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Catholic Caritas Foundation of Nigeria EA 31/2016/Nigeria/Lake Chad Basin Crisis Final External Evaluation
This section should include a brief description of:
-the history of the programme, including its objectives, main activities, budgetary information, duration;
The Emergency Appeal Programme as launched by Caritas Internalis (EA31/2016) was borne out of the huge humanitarian crisis in the Lake Chad Basin of Nigeria, occassioned the massive scale of hostilities orchestrated by some terrorist groups in the North-East of Nigeria, popularly known as Boko Haram. UN OCHA in 2015/2016 reported 2.2 million persons as being displaced by this crisis, with a slight improvement to about 1.7 million persons are still internally displaced as at 2017, there are still large scale displacements in Borno and Admawa States with reports of forced returns of some IDPs to areas that are still not very safe and secure. There have been continuous reports of massive violations of human rights on a daily basis. The food security situation has been extremely concerning, as conflict continues to limit the amount of land under cultivation and 3.7 million persons are expected to face critical levels of food insecurity during the upcoming lean season (June through September 2018).
Project Objective: Improved access to Nutrition, Livelihoods, WASH, and Health of 9,000 vulnerable IDPs, returnees and host community members in Hawul and Askira Uba local government areas of Borno State, in North Eastern Nigeria.
– The relationship between the programme and past/future interventions;
-The main stakeholders of the programme (e.g. CI MOs; Diocesan Caritas, local Church, local government, the UN, peer agencies etc.); the partnerships and frameworks of collaboration;
The Project is run with support from CI-MOs. Caritas Nigeria is the coordinating body with direct interface with Caritas Internationalis, while JDPC Maiduguri is the direct implementing body. The project is implemented using a vast array of Community mobilizers, Volunteers, Field officers and Extension Agents, who work to ensure overall project success.
-The rationale for the evaluation.
Amongst many reasons, the rationale for the proposed Evaluation includes the following:
If the intervention was successful, can it be replicated to other settings and if so, in which settings? Can it be adapted, replicated or built on to increase its reach or scope (for a larger population or a different region)?
The final evaluation will focus on the following key objectives:
The final evaluation will rely on two main evaluation stages (1) design phase (2) field phase
The evaluator(s) should produce the following key deliverables:
USE OF THE EVALUATION RESULTS
The intended audience for the evaluation are Caritas Nigeria key staff, including senior management, CI MOs who have supported the programme, the Caritas Internationalis Humanitarian Department and the Caritas Confederation. Evaluation findings will be shared with programme participants as appropriate.
The competencies required from the External Evaluator are:
Proposals should include:
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|Evaluation phase||Activities||Dates||# of Days|
|Preparatory||Initial Rapid Assessments||11-06-2018||1|
|2.||Set-up of project control mechanisms||12-06-2018||1|
|3.||Selection of priority sectors and locations||12-06-2018||1|
|Field phase||Project Start-up Sensitization||13-06-2018||1|
|2.||Formation and engagement of Community Implementation committee.||13-06-2018||1|
|4.||Monitoring and Evaluation||13-06-2018||1|
|Reporting||1st interim report||14-06-2018||1|
|2.||2nd interim report||14-06-2018||1|
|3.||3rd interim report||14-06-2018||1|
|4.||Consolidated Situation Reports||14-06-2018||1|
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.
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:
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.
The objectives of this evaluation are to:
The evaluation should assess the above in relation to two central broad questions:
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;
(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:
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
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Caritas is at the heart of the Church, according to Pope Francis. Caritas indeed is one of the three planks on which the Church’s mission stands. The Church’s mission is an integrated mission to evangelize, to nurture and to show love. This is expressed succinctly in Deus Caritas Est when Pope Benedict XVI said “The Church’s deepest nature is expressed in her three-fold responsibility: of proclaiming the word of God (kerygma-martyria), celebrating the sacraments (leitourgia) and exercising the ministry of charity (diakonia). These duties presuppose each other and are inseparable” (Deus Caritas Est, 25).
