Sunday, October 23, 2011

Evaluators for Final Evaluation of Early Recovery Programme in Pakistan

Following the widespread flooding and devastation caused by the heavy monsoon rains in Pakistan in 2010, six International NGOs – Action Against Hunger (ACF), CARE International, Concern Worldwide, International Rescue Committee (IRC), Oxfam GB and Save the Children – formed a consortium to undertake a large scale early recovery programme. This £20 million Emergency Food Security and Livelihoods (EFSL) programme, funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), provided basic income support and income generation opportunities to help the most vulnerable households begin restoring their livelihoods and communities. In order to promote greater quality, efficiency and coordination through collaborative working, and to demonstrate the capacity of NGOs to deliver rapid, effective and accountable interventions at scale in complex environments, a new type of consortium model was formed to implement the programme. This programme is near completion and a final evaluation is planned to look at both the success of the programme and the consortium approach employed to deliver it.

Requirements: Save the Children, as Monitoring and Evaluation lead for the consortium, is seeking two consultants to conduct an independent evaluation of the early recovery programme and consortium approach employed. The two-part evaluation will look at: 1. Effectiveness of programme implementation and impact 2. Benefits, constraints and effectiveness of collaborative working through a consortium model The consultants will be responsible for the production of their respective specialised parts of the evaluation. The Save the Children Monitoring and Evaluation team will work in close consultation with the consultants to provide support and advice as required. To facilitate the data gathering across a wide geographical area with limited access for international staff, it is proposed that a local consultancy firm be contracted to conduct interviews with field staff and beneficiaries. The duration of the evaluation will be no longer than 6 weeks.

Specific Objectives:

Programme Evaluation – the EFSL programme evaluator will primarily focus on a field level assessment of the programme and its results. More specifically they will be required to: • Develop field research plan, sample size and sampling methodology • Develop data collection tools (for both qualitative and quantitative inquiry) • Conduct analysis of data collected from the field • Collect data and conduct interviews at a country office level • Write the evaluation report Consortium Evaluation – the consortium evaluator will primarily focus on a country office level assessment of the characteristics, benefits and effectiveness of the consortium model employed. More specifically they will be required to: • Review and analyse consortium governance and coordination structures, and assess against other similar collaborative working models • Collect data and conduct in-depth interviews at a country office level with all key stakeholders • Gather and summarise lessons learned for future collaborative interventions • Write the evaluation report The highest standards of humanitarian evaluation practice are expected. The evaluation should be rigorous, with data sources triangulated to ensure accuracy, and comprehensive, using both quantitative and qualitative data. Finding and conclusions should be presented clear and concisely. The evaluation should reference international standards and benchmarks of good practice in the areas of intervention.

Key considerations in short listing the consultants would be as follows: • Qualification of individual consultants • Previous experience of leading large scale evaluations • Previous experience of evaluating EFSL projects • Previous experience of evaluating alliance or consortium projects • International experience is required. Experience of working in Pakistan or the region is desirable.

A detailed Terms of Reference is available upon request by sending an email to with the consultancy title in subject line.

All expressions of interest are requested to be electronically submitted by 27th October 2011. Expressions of interest should consist of a CV, examples of relevant previous work, and a cover letter outlining how your particular skills and experience are relevant and appropriate for the particular part of the evaluation (ie. the EFSL programme or the consortium approach).


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