Consultant for IOM (Independent Final Evaluation of ‘Improving Access to Health, Water & Sanitation Services, Education and Freedom from Violence’) via ReliefWeb

International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh 🇧🇩

Background of the assignment:

There were approximately 200,000 Undocumented Myanmar Nationals (UMNs) and registered refugees living in makeshift settlements, official camps, and mixed with host communities in Cox’s Bazar until October 2016. Recent outbreak of unrest in the Rakhine State of Myanmar triggered an influx of UMNs crossing the border in Teknaf and Ukhiya. As a result, an estimated additional 74,000 newly arrived UMNs are living in Cox’s Bazar as of April 2017.

Both UMNs – recently arrived and long-term residents alike – and the host population suffer from below average access to basic health, water and sanitation services. Amongst the UMN population, women face an elevated risk of being victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse, with limited access to family planning and maternal health care services. Nutritional deficiencies and lack of comprehensive support for mental health adds to the vulnerability of the affected communities. In this context, partner organizations Action against Hunger, Handicap International (HI), Solidarites International (SI), and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) are addressing the basic humanitarian needs of UMNs and host communities in the Cox’s Bazar district, specifically in Ukhiya and Teknaf Upazilas (and surrounding areas with a heavy UMN presence).

This is done through provision of increasing access to health, nutrition, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services, Education, Shelter-NFI, improving awareness of common hygiene and health issues, support to vulnerable people, and person with disabilities children and elderly, DRR activities with communities and local authorities, work to build community and duty bearer support for the reduction of gender based violence, building the service delivery capacity of local Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), coordinating NGO service delivery, establishing and maintaining strong community links, and supporting overall coordination to identify needs, analyze gaps, and ensuring service delivery across all sectors..

Project Objective:

The objective of the project is aimed to be achieved through the realization of nine inter-connected outcomes:

  1. Health: UMNs’ and HCs’ health needs – including those of persons with disabilities – are met by strengthened health care services

  2. Nutrition: There is increased effective detection, treatment, and prevention of under-nutrition among under five children, adolescent girls, and pregnant and lactating women in targeted communities/villages and refugee population of Cox’s Bazar District

  3. Mental Health and care practices: The most vulnerable UMNs and HCs have improved their psychosocial well-being and caregiving practices

  4. Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene: UMNs and HCs have sufficient access to and proper utilization of safe water and improved sanitation facilities in Cox’s Bazar, including in healthcare facilities

  5. Capacity Building: Capacity of local NGOs is enhanced to provide quality humanitarian services meeting international standards with close coordination with development partners and INGOs under the Capacity Building Framework

  6. Coordination / Communications with Communities (CwC): The Government of Bangladesh coordinates humanitarian interventions in the Cox’s Bazar District in order to adequately address the critical humanitarian needs of the UMNs and host community population

  7. Protection / Gender-Based Violence (GBV): Duty bearers – they include IOM staff, health care providers, government officials, and community members – demonstrate enhanced GBV-related support and care for beneficiaries who are vulnerable to and have survived violence

  8. Education: UMN children at the aged between 4 and 14 years old have access to early learning and basic education and acquire basic literacy, numeracy and life skills

  9. Shelter and Non-Food Items (NFIs): UMNs and their hosts have improved wellbeing through accessing shelter and other essential basic supplies in Ukhiya and Teknaf Upazilas of Cox’s Bazar district.

Evaluation Objective:

The objectives of this evaluation are to:

  • Assess the overall performance of the project and to determine if the intervention has been an effective and sound response to vulnerable populations in Ukhiya and Teknaf.

  • Examine the effectiveness of the project in addressing the recent influx emergency response and the role this project played in that response amongst all other funding streams.

  • Examine the short- and medium-term impacts of the project activities among all target groups of beneficiaries of distinction between emergency activities and current programs activities.

  • Identify key results, lessons learned, shortcomings, and good practices for informing funding modality and required flexibility of future interventions.

Evaluation Criteria:

The five OECD/DAC criteria are expected to be applied to the proposed evaluation. More specifically:

  • Relevance: The extent to which the outcomes of the project are consistent with requirements, needs, priorities, and policies of the respective stakeholders.

  • Effectiveness: The extent to which the project’s outcomes were achieved, accounting for their relative importance.

  • Efficiency: The extent to which the intervention logic was coherent and realistic, contributing to value-for-money, cost efficiencies, and timeliness the project was able to achieve.

  • Impact: Positive and negative primary and secondary effects produced by the project – directly or indirectly, intended or unintended.

  • Sustainability: The extent to which benefits from the project are expected to be continued upon completion.

In addition, the following evaluative criteria for humanitarian assistance should also be considered:

  • Coverage: The reach of the project to UMNs facing life-threatening suffering in the project locations, providing them with assistance and protection proportionate to their needs.

  • Coordination: The need for different actors involved in the coordination of Humanitarian activities.

Deliverables:

  1. Inception Report outlining the evaluation methodology and a final work plan.

  2. Draft Evaluation Report with key findings, specific recommendations, lessons learned, and good practices.

  3. Dissemination workshop organize to share the key findings with the partner organizations to take into account about the program.

  4. Final PPT Presentation with key result for future use.

  5. Final Evaluation Report (40 pages maximum) including an Executive Summary, with gender equality and protection explicitly addressed throughout.

Timeline:

An international evaluator will conduct this final independent evaluation by 30 June 2017, with approximate engagement of 30 working days. The assignment will require travel to project locations in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

Required Expertise and Qualifications:

  • A Master’s degree (or equivalent advanced university degree) in Evaluation, Social Science, Policy Studies, International Relations, Development Management, or a related field.
  • Minimum 10 years of experience in evaluating humanitarian crisis response projects, covering multiple facets of such interventions, including health, WASH, nutrition, and protection.
  • A track record of evaluating projects in Bangladesh and/or South Asia highly desirable.
  • Independence from the four agencies and other stakeholders involved.
  • Strong analytical, verbal, and report writing skills in English. Knowledge of Bangla an advantage.
  • Willing to undertake in-country travel in Bangladesh related to the assignment.
  • Good knowledge of UN, IOM, and NGO mandates and programmes, preferably in the Cox’s Bazar context.
  • A mixed team (international + national) will be added an additional value.
How to apply:

Selection of the independent evaluator will be done jointly by the evaluation focal points of the four partner agencies and will be based on the strength of the qualifications provided by potential candidates. Interested consultants are requested to send their proposal in English – not exceeding 10 pages in total – detailing the following:

• An updated CV

• Technical expertise in the subject matter è a detailed presentation of relevant background and experience in the evaluation of humanitarian projects relevant to this assignment

• Proposed approach and methodology, including sampling strategy of any survey foreseen

• Work plan including deliverables and detailed timeframes

• A statement of availability for the entire duration of the assignment

• Total budget, inclusive of all relevant items

• Two previously undertaken evaluation reports (the 10-page limit does not apply to these)

Interested Consultants are invited to submit the proposal and all supporting documents by Saturday, May 06, 2017, e-mail to: [email protected] . Please mention the reference code CFCV-21/2017/C-BD1** on the email subject header.


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