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Project End line Evaluation Acting for women, fostering women’s emancipation from FGM/SGBV to improved livelihood – Togdheer and Odweyne region, Somaliland

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Somaliland Youth Development and Voluntary Organization  – SOYDAVO

HQ: Burao, Somaliland; Hargeisa add: Masalaha Area, Airport Road, Near Sky Hotel; Email: info@soydavo.org

Tell: +252 2 711808; Website: www.soydavo.org 

Project end line evaluation

Project: Acting for women, fostering women’s emancipation from FGM/SGBV to improved livelihood.

Project location: Togdheer and Odweyne region

Country: Somaliland

Project background

The Acting for women, fostering women’s emancipation from FGM/SGBV to improved livelihoods in Togdheer is a 4-year (2018-21) project funded by International Solidarity Foundation (ISF) and implemented by Somaliland Youth Development and Voluntary Organization (SOYDAVO).

The overall objective of the project is to reduce the prevalence rate of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and female genital mutilation (FGM) in Togdheer region through community-led awareness raising and attitude change. The project also aimed to increase women’s access to livelihood opportunities through provision of livelihood skills training and improved access to micro-finance institutions.

The project’s target beneficiaries are women engaged in self-help groups (SHG) operating in marginalised IDPs in Togdheer and Oodweyne, as well as youth and men in the same IDPs. The project was implemented in 18 villages in Burao district and 2 village in Oodweyne district. The project’s goal and objectives are per following. 

Description of the task:

The purpose for this evaluation is to assess the performance of the project and capture project achievements, challenges, and best practises to inform future similar programming. It will also review the recommendations of the project Annual evaluations and assess the extent to which these were implemented. The evaluation will also include an analysis of the impacts, relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability of the project. It evaluates the project strategies and activities, and the grade of achievement of the project goal, purpose and expected results (expected and/or unexpected). The analysis will include answers to the following questions, formed in the basis of the project indicators:

Relevance: Has the intervention done the right things?

  • How relevant is the work in eradication of FGM, SGBV in the project area?
  • How relevant are basic business skills trainings in creating income and livelihood opportunities for women?
  • Has the chosen approach been relevant in relation to the context? Was the chosen methodology/approach socially, culturally, and ethically relevant? What gaps or challenges were faced in relation to this? Would some other approaches have been more relevant than the chosen one? Why?
  • To what extent has the process of jointly (ISF, ADO, SOYDAVO and Clhe) compiling a manual for women’s health and business training been relevant to SOYDAVO and/or the project beneficiaries?
  • Has the work carried out by the project been relevant in relation to the real needs of the project beneficiaries? How were the needs of the project beneficiaries assessed in this sense?
  • Were the activities carried out within the project relevant in relation to the results, purpose, and goal of the project?
  • Are there other similar initiatives in the project area, carried out by other actors? How did the project coordinate with them?
  • How relevant was the project compared to other similar projects in the area?

Effectiveness: Is the intervention achieving its objectives?

  • To what degree has the project achieved the expected results? Which factors have facilitated/hindered the achievement of the results? Please use the project indicators as a basis of this analysis, disaggregated by gender. Additional relevant analysis is also suggested.
  • To what extent have the project activities contributed to the overall goal? Was the project effective in reducing SGBV/FGM and increasing women beneficiaries’ skills and living status?

Efficiency: How well are resources being used?

  • How efficient have the achievements been in relation to the project goal and purpose?
  • Has the use of human and economic resources been efficient in relation to the achievements?
  • Have the used methodologies been efficient in relation to the project purpose?
  • To what extent has the Women’s Health and Business Manual (coproduced by ISF, ADO, SOYDAVO and Clhe in 2018-2020) been useful in relation to the project purpose?
  • Have the communication methods been efficient? What kind of communication methods and channels could be used in the future to make the project more efficient?
  • What would have been opportunities within project to reach more beneficiaries with the available budget or to reduce costs while reaching at least the same number of beneficiaries without compromising quality?
  • What choices were made in terms of collaboration and non-collaboration during project design? Why?

 Impacts: What difference did the intervention make?

  • Has the project reached its goal? Has SGBV against women or FGM in the project areas been reduced? Has the project improved the overall livelihood conditions of the beneficiaries?
  • What real difference has the project made to the beneficiaries?
  • Has the project reached its purpose? Have there been changes in the awareness and attitudes of women and men regarding SGBV and FGM? Has women’s average yearly net income increased?
  • What unintended outcomes have the target communities experienced as a result of the project intervention?
  • Which social, political, or/and economic (external to the project) factors have contributed or hindered the project impact?
  • What kind of strategies should be undertaken in a possible continuation of the project to strengthen the project impact?
  • How do you assess the impact of the project compared to other similar projects in the area?

