WorldFish is leading a ‘Small-Scale Aquaculture Investments for Livelihoods and Nutrition in Myanmar (SAIL NM)’, a project which aims to provides a means of ensuring the improved availability of diverse, safe, affordable nutrient-rich foods, especially for women and young children from poor and vulnerable households. This will be achieved by ensuring that poor households have an increased ability to purchase accessible nutritious foods due to improved incomes from entrepreneurial activities including improved small-scale aquaculture in the intervention areas and the strengthening of aquaculture market systems with attention to expanding opportunities for women and youth. In addition, behavioral change work will prioritize nutritious-conscious household decisions by means of both home production and local markets. Specifically, it is expected that the adoption of fish culture technologies would contribute to improved food and nutrition security for poor households in several ways;
i) Generating income from fish culture which would be used to purchase nutritious food
ii) Creating alternative employment generating activities and increasing labor productivity
iii) Increasing available food supply and fish consumption
The geographical areas to be covered include Kachin, Mandalay, Magway, Northern Shan and Sagaing Regions/States.
The project has three main outputs:
- Small-scale aquaculture production increased through strategic activities including improved land and water use, increased access to high quality inputs (feed, seed and equipment), capacity development and research into production, and access to credit.
- Market-based system approaches (MSA) further developed and utilized to increase access to food safe fish and fish products by poor people. Capacity building will ensure that market systems function more effectively, sustainably and to the benefit of the poor.
- Enhanced nutrition and WASH practices delivered via social behavior change communication (SBCC). Capacities developed into the production, processing and consumption of food safe aquaculture and other fish-based products.
Objective of work
Implementation of a baseline household survey on, productivity, income, market value chains and systems, food security and nutrition related to small-scale aquaculture development. The baseline survey tools, methods and reporting need to be gender responsive.
Quantitatively assess the existing socio-economic status of the target beneficiary group against indicators on gender, productivity, income, market value chains, food security and nutrition so they can be compared at the end of the implementation period.
Scope of work
The population of interest are those rural households and farmers that have an interest and can participate in small-scale aquaculture (SSA) development in Kachin, Mandalay, Magway, Northern Shan and Sagaing Regions/States. The project will be implemented in around 25 townships in these regions/states, hence, the survey needed to be carried out in all of these townships (Table 1). The SAIL NM project aims to have a direct impact on 10,000 rural HH and an indirect impact on another 10,000 rural HHs.
The contractor (s) will be responsible for designing the baseline and survey instruments, for implementing fieldwork and data collection, and for reporting data in a format to be agreed. Throughout this process the contractor will be required to work in close consultation with WorldFish staff, who will provide supervision to ensure that the information produced meets with the needs of the project geographical and socio-economic data. The present consultancy is scheduled for the four months period of 2020 and is intended to conduct the baseline survey and drafting the baseline report to be used by SAIL.
The contractor will be assigned to perform the following duties according to the level of inputs and timing as indicated:
- Finalize and test the draft of the household survey questionnaire. The contractor will work with the project team to design the questionnaire.
- Supervise the implementation of baseline survey The contractor will oversee the survey implementation by the project team and partner DoF, to ensure high level of accuracy in selecting respondents, data collection, and data entry.
- Analyze baseline survey data. The contractor will analyze the data collected to assess the socio-economic status of the target beneficiary group against indicators on gender, productivity, income, market value chains, food security and nutrition. With the project team validate the findings and generate descriptive statistics, summary charts and tables highlighting the results so they can be used to compare with the end of the implementation period.
- Write final report of baseline survey. The contractor will write a technical report summarizing the methodology and the results of the survey based on an outline developed together with the SAIL NM project team.
The expected outputs are:
- Preliminary work plan and schedule detailing how you intend to carry out this work,
- Final database with baseline survey data, with proper documentation of the data collected,
- Excel spreadsheet with descriptive statistics, figures, and tables summarizing the results
- Survey tools and sampling and survey methodology;
- A draft summary of the overall study findings, and present this to key SAIL stakeholders; and,
- A final baseline study report, incorporating key stakeholder feedback, with detailed information and recommendations based on the objectives of the study.
Time and Location
This consultancy should take place between 15 February 2020 and 31 March 2020. The organization/consultant (s) will be based in Myanmar to complete tasks and the allocation of time between Yangon and the project sites will be agreed between the organization/consultant (s), WorldFish SAIL NM project team who will facilitate the field visits. The organization/consultant (s) is expected to travel to each of the project areas.
How to Apply
Interested consultants are invited to submit the following information online latest by 31 January 2020:
- Letter of interest (proposal) of why you are an ideal consultant, an explanation of the understanding of the TOR and a proof of experience with similar assignment;
- A proposed methodology and indicative work plan; financial breakdown, your expertise and your rate in United States Dollar (USD).
- A current curriculum vitae.
- Names and contacts (telephone and e-mail addresses) of three professional referees (clients) you have consulted for.
- The quotation should be inclusive of daily subsistence allowance and include travel and accommodation costs as well as international flight to/from Myanmar (if needed), regional flights (if needed).
- Funds for planned involvement in the baseline survey as enumerators who will collect data from the project areas from local communities.
- to the extent possible, SAIL NM project team will collectively support the consultancy with logistics(if needed)
- Visa and travel authorizations will be arranged by WorldFish, if needed.
Components for the proposal:
- The consultant company's planned approach, methodology and timeline
- Comments, questions or suggestions about this Terms of Reference
- A description of the multi-disciplinary team, including their expertise and experience in conducting similar baseline surveys
- CV’s of the key staff who will be involved in the survey
- Written sample(s), preferably an evaluation or research project, from the team or from some of the key researchers;
- A budget breakdown including unit costs for transportation, lodging, staffing, translation, printing, etc.