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Terms of References - Consultancy with the Malabo Montpellier Panel program

1. Introduction

The Malabo Montpellier Panel program constitutes a group of leading African and international experts from the fields of agriculture, ecology, food security, nutrition, public policy and global development. Its core mission is to support evidence-based dialogue among policy makers at the highest level. The Panel works with African governments at the highest level to provide support and evidence-based research that facilitates the identification and implementation of policies that enhance agriculture, food security and nutrition to support an overall food system transformation across the continent.

To-date, the Panel has produced 7 high-quality, easily accessible and readable reports for senior policy makers and key stakeholders, providing expert knowledge and guidance for policy - based on literature analysis, scientific evidence and practical experience. Each report contains several case studies reviewing the policy, institutional and programmatic innovations and interventions that have supported progress towards achieving national, continental and global targets.

The Panel’s work seeks to inform and guide policy choices and facilitate lesson-learning across borders to accelerate progress toward the ambitious goals of the African Union Commission’s Agenda 2063, the Malabo Declaration and the global development agenda.

The coordination and management of the Panel is based out of Dakar, Senegal, where it is hosted by Akademiya2063. The Panel’s operations are supported, alongside Akademiya2063, by the Centre for Development Research of the University of Bonn (ZEF) in Germany and the Centre for Environmental Policy within Imperial College London.

2. Purpose of the consultancy

To support the technical work of the Panel, Imperial College is recruiting a consultant to produce a monograph (a synthesis) on the Panel’s reports and case studies produced to-date. The seven reports and their accompanying case studies are available on the program’s website:

3. Expected schedule of tasks

Based on the Panel’s publications since 2017, the consultant is expected to compile a monograph in tandem with the co-chairs of the MaMo Panel  Dr Ousmane Badiane and Prof Joachim von Braun  as well as the Program Head and the research team. The monograph will be a synthesis of the Panel’s existing publications. This will include:

  • Proposing a production timeline for completion of the work.

  • Leading the engagement with the Program Head and research team to identify key highlights and

    framework for the monograph.

  • Creating an outline, cluster content.

  • Writing, editing (3-5 rounds) and proofreading the monograph, specifically:

o Theconsultantisexpectedtoupdatetheinformation/dataasneededtostrengthenthe content of the monograph.

o The monograph must be written in easily accessible policy-oriented language.
o The consultant is expected to ensure that all data is accurate, and all references are

correctly cited.
o The consultant is expected to be available for a minimum of 3 review rounds and a

maximum of 5 review rounds, implementing the edits and comments received from

peers, members of the Panel and external reviewers.

  • Develop relevant graphics and guide design process with the in-house design team.

  • Maintain accurate and complete records of all findings.

    4. Outcome

  • The monograph, produced in a similar style to previous MaMo Panel reports, will be published on the MaMo Panel website and disseminated further through our networks (as an open access document).

  • The monograph will not be longer than 35,000 words.

    5. Timeline

  • The consultant is expected to work with the Program Head to develop a timeline for the completion of the work.

  • The consultant is expected to regularly share the work progress based on the defined timeline to get immediate feedback from the team.

  • The date for completion is 1 November 2021.

6. Qualifications and skills

  • A minimum of a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in agriculture economics, international development studies, public policy, food and nutrition security or a related field

  • Fluent English speaker able to deliver flawless error-free copy

  • Demonstrated record of producing high quality, easily accessible reports and briefing papers for

    advocacy, policy or research for development

  • Experience in producing high-quality research and analysis in a timely manner and in a fast-paced


  • Track record in writing for policy  in easily accessible language

  • Proven experience in applied research and policy analysis

  • Demonstrable experience working on African economic development policy, with a focus on food

    system transformation

  • Experience working with international or multi-stakeholder organizations and institutions or


  • Sound understanding of (international) policies relevant to Africa on economic development,

    agricultural transformation, food and nutrition security and climate change

  • Knowledge of the African institutional and policy landscape as they relate to the context of the Panel’s work

  • Self-starter, able to work independently and within a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary team

  • Reliable and diligent with excellent attention to detail

  • Ability to analyze and research complex ideas and apply appropriate methodologies

  • Ability to prioritize own work in response to deadlines, with minimal supervision

  • Commitment to meeting deadlines whilst maintaining high quality of work, resilient

7. Application procedure

  • A cover letter with a brief description of why you consider yourself the most suitable candidate for the assignment.

  • A CV indicating all past experience from similar projects and specifying the relevant assignment period (from/to)

  • URL links to 3 writing samples of content written for donors or similar audience

  • Details of any professional qualifications

  • Contact details (email and telephone) of at least three (3) professional references (note that these

    will only be approached with your permissions)

  • The deadline for applications is 23:59 UK time on 09 March 2021

  • The successful candidate will be appointed by 31 March 2021 (subject to the College’s due

    diligence checks and a consultancy contract being agreed)

    8. Proposals

    Your project proposal should include the following:

  • a Statement of Work defining how the project is to be delivered and how the work will be used

    as a basis for discussion with the team and Panel members

  • projected milestones and critical activities

  • an all-inclusive daily fee (based on a 7-hour working day  excluding lunch time  based on an

    estimated 21.75 days per month), in Pounds Sterling (£)

  • any relevant supporting or qualifying information (as per section 6)

    Please submit your proposal for the attention of Meera Shah at: meera[dot]shah[at]

    9. Enquiries

    For any questions related to the scope of work, please contact the Panel’s Program Head Katrin Glatzel on kglatzel[at]akademiya2063[dot]org