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Final External Evaluation


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Description of the project:
In April 2015 Istituto Oikos started the implementation of the EU funded project “ECO-BOMA: a climate-resilient model for Maasai steppe pastoralists” in partnerships with Arusha and Meru District Councils (DC), Oikos East Africa (OEA) and the Nelson Mandela University. The project targets 5 villages in marginal lands that stretch along the Western boundary of the Meru and Arusha DC in Northern Tanzania for a total population of approximately 21.200 people. The action focuses on the Maasai pastoralists (approx. 250 boma); 500 women and young who will have access to income generating activities; around 6,000 students belonging to 8 primary schools; local authorities and districts’ officers who will be trained during the 4 years’ project. The overall project objective is to increase vulnerable Tanzanian communities' capacity to adapt to the adverse effects of climate change and contribute to poverty reduction in rural areas. The specific
objective is to improve livelihoods and resilience of the Maasai communities of Northern Tanzania through the application of the “Eco-boma” model: a low cost, culturally acceptable replicable model of holistic solutions to the vulnerability of the pastoral systems.
Four results are expected:
Result 1 - Access to ecosystem services protected and improved.
Main activities:
A1.1 Participatory assessment, location and design of infrastructures to be developed and
rehabilitated with upstream conservation to increase rain harvesting and storage capacity.
A1.2 Rehabilitation/expansion of water storing structures in seasonal rivers
A1.3 Construction/expansion of 4 micro dams
A1.4 Construction of 1 submersible dams
A1.5 Grazelands conservation
A1.6 Introduction of solar bottle lamps (litre of light), biogas digesters and efficient charcoal kilns in the boma huts
A1.7 Introduction of live Commiphora fencing to increase endurance and prevent wildlife intrusion

Result 2 - Economic asset of pastoralist communities developed
Main activities:
A2.1 Creation of a cooperative (women and young males) able to apply appropriate slaughtering, meat preservation (drying and salting) and introduction of vegetable leather tanning technique among producers.
A2.2 Introduction of improved livestock breeds and livestock management practices and training of trainers on basic monitoring of livestock health.
A2.3 Introduction of small scale farming of drought resistant cereals.

Result 3 - Local government capacity to cope with CC increased
Main activities:
A3.1 Field training of District technical staff and information sharing with “GCCA Phase I” and other projects
A3.2 Training on monitoring of Climate Change hazards, and installation of a meteorological station in Oldonyosambu
A3.3 Revision of Village Land Use Plans to integrate climate-related issues.

Result 4 - Knowledge about climate-related vulnerabilities and impacts and CC adaptation solutions increased
Main activities:
A4.1 Set up of a Climate Change Centre of knowledge
A4.2 Workshops on Climate Change effects lead by experts of NM-AIST.
A4.3 Development of communication and awareness raising plan and products targeting journalists, general public and schools’ children
Each result has a number of SMART indicators that will be measured before the final evaluation through an ‘end-line survey’.

Overall objective of the final evaluation:
The overall objective of the final evaluation is to make an independent assessment of the global project performance, with particular attention to the impact of the project action against its objectives. The evaluation will also identify the strengths and weaknesses, key
lessons learnt and best practices and will propose recommendations that will enable local partners and institutional actors to enhance the impact and replicate the experience.
The consultant will review project achievements following the common DAC criteria (relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact, sustainability).

Specific objectives of the final evaluation mission:
- With Reference to R1 - Access to ecosystem services protected and improved: The evaluation will determine the contribution of the intervention to the improvement of the correct use of ecosystem services (water and rangeland) through project designed and promoted
management tools (dams’ and grazing committees, environmental monitoring…). It will also evaluate the effectiveness of the promoted innovations (solar bottle, live fencing, biogas…) in terms of: acceptance and adoption degree; socio-economic benefit for the Maasai households; improved resilience to CC hazards.
- With Reference to R2 - Economic asset of pastoralist communities developed: To evaluate the impact of the promoted income generating activities (natural leather tanning, dry meat production, improved livestock management practices and smart agricultural techniques) at household and community level.
- With Reference to R3 - Local government capacity to cope with CC increased: To evaluate the effectiveness of the capacity building programme for the Districts in terms of improvement of district officers’ knowledge and skills related to CC; adoption of methodologies and
tools for rangelands management in the institutional Land Use Plans (Village, Ward and District level).
- With Reference to R 4 - Knowledge about climate-related vulnerabilities and impacts and CC adaptation solutions increased: To evaluate the effectiveness of the awareness campaigns to rural communities and primary schools in terms of: appropriate selection of the communication tools (radio programmes, public events, theatre), participation, acceptance and impact of the messages, adoption of good practices and risk management.

Indicators:
The indicators selected in the revised Logical Framework - which refer to the GCCA Programme - will be the main reference for the evaluator together with the ‘evaluation question list’ (Annex 1).

Composition of the team:
1 evaluator, 1 interpreter, 1 driver (Project Manager and/or relevant project staff will accompany the team when/if necessary). Interpreter and driver will be provided by Oikos.

