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  • Posted: Aug 11, 2022
    Deadline: Aug 22, 2022
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  • Plan International was founded over 75 years ago with a mission to promote and protect the rights of children. The organisation was set up by British journalist John Langdon-Davies and refugee worker Eric Muggeridge in 1937, with the original aim to provide food, accommodation and education to children whose lives had been disrupted by the Spanish Civil W...
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    Project To Restore The Peaceful Coexitence and Social Cohesion of the Population Affected By The Conflict in the Lake Chad Basin

    Plan International strives to advance children’s rights and equality for girls all over the world. As an independent development and humanitarian organisation, we work alongside children, young people, our supporters and partners to tackle the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children. We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood and enable children to prepare for and respond to crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge. For over 80 years we have been building powerful partnerships for children, and we are active in over 75 countries.

    Plan International-Nigeria is one of the largest INGO operating in Nigeria since 2016. Presently Plan International works in the Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) and in the social cohesion/peace building sector and 70 percent of Plan International’s work engages in emergency response and recovery in the humanitarian crises in the Yobe State of the country. Our intervention is currently focused on education, protection (child protection and GBV); improving community health services, youth and citizens’ participation in governance, creating economic opportunities and livelihoods for the neediest people and building resilient communities. Plan International Nigeria country strategy is driven by its theory of change. This applies to development programme as well as humanitarian assistance in emergencies and disasters. All its interventions will enable children, boys, girls and young people with particular emphasis on vulnerable young women to survive, grow and realise their potential in a supportive environment becoming active and contributing citizens. 

    1. Project Background
    The protracted crisis in the Lake Chad Basin region remains one of the most severe humanitarian emergencies in the world, affecting the North East of Nigeria, the Far North region of Cameroon,
    the Lake region of Chad and the Diffa region in Niger. The crisis has unfolded in a region beset by chronic fragility where poverty, underdevelopment, gender inequality, unemployment and a
    lack of prospects for young people fuel extremism. This is compounded by environmental degradation and the impact of climate change.
    The Lake Chad Programme (LCP) is a joint initiative from Plan International’s Country Offices (COs) in Cameroon, Niger and Nigeria, as well as Plan International’s West and Central Africa
    Hub (WACAH). LCP was established to address the crisis in the Lake Chad Basin through an integrated and regional programme approach. The LCP has built a clear regional programmatic
    vision in the areas of Education, Protection (Child Protection and Gender-Based Violence), Youth economic empowerment and Youth participation. The LCP is based on the Lake Chad
    Programme Strategy (2018 - 2023), which moves beyond a humanitarian vision towards a full spectrum programme, working at the nexus of humanitarian and development efforts to promote
    children’s rights and gender equality. This approach recognizes the importance of meeting immediate humanitarian needs while tackling the developmental deficit of the region which is both
    a contributor to, and an outcome of the crisis. With funding from the German Development Cooperation (BMZÜH), Plan International Nigeria
    has been implementing the " Project to restore the peaceful coexistence and social cohesion of the population affected by the conflict in the Lake Chad Basin" since 2019. The objective of this project is to promote social cohesion through the rehabilitation of social infrastructures and the
    integration of displaced persons and refugees. This initiative is part of Plan International's Lake Chad strategy, which covers the three (3) countries of Cameroon, Niger and Nigeria.
    In Nigeria, the project was implemented in the Yobe State in the central North of Nigeria in 5 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Damaturu, Fune, Yusufari, Bursari, Nguru. Of the four expected
    results of the project at the level of the three countries, Plan International Nigeria was tasked to work towards achieving outcome 1 and 4. Outcome 1 stated that ‘Adolescent girls and boys, as
    well as young women and men in the Yobe state of Nigeria have access to appropriate and timely SRH services and structures.’ Outcome 4 which is cross cutting for all the 3 COs states that ‘community-based mediation structures are established in the project areas of Cameroon, Nigeria
    and Niger to prevent and manage conflicts between community members and to promote non-violent and peaceful coexistence of different groups in the area.
    As main activities in Nigeria, the interventions aimed at providing adolescent sexual and reproductive health services in the selected LGAs. It also aimed at facilitating the integration and
    recovery of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), returnees, refugees and the host communities within the country through the identification of existing structures or the creation, where
    appropriate, of community-based conflict management associations/committees to strengthen peace and social cohesion in these communities.
    Having almost reached the end of the funding period for the project with the deadline for Nigeria as September 30, 2022, and in accordance with one of the framework principles of Plan
    International's programmatic vision namely: Design together, Plan together, Implement together and Evaluate together, Plan International Nigeria seeks to undertake a final evaluation of the
    project planned for within the month of September 2022, when the final evaluation report is to be submitted to Plan-Nigeria. It is anticipated that project beneficiaries and other stakeholder will be part of the final evaluation. The State Partner of the project, the Emergency Response Manager
    (ERM) as well as Project Manager/Coordinator will hold discussions with the selectedconsultant(s) with the view to addressing all field requirements before field work commences.
    The end line evaluation will consider the security constraints of the Yobe State as well as the global health situation related to the spread of COVID-19 if necessary. The project will also furnish
    the consultant(s) with all the required project documents outlined in the Terms of Reference (ToR) of the final evaluation for the BMZ funded project.
    2. Evaluation Focus
    2.1 Purpose of the Evaluation

