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Jul 29, 2017

DSW End Term Evaluation Consultancy in Kenya

End Term Evaluation Consultancy
 
Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung (DSW) is an international development and advocacy organization that seeks to empower young people and communities in low and middle-income countries by addressing issues of population dynamics and health as a key to sustainable development.

In line with its mission, DSW with support from European union has partnered with WOFAK to implement Together for mothers and children- Strengthening health Delivery in informal Settlements
the project aimed at contributing to the improvement of key MDG 4 and 5 indicators in Mombasa County by improving access to comprehensive health services, information and supplies to 600 women of reproductive age living in the informal settlements of Bangladesh and Maweni.

Background information
 
“Together for Mothers and Children” is a three-year initiative to contribute to improved outcomes on SDG - Good health and wellbeing. 

Targeting two informal settlements in Mombasa County—Bangladesh and Maweni—this action promoted access to Safe Motherhood by addressing issues of health seeking behaviour, capacity building and strengthening health service delivery systems. 

It employed three main strategies:
  • targeting a broad range of community members and raising awareness and knowledge of the full range of available maternal and child health, nutrition and family planning services and options
  • working directly with healthcare providers to improve professional development, supplies and the facilities serving the community. Activities also reinforced linkages between providers and community groups
  • engaging with wider governance structures in the community and county to strengthen community engagement and healthcare delivery for both informal settlements.
The project was inclined towards working with three target groups;

a) women of reproductive age (15-49 years) and men living in informal settlements of Bangladesh and Maweni in Mombasa (including young people);
 
b) community and county-level health workers who have professional responsibility to delivery healthcare services to the community; and
 
c) community, sub-county and county leaders (including elders and religious leaders) who were opinion leaders and played a key role in community management and in advocating for improved health service delivery in the target settlements.

Consultancy Purpose: To conduct the final Evaluation, DSW is seeking services of a consultant to design the final evaluation to take into account progress made towards attaining the projects objectives, outcomes and outputs and compare it with the baseline survey targets.

Purpose of the independent final evaluation
 
The independent End term evaluation report needs to be a substantial document that
 
a) answers all the elements of the Terms of Reference (ToR);
 
b) provides findings and conclusions that are based on robust and transparent evidence; and
 
c) where necessary supplements project’s own data with independent research.

The independent final evaluation has three key objectives:
 
1. To assess the achievement of the key expected results and overall performance of key indicators measured in the baseline as well as assess on how the project incorporated the Baseline recommendations.
 
2. To assess the extent to which the project performed well and was good value for money, which includes considering;
  • How well the project met its objectives;
  • How well the project applied value for money principles of effectiveness, economy, efficiency in relation to delivery of its results;
  • What has happened because of EU funding that wouldn’t have otherwise happened; and
  • How well the project aligns with national and county health goals/priorities of supporting the delivery of the SDGs;
  • Has the project attracted further funding or allocation of resources from sources other than EU;
  • What  worked well and how it can be replicated;
  • To what extent are the results of the project sustainable;
  • How have the programme objectives contributed to partners strategic objectives
  • Examine and assess Donor visibility during implementation of the action.
3. To independently verify (and supplement where necessary), project record of achievement as reported through Annual Reports and defined in the project’s logframe;

Evaluation questions
 
Some of the key questions to be addressed include but are not limited to;

Relevance
  • To what extent did the project support achievement towards the SDGs.
  • To what extent did the project target and reach the poor, and those previously not seeking required health services?
  • To what extent did the project mainstream gender equality in the design and delivery of activities (and or other relevant excluded groups)?
  • How well did the project respond to the needs of target beneficiaries, including how these needs evolved over time?
Effectiveness
  • To what extent are the results that are reported a fair and accurate record of achievement?
  • To what extent has the project delivered results that are value for money? To include but not limited to:
  • How well the project applied value for money principles of effectiveness, economy, efficiency in relation to delivery of its outcome;
  • What has happened because of EU funding that wouldn’t have otherwise happened; and
  • To what extent has the project used learning to improve delivery?
  • What are the key drivers and barriers affecting the delivery of results for the project?
Efficiency
  • To what extent did the project deliver results on time and on budget against agreed plans?
  • To what extent did the project understand cost drivers and manage these in relation to performance requirements?
Sustainability
  • To what extent has the project leveraged additional resources, financial and in-kind from other sources?
  • What effect has this had on the scale, delivery or sustainability of activities?
  • To what extent is there evidence that the benefits delivered by the project will be sustained after the project ends?
Impact
  • To what extent and how, has the project built the capacity of the beneficiary communities?
  • How many people are receiving support from the project that otherwise would not have received support?
  • To what extent and how has the project affected people in ways that were not originally intended?
  • To what extent has the project addressed gender and rights issues
Proposed evaluation process
 
