Nepal: Team Leader, Final Performance Evaluation of USAID Knowledge-based Integrated Sustainable Agriculture and Nutrition Project – Nepal

Organization: CAMRIS International
Country: Nepal
Closing date: 25 Feb 2017

Overview:

CAMRIS International’s USAID Nepal Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Project supports the achievement of USAID/Nepal’s Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) development objectives by assisting the Mission in planning, designing, conducting, disseminating and learning from more rigorous monitoring and evaluation of development activities. This includes designing and implementing both quantitative and qualitative evaluations and assessments, as well as providing expert analysis and technical assistance to USAID/Nepal’s programs.

CAMRIS seeks a team leader to lead the design and implementation of the performance evaluation of Knowledge-based Integrated Sustainable Agriculture and Nutrition (KISAN) project. The KISAN project is part of USAID’s global Feed the Future (FTF) initiative, a $20 million five-year program, working to advance food security objectives by increasing agricultural productivity. Nepal was one of 19 countries chosen for the Presidential FTF Initiative in 2010. The overall goal of the FTF initiative is to reduce hunger and poverty while improving nutrition in Nepal. The KISAN project purpose, which contributes to the achievement of this goal, is to increase agricultural productivity and income, improve nutritional status of women and children under five, and increase resilience of vulnerable communities and households.

FTF Nepal’s geographic zone of influence (ZOI) is centered on 20 Terai and lower hill districts in the Far-Western, Mid-Western, and Western Regions. The Project has three primary and integrated components which focus on: a) Agricultural productivity, b) Improved Nutrition, and c) Skills development (literacy, numeracy, and business/ entrepreneurial skills).

The final evaluation of KISAN will consist of a rigorous methodology including a sampling strategy that will yield meaningful insights into key project outcomes as specified by the evaluation questions.

Data Collection Methods

  • Literature review: A thorough review of project documents including the M&E plan and theory of change, and secondary literature in order to identify key trends in agricultural production, food security, and market systems, among others, in Nepal.
  • Review of national and FTF ZOI district statistics: A thorough review of existing data in Nepal’s FTF ZOI districts and national statistics on agricultural productivity/yield, sale of products, consumption of inputs, and market efficiencies, among others.
  • Focus group and key informant interviews: FGDs and KIIs will be conducted with various stakeholders such as value chain associations, including women’s groups, and beneficiary households in order to obtain a deeper insight into the different dimensions of change in capacities, context, attitudes and perceptions of project beneficiaries.

Data Analysis

  • Quantitative data analysis: Comparative analysis of existing data in Nepal’s FTF ZOI districts against national statistics on agricultural productivity/yield, sale of products, consumption of inputs, and market efficiencies, among others.
  • Qualitative data analysis: Systematic approach to coding, interpreting, and understanding the data. The focus group and in-depth interviews will be tape-recorded with the consent of the participants. Along with interview notes, all tape-recorded data will be transcribed and translated into English, and coded using Dedoose, a qualitative data analysis software.
  • Disaggregation: Data collection and analysis will be disaggregated by sex and marginalization status of target populations to discern differences and similarities of experiences, perceptions, needs, and barriers, among others.

Evaluation Timeline

Work is to begin on March 1, 2017 and to end early July, 2017.

Evaluation Deliverables

  1. Discussion of plan and design: An in-briefing with USAID/Nepal upon the Team Leader’s arrival in Nepal for introductions and to discuss the team’s understanding of the assignment, initial assumptions, evaluation questions, methodology, and work plan, and/or to adjust the Statement of Work (SOW), and the evaluation design, if necessary.

  2. Desk Review Analysis of data and Mid-term Briefing: The evaluation team is expected to hold a mid-term briefing with USAID after completing the desk review component on the findings of the desk review and its implications on the evaluation questions, including potential challenges and emerging opportunities. The team will also provide the evaluation COR/manager with periodic briefings and feedback on the team’s findings, as agreed upon during the in-briefing. If desired or necessary, weekly briefings by phone can be arranged.

