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Terms of Reference for End line Evaluation for the NEXUS DRA Pilot Project – Somalia/Somaliland

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Terms of Reference for End line Evaluation for the NEXUS DRA Pilot Project.

  1. Background

1.1 NEXUS platform.

NEXUS is a platform for change in response to the contemporary challenges to Somalia and Somaliland (http://nexusom.org/). The main goal of NEXUS Consortium is to transform the humanitarian, development, and peace ecosystem. The consortium, led by eight pioneering Somali NGOs, aspires to advance a locally driven agenda for change by building partnerships between communities, civil society, and the public and private sectors as well as through the implementation of integrated and sustainable interventions across the triple nexus of humanitarian, peace, and development.

Founded in 2019, NEXUS is a paradigm-shifting platform that is now comprised of eight core members: Centre for Peace and Democracy (CPD)Gargaar Relief and Development Organization (GREDO), Horn of Africa Voluntary Youth Committee (HAVOYOCCO), KAALO Aid and Development, Save Somali Women and Children (SSWC), Social-Life and Agriculture Development Organization (SADO), Taakulo Somaliland Community (TASCO), and Wajir South Development Association (WASDA). These members possess wide-ranging technical capacities and represent communities across all Federal Member States of Somalia and Somaliland. NEXUS has two international partners who are committed to the localization agenda – Oxfam and Save the Children – and who support NEXUS in different areas of work.

NEXUS embodies the next evolutionary step of the Somali aid system, pioneering a locally led approach to delivering integrated peacebuilding, humanitarian and development interventions. By breaking the silos of humanitarian aid, development and peacebuilding and by creating much-needed spaces for local organizations to lead the way in seeking, scaling and integrating solutions across these sectors, Nexus proposes local leadership as more than a means of realizing localization commitments.

NEXUS is strategically investing in the institutions of civil society and government, advancing a new, community-driven framework that creates space for local organizations, partners in government and the private sector to lead the way in identifying, scaling and integrating community owned and driven solutions to humanitarian, development and peacebuilding needs.

  • DRA project.

The Dutch Relief Alliance (DRA) is a coalition of 14 Dutch aid organisations in partnership with the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA).[1] The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) partners with the DRA by funding Joint Responses. The structure of the DRA enables participating NGOs to respond to major international crises in a timely and effective manner. The rising number of humanitarian disasters around the world has placed an increased burden on international aid organisations. The global increase in the number of armed conflicts – and the deepening complexity of these conflicts – is also adding to the severe strain on the existing humanitarian system. The Dutch Relief Alliance (DRA) was established to meet these challenges. Improved cooperation and coordination between NGOs enables them to better respond to major international crises in a timely and effective manner. The DRA members collaborate in humanitarian interventions – delivering greater impact than members operating independently.

The DRA NEXUS project was initially a ten-month pilot project, but the time frame of the project was extended to one year following the approval of a non-cost extension. The project focuses on local humanitarian programming and aims to work on fulfilling commitments to the Grand Bargain and Charter for Change. The project started in January 2021 and will end on 31st December 2021. The project is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Dutch Relief Alliance (DRA) and designed to contribute to NEXUS’ vision of assuming a leading role in humanitarian systems that puts the agency and self-reliance of communities at the center through delivering a combination of aid, development and peace programs. In line with the principles outlined in the platform’s perspective of change, the Pilot Joint response program is entirely led and implemented by NEXUS. The total project budget is EUR 2,030,000.

The project is developed in response to the call for proposals from the DRA that aims to pilot a new locally led way of developing Joint Response proposals and of deciding who participates in the implementation of a Joint Response, on basis of their potential to contribute to a jointly developed Perspective on Change. The Perspective on Change should support enhanced sustainability of interventions. The JR pilot should focus on locally based decision making and supporting collaborative impact between local, national, and international partners, connected through DRA shared objectives. The pilot should also consider country/context specific findings, as well as learnings that can be applied at DRA level and to be applicable in other countries/contexts. A ‘Future DRA Task Force’ was set up by the DRA to oversee the pilot project, be available for consultation, liaise with MFA and the lead, share learnings within the wider DRA and assess the effectives of the pilot compared to ‘regular’ Joint Responses.

This pilot project was an opportunity for the NEXUS platform to more clearly articulate and plan its humanitarian pillar of work. In doing so, the pilot developed intervention strategies that traverse the (traditional) boundaries of development, humanitarian and peace programming that have a more long-term perspective and bring continuity in responding to the many recurrent crises Somalia currently faces. Moreover, to overcome the structural inequities present in the Somali humanitarian system, the pilot mapped out pathways to shift power towards Somali humanitarian actors. Thus, moving from a predominantly internationally led humanitarian system in Somalia towards a humanitarian system where local organizations are in the driver’s seat.

At the same time, this pilot project is intended as a learning process for the DRA partners in The Netherlands. In regular Joint Responses, the Dutch partners have a pre-defined role in the design of the response and in the subcontracting and monitoring of country offices and local partners. The locally-led nature of the pilot Joint Response through NEXUS is meant to provide lessons on collaboration and complementarity in the field between local and international partners, as well as on the role of partners in NL. Particularly, the findings are meant to provide input for the discussion on risk-sharing among partners across the chain from funding to impact.  

The DRA project seeks to innovatively combine elements of humanitarian and development programming in a conflict sensitive manner. Thus, aiming to apply development interventions across a broader spectrum of groups traditionally targeted by humanitarian aid to foster a transition from short-term crisis response towards longer-term (development) oriented perspectives. The project theory of change is annexed herein for further reference.

[1] The DRA members are: CARE Nederland; Cordaid; Dorcas; Oxfam Novib; Plan International Nederland; Help a Child; Save the Children; SOS Children’s Villages The Netherlands; Stichting Vluchteling; Tearfund NL; Terre des Hommes; War Child; World Vision; and ZOA.

  1. Required essential qualifications.

The specific fundamental requirement for this task is expertise knowledge and hands on experience on local humanitarian leadership and understanding of grand bargain and charter for change concepts. The principle consultant should also demonstrate detailed understanding of institutional capacity development, humanitarian advocacy and working with locally led consortium. Other requirements include:

  • Extensive experience in research work and in assessments/evaluations. Knowledge of Research Methodologies and application of various tools including practical experience in assessments, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of community based interventions.
  • At least a master’s degree in economics, developmental studies, business administration and social science or related field for the lead consultant/ a minimum of bachelor’s degree on the relevant academic areas with 7 year of progressive experience in research can be acceptable.
  • Strong experience in humanitarian response and knowledge of humanitarian standards (CHS, Sphere, Code of Conduct).
  • Proven experience of using participatory methods as the means of data collection and analysis.
  • Previous working experience in Somalia is considered an advantage.
  • Excellent analytical and report writing skills with skills in using statistical packages such as SPSS, STATA, Infodev
  • Fluent in English, understanding of local language will be an added advantage.
  1. Application procedure

Individuals/firms that meet the above requirements should submit an expression of interest (EOI) to SOM-Consultancies@oxfam.org latest 17th January 2022 , which should include: –

  1. Technical Proposal detailing the approach, methodology and work plan of the assignment
  2. Financial Proposal including daily rates in USD with detailed breakdown (transportation, enumerators, accommodation, meals etc.) and including 6% consultancy tax for all national firms/individuals and 12% for international firms/individuals
  • CV of the lead consultant and contact details of three professional referees
  1. Firm’s operating license valid (Somaliland & Somalia)

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview only.

DRA-Nexus project _Terms of Reference_Endline Evaluation_27.12.2021



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