TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR THE FINAL EVALUATION OF HORUMARINTA ELMIGA II PROJECT IN SOMALILAND.


1. Background

Save the children, NRC and Care Netherlands as a consortium have been implementing an education program locally known as Horumarinta Elmiga II which operates the phenomenon of sector wide approach with a strong focus on public ownership and joint decision-making. Horumarinta Elmiga II {HE II(also called "Education for Empowerment through Cohesive and Harmonized System")} is three-year (September 2015 - August 2018) education project funded by the European Union. The project is a continuation of Horumartina Elmiga phase 1 project which was implemented from Sept 2012 to August 20115 iand operates under the principle of a Sector Wide Approach (SWAp). HE II is being implemented by a consortium led by Save the Children and co-implemented by Care Netherlands and NRC. The coverage area for the project is all the main six Administrative Regions of Somaliland namely Marodi-jeh, Awdal, Sahil, Togdher, Sool and Sanag. The main partner for the project is the Somaliland Ministry of Education and Science.

Horumarinta Elmiga II strengthens the sector coverage by extending Basic Education (BE) and Non-Formal Education (NFE) to underserved areas; mainstreaming Basic Education for Pastoralists (BEP); reaching children with special needs; advancing demand-driven Technical Vocation Education Training (TVET) to a technical level as a valuable and integrated part of the education system and facilitating the improvement of Higher Education (HE) provision.

The overall objective of the project is "Education and training efficiently and effectively contributing to poverty alleviation within a peaceful, secure and democratic Somaliland". The project has also a specific objective stating, "Education and training services, responsive to the priorities, needs and requirements of the population of Somaliland, efficiently and equitably delivered".

The project has three interrelated results with clear targets shown in the below table which contribute to the realization of the project purpose and specific objective.

Results

Key Program Targets

Result 1:

Increased access to inclusive, equitable and quality education for the children and young people in Somaliland.

34,480 (50% girls) primary school students.

13,455 (50% girls) secondary school students.

1,000 (75% Female) NFE learners.

170 (35% F) in-service teacher training for primary schools.

80 (35% F) in-service teacher training for secondary schools.

Result 2:

Increased participation of youth and adults in Technical and Vocational Education and Training.

615 (50% female) youth for IBTVET.

400 (50% female) youth for EBTVET.

85 (50% female) for Professional training.

50 (35% F) instructors for vocational pedagogy training.

30 instructors for technical skills upgrading.

20 host trainers for pedagogy and technical upgrading.

Result 3.

Capacity of education institutions, administrations and systems as well as higher education institutions strengthened.

Construction of Teacher Training Institute (TTI)

Capacity building of MOE&HS at all levels

Technical Adviser (TA) program:

Support to Higher Education

Policy and legal framework program

Consortium Management

Annual Joint Review of the Education Sector (JRES)

Steering Committee Meetings (SCM):

Quarterly progress review meetings.

Program Management Meeting

Support the coordination of Education Sector Committee (ESC).

The Horumarinta Elmiga II project ends on 31st August 2018 and the consortium partners under the leadership of Save the Children would like to conduct the final project evaluation. In this case, Save the Children on behalf of Horumarinta Elmiga II Consortium is looking for a qualified and experienced consultant with relevant and appropriate technical capacity and experience to conduct the final project evaluation of the project.

2. Purpose of the final Evaluation

The purpose of the evaluation is to generate information for the Somaliland Government, the European Commission, and the consortium members for wider learning and to make an informed judgment about the past performance of the HE II project. The consortium team will use the findings of the terminal evaluation to inform the design and the implementation of similar projects.

3. Objectives of the final evaluation

The main objective of the terminal/final evaluation is to assess and provide a detailed measure to which the stated objectives, results t and overall impact (positive as well as limitation and challenges) of the project, to document best practices and lessons learned and make practical recommendations for follow-up action in the third phase of the HE Project. Specifically, the evaluation process will:


Assess to which extent the project has achieved its objectives and created the expected changes in children`s lives referring its result framework.
Assess whether the implementation strategies and mechanisms used for implementation were relevant in addressing the identified issues and need.
Evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of the different approaches used to implement the project.
Review the project contribution towards improvement of the education sector management system and its ability to sustain the achievements of project.
Document lessons learn (positive and negative) and good practices in implementing the project that could be applied in next HE III programing.
Based on the findings of the evaluation make specific recommendations for different stakeholders in improving cohesiveness and harmonization of the education system.


4. Scope of the final evaluation

Under this section, the study will look at the geographical scope of the Action, and the conceptual/programmatic scope.

Geographical scope:The project coverage is the all six main Administrative Regions of Somaliland (Awdal, Marodi-jeh, Sahil, Togdher, Sool and Sanag) and currently targets 177 primary schools, 59 secondary schools, 7 Institutional Based Technical and Vocation Education and Training (IBTVET) centers, 44 Enterprise Based Technical and Vocational Education and Training (EBTVET) centers, 4 professional colleges, 10 local universities, Commission for Higher Education (CHE) and the Ministry of Education and Science (MoE&S) offices. However, the evaluation process will draw a representative sample from the target population considering proportionality for the target groups.

