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Feed the Children is one of the world’s leading anti-hunger organizations and brings together caring individuals to create a world where no child goes to bed hungry. Together, we help kids be kids by providing healthy food, safe water, education, and job training so that kids and their families in all areas where we work become independent.
Founded in 1979, Feed the Children’s (FEED) mission is to provide hope and resources for those without life’s essentials. A Better Business Bureau, Wise Giving Alliance accredited charity, FEED is one of the largest charities based in the U.S., providing more than millions of children around the world with a regular hot, nourishing meal. In the U.S., nearly 10 million people receive assistance each year from food and supplies distributed through over 1,200 local partner agencies.
In Tanzania, FEED follows a four-pillar development approach, which includes implementing program activities in areas of food & nutrition, health & water, education, and livelihoods. Through years of experience, FEED has recognized that issues that perpetuate poverty and hunger cannot be effectively dealt with in isolation. A comprehensive approach is necessary, as these issues are complex. Therefore, FEED provides not only food to those struggling with hunger, but also strives to create access to clean, safe drinking water to children and families in communities where FEED operates. While FEED may be able to provide food to the hungry, if those children and their families don't have access to clean drinking water, they have a high chance of suffering from chronic intestinal diseases and parasites which, at best, can rob them of valuable nutrition, and, at worst, rob them of their lives. For similar reasons, FEED also works with communities to create proper sanitation resources - which without, children and adults are susceptible to numerous diseases and parasites. FEED also provides health education programs to caregivers with young children and assistance to students enrolled in public education and seeks to ensure sustainability of each community through livelihood development projects so that a community is not indefinitely dependent on FEED or another NGO.
Currently, FEED Tanzania is implementing programmes in Health and Nutrition, WASH, Livelihoods and Education in the Cost Region, in one District of Kisarawe respectively. FEED is thus dedicated and committed to reconstruction of community livelihoods through direct contacts with the communities and positively contribute towards improving the living standards and conditions of those adversely affected by poverty in Tanzania through school meal project, dairy cow project, bee keeping project, VICOBA and Care Group.
In 2007 Feed started the Education & Livelihood as well as WASH program in Kisarawe focused on ensuring that (1) Children are able to enroll, feel safe, and complete a high quality primary education that promotes lifelong learning; (2) Families are self-reliant, financially stable, and food secure in order to support and strengthen their communities; and (3) Children have access to safe and clean water, proper sanitation, and adequate hygiene resources.
The program to-date has had successfully complete thirteen years since 2007. In light of this success, FEED in Tanzania intends to conduct a final evaluation of the program to draw lessons from its approach, structure, facilitation and gain lessons that will inform more effective arrangements in the future programmatic and influencing work. FEED seeks to hire a competent evaluation consultant to undertake such review, and provide reflections on programmatic, policy and practice shifts that the program has contributed in the past thirteen years; and how it will inform FEED on future engagements.
The main objective is to evaluate achievements of the 13-year implementation of the Education and Livelihoods & WASH program against its objectives. The consultant is expected to come up with challenges, gaps, lessons and recommendations that will inform effective WASH, Education and Livelihoods Program future engagements and approaches.
To get to know the extent which Livelihoods has contributed to promoting equity and opportunity for community members and ensure that families are self-reliant, financially stable, and food secure.
To get to know the extent which Education has contributed to ensure children are able to enroll, feel safe, and complete a high-quality primary education.
To get to know the extent which WASH has contributed to ensure children have access to safe and clean water, proper sanitation, and adequate hygiene resources.
To provide achievements, lessons, gaps, challenges and guide the implementation of WAHS and E&L program in the future.
To examine the effectiveness of the implementation structure in providing clarity and well communicated decision-making, direction and compliancy with internal programming standards.
To understand E&L and WASH sustainability elements on the basis of the following questions:
a) Are the positive effects or impacts sustainable?
b) Do the local and community leaders support the initiatives that were taken by FEED?
c) To what extent were communities and other stakeholders involved in the program?
d) Was there any feedback mechanism for beneficiaries? FEED versus community/E&L and WASH participants/beneficiaries?
To understand value for money in the E&L planning and implementation.
The evaluation will be carried out by an external consultant, who will be responsible for coming up with the appropriate methodology that will be responding to the evaluation objectives. Given the nature of this evaluation, a qualitative and probably slight quantitative design stands to sufficiently serve the purpose. The consultant will combine secondary data – obtained mainly through literature review with some primary data – to be obtained through key informant interviews and possibly, observation from the field. The consultant will be required to identify and propose a way of validating findings.
