Consultant for Operational Research on the Impact of the Roles of THRA Project’s Community Based Development Facilitators
Quezon City (Philippines) | Philippines
The Typhoon Haiyan Reconstruction Assistance Project (THRA) supports the economic reconstruction of people affected by Typhoon Haiyan in ten focus municipalities in the provinces of Antique and Iloilo in Region 6 and Leyte in Region 8 by addressing the root causes preventing access to knowledge, skills, products and services. CARE’s interventions intend to contribute to the economic well-being of women and men living in remote rural areas where economy and infrastructure were severely affected by Haiyan.
The THRA initiative aims to strengthen the diversification of livelihoods at the household level, helping to build on known experiences and strengthening the capacity of community members and entrepreneurs (both formally registered and informal enterprises), in particular women. The project is focusing on identified value chains with big market demand – cassava/root crops, abaca, herbs, vegetables, and seaweeds; and that involve the most number of vulnerable households.
So as to properly implement the initiatives mentioned above, the CARE THRA project has facilitated the creation and engagement of Community Based Development Facilitators (CBDF). At present, there are a total of 88 CBDFs spread across THRA’s three focus provinces: Antique, Iloilo and Leyte
CARE’s CBDF model builds on CARE’s Haiyan shelter roving teams that are composed of experienced field mobilisers from the community who provided technical support to shelter beneficiaries in their house repairs. The CBDF is selected based on his or her capacity (e.g., experience in business and entrepreneurial skill in a particular commodity). They are given further training to meet the demands of the role as facilitator, liaison officer, and community mobiliser. The role receives an output-based stipend, which covers their productive plus time meal and transportation allowance.
There is an understanding that a myriad of factors like age, civil status, educational background, among others contribute to the varying levels of productivity and efficiency of each CBDF. These are some of the factors that should be considered in the analysis of this study. Given the crucial role CBDFs play in the project, a further look at gender differences in performance and benefits existing within their ranks and measuring their impacts on the project, itself would aid in providing evidence for replication of strategies for implementation, and in identifying initiatives for the sustainability of CBDF services.
The main objective of this study is to surface evidence for replication of CBDFs as part of a development project, and to identify existing gender differences among CBDFs impacting their performance and benefits.
The specific objectives of the study are the following:
To examine how CBDFs function and relate to other Value Chain actors, and the Value Chain system itself, highlighting the enabling and disenabling factors in the pursuit of their respective functions that translates to meaningful participation of beneficiaries in the value chain so far;
To surface existing gender differences among CBDFs as related to their performance and benefits, and to provide an analyses of the causes of such gender differences;
To inform initiatives towards the sustainability of CBDF services beyond the THRA project;
To scrutinize information gathered and to come up with actual evidence for possible replication.
C. SCOPE OF WORK:
Conduct desk review and data gathering methods to be able to trace the development of CBDFs from inception, up to its current state in the THRA project.
Examine and assess the functions of CBDFs, highlighting the factors that affect their performance and service delivery.
Determine the factors that affect the quality of performance and services CBDFs deliver.
Identify effective measures and strategies that foster development and efficiency of CBDFs, and identify the factors that disable CBDFs to fulfill their roles to the best of their ability.
Ascertain good practices and positive impacts brought by CBDFs to the project, as well as points for improvement.
To identify existing gender differences among the ranks of CBDFs and assess how these impact their performance and benefits.
To provide initial recommendations in addressing these differences to ultimately improve the level of efficiency of CBDFs.
To synthesize the information gathered to come up with pieces of evidence for CBDF replication and sustainability of services beyond the project duration.
The study will adopt a participatory approach and is expected to employ mixed methodologies such as the following:
Method: Desk review; Focus group discussions; Key informant interviews (KIIs) and its corresponding Sources of Data
E. DELIVERABLES AND TIMEFRAME
The consultant is expected to produce the following outputs:
· Research work plan
· Draft report to be presented to CARE, and a provide a facilitated conversation to reflect on the research results, recommendations, and plan for next steps
· Final report (as per agreed outline)
The Consultant’s engagement shall be for a period of one month.
The Consultant for this study will be identified based on the following qualifications:
• Relevant Bachelor or Master’s degree or equivalent number of years of experience in development work
• Demonstrable knowldge on project implementation, particularly in the rural to sub-urban commodities/value chains, good understanding of value chain analysis, and knowledge on Community Development;
• Extensive knowledge and background in the Participatory design of programming;
• Considerable experience in conducting gender analyses in development programming;
• Demonstrable knowledge and experience in conducting Operational research studies;
• Excellent oral communication and writing skills; Availability to travel to communities in Antique, Iloilo, and Leyte province.
Full details of the Terms of Reference can be requested from firstname.lastname@example.org . We highly encourage applicants to see the full TOR.
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS AND SELECTION CRITERIA
Initial applications shall consist of the following:
• An Expression of Interest
• CVs of Lead Consultant and proposed team members (if any)
• List of ongoing and completed projects/consultancies relevant to this call
Shortlisted candidates will be asked to submit the following:
• A technical proposal (methodology, framework for analysis, work plan, team composition and responsibilities, comments to the TOR)
• An example of past research report prepared
• Contact details for two references
• Financial proposal
For the initial application, forward requested documents electronically to Mira Silva (email@example.com) and Ma. Teresa Bayombong (MariaTeresa.Bayombong@care.org). The deadline of submission for the Expression of Interest is on November 6, 2017. Only short-listed candidates will be invited to submit a complete offer and will be contacted for the next step in the application process. Thorough reference checks of the shortlisted candidates will be carried out prior to selection. This TOR will be closed as soon as a qualified candidate has been chosen.