COVID-19 Response Across the Humanitarian-Development Nexus in Ethiopia, also known as ACROSS Ethiopia
In terms of scope and complexity, Ethiopian concerns in 2020 were unparalleled. The most vulnerable individuals nationally—women, girls, and persons with disabilities—have been harmed by the nationwide closure of schools and institutions in April 2020. Even though the COVID-19 epidemic is still going strong its effects are becoming more and more noticeable, both physically and mentally. Further illness outbreaks, landslides, and political unrest have also harmed communities in the target regions. A rise in severe poverty has been attributed to crop failure, asset loss, inadequate water availability, a lack of income-generating options, and rising malnutrition. Important flaws in national institutions, like insufficient infection prevention and control (IPC), have also been made public by the epidemic.
Light for the World (LFTW), Austrian Red Cross, and CARE Austria formed a consortium to implement ACROSS Ethiopia (COVID-19 Response Across the Humanitarian – Development Nexus in Ethiopia) from May 2021 to October 2023 before the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) call for proposals. As a result, a baseline evaluation was performed before the project started. The consortium’s nexus strategy takes into account both short-term and long-term solutions for all of the project’s goals.
The population of the East and West Arsi, West Hararghe, Gamo, and South Omo Zones (Oromia and SNNP regions) was the project’s wide objective since these areas are significantly impacted by COVID-19 infections and their spread, as well as the unfavorable effects of COVID-19 preventative methods like lockdowns. The areas are under added stress from a high prevalence of poverty, a lack of WASH services and infrastructure, as well as being simultaneously affected by violence and natural catastrophes. This is further shown by the large caseload, high positive rate, reports of conflict breakouts, the locust invasion from last year, and reports of flooding in the intervention regions.
Therefore, girls and women with and without impairments are given particular attention across the many intervention areas. Through the improvement of referral pathways for women and girls with and without disabilities facing abuse or the threat of abuse, healthcare providers and legal actors are better equipped to support women and girls with and without disabilities who are at risk of GBV and other negative coping strategies, such as forced marriage and servitude. The experience from the previous year has also demonstrated that COVID-19 interventions frequently fail to include people with disabilities, even though they were disproportionately impacted by the pandemic and had limited access to financial services, health care, and information about it. People with disabilities must deal with hurdles to physical access to institutions, especially healthcare facilities, as well as neglect or exclusion from communities and their resources and activities in general (regardless of COVID-19, but also significantly more intensified by any kind of comparable crises). To advocate for themselves and their families and to take part in the decision-making processes that either directly or indirectly influence their daily lives, they also encounter communication hurdles.
2. Task Description
To prepare for and respond to COVID-19 in a way that is inclusive and gender-responsive in the sectors of WASH, Psychological Social Support (PSS), and livelihood in South Omo, West and East Arsi, West Hararghe, and Arbaminich, the program’s objective is to increase the resilience and self-reliance of institutions, communities, and vulnerable individuals, including people with disabilities.
Expected Results (see log frame for precise numbers):
Result 1: Pre-hospital Care and WASH
• Improved institutional and community-level COVID-19 readiness and response that is more inclusive and gender-responsive, focusing on the pre-hospital care requirements of disadvantaged and marginalized people in selected areas.
• (Ambulance services are provided to 3,000 individuals, 63 institutions get WASH supplies, 107.100 people receive hygiene promotion, and 32.700 people obtain access to water)
Second outcome: Social and psychosocial support
• Increased capacity of mostly females, especially girls and women, to manage COVID-19-induced and/or worsened psychological and social protection requirements.
• (25.800 persons get MHPSS, PFA, and home care assistance, 183 people are trained in these services, and 10 GBV incidents are referred or reported)
Third outcome: Risk communication
• Ensuring that vulnerable groups and targeted communities have access to timely, gender-responsive, and inclusive information on COVID-19 and that this information is provided in a manner that respects their safety, dignity, and rights.
• (10 pieces of risk communication material were generated, 332.000 individuals were reached with risk communication, and 65% of community reaction was favorable)
Result 4: Earnings
• Vulnerable groups and communities affected by the crisis have access to short- and medium-term livelihood assistance to meet their essential dietary and non-nutritional requirements and to plan for the long-term survival of their livelihoods.
