Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Availability Immediately

Management reporting line: Program Director

Technical reporting line: Community Systems Strengthening

Background

Community Action on Harm Reduction (CAHR) is a Dutch Government funded programme, to be implemented in China, India, Indonesia, Kenya, and Malaysia, that aims to make substantial contributions towards ensuring that injecting drug users, their partners and children are healthier, less marginalized and more engaged in social and community life.

Injecting drug use is increasingly recognized as a contributing factor to the spread of HIV in Kenya and HIV prevalence amongst people who inject drugs in Kenya is estimated at over 40%.

People who inject drugs are a high risk of contracting both HIV and viral hepatitis. They have poor access to HIV prevention treatment and care services and are particularly vulnerable to tuberculosis. Harm reduction, an approach that seeks to limit the harms associated with drug use, has been shown to reduce the biological, social and legal harms faced by drug users and their families.

KANCO is a national membership network of organization with over 1000 Non-Governmental Organization (NGOs), Community Based Organization (CBOs), Faith Based Organization (FBOs), Private Sector, Research and Learning Institutions responding to HIV & AIDS and TB in Kenya.

Over the next five years, KANCO will participate in the CAHR programme and help to focus attention on and build support for harm reduction programmes to support drug users in Kenya. By increasing knowledge of harm reduction programming and building capacity of its member organisations KANCO will help expand the use of this approach to realize benefits and rights for injecting and non-injecting people whose behaviours are affected by the use of drugs.

The CAHR programme in Kenya will focus on building awareness and knowledge and uptake of harm reduction as an approach. As part of the programme, KANCO and its partners will also advance a focused policy and advocacy effort and engage a range of stakeholders including providers of treatment services for people who use drugs, policymakers and communities of people who use or are affected by drug use.

Overall Role

The Programme Officer is expected to manage overall project activities, ensure project relevance to the country IDU community needs to most effectively address HIV, provide and coordinate provision of technical assistance, advocate for the rights of drug user populations, alcohol and non-injecting drug users and represent the project nationally.

Responsibilities
  1. Ensures country participation in the global development and coordination of the project implementation, develops and leads the country team of various specialists (staff and/or consultants) required to achieve the programme goals.
  2. Monitoring of the HIV epidemic in the country; the responses and opportunities for strengthened responses to the epidemic and challenges associated with illicit drug use; and the role played by local governments, donors and other stakeholders, as well as ensures necessary adjustments in country programme design and implementation.
  3. Ensures that the scale, spectrum, accessibility, intensity and quality of services and information available to IDUs and their families corresponds as much as possible to harm reduction and HIV prevention objectives as well as to health, social and other essential needs of drug users, their partners and children.
  4. Ensure that the CAHR programme design and activities at country and local levels builds upon the strengths of the KANCO members and partners while being effective, strategic and relevant in local context.
  5. Partnership development across sectors Local, nationally and internationally as well as strategic management of donor and stakeholder relations including the delivery of financial and technical support to field level service delivery organizations.
  6. Ensures that region-specific as well as site-specific interventions are developed and implemented as appropriate.
  7. Guides contributions to national and global learning and sharing focused on deepening and dissemination of the harm reduction evidence base.
  8. Promotes and advocates for harm reduction and ensures a favorable project environment
Person Specification

Essential

The applicants for the above assignment MUST possess the following qualifications:

Education: A minimum of Master’s degree in Public Health, Project Management, or any relevant discipline

Experience: Minimum of 5 years’ experience in Project Management or advocacy on Harm

Reduction among injecting drug users and their partners, HIV or other health issue.

Knowledge: Understanding of both public health and human rights dimensions of HIV prevention and care work; Experience of harm reduction programming or other similar approaches; Strong commitment to confronting HIV/AIDS; Strong support of harm reduction approaches or work with injecting drug users; Understanding and supporting the role of communities and non-governmental sector in the responses to HIV and other challenges associated with injecting drug use.

Critical factors: Strong representation skills and capabilities for high level policy work; Solid negotiations skills, Articulation and assertiveness in communication, Skills to present and defend their views, Creative and independent thinking, Integrity and diplomacy; Ability to work under pressure; Skills to encourage field level partner organisations to collaboratively introduce improvements to their programmes and measures to increase efficiency of the country response to HIV/AIDS epidemic and drug use related challenges; Excellent English language (written and spoken).

