Program Evaluation of Zambia Emergency Drought Response
World Renew is currently implementing short-term food assistance programming to respond to drought emergency conditions in two districts located in the Western Province of Zambia. Working with local partner United Church of Zambia (UCZ) and funded by the Canadian Food Grains Bank (CFGB) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the programming consists of two projects, and requires an external evaluation to be completed by March 2020.
The first project is in Mwandi district and the second is in Shangombo district. World Renew is seeking an evaluation consultant(s) to assess in real-time the performance of the project including the extent to which particular intervention activities have attributed to effective food assistance programming for the vulnerable populations in the target areas of the two projects. Based on this critical assessment, the evaluation will provide recommendations on the way forward for World Renew, identifying best practices and organizational gaps to be focused in order to specifically impact sustainability of gender-equity outcomes and improve safety in food assistance programming.
Candidates interested in submitting proposals should refer to the Terms of Reference (ToR) prior to submission.
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The RFP deadline is Tuesday December 3, 2019.
Scope of Work: Key Tasks and Responsibilities of the Consultant
The consultant should consider appropriate quantitative and qualitative/participatory methods in the design of their evaluation methodology. The evaluation will likely take place simultaneously alongside a knowledge exchange opportunity amongst the staff of the CFGB and DFID projects (including from the consortium partner- World Vision). The consultant(s) is responsible for the whole process including desk research, field data collection, and report writing.
Qualifications and Skills: Criteria for Selection
World Renew would like to invite consultants with the following minimum qualifications to take part:
- Eligible lead consultants should comprise of professional/s in the area of food assistance, humanitarian response, gender studies or other relevant social science fields of study with proven work experience
- A minimum of Post Graduate degree (MSc., MPH or MA.) is required
- 5 or more years of experience in the consulting industry/ in conducting external evaluations related to food distributions and humanitarian response
- Extensive research experience and technical background in designing and evaluating emergency food assistance programs
- Expertise as well as practical experience in related practices contributing to women’s empowerment is essential, particularly gender transformative approaches.
- Proven capacity to identify, analyze and integrate safeguarding elements
- Strong statistical background in quantitative and qualitative data collection, analysis, interpretation and reporting
- Knowledge of food assistance principles, Core Humanitarian Standards and results-based in two districts of Western Province frameworks; ALNAP Criteria for Evaluation of Humanitarian Action
- Understanding of the culture of Western Province in Zambia is desirable
- Interpersonal skills and sensitivity while conducting research
- Willingness to travel and stay remote and under-served districts with limited road networks, accommodations and food options
1) at least one writing sample of a previous evaluation assignment
2) three certificates of successful completion of previous assignments of similar nature which has to be provided in writing along with
3) his/her resume (the evidence should include the areas/organizations of experience, year, legal letters of recommendations or other valuable
Preparation of the Technical Proposal
Proposals will be evaluated according to the criteria in the ToR, and therefore the Technical Proposal should include the following information:
- Clearly defined evaluation methodology including data collection, analysis, interpretation, reporting, work plan and structure of the evaluation team
- A discussion of work done for similar clients, with a list of recent references
- Attached curriculum vitae of each individual/professional team member to be assigned for the work and of the senior officer who will be responsible for supervising the team
- Valuable evidence that clearly shows the experience of the consultant(s) regarding the subject matter
Submission via email, should have Zambia Drought Response Evaluation Proposal in the subject line and be sent to [email protected]
Preparation of the Budget for the Evaluation proposal
The Budget for the proposal is to be submitted separately describing the details of costs of what are expected for the execution of the final evaluation works; excluding the transportation costs to the project sites, which will be covered in full by World Renew.
Submission via email, should have Zambia Drought Response Evaluation Budget in the subject line and should be sent to [email protected]
Deadline and Selection Process
Proposals and budgets are due Tuesday December 3, 2019. Once the deadline has passed, selection of the evaluation consultant will be done as per World Renew’s procurement guidelines and the winner will be selected through the existing procedures via committee comprising of staff from World Renew.
Timeline Overview of the Evaluation Process
The evaluation consultant will commence the contract mid-January, 2019. The consultant will conduct data collection at the project sites during February and adjust and coordinate accordingly to accommodate for Zambian holidays during that time. A first draft and presentation of major findings and recommendations; validation workshop and final draft is expected no later than the third week of March and the final report will be due in the last week of March. Both soft and hard copies of the report will be submitted to World Renew for review.
How to Submit the Proposal:
Please Click Here to access and review the Terms of Reference before applying
Please submit your technical proposal to Melody Mendonca at [email protected] and your budget proposal to Laura Chiarot at [email protected]