Consultant to conduct a End of Project Evaluation for ‘Integrated Community Resilience' project in South Sudan’

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Organization: Danish Red Cross
Closing date: 24 Nov 2021

Danish Red Cross is looking for an consultant to conduct an end of project evaluation for the ‘Integrated Community Resilience’ project in South Sudan.

1. Introduction

The 2019 -2021 Integrated Community Resilience (ICR) project is the second phase and builds on the success of the first phase of the project (2016 – 2018). The project has as its aim to contribute to strengthening the resilience to recurring natural and local conflict related threats in six selected communities in Bor South County, who also contend with varying levels of internally displaced people (IDPs), returnees and general population movements due to the conflict and natural hazards.

The project seeks to equip community members with new knowledge and skills, through supporting stronger and inclusive community organization and decision-making structures to create enhanced community-based contingency planning and response to natural, health, and local conflict related threats. The areas of capacity building focus on; disaster risk awareness and mitigation, basic healthcare, hygiene, psychosocial wellbeing and livelihood diversification, as well as supporting local mechanisms for dialogue and non-violent dispute resolution to address persistent protection concerns.

The project closely works with South Sudan Red Cross (SSRC) Bor branch to design and implement community-based projects based on the communities’ own identification of major threats. The main target groups of the ICR phase II project are local authorities, community leaders, youth, children, and women-headed households. It also aims at strengthening existing community networks and groups, e.g. for youth and women. The project includes an explicit focus on strengthening community structures and organization, ensuring participation, inclusion and representation according to the village composition.

2. Objective of the Project

With the aim of building community safety and resilience by strengthening the ability to adapt and cope with recurrent and/or prolonged disasters and crises, the project takes a holistic, rather than sectoral approach to community programming. The project therefore takes an integrated approach to community-based risk reduction across health, psychosocial wellbeing, disaster management, risk reduction and self-protection measures in relation to the primary recurring natural, health and security risks as identified by the targeted communities.

3. Purpose of the Evaluation

The Project has been implemented for three years (January 2019 to December 2021). This end of project evaluation focuses on the entire implementation period.

The evaluation is forward looking and will capture effectively lessons learnt and provide information on the nature, extent and where possible, the potential impact and sustainability of the ICR project.

The evaluation will assess the project design, scope, implementation status and the capacity to achieve the project objectives. It will collate and analyze lessons learnt, challenges faced, and best practices obtained during implementation which will inform future programming.

4. Scope and focus of the Evaluation

4.1. Scope

The support to ICR end of Project evaluation will assess the effectiveness of the implementation strategy and the results. This will include the implementation modalities, financing, coordination, partnership arrangements, institutional strengthening, beneficiary participation, replication, and sustainability of the programme.

The evaluation will include review of the project design and assumptions made at the beginning of the project development process. Project management including the implementation strategies; project activities; it will assess the extent to which the project results have been achieved, partnerships established, capacities built, and cross cutting issues of mainstreaming gender and protection. It will also assess whether the project implementation strategy has been optimum and recommend areas for improvement and learning.

4.2. The Evaluation Questions

The following questions will guide the evaluation:

1. Relevance (Design and focus of the project)

  • To what extent did the project achieve its overall objectives?
  • What and how much progress has been made towards achieving the overall outputs and outcomes of the project?
  • To what extent were the results (impacts, outcomes, and outputs) achieved?
  • Were the inputs and strategies identified, and were they realistic, appropriate, and adequate to achieve the results?
  • Was the project relevant to the identified needs?

2. Effectiveness (Describe the management processes and their appropriateness in supporting delivery)

  • Was the project effective in delivering desired/planned results?
  • To what extent did the Project’s M&E mechanism contribute in meeting project results?
  • How effective were the strategies and tools used in the implementation of the project?
  • How effective has the project been in responding to the needs of the beneficiaries, and what results were achieved?

3. Efficiency (of Project Implementation)

  • Was the process of achieving results efficient? Specifically did the actual or expected results (outputs and outcomes) justify the costs incurred? Were the resources effectively utilized?
  • What factors contributed to implementation efficiency?
  • Did project activities overlap and duplicate other similar interventions (funded nationally and/or by other donors? Are there more efficient ways and means of delivering more and better results (outputs and outcomes) with the available inputs?
  • Could a different approach have produced better results?
  • How efficient were the management and accountability structures of the project?
  • How did the project financial management processes and procedures affect project implementation?
  • What are the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats of the project implementation process.

4. Sustainability

  • To what extent are the benefits of the project likely to be sustained after the completion of this project?
  • What is the likelihood of continuation and sustainability of project outcomes and benefits after completion of the project?
  • How effective were the exit strategies, and approaches to phase out assistance provided by the project including contributing factors and constraints?
  • What are the key factors that will require attention to improve prospects of sustainability of project outcomes and the potential for replication of the approach?
  • How were capacities strengthened at the community and organizational levels (including contributing factors and constraints)?
  • Describe the main lessons that have emerged.
  • What are the recommendations for similar support in future?

5. Institutional Arrangements

The consultancy is commissioned by the Danish Red Cross.

The consultancy will have a management oversight committee (i.e. Task Force) comprised of representatives from Danish Red Cross and the South Sudan Red Cross.

6. Methodology for Evaluation

The consultant is expected to employ a variety of methods including:

6.1.Data Collection:** The Project Evaluation will be carried out through a wide participation of all relevant stakeholders. The consultant will conduct key informant interviews including DRC and SSRC amongst other stakeholders. Field visits to selected project sites and briefing and debriefing sessions with DRC.

6.2.Basic Documents for Desk Review:** The evaluation will take into account quarterly and annual reports, as well as any other reports such as lessons learned, mid-term reviews and previous evaluation reports (if applicable).

7. Expected Deliverables

The consultant is expected to deliver the following:

  • An inception report in English, 3 days after signing of the contract. The report will be presented to the task force. The report should include: clear methodology and data collection tools (including sample questionnaires, etc.); a detailed work plan will be part of the inception report.
  • A draft report, 5 days after completion of data collection activities in the field.
  • A final report, 7 days after completion of field activities (this includes time to incorporate feedback from the Task Force on the draft).

8. Duration

It is anticipated that the contract will commence on 10 January and be completed no later than 28 February.

Field visit to South Sudan is expected to take place between the period: 17-28 January.

The consultancy should not exceed 20 days.

9. Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments

The consultant shall be paid the consultancy fee upon completion of the following milestones.

  • 30% after adoption of the inception report
  • 30% after presentation of the draft report
  • 40% after the approval of the final report

The consultancy fee will be paid as Lump Sum Amount (all-inclusive of expenses related to the consultancy). The contract price will be fixed regardless of changes in the cost components.

9. Required Expertise and Qualifications

The Evaluator must have the following expertise and qualifications:

  • Extensive expertise, knowledge, and experience in the field of evaluation of development programmes
  • Knowledge of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement
  • Ability to submit a concise and well written analytical report in English on the findings of the review
  • Knowledge of community-based resilience programmes or related field
  • At least 10 years of experience in working with international organizations and donors
  • Have a good understanding of the situation in South Sudan, or able to quickly grasp the complexity of the context
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English. Fluency in spoken French will be and added advantage.

How to apply:

10. How to apply

Candidates should apply by presenting the following documents:

  1. Send a cover letter stating your interest and curriculum vitae through our online application form.
  2. Last day to submit applications is 24 November 2021.
  3. If any questions for the position please contact Disaster Management Delegate, Randel Allen at reall@rodekors.d