Context and Purpose. The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) is seeking one or two consultants to undertake a Mid-Term Review of the Private Sector Development Hub (PSD Hub) Capacity Building for the Sustainability of the Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Association (ECCSA) Phase III Project and an assessment of a small grant project provided to local and regional business associations and chambers. The consulting firm should adopt a consultative and participatory approach while maintaining an independent perspective consistent with OECD DAC standards. Consultants may bid on one or both components.
CIPE as a leading global implementing organization is active in conducting programs in Ethiopia to promote an improved business environment, including working with public-private dialogue and building association capacity. CIPE has been engaged by the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) to provide performance management support to the project and has been tasked to contract for an independent evaluation to support project learning for Sida, the Private Sector Development (PSD) Hub and the Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Association (ECCSA). CIPE headquarters are based in DC, with an office in Ethiopia staffed by a country representative and a monitoring and evaluation specialist.
For the small grant evaluation, the purpose is to commission an in-depth and on-the-ground assessment of about 22 grants provided through the Innovative Growth Fund (IGF) designed to enhance the capacity of local and regional BMOs to provide sustainable, need-based member services.
For the MTR, the purpose is to commission a participatory Mid-Term formative and process-oriented evaluation of Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Association (ECCSA) Phase III Project funded by Sida, who has supported the capacity of Ethiopia’s private-sector organizations since 2003-2004. ECCSA is a newer partner since 2012, and the Phase III Project includes the Private Sector Development Hub (PSD Hub), a multi-component program unit housed within the Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Association (ECCSA) which provides technical and financial support to the Ethiopian chamber system. The PSD Hub supports the Chamber system in promoting an inclusive and sustainable economic development in Ethiopia, including cross-cutting issues such as acclimatization to the Ethiopian reality; poverty and human capital in connection with Micro and Small Enterprise (MSE) support, rights-based approach, gender inclusion, and environmental considerations The consultant will conduct a desk study supplemented by additional data collection to be recommend by the consultant as appropriate among key stakeholders and implementers to provide a formative, participatory and learning-based midline evaluation to assess the relevance and effectiveness of project implementation and the project’s overall evaluability and likely ability to achieve sustainable change in the Ethiopian business environment using appropriate evaluation standards. The evaluation will cover the period from December 2015 to September 2018 i.e., including both the inception (from December 2015 to November 2016) and the implementation phase (from December 2016 to September 2018).
Level of Effort. CIPE anticipates that the level of effort for the MTR will involve about 32-45 days of consultant work, including travel time to Ethiopia, and some data collection and analysis to be proposed by the consultant. Data collection and evaluation of the IGF small grant program are estimated to potentially involve 10 to 15 days of additional work. Consultants who propose both components are expected to propose efficiencies using document analysis, questionnaires, interviews and focus group discussions. The scope of effort will include an inception report, a draft and final report as well as a learning event.
Proposer Expertise. Successful proposals will include a commendable track record with at least with 10 years experience in providing consultancy services in project monitoring, evaluation and learning in the areas of business enabling environment with substantial international experience in sustainable BMO development, public-private dialogue as well as in other areas of development impact (e.g., gender, pro-poor market systems development and environmental sustainability).
This is a short-turn-around assignment, with proposed work ideally completed by the end of February 2019. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and late applications will be considered based on quality. For full consideration, applications should be received by noon, E.S.T., November 1, 2018, and sent electronically to [email protected] The header should read “ECCSA Evaluation Consultant – NAME”.
The full Terms of Reference and proposal requirements may be viewed at: https://www.cipe.org/who-we-are/opportunities/
For inquiries, please contact Dr. Toni Weis, Senior Program Officer, Africa Team; CIPE, 1211 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 700, Washington, D.C. 20036; Phone: (202) 721-9200