This stand was reiterated in the Motu Proprio on Caritas which Benedict XVI issued in November 2012. The work of charity is therefor not an after thought or one that is relegated to only one struggling society. It is the joy and the burden f the entire faithful.
Charity is also not a restricted activity of individuals; groups, communities, nations could do charity. ‘The church is also called as a whole to the exercise of the diakonia of charity, whether in the small communities of particular churches or on the level of the universal Church’ (Cf Motu Proprio).
Charity cannot be a haphazard activity. Pope Benedict XVI insisted it must be something organized. Although there is the natural instinct to love and care, charity cannot depend exclusively on instinct or impulse but through a rational process of organization. This is why it is extremely important to coordinate. Coordination begins at the local community/parish level to the diocesan, provincial and subsequently the national office, with has this overall mandate on behalf of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN).
Ever since its establishment, Caritas Nigeria has been doing its best to coordinate activities in the relief and development sector on behalf of the CBCN. This is a no mean task especially considering the autonomous nature of the diocesan institutions. However, the Church is a communion and by nature collaborative. Caritas Nigera would continue to do its best to work along and with the institution it coordinates in spite of perceived challenges.
As a Board, we shall continue to support the mandate and the strategies of Caritas Nigeria so that it becomes not only a world-class organization but a dependable support to those that are most in need.
Our prayer and work therefor is to see Caritas Nigeria fulfill its mission, which is to promote the dignity of all, through participatory measures in line with Church’s tradition of practical love and teaching. I urge every stakeholder not only to read this annual report of 2014 but to buy into the vision and mission of Caritas Nigeria and sacrifice towards its strategic objectives.
This was a Forward message by Most. Rev. Lucius Ugorji to the 2014 Annual Report of Caritas Nigeria/JDPC.
The One Human Family, Food for All campaign by the confederation of Caritas around the world is part of the global efforts of Caritas Internationalis to end hunger in the world through the provision of humanitarian and development interventions around the world. The goal of the campaign is to uphold human dignity by ending hunger by 2025 on all continents.
The campaign was launched on the 10th of December 2013, with a global wave of prayer by Caritas in various countries and at the Caritas Internationalis Headquarters in Rome by the Holy Father Pope Francis.
In Nigeria, Caritas joined the global wave of prayer and had a press launch where the Executive Secretary Fr. Evaristus Bassey remarked that “right from time, the Catholic Church has been involved in the provision of services and one of the cardinal works of mercy is to feed the hungry. The Church is very passionate about the theme of this campaign which is emphasizing that every individual has the right to food”. He further emphasized that the Church will continue to engage and advise government on the need to address corruption and eradicate poverty in Nigeria. He also stated that whatever the Church can do even in terms of provision of services it will continue to do so.
The One Human Family, Food for All campaign is still ongoing with various activities lined up for Caritas Nigeria in the course of 2014.
All around the world, the Catholic Church is one of the biggest health providers. In Nigeria, the Catholic Church has 1384 Health facilities mostly spread across underserved and hard-to-reach communities in the 36 states of Nigeria, providing varying levels of healthcare delivery services and humanitarian assistance to the poor, vulnerable and excluded persons regardless of race or religion.
Sustainable HIV/AIDS care and Treatment Action In Nigeria (SUSTAIN) Program
Caritas Nigeria is currently implementing the five years comprehensive HIV care, prevention and treatment grant titled Sustainable HIV Care and Treatment Action in Nigeria (SUSTAIN) funded by the United States Government through the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Caritas Nigeria is one of the five CDC Nigeria’s Lead Implementing Partners with the mandate to coordinate HIV care and treatment interventions in faith based health facilities. The goal of the program is “Morbidity and mortality due to HIV infection is reduced in Nigeria.”
The SUSTAIN Project works through faith based health facilities to target people living and affected by HIV and AIDS in underserved and hard to reach communities in 12 states in Nigeria. The goal of the project is to saturate all faith based health facilities with required HIV care and treatment services in communities where there are needs. SUSTAIN provides value-based prevention education, treatment, care and support to people living with or affected by HIV in Nigeria. In line with the national plan to eliminate Mother to Child Transmission (eMTCT), SUSTAIN has a strong focus on preventing new infections in women of childbearing age, creating demand for uptake of antenatal care, and providing access to prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) services for pregnant mothers.