To apply, submit your CV and list of 3 references, a detailed cover letter illustrating your suitability (marked ‘CAHR Programme Officer’) to Kenya AIDS NGOs Consortium, P. O. Box 69866 - 00400, Nairobi – Kenya. Email: jobs@kanco.org.

Applications will be considered until 6th May, 2011:

Please note only short-listed candidates meeting the above requirements will be contacted.

This vacancy is open only to Kenyan Nationals.

For more information: http://www.kanco.org/web/guest/jobs

KANCO is an equal opportunity employer

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Minority rights Group International Invitation to tender for consultancy

Preventing neighbouring and inter-communities’ conflicts: ethnic minorities’ land and water rights issues in Kenya / Southern Sudan / Uganda

Minority Rights Group International (MRG), an international INGO, is seeking to hire the services of a qualified independent expert consultant, extensively experienced and well versed with issues of conflict prevention, land and water rights in East Africa (Kenya, southern Sudan and Kenya) in relation to minorities and indigenous peoples.

Terms of Reference

Research Aim

As part of its project on Preventing Inter-community conflicts in East Africa, Minority Rights Group International (MRG), an international human rights organisation, seeks to recruit an Author on a consultancy basis to undertake a research to investigate and gather information on land and water rights issues for minority communities in Kenya, southern Sudan (Jonglei State) and Uganda and to draft a report based on the findings.

Ideally, the author would be a national of one of the target countries with proven knowledge and experience of work on the issues in all three countries. The author will work under the supervision of MRG Project Coordinator and with support for MRG’s in-country partner organisations to prepare the first draft of the report.

The research, including a field to Kenya, southern Sudan (Jonglei State) and Uganda if security permits, will provide the core information for the publishing of a comprehensive MRG report of 20,000 words (in English), focusing on the situation in each target country on how to predict, prevent and manage conflicts over natural resources that involve and/or affect minority communities.

The research should also assess the capacities for early warning, including monitoring of ethnic tensions over access to resources, poverty patterns, and minorities’ participation in decision-making in the three countries.

That should include the assessment of capacity building needs among the governmental agencies in each country to carry out a comprehensive analysis and implement sensitive land forest and water allocation and management programmes for conflict prevention and/or management.

The assignment would require the author to pay visits to each target country and liaise with MRG in-country project partner organisations (Endorois Welfare Council (EWC) and the Ogiek Peoples’ Development Programme (OPDP) in Kenya; the Centre for Conflict Resolution (CECORE) in Uganda, and the Boma Development Initiative (BDI) in southern Sudan.

The partners will serve in providing support to the consultant in each target country to give advice and set up meetings with relevant stakeholders. During her/his field work, the author will be expected to carry out in-depth interviews with key civil society actors and gain a better understanding of communities’ concerns.

S/he will visit the three target countries and consult with a wide range of community representatives regarding the needs and demands of each community, and the issues they face with regard to natural resources conflicts, as well as with (where appropriate) decision-makers in local and national government, civil society organisations, staff of international aid agencies, intergovernmental organisations (e.g. EU, UN, AU and IGAD); international NGOs present in the respective countries, missions of neighbouring countries and those engaged in providing support to development; local and foreign academics and research.

The published report will be disseminated to all of these activists, decision-makers and opinion formers as well as a core of international advocacy targets. The research will include collecting data on minority groups and individuals, including community groups; collection of narratives of minority experiences and case studies vis-à-vis land and water rights issues the communities face in the target countries.

Specific consideration of gender issues in relation to impediments or obstacles of minority women in exercising their rights will be included. The author will present the key issues, including issues around multiple discrimination affecting women, elderly, youth and disable people in ethnic minority communities.

The research will comprise essential historical, political and legal background frameworks relevant to minority rights. The report will include practical and implementable recommendations to promote resolution of land and water conflicts in Kenya, southern Sudan and Uganda. The final publication will be edited and published by the end of the year in English and disseminated widely by MRG.

Funding Available and Contractual Considerations

This research is part of a three-year European Commission-funded project. The report is one component of the project and will be followed by strategic advocacy, promotion and will complement the capacity-building activities undertaken during the project.

