Mobilized for the promotion and accompaniment of agroecological transitions in West Africa, the consortium AVSF-IRAM-INADES International is looking for:

A Program Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for the PAE Coordination Unit (Agroecological Program of ECOWAS)

  1. Context

Since early 2018, the AVSF-IRAM-INADES International consortium has been providing technical assistance to the ECOWAS Regional Agency for Agriculture and Food for the implementation of the Support programme for the agro-ecological transition in West Africa (PATAE).

This programme was launched with initial funding from the French Development Agency for a period of 4 years. The objective is to support agro-ecological intensification in the sub-region in order to promote the emergence, adoption and dissemination of ecologically intensive and sustainable practices on family farms. The program aims to :

  • on the one hand, to support field projects promoting agro-ecological transitions at the local level (a call for proposals launched in 2018 resulted in the selection of 15 projects in the process of being launched, distributed among Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Senegal, and Togo)
  • on the other hand, the animation of exchanges and capitalizations feeding public policies favourable to agro-ecological transitions in the region

To this end, a Project Coordination Unit (PCU) has been set up within ARAA in Lomé. It was initially composed of a coordinator, an administrative manager and a secretary.

ECOWAS obtained additional funding from the European Union in 2019 for a period of 5 years to complete and extend the content of this programme. The PAIAD (Project to support dissemination and implementation of good practices for sustainable agricultural intensification) aims to strengthen agricultural training and advisory support and extension mechanisms for technological innovations adapted to sustainable production methods of small producers. The PCU was thus reinforced by other experts, in particular a technical coordination assistant, a training and advisory support officer, and an accountant. PATAE and PAIAD now form the Agroecology Program (PAE) of ECOWAS.

In order to strengthen the Programme Coordination Unit to ensure complementary activities and programme extension, the AVSF-IRAM-INADES International consortium is seeking : A Program Monitoring and Evaluation Officer,

  1. Main missions, profile and skills required
Location Main missions Profile and skills required
ü Abuja – Nigeria, within  ECOWAS Directorate of Agriculture and Rural Development

ü Frequent work trips to be foreseen in all ECOWAS member countries

·        Monitoring and evaluation and valorisation of the project for the benefit of ECOWAS policies and projects, in conjunction with the rest of the PCU team in Lomé and the national correspondents in the countries

·        Set up a monitoring-evaluation and capitalization system integrating tools for monitoring and collecting data from the Program and field projects (agroecology projects, agroecology training centers, OPA-research-training center partnerships)

·        Adapt the methods of production of references in field projects and monitor the development of capitalizations by projects

·        Analyze and compile field references

·        Support, in conjunction with national correspondents, the implementation of cross-functional capitalizations

·        Monitoring the development and results of national policy frameworks

·        Support the activities and animation of the Alliance for Agroecology in West Africa (3AO), based on the national themes most relevant to regional consultation and integration

·        Link between field experiences, consultation frameworks and the development of regional public policies in support of the agro-ecological transition.

·        Follow various initiatives in agroecology and adaptation to climate change at the level of the DADR in Abuja (West African Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture, West Africa Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) Cluster, AMCC project + AO, FAO Agroecology Program, Great Green Wall, AIC / BOAD Project, Degraded Land Restoration Program, WAICSA, etc.)

Engineer or equivalent (at least 5 years’ higher education) (Agronomy, Agroeconomy, environment, socio-economics, international development and project management) with experience (10 years) in monitoring and evaluation and sustainable agriculture

Experience in monitoring, evaluation and capitalization in regional multi-stakeholder programmes and mechanisms would be a bonus.

Proficiency in French and English, read, written and spoken, is essential.

Good knowledge of computer tools (at least MS Office Word, Excel, Powerpoint software)

At least 5 years’ professional experience in the field of rural development and programmes directly or indirectly related to the implementation of agro-ecological practices in rural and farming areas is required.

Possession of a higher than expected degree reduces the number of years of experience required by 3 years.

  1. Conditions of the employment contract
  • Project duration : 2018-2024
  • Contract duration 1 year – renewable until the end of the project
  • Contract start date: April 1, 2022
  • Consultant

Candidates will send their application, letter of motivation and CV (maximum 5 pages, minimum font 11) in French or English

before to: February 6, 2022

E-mail: recrut@avsf.org

With the reference ” Program Monitoring and Evaluation Officer PAE“.

