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Terms of Reference for the Final Evaluation of Emergency Lifesaving Project (ELP) in Gedo, Somalia


Background information and project summary

Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Suisse (VSF-Suisse) is a charitable organisation focusing on preventing and alleviating suffering, disease and hunger, supporting socioeconomic development and assisting people whose livelihood mainly depends on livestock and agriculture with the aim of improving food sovereignty, nutrition security and resilience, working with disadvantaged communities to increase their standard of living, improve food security and livelihood sustainability through improved animal health and production. 

Running from 01 July-31 December 2017, ELP focuses on providing emergency lifesaving support to vulnerable households among pastoral, agro-pastoral and IDP communities in Luuq, Beled Xaawo and Dollow Districts of Gedo Region, Somalia, to cope with the impact of the extended drought. The project gives priority to households having children under five, pregnant and lactating women, who face the highest risk of food insecurity and malnutrition.

The project has three outcomes:

• Access to food for vulnerable households is increased through un-conditional cash transfers;
• Availability of milk for vulnerable households is increased through emergency feeding of milking goats;
• Access to water for vulnerable households is increased through emergency water trucking.


VSF-Suisse is seeking to engage reputable organization or individual expert(s) to carry out an evaluation of the project. The evaluation will assess in a participatory manner the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact, sustainability and reliability of the emergency action in addressing the needs of the targeted beneficiaries and in close collaboration with local authorities, communities and other stakeholders. 

Objectives of the final evaluation

The evaluation needs to clearly address if objectives and outcomes were achieved and who benefited and to what extent. Specifically, the evaluation will establish the impact of the project in reference to the following:

1. Evaluation of the Strategy and the Methodology used;
2. Determination of the relevance of the intervention in terms of timing, targeting and design;
3. Determination of the cost benefit of the emergency interventions;
4. Documentation of the efficiency of the intervention based on the results achieved with available resources;
5. Identification of indicators of success, including communities’ views on the benefits and impact of the interventions;
6. Describe the effectiveness of the emergency interventions;
7. Document successes, challenges and lessons learnt and provide recommendation for future interventions.

Results of evaluation

A detailed report indicating clearly the main impacts, lessons learnt, project successes and key recommendations


Methodology of data Collection

The following methods of data collection may be used in combination to collect all the required information:

1. Desk review of VSF-Suisse project reports, relevant reports on ELP project activities;
2. Focus group discussion with stakeholders, (agro)pastoralists, IDPs and key actors in the region/districts;
3. Key informant interviews with relevant experts in emergency interventions and heads of departments from the collaborating actors;
4. Use of participatory skills and approaches and field data collection with pastoralists and agro-pastoralists in target areas.


Proposed duration of the Evaluation


Proposed Activity
Result   Days
1.1 Literature Review in Nairobi 2
1.2 Focus Group Discussions and Key Informant Interviews 14
1.3 Compiling Evaluation Report 6




The evaluation will take place in the project areas in Somalia as agreed with the consultant(s).



• The consultant(s) should provide a detailed work plan and budget of the evaluation;
• The evaluation is expected to be completed in December 2017 over a period of 22 days.



The consultant(s) will be expected to submit a hard copy and soft copy of a detailed plan within two (2) days of signing the consultancy contract.


A detailed final report will be presented to the VSF-Suisse Country Director and the Team Leader detailing the findings of the consultancy and recommendations for future similar interventions in Gedo Somalia. The entire report will be presented in English and will remain the property of VSF-Suisse. A hard copy and a soft copy (CD/DVD) must be submitted.

A draft report will be expected four (4) days after the end of the field mission and the final report is expected 2 days after VSF-Suisse’s comments.


The contents of the report shall be as follows:

• Executive summary;
• Background;
• Description of the objectives of the mission and execution methodology;
•  Findings;
• Problems encountered;
•  Recommendations;
• Annexes covering Terms of Reference, abbreviations, field locations visited references, graphs, tables, etc.



The VSF-Suisse Kenya-Somalia Country Director and the VSF-Suisse ELP Team Leader will ensure overall coordination of the consultancy.



The consultant(s) are expected to have the following qualifications:

• An expert in food security, nutrition, animal production or related field with at least seven years experience in food security and livelihoods programming;
• Experience in carrying out similar consultancies and a proven track record of excellent results delivery;
• Excellent report writing skills;
• Working experience in Somalia is desirable


Contact information

Interested expert(s) and organizations(s) should prepare and submit to VSF-Suisse a technical and financial proposal for the assignment by 30th November 2017. The proposal should indicate qualifications and experience with a detailed execution plan and budget. The proposals, CV and letter of motivation as well as three (3) referees should be sent electronically to



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