Terms of Reference and Request for Proposal for STRYDE II Mid-Term Review
Duma works is requesting for proposals for one of our clients, Technoserve.
Background on TechnoServe: TechnoServe is an international nonprofit organization that promotes business solutions to poverty in the developing world. It is headquartered in Washington, DC and operates in 29 countries worldwide.
Technoserve’s mission is to work with enterprising men and women in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses and industries. It does this by linking people to information, capital and markets. With nearly 50 years of proven results, TechnoServe believes in the power of private enterprise to transform lives.
Background on STRYDE: TechnoServe, in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation, has been undertaking the Strengthening Rural Youth Development through Enterprise (STRYDE II) program targeting the large youth population in rural Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania.
This second phase of the program started in 2014 and is expected to support 48,000 youth by 2019. The overall program goal is to sustainably improve livelihoods for rural youth and their households.
It aims to achieve this goal by helping youth aged 18 to 30 years develop livelihood strategies and harness existing opportunities in employment, agriculture and the informal sector.
The program is working with rural youth to identify income-generating opportunities in their local communities, provide knowledge and support to help them build their business (through jobs, enterprises, and agriculture), and work with local communities to expand the positive impact that rural youth can have on the local economy.
A key component of the STRYDE II model is sustainability. STRYDE aims to develop the capacity of system actors to enable them to take on key functions of the model so that the impact can be sustained after the end of the five-year program.
As such, nearly 40% of the participants in STRYDE 2 will be trained by partner organizations. In order to ensure quality delivery of those trainings, TechnoServe trains the partner organizations and monitors delivery of the model.
The STRYDE 2 program focuses on the following themes:
- Scale the STRYDE model to more youth in new geographies (Tanzania and Northern Uganda.
- Strengthen the STRYDE model’s Aftercare component by tailoring activities to the specific needs of different participant segments.
- Sustain the STRYDE model via capacitation of local partners so they are able to provide STRYDE trainings to rural youth beyond TechnoServe’s exit.
- Produce learnings about STRYDE 2 improvements to the STRYDE model that will benefit the broader youth ecosystem.
Purpose of the mid-term review
The program commenced in August 2014 and will close in July 2017 in Kenya, Rwanda, and Central Uganda.
In Tanzania and Northern Uganda, the program will continue to July 2019 and, therefore, is currently midway through implementation in those two countries.
The purpose of the mid-term review is to provide TechnoServe and its partners with an independent assessment of the STRYDE II program’s achievements, strengths and weaknesses, capture lessons learned, and make recommendations for how the program could adapt to be more responsive to the beneficiaries’/partners’ needs for the remainder of the program.
The mid-term review will also test the assumptions that underpinned the design of the program.
The mid-term review will focus on the indirect component of the program and seeks to understand how TechnoServe’s support to youth through partners is working and what the challenges are.
The review will also seek to document progress of the direct training components. The key countries will be Tanzania and Uganda.
Specifically, the mid-term review will seek to:
- Provide an independent assessment of the progress of the program (and challenges) thus far and provide recommendations for how the program could be strengthened in Tanzania and Uganda to enhance sustainability and increase impact.
- Assess quality and effectiveness of indirect training approaches as well as existing partnerships.
- Document challenges of the program especially with the implementing partners and recommend mitigation strategies.
- Assess partner capacity to monitor progress.
- Capture key lessons learned.
The consultant/firm will focus on the following five elements:
1) relevance; 2) effectiveness; 3) efficiency and 4) sustainability described below:
- To what extent are the current partnerships relevant to the needs and priorities of STRYDE 2?
- How strategic is STRYDE in the way it selects and engages with partners?
- Do the partners the program has engaged have the capacity to deliver their objectives/targets?
- To what extend is the direct training component relevant to the needs of the beneficiaries?
- To what extent are the current partnerships or partner engagements contributing to the achievement of STRYDE 2.0 outputs and outcomes?
- Are there critical issues related to the achievement of project’s indirect targets that should be addressed in the next period of implementation?
- Are STRYDE’s indirect training partners able to effectively deliver the STRYDE training program?
- What are some of the unintended positive or negative consequences of the partnerships?
- How can the STRYDE program more effectively engage partners?
- To what extent is the direct training component effectively meeting the needs of the targeted youth?
- To what extent have partners allocated resources (e.g. human and financial) to the STRYDE program?
- What strategies could be implemented to ensure financial and human resources allocated to the partners are used efficiently?
- How effective have STRYDE’s incentive packages been in encouraging sustainable investment by partners in the STRYDE training?
- To what extent will the existing engagement with partners contribute to the sustainability of the STRYDE program?
- What impact has STRYDE engagement had on the partners? For example, has the knowledge generated by STRYDE influenced policies of the partners towards program ownership? What changes have been produced across the partners that are likely to increase the sustainability of the interventions?
- To what extent are the partners committed to sustaining the implementation of the STRYDE curriculum?
- What factors are impacting their ability to sustain this in the medium to longterm?
- What capacity does TNS need to build among partners to strengthen service delivery?
- What resources (human, technical and financial) are required to ensure the project sustainability, upon its completion?
Approach and Methodology
The program seeks the most robust approach that is appropriate for the scope, resources, and audience.
The consultant/firm will gather information from both primary (interviews, focus groups, beneficiary stories, etc.) and secondary (project documents, records, etc.) sources using mainly qualitative data and will focus on the following stakeholders: STRYDE indirect partner organization management and instructors, partners that chose not to participate or dropped out, youth beneficiaries (both men and women) of indirect training partners, spouses of beneficiaries, parents/guardians, community leaders, youth leaders, and others as appropriate.
- Inception report: Inception report to be submitted two weeks after the contract is signed. (A template will be shared with the evaluator.)
- Written weekly progress reports: Weekly progress reports to be submitted every week. (TechnoServe will provide a report template)
- Initial summary of key findings: A PowerPoint deck summarizing key findings of the assessment.
- Draft report: A draft report to be submitted to TechnoServe at least two weeks before the due date for the final report. (TechnoServe will provide a format and guidelines for the evaluation report.)
- Final report: The final report to be submitted as agreed on the timeline and should fit the format and guidelines provided by TechnoServe. This will include all data sets and analyses.
High level timeline of activities
Key Activities / Deliverables and Due Date
- Inception report – 15th Feb 2017
- Data collection – 20th March 2017
- Analysis – 15th April 2017
- Summary of Key findings – 15th April 2017
- Draft report – 15th May 2017
- Final report – 30th May 2017