In Kenya, Oxfam
works with others to alleviate poverty and inequality. We work with the most vulnerable communities in the dry and remote northern regions, and in the impoverished slums of the capital, Nairobi. In Kenya, the highest poverty levels are in the northern pastoralist districts - in some areas 95% of people fall below the poverty line. Like many developing countries, Kenya is undergoing rapid urbanisation. It’s estimated that by 2050 half the Kenyan population will be living in urban areas. This high presents a myriad of challenges. 34% of the 17 million poor Kenyans are urban poor and most of them live in informal urban settlements. Oxfam in Kenya Since starting work in Kenya in 1963, Oxfam has: provided long-term development aid and emergency relief, for example supporting refugees; promoted peace and managed conflicts between communities; campaigned for better governance and equitable access to services. We aim to help citizens stand up for their rights, and we work with others from government, civil society, communities, international development actors and the private sector. Working with dry-land communities In Turkana and Wajir we develop market-based alternative and complementary livelihoods, supporting fishermen and traders. Working with poor urban communities In the capital, Nairobi, we work with partners to run water kiosks, “bio-centers” that turn human waste into usable energy and improve sanitation, and recycling plants for unemployed youth. Our social protection programs provide cash to help poor families cope with rising costs of food and water and kickstart small businesses. Peace-building and conflict management We focus on enhancing communities’ capacity to resolve conflicts and co-exist peacefully. We also influence national policy through the National Steering Committee on Peace-Building and Conflict Management, under the Office of the President. Climate change We’re working closely with others, supporting local civil society to hold the Government accountable for its response to climate change. We’re also generating relevant climate change data to inform advocacy positions locally and internationally. Governance All of Oxfam’s work in Kenya is rooted in promoting better governance – at local, regional and national levels – by strengthening poor people’s ability to defend and demand their rights. We work to ensure that our partners and the communities we work with have their voices and concerns heard, and that the Government fulfils its responsibilities to poor Kenyans.
Terms of Reference for Project Mid-Term Evaluation
Project Title: Promoting livelihoods and Inclusion of vulnerable women domestic workers and women small scale traders
A project co-funded by the European Union
BRIEF OVERVIEW OF THE PROJECT
Oxfam is an international development and humanitarian Non-Governmental Organization that works with others to overcome poverty and suffering. Oxfam has been operating in Kenya since 1963. The geographical focus of our programmes has been the urban areas mainly Nairobi city and Arid and Semi Arid Lands where we have been working with the poor and vulnerable groups to enhance their social and economic empowerment. Oxfam in partnership with the National Organization of Peer Educators (NOPE), SITE Enterprise Promotion and Youth Alive Kenya (YAK!) received financial support from the European Union to strengthen socio-economic empowerment of the informal economy workers particularly the poor and vulnerable women domestic workers and small scale traders who live in Nairobi City’s urban settlements mainly Mukuru, Kibera, Mathare, Korogocho and Kawangware through a four years project.
PURPOSE OF THE ASSIGNMENT:
The main objectives of the evaluation are to:
1) Assess implementation of the project by Oxfam and partners during the two years against the key targets evaluation criteria e.g. efficiency, effectiveness, relevance, sustainability and impact.
2) Assess the effects of the project on the target communities so far against the project outcomes.
3) Document the project’s learning and best practices that include gender and accountability to our partners, beneficiaries, donors and stakeholders.
SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
The desired specification and qualities of the consultant(s) are as hereunder:
- Post Graduate qualification in Governance, Programmes Management, Development Studies or Economics or any other relevant Social Science Degree.
- Skills and experience in evaluating governance and socio-economic projects with in-depth knowledge in addition to the above qualification will be highly desirable.
- Strong interpersonal and analytical skills.
- Familiarity with the urban informal settlements in Kenya.
- Knowledge of Kenyan policy environment including human rights, devolution, health, social protection, micro and small trading and law making processes.
- Experience of effective interaction with local and national organizations, government institutions and marginalized communities in informal settlements.
- Conversant with application of cross cutting themes like gender mainstreaming and gender and competency on advocacy.
- Good spoken and written communication skills in Kiswahili and English.
- Proven experience of using participatory methods for data collection and analysis in programme evaluation.
Interested and qualified consultants should send their applications before or by 20th January 2017 at 5.00 P.M and indicate APPLICATION FOR WEZESHA JAMII PROJECT EVALUATION in the subject line to the email address below firstname.lastname@example.org