BaselineAssessment of the “Empowered Women Leadership and Action” Project to support Benadir District Commissioners
Baseline Assessment of the “Empowered Women Leadership and Action” Project to support Benadir District Commissioners
- Context and Background
The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a humanitarian, non-governmental, non-profit organisation founded in 1956 that works in more than 30 countries throughout the world. DRC fulfils its mandate by providing direct assistance to conflict-affected populations – refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs), returnees and host communities – in the conflict and disaster affected areas of the world; and by advocating on behalf of conflict and disaster- affected populations on the basis of humanitarian and human rights principles. Danish Demining Group (DDG) is a special unit of DRC has operated in Somaliland since 1999 and in South Central Somalia since 2007 clearing mines and implementing interventions in alternative violence reduction. DDG’s approach has since evolved to support community and district-level planning committees that addresses an array of public safety concerns whether related to firearms, explosive remnants of war, and local conflict.
DRC will be implementing this two-year investment funded by the Somalia Stability Fund (SSF) in Mogadishu that supports and enhances the performance of women-led district administrations in the Banadir region (Mogadishu). DRCthrough this project will focus onthose interventions through which women leadership in public affairs could promote further inclusion of marginalized groups in line with SSF’s policy on gender and inclusiveness culminating in better leadership. The initiative entails the use of the Community-Driven Recovery and Development (CDRD) approach emphasizing capacity building of gender/inclusion agents and community leadership followed by rapid disbursement of block grants to prioritized community projects in the districts.The project builds from previous DRC approaches in the CDRD and Develop Informed and Accountable Local Governance through User Empowerment (DIALOGUE) programmes which previously implemented interrelated projects. This project is going to be implemented as a pilot to inform possible future programming and will build on the partners’ experience in Somalia and other sub-Saharan countries. DRC has implemented bottom-up stabilization, state building and community-driven programmes in Somalia and other countries since 2008 hence this ‘add on’ project is an important milestone for both DRC and SSF that amplifies their positions on gender, inclusiveness and leadership in Somalia.
With the overallobjective in mind, theproject focusses on addressinggender and inclusiveness considerations as a way to enhance state-society relations with the belief that if women in government (authorities) are able to manage citizens’ money in a transparent, accountable and efficient way, then citizens will trust more their female leaders and the governments they lead. These will be done through channelling funding for community and public projects initiated and led by government authorities at district level and/or community groups. Also, financial resources will be received through formal and informal community organizations in which women leaders in their capacity as government representatives (DCs) will be represented and community organizations shall undertake community mobilization, needs prioritization and validation process. Ultimately, the women DCs authorities and their community implementation groups will deliver the public and/or community projects identified. The focusof the project is tied to contribution to SSF overall strategy 4 which aims at “increased participation and representation of women and excluded groups in governance structures”; and SSF outcome 1 that alludes to “Better functioning, more accountable and responsive government institutions”. The project will there for lead to its impact of “Somalis trusting their government authorities more in managing the development of their own areas” through meeting the following objectives;
- Objective1: Increasing representation of women and minorities in formal and informal governance structures.
- Objective 2: Establishing and strengthening inter-community consultation fora at district level.
- Objective 3: Enhancing the capacity of community groups and district authorities in participatory planning and project management.
- Objective 4:Implementing joint sub-projects at district-level
PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVE OF CONSULTANCY
DRCseeks the services of an external individual consultant or firm to carry out a comprehensive benchmarkingassessment of the project in relation to the related objectives in project target areas. The consultant or consulting firm will specifically be liable to;
- Prepare an evaluation design for the project incorporating a baseline and impact evaluationassessment.
- Assess measurability and suitability of project indicators within the context of the intervention areas and provide recommendations.
- Determine baseline targets for the project indicators(outcome and output level) and recommend adjustments based on the findings of the baseline assessment.
SCOPE OF WORK:
The geographical target scope of the baseline assessmentisShangani, Shibis, Boondheere, Waberi and Wardhiigley communities in Benadir Region of Somalia.
