Om-Habibeh Foundation

Request for Proposals

Environmental Mainstreaming Support and Community of Practice Creation

 

I.            Project Background

The Om Habibeh Foundation (OHF), an affiliate of Aga Khan Development Network, is currently operating in Aswan a seven-year skills development initiative, entitled: “the Aswan Skills Development Programme (ASDP)”, in collaboration with the Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) and the Aga Khan Foundation Egypt, and funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC). 

ASDP focuses on improving the livelihoods of 6,000 young women and men in Aswan City and Kom Ombo District through strengthening the quality and range of vocational and technical training programmes, as well as professional development programmes to young women and men in Aswan Governorate. To achieve this goal, ASDP focuses on achieving the following:

  1. Improved prospects for employment and employability for young women and men in Aswan and Kom Ombo;
  2. Improved job creation opportunities (self-employment, entrepreneurship) for young women and men in Aswan and Kom Ombo;
  3. Strengthened local gender and environmentally sensitive labour market system to support young women and men in Aswan and Kom Ombo in entrepreneurship and employability.

II.            Background of the Consultancy

ASDP adopts an Environmental Management Strategy (EMS) that is in line with GAC’s Policy for Environmental Sustainability and AKFC’s Policy for Environmental Sustainability (PES). The PES aims to ensure that AKFC and partner organizations: 1) mitigate possible negative impacts of their initiatives on the environment; 2) enhance positive environmental impacts from their initiatives; 3) address possible negative impacts of the environment on their initiatives; 4) address possible impacts of climate change on their initiatives, incorporating climate adaptation and resilience strategies, as needed; and 5) strengthen their capacity to design, implement, and monitor environmentally sustainable initiatives.

The Aswan Skills Development Programme is coming to an end in April 2022. The focus in this final year is therefore on ensuring the sustainability of programme outcomes, including in environmental sustainability. Part of ASDP’s sustainability plan is to create a local environmental sustainability community of practice (CoP) in Aswan to embed a strong understanding of environment-related issues in the community, with lasting impact beyond the life of the programme. The CoP will work to ensure a shared understanding of the programme’s environmental sustainability objectives and expected outcomes as well as to share this understanding with ASDP/OHF partners and stakeholders.

III.            Purpose of the Consultancy

The purpose of this consultancy is to support the implementation of environmental sustainability plans in the final year of ASDP, the main focus of which will be on creating a local environmental sustainability community of practice in Aswan and devising and executing a plan for building the capacities of CoP members in environmental sustainability and related topics.

Capacity-building plans should include a variety of (online and offline) workshops and trainings on environment-related topics, participation in community roundtables, discussions, conferences, and other relevant events, assigned readings, technical support, and peer learning and mentorship. The main language of communication within the group will be Arabic, however the consultant is encouraged to include translated English/international resources in the plan, as relevant.

The CoP will be made up of select OHF Aswan-based staff, Continuing Education Programme trainers, academia, representatives of civil society organizations, community leaders, agronomists, farmers, members of the National Council for Women in Aswan, and other stakeholder groups, as appropriate, ensuring equal participation of women and men.

IV.            Major Tasks and Specific Deliverables

The consultant will carry out all major tasks in consultation with the ASDP team, including the ASDP Gender Advisor and Environmental Sustainability and the ASDP Senior Programme Manager. The consultant will perform the following tasks at a minimum:

  1. Devise a holistic plan for building the capacities of a select group of individuals (CoP members) from Aswan in environmental sustainability and related topics.
  • Topics include, but are not limited to, environmental mainstreaming, sustainable agriculture and water conservation, biodiversity and soil health, Indigenous-led conservation, climate change mitigation and adaptation, environment/climate-related international conventions and frameworks (Rio Conventions, etc.), and national-level policies and laws. This is in addition to relevant soft skills (communication, mobilization and advocacy, leadership, etc.).
  1. Lead the execution of the above-mentioned capacity-building plan.
  2. Support other ASDP environmental sustainability-related plans, including providing expert advice on environmental mainstreaming in ASDP interventions, delivering trainings to ASDP stakeholders, and additional support as required by the ASDP team.