The consultancy fee offered to the consultant is of EURO €5600 for the research and compilation of high quality, verified, up-to-date and well presented information and report writing. We are not offering a daily rate but we would envisage that the consultant would need to spend at least 60 days on this project including relevant travel across the three African countries.

There is a separate budget for travel, accommodation and subsistence and other direct costs of EURO €7000 to be duly receipted and accounted back to MRG in line with EC guidelines. Payment procedures are fixed within the timescale of the project and in accordance to Minority Rights Group International (MRG) internal policies and contractual procedures.

Outputs and Outcomes

We require the following consultants’ reports activities:
  • Present a synopsis prior signing of the contract.
  • Carry out significant field and desk research during June/July 2011, with travel to Kenya, Southern Sudan (Jonglei State) and Uganda during this period, in line with the outline delivery plan and agreement with MRG.
  • Provide a draft report as contracted by the end of August 2011.
The consultant will produce a detailed written report (including relevant testimony case studies and field data/findings) to MRG on by mid August 2011.
  • Revised second draft by mid October 2011.
  • Final report to be published by December 2011.
Methodology

MRG does not wish to be prescriptive in terms of methodology which will depend partly on conditions in the three countries. The research will consist of a combination of field and desk research.

The assignment, however, should consist of a combination of field and phone interviews (also facilitated by MRG in-country partner organisations), fact-finding investigations, and desk research.

Due to the security implications in southern Sudan, consultants will be required to arrange for professional indemnity insurance at a minimum level of £1m. Please state level of cover in the tender.

Focus areas for the research:

Transnational issues shared by ethnic minority communities in the three target countries

Rights and levels of access to land, water resources, and forests of minority communities in Kenya, southern Sudan (Jonglei State) and Uganda.

(a) analysis of ethnic minority tradition and practice with regard to minorities’ rights and access to land, forest and water resources, and their role and participation in community decision-making,

(b) assessment of the capacity of governmental agencies in each country to carry out a comprehensive analysis and implement sensitive land forest and water allocation and management programmes for conflict prevention and/or management,

(c) recommendations to build capacity among minority communities to prevent escalation of tensions and conflict over natural resources access or exclusion, use and foreign and/governmental exploitations, including through the use of communities’ traditional conflict resolution mechanisms.

Assessment of the potential of legal provisions, for example the African Charter on Human And Peoples’ Rights, to serve as a framework for the effective prevention and regulation of conflicts over land, water and livestock, particularly in the light of relevant rulings of the African Union under this Charter.

Identification of measures to develop ethnic minority communities’ capacity in the focus countries to participate effectively in conflict prevention/resolution and development programmes over governmental natural resources management; identification of evidence of breaching of minority communities’ rights over natural resources (land and water rights particularly).

Working under MRG Programmes Coordinator direct supervision, the consultant will be expected to:
  • Provide a synopsis to MRG, including envisaged methodology for the collection of data and how to obtain and analyse primary information on the issues faced by the target communities with regard to natural resources’ conflicts management, as well as with relevant decision makers at local and national level using all possible means/tools. These can include but not be limited to focused Group discussions and key informant interviews with staff of the four organizations in the three Eastern African Countries, representatives of a broad range of communities, particularly those listed below.
Report target communities

Kenya:
  • Endorois
  • Ogiek
  • Maasai
  • Turkana
  • Samburu
  • Somali minority refugees
Uganda:
  • Twa
  • Basongora
  • Karamajong
  • Iteso
South Sudan (Jonglei State):
  • Murle
  • Inuak
  • Dinka
  • Nuer
  • Toposa
  • Kachipo
  • Jie
Desk review of secondary data for information on natural resources conflict management in Kenya, southern Sudan (Jonglei State) and Uganda, including Government policies, reports, legislations, and other relevant publications

Analytically examine institutional frameworks in relation to the land and water management in Kenya, southern Sudan and Uganda.

Clearly, concisely and coherently document evidence of challenges and opportunities that indigenous and minority groups face in Kenya, southern Sudan (Jonglei State) and Uganda with regard to land and water resources’ ownership and use.

Prepare and submit a comprehensive report on the findings, complete with recommendations on how to bridge gaps and address identified challenges to MRG.

