The objective of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves’ (Alliance) monitoring and evaluation (M&E) activities is to provide a credible and pragmatic framework to measure the outputs, intermediate outcomes, and long-term impacts that result from the clean cookstoves sector’s activities. This Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is intended to identify a qualified Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) firm to refine the framework, develop global and national M&E strategies and identify the skill sets necessary to facilitate the implementation of the Alliance’s M&E activities.

The work plan should be submitted no later than November 25, 2013. The contract start date is anticipated to be on or around January 6 2013.
Download the full request for applications here.


Expected deliverables

As the Alliance moves beyond Phase I of its efforts, which has emphasized the launch of global and in country efforts to rapidly grow the sector, and moves towards Phase II of its efforts, where it transitions towards driving investments, innovations, and operations to scale, its M&E approach must be fully defined and its global and national strategies and plans in place. The Alliance seeks a qualified M&E firm to work collaboratively with the Alliance team to ensure the following five deliverables by end of Q1 2014:
  1. A refined M&E framework, complete with indicators to be tracked and recommendations on instruments to track them and frequency of measurement. Indication of where baselines might exist and areas with baseline gaps.
  2. A global M&E strategy that clearly articulates the approaches to be taken, roles for various actors including the Alliance itself, and an action plan for accomplishing results.
  3. An M&E strategy and action plan for each of our focus countries.
  4. Recommendations on pilot M&E initiatives that can be put in place beginning the 2nd
  5. quarter of 2014 through end of year 2014 that will help fill any baseline gaps that exist and test various instruments that could potentially be used at scale as the Alliance moves into Phase 2 of its efforts in 2015.
  6. Identification of capacity and skill sets required at a global or national level to successfully execute the M&E strategies and action plans.

Eligibility

The Alliance seeks the support of a qualified firm with the following qualifications:
  • Demonstrated experience evaluating household energy, and/or relevant experience working on other similar global multisectoral development issues, such as water and sanitation, with multiple impacts to be assessed.
  • In depth technical expertise in quantitative and qualitative methods, as well as demonstrated ability to measure nuanced metrics like adoption, and to track progress using these methodologies over time
  • Ability to integrate results from a range of top down vs. participatory based approaches
  • Ability to consider how best to develop approaches to evaluate progress across a range of customer segments (urban / rural, base of the pyramid / other income groups, etc)
  • Demonstrated ability to provide necessary technical assistance and/or develop necessary tools to enable participatory approaches to measuring progress, potentially including web- or mobile-based applications
  • Ability to work in a range of international settings, with a preference for consultants with demonstrated experience operating in Alliance focus countries of Bangladesh, China, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, and Uganda, as well as India.
  • Active presence in Alliance focus countries, and/or demonstration of ability to contract qualified local consultants when needed

Application Instructions

  • Statements of qualification (maximum of 10 pages, 11 point font, single-spaced, plus appendices) should include:
  • Constructive assessment of current M&E strategy, including identification of missing elements, approach to addressing key gaps and limitations
  • Proposed approach to ensuring consistency and achieving the right balance between global and in-country evaluations
  • Proposed team, including leadership as well as technical staff. Please include CVs and description of unique qualifications and relevant experience of intended team members
  • Proposed timeline, approach for executing Phase I and Phase II deliverables described above
  • Budget estimates, itemized as per the Phase I and Phase II deliverables described above
  • Sample of work demonstrating relevance of expertise and core competencies

The work plan should be submitted to Sumi Mehta, Director of Programs no later than November 25, 2013. The contract start date is anticipated to be on or around January 6 2013.