Global Affairs Canada WASH Supported Midterm Project Evaluation

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CARE
Dohuk, Iraq
Position Type: 
Consultancy
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)

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Project Title: Reduced vulnerability of crisis-affected people, especially women and children

1. Project Description

The WASH project started in Dec 2016 with the aim of assisting displaced populations living in 4 IDP Camps namely; Mamarashan, Essyan, Shekhan and Chameshko in Duhok Governorate and host community vulnerable families in the villages of Ayaz and Ardawan in Zakho District and Baadre, Kalakchi and Mahat in Shekan district. Chemeskho is in Zakho district whilst rest are in Shekan district. The project, in its earlier phase implemented some WASH activities in West Mosul, Ninewa Governorate. Project interventions are being implemented through local partners Harikar and REACH; working through partners is a key modality of CARE’s country strategy intended to strengthen the capacity of local NGOs while delivering quality assistance to conflict affected populations.

Project Aim: The ongoing WASH intervention aims to provide IDPs, host communities and returnees with access to water supply, safe sanitary facilities and increased awareness on safe hygiene practices in a dignified, gender-sensitive and culturally appropriate manner.

2. Purpose of the Evaluation

The midterm project Evaluation is intended to assess the relevance, performance, management arrangements and success of the project. It looks at signs of potential impact of project activities on the vulnerable beneficiaries and sustainability of results, including the contribution to capacity development. The Evaluation also identifies/documents lessons learned and makes recommendations that project partners and the stakeholders might use to improve the design and implementation of other related projects and programs.

3. Scope of the Evaluation

The evaluation is expected to cover the following project components:

  1. Water supply
  2. Drilling, equipping and maintenance of boreholes.
  3. Water pumping services (b/hole to households)
  4. Monitoring water quality including chlorination.
  5. Extension and repair/maintenance of water pipe line/networks.
  6. Installation of communal and house hold water storage.
  7. Capacity building of water maintenance committees
  8. Sanitation
  9. Maintenance of sanitation facilities at 4 IDP camps including septic tanks, sanitation network.
  10. Support to the Local Municipality in strengthening of the existing Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP) and its implantation in order to cater for IDP Camps generated solid waste.
  11. Upgrading sanitation system for the host community.
  12. Supporting Camp Management, Local Authorities with Environmental health/kits supplies and providing trainings especially in environmental/house hold sanitation.
  13. Local Authorities supported in solid waste management through provision of garbage collection and desludging trucks.
  14. Clean up and garbage collection activities in West Mosul.
  15. Provision of household and communal waste bins
  16. Hygiene promotion
  17. Establishing and trainings of Hygiene promotion/volunteer teams.
  18. Sessions and tent to tent hygiene awareness visits to families.
  19. Setting up and training of WASH committees in handling all the O & M, water quality, garbage collection and gender mainstreaming with in hygiene awareness.
  20. Market survey and distribution of vouchers for hygiene items to families.
  21. Post distribution monitoring (PDM) of hygiene vouchers.
  22. Gender integration with WASH
  23. Conducting RGA (rapid gender analysis) and implementation of gender marker.
  24. Establishing Gender Teams and training (or refresher training) sessions are conducted for gender workers on early marriage, referral systems for SGBV and other protection issues.
  25. Sessions and tent to tent gender and GBV awareness visits to families by gender workers.
  26. Capacity building on gender for CARE staff, partners and external organizations.

    This evaluation has the following principal tasks:

