Frontier i consult has ample experience in conducting IV.   Social,Economic and Environmental Assessment at various stages of projects in several programs to mention few: Productive Safety Net programs (PSNP), Agricultural growth program (AGP), Participatory small scale irrigation program (PASIDP), Promotion of Basic Services Program (PBS), Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Program (RWSSP), RUFIP-II,  andGeneral Education Quality Improvement Program (GEQIP) provided for World Bank Group, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Resources (MoALR), Ministry of Finance and Cooperation (MoFEC) , ILRI, IFPRI , Development Bank of Ethiopia(DBE) and Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MoLSA). Below is a glimpse of our experience in the area:
  • 1. Baseline Data for the Development Response to Displacement Impacts Project (DRDIP) Implementation:

    The DRDIP has four major components. The project will be implemented in all four countries (Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya, and Uganda) in a modular and sequenced fashion that is focused on mobilization and capacity support for communities and local governments and through an implementation process responsive to community priorities. The communication, social mobilization, and participatory planning process will be complimented by awareness raising and capacity support for communities, community institutions, and local governments as well as capacity enhancement and institutional strengthening, including systems and process development for the implementing agencies. DRDIP addresses the social, economic, and environmental impacts of the presence of refugees in host communities through interlinked technical and investment components.

  • 2. 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:

    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. Frontier i consult in partnership with the UNICIEF’s Office of Research (OoR) design and implement the qualitative data collection of the impact evaluation. Frontier i consult 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. In addition, as presented in the ToR, the consulting firm will provide support service for OoR in designing data collection instruments, analysis, interpretation of the results, and dissemination workshop. The qualitative data collection will consist of a sub-sample of quantitative evaluation sample. As indicated in the ToR, the overall evaluation comprises 2 woredas as treatment and 2 woredas as comparison group. Then the qualitative sample, in collaboration with OoR, will be purposively selected from the 2 treatment districts. The data collection methods, as suggested in the ToR, include in-depth interview, key informant interview and structured observation. The sample contains three groups, i.e. same 30 beneficiaries for the in-depth interview per wave; 7-12 key informant interview with key experts and officials; interview with 15 household heads and 15 females of ages 12-24 year in same household to examine dynamics around early marriage.

  • 3. 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:

    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. The scope of the assignment are to perform  and implement the following tasks essential to ensure quality data collection activities: Collect high quality data on the household wellbeing in terms of knowledge and up taking services, CBHI enrollment, productivity, Review of survey questionnaire, translation into local languages; preparation training manual and training provision; ethical and government clearance; programming questionnaires; piloting and pre-testing the questionnaire; recruitment of field staffs; conducting household listing and selection; implement and manage field data collection, and participate in data analysis, interpretation  and report writings.

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

    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.

  • 5. Baseline Data collection on “Strengthen PSNP4 Institutions and Resilience (SPIR) Development Food Security Activity (DFSA)” for IFPRI:

    The SPIR-DFSA baseline Data Collection project launched in sleeted 13 woredas of Amhara and Oromia regions of the country. Since the pre-data collection activities: A total of 196 Kebeles and 3528 Households interviewed. A listing approach was conducted in each Kebele, which was prepared by world Vision. A community and price questionnaire also collected in each study Kebele of both regions in addition to woreda questionnaire filled from respective key Woreda personnel’s.

  • 6. Agricultural Growth Program Survey and Establishing of Baseline Data for Impact Evaluation, Ministry of Agriculture (MOA).

    The objective of this project was to collect baseline data for more than 2,000 households for Agricultural Growth Program in four regions. The collected data was then used to establish a baseline for Impact Evaluation and to derive target value for the following five years. To fulfill the objectives stated above, high-quality data was collected using household level and community level surveys. This data included sustainable land management practices, production, crop input, agri-business activities, access to institutional setups and the like.

  • 7. Revision of Strategic Plan for Community Care Structures and Developing Guidelines with Action Plans for Strengthening CCS in Line with National Social Protection Policy, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MOLSA).

    The objectives of this work package were: to conduct situational analysis on community care structures in five regions; revision of the Draft Framework for Community Care Structures; develop Implementation Guideline for CCCs, and develop a capacity-strengthening action plan for CCCs. This assignment involved a holistic view of CCCs program, looking at each essential element. Thus, the study looked at the different programs run by community care structures, including: cash transfer, Social Insurance system and promotion, accessibility of fair and quality healthcare, education and social welfare services, legal protection and support for citizens exposed to violence and oppression, public work programs, and safety net and other programmes.

  • 8. Evaluation of the UNICEF/MOWCYA Adolescent/Youth Development Program, (2007 – 2011), UNICEF Ethiopia.

