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Final Evaluation of Volunteers for International Cooperation and Empowerment

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  • Distrito Central, FM
  • sep 11º, 2019 - oct 1º, 2019
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Final Evaluation of Volunteers for International Cooperation and Empowerment
Terms of Reference
September 2019
1.       GENERAL INFORMATION
1.1.   Purpose

Cuso International is requesting proposals from qualified firms or individuals (the Consultant) for the provision of Evaluation Services for the final impact evaluation of our flagship program Volunteers for International Cooperation and Empowerment (VOICE or the Project). Evaluation Services are to be provided to Cuso International for the period of September 26 – December 13, 2019.

1.2.   Context

Although the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) contributed to significant advancements in reducing poverty (the world attained the first MDG in 2010 – cutting the 1990 poverty rate in half[1]), the number of people living in poverty globally remains high. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide an opportunity to continue this work and address the ongoing and existing gaps. Per recent estimates, 736 million people lived on less than $1.90 per day in 2015[2]. Many challenges remain, including difficulties reaching those in extreme poverty, lack of access to education, healthcare, clean water, and other important services and exclusion and marginalization of populations due to gender, ethnicity, geography, income etc. In addition, even those moving out of poverty often face additional challenges including economic shocks, food insecurity and climate change.

Volunteers have been recognized by numerous international development actors as an important drive to advancing the global development agenda. The volunteering for development (V4D) model now plays a role in the development strategies of many donor countries. To this end, since 2015, Cuso International has been implementing the VOICE Project, which aims to be responsive to these key development challenges while also aligning with the development priorities of the national governments in the countries of operation.

1.3.   About Cuso International

Cuso International is a Canadian development organization that works to reduce poverty and inequality through the efforts of highly skilled volunteers, collaborative partnerships and compassionate donors. Our project focuses on building local capacities, enhancing inclusive and sustainable economic growth, empowering women and girls, improving health outcome for expecting and new mothers and their babies, changing harmful masculinities discourses and combatting violence against women and girls.  We envision a world where all people are able to realize their potential, develop their skills and participate fully in society. We believe in the power of people, value diversity and take responsibility for our actions and proactively demonstrate that we work with and on behalf of others. Cuso international works in developing countries across the world. We currently have programs in twenty countries. For more information, see cusointernational.org

1.4.   About the Program

VOICE was developed to build on successes and lessons learned during the previous Volunteer Cooperation Program (VCP) implemented by Cuso International from 2009-2015. The 5-year project operates in 17 countries on three different continents, deploying on average 250 highly-skilled Canadian and South-South volunteers a year to enhance the capacity of local development partners to deliver quality, effective and sustainable services to their communities. While the majority of our development partner portfolio is comprised of local and national NGOs/CSOs, under VOICE Cuso International also works with government entities, educational/training institutions and private entities, including cooperatives, social enterprises and business associations (collectively known as the Local Partners). Over the course of the first four years of the Project, we have worked with more than 350 Local Partners.  

Since its inception, the Project has also been supported by more than 655 e-volunteers who conduct additional tasks and services to enhance the mission of our Local Partners, country offices and Cuso International globally. VOICE is funded by Global Affairs Canada and operates with a total budget of $104M over 5 years.   

The program is divided into three parallel programmatic areas: 1) Inclusive and Sustainable Economic Growth (ISEG), 2) Access to Quality Health Services (AQHS) and 3) Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI). These program areas are aligned with the international development priorities of the Government of Canada, as well as with the global SDGs. In addition to the stand-alone GESI program area, mainstreaming gender equality is a priority for the ISEG and AQHS components. Furthermore, governance and environmental sustainability are also integrated as cross-cutting themes across the three programmatic areas.

The ultimate goal of the Project is to improve economic and social well-being of poor and marginalized communities in developing countries through increasing the institutional capacity and improving service delivery performance of our development partners who operate in those countries.

2.       Evaluation Requirements

2.1.   Evaluation criteria and questions

The primary purpose of the evaluation is to assess the Impact of the VOICE program on its ultimate beneficiaries. In addition to that, the evaluation will also consider the following criteria:

  • Relevance: The extent to which the program responded to the key needs and priorities of its intended beneficiaries.
  • Sustainability: The extent to which benefits of the program are likely to continue after VOICE activities and funding has been terminated. Attained results should be environmentally and financially sustainable while also ensuring that the most marginalized groups continue benefitting from the positive changes achieved.

