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"Internship - Field Researcher - Agrarian Diagnostic - Nepal"



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Country: Nepal - based in Thangpaldhap, Sindhupalchok district (80km from Kathmandu) with occasional travel to Katmandu (5h drive).

Duration: 6 months from March 2021 to August 2021 - dependant on COVID-19 restrictions

Conditions: Internship agreement, legal internship allowance, monthly per diem of 400 EUR, medical coverage of 100% + repatriation insurance + provident fund, accommodation, international and local transportation as part of the mission, break every 3 months.

Presentation of TGH

"Actor in a sustainable and shared solidarity"

Founded in 1994, TGH is a French international solidarity organization based in Lyon. The association designs and implements emergency, rehabilitation and development programs in the following sectors: water, hygiene and sanitation, civil engineering, food security and rural development, socio-educational and psychosocial. TGH is currently operating in 10 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

Context

On April 25th, 2015, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 and an epicenter located 77km north-west of Kathmandu hit Nepal. Two weeks after the disaster, on May 12th, a second earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 and an epicenter located northeast of Kathmandu has also severely affected the country.

In total, following the two earthquakes, 39 districts (out of 75) were impacted. The latest reports show 8,857 dead and more than 16,808 injured. 602,257 houses were destroyed while more than 285,099 were severely damaged. More broadly, it is estimated that about 8 million people have been affected by the consequences of earthquakes. National disaster response capacity has not been sufficient to meet the scale of need, and Nepal has called for international assistance.

Following an exploratory field mission, TGH conducted emergency and post-emergency intervention in villages in Kavrepalanchok district (Bagmati area, central region of Nepal).

Presentation of TGH mission

The exploratory mission led in 2015 by TGH in collaboration with the local NGO ARSOW-Nepal (Association for Rural Social Welfare) made it possible to evaluate the humanitarian situation.
In partnership with ARSOW Nepal, a first project "Emergency Support and Economic Recovery Program, Kavrepalanchok District" was conducted with the support of several donors (Fondation de France, Rhône Alpes Region, Rhône Méditerranée Corse and Adour-Garonne Water Agencies). The project focused on WASH, health, food security and economic recovery. The various actions were carried out in the village of Koshidekha and, for some of them, in 2 other villages (Kharelthok and Sarsyunkharka) in 2015-2016.
A second phase of the Integrated Global Reconstruction Project (IGRP) started on 1st September 2016, for a total duration of 40 months. It is implemented as a continuity of the first phase (emergency) set up by ARSOW-Nepal.
It proposes post-earthquake reconstruction through an integrated approach, ensuring the reconstruction of houses and infrastructure, WASH activities (water, hygiene and sanitation) and support for economic recovery in targeted villages with special attention provided to the most vulnerable. This current project aims at enhancing the resilience of the affected population. The implementation of this project follows a participatory methodology, integrating both the beneficiaries themselves and the government institutions. It will end in December 2019.

TGH is the project bearer (project funded by Fondation de France and the Agence Française de Développement) and the Nepalese government. The local partner ARSOW-Nepal is in charge of the implementation of the activities. As such, a capacity building component of our partner is also included in this project. The livelihood component includes activities such as support to the cardamom value chain, support to livestock, etc.

The population of the four targeted villages (Thangpaldhap, Thangpalkot, Gunsakot and Bothang - each separated by 1 to 2 hours of walking) represents about 17,000 people, 13,000 of them benefit directly from the project.

A third project will be launched in March 2020 in the same area aiming at supporting the regional economic development.

Presentation of the project

The new Project (Phase 3) is built up on the Rural Municipality strategy and the planned activities are complementary to its strategy.
TGH intervention in the agricultural sector will be organised around two components. The first one will aim at developing organic agricultural production in the valley and the second will focus on strengthening marketing channels through the development of cooperatives.

Job description

Under the direct responsibility of the Program Coordinator based in Thangpaldhap and the functional supervision of HQ FSL Technical advisor, the Field Researcher will carry out an agrarian diagnostic in Thangpaldhap valley, composed of 4 villages (around 3,400 households). In the field, he / she will be continuously accompanied with a translator who will have, as much as possible, knowledges on the area, the local agriculture specifities and the local languages (Nepali, Tamang).

This study aims at:

*understanding environmental constraints and opportunities of the area
Identification of main agro-environmental units, their interactions and complementarities, the constraints associated with landscape development, the availability of natural resources and their exploitation.

*understanding the main historical evolutions of the agrarian system of the area and the corresponding production systems
Diachronic analysis of the agrarian system of the area highlighting the transformations of agriculture due to internal and/or external events (asset accumulation, impact of national policies, economic crisis etc.)

*defining a typology of the production systems of the area
Definition of a typology of the production systems currently implemented in the area (area, crop and livestock systems, labour, fixed assets, etc.).

*characterizing these production systems both from a technical and an economic point of view
Technical analysis of each production system and the corresponding crop and livestock systems (crop/livestock management, agricultural calendar, yield, etc.). Economic description of each production system (value added, agricultural income, labour productivity, etc.).

*analysing the strengths and constraints of each of these systems
SWOT analysis for each production system.

It is expected from the Field Researcher to draw conclusions and recommendations based on his/her study and the planned activities in TGH new project to ensure the best adequation to the beneficiaries’ needs.
The impacts of the climate change on the production systems as well as expected evolutions should be assessed.

Deliverable

*A full report of the agrarian diagnostic, in English
*A short PowerPoint presentation presenting the main conclusions of the study

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