Ex-post evaluation RAC project consultant - International Potato Center

Organization: International Potato Center
Country: Mozambique, Nigeria, United Republic of Tanzania
Closing date: 31 Mar 2017

The International Potato Center (CIP) is seeking a consultant with global experience in conducting evaluations with special focus on advocacy and capacity building projects.

The Center:

CIP is a not-for-profit international agricultural research-for-development organization with a focus on potato, sweetpotato, and Andean roots and tubers. Its vision is of roots and tubers improving the lives of the poor.

The Project:

The Reaching Agents of Change (RAC) project (2011-2015) was implemented by the International Potato Center (CIP) and Helen Keller International (HKI). The project was designed with the aim of reducing vitamin A deficiency in 5 African countries (primarily in Mozambique, Nigeria and Tanzania, and to a lesser extent in Burkina Faso and Ghana) through increased investments and commitment to the dissemination and use of orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) as a means to support vitamin A deficiency and food insecurity in Africa. To learn more about this project please, visit the following link: http://www.sweetpotatoknowledge.org/project/the-reaching-agents-of-change-rac/

Expected duration:
  • This consultancy contract is for 15 working days spread over the period March to April 2017, with possibility of extension, subject to performance and availability of funding.
Scope of work:
  • The consultant will be required to lead on the following task in consultation with Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation Specialist:
  • Develop a scientific research proposal replete with methodology for conducting the evaluation;
  • Hold inception meeting with the project team and conduct a desk review of key relevant documents and understanding the project design and contextual framework;
  • Design tools/questionnaire and methodology for data collection of both qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Pre-test the data collection tools;
  • Implement and supervise field data collection;
  • Analyze and synthesize data; and prepare report;
  • Submit data analysis and draft report for feedback; and,
  • Incorporate, compile and submit final report.
  • An acceptable inception report.
  • An acceptable draft report after the analysis incorporation of staff and stakeholders’ feedback.
  • A final acceptable report in English of no more than 40 pages (excluding references and annexes)
Qualifications/special skills:
  • Academic Qualifications: Relevant PhD degree with specialization in agriculture economics, agriculture, extension, seed system, agronomy, sociology, education, or community development or related fields;
  • Experience: Extensive experience in evaluation of advocacy, capacity building and seed systems in developing countries;
  • Global expertise: Relevant work experience in international organizations or NGO’s in multi-cultural environments and complex partnerships both in private and public sectors;
Language: Proven communication skills in English. Portuguese language will be an added advantage

Logistical Arrangements: BNFB will facilitate logistical arrangement for field visits, and meetings. The consultant will be expected to provide his/her own equipment. Working space can be provided with prior notification. Payment will be based on deliverables as outlined in the contract.

How to apply:
  • Applicants should apply online through our CIP’s Job Opportunities website (http://cipotato.org/open-vacancies/). The expression of interest should include but not limited to:
  • A one-page technical proposal illustrating your understanding of the ToR, research questions and methodology;
  • A tentative work plan for entire consultancy exercise (including logistics required);
  • A financial proposal for the entire consultancy;
  • Curriculum vitae.