Expression of Interest for Final Evaluation – CASANDRA Project


Lutheran World Relief (LWR), a U.S. based
non-profit development organization engaged in seeking lasting solutions to
poverty and reducing risk, is seeking an consultant for external
evaluation  of the project Climate Smart
Agriculture through Building Resilience Food System (CASANDRA) in East Sumba
District, Sumba Island, NTT Province. The evaluation will be conducted in 2
villages in East Sumba District, Sumba Island, and NTT Province.
 
 
1.  
BACKGROUND AND CONTEXT
 
Sumba Island is
one of the big islands in Nusa Tenggara province that effected by global
climate change. The local people now seen the impact of global climate change
and they dealing with climate shocks, water stresses and unsustainable
production over the last 10 years. Lutheran World Relief initiated to develop 3
years pilot project to anticipate climate impact by empowering and enhancing
farmer’s livelihood though adoption of climate smart agricultural practices and
resilience food system in Tabundung and Hahru sub – district of East Sumba,
East Nusa Tenggara province.
 
The project
tittle is Climate Smart Agriculture through building resilience food system
with goal “To Improve the reliability and strength of farmer’s agricultural
system though as set of climate smart agriculture measures”. The project is
introduce specific adaptive measures with outcomes:
1.   
Increase crop harvest (especially corn, rice,
peanuts and vegetables) by improved water management systems ensure adequate
and efficient use of water.
2.    Build communities capacity to develop sustain local seeds system
(Local community has capacity to build, develop and sustain local seeds
system).
3.    Document practical knowledge based on the success and lessons from
CASANDRA Project that can be replicated and scaled up. (Smart practices and
practical knowledge on adaptation are documented and share).
 
The target beneficiaries of the project are 1,120 (635 men and 575
women) with indirect beneficiaries are 15.010 people. This project area as
representative of 2 different climate condition and implemented in 2 villages
namely Wunga village in Haharu Sub District which is Wunga is dry area and
Tarimbang village in Tabundung Sub District and is wet area.
 
The project is implemented by Tananua Foundation and started from
February 1, 2014 and will finish on September 30, 2016. Tananua Foundation is

LWR partner in the past with the project Agroforestry Project in Tabundung Sub
District. This project as well develop coordination with local government
agency that work in both area.
 
 
2.  
EVALUATION PURPOSE AND USE
Climate smart agriculture
through building resilience food system (CASANDRA) project is LWR Indonesia
pilot project on sector climate change adaptation and climate smart agriculture
sub sector. This project developing based on the field study that conducted by
LWR in East Sumba District, NTT province. Influence by global warming the
farmer facing problem to address their agriculture issues and full fill their
needs on agriculture. To address this issue, LWR working with Tananua
Foundation implement this project.
 
 
3. EVALUATION SCOPE AND KEY QUESTION
 
The Scope of the evaluation is
defines:
·      
Review CASANDRAs performance against objectives
and their indicators; and plus with OECD-DAC evaluation criteria – relevance,
efficiency, effectiveness, impact, sustainability and cross cutting themes.
·      
To document key achievements, strength, weakness
and lesson learnt.
·      
To recommend technical and management aspects of
the project for scaling of this project in the future.
 
The detail evaluation key question will be
share for the selected candidates.
 
 
4.
EVALUATION METHODOLOGY

 
This is performance evaluation, where
evaluator should focus level of achievements of the intended projects results
especially to outcomes and their indicators. Data collection process will be
conducted by employing both qualitative and quantitative techniques. These will
include:
a. Project Document Review and Analysis. 
 
b. Primary data collection
c. Focus Group Discussions
d. Questionnaire-based Survey
e. Sample and sampling procedure
 
5.

EVALUATION DELIVERABLES
 
The key deliverables, or tangible products of
this final evaluation are: 

  • Evaluation plan
    (inception plan, inception report):

Within
five days from signing the contract, the consultant shall submit the Inception
Report, which clearly defines the evaluation methodology, such as clear
outlines of FGDs and KII checklist, survey questionnaires, and an evaluation
timeline with specific deadlines for each deliverable.  The inception report
should also clearly explain the sampling methodology and sample size for the
quantitative survey and clear and logical explanation of the number of FGDs and
KIIs planned in each location. The inception report will be reviewed and
approved by the LWR Team. The evaluator cannot start the data collection
process without the LWR team’s approval on the inception report, including the
sample size calculation and distribution across different locations.
Data
collection in the field. Conducting FGDs, questionnaire based survey collection
from among the select beneficiaries as part of the KIIs.
 
·      
Draft evaluation report:
Draft
evaluation report to be submitted within 5 days of completion of the data for
the review and comments from LWR Indonesia team.  The review and feedback of the report could
be more than one rounds depending  
 
·       Final evaluation
report:

The final
evaluation report after incorporating the comments from LWR team. The report
should be written strictly in English language and the template will be share separately. 
 
 

  • Other knowledge
    products
    or facilitation
    of knowledge sharing events
    :

Any other knowledge
products or facilitation of knowledge sharing events to share evaluation
results.
 
6.
IMPLEMENTATION ARRANGEMENTS

 
The evaluation
team will include the evaluator, LWR Indonesia PM and the partner.  The evaluator will be under the direct
supervision of the LWR PM and an overall guidance of the LWR   Regional Technical Advisor – M&E for
Asia and Middle East. LWR Indonesia PM  
will be responsible for facilitating the needs of the consultant for the
purpose of the evaluation.
 
Evaluator is
overall responsible for conducting the evaluation and submit the final report.
The evaluator should closely work with LWR PM for any logistic or
communication. The evaluator should be responsible for all above deliverables.
 
 
7. EVALUATION TIMEFRAME
 
Inception report is not part of days
of evaluation work, but part of consultant proposal.  The duration contract will be a total not
more than 20 days*) starting 31 August until 26 September 2016.
 
 
8. EVALUATOR QUALIFICATIONS AND
APPLICATION PROCEDURES

 
The
qualification:
1.   
At least 10 years’ experience on
project evaluation, assessment, and impact study with using quantitative and
qualitative design and methods.
2.    Sound knowledge on
climate change, income generating and water management.
3.    Prior experience in evaluating climate change/climate smart
agriculture programs will be an added advantage
4.    Cultural competency and strong ethics and know
of NTT especially East Sumba will be an added advantage.
5.    Gender-sensitivity in incorporating gender
perspectives when analyzing problems.
6.    Sound knowledge on
program development;
7.    Master’s degree in
social science or other related fields; Candidates with degree in climate smart
agriculture will be given a priority
8.   
Excellent command over written English;
 
A complete proposals/application should be submitted
by the deadline and should include:
·      
Proposal (maximum 6 pages, including the
methods and methodology to be adopted)
·      
Budget estimates and price quote
·      
CV
·      
Cover letter
·      
Availability
·      
References
·      
Writing sample
 
 
Interested applications should send their Expression of Interest
to [email protected] and cc [email protected] before August 18,
2016. Lutheran World Relief will send the full Term of Reference upon requested
by applicants.  The proposal should be
received by Lutheran World Relief not later than 20 August 2016.  
 
LWR/partner
may withdraw this announcement at any time if LWR/Partner did not find the
suitable and qualified evaluators for this assignment.

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