Terre des hommes (Tdh)
Terms of Reference for Mid Term Evaluation ECD Project – Korogocho, Kenya – 2021
1. Presentation of Terre des Hommes in Kenya
Terre des hommes (Tdh) is Switzerland’s largest children’s aid organization.
For more than half a century, the Foundation has been working alongside children in distress.
It struggles to enforce their rights, without political, racial or denominational concerns.
In more than 30 countries, Tdh protects children against exploitation and violence, improves the health of children and their mothers, and provides psychological support and material assistance in times of humanitarian crisis.
Tdh has been present in Kenya since 2011 and is currently supporting access to basic services for populations affected by crises and poverty in Dadaab refugee camp, in Garissa county and in Korogocho slum in Nairobi.
Tdh started its operations in Korogocho, the fourth largest slum in Nairobi in June 2015 to undertake child protection interventions. Currently Tdh is implementing a 3-year program (2020-2022), with funding from Comic Relief on early childhood development in Korogocho.
The project entitled “Kuishi Na Kustawi,” seeks to transform early childhood development outcomes in Korogocho slums targeting 1800 most vulnerable children aged 0-6 years.
Specifically, the project will improve the holistic and nurturing ECD for young children through 3 interlinked outcomes: (1) Centre-based development (2) Support parents/community stakeholders to promote optimal and nurturing ECD (3) Policy influence.
3. Objective of the evaluation
Objective: The aim is to determine the relevance and fulfillment of objectives, developmental efficiency, effectiveness, impact and sustainability. The evaluation should provide information that is credible and useful, enabling the incorporation of lessons learned into the decision-making process of the next phase of the project.
The evaluation aims to assess and respond to the following specific objectives.
- Effectiveness: To which degree did the activities and indicators meet the objectives and results set out in the project (as outlined in the logical framework)?
- Matching needs: Did the project/activities meet relevant needs of the beneficiaries?
- Relevance: Was the project designed in a way that is relevant to reach its goals?
- Alignment: to which extend the project is in line (and using) with international relevant standards (such as the CPIMS)
- Efficiency: Was the project run in an efficient way?
- Sustainability: Are the results achieved so farsustainable?
- Coherence: Were the result indicators and their means of verification adequate?
Has the project interfaced and built synergies with other actors, within and beyond intervention space?
What possible adjustments would the consultant recommend?
- Impact: Where there any unforeseen positive/negative effects of the activities?
- Which unmet needs did the evaluator identify that would be relevant for Tdh to look into, in an eventual continuation of the project?
- Outcome performance: What has been the progress towards achievement of the outcome indicators?
- Identify lessons learned and provide recommendations.
4. Scope of the evaluation
The scope of the evaluation includes a review and assessment of all activities carried out under the project since the inception.
The evaluation should assess the achievements of the project towards reaching its targets and outcomes as outlined in the result framework.
The evaluation should assess project design, implementation, effectiveness, coherence, efficiency, sustainability, lessons learned, and provide recommendations for the ongoing implementation.
5. Intended users of the evaluation
This evaluation is intended for:
- Tdh internally: country delegation, Africa zone management.
- Comic Relief
- ECD Comic Relief implementing partners
Preparation phase: Secondary data review, briefing with Td H personnel, writing an inception report for evaluation stating the sources of information, tools for data collection.
The methodological proposition of evaluation must allow a mutual understanding between the TdH team and the consultant, regarding the objectives, scope, time and expected results of the evaluation.
Field phase (Korogocho): Meeting key stakeholders (local authorities, County Government of Nairobi, Department of Children Services, CBOs and NGOs, Community Based Child Protection Mechanisms, ECDE personnel and relevant government departments) using key informant questionnaire and Focus Group Discussions (FGD). Individual questionnaire will be administered to beneficiaries’ children and parents/caregivers.
Analysis and debriefing phase: The results and preliminary conclusions will be presented to the Tdh teams and partners for validation.
The evaluation will be scheduled as follows:
20 days between 29 th November to 18th December 2021
- 4 days desktop review and preparation of inception report
- 7 days field work including data collection and analysis and presentation of preliminary findings
- 7 days report drafting
- 2 days presentation in Tdh Nairobi Office and report finalization
- Inception report on the proposed assignment within three days of the commencement of the consultancy, setting out how they will approach the assignment, proposed methodology, workplan and data collection tool.
- Draft report to be submitted at the end of the evaluation with a maximum extension of 30 pages excluding annexes. The evaluation report will be structured asfollows:
- Executive summary
- Purpose and objectives
- Findings based on questions provided in the ToR
- Conclusion and recommendations
- Conduct an internal validation/presentation meeting to Tdh and key stakeholders outlining key findings and to receive inputs.
- Final report, incorporating TdH’s, partners’, and stakeholders’ input, completed after input is received.
9. Roles and responsibilities
The evaluation will be conducted by an external consultant who will be supported by the local Tdh team. Tdh Nairobi office will be responsible for contractual arrangements.
The consultant will be responsible for the entire assessment process:
- Desk review and documentation
- The development of the methodology, the development of research tools (semi-structured interview questionnaires and FGD templates) and their field-testing
- Data collection and analysis
- To conduct meeting with stakeholders and key informant interviews
- Providing a feed-back session with first results at the Kenya office
- Drafting and writing the report with conclusions and recommendations
The main focal point will be M&E Manager; the secondary focal point will be Project Manager.
M&E Manager and Project Manager will provide technical support and all the required information about the project and the context.
Profile of the consultant (team): qualifications and experience
- The lead researcher should possess a master’s in social Science, Early Childhood Education, Education, Sociology, Child protection and any other relevant field.
- Associates’ consultants should have a minimum of bachelor’s degree.
- The lead consultant should have a minimum of 7 years’ experience in carrying out impact evaluations, demonstrable academic and practical experience in qualitative and quantitative research methodology, evaluation design and implementation.
- Excellent analytical and report writing skills.
- Previous knowledge/experience of conducting evaluations on child protection projects.
- Strongly familiarity with social and cultural norms, and attitudes in relation to urban informal settlements.
- Willingness to adopt and change on the demand of the organization and the donor.
- Proven experience working with INGO and NGO with a focus on child participation approaches.
How to Apply
Interested consultant individuals or organization should submit a technical offer including detailed methodology, chronogram, and required budget.
The CV of the evaluator as well as evidence of previous evaluations and a list of 3 referees should be provided.
This should be sent to KEN.firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date for the applications will be close of business 5.00pm on 22nd November 2021