CABI (Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International)
Pest Risk Information SErvice (PRISE) Baseline Terms of Reference (ToR)
1.1. Project background
An estimated 40% of the world’s crops are lost to pests [The term ‘pests’ is used throughout this document to include insects, mites and plant pathogens], impacting on smallholder farmers’ ability to feed their families, on international trade and food supply chains and hampering the pursuit of Sustainable Development Goals 1 and 2.
Pest outbreaks are devastating, respect no political boundaries and are becoming increasingly unpredictable due to climate change.
Innovation is essential to provide new solutions and this project brings together novel Earth observation technology, satellite positioning, and plant health modelling and on-the-ground real-time observations to deliver a science-based Pest Risk Information SErvice (PRISE) for sub-Saharan Africa.
This early-warning system unites the capability of the UK partners to: collect and combine disparate datasets; manipulate data using computational and modelling expertise; and leverage well-established international development networks.
Commitment from Ministries of Agriculture in Zambia, Ghana and Kenya ensures their engagement and active participation, linking into their widespread extension experts.
PRISE will use cutting-edge space infrastructure and state-of-the-art algorithms to deliver solutions to real-time pest problems.
In-country data collected from the field will be fed into the model, and also used to ground-truth results, enabling iterative improvements to the system.
Appropriate communication methods will deliver risk messages and mitigation measures to, and collect feedback from, users. Monitoring and Evaluation processes will assess impact compared with baseline conditions.
In-country capacity development and stakeholder representation from the private and public sectors will enable the development of business plans for long-term sustainability.
Figure 1: Theory of Change of the PRISE Project
1.2. Baseline Study Objective
The baseline study will focus on a set of impact and outcome indicators outlined in the project proposal and the M&E plan at time zero.
The study design must allow for follow up studies to evaluate progress and assess impact against the key project impact indicators.
The study report will be used as a measurement to monitor project progress and more importantly to assess impact against the indicators.
The baseline study aims to achieve following objectives:
1.3. Scope and focus of the assignment
The baseline will be conducted in three countries (Kenya, Zambia and Ghana) focusing on but not limited to the following informants: project partners and or institutions; policy makers; input dealers; and farmers (commercial and individual) etc.
The study will be conducted through the use of mixed methods. The information will be collected, analysed and the report in English will be shared with CABI and partners for consultation before it is finalized.
Study Design and Methodology
The focus will be on ensuring that the baseline provides usable information for comparison in later evaluation surveys.
Consideration needs to be given to ensuring information collected from both beneficiaries (project villages) and non-beneficiaries (non-project villages) (as the counterfactual) can be used for direct comparison in later years of the project.
Prospective consultant(s) will need to consider the most rigorous approach to establishing a comparable baseline and counterfactual that enables measurement of outcome and impact indicators later in the project.
Qualifications of the consultant/firm
We are looking for a consultant/team with the following skills and qualifications:
- Lead consultant to have PhD or relevant master’s degree with more than 5 years of experience in designing and implementing baseline surveys that set the stage for measuring the impacts of an intervention
- M&E practitioner, agricultural economics/natural resources/agronomist/with broad knowledge with accumulated experience in the field and broad understanding of impact studies
- Demonstrable expertise on impact evaluation in agricultural sector in Africa
- Previous experience working with in agricultural sector baseline studies and impact studies
- Track record in developing and conducting various types of evaluation including qualitative and quantitative data collection
- Experience in managing and coordinating evaluation/research exercises, delivering agreed outputs on time and on budget
- Experience in data collection and analysis using multiple and participatory methodologies
- Excellent and demonstrated understanding of pests and diseases in agricultural sector and early warning systems
- Ability to respond to comments and questions in a timely, appropriate manner
- Ability to write high quality, clear, concise reports in English
- Inception Report After the preparatory meeting, the research team is to provide and to share a detailed inception report CABI. The report shall provide information on:
o The selection of key informants and respondents
o The proposed sample sizes
o The proposed study schedule
o The roles and responsibilities of the research team and CABI
o The detailed and specified methodology which meets the objectives and questions of the study as well as developed data collection tools (questionnaires).
o All questionnaires or interview guidelines must be submitted to CABI for approval before being applied in the field.
- A baseline study report should basically include the following points: –
o Executive Summary
o Study Methodology
o Findings with the gender and country disaggregation
o Limitation of the study
o Conclusion and recommendations
- Raw data sets
Application process and timeline
The consultancy will run for a period of a maximum 3 months from 10 /3/2017.
We invite interested individuals and companies to submit the following application documents:
- Submit a technical proposal outlining how the consultant(s) meets the selection criteria and their understanding of the ToR;
- A well thought methodology for undertaking the baseline, including activities schedule/work plan with time frame;
- Copy of CV of the consultant(s) who will undertake the evaluation;
- 2 recent examples of similar evaluation reports done by the applicant;
- Financial proposal detailing consultant(s) itemized fees, data collection and administrative costs
Email your proposal and accompanying documents to email@example.com by 27th February 2017