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5 Jan 2024

Baseline and Endline Assessments at GSMA

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Baseline and Endline Assessments, and Gender Impact Analysis for the GSMA Innovation Fund for Climate Resilience and Adaptation 2.0
About the GSMA Fund for Climate Resilience and Adaptation

Building on the GSMA Innovation Fund for Climate Resilience and Adaptation that was launched at COP26, in 2024, the follow-up GSMA Innovation Fund for Climate Resilience and Adaptation 2.0 will be funding up to 12 start-ups across Africa and Asia to pilot and scale innovative digital solutions for climate action. Specifically, the outcomes of these projects are to a) build the climate resilience of vulnerable communities through interventions that enhance their capacities to adapt, anticipate and absorb climate risk; b) mitigate climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions; and c) sustainably manage natural resources, biodiversity and the environment in areas with climate vulnerable communities.

Consultancy Opportunity

To understand and evidence the impact of these climate action projects, GSMA requires the services of a consultancy firm to design and conduct baseline and endline assessments for the grantee projects in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Nepal, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Baselines are expected to be conducted March 2024 to July 2024, and endlines are expected to be conducted between July 2025 and September 2025 for all 12 projects.

Furthermore, GSMA would like to a portfolio wide gender impact analysis. This should primarily be a synthesis of the endline assessments to summarise the impact of the projects on women, with additional interviews conducted for specific projects which demonstrate significant impact on the lives of women facing climate change threats.

Deliverables

Objectives of baseline and endline assessments:

Establish baseline values for 3 of the 12 projects.
Gather relevant data/information through the baseline to support the monitoring process, decision-making, and endline assessment process.
Establish endline values for all 12 projects.
Track the projects’ impact against intended outcomes.
Document the impacts and the learnings from project implementation.
Track any possible unintended outcomes or cases of climate maladaptation.
Objectives of gender impact analysis:

Synthesise and summarise the impact of the 12 GSMA grant-funded projects on the lives of women who are using the digital services and products in question.
Deep-dive into some of these projects through case studies, to highlight the practical ways the projects have or have not impacted women.
The supplier is expected to be able to:

develop and tailor baseline and endline assessments for each of the projects, in collaboration with the GSMA Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning team.
produce an analytical and user-friendly report of the results for each baseline and endline assessment conducted.
synthesise and summarise data pertaining to the impact on women across the portfolio in a standalone report.
present and discuss each of the reports in detail with GSMA and the grantees.
Phase 1: Baseline/endline study and gender impact analysis alignment and preparation

This is an inception phase where the supplier and the GSMA team will have a series of a meetings to agree approach and design. Deliverables in this phase are as follows:

Review of GSMA Innovation Fund for Climate Resilience and Adaptation 2.0. portfolio MEL plan and each project’s MEL framework. The supplier is expected to include measurement of performance indicators that the GSMA has developed for each of the project within the baseline and endline assessments. The supplier should assess the feasibility of the metrics and propose alternatives if needed.
Develop instruments or data collection tools (survey, interview, and discussion guide) for baseline and endline studies, both qualitative and quantitative approaches. For the majority of the projects, a remote phone-based survey is the preferred data collection method with a limited number of complimentary in-depth interviews or focus-group discussion. However, suggestions for alternative approaches are welcome.
Outline a plan, methodology and tools for a gender impact analysis.
Deliverable 1**:** A brief inception report as outlined above, to include a workplan, timeline, learning questions, and proposed tools. Expected March 2024.

Phase 2: Baseline assessments

Conduct data collection for baseline assessments and ensure data quality to provide good baseline data relevant to measure impact.
Conduct data analysis and present findings in an analytical and user-friendly report for each of the 3 projects selected for a baseline.
Deliverable 2:Produce 3 baseline reports to outline the status before project implementation and the potential outcomes if the project is implemented. Expected March to July 2024.

Phase 3: Endline assessments

Conduct data collection for endline assessments ensure data quality to provide good data relevant to measure impact.
Conduct data analysis and present findings in an analytical and user-friendly report for each project.
Deliverable 3**:** Produce 12 endline reports to outline the impact of each project in relation to key performance indicators and intended outcomes. a draft report of endline study showcasing the project’s impact (compared to the baseline), and identify lessons learned from the project implementation. Expected July 2025 to September 2025.

Phase 4: Gender Impact Analysis

Synthesise and summarise data on the impact of the GSMA Innovation Fund for Climate Resilience 2.0 on women. The data source for will primarily be the endline assessments.
Collect additional data required for this analysis to create up to 3 deep-dive case studies within the analysis.
Conduct data analysis and present findings in a single analytical and user-friendly report.
Deliverable 4**:** A short report synthesising and summarising the impact of the 12 projects on women, with additional data collected as required for the report through means such as focus group discussions and in-depth interviews. Expected July 2025 to October 2025.

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Method of Application

Please contact Samir Hafiz [email protected] and Sami Salter [email protected] for the full terms of reference and further details on how to apply.

The supplier will need to review the full terms of reference and respond with a proposal, at a minimum, that includes the following requirements:

  • Previous experience in monitoring and evaluation of international development and humanitarian aid projects, specifically relating to climate change resilience and adaptation, and biodiversity.
  • Previous relevant experience of conducting baseline and endline assessments in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Nepal, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Thailand


  • A methodology and any proposed changes to the approach as set out above, details on how the supplier would structure the project, and initial proposals on potentially relevant stakeholders.
  • A detailed budget and timeline – including fee rates for all key staff members, the number of days allocated to specific tasks, and any anticipated reimbursable expenses.
  • CVs of all proposed team members.


Deadline to apply is 30 January 2024 at 11:59pm GMT.






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