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Development of a contextualized FMNR Manual and Translation into the Somali language

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World Vision

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Development of a contextualised FMNR Manual and Translation into the Somali language

World Vision Somalia

SomReP Program

December 2023

Organisation:

World Vision Somalia

Project:

SomReP

Donor Funded:

ANCP (DFAT)

Position type:

Developing a contextualised FMNR Manual and Translation consultancy services.

Location:

Somaliland/Somalia

Estimated working days:

120 days

Reporting to:

Livestock, NRM and IBLI Technical advisor

Starting date (TBC):

31st January 2024

  1. Organizational Context

The Somali Resilience Program (SomReP) is a members-led resilience consortium that aims to build the capacity of pastoralist, agro-pastoralist, fisherfolk and peri-urban host and internally displaced persons (IDP) communities. We focus on women, youth and people with disabilities to mitigate the impact of natural and artificial shocks and stressors, adapt to climate change, diversify, and adopt sustainable livelihood strategies.

Following the Somali famine in 2011, NGOs and donors mobilised best practices and expertise to co-create an area-based, multi-sector design with interventions spanning the humanitarian, recovery, development, and peace nexus. Building on members’ long-term commitment to vulnerable communities, the SomReP employs graduation pathways to layer and sequence interventions over five-year periods to create absorptive, adaptive, and set the foundation for transformative capacities. The SomReP works directly with communities, in partnership with government and local civil society and the private sector in disaster risk management, safety net strengthening, agricultural recovery and climate change adaptation, natural resource management, assets development, inclusive market systems and economic empowerment, health and protection systems support, gender mainstreaming and social inclusion. Practising adaptive control, the consortium undertakes annual resilience measurements to understand the effectiveness of program interventions.

The consortium also monitors exposure to shock that informs the use of its crisis modifier mechanism to protect resilience gains and livelihoods and save lives. Since its inception, the consortium has worked in 22 districts with members’ operational presence, enabling countrywide coverage. SomReP hosts platforms, including the Somali Response Innovation Lab (SomRIL), Somali Livestock Insurance Consortium (SLIC) and Resilience Nexus Learning Action Network (RNLAN), that champion innovations key to resilience building.

  1. Project Overview

Somaliland has been the victim of severe impacts of climate change in the form of severe and prolonged droughts. The region’s environment has been severely degraded due to decades of civil strife. Degradation is still exacerbated by the lack of a fully recognised Government in Somaliland and weak institutions in Somalia. Both lack adequate law enforcement and global processes of climate and biodiversity degradation. The uncontrolled exploitation of natural resources has led to severe environmental degradation across Somalia/Somaliland. Areas that were once tree-covered rangelands are now treeless plains, and wildlife has progressively disappeared. There is rampant soil erosion, scarcity of fresh water, massive land degradation from charcoal production, siltation of water bodies, and damage to marine resources and habitats.[1] Only 10% of the 137,600 km2 of land is potentially arable, and only 3.0% is used for crop farming. At least 10 tons per hectare of fertile land is lost yearly from various land degradation activities, with average deforestation of 0.97% per year.[2] The natural resources management problems are further aggravated by extreme weather and climate change impacts for an economy over 70% dependent on climate-sensitive agriculture and pastoralism.[3]Somalia’s economy is natural-based and is vulnerable to weather and climate change. Somalia has recently experienced severe recurrent droughts that spilt over three years. Somalia is a victim of climate change and has experienced five consecutive rain failures. About 8.6 million are affected, and 3 million livestock are lost (FSNAU 2022).

