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Terms of Reference: Evaluation of WFP’s Unconditional Resource Transfer Activity under the National Social Safety Net Programme in Palestine from 2018 to 2019

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1. Introduction

  1. These Terms of Reference (TOR) are for the evaluation of the United Nation’s World Food Programme’s (WFP) unconditional resource transfer (URT)/Cash Based Transfers (CBTs) to non-refugees, poor and severely food-insecure people under the national social safety net Programme in Palestine. The evaluation is commissioned by WFP’s Palestine Country Office (CO) and will cover the period from 2018 until the start of the evaluation phase, expected to take place in April 2020. The final report is expected to be delivered by the Evaluation Team in August 2020.

  2. This evaluation is an activity evaluation and intends to assess the performance and lessons learned of the unconditional resource transfer in Palestine. Complementing the national social safety net programme in support to poor people, WFP Palestine has been implementing the unconditional resource transfer in the form of CBTs/voucher under the national social safety net since 2012 in the West Bank and since 2016 in the Gaza Strip under PRROs 200037 and 200709 and continued to increase the scale of coverage until the most recently country strategic plan (CSP) Outcome 1, Activity 1, reaching around 160,000 beneficiaries in both the West Bank and the Gaza Strip in 2019.

  3. This evaluation is expected to generate learning to inform future programming, for the coming years in the framework of WFP’s CSP formulation in 2021 and for the national social safety net programme. It presents an opportunity to understand the operational direction in terms of impact of the activity on food security and its contribution to Sustainable Development Goals 1 and 2, as well as to ensure transparency and accountability towards stakeholders.

  4. The TOR was prepared by the WFP Palestine Country Office based upon an initial document review and consultation with stakeholders. The purpose of the TOR is twofold.
    Firstly, it provides key information to the evaluation team and helps guide them throughout the evaluation process; and secondly, it provides key information to stakeholders about the proposed evaluation.