Consultant - EREL Emergency Food Security Program Final Evaluation - Liberia


Deadline to apply: October 25


Mercy Corps exists to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by building secure, productive and just communities. Mercy Corps has been operational in Liberia since 2002, implementing programs in food security, peace building and youth empowerment.

Purpose / Project Description:

The USAID/Food for Peace-funded Economic Recovery from Ebola for Liberia (EREL) Program is designed to assist 30,000 households (150,000 individuals) who have been economically affected by the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in Liberia. The program is assisting vulnerable populations in the counties of Lofa, Montserrado and Margibi to fill minimum food basket gaps, maintain normal agricultural production, protect vulnerable households’ assets from depletion through sales and minimize the negative impacts on child nutrition. The project consists of two components: 1) direct cash transfers to the most vulnerable households; and 2) agricultural input vouchers targeting vulnerable households that contain smallholder farmers. The program concludes in December 2016, with the final evaluation to be conducted in November and/or December.

Consultant Objectives:

The consultant will conduct EREL’s final evaluation. Although the methodological approach of the evaluation depends on the strategic choice of the consultant, it is important that the choice be participatory. Therefore, the consultant must present a detailed methodology on the content, approach and proposed evaluation tools. The overall objective of the final evaluation is to measure the level of achievement of the program’s results in relation to the strategies developed, resources used, and activities carried out in its implementation. The evaluation will capture the extent to which the program accomplished its overall goal, to increase the food security of populations affected by EVD in the targeted districts of Montserrado, Margibi and Lofa counties of Liberia. It will identify the elements of the program that best contributed to that goal, and any elements that made the goal more difficult to realize. This evaluation will provide guidance for future Emergency Food Security Programs that work in Liberia, or tackle a crisis such as an Ebola outbreak. Its intended audience is USAID/FFP staff in Liberia, Washington DC and other areas that might encounter an epidemic, as well as Mercy Corps, which tackles emergency food security conditions in countries across Africa and the world.

Consultant Activities:

Review of program documents, including grant agreement, quarterly reports, M&E data, workplans and other materials as needed. Review of results of endline survey, which program will be conducting at around the same timeframe as the final evaluation;
Meeting with representatives of Food for Peace/USAID in Liberia as well the Mercy Corps team in order to better clarify expectations, and to hold a briefing on the methodology proposed by the consultant;
Meetings with different stakeholders and target groups (direct and indirect beneficiaries);
Measure the progress achieved by the program in regards to its overall goal and outcomes and its effects on the food security of the targeted population. The evaluator will work from quantitative information collected by the program and partner M&E teams, augmented by key informant interviews and other qualitative measures.
In conducting their analysis, the evaluator will examine the following elements:
Evaluate the relevance of the actions planned and carried out in the post-Ebola context of food security in Liberia;
Evaluate, in terms of effectiveness, the results obtained for each of the two objectives and assess the level of achievement of expected results and objectives;
Evaluate, in terms of efficiency, the activities (unconditional cash transfers, agricultural input fairs, agricultural training) carried out to reach the results obtained for each of the two objectives. The evaluation should include the programming choices made and the resources devoted to each activity.
Evaluate the program’s recorded achievements and their sustainability at the community, communal, and departmental levels and beyond;
Evaluate the perceived direct and indirect effects of EREL’s support on households, communities, and all stakeholders/partners in the program’s implementation;
Make an inventory and assessment of the level of achievement of the indicators in the logical framework in analyzing its overall coherence and its horizontal and vertical logic.
Make recommendations on relevant activities for other subsequent programs aimed at reducing the vulnerability of communities in Liberia, or responding to crises such as the EVD outbreak.
Organization of sessions for the sharing of findings;
The drafting of expected evaluation reports.

Consultant Deliverables:

Detailed evaluation plan, collection tools and database used for analysis in the course of the evaluation;
Sharing of preliminary results in plenary with the entire Mercy Corps team;
Interim report following data analysis;
Presentation to USAID and Liberia cash transfer stakeholders;
Final report submitted in electronic and hard copy (three copies).Report should be 20-40 pages long. Findings should assess outcomes and impact on men, women, girls and boys.

Timeframe / Schedule:

The consultancy will be four weeks in length, beginning in November 2016.

The Consultant will report to:

EREL Program Manager.

The Consultant will work closely with:

EREL program team, Country Director, Deputy Country Director, Finance Manager, West, Central and North Africa Regional program officers.


The consultant should have formal training in food security, economic recovery, agronomy or another equivalent domain in rural development. At least three years’ field based experience, preferably in West Africa.
The desired profile is that of a person with a demonstrated competence in evaluation of projects /programs, particularly projects with a strong emergency and early recovery component.
Experience of the evaluation of projects financed by USAID/Food for Peace as well as a mastery of food security and resilience issues are important assets.
Familiarity with the context of the West African Ebola outbreak preferred.
The consultant must have experience in the implementation or evaluation of cash transfer programming.

Living Conditions

The Advisor will be based in Monrovia, with travel to program sites in Montserrado, Margibi and Lofa. Liberia is recovering from 14 years of war and instability, as well as the direct and indirect impacts of the Ebola crisis. Monrovia and towns in outlying areas are generally safe though nighttime travel and activities should be considered carefully. Life in Monrovia is basic but comfortable, with a busy expatriate scene and supermarkets full of western goods at western prices.

Mercy Corps Team members represent the agency both during and outside of work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a visit/TDY to a field posting. Staff are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC's policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.


Please submit the following documents for your application:

CV of proposed consultant
Example evaluation report from previous evaluation conducted by proposed consultant
Proposed methodology
Estimated overall budget

Please apply here:

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: Mercy Corps
  • Location: Monrovia
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Security and Safety
    • Security and Safety
    • Security and Safety
    • Security and Safety
    • Security and Safety
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Closing Date: 2016-10-25

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