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The European Committee for Training and Agriculture (“CEFA”) has received financing from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (“IFAD”) and intends to apply a portion of the proceeds of this grant to eligible payments under this contract, for which this Request for Expression of Interest is issued.
CEFA invites Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from legally constituted consulting firms and no-profit organizations (not individual consultants) to provide the consultant services referenced above. More details on these consultant services are provided in the Abridged Terms of Reference (ATOR). This REOI is open to all eligible entities (“Consultants”) who wish to respond.
The Client intends to hire a consulting firm or a no-profit organization (the “Consultant”) to provide consulting services for the implementation of the project activity: “Beneficiary identification and needs assessment for irrigation and agricultural components”. The Consultant may sub-contract selected activities provided that said services do will not exceed 20% of the total consultancy work.
Location: Bari and Nugal regions, Puntland State of Somalia
Anticipated Start Date: November 2019
Duration of Assignment: 2 months, beginning from November 2019 to January 2020.
Before preparing its EOIs, the Consultant is advised to review the Abridged Terms of Reference (AToR) which describes the assignment in detail the technical qualifications of the Consultant shall be evaluated on.
An organization will be selected under Selection Based on the Consultants’ Qualifications (CQS) method in accordance with the procedures set out in the IFAD Procurement Handbook which are provided on the IFAD website (https://www.ifad.org/documents/38711624/39421018/proc_handbook_e.pdf/2fe…)
ABRIDGED TERMS OF REFERENCE (AToR)
The objectives of the consultancy are:
1) To collect analyze the variable indicators from the project log frame (Main practices, inputs, and technologies adopted by the local household’s in farming and irrigation activities). 2) To collect and analyze the relevant information on the existing situation of project target beneficiary (including marginalized households and females). 3) To collect and analyze relevant information in terms of sources and level of income, food security situation, access and control to available productive resources and malnutrition. 4) To map out existed different water users and farmer associations in the target areas. 5) To assess water management committee gaps and needs and recommend strategies to build the capacity of the existed water management committee. 6) Assess farmer association in the target area including their profile and capacity gaps including training needs, skill-building, and gender composition. 7) To develop training modules for both farmer association and water management committee. 8) Map out vulnerabilities and explore how best the project can address the needs of marginalized groups and communities. 9) To identify and map the main IDPs settlement and communities in the target regions. 10) To analyze the demographic features of target communities. 11) To assess the needs and capacity of target communities (date palm cultivation, marketing, and irrigation demand)
The proposed duration of the contract is 2 months, beginning from November 2019 to January 2020.
The service providers shall conduct the envisions data and information collection using a combination of i) desk review of available secondary data; ii) quantitative data collection; iii) qualitative data collection, according to the different tasks and the availability of secondary sources. The geographical scope of this consultancy will be composed of around 60 locations in Bari and Nugal regions which have been pre-identified by CEFA for the implementation of the FSSFS Project. The consultancy services shall be implemented into two main phases as described below.
The activities to be implemented are as follows:
0. Preliminary activities 0.1 Submission of the revised technical proposal by incorporating CEFA’s inputs and including the proposed data collection tools for the assignment; 0.2 Submission of the revised data collection tools based on CEFA’s inputs and requests for amendment.
1. Preliminary consultations with relevant community leaders and local authorities 1.1 Conduct a preliminary meeting with the Puntland Ministry of Environment, Agriculture and Climate Change (MoEACC) to explain the main objectives of the assignment and to coordinate with the MoEACC for the implementation of the envisioned activities; 1.2 Conduct preliminary meetings with the relevant community leaders of target locations (community elders, village leaders, farmers committees’ representatives, etc.) to inform them on the conduction of the study and to agree on the involvement of the community.
2. Conduction of a Gendered Context Analysis to identify the main driving factors of conflict, exclusion and marginalization among the targeted community (desk review, quantitative, and qualitative data collection and analysis) 2.1 Conduction of key informant interviews with relevant stakeholders including the Puntland MoEACC; 2.2 Desk review and overall description of the main socio-economic and demographic attributes of the area of intervention, including a synthetic livelihoods analysis disaggregated by age and gender; 2.3 Identification of the main drivers of conflict, exclusion, and marginalization within the target communities; 2.4 Assess level of inclusion of women in i) agricultural activities; ii) other income generating activities; iii) management of water sources; iii) decision making at households and community level; 2.5 Identify and assess the main challenges in terms of security and accessibility within the target locations; 2.6 Brief analysis and description of the main demographic features and patterns in target locations (level of income, food security situation, access and control of available productive resource, main agronomic practices, inputs, and technologies adopted, constraints and bottleneck, etc.) including general recommendations for their further development and improvement
3. Mapping of communities in target locations, including capacity and needs assessment in terms of date palm production and irrigation management. (desk review, qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis) 3.1 Identify and describe the main demographic characteristics of farming households in target locations. This must include an estimation of the farmers involved in date palm cultivation and using water sources for irrigation within the target locations. All collected data shall be disaggregated by age and gender whenever possible. 3.2 Carry out, in collaboration with the Puntland MoEACC and with key community leaders, a mapping exercise of the target communities vulnerabilities and explore how best the project can address the needs of marginalized groups and communities. 3.3 Identify the main sources of income (and their contribution to the overall households’ income) of target communities. 3.4 Assess food security, nutrition status, and socio-economic conditions and trends of target communities and evaluate their impacts on potential livelihoods in Bari and Nugal regions with a specific focus on irrigation and date palm cultivation. 3.5 Conduct a needs and capacity assessment in terms of i) agricultural activities, ii) date palm cultivation and marketing, ii) irrigation management. 3.6 Identify the main needs and constraints to the date palm production in terms of access to agricultural inputs and tools. 3.7 Mapping water demand characteristics in target locations and identify the main needs of the population in terms of irrigation, water access, and management. 3.8 Provide recommendations on the main topics and areas that need to be capacity built within the target communities, in terms of date palm production and irrigation management. 3.9 Identify the main IDPs settlement and communities in the Bari and Nugal regions, describing their main demographic and socio-economic characteristics. 3.10 Provide recommendations on how to include IDPs in agricultural and irrigation related activities envisioned by the project. 3.11 Verify accuracy where possible when reviewing relevant secondary data and information on socioeconomic issues and conditions which have an effect on the communities in target locations.
