Merlin Turkana County Disability Mainstreaming Project Final Evaluation Terms of Reference
Disability Mainstreaming Project
Almost all these livelihoods are badly hit by chronic and recurring drought. Essential health services are inadequate not only because many pastoralist families in Turkana County are scattered across vast distances, but also because the County suffers from chronic under-investment and lack of proper infrastructure.
2. Scope of the evaluation
The evaluation will cover Merlin’s interventions in the disability mainstreaming project in Turkana County [Turkana Central, Turkana South, Loima and Turkana North] .
3. Purpose of the evaluation
The primary purpose of this evaluation is to analyze the results obtained by the project compared to the goal and purpose that were defined for it and assess the relevance, impact, sustainability, effectiveness and efficiency of the project that will be important for informing future similar interventions in Turkana County.
4. Responsibilities and lines of communication
Merlin’s Programme Cycle Management defines the members of the organisation and external stakeholders that are Accountable, Responsible, Consulted and Informed at each stage of an evaluation. There is therefore a need to identify persons who will ensure that a suitable and quality evaluation is conducted within the parameters of Merlin’s Evaluation Policy.
Evaluation Management (Implementation)
Reporting / Dissemination
The outputs of the evaluation are:
- A report completed on Merlin’s Evaluation Report template;
- Providing feedback/debrief to the project team at Turkana office once the exercise is completed at the field level.
- Meeting with country management team prior to drafting the evaluation report to discuss preliminary findings and recommendations;
6.1. Specific Questions for the Evaluation
- To what extent has the project addressed the needs of people with disabilities (PWDs), disabled people organizations (DPOs) as identified in the project rapid assessment.
- What is the level of mainstreaming of the project and linkages with other programmes implemented by Merlin in the MOH facilities in Merlin operation area?
- What is the level of sustainability for the project results? What is the capacity of health facilities to incorporate support to people with disabilities into their routine work? What linkages have been created and / or exploited by the project to sustainably address disability and rehabilitation needs among the target communities?
- What lessons have been learnt through the implementation of the project?
- What challenges were met during the implementation for the project and how did the project adapt? The consultant shall also be required to give recommendation of addressing the challenges.
In addition to the evaluation questions above, the following aspects will also be assessed:
- Relevance / Appropriateness
- Connectedness of interventions
- Coherence of the project and its components
- Coverage both in beneficiary numbers, technical aspects and geographically
- Efficiency of programme operations
- Effectiveness of interventions
- Impact (intended and unintended)
- CBM inclusion made easy
- Merlin Kenya Country Strategic framework
- Participation of primary stakeholders/beneficiaries
- Beneficiary accountability and feedback
- Gender equality
- Protection and child rights
- People in Aid standards
Merlin and the selected consultant shall refine and agree on the tools, techniques, selection of project sites and approaches that this evaluation will use but primarily they will include the following:
- Consultative meetings with staff, management and key stakeholders
- key informant Interviews
- Focus group Discussions especially with beneficiaries and community stakeholders
- Documents/literature review
- Data/Records review and analysis
- Unless otherwise stated or because of mitigating circumstances (security), the evaluation will be conducted with participation of all relevant stakeholders enabling the evaluation purpose to be communicated in an accessible way assuring the communication of the reporting and follow-up protocol.
The Evaluation will be reported using Merlin’s evaluation reporting format with clear recommendations and action points highlighted and at the minimum it should include the following sections:
- Cover page
- Table of contents
- List of key terms and acronyms
- Executive Summary
- Conclusions and Recommendations
- Annexed ToR
- Annexed Costs and Effectiveness Analysis data
- Annexed Recommendation Action Plan
- Annexed List of People Consulted
- The consultant should preferably be a holder of a post graduate degree in public health, sociology, anthropology and/or related discipline.
- A reputable consultant with documented experience implementing disability mainstreaming projects in developing countries is not a requirement but can be an asset
- Strong analytical and report writing skills
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills
- Knowledge/understanding of the national (Kenya) and local (Turkana) context
- Knowledge of Christian Blind Mission [CBM] regulations/policies (preferable)
- Ability to undertake extensive travelling and work with minimum supervision
- Ability to work in an area with harsh climatic conditions and of varying security levels
Key Reference Documents
- Merlin evaluation Policy
- ALNAP Guide for evaluation
- Project Documents (Proposal; Workplan, Budget; etc.)
- Project Reports (Quarterly reports, biannual report, field trip reports, project progress review meetings reports, Rapid assessment reports, Monthly updates, reports; Financial Reports)
- People in Aid standards
- Humanitarian Accountability Partnership benchmarks
- Merlin Kenya Country Strategy
- CBM inclusion made easy: A quick program guide for disability development
- National Health Strategy (MPHS)