Background and context
Child’s i Foundation was established in 2009. The organisation focuses largely on the prevention of child-family separations and care reform, including repurposing of institutions. Specific interventions include supporting vulnerable children and families to prevent separations, recruiting and training foster carers, and building community structures for child protection. Childs i Foundation also works alongside orphanages to support the transition from institutional care to family and community-based care.
Currently, the organisation runs programs in five districts (Eastern and Central Uganda) and a division in Kampala, the capital city of Uganda. The program to be evaluated includes all projects that are currently being implemented by Child’s i Foundation in five districts of Uganda. The districts are Mpigi, Kampala, Tororo, Masaka and Wakiso.The organisation also undertakes national advocacy and training and is currently supporting organisations in the East African region, collaborating with Transform Alliance Africa to consolidate our work on care reform in the region. The programs aim to demonstrate how children and young people can be supported to thrive in families through a division and district level child protection and care system, strengthening the political will at national level for care reform and influencing private and government funding to achieve sustainable change and better outcomes for children.
Program specific objectives
The following are the selected outputs;
Purpose and rationale for evaluation;
The purpose for this evaluation is to assess the performance of Child’s i programs and capture key achievements, challenges and best practices to inform future programming. The evaluation will also identify key lessons learned, and the flexibility of Child’s i programs to adapt and respond to the changes in the Alternative Care landscape. The main thrust of the evaluation is to assess the extent to which the Child’s i programs have been successful in delivering the following outcomes:
(a) Demonstrating best practice in child protection and care reform to safely transition children into families and to repurpose orphanages at district level
(b) Establishing community-based mechanisms of preventing family separation via Community Development Networks (CDN)
(b) Family strengthening through reunifying children, ensuring their wellbeing and preventing family separation, Active Family Support, prevention & post placement support)
(c) Recruiting champions/influencers in community and government for deinstitutionalization
(d) Influencing public opinion in favour of family and community-based care
(e) Influencing institution owners (secular and faith-based) to change their model of care
Summary of program theory of change
Our theory of change reflects our thinking- that to address the situation of children currently institutionalised, we should not only look at the presenting symptoms, that is, their institutionalisation, but also look at the underlying causes that drive children into institutions. These drivers include conditions of poverty and vulnerability, domestic violence, stigma and discrimination against children with disability, among others.
These conditions lead to children being abandoned or separated from their families, ending up under institutional care. Our approach will therefore prioritise preventive work to stop unnecessary family separation and entry into residential care institutions.
Part of this effort will involve identification of children and their families at risk of separation and enabling them to access support from our volunteer and professional social workforce, and the social protection structures in place. If families at risk are identified early, then they can benefit from referral and improved access to needed services to prevent their separation.
The objectives of the evaluation;
Objective 1: To evaluate the entire Child’s i program in terms of effectiveness, relevance, efficiency, sustainability, scalability, replicability and impact, with a strong focus on assessing the results at the outcomes and program goal;
Objective 2: To analyse the information included in the end-line which will be based on the design established for the baseline review and the selected indicators;
Objective 3: To generate key lessons, identify promising practices for learning and propose potential to provide recommendations and best practices that may be used in current and future programming and strategy.
Objective 4: To provide recommendations and best practices that may be used in current and future programming and strategy design.
Scope of the evaluation
The evaluation scope shall cover the evaluation of all Child’s i programs delivered in Uganda and implemented between 2020-2022 in the districts of Kampala, Mpigi, Tororo, Wakiso, Jinja and Masaka.
The target groups of the evaluation include beneficiaries of Child’s i programs such as vulnerable children, youth with lived experience of care, foster carers, families within the districts of program implementation, local leaders such as area local council leaders, Community Development Officers, District Probation Officers, members of Alternative Care Panels, Well-being Committee members, community volunteers and like minded partners among others.
Issues that are out of scope of the evaluation: Should the consultant identify issues that are directly or indirectly related to the program being evaluated they may be considered if they add value or meaning to the subject matter.
