Gender Training of Trainers on Start Awareness Support Action (SASA) Methodology for staff on RECLAIM SUSTAINABILITY! Program in Solidaridad At Solidaridad Eas & Central Africa


Solidaridad Network is an international solution-oriented civil society organization working through eight regional expertise centres to transform markets to make them more sustainable and inclusive. Our eight regional expertise centres include Asia, Eastern and Central Africa, Europe, Latin America, North America, Southern Africa, South America, West Africa and our global Secretariat in the Netherlands. Solidaridad Eastern and Central Africa, one of the regional centres, headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya with country offices and programmes in Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Uganda. We bring together supply chain players and engage them with innovative solutions to improve production, ensuring the transition to a sustainable and inclusive economy that maximizes the benefit for all. We facilitate strengthening of local capacity in developing countries, support the creation of enabling environments for economies to thrive, and improve market access.


RECLAIM SUSTAINABILITY! Is a 5-year program (2021-2025) supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of the Netherlands. The program is implemented through a consortium and in brief it tries to invoke the actual meaning of sustainability both in theory and practice in global commodity supply chains.
Sustainability seems to have lost its true meaning. There is no such thing as sustainable products when the people who produce those goods live in poverty, when natural resources are not managed sustainably, and working conditions are poor.
Civic space in supply chains of our target countries remains confined. Space for farmers and workers to improve their position in the chain, to bargain for better prices, or working conditions, or to influence equitable access and use of natural resources, in the countries and sectors of our focus is limited.
Systemic, transformative change is therefore required by reclaiming the essence of sustainability through an enabled civic space that sets the right conditions for this to happen.

Given the above explanation, the strategic objective of the RECLAIM SUSTAINABILITY! Program is to contribute to inclusive sustainable value chains and trade in an innovative way, in which the interests, voices and rights of farmers, workers and citizens (both male and female) are represented and heard in decision making for sustainable use of natural resources, decent work, fair value distribution, and sustainable consumption.
The Program’s theory of change’s premise is that: IF we strengthen civil society; IF we increase and maintain civic space; and IF we apply a gender & social inclusion approach – throughout all our interventions in trade and value chains; – THEN this will influence the public and private sector to adopt and implement sustainability norms that will ultimately alleviate the poverty of farmers and workers.
The RECLAIM SUSTAINABILITY! Program works in 7 supply chains being; Palm Oil, Cocoa, Cotton & Textiles, Gold, Food Products, Tea and Coffee. These commodity supply chains are sub-projects of the entire program. We see a strong relevance of these sectors for the global living income/decent work agenda, and a strong linkage with the local Dutch embassy priorities.
The program seeks to strengthened interaction between:
• A Vibrant and Strong Civil Society that engages and debates with public and private decision makers, monitors implementation and enforcement of policies and mechanisms, holds decision makers accountable, safeguards gender and social inclusion, and demands and consumes sustainable products;
• A Responsible Private Sector implementing comprehensive policies and innovative inclusive business models for truly sustainable sourcing, production, trade and investment;
• A Supportive Public Sector enforcing national, regional and international comprehensive norms and regulatory frameworks that ensure sustainable production, trade and consumption.

This consortium has come together in a broad coalition of local civil society partners under one unified banner in a proposed strategic partnership with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to embark on an ambitious goal: to RECLAIM SUSTAINABILITY! We do this in service to our local constituencies: farmers, workers and their communities. The RECLAIM SUSTAINABILITY! Consortium (RSC) is deeply rooted in local societies with a local identity, ownership and autonomy, and local staff under local leadership, acting in compliance with local legislation. The consortium comprises of: Fundación Solidaridad Latinoamericana, Solidaridad West Africa, Solidaridad Southern Africa, Solidaridad East & Central Africa, Solidaridad Asia, and Solidaridad Europe; FairFood; Business Watch Indonesia (BWI) and TrustAfrica .

In RS! We take a gender and social inclusion approach in all the program interventions. Through a lens of intersectionality, we examine different forms of inequality resulting from gender and social differences, and power imbalances, and then tailor interventions. The program applies an Inclusivity of ABC strategy:
Analyse and address barriers for participation
Balance power relations
Create togetherness based on shared interest and values

Through the three impact pathways while applying gender & social inclusion approach throughout all six commodity value chain interventions RS! End result is to change the relative position of women and other marginalized groups – youth, indigenous and migrants’ groups. At the close of RS! The marginalized groups are strengthened, and policies and social norms that perpetuate inequalities deconstructed. Projects within RS! will actively engage women and men on these topics to address the root causes and resulting barriers to gender equality and social inclusion in the specific contexts of the programme.

