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Terms of Reference Evaluation of Agriculture Campaign in Honduras

Organization: Oxfam GB

Programme:

The Agriculture Campaign in Honduras is implemented by a coalition of NGOs, territorial organizations, producers’ organizations, Oxfam and others. The coalition has worked to influence the content and implementation of agrarian policies that benefit small scale agriculture and reduce rural poverty, food insecurity and access to land.

The campaign has sought to:

  • Influence content and implementation of laws, policies and investment promotes small scale agriculture
  • Increase influencing capability of small scale producers and their organizations
  • Promote an increased movement of rural and urban women and men demanding public policies in favour of small scale agriculture and food security
  • Increase public opinion in favour of investment in small scale agriculture and consumption of domestic production

In spite of the complex political context in Honduras, the coalition has seen progress, in terms of introducing a proposal of Law to the Executive Secretary of National Congress.

Evaluation Overview:

As part of a larger organisational undertaking to better capture and communicate the effectiveness of its work, Oxfam GB desires to rigorously assess the effectiveness to date of the Agricultural Campaign in terms of its work to influence the content and implementation of lays, policies and investment in favour on small scale agriculture.

In addition, this evaluation will take place before Oxfam and partners undertake their annual reflection meeting – it is expected to feed directly in to conversations and decisions there. Thus, in addition to the formal effectiveness report, we are asking the evaluation to review and provide recommendations on the coalition and management arrangements, the coalition’s efforts to put women at the centre of their work, and on the progress against plans for the coalition, so far.

This evaluation will  use a predefined qualitative research protocol, Process Tracing, to assess the extent to which: a) the changes around the change of public policy that the Agricultural Campaign was seeking have taken place; and b) we can evidence that the project contributed to these changes.  Guidelines outlining the core evaluation protocol and template for reporting have been prepared, and Oxfam GB is seeking an experienced external evaluator to lead on the implementation of this methodology.  The evaluation will be overseen and supported by one of OGB’s Global Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning advisors.

Key Tasks

In line with the core evaluation protocol that has been prepared, key tasks include:

  1. Work with relevant stakeholders to clearly specify the most recent intermediate and final outcomes the project expected (or is seeking) to achieve.
  2. Systematically assess and document what was done under the project to achieve the targeted outcomes.
  3. Identify and evidence what targeted project outcomes have actually materialised, as well as any relevant unintended outcomes.
  4. Undertake “process induction” to identify all plausible causal explanations for the evidenced outcomes associated with Step 2.
  5. Use “process verification” to assess the extent to which each of the explanations identified in Step 4 are supported or not supported by the available evidence.
  6. Write a narrative analytical report to document the above research processes and findings.
  7. Summarise aspects of the above narrative analysis by allocating project/campaign “contribution scores” for each of the targeted and unforeseen outcomes.

Key Qualifications, Skills, and Capabilities

  1. Relevant university degree.
  2. Strong understanding and experience working in Central America, including a good understanding of agrarian issues, power dynamics and political processes in the region.
  3. Solid understanding of social movements and social organizations in Central America especially within the advocacy arena.
  4. Proven track record in undertaking advocacy evaluations under complex political contexts and with diverse civil society actors.
  5. Demonstrable skills and experience in qualitative research methods in general and exploring causal links between lobbying activities and policy outcomes in particular.
  6. Capacity to organise all relevant logistics to effectively carry out the assignment.

 

Time Commitment

  • It is anticipated that the assignment will take approximately 28 working days to complete, though it is expected that this will be spread across approximately two months, as dictated by stakeholder availability
  • The evaluation will commence on or after February 21th, with most of the evaluation undertaken in March 2012.
  • The final evaluation report should be completed by 15 April 2012.

Deliverables

1)     An evaluation plan (To be agreed with stakeholders before field work begins) Project Effectiveness Audit (Final report in English, or English & Spanish)

2)     Final evaluation report of publishable quality that details evidenced findings and documents the research processes, including a summary of key lessons that can be used to inform the campaign going forward  (English only)

3)     Executive Summary, stand alone, in ‘communicable’ form, 2 pages

4)     Summary of narrative analysis in the form of ‘contribution scores’ for each of the targeted and unforeseen outcomes

5)     Written feedback on the evaluator’s experience of using the Process Tracing methodology Campaign management report (Report required in Spanish only)

6)     A short (5-7 page) written document, to compliment the effectiveness audit report, which touches on questions of process, management and coordination for the campaign coalition.

7)     A verbal presentation of initial findings/ or first draft of the report for face-to-face discussion with the  partners and Oxfam team

Indicative Budget

The indicative budget for this evaluation is approximately £9,000 including VAT, as an agreed price for the totality of the work, with the evaluation team expected to manage the number of days spent on the evaluation and all expenses associated with the field trip to the region

Submitting an Expression of Interest

Oxfam invites bids from individuals with the experience and skills described above. Tenders must include:

  1. A cover letter of no more than 2 pages introducing the evaluator and how the skills and competencies described above are met, with concrete examples as appropriate. Please also use this cover letter to indicate consultant’s availability at critical periods.
  2. A 1-page budget covering all major anticipated costs (Oxfam prefers to pay an agreed price for the totality of the work including the field trips, and it is likely that this would be paid in phased instalments.)
  3. A CV detailing relevant skills and experience of no more than 2 pages, including contactable referees
  4. One example of a relevant previous evaluation (one each for joint bids)

Tender should be sent to PPAT@oxfam.org.uk and received no later than 9am GMT, February 13th

Short-listed candidates will be contacted on or before February 15th, and invited to interview later that week.

Intellectual Property

As per clause 9 of Oxfam’s standard consultancy contract (see annex C) ownership and copyright of all data, drafts and final products will be the sole and exclusive property of Oxfam Great Britain.

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