Consultancy assignment - deadline 14/03/08

Part-time Coordination of Smart Toolkit project
The Technical Centre for Rural and Agricultural Cooperation (CTA) urgently requests applications from African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) and European Union (EU) nationals for the above-mentioned assignment.

In 2005, CTA along with the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), the International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD) and a host of other institutions and individuals from ACP countries, EU, Canada, Sri Lanka and the United States produced the first version of the Smart Toolkit for Evaluating Information Products and Services. Although the first Toolkit has been widely accepted as a groundbreaking resource for the evaluation of information projects, products and services, CTA, IICD and KIT, and several partners have embarked on the production of the second edition of the Smart Toolkit based on feedback on the first version and an online survey done in May 2007.

Substantial work has since been carried out and at an Editorial consultation meeting in Bonn (October 29-31, 2007) to critically review the Toolkit, there was general agreement that much more needs to be done to make it a ‘living document’. A ‘Steering Group’ made up of all the participants will continue to collaborate with a view to further improving and finalizing the content of the toolkit by making use of both conventional and new ICTs including Wikis and D-groups as appropriate. For the project to run successfully, however, a part-time project manager is required to coordinate the process with effect from May 2008.

The publication, promotion and dissemination of the Smart toolkit will contribute significantly to the field of information by providing practical and cost-effective methods for planning, monitoring and evaluating information to a wide range of stakeholders.

The assignment will involve:
* Supervising the finalisation of the Smart toolkit
* Organising the launching of the Smart toolkit in 2008
* Networking with peers and the inter-agency group on issues related to the production and launching of the Smart toolkit
* Managing the Smart toolkit website and moderate discussions related to the toolkit using a pwiki/ + other web2 tools
* Preparing promotional material to promote the Smart toolkit
* Liaising with key stakeholders in an effort to build the resources of the toolkit
* Liaising with users and potential users of the toolkit to carry out field testing of the toolkit
* Gathering information on key donor requirements with respect to M&E

* Smart Toolkit updated to produce the Second version of the toolkit
* Second version of the Smart Toolkit published
* Smart Toolkit promoted among the key organisations’ partners

Key requirements for the assignment:
* University degree or equivalent
* Knowledge of the role of Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) and Information and Communication Management (ICM) in the field of agricultural development
* Understanding of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation concepts and issues
*Demonstrable analytical skills on sustainable development issues
* Excellent command of written & spoken English, working knowledge of French would be an asset
* Working experience in ACP countries
* Project coordination/ team management experience
* National of an ACP or EU state

The successful applicant will be expected to work 20-25 days every quarter in 2008, with the possibility for extension in 2009.

Interested persons having the relevant expertise are invited to submit their letter of application and CV by Friday 14 March 2008 to:

Dr Ibrahim Khadar
Manager, Planning & Corporate Services - CTA
E-mail:; Fax: +31 317 460067; website:

Only those short-listed will be informed.
15 February 2008
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