Value Chain Development and Financial Inclusion for Inclusive Growth Project End Line Evaluation

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Country: Myanmar
Organization: World Vision
Closing date: 1 Feb 2021

Re-Advertisement of the Consulting Opportunity at

World Vision International – Myanmar

World Vision International - Myanmar is looking for an International or National Consultant to conduct;

Value Chain Development and Financial Inclusion for Inclusive Growth Project End Line Evaluation”**

Background

World Vision Myanmar (WVM), working independently in Myanmar since 1960, empowers NGOs and CSOs through capacity building and the establishment of community self-help groups. Over the years, WVM has strengthened its strategic and operational position through close cooperation (and MoUs) with various ministries as well as good and trustful connections with local organizations.

WVM has received funding from DFAT-ANCP to implement the Value Chain Development and Financial Inclusion for Inclusive Growth Project”,* in Hpa-An and Hlaingbwe townships, Kayin State, for five years. The goal of the project is to increase income, financial inclusion and nutrition for CU5 in 65 villages in Hpa-An and Hlaingbwe townships. This project has been implemented from July 2016 until June 2021. The project is being implemented along with Vision Fund, which is providing formal financial services in both townships. Governmental units closely collaborating include the Department of Agriculture and the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department.

The project posits that working to increase sustainable on-farm production, connecting stakeholders in the selected value chains, supporting nutrition activities and increasing access to financial services at all levels (VSLA, basic loans and loans to Small and Growing Businesses (SGB) allowed producers to sustainably improve income with better nutrition for their children. The design is based on WV’s Local Value Chain Development (LVCD) model, enabling communities to identify the value chains to be developed under this project. Nutrition sensitive and specific interventions have been integrated into the project, guided by gender considerations, to ensure that increases in household income contribute to improved nutrition outcomes. Gender and disability were integrated across the project cycle through gender and disability analysis, use of sex and disability-disaggregated data and gender-sensitive implementation.

Starting as an economic development program of WVM that then became a separately registered microfinance company in 2014, VisionFund Myanmar (VFM) delivers financial services through its network of 60 branch locations in key urban and rural areas in 71 townships in the 12 states/regions of Ayeyarwady, Sagaing, Magaway, Mandalay, Sagaing and Yangon regions and Kachin, Kayah. Kayin, Mon, Shan and Rakhine State. As of September 2020, VFM served over 201,000 active clients (85% women and 62% living in rural areas).

With the interventions mentioned above, the project aims to tackle the following problems: a) Producers have limited access to market b) Low yields and limited added value to production c) High malnutrition and stunting rates d) Low access to financial services.

Objective

Project Goal: Households in target locations have improved income & children are well-nourished. In designing the project, WVM has developed a Theory of Change (ToC) which describes the causal pathways linking the project’s proposed activities to its anticipated intermediate outcomes, outcomes and goal.

The overall Goal[1] of the project is that Households in target locations have improved income & children are well-nourished.

This will be achieved through the following project outcomes: 1) Producers have improved access to markets;**2)** Producers have improved capacity to increase agricultural productivity in a sustainable manner; 3) Households have improved nutrition & child feeding practices; 4) Households have improved access to financial services.

Methodology

The end line evaluation will use both quantitative and qualitative methods to establish End Line values for key targets and indicators in the project measurement plan. A household survey, community focus groups and Key informant Interview (KII) will be used to collect information from the target community

Quantitative survey - Household Survey

The Sampling Strategy recommended by the project for conducting the household survey for this end line evaluation is a stratified, two-stage clustered sample proportionate to population size.

The analysis should use a difference-in-differences approach to look at improvements from baseline to end line for both the project direct participants (treatment group) and a comparison/ control group.

We provide in annex an extract of the Strategic Plan for Monitoring & Evaluation in World Vision Australia-Supported Programs that includes guidance on the sampling methodology that is expected for this end line evaluation.

Should the project be able to provide a list of participants where HHs with a PWD are identified (to be confirmed during the inception phase), the end-evaluation will purposely sample a minimum number of households with a PWD to further assess the impact of the project on HHs with a PWD.

Given that many of the goal and outcome levels indicators specifically apply to children under five years of age, the evaluation should consider purposely sampling HHs with children aged under five.

Qualitative survey – Focus Group Discussions (FGD) and Key Informant Interviews (KII)

Sampling Method: Participants to the qualitative survey will be purposively sampled, based on their ability to respond to the objectives and key questions of the evaluation. The selection will be proposed by the consultant and discussed with WVM, VFM and WVA. It is envisaged that KIIs will be done with Project staff, Government Representatives, Market Actors, VFM Branch Managers, Input Sellers, Output Buyers, VFM clients (for target VCs and non-Agri based). Also Project volunteers (AEWs, LEWs, LMFs, CHVs), Public Health Officers, leaders in the communities and townships which would include both, men and women that are involved in the topics of the project and that have knowledge of barriers for women and PWDs inclusion in Value Chain Development.

Men and Women FGDs, as well as Men and Women with Disabilities FGDs, should be done separately.

