PvP FAIR4ALL Project Baseline Study in Ghana

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The objective of the PvP FAIR4ALL Project at Oxfam is to support the learning, adaptive management and accountability needs of the FAIR4ALL consortium.

PvP FAIR4ALL Project Baseline Study

Oxfam is a rights-based global development organization with more than 70 years of experience in more than 90 countries worldwide. Oxfam’s mission is to end the injustice of poverty and inequality through systemic change and the advancement of political, economic and social rights.

Oxfam has been working in Ghana since 1986, managing programs related to food security and livelihoods, universal access to education and healthcare and transparency and accountability in extractive industries (mining, oil and gas).

Oxfams experience in Ghana and strong partnerships with government institutions, Ghanaian civil society organizations and NGOs supports the delivery of active and innovative programs and advocacy work seeking to improve the livelihoods of Ghanaians and strengthen citizen accountability. Oxfam in Ghana currently works in 11 out of Ghana’s 16 administrative regions.

FAIR4ALL Project Baseline Study  Description

Consultancy, Baseline study for FAIR FOR ALL PROJECT (INT7847)

Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty.

FAIR4ALL Project Baseline Study Baseline Study Background

As part of its contribution to building just economies and strengthening civil society and civic space, Oxfam working together and in consortium with Third-World Network Africa, Somo in Netherlands and Huairou Commission and funding from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs put together global program on Power of voices in Partnership (PvP) Fair for All.

Globally, the project seeks to address social and environmental rights abuses in agriculture and extractive industries value chains, unaccountable companies in the value chains, weak fiscal and trade policies that hamper transformation or diversified economy, and restrictions of civil society space in the value chains that undermine millions of women, youth and men.

At Oxfam in Ghana, the Power of voices in Partnership (PvP) Fair for All project sits under the Just Economic systems portfolio.

Among other themes, the economic systems portfolio works to maximize Oxfam’s impact on women economic empowerment and women rights to sustainable and inclusive livelihoods, and responsible private sector that respects human rights, women’s rights, labor rights, prevents environmental harm and equal distribution of gains from extractive and agricultural value-chains (Gold, cocoa, salt and petroleum).

Broadly, there are four (4) pathways envisaged for change (FAIR4ALL Theory of Change) in participating countries (Ghana):

  • Co-creation alternative business practices which share value more equally and empower women.
  • Advocating for a more responsible private and financial sector that upholds land rights, decent work, living wages, women’s and environmental rights and space for civil society to act.
  • Advocating for more accountable governments, multilateral institutions and regulatory frameworks  that is, for governments to effectively regulate the private sector.
  • Mobilizing citizens for fiscal and trade reforms that enable domestic resource mobilization for increased social spending and investment in locally owned and diversified economies that produce jobs and income for local communities.

Objective of the FAIR4ALL Project

The strategic objective of FAIR4ALL is: A strengthened civil society which can create space and mobilizing people across geographies to demand and contribute to more inclusive and sustainable trade and value chains that respect human rights, protect the environment and promote women’s economic empowerment.

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This implies rebalancing developing countries reliance on dominant primary-commodity value chains, reforming tax and trade regimes and increasing investment in local and national value chains that benefit small-scale farmers, workers and artisanal miners, in particular women and their communities.

FAIR4ALL Project Scope

Oxfam in Ghana and its partners will work on the Agric and Extractive value chains (Cocoa, Gold and Petroleum) in Western, Ahafo, Eastern, Western North, Ashanti, Central and Greater Accra regions. Third world Network Africa and its partners will work nation-wide.

Rationale and Context of the baseline

Purpose:

The objective of the baseline is to support the learning, adaptive management and accountability needs of the FAIR4ALL consortium:

  • Learning and adapting: the baseline is part of and supports the evidence based programming, learning and adaptive management ambitions of the PMEL plan of the consortium.
  • Accountability: this baseline will review the programmatic choices (actor/power analyses) that were made in full proposal phase, review and provide feedback on the proposed set of program key outcome indicators.
  • Further, the study will provide the baseline situation and indicator values for the program indicators at outcome level.
  • The baseline study intends to assess the conditions and understand the context prevalent in Ghana before the start of the program so that progress made throughout the project with respect to its targeted outcomes could be reliably measured.
  • This is intended to develop measurable indicators and their present status, which enables generating evidence of changes and the impact as per agreed objectives and expected outcome.
  • The baseline will guide and provide feedback to all the Consortium partners to reflect on the present strategies and challenges related to the program working areas and will be useful in materializing the strategic objective goal in a systematic way.

The specific objectives of the baseline study are:

  • To provide situational analysis of the status and dynamics of value-chains, practices, policies/frameworks, influential stakeholders, civic space etc. per project
  • To establish benchmark on FAIR4ALL key outcome indicators for comparison and analysis upon program completion

Scope of Work and Baseline Questions

  • A baseline study typically provides values and targets on program key outcome indicators, enabling comparison or the assessment of progress at mid-term and end line evaluation of the program.
  • Given the nature of the FAIR4ALL program, its outcome indicators are qualitative. Therefore, the baseline study will rather be an analysis describing the situation at the start of our intervention.

