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22-05-2018

Technical Assistance on plant breeding – ref. B2/CS-8

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

Republic of Azerbaijan

Agricultural Competitiveness Improvement Project

Loan No. 8286-AZ

Assignment Title: Technical Assistance on plant breeding – ref. B2/CS-8

The Government of Azerbaijan has received financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the Agricultural Competitiveness Improvement Project and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consulting services.

The consulting services ("the Services") include i) trainings to National Research Institute for Crop Husbandry of the Ministry of Agriculture of Azerbaijan in modern plant breeding techniques and ii) review of current selection and variety development activities and making recommendations for improvement. Primarily only cereals will be included but examples from forage species can also be used.

It is expected, that the Consultant will have 1 field mission to Azerbaijan in June- July 2018 for a period of 13 working days and when cereal plants for testing/experiment are available. Duty station of the assignment will be Pirshagi settlement of Baku, Azerbaijan. Interested consultants may obtain ToR on this assignment from the following email address: jalala_2000@hotmail.compervaneismayilova82@gmail.com.

The scope of services is:

  1. Become familiar with institute variety development program in cereals
  2. Assess the possibility of perspectives of integration of activities of Genetic Resource Institute into that of Research Institute of Crop Husbandry
  3. Provided training to NRICH institute scientists on new and innovative advances in plant breeding techniques. This task also includes hybrid techniques for e. g. corn and plant molecular techniques.
  4. Make recommendations for improvements in variety development program by introducing new and innovative advances in plant breeding techniques. This can be achieved in collaboration with Genetic Resource Institute of Azerbaijan.
  5. Review research field techniques at outlying research farms and make recommendations to improve their field activities in variety development and parent seed production.

 

The Agricultural Competitiveness Improvement Project now invites eligible individual consultants ("Consultants") to indicate their interest in providing the Services. Interested Individual Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services.

Key qualification requirements under this assignment are:

  • PhD in Agriculture/Biology/Crop Husbandry
  • Minimum of 10 or more years’ in plant breeding or variety development and to be trained in utilizing molecular biology techniques in plant breeding.
  • A good sense of teamwork, ability to work independently in the given environment;
  • Advanced skills in writing and editing
  • Fluency in English. Working level of Azeri, Turkish, or Russian to communicate with NRICH staff will be an asset.

The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers January 2011 rev. July 2014 edition ("Consultant Guidelines"), setting forth the World Bank's policy on conflict of interest.

A consultant will be selected in accordance with the Individual Consultant method set out in the Consultant Guidelines.

Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below (in person, or by mail, or by e-mail) by June 5, 2018 17:00.

Project Management Unit/Agricultural Competitiveness Improvement Project

State Service on Management of Agricultural Projects and Credits under the Ministry of Agriculture

Anar Azimov, Project Director

 80, U. Hajibeyli Str., Government House, Room 801

Baku AZ1016, Azerbaijan

Tel: +99412 4937108

Email:  anarazim@gmail.com; jalala_2000@hotmail.compervaneismayilova82@gmail.com

10-01-2018

Credit advisor

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

Republic of Azerbaijan

Agricultural Competitiveness Improvement Project

Loan No. 8286-AZ

Assignment Title: Credit advisor

The Government of Azerbaijan has received financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the Agricultural Competitiveness Improvement Project, and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consulting services.

The consulting services ("the Services") include assist the SSMAPC in implementation of the Action Plan for the strategic target of Improving access to finance. Specifically, the assignment will focus on the actions and measures for the first priority direction of the strategic target, which is to improve financial mechanisms in agriculture. The TA team will compose of experts with international and national experience. This REOI is for the Consultant with the national experience, who will support the International Consultant.

It is estimated that a total input of around seven months will be required during the period of January 19, 2018 – August 31, 2018.  Duty station of the assignment will be Baku, Azerbaijan. Interested consultants may obtain ToR on this assignment from the following email address: jalala_2000@hotmail.compervaneismayilova82@gmail.com.

The scope of services is:

  1. The Credit Advisor will assist an İnternational Consultant on Credit Policy and the SSMAPC in the implementation of the following activities for improving financing mechanisms in agriculture (priority direction 1):
  • Identification of targets with respect to the demand of agriculture for financial resources. This would include assisting in collection and analysis of available data on: (i) access to finance in agriculture; (ii) access to insurance; and (iii) investment promotion. The data will be collected from all government bodies which provide investment and crediting to agriculture sector, i.e. Ministry of Economics, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Agriculture, as well as State Statistics Committee and other relevant institutions. The Credit Advisor will work closely with the International Consultant for developing a monitoring instrument and set of indicators to enable the SSMAPC to track provision of financial resources in the agricultural sector, including accessibility and impact of improved access to finance. He will also participate in developing the format of the annual report for SSMAPC on lending in agricultural sector.
  • Developing mechanisms for introduction of innovative and non-collateral credits in agriculture. Expansion of collateral base for credits. For this particular task, the Credit Advisor will assist an International Consultant in designing and supervising conduction of the Survey on access to credit among small and medium farmers. The survey will reveal whether farmers would be willing to get loans without any collateral but with one or several guarantors. The survey will also assess whether farmers would like to get loans with "innovative" collateral identified in previous work on agricultural finance prepared by international experts for SSMAPC. Survey will include interviews with farmers, and also banks and MFIs in Azerbaijan to determine if they are willing to provide loans without collateral (but with one or several guarantors), or with partial guarantee provided by the envisaged Credit Guarantee Fund. The survey will also determine if banks and MFIs would like to provide loans with "innovative" collateral. The Credit Advisor will assist an International Consultant in analysing: (i) the reasons for non-repayment of loans issued in past to small and medium-size farmers by credit organizations in Azerbaijan, and (ii) structure of loses and methodology for calculating losses. Based on the the results of above survey and analysis conducted, the Consultant will prepare a draft Policy Note on credit risk management in agriculture. Draft Note will be presented to banks, MFIs, farmers and agribusinesses, and other stakeholders for discussion in a public/private workshop. The Credit Advisor will assist an International Consultant to (i) develop the detailed plan for introduction of new financial products, and (ii) support the development of detailed proposal on expanding collateral base for agricultural loans.  Upon development and approval of the Policy Note developed by the International Consultant the Credit Advisor will further work together with the team of SSMAPCS and support banks in application of developed mechanisms and products.
  • Enhancing the financial literacy of agricultural producers. Assist an International Consultant in development of a comprehensive training program, as well as train the staff of the SSMAPCS in delivering such training program to the farmers and rural entrepreneurs.

The Agricultural Competitiveness Improvement Project now invites eligible individual consultants ("Consultants") to indicate their interest in providing the Services. Interested Individual Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services.

Key qualification requirements under this assignment are:

  • University degree in banking, finance or related field;
  • At least 10 years of working experience in banking sector at a management level;
  • Advanced knowledge of written and spoken Azeri;
  • Presence of minimum computer skills like MS Word and MS Excel in MS Office Pack;
  • Good organizational skills and attention to details;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to form and maintain cooperative working relationships with colleagues and stakeholders;
  • Knowledge of English and Russian languages would be an advantage

The position requires an innovative person with good communication skills, an ability to adapt to local circumstances and identify opportunities and to implement processes to achieve the project objectives. 

The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers January 2011 rev. July 2014 edition ("Consultant Guidelines"), setting forth the World Bank's policy on conflict of interest.

A consultant will be selected in accordance with the Individual Consultant method set out in the Consultant Guidelines.

Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below (in person, or by mail, or by e-mail) by January 17, 2018 11:00 am.

Project Management Unit/Agricultural Competitiveness Improvement Project

State Service on Management of Agricultural Projects and Credits under the Ministry of Agriculture

Anar Azimov, Project Director

80, U. Hajibeyli Str., Government House, Room 801

Baku AZ1016, Azerbaijan

Tel: +99412 4937108

Email:  anarazim@gmail.com; jalala_2000@hotmail.com

pervaneismayilova82@gmail.com

 

25-11-2017

Baseline survey

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

Republic of Azerbaijan

Agricultural Competitiveness Improvement Project

Loan No. 8286-AZ

Assignment Title: Baseline survey

Reference No. D/CS-16

The Government of Azerbaijan has received financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the Agricultural Competitiveness Improvement Project, and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consulting services.

The consulting services consist of a baseline survey to be conducted in the beginning of 2018 in 10 (ten) districts representing Azerbaijan economic-geographic zones. The purpose of prioritizing 10 districts of the country is to cover all potential and typical agricultural value chains. The purpose of this BLS is to identify the baseline data on agricultural value chain integration, current issues and potential capacity for development (improved seeds, post-harvest technologies and access to markets) in Azerbaijan. More detailed information is provided in draft Terms of References.

The Agricultural Competitiveness Improvement Project now invites eligible consulting firms (“Consultants”) to indicate their interest in providing the Services. Interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services. The shortlisting criteria are: (i) the applicant organization should have at least 10 years of experience in conducting national wide and large scale sampling surveys in Azerbaijan; (ii) experience in conducting surveys in agriculture and related fields; (iii) analytical and practical experience in survey methodologies, experience in statistical analysis, and establishing and maintaining database; (iv) strong quality control mechanisms; strong field presence would be considered as an advantage. The assignment is planned to be implemented within 5 months starting from December 2017 – January 2018.

The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers January 2011 edition Revised July 2014  ("Consultant Guidelines"), setting forth the World Bank's policy on conflict of interest.

Consultants may associate with other firms in the form of a joint venture or a sub consultancy to enhance their qualifications. In this case of association, the roles and responsibilities of each partner should be clearly indicated. 

A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the Selection based on Consultant’s Qualification (CQS) method set out in the Consultant Guideline

Further information can be obtained at the address below during office hours from 09:00 to 18:00.

Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below (in person, by mail or by e-mail) by December 11, 2017, 11.00 local time.

 

State Service on Management of Agricultural Projects and Credits under the Ministry of Agriculture / Agricultural Competitiveness Improvement Project

Anar Azimov

Project director

80, U. Hajibeyli Str., Government House, Room 801
Baku AZ1016, Azerbaijan


Tel: +99412 4937108
E-mail: aazimov@office.az copy to jalala_2000@hotmail.com , pervaneismayilova82@gmail.com

 

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