Call for expression of interest

Region: East Africa
Office: Nairobi
Hours: To be discussed
Apply before: April 23, 2019

About Hivos

Hivos is an international organisation that seeks new solutions to persistent global issues. With smart projects in the right places, we oppose discrimination, inequality, abuse of power and the unsustainable use of our planet’s resources. Counterbalance alone, however, is not enough. Our primary focus is achieving structural change. This is why we cooperate with innovative businesses, citizens and their organisations. We share a dream with them of sustainable economies and inclusive societies.

Project background

In Kenya, Hivos East Africa has implemented Women empowerment programmes since 2013. The programmes have successfully been rolled out in the coffee areas of central Kenya, where Hivos has partnered with E-com Subsidiaries Sustainable Management Services and Coffee Management Services. In 2018, Hivos worked through 27 cooperatives. The Gender Action Learning Systems (GALS) Training modules reached a total of 12 Master Champions, 150 Farmer champions and an estimated 8,000 Farmers.

The empower @scale project seeks to scale up the use of GALS in Kenya. It rides on existing initiatives and networks of the Secure sustainable Smallholder Systems at Scale (4S@Scale) Project and private sector partners whom operate in the coffee zone in five counties in central Kenya.

Hivos East Africa in partnership with Oxfam Novib, have received a 4 year grant from IFAD that will go towards supporting a project, Empower@ scale that will be implemented in Kenya, Uganda and Nigeria. Hivos East Africa will be responsible for the project in Kenya, while Oxfam Novib will be responsible for the project in Uganda and Nigeria.

The desired outcomes of the Empower@ scale project are to:

  • Outcome 1. A network of local/national Empowerment Learning Centres (ELC) for quality assured capacity development services on Household Methodologies (HHM) established and functioning.
  • Outcome 2. Regional hubs for networking, knowledge sharing and monitoring the use of HHMs set up and effectively used.
  • Outcome 3. Increased availability of new approaches for HHM/GALS for specific thematic areas and to reach particular target groups, such as youth and indigenous people.
  • Outcome 4. Increased global coherence of HHM implementation.

Purpose of the consultancy and specific objectives

The purpose of this consultancy is to undertake a detailed review and analysis of the tools, processes, and practices that are currently deployed towards training of GALS champions in Kenya by Hivos East Africa and other development partners that use the methodology.

Some of the aspects that will to be investigated are:

  • What tools exist for use in training and use of GALS in Kenya? How do these methodologies compare of contract with those that are used in the region? (Uganda, Tanzania)
  • How adaptive are the tools as currently used in relation to context? Including such aspects as Culture, Language, Literacy level etc.
  • What quality assurance mechanisms exist (If at all) to ensure quality delivery of the GALS Training modules?
  • Who undertakes training of the champions? And what curriculum is used for the trainings? How are the trainers/trainers certified?
  • What strategies are employed between the different champions in Outreach and promoting the use of the GALS methodology?
  • Are the current modules and related materials appropriate for use and effective in delivering training for Champions?

Scope of the assignment

The scope for the consultancy will include but not limited to:

  • Develop and design relevant tools to undertake the assignment.
  • Scope the respondents and undertake appropriate sampling.
  • Pre-Test the tools.
  • Undertake field data collection.
  • Undertake cleaning and analysis of the data.
  • Validate findings and Share draft report.
  • Presentation and dissemination of final report to Hivos and other project stakeholders.

Qualifications of the consultant

  • Minimum of a post graduate degree in Social Sciences preferably in, Gender,/policy, development, community development. Demonstrated skills in undertaking research assignments and adult learning are will be an added advantage.
  • Minimum of 8 years’ of progressive experience in Research and data collection and analysis.
  • A working knowledge of training models .
  • A working knowledge of Gender Analysis.
  • A working knowledge of lobbying and advocacy.
  • Fluency in English is a must.
  • Excellent presentation and report writing skills.
  • Professional qualification of the consultant, attach CV.
  • A reliable and effective analyst with extensive experience in conducting analyses and proven record of delivering professional results.
  • Experienced with non-formal, participatory learning approaches and preferably have experience with implementation.

Expression of Interest

Interested consultants should submit:

  • 1 page cover letter that summarizes capacity to undertake the assignment and commitment to participate in person;
  • At least 2 pages and a maximum of 4 pages outlining interpretation of terms of reference and methodology to be used;
  • 1 page outlining the proposed schedule of activities/ time frame;
  • Updated CV for the consultant (s) with clear focus on similar work. This should not exceed 4 pages per consultant;
  • At least two referees representative of individuals or organization for whom the consultant has previously undertaken similar work (not more than 3 years ago); and
  • Additionally, the Consultants are required to submit a technical and Financial proposal/Budget for the assignment:
  • Any other relevant materials relating to the consultancy.

A detailed terms of reference can be downloaded from this link 

Technical and Financial (soft copy on email must be provided). Email Applications must be titled Evaluation of use of Methodology and tools used in GALS training in Kenya on the subject line. Potential consultant(s) should apply via email to GrantsEA@hivos.org

The deadline for submission of proposals is 23 April 2019.