Agricultural Investments (FRILIA1) in Ogun State, aiming at the achievement of the following results: (i) the adoption of FRILIA principles as a State policy, incorporating sound environmental and social risk management that would increase land use sustainability and efficiency, particularly in areas with heightened vulnerability to climate change; and (ii) the implementation of FRILIA as part of the Ogun State Ministry of Agriculture’s agricultural lands’ application approval process. Second, the sub-component will foster the engagement of value chain development firms (VCDF) which will facilitate timely linkage between producers, input suppliers and service providers, and off-takers through productive alliances. All productive alliances will include climate smart-solutions and practices, particularly at the level of producers. This will include seeking to lower the GHG emissions of those value chains, particularly by adopting low-emission practices in the crops and aquaculture sectors.
  • The presence of VCDFs is expected to stimulate the emergence of small and medium enterprises to provide required services such as inputs, mechanisation, extension, business management, advisory services, processing etc. to value chain players. Finally, the sub-component will develop critical infrastructure to strengthen market linkages to production areas where value chain development alliances are being promoted and to ensure that those investments are climate-resilient.
  • The focus will be on small scale irrigation, feeder roads and farm product aggregation centers. This sub-component will support: (i) feasibility studies for the selected infrastructure (including a master plan for small scale irrigation and feeder roads integrating climate resilience considerations); and (ii) the development of the selected infrastructure as well as necessary institutional arrangements for their maintenance and operation, all of which will be designed to increase climate resilience. This sub-component will be implemented by the Ogun State Ministry of Agriculture (OGMoA).
  • Sub-Component 1.3 Upgrading Skills. The objective of this sub-component is to improve the demand orientation of the skills development system, and thus the relevance of skills in Ogun State by (i) improving STEM teaching in the State’s secondary schools through strengthening the knowledge and practices of secondary school STEM teachers with the introduction of the Progressive Mathematics Initiative and Progressive Science Initiative (PMI-PSI) in public secondary schools in Ogun State (ii) incentivizing the private sector to get involved in the planning, delivery and oversight of skills development in the upgraded State Technical Colleges to better prepare school leavers for employment; (iii) strengthening private sector training delivery by broadening and improving apprenticeship training both in the formal and informal sector of the economy; and (iv) setting up a demand-driven funding mechanisms to support nonformal skills development for different target groups in the State to increase training offers attractive for women and farmers, and appropriate for vulnerable populations and people with disabilities. Activities are geared towards enhancing digital literacy among the workforce, and strongly building digital skills to improve the State’s economic competitiveness. This sub-component will be implemented by the Ogun State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (OGMoE).

Component 2: Strengthening the capacity of the government to implement the State’s economic transformation (US$50 million from IDA):

  • This component will finance technical assistance and investments to support the implementation of the results-based component.
  • The component will support technical assistance and investment activities to support: (i) the three main results areas of Component 1 (Improving the business environment, Strengthening agri-food value chains and Upgrading skills), and (ii) public sector management functions that are deemed essential to ensure the efficient implementation of the project, including procurement, Statistics and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E).
  • The project will finance selected technical assistance and investment activities that will support improved capacity to implement and monitor the reforms and investments that would lead to the achievement of the project results (DLIs and ultimately the PDO) as well as their contribution to climate change adaptation and mitigation. This component comprises four sub-components, supporting the three results areas and the cross-cutting area of public sector management.

Objectives of the Assignment:

  • Ogun State Government plans to engage an Independent Verification Agent (IVA) for the OGSTEP Program during the Program’s implementation.
  • The IVA is expected to conduct transparent and impartial periodic independent verifications of achievement of the 9 DLIs with associated targets and milestones under the Program.
  • The firm will be selected in accordance with the procedures set out in the World Bank’s “Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers” (Procurement Regulations) dated July 2016 (revised November 2017 and August 2018), available at the World Bank website:
  • The Table in Annex 1 provides an overview of the various DLIs, annual targets and data sources of verification.

