Caritas Nigeria seeks the services of a Consultant/Evaluator to perform an end of project evaluation of the CRS Nigeria – funded Institutional Capacity Program (ICS). The evaluation shall be carried out in the period in August 2018.
- Organizational Background
Caritas Nigeria was established in September 2010, by the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), as the specialized national relief and human development agency with the mandate for overall coordination of development and humanitarian programs on behalf of the Catholic Church in Nigeria. The legal name of the organization is Catholic Caritas Foundation of Nigeria (CCFN), it is known as Caritas Nigeria.
The Catholic Church in Nigeria has a total of 55 dioceses grouped into nine provinces which cover the entire geographical spread of Nigeria. Caritas Nigeria serves as the umbrella organization supporting these regional institutions to implement development-oriented programs based on local needs. As part of the universal mission, Caritas Nigeria targets beneficiaries by rights and need, and not based on creed, race or nationality.
The Institutional Capacity Strengthening Initiative (ICS) is a five-year project aimed at strengthening the institutional capacity of Catholic Church development structures (specifically JDPC units) for better quality and improved coordination of programs.
This project will further empower the Caritas Nigeria lead Church Dioceses and Provinces in a participatory organizational self-assessment and action planning process through the Holistic Organizational Capacity Assessment Initiative (HOCAI) mechanism. This initiative will be conducted Province by Province over a five years period.
This plan is a core component of Caritas Nigeria’s national mandate as outlined by the Catholic Bishop Conference of Nigeria (CBCN). This mandate provides for Caritas Nigeria to strengthen the institutional capacity of Catholic Church development structures and coordinate programs and interventions.
The first year of the program implementation began in Benin Province, followed by Abuja Province in 2015. 2016 saw the program being implemented in Calabar and Owerri provinces, while Jos and Kaduna Provinces benefitted from the program in 2017. Currently now its fifth and final year, the program will be implemented in Lagos and Ibadan provinces.
To achieve the strategic objective of the program, the following activities are conducted:
- Baseline Assessment
- Capacity Building Workshops
- Resource Mobilization Workshop
- Disbursement of Small Grant to JDPCs
- Technical Assistance to Partners
- Coordination Meetings
- Monitoring Visit
- Endline Assessment
III. The audience for the Review
The primary audiences for the evaluation are Caritas Nigeria and Catholic Relief Services (CRS). The review will also benefit other stakeholders, including the beneficiaries of the work of Caritas Nigeria (JDPCs).
The results of this evaluation are primarily intended for internal use by Caritas Nigeria to inform future improvements and learning. Results and findings will also be shared with the funder, Catholic Relief Services for accountability purposes.
- Objectives of the Evaluation
The objectives of this evaluation are to:
- Undertake an evaluation to assess the projects:
- a) Relevance – the extent to which the objectives were consistent with beneficiaries’ needs and priorities
- b) Effectiveness – the extent to which the targeted project objectives were achieved (or are expected to be achieved)
- c) Sustainability – the extent to which the benefits are likely to continue after the project e
- d) Impact – where possible, the long-term effects produced by the project (directly, indirectly, intended, unintended, positive and negative).
The evaluation should assess the above in relation to two central broad questions:
- What changes/ outcomes/achievements have taken place?
- How have these changes/ outcomes/achievements been brought about?
The evaluation should consist of:
(a) Review of project documentation: Review of archived material related to the project. This could include, but is not restricted to: annual and quarterly reports, communications between Caritas Nigeria and Catholic Relief Services, the original project proposal document, the basic ‘logic chain’, all relevant project records and data, training materials etc. this information will be provided to the evaluator by Caritas Nigeria. The evaluator would also be expected to review any other relevant statistics and secondary sources.
(b) Development of an evaluation approach and data collection tools / methods: this should include;
- Detailed time line and work plan
- Outline of any proposed changes to the scope of the evaluation
- Key learning questions
- Proposed sampling framework
- Development of associated data collection and evaluation tools
(c) Participate in an inception briefing with Caritas Nigeria: This should take place immediately prior to the development of the inception report
(d) Field visits: Field visits will take place in 5 Catholic Dioceses, and should include an agreed sample of participants and stakeholders. This is expected to require between 2 weeks, depending on the exact methodology.
(e) Submit a draft evaluation report that corresponds to the requirements outlined below in the ‘Deliverables’ section.
(f) Submit a final evaluation report: incorporating any relevant feedback from Caritas Nigeria.
Deliverables should include the following:
- An evaluation work plan, including planned timeline, methodology/approach, data collection and analysis tools, qualitative and quantitative protocols for data collection and analysis
- Any suggested improvements to existing evaluation scope, as outlined in this document
- Presentation of preliminary findings
- One (1) electronic file of the clean (final) qualitative and quantitative data collected
- Final evaluation report
The consultant will report to the Caritas Nigeria ICS Program Manager for all issues related to logistics and fieldwork.
Duration & Deadlines
The duration of the contract will be a total of one month, starting from the first of August 2018 to the end of August 2018.
VII. Evaluator’s Competencies
- Sound understanding of Capacity building; Sound knowledge on program development;
- Knowledge of evaluation activities;
- Strong research skills;
- Both quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis skills;
- Academic degree in social sciences and other related fields;
- Demonstrated technical skills in project evaluations;
- Ability to produce well written, analytical reports in English
- Prior experiences of evaluating programs will be an added advantage