External Project Evaluation
Background and context
Together with their partners, Child’s i Foundation (CiF) and Hope and Homes for Children (HHC) are catalysing the regional elimination of institutional care for children by demonstrating the positive impact of family strengthening and protection as a high-quality alternative to institutions and providing a model that can be replicated across the Eastern and Southern African countries. As a result, hundreds of institutionalized children have been transitioned into safe family environments where they receive care and protection and benefit from significantly improved health, education and wellbeing outcomes. Also, the lives of thousands of children and their families at risk of institutionalisation in targeted countries, including children with disabilities have benefited from improved community-based services. Families have been supported to: reduce their vulnerability, access services and gain relevant skills with regard to increasing their income and protecting all children. In addition, the capacity of government professionals and community paraprofessionals increased to strengthen families in responding adequately to poverty and ensure children are safe and protected.
Many child advocates emphasise that children with disabilities must be at the heart of successful child care reform efforts in countries that want to prevent family separation and provide quality alternative family-based care. All this will be informed by learnings and research conducted inform decision as well influence care reform policies.
1. Purpose of evaluation
The purpose of the evaluation is to generate learning about the strategies developed in Uganda, and strategic information to Child’s I Foundation on how they can strengthen their approaches to facilitate their future growth and effectiveness. The evaluation will also be used as a reference tool for both organisations and respective governments in progressing childcare reform in both countries.
2. Scope of evaluation
The evaluation will mainly cover 3 years of programme implementation of 2 projects starting from April 2018 and ending March 2021 in 3 districts – Tororo, Mpigi and Kampala/Makindye division) in Uganda. (but it will also draw on previous experience in child-care reform in order to evaluate progress and effectiveness, usefulness and sustainability.
“No Child Left Behind” is a recently concluded 3-year grant in partnership with HHC/DFID aiming to transform children’s lives by creating a pathway for family and community living for children in institutional care in Rwanda and Uganda.
“Families, Not Orphanages” is an ongoing 5 year UBS Optimus Foundation grant aimed at strengthening the capacity of the local authorities, and increasing the capacity of family and community level to care for and protect children in families.
The evaluation will:
Ø Look at outcomes of the care reform / deinstitutionalisation programme through:
ü Reviewing existing child protection legislation, policy and guidelines
ü Evaluating any policy change and amendments that facilitate deinstitutionalisation and childcare reform in general
ü Evaluating any mindset change of decision makers, social work professionals and stakeholders, including beneficiaries, and what has brought about any identified change (possible linkages to the KAP study)
ü Extent of beneficiary reach of the programmes in Uganda in the last 3 years
ü Evaluating to what extent the 3-year project was able to realise its intended outcomes:
play a pioneering and a catalysing agent role in childcare reform implementation, focused on children with disabilities, in Uganda, and
push child-care reform and deinstitutionalisation higher up on the agenda of decision makers in Uganda
ü Evaluating the quality of implementation by social workers (intervention, supervision of community level structures (volunteers), SOPs/tools) in both countries
ü Evaluating the outcomes for all children/adults (target of 103) transitioned from 3 target institutions into family and community-based care in Uganda
ü Evaluating the outcomes for a sample of children under AFS (prevention) in Uganda (sample size to be determined by the evaluator; included in the evaluation methodology)
ü Evaluating the strength of the community based child protection system put in place across in two districts in Uganda [CDNs, SMS technology (both countries), foster care, its ability to respond to the needs of all children/families, including CWDs, its capacity to respond to emergency relief – Covid-19, and the extent of its embedment in the overall system.
ü Evaluating to what extent CiF’s advocacy efforts have been/are able to mobilise any funds (private and institutional) for comprehensive system reforms in both countries
ü Evaluating the sustainability of CiF’s efforts to support care reform so far, with a special attention to assessing the costs of continuing the programmes in Uganda
Ø Assess the readiness of the government and civil society to:
- progress childcare reform in Uganda
Ø Measure CiF’s performance in:
ü Soundness and completeness of programme design
ü Capacity strengthening
ü Management of partners and engagement with local stakeholders; satisfaction of partners
ü Monitoring and evaluation
ü Value for money
ü Budget efficiency
ü Capacity to respond to emergency relief situations (Covid -19)
Ø Outline strengths and weaknesses of the programme/s and the implementation thereof.**
Ø Formulate recommendations based on data/information obtained by area of evaluation.**
Based on the above, and based on previously harnessed experience and lessons learnt, analyses and conclusions will be drawn as to what extent the elements of this program can and will continue to be implemented and scaled up further.