Timeline
  • Friday 6 May 2011 - Deadline for submission of tender
  • w/c 9 May 2011 - Review and selection of consultants (including phone interviews)
  • 23 - 30 May 2011 - Appointment and briefing of Author (consultant)
  • June – July 2011 - Field and desk research
  • End of August 2011 - Submission first draft report
  • Mid October 2011 - Submission of final report
Application Specification & Closing Date

Proposals should cover methodology, an indication of likely interviewees, indicative travel plans and an indicative budget and should be submitted via email or hard copy to marusca.perazzi@mrgmail.org no later than Friday 6th May 2011 (5:00pm UK time).

As an equal opportunities employer, MRG aims to ensure that no applicant receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of age, gender, ethnicity, religion or belief, marital status, sexuality or disability.

Selection criteria and procedures are designed to ensure that individuals are selected, promoted and treated on the basis of their relevant merits and abilities.

We ask applicants to be available for a telephone interview on w/c 16th May 2011.

Consultants wishing to tender for this work must submit:
  • A covering letter explaining your reasons for applying quoting Reference EAPBSUD 11
  • CV, outlining relevant skills and experience to meet the tender requirements.
  • Three contactable referees.
  • Any supporting evidence that demonstrates how you meet the criteria, such as examples of previous work, articles and publications.
  • Any time limitations or constraints to your availability during the tender period.
Assessment and Selection Criteria

Tenders must establish to MRG’s satisfaction:

The applicants will be judged on the basis of the following:
  • demonstrated knowledge and experience in similar field research;
  • approach to issues specified in the tender;
  • experience of writing similar publications, as well as monitoring and documenting and knowledge of practical research methodology;
  • demonstrated experience in human rights; specific expertise on land and water rights and minority rights would be an asset; knowledgeable about the different aspects of working with minority communities and well informed about the current state of affairs in the area of research;
  • demonstrated understanding of issues around early warning, conflict prevention and management, particularly with regard to management of land, water and livestock, and conflicts between ethnic communities;
  • fieldwork or other direct research on assessing situation in field of peoples’ natural resources access;
  • demonstrated experience in the geographical area(s) – Southern Sudan, Kenya and Uganda would be preferred;
  • relevant network of contacts in the field;
  • demonstrated experience in working to deadlines and achieve research project requirements to the satisfaction of MRG Project Coordinator;
  • proven report-writing skills in English;
  • ability to work cooperatively also with MRG partner organisations based in the regions to allow the achievement of common goals and shared objectives;
  • candidates must be fluent in spoken and written English; fluency in any of the local languages would be considered a plus.
  • experience of research and interviewing, with due regard to relevant issues of security, confidentiality and research ethics;
  • candidates must disclose any political involvement in affairs which might present a conflict of interest or disqualification in regard to the impartial and non-political nature of this project and MRG’s mission in general;
  • demonstrates awareness and sensitivity to gender and diversity.
The Decision Making Process

A tender panel will assess the proposals against the criteria set out above on in the second week of 9 May 2011. MRG regrets to inform that only shortlisted candidates will be notified of the decision.

Questions & Further Information

For any questions about the procedure for the tender, please contact marusca.perazzi@mrgmail.org or chris.chapman@mrgmail.org

Questions on the invitation to tender and substance of the assignment can be addressed to Marusca Perazzi, at marusca.perazzi@mrgmail.org
Terms of Reference (TOR) For Final Evaluation of Developing a Local Model for the Delivery of Primary Education in Karkaar Region of Puntland

1. Education Situation in Puntland/Somalia

Somalia has one of the lowest enrolment rates of primary education in Sub-Saharan Africa. The gross enrolment rate (GER) in Somalia stood at only 30% at the primary level in 2006/07, with 36.6% for boys and only 24.6% for girls (UNICEF PES, 2006/2007).

The education system exhibits very low access opportunities and poor quality of education at all levels, with striking disparity between male and female enrolment rates, among administrative regions, and amongst various social and economic groups. Communities such as minorities, pastoralists and rural settlers, internally displaced people, and returnees are highly marginalized by the system.

Relevance of the education system to the dynamic realities of the different regions is also low.