Scope of Services
Prepare a verification plan:

  • The IVA shall develop the master verification plan which will provide a detailed, timed plan clearly articulating deployment of resources to verify achievement of performance/DLI results as per agreed methodology and verification protocols through the review of available reports and documents at the respective implementing agencies and administration levels as well as physical verification of milestone deliverables in compliance with the verification protocols, design specifications and safeguard conditions.
  • The independent verification agency shall undertake the verification of milestone deliverables by the implementing agencies and the progress made towards the achievement of results for Component 1. DLI and Indicators Verification shall be executed on annual basis by the selected firms in the project lifecycle to verify achievements attained. This monitoring may also include validation of performance data and assessment of implementation activities based on semi-annual reports on implementation progress prepared by the OGSG.
  • The IVA will provide independent confirmation of the results reported to the World Bank. The independent verification of results will accompany any disbursement request to the World Bank.

Development of the methodology, including checklists/questionnaires/interviews when needed and other tools:

  • The verification of some DLIs may require a sample survey to review documentation available at the agency level for achievement of DLI milestones.
  • The IVA will be responsible for developing checklists/questionnaires for the same, which will be approved by the World Bank. Additionally the IVA will develop tools/formats, satisfactory to the World Bank, for documenting information obtained from the verification.

Undertake the verification of DLIs:

  • The IVA will conduct the verification in a transparent and independent manner such that it provides robust evidence for decision on disbursements against specific DLI results achieved, by the World Bank. This verification exercise shall also include validation of performance data and assessment of implementation activities based on semi-annual reports on implementation progress prepared by the PIU. All DLI results shall be verified during the period of assessment when the IVA shall have an opportunity to conduct on-the-spot assessment of all milestone deliverables met by the implementing agencies within the period of review.
  • For each of the milestones attained, the proposed DLI verification protocol outlined in Annex 1 – DLI VERIFICATION PROTOCOL Table shall strictly apply. Any changes and refinements to these conditions shall be reviewed and agreed with the World Bank.

Analyse the verification Data:

  • The IVA shall have overall responsibility of data analysis without the involvement of any of the Implementing Agencies and the PIU. The analysed results shall be reviewed with the PIU and the Implementing Agencies for certification and sign-off thereafter obtained of their correctness.

Delays in IVA exercise:

  • The IVA shall ensure that no delay is experienced in implementing the IVA plan through structured and effective communication with the IAs and other stakeholders.

 IVA Reporting Protocol:

  • The IVA final reports shall be exposed and shared with Government and IAs for joint review to ensure grey areas are finalised and sign-off obtained.

Prepare Results Verification Reports:

  • The IVA shall document results from the desk review and the verification in the form of a results verification report. The report should inform the OGSG on the methodology adopted in the verification of results and the progress made by the implementing agencies against DLI targets.

Carry out all other relevant actions necessary for the successful conduct of the independent verification of achievement of the DLIs.

The Verification Process
The prospective IVA will outline the tasks or activities to be carried out, in addition to the following:

  • The IVA will verify all evidence of implementing agencies in achieving the DLIs and in accordance with the approved DLI verification protocol.
  • The IVA will issue a verification report and indicate that the report accurately reflects the verification of results.
  • Should a disagreement arise between the IVA and Ogun State on the verification of results, either party is allowed to notify the Bank and the Program Implementation Unit (PIU);
  • The Bank and the PIU shall convene both parties with a view to resolve the disagreements in time to prevent delays in disbursement;
  • The Bank retains the right to decide to disburse even if there remain disagreements between the IVA and the State and the joint report contains notes on the areas of disagreements;
  • Where disagreement pertains to only a subset of a DLI, it is possible to disburse for the portion of the DLI where there is no disagreement while grey areas shall be resolved amicably and within the limits of the conditions of the protocol.
  • The Verification Protocol and the Verification/APA process will be further detailed in the Program Implementation Manual (PIM) which will be finalized prior to Program effectiveness. The detailed description will cover the process steps, timeline, roles and responsibilities of all parties involved (OGMoBP, Implementing Agencies, the IVA, the PIU, and the Bank), information flows, dispute and resolution mechanisms. This will provide clarity on how to mitigate risks of delay in the process and ensure that the process is (and perceived to be) fair, objective and credible.
Qualifications and Requirements:

