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Terms of Reference(ToR) – Project mid-term evaluation Talo Wadaag (Decision Sharing)

Project title Talo Wadaag (Decision Sharing)
Donor EU
Geographical coverage
Eastern regions of Sool and Sanaag, in Somaliland and Hargeisa for national level activities.
Project lifespan January 2018 – April 2020
Budget Available 5000-8000 USD
  1. Background, rationale and purpose of the evaluation:

Oxfam has worked in Somaliland/Somalia for more than 40 years and has extensive experience in the collaborative design and management of both emergency response, development and resilience-oriented programming.

Oxfam has implemented the  Talo Wadaag Project for the last one year and is seeking a consultant to conduct the project mid-term evaluation to measure overall and specific performance achievement of the project. The project is implemented by partners – NAGAAD and SONYO with technical support from Oxfam. Talo Wadaag project aims to increase the voice, participation and representation of women and youth in decision-making chains for a peaceful and prosperous Somaliland.

  1. Introduction of the project

Despite forming 70% of electorate, the political participation of women and youth in Somaliland is very limited. Out of 164 seats in both chambers of parliament, only one is currently taken up by a woman. Only two women can call themselves ministers. There is not a single female judge in Somaliland. Out if 379 local council seats, only 10 are taken up by women, and only 15% by what can be considered Somaliland youth. In more traditional ways of decision-making, through the clan structure and by elders, women and youth struggle to have influence. The root causes of this lies in the complex position women in Somaliland find themselves as they are seen to have divided loyalty between the clans of their birth, and the clan they have married into. Youth are seen not to have enough experience and a cause of frequent trouble.

Therefore, this action proposes to increase the voice, participation and representation of women and youth in decision-making chains for a peaceful and prosperous Somaliland. This consortium, composed of Somaliland women and youth umbrella organisations NAGAAD and SONYO system in Somaliland governance and politics, advocating for an increased participation of women in formal decision-making structures, such as the national parliament and the local councils. SONYO played an active role in bringing down the age limit for electoral candidates from 35 to 25 years. Oxfam brings in years of experience in Somaliland, particular working on gender and youth, which is enshrined in its Oxfam Country Strategy that seeks to support building a peaceful and prosperous Somaliland.

  • Project overall and Specific Objectives

overall objective is to increase the voice, participation and representation of women and youth in decision-making chains for a peaceful and prosperous Somaliland.

To contribute to this goal, the action has three specific objectives:

  1. To increase engagement of women and youth in formal institutional and community elder decision making chains.
  2. To increase the use of women and youth’s economic power.
  3. To increase the inclusion of youth and women taking part in conflict and peace transformation processes.
  4. Specific objectives of the evaluation

The main objective of this evaluation assignment is to assess the overall achievement of the project and quality of implementations as well as the overall impact of the project, with the aim of pulling out lessons learnt that could be adaptable to similar interventions addressing women and youth participation in decision-making chains of Somaliland

  1. Key evaluation areas

Through the process of evaluating the project, the consultant will ascertain the achievements against overall objective of the project. The evaluator shall adopt and deliver findings as per the evaluation principles outlined below;

  • Appropriateness – To measure beneficiary involvement and adaptation, as well as the appropriateness of the response to changing local needs and priorities, especially the needs of women and youth groups highlighting any positive or negative results the intervention may have had within targeted community;
  • Quality – To check the timeliness and adherence to development and influencing approaches in considering women and youth participation in decision-making chains
  • Effectiveness – To measure whether planned outputs were attained and to what extent the project activities contributed to the results of the overall goal and to the strategic objectives, with reference to target beneficiaries;
  • Efficiency – To check the approaches, structures and systems, and their application. To this end, the evaluator will investigate how inputs were converted into outputs taking into account how feasible the implementation responded to the needs;
  • Coordination – To analyse the complementarity to the similar work of other stakeholders, identify areas of duplication, and contribute to the larger response activities in country, including looking approaches used with other organization doing similar work;
  • Lessons learnt and recommendations – To provide feedback for country programme and project on key takeaways related to best practices in women and youth participation in decision making chains
  1. Scope of the evaluation and approach and methods, establishing the basic methodological requirements

Oxfam welcomes consultants to submit Expressions of Interest that are in line with mid-term evaluation overall and specific objectives. The Study should utilize participatory methods to collect both qualitative and quantitative data. It is expected that evaluation will use a mixed methods approach, combining qualitative and quantitative data and all data, collected through the assessment must be disaggregated by sex and age.

