Consultant - Final Evaluation of REVIVE Program

Programs Anywhere, United States


Description

Background:

REVIVE is a one year program funded by GIZ with a start date of 17 November 2019 and end date of 31 October 2020. The program is implemented in three locations, Chamchamal and Said Sadiq in Sulaymaniyah governorate and Qushtapa in Erbil governorate. Mercy Corps implemented this program in partnership with two local community based organizations (CBOs) named Kurdistan Economic Development Organization (KEDO) and Youth Activity Organization (YAO). Throughout the life of the program, it is aimed to serve 1,739 individuals with 30 percent women and 10 percent persons with disabilities.  

Purpose / Project Description:

The REVIVE program aims at supporting the livelihoods and economic developments of vulnerable peoples from host community, internal displaced people (IDPs), refugees and international Iraqi returnees who reside in the Kurdistan region in Iraq within the location targeted by the program. The program is designed with two outcomes, one aiming at finding sustainable jobs for people who are employable and second at creating new business as well as expanding and supporting existing ones. Below are the two outcomes of the program:

  • Outcome 1: Employable people have sustainable jobs (new jobs are created).
  • Outcome 2: Micro, small, medium enterprises are created and/or supported, focused on women empowerment and vulnerable populations.

Consultant Objectives:

Mercy Corps is looking for a consultant to conduct a final evaluation of the REVIVE program. Due to ongoing access challenges, the evaluation will be conducted remotely with the full support of the Mercy Corps’ MEL team in Sulimaniyah and Erbil.

The purpose of the final evaluation is to measure the following two indicators:

  • Indicator 1: % of program participants reporting an increase in income.
  • Indicator 2.4: # of additional jobs created by recipients of scale-up grants.

In addition to measuring final indicator values for the program, the final evaluation should evaluate the program for its relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact, and sustainability. The evaluation will include additional insights and analysis of the project’s relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability on female and people with disabilities (PWD) project participants. The following are illustrative evaluation questions, which will be further refined with the consultant. 

  • What are the main gaps and recommendations for improvement in ensuring sustainability of employment? Specifically examining gaps and recommendations for Syrian refugees/and IDPs, as well as female and PWD project participants.
  • What is the long term impact on employment (duration, continuation) after participating in the internship and/or SVP program? For Syrian refugees/and IDPs; female and PWD project participants?
  • What are some unintended outcomes/impact (positive and negative) from the program?  
  • Which between start-up and scale-up business grants are more sustainable and have more potential for growth and job creation?

Consultant Activities:

The Consultant will:

  • Develop an Inception report: after having a desk review of the REVIVE documents, the consultant is expected to produce an inception report of how information will be analyzed, presented and discussed/adjusted together with Mercy Corps. 
  • Design, develop, review (with Mercy Corps Iraq’s Revive team and MEL team) and refine data collection tools including translation to Arabic/Kurdish languages, where appropriate
  • Encode and analyze data
  • Deliver a Final evaluation report. The consultant is expected to deliver a comprehensive final evaluation report; the report should be in four (4) hard-cover-bound, physical, copies and a soft copy (PDF and Word - submitted electronically). Page limit for the full report is 40 pages (exclusive of annexes and attachments). The report will be submitted in English and must include clear, substantiated recommendations for improvement of future similar programming. Report Structure & Content:
  1. Cover Page, List of Acronyms
  2. Table of Contents 
  3. Executive Summary: This section should be a clear and concise stand-alone document that gives readers the essential contents of the evaluation report, including a summary of major findings, lessons learned, and recommendations. 
  4. Methodology: This section should be sufficiently detailed to help the reader judge the accuracy of the report and its findings.  
  5. Limitations: This section should address constraints and limitations of the methodology, and the implications of these limitations for the findings, including whether and why any of the evaluation findings are inconclusive.  
  6. Results: This section should provide a clear assessment of progress with respect to indicators / targets / objectives and/or evaluation questions. Reference baseline and midterm evaluation information as well as program logic, theory of change, etc. 
  7. Synthesis, Recommendations and Lessons Learned: This is space for the evaluation team to think about the data and results, and make concrete recommendations for current or future program improvements, pull out organization lessons learned, and generally comment on data and results.  Everything presented in this section should be directly linked back to the information presented in the Results section of the report 
  8. Conflicts of Interest: Disclose any conflicts of interest or the appearance of conflicts of interest, including the interest of program staff in having a successful program.
  9. Annexes: These should include a complete file of data collection instruments in English and translations (Arabic and Kurdish); list of stakeholder groups with number and type of interactions; SOW, qualitative protocols developed and used, any data sets (these can be provided in electronic format), any required photos, participant profiles or other special documentation needed.

Consultant Deliverables:

  • Inception report
  • Data collection tools (translated)
  • Analyzed dataset
  • Final Evaluation Report

Timeframe / Schedule: 

Maximum 18 days duration – 1 October to 5 November 2020, with work done remotely. Given the high level of coordination with field teams and remote support, working days and hours applicable to regular Mercy Corps staff in Iraq will also apply to the consultant. However, depending on the nature of work and ability to actually work on sixth day of a week, the consultant may work, if asked to do so for a specific deliverable. The work schedule for this period will be developed in coordination with the consultant. Key deadlines include: Inception report to be submitted 6 October. First draft report to be submitted on 2 November 2020. Mercy Corps will review the draft report and provide feedback no later than 3 November 2020. The Final report, incorporating feedback, will be due on 5 November 2020.

 

Timeline

Activity

2 days

Desk review of the REVIVE documents

3 days

Produce inception report of how information will analyzed and presented and discuss/adjust together with Mercy Corps

4 days

Design, develop, review (with Mercy Corps Iraq’s Revive team and MEL team) and refine data collection tools including translation to Arabic/Kurdish languages, where appropriate.

3 days

Encode and analyze data

4 days

Prepare draft evaluation report

2 days

Finalize report based on MC feedback

The Consultant will report to:

The Consultant will report to: MEL Manager for REVIVE.

The Consultant will work closely with:

The Consultant will work closely with: REVIVE Senior Program Manager, Head of Livelihoods, Program Performance and Quality Director.