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Terms of Reference – End Line Evaluation for the SRSRU Project

Brief profile of ECO
Ecological Christian Organization (ECO) is an indigenous, Non-Governmental Organization registered with the Uganda’s NGO Board of Directors under the Ministry of Internal Affairs, registration number S.5914/5509. ECO works towards realization of sustained livelihoods and rights of marginalized people, and under-served, vulnerable and poor men and women in Uganda. Since its establishment in April 2005, ECO has implemented various initiatives in the greater Karamoja, Albertine rift and Lake Victoria basin regions. ECO has presence in the districts of Moroto, Abim and Nakapiripirit (Karamoja); Bugiri, Buikwe, Mayuge, Wakiso, and Rakai (Lake Victoria basin); Masindi (Albertine Rift) and the Refugee Settlements in West Nile. ECO’s programs focus on Climate Resilience, ENR sustainable livelihoods, Renewable energy and social enterprises, Population, Health and Environment (PHE) integration and Sustainable Institutional Development
Since January 2020, ECO with support from Bread for the World has implemented a project titled “Strengthening Resilience and Sustainable resource use for Food, Health and Livelihoods Security of agro-fishing and mining communities in Uganda (SRSRU).“ The project is being implemented in remote and underserved communities in rural areas of Moroto, Nakapiripirit, Mayuge and Kyotera districts in the sub-counties of Rupa, Tapac, Mourita, Malongo, Jaguzi and Kyebe. The project directly targeted to reach out to 38,500 direct beneficiaries and 54,000 indirect beneficiaries with a total number of beneficiaries being 82,500 people.

Project goal: To contribute to the sustainable management of natural resources and improved wellbeing of vulnerable populations living in and around the mining and fishing areas of Karamoja and the Lake Victoria Basin through integrated multi-sectoral approach.

Project specific objectives:
1. Resilience of households strengthened and sustainable food security improved
2. Capacity of communities to engage in profitable and sustainable nature based enterprises strengthened
3. Communities access and use reproductive health and family planning services increased.

ECO is seeking to hire a consultant to carry out an End-line Evaluation for this project. Details of the project documents shall be provided to the invited consulting firms (consultants). The
end of project evaluation is intended to assess the relevance and effectiveness of the project interventions, and measure the development impact of the results achieved, on the basis of the initial baselines and indicators described at the time of project formulation. The SRSRU project conducted a baseline measure of the project’s key indicators before commencement of the project. The end line survey is intended to provide an insight into the influence the SRSRU project has had in bringing about change in the same indicators during implementation of the project.The end-line evaluation is also intended to assess the progress made by the project in fulfilling its agreed objectives through the planned activities; to evaluate the relevance of the project to the implementation areas; and to assess the efficiency and effectiveness with which resources have been used to generate results and achieve project objectives.

Specific Objectives
1. To assess the extent to which the project outputs have been achieved taking into account the indicators given in the project document.
2. To evaluate the level of contribution of the outputs towards the achievement of the expected project objectives, goal and impact.
3. To assess the relevance, effectiveness, and efficiency of interventions as well as, the sustainability of the results, and the degree of satisfaction of the beneficiaries.
4. To evaluate the coherence and appropriateness of the strategies and approaches used for implementing the project;
5. To identify major external factors that influenced or impacted on the implementation of the project and evaluate their implication on future interventions.
6. To assess the sustainability of project interventions. Whether the intended positive changes will have a lasting effect
7. To assess the extent of gender inclusion and other cross-cutting issues during project implementation.
8. To highlight lessons learned from the project and make recommendations for future strategies.
The evaluation will reach out to beneficiaries and relevant stakeholders including representatives of District Local government and sub-county officials, members of model households, local CSOs/CBOs, Community/Women/Youth Groups, community social structures like Village Health Teams (VHTs), School Health Clubs, youth, children and teachers in schools.

Tasks
The consultant is expected to work with limited supervision to complete the following tasks on behalf of the SRSRU implementing team.
1. Desk review of SRSRU project design documents, baseline report and monitoring and evaluation framework and assess the project’s performance against the following internationally accepted evaluation criteria: Relevancy, Effectiveness, Efficiency, Sustainability and Impact.
2. Generate Evaluation questions under each of the listed evaluation criteria namely: Relevancy, Effectiveness, Efficiency, Sustainability, Impact, including Factors & processes that affected performance (project results).
3. Develop an evaluation methodology including a survey plan that includes strategies to collect and analyse quantitative data against project targets and key indicators from the baseline and monitoring and evaluation framework the results of which will provide evidence-based information to: monitor and evaluate results and impacts; provide a basis for future amendments and improvements; promote accountability for resources used; and document, provide feedback on, and disseminate lessons learned
4. Conduct a survey of size and quality able to provide a meaningful and consultative understanding of progress toward targets and changes in the indicators being measured.
5. Analyse and produce an end line report that presents the end line data compared to base line data and that highlights significant, important or interesting findings that inform future programming.

Timing and Deliverables
The consultant will provide the following key outputs:
1. An acceptable and satisfactory inception report containing:
a) Thorough review of the project design quality and the evaluation framework
b) what is being evaluated and why, showing how the evaluation questions can be answered
c) proposed methods and sources of data, as well as data collection procedures
d) draft, desk review-based framework of the project, identifying outcomes, intermediate states towards impact, drivers and assumptions for evaluation
e) proposed schedule of tasks, activities and deliverables
f) Summary of the information available from project documentation against each of the main evaluation parameters.
g) gaps in information that have been identified and methods for additional data collection, verification and analysis
h) Detailed survey implementation plan – including details of both the technical approach (sampling methods, tools and techniques to collect data against key indicators and targets, reference data, analysis, ethical considerations, limitations, etc.) and their implementation (schedule of activities and costs).
2. A complete set of data collected during end line survey
3. A draft End-line Evaluation report for internal review by ECO
4. A Final End-line Evaluation report for internal review by ECO
5. A presentation of the final report to ECO staff and partners

Duration
The End-line evaluation will last no more than 30 days (1st April – 2nd May 2022) 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
1. A master’s degree in social science, Natural Resources or relevant field, or recognised equivalent work experience.
2. At least 7 years’ experience in the design and implementation of evaluations, assessments or baseline surveys including qualitative and quantitative data collection.
3. Experience in managing and coordinating evaluation/research exercises, delivering agreed outputs on time and on budget.
4. Experience in data collection and analysis using participatory methodologies and mobile data collection tools.
5. Strong quantitative data entry and analysis skills and previous experience using statistical analysis software.
6. Ability to work with communities in relevant local languages.
7. Ability to respond to comments and questions in timely appropriate manner
8. Ability to write high quality, clear, concise reports in English language.

Required application documents
• CVs of all evaluators involved
• Technical/specific proposal:
• Financial proposal

Scores
Understanding of the assignment – 30 marks
Adequacy and quality of the proposed approach and methodology – 40 marks
Key experts’ qualifications and competence for the assignment – 20 marks
Financial proposal – 10 marks

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 submission is 27th March 2022 The aim is to select the consultant by 28th and start the contract on 1st April 2022.

The deadline for submitting the final report will be 2nd May 2022.

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