Request for Proposals: Data Collection for an Impact Evaluation with Coffee Farmers in Takengon, Aceh, Indonesia

Reports To: Katie Naeve, Senior Impact and Partnerships Manager
Job Type: Consultancy (maximum 50 days)
Region: United States
Location: Cambridge, MA
Start Date: June 2019


Across the developing world, the rural poor, who make up 75 percent of the 2.6 billion people living on less than $2 a day, are marginalized from the formal economy. Most depend on agriculture as their primary source of income. Without viable markets for their crops, millions of small-scale farmers are trapped in enduring poverty.

Agricultural enterprises such as farmer cooperatives and agro-processing businesses play an important role in improving farmer livelihoods by linking farmers to more reliable and better-paying markets than they can access on their own, and often providing essential auxiliary services to those farmers such as technical training and access to agricultural inputs. They also improve community livelihoods by creating employment opportunities.

Despite the recent resurgence of international development funding in agriculture and increased interest in working through agricultural value chains, there is yet insufficient research examining the impacts of enterprise development on the livelihoods of employees employed by these enterprises.


Root Capital invests in the growth of agricultural enterprises so they can transform rural communities. These businesses purchase crops such as coffee, cocoa, or grains from smallholder farmers. With growth, they become engines of impact that can raise incomes, create jobs, empower women and young people, sustain peace and preserve vulnerable ecosystems.

Root Capital supplies these businesses with vital resources: access to capital, trade and technical partners, financial training and conservation practices. We work in hard-to-serve geographies where others don’t. To date, we’ve loaned $1.2 billion to improve the lives of six million people in farming communities.

The focus of the studies would be twofold:

  1. Estimate the impact of our clients on the incremental income gains of its supplying farmers. That is, what they earn by selling to the businesses that they would not have earned otherwise.
  2. Identify gender-related barriers to productivity or full realization of benefits from farming and/or their affiliated business.


This assignment concludes by July 31, 2019. Prospective candidates shall submit a proposal that includes a project timeline consistent with the following:

Proposals Due June 7, 2019
Consultant Selected June 12, 2019
Enumerator Training June 27-29, 2019
Desired data collection launch July 1, 2019
Desired data collection completion date July 21, 2019
Report of data collection due July 31, 2019



We seek to hire a firm, organization, or an individual consultant, that will support an impact evaluation with data collection in Indonesia related to the focus areas highlighted above . The selected firm will collect data using a survey instrument of closed-ended questions from  400 coffee farmers from about 4 agricultural businesses (Root Capital clients) and 400 coffee farmers not affiliated with Root Capital clients (total 800 farmer surveys). Enumerators will use a survey instrument developed by Root Capital and collect data using CAPI (Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing) with a tablet device. Each survey will last approximately 45 minutes to one hour. All respondents are geographically close and it is anticipated that one enumerator can implement the survey with 4 respondents each day.

The firm will work under the supervision of the Sr. Impact Manager, based in the Root Capital office in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, but work very closely with two impact study consultants—one based globally and one based in Aceh.

Firm Qualification

Root Capital is looking for a firm, organization, or an individual consultant, that has significant expertise in data collection, a footprint and familiarity with the rural agricultural context in Indonesia and the capacity to recruit and oversee a strong enumerator team.  See below for a detailed description of the required qualifications.

Terms of Reference

Services to execute: The contractor agrees to provide the following professional services to Root Capital:

  • The contractor will be engaged for a period not exceeding 50 days.
  • Coordinate study with coffee cooperatives’ affiliated farmers (four Root Capital Clients and either two non-Root Capital counterfactual coffee cooperative affiliated farmers/or farmers with similar characteristics not affiliated with cooperatives) to measure the cooperatives’ impact, on income gains, production practices, savings, investments and quality of life. The four clients will be selected from the current Root Capital Aceh, Indonesia lending and advisory client pool.
  • Coordinate with and take direction from local Indonesia-based Root Capital Consultant regarding data collection, using the tools, technology, and methodologies developed by Root Capital,
  • Write a detailed report not exceeding 20 pages and a 2 page summary document at the end of data collection describing the data collection process, any challenges encountered and how they were remedied, and any concerns in the data collection that could have implications for data analysis.
  • Recruit 12 enumerators to participate in the training. Must recruit replacement enumerators if one or more enumerators resigns or is dismissed.
  • Coordinate and implement the training and supervision of enumerators in conjunction with local Indonesia-based Root Capital Consultant.
  • On a daily basis allow local Indonesia-based Root Capital Consultant to retrieve data from enumerator tablets to perform data quality checks and monitor collection progress.
  • Allow for local Indonesia-based Root Capital Consultant to supervise and monitor field data collection activities for data quality and adherence to research methodology. If no adherence to methodology or performance issues with enumerators, local Indonesia-based Root Capital Consultant may request retraining or in extreme cases, such as data falsification, dismiss the enumerator.

Required Qualifications & Competencies

Skills & Experience

Required (Firm or Lead consultant/s)

  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Acehnese required.
  • Bachelors or Master’s degree in a relevant field such as sociology, development studies, economics, or agronomy
  • A minimum of 5 years of cross-cutting experience planning and conducting data collection, including household surveys. Experience performing agricultural data and/or performing surveys in rural areas preferred.
  • Previous experience working in Indonesia with specific focus on Aceh
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, and strong interpersonal skills and empathy
  • Ability to manage and coordinate multiple activities according to the methodology and instructions of Root Capital
  • Experience performing CAPI (Computer-assisted personal interviewing) and existing inventory of tablets sufficient for this field work (14 total) – 12 enumerators and 2 additional for back-up
  • Familiarity with data collection tools such as ODK/Survey CTO preferred).
  • Authorization to work in Indonesia

Required (enumerators - 12)

  • Experience implementing surveys and/or conducting interviews
  • Knowledge of the area (Takengon)
  • Experienced or comfortable working in rural areas
  • Fluency in Acehnese
  • Comfortable using a tablet; experience surveying with tablet preferred
  • Experience or knowledge of the Indonesian coffee sector preferred

Submission Instructions

Proposals and all related correspondence should be submitted to Root Capital by email to Katie Naeve (   by 12 midnight (EST) 7th  June.

Proposal Format

Interested firms must provide information indicating that they are qualified to perform the services, including a description of:

  1. Profile of the consultant, organization or firm, including examples of relevant experience
  2. Names and CVs of data collection consultant, coordinator or coordination team members,
  3. Names and contact information for two references that can speak to the consultant or firm’s ability to undertake the work described above.
  4. Detailed work plan,
  5. Detailed Budget (including consultancy professional fees, and anticipated field expenses; see Schedule 1 linked here).