The Firm should possess the following qualifications:

  • At least 10 years’ general experience, with at least 2 programmatic audits of physical outputs and verification of program results in the last five years in Nigeria or in the region. The referenced specific experiences should be similar in nature and complexity.
  • Previous experience with verification of disbursement linked indicators for World Bank projects will be considered an advantage.
  • Demonstrated analytical and documentation expertise in English

Team Composition & Qualification Requirements for the Key Experts
The verification team should possess adequate expertise and skills in the field of evaluation, verification, auditing of physical outputs and professional reporting/documentation in English language to carry out the verification and validation exercise and should include:

  • Key Expert 1 – Team leader: should possess an advance degree in a relevant field from a reputable university; qualified Chartered Accountant from an IFAC recognized accountancy body with at least 10 years of relevant post-qualification experience; 2 years’ experience as team leader in a similar assignment; at least 10 years of experience in Audit and Public Financial Management; familiarity with general public Service rules and public financial management operating environment in Nigeria at the state level will be an advantage; comprehensive Knowledge and understanding of controls within an IT environment is an advantage.
  • Key Expert 2 – Project Manager should possess: a university degree in management or related field from a reputable university; professional qualifications in Project Management like PRINCE2, PMP or other relevant PM Framework; minimum of 10 years’ experience with demonstrated knowledge of and experience in Public Finance Management processes; track record of successful management of projects with similar scope and nature, with state wide coverage; proven experience and competence with respect to planning, coordinating and stakeholder management; sound analytical, organizational and negotiation skills with the ability to conduct training and workshops/seminars; proven ability and skill to work under high pressure, with strong delivery orientation and excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Key Expert 3 – Technical Expert – Monitoring and Evaluation should possess a university degree in economics, social sciences or related field from a reputable university; professional qualification in M&E from a recognized international body with at least 8 years of relevant post-qualification experience; at least 8 years of experience in the design and delivery of M&E training; familiarity with general public Service rules and public financial management operating environment in Nigeria at the state level will be an advantage. Several other team members with audit experience as necessary to conduct field and desk reviews.
  • Key Expert 4 – Technical Experts in Agriculture, Skills Development, Business Environment Enhancement and Public Sector Reforms.

Time Period and Level of Effort
The IVA will be engaged for 90 days each year. The assignment which shall run annually shall begin and be concluded within the Q3 – Q4 of every year.
During the assignment, the selected firm is expected to deliver the following:

  • An Inception report and detailed work plan, including setting out all required verification activities;
    • (within 6 weeks of contract signing)
  • A kick-off workshop to brief all internal and external stakeholders
  • Comprehensive progress reports on the verification process (Bi-monthly)
  • The Performance Management System reports to cover all participating MDAs and to verify their performances against the approved verification protocol in accordance with the process outlined in the PIM.
  • At the conclusion of each of the bi-annual performance assessments, the IVA will issue a verification report to the Bank and the PIU:
    • By end of the month following each six-monthly assessment.
  • All reports are to be submitted in 5 hard copies and through electronic submission to the PIU and copied to the WB, unless stated otherwise.

