Thematic Areas Covered by the Social Protection Team

  • Social Security Programs and Services
  • Fair Enjoyment of Basic Social Services
  • Social Norms and Values
  • Development Safety Net in Rural and Urban Areas
  • Employment Opportunities and Living Condition
  • Legal Protection and Support for Citizens Exposed to Violence and Oppression
  • Operational Research on different components of Social Protection

  • Impact Evaluation of PSNP and CBHI Linkages: Qualitative Component of a Longitudinal Study to Assess the Impacts of PSNP and CBHI Linkages on Client Households

    Client: UNICEF Ethiopia

    Contract Value: $78,331.96721

    Duration of the assignment: September 2018 – August 2019

    Description of Project:

    The major purpose of this consultancy service is to collect qualitative data in three waves of longitudinal study to assess the impacts of PSNP and CBHI linkages on client households at Amhara regional state. Three rounds of qualitative data collection will take place at baseline, midline and end line. Frontieri in partnership with the UNICIEF’s Office of Research (UoR) design and implements the qualitative data collection of the impact evaluation. Frontieri is required to lead the overall data collection process, including preparation of field manuals for interviewers and supervisors, obtaining ethical approval, design and implement all data collection plans for three round that contain recruitment and training of enumerators, procurements of logistics and supplies, conducting pilot testing, transcription and translation of interview, responding to the queries of data collection errors and preparation of field work report

  • Ethiopia Urban Productive Safety Net Project (UPSNP): Third Round Proxy Means Test (PMT) Verification,

    Client: Federal Urban Job Creation and Food Security Agency

    Contract Value: $108,113.80

    Duration of the assignment: May 2019 – July 2019

    Description of Project:

    The main objective of this assignment is to conduct Proxy Mean Test (PMT) for verification of community based targeting (CBT) of beneficiaries in the six cities (Addis Ababa, Dessie, Hawassa, Mekele, Dire Dawa, and Adama). The following are the specific objectives of the assignment:

    1. Conduct a survey on a sample of beneficiary households to collect the necessary data that will be used for PMT verification exercise,
    2. To verify the outcomes of the CBT using the results of the PMT;
    3. Identify and determine the beneficiaries above and below the 20% margin of errors;
    4. Produce a full-fledged operational as well as assessment report for learning.
  • Baseline Survey on Current KAP Regarding Peace Building, Social Cohesion and Resilience in Afar, Benishangul-Gumuz, Gambella and Somali Regions

    Client: UNICEF Ethiopia

    Contract Value: $150,000.00

    Duration of the assignment: December 2014 – May 2015

    Description of Project:

    The purpose of the study is to generate comprehensive KAP baseline information regarding social cohesion and resilience among direct and indirect beneficiaries in the 4 DRSs and 10 Woredas where the PBEA is being implemented. The information will inform PBEA programming in these regions and support implementers to understand and monitor the progress and results of the interventions in the regions.

  • Impact Evaluation of PSNP and CBHI Linkages: Quantitative Component of a Longitudinal Study to Assess the Impacts of PSNP and CBHI Linkages on Client Households

    Client: UNICEF Ethiopia

    Contract Value: $566,465.2049

    Duration of the assignment: September 2018-August 2019

    Description of Project:

    The objective of this impact evaluation is to examine the potential impact of an integrated implementation of the PSNP and CBHI, aiming at providing access for PSNP clients to CBHI premium wavier as well as fostering a harmonized approach towards targeting and general program implementation.

  • Baseline Study on “Impact Evaluation of Integrated Nutrition-Social Cash Transfer Pilot Program (IN-SCI) Under the PSNP in Oromia and SNNP Regions

    Client: IFPRI

    Contract Value: $200,000.00

    Duration of the assignment: March 2016 – May 2016

    Description of Project:

    Several key aspects of PSNP design and implementation have been changed in the new cycle. Two of these changes are: Direct Support beneficiaries will receive payments all year round instead of for only half the year – an increase from 6 months to 12 months – and pregnant women will move from Public Works to a new category – ‘temporary Direct Support’. The ‘process’ part of the evaluation will focus on how effectively these changes are being implemented, from the perspective of the officials who are implementing them – Social Workers (SWs), Health Extension Workers (HEWs), Development Agents (Das) – as well as relevant institutions involved – the SCTP Steering Committee, Food Security Task Forces, Community Care Coalitions (Oromia), and Community-based Social Protection Committees (SNNPR). The survey will be implemented in three rounds – baseline survey, follow up survey and End line survey. The study will be conducted in 3900 households in Oromia and SNNP regions. The study will use field test kits including anthroprometric measurements, GPS, CAPI and EA maps.

