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18-207: Consultant : Project Evaluation of Integrated Gender-Based Violence and Nutrition interventions
Country:Nigeria
Department:International Programs
  
Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:

International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.

Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.

 

PROGRAM BACKGROUND

International Medical Corps has been operating in Nigeria since November 2013, and currently has projects in two states (Kano and Borno). In Borno, International Medical Corps has been actively implementing interventions to support vulnerable populations recently affected by conflict and displacement due to Boko Haram insurgency. Northeastern Nigeria has experienced large-scale population displacement over the last few years because of the Boko Haram insurgency. Currently it is estimated that at 8.5 million people need humanitarian assistance in the three affected states of Yobe, Adamawa and Borno in North eastern Nigeria, of these, 4.4 million are in Borno state alone. There are 1.4 million IDPs in Borno, accounting for 69% of all IDPs in the three states. The IDPs are either living in informal settlements, host communities, and government designated formal IDP camps around Maiduguri town, the capital city of Borno State.  

Since Oct 2016, International Medical Corps has been implementing an Emergency Nutrition Response and Gender-Based Violence project supported by ECHO. 

Duration of the Project: 9 months (1st March 2017 to November 2017)

Area of intervention: Borno and Sokoto Region

 

1.1. Project     Objectives

Principal objective

Provision of lifesaving preventive and curative nutrition and GBV interventions on vulnerable populations in Sokoto and Borno States, Northern Nigeria.

Specific objective - Short description

Treat and prevent acute malnutrition in Sokoto and Borno States and improve vulnerable women and girls protection networks and services at community level through the provision of GBV prevention and response services including safe space, case management and psychosocial support, referrals, outreach and risk mitigation in Borno.

 

PURPOSE OF EVALUATION:

The  end  of  project  evaluation  intends  to  assess  the  effectiveness  of  the  project  design, achievements   of   its   results,   and   objectives.   It   will   also   assess   the   efficiency   of   the implementation process and will draw some recommendations that will benefit the design of future interventions.

 

The key evaluation questions:

The key questions that need to be answered by this evaluation include the following divided into various categories of analysis. The six overall evaluation criteria – relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, knowledge generation, sustainability and impact and outcomes achived - will be applied for this evaluation.

 

The objectives of the evaluations:

To provide an overall assessment of the achievements and results, weaknesses and strengths of the project,

To document evidence, lessons learned and good practices to inform future Nutrition and GBV programming.

 

 

 

Scope of Work

The Scope of Work (SoW) for the final project evaluation requires the Consultant(s) to carry out and report on the following tasks:

  • Develop an evaluation plan to review the effectiveness of the intervention, to consider satisfaction of key stakeholders, and to document promising practice and lessons learned. The evaluation plan will include tools for information collection and will be reviewed by relevant program managers and technical advisors, for further finalization.
  • Conduct an evaluation of the program that addresses the following questions and points of interest:
    • Was the program design relevant and appropriate, based on beneficiary needs and information available from previous interventions?
    • Were effective monitoring systems applied to collect and apply program learning throughout the intervention?
    • To what extent were program objectives and outcomes achieved?
    • What was the general quality and effectiveness of the program?
    • Did the program meaningfully collaborate with key stakeholders?
    • Are key stakeholders, including beneficiaries, satisfied with the program?
    • Has the program contributed positively to the lives of beneficiaries?
    • How well did the intervention(s) mainstream/integrate gender, equality, protection, disaster risk reduction (DRR), the environment, capacity building and conflict/cultural sensitivities?
    • Were the program’s assessment, indicators, and monitoring and evaluation systems appropriate? Did the program adhere to relevant humanitarian standards met principles?
    • Were the intervention(s) timely, efficient and cost effective?
    • Were operational systems put in place to ensure efficient use of resources?
    • What best practices emerged from the program? (interventions or approaches that contributed most to the achievement of the overall project goal and objectives)
    • What lessons learned emerged from the program? (What did not work well and why? What could be done differently in future, why and how?)
  • Ensure the evaluation process includes the following:
    • Ethical and safety considerations should be prioritized, including attention to the WHO Ethical and Safety Recommendations for the GBV programming components.
    • The State Ministry of Health and the State Primary Health Care Development Agency and Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development are key stakeholders in the project and should be involved in the evaluation.
  • Produce an evaluation report for review, including the following:
    • Information on methodology
    • Analysis of evaluation findings
    • Documentation of key lessons learned, promising practice, stories collected
    • Recommendations, including recommendations for continued interventions and information on the capacity of State agencies to assume responsibility for elements of the program.
    • Annex of tools evaluation tools
  • Produce a final evaluation report, after program and technical review

 

EVALUATION METHODOLOGY

The Consultant(s) will be responsible for defining the methodology and carrying out the overall evaluation approach. This will include the development of the evaluation matrix, specification of the techniques to be used for evaluation data collection and analysis, development of data collection tools, structured field visits, interactions with the beneficiaries and the implementation teams, preparation and presentation of draft findings and recommendations and final report writing

The evaluation methodology will primarily include qualitative evaluation methods, while the project’s documented data on project achievements will be used as primary quantitative information source.  All methods should be participatory and inclusive, ensuring participation of key stakeholders.

