University of Rwanda scientists investigate how digital tools could help families monitor indoor air pollution

Air pollution is a growing challenge for Africa, with the rapid population growth, industrial growth and consumption growth which have greatly contributed to increased levels of pollution.  While a lot of attention has been given to managing outdoor air pollution, indoor air pollution is proving to be the silent killer to many African homes where majority of the families still burn wood and use other biomass to cook and heat their homes. Children and pregnant women are significantly affected. While deaths from indoor air pollution in Africa have declined by about 15% since 1990, the overall number of deaths is still high at over 400,000 as at 2017 according to a report published by UNICEF in 2019. It is therefore imperative to create awareness of the dangers associated with the indoor air pollution exposure to African families.

The University of Rwanda’s Centre of Excellence on Internet of Things (IoT), Embedded Computing Systems with funding from the PASET Regional Scholarship’s competitive grants scheme, in close collaboration with a team from Makerere University is implementing a project to assess the levels of indoor air pollution in rural and urban communities in Rwanda. The project aims to develop an IoT monitoring device that will help families assess the levels of indoor air pollution in their homes and propose mechanisms to help families implement measures to reduce the high levels of indoor air pollution detected to the acceptable levels as guided by the World Health Organization. The tool will also provide general information to create awareness to the families on the causes, dangers, and mitigation measures for indoor air pollution.

This far, the project team has completed the design of the IoT indoor air pollution prototype and produced three of the 60 IoT devices to be developed through this initiative, the tool has been deployed to pilot sites and is able to collect necessary data in the homes and feed to a centralized monitoring system for data processing.

The project is also mentoring five PhD students from the university who have received hands on training on developing the IoT prototype in addition to participating in various short courses on the embedded systems which have exposed them to different technologies used in IoT prototyping. The students are also using new tools for data collection and data visualization. Besides mentoring PhD students, other partners involved in the project have also gained more skills such as backend development for centralized data storage systems. The project will also train the local community on the use of the Indoor IoT monitoring tool for increased uptake.

Students soldering the IoT prototyping device

The whole project concept was made clear through the prototype presentation. I got to learn more about the Arduino platform, Sensors (humidity sensor in particular), and programming behind the GSM module. by Barbara Asingwire, RSIF Scholar, University of Rwanda

I have learned the basics of embedded systems and knowing the keywords that are used. I have seen that there are plenty of opportunities in that field and I expect to chase them as well. I have learned how I can connect humidity sensor and temperature sensor to Arduino, and we programmed them. by Eric Nizeyimana, RSIF Scholar, University of Rwanda

 

RSIF students learning how to design their first IoT Prototype device(s)

The “Real Time Assessment of indoor air pollution in Rwanda rural and urban households” is one of 16 projects currently being funded through the RSIF Research Grants window. The grants are competitively awarded to faculty of RSIF African Host Universities (AHUs), to undertake research that has practical solutions in five priority thematic areas identified by the Partnership for Skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET). The project is significantly contributing to Rwanda’s National Strategy Framework on Climate Change and Low Carbon Development. Through this strategy, the country has taken a big step towards achieving socio-economic development that is resilient to economic, social and environmental shocks related to population growth, and climate change as well as global visions to attain the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

 

Meet RSIF’s first PhD Graduate

Dr. Jean Nepomuscene Hakizimana, a Rwandese national who was among the 15 Cohort 1 RSIF PhD Scholarship recipients in 2018, successfully defended his PhD thesis on 30th September 2021 at Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), one of the RSIF African Host Universities (AHUs) in Tanzania. Dr Hakizimana is RSIF’s very first PhD Graduate. His research, under the thematic area of Food Security and Agribusiness, was on the “Determination of the genetic variation and epidemiology of African swine fever virus in selected countries of eastern and southern Africa”. Dr. Hakizimana has been offered a postdoctoral fellow position at Sokoine University of Agriculture which he is considering as an opportunity to start his research career. In the interview below, Hakizimana shares his PhD journey.

