Consultancy Service on Household Dialogue Toolkit for Gender Equality

Improving household dialogue toolkit for promotion
 gender equality and guiding household economic development planning

For the ‘Market development and competitiveness enhancement for cinnamon products to promote women's economic empowerment
in Lao Cai province’ project

Terms of Reference


SNV Netherlands Development Organization (SNV) is a non-profit, international development organization founded 53 years ago, and now operating in 28 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Our global team of local and international advisors use their expertise in three sectors – Agriculture, Renewable Energy and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene – as well as the cross-cutting topics of gender, climate change and youth employment to contribute to solving some of the leading problems facing the world today. We work with local partners to equip communities, businesses and organisations with the tools, knowledge and connections they need to increase and gain access to basic services – empowering them to break the cycle of poverty and guide their own development.

SNV has been working in Vietnam since 1995, and currently has over 30 national and international staff. SNV Vietnam operates from a head office in Hanoi and projects in over 50 provinces in the country, including in the poorest and most remote areas.

The “Market development and competitiveness enhancement for cinnamon products to promote women's economic empowerment in Lao Cai province” – or “Spice for Equality (SFE)” in short - is a 2 years project being implemented by SNV in partnership with the Agricultural Extension and Services Center (AESC) of Lao Cai provinc. The project is part of the ‘Gender Responsive Equitable Agriculture and Tourism Program’ (GREAT) funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). This project focuses on improving the social and economic status of women in Lao Cai province by strengthening their engagement in cinnamon value chains.  We are seeking consultant to improve the “Household Dialogue Toolkit for Gender Equality” serving for implementation of the project in Lao Cai province.


1.    Objective:

To deliver an Advanced Household Dialogue Toolkit considering lessons learnt from SNV and AESC Lao Cai.

The advanced Household Dialogue Toolkit will be used for promotion gender equality and guiding household economic development planning during household dialogue and community dialogue sessions in project sites in Lao Cai.

Scope of work:

The Consultant/s will work with SNV and AESC Lao Cai to review, design, develop and finalize the materials. The materials will be used for communication events/activities and dialogues/trainings at the community and household levels in Bac Ha and Van Ban districts.

2.    Methodology and required tasks:

  • Work with staff of SNV and AESC Lao Cai to:
    • Review the available tool set (e.g. household dialogues and other relevant tools such as Gender Action Learning System (GALS))
    • Document lessons learnt, identify the needs and solutions to improve the tools
    • Identify types and detailed contents of the training curriculum.
    • Create appropriate modules which are locally adapted to be applied in project in Lao Cai (Van Ban and Bac Ha districts)
  • Develop and improve the mentioned materials
  • Testing and finalization the toolkit and curriculum/text book.
  • Introduce, transfer and coach the materials to partners (AESC and core farmers) through a workshop event at Lao Cai city.

3.    Deliverables:

  • A contextualized and visualized toolkit (tools and guidelines) for SFE to facilitate gender equality within farmers groups (based on GALS, household dialogue facilitation handbook, SNV and partners’ experiences/lessons learnt)
  • A successful transfer/coaching mission SFE’s actors in Lao Cai (i.e. AEC, WU, and some key trainers/facilitators at district/commune levels)

4.    Qualifications, skills and experience required:

The Consultant(s) must have the required competence and skills to carry out the assignment. Some of the desired qualifications are below:

  • A post graduate degree in gender, development, social sciences or related sectors
  • At least 7 years’ experience in documentation and developing communication products/training curricula.
  • Experience and knowledge in working with local communities and topics of women’s empowerment
  • Proven experience on preparation of materials for training, design and promote communication activities.
  • Familiar with GALS and/or  household dialogue tools and relevant women’s empowerment tool kit is an advantage
  • Having experience in working with local and partners and international organizations is highly desirable.

5.    Timeline and dates:

  • The duration takes place from 10 until 30 September 2019. Total expected man days are 7 working days.
  • Schedule

The following schedule is an indicative schedule as an input into the detailed work plan to be developed by the consultant


Expected time

Prepare a detailed work plan and methodology based on the ToR

1st week of September 2019

Communicate with SNV and AESC on tool kit (e.g. GALS, household dialogues) and contents of the curriculum

2nd week of September 2019

Improve household dialogue tool set and deliver the first draft curriculum

3rh  week of September 2019

Consult with SNV, AESC, and testing/field visit (via 1 event)

4th week of September  2019

Finalize the materials

30th September, 2019

6.    How to apply

  • Interested consultants are requested to submit their letter of interest indicating their understanding of the assignment and CV with the title “Household Dialogue Toolkit for Gender Equality” to this LINK
  • Deadline for submission of proposal is 12 pm 6th September 2019.
Job Details
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Application Deadline: 
Fri, 2019-09-06