End Term Evaluation of Somalia Emergency Drought Response (EA09/2017 Somalia)

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Trócaire

Trocaire is an Irish charity organization established in 1973. Since its establishment, the organization has brought humanitarian relief and assistance to people caught in some of the worst conflicts or hit by natural disasters across the globe. Today Trocaire works in over 20 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and Middle East.


Job Details
Employer: Trócaire
Job Title: End Term Evaluation of Somalia Emergency Drought Response (EA09/2017 Somalia)
Job Type: Full-Time
Location: Somalia
Category: Other
Description:

1. INTRODUCTION

1.1 Background

Trocaire, which ordinarily operates in the Gedo districts of Dollow, Luuq and Belet Hawa, as a response to a worsening humanitarian situation in the Horn of Africa region, did scale up nutritional intervention programmes, in early 2017. This scale up, which was partly funded by gracious donations from Caritas, entailed growing the capacity to handle larger than usual caseloads and general improvements in the levels of service provision at 10 health facilities in the districts that Trocaire operates in.

And, in integrating health and nutrition services, these health facilities were also supported to provide supplementary and therapeutic foods to malnourished members of the community that Trocaire serves. Outside of the health facilities, food rations were also distributed to members of the community from vulnerable households. Vulnerability was partly informed by children from such households diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition (SAM).

A community based nutritional surveillance (CBNS) was also set up. The CBNS, which is to help monitor the ever changing levels of malnutrition in the general population, is conducted every quarter. Trocaire is currently in the process of collecting data for the third round of the CBNS.

1.2 The rationale for the evaluation

With the support from Caritas for the project coming to an end, Trocaire seeks to commission an end term evaluation for the same project. The end term evaluation will be used principally to learn lessons emanating from the scaled up nutritional programme implementation and act as an accountability to the donors, the projects beneficiaries and partners in implementation. The evaluation should also help capture good practices realised from the implementation of the project in order to help both Caritas and Trocaire to:

· Improve response to emergencies;

· Improve the follow-up rehabilitation phase.

1.3 The main stakeholders of the evaluation

2. OBJECTIVES

The evaluation should:

· Assess the extent to which the project achieved its purpose and delivered on intended result/outputs;

· To assess the project with Trócaire’s Humanitarian Programme Quality Benchmark Tool derived from International Standards (Guidance on the Benchmark Tool is attached)

· Draw lessons learnt, good practices and recommendations to inform future programme design.

3. KEY QUESTIONS & ISSUES

The end term evaluation is going to be primarily guided by the evaluation criteria developed by Trocaire and in line with international standards. The same is detailed below:

Programme Quality Benchmarks

CHECKLIST OF INDICATORS AGAINST EACH BENCHMARK

1. The programme is principled, appropriate, relevant and meeting the needs of different groups

· Programme has needs assessment/ analysis of the context and stakeholders

· Targeting criteria exist

· Assistance is adapted to different capacities and vulnerabilities

2. The programme is timely and effective

· Evidence that the programme adapts to the changing context

· Activities are implemented without unnecessary delays

3. The programme is technically measured against International Humanitarian Standards B in a context appropriate way

· Sphere/ International standards referenced in Results Framework

· Staff & partners are trained in relevant Sphere/ International standards

· Assistance designed using Sphere/ international standards

4. The extent to which a protection mainstreaming approach is applied throughout the programme cycle

· Project underpinned by analysis and understanding of the protection context

· Coordination/ advocacy undertaken to enhance the protective environment

· Communities being referred to existing protection services

5. There is accountability at all stages of the project and functioning systems in place for community feedback and information sharing

· There is community participation at all stages of the project and functioning systems in place for information sharing and community feedback

· Complaints/ feedback mechanisms is functioning

· Staff and partner conduct themselves in a safe and appropriate way

6. An M&E strategy is in place and being implemented using appropriate indicators

· The programme has an M & E / Results Framework in place to

· Appropriate tools developed and used to ensure relevant monitoring information is gathered

· Monitoring Information is used for decision making and adapting the programming

7. The programme budget is carefully managed to ensure the efficient and timely use of resources in line with programme objectives

· Programme expenditure is regularly reviewed against the budget (including partner spend)

· Timely reporting is delivered and necessary adjustments made

· This process is undertaken jointly by finance and programme staff.

