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Technical Assistant to Deliver Trainings of CSOs on Regenerative and Circular Agriculture within SNV/REALMS Project

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Technical Assistant to Deliver Trainings of CSOs on Regenerative and Circular Agriculture within SNV/REALMS Project

  • Rubavu, Rwanda
  • Full-time
  • Contract type: Short term consultancy contract
Company Description

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Section 1: Company description

SNV is an international not-for-profit development organisation which was founded in the Netherlands nearly 50 years ago and has a vision to create a better everyday life for as many people as possible around the world. Through innovative projects in the agricultural sector, it aims to create opportunities for a better life for many, meanwhile protecting the planet. Through REALMS project, SNV seeks to enter a partnership with the IKEA Foundation, pursuing a common vision towards inclusive and sustainable food systems. The vision of the IKEA Foundation is to contribute to sustainable agriculture-based livelihoods in East Africa and India with a focus on inclusive agricultural value chains and regenerative agricultural systems.

Section 2: Project description

The Regenerative Agricultural practices for improved Livelihoods and Markets (REALMS) project is a four-year project aims to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Western Rwanda (Rubavu, Nyabihu, Ngororero, and Rutsiro districts) through creating conditions for the adoption of regenerative agricultural practices by a minimum of 5,000 direct farmers and 15,000 indirect farmers from the four districts. 

The project area is characterized by high population growth and increased demand for food, increasingly degraded lands, fragile landscapes, and weakened livelihoods. REALMS project will tackle these challenges by creating the appropriate conditions for the adoption of regenerative agricultural practices by smallholders. It will address the drivers behind the degradation of natural resources and incomes linked to unsustainable practices and promote concrete regenerative methods that will be beneficial for smallholder farmers, service providers (SMEs), and the community, and influence an enabling environment that supports these changes at both national and sub-national systems level.

Job Description

Section 3: Objective of the program

The objective of REALMS is to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Western Rwanda through the adoption of regenerative agricultural principles.

The project has 3 specific objectives:

i. Promote the adoption of regenerative agricultural practices by smallholder farmers, leading to improved soil and water quality and improved livelihoods of smallholder farmers,

ii. Support investment, business growth, and revenues for local service providers of products and services supporting regenerative agriculture,

iii. Ensure improved enabling, favourable to market-driven regenerative agriculture.

Section 4 Objective of the assignment

The overall objective of this assignment is to build the capacity of extension staffs from CSO implementing partners, public extensionists, private sector workers or NGO workers in the use of different regenerative agriculture extension methods, approaches, and tools through Training of Trainers (TOT), who will replicate the training in their respective districts of operation. The training will also serve as a platform to expose the participants and initiate the discussion around this new Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services, and how individual farmers, farmer organisations, and systems can better be equipped to deal with the changing paradigms.

  4.1.  Course objectives        

i. To enhance understanding of the principles of resource-saving and sustainable agriculture technology Regenerative Agriculture (RA) as a new way of farming.

ii. To provide practical knowledge and skills in the application of RA practices for different socioeconomic and agro-ecological environments in the ecosystem to enable participants to respond competently to farmers’ needs and have competence in the new agricultural system.

iii. To provide the participants with approaches and methodologies for enhanced documentation and wide scale adoption of profitable RA.

iv. To strengthen the competency of the participants to facilitate learning of regenerative agriculture technologies to potential support staff (extension) and farmers.

  4.2. Course expectations 

At the end of the training, participants are expected to have a basic understanding of RA and to give input to the development of project implementation action plans aimed at facilitating promotion of RA and effective establishment of RA demonstration farms at each project district as they introduce and promote RA practices.

TOT participants should be able:

i. Explain and demonstrate to farmers the concept and principles of RA and its applications on various commodities,

ii. Guide farmers and other stakeholders in analyzing and determining solutions to problems in sustainable use of soil and water in farming,

iii. Plan and facilitate farmer-based trials and demonstrations for adaptation of regenerative agriculture technologies,

iv. Develop learning facilitation materials and work plans for implementation of identified field activities,

v. Provide to farmers and/or farmer groups with relevant RA materials and tools as well as guide them on the use and operations of the RA tools.