    The main purpose of this evaluation project was to assess the overall impact, effectiveness, efficiency, relevance and sustainability of the ‘UNICEF-Ethiopian Adolescent/Youth Development Program (2007-2011) so as to provide UNICEF and the Government of Ethiopia-MOWCYA and forward appropriate policy directions and tools for further strengthening the program. To best achieve the evaluation work, a collection of high-quality data was given priority. In line with this, the study team gave due emphasis to methodological rigors and close expert supervision during data collection, processing, and write-up.  Data were collected via a structured questionnaire at the household level, through mediators in a focus group discussion and checklist for in-depth interviews with key informants.  The evaluation was conducted in the Amhara, Tigray, Oromia, SNNPR, Afar, Addis Ababa and Dire Dawa regions and city administrations.

  • 9. Qualitative research on employment of rural migrants in urban areas in Ethiopia, World Bank

    This assignment is a qualitative study to be conducted in the five regions of the country, namely Addis Ababa, Amhara, Tigray, Oromia and Southern Nations Nationalities People Region (SNNPR). Data will be collected through Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) with young rural-urban migrants. The study team will also develop a precise discussion guide that will be used by the field team. Moreover, in order to create a clear and common understanding among the field team, the lead researchers will provide intensive training on the objective of the study and the concepts behind the discussion points. More specifically, the firm was responsible for

    • Inception report documentation
    • Field staff training and pilot test
    • Translation and transcription
    • Data collection, analysis and interpretation
    • Conducting validation workshop
    • Final report documentation
  • 10. Qualitative Research Study on Rural Youth Employment in Ethiopia, World Bank

    The main objective of the study is to find out answers to the following questions:

    (1) what are the aspirations of the rural youth with respect to their professional trajectory, (2) what are the opportunities available to the rural youth, both locally and elsewhere through migration,

    (3) are the opportunities available commensurate with the aspiration,

    (4) what obstacles and barriers prevent the rural youth from achieving their objectives, and

    (5) how can existing obstacles be alleviated, to facilitate the mobilization of the rural youth?

    The scope of the work is expected to cover at least 64 focus group discussions and 64 semi-structured interviews of the rural youth in the four major regions of the country (Oromia, Amhara, Tigray, and SNNPR). Within each region, four woredas will be selected and within each woreda, two Kebeles will be chosen. During sampling of Kebeles, it is expected to consider both remote and well-connected Kebeles. Participants in the focus group discussion and semi-structured interviews will be selected based on their literacy level, ownership of land, family background and their access to information. This will enable one to obtain a balanced view of the factors that may affect employment pathway of the rural youth.

  • 11. Support UNICEF and MoLSA in Annual Social Protection Sector Review and Development of Costed Social Protection Action Plans for Five Regions and Two City Administrations (Addis Ababa, Afar, Benishangul, Dire Dewa, Gambella, Harari and Somali) for UNICEF Ethiopia:

    The purpose of the consultancy assignment is in two-fold. The first component of the assignment is to review the implementation of the Annual Social Protection Sector Plans for the four regions of Ethiopia (Tigray, Oromiya, SNNPR, and Amhara). In the second component of the assignment, the primary task will be the preparation of costed social protection action plans for the remaining five regions and two city administrations (Addis Ababa, Afar, Benishangul, Dire Dewa, Gambella, Harari, and Somali).

  • 12. Baseline Survey for Agricultural Mechanization in Ethiopia, Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA).

    The objective of the baseline survey was to assess farmers’ knowledge, access, and adoption of agricultural mechanization technologies for the Meher and irrigation production. Thus it was aimed to understand choice of effective market for pre and post-harvest machines supply and farmers link with these suppliers, to populate each and every indicator specified within the Agricultural Mechanization Strategy (AMS) and other relevant documents, detail interpretation of collected data and information to the approaches required in improving supply and use of agricultural mechanization in Ethiopia.

  • 13. Participatory Small-Scale Irrigation Development Program (PASIDP) Impact Assessment Report and Project Completion Report (PCR), Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

    The study was mainly aimed at investigating how the existing PASIDP schemes/interventions have contributed to the social, economic and cultural context of drought-prone rural population; analyzing and evaluating efficiency of the project intervention in terms of cost-effectiveness and value for money; analyzing and evaluating  the effectiveness of project intervention in terms of project management, coordination and supervision at different levels, fiduciary management, capacity building, institutional arrangement and communication network etc., exercised by the project. The study took three months and covered 1720 households in targeted areas.

