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									                        SPECIFIC TERMS OF REFERENCE
    For the provision of technical assistance in support of EC Programmes for the
        Rural Development and Natural Resources sector in Southern Sudan
               FWC BENEFICIARIES 2009 LOT 1: Rural Development
                       EuropeAid/127054/C/SER/multi




1. Background
The European Commission (EC) development cooperation with Sudan resumed in
January 2005 following the signature of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA)
between the Government of Sudan (GoS) and the Sudan People’s Liberation
Movement/Army (SPLM/A). In advance of this event, a Country Strategy Paper was
elaborated by the Delegation to guide the EC resumption of assistance to Sudan, which
was signed on 25 January 2005. The CPA foresees a transitional period of six years
ending with a referendum in 2011 where Southern Sudanese will vote for remaining one
country or to secede. During the Interim period, the CPA also makes provision for the
establishment of a Government of National Unity (GNU) in Khartoum and the
establishment of a Government of Southern Sudan (GOSS), with Juba as capital for the
South.
During the last years, the priorities of the EC Delegation in Sudan for the Food Security
and Rural Development Sector have shifted to align strongly with Government priorities
and sectoral coordination. The emphasis placed of "Food Aid" in Southern Sudan has
largely been handed over to ECHO while Food Security and Rural Development has
become the main sector of intervention of EC in Southern Sudan. The Delegation is now
focusing its funding and policy dialogue on the recovery and development needs of the
Government’s rural development and natural resources sector.
The EC is currently implementing several national programmes for food security and
rural development.1 These programs are major investments and require close
coordination and monitoring together with government institutions and implementers.
These are ‘national programs’, with North and South Sub-Projects and financing split 50 /
50 between the two regions. In addition there are major investments in the Food Security
and Rural Development Sector through the EC’s financing of the MDTF South, which
currently stands at €48M.
Over the past three years the EC has been participating as co-chair to the Government of
Southern Sudan’s ‘Natural Resources and Rural Development’ budget sector working
group, which have had a significant contribution to the planning, budgeting and
coordination activities within the sector. The EC has also been playing an important role
in the infrastructure sector working group. In particular, EC is the co-chair to the WASH
Donor group and participates actively in the sector’s budgeting process.


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 The major programmes launched are Sudan Post-Conflict Community Based Recovery and Rehabilitation
Programme (RRP), the Sudan Institutional Capacity Building Programme: Food Security Information for
Action (SIFSIA), the Sudan Productive Capacity Recovery Programme (SPCRP) and Livestock Epidemio-
Surveillance Project (LESP)
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In addition to the national programmes for food security and rural development
mentioned above, EC has funded a number of projects under the Food Security Thematic
Programme (FSTP). Under this arrangement, funds are allocated directly to NGOs,
through a competitive call for proposal process, to implement food security and
livelihood projects at the county and community levels. Additional funds allocated to
facilitate the continuation of Community Based Recovery and Rehabilitation Programme
(RRP) in the South to a number of NGOs early 2010.
The Expert will provide advisory and technical assistance for effective monitoring and
coordination of the EC’s rural development interventions in Southern Sudan. The Expert
will further strengthen the relationships between the EC, the government institutions and
implementers of national programmes and the implementing partners of RRP consortia
and NGO in Southern Sudan. S/he will also assist in identifying gaps and new potential
areas of support in the Rural Development and Natural Resources Sector.


