The Position: The International Potato Center - Ethiopia (CIP) seeks to engage a suitably qualified Consultant.
General: CIP is a non-profit international agricultural research-for-development organization with a focus on potato, sweet potato and Andean roots and tubers. Its vision is: Roots and tubers improving the lives of the poor. CIP is dedicated to achieving food security, improved well-being, and gender equity for poor people in root and tuber farming and food systems of the developing world. CIP works with partners to contribute high-quality science, technology, and capacity strengthening for sustainable science-based solutions. CIP is headquartered in Lima, Peru, with staff and activities in over 30 locations across Asia, Africa, and Latin America. CIP is a member of the CGIAR Consortium. CGIAR is a global agriculture research partnership for a food secure future. Its science is carried out by the 15 research centers that are members of the CGIAR Consortium in collaboration with hundreds of partner organizations.
The International Potato Center (CIP) in collaboration with partners has been implementing the project “Global Programme Food and Nutrition Security, Enhanced Resilience, Tigray, Ethiopia” with funding from GIZ. The 22 months project started in March 15 2019 and was scheduled to end on 15 January 2021. A pilot project ‘‘Scaling out Sweetpotato-led Interventions to Improve Food and Nutrition Security in Tigray Region of Ethiopia’’ was implemented in three food-insecure woredas with funding GIZ. Results from this pilot project were very encouraging and the Tigray Bureau of Agriculture and Rural Development (BoARD) has officially requested GIZ and the International Potato Center (CIP) to scale up this proven successful food-based intervention within and in new woredas in order to reach more children and mothers affected by VAD. The project implemented in five food-insecure woredas of the Tigray region (i.e., Kolla Tembien, Laelay-Adiabo, GantaAfeshum, Seharti-Samre, and Adwa). The project aims to contribute to improved nutrition and food security in vulnerable households with young children (under two) and women of reproductive age in the target woredas in the Tigray region. To achieve this goal, the project has three main objectives: (1) expand smallholder production of nutritious Orange Flashed Sweetpotato (OFSp) varieties, (2) create increased demand for OFSP as part of a more nutritious diet in diversified value chains, and (3) create/develop increased institutional and policy support to nutrition-sensitive agriculture.
The purpose of the participatory process review (formative qualitative evaluation) is to contribute to the overall impact evaluation by informing mid-term understanding of how well the program is performing, what kinds of changes are occurring that can be attributed to the GIZ funded CIP’s NSA project, whether any programmatic changes need to be made, and (if so) what those changes should be.
Main Duties and Responsibilities:
2. Evaluate how well the program was implemented.
3. Explore the complementary roles played by CIP and implementing partners in achieving positive outcomes for the food and nutrition insecure.
It also includes capturing the challenges, successes, and lessons learned from the perspective of project staff, government counterparts, health and agriculture extension workers, and community members participating in the activities, paying particular-attention to intervention differences among the project intervention woredas. And determine what changes can be attributed to project intervention and what broader community, climatic/environmental, cultural, & policy factors may have influenced change. What were the major drivers/barriers of change in the project?
The findings of the evaluation will be used in three ways.
Methodology and approach:
The evaluation method would be qualitative methods (formative a participatory process review) with project staff, government counterparts, health, and agriculture extension workers, and community members to document the challenges, successes, and lessons learned thus far.
The evaluation will be conducted in 52 days out of which 15 days will be spent on fieldwork.
Expected outputs/ deliverables
Duty Station: Mekelle, Tigray, Ethiopia
Terms of appointment: This is a Consultancy position, appointment is for 52 days out of which 15 days will be spent on fieldwork.