Individual Consultant to undertake Midterm Review (MTR) of the NBI 10 Year Strategy and End Term review (ETR) of the 5-Year NBI Basin-wide Program I

Nile Basin Initiative (NBI)

Entebbe, Uganda

1. Implementation of the 10-year Strategy as well as the 5-year Basin-wide Program commenced in June 2017 and by June 2022, the NBI 10-Year Strategy had reached midterm while the 5-year Basin-wide Program had reached end term of their implementation.
2. Objective of the Mid-Term review of the NBI 10 Year Strategy; and end term review of the NBI 5-Year Basin wide Program
The Midterm evaluation of the 10-year Strategy will assess the extent to which the strategy has achieved the intended results and devise steering measures to guide achievement of the desirable results based on the plan and adopting to the evolving contexts. The end term evaluation of the 5-year Basin-wide Program will assess the intended results were achieved. The review will determine the relevance and attainment of objectives, development efficiency, effectiveness, impact, and sustainability. The review will also assess the adequacy of the institutional structure, processes, and coordination efforts of the actors for delivery of the results in the overall implementation of the program. Management of Nile-SEC will base on these recommendations to propose adjustments to the program for governance approval.
3. Approach
The evaluation of the two key frameworks will be conducted by an individual consultant with an extensive experience in multisector, multinational development programs reviews. Nile-SEC staff will provide the necessary information to facilitate reviews and analysis by the consultant. Key milestones in the approach are:
(i) Literature review: Study and comprehend NBI 10-year strategy as well as the Nile Basin Initiative Basin-wide Program 2017 – 2022 as background information for the mid-term evaluation of program implementation. Associated strategies such as the Communication and stakeholder engagement strategy, financing strategy as well as the resource mobilization action plan; will provide additional background information to the Basin wide program. Annual reports highlight the progress that has been made in implementation of the program.
(ii) Preparation of inception report highlighting the understanding of the assignment, refinement of approach, as well as the detailed work plan for execution of work.
(iii) Consultations with regional and national focal point involved in program implementation as well as members of governance and representatives of development partners. Other stakeholders may include regional actors, academia, and civil society representatives. The feedback from these consultations will validate or challenge the content or processes being applied; and provide alternative viewpoints.
(iv) Preparation of the draft report that puts together information as well as the results of the analysis, deriving initial recommendations for moving the program forward in a more beneficial manner
(v) Preparation of final report that will be reviewed and endorsed by management of NBI

4. Scope of Reviews (MTR of NBI 10-Year Strategy and ETR of NBI 5-Year Basin-wide Program and NELSAP 5 – Year Strategic Plan)
The MTR will focus on the NBI 10-Year Strategy and the NBI 5-year NBI Basin-wide Program. It will evaluate the design; implementation progress and attainment of the planned results considering the evolving context of NBI and make recommendations of moving the program forward. Primary criteria for the review will consider for each of the planning frameworks, the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact, and sustainability.
Relevancy: The relevance criteria will examine whether the program objectives are still consistent with the beneficiaries needs, and in synch with regional and global priorities.
Effectiveness of the Basin wide program will be assessed based on whether the objectives of the program are being achieved. The overall objective of the basin wide program is to achieve sustainable socioeconomic development through equitable utilization of, and benefit from, the common Nile Basin water resources.
Efficiency of the program will assess the achievement of the level of attainment of the results at the cost so far expended on the program.
Impact of the basin wide program is aligned to the NBI Shared vision program objective, which is to achieve sustainable social economic development through the equitable utilization of, and benefit from, the common Nile Basin Water resources.
Sustainability of the results achieved from the basin-wide program will be assessed based on the extent to which the results are institutionalized for post program viability.
Other additional criteria are monitoring and evaluation of the program, as well as adequacy pf the institutional structure in delivery of the program.
Monitoring and evaluation of the program; Implementation of the BWP is designed to follow a Results Based Management adopted by NBI in 2008. The system emphasizes delivery and measurement of results as opposed to focusing on processes. The review will assess how the program design and implementation has adhered to the Results Based System of management recommend solutions and options for improvement.
Institutional adequacy will be assessed based on the level of effort required for the program delivery vis-a-viz the existing Nile-SEC structure. The institutional assessment will also assess the level of support derived from member states and the gaps to be closed, including means of how to close the gaps.