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DAI – Land Investment for Transformation (LIFT) Call for applications for a quantitative survey to assess the impact of the Environmental and Conservation Agriculture Intervention

DAI – Land Investment for Transformation (LIFT)

Call for applications for a quantitative survey to assess the impact of the Environmental and Conservation Agriculture Intervention

The Land Investment For Transformation (LIFT) Programme is a six year (March 2014 - August 2020), DFID funded programme that aims to improve the incomes of the rural poor and to enhance economic growth, through three components: The development of Second Level Land Certification (SLLC); improved Rural Land Administration Systems (RLAS); and increasing land productivity through the ‘making markets work for the poor’ (M4P) approach. The SLLC is aimed to achieve 14 million parcels in 140 woredas for approximately 6.1 million households (around 70% of parcels being jointly or individually owned by women). The programme is implemented in Oromia, Amhara, SNNP and Tigray regions.

Since mid-September 2016, the LIFT Economic Empowerment Unit has piloted an intervention regarding suppliers’ input distribution methods to promote environmentally sustainable products and practices. This distribution model works with national and regional input suppliers/importers to reorganize their input supply through woreda level retailers. Through the piloting of the new distribution model, several suppliers have partnered alongside LIFT to test the supply channels of the woreda level retailers. As a facilitator, LIFT has organized several business to business (B2B) linkage workshops and meetings between suppliers and retailers. Additionally, LIFT has supported the input suppliers by buying down their expansion risk in the form of cost-sharing grants.

The objective of this study is to assess the impact of the new distribution model on both farmers and input retailers through a more comprehensive quantitative assessment. The specific objectives of the study can be summarised as:

•                                                                                                                                                              Acquire an understanding of the impact of new products on input retailer businesses, including whether overall customer numbers have gone up and whether profitability has increased.

•                                                                                                                                                              Assess the impact of LIFT activities on beneficiary farmers’ investment in agricultural inputs and the contribution of increased investment and/or practice change to any increases in productivity and income, as well as if these changes are different between male and female farmers. This will be done via a listing exercise at input retailer shops with at least 1000 customers and consequent follow-up in-depth interviews with at least 480 customers at the household.

Criteria for Application

The applicants (enterprises) must fulfil the following eligibility criteria:

•                                                                                                                                                              Good understanding of the approaches, challenges and concepts relevant to the Ethiopian agricultural input sector and agricultural production.

•                                                                                                                                                              Ability to work in more than one region at the same time.

•                                                                                                                                                              Experience in undertaking research and ability in conducting independent analyses, identifying issues, formulating options and making conclusions and recommendations.

•                                                                                                                                                              Excellent quantitative and qualitative skills, specifically in data collection

•                                                                                                                                                              Relevant experience in similar project and/or in the sector within the past 5 years.

•                                                                                                                                                              Ability to articular ideas in a clear and accurate manner including the ability to prepare excellent written documents and reports in English.

•                                                                                                                                                              Ability to work to tight deadlines, establish priorities and plan, coordinate own work plan.

If you meet the above eligibility criteria and are interested, please see a detailed TOR of the assignment in the link below.

For additional information and clarifications, please contact Mr. Henok Begashaw: 091 1129465/0913073500 or [email protected] The deadline for submission of the proposal is 26th April 2019.