Organization: Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International
CAB International (CABI) is an international not-for-profit organization that improves people’s lives by providing information and applying scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment. Through knowledge sharing and science, CABI helps address issues of global concern such as safeguarding the environment and improving global food security. We do this by helping farmers grow more and lose less of what they produce, combating threats to agriculture and the environment from pests and diseases, protecting biodiversity from invasive species, and improving access to agricultural and environmental scientific knowledge. Our 48 member countries guide and influence our core areas of work. These include development and research projects, scientific publishing and microbial services.
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A consultant is needed to provide recommendations to CABI that covers both broad guidance regarding monitoring cost related indicators as part of implementing a value for money (VFM) approach for CABI as well as more detailed programme-specific recommendations for three key CABI programs/projects.
The assignment can be undertaken from any location although some liaison with CABI staff based in Nairobi and the UK will be required.
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Detailed Terms of Reference
CABI wishes to add value for money monitoring and assessment to the other areas it routinely includes in monitoring and assessing the performance of its programs and project. In doing so, CABI aims to build on the 2005 Paris declaration on aid effectiveness and more recent initiatives, such as the UK Department for International Development’s (DFID’s) approach to value for money.
The consultancy covers both broad guidance regarding monitoring cost related indicators as part of implementing a value for money (VFM) approach for CABI as well as more detailed program-specific recommendations for three key CABI programs/projects: Plantwise, Action on Invasives and the Africa Soil Health Consortium.
Scope of work
The consultancy will be a report covering the following topics/issues:
· A brief explanation of why CABI needs to address VFM in its projects and programs, what VFM means and its limitations. It would be expected that this will include:
Ø The different aspects of VFM, including economy (reducing cost of inputs while maintaining quality), efficiency (minimising input of resource per unit of output), effectiveness (achieving outcomes and impacts), equity (reaching different groups) and any other relevant aspects of VFM
Ø Consideration of VFM from the perspective of different groups of stakeholders and any implications arising following from this
Ø Consideration of any risks associated with applying VFM approaches, such as shift to more risk averse objectives/goals amongst others
Ø Consideration of the problem of attribution, that is how to differentiate outcomes/impacts of CABI’s efforts versus everything else that has happened, either done by others or that happened spontaneously, such as weather
· Recommendation for a generic set of practical tools that can be used to measure VFM in CABI’s projects/programs with a focus on measures of cost efficiency and cost effectiveness including:
Ø Guidelines on collecting key data and use of proxies
Ø Cost-related metrics; for example, going beyond number of farmers reached to consider cost per farmer reached
Ø Cost effectiveness analysis (and explain how this differs from cost-benefit)
Ø Cost-benefit analysis (and explain how this differs from cost effectiveness)
Ø Rate of return on investment
Ø Any other relevant aspects
Ø Observations and recommendations about the suitability of any VFM approaches and tools currently being used within CABI
· Develop more detailed recommendations for specific program/project-level VFM approaches, metrics, tools and data requirements, amongst other aspects, for:
Ø Action on Invasives
Ø Africa Soil Health Consortium
A comprehensive document that demonstrates the case for the value for money approach, including recommendations for generic and programme-specific sets of practical tools for measuring the value for money approach.
Candidates should include the following documents/information with their proposals to demonstrate their qualifications:
· The consultant’s interpretation of the task as outlined in the Terms of Reference
· Proposed methodology
· Members and qualifications of the study team/ individual
· Timeline and budget