18 Jun 2017

Terms of Reference (ToR) Training of VSLA Members (Women) On Nutrition, Cookery & Hygiene


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somalia resilience program – somrep

Terms of Reference (ToR) Training of VSLA Members (Women) On Nutrition, Cookery & Hygiene


Organizational Profile: Adventist Development Relief Agency (ADRA)

ADRA Somalia has been operating in Somalia since 1992 implementing emergency relief and development interventions in different sectors including water and sanitation, health, food security, education, economic development and energy. Currently ADRA Somalia portfolio is in water and sanitation, education, energy and livelihoods, food security and relief interventions. Within the portfolio framework, ADRA emphasis on integration of key thematic areas such as resilience, conflict mitigation, gender mainstreaming, renewable energy approaches and capacity development in its programming.

ADRA is a member of SomRep consortium working in various districts in Somalia and Somalialnd. ADRA is currently implementing Somalia Resilience Program (SomReP) with six other organizations with deep experience in somalia/Somaliland to build resilient households and communities across Somaliland, Puntland, and South Central Somalia. The Somalia Resilience Program, or SomRep, is an ambitious approach to tackle the challenge of recurrent droughts and the chronic vulnerability that results among pastoralists, agro-pastoralists, and peri-urban households in targeted districts.

ADRAs SomReP-Sida intervention targets 2,530 households in the pastoralist, agro-pastoralist and peri-urban communities in 12 villages in Lascanood district (Oog, Yagori, Adhicadeeye, Tulosamokab, Yeyla, Shululux, Lafawayne, Gambadhe, Waqdari, Kalabaydh, Dhumay and Xidhxidh), a region that has suffered recurrent drought and extreme climatic conditions with devastating effects on the lives of people, the environment and communities’ livelihoods. These droughts often occur in contexts where conflict, high food prices, and restrictions on traditional livelihood strategies have already impoverished large sections of the population.

Consortium Approach:

SomReP’s consortium approach enables member agencies to rapidly scale up one another’s best practices and share learning in real time, as they emerge. The consortium’s Technical Unit, housed with World Vision, will ensure harmonized approaches technical knowledge, a join monitoring and evaluation framework, and continuous learning and innovation among the member NGOs.

The overall objective of the SomReP-Sida program is to build household and community resilience to drought and other related risks (including animal health and diseases, flooding, market disruptions and price fluctuations, new influxes of IDPs into communities, and climate change and environmental degradation) in Somalia.

Under the leadership of ADRA, the Consultant will support wider SomRep members and build frontline staff’s capacity in understanding Community-based Disaster Risk Management and Early Warning System.  ADRA will facilitate the overall coordination of the Consultancy including administration and logistical support. The Consultant is expected to have higher calibre in building staff capacity, understanding Disaster Resilience and Adaptation approaches.


Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA Somalia) is a humanitarian agency that started programs in Somalia in 1992 and is committed to its core values of enabling positive changes and building capacities of the communities through development and relief interventions and working with established local and external networks and partnerships.  ADRA’s goal is to build and enhance the capacities of vulnerable communities in Somalia to attain sustainable positive change in their lives. Currently, ADRA Program portfolios cover projects in the energy; water and sanitation; education; emergency and food security sectors. In Somaliland, ADRA has been operational since 2001 with development and emergency programs.  Currently, ADRA is implementing and education program, EPIPE (which covers Somaliland and Puntland) and support to non-state actors in energy NSA) within Somaliland.  Besides working in Somaliland and Puntland, ADRA was active in the southern/central regions of Bay, Bakol, and Hiran regions with relief and emergency programs in WASH and livelihood sectors until August 2010 when the programs were suspended and closed. In Mudug region, project activities are on-going in the education sector.

ADRA’s program strategy in its programs is to pursue a community empowering emergency/rehabilitation assistance where beneficiary communities are sensitized to own the development initiatives and actively participate in relief/rehabilitation/development activities. ADRA’s current program portfolio in Somaliland includes water and sanitation, education, food security/livelihoods and renewable energy. ADRA has implemented the planned activities following the Somaliland government national strategic plans. In this context, ADRA works in partnership with the line Ministry of Mining, Energy and Water Resources (MME&WR) and regional and local authorities that fall under Sool and Sanaag regions.   A crucial component of the program is building up the capacities of the beneficiary communities and local governments to continue carrying out maintenance of the improved systems and facilities. By capacitating the beneficiary communities, they are able to respond effectively by maintaining, managing effectively and sustaining rehabilitated water point infrastructures by themselves.