  3. Evaluation Work Plan: (1) the anticipated schedule and logistical arrangements; and (2) a list of the members of the evaluation team, delineated by roles and responsibilities.

  4. Evaluation Design: The evaluation design will include: (1) Background and Project Description including Project Theory of Change; (2) Key Evaluation Questions; (3) Methodology (including data collection methods, sampling, and data analysis) (4) a detailed evaluation design matrix that links the Evaluation Questions in the SOW to data sources, methods, and the data analysis plan; (5) draft questionnaires and other data collection instruments or their main features; (6) the list of potential interviewees and sites to be visited and proposed selection criteria and/or sampling plan (must include calculations and/or a justification of sample size, plans as to how the sampling frame will be developed, and the sampling methodology, where applicable); (7) known limitations to the evaluation design; and (8) a dissemination plan.

  5. Final Presentation: The evaluation team is expected to hold a final presentation in person/by virtual conferencing software to discuss the summary of findings and recommendations to USAID. This presentation will be scheduled as agreed upon during the in-briefing.

  6. Draft Evaluation Report: The contractor will submit a draft evaluation report of not more than 25 pages in length, single-spaced in TNR 12 point font, excluding annexes, with an executive summary of not more than 3 pp. in length, within 9 weeks of the Team Leader’s arrival in Nepal

  7. Final Evaluation Report: A final evaluation report of not more than 25 pages in length, single-spaced in TNR 12 point font, excluding annexes, with an executive summary of not more than 3 pages in length, within 10 working days of receipt of consolidated comments in electronic format from USAID. A Comments Matrix should also be included with a list of comments from USAID and responses from the evaluation team addressing each comment. All the quantitative data collected as part of this evaluation must be also submitted.

Responsibilities:

The team leader will work closely with CAMRIS Kathmandu and headquarters staff in the design, the field work, data analysis, and the evaluation. The key responsibilities of the team leader include:

  • Provide technical guidance and strategic support to the evaluation team, including establishing a sampling strategy and methodology.
  • Provide oversight and management of the evaluation team, delegating tasks as appropriate.
  • Lead the process of drafting and finalizing the evaluation design, work plan, data collection tools, briefing(s) and the evaluation report.
  • Steer effective communication with the A/CORs, relevant USAID Nepal, UNICEF and government of Nepal staff as well as external stakeholders.
  • Code and analyze qualitative data.
  • Coordinate and collaborate closely with CAMRIS Kathmandu and headquarters staff.
  • Ensure quality and timely delivery of all work products.

Qualifications:

  • Extensive experience working on or implementing Feed the Future activities.
  • At a minimum, a Masters Degree (Ph.D. preferred) in agribusiness, agricultural economics, agronomy or a related field, with at least 10 years of experience leading and/or evaluating value chain development activities for USAID or other donor agencies, preferably in Asia.
  • Experience leading evaluations and assessments for USAID, and be familiar with current USAID evaluation policy and guidance.
  • Excellent qualitative and quantitative data analysis skills, with demonstrated experience of designing and conducting qualitative performance evaluations as well as critically examining the validity of results frameworks and theories of change within the context of ongoing projects.
  • Experience in systems and sustainability analysis, and assessing the development of agricultural producer groups, trade associations, as well as forward and backward value chain linkages required.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively cooperate with donors and non-governmental agencies in the review, analysis, and dissemination of required tasks.
  • Excellent written and oral communication in English required. The ideal candidate will have excellent oral and written communication skills in English; writing samples from recent evaluations or reports, and three professional references, will be requested.

How to apply:

https://careers-camris.icims.com/jobs/2406/team-leader%2c-final-performance-evaluation-of-usaid-knowledge-based-integrated-sustainable-agriculture-and-nutrition-project—nepal/job

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