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Job Title: Final evaluation of the BMZ project CAF-1013

Country: Central African Republic
Organization: Welthungerhilfe
Closing date: 23 Jan 2022

Information about *Welthungerhilfe, an international NGO

Deutsche Welthungerhilfe e.V. (WHH) is one of the largest non-governmental organisations in Germany working in the fields of humanitarian aid and development. It was founded in 1962 as the German section of the “Campaign Against Hunger”, one of the first global initiatives to eradicate hunger. WHH’s work is dedicated to the following vision: All human beings have the right to a self-determined life in dignity and justice, free from hunger and poverty.

WHH has been operating in the Central African Republic (CAR) since 2014, where the ongoing violence in the country as well as the vulnerability of the population to external shocks creates a continuous need for humanitarian aid and transitional assistance. The agriculture and environment sector is the focus of WHH’s activities in CAR. By introducing sustainable agriculture and natural resource management techniques, supporting local production of quality seeds and promoting small animal husbandry, WHH contributes to increased agricultural production in target communities and thus to improved food availability and access, increased income and ultimately better food security. WHH also places particular emphasis on building the resilience of rural communities to climate change.

In addition, WHH CAR is continuing its civil society empowerment activities. At the individual level, this includes skills development such as literacy courses for women, while at the institutional level, WHH plans capacity building activities to strengthen rural producers’ associations and civil society organizations. In addition, WHH will continue to work with and strengthen public institutions. The support of these structures is an essential element for the sustainability of WHH’s activities in CAR in all sectors.

*Detailed information on the project

־ Project title CAF-1013 : Support Project for the Recovery of Agricultural Production (PARPA)

־ Overall objective (impact): To contribute to the sustainable improvement of food security & living standards of the population as well as the stabilization of the socio-economic situation in the urban areas of the Ombella-M’poko prefecture in the Central African Republic

־ Specific objectives (outcome): Joint sports activities, cultural and charitable activities and training activities for vocational preparation strengthen social cohesion and improve the prospects of young people.

־ Expected results (output)

o Output/Outcome 1.1: Infrastructure measures and the introduction of new agricultural activities (rice, fish farming) have diversified and improved agricultural production in the selected suburban areas.

o Output/Outcome 1.2: Improved access to inputs, storage, marketing and processing lead to reduced production costs and increased value of agricultural products.

o Output/Outcome 1.3: The level of education of women and children in the project area and the knowledge of the target groups about nutrition, hygiene, family planning, HIV/AIDS and sexual violence are improved. WHH staff and partners, and project target groups are aware of the dangers of Covid-19 and protect themselves against its spread.

o Output/Outcome 1.4: Establishment and strengthening of functional organizational structures will improve the effectiveness and sustainability of agricultural development measures and strengthen social cohesion in the communities of the project area.

o Output/Outcome 1.5: Vulnerable people in project communities have access to income and/or food.

  • Project target group: 3,000 farming families (about 18,000 people), including IDPs and returnees, from 15 villages in the peri-urban areas of Ombella M’Poko, including 1,500 beneficiaries of agricultural activities and 1,500 vulnerable beneficiaries of Cash for Work measures. In addition: 600 women, 2,000 students, 40 agricultural organizations belonging to the Sakai Agropastoral Group (GAPS), 50 community leaders and 80 members of management committees. For the COVID-19 response, vulnerable people in the current project communities and those of the football school project.

  • Indirect target group: 4,500 households or 27,000 people

  • Partners: GAPS, FMABE, ASPEC DC, MADR, MESA

  • Area of intervention: Central African Republic, Prefecture of Ombella-Mpoko ;

o Villages of Ngoulekpa, Bossouamo, Sakai 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Ngoumbeti, Wassona, Kopéténé, Bozéré-Kola, Sabiri, Ngoulanga 1 and 2, M’poko-Loko

o Extension for Covid response in 2020: districts 3, 5 and 6 around PK5 in Bangui

I. PURPOSE OF THE EVALUATION **

The objective of the final evaluation covered by the Terms of Reference is to measure the level of achievement of the objectives and the changes in the living conditions of the beneficiaries brought about by the project measures on the basis of key questions and criteria. In addition, lessons learned, gaps and recommendations for the implementation of future similar projects are to be formulated with a view to setting up a strategy for sustainable value chain development as well as consolidation of the project achievements.

In this case, we want to conduct a final evaluation of the project for the period between February and March 2022.

II. SCOPE OF THE EVALUATION

The actions to be evaluated are the results and changes throughout the project phase and the results/objectives achieved

Ø This is a final evaluation, which aims to assess the performance of the implementation project.

Ø The focus of an analysis is on the whole project phase (implementation difficulties, good practices and lessons learned), on issues of relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact, sustainability (OECD/DAC), and learning. The evaluation is expected to develop specific recommendations for future similar projects.

Ø The period considered is the entire project implementation phase.

