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Call for Expression of Interest for Instructor(s) for Technical Workshop on Entrepreneurship and Inclusive Agricultute

Background 

Established in 1988, African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) has grown to be a premier capacity building institution for the advancement of research and graduate training to inform economic policies in Africa. The consortium’s mandate and strategic mission is built on the basis that sustained development in Sub-Saharan Africa requires well trained, locally based professional economists. A highly integrated knowledge organization spanning research, training, and policy outreach, AERC is now a vast network of researchers, policy makers, universities, educators, and international resource persons.

The Aim of the Training 

As part of its capacity building, AERC is offering a training workshop on Entrepreneurship and Inclusive Agribusiness on May 31-June 2, 2017, in Johannesburg, South Africa. The training will be supported by funding from African Development Bank (AfDB). The three-day workshop is a specialized short-term training that seeks to engage the private sector and other non-state actors in mutually beneficial research and training activities to enhance innovation, and to deepen and broaden AERC capacity building, and ultimately enhance development outcomes. Non-state actors can be defined as individuals or organizations that have sufficient social, economic or political power to influence and/or cause a change even though they do not belong to any established institutions of a state. Non-state actors are thus fundamental agents in helping to achieve both national and international development goals. The non-state actors include: civil society in all its diversity; economic and social partners such as trade union organizations among others and; private sector.

The themes of the training are entrepreneurship and inclusive agribusiness and will include discussions on entrepreneurship, financing agribusiness, market linkages, agriculture as a business, value addition in agribusiness, and food systems, among others. This knowledge is important for non-state actors and entrepreneurs involved in and agriculture as it can be used to effectively engage both smallholder farmers and government to achieve positive outcomes. 

The participants will be drawn from civil society, private sector, NGOs, women and youth groups, SMEs etc involved in agribusiness. The training will be tailored to specific needs of non-state actors and aims to empower them to:

 

  • Better understand issues on entrepreneurship. 
  • Better understand how to go about agribusiness and making it inclusive.
  • Better understand how to overcome pitfalls in businesses, particularly agriculture-based businesses.

 

Terms of Reference

The terms of reference for the instructor include the following tasks:

 

  • Preparation of the workshop agenda and technical prospectus to be used in the three day training workshop;
  • Identification of relevant materials, documentations and software for use during the workshop;
  • Lead the discussions and provide the participants with extensive exposure to a selected number of useful topics and issues in course;
  • Prepare a report on the proceedings of the workshop;
  • Perform any other activities as mutually agreed upon between the instructor and AERC.

 

Selection Criteria

Selection of the instructor(s) will be based on the following criteria.

 

  • At least have a Masters degree in Agricultural economics or related fields plus professional progression thereafter.
  • Experience in teaching entrepreneurship and agribusiness at undergraduate degree level or higher.
  • Experience in offering similar short courses to participants with diverse backgrounds, especially, practitioners.
  • Published in refereed/peer reviewed outlets (Journal Articles, Books and Book Chapters) on areas relevant to the course.
  • A brief outline of what will be covered in the course
  • Any other useful information relating to offering the course

 

More information on the training is as follows: 

  • Number of participants- about 20.
  • The participants bring their own computers (laptop) to the workshop
  • AERC to provide the software to be used by the participants.
  • The full set of materials prepared for the course will be put on a flash disk/drop box for participants to access.
  • Daily session start from about 9.00 to 17.30 hrs, with lunch break of about one hour and two tea/coffee breaks of about 30 minutes each. This information should help in devising an appropriate break down and the components of the course for each day.
  • The instructor will provide all the practice datasets for uniformity.
  • PowerPoint projectors and white board/flipcharts will be provided.
  • The course will be undertaken in Johannesburg, South Africa at a venue to be communicated later.
  • The successful applicant will be requested to offer the training from May 31—June 2, 2017.

To express your interest in offering the course, kindly send your application, CV, and a brief course outline to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and copy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. outlining your experience in teaching the course. Your expression of interest will be evaluated by the AERC procurement unit and we will let you know the outcome in a period of one week after 5/5/2017.

AERC will offer a moderate honorarium for the services provided during that period including the time required for preparation of the course. If selected, AERC will provide an air ticket to and from the venue of the workshop; accommodation; per diem, visa fee and other expenses as will be specified in the agreement letter. 

If you are interested, kindly respond by May 7, 2017 

 

 

 

 

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