Mercy Corps is a leading global humanitarian agency saving and improving lives in the world’s toughest

places.  With a network of experienced professionals in more than 40 countries, we partner with local communities to put bold ideas into action and help people recover, overcome hardship and build better lives.  Now, and for the future.  In Timor-Leste, Mercy Corps works with communities nationwide to help ensure a stable supply of food, better nutrition and higher incomes, increase access to financial services, and, enable those most vulnerable to withstand and recover from shocks and stresses.

 

Program Background

Widespread poverty and malnutrition continue to remain a major impediment to the recovery and growth of Timor-Leste.  In recent years, the Government has emphasized the need to diversify livelihoods for the improvement of food and nutrition security in the country.  In line with the Strategic Development Plan (SDP 2011 – 2030), and the National Aquaculture Development Strategy (2012-2030), Mercy Corps and partners Hivos and WorldFish developed the Combatting Malnutrition and Poverty through Aquaculture in Timor-Leste (COMPAC-TL) program, funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which commenced in December 2013.

 

COMPAC-TL promotes inland  pond aquaculture, and where feasible, integrated aqua-agriculture systems (IAAS), as a viable means to increase both access to nutritious food and income for an estimated 1,500 resource-poor farming households in the selected districts. An additional 30,000 community members are expected to indirectly benefit from the Program through awareness raising and behaviour change on   good nutritional practices; increased availability of fish and other nutritious foods such as orange-fleshed sweet potatoes, leafy greens and legumes in the local markets;  creating  a range of economic opportunities through establishing linkages  between fish producers and market, input providers, and, where feasible, through the promotion of local fish in school feeding programmes.

 

Upon completion of the first year, COMPAC-TL is required to carry out a mid-term review of the Program to assess the progress against planned activities, and to provide recommendations, as necessary, for the remaining period.  Mercy Corps is seeking an independent reviewer with relevant experiences and qualifications to perform this task.

 

Objectives of Mid Term Review

  • To assess the Program’s progress to date against intended outputs;
  • To assess the program’s  performance against DAC Program M&E criteria, namely relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability, and impacts  of the Program; and
  • To provide recommendations on successfully delivering intended outputs and outcomes, and contributing towards producing lasting impact on livelihoods.

 

Suggested Methodology

The mid-term review will be carried out following a participatory approach.  The consultant is expected to carry out the review through a combination of desk review (program documents and other relevant documents/data); key Informants’ Interviews (KII); Focus Group Discussions (FGDs), and consultation meetings with relevant GOs/NGOs and COMPAC-TL partners, namely Mercy Corps, Hivos and WorldFish.  The consultant will be working independently, but COMPAC-TL partners will assist in organizing field visits, consultation meetings and interviews as per the agreed work plan.

 

Major Tasks

The consultant is required to carry out the following tasks:

  • In consultation with COMPAC-TL  partners, develop  detailed methodology, tools, and  schedule for the review;
  • Carry out desk review of relevant documents/information related to the  Program
  • Collect primary data from Program participants (through observation, FGDs, KIIs) and other key stakeholders (GOs, INGOs, private sector) through consultation meetings;
  • Present a preliminary draft report  to a consultation meeting including COMPAC-TL  partners and key stakeholders, and discuss key findings and recommendations for  future actions;
  • Prepare a final report incorporating feedback from consultation meetings

 

Deliverables

Deliverables  By when
Mid-term review proposal and field work plan with methodology for data collection and  analyses April 10, 2015
Preliminary draft report May 1, 2015
Final Report incorporating feedback from stakeholders May 20, 2015

 

The Consultant will report to Mr Wahyu Nugroho, Director of Agriculture and Food Security Programs, Mercy Corps, Timor-Leste.

 

Time Frame

A total of 15 – 18 working days of input from the consultant is estimated to accomplish this task.

 

Qualification and Experience of Consultant

  • Track record of  carrying out livelihood-focussed programs (preferably food and nutrition security programs) in resource-poor contexts;
  • Considerable experience in carrying out evaluation using participatory tools and techniques;
  • Past working experience  in Timor-Leste or familiarity with the Timor-Leste context will be an advantage
  • A University degree in social/biological science with at least 5 years of work experience in rural/community development.

 

Submission of the Letter of Interest

Please submit a letter of Interest including following:

  • An application (1 page) summarizing relevant  working experiences;
  • Proposed  work plan
  • Curriculum Vitae,  including three professional referees
  • Expected daily consultancy fee

 

Letter of interest should be submitted to: jobs@tl.mercycorps.org no later than March 24, 2015, 5pm (Dili time). Only shortlisted candidate will be contacted for further assessment.