Practical Action Women in Energy Enterprises In Kenya (WEEK) Phase 2 Project Endline Evaluation

Practical Action

Terms of Reference: Women in Energy Enterprises In Kenya (WEEK) Phase 2 Project Endline Evaluation

1. Introduction

Practical Action is an international development organisation putting ingenious ideas to work so people in poverty can change their world.

We help people find solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems. Challenges made worse by catastrophic climate change and persistent gender inequality.

We work with communities to develop ingenious, lasting and locally owned solutions for agriculture, water and waste management, climate resilience and clean energy.

And we share what works with others, so answers that start small can grow big.

We’re a global change-making group. The group consists of a UK registered charity with community projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America, an independent development publishing company and a technical consulting service. We combine these specialisms to multiply our impact and help shape a world that works better for everyone.

2. Project Summary

The project seeks to economically empower 400 WE’s in 6 counties in Kenya through energy businesses, and these will in turn reach 800,000 beneficiaries with modern energy products and services and create 400 jobs.

The specific objective of WEEK Phase II is to strengthen women’s capacity to effectively participate in and benefit from the energy markets as actors and beneficiaries.

This will be achieved through scaling up models for engaging women in energy entrepreneurship and by developing market systems for increased energy access.

The seven counties of project implementation include Kisumu, Nairobi, Siaya, Kakamega, Homabay and Migori.

The project has four MAIN objectives:

1. To catalyze women’s economic empowerment in the sustainable energy value chain to become leaders and decision makers in their homes and businesses.

2. To improve the enabling market and policy environment for gender equality in the energy sector

3. To strengthen ENERGIA’s voice as a network and thought leader pioneering innovations and knowledge on gender and energy through an innovation hub and an influential network in the energy sector

4. To strengthen synergy and networking for collaborative actions in support of uptake of gender inclusive approaches in energy.

WEEK phase 2 project has been working towards achieving the four main objectives through;

  • Working to empower women entrepreneurs and equip them with skills, knowledge and resources to be sustainably engaged in the supply of energy services to last-mile communities and in the productive use of energy and also to be able to engage with large audiences at (inter)national events and with the media.
  • Improving the enabling policy and market environment through enhancing awareness, and gender-responsive actions of public and private sector actors.
  • Enhancing thought leadership and voice of ENERGIA through robust evidence, knowledge products, tools and tested pioneering innovations.

Project Approaches

  • Capacity building (business development, leadership, empowerment) and mentoring of women entrepreneurs (WEs)
  • Developing business growth approaches for women-led businesses
  • Supporting Financial Institutions to cater to and finance WEs’ productive use of energy
  • Increasing Awareness and Understanding of gender and energy among Key stakeholders (National and County government, private sector, CSOs among others)
  • Building partnerships with Financial institutions, County government and private sector (manufacturers, suppliers/distributors etc.)
  • Capture lessons and evidence through Knowledge management & sharing to enable knowledge sharing in the sector

3. Main Project Achievements

The project has provided mentorship to strengthen 401 Women Entrepreneurs’ (WEs) entrepreneurial practices, whilst linking them with opportunities for growth. This has seen almost half of the entrepreneurs increasing their sales by 20%.

The project supported the establishment and strengthening the functionality of the energy sector Gender Committee convened by the Ministry of Energy which has the mandate to steer implementation of the Gender Policy for the energy sector.

In collaboration with the MOE, supported induction of the Energy Sector Gender Committee including development of action plans for gender mainstreaming in 7 energy agencies (NUPEA, EPRA, REREC, GDC, KENGEN, KPLC, KETRACO).

5 counties working with PA have demonstrated improved knowledge and multi-sectorial support for Empowering women in energy Enterprises; e.g. Kisumu County including Practical Action in their program implementation to guide gender mainstreaming- Towards 100% renewable energy program, 4 Counties have established technical working groups for the energy sector which are mandated to promote renewable energy and gender mainstreaming within the Counties.

4. Scope and Objective of the Endline Evaluation

The endline survey will seek to:

1. Establish the outcomes and impact from the project and link them with the project interventions: specifically establish what is the contribution/attribution of project interventions to the outcomes/impacts realized. For example;

  • What is the project’s contribution towards improving total energy access for household and business, have we contributed towards increased access to higher Tier levels of energy?
  • What has been our contribution towards supporting counties in energy planning and implementation as well as gender mainstreaming in county energy plans
  • Has the project effectively engaged the private sector in creating an enabling market environment for the energy enterprises to thrive? For example, has there been an improvement in access to finance (including financial products) and energy products for the enterprises?

2. Extract and document lessons learnt from this project. This will include exploring the different approaches used by the project to support last mile enterprises as well as approaches used to engage both the county and private sector to create an enabling market and policy environment. For example:

  • What are some of the effective approaches for supporting growth and sustainability of last mile energy enterprises; what motivates/hinders their continued engagement in such businesses?
  • Which interventions should we continue implementing/stop in order to achieve sustainable impact at scale?

