USAID/Nepal Seed and Fertilizer Final Performance Evaluation Agricultural Market System Expert (Senior)

Kathmandu
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Practice: Data – MEL
Work type: Part-time/Consultant
Location: This position is based in Kathmandu and may require travel to NSAF working districts of Nepal. You must be legally authorized to work in Nepal; Bixal does not provide sponsorship.
 
Background
 The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Learning for Development Activity is a 5-year award led by Bixal Solutions, Inc. that provides USAID/Nepal with technical and advisory services in planning, designing, conducting, and learning from the monitoring and evaluation of the Mission’s strategies, projects, and activities in an efficient manner. USAID Learning for Development supports USAID/Nepal by providing services including a) learning and knowledge management; b) evaluations, study and other studies; c) performance monitoring technical support; d) capacity building; and e) development outreach and communications support.
 
What will you do?
 USAID/Learning for Development seeks a consultant with expertise in agricultural market systems to conduct a final performance evaluation of USAID’s Feed the Future (FTF) Nepal Seed and Fertilizer (NSAF) project to provide actionable insights for the enhancement of future agricultural interventions. By leveraging lessons learned and best practices, the evaluation will strengthen the resilience and sustainability of agricultural development efforts in Nepal, ultimately contributing to the overarching goal of advancing food security and promoting economic prosperity within the region.
 
Findings for the evaluation will be used to strengthen current FTF activities, plan for future activities, and provide evidence of good practices to the broader agriculture food security stakeholder network in Nepal.
 
The Agricultural Market Systems Expert will conduct the evaluation as part of a team, including a Team Lead, a Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Expert, and an Evaluation Specialist.
 
 Objectives of the assignment
      Assess the effectiveness of NSAF in increasing the availability and accessibility of quality seeds and fertilizers for local farmers in the FTF Zone of Influence (ZOI).
 
      Evaluate the efforts made by NSAF to strengthen seed and fertilizer distribution mechanisms, including the development and use of hybrid maize and Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM) technologies.
 
      Examine how NSAF adapted its approach based on findings from the mid-term evaluation conducted in 2019.
 
      Provide evidence-based findings to contribute to ongoing and future activities of USAID/Nepal and share good practices with stakeholders in Nepal.
 
Roles and Responsibilities:

The Agricultural Market System Expert will be a member of a broader consultancy team and work in close coordination with the other consultants. Their role will be to ensure the project team and overall deliverables have the proper expertise in agricultural market systems. They will contribute to a detailed inception report for the evaluation, take lead to designing the methods and tools for data collection, and support team members in the analysis and final report of the information.

The specific responsibilities for Agricultural Market Team Expert are as follows: 
●Review USAID/Nepal FTF/ NSAF activity documents and other relevant documents focusing on agricultural market systems.
●Provide expert review of all project materials on agricultural market systems
●Provide inputs to draft an inception report detailing the evaluation design and work plan, including the evaluation tools, methodology and schedule for data collection. 
●Conduct FGDs and KIIs with relevant stakeholders, program participants, local government contact points and USAID staff, which includes field travel. 
●Conduct field surveys and observations.  
●Work in close coordination with the team for preparing preliminary finding report and presentations to USAID. 
●Support to draft a consolidated evaluation report and deliver a presentation of the overall evaluation to the Mission. 
●Coordinate with the USAID Learning for Development team to ensure high-quality products. 
●Attend regular check-in meetings with the USAID Learning for Development team.  

Deliverables:
●Bi-weekly check-in meeting with the Learning for Development team.
●Draft and final inception report including evaluation tools and workplan. 
●Draft initial findings report and presentation slide deck for the Mission.
●Conduct a presentation and workshop with USAID and Learning for Development on initial findings. 
●Final Evaluation report and presentation slide deck.


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Qualifications:

    • Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness Management, Agricultural Development, or related fields. 
    • 5+ years of experience in the relevant sector is required. 
    • Proven understanding of agriculture market systems, including fertilizer and agricultural technologies.
    • Experience in working with farmers, agricultural inputs, suppliers, traders, and other pivotal actors within the agricultural value chain is preferred.
Please note that candidates selected may undergo a background investigation and, if applicable, meet eligibility requirements for suitability.

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