There is a deep-seated ground that your Food Security and Livelihood research and consultancy service needs can certainly be fulfilled if you work with us. Food Security and Livelihood is one of the areas where we excel. Not only we made available all the necessary equipment, experts, and partners in the area, we have a very rich experience working across the country. The following are from the long list of experience we lived through and flourished in the last ten years:
  • 1. Baseline Survey for Drought Resilience and Sustainable Livelihood Program (DRSLP): Ethiopian Project, Ministry of Agriculture (MOA).

    The purpose of the baseline survey, conducted in 15 woredas was 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.

  • 2. End-Term Evaluation of Shebedino Food Security Project of Shebedino Program Unit in SNNPR”, Plan International.

    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 planned 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.

  • 3. The Africa Research in Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation (Africa RISING) – Ethiopian Highlands Household and Community Survey, IFPRI.

    This study was aimed at improving household food security and farm incomes in the Ethiopian highlands through Sustainable Intensification (SI) of crops/livestock systems. The survey covers around 4000 HHs in Amhara, Tigray, Oromia, and SNNP regions. Main activities in this survey included translating survey instruments, working with ERC and the IE  Country Coordinator to develop  a survey sampling, electronic data collection, and data management plan, training manual as well as field logistics and field team management plan.

  • 4. A Study on Marketing and Technical Analysis of Livelihood Opportunities Prioritized by Community-Following-Community Livelihood Plan Development at Kebele Level, Pastoral Community Development Project (PCDP), Ministry of Federal Affairs.

    The objective of this consultancy was to conduct market and technical analyses study in order to identify income generating activities/investment opportunities through market, value chain and social analyses for long list of livelihood activities expressed by the community during community livelihood plan development.

  • 5. Household, Community and Facility Survey: Impact Evaluation of Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Program in Ethiopia, African Development Bank.

    This study was 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 assessing if interventions have worked as expected, by how much and what factors explain findings on  effects.  As part of the impact evaluation design, this survey collected primary data from beneficiary and non-beneficiary communities/households.

  • 6. A Baseline Study on the Implementation of the Regional Pastoral Livelihoods Resilience Project (RPLRP), International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI).

    The overall objective of the assignment was 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 included: identifying 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 identifying and proposing additional indicators and define their corresponding benchmark for those project outputs/interventions missing in the project logical framework.

  • 7. Baseline Data for the Development Response to Displacement Impacts Project (DRDIP) Implementation, MoALR:

    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.

  • 8. Luna Livestock and Out-Grower development project Baseline Assessment, World Bank/IFC:

    Provide technical support to improve efficiency of client operations and establish the first semi intensive goat feedlot farm in Ethiopia, Establish a working out grower program that delivers to market requirements and improves farmer incomes, Disseminate project results and approaches in order to influence the development of the sector in Ethiopia. By meeting the above objectives, Luna is looking to address the challenges affecting quality and reliable supply of animals by facilitating farmers to adopt better animal husbandry practices and hence improve production output.

  • 9. 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
  • 10. Revenue Generation Statregies for Developing Regional States (DRS) in Ethiopia:

    The objective of this consultancy is to develop strategies for strengthening local revenue systems, generation and management capacities of DRS (Developing Regional States) to mobilize revenue to finance development programs.

  • 11. 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. BDS- CDR in partnership with the UNICIEF’s Office of Research (OoR) design and implement the qualitative data collection of the impact evaluation. BDS- CDR 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.

  • 12. 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.

  • 13. 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.

  • 14. 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 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.

  • 15. Food Loss Assessment: Causes and Solution; Case Study in small - scale Maize and Teff in Dender and Mechekel Woredas:

    The objectives of the study are to: Identify the main immediate and the underlying structural problems (storage, technology, market access, management knowhow, policy issues etc) that invoke immediate causes of food loss in teff and maize supply chains; Quantify food losses in the selected food supply chains of maize and teff, caused by immediate causes and Evaluate feasibility of measures gathered or implied by the study to reduce food losses in terms of technical and economic feasibility, social acceptability and environment-friendliness.

  • 16. A Study on Marketing and Technical Analysis of Livelihood Opportunities Prioritized by Community Following Community Livelihood Plan Development at Kebele Level for Ministry of Federal affair:

    The objective of the consultancy is to conduct market and technical analyses study in order to identify income generating activities / investment opportunities through market, value chain and social analyses for long list of livelihood activities expressed by the community during community livelihood plan development.

  • 17. 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, BDS-CDR contracted by SC to assess the existing senario and record the benchmark for future evalation after project completion.

  • 18. 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.

  • 19. 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.

  • 20. 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.

  • 21. 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.

  • 22. A System of Spot checks for the Govermnt 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.
  • 23. 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.