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EVALUATION SERVICES FOR THE PROJECT PROMOTING SOCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY THROUGH CITIZENS’ PARTICIPATION IN LOCAL GOVERNANCE IN GHANA

 

The Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) will like to invite applications from organizations, or individuals, with the requisite experience and skills (stated below) to conduct a mid-term evaluation of a four (4) year social accountability project dubbed “Promoting Social Accountability through Citizens Participation in Local Governance in Ghana”.

 

Background

The project intervention on ‘Promoting Social Accountability through Citizens Participation in Local Governance in Ghana project’ seeks to enhance citizens’ participation in budgeting and planning systems at the local level. The project is being implemented by the Center in twenty (20) districts in Ghana. The project is funded by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) under the World Bank’s Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA).

The project aims at building transparency, participation and feedback around local government planning and budgeting systems.  It is also expected to help develop an informed citizenry and build coalitions among local citizen groups to enhance participation in decision making and monitoring of the budgeting and planning process of district assemblies in Ghana. Furthermore, it seeks to mobilize citizens interest in Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) budgeting and planning programs and cultivate positive attitudes among citizens and MMDAs in the design and implementation of MMDAs plans and budgets.

The project has two main phases:

(i) Phase I (2015-2017): Activities implemented under phase one sought to build capacity of stakeholders, including beneficiary communities and citizens on the planning and budgeting processes of MMDAs whilst promoting positive attitudes and local support towards social accountability, and

(ii) Phase II (2018-2019): Activities to be implemented would seek to strengthen local structures for promoting transparency and accountability through dialogue, interface engagements and feedback on the local government plans and budgets using social accountability tools such as Citizens Budget Forum / Town Hall Meetings, live radio programs and airing of infomercials.

For more information on the project, kindly click here

http://www.cddgh.org/publications/Other-Publications/OSIWA-SOCIAL-ACCOUNTABILITY-FACT-SHEET-(PROMOTING-SOCIAL-ACCOUNTABILITY-THROUGH-CITIZENSHIP-PARTICIPATION-IN-LOCAL-GOVERNANCE-IN-GHANA)

The Center would like to invite applications from consultant(s) to review progress of the project to date. The review will focus on project outcome areas, effectiveness of project implementation and provide pragmatic recommendations for the next phase of the project.

 

Purpose of the Evaluation

The main objective of this evaluation is to review progress made in achieving project outcomes in order to inform the strategy for the next phase of the project. Specifically, the evaluation seeks to;

·         Determine if specific project strategies outlined for the first phase of the project have been effectively implemented as planned;

·         Determine the extent to which the project is achieving its goal and objectives based on the project strategy, and activities implemented during the first phase of the project;

·         Identify possible problems/challenges that may affect the project implementation or the project outcomes; and

·         Identify lessons /experiences that could be used to better implement the project and/or contribute to the field of social accountability and informing phase two of the project.

 

Key issues to be evaluated

·         Relevance of Project Design: Assess the appropriateness and relevance of the project design in relation to addressing the needs of the target population and assess what adjustments have to be made if any to respond to changing contextual needs.

·         Efficiency in Project Implementation: Assess the extent to which available resources have been used in delivering the project outputs/results, in terms of quantity, quality and timeliness (efficiency).

·         Effectiveness on project implementation: Assess the major achievements of the project to date in relation to its stated objectives and intended results/outputs.

·         Impact: Assess the extent to which the project has had wider overall effect on the target group.

·         Sustainability: Assess the extent to which positive outcomes of the project are likely to continue in the project.

 

Proposed Methodology

The MTR (Mid Term Review) will broadly adopt both quantitative and qualitative approaches for the midterm evaluation. A Participatory Tools Techniques for data collection, which may include but not be limited to in-depth interview, key informant interview and focus group discussion will be used.

 

Specifically, the approach will involve;

·         Inception Meetings with CDD Project team to discuss the TOR, evaluation objectives, formulation of evaluation questions, review workplan and finalize survey instrument(s).