8. Sustainability of programme strategies

· Strategies build on local capacities and work towards improving the resilience of communities and people affected by crisis.

· Project plan includes a transition or exit strategy

In addition the evaluation will look at:

9. Impact

· What are the wider social, economic, technical, environmental, effects of the project on individuals, by sex, age-groups, communities and institutions?

10. Coherence/Complementarities

· How has the project been coordinated with the activities and priorities of other agencies and organisations (including local and national government)?

· Were appropriate systems of coordination between CI MOs established?

11. Organisational Capacity Perspectives

· Was there an appropriate system of management and communication in place to support programme staff?

· Was there an appropriate logistics system in place? (E.g. did the procurement process work in a timely, transparent manner?)

12. Coordination

· Are there other health and nutritional related services that your community accesses from non-Trocaire partners? If there are, what do you think we can do to improve our coordination with these partners?

· Which factors have restricted coordination? Which factors have supported it? What is transferable to other situations in this respect?

13. Conclusions

· What were the key lessons learned? What should be repeated in similar projects in the future? What should not be repeated in similar projects in the future?

4. METHODOLOGY

The end term evaluation will involve a combination of desk review and field based data collection including key informant interviews and focus group discussions. The detailed methodology for the end term evaluation will be based on Trócaire’s internal Review process and adapted by the external evaluator to the Somalia context and in agreement with Trocaire.

5. EXPECTED OUTPUTS

The external evaluator is expected to provide the following deliverables in both electronic and hard copy to Trocaire:

  1. An inception report including a detailed work plan before commencement of actual evaluation.

  2. Draft evaluation tools for the end term evaluation for approval by Trocaire before commencement of actual evaluation.

  3. A final evaluation report in simple, clear English with the following headings:

· Executive Summary

· Background

· Introduction

· Context

· Description of Methodology

· Main findings

· Completion of the Trocaire programme quality benchmark tool

· Conclusions

· Recommendations.

6. USE OF THE EVALUATION RESULTS

The final evaluation report will be shared with Caritas, Trocaire and all other relevant stakeholders.

7. REQUIRED COMPETENCIES

The competencies required from the External Evaluator are:

· At least 5 years of demonstrated experience in project monitoring and evaluation;

· Demonstrated ability to use participatory approaches in evaluations;

· Demonstrated experience in evaluation of humanitarian programmes;

· Experience of evaluation in Somalia especially in southern Somalia and good knowledge of the local context;

· In addition, the lead evaluator should demonstrate competency in the following key areas:

o Being in possession of an advanced degree in public health, nutrition, health economics, or other relevant fields;

o Great analytical skills;

o Evidence of facilitating qualitative studies;

o Excellent writing skills;

o Demonstrable fluency in both the English and Somali languages.

8. CONSULTANT’S PROPOSAL

Proposals should include:

· A technical proposal detailing the methodology to be adopted for the end term evaluation

· A financial proposal sealed separately from the technical proposal.

9. TIME FRAME

The end term evaluation with the submitted key deliverables of great quality should be completed within 3 weeks from inception.

HOW TO APPLY:

Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the consultancy should include a cover letter, a technical proposal, and the consultant’ curriculum vitae. If applying as an institution, the EOI should include the organisation’s profile. The technical proposal should also include a detailed budget for the proposed activities, including travel costs.

The EOI should reference "Evaluation of Somalia Emergency Drought Response (EA09/2017 Somalia)" and sent to hrkenya@trocaire.org and copy tenders@trocaire.org by close of business Thursday 8th February, 2018.

Only selected firms will be contacted.

Publish date: 2018-02-02 12:49:41
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