External Mid-term Evaluation Consultant

  • Development
  • Anywhere
Country: Jordan
Organization: Finn Church Aid
Closing date: 14 Feb 2021

Background of the evaluation

Social & Economic Empowerment for Women” Project is funded by Women’s Bank of Finland. The Project is based on human-rights based approach as it aims to promote the right to work and adequate standard of living of its target group through implementing FCA model approach which focuses on building entrepreneurial skills of the beneficiaries and support the economic growth of their newly established businesses. It is implemented by Finn Church Aid (FCA) and Bait al Hikmah Foundation (BAF) in Zarqa, Irbid and Amman governorates from 2019-2021. FCA and its partner aims to achieve the following results:Targeted women have technical and business skills enabling them to start their own business.Targeted women have knowledge of and access to financial resources for business development. Gender related barriers for women to access labor market and entrepreneurship are addressed through community activitiesAn impact assessment conducted for FCA’s Jordan country program in 2017 urged FCA to strengthen its Linking Learning to Earning (LL2E) approach by developing initiatives to support viable start-ups and income generation projects (individual and collective) based on market-potential while not restricting these to 30 years of age. An emphasis was put on gender-sensitive market assessments that would distinguish between employment vs. start-up potential in viable sectors in both camps and hosting communities. First steps to this direction had already been taken earlier that year by contextualizing a Finnish entrepreneurship training package for Jordanian conditions; the package was later on operationalized in the project JOR 11762 Tareeqi. The evaluation of Tareeqi conducted at the end of 2018 further highlighted entrepreneurship development as the most effective way of strengthening livelihood opportunities for young adults in Jordan in comparison to e.g. Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) and subsequent efforts to connect graduates with employers. JOR 11996 Social and Economic Empowerment of Women represents FCA Jordan’s first effort to tailor a market-driven initiative to serve specifically the interest of aspiring female entrepreneurs based on these learnings.

Rational, purpose and priority objectives of the evaluation

Since the project is being implemented in three locations back-to-back over the course of three years, the mid evaluation must address the time period of the first location only (Zarqa, April 2019 – March 2020) as this assignment represents no more than 33% of the whole project and considered as a lite evaluation. This will ensure that the project team has verified data on the successes and fall outs of the project in order to make timely adjustments that will contribute to further successes of the project. Nevertheless, the implementation period does not show fall within COVID19 pandemic economic impact on businesses and the evaluation shall assess COVID19 impact on the households of business owners (beneficiaries)>
The evaluation will be used to ensure quality of the project and accountability towards beneficiaries and it will also provide the donor with further insight into the project implementation. Focusing on the economic status of the participants and their achievements in that matter will be a priority for the evaluation due to time and resource limitations.

Scope of the evaluation
The project’s ultimate focus is to support MSEs businesses including home based businesses which form the majority of women’s businesses. For the purpose of this assignment, only the first targeted location will be evaluated in Zarqa governorate which was implemented during the period between April, 2019 until March 2020 by FCA. In addition, the same beneficiaries who got the economic empowerment support have had social empowerment support by partner for the period between April until June, 2019 and women group discussion for the period between October, 2019 until January ,2020. The Village and Saving and Loan Approach activity has been cancelled due to high default risk proven by evidence at different media channels and implementing actors and this component shall not be evaluated. The evaluation will comply with aspects of quality and accountability as per the Core Humanitarian Standards (CHS) general framework.
Due to the nature of this evaluation, it will focus on examining only a limited number of aspects in this project, namely effectiveness, coordination, impact and sustainability that serves projects’ three main results.
Effectiveness
 How do project participants in Zarqa assess the usefulness of the provided 1) participatory vulnerability analysis training 2) basic social entrepreneurship training 3) How to Start My Own Business course 4) business coaching in terms of strengthening their entrepreneurial skills 5) Women Group Discussions?
Coordination
 Who are the relevant stakeholders of the women’s entrepreneurship development in Zarqa Governorate and to what extent did the project manage to engage with them during the cycle implemented in Zarqa? What are the views of stakeholders (HH members of beneficiaries who received grants) on project economic impact on the household.
Impact
 What is the perception of project participants in Zarqa of the socio-economic status of their households at the time of the evaluation in comparison with the time prior to the project?
 To what extent do they assess the project has contributed to eventual changes AND what other factors do they see shaping their situation?
Sustainability
 How many of the supported businesses in Zarqa were still operational at the time of the evaluation and how have their profits developed after the support from the project?
 What kind of factors do the participants themselves and the project staff identify for the successes and failures of the businesses in Zarqa overall?
 What have been the key factors that have supported businesses to overcome challenges related specifically to COVID-19 in Zarqa and what are the factors that have made them particularly vulnerable to the pandemic according to the project participants and the project staff?