 

Q. What was your PhD study about?

A. The title of my Ph.D. thesis is “Determination of the genetic variation and epidemiology of African swine fever virus in selected countries of eastern and southern Africa”. A multidisplinary approach combining viral genomics, bioinformatics and social sciences was used to elucidate the socio-economic impact, transmission dynamics, genetic and antigenic diversity of African swine fever virus (ASFV) in eastern and southern Africa. Next-generation sequencing (NGS) technologies allowed me to report the first complete genome sequences of ASFV in Malawi and Burundi, advancing our understanding of viral transmission, evolution, diversity and pathogenicity in eastern and southern Africa. A high ASFV genotypic diversity was observed and after phylogeographic analysis, several transboundary transmission events of the virus were observed. These findings call for a concerted regional and international effort to control the spread of ASFV to improve nutritional and food security, and livelihoods. Four manuscripts from my Ph.D. research have been published in high impact international peer-reviewed journals, including Viruses (Impact factor of 5.048, https://doi.org/10.3390/v13020306), Frontiers in Veterinary Sciences (impact factor of 2.245, https://doi.org/10.3389/fvets.2020.578474), BMC Veterinary Research (impact factor of 2.179, https://doi.org/10.1186/s12917-020-02536-8) and Tropical Animal Health and Production (Impact factor of 1.681, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11250-021-02877-y).

Q. You defended your PhD thesis on 30th September 2021, what did that moment feel like?

A. During my defence, I fully concentrated on my research work and sharing my accumulated knowledge on the topic with members of the Viva Voce examination panel. After the successful defence, it was a moment of immense happiness for the achieved milestones and for all the effort over the years. It reminded me of all people who supported me during my study to whom I am extremely grateful. In that moment, I realized that it was actually finished. I am most grateful to PASET and my government for supporting my PhD studies.

Q. After your successful defense, you were offered a postdoctoral fellow position to continue doing your research. What does that mean to you?

A. It is very exciting because it is an opportunity to further my research on viral diseases within a convivial scientific research environment. I will continue benefiting from the expertise of the Community of Practice for Viral Diseases of Food Security and Livelihood Importance at the Southern African Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance (SACIDS Foundation for One Health) of the Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA). The Community of Practice approach allows working with senior, peer and junior researchers from within Africa and Europe. The advantage of this platform, is that it allows collaborative research in a multi-displinary team of world-class scientists, allowing the scholar to be scientifically well equipped and ready to embark on his journey as an independent researcher and scientist. However, I wish to explore how my research and experience can more directly benefit my country.

Q. As a Rwandese, does acquiring this PhD mean anything to your Country?

A. The acquired expertise in genomics of transboundary animal diseases will be very useful to my country Rwanda and to the whole of Africa. The importance of genomic surveillance of viral epidemics has been particularly evidenced during the current COVID-19 pandemic. I am now an expert in pathogen metagenomics and bioinformatics. These skills are necessary for early detection and identification of pathogens, and a prerequisite to containing viral epidemics before they become unmanageable.

Q. What message do you have for the hundreds of RSIF scholars who are still pursuing their PhD studies?

A. Do not get discouraged by challenges on the Ph.D. journey, it is part of the training. By working hard, perseverance and the grace of God, you will overcome these challenges and emerge successful.

Q. Having successfully completed your PhD studies, share with us the general impression of your experience as a RSIF scholar.

A. After successfully defending my Ph.D., I consider RSIF as the best Ph.D. training program in Africa because it is an Africa-led program where Africans search for solutions to the most pressing challenges facing our continent. The sandwich component of the program allowing scholars to get access to more advanced infrastructures and expertise at an International Partner Institution (IPI) allows African researchers to build international scientific networks and obtain specialized training. This was evident during my Ph.D. where I worked with top researchers in Tanzania, Rwanda and from Belgium. In addition, the staff of RSIF Regional Coordination Unit at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) were very supportive during my studies.

Q. How does your current knowledge gained compare to what you imagined it would be like going into your studies?

A. The knowledge gained during my Ph.D. studies met my expectations. I have acquired specialized skills in pathogen metagenomics and bioinformatics along with the required international scientific network necessary for my professional and personal development. After a successful defence of my Ph.D., I am scientifically fully equipped to thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution era and ready to contribute to containing viral epidemics in Africa.

Other stories about Dr. Jean Nepomuscene Hakizimana

  1. I will contribute to the fight against infectious diseases in Africa https://www.rsif-paset.org/i-will-contribute-to-the-fight-against-infectious-diseases-in-africa/
  2. One step to 10,000 http://www.icipe.org/news/one-step-10000
  3. Dr Hakizimana’s published manuscripts can be accessed by visiting RSIF Scholars’ Publications through the RSIF repository

 

The Grants Independent Technical Committee (GITC)

To facilitate the implementation of RSIF’s  Research and Innovation Grants component of the program, and to ensure its objectives are met, RSIF established a Grants Independent Technical Committee (GITC). The GITC provides technical advice to the RSIF on the implementation of the grants and other RSIF components as needed. The GITC comprises eminent individuals selected based on their expertise relevant to supporting RSIF to achieve the intended objectives. The committee provides technical support to RSIF on the review, selection and award of research and innovation grants.

