UFF Finland is looking for an evaluator for women's farmers' club in Dowa district Malawi phase II.
UFF Finland has supported many development projects of DAPP Malawi since the year 2000. Collaboration relating to rural development, agriculture and food security started in 2012 with a UFF Finland and Ministry for Foreign Affairs Finland (MFA) supported Women’s Farmer Club Project in Dowa District of Malawi. Taking into account the results and lessons learnt in the previous project, the partners are now implementing the second phase of the project from 2015 to 2017.
The Farmers’ Clubs projects promote environmentally sustainable human development in rural areas, with the purpose of increasing food security, household income, health and general wellbeing, whilst also mitigating the impact of climate change for farmers. The overall objective of the project has been to reduce poverty and to promote gender equality amongst the households of the 4.250 women farmers active in Dowa. The project will consolidate the knowledge and skills that the 3500 female farmers who participated in phase 1 gained during the project, and include 750 new farmers.
The project is based on the assumption that the organisation of farmers and the know-how in matters such as conservation farming, low-cost irrigation and value addition, are better taken advantage of and maintained if farmers organize themselves into groups and form associations. The project targets are:
Overall objective: Reduced poverty and increased equality in the Dowa District
Specific objective: Empowered women farmers and women entrepreneurs capable to improve overall well-being of their households sustainably
Expected Results :
1. Strengthened FCs, VSLGs and cooperatives capable to operate sustainably
2. Improved agricultural and livestock production
3. Improved the target groups capacity to implement income-generating activities at household level
4. Women-led cooperatives capable of running profitable businesses sustainably for the benefit of their members (group level)
5. Developed awareness and capacity of the women farmers to adopt climate change mitigation measures
6. Improved health, sanitation & hygiene, nutrition, gender awareness and adult literacy of the target group
7. Increased inclusion of people with disabilities in social and economic activities in the target area
Referring to the above-mentioned first phase, a final evaluation was carried out at the end of the project. The key recommendations at the time included, for example:
- Village Savings and Loan Groups required more attention;
- The development of Cooperatives needed stronger attention and expertise;
- Strengthening the cooperation with district-level stakeholders;
- Providing adult literacy training in the villages for both men and women.
1. The objectives of the final evaluation:
- is to find out to what extent the objectives set for the project and the results expected have been attained as well as to assess the quality of the project.
- The information obtained by the evaluation will help UFF and DAPP Malawi to plan new projects in a more efficient way and further improve the project functions.
- Determining how well the Phase 1 final evaluation findings and recommendations were incorporated in Phase 2.
- To define how well the project managed to improve the position of disabled persons in the catchment area?
2. Key questions of the evaluation:
- How relevant were the chosen objectives, results and activities of the project to the primary beneficiaries? To what extent were they in line with their aspirations? How relevant was disability inclusion for the diverse partners`?
- How well and in which way did the project manage to support current applicable national as well as international policies and standards in the thematic focus area in this project?
- To what extent has the project included women with disabilities in all project activities?
- To what extent has the project included other vulnerable groups? What can be learned about the initiatives undertaken?
Effectiveness and impact:
- By analyzing the specific objective and the results attained, the evaluation will give an informed opinion on whether the project has made progress towards contributing to the long-term development goal
- Referring to the expected results, which factors have been successful and which unsuccessful?
- Were the expected results achievable and reasonable, considering the time, the resources, and the conditions of the project?
- How effective have the project activities been in contributing to achieving the planned outcomes?
- Have there been any unintended positive or negative effects?
- Has the project increased understanding of disability amongst the project staff, the other project partners and other community members and if so, then how?
- To what extent is the project delivering activities on time and on budget and are these activities cost-effective?
- How well did UFF and DAPP manage to implement the monitoring measures during the project?
- How well has the project incorporated the findings and recommendations of the performance audit recently carried out by KPMG?
- Has the flow of project funds been consistent and predictable? If not, has it impacted the quality of the work? To what extent DAPP programmes have managed to mainstream inclusion and social and economic empowerment? Has the project impacted organisations to review their policies and procedures to be inclusive?
Sustainability and ownership:
- Assess the level of sustainability of the project and the level of local ownership, in particular amongst the beneficiaries.
- To what extent has the project engaged and coordinated with other actors at district level in regards to the set guidelines?
- Was the original risk assessment adequate? What have been the key lessons learned?
- Have other stakeholders replicated some of the concepts and activities such as inclusion of people with disabilities?
3. Methodology of work
The evaluation concentrates on the project years from the approval of the project in April 2015 to its conclusion in 2017. The methods will combine qualitative and quantitative research techniques, including desk study, observation, interviews, key informants, focus groups etc. as seen appropriate by the evaluator including minimum 7% of the project beneficiaries.
Tentative list of stakeholders to be interviewed
- DAPP key staff, the project leaders and other project staff from Dowa Women Farmers’ Club.
- Primary beneficiaries such as the Farmers’ Clubs members and their families
- Farmers in the project implementation area who are not members of the Farmers clubs in order to triangulate the possible differences
- Local traditional leaders
- Local district partners
- The Finnish project partner, Disability partnership Finland
- Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development district representative
- Groups etc. as seen appropriate by the evaluator including minimum 7% of the project beneficiaries, local partners such as disability organization FEDOMA, Micro loan institutions, and contract buyers.
Qualifications of the consultant and specialized knowledge expected
The selected consultant is expected to meet the following criteria.
- A degree in agriculture, development in Africa content or related area of social sciences
- Proven expertise in social science research and survey methodology
- Relevant experience working on similar areas and knowledge of the agriculture sector involving small scale and subsistence farmers, in particular conservation farming. Applicants with existing knowledge or study on disability mainstreaming will have an added advantage
- Experience in the management of qualitative and quantitative research or surveys and in conducting evaluation assessments
- Knowledge of inclusion
- Proven record of producing high quality reports and publications in English.
Other practical issues
- This call is open to both national and international consultants. A teaming model could be considered between international and national consultants but is not a pre-requisite.
- A contact person will be appointed for the coordination of the evaluation, both at UFF and at DAPP.
- UFF and DAPP will facilitate the Consultant’s work by providing the information and data necessary for carrying out the evaluation.
Tentative time schedule
- Apply with your CV stating your offer, the names and contact information of at least three references and send the requested documents to info(at)uff.fi no later than 13th of October 2017.
- Selection of Consultant: October 2017
- Desk study: Late October 2017
- Inception report: November 2017
- Field work: November 2017
- Draft final report: 8th of December 2017
- Comments round at UFF and DAPP: 18thof December 2017
- Final Report: 23rd of December 2017.
Deliverables in English
- Results of desk study
- Evaluation plan, containing the proposed data collection methods and data sources
- List of documents reviewed
- Detailed/specific timeline/schedule for the study. The deliverables at each stage will be specified.
Proposal and Budget
The offer/proposal should include a brief description of the plan as well as all costs, including salary/remuneration, travel and other costs and VAT. The interested candidates should also send their CVs. Terms of reference.
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