Closing date: 31 Oct 2013
CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty and providing lifesaving assistance in emergencies. Its programmes go beyond meeting basic needs at the onset of an emergency to helping affected communities recover and rebuild their lives long after the crisis ends. CARE has been providing assistance to communities in Somalia since 1981. It is implementing a variety of longer term development activities aimed at supporting the Puntland Government in the achievement of its development milestones. CARE works in partnership with the government, international NGOs, civil society leaders and local authorities in order to bring effective and lasting change to the most vulnerable communities in Puntland.
In Puntland, degradation of the rangeland resources has continued to put pressure on traditional pastoral production. Since the collapse of the Somalia government in 1991, many traditional forms of natural resource management and control systems were abandoned or ignored resulting in overutilization and increase in resource based conflicts. Serious environmental concerns in Puntland include wanton clearing of trees for charcoal production, gully erosion and development of sand dunes. Trees such acacia are critical for livestock to survive periods of drought. If rangeland degradation continues at the same pace, the Horn of Africa by and large will be at risk of desertification, pushing hundreds of thousands of already struggling Somali pastoralists and agro-pastoralists into destitution, leading to a dramatic reversal of the MDG goals on poverty reduction.
CARE’s Deegaankaagu waa noloshaada project -“Your environment is your life”, is an EU funded project. It aims to combat rangeland degradation and hence contribute to MDG 1 as well as MDG 7. More specifically, improved and sustainable use of rangeland resources will contribute significantly to achieving MDG 1, target C, in Puntland State of Somalia, by bringing pastoralists, agro-pastoralists and other vulnerable rural people earning less than a dollar/day, above the poverty line. Moreover, restored (and the restoration of) rangelands will provide productive employment to rural populations through revived rangeland-based livelihoods and Cash for Work opportunities.
This initiative aims to reduce hunger and food insecurity in the Puntland State of Somalia by improving rangeland conditions, promoting sustainable use of rangeland resources, empowering local communities and strengthening institutional capacity of the Ministry of Environment to develop and implement a policy and operational framework for effective management of rangeland resources.
OBJECTIVES OF THE CONSULTANCY
The consultancy is a Training of Trainers (TOT) that aims to equip a pool of project staff and other local development actors with the requisite skills that will enable them to train district and village level structures that will actively participate in the management of natural resources in Puntland State.
CARE is seeking qualified consultants experienced in conducting Training of Trainers (TOTs) for project officers who will in turn train district and grassroots structures in various regions in the state of Puntland. The trainees will be drawn from several organizations. The consultants will work in a team, each handling their area of expertise and together develop a training package covering the following areas:
- Community-Based Natural Resource Management and Co-management of natural resources (3 days)
- Organizational Development (OD) (3 days)
- Institutional Strengthening (IS) (3 days)
- Do No Harm and conflict resolution using traditional knowledge and local governance structures (2 days)
- Leadership skills, public speaking and the role of women in natural resource management (4 days) specifically targeting women at grassroots level
The training has a second component of accompanying trainees to existing village committees to enable them to practice newly acquired knowledge and skills. This practice will be done in villages for only three days. Only consultants handling areas 1, 2 and 3 above will participate in the practice exercise. Each consultant is expected to develop his/her training component and contribute to the development of the overall training package while ensuring consistency in the use of simple methodologies, language and training approach.
• A training manual to be used by the trainees that adequately covers all the proposed subject areas of the training;
• Pre and post evaluation tools for the trainees to support them in evaluating their own trainees;
• A list of training aids, including simple case studies to be used by trainees for each area of training (end users of the training have primary and secondary level education)
The training approach, content, training aids and case studies need to be well designed in order to deliver high quality results. To achieve this, consultants must consider the following:
1. Principles of adult learning
2. Use of local knowledge and examples from the context or similar contexts
3. Delivery of the training will be in remote locations with very basic amenities
4. HOW training is delivered is almost as important as WHAT is delivered
5. The immediate trainees are not fluent in the English language while those who will be trained by the TOTs are non-English speakers
6. Immediate and secondary trainees are from a pastoralist community/background
The successful applicant should meet the following requirements:
• A postgraduate degree in a relevant field
• A strong technical background in the relevant field and at least five (5) years of hands on experience in training of trainers
• Demonstrated experience in working with community groups
• Previous work experience and knowledge of Somalia or Horn of Africa
• A good understanding of the Somali language will be an advantage as the training will be delivered using both English and Somali.
The TOT will be a one-time training and is planned for November 2013. Interested professionals should submit a technical proposal. Each application should include the following:
• A cover letter indicating selected area of training and previous experience that matches the objectives of the consultancy. The letter should be brief, concise but adequately addressing requirements;
• The consultancy approach, methodology and work plan;
• Updated CVs including relevant work experience, formal education, qualifications and contact details of 3 references;
• A sample of a similar assignment done recently;
• Consultancy rate per day in US dollars.
How to apply:
Please submit your updated CV and technical proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org by 31st October 2013, quoting the title of the consultancy.
CARE is an Equal Opportunity Employer, promoting gender, equity and diversity. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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