Terms of Reference
Title: County Poverty Alleviation Planning (CPAP) Specialist
Activity: 7130: Project “Launch” Workshop
7140: Introduction to VPAP
7150: Training of VPAP Trainers
Timing: Development of workshops: March, 2006
Delivering of workshops: March – April, 2006 (Tibet)
Follow-up/Evaluation: April, 2006 (Tibet)
Level of Effort: In Beijing: approximately 5 days
In Tibet: approximately 15 days
Total: 20 days
Background and Rationale:
In Phase I of the BHNP project, a needs-assessment conducted amongst county level cadres indicated that participatory bottom-up planning was an area identified for BHNP capacity development. It is anticipated that the same needs will be identified in an on-going needs assessment amongst PAO TAR level staff as well.
The Leading Group on Poverty Reduction endorsed County Poverty Alleviation Planning (CPAP) as the official government strategy to address poverty in China’s poorest counties. Phase II of the BHNP will focus on village-based poverty alleviation planning with the aim to develop Tibet specific models. Since national level guidelines for CPAP are intended to be flexible to allow for models that are well adapted to local conditions, it is anticipated that PAO will endorse strategies for an effective CPAP model for Tibet.
BHNP will be piloting village–based planning in up to ten townships in year one of the project extension. Small scale projects identified through the village planning exercise will be supported through the PAO. County level cadres will be trained in participatory planning methodologies and processes by a team of trainers from PAO/TAAAS. In order to continue this training in further areas, PAO has requested that a team of trainers take responsibility for these activities.
To increase the capacity of County- and Township-level cadres in bottom-up poverty reduction focused planning and management that they can apply to their day-to-day work;
To develop a team of VPAP trainers who will continue to provide support and training to County- and Township-level cadres.
BHNP staff will develop a draft curriculum for training of VPAP trainers based on a needs assessment of PAO and experience from Phase I of the BHNP project. A CPAP specialist from CIAD will work with the BHNP Extension Services/Training Manager to develop a series of workshops to present best CPAP practices from China and pilot the training-of-trainers curriculum.
The consultant will collaborate with the Extension Services/Training Manager to:
• Develop a presentation for the TAR and participating county cadres on the experience to date with CPAP in China and specifically, Tibet;
• Present the LGOP approved model and theory of poverty alleviation planning;
• Co-develop workshops that: enable participants to facilitate villagers’ needs using various tools and methods; reviews participatory village based methodologies in the context of the CPAP; and employs Tibet case studies to experience participatory methods.
• Co-deliver, with the BHNP Extension Staff, the workshops in Lhasa;
• Conduct evaluations and recommend from amongst those trained the persons considered to have the potential to become trainers.
• Increased understanding of workshop participants on the lessons learned to date on CPAP in China, and specifically Tibet;
• Improved skills in village based planning;
• A Tibet-specific training curriculum for VPAP trainers.