Consultancy for a mid-term project evaluation

Norwegian Refugee Council, Kabul, Afghanistan

Skill Required:, Monitoring and Evaluation
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
26th March, 2019


Job Description

BACKGROUND:

Forty years of conflict continue to deeply affect Afghanistan. In recent years, the Netherlands has contributed to tackling the root causes of armed conflict, instability and irregular migration through several channels. Through the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, the Netherlands, launched the Addressing Root Causes Fund (ARC Fund), an overarching instrument that have been disbursing up to €125 million over the years 2016-2021 in support of NGOs working in this area. In Afghanistan, the ARC fund was awarded to two separate consortia, which one of them and the interest of this evaluation, consists of three organisations, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), Stichting Vluchteling (SV), a Dutch Foundation that operationally merged with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in 2015, and the Danish Committee for Aid to Afghan Refugees (DACAAR). The project began implementation on the 1st of January 2017 and is set to run for five years until 31st December 2021 across the provinces of Herat, Kunduz, and Badghis. The project entered its third year of implementation in 2019.

The Sustainable Livelihoods, Improved Governance, and Functioning Rule of Law in Afghanistan project implements two broad goals:

Sustainable and Economic Reconstruction: focusing on creating sustainable income generating and livelihood opportunities; including for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and Refugee returnees in a conflict sensitive manner, leading to jobs, income and more resilient communities.
Functioning Rule of Law under which there are two result areas:
To ensure that men and women are exercising their rights and have equal and meaningful access to justice (formal and informal);
Formal and informal justice institutions are increasingly able to deal effectively and fairly with disputes.
The detailed background is contained in the TOR at the bottom of this page.

CONSULTANCY OBJECTIVE:

The primary objective for the evaluation is accountability to the donor and the implementing agencies as well as to establish the extent to which the programme has achieved the project objectives, hence its intended goals and outcomes, which will eventually lead to meeting the overall project impact.

The secondary purpose of this evaluation is to inform organisational learning. The consortia model of implementation is increasingly becoming a requisite for multiyear funding, and findings from this evaluation will contribute towards organisational learning for the concerned partners, the donor community and the humanitarian and development sectors on best practices for working in consortia.

SCOPE AND METHODOLOGY:

The evaluation will cover project implementation from 1st January 2017 to 28th February 2019. The evaluation will assess performance on the two project goals, i.e. livelihoods and rule of law. The geographic focus will be the three project provinces, Badghis, Kunduz and Herat. In addition, it will assess the effectiveness and efficiency of consortia’s governance and management structures.

METHODOLOGY:

The evaluation methodology will be developed by the Consultant and presented in the work plan. The evaluation should be based on combined quantitative and qualitative research methods. All key evaluation questions should be addressed. The data collection strategy should include the use of appropriate tools to gain a deeper understanding of the outcomes of the project, including:

  • Desk review of background documents, such as the Project proposal, log frame, budgets, annual plans for 2017 and 2018;
  • Minutes of meetings, monitoring reports, including outcome monitoring reports, progress reports and donor reports;
  • Key informant interviews with key ARC Consortium staff in Afghanistan (including area and field offices);
  • Household surveys and focus group discussions with beneficiaries;
  • Interviews with other humanitarian actors implementing similar programmes in Afghanistan (including the other ARC-funded consortium in Afghanistan) and if possible, also representatives from the Afghanistan government/authorities.

IMPLEMENTATION TIME-FRAME:

The evaluation will start in April 2019 (depending on consultant’s availability) with an initial briefing and document preparation. The consultant would then be required to conduct a review of the provided documents and submit an inception report. Following approval of the inception report, primary data collection will be conducted in the three selected provinces in Afghanistan and with key staff/stakeholders in Kabul. The evaluation consultant is also expected to conduct a validation and learning workshop with relevant stakeholders in Afghanistan prior to analyzing the data and drafting the final report. Key dates for the evaluation will be as follows:

  • Submission of draft inception report: Mid-April 2019
  • Briefing and primary data collection in Afghanistan: End of April to Mid-May 2019
  • Presentation of preliminary findings and validation workshop with programme steering committee and programme implementation focal points: Third week of May 2019
  • Submission of draft evaluation Report: Mid-June 2019
  • Submission of final evaluation Report: End of June 2019

CONSULTANT QUALIFICATIONS:

NRC seeks expressions of interest from an individual consultant with the following skills/qualifications:

  • Proven practical experience in project/programme evaluation, particularly in participatory evaluation;
  • Minimum 5 years of experience with quantitative and qualitative research and experience;
  • Technical understanding of rule of law and livelihoods programmes;
  • Experience of evaluating consortium managed programmes;
  • Ability to analyse, synthesize, and to write clear reports;
  • Good knowledge of the NGOs management in general and familiarity with organizational development;
  • Experience working with civil society organizations in conflict and post-conflict countries;
  • Adequate knowledge of the humanitarian, political and socio-economic situation in Afghanistan.

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