Consultant- EVALUATION OF FOOD SECURITY AND LIVELIHOOD PROGRAM IN OUAKA PREFECTURE, CENTRAL AFRICA REPUBLIC-Remote

Programs Anywhere, United States


Description

About Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within. Now, and for the future.

Background

Mercy Corps works in places of transition, where conflict, disaster, political upheaval, or economic collapse present opportunities to build more secure, productive, and just communities. Providing emergency relief in times of crisis, we move quickly to help communities recover, build resilience to future shocks, and promote sustainable change by supporting community-led and market-driven initiatives. Recognizing both the great potential and the complex challenges faced by CAR and Africa Region Mercy Corps has been implementing a range of humanitarian assistance and development programs tailored to the specific needs of the region and of those communities where we work. 

Purpose / Project Description

The purpose of the evaluation is to gather information that will assess project performance and impact against intended objectives (and revised purposes) and enable Mercy Corps to design future programs and influence/shape its programmatic strategy.

Specific Objectives

The evaluation will examine the short and medium-term outcome of the program on household food security and livelihood and identify critical lessons to inform future programming decisions. Where possible, the outcomes analysis will compare the inclusiveness, relevancy, efficiency, effectiveness, local economic impact and accountability of the implemented program.  

Two main objectives have been identified: 

  1. Assess the relevancy, appropriateness, efficiency and effectiveness of Mercy Corps’s response to food and livelihood insecurity in the wake of the humanitarian crisis in Ouaka Prefecture, Central Africa republic in the short and medium term. The following five dimensions will be explored under this specific objective: 
    • To assess the change in the nutrition knowledge levels, attitudes and skills as a result of programs intervention interventions 
    • To identify any other changes at household level, intended or unintended, which have resulted from the program  
    • To provide insights into progress against set targets of the program (food security and dietary diversity, agricultural livelihoods, etc.) 
    • To examine how and why the program has or has not contributed to the outcomes   
    • To provide recommendations to Mercy Corps on what strategies should be adopted in order to improve program design 
  2. Identify and compile lessons learnt throughout the lifespan of the program to inform future program design in similar context. The following dimensions will be explored under this specific objective: 
  • What were the key factors of success and how can these be replicated? 
  • What were the failures in the program implementation (role and responsibility, beneficiary identification and suggested improvements?

Methodology
The evaluation will use a mixed method approach consisting of both qualitative and quantitative data collections. The consultant will make extensive use of the available monitoring and evaluation data collected by program staff in Bambari. This will include, when available, program surveys and assessments, baseline, program quarterly reports (i.e. post distribution monitoring reports, shop monitoring reports, card distribution reports, etc.) and findings from beneficiary feedback mechanisms.  

The consultant is expected to review the above background documentation as part of the desk review phase of the study. A strong part of the information will come from the field data collection. The evaluation will be conducted, using participatory methods to collect qualitative data, triangulated for validation. 

Aligning with the content of the scope of work shared for this study, the consultant will develop the methodology, the data collection tools and propose the team set up for data collection, to be validated by the Director of Program. The consultant and his/her team will collect primary data through direct interviews and focus group discussions (FGD) with program beneficiaries and other stakeholders.

Roles & Responsibilities 
The consultant/s will be responsible for:

  • Drafting inception report
  • Leading the Desk Review
  • Methodology and tool development/ finalization
  • Field evaluation process
  • Writing and validation of the report.
  • The Head of Office of Bambari will help him/her to identify the relevant actors for interviews and field visits and will provide the consultant with available documentation.
Key Deliverables
  • Inception report 
  • Methodology used to conduct the research 
  • Data collection tools including FGD guide ahead of field work 
  • Data analysis and presentation of preliminary findings 
  • Power point presentation of the main findings 
  • Final Report (minimum of 10 pages and a maximum 30 pages, excluding executive summary table of contents and annexes. 

Timeline 
This consultancy is approximately (26) days of consultancy. Consultant is requested to remain available for reviews and improvements until the piece of work is validated by the consortium.
  

Minimum Qualifications 
At the minimum, the consultant/s must possess the following:  

  • Advanced degree in food security and livelihood or equivalent. Knowledge on nutrition is an added asset 
  • Over 5 years’ proven experience undertaking food security and livelihood surveys, analysis and reporting.   
  • Have proven knowledge and practical experience in quantitative and qualitative research.   
  • Excellent organizing, facilitating, presentation and communication skills.  
  • Excellent report writing skills.  
  • Experience working in emergency context. Experience in Central Africa Republic is a plus

Applications must include:

- A letter of intent.

- A technical proposal explaining the understanding of the TOR, the proposed approach and methodology for conducting the end line study including sampling, a detailed schedule of activities.

- A detailed budget in Excel format.

- Consultant's CV with references.

- Appendices: similar work if possible.

Mercy Corps Diversity Statement 

Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together. Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to leverage the collective power of our teams and solve the world’s most complex challenges. We strive for a culture of trust and respect, where everyone contributes their perspectives and authentic selves, reaches their potential as individuals and teams, and collaborates to do the best work of their lives. 

We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive than we are today. 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination on any basis. We actively seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have sustained global impact. 

We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all. We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group in the locations where we work.