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Country Facilitator

Location: Sub-Saharan Africa
Location: Nigeria
Job Code: 5267



Project: Seed Sector Assessment Tool (SeedSAT)

Scope of Work - Country Facilitator



Country Facilitator, Research



Contract Name:

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) Seed Sector Assessment Tool (SeedSAT)


Short Term Technical Assistance (Consultant)

Period of Performance:

On/around August 15-September 15


Don Humpal and Melanie Bittle

Level of Effort:

15 days LOE



DAI Global LLC. is leading the BMGF-funded development of the beta design for a deep-dive, seed systems assessment tool called SeedSAT.  SeedSAT is intended to identify and prioritize public and joint public-private investments in seed systems that will deliver higher productivity and resilient crop varieties to farmers of staple cereal, legume, and root and tuber crops.  The main components of the assessment cover:

  • Policy, Legal, and Regulatory Reform;
  • National Planning and Coordination;
  • National Agricultural Research Effectiveness;
  • Seed Production and Distribution; and,
  • Quality Assurance;


SeedSAT includes three major phases. The first is called pre-visit questionnaire phase that provide a baseline of information from desk research, document and data requests from key system stakeholders, and a series of questions and surveys to orient the second phase. The second phase uses the analysis of the first to identify deep-dive topics for more detailed interviews and focus groups to identify potential investment opportunities and uses a scoring system to help weight their importance. The third phase generates high-level investment cases to be advanced for funding.


Ethiopia and Nigeria are the test-beds for development of the Beta version of the tool.  AGRA is a key partner at the continental and national level in the development of the SeedSAT tool.  BMGF headquarters and BMGF country representatives play a coordinating role with national authorities and other donors.



Originally planned as an in-person, cooperative effort by a core-team of senior-level subject matter seed specialists from five organizations with national stakeholders. DAI and these subject matter specialists were planning to do in-person interviews after traveling to Ethiopia and Nigeria. COVID-19 has required DAI to turn to the virtualization of the effort using on-line or telephone communication, webinar or Zoom focus group interactions, and some surveys delivered using online, SMS, CATI (Computer Assisted Telephone Interviews), or telephone calls.  If national restrictions on movement, and some stakeholders can safely meet, national or regional consultants may be asked to do some face-to-face meetings.



The purpose of this scope of work is to identify a country facilitator for Nigeria who would work with the core team to:


  • Liaising with nationally resident BMGF, AGRA, and National Agricultural Seed Council (NASC) staff on schedules, primarily to help us bridge the time difference between the USA and Nigeria;
  • Help to schedule international conference calls using Skype, Teams, WhatsApp, or telephones
  • Facilitation on-line focus groups with public and private seed industry actors
  • Facilitate webinars
  • Identification of services that might help us boost internet connectivity for some of these participants in July and August
  • If needed, identify individuals or services to provide translation from into national languages
  • Schedule and hold in-person meetings if/when those are allowed for information gathering purposes to fill gaps after the initial round of questions and surveys.


The Level of Effort for this position may be extended beyond 15-days depending on the needs of the SeedSAT effort.




  • A weekly report delivered by email on the status and completion of assigned activities.



  • Past experience with the provision of time-critical services to research and marketing projects that reach senior public officials and company decision makers.
  • Hausa, Yoruba, or Igbo language capacity at the professional level would be advantageous.
  • Strong spoken and written English communication skills and an ability to learn new technical terms and jargon without intensive coaching.
  • Access at home to broadband internet connections at a speed that will support webinar organization, focus group discussions
  • Past experience with multi-participant virtual meetings and webinars.
  • Familiarity with a range of online communication and meeting apps. Skype, WhatsApp, Zoom, MS Teams, etc.
  • Familiarity with agricultural development and the seed industry would be helpful.


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