Final Evaluation

Terms of Reference – Final Evaluation

Project Title: Being Active – Without Barriers

Country:   Albania

Project Number:   Caritas Project number 1420005

ADC-Contract               8108-07/2014

Name of Partner Organisation:

Contracting partner of Austrian Development Agency: Caritas Austria

Implementing partner:  Caritas Albania

  1. Introduction/Background

Since 2008 Caritas Austria and Caritas Albania have been implementing projects – financed by Austrian Development Agency and funds of other donors –  which contribute to the fulfilment of  People with Disability (PwD)’s rights in Albania. Besides the improvement of social services for PwD and promoting their participation in cultural life, caregivers were supported and the co-operation with local stakeholders was sought. The project “Being Active – Without Barriers” was prepared in 2014 and built on results and activities of previous projects like “Valuable life – Valuably live” and “Equal Opportunities for the DP in Albania”.

Findings of the evaluation will be included in the project “INCLUSION – Installing, Networking & Capacity Building through Legal counselling and Unified Strategic Interventions  On Needs of People with Disabilities, Albania” which is intended to be started in September 2017.

Being Active – Without Barriers project aim is to contribute to the right of People with Disability (PwD) for and their access to social services and participation in cultural life. Above that the project supports families of PwD and improves the quality of services provided for PwD in Albania, PwD’s access.

  1. Subject and Focus

The topic of evaluation is to analyse the impact of the project activities. The evaluation will take place at the areas of intervention Lezha, Lac and Vau i Dejes.

  1. Objective

The main objective of the evaluation is to assess the impact of the project and present results (output, outcome), conclusions, lessons learnt and recommendations.

Under the relevant OECD DAC evaluation criteria (relevance, impact, effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability) the evaluation/review team has to analyse the following points but only if the information is not yet available from previous evaluations/reviews:

  • The design and coherence of the project/programme including the design of the logframe matrix/programme theory and present the underlying theory of change and its assumptions.

  • The extent to which the project/programme has already achieved its objectives and results or is likely to achieve them, including the extent to which the lives of the project/programme beneficiaries (women, men, girls, boys) have already been improved. Also the extent to which supported institutions have already benefitted people.

  • The strengths and weaknesses in terms of planning, management, implementation and monitoring.

  • The extent to which cross-cutting issues (gender and environment mainstreaming) were applied.

  1. Key qualifications of evaluator:

  • Academic degree

  • A minimum of three years’ experience and expertise in the field/sector of evaluation and/or social policy and/or work with people with disabilities

  • Evaluator has conducted at least three evaluations in the last five years ideally in the relevant field

  • Experience in project cycle management

  • Experience in social science methods

  • Excellent oral and written English skills (state other language too, if applicable)

  • Sound MS Office and IT skills

The consultants must not have been involved in the design, implementation or monitoring of this project.

  1. Reports:

The consultants will submit the following reports:

  • an inception report

  • a final draft evaluation report  including a draft executive summary and the results-assessment form (part of the reporting requirement)

  • and the final evaluation report (25-30 pages without annexes), the final executive summary and the results-assessment form (part of the reporting requirement)

All reports need to be written in English. The Guidelines for Project and Programme Evaluations developed by the Austrian Development Agency need to be considered throughout the entire evaluation process.

Also see:

http://www.entwicklung.at/fileadmin/user_upload/Dokumente/Evaluierung/Evaluierungs_Leitfaeden/EN_Leitfaden_Evaluierung.pdf

Applicants must submit: CV and letter of motivation to: caritasalbania@caritasalbania.org

Application Deadline: 12:00 AM, August 4, 2017. Caritas Austria will proceed with the evaluation of offers and selection of expert.

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