TERMS OF REFERENCE – CONSULTANCY FOR A TRAINING ON PARTICIPATORY RESEARCH METHODS WITH TARGETED CSOs
Farmers ‘Voice Project
Project intervention zones
Ruhango, Rulindo, Burera, Rubavu, Rutsiro , Gatsibo , Kayonza
Date of Training
From July 30th,2018 to August 3rd,2018
3 years 2018-2020
International Alert is an independent, Non-Governmental Peacebuilding Organization. It works with people who are directly affected by violent conflict to improve their prospects of peace. Alert seeks to influence the policies and ways of working of governments, international organizations like the UN and multinational companies, to reduce conflict risk and increase the prospects of peace.
Imbaraga is an independent, Non-governmental National Farmers Organization. Imbaraga works with farmers to improve the socio-economic conditions of an estimated 27,400 members located in 25 out of 30 districts throughout the country. Imbaraga is structured from the village to the national level and governed by the vision of making her member “A professional farmer and a change maker” through “lobby and advocacy”; “increase in productivity and competitiveness” and “environmental protection”.
International Alert and Imbaraga are co-implementing Farmers Voice Project (FVP)- “Ijwi ry’Abahinzi n’Aborozi ” A project that aims to facilitate a more participatory and inclusive approach to agricultural policy development by strengthening the participatory research and advocacy capacities of existing civil society bodies working on food security (including farmer cooperatives, value chain associations and research organizations) and creating mutually compatible District Farmers Network (DFN) that offer a space for farmers to voice their concerns and recommendations.
The overall objective of the project is to contribute to the reduction of poverty and strengthened food security by promoting farmer centered policies through enhanced civil society and farmers’ organizations engagement in Rwanda. Specifically, the action will strengthen the voice of farmers’ organizations in agricultural policy making, planning, budgeting and monitoring and evaluation in seven target districts.
The project has three main results as follow:
ER1: Agricultural oriented CSOs are better equipped to engage farmers and advocate for their rights in targeted regions.
ER2: Capacities of the District Farmers’ Network in representing farmers’ interests, rights and needs are strengthened.
ER3: Improved collaboration and coordination among agricultural oriented CSOs at national level for improved level of influence over policies and decision making.
2. Objectives of the Assignment
Within the framework of this project, International Alert is recruiting a consultant to develop training manual and deliver 3-5 days training on participatory action research methods (PAR) with targeted CSOs based on their needs as mapped during the baseline survey.
The purpose of the PAR methodology is to ensure that communities have an opportunity to jointly analyze the social and economic dynamics that perpetuate poor food security practices at community and district levels and to facilitate a dialogue between different community members over how best to address these issues.
3. Scope of the work
The consultant will be contracted to develop a training manual in Kinyarwanda tailored to the needs identified during the mapping of agricultural oriented CSOs and train 37 participants from 14 CSOs partners of the project, over the course of 5 days on:
The Participatory Action Research (PAR) methodology
Gender sensitive research techniques: this will be based on existing resources that Alert has developed and contributed to, including Conciliation Resources’ “Gender and Conflict Analysis Toolkit”. Issues covered in this specific module will include: similarities and differences in the experiences of different women and men, how relations of power and (re) produced by social processes, what is required to enable greater inclusion in governance and development efforts in the context, how gender norms may be driving violence or inequality, gender power dynamics between and among different stakeholders, including government, international and national CSOs and local partners.
Identifying representative research groups
Identifying representative samples
Engaging communities in research
Setting community expectations
Tools and templates
Conveying results and developing recommendations based on PAR methods
4. Specific tasks
The consultant is expected to conduct the following tasks:
To develop a training manual on participatory research methods with targeted CSOs (see scope of work above)
Deliver the training on participatory research methods to 37 participants from selected CSOs (60% women and 40% will be men)
Prior to the training, prepare the training materials in draft form and share these with the team for validation
Prepare a succinct training report no more than 5 pages indicating the content of the training and what was achieved.
The consultant is expected to develop his/her own methodology for this training, based on the scope of the work and objectives of the training. Apart from above scope and objectives, the consultant is free to propose his/her own methodology, however the methodology proposed by the consultant will be discussed and validated with the project team and partners before training begins.
6. Proposal Evaluation Criteria
International Alert will evaluate proposals and select a consultant based on the following criteria:
a. Qualifications and experience of the consultant’s proposed team to do the assignment based on the qualifications and competencies listed in this TOR.
b. The track record of successfully completing similar assignments.
C. Value for money for services rendered
The consultant must be able to meet the required deadlines, and must be prepared to share draft material with International Alert for comment and feedback.
How to apply:
Interested applicants are required to submit:
Technical proposal: methodology and experience demonstrating ability to deliver the assignment (including at least 3 references relating to similar work assignments), Workplan, and Financial proposal (taxes included). The training have to start by July 30th, 2018 and will take 3-5 days. Applications should be sent to the following address: [email protected], not later than 18th June 2018 at 5:00 pm. For any other clarification please contact the following Telephone number: 0782627185
Qualifications and competences for the Expert
Expertise in Rural Development, Social Sciences, or Agronomy sciences and other related fields;
Expertise in the agricultural sector
Experience in peace building or conflict management is essential
Proven knowledge and experience in participatory action research approaches and Evidence Based Advocacy
Experience in agriculture policy analysis, monitoring and evaluation approaches;
Experience in undertaking capacity building training, policy reviews and development research;
Good knowledge and experience of designing training modules for CSOs
Solid methodological and research skills,
Knowledge on ethical research principles and experience applying them in practice,
Fluency in English and Kinyarwanda and ability to write clearly and concisely in English is essential
Ability to engage people in conversation and record answers clearly and accurately,
Organizational and team engagement skills,
Excellent facilitation skills.
To apply for this job email your details to Rwanda@international-alert.org