·         Desk Review of documents relevant to the Project including the quarterly reports and policy briefs

·         Interviews and Focus Group Discussions with CDD Project Team, Project Partners and selected project beneficiaries using structured and semi-structured questionnaires.

 

Expected Deliverables

  1. Inception Report setting out the approach, proposed methodology, evaluating team, proposed budget and detailed work plan and data collection tools, including draft data collection instruments/questionnaires
  2. Draft comprehensive midterm evaluation report which should include: Executive summary, Introduction, Purpose and objectives, Methodology, Findings Conclusion and recommendations
  3. Final report, incorporating stakeholders’ input. The consultant will also be expected to attach the project log frame updated with achievements per each indicator in comparison to the baseline situation.

 

Activity Plan

The indicative timetable for the MTR is outlined below:

Deliverables

Participants

Desired timeline

EOI  received by email

CDD Project Team

June 15th , 2018

Applicants informed of outcome

CDD Project Team

June 30th , 2018

Contract agreed and issued

CDD Project Team and Consultant

July 2nd, 2018

Inception meeting 

CDD Project Team and the consultant

July 6th, 2018

Draft inception report

Consultant

July 13th , 2018

Review and feedback on inception report

CDD Project Team

July 20st 2018

Final inception report

Consultant

July 31st, 2018

Start field work

Consultant

August 1st, 2018

Draft MTR Report

Consultant

September 7th, 2018

Debriefing (location to be defined)

CDD Project Team, Consultant and Project Partners

September 13th, 2018

Comments from intended users to evaluators

 

September 20th, 2018

Finalization and submission of Final Report

Consultant

September 30th , 2018

 

Technical Requirements

The consultant/ evaluation team should have demonstrable and relevant experience and knowledge in:

 

Essential

·         Demonstrated evaluation experience, with an excellent understanding of evaluation principles and methods, including strong capacity in quantitative and qualitative methods.

·         The ability to identify and communicate any limitations or challenges, to propose solutions along the way as needed, and to complete the assignment within the scope and budget.

·         Demonstrated ability to deliver high-quality, concise, and timely results.

·         Demonstrated ability to design and deliver informative, engaging, and efficient presentations, in order to validate and gather feedback on preliminary findings from key audiences, clarify and/or add precision to questions for further exploration during the evaluation process, or inform future project design and decision-making.

·         The ability to travel to remote areas as necessary to conduct working sessions with key stakeholders and beneficiaries to carry out field work.

 

Desirable

·         Experience with conducting evaluations of non-profit organizations on the relevant subject matter.

·         The ability to work closely, sensitively, and efficiently with nonprofit organizations, local civil society organizations, community based organizations, and local government representatives and citizens to gather the necessary information without creating a significant additional burden to the organizations in question.

·         The ability to effectively describe and communicate key global development, social accountability, and evaluation concepts, processes/approaches, and results in straight-forward and jargon-free English to non-technical audiences.

 

Expression of Interest (EOI)

Consultants who meet the requirements of this assignment should submit Expression of Interest of NOT MORE THAN 10 PAGES which should include the following:

·         Cover letter indicating availability for this assignment. This should include the organizational structure, including any associates, partner firms, etc. and the number of years it has been in the consultancy business.

·         Proposed study methodology including a detailed work plan.

·         Updated curriculum vitae of the consultants that clearly spell out their qualifications and experience.

·         Contacts of 2 professional organizations that have recently contracted the institution to carry out similar evaluation.

·         Financial proposal with daily costs per activity which shall be part of the 10 page expression of interest.

·         Any recent study or report in the field of social accountability that you think will be particularly relevant to this assignment, and that you anticipate your team will draw upon in designing your approach to this assignment (Not mandatory).

 

Applications should be sent to info@cddgh.org by 5pm (GMT) on Friday, June 15, 2018 using the subject line RE: CDD Ghana Social Accountability Project Mid-Term Evaluation”.