Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is an international non-governmental organization supporting relief and development work in over 99 countries around the world. CRS programs assist persons on the basis of need, regardless of creed, ethnicity or nationality. CRS works through local church and non-church partners to implement its programs, therefore, strengthening and building the capacity of these partner organizations is fundamental to programs in every country in which CRS operates. CRS has worked in Nigeria for more than 25 years. Through local partners, CRS has implemented programs in 24 of the country’s 36 states, demonstrating the agency’s extensive grassroots network and significant capacity to reach the rural poor. Focusing on agriculture, emergency response and recovery, and health, CRS is helping to strengthen health care systems, Catholic Church partners, other community-based organizations, and government institutions. CRS’s current projects are improving the lives of more than 1.4 million Nigerians.
CRS Nigeria is leading an exciting and innovative project designed to develop sustainable approaches to lift some of the most vulnerable households in Nigeria out of poverty. The project known as Feed the Future Nigeria Livelihoods Project is funded by USAID for a period of five years (from July 2013 to July 2018) for Northern Nigeria states of Sokoto and Kebbi and the Bwari Area Council in the Federal Capital Territory. The project is implemented by a consortium of non-governmental organizations, led by CRS Nigeria. The project is based in rural communities and targets 42,000 vulnerable households. The project consortium works closely with multiple stakeholders within government at state and local levels, and amongst private sector. The project also works with local civil society organizations and incorporates a focus on local capacity building for sustained service delivery in project locations.
CRS’ Feed the Future Nigeria Livelihoods Project engages communities in agricultural-led growth interventions, using a multi-sector approach to help the very poor households grow their agriculture production, incomes and improve nutrition. The project aimed to improve agricultural practices, promoting post-harvest storage for nutrient rich crops already being produced, and market-oriented approach to diversification of production, ensuring all agricultural activities are adapted to specific agro-ecological and cultural context. The project also assists vulnerable families with income diversification and provision of participatory comprehensive nutrition activities at the community level.
Job Title: Call for Expression of Interest – Baseline and Qualitative Research for Gender, Agriculture and Assets Project Phase2 for Feed the Future Nigeria Livelihoods Project
Terms Of Reference
This Terms of Reference (TOR) provides the description and work to be done to conduct a baseline survey and qualitative research on the Gender, Agriculture and Assets Project (GAAP2) for Women Empowerment in Agriculture Index. The work required by this TOR includes the design of a baseline survey and conduct of a qualitative research based on predetermined protocols.
The “Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index” (WEAI), launched by International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) and USAID’s Feed the Future, is the first standardized measure to directly capture women’s empowerment and inclusion levels in the agricultural sector.
The WEAI is an innovative tool composed of two sub-indexes: one measures how empowered women are within five domains, and the other measures gender parity in empowerment within the household. It is currently being used in the Gender, Agriculture, and Assets Project phase 2(GAAP2), led by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Working with a portfolio of agricultural development projects, GAAP2 will adapt and validate a measure of women’s empowerment for use by agricultural development agencies and project implementers to diagnose key areas of disempowerment, design appropriate strategies to address deficiencies, and monitor project outcomes related to women’s empowerment. GAAP2 will also develop evidence-based strategies to target, engage and empower women through agricultural development projects
CRS Nigeria Feed the Future Nigeria Livelihoods Project is piloting the Pro-WEAI as a part of its evaluation of the Feed the Future Nigeria Livelihoods Project, which matches vulnerable and market limited household members with the skills they need to engage effectively in the local economy and break free from poverty and malnutrition. Each household receives individualized support from a trained community liaison who helps families analyse their existing situation (re: assets, income vs. expenditure, and coping mechanisms); set goals; develop plans to reach said goals; and link to relevant services provided by the project and the community. Liaisons hold sessions with both the male and female household heads, and, to the extent possible, other key family members to ensure female members of the household are involved in developing their own plans. This process enables CRS to reach women and young girls who might otherwise not leave their homes or participate in community activities. The adapted WEAI (individual survey administered to primary male and primary female adults in each household), as part of a comprehensive household questionnaire, will be implemented along with qualitative field studies to understand and validate the pro-WEAI results.
CRS Nigeria requires the services of a qualified consultant to implement a quantitative and qualitative data collection, including descriptive statistics, analysis and reporting of empowerment index on the Pro-WEAI. This activity will focus household samples in Kebbi State.
Purpose of the Evaluation
The purpose of the research in GAAP2 is to:
- gain a better understanding of the situation of poverty and empowerment of women in agriculture
- validate the pro-WEAI domains, and
- understand the linkages between project interventions and women’s empowerment outcomes.
Objective of the Consultancy
The overall objective of this consultancy is to conduct a baseline and administer the GAAP2 qualitative protocols to men and women beneficiaries of the Feed the Future Nigeria Livelihoods Project in Kebbi State.
- Review project documents
- Training of the field team
- Post graduate degree in agriculture, agricultural economics, Demography, social science, development studies and other related disciplines and with formal research skills.
- Ability to conduct interview and discussions in English and local language (Hausa) desirable.
- Strong presentation, facilitating, communication and team working skills.
- Technical Proposal (maximum two pages, to be elaborated into a work plan in the inception phase): Understanding of the assignment/objectives of the job
- A plan for analysis and sense making of the data
- Signed statement of independence from CRS Feed the Future Nigeria Livelihoods Project.
- Sample copies of three previous related work completed.
“CRS is an equal –opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, etc. Qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply”.
Statement of Commitment to Protection
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