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Africa RiskView Customisation Review Committee  – Call for Experts

  1. Background

African Risk Capacity Agency (ARC Agency) is a Specialised Agency of the African Union (AU). ARC Agency leads ARC Group, a development finance institution that provides financial tools and infrastructure to help countries manage natural disaster risk and adapt to climate change. It currently counts 33 AU countries as members and is supervised by a governing board of African ministers and experts. The ARC design and establishment phase was managed by the World Food Programme of the United Nations (WFP) and WFP continues to provide administrative services support to ARC Agency through an administrative services agreement.

In 2014, ARC launched its initial risk insurance product for member states through its financial affiliate, African Risk Capacity Insurance Company Limited (ARC Ltd).  ARC Ltd is a specialist hybrid mutual insurance company and Africa’s first ever disaster insurance pool, aggregating risk by issuing insurance policies to participating governments and transferring risk to the international market.

Africa RiskView is the technical engine of ARC and the basis for its index-based insurance risk transfer pool. The objective of Africa RiskView is to estimate the number of people affected by a drought event during a rainfall season and then the dollar amount required to respond to these affected people in a timely manner. To do this, Africa RiskView translates near real-time satellite-based rainfall information into a meaningful drought index that quantifies the impact of drought on agricultural production and rangeland conditions using existing operational early warning models. By then overlaying these data with vulnerability information, the software produces a first-order estimate of the drought-affected population, and in turn response cost estimates. Through this process, Africa RiskView combines four well-established disciplines; crop monitoring and early warning, vulnerability assessment and mapping, operational response and financial planning, and risk management. It covers all of Africa’s different rainfall seasons and employs four basic information layers that are combined to estimate drought response costs per season.

  1. Purpose of Customisation Review Committee (CRC)

The Africa RiskView models and software products are offered to countries working with the ARC Agency to model the impact of drought. Before using Africa RiskView for drought risk modelling, Member States undertake customisation of the software to adjust model parameters with the agrometeorological conditions of the particular country. The customisation process is highly technical and requires significant country-specific knowledge in addition to general expertise in quantitative analysis and statistical modelling. Satellite-based rainfall estimates are the only exogenous input in the model, while a set of parameters, which play a crucial role in the output of the model, are selected by the users based on soil properties, agricultural practices, populations’ vulnerabilities, etc. The nature of the Africa RiskView drought model implies that there can be significant variability in modelled losses based on a small variation of the parameters used. Therefore, it is necessary for ARC Agency to take all required steps to optimize the in-country customisation process of the drought model.

The customisation process and selection of input parameters is carried out by the country’s experts in various relevant fields including meteorology, agronomy, vulnerability assessment, statistics, who form the country’s Technical Working Group (TWGs). This group is supported by the ARC Technical Support Division that trains experts in the Africa Risk View methodology and guides discussions on the selection of parameters to be used in the model. This work is validated at country level through existing platforms that review the model outputs consistency with historical drought events, ensuring that they are correctly picked in terms of frequency and magnitude.

The Customisation Review Committee has therefore been established as an independent external advisory committee of technical experts to:

  • conduct a thorough review of the Africa RiskView customisation process by ARC countries;
  • advise on the appropriateness of customisation parameters selected;
  • provide recommendations and guidance on how customisations could be refined in line with good practices in drought modelling.
  • provide recommendations to the Secretariat on how to better support in-country customization processes
  1. Objective of Terms of Reference

The objective of these Terms of Reference is therefore to seek for experts to support ARC to review in-country customisations of the drought model in the following regions: (a) West and Central Africa, and (b) East and Southern Africa. The successful experts will be expected to review all relevant documentation pertaining to in-country customisations, participate in the review workshops (3 to 5 days depending on the number of countries being reviewed) and contribute to production of a technical review report that clearly outlines the strengths and weaknesses of individual country drought model customisations and makes recommendations for improvement.

  1. Qualification and Experience of Experts

The preferable experts should have an advanced University degree (PhD preferably or Master’s degree with more than 10 years of field experience) in the fields of agrometeorology, remote sensing and earth observation, vulnerability/food security assessment and analysis and agronomy. Additionally:

  • The prospective candidates should have experience working in East, West and Southern Africa and demonstrate experience and knowledge of the farming systems prevalent in these regions;
  • Potential experts should be currently working as researchers, academics, practitioners or agrometeorological modelling experts, either based in sub- Saharan Africa or with a strong focus on the region;
  • Be available to travel for review workshops within the continent.
  1. Language requirements

All potential applicants should be proficient (both written and oral) in English and/or French.

