Terms of reference for the consultancy to evaluate Habitat for Humanity Uganda’s life skills intervention in Kumi and Mayuge districts.

1. Background

Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit housing organization working in local communities across all 50 states in the U.S. and in approximately 70 countries globally. Habitat’s vision is of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Habitat for Humanity Uganda defines decent housing as the foundation to achieving other essential human rights, such as access to clean and safe water, hygiene and sanitation, right to education, property, food, and privacy. Habitat’s work is blended on strengthening Stability and Self-reliance of families in need of decent and affordable housing by improving their living standards through construction of houses, the integration of affordable and safe water, sanitation, clean energy solutions for cooking, heating, lighting, and food storage into the broader housing and human settlements sector. We recognize that the ability to meet these basic services is critical to ensuring adequate housing.
With funding support of foster foundation since 2018, Habitat for humanity Uganda has been able to support vulnerable families through several interventions for improved physical living conditions, building resilience through improved life skills, economic empowerment through vocational skills training, and supporting vulnerable women and children to secure their land tenure.

The overall objective has been to build resilience and self-reliance of vulnerable people (orphans and widows) and transform their lives with increased livelihood and life skills opportunities and enhanced coping mechanisms for survival. Particularly in improving life skills, HFHU has conducted several trainings including; adolescent sexual reproductive health, psychosocial support, WASH and nutrition, prevention and control of malaria and HIV/AIDS.

A total of 408 people were reached through the above trainings with 200 people in Mayuge and 208 people in Kumi district. These are mainly caregivers and key stakeholders within the community where habitat for humanity Uganda has supported the vulnerable households.

2. Purpose of impact assessment

The purpose of this study is to assess change in knowledge, skills, behavior, and practice of target families which are attributed to the life skill interventions implemented by Habitat for humanity Uganda between the years 2018 and 2021 in Kumi and Mayuge districts.

The evaluation will adopt OECD criteria mainly the effectiveness, coherence, sustainability, and impact and apply each appropriately to measuring change induced in the lives of target beneficiaries through life skill intervention.

3. The scope

The content scope will broadly cover behavioral change around improved WASH practices, security of land tenure among vulnerable women and children, access to psycho-social supports, knowledge, and skills in prevention and response to malaria and HIV/AIDS.

The study will be conducted in Mayuge and Kumi districts covering the Foster project lifetime from 2018 to 2021. The overall assignment is expected to take 20 days including planning, data collection, and analysis as well as reporting.

4. Methodology

The evaluation should follow a collaborative and participatory mixed methods approach the evaluation should combine evaluation tools based on the OECD-DAC standards and guidelines required for evaluation of charity and development intervention.

The methodology design should be developed by the consultant in consideration of the information outlined in this ToR to ensure accuracy and rigor. A detailed methodology and data collection methods and techniques, analysis, sampling design, and work plan should be included in the technical proposal, which will be further improved in consultation with the MEAL unit and evaluation committee during the inception phase of the evaluation. The choice of method must adhere to the measurement of change in behavior, skills, knowledge, and practices; and also consider the needs and capacities of the different target groups and stakeholders.

5. Deliverables

  1. Inception report

2. Draft project evaluation report

3. Final project evaluation report. Two (2) hard copies and a soft copy of the report of a maximum of 25 pages (excluding annexes). The report should be structured as follows:
o Title page (title of assignment, author(s) of report)
o Table of contents
o Executive summary (maximum 2 pages; summarizes ToR, methodology, findings, conclusions, and recommendations)
o Introduction (background of study, methodology)
o Findings (addresses requirement from ToR)
o Conclusions (well supported by evidence from findings)
o Recommendations (realistic and clearly set out and cross-referenced to the relevant section within the main body of the text)
o Appendices (supplementary data: questionnaires, maps, full ToR, list of contacts/resources, etc).

4. Dataset (excel or SPSS upload) with raw data in soft copy. The soft copies of the report and dataset should be submitted by email to the MEAL Specialist and copy to the National Director.

6. Time frame

The evaluation is expected to start in February 2022 for an estimated duration of 20 working days. This will include desk reviews, fieldwork, data analysis, and report writing.

7. Qualifications and expertise required

Habitat for Humanity Uganda is looking for a consultant with the following minimum qualifications:
o Advanced university degree in social sciences, community psychology, Adult and Community Education, Statistics, Development Studies, Public health, and other related qualification from recognized institutions.
o Should have at least 5 years of proven and well-documented experience in conducting behavioral change interventions using participatory methods and techniques/ qualitative and quantitative research in rural contexts; with a bias to project/program evaluations.
o Excellent writing skills (English)
o Experience of conducting research in two or more on the thematic areas of housing, WASH, psychosocial support initiatives, women`s land rights, and public health is an added advantage.
o Understanding of the context/ situation and stakeholders in Busoga and Teso sub-regions in Uganda.
o Ability to speak Lusoga and Ateso is a big plus

8. Management arrangement

The Evaluation Team will report to the National Director Habitat for Humanity for all institutional related needs, and evaluate technical support to the MEAL Specialist.
The evaluation committee composed of the National Director, MEAL Specialist, Head of Program, Communication and Advocacy Specialist, and Finance Manager will be willing to provide all technical and necessary supports to the evaluation team; and ensure the independence of the evaluation process, and adherence to research ethical considerations and organization policy.

9. Mode of payment

The consultant will be paid by two installments as below: –
o 1st installment: 60% upon submission and approval of inception report & data collection tools; and have signed the contract
o 2nd installment: 40% upon submission and approval of the final report and all agreed-upon products of the study.
o The consultancy fees will be subject to 6% withholding tax.

10. Proposals evaluation criteria

The technical and financial proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria;
a) Technical and financial proposal (50%)
b) Proposed personnel for the assignment (refer to point “d” below) (20%)
c) Corporate capability (10%)
d) Demonstrated experience with contactable references in evaluation on the proposed thematic areas (20%)

11. Mode of application

Firms or consultants who meet or exceed the requirements should submit their technical and financial proposal to: timsrobert@hfhuganda.org copy aldoo@hfhuganda.org no later than 25th January 2022.

Submission should include the following:

  1. Technical and financial proposals for conducting the exercise, with a clear interpretation of TOR,
    Team composition, description of the methodology and sampling procedures, breakdown of
    Consultancy cost for the overall assignment in UGX etc.
  2. A capability statement, including demonstrated ability to handle the assignment.
  3. Updated curriculum vitae of the consultant team or firms that will undertake the work, clearly spells out qualifications and experiences aligned to the tasks.
  4. Commitment that the consultant team or firm will be entirely engaged if consultancy is awarded.
  5. Attach work sample (evaluation reports) from at least two recent organizations where the services of the consultant/ team or firm have been utilized.

Habitat For Humanity Uganda

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