4. Mapping of key stakeholders and community associations in target locations, including capacity and needs assessment in terms of date palm production and irrigation management. (desk review, qualitative data collection, and analysis) 4.1 Identify the main type of water sources available and the water users’ groups or water management committees active in target locations, including their compositions and structures. 4.2 Identify farmer associations in target locations, including their profiles, main roles, and structures. 4.3 Conduct a capacity gaps and needs assessment for water users’ groups or water management committees in target locations and recommend strategies to build the capacity of the existing community-based associations and improve management of water sources for productive purposes, with a specific focus on date palm irrigation. 4.4 Conduct farmer associations capacity gaps and needs assessment, including recommendations on the best strategies to strengthen their role and capacity in terms of production and marketing of date palm.
5. Identification of proposed criteria for inclusive and gendered sensitive targeting of our beneficiaries 5.1 Definition of proposed criteria for beneficiaries targeting to ensure an inclusive, gender and conflict-sensitive targeting of project beneficiaries in target locations. 5.2 Review the proposed criteria with CEFA Project Team and Project Manager.
6. Submission of 1 Interim Report 6.1 Submission of the 1st Draft of the Interim Report. 6.2 Integrations of CEFA comments and request for amendments.
7. Identification and profiling of project beneficiaries based on the selected criteria and in collaboration with CEFA staff. 7.1 Identify beneficiaries in the target locations matching the proposed and the agreed targeting criteria. 7.2 Preparation of a comprehensive database of targeted beneficiaries’ key demographic characteristics. 8. Baseline Survey to inform the key communities’ indicators 8.1 Quantitative data collection to inform the following indicators with reference to the targeted beneficiaries: a)Type of available water source for irrigation (Boreholes, shallow wells, hand-dug wells, dams, etc.); b) Quality of the available water for irrigation; c)The proportion of household’s beneficiary having a reliable access to water for irrigation throughout the year; d) The average level of households’ income; e) The average level of date palm production; f) Main practices and technologies adopted by the beneficiaries for date palm cultivation and irrigation management
9. Submission of Final Report 9.1 Submission of the 1st Draft of the Interim Report. 9.2 Integrations of CEFA comments and request for amendments.
The expected deliverables of the consultancy as follows:
Deliverable 1: Revised Technical Proposal and proposed Data Collection Tools
Deliverable 2: Revised Data Collection Tools including CEFA’ comments and requests for amendments
Deliverable 3: Attendance Lists and Minutes of consultations with stakeholders and local authorities
Deliverable 4: Interim Report The report shall include the following sections:
The report shall also incorporate all CEFA’s comments and requests for amendment/integration
Deliverable 5: Final Report, The report shall include the following sections:
Methods of Payment and Installments
1st installment – 20% of the total amount will be paid upon completion of Deliverable 1 and 2;
2nd installment – 40% of the total amount will be paid upon completion of Deliverable 3 and 4 upon completion, submission, and approval by CEFA of the final report;
3rd installment – 40% of the total amount shall be paid upon completion, submission, and approval by CEFA of the final report (Deliverable 5).
Submission Procedure: Please submit your EOIs using the forms provided at the following link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1R3ClL3B1z74Ubz8yFD6_tdDe2-DGKuLv.
Your EOIs should comprise one (1) original copy each of the EOI Forms, namely EOI-1: Submission Form; EOI-2: Organization of the Consultant; EOI-3: Experience of the Consultant.
CEFA will evaluate the EOIs using the criteria provided in Annex 2. The Consultants (minimum of 3 and maximum of 6) that attains the highest total points (who also attain the minimum technical score required to pass) shall be shortlisted.
Any request for clarification on this REOI including the AToR should be sent via e-mail to the address: email@example.com no later than 5.00 pm EAT of 18/10/2019. VSF-G will provide responses to all clarification requests by 5.00 pm EAT of 20/10/2019.
EOIs shall be submitted not later than 3.00 pm EAT of 29/10/2019 to the following address:
CEFA Regional Office in Nairobi, General Mathenge Lane, off General Mathenge Drive
Attn: Fulvio Giberti – CEFA Project Manager
Or alternatively to the following email address: