Call for short-term technical facilitation services under the USAID/UCC Fisheries and Coastal Management Capacity Building Support Project
Duration of assignment: 1st January – 31st August 2019 (8 Months)
In support of the Government of Ghana’s (GoG) initiatives on food security, the United States Government (USG) through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is supporting a five-year capacity building program for fisheries and coastal management in Ghana. The project contributes to GoG’s overall grand fisheries and coastal development objectives and USAID’s Feed the Future (FtF) Initiative, the USG led global hunger and food security project designed to enhance economic growth in beneficiary countries. In this context, the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (DFAS) at the University of Cape Coast is leading the USAID Capacity Building Support Program for the Fisheries and Coastal Development sub-component. The extension activities under the project are earmarked towards operationalising the Centre for Coastal Management at the University of Cape Coast.
In respect of these initiatives, the project is seeking experts, organizations or practitioners having relevant professional backgrounds with proven track records from universities, research institutions, NGOs and the private sector in Ghana for collaborative work with the project in the following five (6) thematic areas:
I. Activity 1:Engage policy makers to address coastal and fisheries issues
II. Activity 2:Conduct research and assessment on marine fisheries governance issues
III. Activity 3: Run short-term professional training courses on integrated coastal zone management, fisheries management, climate change adaptation and geographic information systems
IV. Activity 4:Undertake activities towards operationalization of the Centre for Coastal Management
V. Activity 5:Monitor the biodiversity and health of coastal ecosystems
VI. Activity 6: Developing Marine and Coastal Fisheries Database
ACTIVITY 3: TRAININGS ON INTEGRATED COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT, FISHERIES MANAGEMENT, CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION AND GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS
This activity will seek to optimize facilitation services to the highest standards of delivery and strengthen UCC’s internal capacity for running short courses into the future. One (1) facilitator will be hired to introduce best practices in all the training courses and standardize technical delivery in the classroom and field activities, course programs, certifications and other outcomes. This option will ensure cost savings. The facilitator will be tasked to develop modalities for logistics planning and establish modalities for sustained funding on fee-payment basis. Guidelines to project the training programs locally and internationally will be developed.
To this end, the facilitator will provide support services to run short courses covering technical and relevant contextual aspects for Ghana’s coastal areas. The courses will target professionals actively engaged in the field of integrated coastal management, fisheries management, climate change adaptation and geographic information systems or individuals whose work is increasingly affected by issues of fisheries, development and physical planning in coastal areas.
SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES OF THE ASSIGNMENT
The assigned facilitator will coordinate various services in the following areas:
- Use existing training manuals on the courses to build the capacity of district, regional or national level stakeholders, and professionals working in Ghana’s fisheries and coastal economies to steer fisheries and coastal development processes towards key outcomes. Participants will be selected from respondents to advertisements (for fee-paying participants) and nominations from relevant institutions for which funding will be provided.
- Coordinate all communications on the workshop and provide media communication covering print and electronic outlets
- Compile all materials including PowerPoint presentations of modules, videos, charts and other materials needed for classroom, laboratory and field exercises
- Facilitate the training workshop, evaluation and reporting on the project.
The key products of this assignment are:
- A 5-day training using published manuals and PowerPoint presentations, classroom discussions, video interactions as well as related laboratory and field excursions delivered.
- Trainers in the different subjects from within and outside the University of Cape Coast identified.
PROPOSAL EVALUATION GUIDELINES:
Quality of Technical Approach:
- Technical details: Content and methodical approaches must be clearly articulated. Present a thorough understanding of the activity and how to operationalize the work.
- Long-term Sustainability: The extent to which the activity will be sustainable over the long term without continued external support will be required to be known.
- Innovative Concept: The degree of innovation must be evident in the proposal and the prospect of adoption of the innovation by stakeholders.
Past Performance and Management Capacity:
- Evidence of the capability to undertake and accomplish the proposed activities. The proposal should demonstrate the applicant’s effectiveness in previous projects including technical capacity, and key personnel, in meeting activity goals.
- Have experience working with universities in the implementation of programs.
- Have demonstrated capacity to monitor and implement activities and fulfill reporting and documentation requirements
- Prospective applicants should demonstrate ability to manage funding and capacity for accountability and program implementation.
- Appropriateness and reasonability of stated costs, compared with the approach laid out in the technical proposal.
- Establish understanding of current costs in Ghana, reflected in the budget narrative by a description of how costs were calculated.
MODE OF APPLICATION:
Interested applicants must submit a technical proposal and budget, in English, not exceeding 15 pages in length. Application may be submitted in electronic format (via email: firstname.lastname@example.org) or hard copy by EXPRESS MAIL to the address below and should reference Activity Number,
The Project Manager,
USAID/UCC Fisheries and Coastal management Capacity Building Support Project,
Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences,
School of Biological Sciences,
College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences, University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast.
CLOSING DATE/ SELECTION/ APPOINTMENT:
Closing Date: Friday 8th December, 2017. Applications must be submitted no later than 11pm local time. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted for further interaction soon after the closing date.
Notification or award: 20th December, 2017.
Appointment Date: January, 2018.
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