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25 Nov 2018

Terms of Reference for Final evaluation of Integrated Emergency Response and Early recovery support to drought affected communities in Togdheer region, Somaliland

Job Description

Terms of Reference for Final evaluation of Integrated Emergency Response and Early recovery support to drought affected communities in Togdheer region, Somaliland

Background

Candlelight , supported by the Somalia Humanitarian Fund (SHF) has implemented a project “ Integrated Emergency Response and Early recovery support to drought affected c ommunities in Togdheer region, Somaliland (SOM – 17/3485/R/FSC – WASH – Ed -H -Nut/NGO/6751 )” .The project has been implemented in villages spread out in 2 districts of Odweine and Burao in Togdheer region . The project intended to directl y reach out to 22,664 beneficiaries . As part of the project, Candlelight is seeking the services of a qualified consultant to conduct an evaluation of the above project .

Project background and overview

The project sought to address the standing problems in the project areas which included food insecurity, hygiene and sanitation problems. Outbreaks of Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD) were also being reported in some parts too. The nutritional vulnerability was evident among the children under five and pregnant/lactating women. Hence, the project’s integrated and targeted intervention logic which chiefly put emphasis on addressing the critical needs of the affected households to help them recover from the effects of the drought but as well laying a foundation for fostering resilience and recovery. The project sought to improve household immediate access to food through provision of unconditional transfer depending on the severity of food insecurity and malnutrition levels. The project also aimed at supporting the rehabilitation of berkerds, provide hygiene kits to households, and conduct hygiene and sanitation awareness campaigns in order to provide access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene for people in emergency.

In order to ensure that emergency and crisis-affected children and youth have access to safe and protective learning environments that encourage retention and increased enrolment; the project conducted disease, malnutrition screening in schools and communities and offer treatment and other support to those that need it. Hygiene and sanitation awareness, and construction of hand washing facilities, formation of school hygiene clubs all done to make schools a better place for learning and encourage retention.

To improved access to essential lifesaving health services (quality primary and secondary health care) for Crisis-affected populations aimed at reducing avoidable morbidity and mortality is another cluster objective that was to be achieved through this integrated approach. Mobile teams consisting of a midwife, nurses, community mobilizers/ volunteers and a supervisor were put in place to conduct disease and malnutrition screening based on Mid-Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) and edema for all children 6-59 months and other vulnerable people in the target sites. Those found to have medical complications treated on site by the mobile teams. MAM and SAM cases with complications referred to the stabilization center in Burao. The IERTs also conducted immunization for children under 5 and PLW.

Project overview

Project title Integrated emergency response and Early recovery support to drought affected
communities in Togdheer region, Somaliland
Cluster Intervention
Food security Improved  food  access  to  affected  households  through  Unconditional  cash
transfers
WASH Water source rehabilitation, Hygiene and sanitation awareness, distribution of
hygiene kits
Education Hygiene  and  sanitation  awareness,  formation  of  schools’  hygiene  clubs,
construction of hand washing facilities
Nutrition SAM/ MAM screening and treatment using mobile teams, referrals of SAM
with complications to Stabilization centers
Health Treatment of minor illnesses in the communities by mobile teams, referrals for
more specialized treatment

PURPOSE, OBJECTIVES AND EVALUATION CRITERIA Purpose

The final evaluation is an important element in the M&E plan, enabling us to understand and evaluate effectiveness, relevance, impacts and sustainability of the project interventions; and aiming to measure the level of project achievement against the indicators. It will also come up with concrete information and recommendations for improvements that act as basis for making decisions and improvement in delivery of similar interventions. Candlelight is therefore seeking to hire a qualified and capable external evaluator to undertake the final evaluation exercise according to the terms and conditions detailed below.

Specific objectives

  • To evaluate the entire project in terms of effectiveness, relevance, efficiency, sustainability, and impact against the indicators set in the project’s logframe.
  • Draw conclusions and make recommendations for purposes of learning and future programming.

