In May 2017, USAID awarded SI the Haiti Evaluation Survey Services (ESS) contract to conduct baseline, mid-term, and final Evaluations for a wide range of projects currently being implemented throughout the country, with more emphasis around USAID’s development corridors of Port-au-Prince, Saint Marc, and Cap-Haitian. The contract also includes sector assessments to inform the Mission in designing its new Strategic Framework (2018-2020).
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Haiti has requested that Social Impact’s (SI) Haiti Evaluation and Survey Services (ESS) conduct a performance evaluation of the AREA project. The purpose of the evaluation is to inform USAID/Haiti on potential future similar agriculture programming in Haiti. Specifically, USAID/Haiti seeks information on how to better engage higher education institutions in agriculture, how to support a local system to conduct applied research and how to support an extension system that would contribute to a more productive agricultural sector. To provide this information, the evaluation should shed light on the extent to which the activity approach to building capacity in applied research was successful in increasing the effectiveness of the research community and farm productivity as well as the extent to which the research-based approach was effective at identifying extension models that contribute to a more productive agriculture sector. Lessons learned and recommendations provided through the final report at the end of the evaluation process should indicate the long-term impacts, including activities that are deemed to be sustainable, identify existing gaps in the area of long-term capacity building in the agriculture sector. The primary stakeholders for this evaluation include USAID/Haiti, University of Florida, Louisiana State University, University of Illinois, local universities and other institutions which participated in the implementation of the project, and the Ministry of Agriculture.
The overall goal of this Activity is to build the capacity of Haitian institutions to increase the availability of improved production technologies to farmers and the private sector through effective extension and development of an agricultural innovation system. The development of functional and sustainable systems to generate knowledge, create process and product innovation, and extend information to farmers requires building on existing models of success and forging linkages to the national and international efforts already in place in Haiti. The project worked to build and extend the capacity of government institutions and private organizations to improve their ability to serve the agricultural sector with research and extension programs that increase productivity in the target region
ESS is seeking to engage a Haitian research firm as a Subcontractor who is well versed in collecting qualitative and quantitative data particularly pertaining to the agricultural sector. The Subcontract will be Firm Fixed Price with the anticipated period of performance starting in August 2021 and the data collection taking place nationwide, with more focus in the West department (Kenscoff, Cul-de-Sac, Matheux corridors). Precise dates will be communicated upon award.
SI requests that all bidders examine the specific requirements contained in this Request for Proposal (RFP) and prepare responses pursuant to the terms of this RFP. All questions related to the RFP are to be submitted by Monday, July 19, 2021, 9:00 AM EST and will be answered by Friday, July 30, 2021. The deadline to submit proposals is Friday, August 6, 2021, 5:00 PM EST. Please refer to the RFP for detailed documentation of the project background and scope of work. Please also use this Budget Template when submitting the proposed budget.
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