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The Job

Formative Research/ (pre-implementation) Evaluation For a prospective program

“Enhancing resilience through improving nutrient food production in Lahj Governorates Yemen”

Type of evaluation

Formative Research

Type of contract


Contract type

Consultancy (Individuals/ institutions/ companies)

Application deadline

9 December 2018

Tentative start date

16 December 2018

Duration of contract

40 working days

Project duration

36 months

Project location

Lahj - Yemen

Thematic area(s)

Food Security and Livelihoods

Sub theme(s)

Livelihoods/ Resilience

Overall program objective

The program will be aimed at improving access to nutritious foods through diversified small scale farming production and enhancing women skills along the farming value chain.

Research objective

The research will consider the causal model or theory of change if it adequately or clearly addresses the deployment and sequencing of activities and resources toward the desired goal.


 Save the Children (SC) is an apolitical international non-governmental organization and has been working in Yemen since 1963, implementing health, nutrition, child protection, food security, livelihoods and WASH interventions. SC has operational presence in nine Governorates in Yemen. In all of the sectors, SC has been working to address both immediate humanitarian needs and their underlying causes as well as chronic underdevelopment. To achieve its goals SC works with all the relevant local authorities within its sphere of operation.

After over three years of conflict, Yemen continues to experience one of the most severe humanitarian crises in the world, with large-scale displacement, severe deterioration of water and sanitation services, breakdown of the health care system, collapse of the economy and significant erosion of income generating capacity. Lahj Governorate is one of the governorates that has been affected by internal displacements, it has witnessed families being internally displaced and hosting IDPs. The food insecurity situation in Lahj is alarming and according to the current Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC, 2017), Lahj is one of the seven Governorates in IPC Phase 4 (Emergency).  Malnutrition is high in Lahj, with a global acute malnutrition rate (GAM rate) above 10% among children 6 – 59 months and stunting rate of 38% among children of the same age group. Infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices are poor in both governorates; the proportion of children 6-23 months who were accessing a minimum acceptable diet was 8%.

Save the Children is planning to implement a 3 year program supported by Germany Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) aimed at achieving sustainable reduction of food insecurity and malnutrition among the vulnerable communities Lahj Governorate, particularly for children and women. The program will be aimed at 1) improving access to nutritious foods through diversified small scale farming production; 2) enhancing women skills along the farming value chain through community led savings and lendings scheme, enhanced by extensive business development services; and 3) streamline nutrition interventions in a way that improves access to IYCF services for the most needy families.

This formative evaluation (pre-implementation evaluation) will come up with sound recommendations on the design and implementation of the program and/ or determine how feasible, appropriate, and acceptable are the planned program activities before implementation. The evaluation will also consider if the proposed program elements are really needed by the target population .The evaluation will also consider the causal model or theory of change if it adequately or clearly addresses the deployment and sequencing of the activities, resources, or policies to bring about a desired change in the livelihoods and IYCF practises’ of the vulnerable populations in Lahj. In general the evaluation will consider the plausibility of achieving the desired change or goals based on similar prior efforts and/ or literature.

Objectives of the research

The objectives of the research will be to:

  1. Determine the situation of the target area in terms of socio-economic, political and cultural context?
  2. Determine the needs of the target population and the appropriateness of planned activities
  3. Assess the feasibility of the planned activities given the socio-cultural, politico-security and economic situation in Lahj
  4. Examine alternative acceptable livelihoods and IYCF activities that can conducted to achieve set goals

Scope and purpose of the Research

This formative research will be pre-implementation evaluation for a planned program “Enhancing resilience through improving nutrient food production in Lahj Governorate Yemen” supported by BMZ. The main aim for the research will be to assess the appropriateness and feasibility of the program given the target population and preparedness of Save the Children to deliver the intended support. Objectives and research questions will be formulated following the OECD DAC-criteria and Save the Children Quality Benchmarks.

The research questions for the ex-ante evaluation will be reviewed in consultation with the food security & livelihoods technical lead, nutrition technical lead and program team.


The suggested methodology for the feasibility study is the mixed methods approach.

  • A desk review

A desk review of external and internal reports and or documents to summarize the livelihoods and food security situation in Lahj Governorate, map partners who are currently supporting livelihoods activities and their respective coverages versus needs and conduct a critical appraisal of the available local partners, either there have convergences or conflicts of interests with the targeted communities.

