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Capacity Assessment for Comprehensive Agriculture Rural Development Facility (CARD-F) Phase II - Afghanistan

Deadline for applications: 04 February 2016, at 08:30 am, Danish time


1. Background
CARD-F is a main component under the Growth and Employment Programme - one of three thematic programmes in Denmark’s 2014-17 Afghanistan Country Programme (ACP). The overall objective of CARD-F is to develop and deliver relatively large project interventions supporting specific market-led, agricultural value chains in a limited geographical area, so-called economic development packages (EDPs). As part of the ACP, 250 million DKK has been allocated to CARD-F phase II, which began in July 2015. Denmark supports CARD-F through a Delegated Cooperation Agreement (DCA) with DfID.

2. Objectives of the Assignment
The overall objective of this assignment is to carry out a functional and technical capacity assessment of CARD-F as an organization and to recommend the type and level of technical assistance necessary for CARD-F to meet its objectives.

3. Deliverables
The capacity assessment is expected to provide two main outputs:

i. A capacity assessment report of CARD-F institutional, functional and human resource capacities with respect to the current mandate, required capacities and responsibilities.

ii. Recommendations for addressing short and long term capacity needs of  CARD-F through provision of TA resources and capacity building of the staff  which will provide the general principles and key features of a capacity building strategy for CARD-F.

These deliverables should be presented in a report as well as a presentation to the donors and the Technical Steering Committee (TSC).

4. Scope of Work
In liaison with the CARD-F management unit, Danida and DFID, the capacity assessment shall provide an independent, objective and professional assessment about the current technical and functional capacity of CARD-F and make recommendation about the level and type of the TA needed for CARD-F to achieve the objectives of the phase II.
Specific tasks of the assignment will include:

  • Mapping of the CARD-F mandate, responsibilities and functions and objectives during the phase II.
  • Assessing CARD-F’s required functional capacities based on management, staff, and stakeholders’ expectations and strategic needs (desired capacity).
  • Critically assess the structure of the programme, particularly in relation to the existing capacity for implementing the value-chain approach, hereunder direct and indirect implementation.
  • Analysing strengths and gaps within the CARD-F existing capacity versus its mandate, responsibilities and desired level of capacity. 
  • Make recommendations for addressing short and long term capacity needs of  CARD-F through provision of TA resources and capacity building of the staff  which will provide the general principles and key features of a capacity building strategy for CARD-F. 
  • Evaluating the alignment of CARD-F current functional capacities with its mandate and responsibilities (existing capacity). 
  •  Assess how CARD-F Management Unit (MU) develop their staff, procedures for hiring and assessing the performance of staff (HR procedures in place).

5. Independence
The capacity assessment must be completely impartial and independent from all aspects of management, technical assistance service provider, evaluation provider or financial interest or any other interest that may potentially affect or be seen to affect the capacity assessment prior and during the execution of the assignment.

At the moment, CARD-F is supported by an international technical assistance service provider and as well as an independent evaluation provider. 

6. Qualifications

  • Post graduate degree in development studies, social studies or related fields, with demonstrated professional practice in capacity assessment analysis during the last five years;
  • At least five years of hands on experience in conducting capacity analysis and assessments;
  • Must have profound knowledge and proven experience with capacity assessments 
  • Experience in capacity assessment analysis of development projects;
  • Excellent analytical, research, writing and communication skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate and work well with diverse people;
  • Knowledge and experience on the issue of state institutions capacity and capacity development;
  • Knowledge and experience in remote management of development projects;  
  • Experience in development organization, capacity development, and/or government agencies, public administration;
  • Must have experience working in fragile states; 
  • Must have experience working in Afghanistan. 
  • Must have experience in agriculture or agribusiness and/or agribusiness sector.

7. Duration of the consultancy:
Duration of the consultancy is estimated to be around 4 weeks of full time work for one consultant. Including days reserved by the consultant for reviewing existing documentation in order to prepare adequately before the meetings in Kabul. The Danish embassy will prepare an information package including the relevant documents, such as programme reports, previous assessments appraisal reports etc. Arrival in Kabul is expected to be within the 1st week of March 2016.

Desk based reading:                                           Three days
Conducting assessment (meetings in Kabul):     5-7 days 
Report writing:                                                    10 -12 days

Deadline for applications:  04 February 2016, at 08:30 am, Danish time

The standard application form should be used. Applications not using the standard form may be rejected. Applications received after the time limit shall be rejected.

Click here to download application form.

Contact point: Danish Embassy in Kabul
Name of Programme Officer: Tamim Beda
Telephone of Programme Officer: +93 797888117
Email of Programme Officer:

Criteria for selection:
A minimum of three and a maximum of five applicants with references best suited for this assignment will be invited to be invited to submit a tender