• (2.600 persons get financial assistance, 1.560 people use Village Saving and Loan Associations (VSLAs), and 52 disabled youngsters find jobs)
Crosscutting concerns are the fifth result.
• Enhanced information exchange and training of consortium partners on risk communication, gender inclusion, and COVID-19 that informs the design and execution of the project’s outcomes.
• (45 employees have received training on gender equality, risk communication, and community involvement)
3. The goal of consulting work
Purpose: Light for the World is looking for a single, seasoned local consultant or business to help with its ACROSS project evaluation study utilizing the methodology described below (see the methodology part of this ToR). As a result, the general goal of the consulting job is to assist in gathering data for each of the project’s indicators by the structure shown in the following Annex log.
The specific goals of this evaluation study are to comprehend the impact, efficacy, sustainability, and services provided by the ACROSS project to increase institutions’ resilience and vulnerable people’s self-reliance to prepare for and respond to COVID-19 in a way that is both inclusive and gender-responsive in the sectors of WASH, psychological social support (PSS), and livelihood in South Omo, West and East Arsi, West Hararghe, and Arb. As a result, the general goal of the end-of-project assessment is to evaluate the project’s performance and record project successes, obstacles, and best practices for use in similar programming in the future.
4. Project’s and consulting work’s scope
The consultant will be required to carry out the following duties in coordination with LFTW and Consortium Members:
• Perform a desk review of project materials, policy documents, and guidance documents.
• Before beginning to gather information or data, develop a suitable and acceptable survey methodology, as well as data collection tools (including a brief set of Washington Group Questions), by the indicators listed in the project’s log framework (see Annex 1). Then, get Light for the World’s approval.
• Create an initial report outlining the consultant’s comprehension of the task, recommended approach, outputs, deadlines, etc.
• Facilitate the hiring, education, and training of supervisors, interviewers, and record reviewers for research fieldwork, as well as the preliminary testing of data-collecting instruments.
• Arrange and direct the gathering of data.
• Use descriptive statistics to do data analysis.
• Develop and prepare the evaluation reports.
• Submit a draught report to Light for the World, present draught reports to LFTW, CARE, the Austrian Red Cross, and other important stakeholders, and consider comments for the final product.
• Send the LFTW the evaluation study report.
• Submit the final reports in screen reader format along with 3 bound hard copies and 3 soft copies on CD ROMs for each report and the whole data set and codebook. The reports shouldn’t include annexes and shouldn’t exceed 50 pages.
5. Principal Outputs of the Consulting Firm
The consultants should provide the following results.
1. Before the start of the fieldwork, an Inception report.
2. Comparing preliminary evaluation reports to the baseline study
3. To get feedback, facilitate a validation workshop.
4. depending on the inputs supplied, the final soft copy and hard copy of the source documents
5. final consulting work report
6. Concepts and Techniques
By the data collection requirements outlined in Annex 1, a consultant/Firm is required to use both quantitative and qualitative data-collecting techniques for the assessment study. During the creation of the technical proposal, appropriate sample sizes and sampling methods pertinent to the indicators listed in Annex 1 will be developed and described in the consultants’ technical proposal document. The assessment will use participatory methods to collect quantitative and qualitative data from key stakeholders, and members of the community, including individuals with disabilities, students, teachers, and healthcare providers.
The assessment research is anticipated to use a variety of participatory qualitative data-gathering techniques as well as instruments developed specifically to achieve the study’s goal. The consultant is asked to create a reliable qualitative data-collecting instrument to gather the information. The qualitative technique should also close any availability and reliability gaps in quantitative data. Six districts from all geographic locations in the two regions—East and West Arsi, West Hararghe, Arbaminich, and South Omo (Oromia and SNNP regions), which are severely affected by COVID-19 infections—were chosen for data collection. Because of this, the regional and national health and education sectors will also be included in the study.
7. Members of the Consortium and LFTW are responsible for
1. By using the LFTW procurement method, make it easier to agree with the consulting business.
2. Follow up on the whole consulting project.
3. Comment on the inception report and the data-gathering methods.
4. Provide the consultant business with a recommended list of all the important stakeholders and all the reference materials required.