Reporting:

  • The IVA will report to the Project Coordinator and provide copies of the Reports to the World Bank Task Team Leader and Co-Task Team Leader and coordinate with them in the fulfilment of their responsibilities

Deliverables:

  • Final design of the verification plan.
  • Final survey checklist and questionnaires
  • Final formats/templates for documenting information from the verification exercise.
  • Agreed results report format/template
  • Detailed activity plan for conducting the verification exercise
  • Scanned copies of all documents essential for verification of DLIs
  • DLI results report – in the agreed template – outlining the method and tools used analysis and presentation of findings from the verification exercise on the status of achievement of the identified DLIs. The report should include comments and feedback from PIU and Implementing agencies and provide reasons for the variations and discrepancies on the performance reports or specific DLI activities and results, if any. Additionally, it should identify impediment (if any) in the timely achievement of the benchmarks and possible remedial measures.

Payment Schedule:
The payment of the IVA shall be based on payment schedule below:

  • Progress Target – Payment Percentage
  • Contract signature (mobilization) – 10
  • Inception Reports – 10
  • Interim Reports – 20
  • Draft of final reports – 40
  • Approval of final activity Reports – 20
  • Total – 100

Client’s Input
The Client shall:

  • Provide the IVA firm relevant information relating to the consultancy, such as the Project Implementation Manual, Project implementation plan, Project Appraisal Documents, Credit Agreement, Project Agreement, Government Executive Orders, Evaluations, Implementation progress reports, Annual work plans, Procurement plans, Upstream safeguards instruments submitted with annual work plans, Contracts for works and all activities for which safeguards instruments were developed, bidding documents and any other document required for an effective verification exercise.
  • Ensure the relevant officials and functionaries from the implementing Agencies and the Project implementation unit are available for periodic meetings and interviews as and when needed during the execution of the assignment.

Code of Conduct:

  • The selected firm will be guided by the IFAC Code of Ethics in the exercise of their responsibilities.

Engagement of Consultant for Verification for Agriculture Clusters, Roads Etc.

Job Specifications:

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Reference No: OG/CS/PPA/25/2020
Location: Abeokuta, Ogun
Project Title: Ogun State Economic Transformation Project (OGSTEP) – Agric Sector
Reports to: Project Manager OGSTEP – Agric & Honourable Commissioner for Agriculture
Duration of employment: Ten (10) Weeks

Job Description:
  • The Project Development Objective is to increase agricultural production and stimulate private sector participation in the agricultural, industrial and skills sectors of the Ogun State economy.

The project consists of two main components. The project components include:
Component 1: Increasing Agricultural Production and Industrialization:

  • Sub-Component 1.1: increasing Agricultural Production
  • Sub-Component 1.2: Improving Business Environment.
  • Sub-Component 1.3 Developing Skills.

Component 2: Technical Assistance to Strengthen Capacity to Implement the Program:

  • Component 2.1 Agriculture
  • Component 2.2 Business Environment
  • Component 2.3 Skills
  • Component 2.4 Public Sector Reform and PFM
  • Component 2.5 Project Implementation support

