Short-Term consultancy ( Consultancy firm or individuals )
Plan International Jordan is seeking an experienced consultant (individual or company) to conduct the final evaluation for Mubaderoon project.
1. Plan International in Jordan
Plan is an international, humanitarian, child focused development organization without any religious, political or governmental affiliations. Plan is committed to achieving a world in which all children realize their full potential in societies that respect people’s rights and dignity. With almost 75 years’ experience working with children in poverty, and their families and communities, Plan is one of the most respected and trusted grassroots, child rights based organisations in the world. Plan is independent, with no religious, political or governmental affiliations. Plan has been operating in Jordan since 2016. Based on need assessments in the country, and taking into account Plan International’s areas of expertise, the programming of Plan Jordan focuses on Child Protection, Gender-Based Violence, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, Education and Livelihoods. In Jordan Plan International works among others with the following partners: JOHUD, East Amman Charity, the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Hashemite University of Jordan, Institute of Family Health, King Hussain Foundation, Nama’a, Ruwwad and VTC.
Social economy and entrepreneurship, social enterprises in particular, are becoming increasingly important drivers for social inclusion and inclusive growth and can play a key role in tackling current economic and environmental challenges. Many social enterprises create jobs and income opportunities for vulnerable groups and do so in a sustainable manner, mostly locally. Moreover, social enterprises have often a strong focus on social innovation and respond to social needs that are otherwise not met, or not met in an optimal manner by public authorities and/or market players.
3. Mubaderoon Project Objectives:
The Mubaderoon consortium is a collaboration between four organisations, namely Plan International, Alfanar, RUWWAD and Euricse aimed at strengthening social enterprise initiatives to combat poverty and social exclusion in Jordan.
The project has two distinct but interdependent specific objectives. The action is designed with a strong focus on strengthening existing Social Enterprises (SEs) and Social Entrepreneurial Initiatives (SEIs) as well as social entrepreneurship support structures. The first project objective - supporting the growth and acceleration of existing SEs and high potential SEIs - is a precondition to contribute to tangible socio-economic improvements for the most marginalised groups. This objective is pursued most notably through both job creation and the supply of welfare services by social enterprises. The building of enabling ecosystem is nevertheless essential to fully harness the potential of social enterprises.
The second objective of this project is to engage relevant stakeholders at national and international level with a view to contributing to the development of the key pillars that are expected to build a favourable social enterprise ecosystem in Jordan. A number of experts, selected amongst the most relevant Jordan stakeholders, compose the Advisory Panel, whose aim will be to both discuss and advocate for the design of a suitable legal framework for social enterprises in Jordan.
4. Objective of Assignment
The objective of the final evaluation is to evaluate all aspects of the project, including at the strategic, operational, and administrative levels.
More specifically, it will focus on:
(i) Evaluation of the quality in the implementation and progress of the project's performance indicators, the justification of any discrepancies (under- or over-performance) between the expected and achieved results.
(ii) The overall performance of the project based on consultations with project stakeholders such as intermediaries and beneficiaries, challenges and areas for improvement for each component, as well (financial management, procurement), disbursement (proactivity, justification), environmental and social impact, and monitoring and evaluation aspects.
(iii) Modifications or new activities that implemented during the project period.
The final outcome of this review will be confirmation of the overall objective and the indicators, components, activities and institutional arrangements for implementation to evaluate the project performance, effectiveness and the impact in targeted communities.
5. Scope of work
- Commitment of the consortium partners, implementing partners and stakeholders
· Organize meetings with senior authorities, the implementing partners, and other relevant stakeholders to discuss their commitment to the project and assess the capacity of the implementing partners.
- Relevance of the project activities and cross-cutting issues
· Assess the overall development outcomes and impacts of the project (identify specific beneficiaries, directly related benefits for key stakeholders, and potential benefits achieved during the project implementation period). Using project log-frame and indicators as a baseline for this assessment.
· Discuss with the stakeholders and beneficiaries the relevance of the project's development objectives during the implementation period (taking into account current sector/government priorities).
· Review, in light of institutional issues, at a minimum, the project's approach to gender issues, maximizing financing for social impact, Environment, using of technology and job creation.
