Terms of Reference for Consultant(s) to Develop Training Materials to enhance the knowledge and skill of producer groups (extreme poor households) to increase homestead food production and poultry rearing.


ICCO Cooperation (www.icco-cooperation.org) is an international organization, whose mission is to end poverty and injustice in the global south, in partnership with enterprising people. We invest in the power and dreams of entrepreneurial people, stimulate their entrepreneurial spirit, and connect them with businesses, governments and social organizations. 

ICCO Cooperation is playing the lead role to implement EU funded “Sustained Opportunities for Nutrition Governance (SONGO) project” to improve maternal and child nutrition in Kurigram and Gaibandha districts. The SONGO project is 5 years duration with 4 inter-linked outcomes; (1) establishing upazila nutrition governance, (2) improving maternal and child health, nutrition (3) improving WASH practices (4) enhancing availability and access to safe and nutritious food. RDRS Bangladesh has been ICCO's long standing partner in a variety of large poverty alleviation and development projects in Bangladesh, often with food security components. RDRS will implement the project activities such as community mobilization, capacity building, committees formation, meeting organisation, workshops, monitoring, etc at a field level.

SONGO emphasizes the importance of sustained governance as a primary outcome and a precondition to achieve other outcomes that are based on NPAN2 and three interlinked pillars or pathways (as per the UNICEF Conceptual Framework on Undernutrition.

  1. HH food and nutrition security (including availability, economic access and use of food)
  2. Feeding and caregiving resources and practices (including maternal, HH and community levels)
  3. Access to and use of health services as well as a safe and hygienic environment (i.e. food, care and health).

While availability and accessibility of nutritious and safe food at HH level is a precondition for improved nutrition it does not automatically lead to improved nutrition among all HH members. Lack of nutrition, health and WASH related knowledge, attitudes and practices as well as intra-HH dynamics often impede nutrition improvement. Evidence has also shown that the extent to which women have access to and control over productive resources, time, knowledge and social support networks largely determine their own nutritional status and the kind of care they provide for their children and for the rest of the HHs. The nutritional status of a woman before and during pregnancy has a direct impact on the development and nutritional status of her baby. In order to address child undernutrition fully, the SONGO project will therefore employ nutrition-specific as well as nutrition-sensitive interventions through a lifecycle approach to deliver the right services and messages to the right person at the right time. The implementation will incorporate a Social and Behavior Change (SBC) strategy, using multiple approaches, ranging from interpersonal communication (such as counselling by health workers) to mass media (such as radio campaigns). SONGO will reach out to 120,000 HH final beneficiaries of which 95,000 HH are direct beneficiaries. The approach is based on proven and evolving experiences taking into account the importance of pre-conditions to address e.g. dimensions of availability and access to food as well as the required synergy between interventions and actors at various levels. Interventions will focus on mobilizing and coaching target groups as well as local public, private and development actors to collectively take the necessary actions towards improved nutrition.


Kurigram district:

  • Char Rajibpur Upazila: Char Rajibpur and Mohanganj Unions
  • Chilmari Upazila: Chilmari and Ramna Unions
  • Rowmari Upazila: Bandaber, Dantbhanga and Jadur Char Unions

Gaibandha district:

  • Gaibandha Shadar Upazila: Ghagoa ,Gidari and Kamarjani Unions
  • Fulchari Upazila: Fulchhari,Udakhali and Kanchi Para Unions
  • Sundarganj Upazila: Belka, Chandipur, Haripur, Sreepur and Tarapur Unions


Outputs of the consultancy will be used to sensitize and train inclusive Homestead Producer Groups, a community based agri-education and empowerment platform formed of vulnerable or extreme poor household members  promoting climate resilient production of diversified and nutritious food, primarily for own consumption, through direct and intensive skills and knowledge dissemination.

The primary objective of the consultancy is to develop a training module to be delivered to producer group members. The training package will address both agriculture and nutrition aspects as well as resilience. SONGO seeks to promote overall food production, with a specific focus on homestead food production (HFP) and income generating activities among the poorest households through training and facilitating access to necessary inputs. Besides promotion of specific crops attention will be given to poultry rearing.
The aim of this is two-fold. Firstly, homestead food production equips disadvantaged households, especially women, with the tools and skills to produce staple foods, fruits, vegetables and rear small livestock that have been carefully selected for their nutritional content and ability to grow well in local conditions. Secondly, if households are able to improve their homestead production beyond their family’s needs, they can sell or exchange surplus production at local markets, leading to more economic stability and particularly access to income for women.


