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About CLAP-MAIL

Program Background
1. Project goal and development objective. The overall goal of the project is to contribute to reduce poverty in rural Afghanistan. More specifically, the project objective is to improve food security of 230000 rural households in selected districts in the provinces of Kabul, Parwan, and Lowgar by increasing agriculture and livestock productivity. This will be achieved by enhancing productive assets, skills, services, technologies, and income opportunities of the targeted beneficiaries (i.e. by introducing appropriate livestock and agriculture technology options, strengthening local capacity, and strengthening some weak areas of value-chain, including linkages with markets). The project also aims at reducing gender disparities by increasing the social and economic status of women engaged in these activities.
2. Project components. The project is organized around three mutually reinforcing components:
(1) Community Development, including Productive Infrastructures and Institutional Strengthening: This component aims at strengthening the capacity of local communities and local institutions, by supporting the construction of small-scale infrastructures aimed at enhancing agriculture productivity (thus resulting in positive socio-economic benefits), and by supporting local institutions (community organizations and local government agencies) to address issues of ownership and sustainability. This component includes three sub-components: (1.1) Productive Infrastructures, (1.2) Institutional Strengthening and (1.3) Gender Mainstreaming and Capacity Building.
(2) Livestock and Agriculture Development: This component aims at reducing poverty through enhancing food security with a strong emphasis on women-headed households and the vulnerable and marginalized within the rural communities by introducing appropriate livestock and agricultural practices and packages, and, to a limited extent, supporting value-chain development and linkages to market. These activities will be linked to the productive infrastructure and community development/institutional strengthening activities to the maximum possible extent, to ensure a holistic and integrated approach. This component includes four sub-components: (2.1) Dairy Development, (2.2) Poultry Development, (2.3.) Improved Food, Fodder, and Vegetable Crops, and (2.4) Livestock Development among the Kutchi.
(3) Project area. The project area comprises the Central Region’s Provinces of Kabul, Parwan and Lowgar. Within these Provinces, all districts per province have been selected for project implementation.
(4) Target group and beneficiaries. The project specifically targeting the three following groups: (a) Small farmers and livestock-keepers, including the landless and those who lost their livestock and/or aspire to keep livestock or restock; (b) Women and female-headed households; (c) Resettled and nomadic Kutchi.
The Afghanistan CLAP project irrigation productive infrastructure component comprises the following objectives:
A. Enable farmers to better operate and maintain (O&M) tertiary level irrigation infrastructure by establishing and/or strengthening local organizations including the traditional community water management institution (Mirab) and Irrigation Associations (IAs).
B. Restore, rehabilitate, reconstruct, and improve tertiary level irrigation water conveyance infrastructure (watercourses) to reduce conveyance losses, facilitate equitable water distribution, and create ease in irrigation operations.
C. Promote improved water management practices amongst farmers for increasing land productivity (crop production per unit area) and water productivity (crop production per unit water) by establishing irrigation demonstration sites (IDSs).
D. Strengthen the capacity of the Irrigation Directorate of the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock (MAIL).
Irrigation productive infrastructure has the following two sub component
1. Irrigation schemes Rehabilitation: This sub component will support the continued physical rehabilitation and the associated institutional support to strengthen and establish IAs as follows:
A. Establishing and Strengthening of IAs.
B. Improvement of Physical Irrigation Infrastructure.
C. IDS Irrigation demonstration sites,

2. Support for Enhancing Productivity The main objective of this component is to enhance agriculture and water productivity in the areas supported by Component 1 through demonstration activities and technical assistance. The specific activities implemented under this component is include (a) promotion of laser land leveling and high-efficiency irrigation systems; (b) training and capacity building for IAs and farmers in various agronomic practices, farm management techniques, and integrated pest management; (c) operation of demonstration sites to disseminate a wide range of improved water management and agronomic practices.
I. Objective of the Impact Evaluation
The major objectives of the study are to measure relevance, efficiency effectiveness, sustainability and impact and more details as below.

• To assess to what extend the project contribute to food security (Directly and In-Directly).
• To what extend project reduce poverty in targeted communities
• To assess the socio-economic and demographic characteristics of target farmers (not sample farmers)
• To assess irrigation association’s sustainability (Operations and Effectiveness).
• To assess the increment in the production and productivity of major crops and it is contribution to rural HHs income.
• To assess the changes in cropping pattern and increment in command area as result of the project.
• Assess coordination and collaboration of Irrigation sub component with CLAP other components
• To assess overall irrigation schemes selection, survey, design, implementation methodology, contribution to prevent climate changes and identify gaps and provide recommendations.
• Cost benefit analysis for under study irrigation scheme.
• To assess status, and equitable of water distribution
• To assess the project impact on social welfare of the community
• To assess sustainability of the infrastructure developed within the project,
• lesson learned
• To outline lesson –learned and provide recommendation for future intervention.

