Organisation Background: GVEP is a UK charity seeking to reduce poverty in Africa through accelerated access to modern energy products and services.
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.
Recently Sida has agreed to extend the programme for a further year while it considers options for future possible support.
The Consultant will be expected to review:
- 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).
- 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?
- 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.
- 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).
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.
- 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.
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.
- 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
- 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
7. Request for proposals