The SUSTAIN Project presently supports about 100,000 people living and affected with HIV and AIDS with necessary services across 120 sites comprising of comprehensive care and treatment healthcare facilities, stand-alone PMTCT facilities and community based organizations. Caritas Nigeria currently works in 12 states of Nigeria, namely; Benue, Delta, Ekiti, Kaduna, Kogi, Nassarawa, Oyo, Ondo, Ogun, Osun, Plateau States and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Caritas Nigeria’s priority on the SUSTAIN Project is in line with the priority of the Government of Nigeria and CDC Nigeria to scale up HIV and AIDS prevention, care and treatment services in Nigeria. Caritas Nigeria’s focus is to strengthen the health systems in faith based healthcare facilities and the capacity of coordinating faith based health departments and organizations to support the national agenda while we continue to expand services to underserved communities and improve the quality of services. It advocates with governments, international organizations and drug companies for universal access to cost-effective and suitable medicines.
Caritas Nigeria is focused on improving the quality of services across all service delivery points by providing regular technical assistance, onsite and offsite training and mentoring, strengthen our strategic information program and promoting operational research activities.
The followings are some notable accomplishments of Caritas Nigeria’s work on the SUSTAIN program:
HIV Care, Treatment and Prevention
• 77,083 adults and children provided with care
• 46,656 adults and children with HIV infection are receiving antiretroviral therapy (current).
• 110,180 pregnant women were tested for HIV.
• 7,190 HIV positive pregnant women received ARVs to prevent transmission of HIV to their children.
• 406,091 individuals received counselling and testing services for HIV.
• 7,892 Orphans and Vulnerable Children received support services.
• 4,817 individuals (in-school and out-of-school youths) reached with HIV prevention interventions.
Recently I overheard a fellow cleric asking someone for the address of a certain public agency. I couldn’t hold myself from jumping in and giving him the directions. I wanted to also use the occasion and teach a lesson.
So I interjected and said: “Why do we waste time asking people things we could ask Google?
Just Google it”. We all laughed about it. But we all knew that a new era was at hand, the era of a click. Just a click away and we could get whatever information we require from the cyber-world, although there is a flip side: information deluge. Notwithstanding, no agency could truly be in business in these cyber-times without making an effort to sign-post itself to visitors, passers-by and seekers.
Caritas Nigeria has the mission of advancing the dignity of all through participatory measures in line with Catholic Social Teaching, and a vision of fullness of life to all. In a world that is full of inequalities, this mission and vision has become even more urgent to actualize. Pope Francis has said that the Church is called to “mediate a dialogue between the well off and the urban remnants or half citizens or non- citizens.” (Evageli Gaudi no,74). Caritas Nigeria, on behalf of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria, is established to engage in this dialogue, a dialogue of action for the poor. Springing from one human family with God as our heavenly Father and Maker, all human beings are brothers and sisters. Therefore the world’s 7 billion siblings have to have a care for each other. Thank God world leaders are rising to the occasion with the Post 2015 sustainable development agenda with the declaration to end poverty by 2030, and to do all things possible to enhance People, Planet and Prosperity. Caritas Nigeria, on behalf of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria, is set to be a leader in this campaign in our part of the world through its programs and outreaches.
Pope Francis has said in Laudato Si, the encyclical on ecology, that everything is connected. “When we fail to acknowledge as part of reality the worth of a poor person, a human embryo, a person with disabilities…it becomes difficult to hear the cry of nature itself; everything is connected.”(Laudato Si, 117).
Caritas Nigeria joins in promoting an integral ecology in which the realization that we are all part of nature and of one origin, would help us care for others and our world. Caritas Nigeria invites everyone to a positive connectivity, where everyone cares for the prosperity of others and our world. A simple gesture towards supporting the mission of Caritas Nigeria could lead to a reduction of the number of those who live in the fringes.
