Somalia Evaluation Consultant - Request for Proposals (RFP)
Terms of Reference
Somalia Evaluation Consultant - Shuraako Annual Business Survey
Period of performance: September-October 2018
The purpose of this Scope of Work is to describe the responsibilities of an evaluation consultant to assist ONE EARTH FUTURE in the organization`s efforts to continue to collect and analyze information related to the Shuraako program objectives of decreased organized political violence in Somalia.
ONE EARTH FUTURE (OEF) is conducting research to collect annual business survey information from Shuraako`s clients in Somalia. ONE EARTH FUTURE expects that the outcome of this research will provide critical information required to determine progress on indicators from its Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Plan. Key assessment questions will center around the business and its practices, income and working environment. This effort is also aiming to help determine a baseline for certain indicators of the Shuraako program.
Key evaluation questions
As determined by the survey and qualitative tools - see Annex I and II, which will be updated.
This will be a mixed methods approach, with a focus on quantitative data collection, with complementary qualitative information. The tools to be utilized will be developed by OEF based on literature reviews and previous experiences. Principles guiding this methodology will be feasibility, timeliness and accessibility to participants. The consultant is expected to provide quality control during the process, as well as maintain technology.
Expected sample size is 45 interviews (15 interviews each in Somaliland, Puntland, South Central) and 9 focus groups (3 focus groups each in Somaliland, Puntland, South Central) with 6-10 participants in each.
In close collaboration with ONE EARTH FUTURE, the consultant will be responsible for the following activities:
Detail an operational plan with timelines
Components include but are not limited to: convergent mixed methods approach with points of interface; how the merging of quantitative and qualitative data will take place; data collection and analysis; use and maintenance of technology; budget (including technology); management of enumerators, if necessary; data security
Participate in regular virtual meetings with designated ONE EARTH FUTURE staff
Review and finalize ONE EARTH FUTURE`S evaluation tools, as well as development of training guide
Set up and implement data collection, with proper application of quality control standards
Travel throughout Somalia to conduct the assessment, where clients are located
Data entry, cleaning and analysis
Write a preliminary and final report of research findings and propose recommendations to ONE EARTH FUTURE for review and comment
Presentations to 3 groups of stakeholders (detailed below)
Return technology to OEF (otherwise costs deducted from payments)
Period of Performance
The first phase of the project will take place from September-October, 2018* (30 total working days).
*Final dates to be determined depending on consultant start date.
Final revised assessment tools (based on ONE EARTH FUTURE`s tools)
Interview and focus group guide
Collected data in CSV format
Computer files with research data
Final report on research with recommendations
Presentation of results in a brief
PowerPoint presentation of results to: (1) clients in an open event for data validation and buy-in; (2) Shuraako field staff; (3) OEF / Shuraako HQ staff
Return technology purchased to OEF
Place of performance
The place of performance is at the location of the consultant and in Somalia where clients are located. The location for preparing the research questions, conducting data analysis and writing the final report can be determined by the consultant as long as the consultant will have regular access to email, a computer, WhatsApp and Skype during the consultancy.
Experience leading evaluation team, preferably in developing countries
Ability to seek, organize and synthesize information
Ability to work both in a team and independently
Excellent writing skills
At least 3 years` experience working within Somalia
Demonstrated facilitation skills
Ability to conduct research in Somalia during specified timeframe
Ability and willingness to travel around Somalia
5+ years` experience in evaluation
Minimum Bachelor`s degree or equivalent
Highly desirable qualifications:
Ability to speak Somali
Familiarity and experience working with small- and medium-sized enterprises
Familiarity with issues affecting businesses in conflict-affected areas (e.g., governance-related)
Familiarity with Somali governance structures
All material produced because of this consultancy will remain the intellectual property of ONE EARTH FUTURE. They may be used or reproduced only with prior agreement from ONE EARTH FUTURE and may not be used for profit at any time.
Full payment of TBD will be remitted to consultant upon receipt and approval of deliverables and an invoice detailing the work performed. There will be 3 payments:
Payment 1 (10%): upon signature of contract
Payment 2 (45%): upon receipt of database
Payment 3 (45%): upon receipt of final report, presentation and return of technology
To be discussed with OEF contact:
Annex I. Survey to be administered, tentative design (quantitative)
Annex II. Focus group and interview questions to be administered, tentative design (qualitative)
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process. OEF appreciates your interest.
How to apply:
The deadline for the submission of applications is 5 pm MST on Monday, August 20, 2018. Applications should include:
Sample work of an evaluation;
Brief concept note not exceeding 3 pages with suggested approach and timeline;
Proposed budget of all-inclusive fee in USD, including separate lines for the consultancy fee and travel costs (number of trips and cost per trip, as deemed necessary for the assignment).
Please send your CV, cover letter, work sample, concept note, and budget proposal to Lam Huynh at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to reference your name and the job title in the subject line of your email.