Establishment and Management of a Technical Assistance Facility under the Programme of Support to Agriculture

The Technical Assistance Facility (TAF) provides capacity, expertise, knowledge and evidence to support the Government of Rwanda in implementing the latest Strategic Plan for the Transformation of Agriculture (PSTA III) which covers the period 2013-2017, and to help inform development of the next Strategic Plan.  LTS’ role is to establish and manage the TAF.

  • The TAF is expected to manage a pool of technical assistance over 4 years.
  • LTS is working closely with The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources, with funding from DFID, to establish and manage the TAF.
  • Our focus is on knowledge and analysis, M&E systems design, capacity building on climate change and gender, and Management Information Systems
  • The outcomes will support the further transformation of Rwanda’s agriculture sector.


The agricultural sector is the mainstay of Rwanda’s economy. It has made remarkable achievements over the last decade, moving from food deficit to food self-sufficiency and has increasing smallholder productivity, lifting 1 million people out of poverty. Continued transformation of the sector is required: strategic plans have a focus on human capacity. The Ministry is effective but more investment in capacity building is required, given its challenging targets.


LTS is advising the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources and its related implementing agencies, the Rwanda Agriculture Board and other Government departments involved in the delivery of PSTA III, at both central and decentralised levels to improve knowledge and analysis, M&E systems design and capacity building on climate change and gender. LTS is leading on the development of a functional Management Information System which is aligned to the Agriculture Sector Investment Plan.

Value and benefits

The targeted outcome of the programme is that the agricultural capacity and systems are in place and improved, for inclusive and sustainable growth that benefits the poor.

Independent M&E of the Northern Uganda Transforming the Economy through Climate Smart Agribusiness (NU-TEC)

NU-TEC is a GBP 48 million programme that will provide technical and financial support to agribusinesses operating pro-poor business models in Northern Uganda, with the intention to support small holder farmers in that region. The intended impact of the NU-TEC is the increased income and resilience to climate change of poor smallholders and agricultural labourers in Northern Uganda.

LTS is supporting the programme to establish effective M&E system (theory of change, indicator design and baseline assessments; undertake Annual, Mid-term and Project Completion reviews; maintain oversight and testing of key project assumptions and risks; design and undertake an impact evaluation of the project; and maximise the evidence and learning concerning the successes, unintended consequences and failures of the NU-TEC project. LTS inputs will provide a key mechanism for DFID to monitor project progress in the implementation, the outcome and the impact of the NU-TEC project and will ensure accountability for programme delivery and project funds.

Evaluation Management Unit for Forestry, Land-Use and Governance

FLAG supports action to reduce the rate of deforestation and peat land degradation in Indonesia, through components relating to land use and licencing, institutional capacity, and the improvement of sustainable and responsible business, particularly in palm oil.

The EMU will develop and implement an evaluation framework covering both the project and programme levels.

  • FLAG is a GBP 32.5 million programme, funded through DFID and managed by the UK Climate Change Unit (UKCCU) based within the British Embassy in Jakarta
  • The EMU is a GEFA contract, managed by a consortium including TripleLine, LTS and Daemeter.

LTS has a management role in the assignment through fielding the deputy team leader, has taken key roles in designing the evaluation and conducting the baseline analysis. The Deputy Team Leader is central to ongoing monitoring and reporting throughout the assignment.


FLAG aims to make a significant contribution to the Government of Indonesia’s ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction targets and contribute directly to the UK’s own ambitions of supporting developing countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

To track, measure, understand, improve and demonstrate these contributions, a robust M&E system is required.


The EMU is appointed to: (i) develop an evaluation design/framework for the programme; (ii) provide support to projects to design, develop and implement and/or strengthen their monitoring systems, (iii) carry out a Final Evaluation in 2018; and (iv) conduct DFID internal annual reviews and programme completion report.

Within that, LTS’ role is to contribute to the design of the evaluation and monitoring framework, the development of a baseline and ongoing independent monitoring and reporting. Evaluation methods that LTS will support during implementation include: ToC analysis, contribution analysis, political economy analysis, stakeholder analysis, capacity assessments, rubrics, case study analysis and use of beneficiary feedback approaches in evaluation design and implementation.
Value and benefits

The EMU outputs will help DFID understand what works where and why, supporting evidence-based decision-making regarding the scale-up or redesign of the interventions to improve intended development impacts. It will also demonstrate impacts to all stakeholders.

M&E Support to the Market Opportunities in the Somali Region of Ethiopia (MORE) project

Mercy Corps is leading the project “Market Opportunities in the Somali Region of Ethiopia (MORE)” over a 54 month period. Mercy Corps is working with the Somali Regional State to provide equitable and visible improvements in livelihoods and resilience, and increasing the economic opportunities of vulnerable groups.

LTS International is providing monitoring and evaluation (M&E) support to the consortium led by Mercy Corps. LTS has designed the Monitoring and Evaluation System, which will be based on a theory of change approach. The LTS did an ex-ante Cost Benefit Analysis for the six proposed interventions; and designed a rolling baseline survey approach that will enable statistical attribution of impact to programme activities.

In the remainder of the programme, LTS will provide training for staff on the M&E System, deliver annual household surveys, and evaluate the programme at the mid-term and final points.