GVEP International CARE2 in-Depth Review Consultant Job in Kenya

GVEP International
Terms of Reference for CARE2 in-Depth Review Consultant

Organisation Background: GVEP is a UK charity seeking to reduce poverty in Africa through accelerated access to modern energy products and services. 

To do this we support the development of a broad range of micro and small businesses and project companies in the energy economy, by providing them with high-quality financial, technical and business management support services so that they can grow and deliver access to energy in of grid areas.

To date, GVEP has supported the development and growth of 2,600 small and micro businesses in Africa, delivering energy access to over 7 million people in off grid areas and creating over 5000 jobs. 
 
Our ambition is that by 2020 we will have enabled 20 million people to access clean and reliable energy.
 GVEP’s largest office is in Kenya, with local offices also in Senegal, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda, supported by a small UK head office in London.

Capital Access to Renewable Energy (CARE2)

 
CARE2 was originally a three-year programme funded by the Swedish government with an overall budget of $7.1 million and a start date of 1st September 2012.
The programme targeted the creation of 3,600 new jobs in 1,400 e-MSMEs (micro, small and medium energy-focused enterprises) and sought to address multiple barriers to enterprise growth in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Rwanda. 
CARE2 had three components: an Enterprise Support Team which provides business, financing and technology advice to SMEs and venture capital-backed businesses; a Capital Access programme that provides access to finance; four Pipeline Development Projects, one in each country, targeting specifically defined niches and designed to stimulate the creation and growth of energy businesses in cookstoves, mobile phone charging, briquettes, pico-hydro projects, and other markets.

Recently Sida has agreed to extend the programme for a further year while it considers options for future possible support. 

The purpose of the review is to help Sida assess the progress in relation to outcomes and sustainability of the CARE2 programme since its start date, identify challenges and lessons learned, and provide options and recommendations to consider for the future.

The Consultant will be expected to review:

Outcomes

  • The general progress of the project versus targets as set out in the project log frame, and comments on any significant areas of variance,
  • the work of the Enterprise Support Team – focused mainly on SME businesses – with particular focus on links between the activities of the team and claimed outcomes,
  • the progress of each of the Pipeline Development Projects in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda (which are working with micro-enterprises and small local businesses). Particular attention should be given to evidence of  links between the activities of the team and claimed output and  outcomes, and on the relative effectiveness of the PDPs,
  • the utilization of the Loan Guarantee Facility to support micro-lending, including an assessment of the link between access to micro-loans and business expansion/job creation,
  • the work undertaken to try to establish a bigger scale guarantee backed credit facility for SME lending,
  • correlations between growth/ job creation vs a number of already measured KPIs such as linkages, networks, etc. (data and analysis will be supplied by GVEP),
  • how targets were set and how progress was measured, including how CO2 savings have been calculated and reported (suggestions for alternative KPIS may be provided if appropriate),
  • whether there are any significant differences in outcomes from a gender perspective (and whether there are alternative or additional approaches which might be adopted to improve outcomes for women),
  • the degree to which the activities contributed to poverty reduction by increasing the incomes of the businesses, creating additional employment, and providing customers with cost saving/time saving products and services. The Consultant should comment on the differences between the PDPs and the EST supported businesses (this could be done by selecting a small number of cases to illustrate the effect on livelihoods. It is of particular interest to understand the different effects of supporting small rural businesses vs. those located in larger towns).
Sustainability
  • Assess to what extent ‘ownership’ was created among participating MSMEs in relation to the functions supported, i.e. the degree to which the businesses have internalised lessons learned during the programme,
  • Outcomes and post-project sustainability, will the MSMEs be able to function without further BDS support?
  • to assess GVEP’s model for technical assistance, especially from a sustainability perspective.  In particular but not limited to questions such as how does GVEP act to pull other actors in, how does GVEP seek to stimulate market change, how is support eventually phased out?
Lessons learned
  • The effectiveness of programme management, and the degree to which the programme was able to learn and adapt as it developed, including CARE2’s organizational structure and cost distribution among the various components, field staff vs. management responsibility, etc.),
  • review of the pros and cons of the CARE2 approach compared to other possible types of intervention.
Recommendations
  • Make recommendations for future programmes which might be supported by Sida, advising on which CARE2 activities could be maintained, improved, scaled up, or stopped (and how).
GVEP seeks to enable market based solutions to energy access through the provision of free services to businesses (funded by donors.) 
The Consultant should have a knowledge of business development and market enabling approaches, and knowledge of the off-grid energy access sector in East Africa.

