Mercy Corps Endline Evaluation Consultant for the Pilot Phase of the KCJF Programme

Organization: Mercy Corps Kenya

Scope of Work / Terms of Reference

Project / Program: Kenya Catalytic Jobs Fund

Assignment: Endline evaluation for the pilot phase of the KCJF programme

1. Programme Background

About Mercy Corps: Mercy Corps is powered by the belief that a better world is possible. Across the more than 40 countries in which we operate, we’re working to address root causes of poverty head on, and helping those caught in crisis not only meet their immediate needs, but build a brighter future.

In taking on these challenges, Mercy Corps does not act alone nor are we satisfied with business as usual. In our work, we strive to innovate for greater impact – often through increased take-up of technology and investment in market-driven models. In our work, we see technology as an enabler to improve scale, access, efficiency, engagement, and effectiveness in our global work.

About Kenya Catalytic Jobs Fund: Through the Kenya Catalytic Jobs Fund is a four-year programme funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID). Mercy Corps implemented the pilot phase of the KCJF programme over a nine-month period between April – December 2020.

The programme seeks to test and support innovations with the potential to stimulate large-scale job creation. The Kenya Catalytic Jobs Fund (KCJF) through a mix of technical assistance and grant support, tests competitively selected innovations that have potential to unlock market constraints and create jobs, including for the most vulnerable, e.g. people living with disability. The programme contains a strong emphasis on learning and evidence.

It seeks to generate knowledge, data and evidence on ways of addressing barriers to job creation and disseminate findings to relevant stakeholders, including potential investors. In doing this, the fund focuses on three broad thematic areas: agriculture/manufacturing sectors, informal sector and increasing income for marginalized groups and geographies.

Within this programme, DFID has engaged Mercy Corps to pilot the Kenya Catalytic Jobs fund over a period of nine months, including undertaking the first call for proposal to select 5 enterprises.

The key performance indicators for the engagement include:

a. Issuing calls for proposals, sifting applications, holding a UK branded youth employment competition to select winners.

b. Due diligence and needs assessment of selected grantees.

c. Sub granting, providing technical support and mentoring selected grantees.

d. Generating evidence on what works and what does not, for creating jobs for youth in Kenya.

2. Purpose of engagement

Due to the short nature of the pilot phase, KCJF has only carried out small qualitative case studies to determine intermediate outcomes of the programme’s activities.

As the pilot phase closes out, the programme is committed to building its evidence base on what works and what does not in our current strategy to unlock market constraints and catalyze job creation in Kenya.
Mercy Corps seeks a qualified consultant to conduct a final evaluation of the pilot phase of the programme.

The purpose of the evaluation is to gather information that will enable Mercy Corps to examine the outcomes and any impact of the program against the program plan, and assist in the improvement of future project design and programmatic strategy at Mercy corps.

The main purpose is to evaluate achievements towards meeting the objectives and targets and assess relevance, effectiveness, impact, efficiency and sustainability at program end.

Key areas of inquiry to be assessed in this evaluation are outlined below; these shall be revised and refined in consultation with the successful bidder:

A. Determine the programme’s progress towards the intended program outcomes: Evaluate the progress of the programme by reviewing collected data on the progress in the two proposed outcomes

(a) Creation of quality jobs for young and vulnerable people, and

(b) The improved enterprise performance of the selected companies.

The consultant will be expected to review collected data and fill information gaps through interviews with the grantee’s teams to get a comprehensive picture of the progress made

B. Determine the effectiveness of programmatic activities and alternative implementation approaches: The evaluation is expected to examine how well the program attained its overall goal and strategic objectives and whether the achievements were efficient, relevant and sustainable.

  • The role of the grant model was to enable the partners (social enterprises) to execute their innovations
  • The role of technical assistance was to improve the companies’ capacity and enable them to achieve their respective functions

C. Examine the potential sustainability of established mechanisms and activities: This refers to how program activities will continue after the program ends. KCJF supported companies to execute innovations targeted at catalyzing job creation. With the close of the programme, it will be critical to understand how the companies will sustain their innovations and ensure commercial viability, and establish whether beneficiaries will continue to have positive benefits resulting from the program.

D. Identify key lessons learned and best practices learnt through the lifespan of the project: The evaluation is expected to draw lessons learned. The evaluator should illustrate best practices for replication in future programs. Some of the areas of focus include selection of grantees (companies), disbursement of grants, and deployment of technical assistance, among others.

Methodology

The evaluation will be executed for five partners (based in Nairobi) who were grantees under the program and will use a mixed methods approach.

The consultant will lead the synthesis of qualitative data and information collection to determine whether program outcomes and targets were achieved, and to determine the effectiveness of programmatic activities.

To achieve the above, the following activities are envisioned:

1. Develop the evaluation methodology/approach
2. Conduct a desk research of all the project documents
3. Develop customized data collection tools (both quantitative and qualitative)
4. Collect qualitative data through semi-structured interviews with the programme’s leadership and leaders of all the partners engaged on the program (5 different companies)
5. Carry out data analysis of the data collected and develop a final endline report

3. Deliverables:

The key deliverables from the project are:

– Inception report, detailing design (methodology), approach, and work plan
– Set of research instruments (data collection tools, implementation plan, participation request protocol, etc.)
– Refined data collection tools (qualitative & quantitative)
– Summary presentation of initial findings to the team
– A comprehensive evaluation report not exceeding 15 pages that includes recommendations.

4. Application

  • A cover letter – explaining interest and suitability for the consultancy
  • Expression of Interest (EOI) should not be more than 10 pages and include:
  1. Proposed methodology and approach to data collection, data quality assurance and proposed analysis framework.
  2. Work samples (e.g. data collection tools, reports etc.) that demonstrate evidence working with similar assignments.
  3. A proposed work plan that includes proposed dates and intended period covering the key activities (e.g. review of data collection tools, report writing etc.) taking into account the length of engagement.
  4. A proposed budget that reflects cost and time for the planned activities in line with the length of engagement. Individual consultants to include their daily rates as well.
  • CV(s) of consultant and any additional team member(s), if any – Kindly indicate proposed roles

Proposals will be evaluated based on the criteria captured in the annex section. Proposals must be sent digitally to ke-pr@mercycorps.org by 1700, Monday 10th February 2020

5. Reporting Lines

The consultant shall work under the direct supervision of the MEL consultant, with strong liaison with the post investment and learning advisor, Youth Impact Labs

6. Ownership and control of work / publication

Ownership and control of all work products related to this scope of work, partner engagement and learning outputs shall belong to Mercy Corps. Any use of material, learnings or publications derived from the work product will require prior written approval from Mercy Corps.

7. Timeframes and Budgets

Kenya Catalytic Jobs Fund anticipates that the assignment will be conducted over a period of 10 working days. The works shall be executed between 17th – 28th February 2020. The total costs of the assignment will be negotiated with the service providers.

Annex Section: Selection Criteria

Endline Evaluation Consultant


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Updated: February 6, 2020 — 8:40 pm