Evaluation criteria

The key questions that need to be answered by this evaluation include but may not be limited to the following;

Evaluation Mandatory questions
Criteria
Effectiveness § To what extent were the intended project goal, outcomes and
outputs achieved and how?
§ To what extent did the project reach the targeted beneficiaries at the
project goal and outcome levels? How many beneficiaries have
been reached?
§ To what extent has this project generated positive (or negative)
changes in the lives of targeted (and untargeted) drought affected
women, men, boys and girls? What are the key changes in their
lives?
§ What internal and external factors contributed to the achievement
and/or
§ Were the project resources used effectively in line with the
approved the budget
Efficiency § How efficiently and timely has this project been implemented and
managed in accordance with the Project Document? Specifically
have resources been used well and strategies’ to implementation
been appropriate.
Relevance § To what extent was the project strategy and activities implemented
relevant in responding to the needs of drought affected
communities?
§ Were the differences between women, men and children’s needs
and opinions about their own development taken into consideration
in the project?
§ How did the target communities participate in the project planning,
implementation and evaluation? What was the role of the
community members in the implementation of the project?
Sustainability § How are the achieved results, especially the positive changes
generated by the project in the lives of the drought affected
communities sustained after this project ends?
§ What  is  the  basis  for  ownership  of  the  project  created  assets
especially water sources?
Impact § What are the unintended consequences (positive and negative) that
resulted from the project?
§ To what extent can identified changes be attributed to the project?
What would have occurred without the project?
Knowledge § What are the key lessons learned that can be used for further
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and Best programming
practices § Are there any best practices? If yes, what are they and how can they
generation be replicated in other projects and or similar interventions?

METHODOLOGY AND TOOLS

Methodologies

The evaluator will use a both quantitative and qualitative data methodologies in order to triangulate findings. The consultant will prepare the evaluation assessment methodology, field plan and data collections tools and submit to candlelight for review and approval before starting the actual field work. Methodologies and tools will include but not be limited to:

  • Review of project documentation. Review of archived material related to the overall project, as well as background material used in project preparation, progress reports, action plans, archived photos, beneficiary/ distribution lists and other information available
  • Field visits, observation and in-depth interviews: The evaluator shall conduct field visits to the project target villages to carry out field observations, individual interviews, focus group discussions (FGDs), and analysis of the project activities. Interviews will be conducted with project staff, project beneficiaries, local leaders, government officials and any other relevant stakeholders.

Data Collection tools

The evaluator shall prepare the data collection tools before the field work and submit to Candlelight management for comments and feedback before the actual field work is undertaken. The ideal tools for data collection may include Questionnaires/ Interview guides, FGD guides, observation check lists and individual case studies (Atleast 1 case study).

SCOPE OF THE EVALUATION

Target villages

The final evaluation will be probably done in 17 villages namely; Borama, Bodhaley, Afwayne, Waabo-gaajo, Beer, Kal-qudhun, Xood, Xayira, Laamo-dheere, Galool-dheere, Bali-Jiilaal, Beerato, Caasho-Cado, Shabeellay, Bali-Muuse, Kalabaydh, Muuqdheer.

Tasks, Outputs and Suggested Timeframe

The applicant is requested to provide a breakdown of the tasks, outputs and number of days needed. The duration of the assignment should however not exceed 20 days.

QUALIFICATIONS AND COMPETENCIES OF THE APPLICANT

  • A Master’s degree in health and social sciences, or any relevant field.
  • Monitoring & evaluation experience at least 5 years in conducting external evaluations, with mixed-methods and having flexibility in using participatory evaluation methods.
  • Proven experience in undertaking similar assignments
  • Proven experience in working and understanding the local and cultural context in the project sites.

RENUMERATION, LOGISTICS AND APPLICATION Remuneration

The budget for this evaluation shall include consultant professional fees, enumerators, accommodation.

Logistics

Candlelight will provide the required project documents and any other relevant information.

Candlelight will also provide transport to the project sites.

Communication and reporting

The Consultant will work in close contact with the Project Manager and Project Medical supervisor and Candlelight MEAL Officer

Application procedures

Interested applicant must submit his/her technical and financial proposal together with an updated CV clearly showing his/ her experience in similar assignments. Applications should be submitted by email to hr@candlelightsom.org or hand delivered at Candlelight Offices at Sha’ab area not later than 29th November 2018


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