20 Jan 2016

Short Term SHORT TERM CONSULTANT

CARE International in Lao P.D.R – Posted by LAO JOBS VACANCYPhôngsali, Phongsaly, Laos

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CARE International in Lao P.D.R

Short Term Consultant

CARE International in Lao PDR is seeking applications for a INTERNATIONAL and/or /NATIONAL consultant to carry out a baseline assessment and mid-term review for the “Northern Uplands Promoting Climate Resilience” project for Remote Ethnic Communities in Phongsaly province, funded by the European Union. The objective of the project is to enable improved resilience of remote ethnic upland communities, in particular women, to the impact of climate variability and change. The project focuses on three results:

1) Improved capacity of local stakeholders to assess, plan, and implement CBA in a participatory and gender sensitive manner.
2) Improved community resilience through the implementation of CCA and DRR pilot interventions that benefit women in particular.
3) Comprehensive documentation informs mainstreaming and an enabling CCA/DRR policy environment for the Northern Uplands.

The project will strengthen the capacity of farmer groups to promote understanding of climate-related risks to their livelihoods and adaptive measures. The project works with 30 farmer groups in three districts of Phongsaly. It also engages local government stakeholders into adaptation planning, aiming at increasing their ability to integrate adaptation planning at policy level.

The baseline assessment is conducted at the beginning of year two of project implementation as at this stage of the project farmer groups have decided on preferred livelihood options that will increase climate resilience. The baseline will collect qualitative and quantitative data against select baseline indicators. Key indicators relate to assessing the resilience of agricultural livelihoods at household level (such as income, prices, and yields from certain crops as well as asset ownership) as well as data on common agro-ecology practices, such as practices of inter-cropping and attitudes towards adopting changes in agro-ecology practices. The baseline will also explore gender relations, in particular with regards to workload sharing for the particular livelihood options selected as part of village adaptation plans as well as women’s control over assets and access to information.

The formative mid-term review will be conducted at the same time as the baseline and will assess efficiency, effectiveness and relevance of the project strategies towards achieving the overall objective to date. It will also include an assessment of how the project is integrating gender aspects and provide recommendations on enhancing contribution to transforming unequal gender relations. An assessment of key partnerships will also be part of this MTR.

Objectives of the consultancy

The key objectives of the consultancy are to provide the following:

  1. Baseline assessment of key project indicators.
  2. Formative mid-term review.

Roles and responsibilities

In consultation with CARE staff, the consultant is responsible for:

  • Designing the research methodology
  • Implementing the agreed methodology
  • Training data collectors and oversee data collection
  • Support data collectors to work effectively and to achieve research goals, as well as learning outcomes
  • Entering and analysing data, drawing on experience of CARE staff and partners through workshop discussions
  • Presenting the initial results to stakeholders
  • Documenting outcomes (report + data)
  • Preparation of a PowerPoint presentation summarizing the study findings for use by CARE with external audiences.

CARE will ensure effective administrative support for the assessment, and provide inputs into the research process, as determined by the agreed methodology. CARE will also make available preparatory documentation.

Application

The application should include a basic work-plan (indicating availability/timing), brief letter of expression of interest and introduction, budget, and sample of a similar piece of work.

At a minimum, the quote should include the following:

  • Fixed price package rate for this assignment, including any flights, accommodation etc, as necessary
  • A concept paper of the proposed methodology
  • Detailed research plan

Timing

To be carried out during February-March 2016.

Selection criteria

1 Experience At least 5 years of experience conducting qualitative and quantitative research on climate change adaptation and gender relations, preferably with a focus on South East Asia. Technical Advisory experience in developing and implementing monitoring systems of climate change adaptation programmes is an asset.
2 Qualification Relevant post graduate qualifications
3 Technical skills Survey (e.g. PRA), training (participants in PRA), analytical skills, report writing. Proven skills in tools for monitoring of resilience is an advantage.

Ability to work autonomously, and demonstrated skills in leading a research project.
4 Language Excellent written and spoken English language skills.

Experience in the region and Lao language skills are desirable
5 References A minimum of two referee contacts who have managed the proposed consultant previously

As a matter of course, all consultants are subject to the following policies:

  • CARE Lao Child Protection Policy
  • Terrorist Check Safety and Security Management Plan
  • CARE Code of Conduct

How to Apply

Please request the full ToR from: CARE-LAO Head office in Vientiane, CARE Laos, PO Box 4328, 329/25 Sibounheuang Road, Ban Sibounheuang, Vientiane, Or e-ail to request: Lao.contracts@careint.org Deadline for application submissions is COB 28th January 2016

Job Categories: CONSULTANT. Job Types: Short Term.

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