Consultancy Jobs – Terms of Reference for Value Addition Training – Farm Africa

Organisation: Farm Africa
Project Name: Livestock
for Livelihood (UK Aid Direct) Project in Karamoja, Uganda
Duty Station: Uganda
List of Acronyms
Used:
·       
AFRII – Africa Innovations Institute
·       
CAHW – Community Animal Healthcare Worker
·       
DFID – Department for International Development
·       
L4L – Livestock for Livelihoods
·       
MCMDO – Mothers and children multi-sectoral
development organization
·       
NRM – Natural Resource Management
·       
TOC – Theory of Change
·       
ToR – Terms of Reference
·       
VSLA – Village Saving and Loan Associations
·       
WLG – Women Livestock Groups
About Farm Africa:
Farm Africa is an innovative charity that reduces poverty in
rural eastern Africa by helping farmers grow more, sell more and sell for more:
we help farmers to not only boost yields but also gain access to markets and
add value to their produce. We place a high priority on environmental
sustainability and develop approaches that help farmers to improve their yields
and incomes without degrading their natural resources. Our programmes range
from helping food crop farmers to boost harvests, livestock keepers to improve
animal health, and coffee growers to reach export market. Central to all is a
focus on the financial and environmental sustainability of the farmers’
businesses.
About the Project:
Farm Africa’s Livestock for Livelihoods (L4L) project,
funded by DFID is currently being implemented in pastoral areas of Uganda and
Ethiopia (2018 – 2022). Pastoralists and agro-pastoralists in these areas
suffer from high rates of poverty and malnutrition. Women are particularly
affected due to their low status and associated lack of decision making power
and access to resources. Goats provide an essential source of disposable income
for women in pastoralist systems. L4L aims to increase household incomes and
reduce household malnutrition through capacity building, community-led Natural
Resource Management (NRM); establishment of market systems for vet and breeding
services; VSLA establishment, product value addition and marketing as well as
nutrition awareness-raising. The project has established 200 local women’s
livestock groups and improved their access to livestock assets by means of a
revolving goat fund supporting in-kind transfer of goats between most
vulnerable households. Once these goats have reproduced and herd size
increased, the project intends to promote value addition activities in goat
fattening, fodder harvesting, leather product making and dairy processing for
120 specialist WLGs in Karamoja.
Overall project goal:
Increase household income & reduce malnutrition among women and
children and increased access to livestock services for 21,000 pastoralists’
households in Uganda and Ethiopia.
Project Outputs
1.               
5,000 women livestock herders in pastoralist
communities increase production of goats and goat products
2.              
10,500 pastoralists and agro-pastoralist access
improved livestock services and veterinary drug supply
3.              
7,500 women in pastoralist communities have
improved opportunities for livestock sales, income generation and values
addition
4.              
5,000 households in pastoralist communities with
improved dietary diversity
5.              
Documentation and dissemination of project
learning
Scope of Work for the
Training:
In this regard, Farm Africa is seeking services of a
Consultancy Team of experts in value addition and delivery of community
trainings to conduct a value addition training to 840 members of 42 WLGs and 16
field agents on the following selected value addition activities and
enterprises that the L4L women beneficiaries will engage. A list of the groups
per value chain will be provided by Farm Africa. The groups are located across
Moroto, Kotido, Napak and Nakapirpirit districts. A full list of sub-counties
in included in Annex 1, Download
Here
·       
Fattening of male goats for sale
·       
Value addition of milk products into for example
Amerinyang, Asidiko or Angodic
·       
Value addition of goat meat products into Emuna
or Akuring.
·       
Leather tanning and production of simple leather
products used by pastoralists like the beaded skirts, bags, belts etc.
·       
Fodder as an integral component in milk, meat
and goat fattening activities.
·       
With a large number of trainings to conduct over
a small period of time, the consultancy team will need to have the capacity to
simultaneously train 5 to 6 groups of 20 women in different locations each day.
Each of the 42 groups (approx. 20 people in each group) will
require 2 days of training.
The trainings must be conducted to all 42 groups over a 16
day period, meaning that the consultancy team must have the capacity to deliver
eight ‘back to back’ two day trainings.
This is a 20 day assignment scheduled from 5th – 26th March
2020. The indicative budget for this assignment is UGX 45,500,000.
Overall objective of
the assignment:
Provide a group based, hands on training to 840 members of
42 WLGs and 16 Field Agents to enable the groups kick-start value addition
activities/enterprises focusing on 5 core areas of milk product, meat product,
fattening, leather and fodder being integrated into meat, milk and goat
fattening.
Specific objectives
of the assignment
·       
Identify the equipment and materials needed for
training and to jump-start each of the selected value chain
activities/enterprises.
·       
Develop a training plan and training content for
each of the selected value addition activities/enterprises in collaboration
with the L4L project Business development officer
·       
Conduct group based training to 840 members of
42 WLGs and 16 Field Agents on the selected value addition
activities/enterprises
·       
Establish linkages with existing markets for the
WLGs to market their products.
Approach and
Methodology:
The assignment will involve group based training of 840
members of the 42 WLGs on selected value addition activities/enterprises and
Field Agents as part of the projects sustainability. The consultant is expected
to employ a team of experts to provide this hands on training to ensure
assignment is completed within the specified time line.
The trainings will be delivered will be delivered to the
women in their communities – so delivery methods should be appropriate.
Participants will not require transport refunds or accommodation, however the
consultant should budget for provision of water/juice and a simple lunch. Where
possible/practical it is preferred if this is sourced from enterprises in the
local community/area.
Expected Deliverables
and Timeline
·       
A list of equipment and materials needed for
training and to jump-start each of the selected value chain activities.
·       
Training plan and training material/content,
together with a detailed timetable for delivery of the trainings
·       
Delivery of 42 x 2-day trainings over a period
of 16 days
·       
Final training report
The assignment should begin by 5th March 2020 with the
consultant(s) expected to take a maximum of 20 working days from the day of
initial contracting to complete the assignment.
The consultant will provide the following deliverables to
the L4L Business Development Officer in Uganda within the timeframe stated:
·       
Training plan and outline and a list of
materials and equipment required for training and to kick-start the selected
enterprises within 2 working days of the contract start date. The training
outline will be discussed and agreed upon with Farm AfricaL4L project team
·       
A list of training materials and equipment
needed for each of the selected enterprises/value addition activities within 5
working days of the contract start date. The list of training materials and
equipment will be discussed and agreed upon with Farm AfricaL4L project team
·       
Training report within 16 working days of the
contract start date. The training report will be discussed and agreed upon with
Farm AfricaL4L project team
Management and
Implementation Responsibilities:
The Consultancy Team Leader will report
directly to Farm Africa’s L4L Business Development Officer in Uganda. However,
s/he will also be expected to work closely with the L4L Project Coordinator.
Any proposed changes to the personnel listed in the application or their
respective levels of involvement in the assignment must be approved by Farm
Africa.
Farm Africa will provide:
                 
