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Consultancy – Mid – Term Review

CONSULTANCY OPPORTUNITY

Mid –Term Review

1. Background

Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Germany (VSF Germany) is an International Non-Governmental Organization (INGO), providing humanitarian aid and development assistance to pastoralists and vulnerable communities in areas where livestock is of importance. VSFG supports animal health, livestock related agriculture, marketing, food safety, drought responses and mitigation, capacity development of communities and governmental institutions, peace and conflict resolution with the ultimate aim of improving food security and strengthening livelihoods and resilience of pastoralist communities. VSFG currently implements activities in Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan with country programs coordinated from the Regional Office Nairobi.

1.2 Summary About the Omo Delta Project

VSF Germany leads a consortium that includes Mercy Corps, Vita/RTI, CIFA, EPaRDA and TUPADO in the implementation of the Omo Delta Project: Expanding the Rangeland to achieve Growth & Transformation. The project covers the cross-border areas of the Horn of Africa Region: the Southwest Ethiopia (South Omo and Bench Maji) and Northwest Kenya border (Turkana and Marsabit); and runs for 40 months. The Action is funded by the European Union Emergency Trust Fund for stability and addresses the root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons in Africa. The concept of expanding rangelands is applied to realise the overall objective of the Action to address the drivers of instability, irregular migration and displacement in Cluster I: the Southwest Ethiopia-Northwest Kenya border. The Action is contributing to strengthened resilience, end chronic cries and expansion of rangelands through various mechanisms, particularly in improved livelihood opportunities; strengthen the natural resource management, accelerating private sector growth and employment. The success of the action will inherently lead to socio-economic integration, cross-border trade and transformation opportunities that mitigate against drivers of instability, irregular migration and displacement.

1.2.1 Specific Objective/Outcome of the Action

The Action has one main specific objective – to promote economic and private sector development, and greater resilience, particularly among vulnerable groups (e.g. youth, women, and displaced people), this has three outcomes which the project seeks to deliver on the overall objective:

§ Increased wealth of young people in particular and especially young women

§ Accelerated trade and collaboration nationally and across-borders

§ Increased stability through linkages to legal, policy and social protection mechanisms that promote growth and protect gains

1.2.2 Main result areas and outputs.

Result 1: Increased wealth of young people in particular and especially young women

Op1.1. Technical and business skills for young men and women to enhance their employment and entrepreneurship capacity enhanced.

Op1.2. Access to business incubatory services (finance, entrepreneurial skills training and mentoring, advisory services and technical assistance for diversified businesses), with particular focus to youth and women groups supported.

Result 2: Accelerated trade and collaboration nationally and across-borders

Op2.1. Support to public and private institutions to improve access to animal health services delivery in cross border areas.

Op2.2. Technical support to enhanced commercial production and productivity of the productive sectors in cross-border areas (specifically livestock, fishery, fodder, staple and horticultural crops) for local and export markets.

Result 3: Increased stability through linkages to legal, policy and social protection mechanisms that promote growth and protect gains

Op3.1: Support to integrated and sustainable Natural Resources Management.

Op3.2 Support to development of Strategic water points shared by cross-border communities.

2. Scope of Work

2.1. Objective of the Mid Term Review

To conduct a mid-term review of the Omo Delta Project with particular attention to effectiveness, efficiency, relevance and sustainability; paying close attention to the appropriateness of all processes and approaches utilized in project delivery covering January 2018 to December 2019.

2.2. Purpose

The purpose of the planned mid-term review is to aid decision-making and taking stock of initial lessons from implementation during the first half of the project life.

Specifically, the mid-term review is intended to provide the project management team with a basis for identifying appropriate actions and responses to: (a) address particular issues, lesions learned or problems in design, implementation and management, and (b) reinforce initiatives that demonstrate the potential for success (Good practice, human interest stories and case study etc)

2.3 Geographical location

The consultant will be required to conduct the study in Kenya and Ethiopia. In Kenya study will be undertaken in Implementing Partners Country level coordination office in Nairobi and field operational areas in Marsabit and Turkana. In Ethiopia the evaluation will cover the Country Coordination offices in Addis Ababa and and field operation areas in South Omo (Dasanach, Nyangatom, Hammer Woredas) and West Omo/Bench Maji Zones (Maji/Surma Woredas)

2.4 Overall and Specific Review Questions

2.4.1 Overall Review Questions

The mid review will be expected to focus on project’s relevance, effectiveness, value addition sustainability, collaboration, and strategic partnerships but not limited the following key areas in project implementation: The study will be expected to answer the following key questions:

Key Focus Areas

Review questions

Relevance:

i. Assess the extent to which the overall objective, specific objectives and the design of the Omo Delta Project responds to the EUTF programme goals/objectives and address the needs of the targeted beneficiaries.

Effectiveness

ii. Assess the degree to which objectives are achieved and the extent to which targeted beneficiaries problems are solved

Progress:

iii. Asses the current project achievements status against the expected target (e.g. Log-frame).

Efficiency:

iv. Asses the project management resources, timeliness of the project in delivering the project and how the resources benefit the target beneficiaries.

Quality

v. Asses the quality of the project interventions (e.g. approaches, methodologies, input qualities etc).

Value addition

vi. Assess the extent to which the project add value compared to other interventions in the areas (EU funded projects, other NGOs and governments)

Sustainability:

vii. Asses the level of the beneficiaries to sustain the outputs and benefits of the interventions (e.g. beneficiaries and key stakeholders participation levels, cost sharing, local capacities, management etc)?

