Lead consultant for capacity building of farmers on regenerative agriculture

About us

We are an international development organisation putting ingenious ideas to work so people in poverty can change their world.

We help people find solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems. Challenges made worse by catastrophic climate change and persistent gender inequality. We work with communities to develop ingenious, lasting and locally owned solutions for agriculture, water and waste management, climate resilience and clean energy. And we share what works with others, so answers that start small can grow big.

We’re a global change-making group. The group consists of a UK registered charity with community projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America, an independent development publishing company and a technical consulting service. We combine these specialisms to multiply our impact and help shape a world that works better for everyone.

Job purpose

The main objective is to train farmers and improve their skills and knowledge to respond to the challenges the agricultural sector is experiencing related to climate change, low levels of crop production, and soil degradation with the aim to sustainably contributing to increasing crop productivity. This activity to training farmers on Regenerative Agriculture will provide practical solutions towards transforming the agriculture landscapes and practices resulting in sustainable cultivation methods, balanced ecosystems, and healthy produce.

The overall objectives of the consultancy provision are:

  • To enhance the understanding of the principles of resource-saving and sustainable agriculture technologies towards transitioning to Regenerative Agriculture (RA) as a new way of farming.
  • To equip farmers with the competences that respond to sustainable crop production.
  • To design training content that would contribute to providing practical knowledge and skills in the application of RA practices in the context of different socioeconomic and agro-ecological environments.
  • To build the capacity and to equip Farmers with practical knowledge in using the best regenerative agriculture practice.
  • To enhance farmer knowledge on Climate Smart Integrated pest management (IPM).
  • Support farmers with practical knowledge and prepare agriculture inputs on the field (Seedlings, compost, etc,..), also including demonstration plots.
  • Continuously coach farmers towards building farmer’s practical knowledge.
  • Provide ToT for lead farmers and develop a methodology that would allow them to coach the other farmers.

More specifically,

  • To prepare a training report, detailing how the trainings were conducted, achievements, challenges, lessons, opportunities for future engagements and recommendations.
  • To organize a half -day presentation to cooperative members, other stakeholders like local government, any other partner to share the training report and recommendations.
  • To produce monthly monitoring reports (6 Months)

Qualifications and requirements 

  • Minimum of a bachelors’ degree in Agronomy, soil sciences, agro-ecology, crop production and any other related fields
  • Minimum of 5 year’s professional experience in regenerative agriculture, Organic farming or consulting capacity in integrated soil fertility management, agro ecology and other relevant area.
  • Demonstrable understanding on current regenerative agricultural practices.
  • Proven professional experience in regenerative agriculture trainings.
  • Demonstrable experience in delivering trainings to farmers using adult training methods.
  • Strong technical report writing skills.
  • Excellent writing and speaking skills in English and Kinyarwanda.
  • The consultant is required to respond to the TOR with both technical and financial proposal of not more than 10 pages detailing how the assignment will be carried out, methodology and schedule of activities/workplan.

HOW TO APPLY 

A detailed Terms of Reference (ToR) can be accessed from the supporting documents section. 

If you have the experience, skills and the ability we are looking for. Qualified bidders are requested to submit their application to recruitmentrwanda@practicalaction.org  with the subject line: application for farmer cooperative capacity building on Regenerative Agriculture.

The application deadline is 31st January 2023. All applications will be treated according to the merit of the candidate and with strict confidentially.

Practical Action is an equal opportunities employer and we encourage applications from under-represented groups.  We stay committed to cultivating an inclusive and diverse working environment and believe that people from different backgrounds or cultures give us different perspectives, and the more perspectives we have, the more successful we will be. By building a culture where everyone feels heard, respected and valued we give everyone working with us the opportunity to achieve their full potential.

Please note that only short-listed bidders will be contacted