Procedures/Methodology:
The evaluator will have to work in Arusha Region, Districts of Arusha and Meru where the target communities are. The main steps will be:
- Review of technical reports (Annual and ROM reports, mid-term external evaluation report) and other documentation (training manuals and mission reports) produced by the project.
- Briefing with the Project staff.
- Meetings with project partners and Steering Committee to get a picture of the present project context.
- Field visits to assess the project in all the different aspects and meet the beneficiaries.
- Meeting with relevant project’s stakeholders.

Debriefing:
The evaluator will debrief project staff and present the draft findings at the Ecoboma Final Workshop to be organized in Arusha.

Reporting:
The evaluator will have to report to the PM, the Country Director and the Tanzania Programme Manager in Italy. The reporting will foresee the following steps:
- Debriefing: during the mission, the evaluator will present key findings to the project staff and during Ecoboma Final Workshop.
- Draft report: Within 2 weeks after the end of the field mission, the evaluator will submit one soft copy (in MS Word compatible format) to PM, Country Director and Oikos Programme Manager Tanzania.
- Final report: Within 10 days after having received comments from Oikos, the evaluator will submit one soft copy (in MS Word compatible format) to Oikos.

Detailed job description:
Visit to all the different activities targeted by the project (rehabilitated dams and water committees’ performance; introduction of alternative techniques such as biogas and solar bottle lamps; creation of the Leather Group and progress of the social business; capacity building activities addressed to the officers and communication tools;) evaluation of communities’ involvement; evaluation of the proposed income generating activities (leather, dry meat, livestock veterinary services); evaluation of project implementation and management; interviews with different stakeholder; recommendations.

Suggested Report Format:
The Final Evaluation Document will be no longer than 25 pages (main text) and will be written in English using the following outline:
1. Title Page
The title page will state the name and project number, names and titles of consultant, and date and name of the document.
2. List of Acronyms
Unusual or obscure acronyms should be identified at the beginning of the report.
3. Executive Summary
The executive summary synthesis should be no more than two pages in length and will include: background of project, evaluation methodology, accomplishments and impact of the project, key concerns and recommendations.
4. Table of Contents
The table of contents should outline each major section, appendices, figures, maps, tables, etc.
5. Body of the evaluation
The body of the evaluation report will include the following in sequential order:
- Introduction:
The introduction should include at a minimum two paragraphs: introduction and structure of the document.
- Evaluation Methodology:
The evaluation methodology should include an in depth description of the evaluation method(s) used.
- Short description of the project
- Findings (analyses of the project plan, impact analyses and sustainability)
This part should focus on the efficiency, effectiveness, relevance and impact of the intervention. An evaluation of the Logical Framework and analysis of the ‘SMARTness’ of the Objectively Verifiable Indicators (OVIs) should also be included.
- Conclusions and Recommendations:
This section presents the main conclusions on project performance and impact, and recommendation for further interventions and replication of best practices. A short chapter should present lessons learnt that can also be of value for future interventions on CC.

6. Annexes:
- Consulted documentation
- Agenda and persons met
- Logical Framework with an added column with the analysis by the consultant of the reported results achieved (and where needed, comments on the appropriateness of the indicators).

Expertise required:
General professional experience:

- Documented experience in Rural Development/Natural Resources Management/Climate Change Projects with NGOs, preferably 10 years but a minimum of 5 years.
Specific professional experience:
- Documented professional experience in Monitoring & Evaluation of rural development projects, preferably 6 years but a minimum of 4 years.
- Good understanding of pastoralism in Africa
- Proven experience in M&E of EU funded projects
- Kiswahili proficiency is an added value

a) Work plan for the in-country visit (indicative)
Working days 
Day 1: Travel to Arusha
Day 2-3: Oikos headquarters in Arusha: meet and greet, introduction to the project, meeting with project partners, Steering Committee and other stakeholders
Day 4 - 10: Data collection in the field, interviews with beneficiaries and local government authorities
Day 11- 12 Office work, discussions, preparation of the debriefing note, debriefing with Oikos staff and partners, final workshop participation and PowerPoint presentation of the main findings
Day 13: Travel back to home-base
b) Period of execution (in-country visit): March 2018 (day 1 must be not later that the 12 th of March)
c) Estimated costs and payments:
Offer shall not exceed 10,000 Euro (including VAT and other taxes, insurance, international transport, food and accommodation) according to the maximum available budget for the final evaluation.

Payments under this contract will be made in EURO.
The total amount will comprise all the costs related to the service required including taxes, VAT, insurance, all flights, food and accommodation. Only local transportation will be covered by the project.
The payments will be made according to the following schedule:
Trance 
1 Pre-financing payment (30% of the contract value)
2 Balance – after submission and approval of the Final Report (70% of the contract value)
Total euro: 100%

d) Evaluation of offers
The selection of the offer will be based on the best qualified offer, according to the methodological proposal (Annex A to be included) and financial proposal (Annex B to be included) of the consultant.

e) Documents required and deadline
All the candidates shall provide:
(i) CV in English (highlighting expert’s experience related to the task)
(ii) Evaluation methodology (separate attachment called Annex A) which include methods for verification of the reported results.
(iii) Financial offer (separate attachment called Annex B) and send all the documentation via email before the 4th February 2019 to the following email address: selezione@istituto-oikos.org.
Please specify in the subject line: TZ/19/FEE Ecoboma Final External Evaluation
For any further information about Ecoboma project please visit the website www.ecoboma.org.

   

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