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 The Agro-Climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscapes Project (ACreSAL) has the mandate to increase the adoption of sustainable landscape management practices in targeted watersheds in northern Nigeria and strengthen Nigeria’s Long term framework for integrated climate-resilient landscape management.

The ACreSAL project is targeted in arid to semi-arid states located in Sahel, Sudan Guinea Savanna and Southern Guinea Ecosystem, characterized by dry-semiarid conditions, low precipitation, and sparse vegetative cover.

The perennial problem of desertification became obvious, due to climate change; human activities and climatic variation such as prolong droughts and flood. The urgent and dire need to address this problem brought about the Agro-Climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscape ACreSAL project by the government of Nigeria. The ACreSAL project is embarked on by the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) to build community resilience as well as improve the sustainable productivity of its natural resources in the 19 northern states of Nigeria namely; Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto, Yobe, Zamfara, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Benue, Nasarawa, Kogi, Plateau, Adamawa, Taraba, Niger, Kwara and Kaduna. These northern states including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) are faced by rapid desert encroachment ranging from severe to moderate and marginal. The project will also specifically target Lake Chad and Niger Basins based on their aridity Index and Climate Change projections.

The project will encompass 20 strategic watersheds and 200 micro-watersheds with investments at both scales. A project management unit at the federal level will implement activities the cut across multiples states while states will oversee interventions components;

Component A: Dry land Management: This component will implement integrated watershed management planning and addresses challenges of large-scale watershed degradation in northern Nigeria. It will support the following subcomponents: 1) A1. Strategic Watershed Planning; A2. Landscape Investments; and A3. Special Ecosystems.

Component B. Community Climate Resilience: Most of the challenges of dryland management are to be found at the local level, where they constitute the day-today reality of communities and farmers. Communities need support to be more resilient and communities and households need targeted Investments to put new approaches into effect. In targeted micro-watersheds, this component will support the following subcomponents: B1. Community Strengthening; and B2. Community Investments.

Component C. Institutional Strengthening and Project Management equivalent). This component includes investments to improve the enabling Institutional and policy foundation for multi-sectoral integrated landscape management and climate resilience, as well as support to project management. It will include the following subcomponents: C1. Institutional and Policy Strengthening: & Project Management (US$33.2 million).

Component D: Contingent Emergency Response: A Contingent Emergency Response Component (CERC) is a financing mechanism available to Borrowers in Investment Project Financing (IPF) operations to enable quick deployment of uncommitted funds to respond to an eligible crisis or emergency. An operations manual will describe in detail the implementation arrangements for the emergency response mechanism.

The detailed Terms of Reference (TOR) for the services will be made available on request at the address given below.

The State Project Management Unit (SPMU) now invites eligible Consultant (“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:

The NGO ting criteria are: with expertise and advanced degrees earned in relevant but not limited to: Social Sciences, environmental sciences, agriculture, engineering or humanities.

Minimum experience should be seven (7) years with a minimum specific experience of five (5) years on stakeholder management, community mobilization, and communication with Government Institutions and other development donor agencies. The consultants must have understanding of the project area and have excellent knowledge of the local language. The consultant(s) must have a working knowledge of World Bank Operational Policies.

Eligibility Criteria

1Should have evidence showing that the NGO is a registered legal entity existence for at least the last 5 yearsCopy of Certificate of Incorporation with the CAC5
2Clear indication of a verifiable Head Office in any of the ACReSAL participating states dating at least 5 years oldHead Office Address5
3Profile of the NGO, including qualifications and competence of the key staffs, the role of each corporate entity (in case of a consortium) and full contact details of the lead NGOFirm profile, CVs and Copies of certificates and professional association membership, joint venture MOU20
4Evidence of financial capability and Banking support including Bank’s reference and recent statement of accountsStatement of account and Bank Guarantee5
5Should not have been blacklisted by the world bank, Federal/state Government/departments/undertakings.‘No Conviction’ certificates duly self-signed10
6Should have a minimum of three years (2020-2022) Tax clearance certificateCopy of TCC10
7Demonstrate experience in the implementation of community development, NRM, conflict resolution in Nigeria through 4 reference letters from hiring institutionCopy of appreciation certificate5
8Written note of the proposed methodology (max. 10 pages) of carrying out the scope of the workSeparate list to be attached10
9Should have the ability to communicating in the local dialects/languageFluency in Hausa, Nupe/Gbagi and English Language(s)10
10Evidence showing the NGO has executed similar assignment in a similar geographical area. 10
11Verifiable track record of not les than 5 years in similar program implementation with donor agencies.Letter of award and completion certificate10

The attention of interested consultants is drawn to section III, paragraphs 3.14, 3.16 and 3.17 of the World bank’s procurement regulations for investment project financing (IPF) borrowers – 4th edition November, 2020 (procurement regulations) setting forth the world Bank’s policy on conflict of interest.

A consultant will be selected in accordance with the consultant qualification selection (CQS) method set out in the procurement regulations.

Further information can be obtained at the address below during hours i.e 0800 to 1600 hours. Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below in person, or by courier mail on or before 12 noon prompt 2nd May, 2023.

 Niger State Project Coordinator
Agro-Climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid landscapes Project (ACReSAL)
State Project Management Unit (SPMU)
No. 7 Habibu Shuaibu Road, Near Federal Secretariat Minna Niger State
Tel: +2348035704346, +2348065381450
Email: [email protected]