Avis à manifestation d’intérêt pour le recrutement d'un Consultant chargé du Développement de stratégies et de partenariats pour le financement et le développement d'Agri-PME, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire




Consultant: Strategy and Partnership Development for

Agri-SME Financing and Development

  1. Introduction and Background

The Bank:

Established in 1964, the African Development Bank (the “Bank”) is the premier Pan-African development institution promoting economic growth and social progress across the continent. There are 80 member states, including 54 in Africa (Regional Member Countries). The Bank’s development agenda is delivering the financial and technical support for transformative projects that will significantly reduce poverty through inclusive and sustainable economic growth. In order to sharply focus the objectives of the Ten-Year Strategy (2013 – 2022) and ensure greater developmental impact, five major areas (High 5s) have been identified for scaling up, namely; Light Up and Power Africa, Feed Africa, Industrialize Africa, Integrate Africa and Improve the Quality of Life for Africans.

The Hiring Department:

The core mandate of the Agriculture Finance and Rural Development Department is to develop the strategy of the Bank, related to agricultural and rural finance and rural development, execute sovereign and non-sovereign operations for the transformation of agricultural value chains, represent the Bank with external stakeholders and develop related strategic collaborations, commission relevant technical and analytic studies to inform related strategy and inform operation design and execution, and provide sector expertise related to closing the financing gap for private sector-led development of agricultural value chains.

  1. Objective and Activities of the Assignment

The role of agri-SMEs and their critical importance to meeting the Feed Africa strategy goals are well recognized. 80% of all food consumed across the African continent is produced, transported, processed and sold by SMEs. SMEs also constitute up to 70% of formal employment in SSA and up to 90% in the informal sector. Despite this, agri-SMEs in Africa are critically underfunded with an annual financing gap of approx. $100bn for enterprises with financing needs between $25K and $5m. This gap has been further exacerbated by Covid-19 and the pressure it has put on SMEs operating within agri-food supply chains.

To advance and accelerate the Feed Africa strategy, there is a growing commitment to enhance support to agri-SME financing and enterprise development. Consistent with a Bankwide effort to increase investments in SME programs and their impact across sectors, the Feed Africa team aims to (i) mobilize concessionary impact capital to flexibly deploy in targeted blended financing structures attractive to SMEs, (ii) support targeted advisory and business development to increase bankable demand from agri-SMEs, (iii) develop impactful largescale agri-SME support projects through either private operations, or integrated into public operations or through innovative PPP projects, and (iv) support enabling environment efforts around policy and regulation, and digitally enabled monitoring and impact assessment.

  1. Duties and Responsibilities:

In this context, this assignment will support the Department’s objective to develop a systematic agri-SME program and increase the volume and impact of projects supporting SME financing and business development across the Feed Africa portfolio. To this end, this position will articulate a coherent strategy for the broader agri-SME program and design a related action plan that is consistent with the department’s mandate and related priorities of the Bank, leverages internal and external partnerships and exploits related dynamics and opportunities in the space.

The key tasks and deliverables to achieve the objectives of this assignment, which has its focus on program and strategy development as well as building and coordinating related strategic partnerships and initiatives, include:

