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The assignment seeks to assess the performance of the FCA project Northern Kenya Integrated Development (NOTKID) against its intended objectives, as guided by its performance indicators to be provided. FCA intends to establish the level of success with respect to implementation of activities, achievement of outputs, outcomes and any impacts realized amongst its targeted and non-targeted beneficiaries. FCA also intends to capture lessons learnt during the program implementation process, to document and share these for internal and external learning.
Rational, purpose and priority objectives of the evaluation
The objective of this evaluation is to assess the components of FCA’s approaches to peacebuilding in Northern Kenya and to identify the approach, which brought lasting change and impact.
Since 2014, FCA has been implementing a comprehensive project titled Northern Kenya Integrated Development Project (NOTKID). NOTKID is implemented in West Pokot, Baringo, Marakwet and Turkana counties where competition over access to and control over natural resources compounded by the effects of climate change, proliferation of small arms and general insecurity, exacerbates inter-communal conflict manifested in violent cattle raids or cattle rustling. In this context, the project supports community owned and led conflict prevention and resolution mechanisms.
However, the traditional tools and mechanisms for conflict resolution and prevention are dominated and controlled by community elders (men). Cultural values and structural barriers effectively hinder women’s leadership and voice in community-level decision-making. This is despite the fact that women are disproportionately affected by inter-communal conflicts and their agency and diverse roles both as drivers of violence and as peacebuilders continues to be overlooked.
As part of the comprehensive approach, FCA supported the formation of Women Talking Circles (WTCS) as spaces for women’s collective voice and action both at intra and inter group level linking to duty-bearer processes. These WTCs are clusters of women (15 to16) per group brought together to ensure women’s influence and participation in the peace processes. Currently there are 10 WTCS in the region. A number of WTCS have also developed into business cooperatives as part of FCA’s comprehensive support to women’s socio-economic empowerment and leadership.
FCA’s previous strategy period ended in 2017. Therefore, there is a need to evaluate the work done under this project from 2018 to 2021. This evaluation will provide FCA with useful feedback on the project performance and impact, and be a source of learning for FCA. The evaluation findings will also be shared with the back donor as part of FCA’s accountability while demonstrating the project impact. Further, the findings will be utilized for decision making on either to amend the strategies used or continue employing similar strategies. The evaluation will also inform the development of exit strategy for FCA’s project interventions.
The evaluations results will be used as part of the Country Programme Annual Planning (CPAP) of FCA Kenya office for the program period 2022-2025. Accordingly the recommendation will feed into programme planning. In addition to FCA staff, the results will be made public and communicated to the right-holders (including beneficiaries) as well as the government officials – accordingly the language used should reflect the expected audience (limited use of technical terminology).
KECO will utilize the evaluation findings for both improving the quality of work for accountability purposes and for lesson learning, and more specifically for:
2. Scope of the evaluation
The evaluation will cover every year of the implementation 2018-2021.
· Conclusions and lessons learnt.
· SWOT analysis of the Kenya Program .
The geographical area of focus will be Baringo West and Elgeyo Marakwet East sub-counties. The evaluation should focus on the programmatic aspects, with less focus on the financial aspects as this was already covered as part of the annual audits.
3. Evaluation questions
The evaluation team is invited to propose the evaluation question to KECO (no more than 12 questions) as part of their technical proposal.
The key evaluation questions will include:
4. Methodology required and available data
FCA requires both quantitative and qualitative methodologies.
The consultancy will include a desk review of key project document and previous evaluations.
The consultancy will conduct key informant interviews and focus group discussions in the project location. The consultant will be expected to travel to the project areas to conduct the FGDs / key informant interviews.
Each of the focus group discussion (FGD) will be organised in light of Covid-19 safety measures and adherence to Do no Harm, FGD should be disaggregated by gender and age to avoid power influence, and the sample should be at a minimum 15 KI and 15 FGD, in all the counties. Utilization of other evaluation methodologies is encouraged, e.g. though not mandatory, the information can be collected on KOBO toolbox or any other appropriate software.
Key informant interviews / FGDs will include:
5. Evaluation process
Upon selection, and after an initial desk review of key background materials, the evaluator is expected to organize for an inception workshop with KECO team through which all the tools are reviewed (either in FCA KECO Office, or through virtual method depending on the prevailing COVID-19 situation. The evaluator must explain in details her/his plans and the support she/he requires from KECO team. This inception workshop also serves as an action-planning meeting with KECO team. The evaluator also introduces his/her team of data enumerators and presents an opportunity to clarify roles of each actor while agreeing on travel dates. During the inception phase, KECO presents the evaluator with all the previous project reports and all relevant contacts in the field and timelines to include desk reviews, travel dates and responsibilities are agreed upon and documented by the parties.
FCA will provide logistical support in the form of in-country transport, access to workspace, and translators/facilitators in meetings. FCA will also provide human resources in the form of a number of staff members who will be available to support the evaluator in planning and collecting information. KECO will not give any per diem to the Consultant and or her/his team. KECO will make appointments with relevant authorities and support in translation and where necessary selection of field based enumerators.
The consultancy is expected to start in August 2021, for a period not exceeding 30 days.
7. Deliverables & Payments
List and contacts of all respondents Payment
Upon approval of the Inception report 30%
Upon approval of draft report 30%
Upon Approval of final report 40%
8. Skills and qualifications required
The potential consultant(s) should submit their proposals by July 30th 2021 to: [email protected]
Please attach the following:
Note: Never pay for any training, certificate, assessment, or testing to the recruiter.
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