24 Jul 2020

Full Time CARE Consultancy for a Mid-term Study in Accra

CARE International – Posted by sobiaonline Accra, Greater Accra Region, Ghana

CARE Consultancy for a Mid-term Study in Accra

Job Description

Care Consultancy

CARE is a global leader within a worldwide movement dedicated to ending poverty. Our mission around the world is to save lives, defeat poverty and achieve social justice.

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Job Description

1.0. PROJECT BACKGROUND – CARE AND CARGILL GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP PROJECT
Cargill and CARE share a commitment to promote opportunity and create lasting change for families living in extreme poverty. The third phase of the global partnership dubbed PROSPER (Promoting a Sustainable and Food Secure Communities) commenced in September, 2016 as a 3-year intervention.
The project sought to improve the livelihoods of individuals in cocoa growing communities and enhance the capacity of existing local structures to own and lead the development processes of the community. The project was implemented in 96 communities in the Awaso, Sefwi-Wiawso, Asawinso and Anhwiaso cocoa districts. The project focused on establishing Community Development Committees, Community Action Plans (CAPs), as well as driving more women’s economic empowerment. All communities were in the Western North region of Ghana and were associated with Cargill’s supply chain.
CARE and Cargill are working together to meet the goal of Improved food and nutrition security and economic empowerment of 11,700 cocoa farmers. CARE seeks to adopt a community-driven approach to achieve the following objectives:
  1. Empowering women through agricultural and non-agricultural livelihood options
  2. Strengthening the financial inclusion of women in cocoa-farming households.
  3. Improving Nutrition
  4. Strengthening Community Governance
2.0. THE CONSULTANCY
CARE seeks to engage the services of a consultant to design and conduct a mid-term study to analyse information and data collected based on the Prosper I indicators and produce a report to inform the PROSPER II for any course corrections. The midterm study will be conducted in 96 communities carried over from the PROSPER I project.
2.1. GOAL AND OBJECTIVES OF THE MIDTERM ASSESSMENT
The goal of the midterm study is to enable CARE Ghana assess the progress made over the years of implementation of the PROSPER I project, the lessons learned and use this to inform the direction of third phase of the project. This mid-term assessment should be designed and executed in a way that will allow comparison with the baseline study and document (any) changes that could be attributable to the Prosper Project.
The specific objectives of the midterm study are:
  1. To assess changes in the level of economic empowerment of women through; agricultural and non-agricultural livelihood options;
  2. To assess changes in the level of economic poverty reduction;
  3. To uncover and document “significant change stories” among beneficiaries;
  4. To assess dietary diversity of households as an indicator of nutritional status;
  5. To measure the extent of financial inclusion of women in cocoa-farming households;
  6. To measure improvements in community governance processes; and
  7. To measure and document “lessons” learned from Prosper I.
2.2. PROJECT INDICATORS TO GUIDE THIS ASSESSMENT
Some key areas in the project’s Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Plan, and the Results Framework are outlined as follows:
Performance indicators1
  • Prevalence of population with moderate or severe food insecurity, based on the Food Insecurity Experience Scale (FIES)
  • Household dietary diversity
  • Proportion of the population living below the national poverty line
Outcome indicators2
  • # and % of women who are active users of financial services
  • % of women (15-49 years) who consume at least 5 out of 10 defined food groups (MDDW)
  • # and % of households who report a change in nutrition behaviour
  • # of households consuming vegetables from household production
  • Proportion of Children 6–23 months of age who receive a minimum acceptable diet (MAD)
  • Dietary diversity score for children of school going age.
  • % women with increased capability to perform economic activity
  • # and % of women in communities who report on increased income as a result of IGA
  • # and/or % of women in  communities who report an increased control of income
  • % of women farmers who (report they) are able to equally participate in household financial decision making
  • New or amended policies, legislation, public programs, and/or budgets responsive to the rights, needs, and demands of people of all genders
  • # and % of communities with at least one project implemented in collaboration with the district assembly
2.3 METHODOLOGY
The evaluation methodology will be developed in collaboration with CARE Ghana’s PROSPER II team to allow for a mix of quantitative and qualitative methods that allows gathering and analysis of data/information, that offers a diverse perspective to the midterm, and to promote participation of different groups of stakeholders.
2.4 SCOPE OF WORK
The Consultant will propose a methodology and plan for this midterm study which will be approved by project team. Data triangulation is required to ensure the credibility and accuracy of data/information gathered through various tools. During the survey, data analysis the consultant is expected and not limited to use SPSS, Excel and/or STATA or a mixture of them.
Tasks
  1. Have a kick-off meeting with the Project team to understand the project and collect relevant project documents.
  2. Review existing project documents (such as the baseline report) and develop survey methodology in collaboration with the project team.
  3. Develop an appropriate sampling plan that meets international standards to capture an appropriate sample of beneficiaries.
  4. Develop a survey instrument(s) based on the project objectives, and indicators; build on existing survey instrument used for the baseline survey.
  5. Design/develop tools to capture incidental and unintended outcomes that could be attributed to the project
  6. Develop an online mobile collection plan
  7. Train enumerators in mobile data collection.
  8. Conduct data collection within the identified sampled communities, and respondents
  9. Analyse data collected using agreed-on tools such as SPSS, Excel and/or STATA or a mixture of them.
  10. Present a draft report for review by the CARE team followed by an oral presentation (using Microsoft PowerPoint) on an agreed date.
  11. Present a final report with an Executive Summary, data tables, field photos and a bibliography.
2.3. TECHNICAL DIRECTION
The selected Consultant will work in close collaboration with the Project Manager and the M&E Officer.
2.4 EXPECTATIONS

2.5 DELIVERABLES

2.6. TIMELINE FOR THE ASSESSMENT
The assignment is for a period of 30 days, estimated to end by 30th October 2020.

Required Skills or Experience

To be considered for this consultancy, the candidate must demonstrate capacity and capabilities in the following:

  • A Statistician, Demographer, philosopher or researcher with expertise in quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis
  • Excellent knowledge in using statistical data and qualitative data analysis software (SPSS, STATA, NVivo, etc.)
  • Familiarity with survey data codification data entry software;
  • Experience with DHS, UNICEF MICS surveys, or other similar survey
  • Evidence of previous work in conducting household level quantitative surveys
  • Proven ability to liaise with district and local authorities, NGOs, development agencies and groups participating in the intervention
  • A high level of spoken and written English is essential, and the ability to speak other local languages will be an added advantage
  • Working experience in the project operational areas
  • Capacity to store and maintain data in a manner that protects respondents’ identities;
  • Be ready to assume work as soon as contract is awarded.

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How to Apply

4.0. APPLICATION PROCESS
All applications should be submitted in electronic form to gha.bids@care.org Deadline for submission of application: 10th August, 2020
All interested parties should submit an Expression of Interest outlining their capability to undertake this midterm assessment. In line with the specification above submit the following
  • A technical proposal demonstrating the understanding of the assignment, including an indicative workplan;
  • A financial proposal outlining the cost elements, providing consultant day rates and anticipated data collection costs;
  • At least two samples of relevant previous work;
  • The CVs of the Core Team Members to carry out the assignment.
5.0. EVALUATION CRITERIA
All applications will be subjected to the following evaluation criteria:
5.1. Proposed Evaluation Criteria for Consultants
i. Technical Criteria weight; [70%]
ii. Financial Criteria weight; [30%]
5.2. Cumulative analysis for Consultancy Firms
[Only candidates obtaining a minimum pass mark of 70% would be considered for the Financial Evaluation]

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