Rwanda: Qualitative Evaluation Consultant for Self-Help Groups in Rural Rwanda

Organization: Global Civic Sharing
Country: Rwanda
Closing date: 20 Apr 2018

Introduction

Global Civic Sharing Rwanda (hereafter GCS Rwanda) has been implementing various projects in Nyarubaka sector, Kamonyi district since 2009. From the beginning of 2018, GCS Rwanda implements the second phase of “Self-Reliance Project for Vulnerable People Based on Civil Empowerment in Rwanda” in collaboration with Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) for three years (2018-2020). The project is the continuous project which has been implemented since 2015.

As GCS Rwanda is planning an exit strategy from the current location, it is essential to assess the impact of the project, especially related to the life of the participants and their capacity for self-reliance. For that GCS Rwanda will have both qualitative and quantitative assessment throughout the next three-years project, and this paper is prepared to promote understanding of potential partner (Consultant) for qualitative assessment on our project and organisation.

About Global Civic Sharing

Global Civic Sharing (hereafter GCS) is a non-religious and Korean-affiliated International NGO working in eight countries in Asia and Africa (Vietnam, Mongolia, East Timor, Myanmar, Kenya, Rwanda, Ethiopia and South Korea). The mission statement of GCS is “to support our neighbour’s self-reliance and realise the sustainable development”. The following core values shall guide all activities under GCS: people-centred, change, non-discrimination and sharing.

About Project

In 2008, when “Vision 2020 Umurenge Program” (hereafter VUP) began to be implemented, Nyarubaka sector was selected as the poorest sector in the district, and GCS also selected Nyarubaka sector as project area in 2009. Current indicators present that economic situation of the sector has been improved, however urban migration of educated citizen, insufficient basic social services and agriculture-focused economic structure which is vulnerable climate change impede sustainability of sector development.

Sector authority of Nyarubaka is implementing various activities to increase agriculture/livestock production, create off-farm jobs, improve financial accessibility for the citizen and cooperates with GCS Rwanda in implementing Self-reliance Project for Vulnerable People based on Civil Empowerment in Rwanda from 2015 to 2017 with three main activities: 1) Self-Help Groups, 2) Agriculture Skills Trainings and 3) Adult Literacy education. Through the project, it is believed that participants have acquired pro-developmental attitude and ties among participants have been strengthened. However, some challenges regarding self-reliance are also founded: low participation rate of vulnerable people, low capacity of coping with social/natural crisis and insufficient willingness of continuing development activities by themselves.

Therefore, GCS Rwanda implements the second phase of the project for community-lead poverty reduction in Nyarubaka through empowering of community organisations’ self-reliance capacity and sustainable livelihoods skills training including adult literacy promotion and agricultural skills training.

Scope of Qualitative Assessment

The consultant is expected to assess the project at goal and outcome level especially focusing on 40 Self-Help Groups in Nyarubaka Sector. The target subject of the assessment is the participants in Nyarubaka Sector and project stakeholders.

Duration of the Consultancy (The contract is annually renewable)

· 1st Contract: July 2018 – December 2018 (6months)

· 2nd Contract: January 2019 – December 2019 (12months)

· 3rd Contract: January 2020 – December 2020 (12months)

Objective of the Qualitative Assessment

The overall objective of the consultancy assignment is to undertake an integrated and inter-disciplinary review of the achievements of the project.

Specific Objectives

· Design clear assessment plan for the project

· Assess the changes, effectiveness, relevance, efficiency of the project

· Assess the sustainability and replicability of project approaches and recommend how these could be strengthened in the remaining part of the project.

· Assess the capacities of project’s relevant stakeholders for its sustainability

· Identify any strategic shifts in project approach needed for the project to achieve its objective of poverty reduction, including assessing whether the project should take on a broader ‘sustainable rural livelihoods’ approach.

· Undertake extensive discussions with primary and other key stakeholders.

· Undertake field visits.

Methodology of Assessment

The consultant will propose the details of the assessment methodology in the technical proposal, which will be finalised with GCS Rwanda. The methodology shall consist of qualitative methods including focus group discussion, case study and a key informant interview. GCS Rwanda will do the quantitative assessment and the data will be shared with the consultant.

Deliverables

The consultancy will deliver the following tangible outputs for each contract:

· Inception report in English, including all proposed methodology and action plan for the qualitative assessment of the project. The inception report will have to be validated before the field phase.

· Monthly reports in English, including major findings, interesting cases, performed activities of the month and plan for next month.

· Quarterly reports in English, supported by qualitative analysis.

· Annual Report in English, including qualitative analysis, recommendations for following years or future project.

Confidentiality and copyright

All documents shared with the Consultant and with his team are confidential to GCS Rwanda and should not be used outside of GCS Rwanda without prior permission. Information received by the Consultant from GCS Rwanda and Project fields should be treated as confidential. The reports will be owned by GCS Rwanda and disseminated to or shared with authorities and donors as the organisation feels necessary. All materials created by the consultant under the ToR will become the intellectual and physical property of GCS.

How to apply:

Submission of Assessment proposal:

The assessment proposal should contain two separate parts:

· Technical Proposal

· Financial Proposal

The technical proposal should specify:

· Analysis of the ToR showing the consultant’s understanding of the subject to be evaluated;

· Proposed analytical and investigative methodology showing how the consultant intends to proceed.

· Qualification and experience of the consultant in socio-economic studies or project assessment/evaluation.

· Career resumes of the consultant

The financial proposal should specify:

· Salary of the consultant and other supporting staffs including social costs (VAT, tax etc)

· Travel and accommodation costs

· Other costs related to the assessment

· Please note that GCS Rwanda will not provide additional per diem. The maximum budget for the assessment is 3,200,000Rwf (1st contract/6months), 6,400,000Rwf (2nd contract/12months), 6,400,000 (3rd contract/12months) * the budgets for the 2nd and 3rd contract are changeable depending on the exchange rate.

Please send your application to swoo@gcs.or.kr (Seunghoon Woo, Project Manager) specifying the subject “Qualitative Assessment” by 20 April 2018.

** Please Note: Global Civic Sharing would never ask you for money or to make any sort of payment during the job recruitment process

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