Request for Proposal
Conduct Final Evaluation of Strengthening Economic Development and Livelihoods Project (ET103).
Farm Africa is an International charity organization working to reduce poverty in rural eastern Africa through helping farmers grow more, manage their natural resources better and sell their produce for more. We drive agricultural and environmental change to improve lives. Our strategy has three pillars: agricultural expertise, management and preservation of ecosystems, and the power of business to drive prosperity. We place a high priority on environmental sustainability and develop approaches that help farmers to improve their yields and incomes without degrading their natural resources. We help smallholders manage their natural resources sustainably so that they can withstand climate change challenges and shocks and ensure their families have enough food. Farm Africa works in partnership with communities, government, local and international organizations, and the private sector to innovate, learn and share best practices for maximum impact of our projects. Farm Africa currently works in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia and DRC. Our programs vary hugely, ranging from helping crops farmers to boost harvests, livestock keepers to improve animal health, and forest coffee growers to reach export markets, but core to all of them is a focus on the financial sustainability of the farmers’ businesses and environmental sustainability. We are increasingly designing and implementing complex and integrated multi-sector projects, some by ourselves and some others in partnership with like-minded organizations in the form of consortium.
The overall objective of the project is to improve economic development and livelihood resilience for 4,512 community members through supporting sustainable production, and marketing of forest products while conserving the natural forest resource base in Benishangul-Gumuz.
Towards this goal, the project is designed with the intent of achieving the following four major outcomes:
- Strengthened Existing PFMCs and Bring New Areas of Forest under Community Management
- Improved and Diversified Livelihood Opportunities for Communities through NTFP Harvesting, Processing and Marketing
- Improved Local access to funds for communities by establishing VSLAs in Kurmuk, Ma’o-Komo and Assosa
- Developed Capacity of Government through technical supports and policy development
B. OBJECTIVES OF THE FINAL EVALUATION
Farm Africa is commissioning a final evaluation in order to provide a detailed assessment of the situation in the project implementation areas.
The purpose of the evaluation is to:
- Assess the results of the project through critical analysis of achievements against the intended objectives of the project, its outputs and outcomes and their impacts on the lives of the project beneficiaries who have been directly involved in the project activities.
- The performance of the project will be assessed against the baseline, i.e. a benchmark for the indicators or stated situation at the beginning of the project and also take into consideration any external factors that potentially confound project impacts, i.e. by clearly isolating project attributions from any changes observed at the end of the project. It will further assess whether the change that was seen was in accordance with what was expected based on the Theory of Change and if the positive impact is sustainable after project phase out.
- It is also to assess the level of community and other stakeholder participation and ownership of the implementation process.
- The evaluation shall identify both positive and negative changes produced by the project, the intended and unintended outcomes, best practices, lessons learned as well as challenges arising from programme implementation, and the extent to which they were addressed.
- The evaluation shall also assess the value for money of the project in benefiting communities, in generating lessons for scaling up and informing policy. It shall further make a critical review of what real difference the project has made to the participants, which will be measured in terms of contribution to financial capital (income), social capital (networking, organization development, etc.), and natural capital (biodiversity conservation and sustenance of the ecosystem services); how many people have been affected by the change (Counting project reach and avoiding double counting).
- In addition, the evaluation will come up with specific conclusions and recommendations which can be taken up by other projects either for scaling up or replication.
C. EXPECTED DELIVERABLES AND TIMELINE
The key activities of the evaluation will include:
- Review of the final project proposal
- Review of Annual Project progress and financial reports
- Development of clear data collection tools with convincing assumptions or reasons and also considering the current COVID 19 Pandemic situation
- Data collection from various stakeholders at different levels
- Stakeholder workshops
- Preparation of report and submission
D. Qualifications and Required Competencies of Consultant/firm
Applications from individuals or teams are welcome and will be assessed on their ability to demonstrate the following qualifications and competencies:
- Proven track record conducting project evaluation in the area of participatory forest management
- Extensive experience in conducting literature reviews and qualitative research including familiarity with participatory research methods
- Good understanding of the OECD-DAC evaluation criteria
- Sound knowledge and acquaintance of forest management, forestry policy frameworks in Ethiopia
- Strong conceptual understanding of participatory forest management and Forest based livelihoods
- The lead researcher should possess an MSc degree or above in Forestry, Rural Development or any other relevant disciplines.
- Demonstrable academic and practical experience in qualitative and quantitative research methodology
- Strong analytical, facilitation and communication skills
- Excellent reporting and presentation skills
- Fluency in spoken and written English and knowledge of the local language, Afan Oromo or Arabic, is a plus.
- Quantitative analysis skills in at least one statistical software (e.g. MS Excel, STATA, R, SPSS).
Submission of Proposals
Interested consultants or firms are requested to submit:
- A full technical and financial proposal (based on Farm Africa’s shared templates – ref to the annexes)
- Copies of all relevant Curriculum Vitae (CVs). Only CVs for the specific individuals that will form the proposed evaluation team should be included;
- A sample of a baseline or evaluation report for a similar project completed within the last 24 months (this will be treated as confidential and only used for the purposes of quality assurance);
- Contact details for two references (including one from your last client/employer).
- Copies of renewed Licenses and Tax registration certificates.
D. Deadline and Submission of Documents:
- Interested consultants/bidders should collect the ToR document from our office or may also request via firstname.lastname@example.org; and can submit their CVs and technical & financial proposals in sealed bids to our reception desk or send directly to our bidding email – email@example.com until February 22, 2021;
- Proposals submitted by unqualified bidders; and those arriving later than the final submission date and time shall be rejected without further notice;
- Farm Africa for this task reserve the right to accept or reject any or all the proposals;
- Any Request for clarifications/enquiries can be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org or using the following address:
Farm Africa Ethiopia Office
Ethio-Ceramic Building 4th floor Gurd Shola