Call for Consultants - Conducting thematic evaluations at global level


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1. Context

WaterAid’s Global Strategy aims to contribute significantly to the achievement of universal access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) by 2030, aligned with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6, with a particular focus on reaching the poorest and most marginalised people. WaterAid has embedded ‘sector strengthening for sustainable services’ into our Global Strategy 2015-2020 to facilitate a strategic shift from service delivery to advocating for and catalysing large scale systemic change.

All WaterAid country programmes strategies (CPSs) recognise that sector strengthening should be an integral part of their approach to achieving sustainable services and universal access, although there is a lack of consistency and understanding, both internally and externally, about what sector strengthening for sustainable services means in practice, the balance of focus between duty-bearers and right-holders, the most effective programme approaches and their suitability for different contexts. To ensure the successful delivery of our Global Strategy by 2020, WaterAid seeks to assess the effectiveness of the shift in focus to, and embedding of, sector strengthening for sustainable services in our strategic approach to programme delivery.

2. Methodology

The evaluation will be conducted through desk-based research, stakeholder interviews (including WaterAid staff, partners and external organisations), WaterAid country visits and other methods as appropriate. The evaluation will include 3-4 country visits. The final report should present the current status of ‘sectors strengthening for sustainable services’ across WaterAid, and include case studies and examples from countries visited.

3. Call for consultants

WaterAid is seeking a consultant and/or consultants to conduct this thematic assessment. Full details can be found in the attached ToR. Consultants should have experience in conducting thematic evaluations at the global level with substantial understanding of sector strengthening or governance in the WASH, health, education or similar sector. French language skills are desirable but not essential.

4. Project management

WaterAid International will have oversight of the overall evaluation. The Accountability and Effectiveness Team of WaterAid UK will manage the process, including working with the consultants to facilitate access to information, contacts and country visits. The approximate budget for the evaluation is GBP 35K plus expenses, and cost will be a factor in selection.

5. Likely timeframe

We would expect to appoint consultants by December 2017, and the time frame to run from January to May 2018.

  • Start-up meeting with Project Team – December 2017
  • Inception report: Initial Draft – December 2017
  • Inception workshop – January 2018
  • Initial research and interviews with Federation offices – January 2018
  • Inception report: Final – 31st January 2018
  • Country visits – February/March 2018
  • Online interviews with Country Programmes/Regional Offices – March 2018
  • Write ups and draft report – March/April 2018
  • Final report and executive summary – 30th April 2018
  • Closing workshop / webinar – May 2018

Please send expressions of interest including draft work plan and budget, not exceeding 5 pages, plus CVs to Marianne Kristensen, at [email protected] by 11.59 pm on Sunday 26th November 2017.