EOI: Consultancy Services to Partner an International Research Organisation


Consultancy Services to Partner an International Research Organisation on Key National Performance Indicators and Monitoring Protocol for the National Initiatives for Sustainable and Climate Oil Palm Smallholders ( NISCOPS) Programme

1. Background
Solidaridad West Africa (SWA) is a not-for- profit organization based in Accra, Ghana. Established in 2005, SWA is part of the Solidaridad Network, a Dutch based development organization operating in five continents through eight Regional Expertise Centres. With its network secretariat in The Netherlands, Solidaridad has over 50 years of global experience working in the development of profitable supply chains, creating sustainable businesses and livelihoods.

Solidaridad West Africa (SWA) is implementing National Initiatives for Sustainable and Climate-smart Oil Palm Smallholders (NISCOPS) programme in Ghana with support from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA). The Programme envisions to create a framework through existing National Initiatives (when possible) to contribute to (climate) policy objectives (including Ghana’s Nationally Determined Contribution under the Paris Climate Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals) and market access and scaling up sustainable and climate-smart oil palm cultivation by smallholders.

The programme will focus on achieving impact and outcomes on the ground through the measurement of a limited number of performance indicators linked to Productivity/Livelihoods, Adaptation (to climate change) and Mitigation (GHG emission reductions or sequestration).

As part of program implementation, three (3) Key Performance Goals (KPG) have been identified by the National Advisory Committee of NISCOPS comprising relevant government agencies. The KPGs and the associated KPIs will be embedded in a comprehensive monitoring system that will be aligned with sustainability and climate policy results frameworks, as well as the official reporting on SDGs and Climate Change, where applicable.

2. Scope of Work
An International Research Partner has been contracted to advice on formulation of associated KPIs of national Key Performance Goals identified by the National Advisory Committee in the four (4) implementing countries (Ghana, Nigeria, Indonesia and Malaysia).

SWA seeks the services of a national Research Organization or Knowledge Institute with a proven track-record in establishing key performance indicators to work closely with the International Research Partner to design an easy, robust and credible measurement and data collection methodology for the Ghana project.

More specifically, SWA wishes to get support in:
• Translating the broadly defined goals (KPGs) by the National Advisory Committee to measurable KPIs, which are compatible with market concepts on sustainability
• Developing credible and transparent methodologies to measure the KPIs based on the collection of field data by Solidaridad and their local partners;
• Assisting in the design of surveys and other data collection tools to obtain the necessary data;
• Developing a methodology and data-model that will allow aggregation and comparison between projects and countries;
• Developing a system to control the quality and validity of received data

The National Research Partner should be prepared to participate in a second phase of work during which baselines are established, data is collected, and training of local field staff may be required.

3. Team, organization and coordination
The National Research partner will be selected by the National Advisory Committee and contracted by the International Research Partner. Fees including logistics for travels, accommodation, etc. would be negotiated with the International Research partner based on expected number of days to be determined by the contractor.

4. Required skills of the Applicant
The Applicant has:
– Proven track record (> 5 years) in developing M&E frameworks for sustainable development programmes
– Demonstrable experience with developing measurement systems or monitoring protocols for landscapes or sub-national jurisdictions;
– Strong skills in quantitative and qualitative research and evaluation specifically focusing on
* smallholder agricultural production and oil palm in particular;
* Familiarity with (trends in) the oil palm sector and has a good understanding of its various stakeholders, their roles and positions;
– Demonstrable experience in linking outputs and outcomes of conservation and/or develop programmes to international treaties on climate and biodiversity (UNFCCC, CBD, CDD);
– Awareness of the political sensitivities surrounding oil palm, its market acceptance and sector inclusiveness of smallholders, and can work diplomatically towards consensus on sustainability, without these definitions becoming vague or meaningless;
– Strong communication and writing skills, evidenced by a report co-authored by the proposed team leader.

5. Offer from Consultant
SWA invites interested national research organizations to submit proposals to partner the International Research Partner to carry out this assignment. The offer should include consultants’ daily rates, academic as well as professional qualifications and a profile of related work done.

Deadline for the submission of proposals is 5:00 pm on August 30, 2019.

Proposals should be submitted to: Rosemary.Addico@solidaridadnetwork.org

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