Consultant

Master's Degree   Kabul, Afghanistan Full Time 1212
Date Posted:Nov 26, 2018
Reference:005/MAIL/CLAP
Closing Date:Dec 8, 2018
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:1
Gender:Any
Functional Area:Agriculture
Nationality:International
Salary Range:Salary is negotiable
Years of Experience:10 Years
Contract Duration:Open Ended
Extension Possibility:Yes
Contract Type:Consultant
Probation Period:Unspecified
Required Languages:90

About CLAP-MAIL:

Support to National Priority Program2 (SNaPP2) is a development project of MAIL funded IFAD with the goal to improve food security and economic status of poor rural households in three provinces; Balkh, Herat and Nangarhar. The project will reach at least 57,000 households consisting of 427,500 people in these provinces. The project has two specific objectives: (i) institutional development and capacity building of community organizations, public extension services and relevant private sector entities in the provinces; and (ii) sustained increased incomes of small farmers and herders fostered by improvements in productivity and output, infrastructure and market linkages. These objectives will be addressed through supporting institutions and services, fostering increased productivity and production, and where feasible, upgrading profitable agriculture/livestock value chains. General Directorate of extension is the main stakeholders of the program and will lead the implementation of tow sub components 1. Extension services and 2. Small-holder Institutional development and Capacity Building. G.D of extension will establish program management unit under overall supervision of G.D general director who will be responsible for the implementation of the relate activities in three provinces. Extension sub components will strengthen the extension directorate by: (i) establishing a women’s extension department in Kabul and a cadre of 12 female extension workers specializing in agriculture and livestock, in line with the Taksheel, across the six pilot districts; (ii) strengthening the male extension worker cadre at district level in agriculture and livestock; (iii) targeting young graduates from local agricultural faculties to be recruited as extension assistants, under the Taksheel, funded by the project in years 1-3 and by MAIL thereafter; and, (iv) adapting the curriculum, in collaboration with relevant MAIL directorates, using updated techniques. Small-holder Institutional development and Capacity Building will strengthen the female CDCs through an orientation and training program guaranteeing female CDCs’ direct control over financial resources, over some elements of project implementation and over female beneficiary selection.

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.

Skills Required:

Not available

Requires travel to provinces:

No

Skills Description:

- Analytical skills.
- CONSULTANT’S REPORTING OBLIGATIONS

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

Duties & 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

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul

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.

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