UPDATED with Q&A 13 March – Request for Proposal for stove use study in urban Haiti
The Clean Cooking Alliance is launching a four-year clean cooking market development project in Haiti. This project, funded by the Government of Canada, aims to set the foundation for a long-term, sustainable transformation of the clean cooking market that will strengthen and diversify the supply of cleaner and more efficient cookstoves and fuels in Haiti. The ultimate objective of the project is to reduce the negative climate, environment, economic, and health impacts from traditional cooking practices on the Haitian population, with a focus on reducing the disproportionate impacts on women and girls. Although this initial foundation-building project will be executed over four years, the Alliance envisions this to be a ten-year initiative to firmly establish a thriving clean cooking market in Haiti.
The project’s efforts will entail a combination of sector-wide, market development activities, including: capacity-building support for government, stakeholders and clean cooking enterprises; advocacy and technical assistance to develop better policies and regulations; and support for sector coordination. The project will also advocate for the inclusion of women and girls not only in the design of policies, but also across the clean cooking sector, to overcome historical exclusion and increase women’s economic and social empowerment. The project will be led by the Alliance, in close collaboration with the Government of Haiti, local stakeholders, practitioners, the private sector, donors, civil society organizations, and UN agencies.
Scope of Work
The Alliance is seeking qualified experts to conduct a stove use study of households in urban Haiti1, including but not limited to Port-au-Prince. The goal of the study is to understand actual stove use patterns in urban Haiti at baseline and over time for those households that have transitioned or partially transitioned from a baseline of charcoal use to cleaner and more efficient stove and fuel options.
The study should leverage an ongoing household survey that is being conducted with a local partner that covers 3,150 households in the previously mentioned urban areas of Haiti. The household survey is collecting information about self-reported stove and fuel use, as well as knowledge and attitudes to help inform the project’s behavior change work. Households selected for this study should be drawn from the 3,150 included in the survey. Proposals should include:
- A cross-sectional study to establish baseline stove use patterns.
- A longitudinal study to establish transitions in stove use in a subset of households from (1). These households will be selected using stove sales data after baseline from project partners and will be defined by households that have purchased an improved stove or fuel.
Specific considerations for the study include:
- Study should include a measurement of and definition of sustained usage in the longitudinal sub-sample.
- Study should include research on the factors that impact purchase and usage using supplemental surveys and qualitative data collection if deemed appropriate. The current household survey can be shared to avoid redundancy.
- Study should be adequately powered to see a change over time in stove/fuel usage of cleaner and more efficient stoves and fuels over baseline (traditional charcoal stove). The baseline household survey data can be used to provide contextual information, but no further details on the expected effect size are available.
- Study should consider questions of overall changes in cooking time, particularly with a gender lens on that time use change
- Study should include a full characterization of stove usage in the household, considering any or all cooking devices and fuels
Experts will be expected to execute the following activities over a 12-month period:
- Conduct all field studies proposed
- Share study data with the Alliance
- Write a non-technical executive summary (word document) articulating the main findings and key messages of the study that will be published on the Alliance website. The executive summary will be based on Alliance guidelines.
- Write a full report. The full report will be based on Alliance guidelines.
Applicants should provide a detailed budget and budget justification. Applications will be evaluated based on the quality of the proposal and the appropriateness of the budget for the proposed work.
Please submit a proposal describing the following (maximum of 8 pages, 11-point font, single-spaced):
- Description of proposed study design, including: project location, sampling approach, and any other relevant information. The list of stove and fuel technologies will be determined in conjunction with the Alliance therefore, it is not necessary to provide one in the application except for illustrative purposes to describe the study design.
- Detailed sample collection and analysis methods
- Unique qualifications and relevant previous experience of the team
- Biographical summaries of team conducting the work
- Proposed timeline and approach for completing the work. The timeline should include dates for the activities as outlined above and specific deliverables
*Note that indirect cost estimates may not exceed 13%.
**Note that joint-proposals to this RFP and the RFP for measuring in-field emissions will be accepted and are encouraged. If applying to both, the combined application should not exceed 10 pages.
1 For the purposes of this project, urban Haiti is defined by the areas of greater Port-au-Prince, Gonaïves, Cap Haïtien, Saint-Marc, Les Cayes, and Jacmel.