UN Women: Contributing to the economic empowerment of women in Africa through climate smart agriculture

UN Women
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 31 January, 2020
Opportunity type: 
Call for proposals


Implementing Partner to support the provision of advocacy work to reduce socio-cultural barriers (including gender-based violence) through policy and advocacy (including engaging men at household level) in order to increase agricultural productivity and women’s equal land rights in two targeted provinces of South Africa (Limpopo and Free State).

Implementation Duration March – December 2020 (8 Months)
Type Implementing Partner
Purpose To provide advocacy support for the UN Women Climate Smart Agriculture Project
Contract Duration Eight (8) Months
Deadline for Submission of Proposals Date and Time:  January 31, 2020 12:00 AM
City and Country: Pretoria, South Africa
Proposals received after this date and time will be disqualified.

1. Background

Agriculture is a key productive sector in African economies and the main contributor to pro-poor growth and poverty reduction especially in rural areas. Targeting and strengthening agriculture is therefore critical for food and nutrition security and rural poverty reduction. The agriculture sector, however, has been increasingly challenged in recent times by re-occurring stresses and shocks caused by environmental degradation and climate change. These recent re-occurrences impact negatively on agricultural productivity, calling for solutions that require ‘thinking outside the box’.

Not only is agriculture affected by climate change, it also contributes to climate change it is estimated to be directly responsible for at least 14 percent of all greenhouse emissions, with deforestation and forest degradation accounting for another 17 percent. While there are multiple causes of deforestation, agricultural expansion is by far the most important, highlighting the urgent need to address the competition for land, for both food production, and forest regeneration and protection. A wide range of actors recommend Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) as a key approach to enhance farmers’ climate resilience when confronted by the effects of climate change in the agricultural sector. CSA is an integrated approach which uses a combination of technologies and practices to meet food security goals while adapting to, and mitigating, climate change. In practice, it means having access to agricultural technologies, practices and approaches which respond to a constantly changing climate. CSA also focuses on improved weather forecasting, early warning systems, and insurance to help farmers reduce risk. 
UN Women identified Climate Smart Agriculture as a Flagship Programme Initiative (FPI), a high-impact, scalable initiative to deepen its efforts and achieve transformative change.

Within CSA, UN Women focuses on supporting women in agriculture to fully and equally participate in decision-making at all levels as necessary for the development of: appropriate policy interventions; deployment of more effective tools, technologies, infrastructure and institutions to implement measures to build resilience; and the achievement of sustainable resource management for resilient green value chains. 

With this emphasis, the UN Women CSA FPI focuses on four key outcome areas: (i) Women’s secure land tenure is increased; (ii) Female smallholders’ productivity in a changing climate is increased and physical burden of agricultural work is reduced; (iii) Financing barriers are removed and women’s capacity to invest in climate-resilient agriculture is increased; (iv) Opportunities for female small holders to move up the value chain are promoted. 

The climate smart agriculture programme seeks to improve the agricultural productivity of small older women farmers and link them to agricultural value chains. The programme aims to reach a minimum of 10,000 women farmers in the next year. The work seeks to develop and strengthen the capacity of Women farmers to engage in land policy dialogues and forums that seeks to ensure that women have secure land tenure, through engaging with all stakeholders including government, civil society organizations, traditional leaders and men in the different communities.

UN Women SAMCO is inviting non-profit organizations working on building the capacity of women farmers to participate in land consultative forums, increase the advocacy and awareness to traditional leaders and men on the importance of women’s land rights to submit proposals that aim to achieve the following key outputs:

  • Proposal detailing the activities and strategies to be carried out to ensure that assignment expected outcomes are met.
  • A minimum of 10 000 Women farmers from the 2 targeted provinces (Limpopo and Free State) are trained in advocacy skills.
  • Facilitate at least 20 advocacy visits to community gatekeepers in each of the two provinces.
  • At least 50% of women farmers reached by the project have improved access to land for farming purposes.
  • At 50% of the women farmers reached by the project have access and support from land networks.
  • At least two policy briefs submitted to Government by the Land Networks that are informed by the farmers.
  • Data and reports available and accessible on women’s access to land
  • 30 Traditional leaders (TL) and 3000 men (M) trained on the importance of women’s rights to land and women economic empowerment.
  • At least 5% of the total number of rural women farmers reached through the project have acquired land title deeds.
  • A minimum of 10 women organizations participating in land consultative forums on regular basis.
  • At least two laws or policy briefs developed and implemented on women’s access to land.
  • At 50% of the trained women participate and engage in land policy and decision-making processes.
  • Demonstrated sustainability of the intervention.

2. Organisations must clearly indicate which output they work will be contributing to.

The provision of support to women farmers will be provided by the implementing partner with adequate dedicated capacity and working closely with UN Women and respective farmer associations/cooperatives and entities.

3. Objective and description of required services

The overall objective of the assignment is to contribute to the UN Women output 1.4, “Socio-cultural barriers (including gender-based violence) reduced through policy and advocacy (including engaging men and household level) to increase agriculture productivity and women’s equal land rights”. The CSA project employ a holistic approaching to support 10000 rural women farmers through their farmer groups and cooperatives in Limpopo and Free State Provinces of South Africa to increasing their agricultural productivity and facilitate their access to information and capacity development, markets, finance, climate smart agricultural practices, inputs, internet and technology amongst others.

3.1 Planned Output and Activities

Output 1: Socio-cultural barriers (including gender-based violence) is reduced through policy and advocacy (including engaging men at household level) to increase agricultural productivity and women’s equal land rights.