The prolonged civil war has not only destroyed what had once existed but undermined the resource base of the state to address the growing education needs of its citizens. Limited state resources, lack of relevant policies and poor implementation of the existing policies, limited human resource capacity, meagre incentives to children’s education are some of the root causes of the failing education system.

The Karkaar primary education project aimed to develop a replicable model for the provision of quality primary education in Somalia at the regional level. This was achieved by building the capacity of existing Government and community education management structures in the Puntland Region of Karkaar.

With improved capacity and systems, partners would be enabled to deliver the highest possible quality of primary education in such a highly resource-constrained setting. Critically, the project
would also establish mechanisms to lever greater external funds into education at the District and community levels.

1.2. Developing a Local Model for the Delivery of Primary Education in - Karkaar Region, Puntland, Somalia

1.2.1. Project Purpose

This project purpose is to develop a local model for the delivery of primary education in Somalia, which contributes to the overall goal of increasing the number of children accessing and completing inclusive, quality and protective basic education in Puntland. This project works with the Puntland Ministry of Education (MoE) and all regional stakeholders in education in Karkaar to strengthen the provision of quality primary education.

This includes improving the infrastructure and learning environment of existing primary schools; building the capacity of and linkages between the Regional and District Education Offices as well as the Community Education Committees (CECs) attached to each school.

The project also aims to increase the funding available for education from a range of sources
(communities, governments and donors).

1.2.2. Specific Purpose

The specific purpose of the project is to support the Puntland education authorities and communities to establish a regional level model of good practice in the delivery of quality primary education. The project supports and complements other MoE and SC education activities and programmes in Puntland.

1.2.3. Planned Results of the Project
  • A 120% increase in the number of children in Karkaar region accessing and completing quality basic education
  • The capacity of Education Authorities and Communities to manage and monitor the delivery of quality primary education is strengthened
  • A protective environment is in place in all SC supported schools
  • Resources available for basic education in Puntland increased
1.2.4. Project Beneficiaries

Direct Beneficiaries:
  • An additional 7,437 school aged children (45 % girls) who will gain access to primary education.
  • Approximately 20 education staff and officials in the Regional and District Education Offices in Karkar.
  • Approximately 460 members of the 66 CECs currently active in Karkar Region
  • Approximately 2,350 pupils and teachers in at least 25 schools that will benefit from new and/or renovated school buildings and premises.
  • Approximately 2,350 pupils who will have access to sports and other equipment for use in school based clubs
Indirect Beneficiaries:
  • The estimated 13,635 (1) primary school children enrolled in schools in Karkaar, 460 CEC members
(1) Figures based on the current figures (2006) in primary school in Karkaar increased by 120%

1.3. Implementing Partners

The project was implemented by Save the Children in partnership with the MoE of Puntland, Karkaar Regional Education Office, and District Education Offices of the five districts of Karkaar region and CECs of schools included in the project.

UNICEF has been technically supporting SC and the MoE in addition to the financing of the project.

2. Purpose and Objectives of the Evaluation

The evaluation is intended principally for learning and accountability purposes. It is expected to
generate relevant findings, lessons, and recommendations which will be shared with key stakeholders of the project and used by the implementing agencies to guide and inform future similar projects and programs in Puntland and elsewhere.

The evaluation will assess the performance of the project against key parameters including the project’s relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability, timelines of activity implementation, and its strengths and weaknesses.

In addition, the strengths, weaknesses and challenges during implementation will be analysed with a view to extract lessons and best practices for the future. This information will be shared with key stakeholders of the project, most importantly UNICEF, MOE, local education authorities, and other actors in Puntland.

2.1. Objectives

2.1.1 The 7 standard OECD and UNICEF evaluation citeria will be used to assess the performance of the project.

These include
  • Efficiency
  • Effectiveness
  • Impact
  • Relevance
  • Sustainability
  • Coverage and
  • Coherence
2.1. 2 To identify the strengths and weaknesses of the project and come up with lessons and
recommendations to guide and inform future programme work with a special focus on the delivery of Alternative Approaches to Basic Education (AABE), formal, adult education (various modes of delivery) and capacity building component at national, regional and local levels.