    The purpose of the evaluation is to report to the donor, BMZ on the one hand, and on the other hand to generate lessons learned that Plan International Nigeria can use to plan and/or adapt to
    the humanitarian/development components of (future) interventions.
    More specifically, the scope of this assignment will be to:
    a. Collect data for the outcome indicators in order to have final data comparable to the data that was generated for the baseline at the beginning of the project or revised data made
    by the midterm evaluation. The list of indicators to be measured is given in Annex 6 and forms an integral part of this Term of Reference (TOR). The existing tools for capturing
    the indicator data will be made available to the Consultant(s) at the time of contract signature.
    b. Focus on the evaluation criteria stipulated below and answer the evaluation questions.
    c. When analysing the direct and indirect contributions of the BMZ-funded project activities to each of the outcome levels, clearly identify the synergies and interactions that the project activities have created with other projects and stakeholders.
    d. Identify lessons learned for both the management and programmatic aspects of the multi- country project.
    2.2 Key criteria for the evaluation
    The evaluation will cover the two areas of intervention of the project that is, providing adolescent sexual and reproductive health services and peaceful coexistence in communities. In addition, it
    will look at the management aspects of the project, notably staffing, partnership and financial management. The evaluation is expected to analyse the following issues:
    Relevance: To what extent the interventions and their approaches were relevant to the priorities and policies of the people and communities that were to benefit from them?
    The relevance of the project will be analysed in relation to:

    • The project's objectives and strategy in relation to national priorities and Plan International's mandate and priorities
    • The needs expressed by the beneficiaries
    • The promotion of a framework for cooperation, coordination and steering of regional development
    • The resources allocated and the partnerships established;
    • The project's actors and stakeholders;
    • The areas of intervention and target groups;
    • The mechanisms and modalities of intervention, monitoring and evaluation
    • Effectiveness: To what extent and why the objectives of the project/programme have been achieved (or not), and whether these factors lead to unintended consequences (positive or

    negative) for anyone involved in, or affected by the interventions?
    The effectiveness should be analysed by:

    • The quantity and quality of activities carried out and results achieved by the project in relation to programming;
    • The distribution and use of resources;
    • The implementation and monitoring-evaluation mechanisms and the role of the different actors;
    • The contribution of the project to the achievement of the Government's priorities supported by Plan International;
    • The partnerships developed.
    • Efficiency: To what extent have financial resources been used economically and efficiently, including possible cost-benefit ratios and alternative programming approaches?
    • In relation to the outputs and outcomes achieved, the evaluation will look at:
    • The use of project resources (adequacy of means and activities to the results to be achieved, good use of resources, implementation capacities, etc.);
    • Partnerships established, in relation to other stakeholders in the sector.
    • Sustainability: To what extent will the target populations be able to continue to benefit from the project in a sustainable manner after the funding phase? This may include the resources and
    • capacity of partners or beneficiaries to continue the intervention after funding has ended. The sustainability of the results and their effects/impacts in terms of capacity building of beneficiaries
    • and national partners and in terms of sustainable human development.
    • Children's rights, gender and inclusion: To what extent the project/programme applied gender- sensitive and inclusive approaches and explicitly aimed at achieving results that contribute to the
    • strengthening of children's and young people's rights and to gender equality? Expand with some questions if possible (To be developed by the Consultant)
    • Impact: To what extent could causal attribution be established for any observed effects, whether positive, negative, primary or secondary in the long term? Elaborate with some questions if
    • possible (to be developed by the Consultant)
    • The evaluation should enable the formulation of proposals for capitalising on the achievements and improvements for a possible continuation of the activities within the context of an extension
    • of the present project or a new project in terms of strategies and organisational arrangements for the implementation and monitoring of the project, and the material, human and financial resources required for its implementation, including the execution modalities.

