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ESAFF WEEK 2016, Dar Es Salaam – Tanzania From 9th May To 13 May 2016

The Eastern and Southern Africa Small scale farmers Forum (ESAFF) is organizing the ESAFF Week as from 9th to 14 May 2016. The week will be a combination of reflections, learning and planning together.
It will also reflect draw lessons and learn on the nearly ended project dubbed as INVOLVE. More than 70 farmers and ESAFF stakeholders from Eastern and Southern Africa will take part, Farmers are expected to come from all ESAFF members:

Burundi (ESAFF Burundi), DRC – FOPAC, Kenya – KESSFF, Lesotho – ESAFF Lesotho, Madagascar – CPM, Malawi – NASFAM, Seychelles – SEYFA, South Africa – ESAFF South Africa, Swaziland– CIEAS, Rwanda – ESAFF Rwanda/APPPE, Tanzania – MVIWATA, Uganda – ESAFF Uganda, Zambia – and ESAFF Zambia, Zimbabwe – ZIMSOFF.

The Involve is an acronym of “Involving small scale farmers in policy dialogue and monitoring for improved food security in the East African Region.” The project DCI-FOOD/2012/301-073 worth 1.8 million EUR was largely funded by European Union with matching funds from Oxfam Novib, BftW and Trust Africa. The Project at its final stage is implemented in 5 East African Countries: Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. The Project started in December 2012 and ends in May 2016. It draws its focus and strategy from ESAFF Strategic Plan of 2011-2014 as updated for 2014-2016. The week will also see the development of the ESAFF Strategic Plan 2016-2026 framework that will be adopted by the Annual General Meeting and approved a year later by the ESAFF Triennial General Summit (TGS) in June 2017.
 
For more information: E-mail: coordinator@esaff.org

Call For Consultancy Services For Evaluation Of Implementation Of “INVOLVE” Project
BACKGROUND
The Eastern and Southern Africa Small Scale Farmers Forum (ESAFF), Mtandao wa Vikundi vya Wakulima Tanzania (MVIWATA) and GRET are implementing a project called “Involving small scale farmers in policy dialogue and monitoring for improved food security in the East African Region” In short described as “INVOLVE”.
The project DCI-FOOD/2012/301-073 worth of 1.8 million EUR was largely funded by European Union, Oxfam Novib, Bread for the World and Trust Africa. The project was implemented in 5 East African Countries; Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. The project started in December 2012 and ends in May 2016.
OBJECTIVES OF THE CONSULTANCY
Eligible consultants are invited to submit their proposals in providing the services of Evaluation of implementation of INVOLVE Project. The services to be provided will include, but not limited to;
i) Evaluate the performance of INVOLVE project in terms of its stated log frame Indicators under each Key Result Area of the 2012-2016 project implementation period;
ii) Assess the strengths and weaknesses of the design of the INVOLVE project;
iii) To draw synergy between the INVOLVE project achievement & ESAFF SP of 2014 – 2016.
iv) Identify lessons learnt and insights generated; and
v) Make recommendations for the next project design and similar
programmes in future vi) Write comprehensive report regarding the processes, issues and lesson leant.

ELIGIBILITY AND APPLICATION PROCEDURES
i) Qualified and experienced international individual consultants are invited to undertake the above mentioned services as from Mid Aril 2016 which are further detailed in the Terms of Reference for this assignment (esaff.org). The successful consultant will be selected in accordance with the provisions set forth in the Guideline for Selection and Employment of Consultants by EU standards.
ii) Interested consultants are required to submit their technical, financial proposals, methodology and approach to the assignment.
iii) In submitting their expressions of interest, interested consultants must provide their updated curriculum vitae, indicating personal and technical skills, academic qualifications, experience in similar assignments, and experience with small scale farmer’s organization in East Africa and at least two (2) referees with contact information (e-mail address, mobile telephone, Skype or Whats up numbers). Knowledge of languages Kiswahili, French and English will be of added advantage
iv) Interested consultants may obtain further information (in English) for the assignment from the web address below or by requesting via email.
4. DEADLINE expressions of interest must be submitted in electronic copy to the email-address below no later than 8th April 2016 (before 12:00 noon East Africa hours)

The 2017 Budget Summit on Strengthening Social Accountability and Oversight in Health and Agriculture in Southern Africa on 15 August 2017 willheld asa Commission during the Southern Africa Civil Society Forum, taking place from 14 to 16 August 2017. The events will be held at Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre in Boksburg, South Africa. 

The 2017 Budget Summit aims to discuss social accountability in the SADC region, focusing on agriculture and health. Participants from regional and national civil society and smallholder farmers’ organisations, national government departments and parliaments, media, and SADC structures will reflect on the implications of social accountability challenges for the full realisation of regional commitments, as well as develop strategies to address these. 

The event is coordinated by the Partnership for Social Accountability (PSA) Alliance, a consortium of organisations led by ActionAid International (AAI) and including the Public Service Accountability Monitor (PSAM) of Rhodes University, Eastern and Southern Africa Small Scale Farmers’ Forum (ESAFF) and SAfAIDS. The PSA Alliance, with support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), is implementing a regional public resource management (PRM) project which  seeks to improve public service delivery in agriculture and health by strengthening oversight and social accountability in the SADC region.