The GITC comprises seven (7) members with expertise in the following fields; (a) Engineering sciences, (b) Agriculture and environmental sciences, (c) Social sciences and humanities, (d) ICTs, (e) Higher education representative and (f)two industry/ private sector representatives with experience in innovation and commercialization of knowledge.

View the profiles of RSIF Research and Innovations Grants Independent Technical Committee (GITC) members.

Science and Research Key to Unlocking Kenya’s Development Potential, President Kenyatta Says

President Uhuru Kenyatta has said science and research are key to unlocking Kenya’s development potential especially in finding solutions to challenges slowing down the country’s progress.

The President, therefore, said the Government will continue implementing programmes aimed at nurturing its growing scientific talent pool so as to create wealth and expand employment opportunities for Kenyans.

President Kenyatta spoke today during the 50th anniversary celebrations of the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) in Nairobi.

In his pre-recorded video address, the Head of State applauded ICIPE for its prominent contribution to the growth of science and research in Africa over the last five decades.

“As this pioneering institution commemorates its 50 years of service, in partnership with governments across the continent, we note with appreciation the central role you have and continue to play, in insect research, plant health, animal health, environmental health, all aimed at bettering human health and welfare,” the President said.

He said Africa must continue to expand its investment in science and research for it to achieve the aspiration of becoming a prosperous and peaceful continent.

“Indeed, Africa will continue to rely on scientific organizations not only to address present and future development challenges, but also to provide the platform upon which we may be able to take advantage of the emerging opportunities in the digital and the biological economic sectors,” he said.

The President praised ICIPE’s training programmes delivered through the African Regional Postgraduate Programme in Insect Science (ARPPIS) and the Dissertation Research Internship Programme (DRIP), saying the initiatives have helped to significantly increase the number of scientists and researchers in sub-Saharan Africa.

“Likewise, I note with appreciation that in 2008, ICIPE was selected by African governments to run the Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF) of the Partnership for Skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET). The central objective of this Fund is to train up to 1,000 doctoral level scientists annually from sub-Sahara countries in the various core fields of science,” he said.

President Kenyatta said Kenya’s Vision 2030 and the African Union Agenda 2063 both recognize the vital role played by science and scientific organizations like ICIPE in achieving developmental objectives.

With this knowledge, the President said his administration will continue working closely with scientific and research organizations as key development partners adding that the Kenyan Government had contributed more than Shs 200 million to the Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RIF) of the Partnership for Skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET) where he is the current Chairperson.

“Our contribution in this regard is consistent with the Kenya Vision 2030, the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Africa Union Agenda 2063,” he emphasized.

The Head of State assured that the Kenyan Government will continue rolling out progressive policies to promote science and innovation, not only as the engine for economic growth but also as a means of addressing enduring social inequalities.

“We have made a commitment to invest up to 2% of our annual national budget in research and innovation which is in line with our national development programmes,” he said.

The President noted that science and research institutions such as ICIPE are important partners in realizing Kenya’s development aspirations as outlined in Vision 2030 and Big 4 Agenda blueprints which he said are consistent with UN Sustainable Development Goals.

“Indeed, ICIPE and other similar organizations in Kenya have contributed essential technical skills and scientific knowledge that have proved invaluable to our national development.

“These contributions have led to the creation of high quality jobs, especially for young graduates, increased foreign exchange earnings for the country and strengthened our connections, particularly in the field of academia and research, with the rest of world,” the President said.

As part of the celebrations, the President launched ICIPE’s Vision and Strategy for the period 2021 to 2025, which he described as bold and comprehensive noting that it will position the organization as a centre for discovery and provision of solutions.

Cabinet Secretaries Raychelle Omamo (Foreign Affairs) and Peter Munya (Agriculture) commended ICIPE for its scientific and research work which they said has been key in transforming the lives of many Africans.

CS Munya said ICIPE has been recognized globally for its research work, which has greatly helped farmers to improve productivity of their enterprises.

“This work has made ICIPE to be a household name in Africa, for it has contributed to providing solutions which are not harmful to animals, plants and human life,” the Agriculture CS said.

