Consultant - Programme End Evaluation

  • Mid-level, Long-term consulting assignment
  • Posted on 25 June 2020

Job Description

Scope of the evaluation

The EOWE programme in both Kenya and Vietnam will be evaluated by the consultant/consultancy team under this assignment. The evaluation would systematically assess to what extent the programme has achieved it goals and if not, why. At outcome level the programme focused on increasing the practice of gender equitable norms, enhancing the enabling environment for women’s economic empowerment, supporting the transformation of women-led businesses into profitable and viable enterprises, and increasing women’s roles in leadership. The evaluation should clearly indicate lessons learnt that could potentially be leveraged for greater impact as well as better ways of working for increased sustainability of results. This will support other, future projects across SNV. The evaluation should address OECD-DAC criteria.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has meant that there will be a number of limitations to this evaluation. Firstly, no new impact data will be collected for the end evaluation. All data that was collected under the M&E framework of the programme will be made available to the successful consultant/consultancy team. This includes a variety of quantitative and qualitative data on beneficiaries, amongst which baseline (2016) and mid-term (2018) quantitative data was collected using the abbreviated Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (a-WEAI) developed by IFPRI and USAID. [1]

Secondly, the consultant/consultancy team will not be able to travel to visit programme sites or speak face-to-face with programme team members and programme partners. Any planned discussions or interviews will have to be conducted virtually. The consultant/consultancy team is therefore not expected to travel to perform this end evaluation. Please consider to what extent it is appropriate to talk to programme beneficiaries at this stage, who may have grave concerns about their health and livelihoods.

Objectives of the evaluation

The evaluation has the following objectives:

  1. To assess whether, and to what extent, the programme achieved its formulated results (at output and outcome level and to some extent, at impact level) with their women entrepreneur beneficiaries, government partners and CSO partners;
  2. To assess the appropriateness and effectiveness of strategies, approaches and modalities used in the programme to realise the intended results.

Sources of data available

  • Annual reports
  • Inception report
  • Gender analysis report
  • KAP baseline report
  • Reports on Annual Learning Events
  • Baseline and midterm reports on the a-WEAI
  • Raw data from baseline and midterm a-WEAI
  • Raw household dialogue survey data
  • Raw quantitative annual data from cooperatives/enterprises
  • Most significant change stories from household dialogue participants
  • 5C tool data

The EOWE programme team has M&E experts available to support the consultant/consultancy team with accessing the programme data as well as with understanding the background of the programme, the data and the data collection processes. The programme M&E experts will function as a first point of contact for the consultant/consultancy team. The programme M&E experts will explicitly not conduct analyses for the consultant/consultancy team. Given the complexity of (some of) the data, a reference group will be constituted to provide feedback to the consultant/consultancy team at several points. This reference group is expected, at a minimum, to provide feedback on the proposed detailed evaluation plan, on the intermediate conclusions and on the final report.

Tasks and deliverables

Within the current assignment, the successful consultant/consultancy team will perform the following tasks, resulting in the outlined deliverables.

Tasks to be completed by the consultant/consultancy team:

  1. Develop and present a clearly defined evaluation plan complete with evaluation questions and a detailed workplan for approval by the reference group;
  2. Prepare and conduct semi-structured interviews, where relevant, when this involves programme partners;
  3. High quality data analysis of quantitative and qualitative data made available under the EOWE programme, as well as new qualitative data – if relevant;
  4. Presentation of draft conclusions and recommendations to the reference group for validation;
  5. Presentation of the final results to the reference group, incorporating feedback from the validation.

SNV will receive the following deliverables from the successful consultant/consultancy team:

  1. Data analysis report, indicating which (statistical) methods were applied and what choices were made, where relevant, to evaluation conclusions;
  2. High quality final evaluation report in Word and PDF;
  3. 3A PowerPoint presentation, capturing the main conclusions and lessons learned.

[1] USAID, INTERVENTION GUIDE: FOR THE WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT IN AGRICULTURE INDEX (WEAI) - Practitioners’ Guide to Selecting and Designing WEAI Interventions, 2016, https://agrilinks.org/library/intervention-guide-womens-empowerment-agriculture-index-weai-practitioners-guide-selecting (accessed February 20, 2017).