 How do the project participants and the project staff see the future prospects of the surviving businesses?

Methodology required & available data

 The evaluation team will have full access to of the project documents and data through Sharepoint and One Drive. The available resources on Sharepoint will be utilized to inform the design of the evaluation and relevant assessment tools. Primarily, the evaluation team will be requested to align the data collection tools with the inputs of logical framework of the project. Evaluation team is expected to design interview tools and survey forms, collect and analyze outputs which address the four main aspects mentioned under section 3-Scope. The evaluation team will store the data they collected be stored on Kobo. In addition to that, the evaluation team will collect qualitative and quantitative data through semi structured and structured interviews approaches. While the quantitative data will be analyzed using Microsoft Excel to provide key business statistics, the qualitative analysis will be done to supplement the results and dig deeper in the issues or challenges raised by the right holders. The analysis of the data obtained through these questions should pay particular attention to differences between Syrian refugees and Jordanian project participants.

 The target of the evaluation will be participants of the project’s first cycle in Zarqa governorate and who were involved in any component of the project. The total number of beneficiaries is 65. For evaluation.

 The plan is to have samples of 50% of grant receivers, 30% of trainees enrolled at Participatory vulnerability assessment and social entrepreneurship, 5% of women group discussions participants will be surveyed through quantitative tools, while the evaluation lead will decide on random sample size for the qualitative data collection approach. However, the sampling size and scope will be confirmed by the evaluation lead in alignment with budget allocated for the evaluation.

Timetable

Activity

  • Document review (Project documents, progress reports, baseline survey report and any other documents)–

  • Evaluation design, methodology and detailed work plan Inception Meeting with FCA Jordan (to be followed by arrangements for the field visits – travel, logistics, interviews – as per approved plan; sometimes feedback is sought from colleagues before approving the inception report so some time needs to be reserved for this)

Deliverable

Inception report

Duration

3 Days

Data collection

Duration

Five Days

Activity

1. Data analysis

Presentation workshop of initial findings (to be followed by a review period of the draft report by FCA, compiling and communicating feedback)

Deliverable

Draft Report

Duration

5 Days

Activity

  • Finalization of Evaluation report incorporating feedback provided by stakeholders

  • Submission to FCA with a presentation workshop

Deliverable

Final evaluation report

Duration

2 Days

Total Consultancy Duration

15 Days

Deliverables & Payments

Upon approval of the Inception report 30%

Upon Approval of final report 70%

Skills and qualifications required

Post graduate degree (preferably PhD degree) in economics, statistics, social science, or related field  Proven experience on conducting similar project evaluation preferably within women empowerment thematic area.  Practical experience or knowledge of the development issues in Jordan is essential.  Good communication (spoken and written) skills, including the ability to write reports, conduct studies and to articulate ideas in a clear and concise style.  Consultant should be based in Jordan during assignment period.

Terms of contract

 All information gathered from FCA, partners and beneficiaries must remain confidential and not shared with any party without FCA written consent.  The Consultant is responsible for payment of all social costs, other employment related costs and insurance contributions and for all other liabilities of a statutory nature.  The consultant will have to abide by FCA CoC, Child Safeguarding policy and any other relevant policies  Copyright for the report will remain with FCA.  FCA do not provide any mean of transportation for consultant.

How to apply:

Qualified candidates are kindly asked to send the following:

 CV – including a short summary of relevant competences and previous evaluation work conducted

 Technical Proposal

 Budget excluding VAT (VAT 0)

 Up to 3 examples of previous similar consultancy (from recent evaluation work)
 Up to 3 recommendations from previous contract providers

to Procurement.Mero@kua.fi

With subject line

External Mid-term Evaluation Consultant/ Women’s Bank Project no latter than Feb. 14th 2021

Please provide all the above documentation into a single consolidated document.

Late, incomplete or partial bids will be rejected.

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