Other speakers included the Chairperson of ICIPE Governing Council Prof Bill Hansson and the organization’s Director General Dr Segenet Kelemu.

 

Click here to watch His Excellency, President Uhuru Kenyatta speaking about RSIF.

Click here to watch President Uhuru Kenyatta’s full speech during the icipe@50 celebration.

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REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST (CONSULTING SERVICES – INDIVIDUAL SELECTION) [KENYA]

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST (CONSULTING SERVICES – INDIVIDUAL SELECTION)

[KENYA]
Project Name:            The Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF) for Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology
Grant No.:                  D347-3A
Assignment Title:      Consultancy to facilitate and deliver grants proposal writing workshop for RSIF African Host Universities
Reference No:           KE-ICIPE-141202-CS-INDV
The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) has received financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund Project and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consulting services.
The consulting services (“the Services”) include: Positioning the RSIF as the premier sustainable pan-African science fund, focused on building high quality applied research capacity in Africa. It aims to develop a comprehensive communications, outreach and branding strategy and related products for the RSIF.  The strategy and products should serve different stakeholders in managing, implementing and overseeing RSIF
icipe intends to hire the services of an individual consultant to deliver a series of grants proposal writing training workshops to selected teams from the RSIF African Host Universities.The training should equip participants with skills on how to write winning grant proposals especially related to research, innovation and capacity building in higher education in the ASET  fields and enable them to submit high quality proposals in line with the requirements of relevant funding opportunities such as the European Union, Japan SATRAPs as well as RSIF calls.
The detailed Terms of Reference (TOR) for the assignment can be found at the following website:
www.icipe.org/rsif-consultancy-grants-proposal-writing

The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology now invites eligible consulting individuals (“Consultants”) to indicate their interest in providing the Services. Interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services. The shortlisting criteria are:

  1. The consultant must be sufficiently qualified, with at least a master’s degree.
  2. The applicant should have and must demonstrate at least 5 years’ experience in managing proposals for research grants, innovation projects or related business projects.
  3. He/she should also have a demonstrated capacity or experience in delivering grant proposal writing training in any of the areas mentioned above. Attach at least three (3) relevant assignments undertaken in the last five (5) years.
  4. The consultant should have proficiency in speaking English. Proficiency in French will be an added advantage.

The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to Section III, paragraphs, 3.14, 3.16, and 3.17 of the World Bank’s “Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers” July 2016 (“Procurement Regulations”), setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest.

Consultants may associate with other consultants to enhance their qualifications but should indicate clearly whether the association is in the form of a joint venture and/or a sub- consultancy. In the case of a joint venture, all the partners in the joint venture shall be jointly and severally liable for the entire contract, if selected.

A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the criteria laid down in “Selection Based on Consultants Qualification” (CQS) method set out in the World Bank’s Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers July 2016, Revised November 2017 and August 2018 which can be found at the following website: www.worldbank.org
Further information can be obtained at this address (rsiftenders@icipe.org) during office hours 08:00 – 17:00 hrs East Africa Time.

Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below (in person and deposited in the icipe Tender Box, located at icipe Duduville campus, Kasarani, Nairobi (Caroll Wilson Building, Ground Floor) on or before November 8th, 2019 at 11:00 hrs, East Africa Time. The bids will be opened the same date and time, in the presence of those submitting. The submissions in hard copy should be clearly marked: ‘Expression of Interest – Consultancy to facilitate and deliver grants proposal writing workshop for RSIF African Host Universities”. Electronic submissions can be sent via email to:  rsiftenders@icipe.org

 

International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe)
Attn:  Susan Kariuki, Procurement Manager
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TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANCY SERVICES
To facilitate and deliver grants proposal writing workshop for RSIF African Host Universities
[KENYA]
Project Name : The Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund for Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (RSIF)
Reference No : KE-ICIPE-141202-CS-INDV
Grant No.:  D347-3A
Expected duration: 28 days
Expected start date: December 2, 2019
Application deadline: November  8, 2019
Background
The Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF) is the flagship programme of the African Government led Partnership for Skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET). It aims  to double the number of African Ph.Ds in the applied sciences, engineering and technology fields over a 10 year period, raise the quality of Ph.D training and applied demand-driven research in competitively selected African universities through international partnerships and closer linkages with the private sector and industry.

