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Terms of reference for mid-term evaluation of the ‘Community-driven FGM/C Abandonment and Women Empowerment’ project – Somaliland

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Terms of reference for mid-term evaluation of the ‘Community-driven FGM/C Abandonment and Women Empowerment’ project


International Solidarity Foundation (ISF) is a Finnish non-governmental organization, founded in 1970. ISF has been operating in Somaliland since 2001, supporting the livelihoods of vulnerable communities, and addressing discrimination and violence against women, particularly female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C). In 2019, ISF received a three-year (2020-22) funding from the United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women (UNTF) to carry out the ‘Community-driven FGM/C Abandonment and Women Empowerment’ project together with two local implementing partners, Network Against FGM/C in Somaliland (NAFIS) and Candlelight for Environment, Education and Health (Candlelight).

Project goal and expected outcomes

The goal of the project is to save daughters to targeted parents from FGM/C, and to empower women in the targeted self-help groups (SHGs) to claim for right to bodily integrity. The expected outcomes of the project are:

  1. Local CSOs have a unified message and coordinated actions against FGM/C
  2. Religious/traditional leaders and Community Management Committee (CMC) members actively engage in efforts against FGM/C
  3. Media and students actively engage in efforts against FGM/C
  4. CLAs engage in advocacy for women’s bodily integrity with respective SHGs
  5. ISF, NAFIS and its member CSOs are institutionally strengthened to sustainably respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and other crises while maintaining or adapting existing interventions to end violence against women and girls with a focus on the most vulnerable women and girls

Purpose and scope of the evaluation

The overall purpose of the mid-term evaluation is to assess the feasibility and sufficiency of the applied strategies and methods, to identify gaps and ways to enhance the impact, effectiveness, and sustainability of the project implementation. Since some of the activities have only recently been launched due to COVID-19, the mid-term evaluation focuses on the strategies and activities feeding into outcomes 1-3, such as:

  • Organizing national and regional coordination meetings with CSOs
  • Organizing joint commemoration of International FGM/Women’s/African Child Days & 16 Days of Activism against VAWG
  • Organizing trainings & dialogues for religious leaders to ensure their support for FGM/C eradication
  • Engaging religious leaders in trainings etc. with community members
  • Organizing consultation meetings with community leaders; training CMCs on health, religious, and human rights aspects of FGM/C
  • Training media personnel to engage them in Anti–FGM/C campaigns
  • Training students on health, religious, and human rights aspects of FGM/C.
  • Training students in advocacy skills and supporting them to organize public events.
  • Producing drama, media broadcast & research articles on FGM/C with students

The key questions guiding the evaluation include but are not restricted to:


  • Are the applied strategies and activities appropriate and adequate to achieve the project goal?
  • Are the applied strategies and activities reaching (all) relevant actors?
  • Have the project interventions led to some unintended (positive or negative) outcomes?
  • What kind of strategies and activities should be undertaken to strengthen the project impact?


  • Which factors have facilitated/hindered the achievement of the expected results?
  • Could a different approach (strategies and tools) produce better results?


  • Is the use of human and economic resources efficient in relation to the achievements?
  • Are the communication methods efficient? What kind of communication methods and channels could be used to make the project more efficient?
  • Is the collaboration with key stakeholders efficient and mutually satisfying?
  • Are there actors and/or institutions whose engagement could improve the efficiency of the project?
  • What are the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats of the project’s implementation process?


  • What are the factors that might influence the sustainability of the impact and/or results?
  • What kind of strategies should be undertaken to strengthen the sustainability?

Methodology of the evaluation

Since ISF and its implementing partners regularly collect quantitative survey data monitoring the impact (change in knowledge and attitudes on FGM/C and women’s rights), the evaluation should collect and analyze mainly qualitative data through, for example, the following methods:

  • Review of project documentation
  • Key informant interviews (KII) with key stakeholders (e.g. relevant ministries and their respective regional offices, relevant INGOs and CSOs)
  • Individual in-depth interviews and focus group discussions (FGD) with project beneficiaries (various ‘change agents’ and parents they reach out to).

Timing, duration and expected deliverables

The evaluation is expected to start immediately after the Ramadan for an estimated duration of 20 working days. This will include

  • desk review and submission of inception report
  • inception meeting with the evaluation team
  • data collection
  • data analysis and submission of draft evaluation report
  • workshop to validate initial evaluation findings
  • submission of the final report

Based on the project documentation, the consultant shall submit an inception report to ISF no later than May 16th, 2021. 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, suggested target groups and sample sizes
  • Ethical considerations including COVID-19 related precautionary measures
  • Detailed workplan
  • Detailed budget

The draft evaluation report should be sent for comments to ISF no later than June 14th, 2021. The final evaluation report, which incorporates the ISF comments and suggestions done to the draft report, should be submitted to ISF no later than June 21st, 2021.

Qualifications of the consultant

The profile of the consultant(s) needs to meet the below qualifications:

  • University degree in relevant field
  • Extensive work experience in gender issues, preferably FGM/C
  • Qualitative and quantitative analytical skills; minimum 5 years of experience in research, consultancy/evaluation, and/or programme development/management
  • Fluent English; excellent reporting and presenting skills
  • Punctuality and availability to complete the work on time

How to apply and selection process

Requested information:

  • Curriculum vitae of the head consultant(s) engaged in the evaluation
  • A draft work plan (1-2 pages) including a short description of the methods, main steps and number of days 
  • Cost of the tender: daily consultancy fee, other costs 

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

The tender must be submitted to ISFSOM@solidaarisuus.fi no later than April 11th, 2021.

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