Kenya: Consultancy – End of Project Evaluation for two Projects in Turkana County – Kenya

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Organization: DanChurchAid
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 10 Jan 2018

Below please find TWO ToRs for the end of project evaluations for two DanChurchAid (DCA) funded & co-implemented projects in Turkana County, Kenya.

They include:

1. Project 1010301-07: Support to Refugees and Host Communities in Kakuma Refugee Camp/Kalobeyei and Turkana West 2017.

Background Information and Rationale

The Kakuma refugee camp and Kalobeiyei settlement is currently home to more than 185,000 refugees and asylum seekers from mainly South Sudan and Somalia but also Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Rwanda, Ethiopia and others. The population is young. 60% of the camp population is children below the 18 years. The youth population – as per the UNHCR definition (age 15-24) – in Kakuma and Kalobeiyei is approximately 48,000.

Since the Kakuma refugee camp was established in 1992 there is quite a substantial number

of refuges that have been born in the camp and others who have lived most of their childhood and youth in the camp. Others are recent arrivals as new children, youth and adults continue to seek safety and dignified life in Kakuma.

Young women have different needs, capacities and challenges than boys and young men. For many girls and women refugee life has given new opportunities and practices. More girls attend school, are local leaders and are able to navigate well in the multi-cultural and diverse camp setting. Likewise, Turkana women have benefited from new livelihood options and access to services due to refugee camp. However, significant more girls drop out of school, fewer young women participate and speak out in public spaces and girls have fewer opportunities for engaging in social and economic activities. Early marriages, insecurity and sexual and gender based violence are also part of the reality of young women and girls.

Despite the large young population, youth-specific information is lacking. Decades of planning and assessing has divided youth into groups of either children or adults 18-59 years old limiting the insights to the lives, capacities and needs of youth. Due to limited information this evaluation will also include a component of data collection which can contribute to shed more lights on youth’s access to information.

The DCA evaluation of the 2016 project focused on youth. Unfortunately, the consultants were not able to finalize the evaluation and thus it was left with interesting findings but incomplete. As the focus on youth was strengthened in 2017 and youth will be a strong focus in DCA Kenya programming 2018-2021, this year’s evaluation will also focus on youth and especially economic and social empowerment of youth. Furthermore, the 2017 will have a strong gender focus in particular on girls and young women.

DCA and partners have been engaging in youth empowerment activities aimed at

empowering the youth. These activities include:

  1. Talent building: Soccer Premier League (boys)/Diva league (girls). Kakuma Got Talent etc.

  2. Livelihoods activities (LWF, DCA and LOKADO – not only youth): Multi-storey gardens (MSGs)/vegetable production, IGA, VSLAs groups.

  3. Skills training: vocational and skill training: training and certifiable government courses for youth).

  4. Mentoring and recreational activities – Girls groups/life skills groups and other youth groups, youth centers.

  5. Participation, human rights and good governance: youth parliament where the youth dialogue and lobby to positively influence refugees programming.

  6. Reformed warriors’ interventions – this includes targeting the host community youths that are engaged in cattle rustling through peace building and conflict mitigation so that they can reform and start engaging in legal alternative livelihoods activities.

  7. Incentive workers – many refugees’ work for humanitarian agencies as incentive workers. This equips them with experience that could be of great use in their countries of origin upon return or repatriation.

The purpose of this evaluation is:

· Access and document the extent to which the current youth, girls and women empowerment activities have has improved their livelihoods and quality of life.

· To document results, lessons learnt and best practices contributing to DCA, LWF and LOKCADO’ organizational learning and better programming for refugee and host community youth and particular girls and young women.

· To collect and analyze information on how refugee youth access information contributing to build DCA and LWF’s knowledge on youth practices.

· To make well-documented and action oriented recommendations contributing to 2018/19 programming.

Specific Evaluation Questions

The nine commitments of CHS will guide the evaluation:

1. Was the action appropriate and relevant.

2. Was the Action effective and timely?

In particular it should be assessed how and if the actions have contributed to:

· Increased social capital and leaderships.

· Increased skill development and opportunities for livelihoods.

· Reduced conflicts, negative coping mechanisms and discrimination.

· Increased gender equality and in particular girls and young women’s social and economic empowerment.

3. Did the action strengthen local capacities and avoids negative effects

In particular:

· Did the action build on information of existing capacities?

· Which actions were taken to avoid negative effects (conflicts but also leaving behind certain youth groups)?

4. Was the action based on communication, participation and feedback?

In particular

· Were the communication channels used effective in reaching youth

· How was participation, voice and decision making being integrated in youth programming

· How was participation, voice and decision making of girls and young women in particular facilitated?

5. Were complaints welcomed and addressed?

6. Was the action coordinated and complementary to relevant actions of other actors?

7. Did LWF, DCA and LOKADO continuously learn and improve?

· Pls provide at least two examples where learning/new knowledge resulted in revised or new activities/programing

8. Were relevant staff supported to do their job effectively and were treated fairly and

equitably?

