EOI for India case study on Pathways for Innovation in Sustainable Agriculture

International Water Management Institute
Last date: 
Sunday, March 21, 2021

Detailed Description

About the Organization:

International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is a non-profit, scientific research organization focusing on the sustainable use of water and land resources in developing countries. IWMI works in partnership with governments, civil society and the private sector to develop scalable agricultural water management solutions that have a real impact on poverty reduction, food security and ecosystem health.


The International Water Management Institute (IWMI), on behalf of the international Commission on Sustainable Agriculture Intensification (CoSAI), is seeking Expressions of Interest (EoI) from consultants to conduct three individual country case studies on pathways for innovation for sustainable agriculture intensification (SAI). Here, the term ‘innovation’ includes institutional, policy and financial innovations as well as scientific and technological innovations related to sustainable agriculture intensification. SAI refers to the transformative changes required in agricultural systems to meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the climate goals of the Paris Agreement, including social and human objectives as well as environmental sustainability.

This Call for EoI refers to the country case study in India. It is one of three country case studies (Brazil, India and Kenya) that will use a common framework of analysis to draw out common lessons as well as context-specific findings. The study aims to extract lessons in innovation for SAI, based on concrete examples, to guide future investment by practitioners and investors. The study will also help feed into global advocacy by CoSAI and partners to increase and improve the use of funding for research and innovation to rapidly scale up SAI.


The final scope of this study and deliverables will be agreed following the inception phase. Consultants are asked to cover a minimum of six case studies in the country report. The exact number can be decided in the inception phase. Cases are expected to be selected purposively to provide good evidence and critical lessons.


The budget available for the assignment is of the order of US$ 75,000. This sum is expected to cover all aspects of the study, but may be used predominantly for the payment of consulting fees.

Content of EoI:

All applicants should provide a brief EoI (a maximum of 12 single-spaced pages, plus annexes) including the following information:

  • Postal address, legal registration and electronic contact information for the applicant (or lead applicant, if a consortium). Provide the name of a contact person including their title, phone number, Skype ID or similar, and e-mail address.
  • Names and brief summary of experience of the team leader and other key team members, and confirmation of their dates of availability, supported by annexes 1 and 2 (see below).
  • Proposed approach to the study and justification for the proposals made (see section Scope), taking into consideration that this may be further refined during the inception phase, in collaboration with other country teams. The main objective of the EOI is to demonstrate a pragmatic approach based on in-depth experience in completing similar assignments.
  • Budget and time required (the amount should be under the allocated budget), including daily rates and anticipated numbers of days for named individual consultants, and any other anticipated operational or overhead costs. Assumptions made on tasks to be completed and time requirements underlying the estimates should be specified. Tasks should include preparation and participation in a minimum of four online meetings: briefing, national feedback, discussion of emerging results with other country case study leaders, and final presentation. Where possible, estimates should be ‘ground-truthed’ with reference to the actual cost/time of previous relevant studies carried out by the applicant or others.
  • Conflict of interest statement. All applicants should disclose any past or current contractual or financial relationships with CoSAI, WLE or IWMI.

Annex 1: Short curriculum vitae for the team leader and other proposed team members.

Annex 2: List of studies previously carried out by team members or the organization/firm that demonstrate relevant experience, including links or attachments


  • Any experienced think tank, research institution or consultancy firm, or a combination of individuals and/or entities, whether for-profit or non-profit, or academic institution are eligible to apply for this consultancy.
  • The applicant (or lead applicant) must be based in the country of the case study. Experience of similar work (collecting and critically reviewing a range of evidence on processes and outcomes) will be a distinct advantage.
  • The consultancy team leader should have experience in managing teams to produce high-quality results on time and within budget.
  • The team leader (or lead author, if different) must have clear, concise writing and presentation skills; and excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.


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