  1. Duration of contract and remuneration

Upon selection, each expert sitting on the CRC shall enter into a service contract (the Service Contract) with ARC Agency, outlining the terms and conditions under which the expert will be providing his/her services to ARC Agency. Experts shall be paid a daily rate for their review of the customisations, including work done individually and days during which the CRC is meeting. The daily rate shall be fixed based on ARC Agency rules. In addition, when attending meetings by invitation of the Secretariat outside the expert’s country of residence, the expert shall be entitled to reimbursement of travel expenses, and daily living allowance for the duration of the meetings. The selected experts will be eligible to serve on the CRC for a period of not more than three years.

  1. Application process

All experts interested in being selected for the Customization Review Committee should send their CV to:

Mr Benard Onzima (benard.onzima@africanriskcapacity.org) and Lucy Nyirenda (Lucy.Nyirenda@africanriskcapacity.org) by 30 April 2019.

For all queries please contact the following ARC Officers:

Mr. Benard Onzima

Head, Technical Support Division

African Risk Capacity Secretariat

E-mail: benard.onzima@africanriskcapacity.org

Tel: +27 (0) 11 517 1535

Mob: +27(0)78 972 4204

Ms. Lucy Nyirenda

Programme Director

African Risk Capacity Secretariat

E-mail: Lucy.Nyirenda@africanriskcapacity.org

Tel: +27 (0) 11 517 1535

Mob: +27 (0) 82 908 1407

Pursuant to the Administrative Services Agreement between WFP and ARC Agency, ARC Agency is subject to WFP rules for the determination of the rate of experts.

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Comité d’Examen du processus de Comité d’Examen du processus de personnalisation d’Africa RiskView – Appel à experts

1.      Contexte

L’Institution de la Mutuelle panafricaine de gestion des risques (Institution de l’ARC) est une institution spécialisée de l’Union africaine (UA). L’Institution de l’ARC est à la tête du Groupe ARC, une institution de financement du développement qui offre des outils et l’infrastructure nécessaire aux pays afin de les aider à gérer leurs risques de catastrophes naturelles et à s’adapter au changement climatique. Elle rassemble actuellement 32 États membres de l’UA et est placée sous la supervision d’un conseil d’administration formé de ministres et d’experts africains. La conception et la phase de mise en place de l’ARC ont été gérées par le Programme alimentaire mondial des Nations Unies (PAM), qui continue de fournir des services d’appui administratif à l’Institution de l’ARC par le biais d’un contrat de prestation de services administratifs.

En 2014, l’ARC a lancé son premier produit d’assurance destiné à ses membres par le biais de sa filiale financière, la Société d’assurance de la Mutuelle panafricaine de gestion des risques (ARC Ltd). ARC Ltd est une société d’assurance mutuelle hybride spécialisée. Elle est aussi le premier organisme de mutualisation des risques de catastrophes naturelles, en ce qu’elle regroupe les risques en émettant des contrats d’assurance aux gouvernements participants et en transférant ces risques sur le marché international.

2.      Objectif du comité d’examen du processus de personnalisation(CEPP)

Le modèle et logiciel Africa RiskView sont proposés aux pays travaillant avec l’Agence ARC pour modéliser l’impact de la sécheresse. Avant d’utiliser Africa RiskView pour la modélisation des risques de sécheresse, les États Membres procèdent à la personnalisation du logiciel afin d’adapter les paramètres du modèle aux conditions agrométéorologiques du pays concerné. Les caractéristiques du modèle de sécheresse d’Africa RiskView font que même une légère modification des données d’entrée saisies par l’utilisateur peut se traduire par des variations importantes en termes de pertes modélisées. Il est donc important que l’Institution de l’ARC prenne toutes les mesures nécessaires pour optimiser la personnalisation d’Africa RiskView dans les pays concernés. Si l’on peut s’attendre à ce que les estimations du modèle varient en fonction de la répartition des précipitations d’une année à l’autre, les autres paramètres de personnalisation du logiciel doivent être maîtrisés, bien compris et bien expliqués. La personnalisation et la sélection des paramètres réels d’entrée du modèle d’Africa RiskView sont essentielles à une estimation des pertes correspondant à celles évaluées sur le terrain.