The consultant or consulting firm will propose an appropriate design methodology, either experimental or non-experimental that will provide reliable measurement of project performance and impact. It is also anticipated that a mixed-method approach to data collection will be employed to ensure that data and information is adequately triangulated. The design must reflect baseline and final impact evaluation of the project.
The consultant or consulting firm will ensure that the baseline data collection is designed and undertaken to build on, but not duplicate existing information and will complement other assessments or evaluations planned during the inception phase of the project including those assessments/evaluations carried out either by DRC/DDG or partners within the same locality.
IMPLEMENTATION OF THE BASELINE ASSESSMENT
To implement the assessment, the consultant or consulting firm will engage in the following key tasks;
- Study the project documents (proposal, log frame, etc.) to gain a clear understanding of the project
- Advise, while liaising with DRC on the need to revise or rephrase/reframe any indicators, or development of proxy indicators for ease of measurability, agree on standardized questions to use for the baseline question tool so as to be able to aggregate data for analysis and monitoring during programme implementation
- Developfeasible baselineassessment plan which shows the data collection period up to compilation of the final draft of the report.
- Present the assessment plan including the assessment inception report to assessment team and the donor.
- Finalize and design the proposed methodology and sample size
- Train field supervisors and enumerators
- Supervise and actively participate in data collection
- Compile, review and analyze data collected
- Finalize and submit a baseline report to DRC Somalia and the donor
- Baselineassessment (measurement) design for the project detailing how the baseline and final impact evaluation studies will be conducted.
- A detailed Inception Report:Will provide a detailed description of the baseline approach and methodology including sampling approach, data collection methods, tools and protocols, data analysis plans, detailed workplan and timelines consistent with the proposed methodology and the budget. This report will provide the basis for assessing the performance of the consultancy in regard to the execution of key milestones associated with the baseline. As part of the data quality control measure, it is also anticipated that the consultancy will endeavour to provide a Somali version of the questions under each of the tools to be developed. The inception report will be approved by MEL Manager in consultation with the assessment team led by the country programme managerbefore commencement of the data collection. This deliverable is due within 7 working days following execution of the consulting contract.
- Training of Data Enumerators: The training should embrace all aspects of research and data collection, including ethics of governance, gender, child protection, conflict and cultural awareness. The training should involve a pre testing data collection exercise in order to help refine the data collection tools. This deliverable is due within 10 days following approval of the first deliverable.
- A Draft report setting forth and analyzing the data captured by the baseline assessment, and disaggregated by geographic location and other appropriate parameters, e.g., local administrative boundaries, gender, youth, etc. All responses to any surveys or questionnaires, and other raw data are due with the draft Report. This deliverable is due within 15 days following completion of data collection.
- A Final Report responding to any comments by the assessment team (programme team and PDQ unit) members. This deliverable is due within 5-7 days following receipt of comments from assessment team (programme team and PDQ unit).
- The baseline assessment is expected to be undertaken within 25 days in the month of June.
- Provide the consultant with all necessary documents and reports for review
- Facilitate the necessary meetings with the knowledge management unit of the donor and DRC staff to ensure that the baseline assessment is designed taking into consideration of programme objectives.
- Pay the required consultancy fee as indicated in the signed contract within reasonable timeframe.
- Where necessary, facilitate the making of appointments with all relevant stakeholders inside Somalia (government, partners, communities etc.) and provide contacts for relevant stakeholders
- Provide other needed support such as security supportfor the consultant to access field sites when leading and supervising data collection.
The Consultant will report technically to the DRC/DDG Somalia MEAL Manager and administratively to Project Manager.
The DRC/DDG Regional advisor will provide technical oversight to the process.
EXPECTED PROFILE OF CONSULTANT
The Lead Consultant or Consultancy firm should have demonstrated expertise in conducting Baseline Assessments for projects related to governanceand peace building, democracy, conflict analysis,gender mainstreaming, protection projectswith demonstrable experience in research, design and management of quantitative and qualitative research methods. The lead consultant should also show in-depth analytical skills on report writing, presenting of findings and compilationof quality assessment reports. More specifically, the Consultant should possess the following profile;
- Must have strong technical background in undertaking humanitarian assessments and in undertaking participatoryapproaches.