Qualifications

Eligibility criteria

  • International track record and demonstrated experience in evaluation of multi-country, donor-funded projects;
  • Experience in evaluation of women’s empowerment and agriculture projects in Africa and/or Asia;
  • Three reference letters from donors or other organisations whose project evaluations have been carried out by the consultant/consultancy team, indicating the composition of the team and the quality of the project evaluation work carried out;
  • Written assertion stating that the consultant/consultancy team does not have any direct or indirect interest in the results of the programme evaluation and in any possible future new programmes.

Selection criteria

Essential:

  • Proven knowledge of and experience working in the area Women’s Economic Empowerment;
  • Proven skills and experience in quantitative and qualitative data analysis and ability to analyse the available programme data to high standards;
  • GDPR compliance in working with data, where this involves personal data of EOWE programme beneficiaries;
  • Knowledge of the Kenyan and/or Vietnamese context (preferably both);
  • Proficient English language skills both written and verbal;

Highly desirable:

  • Quantitative experience with a-WEAI survey analysis in Stata or SPSS.
Additional Information

SNV/EOWE responsibilities

The SNV EOWE team will:

  1. Provide access to all relevant programme information and administrative support to the successful consultant/consultancy team;
  2. Set-up a reference group comprising SNV and non-SNV colleagues;
  3. Be fully engaged with the consultant/consultancy team to support them on the assignment.

Proposal

Shortlisted candidates will receive an email with a call for proposal shortly after advertisement closing date.

How to apply

Please apply by clicking the I’m Interested tab on this page and submitting application letter and a CV/profile that contains three referees in English to the attention of Human Resources Officer before 01 July 2020 citing the advert title as reference.

NB:

Only shortlisted will be contacted.

We do not appreciate third-party mediation based on this advertisement.

SNV Kenya does not require you to undergo any medical test prior to employment

About the Organization

SNV is a not-for-profit international development organization that applies practical know-how to make a lasting difference in the lives of people living in poverty. We use our extensive and long-term in-country presence to apply and adapt our top-notch expertise in agriculture, energy and WASH to local contexts. SNV has an annual turnover of €130 million, over 1,250 staff in more than 25 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. We are proud to be a not-for-profit organization that uses project financing to implement our mission. This requires us to work efficiently and to invest in operational excellence.

In its new Strategic Plan period (2019 – 2022), SNV will more explicitly aim for systems change during project preparation and implementation - by strengthening institutions and kick-starting markets that help many more to escape poverty beyond our projects. We will continue to position ourselves as a premium organization, with decentralized management.

For more information on our operations in Kenya and SNV generally visit our website: www.snv.org

The programme

Enhancing Opportunities for Women’s Enterprises (EOWE) is a 5-year women’s economic empowerment programme, funded by the Department of Social Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands under the ‘Funding Leadership Opportunities for Women’ framework (FLOW).[1] The programme aims to increase women’s economic participation and self-reliance in Kenya and Vietnam by catalysing a conducive national and local environment for female entrepreneurship.

Women's capacity for entrepreneurship is limited by a series of structural barriers, including those that are related to gender, i.e. women’s role within the larger society, their community, their business environment and their households. For instance, women’s access to productive resources is limited by the gender norms that govern ownership of assets. But also lower access to agricultural production techniques, lower levels of financial literacy and limited skills and confidence are amongst explanations given for women's limited entrepreneurial capacity. Consequently, women’s businesses often remain informal, tend to underperform and have a high risk of failure.[2] This has a profound impact on gender disparity in employment and economic opportunities. The EOWE programme aims to address these issues by challenging gender norms at household and community level, supporting women to develop or start a business, promoting women’s leadership, and through advocacy activities, supporting the development and implementation of gender-sensitive business laws and policies.

2020 is the final year of implementation for the EOWE programme. SNV is looking for a reliable, trustworthy and experienced consultant/consultancy team to perform the end evaluation of the EOWE programme in both Kenya and Vietnam. The evaluation is expected to be completed and finalised no later than 31st October 2020.

[1] FLOW: Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women, http://www.flowprogramme.nl/Public/HomePage.aspx (accessed February 22, 2017).

[2] X. Cirera and Q. Qasim (September 2014). Supporting Growth-Oriented Women Entrepreneurs: A Review of the Evidence and Key Challenges. World Bank

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