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Consultancy: Evaluation of our Project in Northern Uganda

Organization: War Child UK

Project Title: Rights, Education and Community Protection for Children and Young People Affected by Conflict in northern Uganda programme”

Closing date:  6th April 2012

Country:  Uganda

BACKGROUND

Thousands of war-affected children and young people in Pader, & Agago, northern Uganda, experience violence, abuse, neglect and stigma on a regular basis. They live on the margins of their communities and, lack social support networks, have difficulty in protecting themselves from harm or accessing their rights to education and financial support. These children include girl mothers, orphans, disabled children and children formerly abducted into fighting forces.

Since 2008, War Child UK has worked with three local organisations (Christian Counselling Fellowship Pader CCF Pader; Friends of Orphans – FRO; and Youth Social Work Association – YSA) to implement a three year project in response to these needs.

With funding from Comic Relief, the three local organisations in partnership with WCUK provided these children with access to primary and secondary education, promoted young people’s ability to earn an income via innovative, sustainable and non-exploitative income generating activities, and provided secondary and post secondary education and training. They also developed community-based child protection referral, co-ordination and service delivery networks including children and young people. It is hoped that these will result to long-term social reintegration of these children/young people, and enable them to contribute to the development of their communities with newly acquired skills and competencies.

The project directly targeted children and young people formerly associated with fighting forces, children with disabilities, children heading households, children denied their rights to education and protection. It was implemented in six sub-counties of Pader and Agago Districts namely – Omot, Wol, Paimol, Corner Kilak, Laguti and Lukole.

The overall aim of this project?

The overall aim of the project is to bring about lasting, protective improvements in the lives of war-affected children, young people and their communities.

Specific objectives

Objective 1: To provide sustainable access to primary and secondary education for acutely marginalised war-affected children and young people

Objective 2: To strengthen the economic independence of war-affected young people through a sustainable and innovative model of training that enables them to reintegrate and make substantial contributions to their communities

Objective 3: To strengthen the ability of local partners, communities and children to advocate in a participatory fashion at community, county and District levels for the rights of children affected by conflict.

Objective 4: To build the capacity of three partner organisations to ensure the effective delivery of responsive child protection programmes in a way that benefits many more children than this programme will reach directly

PURPOSE OF THE CONSULTANCY

Overall objective of Impact Evaluation

To reliably and representatively evaluate the impact and extent to which the ‘Rights, Education and Community Protection for Children and Young People Affected by Conflict in northern Uganda” programme has achieved its goal and objectives.

War Child UK’s Programme Strategy calls for periodic independent evaluations of its programmes, projects and operations. The results contribute to better informed decision-making, foster an environment of learning by doing and promoting greater accountability for performance.

SCOPE AND FOCUS

The Consultant will:

  • Determine if the project has successfully achieved its desired results at the outcome and output levels.
  • Determine the impact and/or potential impact of the project at all levels
  • Determine if the results contribute to WCUK’s Thematic Goals of Protection, Education and Livelihoods
  • Look at the following dimensions of the programme’s impact: (i) relevance; (ii) efficiency; (iii) effectiveness, (iv) outcomes; and (v) sustainability.
  • Assess performance in terms of the shared responsibility and accountability, resource allocation and informed and timely action.
  • Determine strengths (including successful innovations and promising practices) and weaknesses of the planning, design, implementation and M&E.
  • Determine project contribution to enrolment and retention rates of school children and assess how parents/guardians value their children’s education.
  • Assess what have been the most effective approaches and methodologies used by the project to bring about changes to their target group?
  • Assess whether the project has contributed to changes in broader national/ international policies and whether these have contributed to changes in practice and attitudes of decision and policy makers that directly benefit the project’s target group.
  • Provide actionable, specific and practical strategic recommendations on how War Child UK and its partners can use the learning to strengthen future work
  • Lead the planning and implementation of a lessons sharing/dissemination workshop with stakeholders

Determine factors that led to the change/impact and the extent to which all the institutional arrangements (partnership relationship, War Child UK Management, financial management systems and coordination function) contributed (or not) to this impact

PROCESS AND METHODOLOGY 

To fulfil the objectives of this exercise both quantitative and qualitative assessment methods should be employed. The impact evaluation will collect primary data from direct beneficiaries of the programme and also use secondary data. The consultant will:

  • Develop inception report, tools, methodology and a schedule of field activities.  It will be approved by WCUK Field Director (and/or M&E Advisor, if necessary) and act as an agreement between parties for how the evaluation is to be conducted.

