Request for Consultancy Services: Agroforestry Consultants for the Ghana Dedicated Grant Mechanism

Request for Consultancy Services

Agroforestry Consultants for the Ghana Dedicated Grant Mechanism

Organisation: Solidaridad West Africa (SWA)

Published by: Agricinghana Media

Solidaridad West Africa (SWA) is a not-for-profit organization that supports the sustainable development of farmers and production systems in West Africa. We play a catalytic role by partnering with private sector companies and other stakeholders to foster the development of socially responsible, ecologically sound, and profitable supply chains. Our activities in West Africa are focused on cocoa, gold, oil palm, cotton and other commodities.

As the Regional Expertise Center (REC) within Solidaridad’s international network, we are part of a growing global movement advocating and supporting sustainable and responsible production and trade. SWA focuses on stimulating sustainable supply chains through innovations in good practices, robust infrastructure, sustainable landscapes management and enabling policy environment.

The Solidaridad regional office is based in Accra, Ghana and currently has programmes and operations in Sierra Leone, Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia and Nigeria.

Job Description

Request for consultancy services, Agroforestry Consultants for the Ghana Dedicated Grant Mechanism

Background

The Ghana–Dedicated Grant Mechanism (G-DGM) follows the framework guidelines and set of activities covered under the components designed for the Global DGM. In Ghana, the project seeks to support capacity building and finance the demand-driven provision of grants to communities, individuals and community-based organizations within local communities in the Western and Brong-Ahafo Regions, to strengthen their understanding of the Forest Investment Programme (FIP) and other REDD+ processes at the local, national, and global levels, as well as to increase their capacity to adapt to climate change.

The G-DGM will prioritize its actions in the Western and Brong Ahafo Regions to promote synergies with the FIP, which also operates in these two regions, and FCPF projects. The G-DGM is expected to contribute to the strengthening of local communities in the project areas by (a) enhancing the capacities they need to strengthen their participation in the FIP and other REDD+ processes at the local, national, and global levels; (b) promoting the sustainable management of forest and natural resources through grant funded sub-projects; (c) promoting coping and adaptive strategies/livelihoods that will make them more resilient to manmade pressures and climate change (also through the grant-funded subprojects); and (d) promoting synergies with the FIP project.

Solidaridad West Africa, operating as the National Executing Agency (NEA) of the G-DGM has received funds from the World Bank towards the implementation of the G-DGM over a five-year period, and intends to apply part of the funds to engage a team of agroforestry experts who would focus on climate-smart agroforestry and tree crop plantations; a) cocoa agroforestry; b) fruit tree crops suitable for the forest – savanna transitional zone (e.g. mango, cashew, etc).

This consultancy is for a renewable term of one year, based on satisfactory performance. The consultants will be required to conduct trainings on climate–smart interventions to the “dedicated group” of DGM beneficiary communities. The consultants must also be prepared to offer concurrent trainings based on the different interest of the beneficiary members and communities participating the DGM Project.

Objectives of the consultancy

The objectives of this assignment are to prepare training modules that can be used to train the beneficiary communities under the G-DGM project. The consultant will also run training programmes for field officers, extension officers, Cocoa Health and Extension Division staff, private sector support staff working in the project area to take up the intervention. In addition, the consultants will supervise the implementation of the entire improved agroforestry system, as well as support monitoring of climate–smart interventions in cocoa and other fruit crop landscapes among beneficiary farmers under the project.

Scope of Work

The DGM project will deliver a number of grant schemes targeting different communities, individuals and community-based organizations in the Western and Brong Ahafo Regions. The focus of this assignment will be in G–DGM communities in the cocoa growing areas of the high forest zone of Ghana and the other areas of interest in Brong Ahafo with concentration on tree crops. The purpose is to help drive the implementation and uptake of climate–smart agriculture interventions and practices that will deliver mitigation and adaptation co-benefits, including productivity gains that can be replicated and up scaled in other districts and regions in Ghana.

  1. The Consultants must be full time for the duration of the training sessions in each location and will be required to prepare training modules that would be used by project staff in delivering similar activities;
  2. The consultant will also be required to deliver at least five training modules per DGM community in B.A and W.R, to ensure understanding of the project activities;
  3. The consultant must have the requisite expertise in tree crops specifically (cocoa, fruit, nuts, nitrogen-fixing trees, forest trees etc) and must demonstrate the ability to explain the climate, soil and other-related benefits of agroforestry.

The G-DGM invites eligible consultants to indicate their interest in providing the Services. Interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the services.

Required Skills or Experience

The G-DGM invites eligible consultants to indicate their interest in providing the Services. Interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the services.

Selection of Consultant

The prospective Consultant(s) should submit a proposal detailing the following information as basis for evaluation:

¬ Profile of the consultant, including relevant qualifications and experiences; Applicants must have a higher level degree (PhD, MS) in forestry, natural resources, agronomy, agroforestry or agriculture (with systematic evidence of specialty in tree crops).

¬ Applicants must also demonstrate, through work experience, the ability to produce training modules and conduct training in climatesmart agricultural practices in tree crop systems. Details of direct experience in executing similar tasks in cocoa, tree crops and other landscapes. Training must include at least 40% on site (field based) training.

¬ Evidence of agroforestry modules, trainings and implementation guides with dates and names of organization. Specific evidence should be given for trainings conducted on cashew, fruit and nut trees e.g., submission of copies of agroforestry modules and implementation guides previously prepared by the consultant(s).

¬ Demonstrate knowledge in facilitating trainings and delivering contents on climate–smart cocoa cultivation and rehabilitation (i.e. shaded cocoa), including capacity assessment for shade cocoa growing areas in the Ghana.

¬ Demonstrate knowledge of agroforestry and practice of agroforestry including types of trees to plant in what landscapes, soil requirements for the different types of trees (fruit, nut, forest, etc), marketing of agroforestry tree crops, technical aspects of grafting, cultivation, maintenance, etc.

¬ Based on the objectives and scope of work, the consultant should outline how he/she would execute the training of the developed modules, and present an outline of a training module for farmers interested in growing (a) cashew and (b) fruit trees.

¬ The consultant must provide an indicative budget for executing the training for 52 DGM communities over a year.

How To Apply

Proposals should be clearly marked as “Expression of Interest for Agroforestry Consultant” and delivered to the address below in person or by courier mail or E-mail not later than May 26, 2018.

Human Resources Manager

Solidaridad West Africa

Tel: +233307001687 or +233553198277

E-mail: vacancies.GH@solidaridadnetwork.org

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