    3. Evaluation Issues
    After the selection of the Consultant, the latter will be responsible for proposing a questionnaire and a methodological framework that will make it possible to meet the expectations of the
    evaluation. The consultant must provide a clear explanation on how Gender will be integrated in his/her approach. These tools will first be discussed and validated by Plan International in a
    methodological workshop.
    4. Methods for Data Collection and Analysis
    The methods and tools originally used at baseline and mid-term to collect data on the indicators must be considered. To answer the evaluation questions and assess the evaluation criteria, new methods and tools will be required, to be developed by the consultant.
    It is therefore expected that the consultant will develop a detailed overall methodology, appropriate methods and specific tools to respond to the key evaluation criteria mentioned under
    the section 3.2. The consultant shall outline the reasons for selecting the methods proposed and depict the skills/experience he/she has in applying them. It is recommended to apply a mixed
    method approach. The consultant will also be responsible for piloting the new tools, ensuring that they are gender-sensitive. The proposal must contain a description of the envisaged data
    validation, quality assurance and data analysis techniques.
    In addition, the consultant will receive all the necessary information, specifically the existing tools, to conduct the end line data collection for the indicators as shown in Annex 5 of these ToR.
    The consultant will conduct a detailed review of available project documents such as proposal, updated log frame, baseline and midterm reports including indicator data, Complaints and
    Response Mechanism reports, learning reports and M&E frameworks, taking into consideration beneficiaries reached through activities conducted in the communities of BMZ interventions
    disaggregated by age and sex as specified in the project log frame. Plan International will make available to the consultant all project documents upon request.
    5. Sample
    The consultant shall propose a sampling strategy for the primary data collection to answer the evaluation questions as part of the final evaluation, including how they will identify respondents.
    More specifically, the intended sample strategy shall include a description of the:

    • Sample size
    • Necessary respondent disaggregation (>gender, age, status (IDP, returnees, host population...) and disability <)
    • Number and type of locations
    • Sampling approach (stating the reasons for the approach selected) For the data collection on indicators the sample needs to reflect the sampling strategy, size
    • and selected respondents used in the baseline and mid-term data collection. Relevant information will be made available to the consultant upon signature of the contract.

    6. Participant selection and recruitment
    The target population to be considered includes project participants that benefitted directly or indirectly from interventions of Plan International in the targeted communities of Damaturu,
    Fune, Yusufari, Bursari abd Nguru LGAs in the Yobe State.
    7. Ethics, Child Safeguarding and COVID 19 Safeguarding
    The consultant(s) and the team that will interface with children will be required to provide a statement within their proposal on how they will ensure ethics, child safeguarding and COVID 19
    safeguarding in the process of data collection and visits in compliance with Plan International’s Global Safeguarding Children and Youth People Policy. Details on the adoption of gender balance amongst interviewers, focus group discussion (FGD) facilitators and observers shall be provided.
    The consultant(s) shall also explain how confidentiality and anonymity of participants will be guaranteed. This is because the BMZ intervention is keen on giving opportunities for girls, boys,
    women and men to provide feedback on the project intervention. Gender lens would be used to analyse results for girls and boys in comparison to their situations.
    Plan International’s Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy represents a serious commitment by the organization to hold itself accountable to children and young people, ensuring
    that they feel safe and protected with us and those who represent Plan International at all times.
    Everyone working with and associated with Plan is expected to adhere to the provisions of the policy. This means always acting appropriately with children and young people, assessing and
    reducing risks to children and young people in all our operations and activities including research and studies, and taking appropriate action in line with global and local procedures to report and respond to concerns about a child or young person’s welfare. Plan International takes stringent measures against any Plan staff, associate, or visitor who breaches this policy.
    The study will involve data collection with young people, and therefore, must ensure appropriate, safe, non-discriminatory participation; stressing that a proportional representation of young women’s and young men’s views are collected; a process of free and un-coerced consent and withdrawal; confidentiality and anonymity of participants. Environments and working methods should be adapted to the capacities of children and young people; time and resources should be made available to ensure that young men and women are adequately prepared and have the confidence and opportunity to contribute their views.
    The proposal must contain a preliminary plan and time-frame for data collection in line with strict observance of COVID-19 protocols. Also, considerations will have to be made related to
    limitations and restrictions on data collection caused by COVID-19 and related restrictions on movement, and appropriate guidance and alternative methodologies will be developed and
    explained by the consultant(s).
    Other Ethics that consultant/s should adhere to include the following:
    All terms/conditions stipulated in the contract agreement.
    Conducting them in a respectful manner, while undertaking assignment. This includes not making any commitments to communities and any other persons, on behalf of Plan International Nigeria.
    Time-frame and conditions outlined in the TOR and consultancy agreement

    Find the Complete Endline Evaluation Here

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified candidates should forward their CV to: Nigeria.Consultant@plan-international.org using the position as subject of email.

    Find the Complete Endline Evaluation Here

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