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Consultant - “Review of National Agriculture Policy Documents and Strategies”

Job Category:
Career Level:
Job Type:
Full Time
Agency / Project:
Posted On:
25 February, 2010
Last Date to apply:
11 March, 2010
Experience in years
2 to 4

10 -15 years experience of working in different agro-ecological zones at policy, planning and project management level. The consultant should have experience related to national policy formulation in natural resources and familiarity with assessments of policies, strategies and possess sufficient knowledge of land degradation and desertification issues at the national and global level. Knowledge of UNCCD, NAP and other relevant conventions will be an added advantage.


I. Background

Agriculture sector plays an important role in socio-economic development and maintaining food security in the country. Hence, this sector will continue to receive the focus of federal and provincial governments of Pakistan. About 68 % of Pakistan’s population live in rural areas and depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. Agriculture contributes 24 % to the GDP, employs 48 % of the labour force and contributes to 70 % of the foreign exchange earnings.  The agricultural growth in Pakistan since 1960s has taken place at a rate of 4.3 % per annum. At the global level, arable land is already less than 0.2 ha per capita at present, and is expected to further shrink to 0.15 ha in 2050. Situation is extremely alarming in Pakistan, where per capita land availability has progressively declined to 0.15 ha at present, shrinking further to 0.06 ha by 2050. Similarly, the per capita water availability has dropped from 5600 cu meters to 1200 cu meters, which may further go down to the water-deficient level below 1000 cu meters by 2010 onwards.

Pakistan’s agriculture sector is marked by generally low crop productivity levels and there exists a vide variation in the productivity of crops at the farms of progressive farmers and subsistent growers. Since the scope for horizontal expansion is limited, the present agriculture policy aims for vertical expansion through increase in productivity of important crops. Although the policy focus is reported to be on small farmers but important factors for increasing productivity such as availability of quality seed, fertilizers, pest/weed management and transfer of technology remain outside the reach of small and subsistence farmers.

Land and water related environmental degradation, estimated to cost Rs 365 billion (6% GDP), is widespread in Pakistan and a major factor causing rural poverty, human resource impoverishment and many socio-economic distractions in the rural and urban society.  Land and ecosystem degradation imminent in the form of deforestation, illegal logging, overgrazing, wind and water erosion, water-logging and salinity, pollution, water mining of aquifers, flooding and nutrient loss, and biodiversity loss are the major challenges that Pakistan is facing during the 21St century.

There appear to be many gaps in the existing agriculture policies, strategies and plans in the context of the UNCCD, National Action Programme (NAP) to Combat Desertification and promotion of Sustainable Land Management (SLM) in the country. These gaps have to be identified and appropriate reforms suggested for mainstreaming implementation of UNCCD, NAP and SLM into agriculture policies and plans.

II. Objective of Study

The main objective of this study is to critically examine the existing agriculture policies and plans of Pakistan, analyze their strengths and weaknesses in the context of UNCCD, NAP, SLM principles and recently adopted 10-Year Strategic Plan of the UNCCD and come up with recommendations for mainstreaming these into agriculture policies and plans.

III. Reporting Responsibilities
The consultant will work under the overall direction and guidance of NPD and NPC with direct reporting to the Coordinator Policy Reforms, SLMP. The consultant will have to work the assignment in close coordination with the SLMP team, Ministry of Food & Agriculture, Ministry of Environment, P& D Division and UNDP Environment Unit.

IV. Time Frame and Duration

The total duration of the consultancy will be two months, while the time frame for the assignment is to be mutually agreed between the consultant and the SLMP.

Job Description:

The specific tasks and responsibilities will be as under:

Task I:  Inception meetings, methodology, worklpan, and draft table of contents

This task will include:

 Holding inception meetings with SLMP Project Team at the NCU and concerned persons in agriculture and livestock ministries to review (i) the process for conducting study, (ii) identify preliminary background information related to the agriculture sector, and (iii) finalize the methodology, workplan and draft table of contents for the final study report.