Specific Deliverables:

  1. Develop an inception report that outlines the methodology of work, including an action plan for the delivery of this work (i.e. outline of all tasks, timelines, and tentative dates of output delivery). The draft inception report will be reviewed by the ASDP team and their feedback incorporated before the report is finalized;
  2. Support the selection process of CoP members;
  3. Conduct a needs assessment to determine the prior level of knowledge and needs of CoP members to design an effective capacity building plan in addition to a post-training assessment to measure the progress of and knowledge gained by CoP members;
  4. Hold meetings with the OHF team to discuss and agree on the capacity-building plan;
  5. Present a detailed and complete capacity-building plan for the Environmental Sustainability Community of Practice, including a sustainability plan for the CoP once ASDP comes to an end;
  6. Carry out all tasks outlined in the capacity-building plan;
  7. Deliver a final consultancy report (in Arabic and English) that outlines the tasks completed, outcomes, and lessons learned of the capacity building exercise and submit a copy of all raw data and training materials to the ASDP team.

V.            Expected Time Frame

The consultant is expected to commence duties by end of August 2021. The total duration of the consultancy will be no more than 35 days, with final submission of the consultant report by mid-March 2022.

VI.            Consultant Qualifications and Experience

ASDP is looking for a well-qualified consultant to fulfill the above-mentioned role/tasks. The consultant should meet the following criteria in terms of qualifications, technical competencies, and experience:

  • Minimum seven (7) years of professional experience in promoting environmental sustainability in an international development context;
  • Master’s degree or advanced diploma in environment studies, agriculture, international development, or related fields. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of international best practices in environmental sustainability programming.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the development context in Egypt, specifically related to economic development and employment in Upper Egypt;
  • Demonstrated experience conducting different capacity-building activities, including developing and delivering trainings and facilitating discussions;
  • Full professional proficiency in spoken and written Arabic and English;
  • Knowledge of gender equality and women’s economic and social empowerment issues in the international development context would be considered an asset;
  • Prior work experience with AKF/AKDN would be considered an asset.

VII.            Application Procedure

Agencies or individuals meeting the above criteria are invited to submit an application consisting of the following:

  1. Letter of interest, including the names and contact information of two previous clients who can be contacted regarding relevant experience, which discloses any conflict of interest related to this mandate with OHF.
  2. Detailed technical proposal (in English or Arabic) of not more than 4 pages clearly demonstrating a thorough understanding of this request for proposals and including the following:
    1. Description of methodology
    2. Evidence of previous experience conducting similar work
  • A proposed timeframe detailing activities and a schedule/work plan (including a Gantt chart)
  1. Consultant/team’s educational and professional experience, team composition, and level of effort of each proposed team member
  2. Curriculum Vitae(s) of all proposed team members outlining relevant experience (annexed to technical proposal)
  3. Contact info of three references
  1. A financial proposal with a detailed breakdown of costs for the assessment, using the following template, as applicable (where necessary, please include footnotes to explain assumptions made):

 

  1. Summary of costs

 

Item

Cost (EGP)

Consultancy fees

 

Data collection expenses (as applicable)

 

Administrative expenses

 

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  1. Itemized consultancy fees/costs for all team members

 

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Title

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  • Itemized field data collection expenses (e.g. training costs, etc.)

 

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  1. Itemized administrative expenses (e.g. phone credit, stationery, etc.)

 

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* The organization will cover the travel and accommodation expenses of the main consultant, as required and with a maximum of one roundtrip (Cairo – Aswan) per quarter.

 

  1. A Consulting Firm profile (if applicable).

 

Evaluation of proposals will be weighted at 70% for the technical component and 30% for the financial component as outlined below:

Criteria

Maximum Score

Technical Component

 

Proposed methodology and approach

20

Demonstrated experience in conducting similar environmental sustainability capacity-building plans/activities

15

Education and technical knowledge/experience of consultant team

15

Gender equality experience

10

Experience working in international development

5

Previous work experience in Upper Egypt and/or with the AKDN

5

Technical Component Total

70

Financial Component Total

30

Total Score

100

 

Agencies or individuals meeting the above criteria are invited to submit an application by email to:

Mr. Moustafa Elamir

Senior Procurement Officer

Om Habibeh Foundation

Email: moustafa.elamir@akdn.org

Inquiries can be made by sending an email to: Ms. Farah Kashaf at farah.kashaf@akdn.org and copying moustafa.elamir@akdn.org.

  • Proposals will be evaluated only if the complete package, as outlined above, is received.
  • Candidates must provide complete contact details in their applications.
  • Proposals should be received no later than 18th Sep 2021.
  • Shortlisted applicants may be invited to an interview to validate their knowledge and experience.
  • The selected candidate/team will be notified shortly after and should expect to begin work as soon as possible.

Any questions concerning this assignment should be directed to

Mostafa Al Amir, Procurement Senior Officer contact: 01067922282

moustafa.elamir@akdn.org

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