· Assess the impact of the COVID-19 on the implementation of the project activities especially with Social Enterprises.
c. Adequacy of project implementation
· Examine the quality of the direct results and their compliance with the technical specifications.
· Analyse the financial progress of each project component and assess whether the use of funds is commensurate with the progress, efficiency, quality and timeliness of procurement and disbursement activities.
· Identify internal and external factors affecting project implementation.
· Analyse the performance and detailed results achieved by the direct and indirect beneficiaries of the project Using project logframe and indicators as a baseline for this assessment.
d. Adequacy of the implementation plan
· Assess the adequacy of the project implementation plan in terms of the timeframe and the implementation of activities, capacity of ecosystem support intermediaries.
· Review project costs and assess whether the initial cost estimates remain accurate. Examine whether the costs of activities could have been reduced by using alternative approaches.
· Assess the cost-effectiveness of the project.
· Assess (by component) the capacity of the implementing partners and the commitment of the grantees to implement the restructured project, if any.
e. Adequacy of implementation and management arrangements
· Review the adequacy of project implementation and management arrangements in terms of staffing, good management practices, effectiveness in the use of existing systems (Grant management , safeguards, M&E), contract management capacity, outstanding or new legal commitments, review of the effectiveness of project-level planning and reporting, institutional agility, etc.
· Review the "beneficiary’s experience" of the project.
· Assess the quality of cooperation with other donors, partners and relevant institutions within the sector, as well as clarity of roles and responsibilities, effectiveness of decision-making, etc.
· Assess the adequacy of implementation support modalities (approach, resources), the usefulness in anticipating problems and the effectiveness of follow-up recommendations.
· Assess the adequacy of project progress in response to progress and difficulties in achieving project results.
f. Overall implementation risks
· Based on the above, reassess project risks and the mitigation actions taken through project management.
h. Adequacy of the project design to achieve the expected results and sustain efforts during and after project implementation
· Review the progress, effectiveness and adequacy of each project component in terms of the implementation of project activities and outputs. Determine whether the results of the components are still relevant to the objectives of the project,
· Examine the influence of the design and implementation of the project components on its additionally, on the behaviour of project beneficiaries, and on project results and progress, based on international experience. Assess the relevance and effectiveness of the technical assistance in strengthening the grantees and stakeholder’s capacities and institutions, including the training provided to key stakeholders and staff in relation to the expected objectives.
· Identify unexpected project results that were not accounted for in the original plans.
· Assess the likelihood that the project's achievements will be sustainable and will continue to be sustainable after project completion. Identify factors that may influence the sustainability of project results.
The final evaluation will be done through:
· An analysis of data and documents related to the project,
· Benchmarking with national experience and with data from national and international programs,
· Meetings and interviews with direct and indirect beneficiaries of the project, stakeholders and partners including through the use of journey mapping techniques.
· Documents and data external to the project.
6. Final evaluation mission preparation
(i) Review updated project documents ,results framework and theory of change to ensure that the analysis uses the most up-to-date information,
(ii) Gather all technical and administrative documents necessary for the evaluation.
(iii) State their objectives for the evaluation, as well as any concerns regarding strategic, operational or administrative levels that should be discussed and resolved.
The methodologies, international comparisons, interview guides, and detailed report narrative will be shared with the consultant for comments and adjustments. The schedule of interviews will be communicated with plan team for the purpose of attending selected interviews.
- Methodology :
The Evaluation will include desk research and comprehensive consultative meetings.
A) Desk review of secondary data: an in-depth qualitative literature review of the existing information and data, including the Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s SME, SEs and HBBs records.
B) Structured survey: A quantitative survey to help identify and analyse the aspects of the project, including at the strategic, operational, and administrative levels.**
C) Consultations/ structured interviews with Beneficiaries, support organisations / implementing partners and other stakeholders
D) 1-day debriefing workshop to present the results of the study.
The consultant will regularly consult with Plan (Netherlands and Jordan Office). Specifically, the consultant will timely provide lists of stakeholders to be interviewed, making sure there is no duplication with meetings already planned or conducted, and provide regular updates on progress of the assignment.
