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Sierra Leone: Re-advertised “Consultancy Service for Final Evaluation of the - ‘Epidemic Control and Reinforcement of Health Services Phase I’

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Organization: CARE
Country: Sierra Leone
Closing date: 25 Jul 2018

I. ORGANIZATIONAL PROFILE

CARE International in Sierra Leone was established in 1961, and over the years, CARE programmatic shifts in Sierra Leone have parallel the priorities of the nation. CARE has a significant understanding of the local operational context from its long presence in Sierra Leone, initially focusing on improving child nutrition through school feeding programs. CARE continued to have an impact on development through education, health and food security initiatives, up to the start of civil unrest in the region. During the years of war from 1992-2002 CARE was heavily involved in providing relief and emergency aid to victims of the war, and following the war continued to contribute to peace-building through programmes that reintegrated child soldiers into society. CARE’s activities in Sierra Leone have evolved from those that contributed to resettlement, rehabilitation to development.

II. PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The phase 1 of Epidemic Control and Reinforcement of Health Services (ECRHS) project started as far back as November 2015, with funds from the German government through KfW, and was originally designed to provide response to the ongoing Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone. The project has a supplementary phase that runs for 14 months, from August 2017 – September 2018.

The project aim is to improve the health status of Sierra Leoneans in northern districts (Bombali, Tonkolili, Kambia, and Koinadugu) in Sierra Leone. The design takes into account a longer-term view and work towards putting in place preparations for the transition to an extended health system strengthening (HSS) effort. The project has three main objectives:

Objective 1: Contain and stop diseases outbreak, including Ebola;

Objective 2: Stabilize the Health System; with emphasis on sexual and reproductive health;

Objective 3: Improved livelihood and food security of vulnerable households.

III. SCOPE OF PROJECT

The ECRHS project implementation is principally in four northern districts of Sierra Leone: Bombali, Tonkolili, Kambia, and Koinadugu, with limited implementation in Port Loko district within the supplementary period. Following the recent government restructuring of districts, there are two new additional districts in the project area: Falaba and Karene districts, which are redefined from the original northern districts. Thus, project has presence in all seven districts in the current administrative arrangement, and in the interest of this assignment, we would maintain classification around the four original districts of intervention.

The project is health sector lead with scope covers areas of health/SRH, WASH and Livelihood in over 400 communities and over 250 Peripheral Health Units (PHUs).

The project is implemented through four local NGOs based in the districts, and in collaboration with Mano River Union Secretariat, Water Directorate, Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Food Security (MAFFS), and District Health Management Teams (DHMT) in the respective districts as well as with Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS) at national level.

IV. EVALUATION OBJECTIVES

The overall aim of the evaluation is to assess result and impact of the above-mentioned Epidemic Control and Reinforcement of Health Services project against the project goal and outcomes in targeted northern region of Sierra Leone.

The evaluation is expected to present evidence, recommendations and learnings which can be utilized by CARE Sierra Leone, and implementing partners in the development of potential future projects. The findings of the evaluation are also important for improving programme quality, identifying collaborative approaches with the civil society, and develop working methods together with women and girls at the community level.

V. SCOPE AND METHODOLOGY

Scope of the Evaluation:

The evaluation should assess the results of the Epidemic Control and Reinforcement of Health Services Phase I project against the targets set out in the original project documents and result framework. The evaluation will include field assessment in project sites of targeted regions of the country (Bombali, Tonkolili, Koinadugu & Kamba districts).

The evaluation should cover at least 20 Peripheral Health Units (PHUs) and 20 communities per district (more if possible), 10 communities with water rehabilitation, 50 CSLAs, and assure that sub-granted partner aspect for implementation at each district level are analysed.

Methodology:

The recruited consultants will be expected to propose a detailed methodology as part of the inception report (based on the information given in this ToR).

VI. CONSULTANT’S MANDATE AND DELIVERABLES

This evaluation will take place in August 2018 and September 2018 and the evaluation product will provide strategic and learning direction in preparing the revision of the next phase of the project and designing other CARE projects in these sectors. Best practices will be shared with the governments and partners in SL so that they can be replicated in similar projects within the country. Other details will be shared during the development of inception report.