  • 14. Baseline Survey for the Project “Support to Early Recovery and Socio-Economic Stability of the Drought Affected Population in Ethiopia”:

    The overall objective of the Project is to foster the social and economic stability as well as recovery of drought affected communities in Afar and Somali Regions. Specifically it aims to strengthen the overall capacity of the local communities to External shocks. The major outcomes of the project intervention that impinges on the impacts are: (i) improved and diversified livelihood opportunities, (ii) increased access to minimum safe water requirements for human and livestock consumption, (iii) ensure effective early warning system and operationalized contingency plans, (iv) improved access to sufficient and safe water, (v) improved access to sufficient and safe water for their livestock, (vi) improved income to meet basic needs and invest in livelihood  (vii)  improved retain or restore their core breeding livestock ,(viii) improved cultivable land at least 0.5 ha of land, (ix) improved access to employment both employed or self-employed through decent job, (x) improved entrepreneurship  and or vocational skills, (xi), improved active community based EW/DRR committees and their community action plans integrated with woreda level annual development plans, (xii) improved active/effective diseases surveillance system; (xiii) improved  Kebele EW/DRR committees with annual community action plans, (xiv) improved community action plans that reflect and seek to address the specific risks faced by children (xv) improved the satisfaction of youth (boys and girls) with the work carried on EW/DRR committees. On the basses of these, Frontier i consult contracted by SC to assess the existing senario and record the benchmark for future evalation after project completion.

  • 15. Baseline Study for the Implementation of Improved Cook Stove and Solar Project in Tigray and SNNP Regional States:

    The overall objective of the assignment is to undertake baseline survey to collect data regarding the current status of using modern energy with a focus on improved cook stoves (ICS) and solar energy in the regions of Tigray and SNNP. The outcome of the survey will be designed to adjust with indicators detailed in the project log frame.

  • 16. Baseline survey for “Sustainable development of the Gambella and Rift Valley Landscapes” Project:

    The general purpose of the baseline survey is to conduct an assessment survey and produce a benchmark information and assessment report document for the Gambella and Rift Valley-Omo landscapes in connection with the EKN project to measure changes brought about by the project. In line with this, the main objective of this assignment is to carry out a baseline assessment survey and capture the baseline conditions for the output indicators that will help to better understand the current situations of the landscapes, set feasible targets and compare changes in the mid-term and end of the project implementation period.

  • 17. Baseline Survey for Drought Resilience and Sustainable Livelihood Program (DRSLP): Ethiopian Project:

    The purpose of the baseline survey is to assess the existing conditions and issues affecting target communities and beneficiaries and establish benchmark indicators to inform the monitoring and evaluation plan. The result will be used to measure change among the target beneficiaries in the short, medium and long term in Afar and Somali regional States in particular and national context in general. The major objectives of this baseline survey are: (1) to identify benchmarks and indicators by national, regional and woreda levels which is disaggregated on gender and can be used as a point of reference for monitoring and evaluation of the DRSL1 project, and (2) to provide benchmark information for measuring project achievements and impact.

  • 18. Baseline Survey on Current KAP Regarding Peace Building, Social Cohesion and Resilience in Afar, Benishangul-Gumuz, Gambella and Somali Regions:

    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.

  • 19. Household, Community and Facility Survey: Impact Evaluation of Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Program in Ethiopia:

    The study is mainly a program impact evaluation that aimed at providing credible gender specific estimates of effects of the rural water supply, sanitation and hygiene interventions on beneficiary communities and households and assess if interventions work as expected, by how much and what factors explain findings on effects. As part of the impact evaluation design, this survey is planned to collect primary data from beneficiary and non-beneficiary communities/households.

  • 20. End Term Evaluation of Shebedino Food Security Project of Shebedino Program Unit in SNNPR:

    The evaluation Project objective was to ascertain whether or not the project achieved its objectives in terms of relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact, and sustainability of the plan’s program. The plan program had the following objectives: (1) increasing food production (through improved crop and livestock production); (2) improving household cash income (including women’s incomes); (3) improving nutrition for all household members (children in particular); and (4) enhancing the capacity of stakeholders particularly the capacity of local government line offices. The evaluation approach started by assessing the components of the log frame analysis then collected qualitative data to assess whether the stated objectives were met and assessed the overall project based on the five evaluation criteria. The Firm successfully completed the evaluation assignment and the final report was approved by the client.

  • 21. Preparation of Implementation Completion and Results report On PCDP II:

    The objectives of this consultancy assignment are to conduct a comprehensive assessment on the design, implementation and achievements of PCDP II.  Bases on this assessment we shall prepare an Implementation Completion Result (ICR) Report.  This report will follow standard format for the preparation of the ICR and an optimum effort will be excreted on the part of the consultant to produce a high quality report.  The report is expected to present proper rating on the success and shortfalls of the project and draw lessons for future development support, including PCDP III, with the aim of ensuring better and sustainable impact.

