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Research Backstopper for Inception Phase of the Establishment of Northern Africa Organic Knowledge Hub


The German development cooperation identified opportunities in organic farming in Africa to contribute to food security and other SDG challenges. The German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) mandated GIZ to implement an organic knowledge management project together with African partner organizations. GIZ has initiated and started collaboration with four knowledge hubs in Western, Eastern, Southern and North Africa considering the specific cultural and agro-ecological zones and conditions in each region.

In that context, Sekem Freunde Deutschland e.V. has signed a contract with GIZ to implement an inception phase for the hub in North Africa. The idea is to set up during the inception phase the structures and knowledge flow processes. After the inception phase of 6 months, the project should be fully operational in the main phase and impact shall develop on a broad base and sustain after project implementation.
Sekem Freunde Deutschland e.V. hires a research backstopper to support the baseline and fact finding research in Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco in an assignment of 12 working days from 21 October 2019 – 20 April 2020. This document describes the terms of references of this position.

The purpose of the inception phase with a duration of 6 months is the preparation of the main phase, the goal of which is the setting up and the functioning of a North Africa Organic Knowledge Hub parallel to the other African Organic Knowledge Hubs that are implemented/supported by GIZ/BMZ.
The overall objective of the inception phase is:
TOR for FiBL
Sekem/Heliopolis University and their North African partners in Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco have a common view and an operational plan to launch the North Africa Organic Knowledge hub in the network of the other Organic Agriculture Networks in the East, West and South of the continent.
The outcomes/outputs to which the research backstopper contributes include:

  • Sector and actors in Tunisia are researched, the baselines are available and the indicators/targets for the main phase are set;
  • Trust among partners is built;
  • A high quality and decently detailed project document for the main phase 1 is approved by GIZ;
  • Connections are built with stakeholders for the main phase.
Detailed Description

The FiBL is responsible that the three researchers in Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco are well coached to perform their duties and to do an effective research. She/he takes care that the researchers deliver an excellent work result.

She/he reports to the Project Director to whom she/he delivers the information and with whom she/he coordinates activities and time use. The Project Coordinator in Germany is informed in administrative related matters (contract, time use, finances, archive etc.).
FiBL is in close contact with the country researches and guides them closely in content related matters. The researchers follow the common research methodology and guidelines developed by the research backstopper but don’t formally report to him/her.

  • FiBL maintains trustful and supporting relationship to all project partner.
Financing/ Donor
  • SEKEM Freunde Deutschland
(Research) Program
  • Further programmes
FiBL project leader/ contact
FiBL project staff
Role of FiBL

Project implementation

Research area
FiBL project number 6518803
Date modified 19.06.2020