Are you an IFAD consultant or staff member who has done project design?
If so, this is for you. This week I had a request for assistance from a consultant who will be part of a project design team, the main exercise that we used to call project formulation, for the first time. The person asked if I had any advice on how to do the work. I did have a few ideas, but we would like to get ideas from as many people as possible. Have you been on a project design team? If so, please give us a hand and take a minute or two to share your insights and tips.
The TOR is:
(a) Using results of the poverty analysis study and based on the experiences of Phase 1, develop the project’s targeting strategy and proposals for poverty reduction. Prepare an annex for the Formulation Report on poverty, gender and targeting, Key File Table 4: Target Group Priority Needs and Project Proposals, and Tables showing how the project complies with requirements for gender-sensitive design and targeting. The annex should include a table with indicators of child malnutritition levels in project districts. Take account of IFAD guidelines such as KSF2: Poverty, social capital and targeting, and the IFAD gender checklist for project design.
(b) Describe the key issues faced in Phase 1 and other similar programmes in women’s empowerment and draw up lessons for the future project.
(c) Summarise the main barriers that constrain the empowerment of women and draw up a model Gender Strategy and Action Plan for mainstreaming gender concerns in each of the project component with specific gender-related actions, targets and milestones.
(d) Based on experiences of Phase 1 identify key issues and lessons in knowledge management that need to be addressed to overcome bottlenecks; draw up a KM Strategy and Action Plan in line with IFAD’s KM Strategy for incorporation into the draft PIM.
(e) Draw up proposals and terms of refererence for participatory evaluations of the impact of the project on the lives of women.
(f) Based on experiences of Phase 1 and working in conjunction with M&E specialist of the mission, identify issues that needed to be addressed for engendering M&E system and/or draw up gender mainstreaming/impact indicators to be included in M&E templates/systems.
(g) Assist the Economist in preparing cost table relevant to the activities identified.
(h) Provide a working paper on the theme using IFAD’s format.
(i) Carry out any other tasks demanded by the mission leader.