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Consultancy on Base -line Study

Date:  10 Jul 2024
  1. General Background

Oxfam is an international confederation counting 21 organizations working together with partners and local communities in more than 90 countries. Oxfam has a long and rich presence in Lao PDR since the end of the 1980s, working on numerous initiatives covering a large number of themes and areas. These have included among others: support to CSO capacity building, community resilience and sustainable development, social protection, gender justice, support to small farmers and organic agriculture, private sector engagement, disaster risk management, and natural resource management. This has entailed working at different levels, from the community to the national level. Currently, Oxfam in Laos works with approximately 30 partners including Ministries, the National Assembly, Mass organizations, INGOs, NPA/CSOs, universities/research institutes, UN agencies, and the private sector. Visit https://laos.oxfam.org/ for more information.

In this framework, Oxfam is looking for a consultant to conduct a Baseline study of the project “Promoting Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) to respond to climate adaptation and mitigation needs of vulnerable women and youth farmers’ groups” (hereafter named the CSA project).

 

  1. Project background

The project implementation approach aims to strengthen the capacities of target groups (CSOs, CBOs and Local; Authority) to i) enhance knowledge on CSA and disseminate CSA practices for vulnerable local farmers communities, and develop targeted value chains promoting equitable trade ii) empower CSOs and CBOs to advocate for and contribute to policy changes, enabling CSA mainstreaming in Lao agrifood systems, improved livelihoods for small-scale marginalised farmer communities, and inclusively contributing to secure long term climate adaptation and mitigation, green growth, and food security in Lao PDR. The bottom-up approach aims to direct interactions between the community level and the national level to ensure that the results achieved are always scaled up while aligning with the real needs of target communities. A feminist and inclusive approach will ensure that women, persons with disabilities and ethnic minorities, feel safe to participate in community level activities and women's perspectives and experiences are taken into account in decision-making processes.

 

 

Objectives of the project

The Overall Objective is to foster inclusive, sustainable, climate-adapted agricultural growth in Laos.

This will be achieved through one Specific Objective : increased sustainable production and productivity of inclusive (women and youth) climate smart agriculture (CSA) in - Luang Prabang and Savannakhet provinces in Laos.

Expected outputs

Output 1.1 – Strengthened organisational, thematic and networking capacities and opportunities of national and local CSOs to engage, advocate and influence policymakers and the private sector to advance CSA inclusive practices.

 

Output 1.2 – Increased availability of up-to-date knowledge, models and evidence-based data on CSA to improve farmers’ value chains and influence policymakers and the private sector.

 

Output 1.3 – Strengthened capacities of local vulnerable smallholder farmers to use inclusive (women and youth) innovative farming practices and CSA value chains.

 

Output 1.4 – Enhanced capacities of line ministries (Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment), provincial and local authorities, the private sector and the public to engage and support inclusive (women and youth) CSA strategies.

 

  1. Overview of the Consultancy

The baseline aims to provide a snapshot of the project's indicators before project implementation for measuring the achievement of the project outcomes over time by collecting data on the action indicators that act as a benchmark for measuring project success or failure. The survey will establish the baseline for identified output and outcome indicators. Therefore, the baseline study must consider data requirements for monitoring, evaluation and risk assessment that will be used to direct and guide the implementation of the project. In addition, the baseline study will be used for pointing out how best the project will be rolled out and better tailor the activities implementation to the specific needs of the targeted population.  The main objective of the baseline study is to carry out a baseline survey for measuring existing sustainable production and productivity through CSA practices in 2 targeted provinces for beneficiaries implementing project activities in the selected value chain (rice, horticulture, rice, soybeans, corn) and enhanced capacity of all stakeholders to engage and support CSA. The focus of the study should be based on the target value chains (rice, soybeans, corn, chili, eggplant, cucumber, tomato).

 

  1. Objective of the Consultancy

The baseline study is intended to provide social, economic and environmental data at the beginning of the project to: :

  1. Understand target groups and stakeholders' Knowledge, Attitude and Practice regarding the development of CSA practises.
  2. Analyse, identify and map of the current agriculture practices in the project sites[1], main drivers of unsustainable production, the key associated risks and threats, barriers and needs for farmers adoption of sustainable/climate-smart agriculture practices for commercial products and household consumption.
  3. Review, analyse and outline gaps, constraints, (dis)incentives and needs in terms of investments, private sector engagement, existing policies, regulatory and institutional frameworks in the targeted provinces and at the national level regarding engagement into CSA practices.
  4.  Analyze the target CSA value chains for commercial products in targeted areas, market opportunities, (dis)incentives and needs in terms of investments.
  5. Based on domains and criteria provided by the project team, to assess and provide an assessment overview of CSOs organizational and operational capacity-needs to conduct advocacy and awareness campaigns on CSA.

 

  1. Scope of the work and methodology

The Consultant will work in close cooperation and frequent communication with Oxfam and will undertake project site visits. The baseline survey is to be carried out in Luang Prabang and Savannakhet provinces and to a less extent at the national level of Lao PDR. The consultant is required to elaborate a detailed baseline design and methodology and data as part of his/her inception report, using a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods.

