Kenya: TOR: TRAINING OF 20 COMMUNITY INCENTIVE STAFF ON VSLA METHODOLOGY AND MICRO-ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT.

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Organization: Danish Refugee Council
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 22 Apr 2018

BACKGROUND AND CONTEXT

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a humanitarian, non-governmental, non-profit organization founded in 1956, working in more than 30 countries throughout the world. DRC has been operating in Kenya since 2005 supporting refugees, host communities and the internally displaced Persons (IDPs). DRC began its operations in Dadaab in partnership with PRM, UNHCR, ECHO and DANIDA to help prepare refugees for ultimate return and ensure equity between refugees and the neighboring population by funding host community activities since 2009. DRC has been implementing various Livelihood activities such as formation/strengthening as well as capacity support of VSLA groups, micro-enterprise development, value chain development, business grant support and vocational skill training.
To improve the skills and knowledge of incentive workers who are closely involved in implementation of livelihood interventions, Danish Refugee Council plans to engage a qualified consultant with proven skills in training on VSLA and micro-enterprise development in the refugee context. The consultant should have required skill and experience in adaptation of VSLA methodology in line with diversified religious and cultural practices of the Somali community.

PURPOSE
The purpose of this engagement is to conduct refresher training to 20 Refugee Incentive staff on VSLA methodology with emphasis on electronic data collection and transmission as well as provide business skill training using ILO-SIYB/ IYB/GYB modules including development of tools for training needs assessment, business plan development, and business record keeping. It’s envisaged that the incentive staff will be better equipped to deliver business skills training effectively and employ electronic technology in recording and transmitting real time VSLA transaction data.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE CONSULTANT
Scope of Training
The consultant(s) shall conduct training on VSLA concept, principles, procedures and e-recording of transaction, data and provide in-depth business skills based on the ILO- SIYB/IYB/GYB modules. The consultant(s) shall develop and share a training curriculum, training need assessment tool, business plan tool, business records template and comprehensive training report at the end of contract.

Key tasks with list of ‘key activities’, under each responsibility.

VSLA methodology training.

  • Conduct training on VSLA concept, principles, phases and the 7 modules.
  • Share the adaptations of VSLA in the context of dynamic religious and cultural beliefs of the Dadaab Refugee and host community.
  • Conduct step by step practical procedure on use of e-recording app in recording, transmission and aggregation of VSLA transaction data at the Agency level.

Micro enterprise training.

  • Conduct training on business development skills using the ILO-SIYB/IYB/GYB modules.
  • Support trainees to contextualize and develop simple tools for conducting; group/PoC training needs assessment, drafting business plans and recording business transactions.

Methodology

  • Preferably the consultant(s) should use interactive adult learning methodologies with relevant examples to the Dadaab operating context. The training to include practical session on e-recording with a community group.

Key deliverables/outputs

  • Develop a modular training curriculum based on Participatory Learning Approaches that is relevant to the target group.
  • Provide simple step by step procedure on use of e-recording app in recording, transmission and aggregation of VSLA transaction data at the Agency level.
  • Share the adaptations of VSLA in the context of dynamic religious and cultural beliefs of the Dadaab Refugee and host community.
  • Conduct training on business development skills using the ILO-SIYB/IYB/GYB modules.
  • Support trainees to contextualize and develop simple tools for conducting; group/PoC training needs assessment, drafting business plans and recording business transactions.
  • The consultant(s) shall share a training reports with input from the DRC livelihoods focal person, that include but not limited to the following outputs:

  • The Training and Training Methodology

  • Recommendation (scope and objectives)

DRC’S RESPONSIBILITIES

  • DRC shall provide facilitation fees to the consultant(s) at negotiated rate based on the budget limits on completion of the training and submission of the requisite documents including the training report.
  • DRC shall reimburse travel fare from Nairobi to Dadaab and back at reasonable rate, on arrival in Dadaab and commencement of the training.
  • DRC shall provide transport from DRC Dadaab compound to the training venue.
  • DRC shall provide accommodation and meals to the consultant(s) during the engagement period.

REPORTING ARRANGEMENTS

The trainer(s) shall work under the direct supervision of DRC Kenya; Livelihoods Officer with technical oversight of the Team Leader Livelihoods.

DURATION OF ASSIGNMENT

It is proposed that the assignment will take a total of 8 working days and 2 days of travel from Nairobi to Dadaab and back. The consultant(s) is expected to undertake all the sessions continuously in the month of May 2018.

EXPECTED PROFILE OF TRAINER

The successful trainer(s) should possess the following qualifications and experience:

  • Possess Degree in one of the following fields; community Development /social work/Development studies or its equivalent.
  • Not less than 5 years of implementing VSLA and MED program with at least 2 years in Refugee context, particularly in Dadaab.
  • Possess knowledge of the Dadaab refugee operating context and clear understanding of the requisite VSLA adaptations.
  • MUST have used/ interacted with the VSLA e-recording application.
  • Have conducted similar trainings in the recent past.
  • Must be willing to travel to the Dadaab Refugee complex considered as level 4 security zone.
  • Accomplished trainer with sound technical competence in the subject matter (VSLA & MED).

TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • The consultant(s) is expected to adhere to the UNHCR and DRC security guidelines
  • The consultant(s) shall provide the above services to the highest professional and quality standards as deemed by DRC.
  • The consultant(s) shall not assign or transfer any of the obligations or benefits of the engagement to 3rd parties without prior notification and consent of the client (DRC) in writing.
  • The consultant(s) must possess the necessary experience, qualifications and certifications for the execution of the tasks assigned.
  • The consultant(s) shall be solely responsible for execution of the tasks stipulated in the contract document.
  • The consultant(s) shall have clear personnel management guidelines that are in tandem with the provisions of Labor Laws of Kenya.
  • The consultant(s) must operate within the budget allocated and agreed upon.
  • The consultant should provide detail financial proposal including level of effort required and personnel involved to achieve the deliverables mentioned in the TOR.

GENERAL
Commitments:
DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability committments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework (http://www.drc.dk/HAF.4265.0.html)

Insurance and Liabilities:

  • DRC will not provide insurance cover, and holds no legal obligations, for 2nd or 3rd party employees at any time.
  • DRC will not be liable for any costs related to accidents, physical harm, kidnappings, medical evacuation and/or professional negligence, third party law suits or any other liabilities from entering into contract with second party or from any hosting or transporting its employees.Second party employees will adhere to all DRC security protocols and the DRC Code of Conduct if hosted by DRC for any activity.
  • The consultant(s) shall be held liable for any damage, loss due to his/her negligence.

How to apply:

APPLICATION PROCESS
Interested applicant(s) with relevant practical skills implementation of VSLA, e-recording and MED are invited to submit their application with details as indicated below;
The Letter of expression of interest to including;

  1. A suitability statement including CV with details of qualifications and experience.
  2. Technical and financial proposal that summarizes understanding of the TOR, methodology and tools to be used.
  3. Work-plan clearly indicating the activity schedule.
  4. A copy of the business license.
  5. Reference letter from the previous similar engagements.

Interested parties should forward the expression of interest, in English on this link www.drc.ngo under vacancies no later than 22nd April, 2018

If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please contact job@drc.ngo

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