The evaluation team, in collaboration with IMC, will finalize the overall evaluation methodology after the first in-country travel of the evaluation team leader. However, IMC expects the team, as a minimum requirement, to focus on the following:

  • Review of project documents
  • Field visits to IMC project sites
  • Focus group discussions with beneficiaries
  • Interviews with key informants and key stakeholders (State Representatives, Community Leaders, project staff)
  • Case studies/success stories with few beneficiaries to illustrate the project influence at individual level
  • Interpretation of the findings
  • Other measures, as deemed necessary by the Evaluator

The Consultant(s)/Evaluator(s) will be responsible for:

  • Reaching an agreement with IMC on the work plan/schedule of review activities
  • Developing the evaluation instruments
  • Day-to-day management of the evaluation work with minimum disruption to project activities
  • Overall execution of the evaluation process
  • Organizing de-briefing with key IMC staff and stakeholders on the final day of evaluation;
  • A final report detailing the findings, conclusions, targeted recommendations, experiences and lessons learned (this should also consider the feedback provided on the draft report and feedback during the presentation of findings meeting).The final report should be no longer than 35 pages including a 2-5 page executive summary.

The Consultant will conduct visits and spend no less than six weeks in total in Borno State carrying out this Statement of Work together with the evaluation team. Before arrival in country, the team leader and other member(s) shall familiarize themselves with documents about the IMC project. IMC will ensure that these documents are available to the team prior to their arrival in Borno State.

The literature includes, as minimum:

  • IMC/ECHO Project document
  • IMC project reports and materials: quarterly reports, annual project evaluations, project achievements data-charts, annual project portfolio review forms and miscellaneous thematic reports from other sources

National policies, protocols and strategies for Nutrition, GBV and other national reports and documents related to the project

 

It will require the following deliverables:   

  1. Inception Report

    Outlining the evaluation methodology to be          used by the evaluator,   tools    and a    final evaluation plan;

  2. Stakeholder workshop:

    The evaluator shall facilitate a learning workshop in country to present the draft report and the findings of the evaluation to the project and key stakeholders; to gather feedback on the findings and build consensus on recommendations;           

  3. Draft evaluation report with specific recommendations; lessons learnt and good practices;
  4. Final evaluation report (max. xx pages) incl. executive summary.

 

Compliance & Ethics

Promotes and encourages a culture of compliance and ethics throughout International Medical Corps. As applicable to the position, maintains a clear understanding of International Medical Corps’ and donor compliance and ethics standards and adheres to those standards. Conducts work with the highest level of integrity.

Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse
Actively promote PSEA (Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse) standards within International Medical Corps and amongst beneficiaries served by International Medical Corps.

Qualifications:

The duties and responsibilities listed are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all inclusive

  • Relevant degree/ equivalent experience related to the evaluation to be undertaken
  • A Master’s Degree in Nutrition or other relevant field is required, extensive experience in managing nutrition-related programs; CMAM and IYCF in complex emergencies.
  • At least consecutive 3 years of international experience in evaluation of a nutrition response, including experience in emergency response and recovery preferably in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Experience in assessment, program design and evaluation, and technical training and support.
  • Good knowledge of West Africa context and understanding of donor requirements For ECHO;      
  • Proficient analytical skills that demonstrate an understanding of the current concepts, priorities, and issues in program monitoring, data collection and evaluation.
  • Strong skills in technical report writing, development of data collection tools (both qualitative and quantitative), data collection and analysis, and donor reporting, designing and evaluating nutrition programs
  • Ability to exhibit tact, diplomacy, and resourcefulness in dealing with high level officials from donor agencies, international organizations, and other foreign and domestic government officials and partners.
  • Strong supervisory and organization skills
  • Flexible and able to deal with stressful situations
  • Creativity and the ability to work with limited resources in difficult settings
  • Good knowledge of human resources management and experience in finance and logistic
  • Strong communication and leadership skills, able to effectively present information clearly and respond appropriately to questions from senior managers and headquarters staff, counterparts, senior government leaders and donors
  • Must have excellent English written and oral communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively with other departments within International Medical Corps, donors, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector.
  • Capacity and willingness to live and work in remote and insecure areas
  • Independence from the parties involved;

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