Job Summary

The consultant will be responsible for conducting participatory evaluation of the CLAP project’s irrigation components in accordance with the Project AWP&B along with logical framework.

Job Details

Date Posted: 26 Nov 2018 Reference: 005/MAIL/CLAP
Closing Date: 09 Dec 2018 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1 Gender: Any
Functional Area: Agriculture Open Ended: NO
Nationality: International Salary Range: As per company salary scale
Contract Type: Consultant Years of Experience: 10 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 0 Year(s) & 0 Month(s) Extension Possibility: No
Probation Period:

Duties and Responsibilities

• The consultant is responsible to commence literature review of all relevant documents of irrigation schemes and project related activities
• The consultant is expected to design an impact survey for evaluation of irrigation schemes which will include methodology and approaches, questionnaires, data collection, data analysis and report writing.
• To develop structured questionnaires through random sampling for conducting interviews of selected HHs, Focus Groups Discussion (FDG) and KI (Key Informants) interviews for collecting data for the impact evaluation.
• To analyze impact evaluation data and prepare report, and summarize the findings of the assessment.
• To undertake participatory observation to assess and identify gaps (if any) in the implementation of the project and provide recommendations to address them.
• The consultant is expected to train 1-2 personnel’s the of M&E staff and Irrigation staff in conducting the impact study of the irrigation project.
• The consultant while using literature review and synthesis will produce written descriptive report and presentations as needed, including interpretation of terminologies, statistical results (if required), and produce tables, graphs and appendices (where required).
• Identify merits and demerits of in-hand irrigation projects with any other similar irrigation project,
• Provide suitable practical recommendations to rectify critical interventions in future projects.

III. Overall Responsibilities of the Client ( MAIL- CLAP)
• Provide all relevant documents to the consultant for the review. Document available and asked by the consultant.
• Provide list of completed irrigation schemes along with the required data. i.e. command area, HHs benefiting, geographical location and so on.
• Assist in recruitment of qualified data collectors and capacity building
• Assist in field work which include data collection, data collection process supervision, data entry
• Facilitate field visit of the consultant to secure and easy accessible irrigation schemes.
• Assist and organize consultant meeting with relevant MAIL department out of the Ministry such as Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development if needed.

IV. Output of the consultancy:
• Inception report
• Quistanaries ,/Survey
• draft report,
• Mini symposiam


1. A final report describing the following points:
• Irrigation schemes contribution to overall CLAP project goal and objectives.
• Infrastructure sub component progress against established indicators and target.
• To what extent the project was efficient and effective.
• Study findings and recommendations and prepare a time bound action plan with description of responsibilities to implement actions against recommendations.
• Cost benefit analysis for the understudy irrigation schemes describing investment NPV, IRR and MRR.

V. Methodology:
The desired methodology is participatory and the entire stakeholder in the project will be considered to be part of the impact evaluation process. The anticipated benefit of a participatory and stakeholder-centered approach is the empowering that, the process will impart to those implementation partners and the beneficiaries/ stakeholders who will participate in the exercise. Focus group discussions, key informant interviews, etc. are proposed amongst the methods to be used for the review. The consultant will however provide leadership and bear responsibility for the process, the findings, the comments and the content of the final document. The additional desired objective underlying the participatory approach is to build capacity of the M&E staffs plus partners such as government staff in conducting impact evaluation.

Consultant shall submit the following deliverables to the CLAP

No. Submittals Tentative Timeline
1 Inception Report with clear Methodology and stakeholder , and site to be visited
2 Literature review, Survey design inducing, survey instruments development for both qualitative and quantitative data, Sampling methodology, data collection guidance, Excel (or SPSS optional) based data base for data entry as well reporting structure. All mentioned documents will be provided in the form of inception report.
3 Data screening, tabulation and analysis
4 Cost benefit analysis
5 Finding presentation
6 Final report

Travels to Provinces

Require Travels to Provinces

Skills

- Analytical skills.
- CONSULTANT’S REPORTING OBLIGATIONS

The consultant shall prepare and submit the study report to CLAP Program Director within the given timeframe.

Qualifications

• At least a Master’s degree in Water Resources / Irrigation Engineering, Water Management and Agriculture Economic with over 10 years of significant research/work experience.
• Applied qualitative research experience (quantitative research experience an asset).
• Experience performing any evaluation of IFAD funded project or activities will be a major advantage.
• Successful previous Afghanistan Ministry of Agriculture consultancy experience will be a big advantage.

Job Location

Afghanistan - Kabul
AF AF 12

Education:

Masters Degree, Agriculture

Submission Guideline

The interested candidates should submit their resume alone with a covering letter as follow conditions:
• Please send your CV along with a cover letter
• Subject line must be: (Consultant 005/MAIL/CLAP) otherwise your application will NOT be considered.
• Please note that application received after the closing date will not be considered.
• Only short-listed candidates whose application responds to the above criteria will be contacted for interview.

Submission Email

vacancies.rmlsp@gmail.com

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