This is a time for those who live in the North to reach directly to those in the South and have greater value for their money. This is a time in which those who live in the South should know that no one is too helpless to help, and so even the feeble can give strength with a smile. The needs are enormous, and only a world united in action could answer to those needs. Jesus the Christ became poor in order to enrich others. Mahatma Ghandhi had said there was enough for everyone’s need but not enough for everyone’s greed.
Caritas Nigeria therefore invites everyone to a new solidarity. As Pope Francis has said, solidarity is not a mere feeling or wish to identify with others, but a conscious decision ‘to restore to the poor what belongs to them’ (Francis, 2013 no 189). A new mindset of the ‘universal destination’ of the resources of the earth should be part of our life; in other words our sense of entitlement to our property gets diluted with the poverty around us. Could anyone truly regard him/herself as rich when there is so much poverty around? We are not helpless. We can do something, we can support Caritas Nigeria.
Thank you for visiting our website. May God bless you as you support the poor that you may never meet but whose prayers shall forever be with you!
Today we celebrate Workers’ Day, and for us in the church, we celebrate as well the memorial of St. Joseph the Worker, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary. So may I use this opportunity and thank you all for your contributions towards the development of Caritas Nigeria(CCFN) and to wish you a happy workers’ day.
In Laborem Exercens Blessed John Paul ll said that in work, the human being expresses his/her dignity; in other words, the absence of work or the capacity to work robs one of something of his/her dignity as a human being; and we are not only talking about paid employment but an ability to apply intelligence and effort to bring about something positive. Work is always positive.
I want to thank all of you who have been conscientious in your work. Where I was trained, and how I was brought up, the environment was always free and conducive to personal initiative. Everyone was always treated as mature and responsible. This is the culture we have tried to establish at CCFN, where every staff does his/her best even if no one is standing by with a cane. I sincerely have no capacity to be a ‘headmaster’. In a country where the unemployment rate is put at 23.9%, it becomes a terrible sign of ingratitude for anyone to treat his/her job with levity.
We therefore encourage staff to examine their work attitude and confirm with their consciences whether they are giving their best to Caritas Nigeria(CCFN), and whether they are meeting with expectations. The recent audit has revealed that many staff take for granted simple procedures such as returning time-sheets on which salaries should be based ! Let me assure everyone that we shall fully implement all audit findings and encourage laid down systems to function optimally.
We shall look into any root causes where there is job disaffection and dis-satisfaction and see where the organisation is liable and make correcions, for instance conflicting job schedules or ill-defined job schedules.
Let me assure you however of our resolve to do our best to fulfil the mandate the Bishops gave to us. The Bishops entrusted us with the duty of establishing a professional organisation. Everyone recruited into CCFN was based on a belief that the person would add value. If anyone has become a liability rather than an asset please find a way to make yourself resourceful and justify the earnings you receive.
To this end we will plan sessions for supervisors to enable them be of greater use to their supervisees. A supervisor should be able to provide psycho-social support to struggling staff and wear the cap of a mentor even though mentorship request usually originates from a mentee. In otherwords an enriching relationship should be firmed up, where the supervisor gives adequate support to the supervisee. While supervisors should not become ‘Lords’, we expect that the interest of the organisation will drive performance management and appraisal of supervisees.
I implore you all to join hands with me to make the Bishops’ mandate sustainable.
Recently we had challenges with taxes. We have done our best to reduce the burden. For instance the percentage of stewardship has gone down, including welfare and we have turned 13th month to gratuity. Even then the tax burden is high, except for those who have done life insurance. As everything works together for the good of those who believe, the tax issue has given impetus to majority of staff to go into life cover. Even though our best intentions are sometimes misconstrued, I encourage everyone to make use of the opportunity, for it is by saving for the future that people prepare for the future.
Once more I wish everyone a happy workers’ day and pray that God bless the works of our hands. Amen.
Fr. Evaristus Bassey