Consultancy to Undertake External Evaluation of the Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) Initiative in Africa

By | February 7, 2018

Biovision Africa Trust
Consultancy to Undertake External Evaluation of the Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) Initiative in Africa
Terms of Reference (TOR)
1. Introduction
Biovision Africa Trust wishes to recruit a consultant to undertake external evaluation of the ecological organic agriculture (EOA) initiative in Africa.
The purpose of the evaluation is to:
(1) Assess the achievements and impacts of the initiative resulting from interventions by the partners and institutional structures (Continental Steering Committee, AfroNet, Regional Steering Committees, National Steering Committees, and Executing Agencies) to strengthen accountability to stakeholders,
(2) Foster learning across partners and institutional structures to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the EOA initiative interventions, and
(3) Provide recommendations on actions required to increase EOA-I effectiveness, impact and promotion to countries not covered by the current EOA-I and its funding, and to inform the design of the next EOA-I phase.
2. Scope of Consultancy
a) To assess the extent to which the project outcomes/outputs have been achieved.
b) To assess the extent to which the relevance, effectiveness and efficiency of mainstreaming EOA into national policies, plans, strategies and programmes has contributed to outcomes, and sustainability of the project.
c) To assess the effectiveness of the EOA partners (CLOs and PIPs) and institutional structures (AU-Chaired Continental Steering Committee, AfroNet, Regional Steering Committees, National Steering Committees, Executing Agencies and overall M&E systems) based on their mandates and functions.
d) To determine the number of households who have been reached by the various pillar interventions..
e) To assess effectiveness of EOA intervention projects in influencing farmers’ knowledge, attitudes and uptake of EOA practices and/or technologies, and the mechanisms by which this occurred.
f) To assess the efficacy of each pillar intervention towards contributing to key programme outcomes including increased agricultural production, productivity, food security, income and farmer welfare.
g) To assess the extent to which gender equality and access by the youth and other vulnerable groups considered in the project have been achieved.
h) To draw key lessons learnt from Phase one of the EOA Initiative implementation to inform recommendations for addressing the weaknesses and challenges experienced, most appropriate and motivating funding support arrangements, future programming, implementation, monitoring & evaluation and reporting on a sustained basis at all key levels (country, regional, continental platform and AU).
Deadline for Applications is on 20th February 2018
3. How to apply
Please visit our Biovision Africa Trust website on: http://biovisionafricatrust.org/careers/ for more details
Bio vision Africa Trust is an EOE