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Oct 14, 2017

Save the Children Food Security Project Evaluation Consultancy in Turkana, Kenya

Save the Children Kenya Country Office

Terms of Reference for Endline Evaluation of Food and Nutrition Security Project, Turkana

Programme Title:
Food and Nutrition Security Project, Turkana
 
Subject: Endline Evaluation
 
Duration of evaluation: 21days
 
Contact person: Child poverty technical specialist and Head of MEAL

 
1. Background
 
In late 2015, Save the Children Kenya Country Office through Save the Children Germany got funding from GIZ for the implementation of the Food and Nutrition Security- Enhanced Resilience (FNS-ER) Programme in Turkana County. 

The programme is aimed at improving food and nutrition security for 3000 women of reproductive age and children under 5 years. The programme covers Turkana North, Turkana Central, Turkana South and Loima sub Counties. 

The project uses a holistic approach incorporating the introduction of Groups Savings and Loans Associations, Income Generating Activities, Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition (MIYCN), and parenting education as well as supporting World Breastfeeding day and Malezi Bora campaigns in areas of operation. 

The project is being implemented in close collaboration with relevant line Ministries, and integrating with other joint initiatives by Save the Children, UNICEF and the County Health Management Team (CHMT) focused on nutrition resilience and maternal and new born health.

The project intends to achieve above mentioned overall objective through a combination of two result areas:

Result 1: Improved economic capacity of women of reproductive age to access quality and diverse food.
 
Result 2: Increased uptake of maternal, infant and young child nutrition (MIYCN).

The project is implemented through facilitating:
  1. Formation and running of Group Savings and Loans Association (GSLA). 
  2. Income generating activities through the savings and loans by the group members. 
  3. MIYCN sensitisation to the groups during their regular fortnightly or monthly meetings.
  4. Food handling and preparation demonstration training to the groups.
  5. Reviving and supporting the Turkana County MIYCN technical working group
  6. Supporting commemoration of the World Breast Feeding Week and the Malezi Bora campaigns in Turkana.
  7. Child care practices (parenting) sensitisation to the groups during their regular fortnightly or monthly meetings.
Outcome expected from result 1 include:
 
1. 70% of targeted households have10% increase in household income by November 2017
 
2. 70% of targeted beneficiaries individual dietary diversity score increases by 2.5% by December 2017
 
3. 70% of targeted households with 10% increase in household expenditure on food by December 2017

Outcomes expected from result 2 include:
 
1. Improved IDDs (Individual Dietary Diversity) for both the children under 5 and the women of reproductive age by 2.5%
 
2. Improved HDDs (Household Dietary Diversity) for the target households by 2.5%
 
3. Improved health seeking behaviour by the target households
 
4. Improved exclusive breastfeeding practices by the households
 
5. MIYCN technical working group being functional- developing and disseminating MIYCN messages to the groups
 
6. Improved child care practices by the households

Save the Children has targeted 40 organised groups of women of reproductive age. 20 groups are Mother to Mother Support Groups (MTMSGs) while the other 20 organised women groups undertaking income generating activities.

Total reached women of reproductive age are 1203 while children under 5 years are 2,290 thus cumulative reach of 3,493 people.

Save the Children has developed baseline indicators for measurement of result 1 (income/livelihoods) and nutrition impacts (result 2). 

As the project ends in December 2017, Save the Children intends to undertake endline impact evaluation in reference to the developed baseline indicators. 

Save the Children is therefore seeking for livelihoods/nutrition expert to lead in the endline evaluation which includes data collection, analysis and providing in-depth understanding of the impact of the project against design and baseline indicators.    

2. Purpose and Scope of the Endline Evaluation

The purpose of this consultancy is to undertake in-depth analysis of the impact of the project on the targeted 1203 women and 2290 children under 5 years reached by the project in the last two years. 

Specific objectives of the evaluation
 
1) Assess the project achievements against the performance indicators compared with baseline.
 
2) Assess the contribution of the project interventions towards improved food and nutrition security of the target group.
 
3) Examine the challenges, draw lessons learnt from implementation and suggest recommendations for scale up or replication of the project.

Evaluation criteria
 
Relevance
 
1. To what extent were the objectives of the project relevant to the needs of women of reproductive age in the target communities?
 
2. Was the design of the project the most appropriate and relevant to attain the overall goal of improving food and nutrition security for women of reproductive age and children under 5 years?

Effectiveness
 
1) To what extent did the project achieve the planned objectives and results?
 
2) To what extent did increased household income contribute to improved access to quality, diverse and nutritionally valuable foods? (Considering mothers that belonged to MTMSG and GSLAs and those that did not).
 
3) What factors led to attainment or non-attainment of the project objectives?

Impact
 
1) What real difference (changes) did the interventions make in the lives of the women and children?

3. Methodology
 
The consultant will work closely with the Save the Children project staff and other relevant stakeholder in the planning, data collection, analysis, presentation and reporting. 

The consultant will specifically;
  1. Undertake relevant literature review. This includes project proposal, baseline report and quarterly/bi-monthly reports, monthly income monitoring data, SMART surveys and other relevant literature.
  2. Develop appropriate tools for data collection.
  3. Undertake qualitative and where possible quantitative data collection.
  4. Supervise quality data entry.
  5. Undertake data analysis.
  6. Present preliminary findings to Save the Children Child Poverty and Nutrition.
  7. Compile and submit the draft endline report.
  8. Receive comments/feedback and finalise the endline report.
The consultant/s will be facilitated:
  1. To travel to Turkana County and sampled sites and households for data collection;
  2. Accommodation and meals costs will be catered for while in Turkana County.
  3. Provided with relevant stationary, project reports and other relevant literature and documents and other stationeries required for the exercise.
4. Deliverables / Outputs
 
The consultant/s will be expected to deliver:
  1. Tools for endline evaluation
  2. Data collected
  3. Data entry and analysis
  4. Presentation of preliminary findings
  5. Draft report for feedback by project staff and technical advisors/specialist.
  6. Final endline evaluation report
5. Sample Size
 
The consultant/s will determine the appropriate sample sizes considering the geographical areas, targeted groups, women and children.

6. Timeline
 
Data collection, analysis and reporting will take approximately 21 days.

7. Minimum Qualifications
 
At the minimum, the consultant/s must possess the following:
  • Advanced degree in livelihoods/nutrition or equivalent.
  • Over 5 years’ proven experience undertaking food security and nutrition data collection, analysis and reporting. 
  • Have proven knowledge and practical experience in quantitative and qualitative research. 
  • Excellent organising, facilitating, presentation and communication skills.
  • Excellent report writing skills.
  • Experience working in northern Kenya or ASAL areas.
The consultant should send a technical and financial proposal detailing his/or her understanding of the TOR and methodology that will be used to undertake the task including proposed methods, sampling strategy, data collection tools, data entry and analysis and final reporting template.

Also include profiles of previous livelihoods and nutrition data collection and analysis in the last 5 years.

How to Apply

All interested Individuals / firms are requested to submit their application following the our EOI format ONLY (CLICK HERE to download), by email to: [email protected] by 18th October 2017 indicating the assignment title on the subject line.   

Expressions of interest will be assessed on a rolling basis.

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