Evaluation Consultant - Terms of Reference

Shuraako Annual Business Survey
Period of performance: September-October 2018

Purpose

The purpose of this Scope of Work is to describe the responsibilities of an evaluation consultant to assist ONE EARTH FUTURE in the organization’s efforts to continue to collect and analyze information related to the Shuraako program objectives of decreased organized political violence in Somalia.

Background

ONE EARTH FUTURE (OEF) is conducting research to collect annual business survey information from Shuraako’s clients in Somalia. ONE EARTH FUTURE expects that the outcome of this research will provide critical information required to determine progress on indicators from its Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Plan. Key assessment questions will center around the business and its practices, income and working environment.  This effort is also aiming to help determine a baseline for certain indicators of the Shuraako program.

Key evaluation questions

As determined by the survey and qualitative tools – see Annex I and II, which will be updated.

Methodology

This will be a mixed methods approach, with a focus on quantitative data collection, with complementary qualitative information. The tools to be utilized will be developed by OEF based on literature reviews and previous experiences. Principles guiding this methodology will be feasibility, timeliness and accessibility to participants. The consultant is expected to provide quality control during the process, as well as maintain technology.

Expected sample size is 45 interviews (15 interviews each in Somaliland, Puntland, South Central) and 9 focus groups (3 focus groups each in Somaliland, Puntland, South Central) with 6-10 participants in each.

Activities

In close collaboration with ONE EARTH FUTURE, the consultant will be responsible for the following activities:

  • Detail an operational plan with timelines
    • Components include but are not limited to: convergent mixed methods approach with points of interface; how the merging of quantitative and qualitative data will take place; data collection and analysis; use and maintenance of technology; budget (including technology); management of enumerators, if necessary; data security
  • Participate in regular virtual meetings with designated ONE EARTH FUTURE staff
  • Review and finalize ONE EARTH FUTURE’S evaluation tools, as well as development of training guide
  • Set up and implement data collection, with proper application of quality control standards
  • Travel throughout Somalia to conduct the assessment, where clients are located
  • Data entry, cleaning and analysis
  • Write a preliminary and final report of research findings and propose recommendations to ONE EARTH FUTURE for review and comment
  • Presentations to 3 groups of stakeholders (detailed below)
  • Return technology to OEF (otherwise costs deducted from payments)

Period of Performance

The first phase of the project will take place from September-October, 2018* (30 total working days).

Activity

Approximate Time Required

Meet with ONE EARTH FUTURE to review project

0.5 day

Finalize assessment tools

2 days

Develop interview and focus group guide

1 day

Travel to Somalia and conduct evaluation data collection, including recruitment, training, travel, data entry and quality control

16 days

Cleaning and analysis

3 days

Preliminary report with recommendations to ONE EARTH FUTURE for review

2 days

Update and deliver final report with recommendations to ONE EARTH FUTURE

2 days

Presentation of results in a brief / powerpoint format to OEF

2.5 days

Return purchased technology to OEF

0.5 day

Other

0.5 day

Estimated total

30 days

*Final dates to be determined depending on consultant start date.

Deliverables/outcomes

  • Final revised assessment tools (based on ONE EARTH FUTURE’s tools)
  • Interview and focus group guide
  • Collected data in CSV format
  • Computer files with research data
  • Final report on research with recommendations
  • Presentation of results in a brief
  • PowerPoint presentation of results to: (1) clients in an open event for data validation and buy-in; (2) Shuraako field staff; (3) OEF / Shuraako HQ staff
  • Return technology purchased to OEF

Place of performance

The place of performance is at the location of the consultant and in Somalia where clients are located. The location for preparing the research questions, conducting data analysis and writing the final report can be determined by the consultant as long as the consultant will have regular access to email, a computer, WhatsApp and Skype during the consultancy.

Required qualifications

  • Experience leading evaluation team, preferably in developing countries
  • Ability to seek, organize and synthesize information
  • Ability to work both in a team and independently
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Computer literacy
  • At least 3 years’ experience working within Somalia
  • Business-level English
  • Demonstrated facilitation skills
  • Ability to conduct research in Somalia during specified timeframe
  • Ability and willingness to travel around Somalia
  • 5+ years’ experience in evaluation
  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree or equivalent

Highly desirable qualifications:

  • Ability to speak Somali
  • Familiarity and experience working with small- and medium-sized enterprises
  • Familiarity with issues affecting businesses in conflict-affected areas (e.g., governance-related)
  • Familiarity with Somali governance structures

Consultancy Materials

All material produced because of this consultancy will remain the intellectual property of ONE EARTH FUTURE. They may be used or reproduced only with prior agreement from ONE EARTH FUTURE and may not be used for profit at any time. 

Conditions

Full payment of TBD will be remitted to consultant upon receipt and approval of deliverables and an invoice detailing the work performed. There will be 3 payments:

  • Payment 1 (10%): upon signature of contract
  • Payment 2 (45%): upon receipt of database
  • Payment 3 (45%): upon receipt of final report, presentation and return of technology

To be discussed with OEF contact:

  • Annex I. Survey to be administered, tentative design (quantitative)
  • Annex II. Focus group and interview questions to be administered, tentative design (qualitative)

Application

The deadline for the submission of applications is 5 pm MST on Monday, August 20, 2018. Applications should include:

  • CV;
  • Cover letter;
  • Sample work of an evaluation;
  • Brief concept note not exceeding 3 pages with suggested approach and timeline;
  • Proposed budget of all-inclusive fee in USD, including separate lines for the consultancy fee and travel costs (number of trips and cost per trip, as deemed necessary for the assignment).

Please send your CV, cover letter, work sample, concept note, and budget proposal to Lam Huynh at jobs@oneearthfuture.org. Be sure to reference your name and the job title in the subject line of your email.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.