- Minimum of a Master’s Degree in development studies, social sciences, conflict management, peace building, knowledge management, research or other relevant field, a PhD will be an added advantage.
- At least five years’ previous relevant experience, including designing and conducting baseline and/or end line assessments.
- Knowledge of strategic and operational management of humanitarian programmes, and proven ability to provide strategic recommendations to key stakeholders.
- Strong analytical skills and ability to clearly synthesize and present findings, draw practical conclusions, make recommendations and prepare well-written reports in a timely manner.
- Experience, knowledge and clear understanding of the Somali context;
- Good interpersonal skills and understanding of cultural sensitivities
- Readiness to travel to Banadir region of Somalia to conduct direct standard assessment activities.
- Fluency in English with highly professional report writing capabilities
The prospective consultant(s) should compile technical proposal detailing their understanding of the terms of reference, a clear budget showing the activities budgeted for and a detailed work plan. The proposed budget and work plan, plus the proposed duration of study should be consistent with the proposed methodology.
The consultant will have access to the following documentation:
- Project proposal, logical framework and/or theory of change etc.
- Country Strategic Programme Document (SPD).
- DRC/DDG Global and Country Accountability Framework
- DRC/DDG Operational Principles
- DRC/DDG Programme Handbook chapter 2.3 (Mandate) and 5 (Assistance Framework)
- Relevant reports from related or past project
Consultant’s Roles and Responsibilities
- With support from project team, establish working contacts with all relevant stakeholders in the targeted study areas
- Review relevant program documents (i.e. project proposal, LFA indicators).
- Prepare and submit the consultancy proposal with clear illustration of the understanding of methodology to be used, including work plan and schedule for both quantitative and qualitative aspects of the assignment
- Design, develop, critique (with DRC project team) and refine data collection tools including translation into localSomali language, where appropriate.
- Hire and pay all needed staff in field (enumerators, researchers etc.)
- Develop and/or train the field enumerators on the review design.
- Interview selected respondents during the review.
- Prepare and submit all baseline deliverables as required and indicated above.
- Provide the consultant with all necessary documents and reports
- Pay the required consultancy fee as indicated in the signed contract.
- Where necessary, facilitate the making of appointments with all relevant stakeholders (government, partners, communities etc.) and provide contacts for relevant stakeholders
- Where necessary provide support in recruitment and enumerators
Interested applicants who meet the required profile and methodology are invited to submit an expression of interest including:
- A suitability statement including CV of participating consultants with details of qualifications and experience.
- Technical proposal that summarizes understanding of the TOR, methodology, and tools to be used.
- 1 Page Work-plan clearly indicating the activity schedule.
- 1 Page Financial proposal providing cost estimates and consultancy fees.
- Contacts of three organizations (References) that have recently contracted you to carry out similar assignment.
- Samples of similar assignments undertaken within the last three years.
TERMS & CONDITIONS
The consultant should be willing to work in the target areas of Somalia, in the targeted areas when/wherever security allows. If the consultant has his/her own team to work with; then they will entirely be under the jurisdiction of the consultant including the provision of accommodation, food, security, travel and medical insurance.
The consultant should provide copy of local registration certificate.
DRC/DDG has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability commitments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework.
Interested applicants who meet the required profile are invited to submit an expression of interest including:
- CV with details of qualifications, experience and names of three professional referees.
- Technical proposal that summarizes understanding of the TOR, methodology and tools to be used.
- Work-plan clearly indicating the activity schedule.
- Financial proposal providing cost estimates and consultancy fees.
Interested candidates who meet the above qualifications and requirements are encouraged to apply. Applicants should send their application to the email address firstname.lastname@example.org
Please indicate “BASELINE ASSESSMENT” as the subject heading.
The deadline for applications is 28th May 2018.
ONLY shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview.This consultancy is locally-hired only.