Consultant Firm for Cookstove Verification

Terms of Reference (ToR)

Consultant firm for verification
Project: Market Acceleration of Advanced Clean Cookstove in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region

SNV ( is a not-for-profit international development organization. Founded in the Netherlands nearly 50 years ago, we have built a long-term, local presence in 38 of the poorest countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Our global team of local and international advisors work with local partners to equip communities, businesses and organizations with the tools, knowledge and connections they need to increase their incomes and gain access to basic services – empowering them to break the cycle of poverty and guide their own development.

SNV has been working in Vietnam since 1995. Using market based approaches, SNV is committed to reducing poverty by catalysing environmentally sustainable solutions for the poor in agriculture, energy, water & sanitation, and REDD+.

1.    Project context:

Many rural households in Vietnam still rely on solid biomass for the majority of their daily cooking needs. Burning of solid biomass results in harmful emissions that have a strong negative health impact. On an annual basis still 45.000 people die prematurely in Vietnam due to the negative health impacts related to cooking on solid biomass. Besides the negative health impact related to indoor air pollution the inefficiency of the typical stoves that are used in Vietnam result in a high usage of solid biomass. In case of collection of biomass the collection is time consuming, in case it is purchased it will reduce their available income.

Based on the assessment of high demanding to cleaner cookstoves and the supply capacity from its partners, the project: “Market Acceleration of Advanced Clean Cookstoves for the Greater Mekong Sub-regions” will increase the availability of advanced clean cookstoves that require considerably less fuel and strongly reduce the amount of hazardous emissions related to burning solid biomass. Using the advanced clean cookstoves contributes to the cleaner environment and fuel saving, of which the expected saving income can use for another purposes for household economic development.

2. Purpose of the consultancy:

The consultant firm will take lead to form a team of independent verification (from 03 to 05 members). The team will take charge of verification in terms of phone check and physical check for the sale of advanced clean cookstove. The result of verification will be used in making decision of incentive payments for producers participating in the project. Preferably, the consultant firm will have prior experience working in research or monitoring. Experience in cookstove sector or environment and climate change sector is an advantage.

3.    Main Responsibilities for independent verification team

Independent verification team (IVA) will take charge of implementing the tasks in terms of:

  • Phone check
    • Based on the list of customers’ data provided by producers, SNV will draw a sample and provide to IVA. Based on the sample, IVA calls and interviews household using AKVO application. The list of customers in the sample are printed in hard copy, and the IVA marks pass or fail or not available for each consumer called. This form becomes the Telephone Inspection Report that is filed.
    • IVT will provide clarification to SNV regarding the collected data if required.
  • Physical check
    • Based on the list of customers’ data provided by producers, SNV will draw a sample and provide to IVA. Based on the sample, IVA conducts physical inspections in villages where samples for physical inspection were provided. IVA completes questionnaire in AKVO Application from mobile device and submits the inspection report to SNV.
    • IVT will provide clarification to SNV regarding the collected data if required.

4.    Expected outputs deliverables

  • Timely conduct phone and physical check after receiving the list from SNV.
  • Accurate result provided to online systems.
  • Clarify if any data concerns.

5.    Reporting

  • Data will be submitted using Android-based devices using AKVO application.
  • Hardcopy of the result will be authorised and sent to SNV.
  • Monthly meeting via skype between the field team and the project team.

6.    Terms and Condition
The consultant firm will be paid a daily rate commensurate with the level of the assignment
The proposal should include fees and reimbursable expense.

7.    General Qualifications:

  • The consultant firm has minimum of 03-05 years of experience working in the researching and monitoring sector.
  • The members of independent verification team have Bachelor’s degree required in science, agriculture or related; knowledge and experience of researching in cookstove sector, agricultural, environment and climate change or other related field preferred.
  • Team leader has excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills both in English as well as Vietnamese.
  • Team members has excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skill in Vietnamese.
  • Consultant firm self-provides Android based device.

8.    Duration of Assignment: The consultant firm will be engaged for a year of 2018.

9.    Desired start date:  As soon as possible.

How to apply:  Please send your application letter, company profile, and CVs of all team members, to [email protected] by 26th February 2018. Successful applicant is expected to start as soon as possible.

Job Details
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Application Deadline: 
Mon, 2018-02-26