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Terms of Reference Final Project Evaluation – Togdheer Region, Somaliland

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Somaliland Youth Development and Voluntary Organization SOYDAVO

Final Project Evaluation

Terms of Reference

  • Background

SOYDAVO is a national NGO based in Somaliland with various offices across the country.

Over the past 14 years, SOYDAVO’s work has mainly focused on supporting and empowering IDPs, refugees, returnees, drought-affected communities and vulnerable and marginalized communities in Somaliland through the provision of tailored-made entrepreneurship trainings, creation of sustainable income generative sources, small business management and TVET skills training that all aimed to improve the living conditions of the most affected communities in Somaliland.

In 2018, SOYDAVO started the implementation of Fostering Somaliland’s Heritage: Creating links between cultural heritage and job opportunities for improved peace and cohesion in Togdheer project.  The project was funded by the European Union and was 2.5 years in duration. The project aimed to contributed to the use of culture for improved cohesion and peace among communities in Togdheer region of Somaliland. The project provided TVET trainings, conditional cash grants, creative trainings such as arts and cultural dancing to the young men and women in Burao. The project started on 1st January 2018 and came to an end on 31st June 2020.

The purpose of this call for consultancy is to evaluate the impacts made by the project over the past 2 and half years. The following table provides summary of the project’s overall objectives and results.

Project Title

Fostering Somaliland’s Heritage: Creating links between cultural heritage and job opportunities for improved peace and cohesion in Togdheer region.

Objectives of the project and brief description

The overall objective of this Action is to contribute to the use of culture for improved cohesion and peace among communities in the Togdheer region of Somaliland. The project will contribute to foster initiatives in favour of Somaliland’s cultural heritage and innovative job opportunities strengthening the cohesion and peace of the overall society in order to attain a sustainable development, restored and enhanced livelihoods for vulnerable people. It will record and collect community local heritage in order to facilitate access to material and immaterial cultural heritage in Somaliland. The specific objectives for this proposal are: 1) To contribute to the protection and promotion of Somaliland culture in Togdheer. 2) To foster initiatives aimed at creating jobs for youth and vulnerable groups in Togdheer Region and Burao.

Beneficiaries

Vulnerable groups such as minority groups, youth and women located in Togdheer region.

Project Results/Output

Result 1.1 Progressive material and immaterial Somali cultural heritage inventoried and promoted

Result 1.2 Cultural art among male and female youth have been promoted

Result 2.1 Establishment of small business for Youth (male and female) have been supported

Result 2.2 Initiation of Income generated activities for vulnerable women /IDP returnees have been supported

Location of the project

Togdheer region, of Somaliland

  • THE OBJECTIVES

The aim of this consultancy is to carry out the final evaluation of project on Fostering Somaliland’s Heritage: Creating links between improved livelihood and job opportunities in Somaliland.

The evaluation includes an analysis of the impacts, effectiveness, sustainability, relevance and efficiency of the project. It evaluates the project strategies and activities, and the grade of achievement of the project results, purpose and goal and the impacts generated by the project (expected and/or unexpected) in the project’s target. It includes clearly defined lessons learnt from the project and recommendations for possible future actions on arts, culture and youth development programs.

The evaluation reflects the situation in the middle of 2020 to the situation in the beginning of project in 2018 as described in the project baseline and other follow-up material produced by SOYDAVO in its annual project reports (and other documentation, when available).