2.1. 3 Examine and give recommendations on the future expansion of quality primary education
taking into consideration the national policies and priorities and relevance of education to child
development and child rights and needs

3. Scope of the evaluation

The evaluation will cover the accomplishment of all the expected results as outlined in the project document and detailed in the annual work plans during the period of 1st April 2008 – 30th August 2011. All the different project components and activities stated in the approved logical framework matrix will be assessed.

3.1 Evaluation Criteria

The evaluation will concentrate on the five evaluation criteria elaborated below, namely; relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impacts, sustainability, coverage and coherence of the project.

i) Project Preparation and Design
  • How appropriate was the project design?
  • What preparatory activities were carried out?
  • Were they relevant?
  • Was there any outstanding omission in the design?
  • Were they reflected in the final project design?
  • Were any necessary preparatory activities omitted?
  • Was the initial intervention plan/logic appropriate?
  • Recommendations for improving future project design/s.
ii) Relevance: The main focus will be on the appropriateness of the project’s concept and design to the improvement of access to education in Karkaar region of Puntland. In particular the:
  • Extent to which the stated objectives addressed the problems of the primary target groups re: (school children, MOE, and schools/ABE centres, REOs, DEOs)
  • Relevance of the project design within the framework of the MOE programmes and policy guidelines
  • Relevance of the project design within the framework of the UNCRC principles.
  • Achievements of the project against the original results (outcomes), outputs, and activities specified in the project log frame.
  • Level of significance of the results to address the primary needs of the beneficiaries.
  • Level of awareness of the children, implementing partners and other relevant stakeholders on the results of the project.
  • Positive/negative changes, intended/un-intended that the project produced on the target groups both past and present
iii) Efficiency: The main focus will be on how well the project activities transferred the available resources into the intended results in terms of quantity, quality, and timeliness through sustainable and participatory processes.

In particular:
  • How economical were project inputs (funds, expertise, time, and other resources etc) converted into results in the required quantity and quality and in good time?
  • Was the use of the project resources cost-effective?
  • Could the project activities have been done more efficiently?
  • Whether similar results or more could have been achieved at a lower cost in the same amount of time?
  • Whether project activities were done right i.e. on time, in expected quantity and quality, and through participatory processes.
  • General implementation and management of the project in terms of quantity, quality, and timeliness of inputs and activities, adherence to work-plans, action-plans, logical framework, and budgets.
  • Adequacy of management arrangements as well as monitoring and evaluation, technical backstopping support given to the project by all parties concerned coordination and communication.
  • Institutional set-up through the Central Ministry, the Regional Education Office, District Education Offices, and the schools , and the degree to which the project has encouraged full involvement of all the stakeholders;
  • Responsiveness of project management to changes in the environment in which the project operates;
  • • Co-operation among project partners (SC, UNICEF, and the MOE) and other key stakeholders in achieving project results.
iv) Effectiveness: The main focus will be on the extent to which the project achieved its stated results and purpose in a sustainable way. In particular:
  • The progress made in achieving the results of the project at all levels. The project Logical Framework will be used as the basis for analysis and assessment; whether the intervention logic actually worked or not.
  • Efforts made in capacity building of the MOE, REO and other local project stakeholders and whether the strategies worked or not, and why.
  • Project’s management of risks taking into account the stated risks and assumptions.
  • Adequacy of management arrangements as well as monitoring and evaluation, technical backstopping support given to the project by all parties concerned; coordination and communication.
  • Responsiveness of project management to changes in the environment in which the project operated.
  • Co-operation among project partners (SC, UNICEF, MoE, REOs, CECs and other key stakeholders in achieving the project results.
  • The degree of support given by the Ministry of Education in integrating the project objectives and goals into the National Education Policy and the National Legal Framework and long/short term strategy plans, and how well the project fits into the national goals of education
  • The level of ownership of the project by the MOE and its commitment to support the project after the expiry of the project period.
v) Implementation Process
  • To what extent were the activities of the project implemented in participatory and empowering manner? How involved were the key stakeholders of the project in planning and execution of the project activities, steering the project, and in monitoring of the project?
  • What worked well?
  • What did not work well?
  • What should have been done differently?
Vi) Gaps in the implementation of the project will also be analysed

vii) Sustainability: The main focus will be on whether the outcomes and changes brought about by the project are likely to continue after the end of the project and whether they can be sustained at the sector level and in each implementation region (Somaliland and Puntland).

