TENDER FOR CONSULTANCY SERVICES TO EVALUATE FINAL PROJECT

 NATIONAL UNION OF DISABILITY ORGANIZATIONS IN RWANDA

                       TIN: 102404301; E-mail: nudor2010@gmail.com;Website: www.nudor.org;     

     P.O Box: 1546 Kigali-Rwanda    

 

TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR FINAL PROJECT EVALUATION

Project Title: “Promoting the livelihood of Persons with Disabilities in Gasabo District”.

  1. Project Description

The project started as a pilot project in October 2015 and the main component of the project was composed of sensitization and mobilization to enhance mindset change with beneficiaries and raise their understanding on their economic and financial empowerment needs. The main activities were facilitated by Sector Business Mentors and resulted in the formation of Village Savings and Loan Groups (VSLGs) including savings and access to loans in the groups by members  to get the capital to run their Income Generating Activities  and sustainable cost effective businesses.

Today, 46 VLGs have been formed, registered at Cell Offices and known and appreciated by local authorities with a huge impact in the community. 1246 PWDs have been mobilized and sensitized on VSLGs methodology and they were interested and decided to form groups in their communities.  Before the programme commenced many persons with disabilities were isolated, discriminated in their families and not recognized by local authorities. The project has helped the local authorities to reach more persons with disabilities and use the formed groups as communication channel for the dissemination of information  regarding government programmes and existing opportunities.

  1. Purpose of the Evaluation

The Evaluation aims at assessing the relevance, performance, management arrangements and outcome of the pilot project.  It will assess the impact of the project activities on mindset change and livelihood improvement of persons with disabilities, the level of involvement of local authorities  in building capacity of persons with disabilities to run IGAs and participate in community development and to develop a savings culture.

It will also look at the broader livelihood development of persons with disabilities, including recognition of persons with disabilities by the community members and sustainability of results, programme impact in individual, family and community level. It will be important to understand the impact the project had on the socio-economic status of participating persons with disabilities.

The Evaluation will also identify/document lessons learnt and make recommendations that project partners and stakeholders might use to improve the design and implementation of other related projects and programs and inform NUDOR on planning the next phase of 5 year programme on a national scale.

  1. Scope and task of the Evaluation

The evaluation is expected to cover the following project components:

  1. Project Management and implementation and collaboration with other stakeholders at NUDOR Level;
  2. Village Savings and Loan Groups Operation or function (Leadership, Groups’ members engagement and VSLGs activities including savings, loans);
  3. The Groups cohesion and effectiveness of leadership
  4. The consistency in savings and loan repayment incl. default rates
  5. The dropout rate and reasons for the same
  6. The VSLGs’ Financial Linkage to Micro Finance Institutions and mainstream banks
  7. Analyze gender balance and impact programme had on women empowerment
  8. Establish to what extend children with disabilities have benefitted from the interventions
  9. Sustainability of the project results (link with existing government programmes).

This evaluation has the following principal tasks:

  • Assess the project design in terms of its relevance to the overall development situation at the national level; relevance to national strategies, relevance to NUDOR mandate and relevance to beneficiaries;
  • Assess the cost-efficiency of the project interventions;
  • Assess the project impact on improving the socio-economic situation of persons with disabilities;
  • Assess the relevance and effectiveness of the project’s strategies and approaches for achievement of the project objectives;
  • Assess the performance of the project in terms of effectiveness, efficiency, and timeliness of producing the expected outputs;
  • Assess the quality and timeliness of inputs, the reporting and monitoring system and the extent to which these have been effective;
  • Assess the relevance of the project’s management arrangements; identify strength, weaknesses, and lessons learnt with regards to the management arrangements;
  • Analyze underlying factors beyond CBM control that affected the achievement of the project results;
  • Provide recommendations to key project partners and stakeholders for the next 5 year project phase to commence in January 2017.
  1. Methodology

Conduct evaluation by a systematic and objective assessment of the design, implementation and the results of the project since October 2015 to date; assessing the effectiveness of intervention against its stated Objectives, Impact, Learning, and Accountability.

One day desk review will occur prior to the field evaluation to read and analyze documents provided to the Evaluator. A five day field evaluation is recommended to meet with the partners, stakeholders and beneficiaries.

Methods for Data Collection:

  • Key Informant Interview (Individual/Group Interview): undertaking a series of interviews with those involved and/or deemed to have information needed for this evaluation. This interview can be done individually or in groups
  • Key informant interview is qualitative-depth interview with people who know what is going on in the community. The purpose of key informant interview is to collect information from a wide range of people – including community leaders, government and National Council staff who have first-hand knowledge about the community target group.
  • Document Review/Analysis: namely conduct an assessment of the documents that might be provide supporting information.

The methodology of the evaluation will adopt the following approaches: Intervention Logic; Most Significant Change; and Theory of Change. On the final day of the field evaluation, the key findings will be presented and discussed with the partner. The evaluation should use participatory approaches and there should be consultation with a wide range of stakeholders including beneficiaries, staff, management, local government officials, etc.

  1. The Lessons Learned shall provide an overview of the project results and identify and formulate lessons-learnt and best practices as they might be shared regionally and globally within CBM.
  2. List of Documents to avail for the Evaluator
  • Approved proposal and indicators
  • Annual budget plans and finance reports
  • Statistics and Narrative reports
  • Monitoring visits reports
  • Organisational structure
  • Any additional documents requested to facilitate the evaluation process
  1. Deliverables

The output of the mission will be the Evaluation Report in English. The structure and content of the report should meet the requirements of the CBM Monitoring and Evaluation Policy. The length of the Report should not exceed 30 pages in total (excluding the annexes).

The Report should:

  • Contain an executive summary (mandatory)
  • Be analytical in nature (both quantitative and qualitative)
  • Be structured around issues and related findings
  • Include lessons learnt
  • Include conclusions
  • Include recommendations
  1. Timing and Duration

The total duration of the evaluation will be 11 days within the period of 12 – 26 September 2016, according to the following plan:

Preparation and field visits (during period 12 September – 16 September 2016):

  • Collection of acquaintance with the project documents, project progress reports and other relevant project-related materials;
  • Designing the detailed evaluation scope and methodology (including the methods for data collection and analysis);
  • Field Visits to VSLGs for data collection;
  • Communication with the Project Manager to clarify any other matters.

Elaboration of the draft report (4 working days – till 22September, 2016):

  • Additional desk review;
  • Completion of the draft report;
  • Presentation of draft report for comments and suggestions;
  • Additional information and further clarification with NUDOR project management team.

Elaboration of the final report (till 26September , 2016):

  • Incorporation of comments and additional findings into the draft report;
  • Finalization of the report.
  1. Skills, qualifications and experience required for submission of proposal.
  • The consultant will have proven experience and having carried out such assignments before and shall have at least three (3) years of experience in programmes assessments, evaluation and shall be conversant in research;
  • Master’s or PhD degree in economics, social sciences  or Statistics with at least 3 years of experience in socio-economic empowerment programmes and with significant exposure to conducting social research;
  • The consultant will have Skills and experience in conducting project planning and baseline studies, preferably within Disability movement;
  • Must have very good knowledge of SPSS and the ability to extract, clean and analyze both quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Should be available to start work immediately upon selection
  • The candidate should be fluent in English and have strong ability to produce quality report
  • The consultant must be conversant with a good knowledge of Kinyarwanda.
  • The consultant should have conducted at least three similar pieces of work (Good completion certificates or recommendation letters) or two research publications.

     10.  Application process

Interested consultants should submit the following:

  • Detailed Curriculum vitae (CV) with three references of where he conducted such assignments ;
  • Copy of degree notified
  • Technical offer describing how the consultant intends to undertake this assignment in a sealed envelope with the title of the assignment.
  • Separate financial offer in a sealed envelope
  • At least three certificates or recommendations of good completion in the field;

The application should be submitted in hard copy not later than 06th September 2016 at 12pm to:

 

NUDOR OFFICE

KG 625 ST, 7, KIMIHURURA CELL, KIMIHURURA SECTOR,

GASABO DISTRICT, KIGALI CITY-RWANDA

 

N.B: The sealed envelope of technical offer will be opened in front of the bidders at 12h30 pm.

 

Done at Kigali on August 30th, 2016

 

NSENGIYUMVA Jean Damascene

EXECUTIVE SECRETARY 

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