Suite à la recommandation soumise par le Secrétariat de l’Institution de l’ARC (le Secrétariat) aux deux organes directeurs de l’ARC et acceptée ces derniers, le CEPP a été mis en place sous la forme d’un comité consultatif de sept à huit experts techniques. Il a pour mission de :

  • procéder à un examen complet des processus de personnalisation d’Africa RiskView engagés par les pays membres de l’ARC ;
  • se prononcer sur le bien-fondé des paramètres de personnalisation sélectionnés ;
  • formuler des recommandations et des directives en termes d’amélioration des processus de personnalisation ;
  • le CEPP peut également présenter des recommandations au Secrétariat concernant l’aide à apporter aux pays lors des processus de personnalisation.

3.      But du mandat

L’objectif de ces termes de référence est donc de rechercher des experts pour aider l’ARC à passer en revue les personnalisations du modèle de sécheresse dans les pays suivants: (a) l’Afrique occidentale et centrale, et (b) l’Afrique orientale et australe. Les experts retenus devront examiner toute la documentation pertinente concernant les personnalisations dans le pays, participer aux ateliers de révision (3 à 5 jours en fonction du nombre de pays examinés) et contribuer à la production d’un rapport de révision technique décrivant clairement les forces et faiblesses de la personnalisation des modèles de sécheresse par pays et fait des recommandations pour les améliorer.

4.      Qualification et experience des experts

Les meilleurs experts doivent posséder un diplôme universitaire supérieur (doctorat de préférence ou maîtrise avec plus de 10 années d’expérience sur le terrain) dans les domaines de l’agrométéorologie, de la télédétection et de l’observation de la Terre, de l’évaluation et de l’analyse de la vulnérabilité / sécurité alimentaire et de l’agronomie. Aditionellement:

  • Les candidats potentiels doivent avoir une expérience de travail en Afrique orientale, occidentale et australe et faire preuve d’expérience et de connaissances des systèmes agricoles prévalant dans ces régions.
  • Les experts potentiels devraient actuellement travailler en tant que chercheurs, universitaires, praticiens ou experts en modélisation agrométéorologique, basés soit en Afrique subsaharienne, soit fortement concentrés sur la région.
  • Soyez disponible pour voyager lors d’ateliers de révision sur le continent.

5.      Exigences linguistiques

Tous les candidats potentiels doivent maîtriser l’anglais et / ou le français (à l’écrit et à l’oral).

6.      Durée du contrat et remuneration

Lors de la sélection, chaque expert siégeant au CRC passera un contrat de service (le contrat de service) avec l’agence ARC, décrivant les termes et conditions dans lesquels l’expert fournira ses services à l’agence ARC. Les experts reçoivent un tarif journalier pour l’examen des personnalisations, y compris les travaux individuels et les jours de réunion du CRC. Le taux journalier est fixé sur la base des règles de l’agence ARC. En outre, lorsqu’il assiste aux réunions sur invitation du Secrétariat en dehors du pays de résidence de l’expert, celui-ci a droit au remboursement des frais de voyage et de l’indemnité journalière pour la durée de la réunion. Les experts sélectionnés seront éligibles au CRC pour une période n’excédant pas trois ans.

  1. Processus de candidature

Tous les experts souhaitant être sélectionnés pour le comité de révision de la personnalisation doivent envoyer leur CV à:

Mr Benard Onzima (benard.onzima@africanriskcapacity.org) and Lucy Nyirenda (Lucy.Nyirenda@africanriskcapacity.org) by 30 April 2019.

For all queries please contact the following ARC Officers:

Mr. Benard Onzima

Head, Technical Support Division

African Risk Capacity Secretariat

E-mail: benard.onzima@africanriskcapacity.org

Tel: +27 (0) 11 517 1535

Mob: +27(0)78 972 4204

Ms. Lucy Nyirenda

Programme Director

African Risk Capacity Secretariat

E-mail: Lucy.Nyirenda@africanriskcapacity.org

Tel: +27 (0) 11 517 1535

Mob: +27 (0) 82 908 1407

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Consultant – Development and Conduct of a Governing Board Self-Evaluation

Background

The ARC Agency Governing Board (the Board) has 7 voting members plus the ARC Director General, who serves as an ex-officio, non-voting member.[1]  Two of the Board members are appointed by the African Union.  The other 5 are elected, based on a system of regional representation. Each elected Board member has an alternate who is invited to attend Board meetings when he or she is not available.  The Board meets at least two times each year, in different locations.

The Rules of Procedure of the Board include a provision for the Board to conduct periodic self-evaluations.  The Board intends to conduct its first self-evaluation in 2019.  The objective of the Board evaluation would be to review and analyse the current governance structure, systems and processes in terms of evaluating its effectiveness and the quality of decision-making against the backdrop of challenges currently confronting the governance of ARC Agency and to reflect on its appropriateness in light of the 2016-2020 Strategic Framework.