  • 22. A Baseline study on the implementation of the Regional Pastoral Livelihoods Resilience Project (RPLRP):

    The overall objective of the assignment is to produce results that will be used to measure changes among the target beneficiaries and the attribution of changes to the project interventions in the pastoral and agro-pastoral areas in the four regional states. The specific objectives of the baseline survey are: To identify benchmark information for the national, regional, and woreda level project indicators as outlined in the project logical framework, disaggregated by gender where appropriate, to measure project achievements and impact and to identify and propose additional indicators and define their corresponding benchmark for those project outputs/interventions missing in the project logical framework.

  • 23. Baseline Data Collection: USAID/Ethiopia Land Administration to Nurture Development (LAND) Impact Evaluation (IE), Afar Region:

    This study is intended to collect baseline data for the USAID/Ethiopian Land Administration to Nurture Development (LAND) Impact Evaluation (IE) Program. This includes a large N probability survey, semi-structured interviews with key informants and community leaders, as well as focus group discussion in Guji and Borena Zones of Oromia Region in Ethiopia. Hence, Frontier i consult has sub-contracted with Cloudburst Consulting Group, a US based consulting firm which contracted with USAID-Ethiopia to conduct the whole assignment, whereby Frontier i consult is engaged to conduct part of the assignment, which is the data collection specifically.

  • 24. Endline survey of participatory Radio Initiatives on Potassium Fertilizer and Aybar-bbm (Sintiku Aybar):

    The main objective of the survey was to establish a baseline account of the current state of knowledge, attitudes, and practices related to Aybar BBM and potassium fertilizer, and of the radio listening behaviors and preferences of the target populations. The survey also aimed to achieve the following specific objectives: 1) to provide information on access to radio and mobile phones, as well as farmers’ radio listening behavior and preferences, 2) to generate information on gaps related to knowledge, attitude, and practice of Sintiku Aybar BBM and potassium fertilizer, and 3) to identify areas that deserved special attention in the PRCs.

  • 25. A System of Spot checks for the Government of Ethioipias Rural Safety Net in Afar and Somalia:

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

    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.

  • 27. Evaluation of a Capacity Building Project in Remote Zones in SNNPR with Teams of NUNV Experts, UNICEF Ethiopia.

    The major objective of the study was to evaluate whether the deployment of National United Nation Volunteers (NUNVs) in the 3 remote zones and one special woreda of SNNPR had brought positive change in the management of the programs by zone and woreda Government teams and their capacity to deliver services to the end-users.

  • 28. Outcome Evaluation of Community Led Total Sanitation and Hygiene (CLTSH) In Ethiopia from 2012-2015, UNICEF Ethiopia.

    The objective of the study was to review lessons learned from the implementation of the UNICEF and WSSCC supported CLTSH programs and use them to influence the approach to rural sanitation in the future UNICEF CPD and HSDP-V. The scope of the program evaluation, with a focus on CLTSH only, included examining its application in agrarian communities under the WSSCC program and agrarian and pastoralist communities under the UNICEF programme. The outcome evaluation was undertaken in both the 86 UNICEF learning Woredas (in Amhara, Oromia, SNNPR, Tigray) and the 40 WSSCC-GSF supported Woredas (in Somali, Afar, BenshengulGumuiz and Gambella).

  • 29. Evaluation of School Improvement and Planning and Implementation and the flow and Utilization of School Grant;

    Client: The World Bank Group,

    Reference: gwoldetsadik@worldbank.org

    The main objectives of this study was to assist the government in improving school grant program to ensure the efficient and appropriate use of relevant financial resources and to ensure the effectiveness of school improvement planning at school level . Specifically, it aims to conduct the Public Expenditure Tracking Survey (PETS) and Quantitative Service Delivery Survey (QSDS) and provide analytics on identification of the main issues in resource allocation and spending systems and how the government can improve these systems to strengthen the efficiency and quality of education service delivery, and support efficient participation of PTAS and other stakeholders in school planning process and use of evidence based information for the 3 year strategic and annual plans.

  • 30. General Education Quality Improvement Program II (GEQIP II) Comprehensive Evaluation (Exit Evaluation);

    Client: Ministry of Education,

    Reference: shewalemm@yahoo.com, +251-011-1565558

    The main objectives of  this study was to undertake a comprehensive evaluation of GEQIP II to assess its contribution to the improvement of Ethiopia’s General Education Quality and results. In this line the study is expected to generate evidence of the program’s results and impacts in improving learning conditions and strengthening capacity of education management at all levels. The specific objectives of the study are: (i) to evaluate the extent to which the key GEQIP II related inputs have influenced processes and led to improved student outcomes; and (ii) to assess how key stakeholders view the relevance, effectiveness and impact of the sequencing and mix of key inputs, and to use this information, to adjust the (next phase of) program over time. The study will cover all aspects of GEQIP II, including: assessment of higher-level PDO indicators; progress toward GEQIP II PDO achievement through tracking of PDO indicators; progress of each component through tracking of outputs by components; and degree of integration of cross-cutting themes into GEQIP II implementation. The firms also understand that the study at hand will be conducted from federal level to regional level including MOE Directorates, Universities covered by the project, Regional Education Bureaus, Colleges of Teachers Education, woredas, and schools.

