Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Consultancy for Training in Nursery Management

  1. General Background
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Rwanda Water and Forestry Authority are jointly implementing a 3-year fo
rest landscape restoration project known as Multiple-Benefit Investment Packages through forest/landscape restoration and REDD+ in Rwanda for scaling up in Africa. The project is being piloted in two districts of Gicumbi and Gatsibo to promote the restoration of a mosaic of landscapes that enhance carbon stocks while ensuring the social well-being and sustainable management of natural resources.
Tree nurseries occupy a unique place in the tree value chain. The production of high quality nursery stock is a crucial first step in any tree-planting interventions and the restoration agenda in general. Poor quality seedlings require a longer period of inputs for establishment and do not achieve good quality mature trees. Thus the returns on investment in terms of time or finance are higher with poor quality tree seedlings. In addition, such trees are also more susceptible to attack by pests and diseases and more vulnerable to events such as prolonged drought. As such, it is essential that nurseries operate to the highest standards if the full value from trees is to be gained from supplies of improved genetic material (seeds and cuttings).
2.0. Objectives of the Training Consultancy
IUCN is looking for a competent International consultant to lead the work on (i) training of community groups on nursery management and propagation techniques; (ii) training of community groups on entrepreneurship skills. The International consultant will also facilitate a learning tour of 10 people to Uganda as part of the introduction to practical nursery management work to the group of 30 people comprising farmers, young tree growers, cooperatives, women and district forest officers.
2.1. Specific objectives
The objectives of the proposed training are as follows:
  • To enhance the skills of farmers, cooperatives, youth groups and district forest officers that will enable them to navigate the opportunities in nursery business;
  • To increase the ability of farmers and other groups to adapt good nursery management practices in the production of quality seedlings;
  • To use learning tour as an opportunity to introduce modern nursery management techniques to farmers and other selected groups to sharpen
3.0. Deliverables
The following will be expected during the course of the assignment;
  • A training agenda and training modules for a group of around 30 trainees;
  • Supporting training materials in the form of trainee manual, handouts, graphics and charts, etc.
  • Facilitation of learning tour in Uganda;
  • Attendance sheet of training for 4 days trainings;
  • Final report on results of training and learning tour including evaluation report;
4.0. Scope of the Assignment
A. Facilitating Learning Visit of 10 people to Uganda:
  • Identify ideal nurseries from which participants can learn fromin neighboring Uganda;
  • Ensuring practical learning for participants once in Uganda focusing on basics of nursery location and design, nursery cycle and techniques and timing of operations,
B. Conducting the training for 30 people in Rwanda:
  • Develop a detailed training plan for maximum 4 days training;
  • Prepare thorough training modules on the training the two topics (nursery management and propagation and entrepreneurship on one hand)
  • Deliver the training program for selected beneficiaries;
  • Developing a questionnaire/evaluation tool for the different aspects of the training;
  • Prepare and deliver a training report upon completion of the training highlighting the training delivery process, results achieved, participants’ satisfaction with the training, main conclusions and recommendations for future activities.
5.0. Requirements:
The proposal, to be submitted in English, shall include:
a)  A technical proposal incorporating:
  • A short description of deliverables, clear work plan (days and activities) with the proposed approach to be used for the training;
  • Detailed CV including experience relevant to this assignment;
  • At least three referees for similar or related work done
b) A financial proposal indicating:
  • Fees for the consultancy (Note that IUCN shall retain 15% withholding tax);
  • Per diem will be provided by IUCN as per IUCN policy.
6.0. Competencies
  • The ideal candidate for the assignment should possess the following attributes;
  • Be a holder of minimum master’s degree in Forestry and/or Forest management t or other closely related fields;
  • Possess a minimum of 15 years’ hands on /practical experience in tropical forest management;
  • Demonstrated experience of working with smallholder farmers in rural Africa especially on capacity development is mandatory;
  • Have experience in adult facilitation especially with audiences having basic literacy levels;
  • Demonstrable experience in plant propagation and nursery management;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English;
7.0. Timeframe
  • The training is scheduled to take place in the month of June 2017 for a total of 10 working days (5 for the learning visit and 5 for the training).
8.0. Application Process
Interested consultants are invited to submit their application package together with their CV in English, indicating their contact address preferably email and phone contact addressed to International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) via and copy or hard copies to the IUCN Office, Plot 1003, Ubumwe Cell, African Union Boulevards, Nyarugenge, Kiyovu (RSSB Building, Tower. The deadline for submission is 31st May, 2017 at 5.00 p.m.

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