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TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR PROJECT EVALUATION

PROJECT TITLE: MAKING DECENTRALISATION WORK FOR THE POOR II

1.?? ?INTRODUCTION

SEND-GHANA is a national civil society organization with the mission to promote good governance and equality of men and women in Ghana.? It is managed by the Board of Directors and it has four operational offices in Accra, Tamale, Salaga and Wa. It is has approximately 62 staff.
Currently, SEND operates two programmes, namely; the Grassroots Economic Literacy and Policy Advocacy Programme (GELAP) and Livelihoods and Food Security Programme (LFSP). The?? GELAP is operational in the 50 poorest districts while LFSP covers eight (8) districts in North Eastern Corridor of Ghana. The GELAP consists of a number of advocacy projects that seek to promote transparency and accountability in the implementation of pro-poor public policies and programmes. Examples of government policies and programmes covered by GELAP include:
i.?? ?The District Assembly Common Fund

ii.?? ?The National Health Insurance Scheme

iii.?? ?The Community-based Health Planning Services (CHPS)

iv.?? ?The Savanna Accelerated Develop Authority (SADA)

v.?? ?The Medium Term Agriculture Sector Investment Plan

vi.?? ?The Global? Education Partnership Grant
Policy advocacy for effective and efficient management of the District Assembly Common Fund (DACF) began in 2008 under a project dubbed ?Making Decentralisation Work for the Poor I?. In 2011, SEND with funding from the European Commission and the International Budget Partnership? initiated a second phase of the project titled ? Making Decentralisation Work for the Poor II? after a successful implementation of the first phase. The overall objective of the project is to improve the quality of life of the poor and the marginalised through increased access and utilization of the District Assembly Common Fund (DACF). The specific objectives of the project are as follows:
i.?? ?To increase citizens participation in the development of District Development Plans (DDPs);

ii.?? ?To increase the capacity of civil society to hold District Assemblies to account on the DACF; and

iii.?? ?To increase allocation and functionality of the DACF.

 

The expected results from the project are as follows:

i.?? ?Increased citizen participation in the development of the District Development Plan.

ii.?? ?Increased capacity of civil society to hold district assemblies accountable for the DACF.

iii.?? ?Increased allocation and functionality of DACF.
Like other GELAP projects, the Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation Framework (PM&E) Network has been the main platform for executing the project activities, for example policy dialogues, at district, regional and national levels. The PM & E Network is the largest membership-based organisation inclusive of government and civil society organisations championing the promotion of good governance practices at district, regional and national levels. Membership consists of 50 District Citizen Monitoring Committees (DCMCs), 50 Focal NGOs, 50 district assemblies, and 4 regional councils (Greater Accra, Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions).? In total, the DCMCs comprise 660 community-based development organisations.
Consistent with the PM & E framework, key activities that have been undertaken include

i.?? ?Policy education on DACF in communities and on radio

ii.?? ?Research

iii.?? ?Publication of research materials and media engagements to publicize monitoring findings

iv.?? ?Policy engagements with stakeholders at the district, regional and national levels

v.?? ?Follow up on commitments made by public duty bearers
Currently, the project is at its final stages of completing another research which seeks to evaluate the impact of DACF-funded projects on beneficiary communities.
The direct beneficiaries of the project are members of the District DCMCs and their constituents such as women?s groups, Persons with Disability, farmers, and traditional authorities among others; 50 Municipal/District Assemblies, the media and citizens at large.
Although the project is yet to end, significant outcomes have already been chalked at all three levels of the governance system- local (district), regional and national levels. For instance, engagements around issues of non-statutory deductions elicited response from the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development; authorizing the DACF Secretariat to ensure such deductions are demand-driven.

 

 
2.?? ?OBJECTIVES OF THIS ASSIGNMENT

The main objective of this assignment is to undertake an objective assessment of the project design, delivery and attainment of objectives as well as expected results. The evaluation will highlight the impact of the project, both intended and unintended; challenges and lessons learnt. It will assess the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness and impact of key actions. Some key questions to be answered by the evaluation include but not limited to the following:
i.?? ?Has the project been implemented as planned

ii.?? ?Have the stated objectives and expected results been attained?

iii.?? ?How have activities contributed to attainment of overall objective of the project?

iv.?? ?Have the needs of intended beneficiaries been addressed?

v.?? ?How well have resources been utilized to achieve project results?

vi.?? ?How did the media contribute to the attainment of the project objectives?

vii.?? ?What challenges were encountered in implementing the project?

viii.?? ?What are the lessons learnt from project implementation?
3.?? ?METHODOLOGY

The Consultant is expected to adopt participatory methods to involve SEND staff and stakeholders such as MMDAs, DCMCs and Focal NGOs as well as the media. Sample should be taken from all four regions of project implementation.? Specific activities would include:
i.?? ?Desk review of relevant reports and? publications

ii.?? ?Development of data collection instruments

iii.?? ?Interview and focus group discussions with staff, implementing partners (e.g. FNGOs, MMDAs ) and project beneficiaries

iv.?? ?Drafting of report to be validated by SEND staff and beneficiaries

v.?? ?Final report

 

4.?? ?OUTPUT

??? ?A final evaluation report

 

5.?? ?DURATION OF ASSIGNMENT

The Consultant is expected to complete the assignment within 22 working days from 15th October to 15th December 2014.

A Master’s Degree with extensive experience in Project Evaluation
Salary: Negotiable
Contact Phone: 0302716830

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