One of the impact pathways tailor-made and sector-specific to increase and maintain civic space:
Amplification of the citizenry voice: RS! interventions will set forth rebalancing of power by way of changing norms in constant awareness raising campaigns, ranging from consumer campaigns, to local awareness campaigns on gender norms, production practices; applying (digital) tools, varying from companies’ benchmarks publications (Sustainable Cotton Ranking, True Price) to transparency and traceability initiatives; and citizen led movements calling for action (petitions).

3.1 Objectives of the SASA! TOT:
The SASA! Training is to equip the Solidaridad East and central Africa staff on Reclaim sustainability! project with the knowledge and skills in the SASA! Methodology enabling them to roll out it out in the respective projects. And to equip the team with Work plans and Messages to be rolled out in SASA!

3.2 Methodology:

  1. The SASA TOT will be a physical 5-day full time training for approximately 20 staff. The TOT package should include a brief of the entire SASA methodology and detailed training on the Start, Awareness, Support, Action packages. It should be tailored to advocacy and lobby to address gender inequalities and Gender based violence in the agriculture (Tea, Coffee, Fruits and vegetables, cotton and textile and mining sectors).
  2. 5 days of developing Roll out work plans and IEC Messaging for SASA! Roll out: The consultant will support the team to develop Messages that will be used in the SASA! Roll out aligned to the gender issues identified during the gender analysis. This will be remotely done.

3.2.1 Location

The training will be carried out in Nairobi Kenya .

3.3 Deliverables

I. Training materials (includes training manual/materials to be used)
II. Training of trainers conducted for approx 20 staff

III. A report on the TOT conducted for SASA!
IV. Roll out work plans and IEC Messages for the SASA! Roll out.

3.4 Expert/Trainers Profile:

Trainers with verifiable work in conducting Trainings in the SASA methodology and who fulfill the following requirements are encouraged to express their interests.

● Demonstrates an understanding of the gender technical aspects in relation to the assignment.
● Has been part of a similar engagement training SASA! Complete package.
● Education background. A MUST have minimum academic post graduate qualification in Social sciences or a related field of study. Experience in development work in gender, social inclusion and women empowerment is a plus.
● Prior experience integrating the SASA! Package in agriculture/livelihoods

3.5 Consultancy Period:

The overall time frame of the consultancy will be 10 days includes

  1. 5 days of physical training
  2. 5 days of developing the Roll out work plans, messages, report writing and submission of the final report: Done remotely.

No Activity Deadline
1 Interested parties should submit a Technical and Financial proposal
Budget proposals should include logistics costs (transport, communications, meals and accommodation). 20th March 2022, 5:00pm (EAT)
2 Decision of selected Trainer – only selected candidates will be contacted. 25th March 2022
3 Inception meeting (virtual or in-person depending on covid19 situation). 29th March 2022, 5:00pm (EAT)
4 Planned Dates for the consultancy – 11th to 22nd April 2022
5 Final report. – 22nd April 2022, 5:00pm (EAT)

How to apply

Application process:

The consultancy firms/companies are required to submit an EOI containing a statement on candidate’s experience with similar assignments, curriculum vitae, financial proposal and work plan by 20th March 2022, 5:00pm (EAT). All applicants must meet the minimum requirements described above, those unable to meet the requirement will not be considered.

Each EOI submission should be not more than 15 pages and include the following:

● A brief proposal for the methodology and work plan.
● A sample/samples of previous related work.
● A financial proposal with a budget with breakdowns of different costs involved, to the finer detail. Budget with aggregated figures will not be accepted.
● Updated CVs for the team leader and team members (each CV not more than 2 pages). The team must include a SASA trainer with evidence of previous trainings conducted using the SASA methodology.
● Contact details of 3 references with complete contact information (i.e. name, organization, title position, address, email, telephone).

Subject reference: EOI SASA Methodology for RECLAIM SUSTAINABILITY! Program

Submissions are by email to while addressed to:

Attn: Managing Director
Solidaridad Eastern and Central Africa Expertise Centre
Kilimani Business Centre, Kirichwa Road,
P.O. Box 42234 – 00100 GPO

Note: Canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification and only successful candidates will be contacted.