Four (04) outcomes are expected from this consultation:

Ø Outcome 1: The following aspects of the project are assessed in detail: performance, adaptation, relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact, sustainability.

Ø Outcome 2: The experience gained during the implementation of the project is recorded and can be systematically used for similar projects in CAR.

Ø Outcome 3: The results of the evaluation are documented and recommendations for the planning and implementation of similar projects are made.

III. THE USERS OF THE EVALUATION

Ø The intended users of the evaluation results are: project participants, WHH project staff, partners, WHH Country Office, WHH Headquarters, donor BMZ-TA.

Ø The results will be used for decision making, project management, informing the donor, WHH headquarters, the WHH country office in CAR, partners and local authorities.

IV. EVALUATION QUESTIONS AND CRITERIA

The project evaluation questions will be organized according to the OECD/DAC criteria of relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact, and sustainability.

a) Relevance **

Relevance examines the appropriateness of the action carried out in relation to the objectives and issues determined at the outset. As such, the consultant will examine the correspondence of the project with :

ü The needs and expectations of the beneficiaries, in particular the direct beneficiaries ;

ü WHH objectives and partner;

ü National guidelines ;

ü Intervention context;

ü Feasibility/means and methodology used in relation to the objectives.

b) Efficiency

Efficiency appreciates:

ü The extent to which the project objectives have been achieved and any unintended effects (positive or negative);

ü The rate of completion of planned activities ;

ü Project preparation and planning ;

ü The quality of the logical framework and its use for monitoring ;

ü The quality of the analysis of the target group, the actors and the situation ;

ü Steering by the WHH and cooperation with partners ;

ü The quality of the project execution.

c) Efficiency

Efficiency studies the relationship between the resources used and their costs, on the one hand, and the achievements financed, on the other. The evaluation carried out by the consultant or team of consultants must make it possible to assess overall whether the necessary resources have been put in place in a timely manner and in the most cost-effective way possible, compared with the options available in the context.

d) Impacts

Impact assesses the effects of the action. The consultant or team of consultants will analyse here mainly the immediate effects on the actors concerned and in particular the final beneficiaries, which can reasonably be attributed in part or in full to the action evaluated. It will also assess the prospects for longer-term effects.

ü Direct, indirect, short-term, mid-term and long-term effects/impacts ;

ü Economic and financial effects/impacts; nutrition and food security ;

ü Socio-cultural effects/impacts ;

ü Organizational and institutional/political effects/impacts ;

ü Environmental effects/impact.

e) Sustainability

The consultant or consulting team will consider whether the achievement of the objectives and

The results and impacts obtained are likely to be maintained or even increased over time and if so, under what conditions;

ü Economic-financial sustainability, nutrition-food security ;

ü Socio-cultural sustainability ;

ü Organizational, institutional and political sustainability ;

ü Environmental sustainability ;

ü Other.

V. CAPITALIZATION

In order to generate new knowledge, capitalization must include a critical analysis of the available information as well as the opinions or criticisms presented by all the stakeholders and participants. It must involve the maximum number of stakeholders possible to truly capture the diversity of positions, points of view and perceptions. This is the basis of learning.

ü Compile and organize available information ;

ü Analyze it in detail to understand what happened;

ü Draw conclusions that will help generate new knowledge.

VI. LEARNING

Learning contributes to the dissemination and proactive use of knowledge gained through MEAL activities to ensure that it contributes to the improvement of projects and influences the strategic development of future projects and activities. Through this evaluation, the consultant is expected to highlight aspects related to

ü Lessons Learned;

ü Good practices ;

ü Cases of success and failure;

ü Obstacles encountered in correcting their trajectory for future interventions.

VII. EVALUATION DESIGN AND METHODOLOGY

The methodology proposed here is a suggestion. The evaluator may make other proposals for methodological approaches and tools but will keep in mind the participatory aspect with the stakeholders (the project and its staff, the beneficiaries, possible partners).

Ø Step 1: Analysis of the various tools and documents produced for the project to be evaluated: activity reports, ad hoc evaluations, etc.

Ø Step 2: Visits to project stakeholders (beneficiaries, authorities, key informants) and participatory analysis of findings with project beneficiaries. Structured and semi-structured interviews in the field.

Ø Step 3: Interim report – drafting of the project evaluation report and formulation of lessons learned, conclusions and recommendations. This report will also be submitted to the donor for possible comments.

Ø Step 4: Final report (validated and accepted by the country coordination programme team and the donor)

The evaluation will be conducted by an external consultant or team of consultants.

  • Preparatory phase

  • Proposal of the evaluation plan, methodology, mission schedule and data collection tools by the consultant.

  • An inception report will be produced and validated by WHH prior to implementation

  • Organization of the field mission.

  • Field mission

The field mission will be organized in the area of intervention of the CAF1013 project including the Sakai sector of the A bank and that of the B bank covering 15 villages mainly in the commune of Bimbo 3 as well as the arrondissements 3, 5 and 6 around PK5 in Bangui for the COVID-19 response component. The field research will be participatory and will integrate members of the project team and other partners & authorities (technical, administrative and community).

