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Consultancy for BEST / PREPS Evaluation

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Organization : Save the Children International
Type : Nonprofits / องค์กรไม่แสวงหาผลกำไร
Date : 7 Jan 2019
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Deadline : 20 / January / 2019

External Evaluator for the Final Evaluation of The Basic Education Support towards Transition Project (BEST) and Mid Term Review for Preparing for Reintegration through Education and Participative Solutions Project (PREPS)

1. Background       

Basic Education Support towards Transition – (BEST) was funded by the European Union. The project is being implemented in nine Refugee Camps in Mae Hong Son, Tak, Ratchaburi, and Kanchanaburi Provinces along the Thailand-Myanmar border. It is a 24 months duration project from March 2017 – February 2019, with an overall objective to support the achievement of durable education solutions for the refugee population in camps in Thailand and as they return to Myanmar. The specific objective of BEST is to support the provision of quality basic education for students in the nine refugee camps along the Thai/Myanmar border and facilitate progress towards sustainable education solutions. The target group of BEST includes more than 25,000 students in 80 targeted basic education schools managed and administered by the Karen Refugee Committee for Education Entity (KRCEE) and the Karenni Education Department (KnED). In addition to this a total of more than 1,200 teachers and school principals and approximately 150 KRCEE and KnED staff are also target group members.

Save the Children (SCI) leads the BEST project and works with partner organisations to implement the activities i.e. Adventist Development Relief Agency Thailand (ADRA), Right to Play (RTP) and Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in cooperation with Karen Refugee Committee Education Entity (KRCEE) and Karenni Education Department (KnED). RTP is working in seven predominantly Karen camps, whilst JRS is in two predominantly Karenni camps. ADRA addresses infrastructure needs and manages tendering and procurement for textbooks and other teaching and learning materials in 7 Karen camps. As the project lead, SCI has managerial oversight and is ultimately responsible for partners’ outputs and activities.

Preparing for Reintegration through Education and Participative Solutions Project (PREPS) is being implemented in the same geographical area as BEST project, in seven refugee camps administered by KRCEE. PREPS is funded by Australian Aid and the project aims to respond to educational challenges in the refugee education system and prepare students, teachers and families for possible repatriation. Save the Children, with partners the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) and Right to Play, seeks to improve continuity and quality of the education system in 60 targeted basic education schools, and develop and implement an education convergence plan in collaboration with KRCEE. The project duration is from July 2018 to June 2019.

The main components of the project are:

2. Purpose and scope of the evaluation 

The purpose of this evaluation is to measure the impact of the project implementation with the four main objectives:

This impact evaluation shall analyse the progress the project has made against the expected results/outcomes for BEST and PREPS according to the logical framework (project documents will be provided at the beginning of the consultancy).

Moreover, it shall measure the following:

Relevance: 

Effectiveness:

Efficiency: 

Participation: 

Sustainability: 

3. Scope of the work

Within the project, children and their families, teachers, KnED and KRCEE and partner organizations have been supported in the area of basic education, which this evaluation process shall look at. However, this is with the understanding that the project provides different kinds of services to different target groups. Therefore, it is important that the evaluation team decides in cooperation with the project consortium members  how the below mentioned areas apply to the particular target groups.

Education

Child protection

Partners and stakeholders

Management/ administration systems and human resources

4. Methodologies

The methodology will include:

  1. Desk review – As general background, the evaluator should study all relevant materials in the project, such as project proposal, interim reports, minutes of the meetings, etc. (List of materials to be reviewed will be provided)
  2. Interviews & focus group discussion with stakeholders – In depth discussion in the field will be held with relevant stakeholders including beneficiaries (children, parents, teachers, KnED and KRCEE staff, etc.) community leaders, local authorities etc., with special attention to the gender and disabilities inclusive aspects of the project.
  3. Partner’s meeting – Structured consultation with project’s staffs and stakeholders to evaluate the project implementation, including approaches, implementation processes, coordination, lessons learned and challenges & recommendation, etc.
  4. Quality Learning Environment (QLE) assessment – using observations, focus groups, interviews and document review of the 17 indicators and 9 domains of the QLE framework which is an intermediate outcome of the SCI 2030 breakthrough for children.
  5. Child participatory methods - aimed to help children express their perceptions and share their experiences in participating in the project in ways that are appropriate to their age. Some of the evaluation methods include rankings, drawing, comparing drawing and etc. (1 - 2 day session can be conducted)
  6. Structured observation – including teacher trainings, classroom environment and comparison with the monitoring forms used during implementation.

5. Timeline

Projected start date is expected around mid-January 2019 to end-February 2019. The evaluation is scheduled to start with a kick-off meeting with all relevant partners and thereafter, conducting field visit to selected (in agreement with partners) refugee camps in Ratchaburi, Kanchanaburi, Tak and Mae Hong Son provinces.

6.Reporting 

At the end of the field visit, the evaluator will hold a meeting with project team and project partners to discuss the preliminary findings of the evaluation exercise.

A draft report should be submitted for feedbacks and comments.  The consultant will revise the report according to the agreed feedback and comments. The report should be approximately 30 pages with executive summary (appendices not included), clearly written in English.

7.Qualifications

If you are interested in this evaluation, please submit a plan for evaluation implementation with detailed schedule and proposed budget (consultant fee and all proposed expenses including in country travel, accommodations, enumerators fee) 

Close date for submission: 20 January 2018

Submissions should be addressed to: hr.thailand@savethechildren.org 

Please indicate in the subject as "consultancy for BEST/PREPS Evaluation_(Name of candidate)”

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

"We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse"

Contact : Hr.thailand@savethechildren.org

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