  • 31. Formative Evaluation of the Implementation of Primary and Secondary School Curricula in Ethiopia;

    Client: Ministry of Education,

    Reference: Mr. Tadesse Meresa, Tel: +251-11-155-3133, PO Box 1367, A.A, Ethiopia

    The general objective of this study is to explore the challenges and achievements in the implementation of primary and secondary school curricular materials and to indicate important intervention strategies.

  • 32. School Grant Annual Review 2010/2011- Ministry of Education;

    Client: Ministry of Education/ UNDP

    Reference: Dr. Chris Berry, C- Berry@dfid.gov.ukWendesenHailu, wendedear@yahoo.com, +251 116 18 06 01

    A Project commissioned by FDRE Ministry of Education and funded by UNDP titled “School Grant Rapid Assessment-2009” was intended to review and conduct a SLOT analysis on the disbursement and utilization of School Grant Fund at federal, regional, Woreda and school level (ABE Centers and Primary and Secondary Schools) in Ethiopia. For this survey data was collected from all regions of Ethiopia. The study employed a combination of qualitative and quantitative data collection techniques. More specifically, the study made use of document investigations, key informant interview, and school surveys. Opinion survey was also part of the Study. The Firm has successfully completed the rapid assessment and submitted the final approved version of the report by the client on the agreed time frame of the project.

  • 33. Baseline Survey of UNICEF-Supported Basic Education Programme in Ethiopia with an Evaluative Approach.

    Client: UNICEF Ethiopia

    Reference:  Shumeye Molla, smolla@unicef.org, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

    The major objective of this study was to carry out a baseline survey with an evaluative approach in order to collect time-series data from 2006-2010. The study analyzed and systematically documented the overall situation of basic education in UNICEF-supported woredas in all regions of Ethiopia. The study employed both qualitative and quantitative methods. The primary data was collected from all regions, sampled woredas and schools using FGDs, interviews of key informants as well as direct field observation. Secondary data was collected from the Ministry of Education, Education Statistics Annual Abstract (2005/06-2009/10), and CSA 2007 census. In addition, the firm prepared the database in dot net program and submitted the data base in CD-ROM format to UNICEF. A manual was embedded into the database package on how to use the data and how to enter latest data into the database. This database comprised 13 education indicators such as NIR, GIR, NER, GER, Dropout Rate, Completion Rate and Repetition Rate for ABE Centers and Pre-primary, Primary and Secondary Schools.

  • 34. Overall Data Quality Assessment of the Education sector.

    Client: Central Statistical Agency(CSA)

    Reference: Mr. Esayas Muleta, Email:esayasmuleta@gmail.com, Tel: +251 911733295

    The purpose of this assessment is to undertake over all data quality assessment of education sector to verify the quality of data produced and the specific objectives are: Assess the output data quality Verify the methodological soundness and reporting burden of the process Verify whether the institutional environment are in place Develop recommendations for the sector based on the output of the assessment.

  • 35. Rapid Assessment of School Grant Program (SGP-2009).

    Client: Ministry of Education/ UNDP

    Reference: : Dr. Chris Berry, C- Berry@dfid.gov.ukWendesenHailu,+251 116 18 06 01

    A project commissioned by FDRE Ministry of Education and funded by UNDP titled: “School Grant Rapid Assessment-2009” was intended to review and conduct a SLOT analysis on the disbursement and utilization of the School Grant Fund at the federal, regional, woreda and school level (ABE Centers and Primary and Secondary Schools) in Ethiopia. For this survey data was collected from all regions of Ethiopia. The study employed a combination of qualitative and quantitative data collection techniques. More specifically, the study made use of document investigations, key informant interview and school surveys. Opinion survey was also part of the Study. The firm successfully completed the rapid assessment and submitted the final approved version of the report by the client on the agreed time frame of the project.

  • 36. National Education Facility Survey.

    Client: Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MoFED)

    Reference: Mr. Bereket Kelemu, Tel:+251 913090305, Tel: 0111-570-594,

    The overall objective of this consultancy is to:(i) collect school-based data on service delivery performance at primary schools using the pre-determined survey instrument, (ii) deliver a completed facility survey dataset with supporting documentation, in compliance with the agreed Modules and with the approval of the SDI team, and (iii) conduct basic data analysis. The survey will be conducted in all the regions of Ethiopia.

