Capacity Development Consultant

Posting Date
21 September 2021
Closing Date
28 September 2021
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Duration of the assignment
One Month

The International Center for Biosaline Agriculture(ICBA) is an international, non-profit agricultural research center established in 1999 through the visionary leadership of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Fund, the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD), and the Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). ICBA is a unique applied agricultural research center in the world that is focused on marginal areas where an estimated 1.7 billion people live. It identifies, tests and introduces resource-efficient, climate-smart crops and technologies that are best suited to different regions affected by salinity, water scarcity and drought. Through its work, ICBA helps to improve food security and livelihoods for some of the poorest rural communities around the world. ICBA is an equal opportunity employer and appoints qualified staff regardless of race, creed, color, age, gender, religion or national origin. We demonstrate our commitment to each member of our team through a competitive benefits package designed to assist our employees to cover their needs and the needs of their immediate family members.

Capacity development is central to ICBA’s activities and spans geographical domains, research areas and methods. We believe that improving our skills as well as those of our partners and stakeholders is key to addressing the challenges affecting agriculture in marginal and saline environments.


Job Summary

ICBA’s capacity development vision and mission:

Vision: Inclusive and impactful capacity development for marginal environments.

Mission: To develop human capital to achieve food security and agricultural prosperity.

ICBA’s capacity developments activities include:

  • Technical Training courses
  • Post-doctoral, doctoral and master’s research
  • Internships
  • Farmers’ field schools
  • Knowledge hub
  • Emirates Soil Museum
  • Arab Women Leaders in Agriculture
  • ICBA Youth Engagement Society (ICBA YES)
  • Community Initiatives and Awareness

ICBA’s capacity developments opportunities are open to an array of audiences that can benefit from the expertise of the Center’s international team of experts in soil, crop, water, policy and socio-economic research, as well as the various modern research and training facilities.

ICBA’s 100-hectare Center includes an experimental farm; central analytical, molecular biology, and plant genetic resources laboratories equipped with state-of-the-art equipment; nurseries and greenhouses equipped with modern irrigation systems; and a GenBank that holds more than 12,000 accessions belonging to about 220 species of salt-tolerant plants from around 130 countries around the world. ICBA’s soil museum is divided into various sections, each serving a specific function. It showcases landscapes and soil diversity; soils and environment; soils and climate change; and soils and desertification. The museum is used as a comprehensive facility for training purposes.

Capacity development statistics

  • 8,769 participants in various capacity development programs.
  • Beneficiaries from 93 countries.
  • Interns (2014-2021) 53 males and 126 females.
  • Technical trainings: 2266 males and 903 females.
  • Postdoc fellows (2010-2021) 15 males and 10 females.
  • Capacity Development at Emirates Soil Museum (2017-2021): 1320 adults from corporates, 3201 children from schools and 875 youth from universities.
  • Capacity development country / region: Arab Countries, UAE, GCC, Sub-Saharan Africa, CAC region, Rest of World.

ICBA would like to appoint a consultant to develop a framework for ICBA’s future capacity development as a venue for financial sustainability.

Job Responsibilities
  • Evaluate the current Capacity Development.
  • Conduct PESTEL/SWOT analysis.
  • Financial Analysis.
  • Benchmark with similar centers offering trainings programs.
  • Propose a framework with a price strategy for ICBA’s capacity development.
  • Monitoring and evaluation strategy for ICBA’s training programs.
  • Possible certifications and accreditations for ICBA’s Capacity Developments offerings.
  • Preparation of forms/applications.
Qualifications and Experience
  • Relevant experience in the international domain and the know-how to accomplish the required scope of work.



The consultant must submit their CV along with a plan to accomplish the job responsibility (inclusive of the approach and the methodology).

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