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Call for Consultancy Services for Preselection of Research Proposals on Impact of Agricultural and Food Policies on Nutrition Outcomes


Established in 1988, African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) is a premier capacity building institution in the advancement of research and graduate training that inform economic policies in Africa. The principal mission is to strengthen local individual and institutional capacity to conduct independent, rigorous inquiry into problems pertinent to the management of Sub-Saharan African economies through synergistic programmes combining economic research with postgraduate training in economics. 

In November 2016, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) signed a grant agreement with AERC to support rigorous research on the impact of agricultural and food policies on nutrition outcomes in Sub Saharan Africa for informed policy development, program design and improved nutrition outcomes.

The Objectives

The main objective of the consultancy is to screen and pre-select collaborative, thematic, faculty and thesis research proposals received from AERC network researchers on the impact of agricultural, food and nutrition policies on nutrition outcomes. The screening and preselection aims at sorting out the most relevant and adequately developed proposals to enable further review and possible funding.


The consultant will be required to review all the proposals received as follows:

  • Review the titles, objectives, and methodology of all the proposals for relevance to the research calls;
  • Under each category of proposals (collaborative, thematic, faculty and thesis), preselect those that are relevant and appropriate for further review, indicating their respective research domains;
  • Provide a report on the preselection, making recommendations, on which proposals should be rejected, and which should be accepted and sent for further review;  

The Scope of the Consultancy 

The consultant shall be required to review a total of 145 proposals (13 faculty, 10 thesis, 88 thematic and 34 collaborative research proposals) and develop a comprehensive report thereof.

Deliverables and Reporting Requirements

The consultant will be required to: 

  • Upon signing the contract, provide an inception report detailing the consultant’s understanding of the assignment, detailing the objectives, methodology, and an outline of the report to be presented to AERC;
  • At the end of the consultancy, a report detailing the research domain of each proposal, the proposals to be rejected, those to be accepted for further review, and those to be relocated to a different category.

Duration of the Consultancy

This is a short-term consultancy running for a period of 14 days.

Selection Criteria

The consultant should meet the following requirements:

  • PhD in Agricultural Economics, Economics, Development Economics or related field;
  • Hands on experience with evidence of running panel econometric data analyses using appropriate software;
  • Familiarity with World Bank Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS) and related data;
  • A deep appreciation of research in developing countries of Sub Saharan Africa;
  • Widely published in the domain of agricultural, food and nutrition security policy.

Application Process

Applications clearly indicated “Consultancy Services for Preselection of Research Proposals on Agricultural Policies and Nutrition Outcomes” on the subject line can be sent to the following address on or before 28th April 2017, 14.00 hours East African time. 


The Executive Director   

African Economic Research Consortium

P.O. Box 62882 – 00200

Nairobi, Kenya


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Please attach an updated curriculum vitae clearly indicating:-

  • Key academic qualifications, professional training and certificates obtained;
  • Employment record clearly stating the name of employer, period of employment, position held and brief description of main responsibilities;
  • List of relevant consultancies and assignments undertaken clearly stating the nature and period of assignment;
  • List of relevant publications;
  • Names and addresses of two (2) references who can provide a reference on your work;
  • Personal declaration signed on your CV as follows:- 

“I hereby certify that the details provided in my CV are to the best of my knowledge true, complete and accurate.  I acknowledge that an inaccurate statement or omission in a personal declaration or other document might result in rejection of my application or termination of my contract. The African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) can verify any statements which I make in my application”.



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