Terms of reference for the consultant to adapt the Gender Action Learning materials to the Hinga Weze context; develop two training packages, related to each other; deliver trainings; provide coaching during cascade trainings; develop a simple monitoring tool to track the implementation of solidarity groups, couples’ and individuals’ plans focusing on women economic empowerment, and provide on-site coaching to the Hinga Weze team and solidarity group facilitators to use it.
USAID Hinga Weze Activity/Plan International
10 Hinga Weze targeted Districts (all sectors)
60 days (February 2019 - May 2019)
Hinga Weze C3, C1, C2 and hired consultant
1. Hinga Weze Goals and Objectives
The goal of the five-year USAID Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze Activity project is to sustainably increase smallholder farmers’ income, improve the nutritional status of Rwandan women and children, and increase the resilience of agriculture and food systems to the changing climate. Specifically:
- Specific objective 1: To increase productivity and link farmers to markets;
- Specific objective 2: To strengthen business and management practices of agribusinesses;
- Specific objective 3: To promote the consumption of locally-available, nutrient-rich diets; and support equitable household decision-making.
Plan International is responsible for the implementation of Component 3: “Nutrition outcomes of agriculture interventions improved,” as well as the cross-cutting components regarding Gender and Social Behavior Change (SBC).
2.Background and Rationale
As reported in the Gender Gap Assessment (GGA) for Hinga Weze, in many households, traditional gender dynamics limit women’s equal access to productive economic resources. GALS will help to address these underlying gender dynamics, and promote gender equality strengthening women’s economic empowerment. Gender inequalities identified in the GGA include unequal household decision-making power; unequal access and control over household incomes; women’s heavy workloads; women’s limited access to and decision-making authority regarding credit; women’s limited negotiating power; women’s limited mobility to access local and national markets; women’s limited participation in influential leadership positions in cooperatives and other community fora; and limited male involvement in household activities, including nutrition and child care.
All these constraints hinder female economic empowerment and hence can affect family members’ development, including women’s capacity to access productive economic resources such as land, livestock, and financial assets that include savings, loans, and businesses. It is related to these different arenas that Hinga Weze will build the capacity of its staff and partners to support Hinga Weze solidarity group members to use the GALS approach, which will facilitate increased savings and enhanced women economic empowerment. A key component of this approach is for solidarity groups and their members (couples and individuals) to develop and implement both group and couples’/individuals’ annual plans for household development, with specific, achievable targets regarding women’s increased access to agriculture inputs, post-harvest equipment, savings, loans, and jobs. Solidarity group facilitators will monitor these plans on a quarterly basis and will coach solidarity group members about how to achieve their group plan’s targets.
At the national level: Hinga Weze team members from the national level will also engage in monitoring, including the Access to Finance Advisor and the Agriculture Inputs Advisor, in collaboration with the Senior Gender Advisor and Monitoring and Evaluation delegate. They will do so through field visits that are tied to bi-weekly and quarterly reports consolidated by District Managers, and quarterly review meetings. The Consultant will provide coaching to Master Trainers and solidarity group facilitators during these visits.
3.Consultancy summary and objective
USAID/Hinga Weze Activity requires the local services of an individual or organization (hereafter called the Consultant) with expertise and experience in the implementation of the Gender Action Learning System (GALS). The Consultant should be familiar and conversant with use of GALS methodology in the agriculture sector, including value chains and nutrition, with a focus on women’s economic empowerment.
The main objective of this consultancy is to support Hinga Weze to adapt the Gender Action Learning materials to the Hinga Weze context; develop two training packages, related to each other; deliver trainings; provide coaching during cascade trainings; develop a simple monitoring tool to track the implementation of solidarity groups, couples’ and individuals’ plans, and provide on-site coaching to the Hinga Weze team and solidarity group facilitators to use it.
GALS is a community-led empowerment methodology that can be adapted to different cultural and organizational contexts. GALS develops participatory visioning and planning skills and strengthens social networks for women and men at all levels. GALS can be adapted to address any issue regarding Hinga Weze priorities, including increasing women’s access to productive economic resources such as land, businesses, livestock, or financial assets, including savings, credit and wage or self-employment income. Work will be carried out through solidarity groups in which members will be supported to save for a specific purpose. To achieve this will require collaborative efforts across Hinga Weze components by supporting farmers, especially women, to increase agricultural productivity, improve access to markets, and increase their household budget to purchase nutritious food. GALS can be used to help participants develop new visions for relationships between women and men as equal human beings, and commit to and implement changes in gender inequalities regarding access to and control over resources and power.
