External Evaluator for the MWANGAZA Project

Salary: TBC

Contract: Fixed term to 30 April 2024

Location: Kenya (Nairobi, Limuru and Kilifi)

Closing Date: 13 February 2022

Anticipated Start Date: March/April 2022 TBA

Anticipated End Date: End April 2024

About the Project 

WONDER and Kianda Foundation have been working in partnership since 2012 to support vulnerable women and girls across Kenya to find dignified employment, fulfil their potential and exit poverty for good.

 

Mwangaza is a three-year livelihoods project, which launched in May 2021. It has the goal of equipping, accompanying and empowering 800 marginalised women.  This 3-year project adopts a whole-person approach to women improving their income-generating capacity, confidence and sense of self, breaking the cycle of poverty for them and their families.  This is being done by:

 

  • Targeting women living in poverty through established outreach partners.

  • Personal mentoring and follow up of each woman through an initial assessment and a monthly mentoring programme in the case of women, and fortnightly with the young girls

  • Formal skills development including business skills, industry-specific skills, financial skills

  • Involvement of the family and community (through regular meetings and end of course celebration of achievements).

PROJECT OUTCOMES

The project outcomes will be:

  • 600 women receive business training; 80% set up or improve their own business, 60% doubling family income within 6 months 30% increasing by 30% and eventually more.

  • 200 women receive an accredited qualification in catering and accommodation management;

  • 82% enter paid work, with options for the future; 80% double the family income within 6 months after the training.

  • 800 women increase their confidence and sense of agency.

  • 800 women improve their health and wellbeing.

  • 800 women are readier to positively improve their children’s education and future life options.

  • 880 women are positively creating change in their communities and beyond, as a project legacy.

 

PROJECT ACTIVITIES

  1. Business management training for 200 women per year (600 total) living in extreme poverty around Nairobi and Limuru (Kiambu County)

  2. Supporting 200 women and girls living in poverty through a two-year accredited hospitality-industry-focussed vocational training course at Kibondeni College of Catering and Hospitality (Nairobi), Kimlea Girls Technical Training Centre (Kiambu) and Tewa Training Centre (Kilifi)

  3. Providing mentoring to each of the 800 women and girls

  4. Establishing mutual support groups for the (600) women enrolled in the business skills programme

  5. Developing the skills and capacity of the delivery organisations.

 

 

EVALUATION PURPOSE AND TARGET AUDIENCE

The overall aim of this external evaluation is to reflect on the results and assess both how and whether the project is achieving the objectives, outcomes and outputs set out in the project proposal. We would like to highlight the challenges faced, and what could have been done differently, and what is effective about the methodology.

 

The specific purpose of this evaluation is:

  • To assess the overall efficacy of this project, outcomes and outputs set out in the proposal

  • To understand why it has worked, not only whether it has been effective, i.e. a Process Evaluation

  • To show the benefits of mentoring and personalised interventions

  • To share the results of the project, as a research paper and through other channels, to share good practice with others seeking to empower women in similar circumstances in Kenya and further afield

  • To develop the capacity of partners to participate in, conduct and value evaluations.

  • To improve delivery of Mwangaza through timely action to address identified poor or ineffective practices

  • To explain unintended consequences of the programme

 

EVALUATION FOCUS

The most significant element of the progamme, which differentiate it from other vocational training and livelihoods programmes is the personalised approach. This consists of the interactions that teachers and school staff have with students and participants, as well as the focus on mentoring as a key part of the methodology.

 

The mentoring methodology, and the framework that underpins it, is based on EMPath. In discussion with EMPath, we have identified the Developmental Assets Profile (DAP) developed by the Search Institute, as the best tool to evaluate the impact of mentoring on participants in Mwangaza.

