Date Published: 21-Jan-2020 Deadline of Submitting EOI: 27-Jan-2020 11:59 PM Manila local time
Consultant Type Individual
Selection Method Individual Consultant Selection (ICS)
Technical Proposal Not Applicable
Selection Title Pacific Private Sector Development Initiative, Phase IV
Package Name Impact Evaluation Specialist
Advance Action No
Engagement Period 30 MONTH
Consulting Services Budget USD 36,500
Budget Type Estimated
Approval Number 9848
Approval Date 06-Nov-2019
Estimated Short-listing Date 27-Jan-2020
Estimated Commencement Date 01-Mar-2020
Open to non-Member Countries No
Possibility of contract extension Not known
Possibility of consideration for downstream assignment Not known
Country of assignment Cook Islands; Fiji; Kiribati; Marshall Islands; Micronesia,
Federated States of; Nauru; Niue; Palau; Papua New Guinea;
Regional; Samoa; Solomon Islands; Tonga; Tuvalu; Vanuatu
Project Officer Mary Kim
Designation Senior Programs Officer
Asian Development Bank
Primary Agency Country Agency Role Contact Person
Asian Development Bank Regional Executing Agency Mary Kim
Cost Items Amount in USD
Remuneration and Other Expenses
All activities and inputs in the TOR but not limited to remuneration, per diem, air travel, miscellaneous travel expenses, report preparation, production, and transmission, land transportation, communications, etc. 36,987
Terms of Reference (Individual Consultant)
Expertise Impact Evaluation Specialist
Expertise Group Organization Management & Strategy Development
Consultant Source International
TOR Keywords Impact Evaluation Specialist
Objective and Purpose of the Assignment The objective and purpose of this assignment is to undertake a rigorous evaluation of the impacts of the
secured transaction reform in Fiji. The impact evaluation aims to provide a better understanding of how
the reform benefits micro, small and medium sized enterprises (MSMEs) in terms of access to credit, use
of productive assets, levels of employment, revenue and profits from business activities.
Recommendations within the evaluation will also be used to inform future programs on this topic.
The impact evaluation will be a randomized control trial. However as the secured transaction framework
(STF) is a national level reform it is not possible to randomize who is eligible for the treatment. As
such an encouragement design will be used. This will involve randomly selecting MSMEs to be provided
with encouragement treatment(s) that will make them highly likely to take up the new or modified credit
products that banks will now be able to offer due to the secured transaction reform. These demand-side
intervention(s) will primarily be developed and implemented by the Pacific Private Sector Development
Initiative (PSDI) and the Reserve Bank of the Fiji, which will also carry out supply-side credit product
promotion activities. The target sample size for the randomized control trial is at least 2,400 MSMEs in
Fiji, of which half will be randomly allocated to receive the treatment.
Scope of Work The consultant will lead the design and undertaking of the impact evaluation of the secured transaction
reform in cooperation with the Senior Impact Evaluation Specialist (SIES), the Impact Evaluation
Research Associate (IERA), the survey firm hired as part of this impact evaluation, ADB, PSDI, the
Reserve Bank of Fiji (RBF), and any other project research staff and intervention implementation staff.
The consultant will need to work with these partners to determine an appropriate sampling frame of
likely beneficiaries from access to the new and modified credit products enabled by the reform, and to
provide input into the design of the encouragement treatment. The details of these aspects of the impact
evaluation are yet to be determined and will depend on the guidance provided by partners, analysis of
available bank and MSME data, as well as the results of successfully piloting the encouragement
treatment on at least 100 relevant MSMEs.
The consultant will work with the SIES in preparing a design document for the impact evaluation,
overseeing the preparation and implementation of the baseline and endline surveys, overseeing data
analysis and preparation of a baseline report following the completion of the baseline survey, providing
oversight and input into the encouragement treatment design, and overseeing data analysis and
preparation of an endline report following the completion of the endline survey. The surveys should
measure the outcomes of the reform on MSMEs including in terms of access to credit, use of productive
assets, levels of employment, revenue and profits from business activities. The study may also
incorporate additional data to study the spillovers of the reform on other MSMEs that do not directly
receive credit products, but may be affected by MSMEs that do.
The consultant will report to the ADB Senior Country Specialist, under the overall guidance of the
Regional Director of ADB's Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office in Sydney, Australia.
Detailed Tasks and/or Expected Output The consultant will:
(i) Prepare impact evaluation proposal document with the SIES
(ii) Prepare a revised design of the impact evaluation with the SIES based upon feedback from
(iii) Work with partners to identify a target sampling frame for the baseline survey, working from an
existing, comprehensive digital enterprise listing, and work with the SIES to prepare a draft survey
questionnaire for translation and piloting by the survey firm
(iv) Provide oversight and overall guidance to the survey firm in the design and implementation of the
baseline survey, working closely with the IERA, who will provide full-time support for the baseline
survey preparation and implementation
(v) Identify the MSMEs that will receive the encouragement treatment through a process of random
selection using the baseline sample
(vi) Work with the SIES to oversee the work of the IERA in analyzing and interpreting the results of the
baseline survey and producing a brief report (15-20 pages). The Impact Evaluation Specialist and SIES
will be responsible for the final report output.
(vii) Provide support and guidance to PSDI and RBF in creating and executing the encouragement treatment
(s) to the MSMEs in the treatment group, with support from the IERA to oversee the rollout of the
(viii) Provide oversight and overall guidance to the survey firm in the design and implementation of the
endline survey, working closely with the IERA, who will provide full-time support for the endline survey
preparation and implementation
(ix) Work with the SIES to oversee the work of the IERA in analyzing and interpreting the results of the
endline survey and producing a report (25-30 pages). The Impact Evaluation Specialist and SIES will be
responsible for the final report output.
(x) Present the findings to ADB staff.
Minimum Qualification Requirements 1. Ph.D. in economics or quantitative social science. At least 5 years' experience in working on impact
2. Extensive knowledge of quantitative impact evaluation methodology, particularly randomized control
trials, and primary data collection.
3. Experience in liaising with development partners and private sector organizations in the context of
designing impact evaluation research.
4. Proven experience working with a range of professionals including bankers, financial sector
specialists, data collection organizations, staff of research and statistical agencies, economists,
among others, to deliver collaborate outcomes.
5. Demonstrated ability to present complex ideas clearly and succinctly to a range of audiences.
6. Track record in publishing in a variety of forums including scholarly texts, professional networks
and on online sites.
Minimum General Experience 10 Years
Minimum Specific Experience (relevant to assignment) 5 Years
Regional/Country Experience Required
Schedule and Places of Assignment (chronological and inclusive of travel)
Schedule Type Intermittent
Max. Working Days/Week Home Office 5 Field 6
City and Country Working Days Estimated Start Date Estimated End Date Other Details (use if place selected is Others)
Home Office, Other 45 01-Mar-2020 01-May-2020
Suva, Fiji 10 04-May-2020 31-Aug-2022