GALS offers an array of tools such as the “Vision Road Journey,” which groups or individuals can use to establish their current situation regarding their financial or in-kind means, map out opportunities and challenges, and develop a detailed plan to achieve their vision. Likewise, participants can use “Market Maps” for better analysis and action planning around scanning current and possible opportunities for better markets. As for the “Gender Balance Tree,” participants can use it to analyze and take action around access to and control over assets and to shape income dynamics. Through this process women will be able to gain negotiation skills and engage various relevant stakeholders to improve their production and marketing opportunities and hence increase access to productive economic resources.
GALS implementation involves three phases of work at the community level:
Phase 1: Catalyst Phase – activities revolve around the Training of Trainers (ToT).
Phase 2: Implementation Phase – Skills, leadership and governance strengthening; cascading of trainings to solidarity group facilitators; training of solidarity group members; and supporting members to develop solidarity group and/or couples’/individuals’ plans, with goals to be achieved by September 2019.
Phase 3: Review and Anchoring Phase – Annual review of the solidarity groups’ and couples’/individuals’ plans.,
The GALS methodology/approach uses participatory methods and diagrams, drawings, and other visual communication tools which are important for fostering creativity and innovation, and hence facilitate clarity of concepts for those without formal education. In all that it does, the GALS approach promotes gender transformation regarding equal access and control over family resources and incomes.
The GALS methodology adapted to Hinga Weze will be used to build the capacity of Hinga Weze staff and partners to increase the knowledge and skills necessary to implement the approach across Hinga Weze components. Through a cascading model, these trained participants, coached by the GALS consultant, will educate solidarity group facilitators, who will, in turn, educate solidarity group members and support them to develop and implement solidarity groups’, couples’, or individuals’ plans, with targets to be achieved in relation to women’s economic empowerment. The GALS consultant will also support the development of a simple monitoring tool to track the implementation of the plans. This will be done based on an existing solidarity group tracking tool developed by Hinga Weze’s monitoring and learning team, in collaboration with the project’s advisor for access to finance.
The Consultant, guided by Hinga Weze’s Senior Gender Advisor, will prepare and deliver 2 sessions of Training of Trainers workshops on GALS methodology, adapted to Hinga Weze, to help women increase their access to productive economic resources. Resources to focus upon include: assets, including land; housing; businesses; and livestock or financial assets such as savings, credit, and wage or self-employment income. ToT workshops will include the Hinga Weze Gender and Nutrition Officers; District Business, Market, Finance and Development Officers; Productivity Officers; the Government of Rwanda (GoR) District Gender and Family Promotion Officers; and National Women Council representatives. Those receiving the training will become master trainers who will then use the same training module adapted to 2 days’ cascade trainings for the solidarity group facilitators, including Community-Health Workers (CHWs) and Farmer Promotors (FPs). The solidarity group facilitators will then use the developed GALS training module divided into appropriate bite-sized pieces for the solidarity groups members’ sessions, with illustrations, to train solidarity group members (couples or individuals) on GALS, focusing on women’s economic empowerment related to the work of Hinga Weze.
The Consultancy includes the following tasks:
- Adapt GALS materials to the Hinga Weze context to promote gender equality and facilitate women’s capacity to increase their access to productive economic resources.
- Develop one set of workshop materials with illustrations that will be used for the Master Trainers ToT and adapt it to 2 days’ cascade training for solidarity groups in English and Kinyarwanda, adapted for Hinga Weze’s three components (agriculture productivity, access to markets, and nutrition). This will include: the definition of GALS, rationale of using GALS in the Hinga Weze context, how GALS works, GALS’ targeted groups, GALS’ phases, GALS’ tools, an overview of GALS implementation in the Hinga Weze context, especially in Hinga Weze’s five agriculture value chains and in nutrition. The module should focus on women’s economic empowerment; equitable household decision-making regarding household incomes; access to markets; equal division of labor; and orientation for both Hinga Weze Master Trainers and solidarity group facilitators on how to assess and support the solidarity groups’ and couples’/individuals’ plans to foster gender-transformative change among Hinga Weze beneficiaries at the solidarity groups and household levels. The Consultant will deliver this training module to 56 Master Trainers, who will subsequently use the same training module adapted to two days ‘cascade trainings workshops for 600 solidarity group facilitators.
