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Efficiency

  • Efficiency measures the outputs -- qualitative and quantitative -- in relation to the inputs. It is an economic term which signifies that the aid uses the least costly resources possible in order to achieve the desired results.
  • This generally requires comparing alternative approaches to achieving the same outputs, to see whether the most efficient process has been adopted.
  • When evaluating the efficiency of a programme or a project, it is useful to consider the following questions:

  • Were activities cost-efficient?
  • Were project’s resources managed in a transparent and accountable manner?
  • How flexible was the project in adapting to changing needs?
  • Were objectives achieved on time?
  • Was the programme or project implemented in the most efficient way compared to alternatives?
  • How did the project co-ordinate with other similar interventions to encourage synergy and avoid overlaps?

    Result/Impact

    The Consultant(s) will examine if the project demonstrated impact, i.e. the positive and negative changes produced by a development intervention, directly or indirectly, intended or unintended.

    This involves the main impacts and effects resulting from the activity on the local social, economic, environmental and other development indicators.

    The examination should be concerned with both intended and unintended results and must also include the positive and negative impact of external factors, such as changes in terms of trade and financial conditions.

    When evaluating the impact of a programme or a project, it is useful to consider the following questions:

  • What has happened as a result of the programme or project?
  • What real difference has the activity made to the beneficiaries?
  • How many people have been affected?
  • Did the project take timely measures for mitigating the unplanned negative impacts? What was the result?

    Sustainability:

    The Consultant(s) will examine if the project has factored in sustainability when working with beneficiaries, partners and stakeholders. The following will be explored:

  • Have the projects resulted in leveraging of knowledge and interventions to ensure sustainable impact for young people?
  • Are the relevant authorities able to afford maintenance or replacement of the services introduced by the project?
  • Is there a financial/ economic phase-out strategy? If so, how likely is it to be implemented beyond the project life?
  • What are the other major factors that have influenced the achievement and non-achievement of sustainability of the projects?

    Proposed Methodology:

    The consultant will design a methodology that is suitable and acceptable for conducting scientific enquiry, using relevant evaluation methods and techniques.

    However, this may be discussed and agreed by the evaluator and Restless Development Tanzania with the aim of ensuring that every possible source of important document is consulted.

    The evaluation shall be carried out through analysis of available project documents and other documents considered necessary by the Consultant.

    To ensure the methodology is participatory, interviews shall be carried out with, but not limited to project beneficiaries, representatives of the organization, strategic partners, and other relevant stakeholders.

    This evaluation will involve methodological triangulation of both qualitative (In-depth interviews and focus group discussions) and quantitative (Interviews) approaches.


    The consultant will prepare or adopt appropriate tools. These methods include:

  • Desk study
  • Desk review of secondary data at project, district, regional and national level will be conducted.

    Field based data collection

    · Conducting focus group discussions
    with project beneficiaries such as youths, vulnerable groups, parents and community members.

    · Conduct exit interviews with project beneficiaries (Youth who are utilizing youth friendly services in health facilities and utilizing livelihood skills within project areas.

    · Conduct structured and semi-structured questions with young people who are directly benefiting from the project by the use of soft copy questionnaire (Preferably by the use of Akvo flow) and use of tablets in data collection

    · Conduct of semi-structured, in-depth interviews with district and regional representatives, key partners, government officials,

    Specifically external research agency will be responsible to:

  • The prospective consultant will be responsible for;

  • Conceptual note with timeline for implementations,
    Sampling
  • Plan for data collection across target population and geographical spread
  • Tools for data collection(Survey questionnaire should be done through smart phone)
  • Plan for familiarization of tools with Restless Development
  • Follow up on data collection with Restless Development
  • Data analysis plan
  • Preliminary findings in tabular manner
  • Draft report
  • Final report
  • Preparation of the final findings with recommendations (as per Restless Development branding guidelines)
  • Raw data in soft and hard copy

    NB: Restless will recruit and hire the enumerators and partly supporting in data collection management

    Deliverables and timeframe:

    Deliverable

    Tentative date

    Timeframe

    Responsible

    Evaluation Design/Proposal

    28 March 2017

    14 days

    Consultant

    Round table discussion and contract signed

    30 March 2017

    1 day2

    Res Dev TZ + Consultant

    Finalization of agreement, tools and Familiarization of tools to RES DEV TZ

    3-4 April 2017

    2 days

    Consultant +Res Dev TZ

    Enumerators training and pretest

    5 to 6 April, 2017

    2 days

    Res Dev TZ and Consultant

    Data collection

    7 to 12 April 2017

    6 days

    Res Dev TZ and Consultant

    Data Cleaning and analysis(Fact sheet Development) and report writing

    14 April to 18 April 2017

    5days

    Consultant

    Evaluation report 1st Draft submission for Restless Development review.

    19 April, 2017

    Consultant

    Restless Development feedback on 1st Draft

    20 to 21 April 2017

    2 days

    Res Dev TZ

    2nd Draft submission and feedback

    22 to 26 April , 2017

    5 days

    Res Dev TZ+Res Dev TZ international

    Final Evaluation report worked on Res Dev comments ready for printing out for approval then publication

    27 April, 2017

    1 day

    Consultant

    Res Dev Country Director approving the final report

    28April, 2017

    1 day

    Res Dev TZ

    Proposal Guidelines

    Proposals are invited separately for programmatic and financial bids from organizations/individuals willing to carry forth the above mentioned task to reach us by 28 March 2017 or earlier.

    Structure of the Proposal

    The core structure of the proposal should have two components:

    a) technical

    b) financial

    The technical component should include information on proposed method of evaluation, sampling design, study tools and proposed analysis plan including use of software etc. The proposal should definitely reflect the following elements:

    o Background

    o Study Experience and Capability: The agency/individual should detail organisational experience and capability in handling similar studies.

    o Methods: Agencies should submit a detailed methodology as part of their proposal, which will include an explanation of how this proposal will achieve the study objectives, taking the guidance given in the ToR.

    o Study Management Plan: Tenders must include:

    i. A study management plan which includes management arrangements, experience of personnel who will undertake the Study, and liaison arrangements with Restless Development.

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