– Climate smart agriculture consultancy services (FFS trainings) – ACTED

Project Background
The project “Providing sustainable work opportunities to Syrian refugees and vulnerable Jordanians in the agricultural sector in northern Jordan” implemented by ACTED is funded by BPRM. It aims to contribute to the provision of inclusive and sustainable income-generating opportunities in conflict-affected communities in northern Jordan by enhancing the integration and participation of 560 Syrian refugees and 240 vulnerable Jordanians in agricultural livelihoods opportunities in Mafraq and Irbid Governorates. The project intends to provide increased income for 4,000 individuals and capacity-building to 8 cooperatives in close collaboration with the International Labour Organisation, who will play an advisory role in the implementation of Training for Rural Economic Empowerment-TREE and My.COOP training packages.
The implementation of the project will be overseen by the Food Security and Livelihood Projects Manager, with expertise in food security, livelihoods, and agriculture, and whose supervision will be complemented by the Food Security and Livelihood Projects Coordinator. They will oversee experts in capacity-building, cooperative engagement, livelihoods, and agriculture engineering.
Among other activities, ACTED, in collaboration with ILO, NCARE, ICARDA, and other relevant entities, will draw on competency assessments, value chain analyses, and consultations with cooperatives and stakeholders to adapt appropriate Farmer Field School (FFS)-based trainings.
Farmer Field School (FFS) approach is a group-based learning process that brings together concepts and methods from agroecology, experiential education and community development. In this field-based setting, farmers are able to investigate a wide range of topics, such as management of soil fertility and water resources; methods of local varietal selection and issues of seed quality; risks associated with toxic pesticides and implementation of low-toxicity alternatives; development of marketing skills; and diversification of farming systems with new crops for food, fodder and profit. Within the project, ACTED will provide training of trainers, based on the FFS approach, to team leaders, including topics such as climate-smart agriculture, microbusiness and life skills/legal capacity building.
Farmer Field School (FFS)-based trainings will be in line with the TREE methodology, a proven platform which assists those working in largely informal economies to build the skills and abilities needed to generate additional income. FFS-based trainings will be tailored to the local market opportunities and needs of beneficiaries. Trainings will incorporate national competency standards as much as possible, as well as operational safety and health standards and life skills. The trainings will also empower the beneficiaries with the skills, including sanitary norms and inspection related to production, to develop agribusinesses in line with the approved business plans.
Consultancy objectives
The consultant will work together with ACTED, ILO, NCARE, ICARDA, and any additional relevant entities to adapt Farmer Field School-based trainings modules to the climate-smart agriculture standards, within the Jordanian Context.
Specifically, this includes but is not limited to:
– Providing technical expertise in order to design appropriate Farmer Field School-based trainings drawn on competency assessments, value chain analyses, and consultations with cooperatives and stakeholders and in line with climate-smart agriculture standards.
Tasks/Work assignment
• Prepare and finalise the contents of a training of trainer for 40 team leaders, and a 5-month training module based on Farmer Field School methodology. More specifically, the climate smart agriculture consultant will develop the training plan as well as the training material and support in the provision of the training and in the monitoring of the results.
• Ensure that the above-mentioned training:
– Is adapted to the Jordanian context, according to the previously conducted competency assessments, value chain analyses, and consultations with cooperatives and stakeholders;
– Is adapted to the climate smart agriculture approach;
– Will incorporate national competency standards, operational safety and health standards, life skills, sanitary norms and inspection related to production, in order for the beneficiaries to develop agribusinesses in line with the approved business plans.
• Provide technical expertise concerning the current legislation and policy relevant to the access and use of public resources (such as land) and private resources (such as private investment funds) and ensure that this kind of information is properly transferred during the FFS-based training;
• Review, provide technical inputs and support to the trainer for the finalization of the Terms of Reference and any other additional documentation related to the training.
• Provide technical recommendations specific to the areas and the type of agricultural microbusiness in which the beneficiaries can develop appropriate microbusiness plans.
• Provide technical support in the creation of the tool for selecting successful business plans according to climate smart agriculture standards and share his/her technical expertise with the local TREE committees.
• Liaise with NCARE, ICARDA, ILO and any other relevant stakeholder to ensure that climate-smart agriculture standards are properly applied and updated.
• Collaborate with ACTED staff in order to share with them his/her technical expertise on climate-smart agriculture and ensure a proper follow up for the cooperatives after the end of the consultancy period;
• Identify/be available for any other technical issue related to his/her sector of expertise not mentioned above.
1. Training plan, training material and monitoring tool for a training of trainer and the related 5-months field training, based on the FFS methodology; Tentative timeline: 9 man-days; Final draft due: 15th January 2018.
2. Monitoring report on the implementation of the training of trainer (n. of attendees, n. of implemented instructions, level of the participants’ satisfaction, etc.); Tentative timeline: 2 man-days; Final draft due: 30th February 2018.
3. Attendance to the training of trainer for the provision of technical advice; tentative timeline: 5 man-days.
All the above shall be delivered in English, and in Arabic when applicable.
The consultancy will last for a tentative timeline of a total of 16 days. It is the consultant’s duty to state otherwise.
Specific conditions
• Accommodation and transportation will not be provided by ACTED. All costs shall be included in the offer. The costs must be broken down by categories.
• ACTED security guidelines will have to be strictly followed throughout the consultancy;
• International consultants shall subscribed to a medical and repatriation insurance. Therefore, the copy of insurance certificate has to be submitted along with their offer.
• National consultants shall subscribe to a civil and professional insurance. Therefore, the copy of the insurance certificate has to be submitted along with their offer.

Job Details

Date Posted:2017-12-06
Job Location:Mafraq, Jordan
Job Role:Community Services
Company Industry:Community/Social Services/and Nonprofit

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Career Level:Management

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