TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR AN END OF PROJECT EVALUATION

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ABOUT SIASA PLACE
Siasa Place (SP) is a registered not for profit, non-governmental organization under the NGOs Act in Kenya established in 2015 to encourage young people (aged 18 to 34) to engage more effectively in public participation as mandated and envisaged by the 2010 Constitution. The focus of our programs is summed up into 3: People, Policy and Public Participation. We currently have 250 registered members, and Siasa Place leads (ambassadors) in 10 counties where their primary role is to organize regular public participation forums among the youth every month and foster a culture of participation, social accountability, and collaborative partnership with the County government.

We focus on building the capacity of young people to be able to take an active role on issues of governance and decision making, specifically civic education on public participation and accountability. Secondly, focus on training young people on legislative processes, the importance of participating in legislative processes and how they can take part in the process. This also includes methods of advocacy and opportunities in public service. Thirdly, the importance of data and information. We encourage young people to develop an interest in collecting information and forming strategies and solutions based on factual data. We support youth focused research, e.g. social audits, which we utilize to formulate and push for policies on the same.

PROJECT BACKGROUND
The organization runs a policy program titled Imara Africa Leadership program in partnership with Africa Youth Leadership Forum (AYLF) and Mark Appeal. Additionally, the fellowship is in collaboration with the County Government of Kisumu, Kericho and Busia to develop youth economic empowerment, technical training and public participation policies respectively. IMARA Africa Leadership Fellowship is a project that is aimed at promoting social accountability through the development of community based mechanisms. The mechanisms included capacity building youth policy enthusiasts (Imara Fellows) and Social accountability champions based in the counties as a way of ensuring sustainability, consistency and promoting collaboration. As a result, the project will generate a shadow plan which will set the standards for leaders to work together.

The long term goal of the Imara Africa Leadership program is to develop a network of dedicated young leaders who will influence leadership through direct engagement and indirect participation as social influencers, community organizers, political players and policy designers and implementers. The program activities included capacity building training for the fellows (youth with interest in policy), community mapping for social accountability, county reflection meetings, online courses and community forum ‘Barazas’.

The second phase of the IMARA Fellowship was informed by results from the first phase of its implementation and the objectives of the program are;

  • Develop community centered follow up mechanisms. This serves as a mechanism for feedback, follow up as well as collaboration with various stakeholders. As a result, the project will generate a shadow plan which will set the standard for leaders to work towards. The set standard will require all those involved to continuously work with the community or abide by pressure that will be generated by the community in demanding service delivery.
  • Community to start organizing social accountability meetings. Change in attitude from passive to being more engaged and taking initiative when it comes to demanding information and accountability. The community meetings are to question the implementation of active projects in the County.
  • The project will focus on supporting the community to lead the process by looking inwardly on the contribution of each of the stakeholders involved and mapping social accountability groups. Imara will utilize the network of youth organizations based within these counties to develop and implement program activities.
  • Develop researched documents that will influence existing policy.

EVALUATION PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES:
The objective and purpose of this evaluation is to generate information that will assist the project management team to determine the level of success, identify weakness and recommend improvement for project efficiency and effectiveness towards the achievement of its goals and objectives. Specifically, this evaluation aims to:

  1. Determine the relevancy of the interventions, lessons learned, track key outcomes and impacts related to the different project components, assessing whether the objectives, aims and goals were achieved
  2. Determine the prudency in resource utilization (Value for money)
  3. Demonstrate that programme efforts have had a measurable impact on expected outcomes and have been implemented effectively.
  4. Assess gaps and opportunities including the approach used in execution.
  5. Assess the impact of the project to the beneficiary community

SPECIFIC TASKS OF THE CONSULTANCY
Under the general guidance of the Executive Director and direct supervision of the Program Manager and other key colleagues, the Consultant will be responsible for developing evaluation tools, administering the tools and generating the report.
In particular he/she will;

  1. Develop and administer tools for evaluation
  2. Provide expert guidance to the entire evaluation process
  3. Conduct an analysis of the data collected and generate a report of the findings

CORE DELIVERABLES

  1. Inception brief, inclusive of proposed methodology and proposed work plan.
  2. First draft shared before validation and thereafter incorporates inputs from the validation. 
  3. A final and comprehensive evaluation report by 15th June 2021
  4. A PowerPoint presentation of the findings

QUALIFICATION AND COMPETENCIES REQUIRED

Interested consultant(s) should have expertise in the following areas:

  1. Extensive knowledge in project management, monitoring and evaluation.
  2. Proven wealth of previous experiences in evaluation work with written recommendation letters & recommender’s contacts.
  3. Excellent drafting ability (English) and analytical skills.
  4. At least three years of knowledge and experience in practical program evaluation in either governance, public participation  and  devolution
  5. Good understanding of public participation with demonstrated practical working experience around the same.
  6. Good spoken and written communication skills in English. 
  7. Ability to meet deadlines.
  8. Must possess at least a degree in Social Sciences, Development Studies, Public/government Economics.

SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS
Interested and eligible applicants can submit a short outline methodology of how they would conduct the evaluation, both on a theoretical and practical basis (not more than 2 pages), proposed work plan, detailed CVs of lead consultant, a link of your past work on a similar task via support@siasaplace.com and quotation for the work. The deadline for application will be on 31st May 2021. If you do not receive a response from Siasa Place by 2nd June 2021, kindly consider your application unsuccessful.

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