Terms of Reference
Consultancy on Base - line and End – line Survey
1. Background information
Oxfam is an international confederation of more 20 organizations working together with partners and local communities in more than 90 countries. Oxfam has a long and rich presence in Lao PDR, working on numerous initiatives covering a large number of themes and areas. These have included among others: support to CSO capacity building, community development, social protection, gender justice, support to small farmers and organic agriculture, private sector engagement, disaster risk management, and natural resource management. This has entailed working at different levels, from the community to the national level. Currently, Oxfam in Laos has approximately 30 partners including Ministries, the National Assembly, Mass organizations, INGOs, NPA/CSOs, universities/research institutes, UN agencies, and the private sector. Visit https://laos.oxfam.org/ for more information.
With support from the EU, OXFAM is implementing the Partnership for Citizen Engagement (PACE) project. The overall objective of the project is to contribute to good governance and the rule of law as a basis for equitable and inclusive growth and development in Lao PDR. The specific objectives of the project are: (1) The role and capacity of Lao Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) has been strengthened to promote and protect the rights of Lao citizens through policy dialogue and accountability processes at local and national level, and (2): The capacity of the People's Provincial Assemblies (PPAs) has been enhanced to perform oversight of government agencies, programs, activities, policies, and laws implemented at constituency level. The project has four results: (1) CSOs have improved capacity and facilitate dialogue with PPA Members (representatives); (2) PPA Members have the capacity to engage and represent Lao citizens and respond their concerns; (3) PPA Members have technical capacity to inform government policy and practice; and (4) PPA Members have improved interaction with constituents through grassroots initiatives and volunteering.
2. Overview of the Base - line and End-line survey
The contracted Non-Profit Association (NPA) will lead other NPAs in 9 provinces to monitor perception through a series of surveys and questionnaires over two phases: at the beginning, and at the end of the action. Oxfam will provide technical backstopping. Surveys will be implemented in 9 target provinces to detect changes in target groups and beneficiaries (Lao citizens) in terms of attitudes and beliefs related to the action. Surveys will reveal changes in gender and power relations between target/beneficiary groups. For example, it will capture perspectives on service delivery and citizen participation. They will also solicit recommendations on other measures that could be taken to improve service delivery.
The end line survey will be implemented to assess the impact of the project at the end of the project timeframe in 2021. The survey will focus on project relevance, effeteness, efficiency and sustainability issues, and how the project approaches can be scaled up in the future.
3. Survey objectives
The objectives of the baseline, and end-line / final impact survey are:
4. Scope and Methodology
The surveys will be implemented in 9 provinces: Bokeo, Khammuane, Savannakhet, Xiengkhuang, Saravane, Vientiane province, Attapeu, Xekong, and Houaphan. These surveys will be conducted in close consultation with PPA members in each constituency level. Gender, disability, and ethnicity, good governance will be four cross-cutting themes in all three surveys. The service delivery will focus on key sectors including education, health, agriculture, legal, good governance, and youth aspirations.
The survey will include a mixture of quantitative and qualitative research, including individual interviews questionnaires, key informant interviews, and focus group discussion. Participants will be selected by "purposive sampling" at the local level for qualitative analysis. The survey will be based on a stratified random sample of youth representative from 9 provinces. Face-to-face interviews will be held following a questionnaire. During the inception phase, the selected NPA will provide the OXFAM with a list of proposed topics and questions of interests for the survey which will serve as a basis for defining the specific questions. The final list of questions will have to be approved by OXFAM.
The consultancy team will build the capacity of the stakeholders through four research training workshops. Two workshops on survey design and report writing skills for the baseline survey, and two workshops on impact study design, and report writing skills for the end line survey.
5. Timeline, Key Activities, and Deliverables
It is anticipated that the survey will take approximately 90 working days starting from December 2019 to December 2021 on an intermittent basis. A tentative plan of action is as follows:
6. Survey team
The survey team should be the Lao Non-Profit Association (NPA). The private company, INGO, and individual consultants are not eligible to apply. The desired specification and qualities of the NPA are the following:
7. How to apply
Application Information: Interested candidate should submit the following documents in the electronic form to Oxfam's HR at Recruitment.Laos@oxfam.org by 17 December 2019 at 5 pm. Please indicate ‘Consultant for PACE baseline survey.
Submission must include Proposal for the surveys that includes: Rationale, Background, Proposed methodologies, proposed timeframe, budget estimation, organizational profile with track records, References to previous similar assignments, and team composition with CVs (no more than 4 pages with names of 3 references).
Oxfam is an international confederation of 17 organizations networked together in 94 countries, as part of a global movement for change, to build a future free from the injustice of poverty. Since 2009, the Oxfam confederation has accelerated its harmonisation process working towards ‘one voice and one programme’ in a single management structure. Oxfam has a presence in Laos since the late 1980s, and works to deliver the country strategy that focuses on sustainable livelihoods, humanitarian assistance, governance and civil society, and gender and diversity.