National Consultant to Design an Illustrative Manual, Communication Strategy and Develop Guidelines For Operationalisation of School Clubs on Climate Smart Agriculture Practices For Use By Teachers and Pupils of Primary Schools in Eastern Uganda

Location : Kampala, UGANDA
Application Deadline :21-Dec-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :15 working days spread in 3 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :15 working days spread in 3 months

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


Uganda’s economy and population largely depend on natural resource-based sectors like agriculture, forestry and fisheries. Yet the changing climate continues to adversely affect these natural resource-based sectors, thereby intensifying poverty and vulnerability of many people in the country. With over 80 percent of the Ugandan population dependant on agriculture for livelihood, building sectoral resilience for adaptation to climate change is crucial for reducing rural poverty and sustaining agro-based livelihoods. In this regard, GoU with support from UNDP and COMESA is implementing a project to enhance resilience of agricultural landscapes and value chains through scaling up climate smart agriculture (CSA) practices as a climate change adaptation strategy in seven districts in eastern Uganda.

The project seeks to enhance resilience of agricultural landscapes through strengthening farmer organizations, gender inclusiveness and management of strategic agricultural value chains, and increased awareness and adoption of CSA practices in primary schools. The expected outcome of this project is adoption of CSA best practices that enhance climate resilient agriculture production and institutions for CSA and climate change adaptation, and increased investment by private sector actors, particularly the input and marketing dealers that will supply climate smart technology inputs and services. It is hoped that these will be achieved through (i) supporting adoption of CSA practices and technologies in farmer cooperatives and primary schools, and (ii)developing enterprise platforms to enhance productivity, value addition, marketing and integration of CSA principles.

Objective of assignment:

The overall objective of the consultancy is to develop an illustrative manual that will be used by both pupils and teachers to guide the setting up and management of school gardens and clubs using integrated CSA practices and technologies.

Specific Objectives:

  • To develop an illustrative manual for pupils and teachers to guide establishment and management of school gardens;
  • To develop a communication strategy to guide creation of awareness and dissemination of knowledge on CSA technologies, practices and approaches in schools;
  • To develop guidelines for the formation and management of CSA clubs in schools,   Including guidance on how activities of the clubs shall contribute to adoption of CSA practices and technologies.

Duties and Responsibilities

The consultant will work in close coordination with the Project Management Unit team to carry out the following tasks that will lead to delivery of the illustrative manual and the communication strategy:

  • Identify and engage the target audiences (i.e.: selected schools, pupils, school teachers, school management boards, , parents, District Education Officers and Inspectors of schools, music dance and drama groups, extension workers, local leaders, Community Based Organizations (CBOs), communication and media agencies, government institutions and Ministry of Education and Sports, etc.);
  • Identify the communication objectives for each of the targeted audiences (carry out stakeholder mapping) at the schools and district levels;
  • Assess the communication capacities of all stakeholders;
  • Identify the communication products and activities designed for each audience, using the CSA project work-plan and building on existing communication material where possible, for each target audience;
  • Specify appropriate communication channels, dissemination methods and media such as video, print, web/online media, traditional media, and social media, among others, to effectively communicate key messages to specific stakeholders;
  • Identify deliverable outcomes, indicators and tools for the effective implementation of the communication strategy;
  • Develop key messages for reproduction in presentations and speeches by the school management boards and committees and the project Supervisory Board;
  • Develop indicators to monitor and evaluate communications tools and activities, in order to measure the impact on achieving the overall objectives.


  • An Inception Report detailing the Consultant’s understanding of the assignment, the  methodology for implementing the consultancy - 2 working days;
  • A user-friendly and gender responsive illustrative manual on climate smart agriculture practices, with specific sections for teachers and specific sections for pupils of primary schools - 5 working days;
  • A communication strategy to promote CSA practices and approaches in Ugandan schools, with clear objectives, a viable plan of actions/interventions, practical implementation mechanisms, and a simple monitoring and evaluation framework - 3 working days;
  • Guidelines for the formation and management of CSA clubs in schools - 2 working days;
  • Guidelines for establishment and management of school gardens - 3 working days.


Functional competencies:

  • Ability to present complex issues in a simple and clear manner;
  • Analytic capacity and demonstrated ability to process, analyse and synthesize complex, technical information from different disciplines;
  • Ability to draft concise and informative documentation in English for a wide range of users;
  • Ability to analyse complex information and to draw out the key points and issues and to present them in a way that can be easily understood;

Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favouritism.

Required Skills and Experience


  • The candidate should have  Minimum of a Master’s degree in communications, journalism, public relations, media, or related fields.

Experiences required:

  • Knowledgeable and skilled in designing and planning communication interventions related to Climate Smart Agriculture;
  • Substantial experience in developing communication strategies and producing information products for children and adults;
  • Familiarity with principles of and good practices in applied communication to children;  
  • Substantial knowledge management skills and tools;
  • Demonstrated ability to produce high quality, creative communications materials and proven track record of previous communication achievements;
  • A good understanding of Principles and Practices of Climate Smart Agriculture;
  • Familiarity with UNDP methods or the UN system in general will be an added advantage.

Language requirement:

  • The language of the assignment shall be English. All deliverables shall be in English language. Therefore, excellent English communication skills (Oral, written, and presentation) are essential.

Working Arrangements:

Institutional Arrangement:

The consultant shall report to the Commissioner Agricultural infrastructure and water for agriculture production, Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) and will work closely with and supervised by the SLM Projects’ Coordinator from MAAIF. The Project management unit (PMU) in the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries shall monitor progress against planned activities/deliverables and report to UNDP. Disbursement of funds from UNDP to the consultant shall be made upon receipt of certification from MAAIF. The consultant shall report to UNDP on all contractual obligations.

Duration of the Work:

The assignment is planned be carried out within Kampala for 15 working days spread in 3 months.

Schedule of payments:

  • Payments shall be made on certification of work following agreed deliverables as shown as per the TORs.

Evaluation method and criteria:

Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:

Cumulative analysis:

The award of the contract shall be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

  •  responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
  • having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to this solicitation.

* Technical Criteria weight; 70%;

* Financial Criteria weight; 30%.

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation

Technical Criteria – Maximum 70 points:

  • Criteria A Relevance of Education – Max 10 points;
  • Criteria B. Relevance of experience – Max 30 points;
  • Criteria C. Description of approach/methodology to assignment. (if applicable) – Max 30 Points.

Lowest price and technically compliant offer:

The award of the contract shall be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as both:

  • responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
  • offering the lowest price/cost “responsive/compliant/acceptable” can be defined as fully meeting the TOR provided. 

Submission of Application:

The candidate is required to submit an electronic application directly uploaded on the UNDP jobs website with all the requirements as listed here below. Annexes and further information may be downloaded on no.95730.

Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications in one single PDF document to this website - no.73546.

  • Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP (Annex II);
  • Personal CV, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references.

Technical proposal:

  • Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment;
  • A methodology, on how they will approach and complete the assignment;
  • Financial proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided (Annex II);
  • Annexes 1 and II - may be downloaded from the UNDP Procurement Notices Website - For further clarifications, please contact;;


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