ECOLOGICAL CHRISTIAN ORGANISATION

TERMS OF REFERENCE TO CONDUCT A MID TERM EVALUATION AUGUST 2020

Position Title:        Consultancy.

Contract type :                 Fixed payment

Location :                           Moroto, Amudat, Nakapiripirit, Nabilatuk, Abim, Kaabong and Karenga

Project Title:                      Karamoja Mining Governance

Expected duration of assignment: 1 month

Reports to:                        Senior Programmes Officer

Date of publication:         21st August 2020

 

Background

 

Ecological Christian Organisation (ECO) is an indigenous, Non-Governmental Organisation registered in Uganda as S.5914/5509 and working towards realization of sustained livelihoods for marginalized, under-served and vulnerable groups in Uganda. Since its inception in 2005, ECO has implemented a varied portfolio of projects in the greater Karamoja region, L. Victoria basin and West Nile. The current initiatives are focusing on natural resource governance, climate change and resilience, and ecosystem management and restoration.

Since April 2018, Ecological Christian Organisation with support from the Democratic Governance Facility has implemented the Karamoja Mining Governance project targeting 25,560 direct beneficiaries in seven districts of Karamoja sub-region. The three year project aims to promote good governance in the minerals sector in Karamoja that ensures accountability, contributes to inclusive and sustainable growth and development, and protects human rights. This has been achieved through influencing legal and policy frameworks effectively support sustainable management of the mining sector and safeguard interests of local communities informing local communities to effectively participate, engage and influence decisions related to mining extractives and  influencing the management of the mining sector is more transparent, accountable and inclusive at all levels.

Project outcomes

Outcome 1: Legal and policy frameworks to effectively support sustainable management of the mining sector and safeguard interests of local communities strengthened.

Outcome 2. The capacity and collective action of the local communities to effectively engage and influence decisions related to mining extractives is strengthened.

Outcome 3. The capacity of the local government and CSO actors in advocating for accountability and protecting human rights in cases related to extractive mining sector is strengthened

ECO is seeking to hire a consultant to carry out a mid term evaluation for this project.

 

Objectives of the Study

 

The main objective of the mid-term evaluation is to assess the current status of the project and its progress towards achieving the set outcome indicators and specific objectives.

Outcome indicators

· Establish the percentage of policy / legal recommendations adopted in the mining policy and Act from regional, local and national multistakeholders.

·  Establish the  proportion of community representatives who are aware about the legal and regulatory frameworks of the extractive industries and potential social and environmental impacts

· Establish the proportion of the citizens that report having engaged with government representatives.

·  Establish the proportion of citizens who report an increase in confidence in claiming their rights

· Establish the transparency of revenues from mining industries and accountability of responsible government institutions on resource revenues improved

· Establish the evidence of positive government response (policy and practice) to budget monitoring and other accountability initiatives supported by the DGF

Specific objectives

1. To analyse the performance of the District Mineral Watch platforms and their contribution to ensuring transparency and accountability in the mining sector.

2. To analyse the level of community empowerment and participation in policy and legal issues in the mining sector.

3. To assess the knowledge of the Mining legal and regulatory frameworks within the mining communities

4. To analyze the relationship between mining companies and the mining communities and companies compliance to corporate social responsibility and environmental regulations.

5. To analyze the impact of Karamoja’s extractive industry on human rights and development.

6. To analyse the strengths and weaknesses in terms of planning, management, implementation and monitoring of the project

7. To analyse the extent to which cross-cutting issues (gender and environment mainstreaming) have been applied.

8.To review methods of engaging with the target groups and whether they are appropriate, effective and are the best use of resources and the capacities of project partners for corrective action

Scope The study will cover the 7 project districts of Moroto, Nakapiripirit, Amudat, Nabilatuk, Abim, Kaboong and Karenga in the sub-counities of Rupa, Tapach, Mourita, Karita, Nabilatuk, Morulem, Alerek , Lopedo, Loyoro and Karenga. The study will target the 25,560 direct project beneficiaries at national level and in the target districts. These will include 100 MEMD/ Directorate of Geological Survey and Mines (DGSM) and District Local government officials; 25,115 Local citizens from the targeted communities in the 15 sub-counties who are at the center of accountability as they are most affected by the extractive industries; 200 DMWPs and local CSOs/CBOs-Women and Youth Mining Groups; 30 Media personnel targeted to inform and feature good governance, transparency and accountability in the mineral sector issues regularly; 15 Private Mining companies who are the principal investors in the extractive industries and the laws; 100 National CSOs.
Methodology The baseline research should include detailed data on beneficiaries (both direct and indirect beneficieries), secondary data and qualitative data.

