Terms of Reference (ToR) to conduct research on the handling and disposal of used agrochemical containers in the UER
- Introduction and Background
The YHFG is a youth focused Non-Governmental Organization which is also non-partisan and with no religious affiliation. The Foundation was founded in 2002 with head office based in Bolgatanga in the Upper East region of Ghana. Over the years, the YHFG has worked with smallholder farmers in rural communities in the Upper East Region to ensure food and income securities as a way of meeting its vision of enabling a self-reliant and self-sufficient youth living in a more equal, healthy and prosperous society.
In line with its mission of contributing to a sustainable environment, the YHFG in partnership with USAID through ACDI-VOCA is implementing an advocacy action project on the appropriate disposal of used agrochemical containers. The project is being implemented in four districts in the upper east region including Bongo, Kassena Nankana West, Kassena Nankana Municipality and Bawku West. The ultimate goal is to contribute to a safe sustainable environment through the appropriate handling and disposal of used agrochemical containers in the Upper East Region (UER).
The project will do that by:
- Working with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) agencies at four Municipal and District Assemblies (MDAs) to control the disposal of used agrochemical containers by designating disposal sites and educating farmers and agrochemical sellers accordingly.
- Getting four MDAs to enforce by-laws to regulate and control the handling and disposal of agrochemical containers.
- Increasing knowledge about the causes and effects of unsafe handling and disposal of used agrochemical containers among 10,000 farmers, agrochemical sellers and the general public in the UER to increase demand for government action.
- Purpose of the research consultancy
The purpose of the consultancy is to conduct a comprehensive research in four Municipal and or District Assemblies (MDAs) including Bongo, Kassena Nankana West, Kassena Nankana Municipality and Bawku West to update already existing information on the handling and disposal of used agrochemical containers. The outcome of the research will inform the advocacy action and provide the benchmark on which any changes resulting from the interventions and achievements could be measured. The outcome will also inform any modifications that may be made in the course of project implementation in order to realize the project goal.
Specific objective of the research consultancy
- To assess farmers and agrochemical sellers knowledge on safe handling and disposal of used agrochemical containers in the four districts.
- To determine whether or not there are available disposal sites for used agrochemical containers in the four districts.
- To determine the factors influencing farmers and agrochemical sellers’ (in) ability to dispose used agrochemical containers in a safe manner.
- To outline ‘who needs to do what’ to achieve safe disposal of used agrochemicals in the four MDAs.
- Scope of work
This study is to be conducted in four Municipal and District Assemblies (MDAs) including Bongo, Kassena Nankana West, Kassena Nankana Municipality and Bawku West districts in the Upper East region.
The consultant is expected to employ both quantitative and qualitative methods for collection of data. The consultant will have to fully engage project stakeholders (i.e. EPA, MoFA, Municipal and District assemblies, Agrochemical dealers, Farmers, etc.) and is expected to use participatory tools and techniques for data collection, which may include but not limited to in-depth interviews, key informant interviews or focus group discussions. Comprehensive desk review of all relevant documents i.e. literature reviews, project proposal, reports and related government policy documents is deemed necessary.
- Key Deliverables
The consultant will provide the following deliverables:
- An inception report (one week after contract signing) with a detailed work plan, appropriate methodology, sampling techniques, tools for data collection, timing, and roles and responsibilities of researchers on the particular exercise.
- Draft report which will be submitted upon completion of the field work
- Presentation of the key findings to the project team
- The final report which will be submitted upon taking feedback from the project team following the draft report.
Note: All deliverables will be submitted in soft editable copies except the final report which should come in both hard and soft editable copies.
- Duration and Timeline
The consultancy will be completed within 20 working days beginning from the day of contract signing and is expected to be carried out within the period of 19th March, to 19th April, 2018. The consultant must ensure that the whole process of the work that includes preparation, development of data collection tools, testing and reviewing of the tools, actual field work, data analyses and submission of a draft and final reports are completed within this time frame.
- Budget/Payment Procedure
Applicants are expected to submit their financial proposal (inclusive VAT and withholding tax) for the entire exercise. The consultant will be paid 40 percent upfront and the remaining 60 percent upon approval of the final report.
- Researcher competencies, experience and skill requirements
- Graduate degree in development studies, environmental studies agriculture or related fields
- Experience in environmental protection, policy review and development research
- Publish work related to the terms of this ToR will be an added advantage
- Solid research skills
- Fluency in English and any of the languages spoken in the four MDAs will help in data collection
- Ability to write clearly and concisely in English
- Ethical standards and Intellectual Property
Ownership and copyright of all data, drafts and final products of the assignment will be the sole and exclusive property of the YHFG and restricted for public use without the express permission of the YHFG.
- Application Process:
Interested consultants are invited to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for delivery of the assignment. The EOI should include:
- Both Technical and Financial proposals
- Detailed technical proposal will include proposed methodology, indicating the overall process including sampling, quality assurance, time frame, etc. for undertaking the survey
- Clear work plan including outputs/deliverables and detailed time frames
- The financial proposal will include detailed budget containing total costs
- Detailed CV of the consultant(s) with full description of the profile and experience
- Sample of two relevant studies previously produced
- A cover letter outlining the suitability of the consultant for the assignment.
- Submission of proposals should be addressed to:
The Executive Director
Youth Harvest Foundation Ghana
- O. Box 656, Bolgatanga
The deadline for submission of EOI is 5pm on 9th March 2018.