Purpose of the Consultancy

The consultant will develop and implement a self-evaluation tool for the Board, prepare a report with recommended actions for consideration and present the findings to the Board based on the data collected in the course of the self-evaluation, comprising both qualitative and quantitative criteria and analysis, with the findings from the evaluation and recommended actions.  The self-evaluation tool should seek to ascertain the level of convergence or divergence of views from members of the Board, Committees, Secretariat, Partners and stakeholders on roles, accountabilities and processes and how that impacts on the effectiveness of these relationships and relative efficiencies of the governance of ARC Agency. The self-evaluation tool must be suitable for future use by the Board without additional support from the consultant.

Duties and Responsibilities

In carrying out this consultancy, the consultant will have the following specific responsibilities.

  1. conduct a diagnostic exercise through an electronic survey;
  2. conduct one-on-one interviews (which could be a mixture of telephone calls and preferably in-person interviews);
  3. lead collective discussion with the Board where circumstances permit;
  4. observe Board and Committee meetings scheduled for December 2018 to February 2019;
  5. desk top review of the Statutes, By-Laws and Committee Charters to evaluate alignment and compliance with existing governance procedures and practices with a focus on the core functions of the Board and its Committees; and
  6. a review of other relevant documentation including minutes of meetings and meeting papers.

It is suggested that between 10-15 interviews would be held with Board members, staff, partners and stakeholders. The list of potential interviewees would be discussed and agreed with the consultant to ensure that they are sufficiently representative of the various stakeholders. From this the consultant would develop an assessment based on data from the findings of the Board self-evaluation survey and interviews, observations taken from Board meetings, and evaluation of ARC Agency’s constitutional documents and associated processes. The consultant would then synthesise the findings and analysis of outcomes for reporting to the Board.

Based on the findings from the diagnostics (both qualitative and quantitative) and benchmarking against best practices of comparable organisations on Board governance, the consultant should develop appropriate recommendations and observations to be considered by the Board in enhancing the performance of the ARC Agency Board. This evaluation should also seek to offer considerations that will enhance the effectiveness of ARC Agency’s Board operations through clarity on roles and accountabilities and effective decision-making. If the consultant wishes to propose methods in addition to these (or, indeed, instead of these) they should be clearly described and the benefits and time requirements to the methods explained and costed.

The Board Evaluation will be owned by the Board Chair but led by the Secretary to the Governing Board.

Project Deliverables, Indicative Milestone Schedule and Budget Envelope

MILESTONE DEADLINE
Conduct a diagnostic exercise through an electronic survey; January 31, 2019
Conduct one-on-one interviews (which could be a mixture of telephone calls and preferably in-person interviews); February 18, 2019
Observe Board and Committee meetings scheduled for December 2018 to February 2019; February, 2019
Lead collective discussion with the Board where circumstances permit; February 18-19, 2019
Desk top review of the Statutes, By-Laws and Committee Charters to evaluate alignment and compliance with existing governance procedures and practices with a focus on the core functions of the Board and its Committees March 10, 2019
Review of other relevant documentation including minutes of meetings and meeting papers. March 10, 2019
Report and Recommendations to the Board on results of the Board evaluation, including assessment of current Board effectiveness and recommendations to improve effectiveness of the Board March 30, 2019


Selection Criteria

  • At least 7 years of experience working and advising international organization and/or not-for-profit Boards of Directors;
  • Acknowledged track record and accomplishment in designing, developing and implementing self-evaluations for governing bodies in general, and for Boards in particular;
  • Experience on Board Governance/Performance/conduct of business;
  • Experience on performance evaluation of staff and Board;
  • Extensive experience with African organizations;
  • Highly detail-oriented, with advanced interpersonal, and analytical skills, especially in the area of governance, human resources and organizational effectiveness.

Deadline for Applications: 4 January 2019

Interested candidates should send their Curriculum Vitae to bright.mando@africanriskcapacity.org.

[1] There is the possibility of adding another Board Member, pursuant to the Treaty, to give effect to a co-operation agreement with another entity that is desirous of assisting the ARC Agency in achieving its objectives.  Establishment Agreement at Arts. 14 (1)(e) and 21.

