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EVALUATION CONSULTANCY
Relief International

Relief International (RI) is an international non-governmental organization US and UK based, working in the humanitarian field since 2004 in Sudan, providing emergency relief and early recovery activities to internally displaced persons (IDP) and rural communities, focusing in lifesaving health and nutrition services. RI is looking for qualified candidates to fill the vacancies mentioned herewith


 Program Title: Emergency and early recovery resilience assistance for vulnerable populations in North Darfur, East Darfur, Sudan
 Donor: ECHO
 Duty Station: North Darfur localities: El-Fasher, Al-Malha, and El-Tewisha East Darfur: Abujabra, El-Ferdous, Bahr Al-Arab
 Closing Date: 17 Jan 2021

 
 Background:

Relief International (RI) has been a key humanitarian actor in Sudan since 2004 providing an array of services in Nutrition, Health, Food Security and Livelihood, Water Sanitation, and Hygiene across three states; North Darfur, East Darfur, and Blue Nile. In East and North Darfur, the protracted displacement of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and the influxofSouthSudaneseinbothcampsettingsandhostcommunitiescontinuestostrainbasicservice systems that already struggle to provide minimum levels of health care, and nutritionservices. Through this project, RI provided a package of basic minimum services in health and nutrition, and WASH while also building local capacity to provide services, in IDP camps, refugees, and under-served host community.

 

RI health sector provided services primarily provides basic primary health care services including consultations of communicable and non-communicable disease, reproductive health including Focused Antenatal Care (FANC); Intrapartum care Basic emergency obstetric and Neonatal Care (BEmONC), family planning; EPI vaccinations, laboratory diagnostics, community health educationthrough 10 health facilities in El-Fasher, El-, Al-Malha, and El-Tewisha localities of North Darfur State; and 6 facilitiesinAbujabra, El-Ferdous, Bahr Al-Arab localities of East Darfur.

                            

The nutrition interventions include treatment services for SAM and MAM cases; and a prevention program that focuses on Infant and Young Children Feeding (IYCF) counseling. The OTP service forms the basis of a community-based approach aimed at treating cases of severe malnutrition without complications amongst children under five (6 to 59 months). TSFP treats MAM children aged 6 to 59 months and malnourished pregnant lactating women (PLWs).

 

RI provides these services through field level partnerships with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the World Food Program (WFP), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the World Health Organization (WHO) in addition to a mandated technical agreement with the Sudan Ministry of Health (SMoH), Groundwater and Wadi Directorate (GWWD), Sudan Department of Water, Environment, and Sanitation (WES), and national and state-level sector clusters.

 

Summary

North and East Darfur: RI, in collaboration with SMoHSD, supports 16 facilities (East Darfur: 6 in Abujabra,inBahrElArab,andElFerdous;NorthDarfur:inAlMalha,inElFasherservingZamzam Camp, and inEltwesha). RI served a total of 475,250 beneficiaries in North and East Darfur. Further,RI providestechnicalandtrainingsupporttoSMoHstaff,pharmaceuticalsandsuppliestofacilitiestoensure the provision of free, high-quality health services including curative consultations, laboratory testing, dispensing of medicine, maternal and child health, and EPI services for CU1. RI’s PHCCs also provide CMR service for SGBV cases requiring medical care. RI sources and ensure adequate and timely delivery of essential pharmaceutical commodities and equipment to all health facilities. RI also supportsthe rehabilitation of health clinic infrastructure.

 

Program Objective

  1. TocontributetothereductionofmorbidityandmortalityamongvulnerableIDP,returnee,and host community populations through the provision of integrated, lifesaving nutrition, health, WASH, and multi-purpose cash transfer (MPCT) activities in BlueNile.
  2. To improve the health and nutrition status of children under five years of age and PLW in North and East Darfur through the provision of quality and sustainable services ensured by the strengthened healthsystem


 
 Duties and responsibilities:

Purpose of Evaluation

This evaluation is to serve as an opportunity for learning, growth, and reflection for RI staff and stakeholders. The evaluation will cover overall program implementation sectors such as technical areas, Logistics, Finance, Monitoring and Evaluation, stakeholders and beneficiaries; and will be participatory to maximize the learning opportunities of RI staff in the review of program achievements.

