Consultancy for “Thematic evaluation and impact assessment of integrated Food and Livelihood Security programme"

Location: Afghanistan
Job Code: AFG-FS Cons-01
# of openings: 1


TERMS OF REFERENCE for: Consultancy for “Thematic evaluation and impact assessment of Mission East’s integrated Food and Livelihood Security Programming in rural north-eastern Afghanistan”
PROGRAMME Title: An Integrated, Community Driven Approach to Relief, Rehabilitation and Development in North Eastern Afghanistan
Location: Afghanistan (Takhar and Badakhshan Provinces)
Duration: Ongoing multi-year programme
Programme Objective: To reduce vulnerability and build resilience in remote rural communities of north-eastern Afghanistan at risk from protracted instability as well as sudden-onset crises
Consultancy Purpose
This consultancy is intended to reliably and representatively evaluate the impact and extent to which the programme has achieved the goals and objectives set for its food and livelihood security programme activities over the period 2017 - 2018. 
Mission East’s organizational strategy calls for the periodic independent evaluations of its programmes, projects and operations. 
The results contribute to better informed decision-making, transparent and credible programming, foster an environment of learning by doing and promoting greater accountability for performance.
Consultancy Objective(s) 
- To critically evaluate the current approach, methodology and processes used by Mission East for its food and livelihood security programme activities to assess their overall impact: (i) relevance; (ii) effectiveness (added value, learning and best practices), (iii) sustainability, and (iv) value for money/cost effectiveness
- Provide actionable, specific and practical strategic recommendations on how Mission East can use the findings to strengthen and improve strategy and programming for future interventions.
Consultancy Expected Output(s)
• A final written Evaluation Report outlining recommendations, findings, lessons learnt, and best practices etc.
• Concrete recommendations for future strategy and programming.
• Conduct a lessons sharing/dissemination workshop in country with Mission East staff (and relevant local partners) at the end of the evaluation including presentation of key findings and recommendations. 
Scope of Work
The consultancy has been scoped for an experienced consultant as about 20 billable days of work in the period 15 March – 15 April 2019, with the following provisional schedule:
2 Days - Preparation:
    • Develop and refine methodology, tools, logistics & reporting framework
    • Desk review of project documents, other evaluation reports, relevant documents etc.
    • Preparation and submission of Preliminary report (including field activities schedule)
10 Days - Field visits/ interviews for data collection (including in-country travel)
1 Day - Preparation and presentation of key findings of the evaluation to country team and obtaining feedback on recommendations
3 Days - Drafting of report for Mission East review
2 Days - Responding to and incorporating of feedback from Mission East after internal review and preparation of Final Report
2 Days - Travel Days (international travel)
As part of this consultancy, the following outputs will be specifically required:
1) Following initial desk review, a Preliminary Report should provide the following:
    - Work Plan (with accompanying timeframe) for field assignment and reporting
    - Data collection and evaluation Methodology and Tools
    - Initial findings from desk review
The preliminary report will be submitted to the Consultancy Manager for discussion and approval at a date to be agreed prior to the field assignment
2) Power point presentation of the evaluation to the field team: key findings, recommendations, lessons learned and best practices.
3) A final written Evaluation  Report with:
    - Critical review and analysis of Mission East’s current approach and methodology
    - Findings and lessons learned from desk review and field assessments,
    - Recommendations for future strategy and programming
4) Annexes to evaluation report including data collection and evaluation methodology and tools (semi-structured interviews, questionnaires, focus group discussions, well-being and asset ranking exercises, outcome mapping etc. with different beneficiary/community groups) as well as lists of respondents with their contact information, description of cases, lists of information materials used etc.
Person Specification & Selection Criteria
Qualifications and experience required:
• A relevant master’s degree.
• A minimum of 8 years of experience in conducting impact assessments and evaluations of development and humanitarian projects with a focus on evaluating food and livelihood security projects 
• Strong conceptual knowledge about theories of change, logic models, M&E systems, data quality assurance, food and nutrition security indicators, sustainable livelihoods and resilience-building approaches, and ensuring gender integration into rural food and livelihood security interventions.
• The candidate will demonstrate a good understanding of the needs of rural communities in developing countries, and of appropriate ways of tackling these needs, particularly in the context of a protracted emergency and fragile state such as Afghanistan.
• Experience of working with a range of stakeholders (government, civil society, community etc.) 
• The candidate will have previous experience monitoring/evaluating projects and of impact assessment. This will include large projects for institutional donors.
• Experience of working in Afghanistan and/or South Asia, particularly varied experience of working in conflict-sensitive humanitarian environments is desirable. Experience of working in the Afghan context with its specific challenges of security and access would be highly desirable together with knowledge of the local language, Dari.
• Good understanding of government and UN/Cluster sector-specific policies and strategic priorities in Afghanistan would be desirable. 
• Good research, monitoring and evaluation skills including participatory methodologies.     
• Excellent verbal and written skills in English are essential.
The final decision for this consultancy will be based on:
- Best fit with selection criteria
- Best value for money.
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Ineligibility criteria
Tenderers falling into any of the following cases are excluded from participation in the procurement procedure:
(a) They are bankrupt or being wound up, are having their affairs administered by the courts, have entered into an arrangement with creditors, have suspended business activities, are the subject of proceedings concerning those matters, or are in any analogous situation arising from a similar procedure provided for in national legislation or regulations; 
(b) They have been convicted of an offence concerning their professional conduct by a judgement that has the force of res judicata; 
(c) They have been guilty of grave professional misconduct proven by any means that the contracting authority can justify; 
(d) They have not fulfilled obligations relating to the payment of social security contributions or the payment of taxes in accordance with the legal provisions of the country in which they are established or with those of the country of the contracting authority or those of the country where the contract is to be performed; 
(e) They have been the subject of a judgement that has the force of res judicata for fraud, corruption, involvement in a criminal organisation or any other illegal activity detrimental to the Communities' financial interests; 
(f) Following another procurement procedure or grant award procedure financed by the European Community budget, they have been declared to be in serious breach of contract for failure to comply with their contractual obligations. 
(g) They are engaged in the exploitation of child labour
(h) They do not respect their employees’ basic social rights and working conditions.
Candidates or tenderers must provide a written statement with their tender documents that they are not in one of the situations listed above.
Grounds for Exclusion 
Contracts shall not be awarded to candidates or tenderers who, during the procurement procedure: 
(a) Are subject to a conflict of interest;
(b) Are guilty of misrepresentation in supplying the information required by the humanitarian organisation as a condition of participation in the contract procedure or fail to supply this information.
(c) Have engaged in corrupt, fraudulent, collusive or coercive practices.
Application Process, Interested individuals should send:
a) A cover letter, including explanation of candidate fit with qualifications and experience required as outlined on ToR
b) A technical proposal outlining the proposed approach, which demonstrates competence to evaluate food security and livelihoods programming, and which includes schedule and budget, with justified daily rate
c) Individual CV
d) References
e) examples of similar work if available
Deadline for applications: 20/01/2018

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