CARE TL-Final Evaluation Consultant-CD 12 September 2013



Job Title:



Final Evaluation Consultant


Hadia Agricultura no Nutrisaun (HAN) Program


Reports To:


Assistant Country Director of Program

Duty Station: Dili, Timor Leste, with field travel when necessary


CARE International in Timor-Leste (CITL) began implementation of the European Commission (EC) funded Food Security Programme, HAN (Hadia Agrikultura no Nutrisaun [Improve Agriculture and Nutrition]) in January 2010. Aligned with the National Food Security Policy (NFSP) of the Government of Timor-Leste and with priority areas listed in the EC guidelines, HAN was designed on the basis of lessons learned from CITL past and current projects, in particular with the past EC funded Food Security Program LIFT (2007-10). The project will be completed in December 2013.

The overall objective of the HAN Project is to improve the food security among the poorest and most vulnerable households in Timor-Leste, and thus contribute towards the first Millennium Development Goal (MDG). The intervention aims to strengthen food security addressing all four inter-related issues of the food security paradigm: i) availability, ii) access, iii) utilisation of food and, iv) resilience from shocks.

The specific objective of the programme is to improve access to adequate quantity of diverse food, promoting sustainable agriculture and management practices of 3,000 chronically food insecure rural households in seventeen sucos in three districts of the Western Highlands where the higher malnutrition rates are recorded, namely Liquiça (20 aldeias in 6 sucos in Liquiça subdistrict), Ermera (24 aldeias in 7 sucos in Atsabe subdistrict) and Bobonaro (16 aldeias in 5 sucos in Lolotoe subdistrict).

HAN expected results (ERs) are the followings:

ER 1: Improved quantity of nutritious food produced at the household level

ER 2: Improved access to nutritious food at the household level

ER 3: Improved food utilization at the household & individual levels

ER 4: Increased reliability of community livelihood systems

The implemented strategy included interventions to improve agriculture and farm productivity, access to market and financial services for income generation improvement of dietary practices, and community based disaster management to create better reliance to shocks. HAN Project is linked with and supplemented by other CITL ongoing projects in Liquiça and Ermera districts. This includes the AusAID funded program Mudansa Klimatica iha Ambiente Seguru (Maka’as) which aims to build the adaptive capacity of vulnerable households in Liquiça district, with the goal of increasing their resilience to the unavoidable impacts of climate change. HAN Project also operates in synergy with the Norwegian funded Promoting Healthy Lives (PROMISE) to provide health services in Liquiça and Ermera districts, promoting improved practices in the areas of maternal and child health. Both the PROMISE and HAN Projects aim to contribute to achieve the first Millennium Development Goal (MDG).


In order to ensure effectiveness and longer term sustainability, enhancing local capacity building, CITL is implementing the activities in cooperation with the local partner Centro de


Desenvolvimento da Economia Popular (CEDP). CDEP in particular organizes orientation for farmer groups on improved agriculture practices, seed preparation, planting, storage, group management and facilitate linkages of farmers group with market intermediaries.


The allocated budget for this project is approximately € 1.5 million.

Purpose of the Evaluation

The objective of the consultancy is to assess the achievements of the program against stated objectives and to analyze the overall impact of the HAN program. The information the final evaluation will be used to inform future food security programming for CARE in Timor-Leste

Results of the evaluation will be disseminated to key stakeholders including the Government of Timor-Leste, the European Commission and development partners.

The evaluation will assess the project against the following criteria:


–          Relevance – To explore whether the  project activities and objectives were relevant and properly addressed the underlying causes of the identified problem(s) and whether the implementation strategies were appropriate to implement this intervention;

–          Effectiveness – Assessment of the extent to which the activities and objectives of the project were achieved based on the original proposal and logframe (annex 1). Comparison of project indicators against the logframe, baseline, midline and final outcomes. Identification of internal and external factors that contribute to these outcomes;

–          Impact –To examine the overall impact of the project including intended and unintended, positive and negative impact on the beneficiaries, communities and other stakeholders as well as staff and organization. The evaluation will also assess the impact of the support to the agriculture sector on nutritional outcomes amongst target beneficiaries and explore the most significant changes brought about by the project using a participatory approach.

–          Efficiency – Quantitative and qualitative evaluation of the costs vs benefits;

–          Project management – Evaluation on the Project management: i) work organization, ii) human resources, iii) assets, iv) roles of different partners involved, v) decision making processes;

–          Gender-sensitivity – Assessment of the gender component: access to the project benefits, community consultation, beneficiary participation, capacity building or staffing of the project team;

–          Sustainability – Assessment of i) benefits and Project components that will continue after that Project finalization, ii) factors that influence the achievement or non-achievement of the project sustainability;

–          Strengths and weaknesses – Point out the Project experiences that might need to be improved and other that can be strengthening. This outcome will help to prevent similar mistakes or to encourage positive approaches in the future;

–          Learning and best practice – To identify lessons learnt, innovation, best practice and/or interest stories that could be used to develop learning papers to inform future programming and project management both in TL and for CARE globally.