  • Community consultations

Community consultations with vulnerable HHs to elucidate their preferences and view on Livelihood programs. The consultations should also establish familiarity to the proposed activities and how acceptable are the activities culturally and socially.

  • Key informant interviews (KII)

KII with all stakeholders including SC staff on the appropriateness of the interventions.  The KII should also include a capacity assessment component to deliver on the set objectives and targets in terms of structure and technical know-how.

The final methods to be followed should be agreed upon by the Program and the PDQ team,

The evaluation team

The evaluation will be led by an independent external consultant and should be carried out with his or her independent external team of enumerators.

The following qualifications and skills are expected of the lead consultant:

  • An advanced university degree (Masters Level minimum) in Food Security and Livelihoods, Agricultural Economics, Development studies or any other equivalent qualifications.
  • A minimum of 7 years practical experience within one of the following areas: Cooperatives and microfinancing, agricultural/ rural development, local economic recovery/ poverty reduction strategies, agriculture/ livestock/ natural resources management, Sustainable livelihoods framework, Income generating activities, Value chain analysis; Internal savings and landings.
  • Demonstrate experience in conducting ex-ante evaluations or formative research and any of the following assessments; social economic assessments and/ or Household economic assessments; rapid and participatory rural appraisals; plus knowledge of the SMART methodology and/ or SQUEAC/ SLEAC will be an asset.
  • Thorough understanding of data collection methods and field procedures
  • Strong skills in quantitative and qualitative methods
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills;
  • working knowledge in Arabic language
  • Fluency in English language is a must
  • Experience/knowledge on gender sensitive programming
  • Understanding of child safeguarding and child participation procedures
  • Experience of working in the middle east and/ or Yemen is a plus

Roles and responsibilities, the following is expected of the consultant:

  • Review project documents
  • Submit the inception report.
  • Development and review of data collection tools.
  • Ensure data collection, entry and analysis.
  • Debrief on preliminary findings at both field office and country office
  • Submission of the draft evaluation report for review – as per SC format.
  • Submission of final evaluation report and datasets
  • Dissemination of findings to experts and national stakeholders.
  • Seek clearance, authorization and approvals from all relevant authorities

Expected outputs

The expected outputs of this evaluation are as follows:

  1. Inception report (not exceeding 30 pages)
  2. methods and tools
  3. data sets
  4. Final report. (with an executive summary of max 2 pages)
  5. Power point presentation of the findings (not exceeding 15 slides)
  6. Presentation of findings to key stakeholders

Administration and Logistics

SC will provide all the necessary logistics needed for field visits and/ or community consultations. The commissioning manager for this evaluation will be the Director of Programme Operations with technical support from the respective field offices’ and country office technical team.

Copyright and intellectual property rights

The title rights, copyrights and all other rights of whatever nature in any materials used or generated under the provisions of this consultancy will exclusively be vested with Save the Children Yemen Country office. All products developed under this consultancy belong to the project exclusively, guided by the rules of the grant contract. Under no circumstances will the consultant use the information of this evaluation for publication or dissemination to any individual or organization without official prior written permission from Save the Children Yemen Country Office.

Timeline/ schedule

The whole process from Data collection, analysis and reporting is expected to be completed in not more than 40 working days. Work progress equivalent to the schedule below is expected.


Level of effort

Application deadline


Inception report submission




Field work


Data analysis


First draft report


Final report submission and presentation of findings








How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit an expression of interest which will include:

A technical proposal:  The technical proposal should briefly and clearly describe the following aspects; Understanding of the task, Technical aspect of the proposal, Methodology (Evaluation strategy, Sampling design, Data collection tools, Data Processing & Analysis, Data quality control measures and timelines or operational plan)

A detailed curriculum vitae (CV) and/ or company profile: detailed CV of the lead consultant with contact details (the CV should include at least two traceable references)

Financial proposal: A signed financial proposal/ budget of the tasks should be broken down into modules, detailing the following: Consultancy fees, Questionnaire development cost, Data processing & analysis, Communication, and Reporting costs and other Miscellaneous (stationeries, printing, etc.).

Sample of previous work: The lead consultant must be willing and ready to share a sample of his or her previous work upon request.

Applications should be sent to Yemen.Jobs@savethechildren.org with the subject title “Formative Research- Enhancing resilience through improving nutrient food production in Lahj Governorate”.

  • Employer: Save The Children
  • Category: Consultant
  • Location: Lahij
  • Posted on: 6 December 2018
  • Deadline: 13 December 2018