Sustainability: Will the benefits last?

  • Will the changes delivered by the project continue beyond the life of the project?
  • What mechanisms have you put in place to sustain the key results? How has the project worked with local institutions, civil society etc. increase their capacity in a sustainable way? What motivations /mechanisms exist for them to continue playing these roles?
  • To what extent will the Women’s Health and Business Manual (coproduced by ISF, ADO, SOYDAVO and Clhe in 2018-2020) be useful in the future work of SOYDAVO?
  • What are the risks facing sustainability of the project results?
  • What kind of strategies should be undertaken in a possible continuation of the project to strengthen the sustainability?


The evaluation is expected to take approximately about 3 weeks including travel, data collection, analysis, report writing and submission of the final products, starting 15th October 2021. The consultant is expected to present a detailed activity plan and timeline as part of the inception report.

Who can Apply?

The interested firms/consultants shall meet the following criteria:

  • Legally registered research firms or / experienced individual consultants.
  • Demonstrable experience on youth and women rights,
  • advanced research skills (both qualitative and quantitive), gender-responsive research, Gender equality, and GBV context in Somaliland
  • Previous experience working in Somaliland and conducting similar evaluation, and assessments.
  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to ethical issues in research and evaluations.
  • Ability to write high quality, clear, concise report in English
  • Demonstrated experience in working in Somaliland and able to convene project stakeholder’s representatives for discussions and in-depth interviews.
  • Minimum master’s degree in social policy, community development, social research, governance, gender studies or any other related field.
  • Minimum 10 years of experience in conducting similar baseline, evaluations and assessments in Somaliland or similar context.
  • Experience in using participatory learned, transformative, and empowering and socially inclusive approaches in research and evaluations.
  • Good understanding of the society, culture, and behaviors of the Somali communities in both urban and rural settings.

Requested information:

The tender should include the following information:

  • Firm’s up to date certificate of registration (only for consulting firms)
  • Recent financial statement or similar document showing financial health of the firm.
  • Copy of CV of the lead consultant
  • Technical and financial proposal detailing the approach and methodology of the evaluation.
  • Two related samples of previous final evaluation work focusing on women and youth rights or Gender-Based Violence projects.
  • Two recommendation letters from previous clients.
  • Two professional references for the previous work.

Please send your application documents to info@soydavo.org on 23rd September 2021. 

Expected Deliverables of the Evaluation 

The evaluation is expected to start on 15 October for an estimated duration of 3 weeks. This will include [adjust the list if needed] 

  • desk review and submission of inception report 
  • field visit(s) and data collection  
  • data analysis and evaluation report writing 
  • workshop to validate initial evaluation findings 
  • submission of the final report 

Based on the project documentation, the consultant shall submit an inception report to SOYDAVO management not later than 5 days from the signature of the contract. The inception report serves as an agreement between parties on how the evaluation will be conducted, covering the following items:  

  • Research methodology, including data collection tools (e.g., FGD and KII questions), suggested target groups and sample sizes and criteria, and ethical considerations 
  • Proposal for a learning event to validation of evaluation findings.  
  • Schedule of the evaluation activities incl. travelling (timeline)  
  • Detailed budget  

The evaluator shall prepare the data collection tools before the field work and submit to SOYDAVO management and ISF for comments and feedback before the actual field work is undertaken.  

SOYDAVO will provide the required project documents and any other relevant project information. SOYDAVO will also provide transport to the project sites. Evaluator team must ensure active participation of different categories of people, including women, in the evaluation. Both qualitative and quantitative data will be analyzed and elaborated in the report. Data should be disaggregated by location and gender; that is, separately for children (girls and boys), men and women. 

The first draft of the evaluation report should be sent for comments to SOYDAVO management and ISF no later than [25 November 2021]. 

The final evaluation report, which incorporates the ISF and SOYDAVO comments and suggestions done to the draft report, should be submitted to SOYDAVO and ISF no later than [30 November 2021].  

The final report is expected to include title page, summary (description of program/project, purpose of the evaluation, methodology, summary of main findings, implications of findings and recommendations), introduction and background, methodology, findings, recommendations, and annexes.  

Criteria for approval: SOYDAVO and ISF will select the consultant based on the following criteria: 1) the professional capacity of the consultant, 2) the quality and content of the proposal, 3) the cost of the evaluation. 

Selection process: The selection of the consultant will be done by ISF and SOYDAVO. Only the selected candidate will be notified of the results of the selection process. 

Submission of tender: The tender must be submitted not later than by 23rd of September 2021 to info@soydavo.org.    



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