Recrutement-Focus Area Team Lead, ZAAPs (farmer organizations)/Value Chains International Consultant

Localité : Togo / Lomé
Domaine : Economie
Niveau : BAC + 5
Entreprise recruteur : World Food Programme

Job Title: Focus Area Team Lead, ZAAPs (farmer organizations)/Value Chains

Mission: To support the Design Phase of the Togo Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA)

Unit/Division: Programme Unit / CO Togo

Contract Type: International Consultancy / CST

Contract Duration: Sept 2022 to 31 January 2023 (5 months) with the possibility of longer-term engagement with the Togo ATA

Duty Station (City, Country): Lomé, Togo


The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. We are the world’s largest humanitarian organization, saving lives in emergencies and using food assistance to build a pathway to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters, and the impact of climate change.

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Togo, officially the Togolese Republic is one of the smallest countries in Africa and home to 8.6 million people. Situated in the Gulf of Guinea, Togo serves as a critical corridor to enable the COVID-19 response to landlocked countries in the Central Sahel region.

Togo’s economy depends heavily on both commercial and subsistence agriculture, with both sectors providing employment for 60 percent of the labour force. Socio-political and economic turmoil coupled with devastating floods and now COVID-19 have seen a deterioration in its food and nutritional situation.

Agriculture and food systems are vital to food security, livelihoods, and development. The sector has proven to be more effective for poverty alleviation and job creation than others, and sustainable transformation of agriculture and food systems can underpin economic development for many African countries. One innovative approach to spur transformational change is in the use of a Nodal Agency—successively leveraged by many Asian countries and beyond.

The nodal agency model was successfully leveraged by many Asian countries in the 1960s to 1990s to drive transformational growth and rapidly expand their economies. More recently, the nodal agency model was used successfully by the Government of Ethiopia when it established the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA) in 2010.

The nodal agency model leverages key characteristics to achieve impact:

Operates from a “center of government” position with strong links to senior government officials including the Head of State.
A high level of authority, independence, and responsibility that allow it to innovate, use evidence to inform decision making, work across public and private sectors, exert influence over actors, and manage and ensure effectiveness.
High organizational performance that enables efficient systems to be implemented, focuses on results, and ensures learning takes place within and across institutions and programs to adapt to changing contexts and take advantage of opportunities.
The Government of Togo (GoT), in its 2025 Roadmap, has positioned agriculture as a priority engine of growth for production, income, and job creation. The Roadmap specifically identifies mechanization, irrigation, and extension through public-private-partnerships as areas of significant opportunity.

To further support progress on the Roadmap and in recognition of the need for transformational growth in the sector, the GoT in March 2022 made the decision to leverage the Nodal Agency model and create an Agricultural Transformation Agency. The GoT has engaged TASC to support the scope, design, and establishment of this Agency by January 2023. Togolese stakeholders have worked with TASC to complete development of the scope of the Agency, which includes 5 priority focus areas for the new ATA: mechanization, irrigation, digital extension, ZAAPs (agricultural production areas), and value chains.

To further the development of the Togo ATA, the GoT seeks consultants to lead focus area teams and contribute to the development the Agency so that it can begin operations in January 2023.


The Government of Togo in partnership with WFP is now looking to form a high-performing design team that can develop these priority focus areas into a clear set of projects, initiatives, and workplans to enable the ATA to begin activities in January 2023.

Definition of ZAAPs
Zaap (zones d'aménagement agricole plan) are blocks of land with a minimum area of 100ha developed by the government and on which small producers are installed. The objective of the ZAAP is to facilitate the access of these producers to the factors of production including land, water, agricultural mechanization, financing, agricultural inputs. By 2025, the government wants to set up 400 ZAAP. To date, more than 150 ZAAP have been developed.

Tentative high-level deliverables for ZAAPs/VCs have been developed during the scoping phase and are shown below (subject to confirmation based on updated contextual changes):

ZAAPs/Value Chain
Develop a concept and vision for success for ZAAPs
Design a ZAAP Centers of Excellence program that can serve as a replicable and scalable model
ZAAP Performance Management:
Design a performance management approach that provides visibility on the current status of pilot ZAAPs, identifies areas in need of attention, and can track improvements over time
Selection of 17 ZAAPs for the Center of Excellence Program
Validate the criteria for selecting ZAAPs
Validate the preliminary list of selected ZAAPs to ensure suitability
Add new ZAAPs to replace ZAAPs on the preliminary list that do not meet criteria
Expansion of ZAAP practices:
Understand key conditions for new crop uptake of the following: maize, rice, cassava, soybean, chili, coffee, cacao, cashew, mango.
Identify sensitivities influencing uptake of new crops such as land security, management, availability of credit, etc.
Identify sensitivities for uptake of new practices to improve income and production
Develop implementation plans
Create unique implementation plans for each of the 17 selected ZAAPs to improve production, income, and operations

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive, within delegated authority):

The Focus Area Team Lead will report to the TASC Design Phase Director, who in turn will report to the overall TASC Managing Director and the Secretary General of the Ministry of Agriculture.

The Focus Area Team Lead will be expected to lead the design work for their respective priority focus area (see above). Expected activities will broadly include the following:

Review and provide input on key sector documentation (strategies, master plans) to identify gaps and potential priority initiatives which can be developed; or conducting rapid diagnostics where required
Follow-on problem-solving and analysis to structure, sequence, and prioritize these initiatives into a portfolio of work which can be successfully operationalized in 2023
Commence project design for initial priority projects and initiatives (key outputs are likely to include a project design document, implementation workplan, human resource requirements, budgets, resource mobilization plan, etc.)
Work closely with technical partners where required (either providing input and/or a project management role) including members of the relevant GoT institution
Develop the framework for a capacity building plan for the structures of the Ministry of Agriculture in the priority area
Plan and participate in field visits throughout the country to support focus area design
Ensure high quality outputs are produced
Build capacity of the team analyst to strengthen contributions
Act as the key contact point for the priority focus area with stakeholders
Other general ATA setup and design tasks as required
Opportunities to line-manage up to 1 or 2 FTEs including technical experts from each focus area
Work across the focus area team to add value to their outputs
Other duties within the context of creating an operational Togo ATA


Master’s Degree in Economics, Business, International development, Social Science or other relevant area.


5 years or more experience in a top-tier consulting firm (or in similar analytical and business development roles), including at least one assignment leading a team in similar complexity and duration as this project.

Experience and interest in agricultural development is required; experience related to farmer organizations, cooperatives, or collaborations is desirable.

Knowledge & Skills:

Proven record in leading the development of complex analytical studies (qualitative and quantitative)
Proven record in structuring and leading project design work that delivers a final high-quality design output which is timely, analytical, and operationally sound
Strong understanding/experience of project management approaches, tools & templates
Ability to manage timelines, anticipate issues, and solve problems in order to keep the project on track
Ability to build effective working relationships with both internal/external stakeholders and act as a lead point of contact for the focus area in terms of stakeholder meetings and beneficiary follow-up
Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with a range of stakeholders in a cross-cultural environment

Language: Fluency in French and English required (written and verbal).


This is an opportunity for an exciting and challenging position in a multi-cultural and interdisciplinary team, based in a unique location, on a topic with high relevance. In addition, we offer:

➡️Meaningful and impactful careers:

Our day-to-day work makes a difference in the lives of the people we serve

➡️Continuous learning and training:

We provide learning tools for our staff to continually develop their careers

➡️Multicultural and stimulating work environment:

We encourage gender and cultural diversity to make our teams stronger

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