In particular the:
  • Extent to which the MOE, REOs, children and other key stakeholders own the objectives and achievements of the project.
  • Policy support available to the project from the MoE to sustain the achievements of the project.
  • What sustainability measures have been put in place?
  • Institutional capacity of the MoE and its local structures to continue the project activities after the end of the project, including the good will and financial and technical capacities.
  • Conduciveness of the socio-cultural factors to the continuity of the project activities especially those that relate to support to the girl child
viii) Impacts - The main focus will be on whether the project has contributed to the overall project goal, specific changes that the project has brought about in the lives of target groups (teachers, children, etc), and impacts realized or likely to be realized in relation to cross cutting issues such as gender, environment and child protection. In particular;
  • What sustainable changes – positive/negative, intended/un-intended – did the project produce on the target groups – (past and present) as well as on the MOE, children, CECs, REOs, the general community and other stakeholders?).
  • Achievements of the project against the original results (outcomes), outputs, and activities specified in the project log frame.
  • Level of awareness of the stakeholders, particularly the MOE, REOs, DEOs, DEBs, CECs, teachers/head teachers and children.
  • Level of ownership of the project by the education Authorities (MOE) and their commitment to support the project after the expiry of the project period.
  • Degree of support given by the Ministry of Education in integrating the project objectives and goals into the National Education Policy and long/short term strategy plans, and how well the project fits into national goals of education
  • Extent to which the project has impacted on teaching and learning.
  • Project impact on enhancing co-operation among education sector and project partners.
3.2 Evaluation sites: The project was implemented in Karkar region of Puntland (all the 5 districts of the region).

The evaluation team will select sample districts, schools, and communities from the project region in consultation with relevant stakeholders and using statistically acceptable parameters and select offices/places of various stakeholders identified as sources of information.

3.3 Specific Tasks: Working closely with the Evaluation Team (ET), the evaluator will undertake the following tasks:
  • Develop evaluation framework and methodology and refine these with the project team.
  • Develop a sampling frame that will be discussed and adopted by the SC ET
  • Develop the evaluation plan
  • Undertake extensive document review to familiarize with the project
  • Assess the capacity development interventions the project has undertaken with the MOE and schools.
  • Prepare the evaluation draft report and present the findings in workshops in Garowe (Puntland) for key national and international agencies operating in the zones;
  • Prepare and submit final report to the Lead Agency in three hard copies (bounded) and CD-ROM.
  • Present the findings of the evaluation to the ESC members
4. Evaluation Approach

The evaluation will be undertaken through a combination of qualitative and quantitative techniques that will be used to gather data and information from main stakeholders of the project.

This will mainly constitute the target groups, parents, MOEs and other actors engaged in similar programs, and project staff of SC. The data and information gathered will be systematically analyzed and presented following the evaluation criteria mentioned above.

Evaluation method

The evaluation methodology will be detailed during the first stages of the assignment as listed in the tasks above. It is envisaged to comprise the following data collection techniques:

a) Documents Review: Desk study review of all relevant Project documentation, including but not limited to:
  • Project document and logical framework matrix
  • Interim project reports submitted and approved by UNICEF
  • Various implementation documents (guidelines, monitoring tools and job profiles) developed through the project:
  • Government policy documents: National Education Policy, NFE policy, education sector strategy document
b) Qualitative: Focus Group Discussions, Semi-Structured Interview (SSI), will be made with the students, teachers and Community Education Committee members. Additionally Observations, Key Informant Interviews, and most significant change stories will be used for data collection.

c) Quantitative: The consultants are also expected to use and apply quantitative research techniques such as questionnaires (structured way of data collection). In addition, data will be collected against project indicators to measure progress/achievement of targets

Data Analysis:

Data gathered using various methods and tools have to be collated, analyzed, and interpreted
systematically. The evaluators will be expected to come up with detailed data/information analysis methods/framework. The analysis and interpretation shall be made along with the key issues of the evaluation. It is suggested that the evaluators employ triangulated data analysis procedures.

