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Government of Sierra Leone National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA)
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Government of Sierra Leone
National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA)

Reference No: FD/NaCSA/SASP/SHL/007/2009                         


REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST TO CONDUCT BENIFICIARY IMPACT ASSESSMENT OF THE SASP


The government of Sierra Leone has received an ADF loan UA 10.0 million and an ADF grant of UA 2.0 million  from the African Development Bank to finance the Social Action Support Project (SASP) for 6 years (2004-2010). The overall sector goal of the project is to mitigate the risk of renewed conflict and contribute to sustained poverty reduction. The project executing agency, National Commission for Social Action intends to apply part of the proceeds for Beneficiary Impact Assessment of the project in the form of Consulting Services.


The purpose of this study is to review the performance of the SASP design with special focus on the planning methodology, procedures, sub-project implementation, technical quality of work, administration, procurement and financial management with a view to informing the Project Completion Report (PCR). Specifically, firms shall be expected:


To Assess the Degree of success achieved in terms of the four principal objectives (outcomes) of the SASP, namely,

Mitigate the risk of renewed conflict;

Contribute to Poverty Reduction;

Increase access to basic infrastructure and services


Increase access to appropriate financial services and employment opportunities

Determine how relevant is the SASP design and implementation strategies to address post-conflict recovery.

Assess the level and modes of participation of Local Councils and beneficiary communities in the implementation of the SASP.

Assess the level of awareness of the SASP by the general public, households, Chiefdoms and Local Councils with regard to coverage, targeting, service delivery methodology and results, through IEC activities.

  Determine how relevant is the Micro-Finance programme design and implementation strategies to address post-conflict recovery.

Assess the appropriateness of sub-project development strategies of the Micro-Finance programme 

The expected outputs and deliverables from this study are as follows:

Summary reports on field visits (including highlights of discussions with stakeholders (communities, NaCSA staff, local councils, NGOs, contractors, communities and civil society groups), including findings, conclusions and recommendations.  Also include an annex of sub-projects sites visited.

A report  covering the following areas:

- Proposed linkages with the district councils and other GoSL agencies

- Community participation in the entire Sub-project Cycle

- Effectiveness of the use of contractors

- Measures/Systems for sub-project sustainability and ownership

- Community satisfaction with SASP strategies.

- Effectiveness of the current Micro-Finance Strategy


Consultant to make a presentation of the report in a workshop to be planned after the completion of the study.


NaCSA is requesting consulting firms with the pre-requisite skill mill and experience to express their interest in undertaking the study. Firms should have personnel with the relevant post graduate qualifications together with bias in civil engineering micro finance, project management with specific experience in multi purpose social or micro-project, community participation and development, capacity building of local authorities, planning and execution of social infrastructures.


Firms must provide information indicating that they are qualified to provide the services (brochures, description of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions and availability of staff with the appropriate skills). Individual Consultants or Firms may associate to enhance their qualification.


Firms shall be selected in accordance with the procedures set out in the African Development Fund RULES OF PROCEDURES FOR THE USE OF CONSULTANTS.


Interested firms may obtain further information at the address below during office hours (08:00 -17:00 hours). ). Expressions of interest must be delivered to the address below on or before:17:00 hours,18th  February 2010


The Senior Director, Support Services Division, NaCSA

5th Floor, NaCSA House, 1416 Charlotte Street,

Freetown, Tel: 228578/223812


  

Government of Sierra Leone
National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA)

Reference No: FD/NaCSA/SASP/SHL/007/2009                         

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

TO CONDUCT A BASE LINE STUDY

 

The Government of Sierra Leone has received a grant from the African Development Bank (ADB) towards the cost of the Social Action Support Project (SASP). The project executing agency (National Commission for Social Action) intends to apply part of the proceeds to cover eligible payment under the contract for the services to conduct a Baseline Study for SASP.


The study is crucial because NaCSA has developed an institutional Logical Framework (Log frame) to reflect its strategic focus. Nonetheless, the Commission is still implementing programme funded by the Government of Sierra Leone and donors such as the World Bank, the African Development Bank, the Islamic Development Bank and Frankfurt am Main (KfW). These programmes, namely the Social Action Support Programme (SASP), funded by the African Development Bank and the Pro-Poor Growth for Peace Consolidation (GPC) funded by KfW had their own stand alone Log frame. Given the circumstances under which these programmes were implemented, it was difficult to undertake baseline research before their effectiveness.


To this end, NaCSA intends to undertake baseline research on the indicators of the Institutional Log frame and gather information relating to outcome as well as the outputs.  The study is expected to propose any changes and/or refinement required in the logical framework with particular reference to outcome and impact in very simple ways.  Having an institutional as opposed to a programme log frame would also provide a better measure on NaCSAs performance in discharging its mandate.  In a similar vein programme achievements could be better measured against NaCSAs mandate.


Specifically, the objectives of the baseline study are as follows:-

- Design a multi-sectoral baseline study for the NaCSA Institutional Log frame in collaboration with NaCSA management.

- Conduct the baseline study in all NaCSAs operational areas (13 districts).

- Develop an electronic database to store relevant data from the baseline study.

- Involve frontline staff (NaCSA) in conducting the survey to build NaCSAs capacity in baseline studies.

- Establish tool kit of steps and procedures for NaCSA to be able to undertake such studies in the future.

- Review the NaCSA log frame in the light of study findings and propose any changes and/or refinement.

- Consolidate analyse and validate the data gathered as part of the baseline study.

- Produced an analytical report complimenting the data analysis report.


The National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA) requests firms with skill mix of personnel with the requisite qualifications to express interest for providing the services.  Firms must provide skill mix of personnel with qualification and experience in monitoring and evaluation, baseline research, development, quantitative and qualitative research etc. Firms must provide information indicating that they are qualified to provide the services (brochures, description of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions and availability of staff with the appropriate skills).

The expected outputs are:

A comprehensive baseline study design and plan outlining the execution phase with clear time-frames:

An accessible (electronic and hardcopy) database with all the data collected during the study

A toolkit and guidelines manual on conducting baseline studies

A data analysis report


Consultants will be selected in accordance with the procedures set out in the African Development Fund RULES OF PROCEDURES FOR THE USE OF CONSULTANTS.


Interested Consultants may obtain further information at the address below during office hours (08:00 -17:00 hours). Expressions of interest must be delivered to the address below on or before:17:00 hours,18th  February 2010.


The Senior Director, Support Services Division

National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA)

5th Floor, NaCSA House, 1416 Charlotte Street, Freetown,

Tel: 228578/223812


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