Gender Consultancy: Capturing and Sharing AGRA’s Learnings and Best Practices in Relation to the Economic Empowerment of Women Farmers

Background

The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), www.agra.org is a not-for-profit organization working with African governments, other donors, NGOs, the private sector and African farmers to significantly and sustainably improve the productivity and incomes of resource poor smallholder farmers in Africa. AGRA aims to ensure that smallholder farmers have what they need to succeed: good seeds and healthy soils; access to markets, information, financing, storage and transport; and policies that provide them with comprehensive support. Through developing Africa’s high-potential breadbasket areas, while also boosting farm productivity across more challenging environments, AGRA works to transform smallholder agriculture into a highly productive, efficient, sustainable and competitive system, while protecting the environment.

AGRA is implementing a new five-year strategy (2017 to 2021) whose goal is to engender agricultural transformation in the African continent. With an initial focus on 11 countries, the goal is to improve the lives of over 30 million female and male farmers in Africa (9 million directly and another 21 million indirectly). To achieve this strategic objective, AGRA is partnering with government, private sector and development partners and investing in catalytic interventions that will lead to systemic change in the critical agricultural market systems of our target countries.

AGRA is committed to ensuring that the resultant growth does not marginalize women but instead results in transformation of gender dynamics, that sees women’s empowerment increase, as agricultural systems develop.

Scope of Work

The main objective of this assignment is to undertake a gender assessment of our current grants, partnerships and activities so that we may better understand, capture and leverage, our key gender learnings to date, particularly as they relate to the economic empowerment of women smallholder farmers. The countries of focus for this consultancy are Nigeria, Ghana, Mali, Ethiopia, Mozambique and Tanzania. The agricultural systems that AGRA is interested in are: seed, fertilizer, soil, extension, agro-dealers, markets and finance.

Working closely with the AGRA gender team, country support team, and the country teams, the consultant’s key tasks will include:

TASK 1: Prioritisation – Prioritise which consortia, grantees, projects, partners, stakeholders, staff and consultants that the consultant is to focus their efforts. This will be determined by identifying where there are most likely to be best practices or learnings to be captured in relation to AGRA’s economic empowerment of women smallholder farmers.

TASK 2: Workplan – Create, and have approved by the Head of Gender, a detailed workplan for the entire consultancy period including key deliverables, dates and durations, locations and responsible persons.

TASK 3: Capture – Collect and record AGRA’s gender learnings to date, particularly as they relate to the economic empowerment of women smallholder farmers, including:

  • Successes
  • Lessons
  • Insights
  • Gaps
  • Challenges
  • Tools
  • Best practices
  • Case studies and quotes
  • Opportunities and
  • Innovations

Methods of data collection to be used will include:

  • Desk research
  • Field visits in AGRA countries
  • Focus groups and Interviews of:
  • Farmers in target households:
    • Married women in polygamous and monogamous households
    • Female heads of household including widows, separated/ divorced
    • Young women
    • Married men
    • Young men
  • Farmer and community group leaders and members
  • Women village based advisors (VBAs) or extension officers
  • Grantees/ implementing partners targeting or benefitting women
  • Private sector actors who are women or are benefitting women
  • Government sector actors
  • AGRA staff and consultants

The method of recording information is to include:

  • Written notes and voice recordings
  • Illustrative and complementary photos and video

TASK 4: Landscape mapping – Undertake a review of the existing key gender inclusive initiatives in agriculture currently being undertaken by other actors in the areas under study.

TASK 5: Round Tables – To validate the findings, share the PowerPoint and word documents with the AGRA team and other relevant stakeholders for their discussions and feedback in a series of Round Tables. Incorporate the feedback.

TASK 6: Blog posts, report and PPT – Synthesis the information collected and draft a written report, and summary PowerPoint presentation, with graphics and photos, which presents the key/ critical/ high priority issues including:

  • AGRA’s gender learnings encompassing case studies, quotes, successes, lessons learned, insights, gaps and challenges, tools, best practices and innovations
  • Findings from the landscape mapping
  • Based on AGRA’s gender learnings to date and the findings of the landscape mapping, specific, practical and actionable opportunities for AGRA to economically empower women in agricultural market systems.

TASK 7: Database – Creation of an excel database of which includes a complete list with full contact details of all women identified or contacted during the consultancy including:

  • Women business owners or managers
  • Groups that are majority women including women’s groups, VSLAs, cooperatives etc
  • Women networks/ forums
  • Local gender consultants, experts, advisors

The database is to include:

  • Contact Name
  • Gender
  • Organisation name
  • Brief description of organisation
  • Role/ job title
  • Address
  • Phone numbers
  • Email addresses
  • Website / social media links

TASK 8: External communications – Write up communications that are suitable for external audiences that present in a compelling way (including photos and quotes):

  • Seven gender case studies of at least 500 words each including photos and quotes
  • Seven illustrative gender success stories
  • Ten blogposts using AGRA template/ branding, which highlight the learnings being uncovered
  • One thought piece on women in agriculture under AGRA byline for publication

Work with AGRA’s communications team to ensure that they are aligned with AGRA’s branding guidelines.