  • Processing, data analysis and report writing

A disaggregated analysis that allows for an understanding of the specific effects on subgroups of participants and in communities in general is highly desirable.

VIII. MANAGEMENT ARRANGEMENTS / ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

WHH will play an active role and interact with the consultant. WHH will organize the meetings necessary for the smooth running of the evaluation and will undertake to provide logistical support and any additional information requested by the consultant. He/she will also ensure the neutrality of the consultant and the implementation of the proposed methodology. WHH will ensure that the project stakeholders are available and open to the consultant’s approach.

IX. DELIVERABLES AND DELIVERY TIMES

The following deliverables should be produced by the consultant:

· Initial or Inception Report (3-5 pages for main text excluding cover page, table of contents and annexes).

The inception report should define the design and methodology planned to achieve the above objectives and answer the evaluation questions (It may also be the task of the consultant to unpack the overall evaluation questions and specify them further in the inception report). It should also consider the limitations of the proposed design and methodology and could consider answering the evaluation questions and reflect on the terms of reference, describe the overall evaluation approach and how data will be collected by providing a project evaluation matrix, suggested data collection tools such as questionnaires and interview guides as well as a tentative evaluation schedule. It may also indicate how the consultant intends to design the evaluation as a learning process (if applicable). The inception report follows a standard outline that will be provided to the consultant after contract signature and needs the approval of the contracting party

Deadline: 05 days after signing the contract

· Draft and final evaluation report (must be done in French, 40 pages main text, including the abstract except for the first page, table of contents and annexes). The evaluation report must contain an abstract of maximum 5 pages and the mandatory annexes. The final report needs the approval of the Contracting Party. In case of dispute, there must be documentation of the issue.

· Capitalization report of maximum 20 pages containing the capitalization of best practices and lessons learned.

X. AVAILABLE RESOURCES AND DATA

The project team members will support the consultant team during the field missions. WHH will also provide some logistical support to the mission. These various contributions will have to be taken into account in the financial offer.

XI. CALENDAR / SCHEDULE

The timetable of the consultation corresponds to a chronogram that the consultant will have to present in his technical offer and will be better specified in his inception report. It should be noted here that the mission is scheduled to begin its activities from at least February 2022, for a total duration of 30 calendar days (to be shown in the contract).

XII. CONFIDENTIALITY **

All documents and data acquired from documents, interviews and meetings are confidential and are to be used only for the purposes of the evaluation. The deliverables as well as all documents related to the evaluation (produced by the consultants or the organization itself) are confidential and remain at all times the property of the contracting party.

XIII. CONSULTANTS’ EXPERTISE

  • Socio-economist, Agro-economist or Specialist in local development, experience in development programs with NGOs
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in project evaluation
  • Field experience of at least 5 years, if possible, in CAR
  • Experience in capitalization
  • Communication and analytical skills
  • Intercultural sensitivity
  • Willingness and ability to work and live in a volatile socio-political context
  • Strong motivation

XIV. TECHNICAL AND FINANCIAL OFFER

Consultants must provide:

1) Intervention methodology and related tools ;

2) The detailed indicative timetable of the mission ;

3) The human resources assigned to each activity (detailed CVs and certified copies of diplomas and certificates attached);

4) The technical part of the proposal should include reference to the perceived feasibility of the ToR (if necessary, including suggestions for specific evaluation questions). It should also include a brief description of the overall design and methodology of the evaluation and a work plan / work plan adaptation (4-5 pages maximum);

5) The technical part will be supported by technical references of previous services (certificates of service rendered, certificate of completion, etc.)

6) The financial part includes a draft budget with a price schedule for the full evaluation;

7) The financial bid will include, in addition to the honorarium, transportation, travel and subsistence costs in the field, if applicable, of the persons assigned to the activities, related costs such as the cost of the representatives of the target groups during field missions and/or workshops, if applicable (transportation, travel, accommodation, coffee breaks, lunch breaks, dinner and breakfast, if applicable), room rental, supplies, if applicable, etc.

Contact details:

The offers must be sent to the following email addresses: Christophe.Bouvier@welthungerhilfe.de ; putting in Cc NjiKum.Simonet@welthungerhilfe.de and Maya.JeanJacques@welthungerhilfe.de no later than 23/01/2022. The words “BMZ Consultancy-Final evaluation of the CAF-1013 project” must be written on the envelope or in the subject line of the e-mail sent.

How to apply:

The offers must be sent to the following email addresses: Christophe.Bouvier@welthungerhilfe.de ; putting in Cc NjiKum.Simonet@welthungerhilfe.de and Maya.JeanJacques@welthungerhilfe.de no later than 23/01/2022. The words “BMZ Consultancy-Final evaluation of the CAF-1013 project” must be written on the envelope or in the subject line of the e-mail sent.