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Terms of Reference Independent Evaluation services for ‘Girls Education Empowerment Project in Somalia’ (GEEPS) Baseline Study

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Independent Evaluation services for ‘Girls Education Empowerment Project in Somalia’ (GEEPS) Baseline Study

December 2020

Terms of Reference

Independent Evaluation Company services for ‘Girls Education Empowerment Project in Somalia’ (GEEPS) Baseline Study

Summary

CARE Somalia is seeking to procure the services of an evaluation company / consultants (consultants) to conduct the baseline study of Girls Education Empowerment Project in Somalia (GEEPS) funded by Global Affairs Canada. GEEPS has high demands in terms of the quantity and quality of data to be collected, in order to generate robust evidence to be used by multiple stakeholders.

The baseline consultants will be responsible for the overall design of the baseline study including the refinement of the methodology and tools as required, manage data collection services and carry out qualitative and quantitative data analysis and prepare a comprehensive baseline report for GEEPS. The external consultants will provide an independent and rigorous baseline to enable the project to assess progress against outcomes at midline and final evaluation, and to what extent the intervention was effective in contributing to gender transformative processes that contributed to the improved education (learning outcomes) and empowerment of girls, adolescent girls, and young women, including those with disabilities.

The baseline design will require the use of mixed methods, including triangulation of quantitative and qualitative data. Described in more detail below, the baseline design will be one of two scenarios depending on the status of the project planning with the Ministry of Education at the baseline planning stage. Depending on the scenario, quantitative data will be obtained from learning assessments conducted with a student cohort, a household survey, school survey, teacher survey, head counts and classroom observations, as well as surveys with gender focal points and Regional and District Education Officers (REOs / DEOs). This data will be triangulated with qualitative data obtained through focus group discussions, interviews and participatory exercises with girls in addition to FGDs and KIIs with other stakeholders to establish baseline values for project outcomes at ultimate, intermediate and immediate levels (and outputs where appropriate), produce information to address the evaluation questions as well as to determine levels and types of marginalisation and context prior to the project implementation. The approved inception report is expected before the end of January 2021, and the final report is expected before the middle of March 2021.

Project Background

CARE is a humanitarian non-governmental organization committed to working with poor women, men, boys, girls, communities, and institutions to have a significant impact on the underlying causes of poverty. CARE seeks to contribute to economic and social transformation, unleashing the power of the most vulnerable women and girls. CARE has been providing emergency relief and lifesaving assistance to the Somali people since 1981. The main program activities since then have included projects in water and sanitation, sustainable pastoralist activities, civil society and media development, small-scale enterprise development, primary school education, teacher training, adult literacy and vocational training. CARE works in partnership with Somali and international aid agencies, civil society leaders and local authorities. CARE Somalia is currently operational in the northern regions of Puntland and Somaliland and the strategy is: adopt a program approach to demonstrate impact and promote organizational learning; reduce the impact of emergencies on vulnerable communities, particularly women and children; improve governance and access to services and resources.

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