2. Description of the Assignment
2.1. Objective
To provide technical support and advisory services to GOSS institutions and
development partners and, in consultation with of EC Programme Managers in Juba and
Khartoum, provide supervisory and coordination support to all EC funded projects in the
rural development and natural resource management sector in southern Sudan.
2.2. Specific tasks
The expert will support GOSS institutions and partners in the rural development and
natural resources sector through the following tasks:
 Monitoring and supervision of interventions funded by the EC in the Rural
  Development Sector:
   o STABEX funded activities: EC is currently implementing major programmes in
     the Rural Development sector (SPCRP, SIFSIA, RRP, LESP and TA facility).
     The Rural Development expert will be required to work closely with the EC
     Programme Managers in Juba and Khartoum to follow up the implementation of
     these programs in Southern Sudan; and facilitate technical coordination between
     GOSS, State ministries, implementers and EC.
   o Food Security Thematic Programme (FSTP) activities: EC through the FSTP
     provides funding to NGOs focused on livelihoods projects, which are currently
     implemented in States/Counties. .The expert will provide effective monitoring of
     all the projects under the FSTP in Southern Sudan, ensuring the coordination with
     other EC and other donor funded activities, particularly the SPCRP and RRP.
   o MDTF Programs targeting the Rural Development Sector: EC and GOSS has a
     great interest in the smooth implementation of the activities funded under the
     MDTF targeting the rural development sector, as well as close coordination of
     such projects with other EC funded activities in Southern Sudan. The Rural
     Development Expert will assist the EC and GOSS line ministries to monitor the
     MDTF activities targeting Rural Development sector. The Expert will focus on
     technical aspects, coordination and complementarities between MDTF and other
     EC funded activities in the sector.

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   o EU Water Facility: The EC provides significant support to the water sector
     through this facility. The expert will assist EC and GOSS Line Ministries to
     monitor activities implemented in Southern Sudan and ensure coordination
     between this EC funded activity, MDTF activities and other key activities in the
     sector.
 Provide support to the coordination, planning and reporting of the rural development
    and natural resources sectors
Support coordination amongst GOSS institutions in the Rural Development Sector with
relevant stakeholders and development partners, particularly through the Budget Sector
Working Group process and the Natural Resources Donors Group Support the
coordination of technical assistance funded by the EC, to GOSS institutions in the Rural
Development and Natural Resources Sector. Assist GOSS line ministries and the EC to
identify and develop potential new areas of support to the sector.

 Other Horizontal tasks:
     o When needed and upon request, provide advice on horizontal issues related to
         the delivery of EC funded programmes in Southern Sudan.
     o When requested, the expert will assist the EC and GOSS in identifying and
         formulating new strategies and projects in the rural development and natural
         resources sectors.

 Any other Tasks:
     o As requested by the EU Head of Delegation and Head of Office Juba, and
         when necessary to ensure smooth implementation of EC assistance to
         Southern Sudan.

2.3. Requested services, including suggested methodology
The expert will be required to work directly with GOSS Ministries, institutions and
implementing partners involved in EC funded projects in the rural development sector.
The expert will work under the overall supervision of the EU Delegation’s Head of Food
Security, Rural Development and Economics Affairs Section in Khartoum, and will be
directly supervised by the EU Head of Office Juba. S/he will work in close collaboration
with the relevant EC Programme Managers based in Khartoum and Juba.
Phase I:
The expert will have to familiarize him/herself with the context on the ground, and
establish good contacts and working relations with GOSS line ministries involved in rural
development and agencies implementing EC funded projects in the sector. Within the
first 15 days of his/her assignment, he/she will submit a work plan for the consultancy.
This work plan will clearly propose priorities and specific activities, and provide a
tentative schedule for their completion. The work plan should also include all expected
travel requirements (within South Sudan and to Khartoum).
Phase II:
The expert will engage in the implementation of activities as per the Work Plan and will
provide regular reports on activities carried out, and on the progress of EC funded
interventions (see section 5).


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Phase III:
As required, the expert may play a role – in consultation with the EU Delegation – in
strategizing for future EC funding in the sector of Rural Development and Natural
Resources in Southern Sudan. Throughout the consultancy, s/he will keep the EC
informed of all major developments within the sector in order to ensure proper
coordination.
2.4.   Required output
The expert should provide the following:
        A monthly update on project implementation and updates on other
           coordination issues in the rural development and natural resources sector;
        Advice to the relevant GOSS institutions and, when required, to the EU
           Delegation on the implementation of the various EC funded projects in the
           rural development & natural resources sector;
        Advice and plans to guide GOSS’s future strategy and interventions in the
           sector;
        Organization of field visits and production of update reports;
        Organization of meetings and workshops to facilitate coordination between
           EC funded programmes and coordination with other donors.

