STREAM CONSORTIUM PROGRAM END-LINE EVALUATION

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Job Details
Employer: Adeso
Job Title: STREAM CONSORTIUM PROGRAM END-LINE EVALUATION
Job Type: Full-Time
Location: Somalia
Category: Other
Description:

TERMS OF REFERENCE: SOMALIA RESILIENCE ACTION CONSORTIUM (STREAM CONSORTIUM) PROGRAM END-LINE EVALUATION

Background Information

The STREAM Consortium was established in early 2013 with an aim to provide a sustainable opportunity for resilience building for communities chronically affected by food insecurity and humanitarian crises in Lower Juba. Targeted communities were to benefit through the delivery of predictable and regular cash transfers to vulnerable households, alongside investment in diverse livelihood bases and the provision of support and community led preparedness, early warning and timely response systems.

Stream Consortium is implementing a project dabbed “Building Resilience through Social Safety Nets in South-Central Somalia’. The project is a long term, predictable, market-based intervention which had the potential to improve households coping mechanisms and livelihood opportunities, minimizing the negative impacts of shocks. It aimed at reducing lower Juba community’s vulnerability to acute and chronic food insecurity.

STREAM Consortium provided a sustainable opportunity for resilience building for communities that are chronically affected by food insecurity and humanitarian crises in Lower Juba. Targeted communities will benefit through the delivery of predictable and regular cash transfers to vulnerable households, alongside investment in diverse livelihood bases, the provision of support and community led preparedness, early warning and timely response systems. Resilience will be strengthened not only at the household level directly, but through implementing improvements to systems and policies in terms of early warning and disaster preparedness. The project target locations were the three districts of Lower Juba region, namely Kismayo, Afmadow and Dhobley, where ACTED and Adeso each have a strong presence.

Consultancy Purpose and Objectives

In summary, the programme evaluation would focus on assessing the quality of the STREAM programme, while – based on the findings of the above – generate a section of key lessons learned and best practices that make realistic and feasible recommendations for improving resilience programing in the Somali Context. This will further look into ways of strengthening local disaster preparedness response capacity and overall community resilience for the stream Consortium and its partners.

In arriving at lessons learned, the consultant will be responsible for identifying the programmes’ successes and shortcomings in all stages of programme design and delivery. Specifically, the evaluation should evaluate each programme activity as they relate to STREAM:

Relevance: Evaluate the appropriateness of the project design, strategies and approaches in the light of the operational context in Somalia, the timeliness of the response(s) and its adaptation to the livelihood’s security situations that the STREAM consortium has this far implemented.

Effectiveness: Analyze the extent to which the project results and objectives as stated in the programme proposal have been achieved. This should include an analysis of programme implementation strategies employed to reach desired results by the consortium.

Efficiency: Assess how economically the programme resources were used to achieve expected results, both in reaching overall programme objectives and day-to-day tasks by the consortium partners and management/ coordination structures.

Sustainability: Assess the extent to which the project interventions took into consideration longer term needs of the target population and to what extent programme results will be sustainable after programme closure.

Coverage and Target: Assess the extent to which the planned coverage and targets were achieved, their appropriateness to the local context, and implications of retargeting that might have taken place over the course of implementation.

Scalability: As an additional criteria, assess the extent the project design, learnings and outcomes supported scale up and improvements.

Project impact: The systematic analysis of the changes in beneficiaries’ lives brought about by the STREAM programme.

Specific Objectives

The consultant will be expected to do the following;

  • Assess the extent to which the project achieved its objectives with special emphasis on the outcomes and impact and/or most significant changes attributable to the project.
  • To assess the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact, reporting and sustainability of the STREAM approach to resilience with special emphasis to;

o Community needs at the time of project identification.

o Capacity building of target groups and its relevance to project implementation.

o Consortium approach versus silo traditional approach to implementation.

o Results as articulated in the project log frame

o The external environment (context) within which the programme was operational and its influence on project successes and/or failures.

o The multi-year approach of STREAM versus the other known approaches

o Cross cutting issues/themes of Gender and inclusion, etc.