RSIF is implemented through African host universities that will host RSIF scholars, be eligible to apply for RSIF research and innovation grants, and access opportunities for strengthening the design and management of PhD programmes and partnerships with world class research institutions. RSIF systematically nurtures research capacity by fostering partnerships between universities and domestic and international firms to find solutions to local challenges. RSIF has an explicit focus on building the sustainable institutional capacities of African universities to train postgraduates to doctoral level with a parallel aim of increasing the participation of women in science in Africa. For more details see www.rsif-paset.org.

RSIF is currently funded by contributions from African governments, the World Bank and the Government of Korea. It is managed by the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), Nairobi, Kenya, as the RSIF Regional Coordinating Unit (RCU).  Besides an RSIF research and innovation grant scheme that the African Host Universities are eligible to compete for, icipe as the regional coordination unit is facilitating network building and multi-stakeholder consortia development, signing of MOUs and joint funding proposal writing with the AHUs and international partner institutions.

icipe intends to hire the services of an individual consultant to deliver a series of grants proposal writing training workshops to selected teams from the RSIF African Host Universities.The training should equip participants with skills on how to write winning grant proposals especially related to research, innovation and capacity building in higher education in the ASET[1] fields and enable them to submit high quality proposals in line with the requirements of relevant funding opportunities such as the European Union, Japan SATRAPs as well as RSIF calls.
It is proposed that the trainings be held at icipe Headquarters in Kenya as a residential workshop over 5 days with up to 35 participants per workshop from the African host universities and possible representatives from international partner institutions. The consultant would be expected to engage with participants before and after the training for maximum impact.

Objective of the Assignment
The overall objective of the assignment will be to improve the ability of selected university teams to develop ‘winning’ proposals. Specifically, objectives will be to 1) improve proposal writing skills of participating faculty and university staff, 2) increase awareness of the relevant funding opportunities and how to develop winning proposals; 3) support teams to develop their innovative ideas/ challenges into proposals, including through partnership with RSIF international partner institutions and; 4 support the development of relevant long term research ‘consortia’ to respond to the needs of the broader RSIF agenda.

Role of the Consultant

  1. Prepare a proposal to icipe for undertaking the proposal writing workshop;
  2. Identify potential funding opportunities that could be used as training opportunities for the proposal training workshops;
  3. Design two 5-day training programmes for the university led research teams that should be included in the proposal;
  4. In collaboration with icipe, facilitate the training workshop and ensure that training skills are shared;
  5. Prepare and submit report of the training workshop and related materials to icipe;
  6. Support university teams to submit proposals based on the identified relevant calls such as AU/EU calls.

Role of the RSIF Regional Coordination Unit, icipe

  1. Make logistical arrangements for the training workshop, including venue, travel and accommodation
  2. Communicate with the universities on dates and other details of the training programme
  3. Identify a relevant teams/consortium to participate in the training;
  4. Make travel arrangements for the consultant
  5. Provide relevant RSIF project documents and any other documents that may be required to facilitate the undertaking of the assignment.

Expected Outputs

  1. At least twenty (20) quality research proposals drafted in line with identified calls for proposals successfully submitted;
  2. At least two (2) workshops facilitated to support teams to prepare proposals;
  3. Report on training process and identification of gaps for possible future strengthening and follow-up.

Description of the assignment
Participants in the training who are expected to be engaged prior and after the workshops, comprise faculty and possible representatives from international partner institutions.  Total number of participants is expected to be approximately 35 persons per workshop.
The workshop will entail the use of practical, interactive, participatory and skills/knowledge enhancing training for the participants on how to write a winning grant proposal.  Some of the areas expected to be covered due to their importance for meeting the requirements of competitive research and innovation grant calls for proposals are:

  • Identifying potential donors and opportunities for proposal submission
  • What to look for and how to respond to a call for grant applications
  • Strategies for writing grant winning proposals
  • Elements of a good proposal vs. non-fundable proposal
  • Linking research to societal impact with particular emphasis on transformative technologies
  • Understanding expectations for innovative projects and proposal writing
  • Joint proposal writing
  • An introduction to result based management
  • Relevant trends and expectations in the funding environment, e.g. theory of change, co-creation, consortia and partnerships including with private sector
  • Logical and effective budgeting

It is proposed that the consultant could use the European Union Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Higher Education call[2] as guide for discussions and bringing in a practical approach during the workshop or alternatively a similar larger call of a regional nature.

