Consultant - external end-evaluation - Addressing Root Causes - Ethiopia

Country: Ethiopia
Organization: ZOA
Closing date: 24 Mar 2021

Project summary:

ZOA, as the lead of a consortium with IMC, NRC and Plan International Ethiopia, has received funding from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) for the implementation of a project in Ethiopia (Tigray – Shire; Somali - Jigjiga and Dollo Ado; Addis Ababa). The project has a total budget of € 9.500.000 and is implemented from 2017-2021. The expected outcomes of the programme are:

  • Improved legal status for refugees that allows for increased freedom of Out of Camp movement;
  • Youth at risk of migration have market driven local economic opportunities that corresponds with their aspirations;
  • Youth at risk of migration have increased knowledge of and access to quality basic services;
  • Youth at risk of migration have an increased awareness of potential risks of migration, and have access to trustworthy sources of information on opportunities in Ethiopia and possible destination countries – enabling them to make informed decisions.

Evaluation:

The external evaluation, which is a mandatory requirement from the donor, will both serve external accountability as well as internal learning. It will have the following concrete objectives:

  • to provide evidence-based findings and conclusions on the extent to which each of the above-mentioned outcomes have been achieved through the implementation of the project by the consortium members;
  • to assess the extent to which (a) the project outputs have contributed to the intended outcomes and (b) the extent to which the project outcomes have contributed to the results framework Security & Rule of Law of MoFA. (Theory of Change validity);
  • to assess the extent to which the project was implemented in accordance with the principle of adaptive programming as described in the project proposal;
  • to provide lessons learned about what went well and what could have been done better in the implementation of the project;
  • to identify potential programming areas for expansion or replication.

The evaluation will be of a qualitative nature to a large extent. Specific research methodologies will be determined in collaboration with the consultant, but should include at least Key Informant Interviews (KIIs), Focus Group Discussions (FGDs), and document review. It is estimated that the assignment will take 35 working days for the lead and national consultant together (for timetable, see link below).

Deliverables:

  • Inception report which should include detailed evaluation methodology (based on document research and first discussions) including data collection tools and approach, workplan, team composition, proposed timeline, and a preliminary table of contents that outlines the structure of the final report;
  • Evaluation report that includes recommendations for future programming (35 pages) and summary, both in English;
  • 3 Best practice case studies (2 pages each); e.g. vocational skills trainings (VSTs), business groups, and information centers.

Consultant:

The lead consultant will:

  • develop and define the evaluation methodology and, if relevant, will take the methodology that was used during Baseline and Mid-term evaluations into account;
  • produce an inception report;
  • write a consolidated evaluation report and present the consolidated report to all relevant stakeholders;
  • propose and coordinate a national evaluator in collaboration with responsible ZOA management (the local evaluator would be to manage field data collection through supervision and participating in field work).

We are looking for a lead consultant that (expertise can also be shared among lead and national consultant) :

  • has demonstrable experience with implementing end-line evaluations for security and rule of law / youth and migration projects;
  • has knowledge and experience with project evaluations on gender and conflict sensitivity;
  • has a thorough basis in qualitative data collection and analysis and is able to make critical, balanced and fair observations and analysis;
  • has an excellent command of the English language;
  • has good writing and presentation skills;
  • complies with ZOA safety procedures and security measures where relevant;
  • relevant country experience is an advantage.

Please find more information about this vacancy by clicking here.

How to apply:

If you are interested to be considered for this assignment, please send your expression of interest to Peter Das at p.das@zoa.ngo and Joppe Hamelijnck at j.hamelijnck@zoa.ngo outlining availability in line with the approximate timeline. The expression of interest should contain:

  • an explanation why the consultant(s) is(are) best suited for this assignment;
  • CV of the lead consultant (showing education and expertise);
  • an example of a similar report and/or a list of past evaluations produced;
  • an indication of the expected daily consultancy fee.


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