Save the Children Mid-Term Evaluation: Refugees Education Support Project

Save the Children

Terms of Reference

Mid-Term Evaluation- Support to Education for Refugees in Dadaab Phase II  (EU-SERD II)

Introduction: Save the Children has been operational in Kenya since the 1950s, providing support to children through developmental and humanitarian relief programmes delivered both directly and through local partners.

Current programming focuses on child protection, child rights governance, education, health, HIV/AIDS, livelihoods, nutrition and WASH.

Our Vision is a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation.

Our Mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

In 2012, all the Save the Children members who had previously been working in Kenya – SC Canada, SC Finland and SC UK – merged their operations, programs and presence to become one entity: Save the Children, which is duly registered with the NGO Board (ref. OP.218/051/12-0290/8060).

In February 2014, as part of a global merger process, we combined the Kenyan programmes of the INGO Merlin with those of Save the Children. Our operations are run from our country office in Westlands, Nairobi, as well as a number of field offices across the country in the counties of Bungoma, Garissa, Mandera, Turkana and Wajir.

We also work through partners in many other parts of the country. We have strong experience in delivering programmes for pastoralists in Northern Kenya.

Project background: Save the Children is currently the consortium lead in a three year EU funded education project in Dadaab refugee camps – Support to Education for Refugees (SERD) which is a consortium involving Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and AVSI Foundation.

Save the Children is leading the coordination of the action, and is accountable on behalf of the consortium to the donor for the implementation of project activities.

Save the Children is leading activities related to improving access to quality education through primary teacher education training; enabling children with special needs to access education, as well as activities focused on improving governance and accountability within education institutions.

NRC is the lead in providing Accelerated Learning Programme and vocational skills training within the camps while AVSI is leading on ECDE and lower primary teacher training on the use of Somali language in teaching within the camps.

Overall project objective: contributing to voluntary repatriation of Somali refugees by ensuring that relevant quality education and training is delivered in Dadaab refugee camps in Garissa County

Project specific objective: to increase access to and enhance the quality of education within the camps, with a focus on preparing the refugees for repatriation back to Somalia.

Project results:

  • Improved access to education for children and youth in Dadaab refugee camps and those returning to Somalia
  • Education opportunities in Dadaab refugee camps are relevant and of high quality
  • Children, youth, teachers, communities have improved prospects and skills for repatriation

Purpose and scope of the mid-term evaluation: The overall purpose of the mid-term evaluation is to assess the continued relevance of the action, progress made towards achieving planned objectives and the sustainability of the interventions beyond the term of this action.

It will also determine in an objective manner the progress of project outcome indicators to inform the program implementation team on the status of planned milestones based on observed actuals.

The specific objectives of the mid-term evaluation are as follows:

1) Assess the progress made towards achieving each project’s outcomes and results based on the project log frame, design & monitoring data. Under this objective the consultant will:

  • Trace and determine the number of youth employed (including self-employment) after graduating from vocational skills training courses so far at project mid line.
  • Review and update percentage of ALP learners who transit to formal education system within Dadaab refugee camps disaggregated by gender since SERD II began.
  • Determine the proportion of primary school teacher trainees using learner centered methods in their teaching, with measurements for this to include learner feedback.
  • To assess the integration level of children with special needs who were screened and placed in different learning levels
  • To establish pupil text book ratio in Dadaab refugee camps
  • Establish Somali language functional skills of Dadaab refugee ECDE and lower primary learners as well as ECDE and lower primary teachers

2) Assess the overall contribution of the action to the voluntary repatriation of Somali refugees’ children. The consultant will ascertain the relevance, effective and efficiency of the interventions in working towards preparing refugee children for repatriation to Somalia.

3) Assess the sustainability of the interventions beyond the life cycle of EU SERD II. The consultant will ascertain the extent to which major milestones attained in the project will be sustained or carried forward beyond the life of the grant.

4) Document challenges, programmatic lessons learnt and key recommendation for programme improvement.

Major tasks and deliverables of the mid-term evaluation

Deliverables under this consultancy will include the following:

1) An inception report: The consultant will share his/her inception report that details the study design (rationale, methodology), data collection tools, and a detailed work plan within 1-3 days of engagement, to be approved by Save the Children (Head of MEAL & Education Specialist).

2) Data collection tools: Develop the data collection tools and have them approved by Save the Children and partners before data collection, analysis, interpretation

3) Draft Evaluation report: The consultant will prepare a draft evaluation report with details of findings, recommendations and lessons learnt for review by Save the Children and partners

4) Final Evaluation report: The consultant will share a final evaluation report after incorporating the comments from Save the Children and consortium partners. This will be both in electronic and hard copy (MS Word document, PowerPoint slides). All data sets: Consultant will deliver the data sets to Save the Children.

Remuneration: The consultant is advised to submit an itemized budget with realistic daily rates for the assignment based on the understanding of the assignment and the current market rates.  Where need be, Save the Children will engage the consultant to an agreeable daily rate.

Save the Children will cover for the consultant’s air tickets on economy class to relevant field sites, accommodation on bed and breakfast plus airport transfers in the field. All other costs shall be borne directly by the consultant.

Remuneration will be based on submission of deliverables that are satisfactory to Save the Children as agreed upon after discussion with Save the Children in the inception meeting.

The payments will only be made when the deliverables have been assessed by the Save the Children team to be of good quality. Taxation laws for Kenya will apply on the overall consultancy fee.

The following payments will be paid to the consultant using an agreed mode of payment.

  • After approval of inception report: 30%
  • After approval of Final Report: 70%

Ethics, Child Safeguarding and Code of Conduct: As the consultant will be working on behalf of Save the Children they will be required to sign and adhere to the Child Safeguarding Policy and ethical guidelines. Note that background checks will be undertaken on all applicants.

The consultant will make clear to all participating stakeholders especially children of all ages that they are under no obligation to participate in the exercise and that it is purely voluntary. All participants will be assured that there will be no negative consequences if they choose not to participate.

The consultant must obtain informed consent from all participants, including children and their care-giver if a child is to be interviewed. The consultant must receive prior permission for taking and use of visual still/ moving images for specific purposes.

The consultant will assure the participants the anonymity, confidentiality and will assure the visual data is protected and used for agreed purpose only.As regards the documentation, the title rights, copyrights and all other rights of whatever nature in any materials used or generated under the provisions of this consultancy will exclusively be vested with Save the Children International-Kenya country office.

Submitting expressions of interest

All interested Individuals/firms are requested to express interest following the attached EOI format ONLY (CLICK HERE to download) by email to: indicating the Assignment title on the subject line.

The applications close on 19th May 2017

Expressions of interest will be assessed on a rolling basis.

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Updated: May 7, 2017 — 7:09 am