The Somalia/Somaliland rangeland management system has been declining for decades due to the compounding effects of climate change and poor land use. Since the collapse of the Somalia central government, the sector hasn’t been functioning due to the impact of both natural disasters and human-induced hazards. Overgrazing, commercialisation of charcoal, and encroachment of private land enclosures worsened the situation, leading to severe and progressive land degradation. Recurring droughts linked to climate change amplify the effects of anthropogenic land degradation. In general, Somalia/Somaliland and specifically Somaliland are characterised by arid and semi-arid agro-ecological areas whereby most of the landmass is occupied by pastoralist communities that have adopted a traditional herding system that lacks the essential amenities to sustain a livelihood and combat the increasing effects of drought and other environmental hazards. Other significant issues contributing to land degradation include climatic conditions, drought and arid conditions, and human factors, leading to the mal-use of natural resources. Livestock density and grazing patterns leading to overgrazing are believed to be the major causes of land degradation. The uncontrolled browsing of trees and shrubs is another aspect of overgrazing and a potential cause of deforestation. It leads to flooding and siltation in adjacent areas because rains are no longer held back by the sponge effect of the trees and carry large loads of eroded soil. Common invasive trees affecting grasslands and rangelands are Prosopis Juliflora and Parthenium grass, which seriously affect community livelihoods and the ecosystem. These invasive plant species cause subsequent land degradation and worsen the livelihood conditions of the Somali pastoralist communities. Leading to the loss of vegetation cover and indigenous grass, which is important for livestock productivity and survival.

To respond to these challenges, SomRep prescribed several NRM approaches to restore degraded rangelands in Somalia/ Somaliland. Over the years, SomRep has championed adopting and implementing pastoral or farmer-managed natural regeneration. It has trained hundreds of FMNR practitioners and established P/FMNR demonstration sites in all SomRep operation districts in Somaliland and Puntland. Since FMNR has been tested and successful in farming communities, it is evident that it can be applied to pastoral communities. All resources available are developed through the lens of farming community-making, making using such tools in pastoral communities irrelevant and cumbersome. SomRep intends to develop a contextualised FMNR manual that can be used to train FMNR practitioners.

SomRep would like to engage a qualified and dynamic consultant to develop and contextualise the FMNR manual specific to the Somalia context that could be used to train FMNR practitioners. The consultant will further translate the contextualised FMNR Manual into Somali to enhance accessibility. Therefore, SomRep will engage and hire qualified consultants to undertake this assignment and help the project produce a contextualised FMNR manual.

  1. OBJECTIVES
  • Develop an FMNR manual and contextualise it into a pastoralist context.
  • Translation of the FMNR manual into Somali language to enhance manual accessibility.
  1. Scope of Work

The consultant will develop a Contextualized FMNR manual directly related to the context of pastoral/farmers in semi-arid areas. He will develop a more straightforward manual that can be used to train FMNR practitioners, which is translated into Somali to enhance accessibility.

  1. Expected Outcomes (Key Results Expected / Key Deliverables)
  2. Review the existing FMNR manual and identify chapters that are not relevant in the Somali context.
  3. Develop and include new chapters deemed necessary to the manual.
  4. Include successful case studies in the manual.
  5. Produce a Contextualized FMNR manual and curriculum directly related to the pastoral/farmer context.
  6. Translate the FMNR manual and curriculum from English to the Somali language, using simple and easy-to-understand Somali vocabulary, syntax, expression and grammar.
  7. Ensure accurate translation of texts from English to Somali, including figures, boxes, captions, and the technical terms in the document.
  8. Ensure language use captures all concepts and demonstrates interactive and learner-friendly teaching and learning techniques and processes.
  9. Proofread the translated training manuals to confirm that all concepts are well captured in the appropriate Somali language.
  10. Ensuring quality check; ensuring no typographical errors are left in the final text.
  11. Consultant Profile (Qualifications and Experience)

A firm/consultant with a strong technical background in the FMNR model, a Certified FMNR expert with demonstrated ability to implement FMNR projects, and experience facilitating FMNR training with a community is recommended.

They should have:

  • Degree/Master in NRM, climate change and environmental sustainability/rangeland management, environmental governance, veterinary/livestock production, or other related social science fields.
  • Extensive experience implementing FMNR model projects and prior experience in FMNR training for community groups, government institutions, and community activities.
  • Good experience working with grassroots community groups and government institutions such as the Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Agriculture, village committees, Village rangeland management committees, district/regional environment authorities, etc.
  • A consultant certified in a farmer-managed natural regeneration course is preferred and highly desired.
  1. Time Frame

The consultancy will be for a maximum of 120 days, effective from the contract’s signing date.