- Adapt the Master Trainers and solidarity group facilitators training materials so that they are appropriate for delivering 2-hour sessions to solidarity groups members during 7 weeks. This training module will have simple illustrations to enhance their appeal for the participant stakeholder group for which they are intended. The module will also include an orientation on how to develop and monitor the solidarity groups’, couples and individuals’ plans
- Deliver 2 Master Trainers training-of-trainers workshops, using the Master Trainer curriculum, of 3 days each for 56 Hinga Weze staff and partners. The training will include an orientation to the Cascade Training model then the Master Trainers will actually deliver the Cascade Trainings to 600 solidarity group facilitators. Both Training of Trainers and Cascade Trainings will include an orientation on how to assess and support the solidarity groups’, couples’/individuals’ plans.
- Provide coaching (through observations), and provide feedback on facilitation techniques and methodology to the Master Trainers (staff and partners) as they train 600 solidarity group facilitators (at the sector level), who will work with members of 600 solidarity groups to introduce and support the use of GALS tools, techniques.
- Develop a simple monitoring tool to track the implementation of solidarity groups, couples’ and individuals’ plans, and provide on-site coaching to the Hinga Weze team and solidarity group facilitators to use it.
Training model summary:
- Consultant develops one set of workshop materials that will be used for the Master Training ToT which will be adapted to 2 days’ cascade training for solidarity groups facilitators.”
- The Consultant will adapt the Master Trainers and solidarity groups’ facilitators training materials so that they are appropriate for delivering 2-hour sessions to solidarity groups members during 7 weeks. This training module will have simple illustrations to enhance their appeal for the participant stakeholder group for which they are intended. The module will also include an orientation on how to develop and monitor the solidarity groups’, couples’ and individuals’ plans.
- Consultant delivers Master Training, including an orientation to Cascade Training, to 56 HW staff and partners.
- Consultant provides coaching, as feasible, to Master Trainers who are cascading training to 600 solidarity groups facilitators.
- Solidarity group facilitators train members of 600 solidarity groups (couples/individuals), coached by the Master Trainers and supported, as feasible, by the GALS Consultant.
Plan International Rwanda, in consultation with Plan USA, will recruit the Consultant, and the Consultant will work under the supervision of the Senior Gender Advisor for Hinga Weze and in collaboration with the Hinga Weze team. The Consultant will report to the Hinga Weze Senior Gender Advisor. The Consultancy is expected to begin March 4, 2019, and continue for 12 weeks (60 work days) until August 31, 2019.
Plan International Rwanda invites interested local individuals or organizations with experience and expertise in the implementation of GALS methodology in the agriculture sector, including value chains, nutrition, and women’s economic empowerment to submit their expressions of interest by February 22, 2019.
4.Consultancy Outputs and Outcomes
- The GALS approach will especially contribute to the Hinga Weze indicator 22 on the Percentage of female participants in USG-assisted programs designed to increase access to productive economic resources and to the other following indicators:
- Number of individuals participating in group-based savings, micro-finance or lending programs with USG assistance
- Number of households increasing income for purchase of nutritious foods for women and children
- Prevalence of women of reproductive age (15-49) consuming a diet of minimum diversity
- Percentage of children 6-23 months receiving a minimum acceptable diet (MAD)
- Percentage of female participants of USG nutrition sensitive agriculture activities consuming a diet of minimum diversity
- Target groups (At different level of the training)
The Trainings will be organized in phases, as follows:
Phase 1: Training to develop 56 staff and partners to be Master Trainers (3-day workshop) Trainings will be three days each at the provincial level and participants will be invited from 4 targeted Hinga Weze Provinces, and will be trained by the GALS Consultant; the Hinga Weze Senior Gender Advisor will provide guidance to this effort. Master Training participants will include Hinga Weze Component leads, Advisors representatives, District Nutrition and Gender Officers, District Business Market, Finance and Development Officers, District Productivity Officers and Hinga Weze partners, including District Gender and Family Promotion Officers and National Women Council (NWC) Representatives. These participants will be expected to deliver this training, as described in Phase 2, below.
Phase 2: Cascade training to develop 600 Solidarity Groups’ facilitators be GALS Champions (2-day workshop) Master Trainers will train Solidarity Groups’ facilitators at the Sector level in all Districts, with coaching from the Consultant. The Senior Gender Advisor will provide guidance for this process. Solidarity Group facilitators will be expected to deliver this training and on-going support to Solidarity Groups members initiated by Hinga Weze, as described in Phase 3, below.
