Locations : Borno, Adamawa, Yobe and Gombe
Employment Type : Contract
Reports Directly To : MEL Manager / DCOP / COP
Works Closely With : CLA Adviser, MRM Officers, MIS Officer
Timeframe / Schedule : Second phase : January / February 2022
Project / Consultancy Title : Train Teams to Collect Phase 2 of Rural Resilience Activity Annual Survey and to Analyze Phase 2 Data with Phase 1 Data and Report
Background to USAID Rural Resilience Activity
The Feed the Future Nigeria Rural Resilience Activity (hereafter referred to as the Activity) is a five-year, $45 million initiative funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) covering the states of Adamawa, Borno, Gombe, and Yobe in North Eastern Nigeria (NEN).
The Activity will facilitate economic recovery and growth in vulnerable, conflict-affected areas.
The purpose of the Activity is to sustainably move people out of chronic vulnerability and poverty in NEN through expanded economic opportunities.
The overarching approach of the Activity involves strengthening resilience capacities at household, community, and market-systems levels to ensure the sustainability of poverty reduction and economic recovery efforts.
The Activity intends to reach 540,000 individual participants including farmers; micro-, small-, and medium-enterprises (MSMEs);
youth; women; and children in 23 local government areas (LGAs) across the four states. Mercy Corps leads a consortium partnership of Save the Children International (SCI) and the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC).
In July 2021, the Activity received an additional $15 million to support 45,000 smallholder farmers, small ruminant producers, and microenterprises to recover from the impact of COVID-19 on livelihoods and markets.
As a result of the additional funding, the Activity has now expanded to Kebbi, Niger, Benue, and Ebonyi states and the Federal Capital Territory.
The Activity has five core components including : Providing up-to-date evidence for selection of market systems, livelihoods and employment opportunities that contribute to inclusive and resilient growth and improved nutrition;
Stimulating market systems growth and diverse economic opportunities;Building capacities of market actors to take advantage of market systems opportunities;
Sequencing, layering, integrating (SLI), and collaborative learning to improve activity effectiveness, sustainability, and scale;
andCushioning impacts of COVID-19 on households and micro-enterprises through cash transfers. Added to these components are cross-cutting elements that are essential for building the resilience capacities of the NEN population.
The cross-cutting elements include integration of gender and youth, nutrition-sensitive agriculture, climate change adaptation and natural resource management, conflict sensitivity, peacebuilding and social capital, and cohesion.
This effort will contribute to USAID’s 2020-2025 Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) development objective 1 (DO1) : broadened and inclusive economic growth and DO3 : accountable, inclusive and responsive governance strengthened.
Also, this aligns with CDCS intermediate results (IR) 1.1 : incomes, food security, and nutrition in targeted geographies improved, IR1.
3 : private sector contribution to inclusive economic growth increased and IR 1.4 : water resources management and services improved.
Similarly, it also aligns with IR3.1 : strengthened conflict prevention and response.
We seek a highly motivated individual / team who believes deeply in Mercy Corps’ organizational mission and who can display a record of results and achievements, providing programs with technical guidance and support in parenting for peace’, including application of positive parenting techniques in promoting peace and preventing violent extremism, preferably in the local context of Northern Nigeria.
The primary objective of this consultancy is to develop a context specific comprehensive training of trainers manual that includes visual illustrations for use by community volunteers and other field teams.
Consultancy Outcomes :
Collect phase 2 of RRA Annual Survey and analyze phase 2 data with phase 1 data and report
Review and finalize Annual Survey protocol
List of indicator data that will be obtained in phase 2 of the survey is listed below :
S / NIPTT RefIndicator # ReferenceIndicator NameStandard / CustomType of IndicatorReportFreqSOURCEReport to USAID / MC Goal : To facilitate economic recovery and growth in vulnerable, conflict-affected areas 1.
G.2FTF Rural Resilience Activity-1Proportion of households who are able to successfully manage and cope through / with future shocks and stressesCustomOutcomeAnnualUSAID Purpose : Sustainably move people out of chronic vulnerability and poverty via expanded opportunities 2.
P.1FTF Rural Resilience Activity-3Household daily per capita expenditures (as proxy for income) in target communities.CustomOutcomeAnnualUSAID IR2 : Market systems growth and diverse economic opportunities stimulated (Pull Activities) 3.
2.2FTF Rural Resilience Activity-5Average number of revenue sources per householdCustomOutputBaseline, EndlineMercy Corps Sub IR 2.
1 : Local agricultural market systems developed and strengthened to ensure inclusion, resilience & competitiveness (On-farm) 4.
2.1.6EG3.3-10Percent of female participants of USG nutrition-sensitive agriculture activities consuming a diet of minimum diversityStandardOutcomeAnnualUSAID CC 1 : Improved perceptions and positive acceptance of marginalized groups by communities and market actors 5CC 1.