1. Activity Schedule

  • Review the existing manuals, identify chapters that are not context-relevant and propose chapters to include in the new manual. (120 days)
  • Present to seek endorsement on the chapters to include and remove.
  • Develop the outline of the new manual. 10 days
  • Gather relevant Somalia-related case studies (10 days)
  • Present the case studies for indorsement to the TU (5 days)

2. Deliverables and Milestones

The firm/consultant will implement the activity specifically mentioned below. SomRep aims to have all deliverables completed before Jun 30 2024. SomRep will engage the consultant for 120 days to complete the following:

  1. Prepare an inception report outlining how the manual development and contextualisation is undertaken.
  2. Design/adapt/refine (as appropriate) the FMNR Manual for implementing context-relevant PMNR in pastoral and Argo-pastoral participatory.
  3. Arrange the chapters and outline of the new manual to be translated into relevant languages.
  4. A final consolidated contextualised FMNR manual will be shared with SomRep for approval.
  5. Evaluation Criteria

The Selection of the consultant will be made based on cumulative analysis, i.e. mandatory requirements and technical qualifications as follows:

Mandatory requirements

  • Provide a certified copy of business registration(company/organization)
  • Provide a certified copy of the tax registration
  • References including names and contact information from previous clients who can be contacted regarding relevant experience in the translation of documents (At least three)
  • Successful bidders will be required to sign the World Vision Supplier Code of Conduct form

NB; Bidders who will fail to provide mandatory requirements will not qualify for next stage (Technical Evaluation)

Technical Evaluation

Applicants need to clearly articulate the following, but not limited to: –

  • A technical proposal explaining how the manual could be contextualised and translated will be carried out.
  • experience in conducting FMNR activity in Somalia. Or FMNR certificates to be attached separately.
  • Detailed CVs of key personnel (including any formal qualifications) should be provided.

Financial Evaluation

  • A financial proposal with a detailed breakdown of costs quoted in USD. The applicable tax amount must be stipulated and separated from the base costs
  • Payment Terms and credit Period

A financial proposal should not be part of the technical proposal; it should be a separate document.

A prospective bidder making an inquiry relating to the tender document may notify WVS in writing at [email protected]. WVS will only respond to requests for clarification received no later than 10th Jan 2024

Submission of Proposals:

Proposals should be submitted in three distinct/separate attachments, namely Mandatory Requirements, Technical Proposal, and Financial Proposal (Bidders who will combine both technical and financial proposals shall be disqualified)

All applicants should submit C.V., FMNR certificate, and availability via email marked as **‘Consultancy for Development of Contextualized FMNR manual and curriculum to the pastoralist/farmer context and Translated into Somali language”.**to [email protected] by 17th January 2023. applications received after the deadline shall not be considered.

Email title should be; Development of a contextualised FMNR Manual and Translation into the Somali language

Bids received after deadline shall not be considered.

[1] Daar, M.A. (2017). Somaliland: The Devastating Effects of Desertification. 7 March, UNPO (Unrepresented Nations & Peoples Organization). Available at: https://unpo.org/article/19922.

[2] GiZ. (2015). Sustainable Land Management in “Somaliland”, Somalia. Available at: https://www.giz.de/en/worldwide/37266.html.

[3] AfDB. (2016).Water Infrastructure Development for Resilience in Somaliland Program. Available at: https://tinyurl.com/5hpmm43k.

How to apply

Submission of Proposals:

Proposals should be submitted in three distinct/separate attachments, namely Mandatory Requirements, Technical Proposal, and Financial Proposal (Bidders who will combine both technical and financial proposals shall be disqualified)

All applicants should submit C.V., FMNR certificate, and availability via email marked as **‘Consultancy for Development of Contextualized FMNR manual and curriculum to the pastoralist/farmer context and Translated into Somali language”.**to [email protected] by 17th January 2023. applications received after the deadline shall not be considered.

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