ICS Evaluation of Input Credit and Nafics Business Cases in Western Kenya Terms of Reference
Input Credit and Nafics Business Cases
ICS is seeking the services of a consultant to conduct an evaluation of one of its key business cases being implemented in Western Kenya: Agri-business and Nafics ltd.
Background and Context
ICS creates change through the promotion of social entrepreneurship and also initiating programmes that are aimed at child and their family wellbeing in rural areas of Asia and Africa.
ICS implements large-scale initiatives that lead to sustainable long-term social and financial improvement. ICS Africa works in East Africa through its programme offices in Western Kenya, Northern Tanzania and identified local partners.
1) Stimulating farmers’ uptake of extension services;
Crosscutting these three strategies is the principle of reciprocity as the basis for engagement with both farmers and partner organizations.
1. Purchase maize during harvest seasons when volumes are high and prices are low;
Nafics provides security to all partners when it comes to supply, partnership and quality.
Purpose of the Evaluation
The overall purpose of this evaluation is to obtain an insight on the outcomes of the Agri- business on the participating smallholder farmers in the season 2013-2014.
Main Evaluation Questions
Up to what degree are 3500 participating maize-growing farmers benefiting from the combined service of agricultural extension, credit, and agricultural inputs in the season 2013-2014 (compared to maize-growing farmers who are not doing business with ICS/Naffics)
comparing the rainfall data and prices of this season with statistical data of previous years?
Explaining variations and improvements
Evaluation Target Population and Scope
The evaluation will focus on the smallholder farmers who will participate in the project in the long season of 2013. These farmers are living in Kakamega County in Western Kenya.
The treatment group will be the farmers recruited in the project in the long rains of 2013 and the equivalent group will form a category of farmers who are not targeted in the course of the evaluation cycle.
A baseline survey will be conducted for the relevant outcome indicators for the treatment and comparison group before planting season of the long rains 2013.
The consultant/s will be expected to expound an in-depth methodology and process for carrying out the evaluation in the technical proposal including the, sampling, number of respondents in the two comparison groups and the preferred sampling method.
Summary of Tasks
- Preparation and submission of the technical and financial proposal.
- Preparation and submission of the inception report before the start of the exercise.
- Review of relevant literature.
- Establishment of the comparison groups.
- Development of the data collection tools.
- Continuously update ICS M&E contact person on the progress of the exercise on monthly basis.
- Drafting of the reports and timely submission as per the agreed upon timelines.
- Facilitate and coordinate field work in the target districts.
ICS will facilitate and coordinate the evaluation process with the consultant; paying the professional fee and other related costs; providing logistical support (transport, accommodation, meals etc during the assignment), and review the reports and other outputs of the evaluation.
Potential challenge/s to the evaluation
Operational issue may compromise the objectivity of the project and thus might make it difficult to conduct the study or draw any inference from it.
Proposed Time frame
Before( planting season) in September-Oct,2013 and,
- Advanced degree (masters) in the area of agricultural economics, Agri-business development, Micro finance, or other related discipline, a PhD is preferred. At least 10 years experience in evaluation in the agricultural projects involving value chain development and analysis.
- Demonstrate experience in carrying out similar exercises in Africa.
- Demonstrated Experience in application of Return on Investment Evaluation methodologies.
- Competence and adequate experience in the use of qualitative and/or quantitative methods of data collection and analysis.
- Ability to interpret and analyse complex qualitative and quantitative data, and to present findings and recommendations in a clear and concise way.
- High quality writing skills (in plain English)
- Excellent inter-personal communication skills including experience of facilitation and presentation.
- Ability to work equally well with communities and international organisations
- Knowledge and sensitivity to political and social contexts of Kenyan communities
Phase 1: Sept 2013-Oct 2013 (Maximum 30 days)
- Submission of Technical and financial proposals for the assignment.
- Technical report on baseline finding
- Prepare and submit the draft report including a validation meeting with ICS relevant staff.
- Prepare and submit a draft evaluation report for review.
- Prepare and submit the final evaluation report.
Potential consultant firms or individual consultant should summit the following:
- Technical proposal together with a capability statement (Max 8 pages)
- Financial proposal in Euros.
- Sample work of similar work done in the past.
- CV’s of the lead consultant/s with 3 referees.
The deadline for sending proposals is COB 30th August, 2013