2. Methodology
 

The Consultant will be expected initially to analyse all available background documents including the inception report, annual programme reports, research reports, and findings of a mid-term review carried out in 2013. 
Additional analysis of data required to enable the Consultant to complete the review will be discussed and GVEP will provide the data and the analysis. 
The Consultant will be provided with support by CARE2 staff to arrange logistics and help with collecting data.
 
The Consultant will be expected to conduct site visits in at least two of the countries where the programme has been implemented. 
During the field visits the Consultant will interview GVEP staff, a sample of the businesses benefiting from the programme, some of their customers, and any other relevant stakeholders in order to assess the results and outcomes of the programme. 
The Consultant will be free to choose which countries and businesses are visited, and will have full access to programme documentation, M&E data, and staff.

We do not expect the evaluation to generate statistically robust data on outcomes or impact, or a detailed review of the degree to which observed changes can be attributed to GVEP actions.

We are seeking an independent professional view based on selective sampling of client businesses and review of documents. 
In sum, the Consultant will be expected to use their professional judgement and experience to:
  • Provide an assessment of the programme, including the evidence relating to the outcomes and sustainability of the programme, identify challenges and lessons learned, and provide options and recommendations to consider for the future.
3. Outputs / Reporting
 
A draft report will first be shared with GVEP for review, and then a final draft of the report produced incorporating any agreed changes. 
The report should not exceed 30 pages excluding appendices, and is expected to follow the structure suggested in Sida’s Evaluation Manual (where applicable) and shall include an Executive Summary. 

After delivering the final draft report the Consultant will make themselves available to present the findings in a meeting with Sida. 

A final version of the report will be submitted responding to any comments from Sida.

4. Qualifications
 

The consultant is expected to have the following:
  • significant prior experience of evaluating development projects focused on business development and economic empowerment
  • ability to plan an effective evaluation process applying qualitative and quantitative methods
  • ability to elicit reliable information from a range of stakeholders (somehow tacit knowledge), and to summarise and communicate this accurately
  • ability to manipulate and interpret data in Excel
  • knowledge of the renewable energy access sector
  • understanding of the informal sector – in particular micro businesses
  • experience of working in or evaluating projects in East Africa
  • ability to speak Swahili an advantage (understand)
  • knowledge of gender aware approaches in development
5. Time Schedule
 
An indicative schedule of activities would be as follows:
  • Reading and analysing background documents: 8 days.
  • Visit to Kenya HQ as well as supported enterprises: 5 days.
  • Visit to second country tbd: 5 days.
  • Writing the draft report: 5 days.
  • Revising draft report: 1 day
  • Presentation at Sida: 1 day
  • Final report completion: 2 days.
  • Total: 27 days
The time schedule is dependent on available flight tickets. 
The final report should be delivered by 30 April 2016.

6. Budget
 

The budget available for this assignment is SEK 300,000 (approx. £24,390). This includes all costs and VAT. GVEP will cover separately in country costs relating to site visits where the Consultant is travelling in a GVEP vehicle.

7. Request for proposals
 

Consultants interested in being considered for this assignment should submit a short proposal outlining how methodologically they would approach the assignment within the budget and timescale. 
The applicant should also provide details of previous relevant experience, and an itemised budget. 
Please send proposals to info@gvepinternational.org quoting ‘CARE2 Review’ in the subject line. 
The deadline for submission is midnight (UK time zone) 8 February 2016.

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