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 TERMS OF REFERENCE PROJECT ENDLINE EVALUATION -LUUQ & BARDERE DISTRICT – GEDO

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 TERMS OF REFERENCE PROJECT ENDLINE EVALUATION

 PROJECT PROFILE
Project Name IMPROVING LIVELIHOODS AND AGRICULTURE PRODUCTION OF POOR FARMERS
Project Overall Objective To Protect and restore livelihoods, related food, and income sources, through the provision of seasonally appropriate livelihood inputs and technical support in rural and pre-urban settings.
Project Location LUUQ AND BARDERE DISTRICTS, GEDO REGION SOMALI
Project Period March 2019 to February 2020
Project Targeted Beneficiaries
BENEFICIARY DESCRIPTION MEN WOMEN BOYS GIRLS TOTAL
Direct beneficiaries (primary) 1,500 1000 0 0 2,500
Direct beneficiaries (secondary)

(Family members of those assisted directly)

4,500 4,500 1,750 1,750 12,500
Total 15,000
Indirect beneficiaries. (those who will benefit from the availability of agricultural foodstuffs in the market and also those hired to work in the farm 3,600 3,600 1,400 1,400 10,000
Grand Total (total direct + total indirect) 25,000
Consultancy Start Date 9/02/2020

 About Human Appeal

Human Appeal is a faith-based charity that aims to abolish poverty by providing humanitarian aid, sustainable development programs and championing advocacy for our beneficiaries worldwide. Human Appeal has 7 International Field Offices across Africa, Asia and the Middle East (Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan, Palestine, Somalia, Turkey, and Yemen). Human Appeal Somalia Field office programme operations are based in Mogadishu, Gedo region and previously Bai region, with programmatic focus in the sectors of; WASH, Shelter, FSL, Education/Child Sponsorship, Protection and Health.

Introduction and project background

In order to improve crop production in Gedo region, Human Appeal Somalia designed a project where selected small scale farmers from 6 villages of Luuq district and 7 villages of Bardere districts were to be supported with irrigation pumps, be assisted in land preparation and also be trained on good agricultural practices. The project was to run for 5 months and it aimedat increasing the immediate access to food from agricultural production for 2,500 small scale farmers from the 2 districts of the region.

The irrigation pumps were installed in strategic and secure locations (where concrete basements were constructed for the pumps to be fixed on) along the banks of River Jubba which facilitated the farmers to draw water for irrigation. Among the targeted, 2,500 farmers were direct beneficiaries where 1,000 of them were women and 1,500 were men. It was expected that there was to be a spillover effect to the other household members of the 2,500 and hence a total of 15,000 individuals were estimated to benefit directly from the intervention of this project. In addition, 500 farmers from the 2,500 were selected as master farmers and were trained on good farming practices and appropriate coping strategies to minimize their exposure to shocks and were expected to train the rest 2,000 farmers.

The objective of the project

The overall project objective which was in line with the 2019 Humanitarian Response Plan  (HRP) objective was;

  • To Protect and restore livelihoods, related food, and income sources, through the provision of seasonally appropriate livelihood inputs and technical support in rural and pre-urban settings.

The specific project objectives however were;

  1. To improve agricultural production for 2,500 small scale farmers in Gedo region through the provision of irrigation pumps and training
  2. To build the resilience of 15,000 post-draught and conflict-affected people in Luuq and Bardera districts through the provision of 50 irrigation pumps, land clearance, and preparations and Good Agriculture Practice training

Set project indicators

Output indicators;

  • 50 complete sets of irrigation pumps purchased, distributed and fixed in the selected farms. (along the river banks)
  • At least 75% of the farmers are able to operate the supplied irrigation pumps
  • 600 farmers assisted in land preparation. (1Ha for each farmer)
  • 500 master farmers trained on identified topics during the rapid learning assessment
  • At least 70% of the farmers receive the training from the 500 master farmers trained
  • At least 2,500 hectares of land is prepared and crops cultivated. (each farmer will be expected to cultivate 1 hectare of land)

Outcome indicators;

  • 65% of the population in Gedo region reports increased access to agriculturally produced foodstuffs
  • 80% increase in agricultural production for 2,500 farmers from Gedo region
  • 55% increase in the harvest per hectare/per unit of land cultivated by the farmers assisted with irrigation pumps and trained
  • Percentage increase in the number of youth employed to work in the farms

Expected project impact

During the designing and implementation of this project, it was expected that;

  • There would be an increased farm-level agricultural production and productivity, with higher yields (net of losses before harvest), higher quantities of agricultural outputs sold to markets, reduced costs of production, expanded employment opportunities (especially to the youth and women), and increased incomes among the targeted beneficiaries.
  • The benefits of the project were mostly expected to concern on higher productivity and reduced costs of the agricultural activities that prevailed in the target districts of the Project. These comprised of the production of staple food (maize), vegetables, orchards, fodder, and indirectly livestock production.

The Project’s benefits were mainly expected to accrue primarily from:

  1. Increased farm productivity and reduction of production costs due to the adoption of modern technologies and mechanized operations;
  2. Reduced losses during harvesting
  • Increased proportion of marketed farm produce;
  1. Improved quality and safety of agricultural and food products; and
  2. Increased employment opportunities, either for hired or family labour, for both on-farm and off-farm activities.

The Project’s impact was to stimulate inclusive economic growth and reduction of poverty in poor post-draught and conflict in rural communities of Gedo region. The development objective of the project was to improve access of communities to productive infrastructure and services leading to sustainable agricultural production and equitable returns.

Objectives of the evaluation

The overall objective of this end-line evaluation is to assesswhether the projected objectives of the project have been realized and achieved, in line with the plan and set goals.