Qualifications and experience
The consultant must be sufficiently qualified, with at least a master’s degree. The applicant should have at least 5 years’ experience in managing proposals for research grants, innovation projects or related business projects. He/she should also have a demonstrated capacity or experience in delivering grant proposal writing training in any of the areas mentioned above. The consultant should have proficiency in speaking English. Proficiency in French will be an added advantage.

Deliverables and Timeframe
Each training workshop is expected to be delivered in five days with four days for planning prior to the workshop and five days for support to teams after the workshop (total of 14 days per workshop). before the end of 2019.
The deliverables for the assignment will be as follows:

NoItemTimeframeRemarks (% Payment upon achievement of deliverable)
1Develop an inception report including detailed training plan, topics and modules3 days (remotely)20%
2Pre training engagement and deliver training to participants.14 days (travel to Kenya)50%
3Post-training engagement with participants to support in actual submission of proposals4 days (remotely)0%
4Submit training report with recommendations and resource material for sharing with participants11 days30%

 Resources
icipe will cater for the consultants’ daily rate as will be agreed by both parties for the contract period as well as travel and accommodation during the training.

Application Guidelines
Interested applicants should submit the following documents to rsiftenders@icipe.org  or  icipe Tender Box, located at icipe Duduville campus, Kasarani, Nairobi (Caroll Wilson Building, Ground Floor) by November 8th, 2019 at 11.00 am local time.

  • Technical proposal
  1. Detailed cover letter expressing interest in this assignment, including full contact details (name, tel. e-mail), and physical address.
  2. Consultant’s detailed CV.
  3. Demonstrate capacity or experience in delivering grant proposal writing training in any of the areas mentioned above. Attach at least three (3) relevant assignments undertaken in the last five (5) years.
  4. Provide contacts of at least three references.
  5. Clear understanding of the assignment/interpretation of the TORs.
  6. Methodology to be used during the assignment.
  7. Work plan clearly indicating the maximum time/duration required for the assignment.
  8. Should be in English language.
  • Financial proposal
  1. Provide a competitive and detailed cost breakdown (fee quote in US$) to perform the assignment, including all the chargeable taxes.
  2. Terms of payment

Criteria for selection of the best offer
The Consultant will be selected in accordance with the criteria laid down in “Selection Based on Consultants Qualification” (CQS) method set out in the World Bank’s Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers July 2016, Revised November 2017 and August 2018 which can be found at the following website: www.worldbank.org.

Consultancy for Marketing, Communications, Branding and Outreach for the Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF)

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Project Name:            The Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF) for Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology
Grant No.:                  D347-3A
Assignment Title:     Consultancy for Marketing, Communications, Branding and Outreach for the Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF).
Reference No:           KE-ICIPE-127398-CS-QCBS
The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) has received financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund Project and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consulting services.

The consulting services (“the Services”) include: Positioning the RSIF as the premier sustainable pan-African science fund, focused on building high quality applied research capacity in Africa. It aims to develop a comprehensive communications, outreach and branding strategy and related products for the RSIF.  The strategy and products should serve different stakeholders in managing, implementing and overseeing RSIF

The assignment is expected to deliver a comprehensive marketing, communications, branding and outreach strategy and plan for RSIF. The program is expected to include: a) innovative marketing and branding insights to RSIF’s communications with emphasis on marketing and brand building solutions; b) outreach strategies; c) creative work; d) advertising campaigns; e) writing of high-level analytical briefs and f) general support to RSIF’s communications, amongst others. It will also include supporting RSIF to package its products in a way that is compatible to the needs of its audiences, including governments, donors and the private sector. The RCU and the contributors to RSIF expect a very high level of visibility and understanding of RSIF on the continent as a result of this assignment.
The detailed Terms of Reference (TOR) for the assignment can be found at the following website:
http://www.icipe.org/sites/default/files/TOR-Consultancy-Marketing-Comms-Branding-Outreach-RSIF.pdf
The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology now invites eligible consulting firms (“Consultants”) to indicate their interest in providing the Services. Interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services. The shortlisting criteria are:

  • Evidence of firm’s legal status, e.g. statutory registration documents (Certificate of Incorporation, Tax Compliance certificate, PIN and VAT registration Certificates, Relevant registration with regulatory bodies) and postal address, physical location, Tel/E-mail/Website addresses and contact persons.
  • Core business of the firm in providing Marketing, Communications, Branding and Outreach services as demonstrated in the firm’s organisational profile, and number of years in business.
  • Relevant Experience: Examples of at least three (3) references from reputable organisations and whom the firm has provided services of similar nature as sought by icipe.
  • Technical and managerial capability of the firm.

