TERMS OF REFERENCE
FACILITATING COMMUNITY REFLECTION AND LEARNING SESSIONS TO GENERATE LESSONS FOR ADAPTIVE MANAGEMENT AND FUTURE PROGRAMING
CARE has been working in Somalia/Somaliland since 1981, implementing a varied portfolio of projects in all regions of the country. CARE has received funding support from BMZ to implement Enhanced Resilience for Pastoralists and Sustainable Returnee Re-integration project in Sanaag region. The project aims to support resilience strengthening for disaster-prone and chronically food insecure pastoralist populations and sustainable returnee re-integration in Somalia.
Sharing experiences, learning and best practices is one of the ways to improve programming, engage with communities and influence policy agendas at a broader scale. Learning, documenting and disseminating best practices and lessons learned regarding building resilience to droughts and disaster risks in the context of Somaliland is vital for improving programing leading to the design of impactful and cost-efficient interventions. Furthermore, it informs adaptive management so that issues are identified at an early stage and corrective measures are taken. The project has enabled the Participatory Monitoring Evaluation Reflection and Learning (PMERL) approach to inculcate a culture of reflection and learning at the beginning of the project and develop local adaptation strategies with communities and formulate criteria and indicators to measure progress and adaptive capacity.
CARE Somaliland is seeking two qualified consultants to facilitate community reflection and learning workshops to generate learning and document success stories. The consultants shall facilitate interactive workshops and engage with community groups including village council members, women and youth groups, and other key stakeholders as line ministries and local council members. The workshops will enable participants to identify key learnings pertaining to pastoralist resilience building in Sanaag region. The following questions and issues will be explored during the workshop.
What are the key interventions that promote the resilience of households and communities in Sanaag region?
What needs to be improved in coordination mechanisms and collaboration with government?
Can we identify core interventions that catalyze adaptive and transformative capacities of pastoralist households?
Has community engagement, feedback, research and/or learning identified any emergent pathways to drought resilience?
PURPOSE OF THE CONSULTANCY
To capture and document learning, challenges and success stories about how the BMZ funded resilience program in Sanaag strengthened the resilience of households and communities in the target villages, and particularly how the different interventions helped target households and communities to mitigate against the impact of the disasters during the project period – droughts, conflicts, locust infestation and disease outbreaks.
The consultants shall employ a variety of methodologies to moderate the discussions, identify issues and generate ideas and encourage active participation. Some of the methodologies to be applied in this training are:
This methodology entails the discussions, debate and deliberations that participants and facilitator make as a one group in plenary where the issues and learning points raised by the facilitators are elaborated, described and exemplified first by participants and then later consolidated by the facilitator.
Question and answer
This methodology is one where the facilitators ask questions on the subject matter to participants to test their level of understanding, clarify some issues which the participants are better placed to explain or make them rehearse their learning. Similarly, the participants also ask questions to facilitators to seek clarifications or understand the subject matter better.
This methodology is one where the facilitator divides the participants into groups to work on a particular question or solve a particular problem. The groups later present their work in plenary where the facilitator and the rest of the participants supplement or challenge the work of each group.
This methodology is like the question and answer. However, it is only one-way where only the facilitator poses a question and the participants give answers and their opinions in response to the question. This methodology is used to present or depict a full picture of a theme.
This methodology entails the reading of lecture points to participants. This method is used to present concluding points of group discussions, share figures and facts extracted from literature or guidance notes for participants.
RESPONSIBILITIES FOR THE CONSULTANT
Following deliverables are expected from the consultant:
Workshop agenda and methodology
Well-articulated report that summarizes the key lessons learned, success stories and case studies
RESPONSIBILITIES FOR THE CARE
Invite workshop participants
Provide relevant documents including project reports and PMERL documentation
Provide logistics and training materials
Review draft products by the consultants and provide comments
Consultants will work for a period of 17 days which will include desk review, travel days, reporting and actual facilitation days
Workshop preparations and desk review
Actual workshop facilitation
Travel (go and back from Hargeisa to Erigavo)
KEY QUALIFICATION AND SKILLS REQUIRED FOR THE CONSULTANCY
University degree in disaster risk management, development studies or a related field.
Prior experience in facilitating similar multi-stakeholder workshops
Excellent facilitation capacity/skills
Good reporting writing skills in English
The consultant will write and produce a precise final report written in simple and clear English language. The draft report shall be shared with CARE for comments and inputs for inclusion in the final report by the consultant. The consultant will provide a full report at the end of the event compiling key learnings of the events, building on all presentations made, group discussions, plenary reflections, and workshop proceedings and outcomes. The report will include but not limited to:
Summaries of key discussions, presentations and event sessions,
Compiling of key learnings, challenges and success stories
The report should have the following format:
Cover page: title of the work, title of the project, names and logos of the donor and implementing partner, dates of the exercise, etc.
Table of contents, Executive Summary (maximum 3 pages) and main report including; discussions and deliberation of the workshop sessions, conclusions and recommendations for future action
Terms of Reference
List of field demonstrations
List of abbreviations
EXPRESSION OF INTEREST
Up to date CVs of both consultants
Financial and technical proposals in a joint application (with an indication of the lead consultant/facilitator)
Interested consultants or firms are expected to submit their applications, updated CVs of individuals to deliver the service or profile of applying company to: email@example.com. Please indicate Consultancy Service as the subject heading not later than 3rd April 2021. Applications submitted after this date will not be considered.