The consultant(s) will be expected to: 

  • Submit a detailed work plan for the consultancy period. This work plan shall be submitted for review and approval by ICCO two (2) days after the signature of the contract and before commencement of the consultancy.
  •  In consultation with ICCO, develop and submit drafts of modules ensuring that they are aligned with the principles of ICCO.
  • Present the Training Needs findings and justification for inclusion within the training module to ICCO.
  • Based on identified  training needs by consulting local stakeholders,  a complete training module will need to be developed for delivery to producer group members. At a minimum the areas likely to require addressing will:
    • Enhance the skills of producers on homestead food production and poultry rearing.
    • Educate producers on diseases and pest management on IPM.
    • Improve knowledge of producers  on climate resilient crops   production
    • Increase knowledge and skills on Poultry rearing and management
  • Based on the above agenda and identified training needs develop IEC materials for use in delivering the training module effectively 
  • A ToT format will also be required to equip the trainers to the prerequisite level required to deliver the module.
  • Submit the first draft of the training module (soft copy) based on the feedback from ICCO by day 11 of the consultancy period.  
  • Following delivery of the first draft, revise and refine the content of the training module after receiving feedback from ICCO

 Submit the final draft of the training module (soft copy) within 4 days after receiving feedback (Bengali version)


The chosen consultant will liaise with the Operation Lead, SONGO Project and Head of HR and Admin throughout the period of the consultancy. 

The consultant will be required to supply the expected deliverables listed below by the end of the consultancy. 
The consultant will complete the deliverables in a location of their choosing, with no requirement or undertaking on the part of ICCO Cooperation to transport them to project areas. 
At a minimum, the likely scope of work would be expected to include:

  • Review of project documents and applicable secondary resources
  • Conduct focus group discussions with producer group of Kurigram and Gaibandha
  • Interviews with the staffs of DAE and DLS of Kurigram and Gaibandha.
  • Project areas visit and sharing with different stakeholder


  • Oversee the overall development of the training materials and provide feedback on drafts submitted to ICCO.
  • ICCO can facilitate meetings/interviews/discussions with key local stakeholders based on requirements of the consultant. However the consultant will complete the deliverables in a location of their choosing, with no requirement or undertaking on the part of ICCO Cooperation to transport them to project areas.
  • Payment will be made on accomplishment of the task according to contract and deliverables met.            


This consultancy is expected to be completed within 15 days. The consultant will be expected to start working two (2) days after the signature of the contract and before commencement of the consultancy in 3nd week of June, 2019. The consultant(s)/firm will be expected to submit the preliminary draft by at latest 3 days before the expected end of the consultancy duration.


  • Master of Science in Agriculture or related field. 
  •  At least 3 years experience in the design and implementation of training materials with a focus on agriculture, nutrition and livelihood development of extreme poor households
  • Experience or proven knowledge of preparing modules and sessions
  • Specialization in capacity development/building, training, and training needs assessment
  • Previous experience delivering or developing ToT (training of trainers) curricula
  • Previous experience working with community based producer group (extreme poor households) is desirable 
  • Ability to work under pressure and to deliver in a timely manner without compromising quality standards


 Interested consultant(s) must submit the following documents for appraisal. Proposers who do not submit the below mentioned documents will not be considered for further evaluation.
The proposal should include:

  • Consultant CV including past achievements
  • Introduction letter including a brief overview of the assignment as understood by the bidder
  • Methodological outline or technical proposal for delivery
  • Preliminary detailed itemized work plan – including timeframes for submissions of drafts 
  • Financial proposal with detailed itemized budget and price justification 
  • Annexes: Any documents, such as work samples, or other information, which the consultant feels will assist proposal review team in evaluating the proposal 

Prospective consultants should submit a written proposal both hard and soft copy (hard copy by courier and soft copy via email) to;

Martin Mondol
Head of HR & Admin
ICCO Cooperation
Bangladesh Country Office,
T: +88 (02) 9861219
E-mail: hr.bd@icco.nl

For queries, please contact Mostafa Nurul Islam at mostafa.islam@icco.nl or for short queries +88(0)1712 501810

Deadline for submitting proposal 22nd June, 2019