National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA Uganda

Expired: Request For Proposal – Research and Evaluation Specialist

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Youth Empowerment Through Agriculture (YETA) Project

Kampala, Uganda

Background

Youth Empowerment through Agriculture (YETA) project is a five-year MasterCard Foundation funded project from March 2015 to February 2020. The project targets out of school youth between 15 and 24 years that are either unemployed or under employed. The project is implemented in 4 districts of northern and mid-western Uganda – Kiryandongo, Masindi, Dokolo, and Kole. The aim of the project is to support these youth establish sustainable agricultural enterprises both on and off the farm.

By project end (adjusting for attrition), YETA will connect 20,000 youth in northern Uganda to a sustained source of income and will benefit 100,000 indirect beneficiaries. Through trainings and continued mentorship, youth will see a 60% increase in crop yields, a 70% increase in income, and a 50% increase in incomes of youth off farm businesses.

YETA’s specific program objectives are:

  • Youth Associations are formed and strengthened
  • Youth Association members have improved well-being and confidence through enhanced foundational skills
  • Youth Association members have access to increased financial services; and
  • Youth Association members develop the technical and entrepreneurial skills to launch their businesses—are met through an innovative approach called “Learn, Engage, Build,” which builds foundational and technical skills and creates a sustainable system for long-term support as youth manage their businesses.

Scope and Purpose

This Request for Proposal (RFP) is aimed at soliciting proposals from qualified individuals interested in conducting an Effectiveness Study for the YETA project in Uganda. The terms of reference calls for an individual Research and Evaluation Specialist with demonstrated abilities to design, lead, and implement evaluation and research studies and collect data from agriculture value chains and youth development interventions. The ideal candidate must have prior experience in undertaking reviews, assessments, and evaluations.

Duties and Responsibilities

The selected consultant will implement the following activities:

  • Review study methodology, approach, data collection, and management plan
  • Review the protocol and survey instruments to better understand the key aspects of the instruments
  • Review and understand the sample size and sampling strategy for the respondent groups i.e. YA, VSLA, men, women and woman headed households, YA leaders etc
  • Prepare a data analysis plan and share with NCBA CLUSA staff for review and feedback. Adjust the analysis based on feedback from NCBA CLUSA
  • Pre-testing, editing, translation, finalization, and reproduction of survey instruments (final survey tools to be approved by NCBA and Mastercard Foundation prior to use)
  • Integrate qualitative data collection methodology and survey tools
  • Apply statistical techniques for designing, analyzing and reporting quantitative data
  • Coordinate, train, orient and supervise field interviewers and enumerators if necessary
  • Coordinate field data gathering using tested survey tools to address objectives of this study and apply quality assurance
  • Perform quality assurance during design, testing, fieldwork, data entry, data analysis and reporting;
  • Organize all data collected into a database. This database will ensure anonymity of survey participants by using identification numbers and separating names from survey participants’ data;
  • Reporting the results in appropriate tables, charts, and narrative;
  • A detailed workplan providing a breakdown of each task will be developed before actual commencement of the survey.
  • Presentation of findings, conclusions and recommendations (in both written report and PowerPoint formats.)

Deliverables

The consultant will be responsible for the following deliverables. All deliverables must be approved by NCBA CLUSA.

  1. Inception report: Before starting fieldwork, the consultant will submit an inception report for approval by NCBA CLUSA. The inception report will contain a plan for fieldwork with a description and schedule for all activities. It will also include all tools to be used for data collection, including questionnaires.
  2. Study Final report: The final report will incorporate written feedback and comments from the presentation.
  3. Datasets and tools: All datasets including the raw data and tools will be shared with NCBA CLUSA. A brief data collection manual will also be provided explaining tools and sample design for future use.
  4. Presentation to NCBA CLUSA: The consultant will report results and recommendations to NCBA CLUSA (Uganda) upon completion of the report.

Qualifications

  • Experienced in leading evaluations that include quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, survey and sampling design, statistics and/or econometrics.
  • Have knowledge and experience in the monitoring and evaluation requirements of US Government foreign assistance projects.
  • Extensive experience in operating in and evaluating agricultural projects in Uganda.
  • Have extensive experience in Program Management, Program M&E systems, design and conducting statistical surveys and/or evaluating agricultural value chain projects.
  • Fluency in English with demonstrated written report and presentation skills that are detailed, concise and coherent.
  • Masters degree in Economics or a related field with experience in rural smallholder agricultural projects an advantage.
  • Willingness and ability to travel to rural areas of Uganda on difficult roads to meet with YETA youth beneficiaries.

Period of Performance

The assignment is planned to take place between September 20 to October 20, 2019 in Kampala with travels to districts, with a total LOE not to exceed 20 days.

Interested individuals should provide technical proposals of no more than ten (10) pages, single spaced text and graphics, exclusive of their curriculum vitae (CV). The proposal should clearly demonstrate a proposed methodology, data collection and analysis, and timelines for the proposed activities. Applicants are must provide recent samples of his/her work as proof of their experience in similar assignments, a cover letter with their daily rate and a CV to bidsubmission@clusauganda.co.ug no later than August 20, 2019, 17:00Hrs EAT.