For this output, the implementing partner will develop implementing modalities that will enable it to reach and deliver the targeted training and support to women farmers and all the other stakeholders to be involved.

To guide this work, strategy on the most effective way to achieve the results under this outcome will have to be devised to ensure smooth and successful implementation of this assignment.

Planned Activities

Specifically, the Partner will be tasked with the following:

  • Provide technical assistance to ministries responsible for land and agriculture, environment and rural development to develop/reform legal and policy provisions that recognize and promote women’s rights and secure land tenure.
  • Increase advocacy and awareness to traditional leaders and men on the importance of women’s land rights.
  • Increase the capacity of rural women farmers on the process of acquiring land title deeds.
  • Provide capacity and support the participation of rural women organizations in land consultative forums and land governance.
  • In collaboration with UN Women and other relevant organizations, ensure that gender-responsive land laws, policies and frameworks are developed and implemented to increase women’s access to land
  • Increase advocacy and awareness to traditional leaders and men on the importance of women’s land rights.
  • Strengthen the agency and voice of women farmers to engage in relevant land policy and decision-making processes.
  • Develop policy briefs to make recommendations and share results on the work and impact of the engagement with rural women, women farmrs, traditional leaders, men and other stakeholders

3.2 Expected Results:

  • Number of women farmers and their associations trained on advocacy and decision-making processes and how to use their voice to input into policies and laws.
  • Two dialogue sessions hosted to promote women’s land rights and type of support provided to ministries responsible for land and agriculture.
  • Ten information sessions organized with women farmers about the process of acquiring land title deeds in their respective areas, and the impact of such sessions.
  • At least six land forums organized and facilitated for women farmers to participate in and make their voice heard on land issues affecting them.
  • Number and type of dialogues co-hosted with other civil society organizations on land related matters and their impact.
  • Detailed report on the Type of support provided to the land governance networks to develop gender responsive land policies.
  • Six advocacy and awareness engagements with the council of traditional leaders and men in different communities on the importance of women’s land rights in the two provinces.
  • At least 2 policy briefs on land matters where women farmers and rural women were involved developed and published nationally.

 4. Proposals should include the following information:

  • Provide innovative approaches during the whole duration of the project implementation
  • Focus on effective training and hand holding methodologies
  • Contribute to increasing the capacities of women farmers and their associations
  • Explore collaboration with and involvement of key relevant stakeholders including government and private sector

Budget Request:

Proposals for each component must fall between a minimum indicative amount of USD 50 000 and a maximum amount of USD 75 000 inclusive of all related taxes. Currency exchange into local currency will be calculated using the UN Operational Exchange Rate as per date of the submission of the proposal.

However, the budget should:

  • Realistic and market related.
  • include managing, administration and operation costs
  • Charge a maximum of 7% of total budget towards administration (project’s contribution towards organisational expenses).

5.Institutional Arrangement

The selected organization(s) will sign a Project Cooperation Agreement (PCA) with UN Women. The organization will be selected only if it has proven capacity to deliver the proposed activity. The CSO’s/NGO network’s capacity will be assessed by UN Women as per UN Women’s policies, rules and regulations.

6. Reporting

The selected partner will be the principal responsible party but will work closely with UN Women during programme implementation. The partner will provide Bi-monthly narrative and financial reports in line with UN Women’s guidelines and requirements. All knowledge products and communication materials that will be produced under this agreement must acknowledge the support of and seek the approval of UN Women.

7. Target

The project implementation partner should reach a total of no less than 10000 beneficiaries over the duration of the project.

8. Timeframes

The provision of support will be conducted between March – December 2020.
The implementing partner will be appointed for a period of 8 months (March 2020 -December 2020).

9. Competencies

Organisations must clearly demonstrate the following competencies in their proposals.

  • A Non-Profit organization/Non- Government Organisation or network must demonstrate capacity to deliver expected results including technical, governance and management, and financial and administrative. 
  • The organisation must be a women’s network that currently works with entrepreneurs including women farmers.
  • A good understanding of the agricultural sector and women inclusion land related matters in South Africa.
  • Good track record on provision of advocacy campaigns and skills to women and communities’ leaders.
  • Demonstrate experience in working on enterprise development and entrepreneurship.
  • Extensive experience in developing innovative advocacy campaigns and awareness creation with community leaders and gate keepers.
  • Organisation to demonstrate ’s relevant capacity to provide required work e.g. technical, governance and management, financial and administrative management
  • Applicant must demonstrate a clear understanding of the UN Women’s Terms of Reference (TOR). Applicant must include in the proposal clear and specific statements on what the organisation will accomplish in relation to UN Women’s TORs. (maximum 2 pages in the proposal).

10.  Expression of interest/How to Apply

Interested parties must request guidance Annexes by sending email to siya.leshabane@unwomen.org, with title “Call for proposal guidance Annexes”
Interested applicants should apply through email to Procurement.mco@unwomen.org by midnight on 31st January 2020. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. 

In accordance with the criteria and requirements as set out in the TORs, the applicant must submit the following for consideration:

  • A Cover letter (Annex 11)
  • A written proposal (Annex 111)
  • Detailed Budget (Annex 1V)
  • Organogram of the organisation highlighting the main programme resources and please attach all relevant CVs
  • Latest Audited Financial Statement

UN Women reserves the right to discontinue the recruitment due to any unforeseen circumstances. Outputs of this assignment shall belong to UN Women and partners.

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