Consultant – Building Economically Sustainable Seed Systems for Cassava (BASICS-II) Private Sector Promoter Services at Catholic Relief Services

Consultant – Building Economically Sustainable Seed Systems for Cassava (BASICS-II) Private Sector Promoter Services

  • Job Type Full Time
  • Qualification BA/BSc/HND
  • Experience None
  • Location Other
  • Job Field Consultancy&nbsp

Job Overview

  • CRS agriculture program in Nigeria started in 2009 with the Emergency Rice Initiative implemented in collaboration with AfricaRice, the IFDC, the National Cereal Research Institute Badeggi and the Kano State Agricultural and Rural Development Authority. Between 2012 and 2016 CRS implemented the SCSS project funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) in Benue and Oyo States in collaboration with National Root Crop Research Institute, National Agricultural Seeds Council, State Agricultural Development Programs and local NGOs.
  • CRS also, as sub-recipient to International Potato Centre (CIP), implemented the Village Seed Entrepreneur (VSE) component of Building an Economically Sustainable Integrated Cassava Seed System (BASICS) Project in Benue state from April 2016 to May 2020. Currently, CRS is implementing the Development of Cassava Seed Entrepreneur (DCSE) component of Building Economically Sustainable Seed Systems for Cassava (BASICS-II) for the next five years being led by IITA.
  • BASICS-II project will be implemented in Nigeria and Tanzania. BASICS-II project covers the entire cassava seed value chain, ranging from breeder to certified/farmer seed. The project’s vision is to provide farmers with access to affordable, quality-assured seeds of the cassava varieties in demand by local food and processor markets through the establishment of a commercially viable seed value chain operating across breeder, foundation, and commercial seed levels. This value chain will enable more efficient dissemination and adoption of new varieties to improve productivity, raise incomes of cassava growers and seed entrepreneurs, enhance gender equity, and contribute to inclusive agricultural transformation in Nigeria and Tanzania.
  • The DCSE component of the BASICS-II project which is being implemented by CRS will include the aggregation of CSEs and cover production and marketing of certified planting materials of improved cassava varieties to farmers within and outside of Kogi and Benue states. In implementing the componet, CRS will identify, train and work with the Cassava Seed Entreprenures (CSEs) to plan and organize their seed production and marketing activities.
  • The strategic objective of the DCSE component for Nigeria is to more than double the number of decentralized, commercially viable seed enterprises in Nigeria, while they increase in average size and aggregate into associations to facilitate marketing, quality control, and other services.

The project seeks to engage the services of Private Extension Service Promoter (PESP) in Benue and Kogi States. The PESP will:

  • Be responsible for providing necessary briefing and mobilization of CSEs in the State of assignment,
  • Be responsible for training and supporting the development of at least one new SEN in a new cassava growing area in the State of assignment,
  • Be responsible for growing of existing networks and formation of new networks in the State of assignment,
  • Be trained and also be responsible for providing required capacity strengthening of the networks in the State of assignment,
  • Support the marketing of the CSE stems within and outside the State of assignment, and
  • Support the CSEs and SENs in regualr updates of basics farm and network reecords.

Method of Application

Interested and qualified individuals are to submit an expression of interest (EOI) along with a detailed resume as one document in PDF format with a similar HIV/AIDS curriculum or training document that has been developed by the applicant in the past to: [email protected] using the job title “Consultancy Services to Develop Religious Leaders Sermon Curriculum on HIV Prevention, Care and Treatment”  OR “BASICS-II Market Study in Kogi State OR  BASICS-II Marketing Agent for Seed Entrepreneur Networks”   OR “BASICS-II Private Sector Promoter Services”  OR “Organizational Capacity Assessment (Lead Consultant) -4GATES” OR Organizational Capacity Assessment (State Consultant) 4GATES  as the subject.


  • The EOI should include but not limited to the following: Expected daily rate, personal profile, skills, competencies and suitability for the assignment as well as readiness for immediate short-term consultancy plus a copy of such previous work.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Equal Employer Opportunity:

  • CRS is an equal opportunity employer, does not discriminate based on race, color, religion and we are committed to gender-sensitive programming and management. etc.
  • Qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply


  • By applying to this job, I understand and acknowledge that CRS requires its staff to treat all people with dignity and respect and to actively prevent harassment, abuse, exploitation, and human trafficking.
  • Further, I understand that if I am a successful candidate, I will be subject to a comprehensive background check, and my personal/professional references will be asked to evaluate my behaviors related to the above safeguarding-related topics.

Statement of Commitment to Protection:

  • “CRS” recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation