Habitat for Humanity Uganda calls for consultancy company to conduct and end of project evaluation . Interested individuals or companies should E-Mail a cover letter and a CV of the Lead Consultant, a Technical Proposal, including the proposed methodology, tools, proposed work plan/timeline and consultancy costs to email@example.com with Subject: HFHU- SEGAL/03/2018. Proposals should be submitted by 5:00 PM on 21st March 2018
Hard copies can be physically delivered to Habitat for Humanity Uganda, Plot 91 Kira Road, P.O. Box 9873 Kampala. Office phone (+256) 392 760 802 (+256) 414 501 457
Habitat for Humanity Uganda (HFHU), affiliated to Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI), is a Christian non-profit organization dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since
1982, Habitat for Humanity Uganda has built, rehabilitated and or repaired more than 8,000 homes, providing simple, affordable shelter for approximately 48,000 people.
Habitat for Humanity Uganda launched an Orphans and Other Vulnerable Children (OVC) program in 2004 to address the specific needs of children orphaned or made vulnerable due to HIV/AIDS and war. HFHU believes that housing provides a powerful mechanism with which to anchor and amplify the full range of other social supports. Stabilizing families in safe and healthy living environments has immediate and direct effects on OVC and their ability to benefit from education, nutrition, psychosocial support, home based health care and economic strengthening activities. The focus of this programming therefore encompasses not only individual orphaned children, but also the entire households and the caregivers who nurture and support them and all other household members.
1.1. PROGRAM AND CONTEXT OVERVIEW
An estimated 72 percent of Uganda’s 33.6 million citizens live in shelter made of non-durable materials. For example, the majority of housing across the Northern and Eastern regions is made of mud with thatched roofs, and 83 percent of the homes in rural areas have bare dirt floors. While this is considered traditional housing, it is unhealthy and unstable. The families have little or no protection from the heat, rain, insects or vermin. Additionally, mud walls and thatch roofs deteriorate quickly, and the families living in them rarely have the funds to make repairs. In addition to living in substandard homes, many households in Uganda cram four or more people in each sleeping room .
Diseases like HIV/AIDS, malaria, pneumonia and tuberculosis are the leading causes of death in Uganda. Children, especially susceptible to infectious diseases, often miss school because of consistent gastrointestinal problems. These health problems could be reduced or eliminated by improving access to safe water supplies and adequate sanitation facilities. Unfortunately, the cost of constructing a proper latrine is out of reach of many people.
In Mayuge district of Eastern Uganda, 68 percent of the population does not have access to clean water – approximately 60 percent must walk more than 5 kilometers to reach a clean water source. Meanwhile, only an estimated 44 percent of Mayuge’s population has sanitation facilities – much of which is unclean. This number drops to less than 5 percent for households adjacent to the shores of Lake Victoria.
To overcome such challenges, HFH Uganda therefore partnered with the Segal Family Foundation in the implementation of a Five (5) Year Project in Mayuge District (September 2013 – September 2018).
For the past five years, Habitat Uganda’s Vulnerable Groups Housing Program, targeted to serve approximately 480 orphans and their caregivers in Kityerera sub-county, Mayuge district. HFHU therefore implemented this project under a partnership model that involved the District Local Government, donors, community based organizations and local businesses to offer community- wide solutions that aimed at improving living conditions of the target population. HFHU thus provided durable construction materials such as roofing sheets, doors, windows, cement, etc. for each home. Local construction workers were hired to build the houses and install the new latrines, shower stalls and water tanks. In addition to building homes and addressing sanitation needs, HFHU also facilitated extensive health- and finance-related training sessions with families that, were headed by children, or were caring for orphans.
2.0. PURPOSE OF THE EVALUATION
The central purpose of this evaluation is to identify whether the project under review led to improved living conditions of partner families, thereby reducing their vulnerability and improving their social integration. To accomplish this assignment, the evaluation will therefore study selected partners’ families, identifying their suitability for partnership in the project, and therefore identify the extent to which their living conditions improved together with a reduction in their vulnerability.
This evaluation will also be used to provide verification on project completion of planned activities and outputs. It will therefore track quantitative project outputs at all levels and also assess their impact on the target beneficiaries. The evaluation will also measure quality standards under the three major program areas of Physical Living Environments, Increasing Resilience by building key Life Skills, and improvement in Livelihood Security. Results of this should set precedent in guiding the Consultant(s) to highlight key learnings and areas of interest that would guide HFHU, Segal Family Foundation and other partners in their future OVC programming initiatives.
2.1. EVALUATION OBJECTIVES
- a) Evaluate the project from the viewpoint of five evaluation criteria (that is, Relevance, Effectiveness, Efficiency, Impact and Sustainability,
- b) Assess plans instituted by the project to ensure the sustainability of project impact and make recommendations for the future,
- c) Analyze the implementation process and assess the capacity of HFHU and partners in implementation of the project activities,
- d) Assess lessons learnt and make recommendations to HFHU and partners on future approaches to OVC programming through housing initiatives.
