Position: ABIN Final Programme Evaluation Consultant

Location: Burundi

Application Deadline: 31st of July 2019

Duration: 15 fee days

Start Date: October 2019

SPARK is interested in seeking an experienced (team of) consultant(s) to conduct the final evaluation of its Agribusiness Incubation (ABIN) programme in Burundi. The ABIN programme is being funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and it has been designed as a contribution to some of Burundi’s most pressing concerns: Food security and poverty alleviation.

The objectives of this Final Programme Evaluation are to evaluate the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability, and impact of the programme, to identify lessons learned from the programme’s implementation and to formulate recommendations for similar future programming. For Information on the specifics of this Final Programme Evaluation, please refer to this attached Terms of reference.

The evaluation will take place in October/November 2019, including preparation, evaluation design, field assessments in the programme’s areas, report writing and presentation of findings to SPARK, local partners and donor.

Main Tasks and Responsibilities of the Final Programme Evaluation:

  • Meetings with SPARK ABIN and Monitoring & Evaluation staff (physical and online);
  • Desktop review of existing ABIN documentation;
  • Development of evaluation inception report;
  • Focus group discussion with ABIN beneficiaries (women and youth agri-entrepreneurs);
  • Interviews with ABIN local partners’ staff;
  • Interviews with ABIN local stakeholders (e.g. staff of private and public local institutions, local experts and investors);
  • Interview with ABIN donor staff;
  • Analysis of gathered data through desktop review, focus group discussions and interviews;
  • Presentation of preliminary findings (before leaving the field) to SPARK ABIN Country Manager and Monitoring & Evaluation team;
  • Development of draft evaluation report and submission to SPARK ABIN Country Manager and Monitoring & Evaluation team;
  • Processing of feedback on draft report from SPARK ABIN Country Manager and Monitoring & Evaluation team;
  • Finalization of evaluation report and submission SPARK ABIN Country Manager and Monitoring & Evaluation team;
  • Presentation and validation of key findings of the evaluation in the one-day workshop organised by ABIN staff.

Requirements and Skills:

The evaluator(s) should be (a team of) experienced and independent consultant(s), freelance or from a consultancy organization, with at least the following expertise:

  • Advanced university degree in International Development, Rural Development, Social Sciences or any other related field;
  • A minimum of 7 years of professional experience with conducting programme/project evaluations;
  • Demonstrated experience in agribusiness development in fragile states;
  • Previous professional experience in Burundi is desired;
  • Have an understanding of operating conditions in less stable environments and be willing to travel to Burundi;
  • Advanced communication, analytical and reporting skills;
  • Fluent in English (both reading and writing).
  • Knowledge of French and/or Kirundi is an advantage

 

How to apply?

If you are interested, please apply on https://vacancy.spark-online.org/ until 31st of July 2019.

All applications should include the following:

  • Cover letter (maximum 1 page) stating the candidate(s) availability for October/November 2019;
  • CV’s of all evaluation team members, including three references with contact details.
  • Technical proposal, which should include:
  • Understanding of the evaluation’s ToR.
  • Draft work plan including a detailed time schedule.
  • Financial Proposal: Which should include consultancy fees that include VAT and logistical costs, with a breakdown of days*fees per deliverable.

All applications will be assessed on rolling basis; interviews can, therefore, take place before the application deadline. However, due to the large volume of applications we receive, we cannot respond to every applicant. There may be a delay between the deadline and the moment we contact selected applicants.

If you have not received a reply we regret to inform that we have continued with other candidates.

About SPARK

SPARK develops higher education and entrepreneurship to empower young, ambitious people to lead their fragile and conflict-affected societies into prosperity. SPARK is a dynamic and growing, international not-for-profit development organisation with 80+ staff members, in more than 14 offices around the world. SPARK supports refugees in the Middle-East by providing them with scholarships in universities and higher education institutions in the region. SPARK also supports young entrepreneurs in fragile states, to start or grow their own businesses.