Support Programme to the Development of the Forest Sector in Rwanda

As part of the second phase of the “Support Programme to the Development of the Forest Sector in Rwanda – PAREF.be2” (2012-2015) implemented by BTC, LTS has been contracted to elaborate terms of reference (ToR) for several bidding documents and consultancies in the forestry sector. The PAREF.be2 programme is implemented under the Ministry of Natural Resources (MINIRENA) as a partner with direct beneficiaries.

The focus of this project is to prepare ToR for tender documents and consultancy assignments in the forestry sector. The team has prepared ToR for tender documents and consultancy assignments that will support the High Institute of Agriculture (ISAE) in preparation of training modules in areas related to silviculture of plantations, forest plantation harvesting and agroforestry as well as in the implementation of experimental applied research in these areas.

Program for Eastern Indonesia SME Assistance (PENSA 2) End of Facility Review

LTS and OPM are undertaking the Program for Eastern Indonesia SME Assistance (PENSA 2) End of Term Review for the World Bank. This review includes activities undertaken by IFC-PENSA from July 2008 to December 2012. LTS is providing the Team Leader for this assignment who will oversee the assessment of the performance of PENSA 2 and the assessment of the performance of selected projects based their relevance; effectiveness; efficiency; impact; sustainability; additionality; and their consideration of cross-cutting issues. In addition to overseeing all technical aspects of assignment; the LTS Team Leader will supervise field work; lead the sustainable forestry component evaluation; give presentations to the client; and contribute to all deliverables.

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Mid-Term Review of the Swedish Financing Support to the Rural Energy Fund

LTS has conducted a Mid Term Review (MTR) of the Swedish Financing Support to the Rural Energy Fund (REF). The objective of this MTR was to assess progress and advise if there is any need for adjustment in the ongoing cooperation between Sweden and Tanzania in the area of rural electrification. The MTR summarised obtained and expected results in relation to the Rural Energy Agency’s (REA) Monitoring and Evaluation Framework. The study also looked into the efficiency of funding rural energy projects through the Rural Energy Fund (REF); effectiveness of the support, including results (output) achieved so far of the REF financing; feasibility of procedures and work plans in relation to REA guiding documents; sustainability of REF as a funding mechanism; and the likely long term impact of the REF. LTS provided an expert in rural energy and programme evaluations in Tanzania. The LTS expert contributed to the team with his valuable knowledge of rural energy in Tanzania, specifically: the funding of the Rural Energy Fund including Government budget allocations and actual transfers, other inflows, total inflow and outflow of funds, and cash management procedures and rapid site visits to projects supported by REA/REF in Morogoro, Dodoma and coastal regions. The LTS expert’s contacts with organisations and individuals in the field of rural energy were of great value to the MTR. He was also responsible for planning and organising of the field visits.