Location: Armenia, Yerevan
Deadline: 2/20/2017 12:00:00 AM
Mid Term External Evaluation of "Forest Fruits - Markets for Women" Project
The 3-year rural economic development regional project, Forest Fruits – Markets for Women (FFMW) funded by Big Lottery Fund (BLF), aims to sustainably improve the lives and livelihoods of 1600 poor people (70% women) and their families living in ten communities in Armenia and Georgia through:
Outcome 1: Creation and development of forest produce cooperatives results in poor and marginalised women's empowerment.
Outcome 2: Sustainable use of forest resources results in effective adaptation to climate change through improved harvesting practices and processing methods.
Outcome 3: Increased and more diverse household incomes amongst poor marginalised women and cooperatives results in better nutrition and increased access to healthcare and education services.
The project was launched in April 2015 and focuses on five settlements in the Tavush Marz of Armenia - Haghtanak, Lchkadzor, Ptghavan, Ayrum, Archis and five settlements of Mtskheta-Mtianeti Region of Georgia – Sharakhevi, Khando (Dusheti Municipality), Saguramo, Nichbisi, Tsinamdzgvriantkari (Mtskheta Municipality).
The key purpose of this mid-term evaluation is to help Oxfam build a collective picture of the FFMW regional programme by investigating progress to date, validating (or invalidating) key outcomes or results and provide actionable insights on how to refine and improve the FFMW programme implementation – March 2015 - March 2017. This outcome evaluation will focus on programme contribution to its immediate results / outcome, assessing if, how and in what ways the programme has reached (or has not) the set objectives based on the indicators of the programme log-frame.
Oxfam in Armenia is seeking qualified individual(s) or a consulting company (hereinafter Consultant) to conduct the mid-term evaluation for the FFMW project with a purpose of:
Assessing progress to date
What is the progress towards the programme outcomes (based on selected programme indicators below)? What are the reasons?
- To what extent has the self-reported confidence of women cooperative members to manage and sell their NTFP produce increased?
- To what extent has the perceived level of empowerment of women engaged in NTFP value chains within target communities (by both women and men) increased?
- What is the number of women that have capacity to successfully participate in safe NTFP harvesting and processing activities within ten cooperatives?
- To what extent has the number of cooperative members/collectors that practice safe sustainable NTFP collection and processing techniques increased?
- What is the percentage of cooperative members/collectors with awareness of disaster and climate change risks and mitigation measures?
- To what extent has the household expenditure on food, healthcare and education in target communities increased?
- What is the number of beneficiaries reporting improved diet and healthcare?
- What is the number of beneficiaries who have increased awareness of HIV, disability, and child safety?
Making recommendations for future work
What are the critical success factors contributing to the progress made? What can be learnt from this?
What areas of weakness are there in the programme? What is the response plan?
Based on the evidence, what are the recommendations for:
- areas of focus;
- ways of working in the second half of the programme.
Methods, Process and Approaches
The evaluator(s) will work with the commissioning manager and key stakeholders to agree a final methodology within the budget provided. The commissioning manager will work with the evaluator(s) to identify the data, key informants and stakeholders to interview and/or survey, the questionnaire and/or survey instrument questions, as appropriate, and to ensure the evaluation team has adequate access to relevant documentation.
The evaluator(s) will then collect and analyze the data, presenting early findings, and draft report to Oxfam staff, on a schedule to be agreed, for review and deliberation. A verbal presentation of preliminary findings should be made to key stakeholders (including programme manager) in order to maintain their involvement in the evaluation. Iterative reviews draft findings are intended to ensure that the final study fully meets Oxfam's needs, and that any methodological adjustments that may be warranted are identified early on in the data collection process.
The final study will be delivered after the draft findings have been reviewed and commented on, responding to any remaining questions or data analysis needs identified, and that can be accommodated within the established timeframe and budget. The process, as well as the final results should be gender-sensitive, addressing and incorporating the specific sensitive aspects and needs, as well as guarantying the participation of female stakeholders / respondents in the data collection and analysis process.
The methodology for the evaluation envisages both desk and field research. The desk research will be the first step for the evaluator (s) based on the following sources of information:
-Bi-annual and annual reports
-Project log-frame, indicators and MEAL Strategy
-Project monitoring reports
-Other project-related reports
The field research will include face to face interviews with the project teams, partners, and beneficiaries through semi-structured questionnaires in order to guarantee the availability of both quantitative and qualitative evidence whenever appropriate. The exact list of respondents should be elaborated with close consultations with Oxfam.
It is anticipated the work would be completed within 8 weeks. The indicative budget for the evaluation (inclusive of travel and expenses) is approximately 3.500 GBP.