Lead Country Engagement Consultant for East and Southern Africa

Job Title: Lead Country Engagement Consultant for East and Southern Africa
Type of Contract: Regular Consultancy
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Duration: 11 months, with scope for extension

Responsibilities

As ARC prepares to scale up its activities and institutionalize the work of ARC Agency, it requires the services of a Lead Country Engagement Consultant to lead, coordinate, and manage country engagement work for East and Southern Africa. This person shall oversee the development and implementation of the strategy for the overall Country Engagement in East and Southern Africa. Specifically, the Lead Country Engagement Consultant for East and Southern Africa will make sure that the Country Engagement Managers who report to him/her have ensured successful in-country customisation of Africa RiskView, ARC’s weather risk quantification software, and development of ARC contingency plans for countries in support of their applications for Certificates of Good Standing. The Lead Consultant will take the primary responsibility in helping countries understand ARC’s risk transfer. In addition to supervising Country Engagement Managers in seamlessly bringing together these three ARC work streams, the Lead Country Engagement Consultant for East and Southern Africa will also support governments in integrating ARC and general risk management principles.

Working under the direction of the ARC Programmes Coordinator, the specific duties and responsibilities of the Lead Country Engagement Consultant for East and Southern Africa will include:

In-Country Capacity Building

  • Lead and guide the Country Engagement Managers (CEMs) in the implementation of the ARC in-country capacity building programme, ensuring all milestones and deliverables with respect to risk pool participation requirements for countries are achieved by the ARC Secretariat
  • Work closely with ARC Ltd on the contract finalisation and premium payment issues

External Relations and Political Advocacy

  • Lead the advocacy and the political ownership component of the capacity building programme for the region, ensuring that there is adequate buy-in for countries to join the pool
  • Support and guide ARC current and prospective countries in accessing premium financing from relevant financial partners
  • Interface with partner agencies, governments, NGOs, donor partners, and leading institutions in climate change and disaster risk management at the country and regional level, and guide the Policy and Technical services unit in fostering partnerships with relevant institutions
  • Provide a strategic view across programme components and make linkages between them and the greater risk management and food security context in which ARC is operating
  • Provide expert advice to ARC’s senior management on strategic advocacy in relevant forums
  • Travel regularly all over East and Southern Africa to support CEMs in their ARC activities

Administration

  • Coordinate and manage the development of country-level budgets and monitor fund consumption
  • Ensure that any anticipated financial challenges are reported in a timely manner
  • Liaise with the Programme Coordinator on implementation of any programming changes that might be necessary.
  • Ensure the development of relevant Country Strategy Notes for all countries in East and Southern Africa
  • Ensure coordination and continued information flow between management and government services team and that the strategic objectives of the ARC Agency are clearly communicated to all staff members under supervision
  • Guide and support Country Engagement Managers in managing relationships for the Secretariat with ARC Member States
  • Lead and coordinate regular work planning and reporting for East and Southern African Country Engagement team

Deliverables

  • Effective preparation of countries that wish to participate in the insurance pool, including finalised and validated Africa RiskView Customisation Reports, Risk Transfer Parameters and ARC Operations Plans
  • Annual and quarterly work planning and reporting on the in-country capacity building programme for participating and prospective ARC Ltd member countries
  • Availability for ongoing support to the Chief Operating Officer and senior ARC staff

Qualifications & Experience Required

Education

Advanced University degree (or Master’s equivalent) from an accredited academic institution in International Development, Development, Economics, Rural Development, Business Administration, or any other related field to international development assistance.

Experience

  • At least twelve (12) years of progressively responsible professional experience, preferably both in the field and Headquarters, in public sector management, financial risk management, development projects, emergency assistance, or in any other related field
  • Progressively responsible supervisory / team leader experience is required
  • Experience in working with statistical analysis is required
  • Extensive international experience in Africa, in particular in the East and Southern Africa, is required
  • Experience in dealing with African governments in the East and Southern Africa Region is required
  • Availability to undertake frequent travel

Functional Competencies

  • Senior expert in country programme engagement with a good understanding of the international humanitarian aid, donor and development communities, with focus on the East and Southern Africa
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective partnerships
  • Strong analytical skills in order to identify systemic issues, both programmatic and operational, and develop viable solutions
  • Strong interpersonal, negotiation and diplomatic skills with the ability to establish effective working relations with people at all levels and of different national and cultural backgrounds
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks under tight deadlines in a timely manner within a dynamic environment
  • Some knowledge and experience of food security planning and emergency response in Africa is an asset
  • Understanding of and skills in applying best management / supervisory practices, including coaching and mentoring staff
  • Ability to represent ARC as an advocate and reliable partner

Languages

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English, including the ability to write clear and concise briefing papers and external communication, strategic operational documents, etc.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in French and other official African Union languages (Arabic or Portuguese) is an added advantage.

To apply for this vacancy, please send a CV and cover letter to lucy.nyirenda@wfp.org