Within the framework of the Sovereignty Food Valuation Project phase 1 (2017-2019) and phase 2 (2020-2022), the dynamics around Farmer Seed Entrepreneurship (FSE) and the Farmer Endogenous Seed Quality Control System (FEQCS) have been strengthened in the Inades-Training network, This has resulted in the gradual availability of quality seeds produced by farmers in Burkina Faso, Togo, Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Chad, Congo and Burundi, according to data provided by the National Offices of these countries by the end of 2020.

In order to consolidate the initiatives undertaken and consider their scaling up, they have been documented and shared with other seed actors and partners in the framework of a West Africa Regional Workshop, organized in Lome, Togo, from September 20 to 23, 2021.

This workshop brought together teams from the national offices (NO) of Togo, Burkina Faso and Cote d’Ivoire. Other actors involved in seed issues also took part in this workshop, namely the National Seed Directorate of the Ministry in charge of agriculture in Togo, the Coalition for the Protection of African Genetic Heritage (COPAGEN), the Union of NAAM groups in Burkina Faso and seed producers in Togo.

Each of the invited NO and actors shared their experiences on the valorization of farmers’ seeds. Farmers’ seeds include traditional seeds, improved seeds adopted and multiplied by farmers, and local seeds.

A field visit was organized with all participants to learn about farmers’ initiatives on seeds in Togo in the village of Yao Kopé in the Plateau region. This allowed to visit CILAC’s experimental plots, seed fields and to exchange with the members of the village cooperative. These exchanges focused on the possibilities of financing seed production activities, the distribution of farmer seeds, the processing of foodstuffs and other local products, etc.

Visit of a seed field

A video report on the whole workshop and on the visit of the seed initiatives in the field, will allow a wide dissemination of the work undertaken on the valorization of farmers’ seeds by Inades-Formation, through various channels (websites, networks, etc.).

Let us recall that the objective of the FSE is to: (i) bring quality seeds closer to small-scale agricultural producers; (ii) make the prices of quality seeds accessible to the purchasing power of small-scale producers; and (iii) make seed production an income-generating activity for rural populations. As for the DCEQS, it is to have an instrument to guarantee the quality of farmers’ seeds produced.

This regional workshop was a good opportunity for sharing experiences between the three West African National Offices and other seed actors from these countries. The learnings allowed to enrich and consolidate the operational plans of the FSE and DCEQS of the National Offices for more efficiency in the support of seed groups and for a scaling up of these initiatives. Several recommendations and points of attention have been formulated and will be the subject of follow-up of the initiatives undertaken in each National Office in the framework of a follow-up plan.

A follow-up visit to the achievements of Inades-Formation Burundi within the framework of the project “Transition to a Peasant Agroecology for Food Sovereignty”, TAPSA, was carried out in the Kigoma hills of Bugabira and Nyemera, NTEGA Commune and Kirundo Province ( North of the country) on November 12, 2021 by the Governor of Kirundo Province accompanied by the local administrators of Bugabira and Ntega communes with the team of Inades-Formation Burundi, the organizer of the visit.

The Governor of Kirundo, Mr. Albert HATUNGIMANA calls upon the administrators, the heads of the zones, the elected hill officials and the technical services to appropriate the achievements of Inades-Formation Burundi in order to perpetuate them. These achievements are located in the buffer zones of Nagitamo, Mwungere and Gacamirinda lakes. These lakes are protected for 50 m around them by trees, anti-erosion ditches reinforced with fixation grasses installed on the hills above them and a canal separating the buffer zone (50 m strip) of the lakes from third party properties. The lake farmers claim that fish production and water quality in the protected lakes have improved as a result of Inades-Formation Burundi’s achievements.

The Governor of Kirundo Province calls on the local administration to perpetuate the achievements of Inades-Formation Burundi

The objective of the visit was to see the achievements of Inades-Formation Burundi which are capitalizable and in line with the priorities of the Government including the project “Ewe Burundi urambaye” and the challenge of His Excellency the President of the Republic “Umunwa wose uronke ico ufungura; Umufuko wose uronke amafaranga.

