We’re seeking candidates to serve as a volunteer as part of our Fellows program <https://www.technoserve.org/
get-involved/fellows-program> to co-lead an outcome harvesting exercise in a project in East Africa. Please see below and apply through the Fellows portal. This could be a good opportunity for someone seeking to develop their experience in the field.
This is an unpaid opportunity by expenses (travel, accommodation) are
We are seeking to fill the role rather quickly, so don’t delay!
Statement of Work
TechnoServe Fellows Project Description
*Fellow Title: *AINFP Outcome Harvesting Design and Implementation Fellow
*Role: *The Alliance for Inclusive and Nutritious Food Processing (AINFP) Program seeks to engage a Fellow to design and carry out Outcome Harvesting to address key learning questions of the Program. AINFP seeks to increase
production of safer, more nutritious foods that prioritize procurement from local smallholder farmers and increase availability of these foods to BoP consumers. The Outcome Harvesting activity will identify, formulate, analyze, and interpret outcomes with the ultimate goal of answering select learning questions identified by the program.
*Location: *The primary project implementation locations are: Kenya,
Tanzania, Zambia, Ethiopia
*Timing: *Outcome Harvesting planned on an Annual basis. Year 1 outcome harvesting data collection and reporting planned to commence in July 2019 and end by 30th Sept 2019, while the design of the data tool planned for June 2019.
*Language: *Fluency in English; and fluency or proficiency in Kiswahili
and/or Amharic a plus.
*Project Grant/Funding: *AINFP has secured funding until March 2023.
*I. Background and Project Purpose*
AINFP is a 5-year program (March 2018 – March 2023) funded by USAID Bureau of Food Security-MPI across 4 countries in partnership with Partners in Food Solutions (PFS). PFS is an alliance of six multi-national food
companies (General Mills, Cargill, Royal DSM, Buhler, Hershey’s and Ardent Mills) which provide remote technical expertise from amongst their staff to support growth of the African food processing sector.
The goal of AINFP is to create a more competitive food processing sector that generates inclusive economic growth. TechnoServe, in alliance with PFS, will transfer technology and know-how to food processors (at least 30%
female owned) in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, and Zambia. Core activities will build the capacity of food processors to become more competitive through one-on-one technical assistance and sector wide training. In support of these core activities we deliberately select and work with processors committed to improving smallholder farmer (SHF) sourcing schemes and/or reaching BOP markets, and seek ways to broaden financing options for the sector (in partnership with Initiative for Smallholder Finance, ISF).
Our theory of change posits that this will foster a more competitive market system for end-to-end inclusiveness of low-income communities, ultimately contributing a sustainable reduction in malnutrition by ensuring that a
greater supply of nutritious foods is available at the bottom of the pyramid.
In working with a large number of food processors, with intended impacts up the value chain to the farmers they source from, and down the value chain to their Bottom-of-Pyramid (BoP) consumers, AINFP is a broad-reaching
market systems project. This being an innovative model, TechnoServe is keen to understand and ascertain sustainable outcomes, and to comprehensively document them for wider learning. While the project is currently
undertaking basic M&E activities, such as tracking key indicators against the set targets, with the lean in-house capacity, the project may not be able to dive deeper for understanding of possible drivers of impact such as
how the value chain works. Besides, to enhance credibility and minimize evaluation bias, embedding an independent view by an external party would:
- complement the program performance monitoring, and
- provide an independent and a more robust understanding of program impacts, and produce valuable learnings for future complex adaptive system projects that have no linear causality.
There are many well-known challenges to evaluating market systems projects, such as lack of a counterfactual or an inability to isolate specific influences within a complex system. This requires evaluations to take a
mixed method approach to systematically validate observations made using quantitative data.
