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TOR: DEVELOPING A GENDER CURRICULUM AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT MANUAL-Reference Number: HIHEA/09-2024

Hand in Hand Eastern Africa (HiH EA)

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Reference Number: HIHEA/09-2024/OP

  • Experience Level : Mid level
  • Experience Length : 3 years

Job Description/Requirements

Reference Number: HIHEA/09-2024/OP

Reports to: Chief Programs Officer

Location of project: Voi and Kibwezi Sub Counties.

Type of contract: Consultancy

Languages required: English and Swahili languages are essential.

Type of selection: Firm


i. Introduction

Hand in Hand Eastern Africa (HiH EA) is a registered Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in Kenya with a mandate to operate within the Eastern Africa region. It is a member of the Hand in Hand Global Network that comprises affiliated organizations that mutually pursue the shared goal of poverty alleviation by supporting poorer communities to create sustainable jobs and enterprises. Currently HIHEA is operating in 33 counties across Kenya.


HiH EA has a strategic focus, which ensures the social inclusion of women, men, and youth; economic empowerment through financial inclusion and market development for the marginalized groups; enhanced climate change resilience by supporting adaptive practices; enhanced knowledge and skills for basic needs and human rights. HiH EA’S model of operation is anchored on its vision - An empowered society with sustainable enterprises and jobs and Mission - To facilitate communities out of poverty through creation of sustainable enterprise. Our transformational goals are to: a) amplify enterprise development impact by doubling our reach on the number of unemployed women, youth and men served to 650,000; b) accelerate 30% of their enterprises; c) enhance their resilience; and d) increase their profitability from KES 200 to KES 800 per day. HIH EA works with communities and individuals in poverty, particularly women, through business training, supporting them establish or enhance enterprises (both on and off farms), and assisting their access to credit facilities and markets. A key innovation in this project is gender transformative approach which will be effective in enhancing women’s economic empowerment impact as demonstrated in a pilot project set in rural Tanzania.


ii. Background of the Project

Women account for nearly half the workforce within the agricultural sector in low- and middle-income countries and are involved in various activities across agricultural value chains. In Kenya, Women play a pivotal role in agricultural production and they make up between 42% and 65% of the agricultural labour force in Kenya (World Bank, 2014). From providing inputs and services such as traders or extension agents to farm-level work, women are deeply engaged in agricultural systems, generating income, and employment and ensuring their household’s and community food security.


Thus, women have been contributing to agricultural production, food security, and development of the rural economy. Nonetheless, owing to discriminative social norms, laws, and regulations about women’s actions and roles, women have limited access to various resources and opportunities and are not able to fully demonstrate their capability to contribute to rural development.


People at the bottom of the pyramid in Voi & Kibwezi lack business and financial management skills to generate income from their land beyond subsistence level, contributing to their entrapment in the poverty cycle. Harmful gender norms present further barriers for women and perpetuate the impoverishment of the entire community. 


It is for this reason that HIHEA is implementing a 5-year project from Nov 2023 to Oct 2028 titled “Gender and economic empowerment for sustainable enterprises and jobs”. Specifically, the project seeks to work mainly with farmers in the poultry, bee keeping and goat value chain (70%) and the remaining 30% in other value chains or businesses in the implementation areas.


3. Scope of Work

HIHEA commissions a consultancy to

I. Develop a Gender Training Curriculum and

II. Develop a Community Engagement Manual to

III. Undertake a TOT training to the project staff based on the curriculum developed.

The materials developed shall be used for the Gender and economic empowerment for sustainable enterprises and jobs project implemented in Voi and Kibwezi sub-counties, Kenya.


The findings and recommendations of a gender landscape analysis currently being conducted will inform the training curriculum and manual. The curriculum and manual will address the key gender barriers affecting the women and men in Voi and Kibwezi sub-counties that hinder economic empowerment of the communities, particularly of women. The analysis report is expected to be finalized by mid-June 2024.


The materials should be simple, participatory and address the specific barriers and challenges as enumerated in the Gender Landscape Analysis that women and men face while engaging in economic empowerment activities along the bee, poultry and goat value chains. The community engagement manual will be used by the community grassroots project while the gender training curriculum will essentially be used to train the staff and champions.


A TOT will also be conducted targeting project staff to equip them with awareness, knowledge, and application skills. The training will be undertaken using the Gender Training Curriculum to be developed and orientate the project staff on the community engagement manual.


4. Overall Objective of the assignment

The successful consultant/firm will be expected to facilitate development of an inclusive gender training curriculum and a community engagement manual for HiH EA. The curriculum and manual will be aligned to the findings and recommendations of the gender landscape analysis and specifically provide practical approaches and guidance on successful delivery of training and community engagement. The curriculum and manual will be practical and provide clear messages on gender equity and women’s empowerment.


The project will use the Gender Training Curriculum for the training of project members and the Community Engagement Manual as a guide for project staff in effectively engaging community gender champions.


