EOI – Côte d’Ivoire - Consultancy to Develop Tools and Guidelines for Mainstreaming Regional Integration in Bank Operations – ONRI – 03 2015
| Published March 19, 2015
REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST
AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK
Expressions of Interest (EOI) for Consultancy to Develop Tools and Guidelines for Mainstreaming
Regional Integration in Bank Operations
Brief description of the Assignment: The NEPAD, Regional Integration and Trade Department (ONRI)
is responsible for coordinating regional integration activities of the Bank. Its internal roles include leading
the preparation, review and implementation of regional operations programming tools, mainly the RISPs;
the management of the ADF regional operations envelop through the Regional Operations Prioritization
Framework; ensuring that regional dimensions are reflected in country strategy papers (CSPs) and in
appraisal reports of Bank operations; and providing technical leadership to the design of regional
integration and trade programs, including advice to sector departments on their selection and
implementation of soft infrastructure interventions.
In light of the above ONRI is seeking the services of regional integration experts to submit expressions of
interest to provide support in developing the guidelines and tools for mainstreaming regional integration
in Bank operations.
Department issuing the request: NEPAP, Regional Integration and Trade (ONRI)
Place of assignment: ONRI.2 located at the Bank’s Headquarters, Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
Duration of the assignment: Three (3) months.
Date of commencement: 06 April 2015
Detailed Terms of reference for the assignment: The Detailed Terms of Reference are provided below
Deadline for applications: March 25, 2014
Applications with a CV to be submitted to: Patrick Kanyimbo, Principal Regional Integration Officer at
firstname.lastname@example.org and copy to email@example.com
Any questions and requests for clarifications may be sent to: Mr. Patrick Kanyimbo, Principal
Regional Integration Officer, ONRI.2
TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR CONSULTANCY TO DEVELOP TOOLS AND GUIDELINES FOR
MAINSTREAMING REGIONAL INTEGRATION IN BANK OPERATIONS
The African development Bank’s Ten Year Strategy (2013-2022) has identified regional integration as
one of its five core operational priorities, the others being infrastructure development, governance, private
sector development skills and knowledge. In November 2014 the Bank Group Regional Integration Policy
and Strategy (2014-2023) was approved to guide the Bank’s support to the implementation of regional
integration programs in regional member countries (RMCs) and regional economic communities (RECs).
The goal is to create larger markets that are attractive to investment and trade vital for generating
sustained growth, creating jobs and transitioning to inclusive growth. The Strategy seeks to support
Africa’s economic integration by investing in regional infrastructure, supporting industrialization and
trade and providing targeted capacity building in these areas.
The strategy also puts emphasis on bridging the hard-soft infrastructure continuum in order to amplify
development outcomes of its infrastructure investments by addressing soft issues such as trade facilitation
barriers, supporting regional value chains development, facilitating cross-border energy trade and
supporting infrastructure project preparation capacity to increase stock of bankable project as well as
supporting RMCs and RECs towards creating the enabling environment for regional investment.
The RIPoS will be implemented through a series of programming documents known as regional
integration strategy papers (RISPs). The RISPs have a regional specificity and identify a pipeline of
regional projects to be supported by the Bank in a five year period. RISPs will be developed for five
regions: North, South, East, West, and Central Africa respectively.
The NEPAD, Regional Integration and Trade Department (ONRI) is responsible for coordinating regional
integration activities of the Bank. Its internal roles include leading the preparation, review and
implementation of regional operations programming tools, mainly the RISPs; the management of the
ADF regional operations envelop through the Regional Operations Prioritization Framework; ensuring
that regional dimensions are reflected in country strategy papers (CSPs) and in appraisal reports of Bank
operations; and providing technical leadership to the design of regional integration and trade programs,
including advice to sector departments on their selection and implementation of soft infrastructure
In light of the above ONRI is seeking the services of regional integration experts to submit
expressions of interest to provide support in developing the guidelines and tools for mainstreaming
regional integration in Bank operations.
Objectives of the Assignment
The objective of the assignment is to provide timely technical and policy advice and inputs on issues
related to the assignment and prepare (i) a template for the new RISPs and provide guidelines detailing
the process for launching, preparation and reviews of the new RISPs document, and (ii) tools and
guidelines for mainstreaming regional integration dimensions in Bank operations, including a checklist of
soft issues relevant for infrastructure projects in transport, energy, ICT and water infrastructure.