3. Experts Profile
3.1. Number of requested experts per category and number of man-days per expert
This consultancy requires one Junior Expert working for a period of 230 days, to be
carried out over 540 calendar days (based on a 5 day working week). The expert might be
requested to work for 6 (or rarely 7) days per week to conduct a specific task which
requires working during the week ends. The Commission would like to have the
implementation of this assignment as continuous as possible, however, given the difficult
living conditions in Juba, a system of regular short leaves can be proposed and this
should be planned and agreed with the EC at the beginning of the assignment.
3.2. Profile required
The expert will possess the following qualifications:
   The candidate should hold an advanced university degree in development economics
    and/or agricultural economics or similar fields.
   At least ten years of professional experience of work, preferably in development
    cooperation in Sudan or similar post conflict situation;
   Previous work experience in Southern Sudan and in-depth knowledge of the rural
    development context of Sudan is required;
   In-depth experience in dealing with development partners, such as the UN,
    International NGOs as well as the World Bank;
   Good knowledge of project cycle management, particularly monitoring and
    evaluation methodologies;
   Excellent negotiation and communication skills;
   Good knowledge of EC procedures;
   Computer literacy.



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3.3. Working languages
 Excellent verbal and written English is essential
     Local Language (Juba Arabic) knowledge is an asset



4. Location and duration
4.1      Starting period

The expected start date is 1st of July 2010, and not before the signature of the
corresponding ‘Letter of Contract’.

4.2      Foreseen finishing period or duration

The consultancy is based on 230 fee paying days(based on 5 working days per week) to
be organized over a maximum 18-month period. The assignment should be as continuous
as possible.

4.3    Planning including the period for notification for placement of the staff as
per art 16.4 a)

It is recommended that the expert to arrive the country immediately after the signature of
the contract in order to have the assignment starting as scheduled above.

4.4    Location(s) of assignment
Location(s) of assignment: Juba, with travel to the southern Sudan states and Khartoum.

5. Reporting
The expert will provide concise monthly updates in English on progress with the main
EC funded interventions, and on developments in the rural development and natural
resources sector.
He/she may also provide ad-hoc reports on specific issues, at the request of the EU
Delegation in Sudan.
One final report summarizing key activities, achievements and recommendations will be
delivered at the end of the consultancy in three original paper copies and one electronic
version.




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6. Administrative information


6.1   Tax and VAT arrangements
In general the contract will be free from taxes and duties, except for goods and services
purchased by the Consultant on the local market, on which taxes and duties have already
been imposed.
6.2   Others
     A daily subsistence allowance, at the rate applicable at the time of request (Check
      Europe Aid website), should also be included.
     Office space, office supplies and communications are covered in the fees and may
      not be recovered as reimbursables. Although living and working conditions in Juba
      are improving, good quality accommodation and hire of office space continues to be
      difficult to organise and is expensive in comparison to the rates in neighbouring
      countries.
     The experts will carry out all elements of the assignment and provides all the
      resources necessary for the execution of the given tasks.
     The expert should be equipped with his laptop and mobile phone.
     The experts will be responsible for the provision of his/her accommodation and
      local transport.
     The working hours (article 21 of the General Conditions) are fixed on the basis of
      local laws and the requirements of the service. Working hours will be normal
      government hours; In general the expert is expected to work 5 days a week (except
      when visiting the field, when 7 days a week might be required).
     The budget for this consultancy should include an allocation for travel costs: to
      include two international flights to/from abroad and other internal flights inside
      Sudan. In light of the high cost of local transportation in Juba, reimbursable budget
      should be provisioned for the cost of vehicle hire, or for fuel and car maintenance,
      to be agreed with the expert. The Delegation of the European Union in Khartoum
      and Juba will provide assistance in facilitating the visa for Sudan, as well as
      booking of internal flights between Khartoum and Juba, and other states in southern
      Sudan, as needed.
     A lump sum for services lacking, to support the implementation of the consultancy,
      can also be provisioned, in particular to support the organisation of field visits,
      workshops, and coordination meetings for the sector.
These points are covered on the Europe Aid Website on Framework Contracts including
instructions for completing the offer to services:
http://europa.eu.int/comm/europeaid/tender/cadre05/index_en.htm




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