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COMESA
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Last Date: August 30, 2011
Email: igad@igad.int (Reference: DevNetJobs.org)

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TERMS OF REFRENCE
FOR
COORDINATOR FOR ESTABLISHMENT OF THE IGAD CENTRE FOR
LIVESTOCK AND PASTORAL AREAS DEVELOPMENT–
RISP2 PROGRAMME
1. Background
Economic integration in the Eastern and Southern Africa-Indian Ocean (ESA-IO)
region is driven by the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa
(COMESA), the East African Community (EAC), the Inter-Governmental
Authority for Development (IGAD) and the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC)
through a wide array of initiatives which aim at addressing both common issues
such as trade, investment and supply-side constraints and sub-regional
specificities as well as specific sectors such as renewable energy, bio-diversity
and marine resources. COMESA and EAC are both in the process of
harmonising trade, investment and macro-economic policies with the ultimate
aim of establishing a fully fledged Common Market and a Monetary Union. The
two organisations are also engaged, together with the Southern African
Development Community (SADC), in the Tripartite Process, which aims at
establishing a single market encompassing all their twenty-six Member
Countries. IGAD is championing the Horn of Africa Initiative, which is an
integrated response strategy to promote peace, security and development in the
sub-region. IOC is leading on sustainable development programmes, especially
aimed at island economies.
Since 2002, the four Regional Organisations have decided to join-up their efforts,
through the Inter-Regional Committee (IRCC) in the programming and
implementation of regional programmes and projects under the European
Development Fund (EDF), with a view to improve coordination in the
implementation of regional integration programmes, especially in order to avoid
the duplication of activities. The Regional Integration Support Programme (RISP)
is one of the key regional economic integration programmes implemented under
the 9th EDF following that principle. The purpose of the RISP was to develop the
capacity of the ROs and their Member/Partner States in policy formulation,
implementation and monitoring of regional integration as well as multilateral and
regional trade. The RISP was implemented jointly by COMESA and EAC and
contributed significantly in furthering the integration road maps of the two
organisations, namely by facilitating the launching of the COMESA Customs
Union and the EAC Common Market in 2009.
The 10th EDF RISP Continuation aims at consolidating the achievements made
through the 9th EDF while expanding support to all four Regional Organisations in
contributing to the economic integration in the ESA-IO region. The RISP
continuation focuses directly upon the agreed economic integration agenda of
COMESA and EAC, by assisting the ROs in fulfilling their mandates of
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progressing towards FTAs and CUs. Through the IOC, the inclusion of island
state specificity in the COMESA agenda will be ensured, while IGAD’s functional
cooperation programme in support of the Regional Integration agenda of the ESA
region will also be included.
The programme is expected to achieve six results to attain its specific objective:
- RESULT 1: Regional policies and regulations for the implementation
of the regional integration mandates and agenda are designed and/or
adjusted;
- RESULT 2: Trade development, trade facilitation instruments and
strategic, regulatory and technical preparatory works of trade related
infrastructure designed and/or adjusted;
- RESULT 3: Regional institutions established and strengthened to
implement and monitor regional policies and regulations, including
institutions that service private sector at regional level;
- RESULT 4: Management capacities of the ROs improved to meet
international recognised standards of governance;
- RESULT 5: Member/Partner States capacity to address trade related
issues and to implement their trade liberalisation and regional
integration commitments is enhanced;
- RESULT 6: Capacity of the region to negotiate and implement
multilateral trade agreements is enhanced.
The implementation of the RISP continuation will be carried out by the four
regional organisations namely COMESA, EAC, IGAD and IOC. COMESA is the
lead organisation. An implementation agreement has been signed between
COMESA (as Contracting party) and each of the three others regional
organisations (as Implementing Party) to define a legal framework of cooperation
between the parties in the joint implementation of the RISP Continuation.
The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) which is implementing
some components of RISP II is seeking a coordinator to establish an IGAD
Livestock and pastoral development centre.
IGAD whose member states are Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia,
Sudan and Uganda was established in 1986, in response to the recurrent
droughts of 1970s and 1980s. In 1996, the mandate of IGAD was expanded to
encompass food security and environmental protection; economic co-operation
and political and humanitarian affairs. The intention of the expanded mandate of
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the organisation was to act as a vehicle through which the sub-region’s
resources and energies would be collectively mobilised and channelled to
address robust and sustainable socio-economic development.
Much of the IGAD region (over 60% of the land area) is characterized by arid or
semi-arid lands (ASALs). Pastoralism thrives in these areas making the region
number one in the concentration of livestock in Africa. Livestock contributes
nearly Euro 10 billion (20%) to the regional GDP. Livestock also supports
livelihoods of over 30 million pastoralists living in the ASALs.
While the importance of livestock to the IGAD region cannot be over
emphasized, there has been little recognition of this sector by planners and
policy makers in the region. At the IGAD Secretariat level there is lack of
expertise to design and implement livestock development programmes.
The 33rd Ordinary Session of the IGAD Council of Ministers held in December
2009 in Djibouti, under its Decision No. 16 instructed the Secretariat to “explore
the viability of establishing a strategic institution to promote livestock
development, eco- and bio-enterprises and security in the Arid and Semi-Lands”.
The process of establishing this institution will involve consultations with
stakeholders, workshops and meetings, visits, development, signing and
ratification of the necessary protocols, decision on the location of the institution
and architectural designs, and appropriate interim arrangements leading to the
full operationalisation of the institution.
A steering committee comprising different expertise from the Secretariat and the
Member States has been set up to kick-start the process of establishing this
institution. IGAD is recruiting for the position of Coordinator for the day-to-day
management of the process.
2 Specific Objective and output
The specific objective of the project is to establish a viable institution to
spearhead the development of livestock and the pastoral areas in the region. The
expected output is an institution for livestock and pastoral areas development
established.
3 Tasks to carried out
With the general guidance of the Executive Secretary and under the immediate
supervision of the IGAD Director of Agriculture and Environment, the Coordinator
will:
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(i) Coordinate and manage the process for establishing IGAD livestock and
pastoral centre (including managing 2 support staff and a driver)
(ii) Procure and manage office equipment
(iii) Hold meetings of the Steering Committee
(iv) Hold consultative meetings with stakeholders in Member States
(v) Hold ministerial meetings of concerned sectoral ministries
(vi) Visit similar institutions in Africa
(vii) Carry out background studies
(viii) Draft the protocol establishing the institution (including governance)
(ix) Draft host country Headquarters Agreement.
(x) Carry out architectural design of the institution
(xi) Mobilize resources for construction works
(xii) Assist IGAD Secretariat on matters of livestock as and when required
(xiii) Prepare and submit quarterly progress reports
(xiv) Perform any other duties that may be assigned by the Executive
Secretary
4 Qualifications of the Coordinator
The Coordinator should possess a postgraduate degree in animal sciences and
relevant experience of at least 15 years. The applicant must have proven
experience in institutional development and should have adequate prior
experience of the IGAD region.
5 Location, duration and terms
The Coordination office will set up in Nairobi, Kenya. The position will be
available for a period of one year renewable once depending on satisfactory
performance and availability of funding from RISP2 Programme. The terms will
be those of IGAD Scale P5.
Interested persons should submit their curriculum vitae by August 30, 2011
to the Director of Administration and Finance, IGAD Secretariat, BP 2653
Djibouti, email: igad@igad.int with a copy to IGAD RISPII Coordinator:
Yufnalis.okubo@igad.int
Applications are open to nationals from all ACP and EU member States

 


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