Specifically, the final evaluation will respond to the following evaluation questions (EQ):

  1. What impact has VOICE generated for its ultimate beneficiaries, particularly the poor and marginalized?
  2. To what extent has this impact been aligned with the target communities’ pressing needs, opportunities and challenges?
  3. What are the key enabling factors for local capacity building and knowledge and skill transfer through the V4D model?
  4. To what extent is the impact achieved in beneficiaries’ lives and organizations sustainable?
  5. What has been the impact of VOICE on promoting gender equality and social inclusion in target communities?

2.2.   Evaluation methodology

The key data collection instrument for the evaluation is a survey of ultimate beneficiaries that will be deployed across 4 program countries, which constitute the evaluation sample. The survey will be designed by Cuso International and provided to the Consultant. The Consultant is expected to review key documents and supporting materials pertaining to the specific context of the consultancy (e.g. the type of involved Local Partners and the nature of their interventions, the type of support provided to these Local Partners through VOICE etc.). All the supporting material will be provided by Cuso International. It is expected that the Consultant will review and propose adjustments to the survey instrument as necessary to ensure an appropriate fit of the tool for the local context. The survey will be conducted face-to-face; however, the circumstances may vary depending on the specific sub-group of beneficiaries (e.g., it may be a household survey among community members or a survey distributed to members of a cooperative during the organization’s meeting etc.). The objective of the evaluation is to reach people who have benefitted from services provided by our Local Partners. The most suitable approach will be determined in consultation with Cuso International Country Program Offices and the Local Partners in question. 

VOICE Program in Honduras included actions aimed to support different areas such as economic development (value chains, entrepreneurship and employment); natural resources management (research, community education, recycle pilot projects) and human rights promotion (Women, indigenous and disabled people´s rights). Geographical influence has been concentrated in Francisco Morazán. Other departments reached through our partnerships since 2014 include Copan, Lempira, Intibucá, La Paz, Valle, Choluteca, Atlántida and Cortes. Consultant will receive a list of key local partners and final beneficiaries to be consulted.

The methodology will further include additional data collection from partner organizations or other relevant stakeholder that will go above and beyond the materials and data on our partnership that will be provided to the Consultant. This data collection will most likely take a form of semi-structured interview(s) with representative(s) of identified stakeholders. This component will be further determined between the Consultant and Cuso International during the induction meeting. This portion shall not represent more than 20% of the consultancy as the primary focus lies with the ultimate beneficiaries.

2.3.   Evaluation outputs

At the end of the evaluation, the Consultant will submit the following:

  • A draft evaluation report evaluation report summarizing the findings and conclusions of the evaluation, organized by evaluation questions. The report should not exceed 20 pages and should be a product of a sound integration of collected data, its synthesis and analysis. The report should follow the template provided in the Annex and be structured around the five key evaluation questions. In addition, it should include a table of contents, a bibliography of any supporting data or evidence referenced in the report, and any annexes with supplementary material. The bibliography and the Annexes are not included in the page limit.
  • Final evaluation report integrating feedback and comments from Cuso International.
  • Raw data collected from respondents, anonymized, and submitted in a Microsoft Excel file via email to Cuso International.

The Consultant is expected to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and respect for the beliefs, manners and customs of the social and cultural environment; for human rights and gender equality. It is expected that all data and findings presented in the report will be disaggregated by gender. Additional disaggregation by age should be considered where appropriate.

2.4.   Timeline

The evaluation will follow the timeline specified in the table below.

Deadline for submission of proposals from Consultants

September 20, 2019

Selection of Consultants

September 23, 2019

Induction meeting*

Sept 26-30-, 2019

Draft methodological approach submitted by Consultant

October 1, 2019

Finalized methodological approach of the consultancy approved by Cuso International

October 7, 2019

Data collection, fieldwork

October 8-31, 2019

Draft evaluation report

November 15, 2019

Final evaluation report**

December 13, 2019

 * The Meeting will be held in the Cuso International Country Program Office (CPO) and/or online via Skype or similar device.

** The evaluation report will be considered as final when Cuso International determines a satisfactory integration of its feedback and comments.

 

The timeline should be considered as tentative and may be modified to a certain degree as need arises.