The consultant will use diverse data collection and analysis techniques for both quantitative and qualitative data to conduct a thorough baseline exercise, which may include, at least:

  • Literature review: including a detailed review of the project and supporting documents, such as Project Implementation Plan, Logframe and indicators among other related CSA projects documents.
  • Consultation with the project team from Oxfam, GCA, AMA and NAFRI.
  • Surveys: Application of structured survey questionnaires with a representative, random sample of targeted groups to quantitatively assess outcomes.
  • Focus Group Discussions: With target groups and other stakeholders to assess and characterize participants’ experiences and perceptions.
  • Key Informant Interviews: Consultations with small-scale farmers (ethnic women and young farmers) in the targeted value chains, SMEs, CSOs, CBOs, key actors in relevant provincial, district authorities and line ministries levels and other relevant stakeholders.

Participants will be selected by "purposive sampling" at the local level for qualitative analysis. The survey will be based on a stratified random sample and the consultant is expected to propose a representative sample size, including youths, women, men, girls, boys, elderly, ethnic groups, which will be agreed upon in the inception phase.

 

  1. Timeline, Key Activities, and Deliverables

Key activities

Deliverables

Contract and Inception phase

  • Contract preparation Consultation with the project team
  • Write an inception report
  • Half day inception meeting with Oxfam, GCA, AMA and NAFRI
  • Document review sent to Oxfam
  • Work Plan
  • Inception report, detailing the design and methodology for the baseline study validated by Oxfam
  • Quality assurance plan, setting out the systems and processes for assuring the quality of the research process and the deliverables sent to Oxfam

 

First draft of the baseline study report

  • Develop survey data collection tools and sampling
  • Plan first field phase
  • Prepare the workshop contents and training materials for enumerators  
  • Conduct training for enumerators on the baseline assessment design, sampling framework, research

 

 

  • Data collection tools sent to Oxfam
  • Field phase plan validated by Oxfam
  • Survey training materials and training report/note sent to Oxfam
  • Carry out the field survey, Data entry   Data analysis
  • Field notes, data entry, and datasets sent to Oxfam, Transcripts of qualitative data (typed in word/excel forms)
  • Writing the baseline report (content and length will be agreed upon during the inception phase based)
  • Preliminary version of the baseline study report sent to Oxfam
  • Presentation of baseline study findings to the project team, and key stakeholders

 

  • Power point presentation sent to Oxfam
  • Workshop report sent to Oxfam

Final draft of baseline study report

  • Final consultation meeting with key stakeholders at national level for feedback and data validation  
  • Finalize the baseline study report
  • Baseline study report validated by from the meeting and Oxfam
  • Database and transcripts sent to Oxfam

 

Regular progress reports submitted to Oxfam Project manager/coordinator and MEAL Manager during the consultancy period, detailing 1) activities / tasks completed to date, 2) any challenges faced, 3) any adjustments made in response to the challenges, 4) any deviations from the timeline and explanations for the deviations

The timeline is to be defined by the consultant, who will notably specify the total man-days and propose a timetable in their technical proposal. The consultant's mission should commence no later than 15 of July 2024 for a duration of three (3) weeks maximum of field data collection. The consultant will have two weeks after the end of field data collection to submit the preliminary version of the study report. The final version of the report will be validated and delivered one week after feedback on the V1 (total the timeline will commence from 15 July to 31 August 2024)

 

  1. Requirement of the consultant

The consultant(s) must have skills and expertise as follow : 

  • Master’s degree in agriculture, climate change, environmental management / economics, sustainable development or a related field
  • At least 8 years of post Master’s relevant experiences at the international and/or national levels in research or advisory services and other relevant professional experiences.
  • Proven experience in drafting national-level project or program documents for agriculture and climate resilience
  • Good knowledge of climate-smart agriculture approaches and guidelines as well as with the Lao system and context. 
  • Previous experience with INGOs procedures, approaches and operations
  • Acknowledged similar consultancies with recognized organizations
  • Sound understanding of various approaches to assess impact, including participatory methods for data collection.
  • Expertise in quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis
  • Computer skills (advances user in Excel or similar software; SPSS or STATA is an asset)
  • Demonstrated analytical and writing skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and experience of effective interaction with local and national government institutions and marginalized communities
  • Good spoken and written communication skills in English and Lao.
  • Knowledge of the ethnic language of the local communities is an asset.

 

  1. Application process

Interested consultants should submit the required documents no later than 24 July 2024 in the electronic form to  procurement.laos@oxfam.org and Douangchanh.lopaying@oxfam.org. Please indicate the following reference in the subject line : “Consultant for CSA baseline survey”.

Documents are requested only English. The submission should include the following documents :

  • A letter of interest
  • Technical proposal for the baseline study with proposed design, proposed methodologies, budget and timeframe.
  • Organizational profile with track records, References to previous similar assignments, and team composition with CVs

Nb : At the contracting stage, the selected consultant will be required to comply with all professional, tax, and social obligations.

 

  1. Clarification on the Terms of Reference for Baseline Consultancy

The prospective applicants may solicit clarification of the Terms of References or other quarries related to the assignment to Nounoy.vang@oxfam.org , within 7 days of issuance of ToRs in writing. The clarification and its replies will be shared with all prospective applicants through their official emails.

Applying the recruitment website:  https://career2.successfactors.eu/career?company=OxfamNovibP  
You can submit your application through the recruitment website:  by 24 July 2024 at 23:59 ICT.

ONLY SHORTLISTED CANDIDATES WILL BE CONTACTED.

 

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