  • Assess the extent to which the economic empowerment activities plus the Social Safelty Nets have impacted on the graduation of project beneficiaries along the graduation ladder.
  • Assess the effectiveness and successes of the STREAM intervention layering effect viz a viz silo intevention(s).
  • To make key observations, draw conclusions and make recommendations to inform future interventions of a possible scale up of the STREAM programme.
  • Assess the efficacy of processes of beneficiary engagement against best practices in the sector
  • Assess project efficiency in utilisation of mobilised and committed resources in the implementation of the programme by the consortium.
  • Assess the advantages and disadvantages derived from working in a consortium and how best the partner NGO’s can learn from each other to enhance programming.
  • Assess the project structures sustainability at various levels (households, livelihoods zones, Local authorities, with focus on technical, financial, institutional sustainability.
  • Assess the effectiveness and efficiency of the project monitoring and evaluation system with special focus on STREAM M&E approach to measuring resilience.
  • Assess the relevance, efficiency and effectiveness of networking and/or coordination with other actors in the resilience sector in Somalia e.g. OCHA, clusters etc.
  • Analyse the humanitarian/resilience landscape within which the project was implemented and how that affected the overall outlook of the project

Methodology

The assessment shall be carried out by an independent consultant(s) who will further review the methodology as appropriate with concurrence of the STREAM secretariat. The end-line evaluation will combine a desk review of programme documentation and primary research to be conducted in the STREAM intervention location in lower Juba and select villages that will be agreed upon with the STREAM secretariat before the commencement of the study. The precise methodology will be agreed upon between the consultant and STREAM before evaluation activities commence, with the methodological outline provided by the consultant as per this hiring being a starting point.

The evaluation design should consider both the [1]ex-post and [2]ex-ante scenarios to assess impact of STREAM programme. Livelihoods zones that have received support will be representatively sampled for the study to ensure adequate representation of the social strata. A combination of appropriate quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection and analysis will be employed including but not limited to:

  • Use of Participatory Learning Action technique such as mapping, community meetings, Focus Group Discussions with specified groups etc.
  • Structured questionnaires and Semi-structured interviews
  • Direct observation of the conditions of beneficiaries for evidence of programme support.
  • Photographs of household who have been beneficiaries of programme
  • Documentation of case studies of beneficiaries whose lives have been impacted by the project.
  • Key informant interviews held with local authorities and other relevant persons identified at field level.

The STREAM consortium will provide a copy of relevant technical documentation deemed essential for effective evaluation of the programme. The consultant is expected to use diverse and innovative methods in obtaining required qualitative and quantitative data. The methods should be as participatory as possible and feasible within the time period and context. These methods could include:

a) Literature review

The consultant will be expected to review programme documents and reports as a way of familiarizing himself/herself with the project and to assess the extent to which project outputs have been achieved:

§ Programme Documents including: Narrative Proposal, log frame, activity plans and budget.

§ Program narrative and financial reports including quarterly reports/updates, Interim/ annual reports, annual surveys and baseline Reports.

b) Field Visit.

The consultant will be expected to visit the project sites and conduct interviews with project beneficiaries, Local government authorities, project staff, and other stakeholders S/he deems fit. The STREAM Consortium expects the exercise to be as participatory as possible using appropriate techniques/approaches.

c) Sampling Techniques

The consultant is expected to use a representative sample or any other appropriate sampling methods to obtain a fair view of the project information as articulated in this TOR. Additional information will be provided to aid in the final selection of areas to visit when the contract is awarded.

d) Data Collection Methods.

STREAM envisages a participatory approach in data collection to be employed throughout the evaluation. An open atmosphere that can also accommodate unexpected information and critical remarks should be created by the team. The evaluation is expected to suggest data collection methods that provide both quantitative and qualitative information. It is very critical that information is triangulated in order to increase the validity of findings. Possible methods include in-depth interviews, focused group discussions and questionnaires in collecting information.

e) Dissemination of Findings

The consultant will be expected to debrief the STREAM secretariat on the evaluation findings. Upon obtaining feedback from the team, he/she will finalise and submit a final.