3.0. SCOPE OF THE ASSESSMENT
The scope of work will basically cover the definition of relevant tasks and activities that were implemented under this project. Geographically, the Consultant(s) will be expected to undertake this assignment in Kityerera sub-county, Mayuge district. To be covered also will be the vocational training institutes of Nkoko and Pioneer, also in Mayuge District.
In terms of content, the scope of this evaluation will also cover; program documents at HFHU including the project proposal, activity work plans, beneficiary assessment reports, and Monthly/Quarterly/Annual Reports.
3.1. METHODOLOGY FOR EVALUATION
The evaluation will utilize both quantitative and qualitative data collection approaches through; desk study and review of all relevant project documentation including project documents, annual work-plans, Monthly/Quarterly/Annual Reports.
The Consultant will also be expected to gather primary data from program beneficiaries using in depth interviews, Focus Group discussions, and also conduct interviews with relevant key informants. It will also be pertinent to use observation methodologies to gather and record information especially for the physical structures developed under this project.
4.0 ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Specifically, the Consultant(s) will be expected to undertake specific tasks that will include but not limited to:
- Study critically the Holistic Housing Support for Orphans and Vulnerable Children Project Proposal and thereafter submit an Inception Report based on the projects’ implementation model,
- Actively engaging with HFHU staff, partners and beneficiaries, through the use of participatory methods,
- Regularly communicate progress to the Deputy National Director – HFHU,
- Produce deliverables in accordance with the requirements and time frames of these Terms of Reference,
- Design data collection tools, develop the process of data entry, and assume responsibility for data analysis and therefore identify the extent to which the project achieved it’s intended outcomes,
- Document success stories, lessons learnt, and advise HFHU and partners on future OVC programming initiatives,
- Submit a Draft Report within the agreed time frame, and
- Submit an Evaluation Final Report to This should include; 3 original spirals bound hard copies and a soft copy on a removable disk.
The raw data, (field notes for in-depth interviews) and data collection tools used in the Evaluation will be submitted together with the Final Report. A simple inventory of materials handed over will be part of the record. It should be noted that all the materials, used in data collection, including the Final Report, will be property of HFHU and cannot be shared, reproduced, or presented in any other forum without express permission from the HFHU National Director. The other attendant laws regarding HFHU’s Data Management/Protection will also apply.
The Deputy National Director and Program Manager VGH will represent interests of HFHU. They will in addition;
- a) Coordinate all the activities related to this assignment,
- b) Will ensure that the Consultant(s) have an introductory letter from HFHU approving their assignment,
- c) Will guide the Consultant(s) while in the field thereby enabling them easy access to the project site, site beneficiaries, and other program partners within Mayuge,
- d) Will ensure that the Consultant(s) has access to all required and available documentation for desk review,
- e) Will manage schedules and appointments both with the field staff and National Office Staff.
4.1. CONSULTANT SELECTION CRITERIA
The consultant will be required to demonstrate:
- At least 5 years’ experience in managing and designing program evaluations and studies, specifically for OVC Past experience with the Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development and Evaluation of OVC programs is desired,
- At least 5 years’ experience in conducting both qualitative and quantitative research; with strong analytical, research, and writing skills,
- Demonstrated understanding of the livelihoods framework,
- Strong facilitation skills, particularly with regards to working within emergencies, e) Strong project management skills
- Clear proposal on the most appropriate way to conduct this Assignment, that is, the study design, methodology, study tools, detailed work plan and budget, and
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills,
- Prospective Consultants will provide their proposed daily rates based on the total number of days for each of the proposed deliverables, identified The selected Consultant will then be compensated at the rate approved by HFHU based on experience and relevance of the candidate’s proposal,
- Under no circumstances should the consultant invoice for more than the agreed contract. Full payment will be contingent on receipt of all deliverables as detailed above with approval of the Final Report by Habitat
- The proposed budget should include all consultancy fees, local travel, and all costs associated with the identified deliverables. Please note that cost efficiency and value for money will be strongly considered in the evaluation of proposals, and
- Financial proposals will be evaluated based on total funds available for the activity and HFHU will enter into negotiations with the best evaluated consultant.
6.0. STUDY TIMELINE
# Activity Deadline
- Preparation, design and presentation of Technical Proposal 21st March 2018
- Inception Meeting 22nd March 2018
- Data Collection 23rd March 2018
- Data Entry, Analysis and Report Writing 30th March 2018
- Submission of Draft Report 13th April 2018
- Submission of Final Report 19th April 2018
7.0. MANAGEMENT AND COORDINATION
The Consultant(s) will work under supervision of the Deputy National Director – HFHU.
8.0. APPLICATION PROCESS
Interested individuals or companies should E-Mail a cover letter and a CV of the Lead Consultant, a Technical Proposal, including the proposed methodology, tools, proposed work plan/timeline and consultancy costs to firstname.lastname@example.org with Subject: HFHU- SEGAL/03/2018. Proposals should be submitted by 5:00 PM on 21st March 2018
Hard copies can be physically delivered to Habitat for Humanity Uganda, Plot 91 Kira Road, P.O. Box 9873 Kampala. Office phone (+256) 392 760 802 (+256) 414 501 457 Email: email@example.com.