Phase 3: Solidarity Groups’ facilitators training of Hinga Weze 600 Hinga Weze Solidarity Groups (one 2-hour session/week for 7 weeks), adapted from MT/Facilitator training workshop materials)
Using participatory facilitation techniques, the Solidarity Group facilitators will introduce Solidarity Groups ‘members (couples and individuals) to GALS approach and will support them through on-site coaching on how to effectively develop, implement and assess the progress that a Solidarity Group or a couple or individuals is making in implementing the plan. This will be done through Solidarity Group meetings, and home visits. This activity can be adjusted at the implementation time.
- An inception report with detailed methodology and tools, timeline, coaching and monitoring plans and approaches to be used will be developed and submitted to Plan Rwanda.
- GALS materials will be adapted for 100% to Hinga Weze context to promote gender equality and facilitate women’s capacity to increase their access to productive economic resources.
6.Coaching and feedback on facilitation techniques and methodology will be provided to the Master Trainers as they train 600 solidarity groups facilitators (at the sector level) as well as to the solidarity group facilitators as they train the solidarity groups members.
- A simple monitoring tool to track the implementation of solidarity groups’, couples’ and individuals’ plans will be developed and on-site coaching will be provided to the Hinga Weze team and solidarity group facilitators to use it.
- A comprehensive training report (Master Training and Cascade Trainings) that includes successes, challenges, lessons learned and recommendations for future trainings will be produced
- A follow-up report on coaching provided to Master Trainers during the Cascade training of solidarity group facilitators as well as coaching provided to solidarity group facilitators during the training of solidarity groups members (couples and individuals) will be produced and will include successes, challenges, lessons learned, and recommendations for future training.
- A final report summarizing the adaptation of GALS materials to Hinga Weze, development of training package, delivery of trainings, coaching to Master Trainers and solidarity groups ‘facilitators, development and use of a simple monitoring tool to track the implementation of solidarity groups, couples, individuals’ plans will be produced and will highlight (what went well/areas to improve) and recommendations for the next steps.
7. Work plan & Timeline
This 60-day consultancy (February-May, 2019) includes the adaptation of the Gender Action Learning materials to the Hinga Weze context; development of two training packages, related to each other; delivery of trainings; provision of coaching during the cascade trainings; development of a simple monitoring tool to track the implementation of solidarity groups, couples’ and individuals’ plans, and provision of on -site coaching to the Hinga Weze team and solidarity group facilitators to use it. The table below, summarizes the key activities and timeline.
The Consultant must have:
- Experience of at least 5 years in the implementation of GALS methodology/approach in the agriculture domain, including Hinga Weze value chains, nutrition, women economic empowerment through Solidarity Groups or Savings Groups.
- Experience of at least 10 years in gender mainstreaming
- Experience of a minimum of 5 years in conceptualizing, communicating, working with others as team leader and executing a plan for a consultancy
- Experience of at least 5 years in facilitation using adult participatory learning methods.
- Experience in report writing: The consultant should submit 2 reports of work similar to the reports required for this consultancy and confirm that this work was carried out and written up by the consultant.
- Fluency in oral and written English and Kinyarwanda, and intimate knowledge of the Rwandan context in which the Hinga Weze Activity operates.
Interested organizations are requested to submit their applications at the reception of Plan International Rwanda/Country Office at KACYIRU next to Rwanda Housing in 4th floor in Golden Plaza Building not later than Friday, February 22, 2019. Applications should include:
Technical Proposal explaining how the applicant intends to carry out this assignment (methodology) in light of the timeline. More than 10 pages will not be read or evaluated. The technical proposal should be written in English and include the following:
- Technical Approach (6 pages): The Bidder shall demonstrate understanding of the overall approach for performing the requirements described in the Terms of Reference and the ability to carry it out.
- Personnel Qualifications and Availability (2 pages)
- Identification, in summary format, of the names, education, experience, and professional qualifications of the organization and individuals proposed for carrying out this consultancy.
- Past Performance and Timeframe for Completion (1 page): The Bidder shall submit a list of related works similar to the mentioned assignment. Bidder shall provide the contact details for reference purposes. Additionally, the Bidder shall explain the amount of time required for each element in the Terms of Reference.
Financial Proposal should explain the costs of the assignment (1 page): The Bidder must propose realistic and reasonable costs for the work, in accordance with the Bidder’s technical approach.
Prepared by Reviewed by Approved by
Christine Tuyisenge Jeanne d’Arc Nyirajyambere Tassy Mutabiirwa
Senior Gender Advisor Senior Nutrition Specialist Interim PSM