As the conflict in Eastern Ukraine enters into the seventh year, the crisis remains a daily reality for millions of people. The conflict has resulted in thousands of civilian casualties, significant destruction of property and the displacement of millions of civilians. According to the OSCE report, by 31 July 2020, there are at least 3,367 persons killed and more than 7,000 injured since the beginning of the conflict. The crisis has generated one of the largest displacements in Europe since the Second World War; there are currently close to 1.45 million officially registered IDPs in Ukraine (as of September 2020), with the biggest displacement wave happening in 2014 and 2015. The 2021 Humanitarian Needs Overview shows the following number of people in need: 1.5 M in need (54% women, 14% children, 51 % elderly, 14% people with disabilities) and 1.7 M (54% women, 14% children, 26 % elderly, 12% people with disabilities) in Government-controlled areas (GCA) and non-Government-controlled areas respectively. As of 2020, the conflict remains unresolved. Although the ceasefire agreement (Minsk-II) of early 2015 remains in place and negotiations continue (Minsk-process), localised hostilities along the contact line are constant. With little progress towards conflict resolution, it is widely acknowledged that the situation is moving towards or has become a protracted conflict. Conflict management will likely be the main focus, with little traction on comprehensive conflict resolution.
Localised hostilities along the contact line generate significant humanitarian needs in proximity to the frontlines. The conflict has had a negative effect on the overall food and economic security of the population driving many to resort to negative coping strategies. The COVID-19 pandemic has compounded the pre-existing food security and livelihood challenges of the conflict-affected population in both the Government-controlled area (GCA) and the non-Government-controlled area (NGCA) of Luhanska and Donetska Oblasts. In 2021, an estimated 1.5 million people are in need of food and livelihood assistance in the affected areas, and there is a 51 per cent increase compared to 2020. The most severe needs are in the areas close to the “contact line” and in NGCA (65 per cent), especially in Donetska oblast (NGCA), which accounts for 43 per cent (658,000) of the people in need.
After six years of conflict, humanitarian access to NGCA also remains a major concern due to the numerous restrictions of the de facto authorities and of the Government of Ukraine. Since autumn 2015, a formal authorisation process (“registration”) has been maintained by the de facto authorities for humanitarian actors; this has resulted in the suspension of the majority of international NGO actors in NGCA. As long as wide-spread access to humanitarian actors is denied and assistance/protection activities cannot be pursued, the humanitarian situation of the civilian population – notably the most socially vulnerable individuals living in NGCA – will remain precarious.
The overall objective of the evaluation will be to assess the relevance, effectiveness and efficiency of NRC intervention under the FFP funded project implemented during 2020 –2021 in order to:
- Collate and analyse existing project data and documentation
- Create a forum to discuss programmatic and operational improvements for field staff,
- Identify best practices, lessons learned, strengths, and challenges in the activity design, including the LogFrame, and implementation for achieving project achievements;
- Produce evidence that can be used to promote the achievements gained and support pitching similar proposals to potential donors
- Help understand the outcomes of NRC’s Cash Transfer on households’ long-term food security
NRC Ukraine requires someone who can conduct the evaluation of this project and produce deliverables according to the ToR.
Period: The evaluation will cover the whole project’s life period: 29 September 2020 – 31 December 2021
Geographical coverage: Eastern Ukraine, implementing NRC Area Office in Sievierodonetsk
Donors: Bureau Humanitarian Assistance (Former Food for Peace and OFDA, USAID)
Lines of InquiryThe more specific question under efficiency, effectiveness and relevance for the evaluation will be:
- To what extent did we reach the ‘right’ beneficiaries in the targeted area taking into account the registration process, targeting criteria and its scoring mechanism? Did the modality of beneficiary registration via hotline allow to reach such people?
- To what extend did our activities correspond to the (actual) needs of the targeted population? To what extent did we meet those needs of the targeted population and objectives of this project, including outputs and outcomes? Is the intervention appropriate and effective for the target group?
- To what extent did the activity consider gender equity, protection, age, physical and emotional challenges of the participants, and risks to participation in various interventions in project design and implementation?
- How has management adapted the project design or implementation based on monitoring information and feedback from the target population?
- Did we work efficiently to deliver the project in terms of time/ budget? Can costs be cut? How has the new draft of SOP on registration and selection of LFS beneficiaries affected the project (pros and cons)?
- How did COVID-19 affect the project? How was the project adapted to the COVID-19 context, and what was the overall impact on implementation?
IMPORTANT NOTE: The following question has been identified for organisational learning in NRC for 2020 and 2021 and must be part of this evaluation: “To what extent and how are we delivering appropriate and effective programming for persons with disabilities?”
In order to meet the intentions set out in the rationale section, we need to have the following discussions:
- What was planned?
- Identify the good and bad practices involved in the implementation of this project.
- Identify the elements in project delivery where NRC did or did not meet its expected quality and reasons contributing to its success or failure.
- Assess and document what worked (good practices) and what did not (poor practices) for the program
- Identify why things did or didn’t work
- Identify improvement recommendations for the programme
Bids must include the following:
- Proposal including, the outline of an evaluation framework and design/approach with the indication of the scope of data collection methods (number of interviews, FGDs, surveys, etc.), including comments on the ToR, proposed time frame and work plan (bids over 3 pages will be automatically excluded);
- Proposed evaluation budget including an estimation of the expected working days over the entire period between starting the work and the approval of the final draft by the Steering Committee. The proposed budget should also include logistical costs only covered by the service providers such as indicated in the paragraph ‘Budget and payment terms’ in the articles 1, but not include the costs indicated in the articles 2.1 and 2.2 of the ‘Budget and payment terms’ paragraph as they are supposed to be reimbursed by NRC.
- CVs: should include both technical, country and evaluation experience for each team member (max 2 pages)
- At least one example of a previous evaluation or research report most relevant to this assignment;
- Cover letter clearly summarizing experience as it pertains to this assignment and three professional references (max 1 page).
Submit completed bids to : [email protected]
Deadline: October 22, 2021