 

The following table outlines the areas of focus and guiding questions that will be covered by this evaluation.

 

Appropriateness of Design and Monitoring systems

Determine how well the program was designed and monitored, against the objectives, benchmarks, and processes established in the program design document.

 

Coherence

Analyze how the project was coordinated with the activities of other

agencies (including national bodies) and how coherent are the activities with national policy, RI country strategy, and other

Coverage

Were activities coverage met as planned and did the project respond to the needs of the target group?

 

Target versus actual

Assess the progress made towards achieving each Project Goal (ortechnical sector) based on the current log frame, design, and monitoring data.

Results

Determine the changes/results and/or potential impact of the program.

 

Strengths/ Weaknesses

Determine strengths (including successful innovations and promising practices) and weaknesses (factors impeding progress)of the program planning, design, implementation M&E, andongoingcommunity management in the program.

 

Efficiency andEffectiveness

Determine whether the resources (financial, human & materials) have been used economically and wisely for the well-being of thecommunity.

 

Equity

Determine how the program involved and benefited different genders, ethnic minorities, children, and the disabled throughout theplanning, design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation, and ongoing management of the program.

 

Capacity

Assess RI structure and staff capacity to undertake program implementation. Assess the status of stakeholders (primarily

health/nutrition facility staff, community volunteers, and community leaders) to design, implement, monitor, and evaluate activities.

Ownership and Sustainability

Assess the overall management and structure of the program, particularly focusing on the potential for the program to be owned by local people and for benefits to continue after the RI may close.

Participation

Assess the level and quality of participation by women, children, people with disabilities, and the poor.

 

Cross-cutting issues

Assess what measures RI put in place to ensure gender equality and sensitivity to other gender issues throughout the program cycle; and security to employees?

 

Beneficiaryaccountability

Assess what effective and feasible systems were in place to gather beneficiary feedback? How was the feedback addressed and outcomes fed back to the community? Was community feedbackused to inform programmatic changes?

Lessons learned

Identify the lessons learned in terms of overall program management, activity implementation, monitoring, reporting, etc.?

Recommendations

Provide specific, actionable, and practical recommendations forfuture programming.

 

Evaluation Methods

 

The study design should entail a holistic evaluation, comprising both the qualitative and quantitative methodologies designed to capture the performance of health and nutrition sectors. The consultant and his/herteamareexpectedtousedifferentdatasources,comprisingofprimarydata(throughqualitativeand quantitativehouseholdsurveyquestionnaires)andsecondarysourcesincludingprojectdocuments,progress reports, assessments, etc. Furthermore, the study will be undertaken in a participatory and collective manner based on the active involvement of project beneficiaries and otherstakeholders.

 

The following data collection and analysis methods will be used to address the evaluation questions:

 

  • Review of documentation and secondary data – The evaluator will assess project records and reports as well as the results of prior surveys carried out withbeneficiaries.
  • Site visits and observations – The evaluator will visit various communities where program activities have beenimplemented.
  • Semi-structured stakeholder interviews & focus groups with beneficiaries – The evaluator will prepare a loose questionnaire, and facilitate focus group discussions with beneficiaries and semi-structured interviews with key stakeholders, such as the representatives from the local authorities, SMoHSD, and selectedbeneficiaries.
  • Staff interviews – Evaluator will discuss with program, finance, HR, Logisticstaffs.

The evaluator will be responsible for the analysis, interpretation, and compilation of data and writingof the final evaluation report.

 

Scope of work

The evaluation will be conducted in selected sites of North Darfur and East Darfur Localities. In North Darfur, the evaluation will cover localities including AlMalha,inElFasherservingZamzam Camp, and in Eltwesha); and in East Darfur, it will include Abujabra,inBahrElArab,andEl-Ferdous localities.

