The European Commission funded “Support to Early Recovery and Socio-Economic Stability of the Drought Affected Population in Ethiopia” project is intended to foster social and economic stability of communities in drought affected areas. Together with its partners AISDA and UNISOD Save the Children is implementing the project in seven woredas in the Afar region (four woredas) and Siti zone (three woreda) of Somali region. Project duration is 18 months from January 1, 2016 until June 30, 2017.
Specific Objective of the project:
1) Reducing the vulnerability of pastoralist and agro-pastoralist communities to external shocks whilst increasing their productivity and income generating capacity.
Main Results of the project:
1) Vulnerable pastoralist and agro-pastoralist have improved access to safe water for household consumption and productive purposes
2) Agro-pastoralist and pastoralist households have access to income and improved livelihood assets through temporary labor opportunities.
3) Agro-pastoralist and pastoralist households have access to income through protection of remaining assets, restoration of longer-term livelihoods.
4) Community-based early warning systems and Disaster Risk Management capacity is strengthened to enhance preparedness and early response to escalating food security and nutrition vulnerabilities.
Target Groups: landless & female headed households, youth, small- to medium-size landowners, community leaders and public servants at kebele, woreda, and zonal levels.
Primary Beneficiaries: Total without duplication 101,787 households/610,721 people (estimated overlap between of results 1, 3 and 4 with result 3; result 1 at 30% result 1 and 2 and at 70% result 4). Beneficiaries will come from pastoral (90%) and agro-pastoral (10%) communities in the selected woreda.
Indirect Beneficiaries: 5,089 households/30,536 people
2. Objective & Scope of the midterm review
Objective - The midterm review will assess the progress of the project against the achievement of the planned outputs (and outcomes where possible) as planned. The review will also look at how contextual changes have impacted the progress and how relevant the activities and results still are. The outcome of the review (lessons and recommendations) will serve as the basis for any possibly re-planning/re-designing of activities. Finally, the review will also look at any challenges to delivering the remaining activities and intended results.
Specifically, the midterm review will:
· Review progress of project implementation against the expected achievements for each result and in relation to the log frame, detailed implementation plan, and budget;
· Decide if the project interventions are still relevant and responsive to the needs and situation on the ground, including their feasibility for proper and timely implementation; as well as the level of integration and complementary particularly with the on-going SCI EC SHARE and ECHO funded SCI projects and with other relevant recovery interventions in the respective target areas.
· Flag any challenges affecting the project progress and timely implementation of the remaining activities;
· Highlight key project achievements and successes and possibly indicate early impact;
· Produce recommendations for re-designing and re-focusing of some activities and for inclusion of additional interventions.
Scope - The review will examine the time period from January 1st to December 31st, 2016 (12 months) and will cover Afar and Siti. Project review meetings will take place in both Afar and Siti as well as at Addis Ababa level and will involve the donor – EU and all other key stakeholders. In addition, one or two field visits will be conducted jointly by consortium members, the MTR consultant, the task manager from the EU Delegation, and relevant government partners from regional and woreda offices.1. Proposed timeline
The approximate timeline (dates are flexible but not the overall period) below provides an overview of the proposed activities and locations:
Jan 26th – Feb 1st
Afar review meeting
Project team & consultant
Siti review meeting
Project team & consultant
February 8th or 9th
Midterm review workshop
Program Director & consultant
Draft Final report & action plan
3. Assumptions & Resources needed:
- External consultant (LOE 15 working days)
- Participation of all project and partner staff for Afar & Siti review meetings
- Availability and participation of key senior project and partner staff in midterm review workshop
- Availability of EC Delegation task manager and key government staff
- Meeting spaces in Semera, Dire Dawa, and Addis Ababa
- Logistics (accommodation, transport, etc.)
The Midterm review will have the following deliverable:
· Final report (including specific pronouncements on the project, recommendations for adjustment, suggestions or decision on No-Cost Extension, and specific action points/next steps for each partner, etc.)
Skill requirements for the task
The midterm review will be undertaken through a participatory process and team members should have prior experience in qualitative and quantitative research using PRA, anthropometric and other tools. The key staff should have undertaken a prior evaluation of multi sector and multi stakeholders’ vulnerable livelihoods and recovery projects funded from institutional donors such as EC and ECHO. In regards to educational background the key members should have at least an MA/MCS in rural development, agriculture, economics, humanitarian programs, etc. with a minimum experience of 5 years in field research, monitoring and evaluation, project management, etc. Only team members whose CV has been indicated in the technical proposal will be eligible for the assignment.
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