12 Sep 2017

Evaluation of the Somalia Youth Development and Livelihoods PROGRAM: Leadership, Livelihoods and Reconciliation


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Job Description

Job ID:  #2211619
Career Categories: Monitoring and Evaluation
Country: Somalia
Theme:Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding
Years of experience: 5-10 years
Job type: Consultancy

Closing date: 20 Sep 2017

Background and Purpose

Working in partnership with six local CSOs (Civil Society Organizations), AFSC has implemented the Somali Youth Development and Livelihoods Program: Leadership, Livelihoods and Reconciliation since 2014 focusing on advancing peace within communities, youth development, fostering non-violence and social reconciliation.

Using the Public Achievement Model, AFSC and partners have provided young people with the opportunity to get practical experience in advocacy and conflict resolution eventually becoming agents of change. In short, the goal is to ensure that the Youth are taking lead roles and responsibilities as citizens and agents for social change, are active in nonviolence and innovative community-based initiatives, and are contributing to building peaceful and safe communities in Somalia and the Horn of Africa.

The program development goal and objectives are as follows:

Development goal:

Somali youth are taking leading roles and responsibilities as citizens and agents for social change, are active in nonviolence and innovative community-based initiatives, and are contributing to building peaceful and safe communities in Somalia and the Horn of Africa.

Program objective:

By 2017, young Somalis in target areas earn livelihoods and engage effectively in action oriented leadership and peaceful reconciliation.

AFSC facilitates progress toward these objectives by:

· Creating platforms for young people to play leadership roles in their communities using the Public Achievement (PA) Model.

· Employing skills’ specialization model called BREAD and BLOCKS. This focuses on trainings in specialized vocational skills that have a track record of success and marketability: tailoring, beauty and hair dressing, bread making, brick/block making and masonry, computer skills, mobile phone repair, metal work and joinery. These acquired livelihood skills form the Bread while the attitudinal change, negotiation and mediation form the Block/foundation to tackling all challenges in life.

· Employing expressive trauma healing model in the process toward reconciliation. Young people were involved in sports, music, arts and essays – to relieve themselves of the pain of conflicts as well as reaching out to each other and the entire community in which they live, and by extension contribute toward bridging gaps across clan, gender and other diversities thus building better relations and by extension contributing towards social reconciliation.

· Providing more support to these initiatives through introducing young Somalis to the Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities (HROC) model; Alternative to Violence Project (AVP), Reflecting on Peace Practice (RPP) and Help Increase Peace Project, so that they have a solid grounding in “expressive” trauma healing, peace building and reconciliation activities.

· Undertaking advocacy efforts targeted at the local, regional, and national levels. The program ensures that the voice of the youth is heard and incorporated in forums where policies are formulated, implemented and reviewed.

· Carrying out advocacy research and conflict analysis to understand changing dynamics and validate or back-up advocacy messages presented to different stakeholders.

· Supporting Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction (CMDRR), an approach that helps communities identify the hazards they are exposed to, and design effective measures to promote resilience to them.

2 Requirements (Terms of Reference)

3 Scope of Work

The evaluators will work with the Somalia program staff based in Nairobi to complete the evaluation. Deliverables include a draft report and a full written report, including success stories and annexes, as detailed in the Terms of Reference.

AFSC staff and partners will use the report as a basis for learning, planning, and prioritization of activities and approaches of the next program cycle. The evaluation will involve literature review of pertinent program reports and external sources. Program partners and key informants will be involved throughout the evaluation process through individual meetings and focus group discussions. The evaluators will try to ensure that the process provides learning opportunities for AFSC staff and partners. Focus group and individual discussions with partners will use a guided open question format designed to allow maximum opportunity for discussion of different viewpoints. The evaluator will meet with the Somalia Country Representative to present the review design; an outline and timeline of how the program will be evaluated; the evaluation/review matrix, and finalize a timeline for completion of the review. A final evaluation report, which includes an executive summary, pertinent annexes, and AFSC management letter, and which takes into account AFSC staff and partner feedback, must be completed by November 24, 2017.

Profile of Evaluation Team

The Evaluation consultant should be fluent in English, spoken and written, have strong analytical skills, good listening and discernment skills, and proven experience in evaluating peace and livelihoods programs. Experience working in Somalia and/or in the Horn of Africa is required.

Other requirements include:

§ Advanced university degree in relevant field.

§ At least 5 -7 years of experience conducting similar assignments

§ Extensive experience in field research in Somalia

§ Excellent research, report writing and analytical skills.

§ Well conversant with qualitative methods of research.

§ Proven capacity to write analytically, understandable and simple reports

§ Experience of working with secondary data analysis/desk reviews

§ Experience of developing research tools and carrying out research

§ Advanced knowledge of the new trends and developments in Somalia

§ Ability to provide clear guidance to field research teams

§ Proven ability to deliver against targets and meeting deadlines within short timeframe

§ Relevant computer skills: Word, Excel, internet, Power point **

All proposals must be received by 5 p.m. Wednesday, September 20, 2017 Nairobi time. Proposals received after this time will not be given primary consideration. A cover letter and proposal with budget and timeline should go to the Somalia Country Representative at afscafricajob@yahoo.com as an Adobe PDF file. All other formats will not be considered. Proposals should be no more than five pages in length and should include the complete scope of work and deliverables including the following sections: Organization/Evaluator background; Statement of proposed work; Budget and Deliverables; Evaluation schedule and Additional information and comments.


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