This final project evaluation survey is meant to provide the measurement of the expected long-term impact for monitoring the success of the project intervention against set key indicators. The end line evaluation shall be a summative one whereby full participation of the project staff and all relevant stakeholders is emphasized.

The end-line evaluation is forward-looking and will provide information on the nature and potential impact and sustainability of this agricultural project. The survey will assess the project design, scope, and implementation capacity to achieve the projected objectives. It will gather and analyze lessons learned, challenges faced, and best practices attained during the implementation period and inform project gaps that need to be considered in the project as well, which will all inform Human Appeal programming strategy in the future.

Scope of Evaluation

The geographical scope of the survey will be in 6 villages of Luuq districts and 7 villages of Bardere district of Gedo region where the project was implemented and the evaluation scope will be for the entire project. The exercise is scheduled to kick off on 3rd February 2020 and expected to be completed after 21 working days.

The evaluation will include a review of the project design and assumptions made at the beginning of the project development process. It will also assess the extent to which the project results have been achieved, partnerships established, and capacities built.

The evaluation will be a summative study aimed to test the baseline values achievements and to measure the project progress against the set indicators, using an assessment of the achievements of the project.

Methodology

Human Appeal Somalia will contract an external consultant for 21 working days to carry out the final evaluation.

The consultant shall use mixed methods including desk review, project key informant interviews (KII) Focus Group Discussions (FGD), and observation preferably using ODK/KOBO Collect phone application tools to collect data. The sample size to be chosen must be statistically representative of the population.

The analysis must involve statistical and content analysis using appropriate packages as deemed fit by the consultant. The analysis among others should show trends and to the extent, where possible must be disaggregated by gender, age, and location.

The survey should measure the extent to which the project has contributed to the 2019 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP)objective;

  • To Protect and restore livelihoods, related food, and income sources, through the provision of seasonally appropriate livelihood inputs and technical support in rural and pre-urban settings.

And also the other two project objectives;

  1. To improve agricultural production for 2,500 small scale farmers in Gedo region through the provision of irrigation pumps and training
  2. To build the resilience of 15,000 post-draught and conflict-affected people in Luuq and Bardera districts through the provision of 50 irrigation pumps, land clearance, and preparations and Good Agriculture Practice training

The analysis should also demonstrate how the project has contributed to the relevant SDG’s

Tasks

The following tasks will be undertaken by the consultant.

  1. Conduct meetings with key project staff of Human Appeal Somalia, stakeholders such as the local authorities in the two targeted districts, and relevant government agricultural ministry representatives.
  2. Design the plan for the exercise, including data collection tools for the project and relevant program indicators and sampling technique and size.
  3. Obtain feedback on data collection tools and evaluation design from Human Appeal Somalia project team.
  4. Conduct desk reviews of secondary information and project documents including the project baseline evaluation report.
  5. Train enumerators who will pre-test the data collection tools.
  6. Collect data from a representative sample of individuals from the target groups and from key stakeholders, through labour e.g. household questionnaires, key informant interviews (KII) and Focus Group Discussions (FGDs)
  7. Data processing (data entry, verification, and analysis). There should be adequate women representation and participation throughout the data collection process.
  8. Report writing and submission of the first draft report
  9. Presentation of findings and recommendations to and validation by Human Appeal Somalia and key stakeholders
  10. Finalize the report incorporating feedback and submission of the final report.
  11. Produce along with the report 3-5 page report summary factsheet with key headings, findings, and recommendations

Deliverables

The consultants will produce the following specific deliverables after signing the contract:

Deliverable Days
1.       Methodology, including work plan and draft data collection tools 2 days
2.       Tested data collection tools 2days
3.       Data collection/draft report, including annexes 10days
4.       Presentation of findings and recommendations to Human Appeal Somalia and relevant stakeholders to be invited. 1 day
5.       The consultant, upon completion of the assignment, will verify findings with key stakeholders 1 day
6.       Final report. 3 days
8.       Travelling 2 days

The report must be written in English and the first draft is to be received by 20th February 2020. The consultant needs to produce 3 hard copies of all deliverables.

Expertise required

The evaluator should be an experienced and independent consultant with the following expertise:

  • Proven competency in project/programme evaluations, including formative programme evaluations/needs assessments
  • Minimum of 5 years of professional experience in developing countries, including previous experience working in Somalia.
  • Excellent understanding or have a background of agricultural-related projects
  • Demonstrated experience in community development/community targeting / rapid rural appraisal.
  • Have a good understanding of Somalia and its history, and the resulting impact this may have on the working environment.
  • Have an understanding and experience operating conditions in an insecure environment
  • Familiar with Project Cycle Management and evaluations
  • Have excellent analytical and writing skills
  • Be willing to travel extensively in the working areas of the project.
  • Be a team worker who can produce a report and presentation together with other consultants involved in the evaluation.
  • Fluent in English (both reading and writing).
  • Familiar with Climate change impact adaptation learning

Mode of Application:                                                                                                 

All applications should include the following;

  • Cover letter (maximum 1 page) and updated CV’s of all study team members
  • Technical proposal: 

Which should include

  1. A brief explanation about the Consultant with particular emphasis on previous experience in this kind of work;
  2. Profile of the Consultant to be involved in undertaking the evaluation,
  • Understanding of the TORand the task to be accomplished,
  1. Draft workplan
  • Financial Proposal:

How to Apply

Interested consultants should send their detailed Technical and Financial Proposals indicating the subject line “APPLICATION FOR PROJECT FINAL EVALUATION CONSULTANCY’ to the email address hr.somalia@humanappeal.org.so by or before 26th January 2020.

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