Specifically, with the internal M&E system, TechnoServe collects data from processors mainly at output level and a few outcome levels such as number of new contracts with smallholder farmers/ Base of Pyramid consumers, the
value of those contracts, and the number of farmers supplying the processors and BoP distributors. The data collected is currently tracked and managed in excel spreadsheets. However, the program team ability to
collect data directly from farmers/BoP consumers is limited. As a result, engagement of a Fellow with a mandate to practice utilization-focused evaluation is key. TNS proposes that this activity be conducted by engagement of a Fellow who will support the program in documenting the programing learnings and outcomes on an annual basis during the project life through designing and implementing an Outcome Harvesting Approach. It is assumed that the identified fellow would be available to undertake the outcome harvest at the same time on annual basis with a sample of the processors supported by the program.
*II. TechnoServe Fellow’s Role*
The fellow will report to the Alliance for Inclusive and Nutritious Food Processing Chief of Party and work closely with the AINFP Regional M&E Manager, both based in Nairobi, and TNS MEL advisors.
*Scope and general responsibilities*
The overall objective of the Outcome Harvesting activity is to contribute to key questions on the program’s learning agenda. This will be accomplished with a thorough analysis of the outcomes identified and how these outcomes relate to broader systemic changes and the program’s contribution to these changes. The annual evaluation will thus aim to provide understanding of possible changes the assisted processors have made to their businesses, what impacts it has created (if any) as a result of assistance from AINFP, as well as to inform management decision making on areas that require adjustments in the early phases of the project.
In addition, at the end of the project, it is anticipated that the Outcome Harvesting activity will serve a summative purpose in that it will identify the changes in behavior, relationships (possible network analysis), or practices of the program participants– both intended and unintended. TNS expects that some outcomes identified will relate to the indicators in the program’s log frame and serve as a source for identifying performance achieved against the set indicators. It is anticipated that the program stakeholders will utilize the information collated to establish the extent
to which the program’s strategic and operational approaches were effective in the given context. More importantly, TNS may use the findings to inform its systems change approach across its global market systems facilitation
The selected Fellow will overall be responsible for: designing of the outcome harvest tool, and implementing the Outcome Harvesting activity; and working directly with AINFP country program staff to plan, coordinate
harvests; preparing reports and responding to and incorporating feedback from the program stakeholders. Specifically, the fellow will be expected to:
- Undertake interviews with a sample of assisted processors to establish Customized Technical Assistance uptake,
- Sample and undertake interviews with a sample of Sector Wide Training (SWT) participants to establish the training uptake,
- Review studies undertaken on SHFs sourcing and if need be conduct a small sample survey of farmers/hold focus group discussions to document how they have been impacted by being incorporated into a processor’s value chain, or better understand what the processors barriers are to reaching other groups of smallholder farmers;
- Review the studies undertaken on BoP consumers and if need be undertake interview with a sample of BoP consumers to deepen stakeholders understanding of the program’s impact.
The key deliverables expected from the Fellow include:
- Design document of the AINFP Outcome Harvesting activity;
- Refine the outcome harvest data collection tool on an annual basis based on learnings from the previous year;
- Periodic reports/updates and documentation of outcomes achieved after data collection;
- Final evaluation report, inclusive of analysis responding to the program’s key learning agenda questions, conclusions, and recommendations on both the program and country level context;
- Complete data sets; and
- In-person/ remote presentation of the findings to the Project team.
*Specific deliverables timelines to be discussed and agreed with the
selected fellow since the Outcome Harvesting is planned to be conducted on
at the same time on annual basis in Year 2,3 and 4. *
*IV. Skills & Requirements*
*Essential Skills and Requirement:*
- University degree in social science, economics, statistics or related field;
- Experience or knowledge of systems change approaches and evaluation of systems change initiatives;
- Proven thematic knowledge on topics such as capacity building, small holder farmers, and BoP consumers;
- Experience in designing and conducting Outcome Harvesting, a plus;
- Proven leadership/project management/management consultancy skills;
- Strong analytical, report writing and communication skills;
As this is a pro bono consulting position, TechnoServe will not provide fees for the services completed. However, TechnoServe will cover travel-related costs including international airfare, in-country accommodation, in-country transportation, a per diem for living expenses, visas and vaccinations, and emergency evacuation insurance.
*TechnoServe is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females,
Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities.*
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