NRC is implementing Building Resilient Communities in Somalia (BRCiS), a DFID funded multiyear program through a consortium of eight agencies. BRCiS contributes to the resilience of communities through improved performance of agriculture, livestock and fisheries, economic development and the Social and Human Development. BRCiS works through clustered communities as a basic programming unit and community participatory assessments inform adoptive programming.
NRC is seeking to commission a consultancy for staff capacity building to understand the link between Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLA) and resilience. Business or saving opportunities were missed out when villages where considered as isolated communities rather than part of a greater system. Therefore, project created and or increased linkages between the communities and stakeholders that pertained to their greater ecosystem: linking marginalized groups to larger clans through markets and businesses. Moreover, program focusses on Building on nutrition specific interventions to incorporate empowering interventions: e.g. mother to mother support groups for IYCF incorporating savings and loans schemes. In line to the evolving guidance from the Cash Working Group and DFID-approved donor harmonization will be followed and the continued emphasis on targeting the most-vulnerable households with life and livelihood saving aid will remain. This will entail through establishment of communities saving groups, opening of the bank accounts, financial management at the community level and internal loaning / recovery. This is envisaged that VSLA will help communities to improve efficiency of their productive assets and communities will be able to strengthen their relations with other stakeholders for sustainable development. Therefore, NRC requires services of a professional consultant / company to train program for establishment of VSLA in various program areas.
VSLA Training Objectives:
The four dimensions of resilience are framed in terms of building Anticipatory, Adaptive, Absorptive transformative Capacity with communities. Therefore, this consultancy is meant to build capacity of NRC staff in Mogadishu and Hargiesa for exploring and adaptation of VSLA approaches through guidance on VSLA operations procedures, formation and sharing of successful models for economic development, sustainability and self-reliance. Following are the key objectives that this consultancy is set to achieve:
3. Scope of work
This consultancy involves training of 15 NRC Staff in Somaliland, 10 in Jubaland and 15 in South central regions. Following are the key areas to be focused:
The consultant is expected to develop a detailed training methodology and training approaches based on their understanding of the terms of reference. The final training methodology and training approaches shall be agreed upon between the consultant and the NRC. Following are the expected key tasks for this short term consultancy in both places (Hargeisa and Mogadishu):
5. Contract and Logistics
6. Qualifications and Experience