Background Information

  • The Ogun State Government through the Federal Government of Nigeria is applying for a USD 250 million credit from the International Development Association (hereinafter referred to as IDA)/ World Bank towards the financing of the Ogun State Economic Transformation Project (Ogstep). The Project Coordinating Office of OGSTEP intends to apply part of the proceeds of this credit to payments under contracts for the Consultancy Services.
  • The OGSTEP is in line with the Ogun State Development Plan 2017-2030 (SDP) reform agenda to accelerate strategic reforms and foster public investment to enable greater private sector participation in the State’s economy which is organised around five cardinal programs covering agriculture production and industrialization, infrastructure and rural development, education, health, and affordable housing and urban renewal.
  • Agriculture plays a major economic role in Ogun state, providing income and employment for about 70 percent of the labour force, while contributing 30 percent of the State GDP over the 2013-2017 period. Significant potential exists in the State to increase productivity and improve competitiveness to meet the growing demand of the agri-food industry. In order to grow the sector, multiple consultations with the private sector have confirmed the private sector’s high interest in investing in the agri-food sector.
  • In conjunction with World Bank financed projects in Nigeria, OGSTEP Agriculture component seeks to help address the key constraints to increased private sector participation in Agriculture working closely with Ogun farmers.
  • The Agriculture component will support three types of activities: First, support the development and implementation of the international best practice Framework for Responsible and Inclusive Land-Intensive Agricultural Investments (FRILIA) in Ogun State ; Second, foster the engagement of Value Chain Development Firms (VCDF), and finally, develop critical infrastructure to strengthen market linkages to production areas where value chain development alliances are being promoted.
  • The idea is to support smallholder farmers at farming communities in Ogun State to participate in production effort in the following priority value chains: 1. Food crops ; 2. Horticulture and; 3. Livestock ; 4. Fiber
  • In view of the above, the Ministry re-visited an appreciable number of farming communities to sensitise them about the project. These communities were duly informed to formally express their interest in the project (through writing) to the Ministry. Names of interested communities are currently collated.
  • OGSTEP intends to apply part of the proceeds of this credit to payments under contracts for the Consultancy Services for an Agriculture Cluster Attributes Verification and Mapping Consultancy Firm to conduct Verification for Agric. Clusters, and locations for Agricultural Infrastructure relevant to/for Project Intervention. Including feeder roads (to be rehabilitated or constructed etc.) & to determine their eligibility and subsequently mapped, thus having a concise database.
  • This Terms of Reference (TOR) therefore intends to set the minimum requirements and the scope of the exercise.

Objective:

  • The consulting firm will be responsible for the verification of locations for suitability for various proposed infrastructure of roads, reservoirs, etc, outlined in the value chain activities and for relevant Agricultural clusters including mapping and site identification and selection in line with Ministry and OGSTEP requirements as well as project preparation and implementation needs.

Scope of Work
The consulting firm will provide technical assistance to the Ministry of Agriculture, Ogun State through OGSTEP Sector Technical Team:

  • Using available data; Identification of potential areas on their suitability for proposed road infrastructure and other Agricultural infrastructure in relation to the targeted value chains
  • Verification of locations and update of data in relation to claims of existing infrastructure and other information on proposed or previously identified sites
  • Collection of baseline information from all identified and verified farming communities, including GPS coordinates, land availability, suitability and access to information
  • Identification of existing or potential key infrastructure, for instance roads, dams, warehouses and structures in relation to project objectives;
  • Determination of relevant parameters in identified infrastructure, e.g.: length of access/ feeder roads, size of dams, dimensions of warehouses etc;
  • Design and graphical/pictorial representation (mapping) of individual communities’ potentials, eligibility, strength, weakness and focus of key actions prior to implementation.
  • Integrate GPS data and field sampling information into Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data formats for inclusion in map products;
  • Production of high-quality cartographic map products and ArcGIS or AutoCAD drawings of all communities with their respective infrastructures;
  • Provision of the high-quality cartographic map products within a GIS environment for update, query, analyses and reporting as required;
  • Perform other duties that may be required by Honourable Commissioner.
Qualifications and Requirements:

Lead Consultant:

  • Minimum MSc degree in economics, agricultural economics, agriculture, rural development economics, sociology, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) , Surveying or related fields and minimum 10 years’ (post-grad) experience working in related field.

The Lead Consultant is expected to have:

  • Excellent knowledge of social-economic data, relationships and attribute data;
  • Excellent knowledge of Geospatial database systems technology;
  • Experience in development of workplan and implementation plan to take cognizance of Agro-Ecological, Agronomic / Soil, Geo-physical, Hydrological, Social / Infrastructure features of an area or location;
  • Excellent working knowledge of leading GIS (ArcGIS/QGIS), Cartographic and Image processing software;
  • Experienced in the design and administering of robust data gathering tools;
  • Excellent working knowledge of spatial data infrastructure and protocols, conventions and standards ;
  • Knowledge of relevant Quality assurance and Quality control measures for delivery of activities such as these;
  • Compelling (verbal and written) communication skills including ability to prepare reports, formulate and defend sound recommendations and articulate opinions concisely conveying maximum necessary information;
  • Outstanding oral and written communication and presentation skills in English.
  • The lead consultant is expected to show evidence of providing similar services for other national and international value chain development exercise

