ICS Last Mile Entrepreneurs’ Capacity Needs Assessment and Training Curriculum Development 2021
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ICS Last Mile Entrepreneurs’ Capacity Needs Assessment and Training Curriculum Development

Kenya ICS Last Mile Entrepreneurs Acceleration Project (KILMEAP)

Practical Action is a change-making organization that works in unconventional ways. We bring people together in bold collaborations, using knowledge and innovation, to build futures free from poverty and help shape a world that works better for everyone. We put ingenious ideas to work so people in poverty can change their world.

We are an international development agency with more than 50 years’ experience in development and scaling of a range of technologies appropriate to the needs of the poor.

Working throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America, Practical Action improves the lives of around one million people every year through access to energy, sustainable agriculture, water, sanitation, hygiene and waste management, and disaster risk reduction.

We are a trusted partner of many communities, governments, development agencies and the private sector. We are uniquely placed as a knowledge broker with a breadth of capacities which enable us to capture and share knowledge in relevant ways for our diverse audiences.

We are influential at national level where we work, and globally and considered a “go-to” agency by those seeking to improve lives for men and women living in or vulnerable to poverty.

Background of the consultancy assignment

Practical Action was recently awarded a grant by EnDev-GCF to implement the Kenya ICS Last Mile Entrepreneurs Acceleration Project (KILMEAP); which falls under the EnDev-GCF project ‘Promotion of Climate-Friendly Cooking in Kenya and Senegal’.

The project is being implemented in Nakuru and Nyandarua Counties as the main hubs. Additionally, the project proposes to have sub-hubs in Kericho (Kipkellion and Londiani) and Baringo (Mogotio, Kabarnet and Eldama Ravine).

Assignment Scope

a. Training Needs Assessment for ICS Last Mile Entrepreneurs

Last mile entrepreneurs, particularly women, struggle to start and sustainably grow their businesses because of factors such as barrier to accessing appropriate business and technical skills and information.

The result of this is weaker business skills and low self-confidence, leading to poor performing businesses. In cognizant of this, the project intends to conduct a training needs assessment to advice on the specific contents of the training curriculum to be used to disseminate knowledge to the LMEs, while ensuring that the training is tailor made to address the LME’s most pressing needs.

The assessment is also expected to review the specific needs that women and disadvantaged groups may have that could limit their participation in the trainings in order to identify suitable means through which the trainings will be delivered.

b. Development of LMEs Training Curriculum

Using the needs assessment report, the consultant will be required to develop an appropriate training curriculum for the LMEs. For additional input into the curriculum, the consultant will also engage with ICS producers and identified production centres to ensure that their input is taken into account in the design of the curriculum.

Incorporating the identified capacity gaps, the consultant will develop an integrated LME training curriculum that focuses on enterprise development, ICS technologies, gender mainstreaming and agency empowerment as detailed below:

  • Business management (Enterprise development strategies, Last Mile Distribution channels, fundraising strategies for LMEs, marketing and market linkage strategies, customer care, customer acquisition strategies, etc.)
  • Gender mainstreaming in the ICS sector
  • Agency empowerment
  • Basics of ICS technologies i.e. the ICS value chain, types of ICS, benefits of ICS, existing market players, potential for revenue generation, etc.
  • ICS technical training with a focus on:
    • Fabrication
    • Cladding
    • Installation
    • ICS standardization (process and importance)
    • Key performance indicators for ICS (e.g. efficiency), etc.

In summary, the consultant(s) is expected to do the following:

  • Conduct a capacity needs assessment for the ICS LMESs in Nakuru, Nyandarua, Kericho and Baringo Cunties;
  • Develop an integrated ICS training curriculum for the LMEs that covers enterprise development, ICS technologies, agency empowerment and gender mainstreaming in the ICS sector

Consultant(s) Requirements

Consultants interested in this assignment should be able to demonstrate the following competencies:

1. Technical understanding and expertise with renewable energy in Kenya, and clean cooking solutions with a bias in the ICS sector.

2. Bachelors/Master’s degree in renewable energy, economics, business development or other relevant discipline and at least five (5) years’ relevant work experience in designing and implementing energy access projects or consultancy assignments within the NGO or private sectors, in the East Africa region, Africa and or internationally is required.

3. A good understanding of gender issues in the energy sector, especially in the cooking sector.

4. Proven experience in the development of curriculum for adult training.

5. Immediate availability.

CLICK HERE for a detailed Terms of Reference of the assignment.

How to Apply

We invite qualified and interested candidates to submit the following:

  • A motivational letter addressing the Terms of Reference
  • The individual’s profile with relevant experience
  • A concept note of how the consultancy will be implemented including methodology, approach, how gender sensitivity and inclusion will be ensured during the assignment and tools for undertaking the assignment
  • A tentative budget/financial proposal
  • Three (3) references from past clients

Interested applicants should send a proposal expressing their motivation to undertake the exercise to Practical Action Eastern Africa Regional Office by email to: GCF.KILMEAP@practicalaction.or.ke no later than 16th November 2021.

Indicate in the email subject line ‘‘Capacity Needs Assessment & Training Curriculum Development”.

At Practical Action, we treat all applications for employment on their merits and do not take into consideration any factors that are not relevant to the job such as disability, race, age, religion, gender, gender reassignment or sexual orientation.

We are committed to safeguarding and protecting children and vulnerable adults and as such candidates will be subject to pre-employment checks.

The successful applicant must have the pre-existing right to both live and work in Kenya.

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