  • METHODOLOGY

The consultant is responsible for:

  • Preparing an inception report, which includes the specific work plan, and data collection tools based on analysis done on desk review of documents.
  • collecting and analysing the relevant data on the project’s direct beneficiary groups in Somaliland, using:
    • the annual reports of the project prepared by SOYDAVO;
    • monitoring data collected to the annual reports of the project prepared by SOYDAVO;
    • other relevant project reports prepared by SOYDAVO;
    • stories/testimonies collected from the beneficiaries by the consultant during the field trip, in order to complement the data prepared by SOYDAVO; and
    • additional data, collected by the consultant in order to complement the data provided in the data prepared by SOYDAVO;
  • collecting and analysing relevant views from the key stakeholders in Somaliland as enlisted below;
  • producing a draft consultancy report on the basis of the data collected and analyses carried out in Somaliland;
  • incorporating the comments and corrections of the EU and SOYDAVO to the draft report produced on the basis of the data collected and analyses carried out in Somaliland as agreed in the work plan;
  • submitting the final report produced on the basis of the data collected and analyses carried out in Somaliland as agreed in the work plan; and
  • Submitting the final consultancy report to SOYDAVO as agreed in the work plan.

All the data collection carried out within this consultancy should be based on participatory methods (such as one-to-one interviews, focus groups, participatory mapping etc.). In addition, the consultant should collect and analyse a sample of stories/testimonies (using the most significant change methodology). All archived material related to the project should be reviewed (such as SOYDAVO manuals and project documentation (e.g. baseline, the project plans and logical frameworks generated during the project duration and relevant quarterly and annual reports, training reports etc.).

The stakeholders that should be consulted within this consultancy shall include at least:

    • SOYDAVO’s Staff members
    • SOYDAVO’s Board Members
    • A sample of the trained beneficiaries:
      • Trained youth (girls and boys);
      • teachers (women and men);
      • members of Community Education Committees (women and men);
      • members of Village Committees (women and men);
      • community leaders (women and men);
      • Trained artists and cultural groups (men and women);
    • Number of businesses set up by the trained young men and women
    • A sample of untrained community members
    • Representatives of the corresponding Ministries: Ministry of Employment, Social and Family Affairs, Representatives of the local Government Office, Office of the Governor of Togdheer region;
    • A sample of collected material and immaterial heritages
    • Relevant civil society organizations working on similar projects
    • Checking the added value of the project
  • TIMING AND DURATION

The consultant shall submit an inception report (including the analysis done on the basis of the background material, the methodologies and data collection tools to be used and the detailed timetable for the fieldwork in Somaliland) for the consultancy to SOYDAVO no later than 19th October 2020 at 15.00hr.

The field trip to Somaliland must be carried out in the final week of October until mid-November 2020.

The first draft of the reports of the consultancy should be sent for comments to SOYDAVO 10 November 2020.

The final consultancy report, which incorporates the EU and SOYDAVO comments and suggestions done to the draft report, should be submitted to SOYDAVO not later than 18 November 2020.

The estimated amount of working days required by the consultancy:

  • Desk review and preparation of questions and methodologies 3 days
  • Fieldwork: Project Target Area 8 days                                     
  • Finalization of the report                                                         3 days

Total Number of Days                                                                14 days

  • QUALIFICATIONS
  • University degree in archeology, anthropology, sociology, community development, gender equality or another relevant field.
  • Minimum 10 years of experience in the use of participatory evaluation methodologies Excellent knowledge and understanding of skills development, culture and arts related projects;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Practical experience in the use of M&E tools, gender analysis and communication
  • Practical experience in the use of story/testimony collection and analyzing methodologies such as most significant change etc.
  • Practical experience in the use of participatory methodologies in project implementation
  • Practical experience in both qualitative and quantitative research
  • Experience in developing/analyzing communicational strategies for community-based development projects
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Fluency in written and spoken English, knowledge of Somali is an asset.
  • Good understanding of the society, culture and behaviors of the Somali communities in both urban and rural settings

How to apply?

Interested consultants/firms shall submit the following documents to info@soydavo.org not later than 19 October 2020 at 15:00hr.

  • A detailed technical and financial proposal explaining the suitability of the consultant/firm to undertake this consultancy;
  • Updated CVs of the lead consultant (s);
  • Sample of a report of any similar activity undertaken in the last three years;
  • The contact details of three references including one reference from the most recent work you have completed.

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