He / she will be expected to perform the following core responsibilities among others:

  • Lead, assign and supervise activities of other consultants / technical resources involved in the project.
  • Be the primary interface between the firm and Ogun State Government;
  • Develop work plan and resource plans for project activities along with the required financials :
  • Review all relevant primary and secondary sources of data and any relevant information to the study.
  • Participate in training of research assistants/data collectors, where necessary;
  • Conduct both quantitative and qualitative data collection using acceptable methodologies;

Experience:

  • The Consulting firm will be required to have Minimum ten (10) years of relevant, demonstrable and verifiable experience in the socio-economic studies, mapping, geospatial field data gathering and knowledge of geographic data utilisation and management Nigeria

Others:

  • Experience in socio-economic studies, infrastructure baseline studies;
  • Experience in spatial data acquisition and manipulation. Good knowledge of geographic standards and coordinate systems;
  • Experience in primary data and attribute data validation:
  • Experience in spatial data analysis techniques;
  • Demonstrated skills in the effective use and operation of one or two GIS software programmes such as ArcGIS/QGIS on project and code in multiple languages;
  • Proven experience in computer science, IT, engineering or urban and physical planning may be helpful;
  • Demonstrated cartographic knowledge/map production and design concepts;
  • Involvement in environmental management and experience in a similar role;
  • Experience in data collection;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • Proven ability to work in a cross-cultural and multidisciplinary environment;
  • Mandatory evidence of successful completion of similar exercise(s) in the past.

Other Consultants / Technical Resources:

  • Minimum MSc degree in economics, agricultural economics, agriculture, rural development economics, sociology, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) , Surveying or related fields. and a minimum of 5 years’ (post-grad) experience working in a related field.

The consultant / technical resources to be engaged are expected to have:

  • Demonstrable knowledge of baseline data gathering, utilisation of spatial data and analysis;
  • Experience data capture and geographic representation of features and objects ;
  • Experience in developing attributes database;
  • Good working knowledge of leading GIS (ArcGIS/QGIS), Cartographic and Image processing software;
  • Advanced knowledge of data gathering tools and equipment’s, e.g. GPS, Drones etc.
  • Experience in ground-truthing and error checking;
  • Experience in the design and implementation programmes that relates to stakeholders such as farmers, community-based associations ;
  • Good oral and written communication and presentation skills in English.

Language Requirements:

  • Proficiency in both written and spoken English and ability to communicate in Yoruba

Institutional and Organization Arrangements

  • The consulting firm will liaise with the Project Manager OGSTEP Agric, work closely with the relevant stakeholders, in particular the technical team composed by the Sector lead, and report to the Project Manager OGSTEP and Honourable Commissioner who is the sector lead.

Report and Schedule of Deliveries:

  • The consulting firm will work directly with the Technical Team in the Ministry of Agriculture constituted by the sector lead to deliver on the following: reports, documents, maps and deliverables in hard copy and soft copy as required by the project in the appropriate and agreed format.
  • Sequence and schedule is as stated in the payment schedule

Services To Be Provided By The Client:

  • The Ogun State Ministry of Agriculture shall provide all relevant documents available to the consultant. It will also provide necessary institutional support for operations of the consultant. It is the sole responsibility of the consultant to search for and collect all the required information.
  • The consultant will organize all necessary travel and other resources, subject to reimbursement as stipulated in the contract. Reimbursable expenses must be included in the consultant’s submission

Payment Schedule:
The payment of the consultant will be based on sign off, of deliverables by the Technical Team within the Ogun State Ministry of Agriculture as appointed by the Honorable Commissioner / Sector lead, with the final sign off by the Sector lead and following the payment schedule below:

  • Progress Target – Payment Percentage
  • Contract Signature (mobilisation) – 10
  • Inception Report Incl. front end activities – 10:
    • Work plan showing focus of key actions prior to implementation
    • Design and graphical/pictorial representation (mapping) of individual communities’
    • Potentials, eligibility, strength, weakness matrix
  • Field Work, data gathering, Verification, Mapping Etc. (mobilisation) – 40
  • Initial activity Report – 10:
    • With Integration of GPS data and field sampling information into Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data formats for inclusion in map products;
    • Production of high-quality cartographic map products and ArcGIS / QGIS or AutoCAD drawings of all communities with their respective infrastructures
  • Draft final documents including Report(s) to include – 20:
    • Provision of the high-quality cartographic map products within a GIS environment for update, query, analyses and reporting as required.
  • Submission and Approval of Report(s) – 10
  • Total – 100

The potential firm is expected to submit a financial proposal clearly indicating the time, daily rates and detailed schedule for the study.

Environmental Specialist

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Reference No.: OG/CS/PPA/35/2020
Location: Abeokuta, Ogun State
Project Title: Ogun State Economic Transformation Project (OGSTEP) – Agric Sector Project Development Support.
Reports to: Project Manager – OGSTEP Agric
Duration of Employment: 2 Years (Renewable upon satisfactory performance)

Job Description:
  • The Project Development Objective is to increase agricultural production and stimulate private sector participation in the agricultural, industrial and skills sectors of the Ogun State economy.

The project consists of two main components. The project components include:
Component 1: Increasing Agricultural Production and Industrialization:

  • Sub-Component 1.1: increasing Agricultural Production
  • Sub-Component 1.2: Improving Business Environment.
  • Sub-Component 1.3 Developing Skills.

Component 2: Technical Assistance to Strengthen Capacity to Implement the Program:

  • Component 2.1 Agriculture
  • Component 2.2 Business Environment
  • Component 2.3 Skills
  • Component 2.4 Public Sector Reform and PFM
  • Component 2.5 Project Implementation support

Background Information

  • The Ogun State Government through the Federal Government of Nigeria has received a credit from the International Development Association (hereinafter referred to as IDA) Bank towards the financing of the OGUN STATE ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION PROJECT (OGSTEP). The Project Coordinating Office of OGSTEP intends to apply part of the proceeds of this credit to payments under contracts for the Consultancy Services:
  • The OGSTEP is in line with the Ogun State Development Plan 2017-2030 (SDP) reform agenda to accelerate strategic reforms and foster public investment to enable greater private sector participation in the State’s economy which is organized around five cardinal programs covering agriculture production and industrialization, infrastructure and rural development, education, health, and affordable housing and urban renewal.
  • The OGSTEP Agriculture component seeks to help address key constraints to increased private sector investment in agriculture. The Agriculture component will support three types of activities: First, support the development and implementation of the international best practice Framework for Responsible and Inclusive Land-Intensive Agricultural Investments (FRILIA) in Ogun State ; Second, foster the engagement of Value Chain Development Firms (VCDF), and finally, develop critical infrastructure to strengthen market linkages to production areas where value chain development alliances are being promoted.
  • The project will promote farming operations in the following priority value chains: 1. Food Crops, 2. Horticulture, 3. Livestock and 4. Fiber.
  • Based on the afore-mentioned, it is therefore important that as part of efforts towards project implementation, (including front end activities, pre-implementation activities etc.) a Social Specialist is required to support the activities of the Project Manager and sector lead

Objective:

  • The Environmental Specialist will be responsible for the day-to-day management of tasks executed by OGSTEP Agric in relation to project preparation and project implementation geared towards the farmers and firms, while working closely with the Project Manager

Scope of Work:
The project will seek to enhance the sustainability and competitiveness of rural community-based agriculture enterprises by way of informing the business development strategy with respect to current market needs and trends both locally and internationally as well as ensuring alignment with broader development goals.