  1. Program and Strategy Development. The Agri-SME Development and Innovative Financing program represents a growing strategic focus of the AfDB with regards enterprise development and financial inclusion. As the program expands within context of the agri-food system, developing a coherent strategy and a related program execution framework that seeks synergy with related workstreams across the Bank and the priorities of the Bank’s members is critical to maximize impact.
  2. Lead an evidenced-based collaborative process to develop a strategic framework and identify the core thematic thrusts and related operational principles for the Agri-SME Development and Innovative Financing program.
  3. Lead and support the development of conceptual frameworks and design principles for the integration of Agri-SME operations into: i) sovereign risk-sharing facilities for catalyzing national private sector investments into the agri-SME ecosystem, ii) the investment ecosystem of Special Agro-Industrial Processing zones, and iii) climate risk financing solutions for de-risking agri-SME operations.
  • Support the development of a resource mobilization strategy for blended finance capital seeking to leverage accelerated impact along the Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Agreement objectives relevant to the agri-food system.
  1. Develop assigned briefs, presentations and knowledge products to socialize stakeholders - internal and external - to advocate for the agri-SME agenda and mobilize the requisite support.
  2. Support the delivery of internal and external outreach efforts to strengthen awareness of the agri-SME program activities, as well as raise the profile and visibility of the AgriSME Development program.
  3. Identify concrete ways to partner with mission aligned institutions to collaborate on existing programs targeting agri-SMEs and developing new impactful programs.
  • Identify specific related financing mechanisms for agri-SMEs or related projects under development to draw actionable insights on how to integrate, adapt and scale effective models for agri-SME projects.
  1. Partnerships and Special Initiatives. Closing the financing gap faced by Agri-SMEs and leveraging them for transformation of the agri-food system is an increasing focus of initiatives both within and outside the Bank. Strategic partnerships and focus effort to engage and leverage targeted initiatives and stakeholders will be critical to executing on the Agri-SME program.
  2. Lead strategic partnerships with key government ministries, private sector clients, financial institutions, other development institutions, commercial banks and technical partners to finance priority agriculture value chains.
  3. Support engagement and follow-up with strategic partnerships bringing together investors, businesses, government, development partners, farmers organizations and others supporting agri-SMEs as a key vehicle for inclusive and impactful Agricultural transformation.
  • Identify and develop relationships with internal colleagues and programs that have aligned mandates, offer synergies in collaboration, and are critical to effective delivery of the agri-SME program agenda.
  1. Conduct outreach to potential donors and develop requisite documentation for responding to related proposal requests. This could include, but is not limited to establishing MoU, applying for grants, completing funding requests, and other diligence documents.
  2. Develop and maintain the necessary documentation including concept notes, resource mobilization strategies etc. to mobilize capital and identify co-financing opportunities for collaborative initiatives related to de-risking agri-SME financing.
  3. Support the management of the Agri-SME program and the AHFR department with ad-hoc assignments related to the teams agenda.
  1. Qualifications and Experience Required

The Consultant shall demonstrate appropriate qualifications and skills necessary for the assignment as described above. Candidates should demonstrate the following qualifications and skills:

  • A minimum of a Masters’ degree in Business Administration, Economics, Finance, Accounting, project management or related field;
  • A minimum of ten (10) years working experience, preferably in the area of finance, investment, fundraising SMEs, including experience in writing funding / grant proposals, project management, agriculture, undertaking business development, research and marketing activities;
  • Excellent technical and analytical skills and established track record developing and executing strategic frameworks and related programming.
  • Demonstrable technical expertise in engaging public and private partnership and establishing programs leverage PPPs particularly for the agriculture sector and working with small and medium enterprises;
  • Knowledge and experience of gender-financing and climate resiliance conceptual framing and related program development
  • Demonstrated experience with the African Agriculture and Agribusiness sector, including Agriculture finance, Agriculture risk mitigation and insurance, value chain analysis, markets, challenges and innovations;
  • Familiarity with the functioning or previous experience with a multilateral development finance institution, a bilateral institution, investment or commercial bank:
  • Excellent and advanced knowledge of Microsoft PowerPoint applications;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and/or French. A good working knowledge of the other language would be an added advantage;
  • Proven ability to manage and deliver products in a timely manner and handle multiple tasks at the same time; and
  • A national of the Bank’s Member Country.
  1. Administrative and Technical Reporting

The Consultant will be under the overall supervision of the Lead, Agri SME Development and Finance, AHFR.0.

  1. Duration of the Assignment

The assignment will be for eight (8) months with the possibility of two extensions subject to performance and budget availability. The assignment is expected to start in Jan 2023.

The AHFR department invites Individual Consultants to indicate their interest in providing the above-described services. Interested Consultants shall provide information on their qualifications and experience demonstrating their ability to undertake this Assignment (a cover letter, C.V., work samples relevant to demonstrate competence for the Assignment etc.)

The eligibility criteria, the establishment of a short list and the selection procedure shall be in conformity with the Bank’s Rules and Procedure for the Selection of Corporate Consultants. Please, note that interest expressed by a Consultant does not imply any obligation on the part of the Bank to include him/her in the shortlist.

Expressions of interest must be received at the address below no later than 30th of November 2022 at 17:00 GMT.

Please send your email with the following title in the subject line: Consultant: Strategy and Partnership Development for Agri-SME Financing and Development

For the attention of Ms. Victoria Fajemilehin and Ms Grace Ochola

E-mail : [email protected]    [email protected]

African Development Bank - AHFR Department Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire