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Impact evaluation and in-depth study of the Rural Development Grant Programme in Kosovo

Deadline for applications:  11 May, 2015 at 12:00 pm, Danish time

Description:

Danish support to Kosovo’s agriculture sector (2012-2016) includes both technical assistance and direct financial support for Kosovo’s matching grant scheme (the Rural Development Grant Programme; RDGP). The latter support is provided jointly with the World Bank who acts a delegated partner for Denmark.

The rural development grant programme is supporting the rural sector to improve competitiveness and productivity in order to eventually be able to compete in EU and (more short term) also to have systems in place that can manage grants from EU’s instruments for pre-accession assistance for rural development (IPARD). Additionally it is the ambition that the grants will generate sustainable and higher income jobs in the rural areas, although there can be short-term trade-offs between promoting productivity and jobs simultaneously.

The grant programme is government run with the World Bank and Danida having provided funding for slightly less than 300 grants in 2013 and 2014, with the government covering the remainder itself (probably an equal number). The grants support two types of activities categorised according to the EU so-called measures: Measure 101 supports physical investments in primary producers, whereas Measure 103 covers processors/marketing of agricultural produce within milk, meat, fruit, vegetables and wine sectors. As the Danish and Bank funding is using the same principles and systems as the government, the evaluation will not treat the funding sources separately. EU is also providing grant funding but in other areas and with higher unit funding levels. 

Both the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development (MAFRD) and the World Bank’s PIU do monitoring of the grant programme with the PIU also maintaining indicators on a sample (500) of non-beneficiaries. Both the PIU and MAFRD has expressed willingness to assist in the evaluation, which will be critical for gaining access to needed data and records.

The EU regularly undertakes sector wide evaluation of the government’s overall Agricultural and Rural Development Programme (ARDP) of which the RDGP is an important part. The latest was a mid term evaluation from 2012. An ex-post evaluation of the 2007-2013 ARDP is planned to produce a final report in June 2015. It is important that the evaluation complements the ongoing evaluation and should liaise with the EU team, as well as the PIU and the M&E units of MAFRD.


Objectives of the evaluation:


• To both quantify and qualify the RDGP impact in terms of competitiveness, incomes, net employment creation and productivity through statistical/quantitative analysis as well as qualitative in-depth studies from the field.

• To improve the programming and implementation process of the RDGP for better achieving the objectives with respect to competitiveness, incomes, net employment creation and productivity

• To improve the M&E system for the 2014–2020 RDGP.

The direct counterpart for the consultancy will be the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the World Bank, with close involvement of the MAFRD (PA and MA).


Scope and timing of the contract:


• A team leader with extensive experience in both qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods, capable of steering the evaluation and developing a credible and evidence based ToC. Familiarity with rural evaluations an advantage.  The team leader will have a total input of up to 30 working days, out of which 15 in Kosovo

• A senior expert impact evaluation expert with at least 10 years’ experience with a total input of up to 20 working days, out of which 10 in Kosovo. The senior expert must have experience with impact evaluation of rural development programmes, preferable regression discontinuity design.

• Two junior experts with at least 5 years’ experience with EU rural development programmes, with an input of up to 15 working days in Kosovo each. Experience in farms accountancy/economics shall be required. The junior experts will assist in all aspect including data collection and processing as well as in the in-depth studies. The junior experts will also assist the senior expert in his/her work in Kosovo as defined by the senior expert, but e.g. ensuring on-the-field meetings preparations, translation during meetings (i.e. Albanian language capabilities are required) and counter-checking data/information. 

• A contingency of 5 extra working days is reserved but can only be used by prior approval from Danida.

In all, a total of 85 consultancy days have been allocated for this assignment.

The maximum budget for the assignment is DKK 900,000. In addition to travel budget for the field work in Kosovo, the budget should include two trips for the team to Copenhagen.


Expected start date for the assignment: 8 June, 2015

 

Deadline for applications: 11 May, 2015 at 12:00 pm, Danish time


The standard application form should be used. Applications not using the standard form may be rejected. Applications received after the time limit shall be rejected.

The application form can be downloaded here.

Contact point: European Neighbourhood (EUN)

Name of Programme Officer: Marie Pedersen Haug

E-mail address Programme Officer:
marhau@um.dk

Criteria for selection:
A minimum of three and a maximum of five applicants with references best suited for this assignment will be invited to submit a tender.