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 Population Heath Environment Ethiopia Consortium (PHE EC)

Terms or Reference for the Final Evaluation of a ″ Service Delivery Improvement and Citizens Engagement for Development and Democratization (SDICE4DaD) ″ project


Population Heath Environment Ethiopia Consortium (PHE EC) is a national CSO engaged in promoting sustainable development through harmonization of people and its environment. Health Program in different parts of Ethiopia. It has nine projects in different regions of Ethiopia.

As part of its overall programme, and with a financial support from the European Union Civil Society Fund PHE EC has been/is implementing a project entitled ″ Service Delivery Improvement and Citizens Engagement for Development and Democratization (SDICE4DaD) ″, contract ref. Europe Aid/163926/DD/ACT/ET in the period March 24 2020 to December 2022. The project had the overall objective of contributing to improvement in the well-being of citizens’ and service delivery in the project area of Amibara and Awash Fentale Woredas of Afar Regional State and Meiso and Fentale woredas of Oromia Regional State, Ethiopia, and the following are specific objectives[1] envisaged to be attained from successful implementation:

  • To improve effectiveness of service delivery mechanisms
  • To empower citizens to claim their basic rights. 

In line with these objectives, PHE EC has coordinated the implementation of various activities that are collectively expected to produce the following results:

  • Strengthened the capacities of CSOs and CBOs to be functional in structured policy dialogue)
  • Increased capacity of the government offices of the target areas about standard service delivery to communities of the target areas
  • Increased community awareness on their rights of natural resources and services deliveries
  • Socio-economic empowerment activities identified and introduced

PHE EC has deployed technical staff for implementation and maintained a system of progress tracking and reporting to the donor as well as other key stakeholders to the project. Now, with the completion of the implementation period PHE EC has decided to commission and engage an external consultant to evaluate the overall performance of implementation.

The evaluation will assess the approaches applied for achieving results, with due emphasis on efforts related to capacity building and partnerships (the interplay between the efforts of Partners, Associates, target groups and associations of beneficiaries).

Purpose and objectives

The overall purpose of the final evaluation is: to contribute to strengthening accountability to key stakeholders and the internal learning of PHE EC with regard to performances in programme implementation, generating lessons learnt and assuring result orientation.

This evaluation, within the overall thematic area of advocacy and capacity building in service delivery and community engagement has the following specific objectives:

  • To identify and assess outputs and outcomes of activities implemented as part of the project ″ Service Delivery Improvement and Citizens Engagement for Development and Democratization (SDICE4DaD) ″. To the extent possible the contribution of the activities to the overall objectives of the project as well as to that of the mission of PHE EC will be assessed.
  • In comparison to expected results in project document, assess how and to what extent the approaches applied by PHE EC contribute to the improvement in the well-being of citizens’ and service delivery in the project area.
  • Relevance – among others, how well matched are the project interventions to the socio-cultural, institutional, political and economic contexts of the target groups and the country/region? Were opportunities, entry points and risks clearly articulated and employed or managed?
  • Efficiency - Are projects/program inputs consistent with efficient achievement of outputs and outcomes? Have project funds been disbursed in ways consistent with efficient achievement of objectives? Have all partners been able to provide their contributions to the project? Given objectives, were alternative approaches available that could have been used resources more efficiently?
  • Effectiveness - Have the interventions achieved or are likely to achieve their objectives? Have the Objectively Verifiable Indicators (OVI's); targets according to the log frame, been achieved as planned to date? What is the quality of results achieved? What is the likelihood of the Specific Objectives to be achieved as envisaged and measured in the OVI's of the Log frame? To what extent is the choice of intervention channels and mechanisms adequate to achieve the intended results? What are the main obstacles/challenges to achieve the intended results?  Has there been any change in objectives? What explains any non-achievement of objectives? Are there any unexpected outcomes? 
  • Impact: Did the assumptions at project purpose (Specific Objectives) level remained true over the implementation period? What are the key achievements of the interventions in terms of policy, practice and behaviour change? What are the intended/envisaged pathways from project results to broader overall development outcomes?
  • Sustainability: How likely is it that outputs and outcomes of the interventions will be sustained? What actions/conditions have been put in place to sustain changes in channels and mechanisms? Are capacities supported by the interventions likely to be sustained and result in sustained improvements in the future?
  • Coherence: How compatible was the intervention with other interventions in the country, sector or institution.
  • Internal coherence addresses the synergies and interlink ages between the intervention and other interventions carried out by the same institution/government, as well as the consistency of the intervention with the relevant international norms and standards to which that institution/government adheres.
  • External coherence considers the consistency of the intervention with other actors’ interventions in the same context. This includes complementarity, harmonization and co-ordination with others, and the extent to which the intervention is adding value while avoiding duplication of effort.
  • Assess the usefulness of applied Monitoring and Evaluation systems for achievement, documentation and communication of results. 

Work plan

The preliminary work plan is as follows:

  • December 26, 2022: Signing of contract, initiation of work.
  • Up to end of December, 2022: Inception Phase - desk study of project and other relevant documents; interviews and discussions with core staff of the Client and representative of the donor; design of detailed evaluation methods, instruments; identification of informants and developing detailed schedule of activities.
  • By first week of January, 2023 - presenting and endorsement of the Inception Report by the Client,
  • From Second week of January to fourth week of January 2023 - Information collection (from Addis Ababa and Regional sources), including field work as appropriate, along the methodology endorsed, and write-up of the draft report.
  • By first week of February 2023: submit draft report; plan and prepare for debriefing/validation workshop. Final report has to be delivered to the Client within the second week of February 2023. 

For More Information Click Here: Terminal Evaluation ToR.Final

Job Requirements:

The evaluation team should have the qualification, knowledge and experience appropriate to the purpose and scope of the evaluation. Required competencies are:

  • First, preferably second, degree in in Public Policy, International Development, Development Economics/Planning, Economic, Public Administration, and Management and in any other related university degree.
  • At least two assignments completed in the evaluation of projects/programmes; with at least one of them with CSO project;
  • The consultant/s shall have knowledge about CSOs and a good grasp of the context and challenges of the operational environment;
  • Knowledge and experience with evaluation methodologies (both qualitative and quantitative methods).
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English

Preferable competencies:

  • International experience in evaluating CSO projects
  • Knowledge and experience in applying gender-balanced and participatory approaches to the exercise.
  • Extensive expertise, knowledge, and experience in the field of evaluation of development programs

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