Baseline Survey Consultant

Care International Myanmar

CARE has worked in Myanmar since 1995 with the aim to improve the living standards of rural communities through health intervention programs, including HIV/AIDS prevention and care, as well as nutritional support for pregnant mothers and children; food security and livelihoods programs, comprised of support for agriculture, fisheries, and livestock; and water, sanitation and hygiene.

As cross-cutting measures, CARE Myanmar is addressing disaster risk reduction and gender.

Our work in Myanmar focuses on:
public health and hygiene
HIV prevention and care
food and livelihood security
water, sanitation and hygiene
disaster risk reduction
gender

Shan State   09 February 2020
Job Reference: MJ1578248233163

Baseline Survey Consultant

CARE International in Myanmar 

Terms of Reference: Baseline survey consultant 

Project: Scaling-up Sustainable Agriculture Project 

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Location of assignment: Yangon and Lashio 

Duration of assignment: Estimated 25 working days 

Responsible to: Program Director – Rural Program 

Main counterparts: Director - Information, Documentation and Monitoring and Evaluation (IDME)

CARE International in Myanmar CARE is an international development and humanitarian aid organisation fighting global poverty, with a special focus on working with women and girls to bring lasting change to their communities. As a non-religious and non-political organisation, CARE works with communities to help overcome poverty by supporting development efforts and providing emergency assistance. We believe supporting women and girls is one of the most effective ways to create sustainable outcomes in poor communities. CARE International in Myanmar’s programs focus on gender-based violence; food and livelihood security; disaster risk reduction; sexual reproductive health rights; peace-building; and policy and law reform in related areas. Background Information about the project: CARE has been implementing the Scaling up Sustainable Agriculture (SSA) project in 13 villages, with the aim to improve agricultural yield, income, and food and nutrition security of smallholder farmers through the adoption of sustainable agricultural technologies and practices in Lashio township, northern Shan State. The SSA project targets poor and marginalized ethnic minority villages in remote, rural and conflict-affected areas of Lashio township, which experience socio-economic injustice and significant food insecurity, and which lack access to and control over productive resources and services. Specifically, the project is directly reaching approximately 589 households (2,590 individuals) from 13 villages, including vulnerable female-headed households. Based on CARE's experience, the benefits are expected to indirectly reach the full community in the project area (~5,000 people). Key outcomes under this project include: (1) Increased farmers’ adoption of sustainable agriculture technologies and practices
 (CARE/CO/CONS/1420)

(2) Increased smallholder farmers’ production levels and income through improved access to markets, financial services and water (3) Improved hygiene and nutritional outcomes through increasing women’s access, ownership and control of productive resources and sanitation facilities (4) Improved internal and external program learning Baseline survey objectives The main objective for the proposed assessment is to enable the project to assess the situation and establish bench mark indicators to inform the monitoring and evaluation plan and form a platform for the impact evaluation. Furthermore, the baseline assessment is expected to enable accurate targeting, and the ability to quantifiably measure and attribute impact. The immediate objectives are: A. To implement baseline assessment field data collection; B. To conduct the data entry, cleaning and initial data tabulations; C. To analyse the data and prepare final baseline assessment report. Inputs 25 days, subject to methodology plan. Outputs  Agreed action plan for the consultancy  Documentation of the baseline survey methodology including sampling, tools and final analysis methods and survey questionnaires  Baseline survey findings report for outcomes, outputs and related indicators described in the projects’ log frame  Briefing meeting/workshop to present preliminary findings  Draft report  Final report demonstrating consideration of feedback from CARE on the draft. The report should be 25 to 30 pages (excluding annexes) and consist of, but is not limited to: o Cover page o Table of contents o List of abbreviations and acronyms o Executive summary (maximum two pages with recommendations) o Introduction o Background o Methodology o Limitations o Findings and discussion o Analysis of key issues, especially contextual issues, that may inform CARE’s implementation of the project o Conclusion o Recommendation o Annexes Methodology The methodology will be mixed method approach incorporating quantitative community survey and qualitative methods to be used to gain an in-depth understanding of the context in Lashio. Consultancy Management
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CARE Myanmar staff will ensure effective logistical support, however the consultant will need to work independently and should ensure that they are able to work in locations where English is not commonly spoken. A translator will be provided for field consultations. The consultancy will be managed by the Program Director – Rural Program, and involve consultation with the Director (IDME) and CARE Myanmar staff. Schedule and key activities Schedule of the consultancy, for a total of about 25 days, will be set after discussions between the consultant and Program Director, Senior Manager and the Director (IDME). Key activities include: - Review of relevant program and organizational literature - Development of a baseline survey methodology plan in coordination with the Director - IDME - Conduct baseline data collection in Lashio - Conduct data analysis and synthesis - Drafting of a baseline survey findings report for outcomes, outputs and related indicators described in the projects’ log frame - Brief presentation on the findings and recommendations to program team - Finalization of baseline survey report following review by counterparts and Assistant Country Director - Program

Time/timing The consultancy should commence in January ~ February 2020 following exchange of contracts with the successful offer. Selection criteria Essential areas of expertise: a) Minimum five years of continuous professional experience in the design, monitoring and review of community development projects b) Experience and knowledge in conducting research or baseline studies using mixed methods including qualitative and quantitative data collection, and participatory studies with community members. c) Demonstrable expertise and experience in research, monitoring and evaluation of food and nutrition security, livelihood security programmes d) Excellent skills in communication, both verbal and written, analysis as well as facilitation. e) Experience working in complex conflict environments f) Experience in Myanmar context highly preferred g) Ability to write high quality, clear, concise reports in English h) Cultural sensitivity

Submission of Proposal

Interested Consulting firms or individuals are expected to submit a detailed expression of interest (technical and financial proposal) with the following components:  Proposed methodology and work schedule (schedule of field visit)  Proposed Budget (Including daily consultancy rate, domestic transport and accommodation will be covered by CARE International. Perdiem or meal costs will not be provided).  Proposed survey team structure (if a firm);
 (CARE/CO/CONS/1420)

 If the service provider is a firm, please submit organization’s profile of the firm experience and capacity in the specific field (or) if the service provider is an individual, please submit an up to date CVs and include experience and capacity in the specific field;  An analytical writing sample of max. 5 pages from a previous evaluation report, preferably of strengthening food and nutrition security

CARE is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce. Women, ethnic minorities and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. CARE is committed to protecting the right of children. CARE reserves the right to conduct screening procedures to ensure a child safe environment.

Please note that the consultants are required to provide proof of registration and payment of applicable taxes as per Myanmar Law.

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