Key Baseline Questions

  • To what extent does the legal space hinder the public/CSOs from promoting alternative business models for women?
  • How is wealth from value chains currently shared?
  • How would you describe the current level of CSO coalitions engagement in policy dialogues (possibly through multi-stakeholder initiatives) with private and/or financial sector actors in Agriculture and extractive industries value chains?
  • To what extent has civil society accessed media and shared views with the general public on alternative business models
  • What is the scope for establishing and scaling up viable alternatives that produce social, environmental and economic value for all stakeholders?
    Ghana’s current fiscal and trade regime,
  • To what extent does this regime prevent tax evasion and avoidance?
  • To what extent does it enable the government to increase domestic resources for pro-poor investments?
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Baseline Methodology

The baseline study shall employ feminist approach where the consultant shall consciously apply participatory methods that are gender and youth sensitive and guided by feminist principles.

The methodology for the baseline should meaningfully engage all key stakeholders including ultimate recipients (beneficiaries), partners and Oxfam staff by providing opportunity for them to shape the process and outcomes.

The consultant(s) must also demonstrate how the rights of participants will always be protected in line with Oxfam’s safeguarding and data protection policies, copies of which will be part of the contract of the successful consultant. Oxfam in Ghana shall work closely with the successful consultant and the consultant shall be required to provide regular feedback to Oxfam in Ghana.

Oxfam in Ghana and the consultant shall use combination of the following methods for the baseline study.

  • Desk study for Value chain, Practice, Policy/enforcement stakeholder analysis,
  • Desk study: Policy analysis, civic space analysis
  • Partner Self- administered Capacity assessment tools
  • Situational Analysis tools
  • Interviews- The consultant can use key informant interviews for data to the extent that it enhances the situational analysis. However, it is not a requirement for this assignment.

Oxfam in Ghana will share and discuss the project documents and other instruments with the successful consultant (project logic, detained specific baseline questions and proposed situational analysis instruments for adaptation).

Baseline Duration and Schedule

The overall assignment is expected to be completed within 20 consultancy days. kindly develop your work plan into weekly deliverables.

Time

  • Key Tasks and deliverables 22nd September, 2021
  • Consultant is selected 13th October, 2021
  • Consultant conducted situational Analysis 14th October 2021
  • Draft report is prepared and submitted 19th October, 2021
  • Baseline report validation/ review 21st October 2021

Baseline report is updated, approved and submitted

Payments schedule

Payment will be done in three instalments. 30% upon contract signature, 40% upon submission of satisfactory draft report and participating in validation meeting, and 30% upon Oxfam’s approval of the final baseline report.

Note that payment will be made based on the agreed fees and associated costs in the bid budget (not based on actual expenses incurred by the consultant)

Required Skills or Experience

Eligibility

  • The assignment seeks a candidate(s) with advanced qualification and skills in evaluations and or/ in the agriculture and extractive value chains.
  • The candidate(s) must have experience working in or doing evaluations in agricultural and extractive value chains ( cocoa, gold, petroleum, salt).
  • The candidate(s) must demonstrate experience and competencies in using qualitative research methodology in evaluations
  • Must be willing to collaborate with the PvP FAIR4ALL Project team and Partners in delivering the work.

How To Apply

Selection

Selection will be based on:

  • Clear, credible, and structured proposed methodology
  • Excellent track record in conducting evaluation in agric and extractives value chain themes and development work in general
  • Demonstrable experience of conducting gendered baselines
  • Experience of advocacy/policy influencing work monitoring and evaluation
  • Ability to manage the totality of the baseline consultancy, including logistics and recruiting and managing other team members, where necessary
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and adaptability
  • Time available during the critical period of September to October 2021
  • Value for money (suitability of the financial proposal) for the activities laid out in the methodology, within the financial possibilities of the program
  • Demonstrable experience and competencies in using qualitative research methods in evaluations
  • Demonstrable willingness to collaborate with the project team and partners in delivering the assignment.
  • Our values and commitment to safeguarding
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Oxfam is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behavior at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct; and committed to promoting the welfare of children, young people, adults and beneficiaries with whom Oxfam GB engages.

Oxfam expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment through our code of conduct. We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for us.

The post holder will undertake the appropriate level of training and is responsible for ensuring that they understand and work within the safeguarding policies of the organization.

All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks. Oxfam GB also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this Scheme, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms his/her understanding of these recruitment procedures.

We are committed to ensuring diversity and gender equality within our organisation and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

How to apply

Submission of Proposal

Kindly send your technical proposals with detailed budget (Consultants fees, Travel costs( if any) and other direct costs) to ghadverts@oxfam.org.uk

DEALINE

By 20th September, 2021 before 5:00pm.

Submissions should include a cover letter, understanding of the scope of work, past work experience on the subject, qualitative evaluation methodology and CVs of the consultants.

Your e-mail should have the subject line PvP FAIR4ALL Baseline Study in Ghana.

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