15 August 2021 : kick-off meeting
15 – 25 August 2021 : Interviews with plan , implementing partners and project beneficiaries
5 Sep 2021: Draft FE Report submitted to Plan.
12 Sep 2021: Meeting to discuss draft report findings and recommendations.
18 Sep 2021: Final Evaluation Report submitted to Plan international.
Expected Profile of the Consultant:
The Technical agency\individuals should have good knowledge and experience in the field of socioeconomic development, preferably specific expertise in the field of social entrepreneurship. In addition, this assignment requires specific experience on research and market analysis in Jordan, and/or the region, Experience with gender specific analysis in the local context is recommended.
The Consultant should have good knowledge and experience in the field of socioeconomic development, preferably specific expertise in the field of social entrepreneurship, SMEs, HBBs . In addition, this assignment requires specific experience on research and market analysis in Jordan, and/or the region, experience with gender specific analysis in the local context is recommended.
Demonstrated experience within relation with private sector, youth livelihood and business set up & development.
Knowledge of business and income generating activities in the context of Jordan with clear understanding of related legal and policies frameworks.
Strong knowledge on sub granting (micro granting) mechanism.
Experience in youth economic empowerment, livelihoods development in humanitarian or refugee settings, community-based and social enterprise and community participation is an asset.
Good facilitation skills and ability to deliver induction briefing/trainings.
Excellent knowledge of Arabic and English.**
Payment Method : **
1st payment 25%
Brief proposal for the assessment, including a draft format for the report and a list of survey questions**
2 weeks from signing the contract
2nd payment 75%
Final report including executive summary**
6 weeks from signing the contract
Child Protection Policy: Plan is committed to protect children and to prevent them from any harm they may be exposed to through our work. Therefore, the successful applicant will be requested to sign and comply with Plan’s Child Protection Policy. This is a Level 2 assignment as per Plan’s Child Protection Procedures and may have some contact or interaction with children.
Ownership: All documents, project designs, drawings, technical data and other information shall remain the property of the Plan International Jordan and shall be treated as confidential by the consultant(s) at all times. They shall not be made available to any third party whatsoever, in any form, without the prior written approval of a properly authorised employee of Plan International Jordan. The utilisation of all proposals, plans and reports and other information provided by the consultant(s) to Plan International is the property of Plan International and the use thereof is solely at the discretion of Plan International. All documents and other papers, whether in soft or hard copy and whether containing data or other information, provided by Plan International shall be returned complete to Plan International upon completion of the assignment. All documentation and reports written during and/or as a result of this study, or otherwise related to it in any way, shall remain the property of Plan International and no part shall be reproduced or quoted, or otherwise used in any way except with the prior, express and specific written permission of authorised employee of Plan International.
Ethical and child protection considerations: If the assignment requires the consultant to interface with children, therefore the consultant is required to provide a statement on the respect and protection of child rights, human rights and dignity of participants compliant with Plan’s Child Protection Policy. The consultant shall read and sign Plan’s child protection policy (CPP) as fully understood and in agreement to in all respects and shall follow this in all and every respect during the term of the consultancy. The consultant must follow Ethical Principles in a research and obtain written/verbal consent from the targeted population. Permission from elder should be sought if the children under 18 years are involved. Signed informed consent of each targeted population need to be taken after explaining the purpose of the study.
How to apply
Interested candidates to submit the following in Hand:
( separate sealed envelopes technical + financial (stamped with official company stamp or signed for individuals titled with Final Evaluation for Mubaderoon Project) to the following address :6th floor, building 60 Isam al ajlouni St., Shmesani, Amman , Jordan)
Deadline for receiving applications/offers will be 1 August 2021.
Documents to be submitted:
2- Outlined cost of developing and conducting the assessment for the scope of assignment.
3-company profile or C.V for individuals and previous experiences (sample of work ).
The interested consultant / consultancy firm is invited to submit the following application documents:
Technical offer must include : **
A proposed methodology , work plan and timeline Methodology
CVs of the consultant(s)
Examples of relevant previous work.
For firms: Company Registration.
Individuals and Companies are welcome to apply
3 references need to be provided
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