CONSULTANT NEEDED


CHRISTIAN AID/NORSAAC/YARO 

Civil Society Organizations Research on Social Protection for Development (CSO-RoD) 

TERMS OF REFERENCE (TOR)

To: 

 Undertake needs assessment, market analyses & opportunities for LEAP beneficiaries and smallholder farmers in Tolon and Mion Districts  

 

Principal

NORSAAC

P.O Box TL 2425

Tamale

Tel: +233501303000/3

 

 

INTRODUCTION

NORSAAC and YARO are currently implementing a project with support from Christian Aid titled “Civil Society Organizations Research on Social Protection for Development (CSO-RoD)” in two districts in the Northern Region.  NORSAAC has strong presence and credibility in the Northern Region through its numerous advocacy initiatives on health, accountability and governance issues. The 40 member Civil Society Platform on Good Governance Coordinated by NORSAAC has further strengthened the work of the organization with strong support of other civil society groups. Dedicated to championing an improved quality of life for empowered women, girls, youth, and marginalized groups asserting their rights, NORSAAC actively engages in community and policy-based work in the following four areas: Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, Gender and Governance, Livelihood and Entrepreneurial Development, and Education.

YARO has several years of experience working with women parboiling groups, training in climate-resilient agro-ecological practices, the inventory credit scheme and the VSLA for enhanced productivity. YARO has worked in several parts of northern Ghana as well and has achieved a lot in the area of livelihood, collaborating with both local and international organisations.

 

The CSO-RoD Project  

The Northern Region of Ghana is one of the beneficiary regions of the LEAP scheme and has made so much strides in this area with stakeholders raising various concerns of getting the LEAP rolled out to as many districts and communities as possible. However, since the enrolment of beneficiaries into the scheme about a decade ago, there have not been conscious efforts at exiting the beneficiaries and no major efforts at providing alternative livelihoods for some beneficiaries who are capable of being exited from the scheme. The key focus of this project is to develop a model that demonstrates a sustainable graduation of some LEAP beneficiaries off the scheme into commercial activities.

Project Goal: To contribute to inclusive growth through research and sound financial modelling to reduce social inequalities in Northern Ghana

Project Objectives

  1. To generate evidence to inform decision making on appropriate commercial activities for some LEAP beneficiaries in the targeted areas
  2. To facilitate the development of a sustainable rural financial model to reduce social inequalities among rural vulnerable groups

Outcomes

  1. a. Potentially productive LEAP beneficiaries participate effectively in local economy
  2. A sustainable financial model developed and tested for roll out for LEAP beneficiaries and small holder farmers
  3. Improved market systems for smallholder farmers and potentially productive LEAP beneficiaries

 

The Baseline Study

As part of project activities, the implementing partners wish to undertake a comprehensive research on the LEAP beneficiaries in order to assess their needs, market opportunities and other opportunities for potentially productive LEAP beneficiaries and smallholder farmers in the two districts.  The findings will support actions that will support some LEAP beneficiaries to transition into productive and profitable activities by organising and supporting them to participate in production ventures.

 

Objectives of the Study

The baseline specifically seeks to:

  • Identify various livelihood opportunities that potentially productive LEAP beneficiaries can be supported to engage in, considering the districts of operation
  • Assess the kind of opportunities that exist for small-scale farmers and LEAP beneficiries in terms of support in production and market for agricultural produce.
  • Examine the current LEAP policies and exit or migration plans
  • Recommend and design a financial model that can improve the economic and social security of LEAP beneficiaries and smallholder farmers.

 

Methodology   

An external consultant/firm will lead the study team and work under the supervision and support of NORSAAC and YARO. Christian Aid will be responsible for the overall supervision of the project. The consultant is expected to come up with a detailed inception report detailing methodology, proposed workplan, timelines, stakeholders to engage, data collection tools, detailed activities etc for conducting the study and taking into consideration the local context.  The inception report will be discussed with and approved by Christian Aid, NORSAAC and YARO before the commencement of the study.

The selected researcher will submit an initial draft research report to NORSAAC, YARO and Christian Aid which will be validated by the stakeholders. After this, a dissemination meeting with a wider audience including the media will be held once comments and additions are incorporated.

The Report 

The consultant will submit both abridged and full reports to the implementing partners.

Study Duration and Reporting

The study period will be 28 working days including validation and dissemination meetings. The consultant will arrange for a feedback meeting to share a draft of the study report with the project-implementing partners. A final report will then be provided after including the comments. Probable date for the study to commence will be 14th October, 2019.

 

Profile of Consultant(s)/consulting firm

The consultant(s) should have the following qualifications/expertise:

  • Post graduate degree in agriculture science, economics, social sciences, or others as may be relevant
  • 10 years’ experience of carrying out programme baselines, surveys and research
  • 10 years’ experience and knowledge of governance, revenue mobilization, gender and participatory development
  • Knowledge of country context (Ghana)
  • Experience of working with local communities and non-governmental organizations.
  • Experience in the design and use of participatory methods for assessment and evaluation of projects.
  • Some requisite experience in social protection policies and programmes (specifically LEAP), financial and social inclusion
  • Excellent writing, editing, attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Fluency in English

 

Study Fees and Modalities of Remuneration

The consultant/firm and the implementing partners will agree on the remuneration rate per person/day. Charges  related to taxes, mission allowances for fieldwork and secretarial fees are to be borne by the  consultant.    As part of this negotiation process, the consultant should propose the fees s/he wishes to     charge noting that the implementing partners will not cover the transportation costs to and from the field assignments, and accommodation during the fieldwork.

Remuneration will be calculated on basis of days the researcher has worked. The consultant    hired will be granted a maximum advance of 20% of the overall amount agreed upon signing of contract, 40% after approval of data collection instruments and 40% after submission of final report.

 

To Apply

To    apply, send    Technical     and Financial     offers     addressed     to the

Executive Director of NORSAAC and    should    be    received    no   later    than    4th October, 2019 by 2359GMT

Address    for    email    submission:

info@norsaac.org   and copy yaroghoffice@gmail.com

 

The offer should contain: 

  • A letter of interest addressed to the Executive Director, NORSAAC
  • A Technical offer showing the interpretation of the TOR and indicating a detailed proposed    methodology for the work demanded
  • A CV of the consultant or consultancy firm showing previous relevant experience
  • A detailed financial offer (expressed in Ghana Cedis indicating the cost required for undertaking of the work required)
  • An example of a report worked on or a publication  in the area of social protection

Email submissions should include ‘Operational research to undertake needs assessment, market analyses for LEAP’ in the subject box

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