The Environmental Specialist work assists Ogun State to meet Disbursement-Linked Indicators (DLIs) for the World Bank assisted, “Ogun State Economic Transformation Project (OGSTEP),” scheduled to start March 2020. The Environmental Specialist(s) will therefore be required to support the OGSTEP Agric Sector Technical Team and the Project Manager and the Agriculture portfolio in terms of the evolving trends and demands for products as well as to provide assistance in the areas of enterprise development and competitiveness. The Environmental Specialist will therefore be required to:

  • Coordinate and carry out environmental and technical studies required for comprehensive environmental impact assessment.
  • Undertake reporting approvals and compliance issues to both the project team and atlas leadership team.
  • Development and implementation of Environmental Management plans.
  • Timely submission of EMPs and other safeguards instruments together with work plans for activities
  • Facilitate awareness among the project team in relation to approval/ compliance-related information requirements.
  • Contribute to establishment and development of project, environmental implementation strategy and system.
  • Carry out field visits to review compliance with EMPs and other safeguards instruments and prepare semi-annual reports as inputs to the project progress reports
  • Develops and manages complex agriculture and environmental activities as well as providing leadership in monitoring and evaluation. S/he serves as the Sectors Environment Officer and will work across the sector to ensure environmental compliance with Agency regulation for all technical offices.
  • Perform other duties that may be required by the Project Manager and the Honorable Commissioner of Agriculture.

Report and Schedule of Deliveries:

  • The Environmental Specialist will be required to provide reports, documents and deliverables as required by the project and as directed by the Project Manager regarding his/her activities.

Services to be provided by the Client:

  • The OGSTEP Sector Technical Team working closely with the PIU and Ministry of Agriculture is responsible for the provision of an office for the implementation of the duties.

Institutional and Organization Arrangements:

  • The Environmental Specialist will work directly with the Agric Sector, Project Manager and the Honorable Commissioner for Agriculture.
Qualifications and Requirements:

Education:

  • Master’s degree in Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Environmental Science or a related field is required.

Experience:

  • Minimum of 10 years of professional experience in design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of agriculture, environment and related activities including two years of experience managing donor-funded assistance programmes in the agriculture or environment sector is required.
  • Thorough knowledge of agriculture development and environmental resource management is required.
  • Experience in research and statistical analysis;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and experience in working with a wide range of individuals in government, private sector and civil society;
  • Commitment to quality and control of data and resultant information;
  • Experience in data collection;
  • Experience in working in teams;
  • Experience in similar project and programmes

Language Requirements:

  • Proficiency in both written and spoken English

Payment and Fee for Service
Payments shall include the agreed consultancy fees and reimbursable expenses associated with the performance of the consultancy activities. The payment of the consultant will be based on sign off of deliverables by the Project Manager and sector lead.

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Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidates should send their Applications clearly labelled the consultantcy title to: ogstep@ogunstate.gov.ng / ogstep.p4r@gmail.com

Applications should include:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • Profile of previous work done related to this project.
  • Contact details (office address, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses).

And
Three (3) Hard Copies, delivered along with soft copy at the address below during office hours 10:00am – 4:00pm (Mondays – Fridays):
The Project Coordinator (PC),
Project Implementation Unit (PIU).
Ogun State Economic Transformation Project (OGSTEP),
c/o Permanent Secretary’s Office,
Ogun State Ministry of Budget & Planning,
State Secretariat , Oke Mosan,
Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria.

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Applications should include:

  • Brief proposal outlining your methodology, timetable and budget.
  • Copies of certificate of registration/ incorporation (for firms).
  • Company profile with names and contacts of Directors (for firms).
  • Curriculum Vitae of project team members and contact details of three referees.
  • Profile of previous work done related to this project.
  • Certificates of completion of previous work.
  • Contact details (office address, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses).

Note: Application materials are non-returnable, and we thank you in advance for understanding that only short-listed candidates (firms) will be contacted for the next step in the application process.

Deadline: September 16, 2020

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