Organization: MADERA
Country: Afghanistan
Closing date: 20 Mar 2016


Mission d’Aide au Développement des Economies Rurales – Afghanistan (MADERA) is a French non-profit, non-governmental organization, founded in 1988, which operates only in Afghanistan. Its actions are oriented towards empowering rural communities by building their capacities and supporting their initiatives, with the aim of giving them greater control over their own development.
MADERA implements both short-term emergency humanitarian aid and longer-term development projects, in collaboration with rural populations. These programs include the following elements:
• Community development: support to local development projects;
• Natural resource management: rangeland rehabilitation, forestry;
• Agricultural production: research and extension, support to producers’ groups, arboriculture;
• Livestock: support to veterinary services, vaccinations, animal husbandry;
• Income generating activities;
• Civil engineering: access to water, irrigation, construction and rehabilitation of infrastructure;
• Emergency distributions (food or agriculture inputs);
• Third-party monitoring.
MADERA abides by humanitarian principles, and provides assistance to people regardless of gender, religion or ethnicity. It currently employs 200 national staff in the field and 5 expatriates, and has a budget of around €3 millions. MADERA is governed by a Board of 16 members, based in Paris, France.
Currently, MADERA intervenes in 2 geographic zones, covering 6 pro 2 OVERVIEW OF THE ACTIVITY

2.1 The project as a whole

MADERA and Relief International, two NGOs working in Afghanistan, have come together as a consortium to implement a 4-year program, funded by the European Union (EU). The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) is involved at national, provincial and district level.
The program aims to increase the livelihoods of the rural population of 9 provinces of Afghanistan: Nangarhar, Nimroz, Ghazni, Kapisa, Wardak, Bamyan, Laghman, Kunar and Nuristan, through the promotion of animal health services and animal health husbandry practices.

General objective of the Program:

Contribute to the improvement of rural livelihoods through food security and farming incomes, and thus, take part in the overall economic recovery of Afghanistan.
• Specific objective 1: Improve the coverage and the quality of animal health services;
• Specific objective 2: Disseminate animal husbandry best practices in order to increase the quality and quantity of animal products;
In order to achieve these specific objectives, the project is divided in to 4 components with the following results to be achieved at the end of the project:
Component 1: Veterinary Field Unit (VFU) have improved their capacity to provide animal health services:
• Result 1: Maintain and extend the animal health network and improve its sustainability
• Result 2: Improve the quality of animal health services
• Result 3: Strengthen the partnership between public and private animal health sectors
• Result 4: Increase the demand for quality health services
Component 2: Linkage between AHSPs and farmers has been strengthened through the implementation of an efficient extension system:
• Result 1: Regularly assess farmers’ knowledge about animal health and husbandry
• Result 2: Improve the quality and relevance of extension systems
• Result 3: Train farmers through the Farmer Field School (FFS) approach
Component 3: Improve animal husbandry practices lead to better animal products
• Result 1: Improve livestock’s housing conditions
• Result 2: Develop and improve feeding and nutrition of animals
• Result 3: Support the AHSPs with artificial insemination activities and raise awareness of herders
Component 4: A consistent monitoring system provides recommendations and guidance all through the project
• Result 1: Design a strong monitoring and evaluation system
• Result 2: Conduct a baseline study in the targeted areas, and refine indicators of achievements
• Result 3: Conduct a mid-term evaluation and final evaluation, and an impact survey of the project
• Result 4: Conduct specific surveys based on project’s needs

2.2 Focus on Farmer Field School activity

2.2.1 Regular FFS sessions held by Extension Workers (EWs)

Within this project, FFS are carried out every month by ten EWs in different villages. Currently, 36 FFS are organized in five provinces of Eastern (Laghman, Kunar and Nuristan) and Central Afghanistan (Bamyan and Wardak). Twice per month, EWs go to villages to carry out FFS sessions, gathering between 18 and 25 participants during one hour approximately.

2.2.2 Role of the Team Leaders (TLs)

There is one TL in each targeted province, which is in charge, among other activities, to follow up the work of the extension workers, including the FFS sessions. Therefore, they assist, at least, once a month to FFS sessions conducted by each EW. It is the opportunity for them to assess the quality of the work of the EWs and to provide them advices.

This training will be dedicated to the five MADERA TLs with additional participants working for other organizations or for the Government. The total number of trainees must vary between 15 and 20.
The first aim of this training is to give an overview of the FFS methodology, focusing on the key points related to each step of the methodology and critical points (research of communities, first meetings with the communities, building problem trees, participatory village mapping, identifying and using learning materials, management of group dynamics, ending and follow up).
The second aim is to give them the ability to transfer their knowledge to others and become in turn FFS trainers for field workers. The training must gave them the tools necessary to advise field workers while conducting FFS sessions as well as the way forward to incorporate new methods of FFS according to the local conditions and needs.
The third aim is to insist on the ending and follow up of the groups. None of TLs and EWs have ever experienced this part of the methodology. The training must be the opportunity to emphasize the key points related to this part of the methodology. At the end of the training, the trainees must be able to teach the methodology to people who never practiced FFS, to ensure a proper follow up of the FFS sessions conducted by EWs and provide advices while necessary.

After reviewing in details each step of the methodology, the trainees must be able to practice by themselves the approach in order to better understand each critical point of the methodology.
The training must include many examples explaining the critical points.
Since the project is focusing on Animal Health and Animal Husbandry, most of the FFS participants are herders. Therefore, it must be relevant to use materials and examples related to these domains.

All the materials must be written in English. The exact content of the training must be designed before the training and shared with the project manager in order to ensure the respect of the objectives of this training.
At the end of the training, the consultant must provide all the materials used (soft copy).

This training will take place during two weeks in May 2016 in Kabul. A total of twelve training days must be carried out (six days per week).

The budget for the training will be provided by the consultant as part of his/her financial proposal, and should include:
• Daily rate;
• International flight ticket and visa;
• Per diem;
• Insurance: Insurance for disease, exceptional risks, repatriation;
• Accommodation: MADERA may propose to rent an accommodation in a guest house of a partner in Kabul if required;
• Interpreter: MADERA will provide a translator Dari/Pashto/English during the training;
• Logistics: MADERA offers the consultant a mobile phone with a SIM card;
• Communications costs, however, will be borne by the consultant;
• Training materials and certificate (possibility to print in Kabul before the training). Each participant must receive a certificate.

How to apply:


• Experience in the FFS methodology training (knowledge of methodology and ability to transfer this knowledge);
• Experience of trainings of trainers (participatory approach, interaction with participants, teach the experience about the FFs using examples, success and failure);
• Advanced educational qualification in agriculture or veterinary science will be an asset.
• Required personal traits and qualities:
 Flexibility and adaptability
 Respectful to local culture and practices
 Rigor with pedagogical skills
 Ability to work with interpreter
• Languages: Fluent in English (speaking and writing). Knowledge of Dari (Persian) and Pashto is considered as an asset.

The exclusion or auction of the offer will be sent by email to applicants within the next 15 days counted from the date of the final deadline for submitting proposals.
The formalization of the contract will take place within a maximum of 20 days from the date of notification of the final decision.

Deadline for submission: March 20, 2016
Interested candidates should submit:
• A detailed description of the experiences related to Farmer Field School training;
• A financial proposal including a budget;
• A detailed schedule of the training (day by day)
• Professional profile, updated CV and references.
Applicants must send all of this documentation in electronic format to the Project Manager ( with copy to Head of HR ( and Country Director (

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