24 Jul 2020

Consultancy Care Consultant for Baseline Assessment of Prosper II Project

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

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Care Consultant for Baseline Assessment

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CARE INTERNATIONAL IN GHANA
TERMS OF REFERENCE TO CONDUCT A BASELINE ASSESSMENTS OF PROSPER II PROJECT
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.
In the next phase (PROSPER II), CARE is working with 156 cocoa-growing communities in the Western North region: Sefwi-Wiawso, Asawinso, Anhwiaso, Essam, Asempanaye and Debiso.
Ninety six communities are carried over from the previous phase (PROSPER I) of the partnership, building on and strengthening community engagement and focusing on women’s economic empowerment, which is a leading driver of overall community resiliency.
Additionally, 60 communities are newly added and follow a similar program of establishing Community Development Committees, Community Action Plans (CAPs), as well as driving more women’s economic empowerment. All communities are in the Western North region of Ghana and are associated with Cargill’s supply chain.
With focus aligned with Cargill’s core pillars of addressing farmers’ livelihoods, food and nutrition security and the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2 (Zero Hunger), 4 (Quality Education) and 5 (Gender Equality), PROSPER II aligns with the CARE’s global framework “She Feeds the World”, and seeks to address the economic, social and environmental challenges that underline food and nutrition insecurity.
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 including women’s access and control and over productive resources.
  3. Improving Nutrition
  4. Strengthening Community Governance
  5. Child Labor remediation and prevention
  6. Establishment of farmer groups/associations.
  7. Partnerships
  8. Advocacy
2.0. THE CONSULTANCY
CARE seeks to engage the services of a consultant to design and conduct a baseline survey, analyse information and data collected based on the Prosper II indicators; and produce a survey report. The baseline study will be conducted in 60 new communities established in the PROSPER II project.
2.1. GOAL AND OBJECTIVES OF THE CONSULTANCY
The goal of the baseline study is to provide a database on demographic, socio-cultural, economic, livelihood and nutritional status of project participants against which to monitor and assess the project’s progress and effectiveness during implementation, and after the project is completed.
The specific objectives are:
  1. To collect demographic data on project participants with which to measure progress and impact
  2. To collect and analyse baseline data based on PROSPER II indicators as set out in the M&E framework.
  3. To assess the dietary practices of project participants (women of reproductive age, children under age 5, and school-aged) as in indicator of nutritional status
  4. To assess project districts’ governance practices
  5. To uncover gender practices among project participants, and within project communities.
  6. To assess the level of social and economic empowerment of female project participants
2.2. PROJECT INDICATORS TO GUIDE THIS ASSESSMENT
PROSPER II project’s key areas as outlined in the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Plan, and the Results Framework are 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 baseline, and to promote participation of different groups of stakeholders.
2.4 SCOPE OF WORK
The Consultant will propose a methodology and plan for this baseline assessment which will be approved by project coordination team members.
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, but 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 data 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 a final report complete with an Executive Summary, data tables, field photos, other appendices and a bibliography.
2.5 TECHNICAL DIRECTION
The selected Consultant will work in close collaboration with the CARE’s PROSPER II Project Manager and the M&E Officer.
2.6 EXPECTATIONS
Care Consultant for Baseline Assessment of Prosper II Project 1

2.7 DELIVERABLES

Care Consultant for Baseline Assessment of Prosper II Project 2
2.8 TIMELINE FOR THE ASSESSMENT
The assignment is for a period of 30 days, estimated to end by 30th October 2020.

How to Apply

3.0. APPLICATION PROCESS All interested parties should submit an Expression of Interest outlining their capability to undertake this baseline 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.
All applications should be submitted in electronic form to gha.bids@care.org. Deadline for submission of application: 10th August, 2020 4.0. EVALUATION CRITERIA All applications will be subjected to the following evaluation criteria: 4.1. Proposed Evaluation Criteria for Consultants
  • Technical Criteria weight; [70%]
  • ii. Financial Criteria weight; [30%]
Only candidates obtaining a minimum pass mark of 70% would be considered for the Financial Evaluation. 4.2. Cumulative analysis for Consultancy Firms
    • General Relevant Qualifications of the Key Staff (Team) 15%
    • Previous Experience in the subject matter (Baseline assessment, 30%
    • around livelihoods, Women Economic Empowerment, food and
    • nutrition security)
    • Technical Approach – Responsiveness to SOW 35%
    • Proposed Detailed Work Plan 10%
    • Familiarity with the area of assignment 5%
    • Gender Consideration in Team Composition 5%
    • Total 100%

Job Categories: NGO. Job Types: Consultancy. Job Tags: CARE Jobs in Ghana, Current Jobs in Ghana 2020, Jobs in Accra, Jobs in Ghana August 2020, Jobs in Ghana June 2020, Jobs in Greater Accra, and NGO Jobs in Ghana. Salaries: NOT STATED.

Job expires in 31 days.

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