 

Procedures Schedule:

The duration period for the evaluation to be 30 days.

 

Reporting:

Relief International requests the following sections in the report:

 

Background

  • List of Acronyms
  • Table of Contents which identifies page numbers for the major content areas of thereport.
  • ExecutiveSummary(2to3pages)shouldbeaclearandconcisestand-alonedocumentthatgives readers the essential contents of the evaluation report in 2 or 3 pages, previewing the main points toenablereaderstobuildamentalframeworkfororganizingandunderstandingthedetailed information within the report. Also, the Executive Summary helps readers determine the key resultsandrecommendationsofthereport.Thus,theExecutiveSummaryshouldincludemajorlessons learned; maximum of two paragraphs describing the program, a summary of targets and intended outcomes; areas of meaningful under or over achievement.
  • Methodology: sampling method including strengths and weaknesses of the method used the inclusion of stakeholders and staff, rough schedule of activities, description of any statistical analysis undertaken, including justification and software package used. The discussion of any random sampling used should include details on how the random respondents were identified andinvited

toparticipate.Thissectionshouldalsoaddressthe constraintsandlimitationsoftheevaluationprocess and rigor. The methodology section should also include a detailed description of the data collection techniques used throughout theevaluation.

  • Discussion of findings: The main body of the report shall elaborate on the points listed in the Executive Summary. It will include references to the methodology used for the evaluation and the context of the action. In particular, for each key conclusion, there should be a corresponding recommendation.
  • Recommendations: should be as realistic, operational, and pragmatic as possible; that is, they should take careful account of the circumstances currently prevailing in the context of theaction
  • Limitations of the study: this should also include areas for furtherresearch.

 

Other required outputs: In addition to the report, Relief International requests the following outputs:

  • Copies of the rawdata
  • A presentation to the RI field team, and Khartoum staff to discuss preliminaryfindings

 

Notes:

  • While RI undertakes the responsibility of facilitating travel and organizing meetings for the evaluator, it is the evaluator’s ultimate responsibility to follow through and ensure that all relevant parties are interviewed and relevant project sitesvisited.
  • Travel to and within the project locations involves some risk. Other than providing standard security arrangements and information, RI takes no responsibility for the safety of the evaluator and/or his property during thisexercise.
  • Early in the course of the evaluation, the evaluator must submit a list of people/groups that s/he will wish to talk with so that the program staff can arrange meetings. Examples include the local authorities, local partners involved in the program, and select beneficiaries (the evaluator must indicatethegeneraldemographicsofthebeneficiariess/hewouldliketomeet–forexample, women, men,etc.).
  • Upon completion of the evaluation, a soft copy must be sent to the team for review andfeedback.

 
 Minimum Qualification, Skills and Experience Required:

  • Fluency in English and Arabiclanguages
  • Technical knowledge of health, nutrition, in-facilty WASH programs
  • Solid experience in programevaluation, and other similar assessments
  • Facilitationskills

 

Tentative Timetable – Subjected to Change

 

Date

Activity

15 February 2021

Report to the RI Khartoum Office for discussions with team

17 February 2021

Travel to ND and ED

18February2021

Meeting with ND &ED  key staff for planning on the field visit

19 February 2021

Training of enumerators

20February -  28February 2021

Fieldwork

29th  – 30thMarch2021

Meeting with partners and line ministries

1stMarch 2021

Meeting with Khartoum staff

4thMarch 2021

Share update to Key staff

5thMarch 2021

Presentation of key findings to staff

15thMarch2021

Final report submission

 

 

Implementation period: Darfur: 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2021

 

Period:

The evaluation is scheduled to start in February 2021 for 4 weeks.


To apply: Please, submit your CV, work certificates and qualification and state the name of position on the envelope, a telephone contact number and two professional references through sudanjob.net,

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for the interview.









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