Call Open for the Training of Teams of Trainers (ToToT) in Southern Africa


IFOAM – Organics International with the Sustainability Institute is opening a call for applicants to apply for a 5 days Training of Teams of Trainers, the ToToT.

There will be four ToToT’s covering five different countries, namely South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi. The countries are part of the Knowledge Hub for Organic Agriculture in Southern Africa falling under the greater umbrella of the Knowledge Centre for Organic Agriculture in Africa (KCOA). The ToToT aims to address ‘‘Capacity Development Processes for Ecological Organic Agriculture in Africa at Continental, National Level’’. This call takes place at national Level and is funded by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmBH in cooperation with local partner organisations. 

Applications are CLOSED for the ToToT in Southern Africa. 

The ToToT is designed to support national teams of Master Trainers, who will in turn train Rural Service Providers (RSPs) and change agents in strengthening the ecological organic agriculture in Africa; in their respective regions and countries. The ToToT aims to give lead trainers the necessary knowledge and practical skills to not only train RSPs, but also inspire and motivate them to share and disseminate their knowledge as well as skills. The ToToT will focus on developing the capacity of the master trainers to:

  1. Train and inspire learners (mainly the RSPs)
  2. Strengthen cross-cutting methodological competencies
  3. Develop the knowledge, skills and attitude (self-leadership) to develop a personal roadmap for change
  4. Manage the operations of their trainings (ToT)

Namibia: The week of 11 - 15 January 2021

South Africa: 1- 5 March 2021

Zimbabwe & Zambia: TBD 1st quarter 2021

Malawi: TBD 1st quarter 2021

  1. Candidates are applying as part of a Team of Trainers/ facilitators. A team can consist of 2 or 3 members planning to work together in the implementation of their training program/s
  2. Proven experience/ skills in teaching and/ or training in a rural extension/ farming/ community environment
  3. Sufficient knowledge and experience in the principles and practice of EOA/ organic/ agro-ecological practices
  4. Proficient in the training language/s
  5. Approval and support of their institutions. The general approach is for participants to be engaged with an institution where the training could be replicated and the participants also receive support. We do, however, recognise the possibility that certain individual applicants with high potential and proven skills could be considered for selection on a limited basis.
  6. The following principles will be considered in addition to the skills/ qualification and experience criteria:
    1. Gender – a fair gender distribution with the specific aim of achieving a 50:50 ratio or close thereto.
    2. Employed by or involved with local/provincial government agencies such as agriculture, environment, rural development for 1 team, if possible.
  7. List if you have attended any of the following trainings: 
    1. An IFOAM Academy’s Organic Leadership/ Foundation/ RSP Course or similar
    2. An equivalent training program focusing on organic agriculture, agroecology, or aligned disciplines such as permaculture, biodynamic agriculture, etc.
    3. Experience in training in disciplines such as environment, sustainability, general education, rural development, nutrition will be an added advantage.
  8. Participants’ commitment:
    1. Commit to be available for the residential training session of 5 days.
    2. Available to do up to 6 online webinars of approximately 2 hours each.
    3. Prepare to self-study; totalling to 50 hours over the duration of the training period, in addition to the time allocated above .
    4. Able and prepared to develop a training program and budget based on the training received, guided and supported by the mentor/ coach and the institution.
    5. Prepared to share and disseminate the knowledge and skills gained during the program, and work as a team.

Join the residential session for 5 days.

Visit an inspirational farm and view its operations.

Attend 2 - 6 webinars to deepen your knowledge.

There is no cost involved. The cost of the training, accommodation and logistics will be paid for by the project.

For Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa the application is closed. 

If you have any questions, please send an email to with the heading “Southern African ToToT”.