Terms of Reference
Name of assignment: Outcome Mapping training
Terms of reference title: EOI - Outcome Mapping – TAM Project
Sector and Program: Agriculture Sector
Project: Transforming Agricultural Markets
Geographical focus: Arusha city
Proposed start date 28th January 2019
Proposed end date 6 th February 2019
Open to: Individual Consultants
SNV, Netherlands Development Organization is an international, not-for-profit, development organization, working in 36 of the poorest countries worldwide, including 17 countries in Sub Saharan Africa. We focus on achieving impact in Agriculture, Energy, and Water, Sanitation & Hygiene. By sharing our specialist expertise in Agriculture, Energy, and Water, Sanitation & Hygiene, our global team of local and international advisors works with local partners to equip communities, businesses and organisations with the tools, knowledge and connections they need to increase their incomes and gain access to basic services – empowering them to break the cycle of poverty and guide their own development.
Transforming Agricultural Markets (TAM) is a new project started in August 2018 and funded by UKAID. TAM aims to improve livelihoods and economic opportunity for smallholder farmers by empowering these marginalised players to affect changes in market systems through engaging with government and private sector providers.
Our Theory of Change is that working with citizens, private sector and government at sub-national level on specific, actor-led systems issues to produce data and facilitate stakeholder analysis which broadens understanding and builds consensus, strengthen accountability relationships for collective action which makes existing policies work at the local level and provides visible and written evidence for national level policy dialogue and reform. As a result of working in this manner to address agricultural market development, we aim to achieve the following impact and outcomes:
Improved and inclusive access to basic services, and strengthened business environment for sunflower and dairy small holders and agribusinesses.
The formal institutions of government at local and national level that control and impact on Dairy and Sunflower markets, promote inclusive market development.
This is demonstrated by the extent to which these institutions demonstrate behaviours that indicate they are advancing dairy and sunflower market development
Policy reforms and institutional changes (formal and informal) that promote Sunflower and Dairy development are implemented. This is demonstrated by the level to which governance stakeholders (government, market actors, and networks) engage with the partners to identify and address the policy issues and institutional obstacles to inclusive sunflower and dairy market development. And also by the level to which dairy and sunflower smallholders and agribusinesses (men, women, youth, and bottom of the pyramid) engage and contribute to identify and address the constraints to market development with governance stakeholders
To achieve its intended impact and outcomes the project will be implemented in two market systems, -dairy and sunflower markets systems. Various boundary and strategic partners had been identified inthese market systems and will be engaged to carrying out interventions which will address actor-led issues in a responsive and accountable manner and enhance delivery of basic services and strength the business environment. The boundary and strategic partners includes SHF organisations, LGAs and national government institutions, and SMEs (processors and inputs providers). These partners will be involved in addressing issues in the 4 key results areas. The targeted areas for increased responsiveness and accountability relations are, functional cooperatives and harmonisation of regulations in the dairy market system, contract farming and women access to finance in the sunflower market system. The boundary and strategic partners will be strengthened with a range of capacity building interventions in order to address governance bottlenecks and constraints which limits the delivery of services and conducive business environment in the 4 key results areas.
Alongside strengthening partners, the project will also strengthen the capacity of project staff by introducing and exposing them to various concepts through the application of governance and accountability tools needed to deliver technical support to the boundary partners. The project has been running for over two months now since its inception in August 2018. Given the broad spectrum of boundary partners to be supported by the new staff we are seeking an experienced individual consultant in both Monitoring, Evaluation and learning practices together with Outcome mapping approach to train its TAM project officers and boundary partners; who will use outcome mapping to ensure desired effect on changes in behaviour, relationships, actions and activities of actors in dairy and sunflower market systems.
2.0. Aim and Objectives of the Assignment
The aim of the training is to equip the project staff together with boundary partners the skills, knowledge and attitude necessary for effective and systematic monitoring and evaluation of development projects using the outcome mapping method.
The overall purpose of this training is:
a) Measure project progress using OM: It is intended that by the end of this training, the project staff and boundary partners are able to use OM approach to measure progress of the TAM project.
b) Sharpen project results: The results and indicators are key elements to the project success. It will be useful to jointly discuss briefly the results and indicators with the core project team to add sharpen the end results of the project.
c) Reporting methods associated in using OM: This is crucial in documenting the changes. The project staff are intended to be well equipped with the reporting approach associated with outcome mapping by the end of this training. It is expected that on the last day of in house training, each boundary partner has prepared their vision statement, action plan and journals template relevant to the TAM project.
It is important that the training focuses on an in depth view of the project, the actors involved on which OM progress markers will be measured and the operating environment of the project itself. The consultant should propose a methodology to be used to carry out the training described.
The methodology adopted should be able to cater the needs of the project and objectives outlined in this TOR (here within).
4.0. Consultant tasks and deliverables
Key Activity 1: Development of Training materials
The assignment is expected to start with the development of an overall training materials outlining
key OM skills and knowledge areas. Specifically the consultant will undertake the following activities;
- Review project document Proposal
- Develop comprehensive training materials (and tools) relevant for monitoring and evaluation of project activities results using Outcome mapping approach
- Obtain and integrate comments from SNV TAM project team
Output: Training materials and data collection tools reviewed and approved by SNV.
Key Activity 2: Conduct trainings session with project staff and prepare training report
After approval of the materials and tools, the consultant will proceed to train project staff together with boundary partners on OM skills & knowledge and data collection tools. This will also include each boundary partner prepares their vision statement, action plan, and journals template relevant to the TAM project.
- Training report reviewed and approved by SNV
- Each boundary partner has developed their vision statement, action plan, and journals template relevant to the TAM project.
6.0 Competence required
- The proposed consultant will have met the following requirements:
- Good theoretical background (education/training) on qualitative and quantitative M&E
- Proven track record in conducting Monitoring & Evaluation trainings
- Experience with Outcome mapping and outcome harvesting methodologies
- Strong interpersonal skills; result oriented, creative, flexible and gender sensitive
- Excellent communication skills (English and Kiswahili)
- Excellent research and report writing skills
- Previous experience working on governance related assignments could be an added advantage
7.0 Selection criteria for engagement
Applicants are advised that proposals will be evaluated using the following criteria:
- Past Performance – Quality and relevance of previous work conducted by the consultant. References provided by the contracting companies. Score = 30
- Technical Proposal – demonstrating clear understanding of the assignment and a realistic operational plan. Score = 40
- Proposed viable and appropriate methodology to be used to implement the task. Score 30
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