The purpose of the consultancy is to train and capacitate women members of the Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA) groups, to enhance their capacity in preparing wholesome meals for their families as well as act as change agents the rest of the community on aspects of nutrition. It is hoped that by the end of the training, the trainees will be able to advice on the mother and child nutrition and hygiene and identify malnutrition cases.


To train women selected from four farmers’ groups in basic nutrition for mothers and children and identification of malnutrition in children.

The training should address key issues of nutrition through cookery and hygiene, promotion of improved nutritional practices, and identification of cases of malnutrition in the community. Focus should be laid on the cooking of vegetables easily available in Somali as well as introduce establishment of kitchen gardens to the members.

2.2       Main Responsibilities

Provide a participatory training to 5 groups each having about 40 members drawn from VSLA groups in Lasanod district in Somaliland in nutrition cookery and kitchen gardening. Each training will be held separately.

2.3       Specific tasks and issues to be addressed in this consultancy

Train the Women on nutrition, cookery, hygiene and the identification of malnutrition in children and good dissemination methods for the same.

2.3.1      Training in nutrition, cookery and malnutrition

  • Training on what nutrition is and what it means to have nutritious meals.
  • Training on the main foods available in Somalia and their nutritional values
  • Train on the principles of good nutrition and cookery.
  • Train in the good food combinations that will derive maximum nutritional benefit
  • The effects of lack of proper nutrition
  • Training on the meaning of malnutrition and how it is identified.
  • Give practical lessons on identification of malnutrition for the different age sets
  • Train the participants on how to train other community members in the cooking of nutritious meals to avoid malnutrition.

2.3.2      Training in cookery of vegetables

  • Train the women on various ways of preparing vegetables
  • Facilitate in the development of basic recipes for vegetable preparations.
  • Encourage the women to introduce the use of vegetables in their families by reminding them the importance of such vegetables in their diets.
  • Train the women on basic health and hygiene practices

2.3.2      Training in hygiene and sanitation

  • Train the women on meaning of hygiene and sanitation.
  • Train the women on the appropriate personal hygiene and sanitation
  • Train the women on the possible consequence of poor hygiene and sanitation.

2.3.3      Training in the establishment of basic kitchen gardens

  • Train women on what is kitchen gardens and
  • Train the women participants on establishment of kitchen gardens using locally available materials
  • Recommend the suitable vegetables for kitchen gardens

2.3.4      Training on information dissemination

  • Train the women on various ways of information dissemination
  • Facilitate in choosing the most applicable method for dissemination of proper nutrition and cookery messages.

The training methodology should be participatory and review participants’ needs and develop acceptable and functional action oriented practical solutions. Action plans should be undertaken for effective dissemination of nutrition and cookery messages to their communities.

At the end of the training the participants should be well informed and ready to disseminate nutrition and cookery messages in their communities.

2.4          Expected Outcomes

Submit a report including the following:

  • Nutrition, cookery and malnutrition aspects that have been reviewed and training provided (refer to the specifics listed in section 2.3 of the TOR)
  • Recommendations and way forward for future nutrition cookery, hygiene training and kitchen gardens for women.

2.5          Travel Schedule and Duration of Assignment

The consultancy is planned for 26 days tentatively in July 2017:

  • Preparations – 2 days
  • Travel – 2 days
  • Training in Somalia – 20 days (4 days per combined group -5 groups)
  • Reporting – 2 days

Total # of days             26 days


A qualified consultant is required for the assignment. The consultant should be experienced in training of nomadic communities in health, hygiene and sanitation and kitchen gardening.


The Consultant will be paid professional fees in accordance with set/ agreed amount and as per the contract.


This assignment covers the training for women at venues to be identified in Lasanod district for a period of 20 days as stipulated in # 2.5 travel schedule and duration of assignment, without option of extension, except in the event of force majeur. Should the consultant take a longer time to accomplish the above-mentioned outputs beyond the time agreed, ADRA will not be liable to make any extra payments.



The Consultants should be:

  1. Technically competent in handling nutrition, cookery, hygiene and kitchen gardening issues. The consultant needs to be a good and proven trainer with excellent training skills and methodologies suitable for adult learning.
  2. Ability to train adults with low education levels
  3. Availability to undertake the assignment

For the full Terms of Reference (TOR) please visit ADRA Somalia website www.adrasom.org. Interested persons should send the applications, CV and technical and financial proposal to hr@adrasom.org by 30th June 2017. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.



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