Lokamarinyang Irrigation Project Baseline Survey Request for Proposals (RFP)

Jul 25, 2016

Request for Proposals (RFP) for Lokamarinyang Irrigation Project Baseline Survey
 
Background: Lokamarinyang irrigation Project  (herein referred to as  Lokamarinyang irrigation Project) has received funding  from  the  United  States  African  Development  Foundation  (USADF)  towards  its  irrigation expansion. 

USADF is an independent Agency of the US government that operates at local levels in Africa in support of economic development. 

 
For further information about the agency visit http://www.usadf.gov. 

Lokamarinyang irrigation Project is  formed  with  the  purpose  of  poverty  alleviation  by empowering its members through implementation of sustainable irrigation activities that contribute to increased  access  to  income  and  improved  or  expanded  production  and  marketing  of  agricultural produce at Lokichar.
 
The Procurement Committee for Lokamarinyang irrigation now invites interested qualified and eligible consultants to submit bids for conducting a baseline survey.

I. Objectives of the Baseline Survey: The baseline study will focus on baseline data collection for a set of indicators outlined in the project M&E plan. 

The baseline study report will be used as a measurement to monitor the project progress against the set indicators over the course of the project implementation. 

II. Methodology 
 
The desired methodology is participatory and all the actors in the program will be considered to be part of the baseline process. 

The anticipated benefit of a Participatory and stakeholder-centred approach is the empowering that, the process will impart to those service providers and the beneficiaries/stakeholders who will participate in the exercise. 

Household level questionnaire, Focus group discussions, key informant interviews, site visits etc. are proposed amongst the methods to be used for the survey. 

The consultant will however provide leadership and bear responsibility for the process, the findings, the comments and the content of the final document. 

III. Scope of Work: Overall objective of baseline survey is to generate quantitative and qualitative data for project indicators in line with project goals and objectives (Appendix A) to clearly show the household food security status before the project intervention. 

To ensure that monitoring data collected during project implementation is in line with the goals and objectives (Appendix A). The study will be conducted in Lokichar.

The specific objectives of the baseline survey are the following:
 
a) Develop baseline survey questionnaire, collect data from field and data analysis.
 
b) Interpret findings from field in perspective of the project components/indicators.
 
c) Develop comprehensive baseline report of the project.
 
The Baseline study will utilize a wide range of appropriate tools and methodologies to measure status of social, economic/financial, physical, natural and human assets of targeted communities/households (HHs) situational analysis of components within the framework of food security as spelled out in the project document. 

The study findings will be primarily used by Lokamarinyang irrigation project  management  and CEZAM/USADF in comparing baseline data and end line data.
 
IV. Duration: The survey is expected to be complete within 20 working days beginning on day of the contract award. The budget of the study will be offered as a package.
 
V. Suggested Plan of Work: The consultant as the leader of the whole process shall carry out the following activities but not limited:

Activities
No of days
Meet with LOKAMARINYANG & review all relevant existing documents
2
Develop comprehensive inception report on how the survey will actually be conducted
2
Train raw-data collection enumerators
1
Carry out a pre-test survey and finalize data collection tools
1
Conduct baseline survey in the field (quantitative and qualitative)
5
Conduct desk review for secondary data collection
2
Analyze field data and write report on the findings in draft form
4
Present findings to stakeholders for endorsement
1
Incorporate feedback from stakeholders and finalize the report
2
Total
20


All the raw documentation collected and archived together with the final database should be shared with the partners to allow for referrals as and when required.
 
VI. Deliverables
  • To compile and translate a comprehensive questionnaire using relevant tools for the program purpose of a baseline survey. To design and propose a survey methodology that is reliable, credible and representative of the targeted population.
  • To provide the training for data collectors for quality data collection methods using participatory approach
  • To supervise and monitor the data collection performed by data collectors in order to ensure quality and reliability
  • To oversee and validate data collection
  • To compile and analyze the results based on the collected data
  • To write a complete and comprehensive report including, introduction, background, methodology, discussion, recommendations and conclusion.
The final report will at the very least contain, but not be restricted to the following.
  • Executive Summary
  • Background
  • Methodology
  • Main Findings
  • Conclusion and recommendations
  • Annexes (a revised log frame, TOR, abbreviations, persons interviewed, references, tables with survey data, questionnaire forms used, etc.).
VII. Consultant’s Competencies, Experience and Skill requirements
  • In-depth knowledge in Food Security and Drought Resilience, Natural resource management (NRM), Livelihoods and WASH approach
  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to gender and development issues
  • Research experience in DRR, WASH, NRM and Livelihood, Agro-Pastoral and Pastoralist sectors and proven experience in designing and leading comprehensive baseline surveys
  • Track record in developing and conducting various types of baseline including qualitative and quantitative data collection
  • Experience in data collection and analysis using participatory methodologies, particularly in rural communities.
  • Ability to write clear, concise reports in English.
  • Understanding of country level policies, framework and strategy on rural development
  • Understanding of Agro-pastoral/Pastoralist nomadic communities living in the target area, Turkana County.
Interested candidates should submit technical and financial proposal to Lokamarinyang@gmail.com  with copy to e.kaniu@cezam-usadf.org, not later than 3rd August 2016.





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