The markets assessment report to the consultant
to review and develop the training outline and content
                 
Guidance and technical support as required
throughout the training;
                 
Copies of all relevant background resources
identified;
                 
A list of project beneficiaries to be trained;
                 
Comments and feedback on, and approval of, all
deliverables within agreed timeline;
                 
Payment in accordance with the contract.
                 
A member of the FA team will be available to
mobilise all the selected groups for the trainings according to the timetable
provided by the consultancy team
The consultant will be responsible for:
                 
Developing a detailed training outline and
training plan;
                 
Developing a detailed/timetable schedule for the
trainings based on the information provided in Annex 1, Download
Here
                 
Developing all the training manuals/materials;
                 
Compiling a list of materials and equipment
needed for the training and to kick-start the value addition
activities/enterprises
                 
Conducting the training and managing all field
logistics involved; this includes payment of field logistics expenses and
refreshments during trainings; and as such, the consultant should include these
costs in their budget
                 
Reporting in a clear and accessible format;
                 
Regular progress reporting to the L4L Business
Development Officer in Uganda, including responding to any comments or
technical inputs wherever reasonable;
                 
Production of deliverables within the agreed
timeline and in accordance with quality requirements;
                 
Seeking comments and feedback from Farm Africa,
through the L4L Business Development Officer in Uganda, in sufficient time to
discuss and incorporate these into the final training report
Qualifications and
Required Competencies:
Applications from individuals or teams are welcome
and will be assessed on their ability to demonstrate the following
qualifications and competencies:
·       
Extensive experience in facilitating trainings
on livestock products value addition
·       
Knowledge of livestock based enterprise
development at a small scale level
·       
Experience conducting similar ToTs trainings in
Uganda to women groups with low literacy levels
·       
Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Economics,
Agribusiness, Agriculture and Rural Development, Livestock, or other relevant
field.
·       
Strong analytical, facilitation and
communication skills
·       
Excellent reporting and presentation skills
·       
Fluency in spoken and written English
·       
Ability to communicate confidently in Karamojong
·       
Excellent adult training facilitation skills
·       
Candidates with demonstrable practical
experience in Agribusiness development and livestock product value addition
will be preferred
·       
Where applicants fail to meet any of the above
criteria, for example, fluency in Karamojong or experience in livestock, gender
or nutrition, the proposal should state how they expect to overcome this e.g.
additional team members, translation services etc.
How to Apply:
Interested consultants or firms are requested to submit:
·       
A Technical Proposal – using the template, Download
Here
– that includes your interpretation of the TOR and plans for
delivering the assignment including the technical training outline, timetable
for delivering the trainings and training report structure.
·       
A short description of, or completion report
from, a similar assignment conducted in the last 12 months
·       
Contact details for two references (including
one from your last client, and one for the assignment detailed as per the
requirement above).
·       
CVs for Consultancy Team Lead and proposed
community trainers (do not include certificates at this stage)
·       
Proof of licenses to operate in Uganda – see
checklist at end of Technical Proposal template.
·       
A detailed Financial Proposal – using the
template provided – that incorporates all costs and expenses. Please note
consultancy costs will be subject to WHT – this means the amount you quote must
include WHT, which will be deducted from the fees before payment, Download
Here
The Technical & Financial Proposals and supporting
documents must be submitted by email to our ‘sealed’ email address tenders@farmafrica.org. The email
subject line should clearly indicate ‘Bid for L4L Goat value – addition
training.
Failure to include any of the above documents could result
in disqualification from the selection process. 
Deadline: 2nd
March 2020 by 11:00am Eat
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