The mid-term evaluation exercise will be carried out in the geographical areas of Sanaag region (Eil-Afweyn, Erigavo, Gar-Adag, and Badhan districts), Sool region (Ainabo, Oog, Huddun and Las-Anod districts), and Hargeisa. The evaluation consultancy should be carried based on a desk study (project documents, progress reports, and project monitoring and evaluation documents) and a field visit. For initial desk review, the consultant will be provided with relevant project documents and information about the project implementation and intervention areas.

  • Selection process and consultant profile

The Company or consultant engaged to undertake the assignment must fulfil the following requirements

  • Minimum of a degree in Research of Social Science, or any related field
  • Minimum of 7 years of professional experience in conducting research and/or baseline assessments in women and youth participation in decision-making, human rights programming and development.
  • Proven experience in research methodologies, and other approaches (including quantitative, qualitative and participatory)
  • Good writing skills, including coherent and consistent documentation
  • Capacity to work with a multi-disciplinary team, including coordinating technical input into research work
  • Ability to work rapidly, both in person and remotely, with team members in various locations.
  • Schedule

The consultancy exercise is subject to completion within four weeks (30 days) starting from 10stAugust 2019

The tentative schedule is as follows:

  • Week 1: Desk review of core documents, initial meetings with various relevant Oxfam development teams, drafting and conduction of validation for the inception report;
  • Week 3: Field visits to project sites; interviews with partners, beneficiaries and relevant stakeholders.
  • Week 3: Drafting of final report (to be submitted no later than15thSeptember 2019)
  • Week 4: Validation workshop, finalization of comments feedback on the report, and submission of the final report.
  1. Evaluation deliverables
  • An inception report outlining the methodology and work plan for the evaluation to be submitted at the end of the first week, preferably 5th day of commencing the consultancy.
  • The final evaluation report addressing all the criteria and inputs from Oxfam and donor with corresponding finalized annexes should be submitted. The final evaluation report will be structured as follows:
  1. Cover page clearly describing (evaluation and project title, date, country, appropriate Oxfam and institutional donor logo)
  2. Table of contents
  3. Glossary
  4. List of abbreviations
  5. Executive summary that can be used as a stand-alone document
  6. Introduction, stating objective of the evaluation
  7. The intervention and context
  8. Methodology, including an indication of any perceived limitations of the evaluation
  9. Presentation of the findings and their analysis
  10. Conclusions
  11. Learning and recommendations
  12. Appendices
  • Terms of reference
  • Evaluation program (main features of the data and activities carried out).
  • A list of interviewees (name function and working environment) and places visited.
  • List of documents and bibliography used.
  • Details on composition of evaluation team
  • Link to Methodological appendices: (the evaluation proposal, questionnaires and interviews guides).
  • The length of the final evaluation report should be maximum 30 pages

Interested candidates are requested to submit their expression of interest/proposal by 8thAugust 2019 with the subject Talo Wadaag Project Mid-Term Evaluation to Email: somaliajobs@oxfam.org

The candidates should forward:

  • Technical proposal (max. 5 pages) with detailed budget plan including the costs for consultancy allowance.
  • Professional profile/CV of the consultant/firm
  • Detailed and clear workplan based on the above-mentioned time frame.
  • Previous evaluation done by the applicant and that is relevant
  • 3 professional referees from INGOs provided evaluation consultancy service.

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