Scope of the Assignment
Under the direct supervision of the Task Manager, the consultant will be responsible for implementing the
i. Undertake a comprehensive review of the current RISPs process and format as well as the mid-
term reviews of the RISPs and evaluations of the Bank’s implementation of regional
operations and of the previous Regional Integration Strategy;
ii. Review the Bank Group Ten Year Strategy and Sectoral strategies such as the Private Sector
Development Strategy; Financial Sector Development Strategy; Energy Strategy; Human
Capital Development Strategy; Gender Strategy; Addressing Fragility and Building
Resilience in Africa - Bank Group Strategy 2014-2019; Trade and Transport Facilitation
Strategy etc. and identify soft issues with regional dimensions;
iii. Review regional integration strategies and programming instruments of multilateral development
organizations such as the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, Asian
Development Bank, European Union and draw relevant lessons for the Bank’s RISPs and RI
iv. Analyze the process and format of the existing RISP and country strategy papers (CSP) and
implications for alignment between the CSP and the RISP;
v. Identify issues and areas requiring further analysis and incorporate such analysis in the final
reports. This analysis should take into account changing arrangements and resource allocation
for coordinating and implementing regional operations at the level of the Bank ;
vi. Participate in consultations with stakeholders, especially OPSCOM, regional and sector
departments within the Bank and, externally, the African Union Commission, UNECA, REC
Secretariats and selected specialized regional institutions to gather further information, inputs
and foster buy-in;
vii. Prepare drafts for review and finalize the preparation process, the format as well as guidelines for
implementation and review of the RISPs, incorporating comments made on the draft, and new
data sets and information;
viii. In collaboration with the Task Manager, make presentations to ONRI Management and relevant
Bank units for inputs and validation of the proposed tools and guidelines;
ix. Prepare a roadmap for the preparation and review of the new generation RISPs, including
timelines, resource requirements and required economic sector works (ESWs).
The key deliverables for the assignment shall be:
i. An updated RISP template, including outlines and guidelines detailing the process for launching,
preparation and reviews of the RISPs
ii. Tools and Guidelines for monitoring implementation of the RISPs
iii. Checklist and guidelines for mainstreaming regional integration dimensions in Bank Operations
iv. 2 Presentations to ONRI Management and sector departments
v. Roadmap for the preparation of the new generation RISPs. The Roadmap will identify timelines,
resource requirements and required ESWs
Qualifications and Experience of the Regional Integration Consultant
i. Post graduate degree (a minimum of a Masters but preferably a PhD) in Economics, Business
Administration or related field relevant for regional integration and trade and industrial
ii. Minimum of ten years of relevant work experience dealing with development issues plus capacity
building and policy analysis in regional integration.
iii. Demonstrable understanding of the operational policies, procedures and practices in a developing
country environment working in relevant national ministries, bilateral or multilateral development
agencies, particularly in Africa.
iv. Familiarity with Africa’s regional integration architecture and experience in dealing with regional
integration RECs and RMCs
v. Ability to work independently; good inter-personal skills.
vi. Competence in the use of standard software (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Prezi);
vii. Proficiency in one or more of the Bank working languages
Organization of the Assignment
The assignment will be undertaken from the Bank’s Headquarters in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The consultant
will work under the supervision of the Division Manager, Regional Integration and Trade Division
(ONRI.2), who in turn shall report to the Director of the department. On a day to day basis, the Consultant
will collaborate with a designated Task Manager and RISP Team who will provide technical support in
undertaking the assignment. The consultant may be expected to travel to the field, as approved by the
The assignment will be for a period of 3 months from 6 April, 2015.
Qualified candidates from the Bank’s member countries (see www.afdb.org under “about us” for a list of
Member countries) are invited to submit expressions of interest either by email with 1 attached file in
PDF format may be sent to the address below. Submissions with a CV should be clearly marked
“Regional Integration Consultant” in the subject line and addressed to:
Patrick Kanyimbo, Principal Regional Integration Officer, email: firstname.lastname@example.org and copy to:
email@example.com and should be received no later than 5pm GMT on 25 March 2015.