Build Africa is an international NGO with offices in the UK and supporting organisations in Kenya and Uganda. It aims to improve the quality of education and support livelihoods by developing the capacity of communities. Build Africa works with communities stretching across several regions in Kenya enabling school communities to improve the quality of education they provide for their children.
In Nakuru County, Kenya, 41% of the population live in severe poverty, threatening their ability to feed their children and support their education. For children to have the opportunities they deserve, it is vital that their families have secure and steady incomes, with no parent forced to make terrible choices such as between feeding their children and sending them to school. This situation threatens to worsen, as 70% of Kenya’s rural population is dependent on agriculture, and productivity is stagnating, placing families at risk of heightened food and financial insecurity.
Between December 2014 and December 2016 Build Africa worked with over 3,000 small scale farmers to ensure that small scale farmers in Nakuru County were able and empowered to make informed choices to improve their farming practices and increase their incomes.
An outline of some key activities included:
Establishment support and training of 71 Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLA) Training for farmers on post-harvest handling and improved farming practices Establishment and support to 14 Farmers Networks with the identification and sharing of positive and innovative farming practices within the networks and beyond
Build Africa has developed an integrated 3 year programme, Farmers Network Project 2 to build on the achievements of this investment. In this next phase of the project, we are bringing together our tried and tested innovations, helping every farmer to grow more, store more and sell more produce. We also seek to integrate these successes with a training programme on how best to improve their livelihood and farming practices while also supporting their children’s education through practical as well as financial measures.
The key output(s) from this preparatory phase will be a tailored and integrated training package designed with Egerton University, and Adult Education and Child Development Specialists, tailored to the needs of the farmers with whom we work (see section 3 below).
Project Outcomes FNP 2
Farmers and their families have the skills to improve their economic and food security as well as supporting their children's education
Intended objectives and outcomes
Specific Outcomes for FNP 2 include;
Outcome 1 3,000 farmers can manage fluctuating, seasonal income and better manage their household expenses and labour needs
Outcome 2 3,000 farmers have increased produce quality and quantity and are storing goods for better economic and food security for themselves and their children
3,000 farmers are using their new resources to support their children's education in the home
Working with local experts including professors from Egerton University, and Adult Education and Child Development Specialists, the consultant will create a training programme tailored to the needs of the farmers with whom we work. S/he will use a tested model of adult education to source and incorporate relevant content with a focus on practical and contextual skills to enhance the farming and business practices and parental skills of the group members.
Build Africa anticipate modules to include:
Training programme will focus on 3 staple crops grown by the majority of farmers and select at least 5 other crops and / or livestock groups most relevant to the majority of group members. It is expected the consultant will draw on and link to existing extension services and available online and digital resources.
Tasks and deliverables for consultant
The consultant is expected to undertake specific tasks and produce deliverables under each of the three project outcomes.
What to eat, what to sell? A guide to managing your family and business needs Collectivisation and other coping skills - how to make the most of what you've got and to work together to maximise storage, impactful labour and market access Income and expenditure management – practical guides and tools for how to create a seasonal/annual budget and use it to manage your needs
Training programme produced on 3 staple crops (Irish Potatoes, maize and beans) plus 5 or more other popular cash or food crops and or livestock identified through stakeholder engagement and secondary research linking with and building on existing materials and approaches Outcome 3
Parental guides - nurturing learning in the home (food management, time to study and helping your children study) Parental guides - Rotational childcare and other ways of managing how to support your children and make the most of your farm Materials and outline for guided discussions and reflection sessions with parents with a focus on the importance of timely and continuous education for all children
S/he will also be expected to conduct a ToT on the training content for Build Africa and Community based trainers
Build Africa will:
NB: Build Africa will not pay for nor provide printing, typing and communication services.
The Training consultant(s) to provide the costs (all inclusive) of the deliverables at number 4 above.
Skills and qualifications of consultants
It is essential that the successful applicant familiarise self with, and sign up to abiding by, Build Africa’s Child Safeguarding Policy We reserve the right to conduct background checks for all shortlisted applicants in line with our child safeguarding policy. This may include collecting references from past employers or commissioning organisations.
Applications should be sent to HR@build-africakenya.org
The resource creation is expected to begin in January 2018 with an estimated 20 days of consultancy allocated to this task with possible quarterly follow ups.
Consultants should set out the process (proposal of how you would address the needs and proposed deliverables as outlined in the ToR- max. 4 pages), timeline and budget in excel to deliver the deliverables as outlined including travel and dedicated time with farmer groups, stakeholder groups and technical experts at Egerton University or elsewhere. A copy of the consultants CV should also be attached.
Evaluation and award for consultancy
Build Africa Kenya will evaluate the proposals and award the contract based on technical and financial feasibility. BAK reserves the right to accept or reject any proposal received without offering an explanation and is not bound to accept the lowest or the highest bid