Evaluation questions and design
Reflecting on the model/theory of change, the evaluation shall focus on answering the questions related to relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, coherence, sustainability and impact of the program on the intended beneficiaries.
Evaluation questions to be explored will include:
(i) How relevant has the program been to meeting the needs of the beneficiaries?
(ii) What is the feedback of the beneficiaries in relation to the program as far as meeting their needs is concerned?
iii) What were the major factors influencing the achievement of the objectives of the program? What opportunities for collaboration have been utilised and how have these contributed to increased effectiveness? Or otherwise?
Work plan: It must detail a step‐ by‐ step work plan that specifies the methods the evaluation will use to collect the information needed to address evaluation criteria and answer the evaluation questions, analyse data, interpret the findings, and report the results.
An evaluation matrix which at least includes analysis dimensions, evaluation questions, indicators, means of verification, source, methodology and space for comment (to be filled after the data collection) to be filled.
Primary data; These data consists of the reported or observed values, beliefs, attitudes, opinions, behaviours, motivations and knowledge of stakeholders that should be obtained through questionnaires, surveys, semi-structured and or in-depth interviews, focused group discussions, key informant interviews, expert panel, direct observation and case studies.
*Secondary data;*These data should be collected from documentary evidence that has direct relevance for the purpose of the evaluation. The documentary information will be obtained from Child’s i Foundation monitoring database and the different documents and information generated from projects, including baseline, mid-term analysis and end-line.
Proposed data collection methods:
The data collection should include in-depth interviews with key informants as well as focused group discussions and other methods that can enrich the information that shall sustain the evaluation analysis. It should also include quantitative and qualitative surveys with beneficiaries of the organization’s projects. The number of districts/areas to be visited for data collection will be decided with the Evaluation Task Manager.
Data analysis process; An analysis matrix will be included to ensure the suitability of the process of data analysis to be developed by the consultant
The evaluation must be conducted in accordance with the principles outlined in the UN Evaluation Group (UNEG) Ethical guidelines for evaluation.
The consultant is, expected to lead, accomplish and submit the following deliverables within the agreed timeframe and budget:
Indicative time scale
In line with the purpose and methodology of the evaluation, the evaluator will deliver the following:
Inception report 14th October 2022.
Draft evaluation report 4th November 2022.
Final Evaluation report 11th November 2022
This consultancy is planned to be conducted in 25 working days from 10th October 2022 to 11th November 2022.
Qualifications and experience required
Child’s i Foundation is looking for a lead evaluator with a strong record in conducting evaluations as well as direct program interventions. The lead evaluator will need to carry respect and credibility within the development field and have an excellent knowledge of evaluation and monitoring in theory and in practice.
Individuals as well as research institutions/firms such as Universities are welcome to express their interests as consultants to perform the present assignment. To qualify, the consultant(s) should possess the following expertise and skills as a minimum:
The lead consultant must be aware of the current trends of the child protection sector, and knowledgeable of the current child protection and safeguarding strategies. He/she must have wide experience in social research; good communication and negotiation, analytical and report writing skills. The Lead Consultant will lead and manage the exercise and she/he will ultimately be responsible for drafting and presenting the final report.
Roles, responsibilities and expectations
The individual and/or team will be expected to sign and adhere to Child’s i Foundation’s Child Protection and Safeguarding Policies.
How to Apply
Interested applicants should submit a technical proposal (detailing how the evaluation exercise will be undertaken inclusive of consultant’s understanding of terms of reference, methodology, approaches, timeline) and financial proposal (including an itemised budget based upon activities/requirements of the consultant, work plan), references from previous clients, team members’ details and CVs. Clearly highlight the team leader whose minimum qualifications should be a Master’s Level qualification. Samples of assignments carried out in a similar field should also be provided.
This should reach Child’s i Foundation not later than 30th September 2022 at 5.00 pm Uganda time. Applications should be emailed to; email@example.com
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