Consultancy for Midterm Review of Strengthening Social Cohesion and Stability in Slum Populations Project

                                                                                                                                                  

 

CFC 01/06/018: Midterm Review Consultant

Terms of Reference

Consultancy for Conducting MIDTERM REVIEW OF STRENGTHENING SOCIAL COHESION AND STABILITY IN SLUM POPULATIONS, Kampala . MAY, 2018

 

  1. BACKGROUND

 

Established in 1951, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits both migrants and society in general. The IOM mission in Uganda was established in 1988, and has since been supporting the Government to address migration challenges, and building capacity of relevant stakeholders. IOM implements a range of programmatic interventions in areas such as Refugee Resettlement; Emergency Response mostly for refugees from South Sudan and Democratic Republic of the Congo; Migration Health (Assessments and Promotion); Labor Migration and Human Development; Counter-Trafficking and Migrant Assistance; Immigration and Border Management; and Migration Governance, including policy and research.

Mission: IOM is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society. As the UN Migration Agency, IOM acts with its partners in the international community to:

  1. Assist in meeting the growing operational challenges of migration management
  2. Advance understanding of migration issues.
  3. Encourage social and economic development through migration.
  4. Uphold the human dignity and well-being of migrants.

 

2.0 INTRODUCTION TO THE ASSIGNMENT:

 

Youth unemployment is a daunting challenge across the world, with a worrying link to a rising incidence of radicalization and violent extremism.  This reality inspired IOM Uganda’s Strengthening Social Cohesion & Stability in Slum Populations (SSCoS) project, being implemented in the capital Kampala. The 42-month project financed through European Union Trust Fund, started in August 2016 in Bwaise, but is also being implemented in Kisenyi, Katwe and Kabalagala. SSCoS’s overall objective is to tackle the root causes of inter-communal conflict in slum populations by addressing the sources of grievances – such as unemployment – and by strengthening community cohesion around shared development assets.

At the heart of IOM’s work among the slum populations is enhancement of employment opportunities as a vehicle towards social harmony. Selected youths and women undergo training on setting up and operating small businesses and cooperatives, before they are given in-kind and cash support to run their businesses.

The project is being delivered together with the inaugural implementing partner, the Bwaise-based Action for Fundamental Change and Development (AFFCAD). Third-party implementing partners include ACTogether and YARID.

 

Main Objective of the SSCoS Project: To tackle the root causes of inter communal conflict in slum populations by addressing sources of grievances and by strengthening community cohesion around shared development assets.

Project Result Areas include:

Result 1: Increase knowledge of radicalization and violent extremism in Uganda among relevant stakeholders.

Result 2: Strengthened capacity of Action for Fundamental Change and Development (AFFCAD) to combat political, social and economic drivers of conflict and radicalization, provide socio-economic opportunities for youth in slum communities and to monitor the delivery of social services

Result 3: Increased capacity and resilience of most at risk communities to resist radicalization and combat violent extremism.

Result 4:  Increased capacity among relevant security agencies in Kampala to combat radicalization and violent extremism and to respond to human rights abuses in line with international best practices.

Result 5: Relevant Government authorities in the education, health, urban infrastructure and JLOS sectors have the capacity to provide conflict sensitive and non-discriminatory public services.

Result 6: Vulnerable youth in target communities access employment opportunities and financial services.

 

3.0 PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES OF THIS EVALUATION

3.1 Objective of the Midterm Review/Evaluation;

The overall objective of the evaluation is to assess and evaluate implemented project activities, outputs and results to date and their initial impact if any, against what was planned. This is expected to lead to substantive and clear recommendations for remedial action if any, and for improvement in the coordination, management and delivery of project activities in the coming years.

3.2 Specific Objectives of the Midterm Evaluation;

Program progress including its Relevance:

The evaluation will identify the overall progress of the activity implementation at the different levels and contribution towards the objectives. Specifically, the evaluation will evaluate:

  1. Progress of outputs and outcomes based on log frame indicators and set targets
  2. Deliverables to beneficiaries including planned and unforeseen changes.
  3. Rights based approach to programming
  4. Gender mainstreaming in project implementation
  5. Gaps and lessons learned
  6. Good practices that are suitable for sharing and replication in other settings.

Partnerships: To assess project partnerships in terms of cooperation, coordination, networking, and  to contribute to the project objectives/results.

Sustainability: To evaluate whether the project is likely to achieve sustainable outcomes that contribute to the project goal, and recommend how the project can facilitate a sustainable phasing out process in the remaining period.

Efficiency: The Consultant will be expected to conduct a cost- benefit analysis to measure the efficiency in the delivery of the project.

Effectiveness: To evaluate the execution performance and determine the effectiveness of the project in terms of the level of participation of various stakeholders in project implementation.

Impact: Evaluate the impact of the SSCoS interventions on the targeted beneficiaries.

 

4.0 METHODOLOGY AND DESIGN

The evaluator will be required to design the methodology for the evaluation in the first phase of the exercise.  It is expected that a mix of quantitative and qualitative methods and instruments will be used, and a participatory approach should be adopted, capturing the perspectives of key stakeholders. The methodology, tools and scheduling used must be gender and target group sensitive.

 

5.0 SCOPE OF WORK

The selected consultant will carry out the following:

  1. Desk Review: The consultant will be sent all relevant (key) documents of the project implemented during the period under review to read and analyze (incl. initial approved proposal, monitoring protocols, implementation annual plans, and annual and bi-annual financial and narrative reports.
  2. Develop a detailed inception report and an implementation plan including the review methodology and tools, taking into consideration time to receive input from the IOM teams.
  3. Implement the MTR field work exercise at the project sites in Kampala.
  4. Prepare a first draft report; the lead consultant will be expected to document evaluation activities, findings, conclusions and recommendations and present the draft report to IOM.
  5. A one-day validation meeting with relevant IOM staff, key informants and stakeholders who participated in the exercise at each project site, with the purpose to inform the group on the findings and get feedback for inclusion in the final report
  6. The final report will be submitted to the SSCoS Project Manager.
     

6.0 OUTPUTS

A well written and edited Mid Term Review report in English including:

  1. Raw data to be provided to IOM, as this remains the property of IOM.
  2. Review of the appropriateness of the programme design and the strategies (partnership, sustainability, monitoring and learning) used to achieve the objectives.
  3. Concrete recommendations for improvements that can be made in the remaining years to move the project towards higher probability of sustainable impact.
  4. The final report in 3 soft copies (CD) and 3 bound copies to be submitted within three weeks upon receipt of comments and after the validation workshop.

 

7.0 QUALIFICATIONS/SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:

Expert/ Lead Consultant Profile

One consultant is required to carry out the exercise. He/she should be a development consultant with strong expertise in P/CVE and social Cohesion among host and refugee communities. He/she should have demonstrated expertise in project monitoring, evaluation, Research & Documentation. He/she should have at least 10 years relevant professional experience with at least a master’s degree in social science, law, development studies, project management, or any related field or its equivalent with a perfect command of spoken and written English.

8.0 DURATION AND TIMELINE OF CONSULTANCY

The consultant will work for 30 days in the month of July 2018.

9.0 SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS

The technical and financial proposals should be submitted electronically to hruganda@iom.int by 12:00am EAT on 24 June 2018.

10.0 EVALUATION AND AWARD OF CONSULTANCY

IOM will evaluate  proposals and award the assignment based on technical and financial feasibility. IOM reserve the right to accept or reject any proposal received without giving reasons and is not bound to accept the lowest, the highest or any other bidder.

 

Duty Station: 
Kampala
Grade: 
Consultancy
Closing Date: 
Sunday, June 24, 2018