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Topography Survey for the construction of Contour Bonds


Consultancy Announcement

Applications are invited from suitable qualified Gambiana for a consultancy to conduct a Topography Survey for the construction of Contour Bonds in Upper Niumi in the North Bank Region, Niamina Dankunku and Niamina East in the Central River Region


The Agro-Ecology and Resilience Project (AER) is a project being implemented in The Gambia and Senegal to help improve the welfare of poor and vulnerable communities that were negatively impacted by prolonged drought and flash floods. The aim is to work with these communities through climate resilient sustainable agriculture for food security and build their resilience to disasters.

Project outcomes

Climate Resilient Sustainable Agriculture (CRSA) - Six communities (three each in The Gambia and Senegal), with a focus on women, will be better able to withstand the shocks and impacts of natural disasters caused by climate change through the development and management of sustainable agro-ecosystems. 

Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) - Six communities (three each in The Gambia and Senegal), particularly women, are able to reduce risks and participate in and deliver emergency preparedness programs 

  1. Documentation and Shared Learning (DSL) - Long-term resilience is promoted both within participating communities and throughout the region through documentation, shared learning and active engagement of partners, other organizations, duty bearers, civil society, donors, and other actors. 

  2. The consultancy: Context

    Erosion and flash flood are common hazards confronting almost all the AER project intervention villages. These erosion and flashflood cause damages and erode farmland thereby disrupting means of livelihoods. It becomes imperative to divert and trap these waters in a place and utilized it by the community members either for vegetable gardening, or as drinking points for animals. As such, the level of destruction will be greatly minimized.

    Aim of the consultancy

  3. The consultancy aims to recruit qualified individual(s) with requisite technical skills and knowledge to undertake a topography survey which will enhance the construction of upland contour bonds in three villages within upper Niumi, Niamina East/West and Dankunku districts.

    Overall Objective of the consultancy

    The objective of the consultancy is to survey and provide a standard guideline for the construction of contour bounds which has the capacity to divert runoff water from the upstream to suitable natural locations for future usages for agricultural purposes.

    Scope of the consultancy

    The consultancy will be carried out in three selected villages from Local Rights Program[1] (LRP) 8, 9 and 11 being Upper Niumi, Niamina East/West and Niamina Dankunku districts to be determine by the beneficiaries (Apexes and Ecozones)

    The specific assignments will include:

    Hold community meeting to ensure beneficiary participation and input in the topography survey process

  • Design a drainage system for diverting runoff water from the upstream to natural reservoirs for agricultural production

  • Overall responsibility for collecting data using GIS to develop a suitable location represented on a map that will facilitate the construction of a contour bound

  • Submit a written survey report indicating the drainage pattern, negative impact of soil erosion on agriculture and livelihood two weeks after the survey has been conducted.

  • Submit a comprehensive topographic map indicating the drainage and suitable location for the Contour bounds

    Other important information/expectation to note:


  • Consultant to submit a written technical and financial proposal to identified AAITG staff and its partners outlining the conceptual framework on contour bonds, methodology, set of data tools and schedule of calendar/timetable which will be reviewed before the commencement of consultancy

  • Data collection tools which shall be submitted within two days after acceptance of the methodology for review and approval by Actionaid.

  • Submit a written draft report on the topography survey in English (40-50 pages long)

  • The report should contain various parts:  executive summary, background and context analysis, methodology, findings, recommendations

  • Organise a half day validation workshop and present the findings to AAITG and its partners (maximum participants to validation should be 50 people)

  • Submit final report[2] in both hard copy[3] and in electronic form together with clean data two weeks after validation

  • The consultant to follow standard research ethics especially confidentiality

    1. AAITG
  • AAITG and partners will coordinate and mobilize community members and their participation

  • AAITG and partners to provide written feedback on the draft a week after the validation

    Consultancy timeframe: expected commencement of the consultancy is February 1st, 2016

The expected timeframe for the topography survey including the final submission of the report  is 20 working days) 

  • Bid Requirements

    All qualified bidders should hold MSc in Agro Engineering and conservation work. He/she should submit a written expression of Interest of not more than 10 pages outlining

Statement of intend including commitment to availability for the entire assignment

Proposed survey methodology, detailed work plan and cost for the three stages (topography survey

A recent CV outlining qualifications, experience and similar work conducted

Provide three referees for similar work

Payment Format

  • All payment will be made according to AAITG policy and regulations which will be discussed during contracting award

    Address for Application: All bids should be address to:

    The Head of Human Resources, Actionaid International, The Gambia or sent via email to: Closing date for applications is January 29th 2016 at 5pm.


[1] LRPs are Actionaid International The Gambia AAITG) programme areas

[2] The report should be clearly written with standard referencing (sources used, interviews, type of literature)


[3] Font size 12, font type should be times new roman and single spacing