At the Kigoma hill in the Bugabira commune, the visit focused on the work in progress to build anti-erosion ditches over a linear length of 80 km. The work of digging and planting of fixation grass is at 80%. It should be remembered that the approach adopted by the organization to carry out this type of work is a watershed community approach. The producers grouped in Community Base Organizations (CBO) contribute 40% and the project 60%.

The Governor of Kirundo province supports the community-hill approach adopted by Inades-Formation Burundi because it facilitates the direct and visible identification of results. He called on other speakers to do the same. He recommends to the municipal agronomist to coordinate the interveners in order to avoid duplication and the recovery of the results of the other. If Inades-Formation Burundi is already working with a given target group, another worker who leads almost similar activities must choose his own target group.

A view from afar of a Kigoma hill watershed being developed by Inades-Formation Burundi

At the bottom of the same Kigoma hill; Lake Nagitamo was also visited. The 50 m buffer zone is protected by umurera and grevillea trees planted and maintained by the community supervised by Inades-Formation Burundi in the framework of its projects. The provincial authority on the ground is satisfied with the way the lake is protected and appreciates the work done by Inades-Formation Burundi in close collaboration with the local administration, the security agents, the technical services and the accompanied riverside community.

Exchanges of participants on the actions carried out by Inades-Formation Burundi to protect Lake Nagitam

The lake is managed by two fishermen’s cooperatives and the local administration. When a decrease in fish is observed, a pause is observed and the lake is closed for 2 weeks to promote the replenishment of the fish stock to be caught. It was found that the buffer zone of Lake Nagitamo is respected and the general use of appropriate fishing tools is de rigueur. Isolated cases of fishermen using inappropriate nets are denounced and brought to justice. The Governor of Kirundo affirms that he will make every effort to discourage such abuses. Anyone who does not respect the environment in accordance with the law in force in Burundi will be severely punished, he added. He promised to provide fishermen with a motorized dugout canoe in order to improve the fishing activity and the security situation on Lake Nagitamo. This is all the more important as fishermen currently use small, locally-made pirogues with very limited capacities.

Discussion on the limits of artisanal fishing practiced by the population living around Lake Nagitam

The same visit was made to Nyemera hill in Ntega commune on Lake Mwungere. The local administrators and the accompanying members of the OCBs warmly welcomed the provincial authority. The representative of the OCBs on the Nyemera and Mariza hills summarized the achievements of protecting the lake from the buffer zone to the hills overlooking it through the support of Inades-Formation Burundi through the TAPSA project. The current digging of the anti-erosion ditches will be completed during the next short dry season. It is planned a linear length of 50 km and the planting of fixing grasses.

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Exchanges and appreciation of the achievements of lake protection by the OCBs

The governor also appreciated the way in which the lake is protected and he called on the population of the two hills and the administrators to take ownership of the results for their perpetuation. He recommended that they continue the cleaning of the anti-erosion ditches and the replanting of fixation grasses as well as the planting of trees around the lakes to fill the empty spaces.

Inades-Formation Burundi should capitalize on the results achieved in the protection of lakes and their watersheds to inform partners interested in collaboration. The governor asked Inades-Formation Burundi to also protect Lake Narungazi which occupies the same wetland as Lake Mwungere.

The initiative of Inades-Formation to build the hangar of the Kigoma cooperative for the storage of production under the TAPSA project was recognized by the governor. He calls on the leaders of the cooperative to develop projects for fundraising for self-promotion. In view of his achievements, he promised to put the Kigoma cooperative on the list of cooperatives in the province which should benefit from the funding. The cooperative must present a salable business plan.

The hangar of the Kigoma cooperative for the storage of production

 

As a prospect, the governor plans to mobilize the partners to develop tourist sites on the protected lakes. To increase visibility and avoid the recovery of Inades-Formation Burundi’s results, the governor grants permission to install a sign indicating the protected area, the activities carried out and any information deemed necessary. The municipality, in collaboration with the inhabitants of the hill concerned, must develop a road that leads to the lake for greater accessibility and create a place upstream of the lake to do laundry in order to limit pollution of the lake water.

Let’s perpetuate the results of our projects in collaboration with the local administration !!!

Communication services Inades-Formation Burundi