  27. Assess performance of the project in terms of effectiveness, efficiency, quality and timeliness of outputs has been effective;
  28. Assess the extent to which the monitoring, evaluation, learning, accountability and reporting systems have been effective;
  29. Assess the level of knowledge and skills in delivery of key WASH messages and Identify WASH issues to be addressed;
  30. Assess the current community’s knowledge, attitude, practice and beliefs regarding water, sanitation and hygiene.
  31. Assess how disability and gender mainstreaming have been integrated in the project as essentials for successful WASH interventions. ”Gender” in WASH programs means ensuring that all people, regardless of gender in all diversities, benefit from improved water and sanitation services and hygiene practices.
  32. Assess the knowledge and skills of community promoters and the overall community participation and promotion approach employed by the project;
  33. Asses the contribution of Gender mainstreaming for the promotion of equality, decision making between women and me;
  34. Assess attitudes of men’s towards violence against women and effectiveness of the existing referral system and gaps that need to be addressed.
  35. Identify barriers to the uptake of key health, hygiene and sanitation practices;
  36. Establish existing gaps in water, sanitation and hygiene facilities and services to targeted IDPs with a view of supporting improvement of the facilities and services;
  37. Assess the level of integration of the project with the other ongoing projects in the respective target areas;
  38. Assess stakeholder coordination mechanisms and the valued added;
  39. Assess flexibility of the project design and responsiveness to changing local context;
  40. Assess both intended and unintended outcomes of the project and their impact to the project goal.
  41. Approach effectiveness of the project in applying a do no harm approach.
  42. Provide recommendations to key project stakeholders for follow-up activities;

4. Deliverables

Key Deliverable of the assignment as follows:

  • Inception report and Work Plan: detailing the design, sampling methodology and computation plan, survey protocol, data collection methodology, data analysis plan, draft tools and detailed work plan for review and prior approval by Care Iraq and Canada technical team.
  • Draft data collection tools with enumerator guidebook, data analysis plan: The developed set of data collection tools and an enumerator questionnaire guide will be shared with and validated by Care Iraq and Canada Staff. The data collection tools should be provided in English as well as local language (Arabic). A data analysis plan with detailed steps on how qualitative data will be analyzed and organized will be required to be fully developed at this stage.
  • Preliminary Findings: Presentation of preliminary evaluation findings to Care, partners and to key project stakeholders in Power Point, including tables and graphs;
  • Draft Report: The draft report submitted for review by CARE Iraq and Canada staff (By 12th October 2018) within 3 days from time of receipt from the consultant(s).
  • Final evaluation report: Comprehensive survey report written in English (40 pages) (excluding the annexes) with practical recommendations based on the finding plus a summary report of no more than six pages. The comprehensive survey report should segregate the findings into governorates (Duhok and Ninewa); however, the summary report should show the compiled findings.
  • Report Structure: The survey report should submitted in soft copy with three hardcopies printed in colour in the following structure:
  • Executive Summary (introduction, study background and rationale, methodology, key findings, and program implications)
  • Section One (to include: Study Background and Rationale, Description of program interventions, methodology, assessment limitations),
  • Section Two Assessment (findings for components provided under scope of evaluation but including Child Protection assessment findings),
  • Section Four (Specific conclusions and actionable recommendations for Project strategies and activities to enhance project impact).
  • Annexes (questionnaire and qualitative tools, including sampling frames; etc. – This will be over and above the 20 page report)
  • The content of the report should meet the requirements of the donor (GAC), Care Monitoring and Evaluation Policy and Standards.
  • Be analytical in nature (both quantitative and qualitative)
  • Be structured around issues and related findings/lessons learnt
  • Complete data set and presentation of the survey findings to Care Iraq

5. Timing and Duration

Nine (9) of the 10 project sites are located in Duhok governorate with only one site in West Mosul, Ninewa Governorate, However, the consultancy will sample at least 3 sites based on contextual characteristics to increase depth of research from interviews with respondents. The IDP camps in Duhok are easily accessible and one site in West Mosul can be assessed remotely. The total duration of the entire consultancy is 10 days, from the day a formal contract is signed between Care and the successful party.

Period of Assignment: The assignment will commence from 1st October 2018 and conclude no later than 18th October 2018. Care will however pay for a maximum of 10 man days (work days).