3. Formulate concrete and viable recommendations that will inform scale up, this will include a focus on the following:

  • Identifying existing gaps that still exist and opportunities that PA can leverage on to scale up access to affordable energy for household, business and community uses for improved incomes and health
  • Recommending business models used by the project that can support scale up to other geographical areas as well as reaching higher number of LMEs cost effectively
  • Which partners do we need to engage with to contribute towards scaling up of our impact? This will include other development actors, private sector among others

5. Methodology

The consultant should propose the methodology to be used to carry out the review.

The proposed methodology should address sufficiently the preliminary issues and questions outlined within the TOR, specifying the specific review issues, questions, methods of data collection and analysis that will be undertaken.

It should encompass a combination of both qualitative and quantitative methods. It should also allow for wide consultation with all interested partners and stakeholders.

Consultants must propose their own methodology and justify and explain that in the proposal. It is suggested that the methodology should include, but not be limited to the following:

  • Document review: The consultant will review project documents provided by Practical Action that will further help in developing the evaluation methodology. This will include: Project proposal, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Plan, project results framework, Project activity reports Project Quarterly and Annual reports, Mid-term evaluation report, MEL database etc.
  • Field visits: The field work shall focus on collection of primary data from project beneficiaries as well as energy actors both in the county government and private sector. The field visits will target the following counties; Kakamega, Kisumu, Siaya, Migori, Homabay and Nairobi.

6. Consultant Profile

Practical Action and partners are therefore, looking for a dynamic, innovative and multi-skilled individual(s) or consultancy firm (s) with the ability to think outside the box and with:

  • At least a master degree in renewable energy related development fields such as, as economics, business development, Natural Resources Management, environmental science, or any other relevant courses;
  • Development professional with experience in inclusive quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and experiences.
  • Proven technical expertise in gender, social inclusion, business development, markets and equality and empowerment principles, climate change, participatory planning and governance in County level planning and budget cycles.
  • Familiar with methodologies for assessing women economic empowerment strategies,
    programmes and impacts
  • Experience and understanding of gender dimensions and issues in the energy sector in Kenya.
  • Experience in markets and financial inclusion will be an added advantage
  • Proven experience in conducting baseline/evaluations for Energy or gender programs implemented by government, non-governmental and private sector actors specifically in low income urban areas
  • Strong organizational, analytical and reporting skills, presentation skills, attention to detail, ability to meet deadlines, and proficiency in Microsoft Office and qualitative data analysis software/tools
  • Excellent verbal and written communication is English required
  • Compliance with MoH guidelines and protocols on Covid-19.

7. Deliverables / expected outputs

The outputs for this evaluation will include:

1. Inception report – with a detailed methodology, data collection tools and workplan. This will be submitted after the inception meeting between Practical Action and the consultancy firm.

2. Presentation of preliminary findings to Practical team – this will be virtual meeting between PA and the consultancy team. Feedback from this meeting will inform the final report writing process

3. A Final report in a template agreed upon between the consultancy firm and Practical Action.

4. A popular (summarized) version of the final report – this should be less than ten pages

5. Raw data from the evaluation – this will include quantitative data as well as recordings and transcripts of the qualitative data collected.

8. Guidelines for submission of expression of interest

Qualified and interested parties are asked to submit the following;

1. Letter of interest in submission of a proposal

2. A detailed technical proposal clearly demonstrating a thorough understanding of this ToR and including but not limited to the following

  • Consultant profile (s) and their role in the assignment
  • Evidence of compliance to all statutory requirements (KRA compliance, certificates of incorportaion (if applicable) and registration with relevant professional bodies.
  • Description of the evaluation methodology and sampling procedure and tools
  • Demonstrated previous experience in similar assignments and qualifications outlined in this ToR.
  • Proposed data management plan (collection, processing and analysis).
  • Proposed timeframe detailing activities and a work plan.
  • Team composition,roles and level of effort of each proposed team member (include CVs of each team member).

3. A financial proposal with a detailed breakdown of costs for the study quoted in Kenya shillings

9. Terms of Engagement

Payment for the survey shall be done in three tranches as indicated below:

  • Tranche 1 (25% of the total cost): Upon successful submission of inception report
  • Tranche 2 (25% of the total cost): submission and acceptance of the of 1st draft of the report
  • Tranche 3 (50% of the total cost): submission and acceptance by Practical Action of the revised final report

Note that the payments will be done subject to the consulting entity meeting quality and timely delivery of stated task.

How to Apply

Interested consulting entities that have capacity to deliver this TOR are invited to submit a complete proposal to: no later than 25th February 2022 with subject line ‘‘Endline Evaluation for WEEK PHASE 2 PROJECT”.

At Practical Action, we treat all applications for employment on their merits and do not take into consideration any factors that are not relevant to the job such as disability, race, age, religion, gender, gender reassignment or sexual orientation.

We are committed to safeguarding and protecting children and vulnerable adults and as such candidates will be subject to pre-employment checks.

The successful applicant must have the pre-existing right to both live and work in Kenya.

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Updated: February 15, 2022 — 4:45 pm