The evaluation will be carried out between January and June 2021.
It will depend on the evolution of the pandemic in Rwanda and Uganda.
The methodology of the evaluation will be designed and agreed with the evaluator/researcher, once they are recruited. We will be looking to employ an evaluator locally, at the beginning of 2021.
In line with the purpose and methodology of the evaluation, the evaluator will deliver the following:
Inception report with detailed methodology, tools and work plan
Field debriefing (as a note or a presentation remotely), pandemic allowing
Draft evaluation report
Final evaluation report that incorporates evidence, learning, case studies, recommendations, feedback received from CiF and partners (government and civil society) and meets agreed quality standards, by end of June 2021. **
5. Deliverables and payment schedule
Survey protocol including translated questionnaire and ethical approval
Clean and annotated research database
First draft research report
Final research report
6. Required qualifications
Individuals as well as research institutions/firms such as Universities are welcome to express their interests as consultants to perform the present assignment. To qualify, the consultant(s) should possess the following expertise and skills as a minimum:
ü The lead consultant should be affiliated to a known University, possess as a minimum a PhD degree in social sciences or MA/MSc degree with additional five years of experience in research;
ü The lead consultant should have relevant experience in conducting social research for/with the MGLSD, baseline evaluations, end line evaluations, reviewing and assessing child care reform programs and projects at national and decentralized levels for at least 5-10 years.
ü At least five years of proven experience in conducting knowledge, attitudes, and practices quantitative research;
ü Proven previous experience in research related to social protection issues.
ü Familiarity with the Ugandan context and technical knowledge of strategic planning and programming of child care reform.
ü Strong data analysis and visualization skills.
ü Consultant(s) who have Knowledge and experience of conducting cost benefit analysis will have an added advantage.
ü Strong written communication skills.
ü Fluency in English (written and verbal) is a must.
ü Consultants should have vast experience with issues of child care reform especially in the context of child protection policies, guidelines and response systems and structures.
ü Good working knowledge of Alternative care in local governments.
ü They should also be conversant working within community settings both rural and urban.
The lead consultant must be aware of the current trends of the child protection, and knowledgeable of the current Child Protection and safeguarding strategies. He/she must have wide experience in social research; good communication and negotiation, analytical and report writing skills. The Lead Consultant will lead and manage the exercise and s/he will ultimately be responsible for drafting and presenting the final Report.
 Better Care Network and EveryChild (2012). ENABLING REFORM: Why Supporting Children with Disabilities Must Be at the Heart of Successful Child Care Reform. **
How to apply:
Expression of Interest for Consultancy
Interested consultants should develop and submit their proposal including:
1) Letter of interest with confirmation of their availability for the proposed timeline;
2) General information with (i) names, (ii) phone, (iii) email, (iv) address, (v) affiliation, (vi) prospective role in this consultancy and (vii) a 100 words bio sketch (max 1 page)
3) Technical Proposal with the following sections: (i) Consultancy details (purpose of the Consultancy, objectives and key Consultancy questions, scope of the required task); (ii) Consultancy design and Methodology, (iii) Work Plan (Main activities, duration and delivery dates of the reports (first draft and final report) (max 3 pages)
4) Details of past performance/capacity including (i) general past performance, (ii) list of similar implemented projects, (iii) other consultancies that could be relevant to this assignment, (iv) details of at least 2 client references which CiF and or Hope and Homes for Children may contact (max 1 page)
5) Budget proposal with (i) activities/item, (ii) days/items/, (iii) rate per day/item, and (iv) total as budget headings (max 1 page)
6) Three research papers published in peer-reviewed journals and/or certificate of consultancy/project completion related to the subject
7) Curriculum Vitae (CV)
The proposal/expression of interest will be evaluated against the following criteria: (1) relevance, efficiency and effectiveness of proposed methodology and technical approach; (2) organisational and technical capacity of the applicant; (3) relevant experience in similar type of research; and (4) budget. The evaluation of submitted proposals/expression of interests against these criteria will be used as a basis for selection of the contractor.
The interested applicants should submit their proposals in one pdf document to the Chairperson Procurement Committee on firstname.lastname@example.org later than 5.00 pm on 10th February, 2021. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.