Task II:  Review national agriculture policy documents, strategies and plans

 Take stock and review of relevant literature and existing agriculture policy documents and plans of Pakistan with special reference to SLM.

 Identify key issues, define assessment criteria in the context of NAP, SLM principles and UNCCD for reviewing policy documents/plans

 Review and analyze agriculture related policies (including livestock and range land), strategies, and plans with special reference to the UNCCD 10-Year Strategic Plan, NAP and SLM and to identify key policy elements.

Task III: Study regional experiences in mainstreaming UNCCD and SLM into agriculture policies/plans

 Identify and review relevant regional policies documents, plans and best practices where UNCCD, NAP and SLM are mainstreamed into agriculture sector related policies/plans.
 Based on the regional policies prepare a brief summary to facilitate stakeholders discussion.

Task IV: Prepare recommendations for integrating SLM, UNCCD and NAP into policies and developmental plans of the agriculture sector

 Hold consultations with key stakeholders for discussing status of UNCCD, NAP and SLM mainstreaming into agriculture or other related policies/plans for capturing views on policy reforms for mainstreaming UNCCD, NAP and SLM.

 Based on stakeholder inputs, investigate, analyze strengths and weaknesses of the policy documents and plans in the context of NAP, SLM principles and UNCCD and develop policy reform options.
 Prepare first draft report containing recommendations regarding policy reforms for mainstreaming UNCCD, NAP, SLM principles and 10-Year Strategic Plan into agriculture policies and plans and share with SLMP to take inputs
 Incorporate inputs/feedback from SLMP Team and prepare the second draft of the report

Task V: Seek validation of recommendations from Stakeholders

 Facilitate a National validation Workshop for discussing the study findings and taking inputs from key stakeholders including Government agencies and NGOs.

 Present findings of the study to the stakeholders in the workshop for validation of the study report and finalize recommendations.

 Finalize study report based on input during the stakeholders’ workshop.


I. Outputs and Deliverables

Deliverables include:
 A brief outline (table of contents) based on the outputs listed above and brief methodology for the study within a week after signing of the contract,
 A hard copy and a soft copy of the First Draft Report based on the outputs mentioned above for feed-back from the project.
 A hard and a soft copy of the 2nd Draft report after incorporating the comments/view on the first draft.
 Workshop facilitation and preparation of report.
 Two (2) hard copies and a soft copy (on CD) of final consultancy report after incorporating comments of workshop experts/SLMP review.

II. Payment Schedule

The assignment is required to be completed in a period indicated above and mutually agreed by the consultant and the project. The project will make lumpsum payments, subject to the satisfactory approval of the deliverables. Delivery of outputs and payment schedule will be as under:
i. 1st installment (10 %) on submission of methodology and workplan for completion of the assignment including table of contents of the study/report.
ii. 2nd installment (20%) on submission of First Draft Report based on the outputs mentioned and the report outlines (table of contents) agreed by the project.
iii. 3rd installment (20%) after submission and approval of 2nd Draft Report.
iv. 4th installment (20%) after holding national workshop and preparation of report incorporating suggestions/recommendations in the report
v. 5th installment (30%) subject to the acceptance of the final report.

III. Requirements for Submission of Brief Proposals/Concept Note

The individual consultants will be required to submit their CVs along with a 3-4 pages concept note covering relevant experience, approach/proposed methodology for the study and indicative amount of the consultancy fee in lump-sum, including travel expenses (if involved) for the assignment.

Must Degree Degree Level Country Description
YesMasters DegreeeMasters DegreeLocal QualifiedMaster’s/Ph.D in Agronomy, Agriculture Economics, NRM, Forestry or other related fields

Must Title Level Description
YesLanguage & Report Writing Excellent   He/she should be fluent in English with excellent writing skills. He/she should have good understanding of the national/regional/local issues as relevant to the subject.  Excellent drafting and reporting skills.  Experience of conducting multi-stakeholder workshops and synthesizing participant inputs.  Excellent computing skills, including MS Word, Excel, and Power Point.