Identification and formulation of EU Actions to support Agriculture and Rural Development in Sierra Leone under the second phase of the 11th EDF (2018 – 2020)

Sierra Leone
Expert 2: Senior Expert in Rural Infrastructure and Markets Development (cat. 1)
Expected Start
17 September 2018
37 working days
19 July 2018
Mert Perk ( )

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The objective of this consultancy mission is to support the European Union Delegation and the Government of Sierra Leone in the identification and formulation of EU Actions to support Agriculture and rural development in Sierra Leone under the second phase of the 11th EDF (2018 – 2020). These actions should contribute to unlocking the agricultural potential and increasing rural access to market in Sierra Leone, and subsequently contribute to the development of a diversified and commercial agriculture sector that promotes inclusive green economic growth.

The specific objectives of this assignment are:

  • Specific objective 1: To develop actions that sustainably contribute to a more productive, diversified, climate resilient, market oriented and equitable agriculture. This further contributes to the creation of the enabling conditions for smallholder farmers in poverty stricken districts to move towards a more sustainable, resilient and productive agriculture;
  • Specific objective 2: To develop actions that improve access to markets in targeted rural areas. This component aims to enhance connectivity between production areas and agricultural marketing centres, including removing 'bottlenecks' on the feeder road network;
  • Specific objective 3: To develop innovative interventions to support the sustainable commercialisation of Sierra Leone's commercially oriented smallholder farmers through agribusiness partnerships, capacity development and agricultural commercialisation - linking farmers to markets and value chains.



  • The candidate must possess a university degree in civil engineering, agricultural engineering, rural development and infrastructure or equivalent, with post-graduate qualifications in economics preferred.

General required experience:

  • At least 10 years of experience in rural infrastructural development studies aiming at rural market development.

Specific required experience:

The candidate must show sufficient evidence where he/she:

  • Shows hands-on experience in planning and/or implementing rural infrastructure programmes such as rural road and irrigation schemes;
  • Has experience in structural and non-structural measures of market access for smallholder farmers;
  • Has experience developing strategies to address infrastructure bottlenecks affecting agriculture value chains.

Desirable experience:

  • Ability to work as a member in teams of multi-disciplinary nature;
  • Demonstrates working experience in gender-responsive and community-driven programming/implementation of rural infrastructure improvement, rural services provision, and climate change resilience.

The proposed experts group should have the following profile:

  • At least two experts should have good knowledge of the EU environment and development policies; be familiar with the Commission's guidance on Programming and Project Cycle Management;
  • At least one member of the team should have previous experience in developing both a Project Identification Fiche and an Action Fiche;
  • All experts must be fluent in English. All reporting should be done in English. Excellent written and oral skills are requested of the experts;
  • All experts shall follow standard ethics with diligence and high degree of professionalism;
  • Experts experience in participatory planning process would be an asset.

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