9. Were resources for youth managed and used responsibly for their intended purpose?

Methodology

The evaluation should be based on:

· Review of documentation

· Initial meeting in Nairobi with DCA and LWF Kenya

· Initial meeting in Kakuma with relevant DCA, LWF and LOKADO staff both management and field staff

· Individual and focus group interviews (both beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries) including the use of participatory methodologies

· LWF staff (relevant staff and senior management) and other stakeholders (local leaders, school teachers, parents, NGOs, UN agencies)

· Attention should be given to collect information from youth in particular girls/young women representing different nationalities/ethnicities, age groups, out-of school/in school, marginalized youth and less vulnerable youth etc. In all camp areas (Kakuma 1-4 and Kalobeyei settlement)

· A small survey mapping youth and in particular girls/young women’s access to information

· Discussion of initial findings and recommendations with DCA, LWF, LOKADO and youth in Kakuma

The evaluator should refer any questions or emerging issues to the DCA Kenya Head of Program (patrick.kenya@dca.dk).

Professional Qualifications

Required qualifications

· A multi-disciplinary consultant (s) with a Master’s Degree in a relevant discipline in

social science (or equivalent).

· Have a rich blend of linking relief rehabilitation and development programming

including youth empowerment in humanitarian settings. Proven expertise

on refugee/host community programming and the cross cutting issues such

as Rights Based Approach and Gender.

· Proven experience from NGO and CBO based humanitarian and development

assistance in the HoA and Kenya in particular.

· Proven evaluation experiences, participatory evaluation methodology, appreciative

enquiry methods, focus group interviews, etc.

Suggested Timeline

· Start mid January

· At least 7 days field work in Kakuma refugee camp and local communities

Report

The final evaluation report should include a summary (1 page) and be no longer than 30 pages.

Furthermore, a small report on refugee youth access to information is expected.

Budget and Payment

The consultant(s) will receive remuneration under the following terms of payment, which

will be based on the output of the work and not on the duration that it might take:

· 30 % of the total shall be paid upon signing of the contractual agreement.

· The remaining 70% shall be paid after a final satisfactory report and other outputs are submitted and satisfactorily signed off by DCA.

Structure of the Proposal and Submission Guidelines

All expressions of interest should include:

· CV(s) of consultant(s)

· 1 previous evaluation (evidence of relevant previous experience)

· A technical proposal including the draft consultancy framework and plan

· Financial Proposal: The financial proposal should provide cost estimates for services

rendered including daily consultancy fees related to the consultants excluding

accommodation and living costs; transport cost, stationeries, and supplies needed for data

collection; costs related to persons that will participate from partners and government

officers. *

2. Project 1010301-8: Support to Agricultural and Fish Production for Enhanced Food Security (SAFiP), 2017.

DCA & partners in Kenya has been working with fishermen along the Lake Turkana to increase & diversify their production and now the same fishermen are being supported to access and link with the refugee market that has a big potential due to the increased food purchasing power the refugees now have as a result of the cash transfer program (Bamba Chakula) by World Food Program (WFP). The dried fish previously available for refugees was currently very expensive as the refugees traders travel to Kalokor (180 kms away) to buy fish from the middlemen that sell as exorbitant prices. This made the retail price of the dried fish quite expensive. *

For the first time ever, with DCA & partners interventions, the Turkana fishermen now have a direct access to the refugee dried fish market to sell their products on retail and wholesale basis. This will gradually cut off middlemen that have been making disproportionately large profits by buying from fishermen directly at very low prices and selling to the Congolese export market traders at much higher prices, leaving the frontline producers unable to realize full benefits of their hard work. DCA is working with other stakeholders in making a contribution in the realization of a paradigm shift in refugee programming in the newly established Kalobeiyei refugee Settlement. This is a refugee camp-like settlement that promotes sustainability, self-reliance, resilience, and longer-term solutions. The settlement approach is facilitating a multi-agency collaboration between public, private/business and non-governmental sector partners to create better integrated conditions that will spur local economic growth and employment generation for displaced people and hosting community. Kalobeiyei currently has about 40,000 refugees with a steady inflow expected mainly from South Sudan due to the recurring crisis. The refugees here are receiving 100% cash for their food ration entitlement. In the older Kakuma camp, the refugees are receiving 30% cash from WFP for food. The Kakuma refugee camp and Kalobeiyei settlement is currently home to more than 185,000 refugees and asylum seekers from mainly South Sudan and Somalia but also Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Rwanda, Ethiopia and others.

DCA Kenya is the lead in this initiative that is bringing together ADS North Rift & SAPCONE closer to the markets in Kakuma. The project is aimed at improving sustainable livelihoods for Turkana fishing households and improving diet diversity and balance (nutrition) for refugees & host community through enhanced dried fish production, market access and linkages. The specific objectives are:

i. Increased and sustained vegetable & fish production for 1,000 HHs.

ii. Enhanced market access and linkages for 1,000 small scale farmers and fishermen.

iii. Improved access to water for livestock, farming and domestic uses for 250HHs.

iv. DCA and partner staff employing innovative approaches and technologies in humanitarian programming.

This forward looking evaluation consultancy is aimed at informing improved programming of the Lake Turkana fishermen empowerment initiatives that is meant to build the capacity of the fishermen to produce more and better quality fish products as well as access the new emerging refugee dried fish market so as realize the better financial and economic benefits.