 

SCOPE OF WORK

The language of the deliverables should be English. The deliverables within the timeline should be:

 

  1. An inception report, the detailed explanation of the methodology to answer the evaluation questions as well as the meeting notes with WONDER. The inception report should also indicate the work plan, the activities to be implemented and the deliverables (due by 28.02.2022 or as agreed)

  2. A written explanation of the evaluation methodology before starting the evaluation with a clear evaluation matrix and sample of questionnaires, survey to be used (due by 28.02.2022 or as agreed)

  3. Interim reports ensuring the project is on target and interim learning can be acted upon by delivery teams, due every 6 months (timeline and content to be agreed, first due September 2022 or as agreed)

  4. Training of local staff in data collection

  5. A draft evaluation report, to be discussed among the relevant stakeholders to provide comments (due by January 2024 or as agreed)

  6. End line evaluation report (due by June 15 2024)

 

APPROACH AND METHODOLOGY

Methodology for the external evaluation shall be discussed and finalised during an inception meeting between WONDER Foundation and the evaluator.

  1. The evaluations should always start with a review of the WONDER’s Theory of Change which reinforces the project being evaluated. Its main goal is to explain why a given change has occurred and how the project has caused that change

  2. This will be done through literature review, interviews, focus groups and surveys

  3. The evaluation should investigate how and why the Mwangaza project has had an impact on women’s lives. The evaluator must investigate any relationship between the activities the women undertake and the changes that can be observed in relation to the objectives of the project. Field work will be required and could include surveys, interviews, focus group, case studies, etc.

  4. The evaluator will have access to the outcomes measurement data already been produced by the delivery partners to monitor delivery of the outcomes listed above

  5. We would like the external evaluator to work with the partners to ensure that they can administer the DAP in a way that would yield robust results to be used as part of this process evaluation

 

DISSEMINATON

Based on the findings from the final external evaluation, the final report will be shared widely with WONDER and Kianda’s networks, so that others can learn from the project and replicate effective elements. This will also be shared with the programmes’ donor, who has chosen to remain anonymous.

 

We would like the External Evaluator to be part of any report launch event, in person or online, to share their unbiased insights.

 

We would be interested in hearing about any other potential dissemination channels that might be relevant to explore once the evaluation has been completed.

 

 

REQUIRED COMPETENCIES:  QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS

The Evaluator/s should have:

 

  • Ideally a solid understanding of the challenges that marginalised women face in Kenya in becoming economically independent

  • A proven track record in conducting evaluating projects similar in scale and nature to this project

  • Advanced University Degree (Masters or PHD) in any of: Development Studies, Economics, Geography, Psychology, Sociology, or a discipline relevant to this project

  • Excellent fluency in written and spoken English, and spoken Swahili

  • Proven experience in monitoring and evaluation of projects and report writing

 

Duties and Responsibilities

 

  • To design evaluation methodologies for the project in line with Mwangaza’s Theory of Change

  • Design project questionnaires, interview protocols, checklists, rating scales, and all other project-developed instruments in consultation with Project Manager

  • Review data collection (quantitative data and qualitative information), analysis and recording processes; recommend needed modifications

  • Assess and revise project evaluation implementation timeline and provide a schedule for conducting data gathering, analysis and reporting

  • Communicate regularly with the Project Manager concerning the evaluation process

  • Attend and report to meetings as needed

  • Train local staff so that they can understand the process and are able to collect data effectively (including the DAP)

  • Provide comments on all the deliverables, assist the project team in all the steps of the evaluation, providing support and information

  • Through the evaluation, capture our methodologies /good practice /learning of how these experiences can be transferred to other projects in the future

  • To develop a legacy for the project including lessons learnt, documentation, project methodology to share with other organisations seeking to establish similar archives

  • Feedback learning to staff in the local project

  • Analyse and write the final evaluation report for the project

Application Details

 

The Evaluator/s should submit an Expression of Interest that would include:

 

  • A detailed proposal for the scope of work, including a time line for various stages

  • A CV, cover letter demonstrating the applicant/s suitability for the role, including contact details of two relevant referees

  • A cost proposal

 

to paola@WONDERfoundation.org.uk. Please contact Paola if you require any further information. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.