Solidaridad Baseline Study for the Eu Funded Project in Tanzania; to Certification and Beyond: Market Access for Sustainable Coffee, Horticulture and Tea Jobs in Tanzania

Solidaridad Baseline Study for the Eu Funded Project in Tanzania; to Certification and Beyond: Market Access for Sustainable Coffee, Horticulture and Tea Jobs in Tanzania


Project Objectives

  • The overall objective for this action is to address issues surrounding effective use of certification schemes and use of voluntary sustainability standards (VSS) to improve and drive market opportunities for Tanzanian “branded” sustainable tea, coffee and horticulture products.

  • Solidaridad proposes to mobilize the value chain actors, including the government, research, private sector and the VSS service providers to sensitize and create awareness of smallholder farmers on sustainable production of high quality agricultural commodities, food safety, benefits of VSS mechanisms and eventual integration of sustainability practices in their business-as-usual model.

    The Specific objectives will include

  • improving domestic, regional and international market access for Tanzanian “branded” sustainable tea, coffee and horticulture products;

  • supporting the adoption of identified voluntary sustainability standards.

    Objectives of the Baseline Study

  • The main objective of the baseline study is to prepare a pre‐project / baseline information of the target beneficiaries as per the indicators of project objectives, specific objectives and expected results specified in the project document and the project log‐frame.

    The specific objectives of the baseline study are the following:

  • To collect and analyze the verifiable indicators from the project log frame.

  • To collect and analyze the relevant information of existing situation of project’s targeted beneficiaries (including farmers, Cooperatives, and marketing boards among others), service providers, and/or related stakeholders.

  • To collect and analyze relevant information in terms of sources and level of income, farm productivity levels, marketing needs et cetera.

  • The study will utilize a wide range of appropriate tools and methodologies to measure the status of social, economic/financial, physical, natural and human assets of targeted farming households (HHs), market actors and market system components within the framework of the project and as spelled out in the project document.

  • Solidaridad and its implementing partners will use the study findings in comparing pre and post project status of the market systems and farming communities with whom it works.

  • The relevant project stakeholders and donors will also use the baseline information.

    Suggested Approaches and Methodologies

  • The study will be based on data and information gathered from both primary and secondary sources.

  • Secondary sources would comprise relevant project documents, commodity sector reports, and Government reports.

  • Primary data will be collected from sampled beneficiaries and market actors in all the project sites.

  • The detailed methodology and field work schedule will be worked out in consultation with Solidaridad, partner organizations and the consultants during inception meeting.

    However, the consultants will ensure the following steps:

  • Visit Country Office in Tanzania, and hold interactions with Country Manager, Program Manager, M&E & Communication Unit and the core team to be acquainted with project, its activities and the proposed work.

  • Prepare a detailed methodology including questionnaires for household survey and checklist for group discussion, focus group discussion and key informant interview as per the project document and project log‐frame (to be shared with successful consultant).

  • Pre‐test draft questionnaire and checklists and incorporate the inputs in final questionnaire and checklist.

  • Share and circulate final version of baseline questionnaires and checklist and incorporate comments (if any).

  • Prepare a detailed plan of action/schedule covering orientation to enumerators,
    field work, data collection, analysis, interpretation, draft and final report preparation with concerned project staff.

    Responsibilities of Consultants/Scope of Work

  • The composition of the study team is left up to the consultant/ organization based on their internal system, ideas and logic.

  • However, Solidaridad recommends that the team comprise one Team Leader (TL) to coordinate/conduct the overall study and liaise with Solidaridad.

  • To collect information from the field, adequate number of Field Enumerators (FEs) will be deployed in facilitation of Solidaridad's Project Officers at the Districts/Unions. Supervision of the field work and quality (reliability and validity) of the data/information collected from the field is the primary responsibility of the TL.

  • The TL will direct report to the Country Manager Tanzania and work closely with Solidaridad M&E Officers and Project Manager.

  • In each step and process, consultation with Program Manager are M&E Officer are vital.

    The consultancy / consultant team will be primarily responsible to:

  • Develop/design baseline study including questionnaire for HH survey and checklist and tools for group interaction including FGD with target beneficiaries at District/Union/Village levels.

  • Share study design including process, methods and questionnaires/checklist with project team, collect feedback and finalize the study design.

  • Pre‐test questionnaires and other tools in one of the project sites.

  • Submit inception report.

  • Debrief/discuss with project team about effectiveness of questionnaire, checklists and other tools used in pre‐test, collect feedback and finalize them.

  • Orient, train and supervise the enumerators.

  • Carryout field work together with enumerators.

  • Ensure the quality of information collected from fields, cross check with the validity of information collected and verify/revise where needed.

  • Update progress of the study on weekly basis to M&E Officer.

  • Analyze data and prepare quality report.

  • Give presentation of draft report to Solidaridad, and

  • Submit final report (a compiled version of the report ‐ both hard copy and electronic version in word format) to the project after incorporating the feedbacks and suggestions from Solidaridad.

    Deliverables

    The following deliverables are envisioned under this ToR:

  • Hard copy of the final Baseline report.

  • An e‐copy of raw data and final version of the report

    Eligibility Criteria

  • The consultancy / consultant team should have experience on qualitative and quantitative research; clear understanding on research methodology and experiences on using different social research tools and techniques.

  • Work experiences in the coffee tea and horticultural sectors in Tanzania will be an advantage.

  • TL should have advance university degree in agriculture or rural development or social sciences with experiences of having conducted evaluations in agricultural value chains.

    How to Apply

  • Details will be worked out jointly with consultant team and project staff. However, the work is expected to commence from 15 August, 2020 for an estimated 45 days period.

  • The deadline for submission of the EOI will be on 7th August 2020.

  • The completed proposal together with a budget and work plan (inclusive of relevant taxes), 1 Hard copy and soft copy, clearly marked, To certification and beyond: Market access for sustainable coffee, horticulture and tea from Tanzania should be sent to the address below;

    Mary Mkonyi for:

  • Managing Director Solidaridad East and Central Africa.

  • Soft copies to be sent to procurement.eca@solidaridadnetwork.org and hard copies to be sent to Uzunguni street, P.o Box 544 Sekou toure road, opposite Kibo palace hotel. Arusha, tanzania

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