Scope of the Evaluation

The evaluation shall be limited to assessing the STREAM programme impact in select locations in Lower Juba where the STREAM interventions are/were implemented.

Evaluation Results and Reporting Format

A comprehensive final evaluation report fully addressing all the specific objectives outlined above and should address all the components mentioned in the final report section below.

Deliverables

The consultant will be responsible for three key deliverables:

  1. Inception Report: The Inception Report will detail the agreed upon methodologies to be employed in the evaluation to achieve the objectives outlined above. The Inception Report should also include the finalised activity plan and a structural outline of the final evaluation report. The inception report should be shared and approved by the STREAM secretariat before commencement of the data collection.
  2. Draft Report: In addition to addressing the aforementioned consultancy objectives, the draft report must contain:
  3. an introduction including programme summary and purpose of evaluation;
  4. a detailed methodology including limitations,
  5. key findings covering both document review and primary research,
  6. recommendations,
  7. a conclusion and annexes,

A soft copy of the Draft Report will be shared with STREAM secretariat within 10 days of completing field site visits.

  1. Final Report: The Final Report in UK English (no more than 40 pages excluding references and annexes) with photos and infographics should be submitted to the STREAM secretariat no later than one week after the consultant has received feedback from all relevant programme staff through the consortium secretariat following this format below:

a) Title Page

b) Contents page

c) List of acronyms used

d) Executive summary – maximum 3 pages

e) Introduction and background

f) Methodology

g) Findings, analysis and conclusions

h) Including findings per output/outcome indicator

i) Discussion

j) Lessons learnt and recommendations

k) Study limitations

l) References

m)

n) Annexures

i. All data collection tools (full versions to be attached)

ii. List of persons/CBOs/partners/organizations interviewed

iii. Consent form(s)

iv. Evaluation work plan schedule

v. List of key documents reviewed

vi. The final dataset used for analysis and production of final report in an accessible electronic format *. (sav, dta, csv, xlsx).

Schedule:

The end-line evaluation will commence in mid April 2019 and is anticipated to take 30 days from commencement of evaluation activities.

Reporting:

The consultant will be working primarily with the STREAM M&E coordinator and by extension the secretariat in consultation with the field-site Programme managers.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Minimum Master’s Degree in social sciences, economic development, rural development and agriculture studies or related subjects and, experience in resilience. PHD is an added advantage.
  • Rich blend of linking relief rehabilitation and development programming including livelihood analysis and intervention strategy development, food security, education and micro-enterprise skills development.
  • Good knowledge of livelihood programmes with previous experience in implementing food security and rural livelihoods programmes in humanitarian and conflict contexts especially in the HORN of Africa, Somalia is added advantage.
  • At least 5 years’ experience working in the development /humanitarian sector.
  • Proven experience in evaluating European Union funded humanitarian programmes, ideally in the area of resilience.
  • Three or more similar evaluation exercises with European Union funded development programmes (Or Previous solid experience of evaluating complex integrated resilience programmes fragile humanitarian contexts.)

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience of and willingness to work in an environment with unpredictable security situation.
  • Excellent English language writing and presentational skill, especially in writing project evaluation reports
  • Good knowledge of European Union evaluation guideline is desirable.
  • Previous experience in Somalia is desirable.

[1] Facts based on actual results rather than forecasts.

[2] Facts based on forecasts rather than actual results.

HOW TO APPLY:

All applications should be sent to consultancy@adesoafrica.org by the 9th April, 2019 with “STREAM END-LINE EVALUATION “on the subject line. The selection committee will review all applications as they arrive. All applicants must meet the minimum requirements described above, and those unable to meet these requirements will not be considered.

Each application package should include the following:

  • A detailed expression of interest that includes a brief summary of previous evaluation experience, a description of the approach to the evaluation, and a rough methodological outline (2-4 pages);
  • A work/activity plan (1 page maximum);
  • A Curriculum Vitae(s) for the consulting team;
  • A detailed budget;
  • List of past evaluations done;
  • Two referees for programme evaluation work completed in the last year

Applications not including all of the above information will not be reviewed. Adeso is an equal opportunity employer.

 
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