  • End line survey for “Impact Evaluation of Integrated Nutrition-Social Cash Transfer Pilot Program (IN-SCI) Under the PSNP in Oromia and SNNP Regions

    Client: IFPRI

    Contract Value: $224,787

    Duration of the assignment: July 2018 – October 2018

    Description of Project:

    The general objective of this assignment is to conduct an impact evaluation of UNICEF’s Social Cash Transfer Project in Oromia and SNNP Regions in Ethiopia from 2015-2018. This evaluation study will measure the impact of the SCT project on household food security, child nutrition and related outcomes and will also measure the quality of implementation of the project.  The evaluation includes a quantitative component based on a baseline and end line household survey, led by IFPRI, and a qualitative component, led by IDS. The goal of the quantitative evaluation is to measure causal program impacts as differences in outcomes between the beneficiaries and their counterfactual, a proxy for what outcomes would have been for this group had they not received the program. Our responsibly in this assignment was to support IFPRI in conducting the quantitative evaluation of the SCT pilot program in Oromia and SNNP regions.

  • Baseline Data for the Development Response to Displacement Impacts Project (DRDIP) Implementation

    Client: Ministry of Agriculture

    Contract Value: $158,998.00

    Duration of the assignment: April 2018 – October 2018

    Description of Project:

    The main objectives of the DRDIP are to improve the access to basic social and economic infrastructures and improve the sustainable livelihood opportunities of the beneficiaries. It also aims at enhancing better management of the environment and the natural resources. In short, it will try to mitigate at least the negative impacts of refugee presence on the host communities.

    The Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), in collaboration with partner organizations wanted to ‘establish a comprehensive baseline data for the DRDIP implementation and have a report that describes the social, economic and infrastructural status at the beginning/starting of the project’. The baseline data and the report are to be used to evaluate the performance of the project in five years’ time and also to monitor the progress.

  • Innovation in Delivery of Better Basic Services: Challenges and Opportunities

    Client: Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MoFED)

    Contract Value: $200,000.00

    Duration of the assignment: March 2014 – August 2014

    Description of Project:

    The flagship study is aimed at leveraging innovation to foster quality and accessible basic services to all citizens in Ethiopia. The study identified innovative approaches to promote greater results for quality and efficient basic service delivery particularly at the decentralized level, while ensuring sustainability.

  • A System of Spot Checks for the Government of Ethiopia’s Rural Safety Net in Afar and Somali Regions

    Client: The World Bank Group

    Contract Value: $149, 287.28

    Duration of the assignment: January 2018 – January 2019

    Description of Project:

    The general objective of the Spot-Checks assignment is to provide regular and timely feedback to the Government of Ethiopia and stakeholders of the rural safety net on the extent to which programme implementation in Afar and Somali regions is improving and is complying with agreed programme procedures.  Access to this information will enable the Government and other stakeholders to develop mitigating actions, target capacity building support and make any necessary adjustments to program design.

    The following specific objectives are derived from the general objective:

    • To assess the extent to which actual implementation of rural safety net in Afar and Somali regions complies with agreed upon program guidelines and whether program implementation and compliance with program procedures are improving over time;
    • To identify and assess the main constraints and challenges associated with the implementation of the program in the two study regions; and
    • Based on the findings of the study, to identify lessons learned and provide concrete or actionable recommendations which can be used as feed-back to improve program design and implementation in the two study regions.
  • Rural Safety Net National Spot Check

    Client: The World Bank Group

    Contract Value: $569,714.60

    Duration of the assignment: May 2019 – August 2020

    Description of Project:

    As clearly articulated in the TOR, the primary objective of the assignment is to provide regular and timely external feedback to the Government of Ethiopia and stakeholders of the rural safety net on the extent to which program implementation is in compliance with agreed procedures in all eight regions that PSNP is operating.

    The following specific objectives are derived from the general objective:

    • To assess the extent to which actual implementation of rural safety net in the eight regions complies with agreed upon program guidelines;
    • To verify data collected internally through the program operators;
    • To track the progress of strategic program implementation decisions (e.g. graduation, roll-out of new software, etc.);

    To generate concrete recommendations based on the findings and conclusions of the study which can be used to support regions to formulate action plans to address the gaps and constraints in the implementation of the program