Consultancy for Gender Analysis Learning System (GALS) Trainings

Consultancy for Gender Analysis Learning System (GALS) Trainings

29/05/2024
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About Rikolto

Rikolto is an international NGO with more than 50 years’ experience in partnering with farmer organizations and food chain stakeholders across Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Our mission is a sustainable income for farmers and nutritious and affordable food for everyone. Rikolto works to foster a more sustainable and resilient cocoa and coffee sectors by strengthening farmer organizations, working on living income for cocoa farmers, empowering young men and women, and promoting diversified agroforestry systems and sustainable farming practices from a food systems perspective. (https://www.rikolto.org/programmes/cocoa-coffee )

About the project

Rikolto received funding from IDH through ETG, for promoting sustainable and low carbon coffee production in the Greater Masaka region. The project aims to address multiple challenges within the coffee supply chain, aligning with broader sustainability goals and carbon reduction commitments.

To achieve this objective, the project has designed a comprehensive set of activities:

Farmer Direct Supply Chain: onboarding Farmer Groups and registering and mapping farmers so they become part of the long term ETG direct and responsible coffee supply chain. Farmer Training: By providing training on low carbon farming practices, farmers will gain the knowledge and skills needed to adopt sustainable cultivation methods, including the use of biochar and composting. This, in turn, will enhance soil health, increase crop yields, and reduce the carbon footprint. Agroforestry and Shade Tree Nurseries: The establishment of shade tree nurseries and agroforestry practices will contribute to biodiversity, improved soil fertility, and climate resilience, benefiting both coffee farmers and the environment. Gender Empowerment and Financial Inclusion: Through Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA) savings groups and gender empowerment initiatives, women in the community will be empowered, leading to more balanced decision-making, increased income resilience, and reduced deforestation. Biochar and Bio Composting: Training programs on biochar and bio composting will enable farmers to apply these techniques effectively, improving soil carbon sequestration potential and water retention.

Objectives of the Consultancy Assignment:

One of the project key performance indicators is to deliver GALS training to 20 established groups (including 10 youth-led VSLA groups and 10 farmer-led VSLA groups). 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 specialty markets brought about by men working cooperatively with their wives on household farms to produce high-quality coffee. This is the intention we have for all our coffee farming groups and cooperatives.

The indicative budget for this activity is UGX 40,500,000 covering daily expenses and professional fees. Rikolto staff will from time-to-time will routinely conduct checks on the trainings as well as ensure all trainings are well conducted.

The consultant’s tasks include but not limited to the following activities:

• Provide updated GALS materials to Rikolto covering Catalyst phase, livelihood phase and leadership phase • Conduct a 3-days practical training per group on GALs methodology (i.e., with tools like soulmate visioning, vision journeys, Gender Balance Tree, social economic empowerment Tool etc.) • To provide GALS materials to 20 VSLA groups for their references. • To produce a training report.

Expected Deliverables and Timeline

After reviewing the existing capacity assessment gaps and in close consultation with the implementing team, the consultant and or team should develop a simple GALS training manual covering 3 Phases; Catalyst phase, livelihood phase and leadership phase. • The full schedule for the training • Training tools and resources • Training reports and attendance lists. • Training evaluation forms

Timeframe:

Training Proposal: Submit a technical & financial proposal by 12th June 2024 Training of Participants: Conduct training in GALS methodology from 24th June 2024 to 7th August 2024

Training Report: Submit a comprehensive training report for review and approval by 09th August 2024

Management and Implementation Responsibilities

The consultant will report directly to the Agribusiness Advisor (Coffee & Cocoa) in Rikolto. However, s/he will also interact with ETG Field Officer and other partners while in the field.

Rikolto will provide: • Participants/group lists. • Refreshments only (since these are group-based trainings)

The consultant will be responsible for:

• Developing training plan • Developing training materials and tools. • Conducting the training in GALS methodology • Sharing training report and training materials for reproduction • Transport to/from Masaka region and any living/accommodation expenses incurred.

Key principles for the assignment:

Confidentiality and credibility – the consultant should ensure professionalism when delivering this assignment.

Participation – All group members must be involved during training and use easy tools and approaches that enable quick memory of the training by participants.

Qualifications of consultant: • Extensive experience in delivering GALS trainings to beneficiaries in agribusinesses or coffee value chain. • Excellent facilitation and communication skills • Fluency in spoken and written English • The minimum qualification for individual facilitators is Bachelors in Agribusiness or agricultural sciences, economics, Gender or related. • Fully registered consultancy firm/individuals with statutory bodies of the government of Uganda. • Female candidates encouraged to apply. ** Other Application requirements:**

• Registration certificates if company/firm • Tax Identification Number • Tax Clearances if company • CV of facilitators and photocopy of their qualifications, • At least 2 reports of previous engagements • Trading license if company. • At least 2 facilitators who can speak Luganda.

Submission of Proposals:

Interested consultants or firms are requested to submit:

A summarized technical and financial proposal, technical proposal not longer than 8 pages of how you intend to execute the assignment with a clear training plan/timetable.

• Copy of your Curriculum Vitae (CVs).

• Contact details for two references (including one from your last client/employer).

• Copy of the previous GALS training report

All documents must be submitted by email to our ‘sealed’ email address eastafrica.recruitment [at] rikolto.org by 12th June 2024 6pm East Africa Time. The email subject line should clearly indicate ‘Bid for GALS training Consultancy’.