Key deliverables are the following

  1. An Inception report detailing out: methodology for evaluation, delivery schedule, budget, and research tools.

  2. Workshop to present the inception report for validation; to be approved before commencement of actual data collection.

  3. Soft and hard copies of draft of evaluation report / dataset.

  4. Final evaluation report both soft and hard copies addressing all objectives, evaluation questions and including clear recommendations..

  5. Video or photo gallery of at least five Most Significant Change Stories from the evaluation beneficiaries.

  6. Workshop in CARE Office to present the evaluation results: process/approach, findings, conclusions and key recommendation.

VII. COMPENSATION OF CONSULTANCY

ü The total professional fee for the Consultant depends on the qualification. The Consultant will be paid in tranches upon the satisfactory completion and approval of indicated outputs (can be negotiated):

· 15% upon signing of contract

· 85% upon the satisfactory completion and approval of final report version.

ü CARE Sierra Leone will cover the travel related cost for the consultants for field works.

VIII. DURATION OF ASSIGNMENT

It is estimated that this assignment will officially commence on August 1, 2018 and end on September 15, 2018. The detailed timeframe will be finalized with the consultant.

The final report of no more than 50 pages to be submitted no later than five days after discussing the draft findings with the CARE program team.

IX. CONFIDENTIALITY

All materials and data furnished by or on behalf of CARE Sierra Leone in connection with these Terms of reference, materials created or produced shall be treated as confidential information. The Consultant shall not, during the continuance of these Terms of Reference or at any time thereafter, disclose to any person any confidential information.

X. PREVENTING SEXUAL EXPLOITATION, ABUSE AND HARASSMENT

CARE has a zero tolerance on sexual exploitation and abuse and child abuse. CARE International takes seriously all concerns and complaints about sexual exploitation and abuse and child abuse involving CARE Employees and Related Personnel. CARE will initiate rigorous investigations of complaints that indicates a possible violation of this policy and will take appropriate disciplinary action, as warranted.

XI. RIGHTS TO COPYRIGHT

The Copyright of the content and materials produced for this assignment shall be the absolute property of CARE Sierra Leone and ownership shall automatically vest in CARE. The consultant irrevocably and unconditionally waives in favour of CARE I Sierra Leone moral rights that may exist in any of the works or materials, provided that CARE Sierra Leone uses all reasonable endeavours to ensure that the consultant is credited in all appropriate uses of a photograph provided as part of the service, provided that CARE Sierra Leone shall not be in breach of contract if credit(s) are accidentally omitted.


How to apply:

I. APPLICATION MATERIALS

The proposal should include the following five items:

  1. One-page Summary of experience, not more than one page

  2. Detailed CVs of all professionals who will work on the evaluation. If there is more than one consultant on the proposed evaluation team, please attach a table describing the level of effort (in number of days) of each team member in each of the evaluation activities.

  3. Professional references: please provide two or three references from your previous clients.

  4. Daily rate: please mention the proposed daily rate for each consultant in USD.

  5. Your anticipated number of days for each part of the process**.**

The Summary of experience should be no more than one page and should include the following:

  • Experience in leading project/program evaluations (number of evaluations led (with dates, locations and names of organizations)/ number of evaluations served as team member)
  • Experience in qualitative methods numbers of years of experience / tools/methods used in past)
  • Experience in Health/SRH, Livelihood projects/programs (number of years of experience /titles of positions held, countries worked in. organizations worked for)
  • Experience in using mobile data collection tools (number of years, type of research conducted in the past)
  • Professional experience in Sierra Leone (number of years of experience; organizations worked for)
  • Language proficiency

If you are interested in this consultancy opportunity please send an application:

· Hortense.Kessambo@care.org

· Hand delivery of hard copy is strongly encouraged to:

CARE International in Sierra Leone

13 Bath Street, Brookfields, Freetown

CARE is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply.