Consultant for final evaluation of the Solar Grandmothers in BFA Project
Consultant for final evaluation of the Solar Grandmothers in BFA Project
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GGGI Burkina Faso is looking to recruit a consultant. This is a deliverable-based consultancy that will conduct the final evaluation of the Solar Grandmothers in BFA Project. The objectives, scope and other details related to this consultancy are provided below.
On January 1, 2022, GGGI began a 24-month project titled “Solar Grandmothers in Burkina Faso” (the “Project”) with the goal of “empowering elderly women to contribute to the reduction of the negative environmental impacts from the use of fossil fuels in Burkina Faso through the promotion of clean technologies and low-carbon energy source”. The Project was designed as part of a broader initiative, led by Burkina Faso, to train elders from west African countries (i.e., Bénin, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Niger, and Togo) on solar energy technology. The Project was funded by grant resources from the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the Barefoot College of Burkina Faso, and GGGI’s own core resources. The total project budget is EUR 387,066, including EUR 150,066 contribution from Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, EUR 207,000 contribution from the Barefoot College of Burkina Faso, and EUR 30,000 from GGGI.
Specifically, the Project aimed to increase access to sustainable energy in Burkina Faso for 250,000 people across 250 rural villages in Burkina Faso, through supporting both installation of solar systems (solar photovoltaic panels and batteries) and building capacity for the system’s operations and maintenance. The Project intended to achieve this through recruiting and training elderly rural women in the installation, operations, and management of the solar systems. The approach to train semi-literate and illiterate women – many of them grandmothers –to become solar engineers has proven successful in many developing and least developed countries. They have then returned home to install solar panels and batteries, maintain, and repair them, changing lives in their villages forever. Moreover, they have trained others in neighboring villages to do the same.
GGGI categorized the Project as having,
- Gender Equality as a principal objective of the Project, i.e., that the project directly aims at advancing gender equality and that the Project would not be implemented without the gender equality objective;
- Poverty reduction is an explicitly articulated element of the Project.
As of end September 2023, the Project is reported to have achieved the following results:
- 31 Solar grandmothers, from 30 villages, have been trained in the installation, operation, and maintenance of the most affordable solar home kits, as well as in the management of solar businesses; and
- 90 households have been provided solar home kits, from the same 30 villages.
The Objective of the Assignment is to conduct the final evaluation of the Project. The evaluation has three objectives,
- Assess the relevance, coherence, effectiveness, efficiency, impact, and sustainability of the Project;
- Assess the adequacy of the monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) framework for the Project to demonstrate results (i.e., outputs, outcomes, and impact); and
- Feed lessons from the Project into the preparation of new rural solar energy projects in Burkina Faso and other West African countries.
The final project evaluation is to be conducted between December 2023 and January2024.
SCOPE OF WORK
The evaluation will cover all results delivered under the Project, irrespective of the funding source (i.e., Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, Barefoot College of Burkina Faso, and GGGI).
The tentative list of key evaluation questions – and their alignment to the OECD DAC Criteria - are as follows:
1. Relevance and coherence
- How has the Project been aligned to the Government of Burkina Faso’s priorities related to increasing access to renewable energy, rural development, poverty reduction, and women’s empowerment, etc.?
- How has the Project complemented / duplicated national and regional programs / initiatives in Burkina Faso delivered by the Government and / or other development partners in supporting the uptake of solar home systems?
- What considerations did the Project give in identifying and prioritizing the villages and households to benefit from the solar home kits? For example, levels of poverty, levels of access to energy, level of renewable energy generation, average age of village populations.
2. Effectiveness and efficiency
- What evidence is there that the solar home kits procured to the 30 villages under the Project have been distributed and are operational?
- What evidence is there that the training delivered under the Project has equipped the “solar grandmothers” to effectively install, operate, and maintain the solar home kits deployed?
- What evidence is there that the procurement of the solar home kits and the delivery of training has considered value for money, including the life cycle costs of the solar home kits?
- What evidence is there that the solar home kits procured and distributed to the 90 households have already had (or are expected to have) for livelihoods of the households in which they are installed? Specific consideration should be given to women and children.
- What evidence is there that the solar home kits procured and distributed to the 30 villages have already had (or are expected to have) for livelihoods of the village populations? Specific consideration should be given to women and children.
- How has the project captured and disseminated the knowledge generated and lessons learned from the Project with the Government of Burkina Faso and development partners operating in Burkina Faso as a basis for scaling solar home kits in Burkina Faso?
- How has the project captured and disseminated the knowledge generated and lessons learned from the Project with other governments in West Africa and development partners operating in the region to for scaling solar home kits?
During the inception phase, key evaluation questions and sub-questions will be further sharpened and elaborated. An evaluation matrix will be finalized in the inception report of this evaluation.