The following process will be followed;
 
a) A desk-review of relevant project documents, including project proposal, log frame and other relevant documents, a range of which will be agreed upon and made available prior to the implementation of the survey.
 
b) An inception report, detailing the Evaluation framework, survey design, methodology, indicators, tools, work plan schedule and budget to carry out the assignment in each country will be written.
 
c) Data and relevant information will be collected data through field work in the project area. Data will be analysed findings interpreted based on these give recommendations.
 
d) Following completion of the data collection, the Consultant will make a presentation to project staff on the provisional findings and likely recommendations.
 
e) Further to this, the Consultant will present a draft report for inputs by DSW, WOFAK and stakeholders as appropriate. The report shall be comprehensive and provide detailed specific findings and providing key recommendations on the way forward.
 
f) The Consultant will then finalize the report and resubmit the Final Report to DSW Regional Office in Nairobi, Kenya in one hard copy and One soft copy in a compact disk. The partners shall have sole ownership of all final data and any findings shall only be shared or reproduced with the permission of the partners.

Products expected from the final evaluation
  • Inception report – give more explanations and relate it to key issues targeted by the End-Term evaluation with clear recommendations on corrective action and areas of replication.
  • Summary of field visit reports
  • Draft final report – submitted for review accompanied by a debriefing of the key findings with DSW Regional Office.  
  • Final report – compiled based on the feedback gathered and submitted to the DSW Kenya Office.
Methodology
 
It is anticipated that the Consultant will interact with project personnel and beneficiaries and collect data and information for the evaluation through various methods relevant to the exercise. 

The Consultant will need to be cognizant of furthering data collection techniques utilized during the project baseline to ensure consistency of the evaluation approach. Hence, use of mix method data collection methodology is highly recommended. 

The Consultant should provide every possible opportunity for project stakeholders and beneficiaries to participate in and contribute to the end-term evaluation.

In particular the Consultant will be expected to:

a) Study the key project documents including proposal and logframe.
 
b) Study the project summary and interim technical reports for year 1 and year 2.
 
c) Study project baseline, key events, work shop, training and accreditation reports.
 
d) Interact with beneficiaries, government representative, partners and project staff

In carrying out the evaluation, the Consultant should ensure independence and impartiality to ensure objectivity of the evaluation.

Qualifications & Experience

 
The Consultant must have post-graduate qualification in relevant field (social /health sciences, and gender issues) with good specialization in Sexual Reproductive Health. 

The Consultant should have demonstrated knowledge and experience in monitoring and evaluating health/development projects regionally. 

Specifically, the Consultant (s) selected must have the following qualifications to be considered:
  • At least 15 years research experience in Sociology, public health, demography, and gender issues in a development setting (evidence may be required);
  • A Masters’ degree in any of the above relevant fields would be an added advantage; 
  • Experience in undertaking research in the informal sector i.e. the regulatory framework, and participation by women and youth (evidence will be required);
  • A demonstrated high level of professionalism, and an ability to work independently and work within the limits of given deadlines. 
  • Excellent analytical, writing, and presentation skills.
  • High proficiency in written and spoken English is required.
Work plan and submission
 
The consultancy is for twenty one (21) days to be completed by 30th September, 2017. 

On starting the consultant is expected to develop his/her timetable or work plan together with the Project Team;

Your application should include the following:
  • Interpretation of the ToR
  • A brief outline of the methodology the consultant(s) will use to guide the process; explaining in detail the methodology and tools to be used in carrying out the assignment.
  • A detailed work plan and timeframe which must be costed (in the local currency) at each stage;
  • A proposed outline for the report.
  • Proposed Evaluation Framework
  • A detailed resume highlighting the work that the consultant(s) has undertaken, which is relevant to this assignment;
  • Minimum of three (3) samples of reports developed by the consultant(s) addressing similar issues;
Application procedure
 
Interested consultant(s) should send their bid dossier with “T4MC end term consultancy” clearly indicated in the email subject line to [email protected]

Deadline for receiving bids is August 7th, 2017.

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