  • 37. Household Survey: Multi-Tier Measurement of Energy Access in Ethiopia, World Bank.

    The purpose of the study is to carry out a baseline survey on energy supply and use based on a multi-tier energy framework. Furthermore, it is expected to provide a capacity building training for the Ethiopian Central Statistics Agency (CSA) technical staffs. The baseline survey strives to measure the progress made towards the universal energy access goals. For this reason, the Bank developed an innovative approach known as Multi-tier Framework that is very helpful in monitoring and evaluating energy access and use. It is defined as “the ability to avail energy that is adequate, available when needed, reliable, of good quality, convenient, affordable, legal, healthy and safe for all required energy services across households”. Energy access is measured in the tiered-spectrum, from Tier 0 (no access) to Tier 5 (the highest level of access). Thus the main objective of the framework is to monitor and evaluate energy access by following a multidimensional approach.

     

    Households are the ultimate sampling units for which the survey questionnaires will be administered. Twelve (12) households will be selected from each sample EA. Out of a total sample of 3522, we allocate 1008 HHs, that is, a minimum of 96 HH per region for each region, except for Addis Ababa, a region which does not have a rural population. The rest of sampled households will be distributed to each region based on their rural and urban population size (PPS). Therefore, the total sample size for this baseline survey will be 4612 households. Based on the 2007 Population and Housing Survey, the Frontier i consult Team, in collaboration with the CSA, will select the specific EAs and sample 12 households using random systematic sampling.

    Frontier i consult was responsible for

    • Inception report writing
    • Training of enumerators and Supervisors
    • Conducting pilot test
    • Conducting debriefing sessions (with fieldworkers)
    • Data collection (in collaboration with survey department)
    • Data quality assurance
    • Report Documentation
    • Conducting validation workshop
  • 38. Baseline Study for the Implementation of Improved Cook Stove and Solar Project in Tigray and SNNP Regional States, German Development Cooperation (GIZ).

    The objective of the assignment is to undertake baseline survey to collect data regarding the current status of using modern energy with a focus on improved cook stoves (ICS) and solar energy in the regions of Tigray and SNNP. The outcome of the survey will be designed to adjust with indicators detailed in the project log frame.

  • 39. Baseline survey for “Sustainable Development of the Gambella and Rift Valley Landscapes” Project, Horn of Africa Regional Environment Center and Network (HoA-REC&N).

    The general purpose of the baseline survey was to conduct an assessment survey and produce a benchmark information and assessment report document for the Gambella and Rift Valley-Omo landscapes in connection with the EKN project to measure changes brought about by the project. In line with this, the main objective of this assignment was to carry out a baseline assessment and capture the baseline conditions for the output indicators that will help to better understand the current situations of the landscapes, set feasible targets and compare changes in the mid-term and end of the project implementation period.

  • 40. Baseline Survey for the Project, Improvement of Water Supply and Sanitation in Guraghe Zone, SNNPR, Korean International Cooperative Agency (KOICA).

    The study aimed to measure the impact brought by KOICA integrated water, sanitation and hygiene intervention on the well-being of beneficiaries in two Woredas of Gurage Zone after the implementation of the project. Alongside this, the study was intended to enhance the drawing of new lessons for KOICA project office which will enable the designing of similar projects in Ethiopia and other parts of developing countries. The study would eventually have immense impact on future policies of rural sanitation intervention.

  • 41. Baseline Data Collection: USAID/Ethiopia Land Administration to Nurture Development (LAND) Impact Evaluation (IE), Cloudburst Consulting Group-USAID-Ethiopia.

    This study was intended to collect baseline data for the USAID/Ethiopian Land Administration to Nurture  Development  (LAND)  Impact Evaluation (IE) Program. This includes doing a large N probability survey, conducting semi-structured interviews with key informants and community leaders, as well as focus group discussion in Guji and Borena Zones of Oromia Region. Hence, Frontier i consult was engaged to conduct part of the assignment, specifically the data collection. Actual services provided by our staff within the assignment included: conducting Focus group discussions for the LAND IE; conducting Large Number of Household Survey using a mobile data collection system; conducting pre-test of the survey and pilot the electronic data collection; conducting structured Village leader survey with local village leaders/key informants using a mobile data collection system; and demonstrating effective multi-sectoral coordination models at selected locations within the target woredas, among other things.

  • 42. Effectiveness of Financial Transparency and Accountability (FTA) Initiatives and Impact Assessment on Budget Literacy Training (BLT) under Promotion of Basic Service (PBS) Program, Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MoFED).

