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Training Consultancy Jobs – TOR for Training of Farm Africa Staff on Gender Action Learning System (GALS) Methodology – Farm Africa

Organization:  Farm
Africa
Duty Station:  Kampala,
Uganda
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 vary hugely, ranging from helping crops
farmers to boost harvests, livestock keepers to improve animal health, and
forest coffee growers to reach export markets, but core to all of them is a
focus on the financial sustainability of the farmers’ businesses and
environmental sustainability. We currently work in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, and
Ethiopia.
About the project.
Farm Africa is
currently implementing a three-year project supporting coffee farmers in
Western Uganda’s Kanungu district. The project comprises of two distinct parts.
The first part, funded by the European Union, is already under way and focuses
on building the capacity of Civil Society Organisations (CSO) to create
employment and self-employment opportunities within the coffee value chain for
4,800 young women and men Kanungu district. A broad range of CSOs are engaged
ranging from coffee growers’ cooperatives (4) to national stakeholder platforms
representing both young farmers and coffee farmers. The second part, funded by
UK aid, started in September 2019 and is focussing on ensuring that women are
empowered and able to fully benefit from support given to coffee farmers in
Kanungu, as well as financially benefit from their contributions to the coffee
value chain.
Scope of Work: Farm Africa is seeking services of a consultant to conduct a staff
training on Gender Action Learning System (GALS) methodology. The Consultant
should implement a practical training methodology that;
·       
Delivers
technical training on Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) on coffee production
·       
Empowers
women and youth and farmers to implement and fully benefit from GAPs
·       
Improves
relationships and trust between farmers, farmer groups, NGOs, companies,
traders and service providers
This is a 5 days assignment
with an indicative budget of about UGX 3,000,000.
Objectives of the Consultancy Assignment:
The Gender Action
Learning System (GALS) is a community-led empowerment methodology using
specific participatory processes and diagram tools which aims to give women as
well as men more control over their lives as the basis for individual,
household, community and organisational development. GALS is not only a
‘methodology for women’, but a mainstreaming methodology for women and men to
address gender issues important to the effectiveness of any development,
including coffee production. GALS in different forms has been used to promote
gender justice by at least 100,000 women and men worldwide, including thousands
of coffee farmers. For example, at the
Bukonzo Joint Cooperative
Union in Uganda (BJCU), the use of the GALS methodology has led to women
representing 85% of 5,200 members and 55% of its board. BJCU has also
penetrated high- value speciality markets brought about by men working
cooperatively with their wives on household farms to produce high-quality
coffee.
The consultant’s
tasks include but not limited to the following activities:
·       
Harmonize/Synchronize
training materials on GALS
·       
Conduct
a 5-days practical training on GALs methodology to Fam Africa/CGC Extension
Officers.
·       
To
provide the Farm Africa with the materials or manual (both soft and hard) as
point of reference for the training and for reproduction and distribution to
participants.
·       
To
produce a training report.
Expected Deliverables and Timeline:
All written
documentation is to be submitted in English using Microsoft Word in soft copy.
The main body of all reports should be written in simple, non-technical language,
with any technical material being presented in annexes.
The consultant will
provide the following deliverables within the timeframe stated:
·       
Submit a
training plan embedded in a technical proposal by 27th of April 2020
·       
Share
synchronized/harmonized training materials by 7th of May 2020
·       
Conduct
TOT training of participants in GALS methodology from 4th to 8th May 2020
·       
Submit a
comprehensive training report for review and approval by 8th of May 2020
Management and Implementation Responsibilities: The consultant will report directly to the
Gender Specialist. However, s/he will also be expected work closely with the
Project Coordinator (PC). Farm Africa will provide:
·       
Guidance
and technical support as required throughout the training.
·       
Training
venue
·       
All
training materials, such as stationeries; projector; markers, flip charts and
many others.
·       
Meals,
refreshment, Transport refund & accommodation for CGC extension staff.
·       
Ensure
all participants are present during training
The consultant will
be responsible for:
·       
Developing
training plan
·       
Developing/
synchronizing training materials and tools;
·       
Conducting
the training in a participatory and practical way
·       
Sharing
training report and training materials for reproduction
·       
Transport
to/from Kanungu and any living/accommodation expenses incurred
Farm Africa Evaluation Principles: Farm Africa follows five basic principles of
sound evaluation practice and the consultant is expected to adhere to these
throughout the evaluation process. These are:
1. Confidentiality
and informed consent – all data collected during the evaluation will be treated
as confidential and cannot be shared outside of Farm Africa. All respondents
must be
advised as such and
always given the opportunity not to participate, or to terminate or pause the
interview at any time. The purpose of the study should also be clearly
explained before commencing any interviews. Data collection must conform to
Farm Africa’s minimum standards on Informed Consent, which will be shared with
the successful consultant.
2. Independence and
impartiality – Farm Africa is committed to impartial and objective evaluation
of our projects. All evaluation findings and conclusions must be grounded in
evidence. Researchers are expected to design data collection tools and systems
that mitigate as far as possible against potential sources of bias.
3. Credibility –
Farm Africa is committed to learning based on credible evidence. The credibility
of evaluations depends on the professional expertise and independence of
evaluators and full transparency in the methods and process followed.
Evaluations should clearly distinguish between findings and recommendations,
with the former clearly supported by sound evidence. Methodologies should be
explained in sufficient detail to allow replication, and evidence of failures
should be reported as well as of successes.
4. Participation –
the views and experiences of beneficiary households, groups and partners should
form an integral part of all evaluations.
5. Openness – To
maximise the learning potential of the evaluation process, Farm Africa may
publish full evaluation reports or excerpts from them or may otherwise share
them with interested parties.



Qualifications of Consultant
Essential
·       
Extensive
experience in delivering GALS trainings to trainers and farmers
·       
Excellent
community facilitation and communication skills
·       
Excellent
reporting and presentation skills
·       
Fluency
in spoken and written English
·       
Good
knowledge and understanding of gender equality issues, particularly in the
context agricultural value chain.
Desirable
·       
Understanding
of the Coffee value chain and gender related issues in coffee small holder
farmers.
·       
Knowledge
in gender mainstreaming of the farmer groups and cooperatives,
·       
Fluency
in Rukiga
·       
A degree
in Agriculture, Economics, or related field
How to Apply: (Submission of Proposals)
Interested
consultants or firms are requested to submit:
·       
A full
technical and financial proposal.
·       
Please
provide as much detail as possible, however at a minimum please clearly
distinguish between consultancy costs and expenses, and detail any expenses
that you will require Farm Africa to pay directly.
·       
Copies
of all relevant Curriculum Vitae (CVs). Only CVs for the specific individuals
that will form the proposed evaluation team should be included.
·       
A sample
of a recent training report for a similar project completed within the last 24
months (this will be treated as confidential and only used for the purposes of
quality assurance). Please only submit reports where the authors were the same
as or inclusive of individuals named in the proposal team.
·       
Contact
details for two references (including one from your last client/employer).
All documents must be
submitted by email to our ‘sealed’ email address tenders@farmafrica.org by 27th
of April 5pm East Africa Time. The email subject line should clearly indicate
‘Bid for GALS TOT Consultancy’.
Deadline: 27th April 2020 by 5pm
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