Consultant Opportunity (Individual or Team): Comprehensive Multi-Site Program Evaluation (International Travel Required)

Job Type

Full Time
Contract

Published

07/09/2018

Start Date

08/01/2018

Address

Washington
District of Columbia
United States

Description

Comprehensive Multi-Site Program Evaluation


The estimated start date is August 1, 2018 and the estimated end date is May 15, 2019.


I. Background Information

Founded in 2014 and headquartered in Washington DC, WomenStrong International (WomenStrong) (www.womenstrong.org) is a global consortium of non-profit organizations working with women and girls to end extreme urban poverty. In collaboration with our consortium, we develop, finance, and share powerful women-driven solutions that transform lives. WomenStrong’s consortium targets those interrelated obstacles that keep women and girls from enjoying a decent livelihood and their full potential: lack of access to education, health care, safety, and economic opportunity. All of our work is rooted in the wisdom of women and girls who know best what they need to thrive. Our solutions are for women, by women, on their journey toward more prosperous and fulfilling lives.


II. Project Summary

Since 2014, WomenStrong has funded Consortium Member partners who implement activities aimed at addressing the complex obstacles confronting women and girls trapped in profound urban poverty. The activities of these partners vary depending upon the context and need. Partner projects include adolescent clubs, mobile women’s health clinics, savings groups, mothers’ clubs, and gender-based violence prevention programs. Program size also varies per site from 300 to 15,000 participants. Consortium members were funded separately from one another, at various points in time, to conduct program interventions over a period of four-years. All programs are currently in their final phase of implementation, with the first partner program concluding in September 2018.


•    Project goal: To empower women and girls to lead the way toward a poverty-free world. Progress toward meeting this objective is achieved by implementing cross-cutting programs at multiple Consortium Member partner sites and learning and sharing what works, across sites and beyond.

•    Current project locations: Madurai, India; Kisumu, Kenya; Kumasi, Ghana; and Borgne, Haiti.

•    Project period: September 2014 – April 2019

•    Target populations: vulnerable populations of women and girls

The specific projects to be evaluated for each Consortium Member partner include the following thematic areas:

•    Haiti: mobile women’s health clinics and girls’ education/youth development

•    Kenya: girls’ education/youth development, women’s economic empowerment/savings groups, and gender-based violence

•    Ghana: mobile women’s health clinics, girls’ education/youth development, women’s economic empowerment, and gender-based violence

•    India: women’s economic empowerment/savings groups, girls’ education/youth development, and mobile women’s health clinics


III. Objectives of the Evaluation

WomenStrong is seeking an external consultant(s) to undertake an end-of-grant evaluation for its Consortium Member partner sites in India, Haiti, Kenya, and Ghana. The main objectives of the evaluation are:


•    To measure the relevance, effectiveness, and efficiency of the interventions applied to address the needs in target communities.

•    To assess the extent to which the objectives and key activities of the individual projects were achieved and determine how the progress made contributed to the realization of WomenStrong’s overarching goal.

•    To assess the appropriateness of the different approaches and methodologies used in the implementation of the project to target different groups of beneficiaries.

•    To obtain program participants’ and staff perspectives on indicators of success, specifically in relation to the benefits, impact, and sustainability of program activities.

•    To gain an understanding of partner organizations’ experiences participating in the WomenStrong Consortium.

•    To document key successes, challenges, and lessons learned and make recommendations for future interventions.


IV. Methodology of the Data Collection

The following methods of data collection may be used in combination to collect all the required information:


•    Desk review of WomenStrong documents and relevant reports on individual Consortium Member project activities and those cross-learning activities undertaken between and among Consortium Members;

•    Qualitative participatory research approaches with project participants (18 years and older) in the partner sites; and

•    Key informant interviews with relevant experts in women’s and girls’ empowerment and poverty reduction, stakeholders, and key actors in the partner sites.


V. Results of Evaluation

A detailed report indicating the main outcomes, lessons learned, project successes, and key recommendations. A separate report will be submitted for each of the Consortium Member project sites.


VI. Proposed Duration of the Evaluation

There will be four phases of the evaluation, one per Consortium Member partner site. Evaluation lengths will vary from site to site as project activities are different among Consortium Member partners. Given the scheduled project end dates, evaluations must be completed as per the order listed below:


•    Borgne, Haiti evaluation: field work has to be completed by no later than September 15, 2018

•    Kisumu, Kenya: field work has to be completed by no later than November 30, 2018

•    Kumasi, Ghana: field work has to be completed by no later than February 28, 2019

•    Madurai, India: field work has to be completed by no later than February 28, 2019

On-site data collection is expected to take no more than two weeks. After each site visit, 30 days will be allocated to analyze the data, 1 week to draft the report, and then 3 business days to incorporate WomenStrong’s feedback into the final report.


The estimated start date is August 1, 2018 and the estimated end date is May 15, 2019.


VII. Deliverables

•    An evaluation plan for each Consortium Member partner site. The evaluation plan will detail the design strategy for the evaluation, the data collection and analysis plan, a list of the team members, the schedule for the evaluation, and a budget. The consultant(s) will be expected to submit soft copies of a detailed evaluation plan for each of the Consortium Member project sites within 30 days of signing the contract (a total of four plans). Each plan needs to be specific to the evaluation needs of the Consortium Member projects, which vary from site to site.

•    Data collection tools to be used in the field.

•    Draft evaluation report. A draft report will be expected 5 weeks after the end of each field mission.

•    Final evaluation report. A separate report for each Consortium Member will be expected 3 days after WomenStrong provides feedback on the draft report. The final reports will be in-depth, but succinct, and will detail the findings of the evaluation and recommendations for future similar interventions at these project sites. Each report will be presented in English and will remain the property of WomenStrong. A hard copy and a soft copy must be submitted for each.

•    Field notes for each Consortium Member partner site visit.


The contents of the report shall be as follows: Executive summary, background, description of the objectives of the mission and execution methodology, findings, problems encountered, recommendations, and annexes covering Terms of Reference, abbreviations, field locations visited, references, graphs, tables, etc.


VIII. Responsibilities

The WomenStrong Executive Director will ensure the overall coordination of the consultancy.


IX. Qualifications

The consultant(s) are expected to have the following qualifications:


•    At least seven years of experience in site-based monitoring and evaluation;

•    Qualitative research expertise, with experience in participatory approaches;

•    Experience in carrying out similar consultancies and a proven track record of excellent results delivery;

•    Excellent English writing report skills;

•    Working experience in developing countries; and

•    Experience in evaluating projects that focus on at least one of the following: women’s economic empowerment,

last-mile health services, and/or youth development programs.


Benefits

None

Level of Language Proficiency

English

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

Other

How To Apply

info@womenstrong.org

WomenStrong welcomes applications from individual consultants, as well as collective teams. We will consider employing different consultants to evaluate different portions of the evaluation where necessary.


Please submit an expression of interest noting your daily rate, a list of team members along with a brief description of their experience, a sample of your work (a final evaluation report), and a short description of how you would approach the scope of work (1-2 pages) to info@womenstrong.org.


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