1FTF Rural Resilience Activity-15Percent of community members with a positive perception of others’CustomOutcomeBaseline, Midline and EndlineMercy Corps CC 2 : Improved social capital, market networks and trust between market actors 6CC 2.
2RESIL-bIndex of social capital at HH level (TANGO) RESIL-bStandardOutcomeBaseline, Midline and EndlineUSAID
Basic Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required
Mercy Corps places premium on selecting competent Consultants consisting of a multi-disciplinary team of staff with the requisite combination of skills, expertise and experience to carry out annual survey as the project components consist of water management for smallholder farmers and herders, capacity building for state and LG institutions for water management, improving productivity and income for smallholder farmers and herders, and conflict resolution amongst farmers and herders.
This also should be in line the USAID Feed the Future Indicator Guide and Global Food Security Strategy (GFSS). Ideally, the consulting firm should have consultants and associate consultant with survey experience in water resource management, livestock and agronomy.
In addition, the Consultancy Firm should have :
Minimum of 5 years of experience in evaluation of international development programming, preferably of recovery / resilience, infrastructure, livelihood and / or social cohesion programs;
Evidence of having carried similar USAID evaluation, especially in NE Nigeria on water resource management, agriculture, livestock and conflict sensitivity and DNH activities.
Experience in collection and analyses of large dataset using T4D platforms.
Excellent data presentation skills using various data visualization tools Excel, PowerBI, Adobe Illustrator and other visualization applications
Use of statistical packages (SPSS, STATA, Excel), qualitative package (Atlas.ti) or data collection, transmission and analyses.
Reviewed and updated annual survey protocol A annual survey protocol should be reviewed and finalized 1 week after contract agreement.
The annual survey protocol should follow the outline : IntroductionObjectives of the surveyAnnual survey questionsMethodologySampling designData collection processData analysis and reportingTools / data gathering data for each audience group : Pre-test the tools andTranslate and back translate the tools into languages of participant groupsDetailed work plan for the evaluation activity
Annual survey report with a maximum of 30 pages in length (excluding Annexes). The Report will have the following structure : Executive Summary (2 pages)Introduction and background (2 pages)Annual survey evaluation questions (2 pages)Methodology and methodological limitations (4 page)Key research findings (15 pages)Conclusions and recommendations (5 pages)Annexes (research instruments, list of people interviewed, references to the documents reviewed, etc.)
A final consultancy report and recommendation to Mercy Corps.
Please Note that all Submissions should also include the Following :
The technical bid will be evaluated based on its responsiveness to the SOW and the evaluation criteria. The Financial Bid will only be evaluated if the Technical Bid achieves a minimum score of 60% of the points and is considered qualified through the supplier qualification process.
Proposals failing to obtain this minimum technical threshold or those which will not be considered qualified through the supplier qualification process will not be eligible for further consideration.
Technical evaluation will be based on the following criteria :
Professional experience of the staff that will be employed to the project providing demonstrated expertise in evaluation and related processes (CVs, etc.
The Applicant has at least an Associate Consultant with bachelor’s degree in agriculture, economics and related field with at least 5 years’ experience or Masters in Agric related tracks, economics, statistics with at least 3 years’ experience in conducting evaluation surveys for USAID Agriculture, livelihood and WaSH projects and Technical Expertise and experience in nutrition, crops, livestock and Water Resource Management and related disciplinesThe team leader should have bachelor’s degree in statistics, agriculture, economics, public health and related field with at least 5 years’ experience or Masters in Agric related tracks, economics, statistics, public health with at least 5 years’ experience in conducting evaluation surveys for USAID Agriculture, livelihood and MSD projects and Technical Expertise and experience in nutrition, crops, livestock and Water Resource Management and related disciplines and demonstrate strong facilitative and team leadership experience and history of delivering consultancy assignments within the stipulated timeframe.
A Technical approach, methodology and level of understanding of the objectives of the evaluationThe submitted concept note should show understanding of the requested tasks, as articulated in the objective of the assignment and a description of how the offeror proposes to undertake the assignment in view of the implementation progress overview highlighted in section III;
A clear description of how the Consultants propose to undertake the assignment, including sampling method; data analysis plan, including Quality Assurance PlanAppropriateness of the approach in relation to the objectives of the programme
Work plan / time scales given in the proposal and its adequacy to meet the evaluation objectives and questions
Prior experience of handling projects of this nature (examples of similar services provided, references, etc.)A reputable track record of conducting USAID Agriculture and nutrition related surveys and plans at multi-country, national (Nigeria) or sub-national levels.
Conducting large scale studies demonstrating experience in applying qualitative and quantitative research methodology.
The consultant will require travel to Borno, Adamawa, Yobe and Gombe states.