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Program Evaluation Consultancy

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Terms of Reference (ToR)
Program Evaluation Consultancy

Overall purpose of the consultancy
The evaluation of the Care, Advocacy and Promotion for People with Disabilities (CAPABILITIES) Program carried out by New Humanity Cambodia (NH) in collaboration with several partners since 2012 in the Provinces of Kompong Chhnang (K. Chhnang & Boribor Districts) and Kandal (Kandal Stueng District).

Introduction
Since 2012, NH is running the program “CAPABILITIES” in the sector of disability. The main goal of the program is the full integration of people with disabilities into their community, with a particular attention to people with intellectual disabilities. The program benefits 150 families with at least one member with disability.

The program is carried out using two distinctive strategies divided in two projects: 
  • Health Care & Promotion Project: The first project’s goal is that People with Disabilities' right to health is recognized by all health stakeholders and included into all public health services. To do so, disability issues have to be taken into account by all health stakeholders of the selected areas, from prevention to rehabilitation and medical care, in ways that help to improve the health condition of people with disabilities. This project finds its source in our 5 Community Based Rehabilitation Centers where we focus our efforts to provide care and especial education based on personalized attention. Besides, we aim to promote access to health services for people with disabilities as well as to increase early detection and disability prevention. 
  • Livelihood & Social Integration Project: The second project aims to create the conditions of an active participation of people with disabilities into Cambodian Society, at local and national level alike, focusing more particularly on the development of their skills. To do so we work on a greater involvement of people with disabilities into social and economic activities of their families and communities, in ways that accrue their self-esteem, their dignity and the respect they deserve. We also work with the families in order to alleviate situation of distress. We deal with unforeseen events mainly related to health, nutrition or housing.
Objectives
The purpose of the evaluation is to:
  • Measure the achievements of the Program and its Projects against the planned objectives.
  • Analyze the beneficiaries’ perceptions and interests regarding the projects activities.
  • Identify and analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the projects activities in relation to the project objectives.
  • Make recommendations on changes/adjustments to the project’s objectives, activities and logic framework.
Key Issues
The evaluation must adhere to the following key issues:

Relevance
The extent to which the project is suited to the needs of the target group
  • To what extent is the intervention important for the target group?
  • To what extent are the initial objectives of the project still appropriate?
  • Are the activities and outputs of the project consistent with the project goals and objectives?
Outcomes and impacts
The positive and negative changes produced by a project, directly or indirectly. This involves the main outcomes and impacts resulting from the project.
  • What real difference has the project made to the beneficiaries in terms of social, economic, and cultural changes, taking into account the gender?
  • How many people have been affected?
  • Which other factors contributed to the changes that were generated, and to what extent can the changes be attributed to the project activities?
Effectiveness
A measure of the extent to which a project achieves its objectives, i.e. a comparison of the intended outcome with the observed outcome
  • To what extent were the objectives achieved or are likely to be achieved?
  • What were the major factors influencing the achievement or non-achievement of the objectives?
  • Were the initial objectives realistic?
Efficiency
Efficiency measures the qualitative and quantitative outputs in relation to the inputs. It is an economic term that signifies that the project uses the least costly resources possible in order to achieve the desired outcomes and impacts.
  • Were the effects achieved at reasonable costs?
  • Was the project implemented in an economically justifiable way under the given circumstances?
  • Were the objectives achieved on time?
  • Have effective management and administration systems been in place and was there a suitable monitoring and evaluation system?
Sustainability
Sustainability is concerned with measuring whether the benefits of a project are likely to continue after funding has been withdrawn. Benefits need to be environmentally as well as economically, technically and socially sustainable.
  • To what extent are the benefits of the project likely to continue once the projects are concluded?
  • What were the major factors that influenced the achievement or non-achievement of sustainability of the programme and its projects?
  • Was the beneficiaries and stakeholders participation appropriate?


Methodology of work
The consultant or organization is expected to work autonomously with the following methodology:
  • Desk study of relevant documents including program material, existing base line information, existing information collected periodically by the staff of the project, other similar projects in the area, as well as material related to the internal and external context.
  • Field research that must include interviews with staff as well as partners/stakeholders and beneficiaries using a participatory approach. Field research should also focus on creative methodology, focus group discussions, and NGO mapping of the area.
  • A draft report submitted to NH for comments. A final report that is a professional and technically sound document incorporating analysis of the information gathered and providing recommendations on the continuation of the project. 
  • A presentation workshop where the results of the evaluation will be given, the recommendations on the future of the program will be discussed and the logic framework will be updated.
Organization of the mission 

1-The consultant or in case of an organization, the person in charge of the consultancy, must have:
  • At least a master’s degree in social sciences, democracy, human rights, or related fields
  • Verifiable experience in consultancy work related to project evaluation (3 years minimum and more than 3 evaluation consultancies completed)
2.Experience in evaluating work with people with disabilities will be considered a strong asset

3.The consultancy must be carried out from the 19th of May to the 27th of June 2014
  • The draft report must be completed by the 13th of June
  • A presentation workshop will be carried out on the 16th and 17th of June 2014
  • The final report must be completed by the 27th of June 2014
Reporting
The report must contain at least the following:
1- Executive summary that should briefly address all the points described below

2- The first section should describe the project and the project context as a basis for the analytical and evaluative sections that follow. Aspects to be considered:
  • Program and Projects context and framework conditions
  • Program and Projects goals and objectives
  • Program and Projects strategy/approach
  • Description of projects activities. Was there a difference between the planned activities and those actually implemented? Were there any lobbying or networking activities?
  • Description of target groups. How many were reached through the activities?
  • Organisational structure; how does the project administration work?
  • Description of the cooperation with the partner organizations
3- The next section focuses on the findings related to the questions listed above under 'Key issues'. This is the main section for data presentation and analysis.

4- The conclusions follow logically from the findings but are clearly distinguishable from these. The conclusions should provide answers to the main evaluation objectives.

5- The recommendations follow logically from the conclusions. They should be actor oriented (Who should do what?) and prioritised (What is most important?, What could be improved?).

Resources available
1- The consultant or organization is expected to:
  • Cover all the expenses related to the consultancy (salaries and taxes, perdiem, travel, accommodation, etc.)
  • Utilize their own computer and materials
2- NH will provide:
  • A working space in our central and provincial offices
  • Introduction to the local authorities/stakeholders
  • Assistance organizing the meetings with the beneficiaries, stakeholders and staff 
Application requirements
Interested professionals or organizations are requested to submit their proposal for the evaluation by email to humanresources@newhum.org 

The proposal must include:
  • A presentation document with relevant information on the qualification of the proponent
  • The proposed methodology of work and a tentative work plan for the evaluation
  • The total cost of the evaluation detailing the individual expenses. The cost must include 15% of tax as required for this type of services.
Closing date for proposals: Friday 9th of May 2014, 3:00 pm
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