New vacancies at LTS!

LTS International has recently been contracted to deliver the inception phase of Prosperity Fund and the programme evaluations.

We are looking to recruit immediate start Programme Evaluation Leads and Portfolio Leads to work on a permanent basis with a 50% Level of Effort focused on Prosperity Fund.

Think you could be suitable?

Visit our current vacancies page to view all vacant roles.

Completion of the Malawi Climate Smart Agriculture Framework

On Friday 16th March, 2018, the Land Resources Conservation Department (LRCD) under the Malawi Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development hosted a ribbon cutting for the official acceptance of the national Climate Smart Agriculture Framework and the other deliverables under LTSI’s portion of the Vuna project in Malawi for CSA Coordination.

LTSI, with support from LTSM, had two consultants developing the CSA Framework, a national CSA Inventory and a Terms of Reference and charter for the Malawi Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance. We developed and maintained good relationships, leveraged our local resources and ended up with a final product that everyone was happy with. 

During the ceremony, the LRCD and the representative of the Minister had such good things to say about our work, and what this means for Malawi. We feel that the collaborative efforts in putting these documents together, the multiple iterations, the involvement of so many stakeholders and the ultimate acceptance of the Ministry means that these documents will be put to use and will lend to a better coordinated CSA approach across Malawi.


LTS named in Barclays SPRINT 100 and Lloyds Bank top 100 SMEs!

LTS International ranked 93rd in The Sunday Times SME Export Track 100 by Lloyds Bank.

Earlier this year, LTS made it into Barclays Sprint 100 as the 8th fastest growing small company in Scotland for having achieved a 76.5% increase in turnover over 3 years!

“Climate change, sustainable land use and the illegal wildlife trade are some of the issues being tackled with the help of this consultancy. Scott Geller, 43, Paddy Abbot, 51, and John Mayhew, 49, head up the Edinburgh company, which has worked on projects in more than 100 countries, in sectors including agriculture, biodiversity, forestry and water. International sales hit £7.2m in 2016, thanks to high-value projects commissioned by global agencies and an expansion of its monitoring and evaluation division.” (The Sunday Times, SME Export Track 100)









Download the full SME Export Track 100 article below!











LTS’ Kirsti and Matt published an article in the Evaluator!









LTS is the M&E agency for Enhancing Community Resilience Programme (ECRP) in Malawi, providing MEL throughout the life of the programme. This programme is one of the very first resilience portfolios in Africa. It included interventions such as, conservation, agriculture, livestock rearing, cookstoves, irrigation, and village savings and loans. 

In this article, Kirsty and Matt explore how the evaluation process for ECRP in Malawi supported and demonstrated impact through a user-focus and meaningful data analysis.

LTS recognised that implementers were diverse and numerous; often had little chance to stop and reflect on the relationship between their work and policy development; they typically do great work in the field but focus much less on the use of evidence.

Our learning-based evaluation tried to address these issues, focusing a communication approach on how to help get great M&E findings and get them into use. – The engage-learn-use vision!





Download the PDF to read the full article here!


Sector Analysis Studies for the Commercial Agriculture for Smallholders and Agribusiness Programme (CASA)

The primary objective of this value chain study is to enable the UK Department for International Development (DFID) to identify the value chains, sub-national regions and stakeholders to form the basis for the Commercial Agriculture for Smallholders and Agribusiness (CASA) programme country level interventions (Component 1) and to enable DFID to use this information to develop the Terms of Reference for the implementation of this component of the CASA programme.

Lesson Learning of the Kenya Climate Change Action Plan

Through Achieving Triple Wins: Identifying Climate Smart Investment Strategies for the Coastal Zone, funded by Climate Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), LTS was part of an international team of researchers working in Belize, Ghana, Kenya and Vietnam, that were seeking to present the potential co-benefits (and possible damages) from actions that deliver adaptation and mitigation through detailed case studies, supported by a set of policy briefs for national coastal managers, in order to establish an outline proposal for funds to develop an investment planning toolkit. Our focus was on tropical coastal areas in developing countries, particularly those at risk from sea level rise and changes in tropical cyclone intensity.  LTS was leading the Kenyan case study for this research, focusing on extractive forestry as a sector with potential to support both adaptation and mitigation of climate change. Our partners in this project were Southampton University, WWF Caribbean, University of Ghana and the Government of Vietnam.

Green Economic Growth Programme for Papua

The Green Economic Growth Programme for Papua Provinces (GEGPP) is a major undertaking that will be implemented in what is arguably the most challenging development landscape in Indonesia.

