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Project Mid-term Evaluator

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“Social Enterprises for Internally Displaced Persons in Georgia”

 

Project Mid-term Evaluation

About Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund Deutschland (ASB)

The “Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund Deutschland (ASB)” is a German aid and welfare organization with more than 300 branches at the national, regional, district and municipal level all over Germany. ASB has been working in Georgia from 1992 to 1997, and reopened its office in the country in late 2010, focusing on livelihood activities for Internally Displaced Persons, disaster risk reduction and the provision of social services for the most vulnerable through the promotion of social enterprises (SE).

About “Economic Empowerment of IDPs and Host Communities in Georgia” Project

ASB Georgia in partnership with Charity Humanitarian Centre “Abkhazeti” (CHCA) is implementing the US Government-funded project “Economic Empowerment of IDPs and Host Communities in Georgia”. The two-year project aims to support entrepreneurship and confidence building to increase the self-reliance of IDPs, returnees and host communities.

The project target group includes Internally Displaced Persons, conflict-affected population and host communities.

The project has two Specific Objectives: 1) Fostering livelihood through entrepreneurship opportunities and capacity building; 2) Promoting confidence building through cross-border cooperation.

Description of the Assignment

ASB Georgia is seeking for an individual researcher/research company to conduct project mid-term evaluation in Samegrelo and Abkhazia (Gali and Ochamchire).

The main objective of this evaluation is to provide the project team an independent review of the status, relevance and performance of the project as compared to the project document, assess the basic results and their sustainability. Specifically, the midterm evaluation will provide an early signal of the project’s relevance, effectiveness, and sustainability to the date; collect performance indicator data; assess whether the project is on track to meet results and targets, and identify any necessary recommendations and mid-course corrections.

The evaluation report should then provide conclusions and recommendations on the following questions:

Relevance
  • To what extent does the project interventions address the needs of the targeted groups?
  • How significant and worthwhile is the project for the situation?
  • Were stakeholders involved in the development of project design?
  • Are the activities relevant to project goals and objectives?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of programme design and its M&E plan?

Effectiveness

  • Was the project effective in achieving its intended objectives of Y1?
  • To what extent have the project objectives/ results been achieved or will be likely to achieve them? (Setting status of project’s indicators)
  • To what extent have the planned activities been accomplished?
  • Quality of the activities/outputs/deliverables produced
  • How effective and relevant were the project models/approaches applied through the implementation of the project?
  • How were capacities strengthened at the individual and organizational level?
  • Have project stakeholders collaborated as planned?
  • How and which unforeseen external factors influenced the project?
  • How did the assumptions affect the programme?
  • Were any unplanned results achieved?

Sustainability

  • To what extent are the benefits of the project likely to be sustained after the withdrawal of the donor?
  • What value did the project add to its context or situation?

 

Methodology

The detailed evaluation methodology will be developed before field visits in accordance with the project logical framework and other relevant documents and secondary data.

The proposed evaluation methodology will make use of qualitative and quantitative methods. It will take into account an approach, used for baseline measurement. Evaluation methods will be developed in accordance with the specific evaluation objectives, considering the target groups, as well as project indicators.

Responsibilities of the ASB

  • Provide Independent Evaluator with the guidelines on the mid-term evaluation scope and objective;
  • Provide Independent Evaluator with project-related documents;
  • Reimburse the Independent Evaluator as per the terms of the contract agreement;
  • Provide logistical support to the Independent Evaluator when necessary;
  • Provide support in conducting fieldwork in Gali and Ochamchire;
  • Provide any other support requested and found reasonable and manageable by the Project team.

Responsibilities of Independent Evaluator

  • Together with the project team, develop a detailed methodology (considering local specificities), timeline and work plan of the assignment in accordance with the overall evaluation design framework;
  • Conduct a review of the project documentation;
  • Develop evaluation tools according to the project logical framework and local context specifics;
  • Arrange and coordinate quantitative, as well as qualitative fieldwork activities in Samegrelo ;
  • Organize quantitative data entry;
  • Process and analyze quantitative, as well as qualitative data for Samegrelo, Gali, and Ochamchire;
  • Develop a final evaluation report.

Deliverables

These deliverables should be completed within the deadlines mentioned in the work plan to be provided by the contracted researcher:

  1. Evaluation design document (including identified target groups, particular stakeholders to be involved in the survey, timeline, evaluation tools, etc);
  2. Raw data (qualitative and quantitative);
  3. Final report (reviewed and approved by ASB):
  • Executive summary;
  • Description of the context and the project;
  • Study goals and objectives ;
  • Methodology (project relevance, efficiency, sustainability);
  • Main findings;
  • Lessons learned;
  • Conclusions;
  • Recommendations;
  • Annexes including all data collection tools, list of Key Informants, etc. 

Qualifications of the evaluator

  • More than 5 years of experience of conducting/leading assessments, baselines, and evaluations;
  • Prior experience of managing/leading fieldwork;
  • Strong analytical, organizational and communication skills;
  • Fluency in Georgian;
  • Strong writing skills in English required;
  • Ability to work independently or in a team and under tight deadlines.

Budget

The budget of the assignment is GEL 9 000 Gross.

Time Frame / Duration

The evaluation will be carried out through a period of two months, October- November 2019. Interested applicants should submit their proposal in English which must include the following:

  1. A detailed description of the consultant's/organization’s qualifications (CV), with a list of previously undertaken assignments;
  2. Cover Letter which includes information on how the applicant meets the requirements;
  3. The proposed methodology, draft work plan and budget with a detailed breakdown of costs per units of work;
  4. Contact details of three references.

If you meet the requirements, please submit your application no later than October 4, 2019, to application@asb.ge. Please ensure that you quote "Mid-term evaluator” in the subject line. Early applications are welcome since they will be reviewed on rolling basis until the position is filled.

 

Only electronic applications will be accepted. Requested documentation will be reviewed and only shortlisted candidates will be invited for the interview.

 

Note: ASB Georgia reserves the right to directly hire the selected individual/research company also for the project final evaluation

05/09/2019