The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to Section III, paragraphs, 3.14, 3.16, and 3.17 of the World Bank’s “Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers” July 2016 (“Procurement Regulations”), setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest.

Consultants may associate with other firms to enhance their qualifications but should indicate clearly whether the association is in the form of a joint venture and/or a sub- consultancy. In the case of a joint venture, all the partners in the joint venture shall be jointly and severally liable for the entire contract, if selected.
A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the Quality and Cost Based Selection (QCBS) method set out in the Procurement Regulations.

Further information can be obtained at this address (rsiftenders@icipe.org) during office hours 08:00 – 17:00 hrs East Africa Time.

Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below (in person and deposited in the icipe Tender Box, located at icipe Duduville campus, Kasarani, Nairobi (Caroll Wilson Building, Ground Floor) on or before 13th September 2019 at 11:00 hrs, East Africa Time. The bids will be opened the same date and time, in the presence of those submitting. The submissions in hard copy should be clearly marked: ‘Expression of Interest – Marketing, Communications, Branding and Outreach for the Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF)”. Electronic submissions will not be permitted.
International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe)

Attn:  Susan Kariuki, Procurement Manager
Duduville campus, Kasarani, Nairobi
P.O. Box 30772, 00100 GPO
NAIROBI, KENYA
Tel:  +254-20-8632000 , Fax: +254-20-8632001/2
E-mail:  rsiftenders@icipe.org
Website:  www.icipe.org

Korea, World Bank Join Forces to Build World-Class Scientific Capacity in Sub-Saharan Africa

BUSAN, May 23, 2018 – Today, the World Bank and the Government of Korea reinforced their ongoing partnership to support Sub-Saharan Africa’s universities and research institutions in growing highly qualified local talent in areas important for Africa’s transformation, such as renewable energy, big data, artificial intelligence, and engineering.
Investments in human capital have the power to transform the economic trajectory of nations and will be particularly powerful in Africa, which has the youngest population in the world. The Korea-Africa initiative aims to propel ongoing efforts by African governments to build a stronger homegrown workforce in the science and technology fields – a valuable asset in the face of rapidly evolving labor markets,” said Annette Dixon, Vice President for Human Development at the World Bank.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the World Bank and Korea on the margins of the African Development Bank Annual Meetings. Under the MoU, the Government of Korea will set up a $10 million trust fund at the World Bank to support the Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF).
“This partnership between Korea and the World Bank towards the Africa region will establish a new milestone of tripartite cooperation, helping Africa build human capital and capacity in science and technology, while also contributing to the innovative growth of African countries by setting the foundation for Africa’s industrialization,” said Ko Hyoung-kwon, First Vice Minister of Strategy and Finance, Republic of Korea.
Specific initiatives envisioned for the program include:

  • Scholarship and research support to students and university faculty working on relevant transformative technologies across Sub-Saharan Africa;
  • Funding of “sandwich” PhD training programs (programs incorporating international and home-based study) for scholars from African universities; and
  • Collaborative research between faculty in Sub-Saharan Africa universities and Korean universities in priority areas such as information and communication technology, solar energy, energy storage, and engineering with a focus on the innovative growth sectors.

Ministers of Finance from four countries that have taken the lead in seeding the RSIF – Rwanda, Ethiopia, Kenya and Cote d’Ivoire – attended the MoU signing ceremony.

About PASET
The Partnership for skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET) was launched in 2013 in recognition of the critical need to strengthen science, and technology capability for the socio-economic development of Sub-Saharan Africa. The Partnership functions as a convening platform by bringing together African governments and the private sector as well as new partner countries who have been investing heavily in Africa. To learn more, visit www.worldbank.org/paset.

About RSIF
The Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF) was established in 2015 by African governments to help create a highly skilled, technical-scientific labor force to meet the national development agenda and accelerate Sub-Saharan Africa’s socio-economic transformation. The RSIF aims to create a strong pipeline of researchers in applied sciences, engineering and technology fields who can engage with development challenges and foster greater collaboration between African universities and local and foreign industries. The scholarship program has been designed considering best practices of international programs with technical assistance financed by the World Bank. The five countries that have taken the lead – Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Senegal – and several other sub-Saharan African countries have expressed strong interest in contributing to the initiative. The initiative, as part of PASET, is facilitated by the World Bank.


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