Cost Benefit Analysis Consultant

Guatemala City, Guatemala
Apply by 20 July 2018
Senior-level , Short-term contract assignment
Posted on 21 May 2018

Job Description


The National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA) is the apex trade association for cooperative businesses in the United States and an international development organization. For over 100 years, NCBA CLUSA has sought to advance and protect cooperative enterprises, highlighting the impact that cooperatives have in bettering the lives of individuals and families. In the last 60 years, NCBA CLUSA has worked in over 100 countries in the areas of food security, agricultural development, strengthening of communities and farmer organizations, natural resources management, and empowerment of smallholder farmers, women, and youth. We currently work in over 20 countries in Africa, Latin America, and Asia.

NCBA CLUSA is currently seeking qualified consultants for a Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) for the USAID Cooperative Development Program (CDP) aimed at increasing protein intake for rural households in the Western Highlands (San Marcos, Totonicapán and Quiche). The nutrition-led CDP seeks to address nutrition deficiencies in women and children under five years, primarily through animal husbandry resources and training.

As part of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) activities, the CBA serves as an analytical tool to track the monetary impact of project activities. The analysis allows for adaptable management by development community stakeholders, including project implementers and donors.


The objective of the proposed CBA is to determine if the implementation and adoption of CDP Guatemala production unit intervention model is sound and justified and verify whether the benefit of the interventions outweigh the costs (and by how much). To achieve these objectives, the consultant will review CDP data collected to date, collect needed additional data and provide an analysis and report on the overall nutritional value of CDP beneficiary production units. The consultant is expected to quantify the costs and nutritional benefits of the CDP production unit intervention over the life of project. The analysis will serve as a basis for decision-makers, and will aim at answering the following questions:

  • What are the costs associated with developing and maintaining small animal production units in the Western Highlands of Guatemala?
  • To what extent is this intervention addressing nutritional deficiencies?
  • How might this intervention be more cost-effective?
  • What are the long-term benefits of the project intervention?

Accordingly, the CBA consultant will gather evidence by focusing on funds invested (i.e. the project inputs and services in key intervention areas in livestock productivity and services), and how these interventions address the nutritional needs of women and youth, as well as on the long-term effects produced by each of those services. The consultant may propose a comparison of the alternative traditional interventions against the CDP’s interventions for analytical purposes. The information on the needs and effects will be gathered from several independent sources in order to achieve as complete data as possible and observe triangulation principles. However, it is expected that the consultant would propose the methodology for conducting the analysis and more specifically the concrete sources of information. NCBA CLUSA anticipates that the analysis could be concluded in the following phases:

  • Review CDP program data
  • Establish comparability while identifying impacts and putting CBA into context (collect additional market data if needed)
  • Perform CBA and provide results


In addition to the consultant’s proposed methods, NCBA CLUSA anticipates the use of the following methods to conduct the analysis:

  • Identifying costs in USD of the current intervention model: Costs for all phases of project implementation (nonrecurring such as labor, technical assistance, trainings, and certain operations and services; or recurring such as changes in personnel, supplies, and materials or maintenance and repair).
  • Identifying benefits and presenting them in monetary terms in USD, adjusting for time and value.


  • Fluent in both English and Spanish, both written and oral.
  • Experience in costing and preparation of cost-benefit analysis in public or private sector.
  • Proven competence and economic research with experience in international development, preferably in agriculture and/or nutrition sectors.
  • Background in economics; education and/or experience in nutrition, agriculture, and animal sciences advantageous.


The consultant shall meet with the following groups/individuals to complete their CBA:

  • Meet with CDP field technicians
  • Meet with USAID, as necessary
  • Meet with project beneficiaries, as necessary

The consultant shall complete the following deliverables as a part of their CBA:

  • CBA for CDP Guatemala’s production unit intervention with a focus on nutritional benefits in English.
  • Written assessment on the nutritional value of beneficiary production units over life of project
  • Written recommendations and next steps for NCBA CLUSA’s collection and analysis


The assignment is planned to take place between June 1st and July 31st 2018 in Guatemala City, with a total LOE not to exceed 15 days. Any field travel required will be compensated.

Interested parties should send a cover letter will their daily rate and a CV to no later than June 15th.

About the Organization

The National Cooperative Business Association’s CLUSA International Program is the oldest not-for-profit cooperative development and trade association in the United States. NCBA provides sustainable cooperative development in four sectors: food security and agriculture, democracy and governance, natural resource management, and community-based health. NCBA is a globally recognized leader in organizing people to help themselves. NCBA works with cooperatives and organizations to create long-term and sustainable results for farmers and communities in the developing world. Over the course of its 95-year history, NCBA has had an enormous impact on the world stage. Beginning in 1945, NCBA participated in the founding and funding of the Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe (currently known as CARE) to rebuild war-torn Europe. NCBA’s CLUSA International Program has been active in more than 100 countries through over 200 programs building democratic institutions and providing technical assistance to group business, civil society organizations (CSOs), nongovernmental organizations, local governments and village associations. In the past 65 years, NCBA has helped found and strengthen many influential international players including National Cooperative Bank (NCB), Volunteers in Overseas Cooperative Assistance (VOCA), Cooperative Business International (CBI), Indian Farmers Fertilizer Cooperative (IFFCO – India’s largest fertilizer producer), and Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF/AMUL – India’s largest food products marketing organization. The CLUSA Approach The “CLUSA Approach,” based on the basic cooperative principles, is founded on the belief that our clients are the decision-makers when It comes to confronting their communities’ most pressing development problems. Central to our approach is empowering clients to articulate, design and mange sustainable, locally-generated solutions. NCBA focuses its development approach on enhancing the organizational capacity of cooperatives, CSOs and other entities through practical training in analytical, problem-solving and entrepreneurial skills and intensive experiential training in business skills and democratic governance processes. Through village-level groups, NCBA strengthens organizational capacity in key areas essential to the achievement of individual, business or organizational goals. Vision and Mission NCBA’s CLUSA International Program’s mission is to alleviate proverty through economic empowerment. It is our vision to be a dynamic organization that is globally recognized as a leader in organizing people to help themselves and as a thought leader in applying cooperative strategies to development. We are centered on our process-oriented and demand-driven approach, building out global leadership in institutional development by leveraging our experience in organization, facilitation and linking farmers and communities to the global marketplace.

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