Present and share the PowerPoint and word documents with the AGRA gender team, country support team, and relevant country team members for their discussions and feedback. Incorporate the feedback.

Expected Outcome of the Assignment

  1. Capture AGRA’s gender learnings and tailor them for sharing with internal and external audiences
  2. Identify key opportunities for AGRA to economically empower women in agricultural market systems in its target countries

Deliverables

The Consultancy should take no more than Six Months.

The consultancy will be expected to deliver the following outputs:

DELIVERABLE 1: Work plan –  A detailed workplan, approved by the Head of Gender, for the entire consultancy period including key deliverables, dates and duration, locations and responsible person.

DELIVERABLE 2: Written Report & PPT – a written report, and summary PowerPoint presentation, with all feedback from the roundtables and AGRA incorporated, which syntheses and presents the key/ critical/ high priority issues including:

  • AGRA’s gender learnings encompassing case studies, quotes, successes, lessons learned, insights, gaps and challenges, tools, best practices and innovations
  • Findings from the landscape mapping
  • Based on AGRA’s gender learnings to date and the findings of the landscape mapping: specific, practical and actionable opportunities for AGRA to economically empower women in agricultural market systems.

DELIVERABLE 3: Database – an excel database which includes a complete list with full contact details of all women identified or contacted during the consultancy including women business owners/ managers, groups, networks/ forums and gender consultants.

DELIVERABLE 4: External communications – Communications suitable for external audiences that present in a compelling way (including photos and quotes), using AGRA templates and branding, with AGRA feedback incorporated:

  • AGRA’s gender best practices, key learnings and tools, tailored for an external audience, in both Word document and PowerPoint formats
  • Seven gender case studies of at least 500 words each including photos and quotes
  • Seven illustrative gender success stories
  • Ten blogposts using AGRA template/ branding, which highlight the learnings being uncovered
  • One thought piece on women in agriculture under an AGRA byline for publication

Proposal Submission

Interested and qualified consultants are invited to submit their proposal(s) comprising of the following:

  • An understanding of the consultancy requirements
  • Methodology and work-plan for performing the assignment
  • Project delivery plan
  • Detailed reference list indicating the scope and magnitude of similar assignments
  • Relevant services undertaken in the past three (3) years
  • Registration and other relevant statutory documents

Evaluation Factors and Sub factors

The Proposal for this contract will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Thoroughness in complying with all of the elements laid out in the tasks
  • Consultant’s experience and capacity
  • Past performance
  • More than 10 years of experience working in gender inclusive agricultural development
  • Highly proficient in the English language
  • Proficiency in French and Portuguese preferred
  • Field experience
  • Strong familiarity with scope of work
  • Quality of technical proposal
  • Methodological approach
  • Work plan
  • Budget

Proposed Timetable

Date and Time Events
19th February, 2019 Submission of proposal

 

5th March, 2019 Evaluation results released

 

Submission of Proposals:

  1. Brief Technical proposal, detailed CV and Financial Proposals must be submitted separately to procurement@agra.org on 19th February 2019 at 17:00 Hours East Africa Time (GMT +3).
  2. The subject of the email MUST read “Proposal for Gender Consultancy”. AGRA shall not be liable for not opening proposals that are submitted with a different subject.
  • Technical and Financial proposals will need to be submitted as separate documents. Financial proposals will not be opened until the conclusion of the technical evaluation and then only for those proposals that are deemed qualified and responsive. Note that the financial proposal should include all applicable taxes.
  1. Neither technical nor financial proposals should exceed 10MB.
  2. The financial proposal MUST be password protected. The password shall be requested from firms that meet the minimum technical score of 75%
  3. The Financial proposals shall include all applicable taxes quoted separately. If taxes are not mentioned in the financial proposal, AGRA shall consider that they are included in the prices provided.

All interested consultants are asked to submit their proposals by close of business on 19th February 2019 by 17.00 Hours Nairobi Time (GMT +3) to the following email address procurement@agra.org

Disclaimer

AGRA reserves the right to determine the structure of the process, number of short-listed participants, the right to withdraw from the proposal process, the right to change this timetable at any time without notice and reserves the right to withdraw this tender at any time, without prior notice and without liability to compensate and/or reimburse any party.

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