Sample Size: The number of Focus Group Discussion (FGD) and Key Informant Interviews (KIIs) will be proposed by the consultant and will be determined further to discussion between the parties during the inception phase. As an indication, the Mid-term evaluation (MTE) conducted 25 FGDs and 20 KIIs and it is expected that that at least the same level of effort will be required for this End line evaluation.

FGD Guides FGD guides will be developed for Women and Men; Women and Men with Disabilities; Women-Headed Households.

KIIs: KII semi structured interviews will be use as guide for Women and Men, Women and Men with Disabilities; and Female Headed Households.

Data collection: Data collection is expected to be done using a semi-structured interview guide. FGDs should be facilitated by one facilitator and one note taker. It is expected that FGDs with women will be facilitated by women and that FGDs with men will be facilitated by men.

Some of the data could be collected remotely for VFM target groups and it would also rely on existing data (monitoring data, desk review).

Data Quality: Every day the Facilitator together with the team will examine the recorded information in order to assess the quality of the data. Two recorders will be assigned to each FGD to make sure that they record all the discussion points. Once the consolidation done, data will be transcribed and translated to English.

Review of Project Monitoring reports and data

The consultant will review project progress reports and conduct a desk study of monitoring tools and processes in order to report the project logframe indicators that rely on internal monitoring and to provide a very brief summary in the final evaluation report.

Documents to review will include internal and external progress reports, Baseline and Mid-term evaluation reports and data, reports and data from the audits of Savings groups and Producers groups, lists of project participants including recipients of trainings, inputs, micro-loans and SGB loans, prepared by World Vision and VisionFund.

Consultancy Deliverables

  1. An inception plan (also called evaluation plan) that includes the revised sampling strategy; adjusted methodology and schedule; tools for the Household Survey (on Word and ODK friendly Excel formats), FGDs and KIIs in English and local language; selection of the villages list of staff and the LOE per staff indicating field and desk work; estimated revised budget

  2. Raw clean end line survey database in Excel and SPSS/STATA format including variable names and codes

  3. Clean baseline survey dataset in Excel format where only records belonging to project participant producers and comparable producer households are kept

  4. Indicators calculation matrix outlining how each indicator is computed from the survey tools

  5. Transcripts of Qualitative Interviews

  6. A Qualitative Analysis Framework (template can be provided on demand)

  7. Fact sheet displaying and analysing/comparing re-calculated baseline, mid-term and end line indicators’ figures

  8. A draft narrative report (a template and guidance will be provided)

  9. The facilitation of two workshops, with PowerPoint presentations: the first one being to discuss the preliminary findings and the second one being for disseminating findings and recommendations

  10. A final report that reflects comments and feedback provided by WVM, VFM and WVA through the rounds of review

Required Qualification and Experience

· Extensive experience conducting baseline, mid-term, and end of project evaluations for socio-economic development projects in Myanmar

  • Proven capacity to communicate and work effectively with marginalized community members, including people with disabilities
  • Experience in applying disability-inclusive and/or gender inclusive approaches in project reviews
  • Strong experience in quantitative data collection and statistical analysis
  • Strong experience in qualitative data collection and analysis
  • Strong experience in training of enumerators and quality control
  • Strong experience in presentation of findings and facilitation of workshops
  • Excellent writing skills in English, with ability to write concise and accessible analytical reports in English**
  • Perfect mastering of design of surveys using ODK system
  • Experience with Value Chain Development and Financial Inclusion projects and/or strong understanding of the technical areas of practice of the Project
  • Ability and experience working remotely
  • Experience working for DFAT / ANCP funded projects (desired)
  • Experience working in Hpa-An and Hlaing Bwe (desired)

Instruction to bidders

  • Both international and Myanmar national consultants and firms are invited to bid.
  • Please submit your bid by February 1st 2021 at 17:00 pm Yangon time. (Re-advertised)
  • Bid should be submitted in English and include the following:

  • Technical offer including the following:

  • Proposed methodology (not exceeding 5 pages)

  • Detailed proposed workplan

  • CV of the consultant firm (if relevant) (not exceeding 2 pages)

  • Roles and responsibilities of evaluation team member

  • Summary CV of evaluation team members detailing similar experience (not exceeding a quarter page per team member)

  • Full CVs in annex (not exceeding 3 pages per CV)

  • Samples of previous similar pieces of work (not exceeding 2 pieces of work)

  • Contact of references

  • Detailed financial offer in US Dollar describing consulting fees, international and national travels, costs of facilitators, transport and accommodation

  • Written confirmation of availability during the indicated timeframe

  • Submit your bid via email:

  • to the following addresses:

  • with the following subject: “ End Line Myanmar VC”

[1] Also Project Level Outcome

How to apply:

Closing Date : February 1st 2021 (5 pm) (Re-advertised)

Interested applicants should: a) Submit an Expression of Interest to receive further documentation and b) Submit a detailed proposal including consulting service cost with a resume/CVs of proposed staff attached to Rebecca_Shee@wvi.org with subject line, End Line Myanmar VC**”.** Late submission will not be considered.

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