Consultancy service to develop a manual/toolkit and building capacity on gender integration in climate-smart agriculture (CSA)

Terms of Reference

Position Title:  Consultancy service to develop a manual/toolkit and building capacity on gender integration in climate smart agriculture (CSA)

Reporting to: Director of Gender Development Association

Duration:  May 2023

The organization’s background:

Gender Development Association (GDA) is a leading Gender Rights Non-Profit Association, working throughout Lao PDR since 1991. GDA works to empower women, gender diversity, and disabled people to achieve gender equity through joint action, knowledge sharing, and ending gender-based violence and discrimination.

The Project background:

This project will focus on empowering rural women within the Feuang District (Laos) through sustainable agricultural practices which are resilient and adaptable to climate change and natural disasters. The project will also introduce solar power as innovative, reliable, and climate-friendly power to the local communities. By enabling a secure, reliable, and predictable livelihood for its rural women beneficiaries, this project will contribute to gender equity and climate justice.

The overall project goal is to empower women by promoting gender equality in sustainable agriculture development for adapting and building resilience to climate change and disaster management. The impact of the project is a measured number of women smallholder farmers who can adapt traditional practices to climate-smart agriculture.

The Purpose of manual development:

  • Develop a manual/toolkit on gender integration in climate-smart agriculture.
  • Create illustrative materials such as PowerPoint slides, examples, exercises, etc.
  • The manual and materials will be used to train the project team, government partners, and smallholder farmer groups.
  • Conduct training of trainers (ToT) on Climate-Smart Agriculture.
  • Use outputs produced by the project team and its partners.
  • Identify other materials and sources and discuss them with the project team.
  • Tailor the training to the geographical context and trainees’ specific needs.

The Scope of work:

  • Present a detailed methodology containing how the consultant will conduct the assignment.
  • Conduct a needs assessment of smallholder farmer groups’ knowledge, attitudes, and practices on climate-smart agriculture to inform the development process and content of the manual and tools.
  • Conduct a desk study on climate-smart agriculture interventions.
  • Develop an easy-to-use training manual and supporting tools for planning, designing, implementing, and managing climate-smart agriculture practices.
  • Train and orient project staff and government partners in understanding the technical content of the manual and tools and how to use them with farmers’ groups. The training should be both theoretical and practical.
  • Develop an appropriate and user-friendly manual and toolkit on climate-smart agriculture technologies and practices in the selected areas.

Proposed technical content of the guides and tools:

Develop CSA training manual and prepare material for training sessions for ToT which,

should be based on results coming from consultation with the project team, but that should not exclude:

  • Climate change (basic science of climate change; understanding common terminology; local knowledge and perceptions; causes of climate change, etc.) and the challenges posed to the agriculture sector and food security in Laos.
  • Climate-smart agriculture technologies along the agriculture value chain from production to consumption, their benefits, accessibility, and associated challenges. These should be both climatically and agro-ecologically sustainable.
  • Alternative income-generating activities were compatible with climate-smart agriculture for diversified and resilient livelihoods, including practical steps on how to implement them, associated benefits, costs, challenges, and accessibility.
  • Practical steps for implementing selected climate-smart agriculture technologies using locally available materials wherever possible.
  • Adoption of climate-smart agriculture as opposed to conventional agriculture: barriers, costs, and benefits, technical knowledge.
  • Best practices and appropriate techniques.
  • Appropriate tools for monitoring the utilization of climate-smart agricultural practices and technologies.
  • Conclusions: adopting and scaling up climate-smart agriculture.

Deliverables

The following deliverables are expected from the consultants:

  • Inception report containing a detailed methodology for conducting the assignment.
    • The inception report should be formulated for how capacity could be built in such a way as to contribute to the achievement of project outcomes: training needs should be linked to the project’s approach objectives and outputs (that can be directly used for the training).
  • First draft of the CSA Manual and tools kits for review
    • The consultant or the consulting firm shall submit a training manual composed of various modules as per agreement and indication from project team. The consultant will revise the manual by taking into consideration input from the project team prior to the training sessions
  • Provide training sessions and submit training reports.
    • The consultant will conduct training sessions to project team and its partners. A report describing the training sessions undertaken. The report shall include an evaluation of the training sessions by the participants.
  • Revised training manual and submit final manual developed to GDA.
    • The consultant shall submit a revised training manual based on peer review from the project team and comments from participants during the training sessions. The revised training manual shall be submitted to the project team after the training session.

Timeline

  • The assignment is expected to carry out in May 2023. Actual dates will be agreed upon with the selected consultant(s) and based on the consultant’s proposal plan.

Desired Qualifications and Key Competencies:

  • Have a minimum Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture or Environment and Natural Resources Management or any other related field;
  • At least five years experience in designing and implementing capacity building programmes;
  • Those with past knowledge and experience in undertaking climate change capacity building programmes will have an added advantage.
  • Proven experience in the design of agriculture and or natural resources management related training manuals.
  • Experience in producing training manuals and toolkits with appropriate references.

Application Submission:

  • Interested and qualified consultants/firms are invited to apply. Applicants should submit technical and financial proposals describing fully how the TORs will be achieved, the methodologies and approaches to be used, detailed work plan and activities, duration and detailed budgets based on activities to be conducted. Also, attach your profile and proof of experience with relevant references of similar assignments
  • Applications with detailed CVs may be submitted with the following documents electronically as PDF files to email: info@gdalaos.org, with cc: t.tukhps@gmail.com. Please indicate in the title of “Application_ INA Consultancy CSA manual development”.  The only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview. The deadline for submission of applications is 14th May 2023. (Note: Extension deadline from 1st May 2023)

For any questions regarding this advertisement, please contact:

Khampaseuth Vongsakit, Project Coordinator

Email: t.tukhps@gmail.com

Tel/whatsapp: +856 20 99 690 458

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