The mid-term evaluation research will involve collecting:

·  Desk review: Review of all key project documents and all required literature including past related projects.

·  Secondary documentation: Comparable and available secondary data from The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD) and the Department of Geological Survey of Mines (DGSM) will be collected and analysis of service statistics done.

·Quantitative data: Data of individual miners used to measure indicators of the project espressed in terms of numbers/percentages/proportions.

· Qualitative data: The qualitative data from self- administered questionnaire for DLG, DMWPs, DGSM, MEMD, focus group discussions (FGDs) for mining groups and associations, key informant interviews (KIIs) as well a participatory excercises and approaches will allow for verification of the perceptions and experiences of the target groups.

Triangulation of information gathered during the research is crucial in this study with reflection on how the findings relate to the secondary documentation.

Timing and Deliverable Deliverables

  1. Prepare a technical and financial proposal in response to this call
  2. Develop inception report, tools, methodology and a schedule of field activities.
  3. Draft  Mid-term evaluation report
  4. Final mid-term evaluation report
  5. Soft copies of all data sets both quantitative and qualitative used for this evaluation
  6. Include as an Annex, methodology of conducting the evaluation while observing Government of Uganda (GoU) and the Ministry of Health (MOH) SOP on COVID-19 prevention.

Duration

The Mid-term evaluation will last no more than 30 days (01st Sept – 30th Sept 2020) from the date the contract agreement between ECO and the selected consultant is signed.

ECO project staff will introduce the consultant and data collectors to all stakeholders and target communities and if required by the consultant, will accompany the consultant and enumerators on data collection visits.

The consultant shall submit a final report in both hard copies and electronic copies along with all survey data (in Excel or SPSS compatible formats), transcripts of the FGDs, KIIs, photographs and ethical approvals, questionnaires, case stories, quotes, photos etc.

Confidentiality All information from this study including findings and photos is a property of ECO. Therefore no part of this study/ findings photos should be reproduced or published in any form without approval from ECO. Violation of this clause will be regarded as trespass and a criminal offense.
Skills and Qualifications of Consultants ECO is looking for a consultant/team with the following skills and qualifications:

1.       Track record in developing and conducting various types of evaluations including quantitative and qualitative data collection.

2.       Experience in managing and coordinating evaluation/research exercises, delivering agreed outputs on time and on budget.

3.       Experience in data collection and analysis using participatory methodologies

4.       Strong quantitative data entry and analysis skills and previous experience using statistical analysis software.

5.       Ability to work with communities in relevant local languages.

6.       Ability to respond to comments and questions in timely appropriate manner

7.       Ability to write high quality, clear, concise reports in English language.

Note Any Proposal submitted will be regarded as an offer by the Proposer and does not constitute or imply the acceptance of any Proposal by ECO. ECO is under no obligation to award a contract to any Proposer as a result of this Request for Proposals (RFP). At any time prior to the deadline of proposal submission, ECO may for any reason, such as in response to a clarification requested by a Proposer, modify the RFP in the form of a Supplemental Information to the RFP.  All prospective Proposers will be notified in writing of all changes/amendments and additional instructions through Supplemental Information to the RFP.
Budget and Payment terms The payments will be scheduled as follows:

•  50% prior to the start of the data collection exercise

•  20% on submission of the draft copy of the report

•  30% payment upon submission and approval of the final report

Proposal submission

Completed application documents (technical and financial proposals) should be submitted to the stated address through email at: info@ecouganda.org.

The deadline for applying is midnight Friday 28th August 2020. The successful applicant will be contacted by 5:00pm 01st September 2020.

Consultant: Consultancy
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Abim Amudat Moroto Nabilatuk Nakapiripirit

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