Consultancy to provide technical support to train Nobo Jatra staff on Market Systems and Facilitation Approaches
World Vision Bangladesh (WVB) is hereby inviting Request for Proposal (RFP) from the experienced local / international consultant for the “Consultancy to provide technical support to train Nobo Jatra staff on Market Systems and Facilitation Approaches”.
(RFP Reference and issue date: WVB-NJP-RFP-121867, Date: May 02, 201)
Background of the Consultancy:
In September 2015, World Vision Bangladesh (WVB), in a consortium with the World Food Programme (WFP), Winrock International (WI), and three local partner NGOs were awarded and undertook a $74m, 5 year USAID Food for Peace Title II Development Food Security Activity. The activity, titled Nobo Jatra – ‘New Beginning’ seeks to improve gender equitable food security, facilitate access to water and improved sanitation facilities, and, improve maternal child health and nutrition for PLWs and children under 2 years in southwest Bangladesh. These interventions are complimented with cross-cutting interventions of disaster risk reduction, accountability and governance, and, gender to ensure a holistic, inclusive and gender sensitive approach.
Nobo Jatra is implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief (MoDMR) in two districts targeting four Upazilas namely; Khulna and Shatkhira districts– Dacope and Koyra, and, Shyamnagar and Kaliganj Upazilas respectively. The activity will reach a total of 856,116 direct beneficiaries and 200,495 households.
In consultation with USAID-FFP, Nobo Jatra program requested for a cost extension for two additional years (2021 to 2022) to enhance and ensure the sustainability and long term success of the program’s key outcomes though a systems and facilitative approach. Based on USAID’s framework for inclusive market systems, it is recognized that to achieve inclusive and long term sustainability, Nobo Jatra will apply an “inclusive market system development approach focusing on building the capacity and resilience of local systems, leveraging the incentives and resources of the private sector, ensuring the beneficial inclusion of the very poor while stimulating change and innovation that continues to grow beyond the life of the project” (Campbell, Ruth 2014)
As a result, to ensure the success of the activity, key implementation staff require capacity building to improve their skills set to apply systems thinking and facilitative approaches that will lead to local ownership and strengthen the capacity of local systems to continue and achieve the intended development outcomes.
Based on this background, Nobo Jatra intends to shift its implementing strategy from direct service delivery to a facilitative approach using a market systems and facilitative lens following the USAID Framework for Inclusive Market Systems Development and the Value Chain and Market Systems Development Technical Guidance.
The outcome of this technical capacity building will lead to Nobo Jatra staff to acquire the capacities to adequately identify and assess local systems, design multi integrated intervention strategies that address key weaknesses in those systems, and facilitate the process of developing monitoring and evaluation tools that will accurately monitor progress of the impact of the systematic changes in the local systems.
A. Objective and Scope:
The objective of the consultancy is to enhance the staff capacity of Nobo Jatra to utilize and apply making systems strengthening especially through a market systems lens and utilizing facilitative approaches. The consultant will be responsible for designing and facilitating an introductory training for staff that have limited experience with the systems strengthening/ facilitative approach. The training should be tailored to facilitate the process of Nobo Jatra staff to start applying systems thinking and facilitation approaches to the following systems:
Agriculture and Alternative Livelihoods
Water and Sanitation systems (WASH)
Health Care system through a Maternal Child Health Nutrition lens
Governance and Accountability systems at local level
Gender as a catalyst
Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience systems
This consultancy is expected to cover 8 days and is expected to cover the following topics:
Principles and introduction to the rationale of the market systems development approach (theoretical framework and key definitions) building on existing Nobo Jatra learning product “Integrating Extremely Poor Producers into Markets Field Guide” and the “Village Agent Guide: Strengthening Business Linkages for Smallholder Farmers.”
Tools and frameworks for applying market systems analysis, approaches and intervention design (what is systematic change and systematic interventions)
Examples and best practices of facilitative approaches using the above key systems as examples in similar contexts as Bangladesh
Gender and market systems approaches
M&E for systemic change and adaptive management
The consultant must design and facilitate the training through facilitative experiential learning activities, application of frameworks, case studies and discussion groups to mention a few.
The training participants will comprise of both technical managers and program officers with limited or no prior exposure to systems thinking and facilitative approaches. The consultant will also collaboratively plan the training with the Nobo Jatra learning partners.
6. Expected Deliverables:
Prepare and share training materials/ approaches/ methodologies. The training material must be shared and approved by Nobo Jatra management team.
1. Design training plan with expected outcomes for each session.
2. Facilitation of 5-day training including guiding group discussions
3. Provide on-site technical back stopping for key systems that Nobo Jatra is implementing
4. Facilitate training using examples that have a contextual relevance in regards to Nobo Jatra operational area.
- Final training report with recommendations and a thematic implementation plan on how Nobo Jatra can continue to build the technical capacities of its team members, how to use Market Systems thinking and facilitative approaches.
7. Selection Criteria:
Demonstrated understanding of current best practices in the international application of Market systems thinking and Facilitative approaches especially within a USAID funding context:
1. Practical experience implementing Systems Change programs/ interventions using facilitative approaches
2. Practical experience of conducting a similar training in an international context
3. Practical experience of facilitating workshops/ trainings for beginners
4. Experience applying results measurements for programs using facilitative approaches.
5. Demonstrated experience applying systems thinking in development
6. Master’s degree- with a preference for MBA but number of years applying systems thinking will suffice as well.
8. Evaluation Criteria:
The consultant must meet the required qualifications and experience. Interested consultants should submit their applications via email to email@example.com
The application should be submitted in PDF format as one document comprising Technical and Financial sections as detailed below:
Technical proposal including Consultant’s understanding of the assignment and context, CVs, and company profile and date available to conduct the assignment.
Approach to the assignment
Methodology and Tools
Work plan with Deliverables
Financial proposal including all charges related to the assignment
Only short listed consultants will be contacted.
Please visit the below link download details RFP:
A. Procurement Queries:
Md. Ruhul Mobin, Supply Chain Manager, Nobo Jatra Program
Mobile: +8801708123865, E-mail: Ruhul_Mobin@wvi.org
B. Technical Queries:
Interested consultancy Firm/Organization may send e-mail for technical queries before submission of proposal to: Alex Bekunda, Deputy Chief of Party, Nobo Jatra Program, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
C. SUBMISSION OF PROPOSAL:
Separate Technical and Financial proposals shall be sent directly through email in PDF format to: email@example.com and no CC to any WVB staff.
Maximum file size: 9MB. If mail returned due over file size, please split the file and send in separate email.
RFP reference ““Consultancy to provide technical support to train Nobo Jatra staff on Market Systems and Facilitation Approaches”. shall be mentioned in subject line.
Deadline for proposal submission is: On or before 24.00 AM on 20th May, 2019