Consultancy for Evaluation: Livelihoods Resilience In Upland Communities

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Oxfam in Laos in partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) and through the financial support of Foundation Ensemble (FE) is implementing the “Livelihoods Resilience in Upland Communities” project in Pakbeng and Beng districts of Oudomxay province from October 2016 to September 2019. Oudomxay is the second poorest province in Laos. Most of its upland population depends on agriculture and non-timber forest products for their livelihoods. Communities in Beng and Pakbeng districts are amongst the most vulnerable to disaster risks and climate change effects. The most vulnerable people in these communities are poor or near-poor, landless or land-poor, and entirely reliant on natural resources for their livelihoods.

This project aims at supporting the poor, especially women and their families in upland communities in northern Lao PDR, to increase the resilience of their agriculture-related livelihoods to hazards, climate variability, climate change and uncertainty. It also aims to build capacities of about 20,000 women and men; and village, district and provincial leaders to be prepared to respond to emergencies, disaster risks and climate change impacts through improving livelihoods, reducing vulnerabilities to disasters, and improving their ability to adapt to climate variabilities, land use planning, and natural resources management. Specific details of the project plans and up to date internal performance is contained in the relevant project documents.

As part of the grant agreement, we will be conducting an end-term evaluation to provide us with the status of implementation of the project and our performance. The evaluation results should provide valuable information and lessons learnt for Oxfam in improving our programme on livelihood and resilience in the future, as well as the work of our partners. As promoting gender equity is a key element of Oxfam programme, the end-term evaluation will also address gender issues.

 

1.      Evaluation team:

The evaluation team shall consist of two consultants (one international and one national consultant). The desired specification and qualities of the consultants are as hereunder:

 

·      At least 5 – 8 years of experience in conducting evaluation

·      Advanced degree in development practice, agriculture, disaster management, rural development or related fields.

·      Advanced experience in resilience, climate change, disaster management, agriculture and rural development or relate field project implementation, monitoring, with one of the team members with experience on sustainable/organic agriculture and fair trade.

·      Good knowledge of the results-based management methodology and in advocacy/policy work, and gender issues.

·      Proven experience of using participatory methods for data collection and analysis in programme/project evaluation.

·      Strong interpersonal and analytical skills.

·      Experience of effective interaction with local and national government institutions and marginalized communities.

·      Good spoken and written communication skills in English and Lao. Knowledge of ethnic language of the local communities in Oudomxay is an asset;

·      Familiarity with the Lao system and context.

 

Application Information:

Interested consultants should submit the following documents in electronic form to Oxfam’s HR atRecruitment.Laos@oxfam.org  by 31 August 2019 at 5pm. Please indicate ‘Consultant for Final Evaluation for Livelihoods Resilience Project’ in the subject line.

Submission must include:

·         Proposal for the evaluation that includes:

o   Rationale

o   Background

o   Proposed methodologies

o   Proposed timeframe

o   Proposed budget

o   Team composition and track record

o   References to previous similar assignments

·         CVs (no more than 3 pages)

·         Name of 3 references