Deliverables

The consultants should deliver the following outputs and services:
  • Detailed evaluation framework/design and implementation plan agreed with the Evaluation team.
  • A comprehensive sampling frame
  • Development and finalization of the evaluation tools.
  • Orientation /training of the evaluation team.
  • Draft evaluation report.
  • Facilitate validation workshop in Garowe on the basis of the draft reports.
  • Produce final draft evaluation report
  • Finalise the reports of the zones and submit merged reports for the two to the lead agency
  • The final report shall be submitted in three hard copies and CD-ROM to the Lead Agency in Nairobi.
  • PowerPoint presentation to the Education Sector Committee
6. Expertise Required

The following are the qualification requirements for the evaluation consultant:
  • Postgraduate qualification (Masters or above) in Education, international development, economics or in a discipline relevant to this assignment with a minimum of 10 years experience.
  • Experience in the evaluation of technical assistance project, preferably, particularly those under the education portfolio;
  • Experience with UN agencies preferred
  • Evidence of evaluation of similar programmes.
  • Excellent report writing skills.
  • Competence and adequate experience in the use of qualitative and/or quantitative methods of data collection and analysis including: sampling, desegregation of data, structured and semistructured interviewing, focus group discussions, and observation and triangulation research methods.
  • Ability to interpret and analyse complex qualitative and quantitative data, and to present findings and recommendations in a clear and concise way.
  • High quality writing skills (in English).
  • Excellent inter-personal communication skills including experience of facilitation and presentation.
  • Ability to work equally well with communities and international organisations.
  • Knowledge and sensitivity to political and social contexts of Somalia/Somaliland communities.
  • Experience working in Somalia is an added advantage
7. Time Frame

The evaluation will be carried out from 1 – 20 May 2011. Consultants will be required to submit a technical proposal indicating the number of days and rate for the consultancy work with a realistic action plan.

8. Support Available

SC will facilitate and coordinate the evaluation process with the MoE including establishing an
evaluation team and assisting in the collection of the required data; paying the professional fee and other related costs from the contract; provide logistical support (transport, accommodation, food, etc during the assignment), and review/input methods and other outputs of the evaluation.

9. Supervision and Management

The overall supervision of the evaluators will rest with SC. The consultant will report to the Deputy Country Director (or a designated manager).

The consultant will be expected to work closely with, and interact a lot with implementing agency and the MOEs.

The Regional Education Coordinator and Primary Education Programme Manager based in Hargeisa will provide day-to-day supervision and support to the consultants.

10. Terms and Conditions

Logistics: The consultant’s travel from base to the field and back after the end of the contract (including airport tax), food, and accommodation will be covered by SC

Professional fee: The consultant will come up with their own rate as part of their financial proposal.

Tax and insurance: The consultants shall be responsible for their income tax and/or insurance during the assignment.

Code of conduct: Because Save the Children's work is based on deeply held values and principles, it is essential that our commitment to children's rights and humanitarian principles is supported and demonstrated by all members of staff. Save the Children's Code of Conduct sets out the standards which all staff members must adhere to. The consultant is bound by the principles and conditions of Save the Children’s Code of Conducts.

A contract will be signed by the evaluator upon commencement of the evaluation which will detail additional terms and conditions of service, aspects on inputs and deliverables.

11. Application Requirements

All expressions of interest should include:
  • Cover letter: A short (maximum three pages) letter addressing the evaluation criteria.
  • A detailed curriculum vitae
  • Technical Proposal (maximum eight pages) interpreting the understanding of the TOR, detailed methodology of executing the task, as well as draft evaluation framework and plan.
  • Financial Proposal: The financial proposal should provide cost estimates for services rendered including daily consultancy fees excluding: accommodation and living costs; transport cost; stationeries, and supplies needed for data collection; costs related to persons that will take part from consortium partners and government authorities during evaluation process, enrichment workshop.
  • The financial proposal should also provide cost estimates for services rendered including daily consultancy fees related to the consultant and/or associate consultant who will take part in the final evaluation of the project in Puntland.
  • Data collection and data processing costs are on the account of the Consultant. The Consultant should also use his own computer.
Application Criteria

Interested and eligible applicants can send copies of their CVs, testimonials and at least two copies of reports of similar work, Technical and Financial proposal via e-mail to;

Human Resources Manager
Save the Children Somalia/Somaliland
email: vacancies@scsom.org

Last date for receiving applications is on or before 25th Apr 2011

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