A final set of deliverables include:

a) Gender Training Curriculum.

b) Community Engagement Manual.

c) Conduct a Training of Trainers for Project Staff


The topics the deliverables will address will be discussed with the consultant during the inception but are expected to include the following:

  • Key Human Rights and Women’s Rights
  • Sex, gender, and gender norms
  • Why gender matters: equality, equity, and other benefits
  • Division of labour (and working together)
  • Women’s role in the economy and their rights to engage in economic activities
  • Property and inheritance rights
  • Financial planning and household decision making
  • Effective family communication (and healthy relationship)
  • Power and GBV including referral pathways for SGBV survivors
  • Key techniques on engagement with stakeholders and government
  • Key technical advocacy skills that inter alia will guide on how to conduct barazas and raise awareness


5. Methodology

  • Review HiH EA’s important documents including and not limited to; Gender Landscape Analysis, Gender Strategy, Rights Way Forward Manual, Gender Training Manual, strategic plan, and other documents relevant to this project.
  • Develop a detailed inception report, share and present the same to the HiH EA gender- working group. The inception report shall include; clear methodology for delivery of the assignment, work plan with clear timelines
  • Undertake literature review on best practices in the region to guide in development of a practical gender training curriculum and community engagement manual.
  • Develop a draft curriculum and manual that are simple, participatory and designed to take into consideration the specific barriers and challenges as enumerated in the Gender Landscape Analysis that women and men face while engaging in economic empowerment activities along the bee, poultry and goat value chains and share with HiH EA for review.
  • Develop semi-final curriculum and manual and present it at a validation meeting.
  • Conduct a TOT with HiH EA and project staff.
  • Collect feedback from HiH EA and project staff to finalise the curriculum and manual.
  • Submit the finalized curriculum and manual to HiH EA. (The consultancy is considered complete only with HiH EA’s approval of the deliverables.)


6. Activities and timelines

The Consultant is expected to:


July 2024 - Participate in an inception meeting with HiH EA team and prepare an inception report, detailing the general understanding of the assignment, methodology, work plan, budget and deliverables.


 July 2024 - Submit an inception report following the inception meeting.

July 2024 - Prepare a draft training curriculum and community engagement manual for review by HiH EA team. Curriculum must be inclusive of recommendations for programme adaptations based on findings of the analysis.


July 2024 - Present the curriculum and manual during a validation session. 


July 2024 - Prepare a semi-final curriculum and manual incorporating feedback from HiH EA team.


Aug 2024 - Undertake a TOT with project staff.


Aug 2024 - Submit finalized curriculum and manual. 


7. Consultant/s’ specification

I. Firm

  • Five years’ consistent experience in development of curriculums and preferably gender, social inclusion and/or community related curriculums in social development areas in East Africa with experience in Kenya preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop a practical step by step gender curriculum and community engagement manual.

II. Lead Consultant

  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in developing curriculums in the areas of gender and social inclusion
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in programme management of gender equality, gender mainstreaming or women empowerment policies/projects/programmes
  • Accreditation with Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development or any other affiliated accreditation institution is an added advantage
  • Experience in developing training manuals and specifically gender related ones
  • Strong research and analytical skills with special emphasis on analysis tools
  • A commitment to social and economic empowerment and the reduction of poverty
  • A university degree preferably in project management, gender and development, monitoring and evaluation and other closely related areas
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Kiswahili is a must. Understanding of local language is an advantage.


8. Clients’ inputs

Hand in Hand shall provide the contacts and links it has to its members, key stakeholders and any other related and needed contacts. It will also provide project documents including Gender Landscape Analysis, Existing training manuals, Organizational Gender Strategy as well as HIHEA Strategic Plan and other requested documents necessary to provide a project over


9. Anti-Corruption

Hand in Hand Eastern Africa strives to fight corrupt practices within its operations and the same is expected of its vendors, contractors, and service providers. HiH EA staff are therefore prohibited from accepting any gift/s, consideration or benefit/s of any kind which may constitute illegal or corrupt practices, either directly or indirectly, as an inducement or reward for the award of a contract.


10. Ethical consideration and Safeguarding

HiH EA as an organization undertakes to create a safe environment for all those we serve, and to prevent any form of exploitation or abuse. We are committed to acting in the best interest of our member’ and any willing vendor, contractor or service provider is required to commit and comply with our position on safeguarding as stipulated in the organizations code of behaviors’.


11. Submission of proposals

The consultants are invited to submit proposals tailored to the outlined requirements, comprising a technical proposal, financial proposal in Kenyan Shillings with clear costs, methodology plan, work plan including the number of working days necessary, a summary list of similar assignments undertaken previously by the lead consultant, 2-4 sample work as evidence, and CVs for the suggested team.


Deadline for submission of proposals is 10th July 2024. These should be submitted via email to: procurement@handinhandea.org using the reference number as the email subject.

For more information about Hand in Hand Eastern Africa, please visit: https://handinhand-ea.org/

HIH EA does NOT condone any form of corrupt practices.

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