Call for Consultancy: Project Baseline Survey

Consultancy and Training
Addis Ababa 
Employment Type:

Job Description

SNV is a not-for-profit international development organization. Founded in the Netherlands 50 years ago, we have built a long-term, local presence in more than 26 of countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Our global team of local and international advisors work with local partners to equip communities, businesses, and organizations with the tools, knowledge and connections they need to increase their incomes and gain access to basic services – empowering them to break the cycle of poverty and guide their own development.

SNV, Netherlands Development Organization, is operating in Ethiopia since the 1970s. Currently, SNV Ethiopia is working in eight regional states and the two city administrations of Ethiopia, providing technical assistance and program implementation in Agriculture, WASH, and Energy Sectors. SNV is an open and learning organization that focuses on improving the lives of Ethiopian through a market based approach inclusive of women and youth. In its new Strategic Plan period (2019 – 2022), SNV will more explicitly aim for systems change including strengthening institutions and kick-starting markets that help many more to escape poverty beyond our projects. For more information on SNV's operations, visit our website: .     

Horti-LIFE II is a four year project funded by the EKN and implemented by SNV in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture. The first phase of the project started in January 2016 and Horti-LIFE II runs from July 2019 till June 2023. The main purpose of Horti-LIFE II is to contribute to Increased rural income, jobs and diet diversity by improving the productivity, diversity and food safety in the horticultural sector in a gender balanced and nutrition sensitive way

Consultancy Objective

The project baseline has the following four objectives:

  •  To capture (via stratified surveys based on random sampling) the initial situation of horticultural smallholders (in terms of production systems and productivity) in order to establish benchmarks for periodical performance measurement and end line evaluation of the project results.
  • To capture (via a surveys based on random sampling) the initial situation of consumers in woreda towns in terms of diets and knowledge about nutrition foods in order to establish benchmarks for periodical performance measurement and end line evaluation of the project results.
  • To review the draft protocols that the project is presently using to monitor the implementation progress and outcomes in the interventions mentioned above.

  • To capture the state of affairs on four main indicators for the enabling environment and advise on how to monitor these during the project period.

Job Requirements

The assignment will be given to an Ethiopian consultancy with international experience or to an international consultancy teaming up with a local consultancy. The requirements are as follows:

Eligibility criteria – company requirements:

  •   A recognised registration licence and tax registration certificate.
  • Proven track record and demonstrated experience regarding baseline and project evaluation, experience on agricultural projects in Africa.
  • Three Reference letters from donors or other organisations who commissioned project baselines, indicating how they appreciated the quality of project baseline work (for recent similar assignments accomplished).
  • Written engagement stating that the consultancy and its team members do not have any direct or indirect interest in the results of the project baseline

Selection criteria for the baseline team

  •  The team leader should have appropriate and demonstrated experience & expertise in the management of quantitative and qualitative agriculture baseline & evaluations in East Africa.
  •  The other key team member(s) should have a mix of qualifications and experiences in horticulture, gender and nutrition, and with proven experience in handling large baselines and evaluations;
  • The baseline team should comprise members that have detailed knowledge & experience in data collection, data analysis and reporting;
  •  The consultancy should recruit supervisors and enumerators with proven experience in baselines and evaluation data collection of agricultural projects;
  •  The selection of enumerators is crucial. Enumerators should be:

1) able to speak the local languages of the target areas [i.e. For Oromia – Afan Oromo, for Amhara – Amharic, for SNNPR – Sidama, and for Tigray – Tigrgna] and when possible English.

2)familiar with computer-assisted interview methods using tablets or smartphones.

3) Knowledgeable on the relevant topics (horticulture, gender and nutrition). Graduates in these topics are preferred.

4)Recruitment of qualified female enumerators is desirable. 

  •  Enumerators need an intensive training in which Horti-LIFE staff will participate to ensure the enumerators understand the issues at hand

  •  Permanent and close follow of the enumerators by well qualified and experienced supervisors is crucial. The supervisors will stay in close contact with the regional manager of Horti-LIFE and inform them at least every week on the progress (and on any challenge they face).  

How to Apply

The detailed terms of reference and information on how to apply can be obtained by clicking the following link:

Both the technical and financial proposals should be in a separate sealed and stamped envelope by writing the name of the specific assignment.

2% withholding tax will be deducted from the consultant fees at the source and will be paid by SNV – Ethiopia, assuming a TIN number and license can be provided. 

Proposals must be received by SNV Addis Ababa office to the address below no later than 5:00 PM on 05  January, 2020 .

All submissions should be sent to: SNV Ethiopia, Human Resource Office, Africa Avenue; In front of the Millennium Hall; Next to the new Ethiopian Airlines five-star hotel under construction;  200 meter from the main road at the right side; telephone: +251 (0)11 616 6232

For any clarification and questions use the following email : [email protected].

SNV Ethiopia reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids.

NB. All submissions shall be in hard copy. Soft copy submission will not be accepted. 

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