The Inception Report should include:

a)     Overview of the Program/Project

b)     Expectations of the Evaluation

c)     Roles and Responsibilities

d)     Evaluation Methodology

e)     Evaluation Matrix

f)      Information Collection and Analysis

g)     Reporting

h)     Work Scheduling

Use participatory/consultative methods (including but not limited to – picture/video diaries, case studies) and should provide details of the approach/methods to be used.

STAKEHOLDER PARTICIPATION

The key participants of the exercise will include the children and youth who are direct beneficiaries, implementing partners namely CCF, FRO and YSA, District Officials, guardians and parents of the direct beneficiaries, War Child UK staff. Participatory methodologies should be use during the exercise. These should be defined in the inception report.

DELIVERABLES

Expected Outputs

  • Inception Report/Evaluation Work Plan.
  • Draft report(s) for review with qualitative and quantitative data analysis interface in MS Excel.
  • Final Impact Evaluation Report, containing an Executive Summary, Process, Findings and Recommendations of no more than 30 pages. Annexes can be outside this page limit.
  • Lessons sharing/dissemination document capturing key impact and learning and presented in a reader friendly and marketable format.

TIMEFRAME and FEES

Work Plan

S/N Activity # of Days
1. Preparation:

  • Revise  documents, develop and refine tools,  logistics & report framework,
  • Field activities schedule completed
5 Days
2.
  • Field visits/ interviews for data collection
10 Days
3
  • Data analysis and report preparation
4 Days
4.
  • Report presented to War Child UK project team for internal review
1 Day
5.
  • Lesson Sharing Document preparation and printing including child friendly versions
2 Days
6.
  • Lesson dissemination workshop planning and implementation, finalisation and submission of final report
3 days
Total number of days 25 Days



Document Review:

The consultant is expected to review all possible sources of existing information and prioritise  the list in terms of reliability, cost and time efficiency:

i) Project Annual Reports for the last three years

ii) Project proposal

iii) Monthly project reports.

iv) Baseline Report (Baseline information)

v) WCUK and PPA Logframes

v) Sources of existing information e.g. government records, studies etc.

Supervision and Reporting

The consultant shall be responsible to keep War Child UK abreast of progress made. The consultant will be supervised jointly by Program Support Coordinator and District Programme Coordinator.

Weekly monitoring and review meetings will be conducted to review progress and respond to any challenges.

The final report will be due no later than 45 days after the signing of the contract.

Conditions

When not working in Pader, the consultant will work on her/his own computer and use her/his own office resources and materials in the execution of this assignment. War Child UK will provide local travel/transport to the field sites and office space in Pader. The Consultant is responsible for her/his own accommodation, feeding and all other costs.

Funding and Payment

The consultant will be paid by War Child UK as follows:

– 30% one week after commencement of work

–  and balance of 70% on successful completion of the activities and delivery of the expected outputs.

Qualifications of Consultant

Applicants wishing to be considered for this position should possess the following qualifications and experience:

  • At least 5 years experience in impact evaluation of development /humanitarian  work
  • Knowledge of and experience in child protection, education and livelihood programming in Africa.
  • Good understanding of the policy and legal environment on children and youth in Uganda
  • Good Research and monitoring and evaluation skills
  • Highly driven, dependable and results oriented
  • Excellent verbal and written skills in English is essential and knowledge of Luo desirable. Working knowledge of children and young people (CYP) and gender issues locally

 Recruitment and Appointment

The selected candidate will be contracted for a total of 25 person days and will commence work shortly after recruitment. A service contract will be signed between consultant and WCUK.

Applications must include detailed curriculum vitae and the names of three references (at least two of whom must be familiar with the applicant’s work), along with a three page proposal outlining how they intend to accomplish this task. Please provide your professional fee expectation per day while other terms to be discussed in person. The budget should not exceed the amount of GBP 4500/- in total.  The consultant is responsible for meeting their own accommodation and feeding costs.

Applications should be sent to War Child UK to: Katharine@warchild.org.uk

Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

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