 

2.5.   Instructions on Proposal Submission

  • Closing Submission Date. Proposals must be submitted no later than on September 20, 2019, by 5 pm EST.
  • Inquiries concerning this Request for Proposals should be directed to: voice.evaluation@cusointernational.org

All submissions must be sent to the Senior Manager, V4D International Programs David Forest at voice.evaluation@cusointernational.org copying to cuso.honduras@cusointernational.org in PDF or Word format, with the subject line “Proposal: VOICE Final Evaluation”.  It is the responsibility of the contractor to ensure the proposal is received by Cuso International, by the date and time specified above. Late proposals will not be considered.

2.6.   Remuneration

The maximum available funding for this external evaluation is $ 11,000.00 (including taxes and all related costs).

2.7.   Proposal Content

The Consultant, in its proposal, shall, as a minimum, include the following:

  • Experience. A description of their experience, including the names, addresses, contact persons, telephone numbers and emails of at least two client references.
  • Organization Information. The contractor should describe its organization type, size, structure, areas of practice, and office location(s).
  • Qualifications. The contractor should describe the qualifications and prior experience of staff to be assigned to the project. Please also include a sample of your previous work in English.
  • Evaluation Plan. A description of how the contractor will approach the evaluation respecting (but potentially also refining) the requirements and specifications detailed above. The proposal should clearly state the amount of person-days allocated to each proposed staff to conduct the evaluation.
  • Cost. Cuso International expects to receive an all-inclusive budget that covers all costs related to the project. Please include a fee breakdown by area (personnel fees, materials, travel and other related expenses).
  • Confidentiality. The contractor must ensure the confidentiality of information obtained as a result of their involvement with Cuso International.

2.8.   Proposal Evaluation

Cuso International invites proposals from suitably qualified individuals and firms with consultancy experience in all aspects of program and project evaluation. We are especially interested in proposals that demonstrate a clear understanding of volunteering for development (V4D) and/or local capacity building programs.

Proposals will be reviewed in accordance with the following criteria:

Criteria

Weight

Proposed approach to scope of work

20%

Level of experience of the individual(s) identified to work on this project

20%

The Consultant’s experience with similar projects.

15%

Sample of previous work

15%

Response from references

10%

Cost

20%

 

 

 

ANNEX I. Evaluation Report Template

Executive summary

Table of contents

List of tables and figures

  1. Introduction

Describing briefly the context and the objectives of the evaluation.

  1. Evaluation approach

Providing brief but clear description of the sample, methods, logistics of data collection, strategy for data analysis and synthesis, evaluation team.

  1. Findings (organized by evaluation questions)
    • EQ 1: What impact has VOICE generated for its ultimate beneficiaries, particularly the poor and marginalized?

Present findings for Evaluation question (EQ 1), referring to all relevant sources of evidence (documents, survey, interviews), citing percentages, including brief illustrative quotes as appropriate.   

  • EQ 2: To what extent has this impact been aligned with the target communities’ pressing needs, opportunities and challenges?

Present findings for Evaluation question (EQ 2), referring to all relevant sources of evidence (documents, survey, interviews), citing percentages, including brief illustrative quotes as appropriate.  

  • EQ 3: What are the key enabling factors for local capacity building and knowledge and skill transfer through the V4D model?

Present findings for Evaluation question (EQ 3), referring to all relevant sources of evidence (documents, survey, interviews), citing percentages, including brief illustrative quotes as appropriate.  

  • EQ4: To what extent is the impact achieved in beneficiaries’ lives and organizations sustainable?

Present findings for Evaluation question (EQ 4), referring to all relevant sources of evidence (documents, survey, interviews), citing percentages, including brief illustrative quotes as appropriate.  

  • EQ 5: What has been the impact of VOICE on promoting gender equality and social inclusion in target communities?

Present findings for Evaluation question (EQ 5), referring to all relevant sources of evidence (documents, survey, interviews), citing percentages, including brief illustrative quotes as appropriate.  

  1. Conclusion and Recommendations

Summary of conclusions substantiated in evidence described in the Section 3.

List of key recommendations derived from the conclusions.  

Conclusions and recommendations should be organized in a logical way, e.g. by theme or evaluation criteria. Recommendations needs to be clearly worded, addressed to Cuso International and be actionable. Recommendations should provide Cuso International with clear guidance for action within the realistic scope of our programming.  

Annexes

Annex 1. Raw data

Raw data from surveys and interviews, anonymized and organized in an Excel sheet(s) with each respondent representing on line / data entry

Any other annexes as deemed appropriate by the consultant

 

[1] http://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/poverty/overview

[2] https://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/poverty/overview

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Correo Electrónico

voice.evaluation@cusointernational.org copying to cuso.honduras@cusointernational.org

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