    The main objective of this study was to identify opportunities for demand-side transparency and accountability work and to develop strategies to access these opportunities for potential funders and practitioners. Frontier i consult undertook the assessment to evaluate the effectiveness of FTA initiative,  FTA tools and information dissemination mechanisms and its usefulness at all level, as well as evaluating the impact of BLT on budgeting process and quality service providing  process considering the gender differences in Budget and Service delivery processes.

  • 43. Developing Monitoring and Evaluation System Study for RUFIP II Programme, Development Bank of Ethiopia.

    The overall objectives of the consultancy assignment were to develop the monitoring and evaluation frameworks containing a suitable and functioning program M&E system that draws on information generated at the various level of program implementation, and form different program components and procedures that will be outlined in the program document. We performed an extensive analysis of the RUFIP-I M&E System and have revised various priority areas that weakened the system and consequently offered recommendations (organized according to the areas reviewed in the RUFIP-II Diagnostic) to make the RUFIP-II M&E process more effective and efficient.

  • 44. Mid-Term Evaluation for Basic Services Project (BASES) Under Peace and Development Program (PDP), Save the Children Ethiopia.

    Though the Peace and Development Program have four major areas of emphasis, the major area of emphasis of this particular project was on the support to the delivery of Basic Services Project (BASES) in Somali region, which has been implemented by a conglomerate, including organizations such as: Save the Children International (the leading agency), International Rescue Committee (IRC), Islamic Relief (IR) and Ogaden Welfare and Development Association (OWDA).

  • 45. Evaluation of Community based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) / Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) Monitoring Activity in Ethiopia, UNICEF Ethiopia:

    The main objective of this consultancy assignment is to undertake impact evaluation of CMAM/IYCF monitoring activities taken care of by national firms. The broad objectives of this study can be stipulated as follows: Assess the impacts of the CMAM/IYCF monitors on the strengthening of CMAM program and identify gaps and areas of improvement in the monitoring activities, Recommend on the feasibility to enlarge spectrum of monitoring activities to include support to other nutrition programs, Investigate the impacts of monitoring activities on the strength of the Health System and to recommend sustainable and cost-efficient transition/exit strategy

    The specific objectives are:

    • To assess the performance of the monitors to strength the capacity of health staffs
    • To investigate the contributions of the monitors on the quality of CMAM/IYCF program and outreach activities
    • To assess the efforts of the monitors on the strength of the Health System at the national and regional levels, To show the ways the monitoring system be improved in the light of sustainability and cost-efficiency
  • 46. Baseline Assessment Survey as a Benchmark as well as Conducting Project Evaluation after a year for Phase II PVSD Project in Afar, SNNP, Somali, Oromia, and Tigray Regions, UNICEF Ethiopia.

    Major objectives of the evaluation were to establish baseline, end-line, and to measure/evaluate the changes due to the PVSD project at the end of the project period. Thus, our company was responsible for: conducting baseline and end-line assessment on PVSD’s contribution on routine immunization and planned supplementary immunization and outbreak responses; utilizing expert in research and statistics to ensure that data is collected in a statistically valid manner; consulting with UNICEF/MBGF, FMOH, WHO and other technical partners on methodology and questionnaire design; and providing supervision to the data collectors to ensure high-quality implementation is achieved.

  • 47. Information Meetings on the Enhanced Outreach Strategy/ Community Health Days (EOS/ CHD) and Increased Supervision of the Screening Quality in Ethiopia, UNICEF Ethiopia.

    The main objective of the project was to improve the quality of nutrition screening data taken by health extension workers during the EOS/CHD by ensuring adequate supervision and information on the EOS/TSF program. This entailed organizing, together with the RHB, a series of information meetings/ training at regional, zonal, and woreda levels on the importance of ensuring high quality of screening and the consequences of not achieving this; conducting spot-check supervisory visits of the EOS/CHD to monitor the quality of the screening, and finally assist the Regional Health Bureaus (RHB) in the preparation of micro plans and cascade training from region to woreda. The assignment covered all EOS/ CHD woredas in Ethiopia, from which 30 percent of kebeles each were selected and included in the supervision.

  • 48. Monitor and Implement Strategies to Improve the Quality of the Management of Severe Acute Malnutrition in all Regions of Ethiopia, UNICEF Ethiopia.

    The objective of the project was to strengthen the current reporting, supervision, and supplies management systems within the Regional Health Bureaus and to improve the performance of the management of severe acute malnutrition in- an out-patient therapeutic services (OTPs and SCs). The study covered all regions and city administrations in Ethiopia. It was finalized within the time frame and the result was submitted to the client after a validation workshop.

  • 49. End-line Survey of the Project for Improving Maternal and Child Nutrition Status (COBANA) in Oromia Region, JICA.

