Build Africa is an international NGO with offices in the UK and supporting organisations in Kenya and Uganda. It aims to improve the quality of education and support livelihoods by developing the capacity of communities. Build Africa works with communities stretching across several regions in Kenya enabling school communities to improve the quality of education they provide for their children.
The Farmer’s Network Project has been implemented by Build Africa Kenya between December 2014 and December 2016 across the Elburgon and Gilgil areas of Nakuru County, Kenya.
The general approach to the project was threefold:
a) Activities to engage farmers with VSLA methodology to improve access to finance and subsequent investments in farming business
b) Activities to train and share knowledge and skills with farmers to develop their farming practice
c) Activities to support networks of farmers that encourages the sharing of information and best practice, and also improves their position in the market chain
2.1. Intended project goal
Project Goal: 4000 small scale farmers in Nakuru County, Kenya are able and empowered to make informed choices to improve their farming practices and increase their income.
2.2. Intended objectives and outcomes
The Farmer’s Network Project (FNP) was designed to deliver on three key outcomes:
1) 4000 farmers in Nakuru County have equitable access to financial services enabling them to invest in appropriate inputs to develop their farms
2) 4000 farmers in Nakuru County demonstrate relevant skills and knowledge in modern farming practices enabling them to develop their farms
3) 4000 farmers in Nakuru County participate in farmers’ groups allowing them to share information and best practice, and increase their influence and negotiation ability
The purpose of the evaluation is to develop evidence-based findings on the extent to which the Farmer’s Network Project met the intended outcomes, supporting small scale farmers to access financial services, demonstrate skills and knowledge and participate in farmer’s networks to improve their ability to farm and increase their income. The evaluation is also tasked with generating learning to inform the future design and implementation of livelihoods projects at Build Africa.
Due to historical challenges in monitoring and evaluation of the project, the study will also seek to reconstruct a baseline benchmark so as to be able to explore the extent of change experienced since the inception of the project.
The end of project evaluation has two main objectives: to investigate the key evaluation questions and to generate learning to provide recommendations that can inform future project design and implementation.
The key evaluation questions are:
a) To what extent have the FNP outcomes been achieved?
b) To what extent has FNP made significant contributions to any change in the participant’s lives?
c) To what extent has FNP contributed towards the education of the participants’ children?
The findings, learning and recommendations from the evaluation will be used to report on the effect of the project to multiple Build Africa donor stakeholders, and will also be used to inform and support future project design and implementation of interventions.
Build Africa works towards meeting evaluation quality standards in line with the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) criteria for evaluating development assistance, combined with the BOND Evidence Principles. The standards provide guidance to the standards that Build Africa and partners should seek to meet in conducting evaluations, including data collection.
The BOND Evidence Principles specifically focus on the quality of evidence within an evaluation. The standards are as follows:
Build Africa must aim to achieve the content and quality of evidence as outlined above.
The evaluation has adopted a design that seeks to assess the effectiveness of the project in reaching the outcomes and a form of contribution analysis approach to explore the influence of the project on the outcomes.
The evaluation will employ a mixed-methods approach that consists of a desk based document review of project literature and records, capturing quantitative data through a questionnaire and qualitative data through the capture of most significant change stories and Rapid Rural Appraisal style Focus Group Discussions. This approach will contribute towards a triangulated wealth of comprehensive data that refers directly to the results based management requirements of the log frame and also encourages significant participant participation in evaluating the project. This participatory component of the approach will support the evaluation to develop findings that are evidence-based in the experiences, perceptions and lives of participants.
Desk Review & consultation within Build Africa
Development of data tools
o Tool 1: Semi-structured questionnaire for farmers
o Tool 2: Most Significant Change guide for farmers
o Tool 3: Rapid Rural Appraisal/Focus Group Discussion for farmers
Support to research/data collection team
o Semi-structured questionnaire: The research team will conduct 336 semi-structured questionnaires with farmers who are members of a Farmers’ Network through the project. The tool will include questions relating directly to the log frame outcomes and indicators, as well as using the recall approach to gather data to reconstruct a baseline.
o Most significant change tool: The research team will conduct 35 most significant change sessions with individual respondents.
o Rapid Rural Appraisal/Focus Group Discussion: The research team will conduct 7 RRA/FGDs each with 6 participants totalling a sum of 42 individual respondents. These discussions will include discussion and interactive, participatory methods of collecting data.
Data analysis & final report
The required consultancy deliverables are:
The consultant will also be responsible for:
Build Africa will be responsible for:
Please submit a full budget for the Terms of Reference including costs associated with and including:
In line with the evaluation sampling methodology, it is anticipated that the data will be collected:
The data collection team should include a team lead – responsible for managing the exercise, data collection and entry. Similarly, in line with the sampling requirements it is advised that the data collection team should consist of 7 competent candidates capable of administering both quantitative and qualitative data. The lead consultant will take charge of submission of final report and summarised highlights in PowerPoint presentation
The data collection support team should consist of candidates who meet the following criteria:
It is essential that the successful applicant familiarise self with, and sign up to abiding by, Build Africa’s Child Safeguarding Policy.
We reserve the right to conduct background checks for all shortlisted applicants in line with our child safeguarding policy. This may include collecting references from past employers or commissioning organisations.
All documents must be submitted on or before Thursday February 9th, 2017 via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and copied to Rsungu@build-africakenya.org