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Job: Evaluation and redesign of extension training manuals for the Patient procurement Platform

Organization: AGRA
Country: United Republic of Tanzania
Closing date: 07 Oct 2016Background

The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA, www.agra.org) is a not-for-profit organization working with African governments, other donors, NGOs, the private sector and African farmers to significantly and sustainably improve the productivity and incomes of resource poor smallholder farmers in Africa. AGRA aims to ensure that smallholder farmers have what they need to succeed: good seeds and healthy soils; access to markets, information, financing, storage and transport; and policies that provide them with comprehensive support. Through developing Africa's high-potential breadbasket areas, while also boosting farm productivity across more challenging environments, AGRA works to transform smallholder agriculture into a highly productive, efficient, sustainable and competitive system, while protecting the environment.

Under its recently refreshed strategy AGRA will make investments in three new components: 1) Catalyze an agricultural transformation in key agro-ecological zones on the continent, 2) Unlock the value of private and public sector investments to sustain agricultural transformation, and 3) Develop capacities and capabilities that will strengthen and sustain the foundation for African agricultural transformation in the future

AGRA’s mission is to catalyze an agricultural transformation in Africa through innovation-driven, sustainable, productivity increases and access to finance that improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers.

AGRA’s overall vision of success is centered on two headline goals to achieve by 2020 through its efforts to catalyze, convene, and align with an alliance of partners and grantees:
  • Double the incomes of at least 30 million farm households through productivity improvements and access to markets and finance.
  • AGRA will hold itself directly accountable for 9 million farm households through the direct activities of grantees and partners in its first program in 6 countries to lay the foundations of an agricultural transformation.
  • Through partnerships with the private and public sector in tis second program, AGRA will contribute to the wellbeing and livelihoods of 20 million farm households in countries where an agricultural transformation is already under way, but needs to be sustained.
  • Ensure all focus countries are on a pathway to attain and sustain an agricultural transformation through sustainable agricultural productivity growth and access to market and finance.
Pursuant to the above highlighted, AGRA would like to engage a qualified consultant(s) to evaluate and redesign training manuals that have been developed under the Patient Procurement Platform initiative currently in its pilot phase in Rwanda, Tanzania and Zambia. In order to facilitate trainings, platform partners have collaboratively developed draft training manuals on land preparation and planting, soil health and fertility and safe use. These draft manuals need external validation for consistency, coherence and technical soundness, testing for practicability and finally translation.
Scope of Work
The consultancy will include but not be limited to the following tasks:
  1. Evaluate training Manuals: The consultant(s) will be expected to evaluate the existing manuals that have been developed, make additions where additional information is needed and also develop guidelines for conducting the training sessions. This will include the development of TOT guidelines and also help design Farmer facing materials. Initially the manuals will focus on:
    1. Land preparation and seed planting
    2. Integrated pest management
    3. Soil and soil fertility
    4. Safe use
  2. Undertake a Trainer of Trainer session for field officers expected to deliver on the above trainings.
  3. Work with Platform partners to refine each manual and training aids before final printing
Deliverables
The consultancy will be expected to deliver, the following outputs:
  1. A manual evaluation report detailing
  2. 4 draft manuals ( in relation to the aforementioned topics) with suggested additions
  3. Draft Training guides and aids. This will include TOT guides and farmer facing power point slides.
  4. Workshop report on the Trainer of Trainer sessions
  5. Field report

How to apply:

Proposal Submission
Interested and qualified consultants are invited to submit their proposal(s) comprising of the following:
  • An understanding of the consultancy requirements
  • Methodology and work-plan for performing the assignment
  • Project delivery plan
  • Team composition and tasks assignment
  • Detailed reference list indicating the scope and magnitude of similar assignments
  • Relevant services undertaken in the past three (3) years
  • Registration and other relevant statutory documents
Evaluation Factors and Sub factors
The Proposal for this contract will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
  • Thoroughness in complying with all of the elements laid out in the tasks;
  • Years of experience in delivering similar assignments.
  • Technical/educational background of the consultant(s)
  • Quality of sample manuals from previous assignments.
  • Strong familiarity with scope of work
  • Quality of technical proposal
  • Methodological approach
  • Work plan
  • Budget
Technical and Financial proposals will need to be submitted as separate documents. Financial proposals will not be opened until the conclusion of the technical evaluation and then only for those proposals that are deemed qualified and responsive. Note that the financial proposal should include all applicable taxes.
Clarifications
Questions and/or clarifications may be submitted to jmacharia@agra.org by 28th Sept 2016 Responses will be shared with all those who will have shared their e-mail addresses with us by 29th Sept 2016

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