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TOR For Establishment of Pastoral Farmer Field Schools – Gar-adag, Somaliland

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Establishment of Pastoral Farmer Field Schools (P/FFs )

Location: Gar-Adag

Project : DFAT 7, A-06262, A2.2.2

  1. Background

Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty . That means we tackle the inequality that keeps people poor.

Together we save, protect and rebuild lives. When disaster strikes, we help people build better lives for themselves, and for others. We take on issues like land rights, climate change and discrimination against women. And we won’t stop until every person on the planet can enjoy life free from poverty. We are an international confederation of 19 organizations (affiliates) working together with partners and local communities in the areas of humanitarian, development and campaigning in more than 90 countries.

The drought in 2016/17, have caused havoc and affected the lives of the Somali people, especially pastoralists. The drought has also led to widespread deforestation, massive deprivation, and displacements. The livelihood of the communities has also been jeopardized as substantial figure of livestock herds succumbed in the last sequential droughts. As pastoralist community had loss 60% of their livestock herds there was no any alternative to sustain their food security as were exclusively depend on livestock.

In Somaliland, the impact of prolonged 2016-17 drought is still being felt. Subsequent impediments included poor Deyr rains in 2018, an unusually hot dry Jilaal season in 2019 (Dec to Mar), an abnormal, erratic GU’ rainfall season (OCHA, 2019).

In addition, the FSNAU/FEWSNET technical release (Feb 2020) indicated that despite above average national cereal crop production and improved livestock production following a largely favorable Deyr(Oct -Dec) rainy season, up to 1.3million across Somalia are expected to face food consumption gaps or depletion of assets indicative of crisis(IPC3). Hence, a significant number of this category falls in Somaliland.

In response to prevailing crisis, a joint response against lengthy impact of drought and floods in Somali ecosystem was initiated by a number of INGOs funded by various institutional donors. Oxfam is an active member of SOMREP (Somalia resilience program) implementing agencies. The SOMREP goal is to increase the resilience of chronically vulnerable Somali people, households, communities and systems to climatic shocks and other related risks in targeted pastoral, agro-pastoral, coastal and peri-urban livelihood zones by 2023.

Oxfam in partnership with community stakeholders and the ministry of agriculture is working to establish one P/FFs in Gar-adag area to transform pastoralist society to adapt diversification of livelihoods. As drought became more frequent, Oxfam focus on building community livelihoods by exploring a number of lucrative ideas to maximize social returns and to further build community resilience against stresses and shocks. The anticipated pastoral farmer field schools will comprise 25 members equally represented by various segments of the community. The P/FFs will be a model for the entire pastoralist in El-Afweyn district and its surroundings. Selected farmer members will attend training on climate smart agriculture and better land management practices.

For the realization of the proposed initiative, Oxfam is looking for an experienced extension specialist who will lead implementation of the P/FFs. In consultation with the ministry of agriculture and the FFs consultant, Oxfam will set up a demo site to carry out P/FFs activities. Established P/FFs will be taught guiding principles of P/FFs including (i) roles of members in field operations, (ii) how production/proceeds from P/FFs be used to support the association, and (iii) access to demonstration site or participating producers.

  1. Purpose of the Establishment of P/FFs

The aim of the P/FFs establishment are;

  • Empowering the agro-pastoralist communities to improve production practices along with existing livestock husbandry practices. So, farmers will familiarize the concept of climate smart agriculture to maximize agriculture returns and diversify livelihoods
  • To make farmers experts in their fields to apply agricultural skills according to FFs guidelines
  • Encourage farmers to come up with new ways of thinking and solving problems
  • Developing the capacity of farmers to make informed decisions
  • Helping farmers learn how to organize themselves and their communities

  1. Responsibility of the Facilitator
  • Advise and contribute the demo site set up
  • Ensure the establishment and training of one P/FFs in Gar-adag district for about a month and half
  • Develop a pastoralist friendly manual for FFs trainings
  • Develop effective training materials/tools which are user friendly and compatible to the villagers
  • Bring up Innovative approaches, interactive practical exercises with feedback and coaching on the relevant skills and processes, discussion exercises and application of reinforcement tools.
  • Transfer techniques in the best practice for the training
  1. Scope of work

The facilitator(s) undertake(s) the services with the highest standards of professional and ethical competence and integrity.

The facilitator(s) is to develop highly interactive and practical outputs for this training.

The facilitator(s) is required to perform the following functions at minimum:

  1. To Review the relevant literature on P/FFs establishment and trainings to draw a well narrated training guide which can address needs of the local farmers.
  2. Collaborate with Oxfam project team to develop and implement the training including:
  3. Developing and finalizing the agenda for the training based on the number of days agreed and share for feedback.
  4. The methodology must be participatory and interactive based on the culture and the education level.
  5. Developing/elaborating the following:
  6. technical proposal outlining the establishment of farmer field schools and accompanied training package;
  7. A set of training materials. The facilitator must share the materials with Oxfam for quality check and comments
  8. Facilitate the training based on the agreed agenda, training objectives and outputs
  9. Prepare final report by the end of the training sessions- after two days

  1. Results and Deliverables

The facilitator will provide;

  • Before the inception of the task, a well narrated programs schedule and training materials are inevitable, without this candidate will automatically be disqualified.
  • Comprehensive training Report
  1. Level of Effort
  • Preparation of training outline
  • Design of training and preparation of agenda and training materials
  • Preparation of final report based on comments received.
  1. Duration of the Assignment

The training duration is 40 days expected to start from 28th October to end of November 2020. The training is expected to be held at demo site in Gar-Adag and the participants will come from the villages under Gar-Adag. The consultant may be an individual or from a consultant firm and should be able to assume duties by 28th October and finish on 28th November 2020 without interruption.

  1. Facilitator Qualification
  • The facilitator should have master’s degree preferably in agriculture, development Studies or related areas with remarkable experience of FFs establishment and training
  • A minimum of 6 years of experience in FFs and agriculture extension is an added value.
  • Examples of similar trainings conducted or materials previously developed;
  • Knowledge on FFs programs and gender issues would be a distinct asset

If you have met the above requirements please send your CV and technical proposal to at SOM-Consultancies@oxfam.org before 25th October 2020.

NB: Qualified female candidates are highly encouraged to apply for this opportunity.

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