Nov 22, 2018
National Consultancy on Evaluation of Refugee Nutrition and Food Security Programme in Ethiopia Addis Ababa/ Melkadida/ Gambella The Government of Ethiopia has a history of receiving and providing refuge to individuals from neighboring countries who have fled as a result of political conflicts. As of August 2018, a total of 905,831 refugees have been registered with about 70% resident in the Gambella and Melkadida camps. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the government refugee agency ARRA coordinate the humanitarian assistance along with many other partners to ensure the protection of all these refugees. UNHCR has been supporting refugees to meet their key basic needs and essential services which include but not limited to food security, primary healthcare, nutrition wellbeing, and supply of potable water, structures and materials for personal and environmental sanitation and shelter. Food security situation of refugees primarily depends on the monthly cyclical food ration assistance provided by the World Food Programme (WFP) and distributed by the government refugee agency (ARRA). However, since November 2015, varied levels of ration cuts have been implemented leading to the provision of fewer calories than the sphere standards (2100 Kcal/p/p/d). Despite the threat to household food security, refugees have shown a level of resilience depicted by improving nutrition status among children aged 0-59 months in Melkadida camps. This is attributed to improved programming across the sectors that impact on the nutritional well-being of children. Preliminary nutrition survey results show a reducing trend of the weighted prevalence of global acute malnutrition from 22.4% in 2016 to 12.4 % in 2018. Similarly in Gambella, despite the continuous influx from South Sudan and the reduced food rations provided the weighted prevalence of GAM also shows a reducing trend from 22.7% in 2017 to 13.3% in 2018 according to the last survey conducted in June 2018. In both locations, the prevalence of GAM remains above the UNHCR acceptable level of <10%. This is also above the WHO standard of 5% for a population to be considered normal. 1.2 IMPLEMENTING ORGANIZATIONS ARRA, IMC, GOAL, AAH and CWW implement nutrition programmes in 7 camps of Gambella namely; Jewi, Kule, Pugnid1 Pugnid2, Tierkidi, Ngunyel and Okugo while in Melkadida, there is only IMC and ARRA that implement nutrition programmes in the 5 camps of Buramino, Hilaweyn, Kobe, Melkadida and Bokolmanyo. 1.3 PROGRAMME OVERVIEW The nutrition programme focuses mainly on the vulnerable individuals within the camps to ensure that they maintain a good nutrition status: children aged 0-6 months through their mothers /caretakers; children aged 6-59 months and women who are pregnant or lactating (with children 0-6 months). Both curative, community management of acute malnutrition (CMAM) and preventive packages including infant and young child feeding practices (IYCF) are implemented for each category. The CMAM program comprises identification of children with faltering growth; subsequent referral to the therapeutic programs for management of severe acute malnutrition (SAM) from in-patient or out-patient centers, and management of moderate acute malnutrition. The preventive programme is run alongside the curative programme and comprises: 1) provision of blanket supplementary food (BSFP) to both children aged 6-59 months and PLWs; 2) the IYCF programme promoting appropriate infant and young children feeding and linkages to other nutrition–sensitive sectors. In addition, blanket supplementary feeding is provided for clients on treatment for Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. 2. OBJECTIVES OF THE EVALUATION The purpose of this evaluation is to assess the current nutrition programs in Gambella and Melkadida refugee camps, including results achieved, challenges and lessons learned during implementation. This evaluation shall generate findings and recommendations expected to assist in identifying appropriate strategies and operational approaches to strengthen the current programme and the possibility to expand activities to the other camps. The selected consultant will be required to prepare evaluation tools using available documents and literature review. The specific objectives of the final evaluation include: to assess the relevance of the programme to the beneficiaries; to identify outcome milestones achieved as well as possible challenges in implementing the programme; to review the effectiveness of the programme design to assess the programmes overall effectiveness and efficiency to determine the quality of the current nutrition interventions to assess sustainability of the project in terms of whether the benefits of the programme are likely to continue after external support has been completed; to assess the positive and negative impact of the programme towards the main beneficiaries to document lessons learned and best practices to apply for future programming 3. SCOPE OF THE EVALUATION The evaluation will cover the time period from January 2017 until November 2018 and will cover Gambella and Melkadida camps. The evaluation shall investigate into the following: Relevance, Effectiveness, Impact and Sustainability of the preventive nutrition programme including implementation based on the UNHCR IYCF framework and the backyard gardening component of the food security programmes in place. Relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and impact of the community management of acute malnutrition programme (CMAM). To identify and document good practices and key lessons learnt and make recommendations for improvement on areas that require such action, based on evaluation findings. 