Mercy Corps Baseline Study SCALE Program in Samburu County, Kenya

Mercy Corps

Project / Consultancy Title: Baseline Study SCALE Program

Project Location: Samburu County

Background: Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible.

In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within.

Now, and for the future.

Mercy Corps began working in Kenya in 2008 and has to date built a robust and diverse portfolio of programs aimed at sustainably improving the lives and livelihoods of Kenyans affected by poverty, resource scarcity and conflict.

To do this, we deliver integrated programming to strengthen resilience, market and governance systems, address the root causes of conflict, and equip vulnerable populations- in particular youth, women, adolescents and marginalized social groups- with the skills, opportunities and resources they need to be healthy, productive, and drive the development of their communities. Mercy Corps Kenya also collaborates with Mercy Corps teams and partners in neighboring countries to implement a number of multi-country and cross-border programs.

Mercy Corps seeks a consultant to conduct a baseline survey for its Sustainable Conflict Management in Arid Land Ecosystems, SCALE program, a land and natural resources conflict management intervention in two conflict systems in Samburu County, Kenya. The study will establish the baseline for the program’s key indicators and provide guidance on how to measure program performance.

The baseline study will also include a conflict assessment highlighting key drivers, dynamics and actors of conflict (particularly around land and natural resource governance). In addition to monitoring and evaluation, data from the study will inform the planning and implementation process including design of tools, manuals and activities.

Description of the SCALE Program: The Sustainable Conflict Management in Arid Land Ecosystems (SCALE) programme is a 24-month initiative with the overall objective to strengthen local civil society to work with communities and government authorities to prevent conflict and build sustainable peace within Samburu County, specifically the border areas of Samburu North and Samburu Central.

The programme specific objective is to improve the capacity of local civil society and community groups to prevent and manage conflicts related to land and natural resources.

These objectives are in line with the European Commission’s call for proposal to address three objectives:

1) To strengthen the capacity of Kenyan CSOs to address conflict dynamics related to land tenure and natural resource;

2) Advance engagement between national and country authorities, private sector and CSOs to enhance governance and management of natural resources to prevent conflict;

3) Promote the role of CSOs in alternative dispute management and resolution systems.

Purpose and Objectives of the Baseline Study: The process of developing the Baseline Study is part of the Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning Plan (MERL Plan), which provides an early opportunity for program implementing partners to collaborate and begin putting in place a results-based monitoring, evaluation, research and learning (MERL) plan for their program.

The purpose of the SCALE baseline study is to help key program stakeholders focus on achievement related to a limited set of expected outcomes; and to empower them to collaboratively measure and review these outcomes.

Aligned with this purpose, the baseline study is designed to achieve four specific objectives:

i. To support a better understanding of the implementation context for the SCALE Program at the onset of the program

ii. To help validate the assumptions in the project’s Theory of Change (ToC) and targets of the indicators in the program’s Indicator Performance Plan

iii. To establish starting points or baselines for all indicators in the Indicator Performance Plan, suggesting revisions in their formulation if the need emerges; and,

iv. To provide recommendations for the implementation of the results-based monitoring, evaluation, research and learning (MERL) plan for the program.

The specific baseline values must be provided for all indicators in the Indicator Performance Plan as early as possible in the program’s lifecycle. Baseline data is intended to inform the establishment of realistic and achievable
targets, provide a point of reference against which progress on or towards the achievement of outcomes can be monitored and evaluated, and provide suggestions for the review of indicators if and where necessary.

Baselines provided in the Indicator Performance Plan must be accompanied by narrative to explain how this starting point data was collected, analyzed and validated.

In the MEL Plan, this narrative includes an explanation of baseline data limitations at the onset of program implementation, and how these gaps will be dealt with as part of the program’s first-year work plan.

Mandate of the Consultancy: The Consultant will serve as the lead coordinator of this baseline study and be responsible for its design, the development and use of appropriate data collection tools, analysis of collected data, and the writing of a final report summarizing the findings and updating the data in the Indicator Performance Plan.

The Consultant will design and facilitate a plan in close collaboration with the SCALE program management teams based in Samburu.

Specifically, the mandate of the consultancy is to:

  • Design Inception report – Work with designated SCALE Program Manager during an inception phase to finalize a detailed methodology and work plan for this study
  • Lead and coordinate – Recruit and orient competent and well-prepared research teams, and act as lead technical coordinator for the baseline study
  • Assure quality control – Provide oversight and quality assurance during sampling (if needed), development of data collection tools, data collection and entry, analysis of the data collected, and report writing; This will be supervised by the Program Manager together with the MEL team.

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Application Process

Qualified and interested parties are asked to submit the following:

1. Detailed technical proposal (between 5-7 pages) clearly demonstrating a thorough understanding of this ToR and including the

i. Description of the Capacity and qualifications of the consulting firm, including previous relevant experience (maximum 1.5 pages)

ii. Description of the proposed approach and methodology, including data collection, sampling strategy, data analysis, integration of gender considerations and ethical standards, quality assurance (maximum 3.5 pages)

iii. A proposed schedule/work plan (i.e. a Gantt chart) (maximum 1 page)

iv. Team composition and level of effort of each proposed team member (maximum 1 page)

2. A financial proposal (in KES) with a detailed breakdown of costs for the study

i. Itemized consultancy fees/costs

ii. Itemized field data collection expenses

iii. Itemized administrative expenses

iv. Validity period of quotations

v. Expected payment plan and method

3. Curriculum Vitae(s) of all proposed staff outlining relevant experience

4. Names and contact information of three references who can be contacted regarding relevant experience

5. A copy of a previous reports of similar work undertaken

How to Apply

The application should be submitted to Mercy Corps before 4.00pm on Monday 25th May 2020.

Applications should be addressed to

Disclaimer: Mercy corps reserves the right to accept or reject any or all proposal without any explanation whatsoever.


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Updated: May 19, 2020 — 8:42 am