The Productive Safety Net Program (PSNP) is the flagship program of the food security strategy of the Ethiopian government. The PSNP was launched in 2005 and is currently in its fourth phase. Currently, the program provides a range of support to food insecure households in eight regions. Through the PSNP, predictable safety net support is provided to about 7.9 million people in 350 chronically food insecure woredas of rural Ethiopia. Implementation of PSNP initially began in the Highlands and then was expanded to the pastoral lowlands of Afar and Somali regions fully in 2012/13.
However, the vast and complex nature of the safety net program coupled with the limited administrative and technical capacity especially at the local level make the effective implementation of the program challenging. This condition has led to a common understanding that there is need for timely third party monitoring of program implementation at a national scale As a result, the Government of Ethiopia and Development Partners have agreed to introduce a National Spot Check System to complement the program’s regular internal monitoring systems and support management decision-making.
Following this agreement, Frontieri is selected as a consulting firm that provides regular and timely external feedback to the Government of Ethiopia and stakeholders of the rural safety net program on the extent to which its implementation is in compliance with agreed procedures in all the eight regions that PSNP is operating. The implementation of the National Spot Checks is expected to take place in two phases:
1. Inception Phase: the inception phase will last two months during which time Frontieri is expected to develop a comprehensive understanding of the program, and
2. Implementation Phase: will last for 12 months and will involve data collection based on the fieldwork time table and survey plan to be prepared by the consultancy firm. Reporting will be done every six months.
Frontieri is proud of being selected to work on the National Spot Check project with the World Bank.