Role of Consultant:

  • Desk review of literature including UN reports, project proposal, logframe, Performance Indicator Tracking Tables/report, financial and narrative progress reports and other relevant project related materials;
  • Designing the detailed evaluation scope and methodology (including the tools, specific guidelines on sampling methodology, data collection procedures and analysis) and accordingly orient Care staff for them to be aware of the process;
  • Schedule mission dates and preparation of the detailed mission programme in cooperation with the Care Project Manager;
  • Be responsible for actual data collection from the field and ensure quality inputs, using a gender and child sensitive/friendly interview processes;
  • Provide own data collection enumerators and translation/interpretation, as appropriate;
  • Communication with Care’s focal point (Project Manager) for updates and clarifications as necessary while highlighting challenges that Care may be able to assist in resolving;
  • Presentation of preliminary evaluation findings to Care, partners and to key project stakeholders in Power Point, including tables and graphs;
  • Submit the draft report to Care for comments;
  • Submit a draft report to Care Iraq for comments and feedback;
  • Incorporation of comments and additional findings into the draft report;
  • Finalization of the report.
  • Be responsible for guiding the process and all other specific responsibilities as stipulated in the TOR.

Role of Care:

  • The Project Manager will be the focal point for the assignment;
  • Review and approve the tools developed by the consultants;
  • Provide pertinent program and organizational documents to the consultant(s);
  • Provide coordination support including linkages with the implementing partners, organizing meeting appointments with selected interview respondents (such as Care and partner WASH, Gender and protection and support staff, peer NGOs, Camp Management, Board of Relief and Humanitarian Affairs, the UN Cluster, etc.);
  • Organize in-country accommodation and transport for the consultant and the evaluation team;
  • Provide tablets for data collection;
  • Organize visits to project sites;
  • Set schedule and organize regular calls (potentially daily) with the consultant during the duration of assignment;
  • Organize briefing sessions/meetings with Care Country Office staff (especially etc.), partners and stakeholders;
  • Provide consolidated feedback on the inception report and draft reports;
  • Administer the contract and issue payments based on agreed schedule;

6. Required Qualification

The Lead Consultant should have:

  • Advanced degree in relevant field (public health, medical anthropology, statistics, social science)
  • Extensive experience in undertaking studies and assignments, preferably related to WASH research.
  • Previous experience on gender mainstreaming in project stages (Identification, Design, Implementation, Evaluation / Monitoring).
  • Proven experience in undertaking KAP surveys/project evaluations.
  • Solid knowledge and experiences of assessing the evidence of benefits for women and changes in gender relations.
  • Knowledge of children participation in research and studies.
  • Knowledge on the relevant thematic area in humanitarian context is required, in Iraq is desirable
  • English essential; Arabic skills would be helpful
  • Child Safeguarding:

CARE International in Iraq is committed to protecting the rights of children. We reserve the right to conduct police/ reference checks and other screening procedures to ensure a child-safe environment.

  1. Preventing Sexual Harassment, Exploitation and Abuse:

CARE International in Iraq staff are committed to each other and to the protection of the people we serve. We do not tolerate sexual misconduct within our organization or external to our organization. Protection from sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse are fundamental to CARE International Iraq’s relationships, including employment, and our recruitment practices are designed to ensure we recruit people who are committed to our work and the people we serve. We will use the recruitment and reference process to ensure all potential staff understand and are aligned with these expectations. To find out more, please contact the Human Resources Officer or read the CI PSEA and CP Policy here.

How to apply:

Candidates interested in the position can apply as consultancy firms or individual consultants, and will be expected to provide the following documentation:

  • Cover letter
  • CV (maximum 3 pages; with references) of each person who would be involved in the evaluation
  • Technical proposal (maximum 6 pages) including scope of work, methodology and key evaluation questions
  • Financial Proposal: The financial proposal should provide cost estimates for services rendered including daily consultancy fees. The consultant has to cover all field related costs including visa, accommodation and air tickets.

All applications received between by 5:00 pm of 18th September 2018 will be reviewed by a selection committee based on a pre-determined objective criteria. Upon selection, the consultant(s)/ consulting firm will be invited for a discussion and requested to submit a detailed inception report and work plan prior to starting any data collection exercise.

Please send the applications to Mr. Nizhyar Haji (HR-kri@care.de).