Synergos Ethiopia Bid For Consultancy


  • Category : Academic Consultancy
  • Posted Date : 03/28/2021
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  • Source : Reporter
  • Closing Date : 04/07/2021


1.  Background


Synergos Ethiopia in partnership with the Helmsley Foundation have launched a three years project called ‘Improving Lives and Livelihoods of Small-scale Farmers’ in Ethiopia. Agriculture in Ethiopia is the largest employer and foreign earning earner sector. Production is largely smallholder-based comprising of up to 12 million households who depend on rain-fed farming system, live on less than 2 hectares of land and account for approximately 95 percent of agricultural GDP. Small-scale farmers are living in the situation of low margins, resulting in low risk-taking ability and low investment, which leads to low productivity, low market orientation and low value addition.

In order for small holder farmers to transform agricultural growth of the country as well as improve their well-being, they have to be supported to be innovative and entrepreneurial and overcome the aforementioned constraints. Eight years back, Synergos Institute with the support of BMGF and collaboration of the Ministry of Agriculture and ATA initiated a new and participatory approach called Agricultural Commercialization Cluster. ACC is an approach aiming at enhancing collaboration among farmers, input suppliers, output marketers, service providers, government offices and nongovernmental actors to ensure inclusive growth in the rural sector.

Anchored in the ACC as a market-oriented approach, the project will establish Horticulture Commercialization Clusters to train farmers on new technologies, help build partnerships with the private sector, facilitate access to finance, promote collaboration with research and academic institutions, and strengthen primary cooperatives.

The project will be implemented in Amhara, Oromia and SNNPR. One district will be selected in each region through criteria to be developed jointly by Synergos and key stakeholders, including the Ministry of Agriculture and Horticulture Development, Regional Bureaus of Agriculture, Regional ATA, and Regional and Woreda administrators. The project will directly benefit over 30,000 households, and the newly established clusters will serve as centers of excellence to enhance production and productivity of farmer households across the country.

2.  Objectives

The baseline study will form part of the broader evaluation approach and framework of the Project. The overall objectives of the proposed study include.

  • Developarigorous impact evaluation methodology to assess achievement/results of the Project in terms of its objectives and pre-determined indicators; explain key drivers of results; and assess the effectiveness of the project interventions and activities against the defined Project objectives
  • Undertakea baseline survey in line with the impact evaluation methodology to provide baseline data for Project results framework indicators.


Synergos plans to leverage the baseline study to refine the targets for project objectives to be achieved in a defined span of time. The baseline study would further help Synergos adapt the interventions and activities over time based on the needs and drivers of various actors in the agriculture sector (small holder farmers, agricultural service providers, agro-processing industry, etc.)

The baseline study will serve as an evidence-based foundation for the Project. It will also function as an external validation of situation analysis of Ethiopia’s agricultural landscape. The audience will include  all  internal  and external stakeholders of  the project including federal ministries and regional bureaus of agriculture, horticulture sector, trade, industry, key private sector participants, donors, NGOs, farmers’ cooperatives.


3.  Study Questions to beanswer

The broader evaluation approach and framework for the Project should provide progress on regional and national (cluster-level) agricultural transformation specially in gearing it towards commercialization. With the commercial viability in consideration, the agriculture sector is envisioned to be focused to understand and meet the needs of domestic and national end-markets.

Within  this  context,  the  baseline  study  will be  one  of  the  key  instruments  and will help  in understanding the contribution of the project to

(i)         increased household incomes and improved livelihoods of small-holder farmers

(ii)        increased production and productivity

(iii)       to ensure market-oriented production

(iv)       adaption of new and improved technologies (seed, farming and management practices, agro-chemicals, fertilizer, store, etc.

(v)        sustainable value chain linkages

(vi)       efficient utilization of scarce resources, which includes water, land forest and the general environment.

(vii)      productive engagement of youth

(viii)      gender inclusive decision making and access to resources.

(ix)        the effect/contribution of the Project to smallholder farmers beyond the Project area


4.  StudyScope

The geographical scope includes a total of three clusters comprising of nine sites across three regions in Ethiopia (Amhara, Oromia and SNNPR) over the project period.

For the current year (Phase – I), a roll-out has been planned in 16 clusters. Taking in account that livestock and horticulture strategies are still being developed – this woreda list might be adapted to align with these strategies. The roll-out of 30 clusters over a time span of next three-five years is currently being planned.

The baseline study scope will encompass various actors across the value chain and agriculture sector, for instance – smallholder farmers, private sector in agro-processing and marketing (input/output), Regional Bureaus of agriculture, agriculture service providers.

5.  Timeline andDeliverables



Update / Output / Deliverable

Notes / Rationale

Mid– April

Synergos to share

–     Results framework

–     Geographical scope

Draft version of ToR to stakeholders

Results Framework final version

Final geographical scope of the


End of April



–    Emplace A Consulting firm

Accompany the consulting firm to the project areas

Agree on the sample size and methodology

The Consulting firm will be selected and offered to do the base line based on formal hiring procedures.

Synergos staff has to travel, meat

with government officials, farmers, etc and create a working environment for the Consulting

End of May 2021

Consultants submit draft report of the base line study

Ten working days for one Woreda is estimated to be enough to undertake the study. However, this is open for negotiation with the consultants


6. Support to be provided by Synergos.

Synergos plans to provide support and coordination throughout the process of the baseline study. Including communication with regional, zonal and woreda government officials, which includes the structure of Bureaus of Agriculture.

7. Requirements.

  •  Advanced university degree or above in related field
  • Minimum six yearsof experience in baseline data collection, data analysis and interpretation of quantitative and qualitative data.
  •  Experienceof previous assignments with baselines survey of similar nature.
  •  Professionalexperience of qualitative research and assessment methodologies.
  •  Abilityto work in a fast-paced environment and deadlines.
  • Excellent problem solvingand communication skills; ability to deal with a variety of people and situations.




Qualified applicants are encouraged to submit their Technical and Financial proposal  with a contact details, no later than April 7, 2021to or with the subject line: BASELINE CONSULTANT,



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