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Organization: Equity Group Foundation
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 28 Aug 2018

About FASRAT Project:

FASRAT is a 3-year project whose overall goal is to facilitate agribusiness enterprises growth through trainings on agribusiness, entrepreneurship and financial education and value chain integration that enhances access to finance and market. The project will be implemented in 31 counties across the 5 regions i.e. Central Region: Kiambu, Muranga, Nyandarua, Nyeri, Laikipia, Kirinyaga Eastern Region: Embu, Meru, Makueni, Tharaka-Nithi, Machakos, Kajiado. Rift-Valley Region: Uasin-Gishu, Nandi, Trans-Nzoia, Elgeiyo-Marakwet, Nakuru, Narok, Kericho and Bomet. Nyanza & Western Region: Kakamega, Bungoma, Kisii and Nyamira.

The project is being implemented in partnership with Equity Bank, Finserve, Ministry of Agriculture, Farmer Based Organization, and BDS providers. 60,000 famers in Eastern, Nyanza, Rift, Central, Western, and Coastal regions. This comprises of small and medium farmers engaging on livestock, horticultural, cereals, legumes and pulses farming. The program also works with 5,000 SMEs who are engaged in agricultural businesses such as buyers of agricultural produce, transporters, agro-dealers, agro processors, commercial extension officers, suppliers off technologies etc: to achieve its objectives which are:

Objective 1: Enhance access to financial products and services amongst farmers and SMEs in agriculture Objective 2: Strengthen collaboration between agriculture value chain actors Objective 3: Improve entrepreneurial and financial capacities of farmers and SMEs in agriculture  Objective 4: Improve adoption of good agricultural practices of farmers Objective 5: Enhance human resource capacity to wholesomely support farming ecosystems

Justification for Baseline Survey:

Equity Group Foundation places great importance on the role of evaluations in providing basis for decision making, learning and implementing quality programs for evidence-based results. It is against this background that the M&E department would like to commission a Baseline Impact Evaluation to provide baseline values for the anticipated impacts and outcomes of the project – positive and negative, intended and unintended, direct and indirect. The broad objective of the agribusiness baseline impact evaluation is to prepare baseline information on program-related indicators against which the performance and impact of the program in the future, as specified in the program document and the program monitoring and evaluation framework, will be assessed. These program indicators should be contextualized through a situation analysis of the current state of agribusiness enterprises in Kenya, with specific focus on the project sites. The specific objectives of the baseline study are:

  1. Establish baseline values for all impact and outcome level indicators from the program monitoring and evaluation matrix
  2. Collect and analyze the relevant information of the existing situation of the program’s target beneficiaries including the farmers, SMEs, service providers, and/or related stakeholders
  3. Enhance understanding of the characteristics and determinants of farmers and SMEs activities, management practices, access and control in agribusiness and financial access
  4. Develop detailed recommendations (specific value chain interventions) on how to select value chains to focus on.

The proposed baseline impact evaluation is expected to use methods that will establish expected cause causal inference of observed changes (in this case ‘impacts') and to show causal attribution. It is against this background that the EGF seeks to engage an external evaluator, this is because of the project’s needs in terms of expertise, impartiality, cost, and time. In terms of expertise, an external evaluator possesses certain evaluation research skills and knowledge, he/she also has exposure to a wider range of issues, methods, and practices that would be useful to incorporate in the evaluation.

Qualifications / Experience: The consultancy firm must be a legal entity. The firm MUST provide demonstrable experience in designing and leading multi-value chain agriculture program evaluations with experience in working with farmers and/or SME training and/or financial access approaches carried in the recent past 5 years

3.1 Key Competencies: The lead consultant/investigator must be at least a Masters holder in either agriculture, research methods, development or business studies or a relevant discipline PHD holder will have added advantage. MUST be able to facilitate and relate to stakeholders at multiple levels (e.g. NGOs, public and private employer organizations, field participants, etc.)  Have proven ability of Agriculture Value-chain data analysis, presentation skills, and strong writing ability  Technical Team Supporting the evaluation MUST have proven ability to use quantitative, qualitative and participatory evaluation methods, with examples and references that can speak to this experience. Sensitivity to cultural/historical context in the data collection process Relevant geographical experience ideally in Eastern Africa and especially in the agriculture sector with a bias to agri-business finance Experience in in similar evaluation of development and/or livelihood programs preferably experience in evaluating agri-business financial access projects . Proficiency in quantitative and qualitative research methods is a key requirement . Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and proficient in Kiswahili will be added advantage.

How to apply:

Application Requirements and Selection process:

The Equity Group Foundation invites bids from evaluators that include the following:

A cover letter introducing the evaluator/ firm and highlighting the capabilities, skills and competences relevant to the evaluation. A detailed outline of the proposed evaluation process including the conceptual framework, proposed methodology and evaluation plan. Proposed budget for the evaluation all costs inclusive of applicable taxes A sample evaluation report relevant to the thematic area. A CV detailing relevant skills and experience of no more than 5 pages, including contactable referees if a group, a CV should be submitted for each member of the evaluation team.

Criteria for selection will be: Quality of the methodological proposal: aspects that will help us to assess their suitability for that which is proposed in the RFP, quality of the proposal, feasibility, etc. Profile and competencies of the evaluation team: knowledge, experience, composition and other necessary competencies. Good understanding of thematic area of evaluation

Contact details and bid clarification :

Contacts Should any query be raised concerning the following specifications, they should be addressed to the General Manager, Administration either via Address: Equity Group Foundation Kenya, P O Box 75104-00200, Nairobi, Kenya Email: Copy: Tel: +254 020 2262000 /020 2262921/0711026921 Courier: Equity Bank, Equity Centre Building, Hospital Road, Nairobi

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