The consultant will be expected to work in a participatory manner, ensuring high levels of confidentiality and respect. Wherever possible, FEED would like to use consulting opportunities to develop the capacity of its staff and partners. It is therefore an implicit requirement of this Terms of Reference (ToR) that learning be considered as central feature of the approach and that, where circumstances permit, participatory action learning approaches be considered for data collection and joint reflection processes.
The evaluation consultant should have similar experiences on feasibility studies, development analysis, and ability to engage communities using participatory methodologies and approaches. Other experiences include:
Previously worked in community-based approach, campaigns, advocacy and influencing.
Understanding of socio-economic parameters of Tanzania.
Understanding of the contextual political economy of Tanzania
Having skills in performance measurement for both qualitative and quantitative
Utilization and Target
The findings of this evaluation will form the basis of FEED`s future E&L programing. As such, the primary users of the document will be the FEED’s Programme Team (in-country, regional and HQs) and Management Team (in-country, regional and HQs). Secondary users of the report will include, but not be limited to other civil society organizations and FEED staff members in other countries and head offices envisaged in introducing E&L in their operations.
The Evaluation consultant is expected to have relevant experience and expertise on evaluation and development, and gender. The consultant will need to engage respective FEED staff and partners on the ground as part of learning and responsibility.
FEED staff reference group will be formed to work with the consultant to provide information on a daily basis to allow consultant to learn from them and to provide overall support. The team will include E&L Pillar Manager, other Managers and Coordinators.
The timeline for the whole E&L evaluation to the report submission is 30 man working days as detailed below and will begin on 24th May 2021 and final report submitted on 2nd July 2021:
Review of the work plan: including developing an inception report with clear budget, and evaluation instruments with data gathering tools and sharing with FEED study reference committee for the approval before commencement of the study. (1 man working day).
Literature review: review of reports, assessments and strategic documents and review of the context and poverty trends. (3 man working days days)
Participatory reviews and data collection: identify and collect secondary documents from different organizations that have direct and indirect stake on E&L. Involving field visits to collect primary data through observations, one-on-one interviews, focus group discussions and telephone interviews among other methods from study areas, partners and district local governments. (14 man working days)
Analysis and reporting: Participatory and independent Analysis and report writing and debriefing with management. (7 man working days)
Feedback: Feedback sessions with reference committee, staff, partners and external stakeholders for input and feedback on findings and recommendations. (3 man working days)
Final report: Production of the Final Report and submission (2 man working days)
Programme Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Unit will be responsible for this evaluation, whereas further support will be provided by E&L and WASH Program Managers. The consultant will be recruited in accordance with the consultancy procurement guidelines laid down in FEED Policy and Procedures Manuals.
Inception report indicating:
a) A detailed workplan.
b) Budget clearly indicating the costs for the entire evaluation exercise including field visits.
The final report for the E&L and WASH 13 year’s evaluation that will be prepared by the Consultant should not be more than 30 A4 pages of the main contents, with Trebuchet MS font size 11; extra-pages will be allowed as attachments (appendices, pictures, case studies and annexes).
The report should detail the following:
An executive summary of key findings, lessons and key recommendations
The objectives of the study
The Evaluation process and methodology
Contextual analysis on key on key issues around E&L.
Key findings of the evaluation.
Overall conclusions and recommendations
Key documents and Background Reading
The following key reference documents will be provided by FEED in Tanzania for consultant background reading and familiarization:
FEED’s strategic plan framework (2019-2023)
FEED’s livelihood strategy document
FEED’s Tanzania reports (monthly, annual, field reports etc.)
FEED’s Tanzania international reports
FEED’s CFCD Manual
Annual outcome monitoring reports
Agreement and Logistics Arrangements
The consultant will enter into agreement with FEED by being availed with terms of payment and related logistics in the Letter of Agreement (LoA). The LoA will be signed by consultant and FEED to signal reached mutual consent on the roles and responsibilities of each party.
The LoA shall be read in conjunction with the evaluation Terms of Reference.
Transport: FEED will provide for road travel in the field for the Consultant if applicable, local transport in study areas during execution of the evaluation for local running. FEED will not provide any accommodation costs.
FEED will provide the Consultant with stationery, printing and access to the local internet services as mutually agreed upon between the Client and Consultant.
The gross amount of 60% will be paid up-front (to cover all logistical costs plus a share of the consultancy fees), whereas the remaining amount of 40% will be paid upon successful completion of the evaluation (i.e. once all deliverables have been submitted to and approved by FEED). Receipts of all payments made in the context of this evaluation need to be kept by the consultant and submitted to FEED for verification of whether expenses are made according to the agreed budget.
Application and interests should be received by 12th May 2021. Application/expression of interest should include a brief proposal indicating consultant’s understanding of the ToR etc., detailed financial proposal and letter of interest.
Feed the Children is an equal opportunity employer committed to Child protection policies.
Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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