The Evaluation shall be conducted using mixed methods, including:
- Review of key Project documents. The consultant will review all relevant project documents, including the proposal, logical framework, risk framework, communication strategy, budget, interim project technical and finance report submitted to Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation;
- Review of Project-MEL data linked to the means of verification associated with project activities, outputs, and outcomes. Specifically, the Project has conducted pre- and post-training surveys to measure changes in knowledge of direct project beneficiaries;
- Review of Project-Communication and Knowledge sharing materials that specifically seek to communicate the results(i.e., outputs, outcomes, and impacts) and that share the knowledge and lessons learned from the project with villages outside of the scope of the Project and other West-African Countries.
- Interviews with the Project organizations. The Project was delivered by the Barefoot College Training Centre, GGGI, and AliothSystem Energy – as well as the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation. (Although the Project proposal references a Project Steering Committee, Project Technical Committee, and Local Technical Committees, these were not established.)
- Interviews and / or focus group discussions with Government of Burkina Faso counterparts including and not limited to the Ministry of Environment, Water and Sanitation (DGEVCC), the Ministry of Women;
- Interviews and / or surveys with Project direct and indirect beneficiaries, in a random sample of 50% of villages where the Project was implemented. Interviews and/or surveys should be conducted using survey software (e.g., Kobo Collect, ONA, or equivalent) that can capture geospatial coordinates where the data was collected and be supplemented by photographic evidence of the solar home kit and beneficiaries.
A gender-responsive methodology and tools must be used to draft the evaluation questions, carry out the interviews. The gender approach will be used throughout the evaluation process.
The consultant’s offer/ application should include an initial suggestion of the evaluation questions for each evaluation criteria, indicating the source and method to answer it.
GGGI’s Burkina Faso Country Program team will provide the following support for the consultant,
- Sharing a ZIP folder of relevant project documents, including Project documents (proposal, logframe, risk matrix, budget data), Project MEL data, GGGI media coverage of the Project.
- Providing a list of project stakeholders, including the names, titles, and affiliations, to support the consultant to identify and prioritize any interviews; and
- Providing logistical support for any travel to the villages to conduct interviews and / or surveys; the cost of this travel will be borne by GGGI.
DELIVERABLES AND PAYMENT SCHEDULE
The Consultant will report to the GGGI Country Representative, Burkina Faso. S/he is expected to deliver the following outputs per identified timeline and payment schedule below.
All deliverables are to be delivered of high quality, within budget and the agreed upon timeline. The assessment of quality of deliverables shall be approved by GGGI’s Impact and Evaluation Unit (IEU).
Draft Inception Report in English.
The inception report should describe the conceptual framework planned for undertaking the evaluation in line with the purpose and scope described in this ToR.
The inception report should cover, at a minimum,
The Inception Report should include the consultant’s acknowledgement of GGGI's formatting requirements.
December 11, 2023
Final Inception Report in English and French, addressing the feedback and comments received from GGGI. GGGI will provide comments within four (4) working days following the receipt of the Draft Inception Report in English.
December 18, 2023
Draft Evaluation Report in English. The main body of the draft evaluation report shall not exceed 40 pages, excluding annexes. The draft evaluation report shall include,
Specific attention should be given to presenting evaluation evidence visually, using figures and graphs.
Annexes may include, in order:
January 19, 2024
Final Evaluation Report in English and French, addressing the feedback and comments received from GGGI. GGGI will provide comments within three (5) working days following the receipt of the Draft Evaluation Report in English.
January 31, 2024
Data collection should only commence following the approval of the inception report.
All draft deliverables must be submitted in English, and final deliverables must be submitted in English and French.
All deliverables must be prepared in accordance with GGGI’s formatting requirements and submitted in electronic formats along with complete sets of raw data, research materials, and related information.All data collected by the selected team will need to be transferred to GGGI during the evaluation or at the end of it. All data collected belongs to GGGI.
EXPERTISE AND EXPERIENCE
- Recognized master’s degree or equivalent in sustainable development, economics, or other relevant disciplines;
- At least seven (7) years of professional experience in designing and conducting project and program evaluations in developing countries, including Least Developed Countries;
- At least three (3) years leading project and program evaluations in developing countries, including Least Developed Countries;
- At least three (3) years of experience working in Burkina Faso, with knowledge of the country’s socio‑economic development challenges;
- Working knowledge of decentralized solar energy projects, including solar photovoltaic home systems and Minigrids;
- Expertise in survey design, including proficiency in the use of open-sourced applications for survey data collection for the design and collection of survey data;
- Proficiency in analyzing and visually presenting quantitative and qualitative data collected through surveys, field and other interviews, as well as focus group discussions;
- Experience planning and facilitating focus group discussions with a diverse range of project stakeholders, from senior government officials to residents of rural communities;
- Working level spoken and written proficiency in French and English; and
- Proven capability to meet deadlines and work under pressure.
- Documents to be submitted (Online application)
- Curriculum Vitae (CV)
- Cover letter
- Proposed one‑page work plan, indicating applicant’s understanding of the TOR; approach to the assignment; the indicative timeline to achieve deliverables.
- Total Fees: up to USD $ 10,000 (dependent on candidate credentials)
Note: Female Candidates are strongly encouraged to applyChild protection – GGGI is committed to child protection, irrespective of whether any specific area of work involves direct contact with children. GGGI’s Child Protection Policy is written in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
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