End -line Evaluation of the DG ECHO-Funded Action for the Uganda Cash Consortium

Project Title

Uganda Cash Consortium (UCC) – Addressing the Immediate Basic Needs and Increase the Resilience and Protection Environment Through the People-Centred Approach and Comprehensive Basic Needs Approach for Refugees in Uganda Refugee Settlements

Project Background and Context:

The project, which aims to address the immediate basic needs and increase the resilience and protection environment for the most vulnerable refugee households in Kyaka II, Kyangwali and Nakivale refugee settlements, is implemented by the Uganda Cash Consortium (UCC) led by Danish Refugee Council (DRC) in partnership with Lutheran World Federation (LWF), Action Against Hunger (ACF) and Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS). With funding from the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), the project commenced in March 2019 and is scheduled to end in July 2021. The project is focused on multi-purpose cash transfers (MPCT), where the transfer value is based on the non-food components of the Minimum Expenditure Basket (MEB) established and updated by the Uganda Cash Working Group (CWG). Additionally, other kind of assistance was provided in the past: WASH, shelter, and education.

Consultancy Purpose and Scope of Evaluation:

This project is scheduled to end on 31st August 2021. An external end-line evaluation is, therefore planned to take place in August / September 2021 during the final implementation phase of the project. Exact time and modality of evaluation (on-line or physical will depend on the COVID-19 situation and discussed with a winner. As the evaluation is summative, its objective is to assess the extent to which the intervention has delivered its expected results, achieved the specific, and contributed to the principles objectives of the project. The scope for examination in this exercise will be determined by the OECD-DAC criteria for evaluating humanitarian action – relevance, coherence, effectiveness, efficiency, impact, and sustainability. The assessment will furthermore ascertain the overall performance of the project will identify and highlight learnings and will provide insight and recommendations for the planning for comparable future interventions. In addition, the evaluation will adopt the project’s existing M&E framework and will ensure that indicator/target data produced is comparable to baseline and midterm data.

Plan and Methodology

The selected consultant/s will be expected to employ a mix of methods approach (listed below) that will triangulate quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection and analysis. The evaluation design is expected to conform to ethical standards with clear quality control measures and adherence to ‘Do No Harm’ principles.

The end line should apply, but not be limited to, the following data collection methods:

a) Desk Studies -a review of project documents to understand the project design and contextual framework.

b) Field Visits – undertaken with consortium partners, local governmental representatives, project direct beneficiaries, financial service providers and Refugee Welfare Committee (RWC) members to directly collect experiences, observations and feedback from all key stakeholders.

c) Interviews (household surveys, FGDs, KIIs) – with direct beneficiaries such as heads of households and members, students, youth groups, financial service providers, RWC members and settlement commandants.

d) Photography and voice recordings where appropriate.

e) Observation.

The consultant/s should use recognized data analysis software such as SPSS for quantitative analysis and NVIVO or Atlas for qualitative analysis. It is important that all software used are LICENSED. The consultant/s will be required to submit all material and data sets used in the data analysis and report generation process to DRC, after the consultancy assignment.

The consultant/s should be ready to conduct the evaluation either in Uganda, visiting the project locations or on-line. Two financial offers are expected to be submitted depends on a selected modality.

The final report and all deliverables will be due on or before September 15th 2021. The assignment envisions 30 working days spread over August and September 2021

How to apply

Expressions of Interest:

DRC invites Expressions of Interest (EOI) from firms, teams of individuals or individuals, with the experience and skills described above. The EOI must include:

a) A cover letter of no more than 3 pages introducing the evaluator/evaluation team and how the skills and competencies described above are met, with concrete examples. Please also use this cover letter to indicate the consultants’ availability for the proposed period.

b) An outline of no more than 3 pages of the proposed methodology and indicative work plan. The methodology should incorporate the following:

  • Sampling approach;
  • Data collection methods and evaluation plan;
  • Potential limitations and how these would/could be mitigated;

c) A one-page budget of the offer, covering all major anticipated costs

d) A CV for the evaluator(s) – max 3 pages each, including 2 referees (with phone number and email address). The CVs submitted should be for those who will directly undertake the evaluation; most preferably, lead and co-lead. Changes in key personnel (lead or co-lead consultants) are not allowed after the contract is awarded.

e) Two samples of reports from previous evaluations/reviews relevant to this consultancy – one from CVA, preferably MPCT.

f) Experience in executing such evaluations/studies in a remote mode of work.

g) Only electronically submitted technical and financial proposals to rfq.uga-kla@drc.ngo by 2nd August 2021 will be considered.

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