5. Within three working days of the conception report and first draught assessment report’s submission, provide input.
6. Make sure the final report adequately incorporates the comments and input that were provided on draughts.
7. Facilitate the consultant’s payment by the contract.
8. Plan the validation session and make sure the final document incorporates all pertinent feedback.
9. Please be aware that LFTW will not provide travel assistance while the evaluation study’s data is being collected.
Nothing to Do Due Date
1 Ink a contract with a chosen consulting company by October 16, 2023
2 Share project background materials with the consulting company by October 16, 2023
3 Request an initial report from the chosen consulting company by October 19, 2023.
4 Comment on the first report by October 21, 2023
5 LftW should get the final inception report by October 23, 2023.
Conduct study team training on October 24, 2023.
7 Carry out the investigation and gather data between October 25 and November 5, 2023
8 LftW should get the draught Evaluation Report by November 15, 2023.
9 Review the final evaluation report and provide input on November 20, 2023.
10 Update the evaluation report with the comments by November 23, 2023
November 24, 2023: 11th Validation Workshop in Addis Abeba
12 Consultancy firm’s final submission of all project papers (evaluation report, images, and any audio records) is due on November 30, 2023.
9. requirements for financial proposals and terms of payment
The financial proposal should include a detailed itemized breakdown of all expenses related to the evaluation. This proposal must be sent in a separate, sealed envelope, and all expenses must be stated in Ethiopian Birr. The consultant will be given consulting contracts and compensated by LFTW finance policies and procedures.
10. procedure for submission
The consulting company must provide the following technical and financial proposals:
• Description of the consultants, incl. resumes of the potential team members.
• The technical proposal will include an introduction, key works on consulting work, comprehension of the TOR, specific goals for the consultancy work, deliverables, methodologies, a work plan, team makeup, a profile of the consulting firm, and other pertinent data.
• A thorough strategy and process for completing the assignment’s objective.
• A complete schedule incl. Actions must be taken as well as team members’ duties.
• A declaration of availability to carry out the job.
License for doing business, financial offer, etc. professional charge, incl. taxes, as well as extras.
Following the announcement date of this TOR, interested consulting firms with the necessary education and expertise should submit their technical and financial offers within 10 working days. During the selection process, Light for the World may seek documentation of a comparable background in the form of prior reports and/or references.
Before or on October 6, 2023, before the close of business, interested applicants must send Frehiwot Assefa (email@example.com), Light for the world, their technical proposal and financial proposal (in separate two envelopes for the technical and financial proposals) in hardcopy and softcopy (CD-ROM) with a sealed and stamped/SIGNED envelope.
1. Profile of the Consulting Company and Team Structure
The Lead Consultant must possess the following credentials and practical knowledge:
1. a doctorate in social sciences that is relevant to the issue.
2. 10 years of expertise in the field of development, including 10 years of practical research, project evaluation, and assessment work. Solid awareness of development concerns, particularly as they pertain to emergency programs.
3. Experience in mainstreaming or including people with disabilities and knowledge of the UNCRPD are requirements.
1. It will be necessary to have practical experience undertaking emergency project assessments, research, KAP studies, project evaluations, and emergency program capacity building.
2. Excellent English language communication abilities, both in writing and speaking.
3. having the ability to research, analyze, and properly present facts.
4. Risk communication programs and policies, as well as Knowledge Livelihood, WASH, MHPSS, and GBV.
5. For consulting services, a license renewal is required.
6. The consultant team’s members should have a minimum of five years of documented experience leading and conducting evaluation studies, particularly on emergency/development programs.
For doing qualitative and quantitative research, including in-depth interviews, focus groups, policy/document reviews, survey design and implementation, and KAP studies with the appropriate data analysis methods, the consulting business has to have a sufficient team composition.
How to Apply
- Additionally to the Terms of Reference listed on this advertisement, a physical copy may be obtained at the Light for the World office during business hours from Monday, September 25, 2023, through Wednesday, October 3, 2023, between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM.
From October 4 through October 6, 2023, between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM, consultants should provide their technical and financial proposals to Light for the World in a sealed envelope together with all necessary legal documents/CVs.
- The deadline is Monday, October 9 at 4:00 PM (10:00 local time).
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