    The main objective of the project was to reduce malnutrition among children under five and pregnant/lactating women in the target areas. More specifically, the project’s main objectives included: enhancing capacity at Regional, Zonal and Woreda  levels to strengthen community-based nutrition service delivery, and enhancing community participation to prevent malnutrition of children and pregnant/lactating women.

  • 50. Baseline survey of the UNICEF - UNFPA joint programme (JP) phase III on HIV prevention, sexual reproductive health and violence response among most-at-risk adolescents and youth in Ethiopia:

    The objective of baseline survey is to generate benchmark information in which the program implementation basis on to reach and enhance the Knowledge and skills; and to provide services and opportunities for most at-risk adolescents and youths to help them make a successful transition to adulthood ensuring their rights are protected, respected and fulfilled. The technical approach of the baseline survey seeks to address the objectives of the survey that would in turn be in line with thematic areas discussed in the above framework and would be conducted based on the following key approaches. The baseline study covered six regions and one city administration: Afar, Amhara, Gambella, Oromia, SNNPR and Tigray regional States and Addis Ababa. Within the selected regions/city administration, 20 hotspot urban woredas were selected. The baseline survey conducted focusing on most vulnerable adolescents and youth aged 10-24 years who are living or working on the streets, adolescents living with HIV, domestic workers, Sex Workers (CSW), Adolescents with disability, seasonal workers, and youths working in or close to enterprises. To show the ways the monitoring system be improved in the light of sustainability and cost-efficiency

  • 51. Final Evaluation of Phase II Passive Vaccine Storage Devices (PVSD) Project in Ethiopia for UNICEF Ethiopia:

    The core objective of this study is to assess the effectiveness of the PVSD project in improving immunization service provision and coverage. The projects effectiveness will be examined based on these expected outcomes:

    • Improvement in immunization supply chain; vaccines and cold chain status
    • Changes in immunization service coverage and dropout rates
    • generate key lessons and identify promising practices
  • 52. Global Value Chains (GVCs) Survey in Ethiopia, World Bank.

    The major objective of the assignment/ study is to collect firm/ enterprise level quantitative data that would help to understand enterprise-level dynamics of value chain interactions, labor use, and the drivers of firm growth, investment, and job creation, as well as to identify firms’ opportunities and obstacles for participation in Global value chains (GVCs) of textile & apparel, as well ICT sectors. The study is expected to provide information with respect to: i) sales strategies of the firms, ii) sourcing strategies iii) jobs and skills requirements in the value chain, iv) use of technology, management practices, working conditions and standards, v) linkages and dependencies across the chain, vii) the opportunities and challenges facing firms, and viii) firms’ strategic responses to the various challenges across the border. Moreover, the study will cover values chains (input suppliers, processors, producers of intermediate and end products, marketers, brand manufacturers, retailers, including importers and exports ) with national geographical coverage and the universe/ study unit being establishments having at least 5 years. To meet the objectives of the assignment, data will be collected from at least 1200 establishments/ firm

  • 53. End line survey of participatory Radio Initiatives on Potassium Fertilizer and Aybar-BBM (SintikuAybar), Farm Radio International.

    The baseline survey for Aybar BBM was conducted in Amhara and Oromia regions. The survey covered the twelve woredas that were targeted by SSTP.  On the other hand, the baseline survey for potassium fertilizer was conducted in seven woredas of Amhara region and 10 woredas of Tigray region.  Moreover, the baseline study was conducted using a cross-sectional survey study design that employed quantitative approaches. The study employed a two-stage cluster sampling with stratification by gender. The main objective of the survey was to establish a baseline account of the current state of knowledge, attitudes, and practices related to Aybar BBM and potassium fertilizer, and of the radio listening behaviors and preferences of the target populations. The survey also aimed to achieve the following specific objectives: 1) to provide information on access to radio and mobile phones, as well as farmers’ radio listening behavior and preferences, 2) to generate information on gaps related to knowledge, attitude, and practice of SintikuAybar BBM and potassium fertilizer, and 3) to identify areas that deserved special attention in the PRCs.

  • 54. Conduct the Yegna Audience Market Research Survey across Addis Ababa and Amhara regions in Ethiopia, Girls Effect.

    The main objective of the survey is to obtain a better understanding of the media and brand landscape, barriers to media access, and media consumption habits as well as the awareness, perceptions of and engagement of target audiences with the Yegna brand and its products.

  • 55. Consultancy Service for collecting Baseline Data for Urban Areas, Ministry of Urban Development and Construction.

    The overall objective of the study was to collect data on urban and construction industry development sectors to establish baseline for the implementation of Integrated Urban Database Project (IUDP). We prepared an inception report that included the revised methodology, survey instruments, and detailed survey plan, then collected data from all sampled urban centers using a questionnaire, key informant interviews and focus group discussions. The draft and final reports were prepared and submitted as per schedule.