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International Institute of Tropical Agriculture








SECTOR: Agriculture

CONSULTANCY SERVICES: Environmental & Social Safeguards

Financing Agreement reference: 2100155041681

Project ID No.: P-Z1-AA0-139


This request for expression of interest (REOI) follows the General Procurement Notice for this

Project that appeared on the African Development Bank Group’s Internet Website (

12th August, 2022.

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) has received grant financing from the

African Development Bank toward the cost of the Technologies for African Agricultural

Transformation (TAAT) Phase II and intends to apply part of the agreed amount of this grant to

payments under the contract for TAAT Environmental & Social Safeguards Consultant who will

be based in Benin Republic.

The services included under this project are to ensure that the project is implemented in line with

AfDB’s ISS and National regulations of host countries.

Specifically, the consultant shall provide overall technical environmental and social safeguards

oversight for project implementation under the general management of the TAAT Program

Coordinator; coordinate closely with the project team, including the PMU, Compact leaders,

consultants, contractors, and implementing partners in planning, managing, monitoring and

reporting environmental and social risks and performance in the program; undertake regular field

visits to monitor the progress of environmental activities and compliance with host countries

regulations and AfDB’s ISS; coordinate recruitment of safeguards regional and country specific

E&S consultants, including drafting TORs, estimating budgets, aiding in shortlisting and

evaluation firms/individuals consultants proposals; recommend hiring of subject matters

specialists when significantly complex issues are identified in projects; provide guidance to

Compacts on management of complex E&S risks; ensure that bidding documents and contracts

include necessary safeguards provisions; develop environmental indicators for Project evaluation

and monitoring; review adequacy of proposed project budgets to cover for the management of the

environmental and social risks and impacts during implementation.

i) The selected consultant will also prepare and submit timely regular safeguards monitoring
reports for the PMU and quarterly monitoring reports for AfDB; where required, prepare TORs

for additional E&S Instruments and coordinate the preparation of the E&S Instruments;

coordinate the preparation of third party Environment and Social Compliance Audits to be

submitted to AfDB annually; keep accurate records of safeguards supervision of project activities

in a systemic manner that allows easy search-and-find of all documents upon request of the PMU,

the AfDB, and national authorities; prepare training materials, and facilitate technical training

workshops to the PIU staff and implementation agencies on environmental safeguards

requirements; provide technical and problem solving support and selective training to

stakeholders responsible for implementation of safeguard processes and measures; continuous

provision of Capacity building for all TAAT implementation stakeholders where required,

perform any other duty assigned by the Project Coordinator.

The selected Consultant will be a member of TAAT PMU to be based in Ibadan, Nigeria and the

assignment shall be for an initial period of One (1) year and subject to annual renewal based on

satisfactory performance

IITA now invites eligible individual consultants to indicate their interest in providing these

services. Interested consultants must provide information indicating that they are qualified to

perform the services (including their detailed CV and letter of motivation detailing related

experience similar to this assignment.). Any interested consultant should possess aa least Master’s

degree or equivalent in the field of Environment or Social Sciences related fields. A PhD in a

relevant field is of added advantage; at least 10 years of relevant experience, working with

multilateral/ bilateral international financial institutions and/or working on projects financed by

multilateral/ bilateral international financial institutions in Africa. Experience in the Agricultural

Sector will be a plus. The relevant experience should be in the application of Environmental &

Social safeguards standards of multilateral/ bilateral international financial institutions in

conducting environmental due diligence assessments, monitoring, and evaluations for private

sector projects and/or public-private partnerships (PPPs). These multilateral/ bilateral

international financial institutions include but not limited to the African Development Bank, the

World Bank Group (the International Finance Corporation, MIGA), the Asian Development

Bank, the European Investment Bank, FMO, Proparco, DEG, and KfW, among others; Excellent

understanding of agriculture sector governance and management issues and demonstrated E&S

management experience of complex scope such as TAAT is desirable; Extensive knowledge of

E&S risks across sectors, commodities, and geographies and experience assessing and mitigating

risks on complex commodities supply chains is required; Regional experience and flexibility to

travel to several countries in Africa; Experience in development and delivery of training to

commodities compacts related to E&S safeguards is required. Proficiency in English and French

is a requirement for the position

Eligibility criteria, establishment of the short-list and the selection procedure shall be in

accordance with the African Development Bank’s Procurement policy framework, October 2015,

which is available on the Bank’s website at


Interested consultants may obtain further information at the address below during office

hours (0800-1630hrs).

Expressions of interest should be delivered to the address below on or before 24th February 2023

Attn: Chrysantus Akem; PhD

TAAT Program Coordinator | Program Management Unit

International Institute of Tropical Agriculture,
Headquarters & West Africa Hub

PMB 5320, Oyo Road, Ibadan 200001, Oyo State, Nigeria

International Mailing Address: IITA, Carolyn House, 26 Dingwall Road, Croydon, CR9 3EE, UK

Tel: +234 2 7517472 | USA Tel: +1 201 6336094 | Fax: +44 208 7113785 | Mobile No: +234


Email: [email protected] and copy: [email protected]

Posted in 09/02/2023

Expired in 10/05/2023





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