Collaboration internally and externally

viii. Assess the extent the project facilitate coherency, consistency and complementarily and synergy both internally and between its objectives and programming results and EU funded partners.

ix. Asses the strengths and areas that need improvements: Strengths – Level of complementarily and synergies through joint planning and implementation, sequencing of activities etc. What are the gaps – challenges, limitations, risks or missed opportunities

Government Partnerships

x. Asses the level at which the program is engaging with or involved with government in the process towards achieving project objectives and goals, and relevant government staffs awareness and of the project

2.4.2 Methodology

The consultant will be required to design and demonstrate proper grasp of a methodology that ensures that the perspectives of Project beneficiaries, Omo Delta Project Implementing Partners implementing team, key stakeholders (EUTF partners, EU funded Partners, other agencies) are adequately captured. The methodology should also articulate adequate understanding and appreciation by the consultant of the project context that is volatile in-terms of insecurity; and with strong traditions and cultural practices; including dynamic political and socio-economic transboundary contexts. Therefore the consultant must illustrate how s/he will integrate participatory approaches and methodologies that are gender sensitive, culturally tenable and conflict sensitive. The consultant will also be expected to clearly outline the step by step process for carrying out the mid term review exercise.

2.4.3 Deliverables

The Consultant will be expected to provide the following deliverables:

· Inception report outlining the approach and methodology; sampling procedures, study instruments, etc.

· Draft work plan

· Provide debriefing – A debriefing workshop will be organized by lead agency for interactive feedback by key project staffs but facilitated by the consultant (through a PowerPoint presentation and/or other debriefing materials).

· Draft Report – Presentation of findings and recommendations not more than 25 pages

· Final Report – The Final Report should not be longer than 30 pages capturing but not limited to the following:

o Executive summary (1-2 pages)

o Key findings Conclusion and recommendations presented in terms of effectiveness, efficiency, relevance and sustainability (10-15 page) and

o Reference Annexes for the findings, conclusions and recommendations

o A Report documentation capturing – Good practice, case studies, Human interest stories

o Raw data collected annexed as supporting documents for references.

o Submit 10 copies of full sets of final report in hardcopy (colour, if pictures or different colours used) and 8 soft copy of full report in word and PDF presented in flash with all annexes and TOR on the last page

2.4.5 Timelines

The mid-term review is scheduled to commence from 1st February 2020 – 9th March 2020 as an indicative time frame, however the consultant team will develop an actual work plan after contractual processes are completed.

Project Locations

Duration of mission

1. Preparatory and Inception period

2 days

2. Field mission

South Omo – Ethiopia 7 days

Bench Maji – Ethiopia 7 days

Marsabit County – Kenya 7 days

Turkana County – Kenya 7 days

  1. Reporting – Draft report, debriefing and final report – 8 days

Total

38 days

3.0 Service Providers Requirement

3.1 Composition of Review Team

The Consultancy team is expected to be 3-strong and gender balanced; with diverse skills, expertise and experience in livelihoods, Agriculture, Water and Natural Resources, climate adaptation, Business and trade, Fisheries and Livestock and as well as cross cutting approaches (conflict sensitivity, participatory process and gender mainstreaming). The Team responsibilities should be clearly articulated and rationalized in the bidding documents from consultants.

3.2 Skills and capacity required

The desired consultancy service provider/s should possess the following range of qualifications, skills and experience.

i. Technical Competence: Preferably at postgraduate level Degree in Social Development, Agronomy, Rural Development, Business Management, Veterinary Science, planning and development, research, and policy development or other relevant qualifications from recognized universities.

ii. Work Experience: Posses at least 8 years work experience in carrying out baseline, mid-term and final evaluation for Livelihood and Resilience, and Development interventions, Cross border programming approach, and monitoring and evaluation mission. Added advantage for consultant who demonstrates experience in baselines or evaluation of EU and ECHO funded projects.

iii. ASAL and cross border experience: Experience working with civil society organizations, non-government organisations or non-state actors in ASAL areas, additional advantage from those with previous cross border interventions/assignment

iv. Evidenced Relevance – Proven evaluation skills with ability to critically assess the full context and provide constructive feedback – At least 2-3 recent referenced reports of evaluation done in past 3 years. Added value to those with 2-3 evaluations relevant to project

v. Donor Experience: Experience in working with EU funded projects or partners.

vi. International Policies: Good understanding of the regional policy setting context in the Horn of Africa and IGAD cross border policies.

vii. Personal attributes: Excellent communication skills, analytical and innovativeness, strong inter-personal relations, flexibility and ability to endure hardship areas with minimal access to infrastructures and extreme weather conditions.

viii. Core Values: All team members should demonstrate values and behaviours (Accountability integrity, inclusivity, respect, integrity and professionalism code of conduct)

4.0 Timelines for Mid Term Review Tasks

  1. Advertisement of Consultancy TOR; 18th Dec. 2019 – 4th January 2020.

  2. Review of the applications and interviews**: 7th – 13th January 2020**

  3. Contracting of Consultant: By 15th January 2020

  4. Joint induction of the consultant: by 22nd January 2020

  5. Review of inception report and tools submission by the Consultant: 30th January 2020

  6. Field Mission commencement : 3rd Feb 2020

  7. Draft Report – 7th March 2020

  8. Final Report – 9th March 2020

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