The whole process of the final evaluation will be led by an external consultant under the guidance of the consortium management unit (CMU) for the Horumarinta Elmiga II project and the Ministry of Education as well as the consortium agencies lead team. The consultant will develop the data collection tools, train the data collection team, coordinate the field data collection, interpret the data and produce a comprehensive terminal evaluation report.

Programmatic/Conceptual scope: the evaluation will give special consideration on the relevance, effectiveness and efficiency of the action. It will also shed light on the impact that can be attributed to the action, how sustainable are the deliverables generated by the action as well as the other cross cutting themes.

5. Methodology of the final evaluation

The methodology to be adopted by the evaluation shall generate both quantitative and qualitative information and should employ a participatory approach to enable a cross section of stakeholders, including children, take an active role in the evaluation process. Quantitative data collected should include well-developed study tools or questionnaires with proper random selection of participants where appropriate. Qualitative data should mainly comprise of desk review, use of primary and secondary data and field consultations with the different stakeholders (children`s and youth groups) benefiting from the project, CECs, REOs/DEOs office, selected IBTVET and EBTVET institutions, CHE management and universities. Case studies are expected to be used to document changes brought about by the project on specific cases, lessons learnt and good practices that can be replicated elsewhere. The lead researcher (consultant) will be responsible for further development of the methodology and the evaluation tools to show how data necessary data must be captured.

6. Organization, roles and responsibilities

a) The Consultant:


In liaison with the relevant Horumarinta Elmiga II consortium team, the consultant will develop a technical and financial proposal as well as inception report with a clear methodological approach, a work plan, budget and tools that will be approved by the consortium management team.
Train all data collection team (enumerators) members on the use of the tools and the agreed methodology.
Provide technical assistance and follow up on the the fieldwork for data collection on all outcome, output and result indicators in line with approved methodology, data analysis, and interpretation in favor of the objective(s) of the evaluation.
Draft midterm project evaluation report shared with the consortium team and the MoE&S for review, input, and feedback in a validation meeting.
Conduct validation workshop to discuss the findings of the evaluation report and incorporate the comments from the workshop into the final report
Submit final comprehensive final evaluation report (electronic copy) to the consortium management unit.


b) Save the Children:


Approve the final evaluation design, methodology, and data collection tools.
Recruit and remunerate the data collection team/enumerators.
Schedule and manage appointments for the data collection process.
Provide logistic support for the assignment.
Make available all important project documents (proposal, log frame, baseline information, reports, etc.).
Provide feedback and comments on the draft evaluation report prior to the completion of the final report.


7. Expected Deliverables

a) A technical proposal to demonstrate the consultant`s independent interpretation of the TOR.

b) Quality and relevant data collection tools that will be used to capture both quantitative and qualitative data.

c) A work-plan (with time-lines) highlighting what and when to document.

d) Draft report that will be shared with the consortium members, MoE&S and other relevant stakeholders for inputs/feedback.

e) A validation meeting to be held in Hargeisa to share findings with the consortium team and MoE&S.

f) Final evaluation report with relevant information approved by the consortium management unit. The report should be presented in agreed format outlined in the consultant`s proposal with all due tables, graphs and accompanying photographs and/or notes.

8. Timeline

The final evaluation exercise will take place in September 2018. The consultant shall develop detailed work plan in his technical proposal and will be reviewed and approved by Save the Children

9. Budget/Resources

Save the Children, being the lead agency of the Horumarinta Elmiga II consortium members will contribute and cover the budget required by the final evaluation exercise from the relevant budget line of the HE II project. The budget will cover all relevant costs including the consultancy fee, travel, food, accommodation, enumerators` fee and validation meetings. However, these costs should be based on standard rates and timeframe agreed upon.

10. Qualification and expertise required

This evaluation is open for both legally registered consultancy firms and individual consultants. The firm/individuals shall consist of professionals with relevant backgrounds. The Evaluator(s) shall have the following expertise and qualifications:


A minimum of Master degree in Education with sound knowledge in all sectors of education including formal, none formal, alternative basic education, higher education, system building and TVET.
Proven experience in conducting quality evaluations on a wide and multi-sector education programs in similar context.
Should have experience and knowledge on quantitative and qualitative research methods.
Excellence and proven communication skills and capacity in writing technical evaluation reports.


How to apply:
Candidates interested in the position will be expected to provide the following documentation to save the children`s somaliland.procurement@savethechildren.org latest on Sunday 19th August 2018 -


Cover letter
Detailed technical proposal to ToR, with specific focus addressing the scope of work, methodology to be used and key selection criteria
CVs of consultant(s) with minimum of 3 traceable and recent references and/or Company`s profile (Firms Only)
Detailed financial proposal based on expected daily rates
Initial work plan and availability of the consultant
Sample report of the same activity previously done


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.