The project is working with 7 fishing groups and 4 vegetable production groups established at different stages of the project cycle.

The purpose of this evaluation is:

· Access and document the extent to which the current livelihoods activities targeting fishing and vegetable production groups have improved their livelihoods and quality of life.

· To document results, lessons learnt and best practices contributing to DCA, ADS North Rift and SAPCONE’s organizational learning and better programming for fisher folk and pastoralists living along the western shores of Lake Turkana.

· To collect and analyze information on how fisheries and vegetable production interventions contribute to inclusive empowerment of men, women and youth.

· To make well-documented and action oriented recommendations contributing to 2018/19 programming.

Specific Evaluation Questions

The nine commitments of CHS will guide the evaluation:

1. Was the action appropriate and relevant.

2. Was the Action effective and timely?

In particular it should be assessed how and if the actions have contributed to:

· Increased innovation, skills development and market opportunities for fishing and vegetable production livelihoods groups.

· Increased income for target households and its possible impact on standard of living.

· Increased trust and reduced conflict between the Turkana and Dasenach communities in the Omo Delta/Tondoyang area.

· Increased gender equality and in particular girls and women’s involvement, participation and benefit from livelihoods activities.

3. Did the action strengthen local capacities and avoids negative effects

In particular:

· Did the action build on information of existing capacities?

· Which actions were taken to avoid negative effects (conflicts but also leaving behind certain sections of the community – children, youth, women)?

4. Was the action based on communication, participation and feedback?

In particular

· Were the communication channels used effective in reaching the target groups?

· How was participation, voice and decision making being integrated in the livelihoods activities.

· How was participation, voice and decision making of girls and young women in particular facilitated?

5. Were complaints welcomed and addressed?

6. Was the action coordinated and complementary to relevant actions of other actors?

7. Did DCA, ADS North Rift and SAPCONE continuously learn and improve?

· Pls provide at least two examples where learning/new knowledge resulted in revised or new activities/programing

8. Were relevant staff supported to do their job effectively and were treated fairly and

equitably?

9. Were resources for youth managed and used responsibly for their intended purpose?

Methodology

The evaluation should be based on:

· Review of documentation.

· Initial meeting in Nairobi with DCA.

· Initial meeting in Lodwar with relevant DCA, ADS North Rift & SAPCONE’s staff both management and field staff.

· Individual and focus group interviews (both beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries) including the use of participatory methodologies.

· Partner staff (relevant staff and senior management) and other stakeholders (local leaders, school teachers, parents, NGOs, UN agencies).

· Attention should be given to collect information from the fishermen, vegetable production groups as well as the dried fish consumers in Kalobeiyei settlement and Kakuma camp.

· Discussion of initial findings and recommendations with DCA, ADS North Rift, SAPCONE and representatives from fish and vegetable production groups in Lodwar. These to be summarized in the form of a brief concept note for recommended 2018/19 project.

The evaluator should refer any questions or emerging issues to the DCA Kenya Head of Program (patrick.kenya@dca.dk).

Professional Qualifications

Required qualifications

· A multi-disciplinary consultant (s) with a Master’s Degree in a relevant discipline in

social science (or equivalent).

· Have a rich blend of linking relief rehabilitation and development programming including livelihoods in humanitarian situations and related value chains development.

· Proven expertise on refugee/host community programming and the cross cutting issues such as Rights Based Approach and Gender.

· Proven experience from NGO and CBO based humanitarian and development

assistance in the HoA and Kenya in particular.

· Proven evaluation experiences, participatory evaluation methodology, appreciative

enquiry methods, focus group interviews, etc.

Suggested Timeline

· Start mid-January

· At least 7 days field work in the fishing landing beaches in Lake Turkana and local communities there.

Report

The final evaluation report should include a summary (1 page) and be no longer than 30 pages.

Furthermore, a small concept note on recommended project activities for 2018 & 2019 is expected.

Budget and Payment

The consultant(s) will receive remuneration under the following terms of payment, which

will be based on the output of the work and not on the duration that it might take:

· 30 % of the total shall be paid upon signing of the contractual agreement.

· The remaining 70% shall be paid after a final satisfactory report and other outputs are submitted and satisfactorily signed off by DCA.

Structure of the Proposal and Submission Guidelines

All expressions of interest should include:

· CV(s) of consultant(s)

· 1 previous evaluation (evidence of relevant previous experience)

· A technical proposal including the draft consultancy framework and plan

· Financial Proposal: The financial proposal should provide cost estimates for services

rendered including daily consultancy fees related to the consultants excluding

accommodation and living costs; transport cost, stationeries, and supplies needed for data

collection; costs related to persons that will participate from partners and government

officers. *

How to apply:

Expression of Interest:

Interested consulting firms should submit, by email, a technical and financial proposal for

this consultancy by January 10, 2018.

Contact person:

Patrick Kibuku.

DCA Head of Program (HoP) – Kenya

Email: patrick.kenya@dca.dk

Copy all e-mails to: isabella.kenya@dca.dk

Consulting firms can bid for one or both of the project evaluations.

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