Hand in Hand Eastern Africa

Reference Number: HIHEA/030-2022/OP Reports to: Head of Programs Location of Training: Nakuru County Type of contract: Consultancy Languages required: English and Kiswahili languages are essential. Period of implementation: 8 days Type of selection: Firm selection

1. Introduction

Hand in Hand Eastern Africa (HiH EA) is a registered Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in Kenya with a mandate to operate within the Eastern Africa region. It is a member of the Hand in Hand Global Network that comprises affiliated organizations that mutually pursue the shared goal of poverty alleviation by supporting poorer communities to create sustainable jobs and enterprises.

Hand in Hand Eastern Africa’s Enterprise Development for Rural Families (EDRF) project is jointly funded by SIDA and HiH International and is being implemented across seven counties of Baringo, Kajiado, Laikipia, Machakos, Makueni, Nakuru and Nyandarua Counties. The project commenced in October 2018 and will run until October 2024. The overall goal of the EDRF-III project is to contribute to the reduction of poverty, leading to improved livelihoods as envisaged in Vision 2030 and other national strategies and global initiatives. The program aims to build the capacity of poor rural/peri-urban people to unlock their potential and capitalize on economic opportunities around them to create jobs and generate income.

Scope of Work

As part of the implementation of its projects and in particular EDRF III, HiH EA is gearing towards gender integration and equity. The Gender Action Learning System (GALS) from research and experience by different partners has emerged to be one of the leading tools for effective gender equality integration in projects by transforming gender and unequal power relations in value chains. It has proven to be effective in changing gender inequalities that have existed for generations, strengthening negotiation power of marginalized populations and promoting collaboration, equity and respect between value chain actors. To successfully realize one of its core objectives on gender inclusion, integration and mainstreaming, HiH EA is seeks to engage a consultant to train its staff on the GALS methodology. The trained staff will serve as trainers and facilitators of this methodology.

The training to cover the following topics:

  • Understanding and application of key concepts related to Gender Action Learning Systems
  • GALS Principles, Key features and Methodology
  • Community Action Learning
  • Participatory Gender Review
  • Knowledge and skills to map gender and power issues in rural/migrants’ households, livelihoods, and value chains
  • Entry points for GALS in households, communities and institutions –work in organizational groups
  • Action Planning in organizational groups
  • Gender action learning skills and tools to enable target trainees in target communities to collect and analyze information necessary to understanding and changing the gender relations
  • Knowledge and skills to apply participatory visual diagramming tools that are used for visioning, analysis change planning and tracking by individuals, households, and community institutions
  • Sustainable integration of GALS in rural livelihoods and community development process
  • Monitoring and evaluation of GALS

2. Methodology

The ToT will target HiH EA staff who are involved in the project implementation. We propose a significant focus on practical skills, providing guiding templates and high number of sessions for breakouts, adult learning principles observed. Plenaries and group activities highly encouraged, supplemented with theoretical knowledge built on case studies (nationally or globally).

3. Key Deliverables

The Consultant is expected to:

  • Submit the facilitation guide at least 6 working days before the anticipated start of the training to the Head of Programmes HiH EA.
  • Facilitate a 5-day training of trainers to HiH EA staff on the GALS methodology.
  • Submit comprehensive training report incorporating feedback from HiH EA team including assessment done on level of understanding for the trainees (pre/post-test).
  • Share the final GALS facilitation guide/manual adapted to the HiH EA scope of work with the HiH EA management team after completion of the training for future facilitation by the trained staff.
  • Render remote/virtual technical support to the team for a 4 months’ period post training. The support shall be undertaken once every month (days to be agreed upon).

4. Requirements

I. Firm

  • The desired consultancy firm must have a minimum of three years’ consistent experience in the practical implementation of the GALS methodology.
  • The firm must demonstrate ability to contextualize the GALS technique based on our needs.

II. Lead Consultant

  • Analysis lead to have a minimum of 3 years’ experience in implementing projects in the areas of gender and development;
  • Analysis lead to have at least 4 years’ practical experience in the implementation of GALS;
  • Provide evidence of Accreditation by Oxfam as a certified trainer of GALS methodology;
  • Evidence of services provided in capacity building and change management around systems, processes and approaches in gender;
  • Experience with program cycle management and interaction with key stakeholders;
  • Strong research and analytical skills with special emphasis on data collection and analysis tools;
  • A commitment to social and economic empowerment and the reduction of poverty;
  • A university degree preferably in gender and development, law, community development and other closely related areas;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Kiswahili is a must;
  • Include a summative table on relevant assignments undertaken and references and state the role of each consultant in the stated assignments.

5. Clients inputs

Hand in Hand shall cater for the conference facility and the associated costs.

How to apply

Submission of proposals The consultants are invited to submit proposals tailored to the outlined requirements, comprising of a technical proposal, financial proposal with clear costs including travel and accommodation, methodology plan, work plan, evidence of previous similar work and CVs for the suggested team. Deadline for submission of proposals is Monday, 27 June 2022. These should be submitted via email to: [email protected] using the reference number as the email subject.

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