Consultancy – Training of Trainers Workshop on Causal Loop Diagrams

The Linked Indicators for Vital Ecosystem Services (LIVES) project is a research project initiated by the Luc Hoffmann Institute and WWF with funding from the Nomis and Mava Foundations. The first phase of this project (2014-2016) has developed and tested an integrated approach for developing and linking indicators using scientific analysis and stakeholder inputs to support policymaking processes. More specifically, the project objective was to develop an approach that produces credible, evidence-based information to address growing food, energy and water demands in the context of existing challenges that include unsustainable natural resource management, climate change impacts, large-scale infrastructure projects and a growing population. The approach that was developed is called “integrated planning for sustainability” and uses scientific tools and local knowledge through stakeholder engagement to provide improved ways of addressing the challenges that policymakers face. The ultimate project goal is for all actors delivering on sustainable development agendas to be able to visualise connections across economic sectors, social systems and natural systems and take evidence-based policy and investment actions for sustainability outcomes. Because of the continued interest and enthusiasm from stakeholders for greater learning on the systems approaches used, a second phase of the LIVES project is currently underway to build on the achievements of LIVES Phase I and to provide the support requested. The project will now focus on building the capacity of stakeholders on the tools and methods that make up the LIVES approach – developed to implement integrated planning in decision making. The first workshop as part of LIVES Phase II aims to build capacity on causal loop diagrams with the purpose of providing support to policy-makers in decision-making and planning processes in Cambodia.

Purpose of the Consultancy

The consultant will provide training to approximately 20 individuals over four days in Phnom Penh as part of a workshop organised by WWF Cambodia to build capacity among government and civil society representatives to enable them to be able to facilitate a Casual Loop Diagram (CLD) exercise with others. This workshop is a follow up to the training conducted and the results achieved by LHI and WWF Cambodia in LIVES Phase I (2014-2016).

The workshop will be held at Sunway Hotel in Phnom Penh between January 30th and February 2nd, 2017. The process of building a CLD is highly participative, inclusive and dynamic; it helps participants understand the linkages across different indicators and sectors (e.g. environmental, economic and social sectors) and the interconnections between food, energy and water.

A causal loop diagram (or systems map as it is also called) carried out as part of a group exercise, identifies and represents key drivers of change in a system. By inviting participants to contribute and discuss the causes and impacts of change in a given system, the aim of the exercise is for workshop participants to reach a shared understanding of what causes change and how to influence future trends. The consultant will demonstrate/explain how a CLD becomes the structure for creating a system dynamics model, through which decision makers (stakeholders) can project and analyse future and alternative scenarios. This can help decision-makers see pathways for managing risks and opportunities that food energy and water interconnections create.

The workshop will follow a Training of Trainers structure and will be targeted to representatives from the General Secretariat of the National Council on Sustainable Development (GSSD), the National Council of Sustainable Development (NCSD), WWF Cambodia staff and WWF Greater Mekong staff. This workshop should provide capacity building to staff from the GSSD and WWF Cambodia staff to enable individuals who have attended Green Growth workshops as part of LIVES Phase I to re-familiarise themselves with tools they were introduced to, such as the Causal Loop Diagram (CLD), as well as to train these individuals on how to facilitate a CLD exercise.

Specific Tasks to be performed by the Consultant

  1. Conduct a ToT workshop on building a CLD, including its concept, role in system dynamics modeling and contributions to integrated planning;
  2. Guide and facilitate a session where trainers will lead the CLD exercise with an audience; and to
  3. Monitor the performance of trainers trained throughout the workshop.

Outputs of the Consultancy

A 4-day workshop through resulting in enhanced capacity of the NCSD, GSSD and WWF Cambodia representatives participating in this workshop– complementing the training received in LIVES Phase I. Workshop participants will be provided with the opportunity to put the knowledge learned into practice two weeks later at provincial workshops on CLDs organised in Kratie and Stung Treng. Therefore this ToT training needs to be rigorously prepared and delivered in order to embed knowledge among workshop participants.

Required Skills and Competencies:

  • Expertise on systems thinking and system dynamics modeling applied to the water-food-energy nexus (essential);
  • PhD degree on system dynamics modeling (desirable);
  • 10 or more years’ experience in systems modeling relevant to sustainable development and policy making (essential);
  • Considerable professional experience in conducting training on building causal loop diagrams and system dynamics models to technical and high-level government officials as well as civil society representatives (essential);
  • Experience of carrying out Training of Trainers workshops in Cambodia (essential);
  • Familiarity with the MFF landscape, situated in Kratie and Stung Treng, Cambodia (desirable);
  • In-depth analytical understanding of the relationships between the water, food and energy sectors in Cambodia (essential);
  • Familiarity with the work of the LIVES project (Phase I) conducted in the MFF landscape (Cambodia) between 2014 and 2016, in order to be able to follow up the trainings conducted and results achieved during LIVES Phase I (desirable);
  • Articulate, flexible and sensitive to multi-cultural environments (essential);
  • Availability to prepare and conduct workshops 30th January – 2nd February 2017 (essential).


The consultant will receive a daily fee as compensation for providing this training and his/her travel and accommodation (including a per diem) will be covered by WWF Cambodia.

How to apply

Interested applicants should send their CV, accompanied by a letter of motivation to Karina Watkins, ( no later than January 16, 2017

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