The programme addresses five critical issues preventing Papuan small holder farmers (SHFs) and micro small medium enterprises (MSMEs) from developing sustainable agribusiness enterprises and viable small businesses: (1) weak capacity (low levels of education, lack of knowledge and basic business skills) of SHFs and MSMEs; (2) Papuan SHFs and MSMEs in remote rural locations struggle to produce commercially viable volumes of commodities and have very limited access to markets; (3) most Papuan MSMEs have difficulty accessing commercially viable amounts of credit and face high entry barriers; (4) a lack of coordination and synergy among key government agencies and donors that are supposed to support Papuan SHFs and MSMEs; and (5) the high cost of official licensing and permits required to do business, and the unofficial costs associated with local rent seeking.

GEGP adopts a market-systems approach focused on critical interventions to develop systemic change. Our strategy to create long-term sustainability of GEGP outcomes beyond the 5 years comprises of 6 elements – evidence, piloting, monitoring, informing, scaling-up and disseminating. Management delivery is structured around work streams. Our WS-level methodology aims to provide a comprehensive solution to the pressing capacity needs of Papuan SHFs, MSMEs, Intermediate Service Providers and Lead Firms who will receive TA and capacity development support from the GEGPP team.

Click here to view the Program Fact Sheet in English and Bahasa Indonesia

Climate Smart Agriculture Zambia – Impact Evaluation

The evaluation is focused on the implementation and impact of the DFID funded

CSAZ project. The scope is as follows:

  • Geographical: 22 CSAZ implementation districts, covering two of the three Zambian climatic zones;
  • Temporal: starting with a baseline in March 2017 and running until March 2022; and
  • Target Groups: climate smart agriculture farmers who will form the intervention arm of the evaluation and a control group of traditional farmers. The farmers will be split into the three groups of Conservation Farming tillage practice (hoe, animal draft and mechanised CF MT) against like conventional hoe, animal draft and mechanised practices.

The following key evaluation products will be produced:

  • Inception Report (max 30 pages, not including annexes). The Inception Report should include a very clear methodology to show how the evaluation will assess whether the challenges to CA (e.g. weed and pest control, livestock, competition for mulch, crop options for rotation, land rights, fire …) have been addressed and resolved by CSAZ.
  • Evaluation Baseline Report (max 25 pages, not including annexes). The baseline evaluation should include identified constraints of CF in Zambia so that these can be accommodated in a revised ToC, after the first year of the CSAZ.
  • Mid-Point Evaluation Report (max 25 pages, not including annexes);
  • Final Evaluation Report (max 50 pages, not including annexes and an executive summary of max 4 pages); and
  • Manuscript proposal for Peer Review Journal (approximately 15 pages).

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Evaluation and Learning Partnership on Financing Forest and Forest Related Enterprises

Implementation of an evaluation and learning partnership on the topic of financing forest-related enterprises.  The purpose of this learning partnership is to help increase the viability and scale of investments in sustainable forest-related enterprises by harvesting lessons from different types and models of financing tested in the FIP as well as non-CIF investments, and applying learning to ongoing and planned forest investments.  The scope of work will largely focus on non-grant investments into both public and private sector organizations and institutions.  Findings will inform investment plans and strategies for overcoming barriers and effectively financing sustainable forest-related enterprises at scale. 

LTS’ role is to lead the evaluative component of the assignment, including co-development of scope with primary stakeholders, alongside IIED; design and implement the evaluative components of the assignment, based on formative evaluation of FIP projects, development of illustrative case studies, using qualitative methods.; lead the identification of success stories where there has been successful facilitation of private sector investment in sustainable forest-related enterprise, the final analysis, synthesis and reporting, including the identification of transferable lessons on financing of sustainable forest-related enterprises.

As part of the wider global Climate Investment Fund learning, LTS is managing an evaluation and learning partnership on the topic of financing forest-related enterprises within the Forest Investment Program (FIP) portfolio. LTS co-develops the strategic focus and scope of assignment (with IIED and key stakeholders) and designs the evaluative components of the partnership, based on formative evaluation of FIP projects. LTS performs meta-analyses and/or targeted research to complement this evaluative work; and facilitate continuous learning and exchange amongst key user groups. A series of illustrative case studies, using qualitative methods, supplements the portfolio review, meta-analysis, country evaluations focused on private sector investment in sustainable forest-related enterprises through engagement with private sector organisations, multi-lateral fund staff, and relevant non-governmental organisations. LTS will prepare the final analysis, synthesis and reporting across the different components of the assignment and identifying transferable lessons on financing of sustainable forest-related enterprises.