–          MDGs – Assessment of the Project direct contribution to the achievement of relevant MDGs indicators: i) rate of food security increment, ii) access to reproductive health, iii) increment access to income generation activities;

–          Analysis of the degree and consequences of implementation of CARE Programming Principles and Project Standards.


The consultant will develop a research methodology in line with CARE International evaluation policy[1] to ensure that information available and collected from the field visits will be sufficient for the purposes of the Final Evaluation.  A summary of the methodology will be included within the application form.

The consultant is expected to undertake at minimum the following main steps:

1. Review Project documentation:

  1. Project document
  2. Logical Framework
  3. Baseline Report
  4. Interim Reports
  5. Program Monitoring Data
  6. Review and analysis of the data collected by the M&E system;
  7. Site visits and observations at project sites, direct interviews to single beneficiaries or focus group.

Organisational Arrangements

The Evaluation will be a participatory process. HAN Project staff will take an active role in facilitating the consultant during his/her time of service in Timor-Leste. The HAN Project Manager will directly manage the consultant and provide him/her with all the documentation and the information necessary about the Project situation, geography, history, past and current CITL works in the field of agriculture development. Furthermore he will provide to arrange and facilitate meetings in Dili and in the district with key stakeholders, e.g. Ministry of Agriculture and Fishery, partners, NGOs, donor, etc.

HAN staff will facilitate the field visits, plan interviews, set up meetings in the communities, and assist the consultant to conduct  interviews and focus groups, and provide interpreting services where required.

Deliverables and Report Structure

The candidate consultant will submit to CITL an application, including a summary of the methodology that he/she intends to apply to the study. After the selection, the consultant in collaboration with the HAN staff will review the proposed methodology to be implemented.

After the documentation review, the field assessment and the data elaboration, the consultant will present his/her findings to the project staff and stakeholders in Dili.

At the end of the established time, the consultant will produce an Evaluation Report to be submitted to the Project review committee, including CITL Country Director, CITL Program Officer, HAN Project Manager, gender advisor and direct Project partners. The consultant should ensure that at a minimum, the Evaluation Report in clear English of no more than 20 pages (excluding annexes) including the following sections:

  1. Name of Project and country, PN (Project Number), dates project was operating,

and date of evaluation; Donor(s) & Total Budget Amount;

  1. Names and contact information of those conducting the evaluation;
  2. Executive summary;
  3. Limitation of the methodology;
  4. Principal findings, including lessons learned that could be useful to the wider

CARE and development community and recommendations for future programmes / projects;

  1. Annexes, at minimum, should include:

–          Terms of Reference;

–          Study methodology, including key research questions or hypotheses, operationalization of key concepts, strategies to achieve appropriate controls (e.g. comparison with non-project groups), sampling strategies, and data analysis procedures;

–          Data gathering instruments (observation guides, surveys, focus group discussion guides, etc.);

–          Data presentation and analysis;

–          List of people interviewed.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Technical knowledge on monitoring and evaluation, preferable in the field of Food Security/Rural Development projects;
  • Previous relevant experiences working with NGOs or any relevant institution, conducting evaluations, consultancies etc.;
  • Advanced qualitative and quantitative research capabilities;
  • Previous experience working in Timor-Leste;
  • Previous experience with EC programming;
  • Cultural sensitivity, facilitation and interpersonal skills;
  • Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of Tetum or Bahasa Indonesia or Portuguese languages are desirable.

Timeframe and Location

This consultancy needs to be conducted in September – October 2013 with an estimated timeframe of days, including travel, preparation and reporting. The following is an indicative timeframe:


Action Location

Time (days)


Meeting with CITL and HAN team Dili



Review and acceptance of the methodology Dili



Review of HAN Program documents (Project documents, interim reports, review, etc.) Dili



Meetings with partners and relevant stakeholders Dili



Interviews/FG (including travels) Lolotoe



Interviews/FG (including travels) Atsabe



Interviews/FG (including travels) Liquiça



Elaboration of data and information: first outcomes Dili



Presentation of the initial findings to CITL and stakeholders Dili



Data analysis Home base



Report writing Home base





How to apply:

Interested candidates should submit their applications to the CITL Human Resources at, cc:

Applications should include

  • CV
  • 2 page (max) summary of proposed methodology
  • Daily rate in USD
  • Indication of availability


The closing date for applications is on September 12th, 2013. Please note that only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted.




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