4. METHODOLOGY This evaluation is expected to apply a mixed methods approach. These will involve reviewing the relevant project documents and relevant literature, meetings and interviews with a broad range of stakeholders including donor, project partner, local government representatives, the beneficiaries and community opinion leaders among others. The evaluator(s) will be responsible for assessing the project and management issues, briefing and debriefing with key stakeholders and production of the evaluation report. Other methods including use of focused group discussions (FGDs), observations, documentation of the Most Significant Change stories are also highly recommended. Provide a detailed elaborate methodology and work plan, which will be shared and agreed upon with UNHCR before the start of the actual work. Participating in the initial briefings with UNHCR teams to ensure that the evaluation team is clear on the expectations of this evaluation. Developing the evaluation inception report highlighting the methodology to be used and the relevant tools which will be submitted to UNHCR and will be discussed and approved by UNHCR before the commencement of the field work. Reviewing the project materials and other relevant literature in order to have an adequate understanding of the project and maximize incremental learning. Discussion with the implementing partners and other stakeholders including relevant government officials, and opinion leaders to get their feedback to reach conclusions against benchmarks to date. Conducting field visits to collect data using the agreed upon methods. Ensuring that the data is collected stored and analyzed professionally. Presenting to UNHCR and partners the key findings and giving the team adequate opportunities to give feedback and agree on action points, lessons, and recommendations. Submitting a draft report to UNHCR for review, comments, and inputs which will be taken into consideration before submission of the final report. Document and submit one quality case story focusing on best practices and lessons learned as evidence from the project locations. 5. TIMING The consultant will be engaged for a period of 45 working days, 20 days home-based for the desk review and report writing and 25 days for field visits to Gambella and Melkadida. The final report is to be agreed and delivered before the end of February 2019. Precise schedule will be agreed between the consultant and UNHCR Ethiopia Country Office upon the consultant submitting the offer and draft work plan. 6. DELIVERABLES Overall deliverables are: Zero draft evaluation report for internal review and supporting evaluation tools used Final evaluation report addressing all objectives, evaluation questions and including clear recommendations Debriefing with UNHCR ( and possibly partners) on the final findings The final evaluation report should be provided in both soft and hard copies. The report shall be: Produced in English Maximum of 25 pages. Short Annexes to be attached separately The report format and text should be on A4 paper size in Arial font size 11. The report should be structured as follows: Cover page Acknowledgment Table of contents List of tables List of figures Executive summary comprehensive enough to highlight all the key aspects of the evaluation. The summary should present a highlight of the methodology, key findings, a summary of conclusions and recommendations. Introduction section Literature review (should be precise and well linked to the Action’s focus) The methodology that clearly outlines the sampling procedures and the sample size, how the data was collected, analyzed and presented with clear justification and limitations if any. Findings per program component addressing all the evaluation questions and the unexpected outcomes. Conclusions presenting a summary of the findings on the basis of the questions. Lessons learned and recommendations which should be clearly related to the conclusions. Case story highlighting best practices. Report annexes that include the tools used in the evaluation and the list of respondents. 7. EXPERTISE/ SKILLS REQUIRED The consultant is expected to meet the following criteria: Post Graduate qualification in Nutrition, food security, public health. Minimum of 5 years’ experience in evaluation work with proven track record. Experience in emergency nutrition or refugee camps. Skills and experience in evaluating nutrition and food security projects. Strong interpersonal and analytical skills. Familiarity with the Ethiopia’s political, cultural and socio-economic context a must. Conversant with application of cross cutting themes like Rights Based Approach and Do No Harm Principle. Good spoken and written communication skills in English. Proven experience of using participatory methods for data collection and analysis in programme evaluation. Submission of Applications This vacancy is open for qualified Ethiopians only. Female candidates are encouraged to apply. UNHCR is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization. IMPORTANT Applicants are requested to submit a CV and a draft proposed work plan to ETHADHR@UNHCR.ORG REFUGEES – WHO CARES? WE DO.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Full time