4.3. Topics to be covered during the training

The training basically will concentrate on Regenerative agriculture technology and practices, it will cover various thematic topics which include but not limited to: What is RA and why RA (Background, historical perspectives, rationale, benefits, challenges); Conventional farming (what has gone wrong); RA Concepts and principles ( Minimum Soil Disturbance - Manual; animal traction & tractor based systems; permanent organic soil cover and Crop rotations and/or associations); Soil Health (Soil characteristics & properties, erosion and water infiltration); Regenerative Agriculture Equipment; Weed, pest & disease management and control in RA systems (timeliness; manual options; strategic control); Crop-tree-livestock integration in regenerative agriculture systems ( RA & Agroforestry; RA & Livestock, RA and Climate Change) and Extension Approaches for RA ( Farmer Field School, Study circles, model farmers and contract farming).

Field based practical will include integrated soil fertility management practices, practical demonstration of erosion control processes and infiltration Run-off trays; Cover crop types and seeds demo & display: RA techniques in manual systems (laying, digging basins, dibbling; manual weed control); R.A in tractor-based Systems (rippers and sub-soilers) to be pictorially illustrated through photographs and videos.

During the training emphasis will be on RA equipment utility as well as attention to RA technology package adoption to avoid impartial application of single principle which may end up not bringing expected results of the technology as proven when a combination of multiple practices is adopted.

4.4.  Expected Number of Participants

It is anticipated that the consultant will train at least 20 people per District belonging both to the district and CSOs who will in turn directly and reach 5,000 farmers and indirectly 15,000 farmers as beneficiaries of REALMS project in the next four years.

4.5.  Training Methodology:

The training shall be designed as a Training of Trainers (ToT) whereby the participants master theoretical and practical knowledge and skills of regenerative agricultural practices. The training shall use participatory and adult learning training approach to ensure active participation of trainees. Variety of interactive training methods shall be used including brainstorming, buzz group, group exercise, role playing, case study, etc. Upon completion of this training, all participants shall initiate similar training in their respective districts under the close support from the trainer/consultant and SNV Agronomist Advisor shall continue to play backstopping role.

Section 5: Deliverables 

The consultant is expected to ensure the following main deliverables:

i. Inception report clearly outlining the assignment approach and methodology with activities and timing. This inception report will need to be approved by SNV/REALMS after review and satisfaction,

ii. Developed training curriculum and training guide for CSOs in the form of TOT that includes technical topics on regenerative and circular agriculture. This curriculum will need to be approved by SNV/REALMS after being reviewed,

iii. Training reports highlighting the objective of the training, approach, and methodology, summary description of the topics and discussions covered as well as the list of participants in each district. The reports will need to be reviewed and approved by SNV/REALMS.

iv. Backstopping reports from backstopping missions to the trained CSOs. The reports among others should highlight challenges, learning lessons, and next steps. The reports will need to be reviewed and approved by SNV/REALMS.

Section 6: Duration of the assignment

This assignment is expected to be conducted in 120 days divided in a period of 12 months starting from September 2021 up to the end of August 2022. The Expert will spend most part of the duration of the assignment in the districts of Rubavu, Ngororero, Nyabihu, and Rutsiro delivering the training. This duration could be renewed based on the judgment of the necessity from the client.

Qualifications

Section 7: Consultant profile and Qualifications

A consultant to be hired should do have:

i. Minimum of a bachelors’ degree in Agronomy, soil sciences, agroecology, crop production, and any other related fields 

ii. Minimum of 5 year’s professional experience in a supervisory, management, or consulting capacity in integrated soil fertility management, agro ecology, and other relevant area.

iii. Demonstrable understanding on current regenerative agricultural practices.

iv. Proven experience in regenerative agriculture training.

v. Demonstrable experience in delivering training to farmers using adult training methods,

vi. Strong technical report writing skills,

vii. Excellent writing and speaking skills in English and Kinyarwanda

Section 8: Award Selection and Notification

 A. Selection criteria

Proposals shall be selected based on the following criteria:

Criteria

Points

CV of the consultant

15

Understanding of the scope and/or assignment

10

Proposed methodology

25

Experience in conducting similar assignments

20

Financial offer/budget

30

Total

100

Additional Information

Applications should be submitted to rwandaprocurement@snv.org not later than 23 September 2021, 5:00 pm Rwanda, time. 

 

NB: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted 

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