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Terms of Reference For Mid-Term Evaluation for Expanding Civic Space, Empowering Youth and Women to Contribute to the Governance and Development Processes in Somaliland Project

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Mid-Term Evaluation for Expanding Civic Space, Empowering Youth and Women to Contribute to the Governance and Development processes in Somaliland Project

Terms of Reference

Project background

The project ‘Expanding Civic Space, Empowering Youth and Women to Contribute to the Governance and Development processes in Somaliland’ is implemented by the ‘Dan-Guud Consortium’ and funded by the European Union. Under the ‘Dan-Guud’ umbrella, SOYDAVO leads three other co-implementing organizations: YOVENCO, SONSAF and Media INK. The project is also supporting other youth-led organizations such as MASAF. The project implementation effectively kicked off in January 2020 and will end in December 2022.

The project aims at improving the role of women and youth CSOs in the decision-making and political space in Somaliland. This will be accomplished by the empowerment of the CSOs to be both a driving force for good governance and accountability as well as a mobilizer for related grassroots movements.

The project is implementing three interventions (or specific objectives) in order to fulfil its overall objectives. These are:

1) Establish an evidence base on the opportunities and challenges that CSOs face in their operating environment.

  • Improve the transparency of the draft policies and feedback by the CSOs.

2) Improve the campaigning and participation of the CSOs in elections and democratic processes.

Specifically, the project aims to increase women and youth participation in Somaliland elections and democratic processes.

The following table provides summary of the project’s overall objectives and results.

Project Title Expanding Civic Space, Empowering Youth and Women to Contribute to the Governance and Development Processes in Somaliland
Objectives of the project and brief description Over all Objectives

To improve the role of the women and youth CSOs in the decision-making and political life in Somaliland.

Specific objective(s)

SO 1: Improved association and joint voicing by the youth and women CSOs

SO 2: Improved transparency of the draft policies and feedback by the civil society. 

SO 3: Improved campaigning and participation of the CSOs, Youth and Women in the elections and democratic processes. 

Beneficiaries Women, Youth, CSOs
Project Results/Output R1. Improved capacity mobilisation and consolidation of youth and women CSOs in Somaliland.

R2. Youth and women are empowered to influence public policy and decision-making at national, local and community levels.

R3. Improved awareness and capacity of the civil society to participate in the elections and democratisation processes. 

Location of the project The project targets the six major regions (Awdal, Maroodijeeh, Togdheer, Sool, Sanaag and Sahil) of Somaliland and specifically the following districts Burao District, Hargeisa District, Borama District, Erigavo District, Berbera District, Las’Anod District.


The purpose of this call for consultancy is to evaluate the impacts made by the project over the past one and half years.

In accordance with the agreement between the Delegation of the European Union (EUD) and SOYDAVO (on behalf of the Dan-Guud Consortium), a mid-term evaluation was scheduled. The purpose of the mid-term evaluation is to assess the continuing relevance of the project, make an assessment of the achieved results over the duration of implementation (through review of the planned intermediate results), check progress in implementation of the project against the approved work-plan, document challenges that may have been encountered and make recommendations on any changes that may be necessary in the implementation of the remaining project duration.

The evaluation shall make an assessment of the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, outcomes and anticipated sustainability of the project activities since January 2021. The evaluation team should provide both the EUD and Dan-Guud Consortium with useful information, analysis and recommendations based on lessons learned. Recommendations should relate to the results (both outcome and intermediate) including capacity of youth and women to influence public policy and decision making, capacity of CSOs to participate in the elections and democratization process and extent to which youth (and women) are able to identify, agree/build consensus on and articulate their priorities to the policy makers. Based on the lessons learned, the evaluation shall assess the main strengths and challenges of the project.

Scope of work and methods

The evaluation shall cover the overall assistance provided through SOYDAVO during January 2020 and September 2021.

The methodology will include:

  1. Desk studies: The evaluation team should study relevance material in the Dan-Guud consortium and EUD databases including country information, EUD Cooperation Strategy, project applications, workplans, correspondence and periodic reviews/reports
  2. Field visit to various sites where the Dan-Guud Consortium has implemented projects. The selection of the sites for field visits should consider size of the project and thematic areas, i.e., women and youth engagement with policy makers, civil society participation in elections and democratization process, etc.
  3. Interviews with stakeholders/partners/beneficiaries. Consultations in the field will be held with all relevant stakeholders: Dan-Guud Consortium staff, government officials (both local and national), other CSOs and beneficiaries

Evaluation principles

The evaluation will be guided by OECD-DAC evaluation standards and the following ethical rules and considerations:

  1. Openness – of information given to the highest possible degree to all involved parties
  2. Publicity/public access – to the activities and results where there are not any considerations to limit access
  3. Broad participation – of all the relevant and interested parties, particularly the primary beneficiaries
  4. Reliability and independence – the evaluation should be conducted so that findings and conclusions are correct and trustworthy

Relevance – is the project design appropriate in the context of participatory and inclusive governance in Somaliland?

Efficiency – Is the project delivered in a timely and cost-effective manner; do the results achieved to date (quality and quantity) justify the resources used?

Effectiveness – To what extent have the planned results (to date) been achieved? What are the reasons for the achievements; what factors have contributed to or hindered the achievement?

Impact – To what extent has the project so far contributed to or made progress towards the longer-term results (outcomes and impact) of the Dan-Guud project and EUD; are the unanticipated positive or negative consequences; when did they arise

Sustainability – Is there an enabling environment that supports ongoing positive impacts?

External utility – To what extent is the project replicable; might its approaches, method and content have potential value in another situation or project.

The mid-term evaluation will review the achievements of the project objectives. In particular:

  1. Assess whether and how the results have been attained in accordance with the approved workplan and results framework/matrix.
  2. Whether the project is considered to have had value for money (VfM).
  3. Assess whether the project has strengthened the capacity of CSOs – and in particular women and youth movements/groups – in the participatory governance sector.
  4. Assess how the project has engaged the good/participatory governance sector (CSOs, Government and Media) and whether this has been helpful to push forward the project’s aim.
  5. Assess the technical standards and quality of interventions/activities undertaken.
  6. Assess to what extent the project has included gender sensitive approach and on that basis draw conclusions and recommendations on the implementation of gender equality within the project

The mid-term evaluation shall be forward looking in the sense that it shall be able to draw conclusions regarding the results (outputs and outcomes/progress towards outcomes) of the support and make recommendations on what Dan-Guud consortium should prioritise/focus on in the remaining phase of the project.


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 26th November 2021 at 15.00hr.

The first draft of the reports of the consultancy should be sent for comments to SOYDAVO 14Th December 2021.

The final consultancy report, which incorporates the EU and Danguud consortium members comments and suggestions done to the draft report, should be submitted to SOYDAVO not later than 20th December2021.

The estimated amount of working days required by the consultancy:

  • Desk review and preparation of questions and methodologies 3 days
  • Fieldwork: Project Target Area          10 days                                    
  • Finalization of the report               3 days

Total Number of Days                                                                16 days

  • University degree in 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;
  • Demonstrable in-depth knowledge of programming in good governance, participation, elections and civil society development thematic areas
  • 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 26th November 2021 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.

Deliverables of the task

  1. Inception report elaborating the proposed methodologies and detailing the workplan and sampling frame
  2. Draft report for feedback
  3. Final report incorporating feedback from Dan-Guud Consortium and EUD

The final report shall not exceed 20 pages (annexes not included in the page limit)



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