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17-463: Consultant - End of Project Final Evaluation
Country:Global
Department:Nutrition and Food Security
  
Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:

About International Medical Corps

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.

 PURPOSE OF THE EVALUATION

The final evaluation is being conducted to identify accomplishments, performance (internal and external), and constraints in implementation of the program and in attainment of the project’s specific objective. The results will inform and shape both the internal 2018 Tech RRT work plan and strategy but also the external Nutrition Technical Body, spearheaded by UNICEF, where specialized nutrition technical expertise is planned to be housed in the future. The evaluation will be distributed to OFDA, consortium partners, UNICEF, the Global Nutrition Cluster and their partners as well as other relevant stakeholders.

PROGRAM BACKGROUND

During humanitarian crises, the response capacity of governments, UN agencies, and international and local NGOs is often compromised as they struggle to find adequate technical and human resources to meet urgent technical needs. In order to respond to these inter-agency challenges, International Medical Corps and consortium partners Action Against Hunger and Save the Children, with funding from USAID-OFDA, have been providing partners with emergency response technical expertise and human resource support through its Technical Rapid Response Team (Tech RRT) since August 2015.

 

Goal: To improve the overall availability of capacitated emergency nutrition specialists for humanitarian technical response

 

Specific Objective: To improve overall emergency nutrition response

 

The Tech RRT project aims to improve overall emergency nutrition response by deploying technical surge advisors to major and complex humanitarian crisis and by providing remote support and building the capacity of stakeholders involved in humanitarian responses. Any country/agency facing a humanitarian crisis can request this support and advisors are deployable within 72 hours (depending on visa procedures) for a period up to 6 weeks. All Tech RRT support, whether in-country or remote, should be used to benefit the quality and/or scale/reach of humanitarian response, whether for the collective nutrition community or for individual agencies. The key criteria for deployment include 1) L3/L2 crisis, 2) humanitarian crisis including rapid onset emergency such as natural disaster, civil unrest/war or slow onset emergency, and 3) countries with limited technical capacity in nutrition in emergencies. The initiative is closely coordinated with the Global Nutrition Cluster (GNC) in Geneva and the UNICEF Program Division in New York.

 Task Description:
Consultant will serve as the external evaluator on the Tech RRT program   specifically; Consultant will complete the following tasks:

 In the first days of the evaluation, the consultant will propose and develop the specific evaluation methods; however, these should include the following:

  1. Review of project and other relevant documentation: core program documents, monthly reports, end of mission reports, deployment evaluations, documents regarding the Technical Body for Nutrition, etc.
    1. Core program documents: proposal and amendments, SoP, checklists, pipeline etc.
    2. Performance Monitoring Data
    3. Monthly Reports
    4. End of Mission Reports
    5. Deployment Evaluations
    6. June 2016 and January 2017 Face-to-face Meeting Report
    7. Annual donor report 2016 and 2017
    8. Website, Twitter
    9. External presentations (OFDA, GNC, etc.)
    10. Other relevant documentation: Core Humanitarian Standards, Cluster Technical Taskforce documents, Rapid Response Teams Cost Efficiency Study, Others
  2. Self-administered survey: these should be undertaken by Tech RRT advisors, steering committee members and other relevant stakeholders based on above evaluation questions.
  3. Field visit to a country receiving multiple deployments: in order to track the use of deployment inputs and deliverables and to get an in-depth perspective on the longer-term effects of the support provided
  4. Key informant interviews:
    1. At the global and regional levels with Tech RRT Advisors and Steering Committee, OFDA/USAID, GNC, UNICEF, etc.
    2. At the country level with government authorities (MoH), Nutrition Cluster Coordinators, in-country supervisors, staff involved with deployments, etc.

 A preliminary and final evaluation report will be developed which should adhere to the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) evaluation criteria and their standards in data analysis and reporting.

Preliminary and Final Report:

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Methodology
  • Relevance/Appropriateness
  • Effectiveness
  • Efficiency
  • Sustainability
  • Impact
  • Conclusion and Recommendations
  • Annexes

Deliverables/Due Dates/Payment Schedule:

 

 

Deliverable

Due Date

1. Methodology and study tools

30-12-2017

2. Preliminary report

22-12-2017

3. inal report

29-12-2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Qualifications:
  • Good knowledge of nutrition and particularly of nutrition in emergency contexts
  • Significant field experience in the evaluation of humanitarian projects
  • Relevant degree / equivalent experience related to the evaluation to be undertaken
  • Significant experience in coordination, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of emergency programs
  • Good communications skills and experience of undertaking qualitative data collection
  • Ability to write clear and useful reports (may be required to produce examples of previous work)
  • Fluent in English
  • Ability to manage the available time and resources and to work to tight deadlines
  • Independence from the parties involved