International Rescue Committee (IRC) is one of the global leaders in humanitarian emergency response, having led in the fight against outbreaks such as Ebola, Cholera and now COVID-19. IRC is working in 40 of the most at-risk countries and specialize in working with the most vulnerable people in the world – refugees and displaced people, currently numbering over 70 million (a number that continues to grow). IRC understand how to reach these populations on the move and accommodate their full range of needs: from health, to livelihoods, to education and more. IRC’s portfolio consists of government, multilateral, and foundation funding that spans short-term and protracted humanitarian response through long-term development initiatives. Alongside other thematic areas, IRC has extensive global expertise in health and reproductive health and is a leader in gender focused programming.
IRC has been working in Pakistan since 1980 and delivers a wide range of programming to Afghan refugees, temporarily displaced persons and other marginalized/underserved communities across the country. In the last five years IRC supported over three million vulnerable people. IRC is working in close coordination with the government on its current health communications campaign and supporting its wider health response to the epidemic through several means, in particular procurement of healthcare supplies.
2. Program Description
The IRC has secured funding from DFID through Unilever UK for COVID-19-response in Swat, Buner and Peshawar in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Dadu and Ghotki in Sindh province. The overall objective of the project is to promote hygienic behaviors and practices among the world’s most vulnerable communities through effective community and public communication, the empowerment of women and girls, and building institutional preparedness for COVID-19. The project Theory of Change draws upon the 5 levers for change approach that Unilever has developed and can incorporate materials developed by Unilever in these levers.
IRC Pakistan has implemented the project in 3 districts, Peshawar, Buner, and Swat of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and 2 districts i.e. Ghotki and Dadu of Sindh Province. The project intervention strategies were planned together with relevant government departments (Health, Local Government and Rural Development (LGRD), District Administrations) across all targeted areas in Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. At the National Level, the IRC engaged with the Federal Directorate of Education, National Institute of Health (NIH) and National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) – which is coordinating the response to COVID-19 in the country – as well as the Provincial Disaster Management Authorities. This close coordination with authorities ensured the project delivery in a mutually complementary and culturally appropriate manner.
Overall objective of the project: The promotion of hygienic behaviors and practices among the world’s most vulnerable communities through effective community and public communication, the empowerment of women and girls, and building institutional preparedness for COVID-19.
Reduce transmission of COVID
‘R-0’ value maintained below 1.0 between Jan and March 2021 in all HBCC targeted countries
R-0 is less than 1.0 in all targeted countries
People in targeted areas practice frequent handwashing with soap
Proportion of people with access to hand washing facility on premises with soap and water (JMP indicator)
Disaggregate by gender, rural/urban. Disability disagg. to be discussed
50% of targeted population with access to hand washing facility on premises with water and soap[i]
People in targeted areas reached with messages on hygiene to reduce risk of COVID transmission
Number of people reached and engaged with targeted messages on COVID and hygiene (disaggregated by mass media; digital communications and inter-personal communication, by rural/ urban / IDP / Refugee status)
People in targeted areas reached with critical WASH products / services
Number of people reached with critical WASH products and / or services (disaggregated by type of intervention (hygiene, water supply, sanitation, and by rural / urban / IDP / Refugee status)
Health Care Facilities receiving critical WASH
Number of health care facilities reached with critical WASH supplies and services (disaggregated by type of intervention – e.g. with product or service details)
(please include any other institutions served such as schools and isolation centers in brackets next to the number with a note on the type)
3. Evaluation Purpose
The end-line evaluation is intended to provide data and analysis on the performance and impact of the project intervention and document effectiveness of the project to render efficiency, and accountability to the donor. The evaluation’s results will also feed lessons learned into the decision-making process of the project stakeholders i.e. donor, government departments and civil society as well as IRC. This will also reflect on how relevant and appropriate project strategies especially the BCC campaigns were in achieving the intended results. The exercise is expected to analyze the factors affected the achievement of the project positively or negatively, the reason for success or lack thereof, draw lessons and recommendation that will serve as a guideline for improved performance in future programming.
4. Objectives of the Endline-Evaluation
The evaluation intends to assess the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, and success of the project and potential positive and negative impact of project activities. The specific objectives of this evaluation will be:
· Assess the relevance of the project intended results with the priorities, capacities, and approaches of government health and other relevant departments, humanitarian, and development actors.
· Examine the effectiveness and efficiency of the design and implementation of the Project in in achieving the project outcomes and impact.
· Assess the extent to which the project’s intended impacts and expected changes have been achieved; and to gauge any other changes (positive or negative; directly or indirectly; intended or unintended) produced by the project in the context of COVID-19.
5. Methodology of the Study
The consultant is required to come up with randomized controlled trial (RCT) approach to analyze the project impact in proposal considering the project context by identifying appropriate experimental and control groups for the RCT. In order to capture the data for the relevance, effectiveness, and efficiency, they will be required to adopt a mixed methods approach to collect primary data from the relevant quarters. For the data triangulation secondary information will be analyzed. Moreover, inclusive approach will be adopted where gender and disability desegregation will be focused with rural/urban settings.
6. Evaluation Deliverables
The evaluation team is expected to deliver:
a. Inception Report – The inception report will outline the brief desk review report with key questions raised determining the scope of the work, the intended work plan of the analysis, sampling method to be used, data collection and reporting plans with draft data collection tools keeping in view evaluation criteria, objectives and questions came out of desk review of project document. The inception report should include a proposed schedule of tasks, activities and deliverables, allocation of roles and responsibilities for each task or product and the travel and logistical arrangements for the team.
b. Debriefings/feedback to management– The team will report its preliminary findings to IRC Management 05 days after carrying out fieldwork. The team leader will incorporate any comments relating to factual inaccuracies etc. and present the full draft report to the evaluation management team within one week of the debriefing meeting.
c. Draft report – A draft report, identifying key findings, conclusions, recommendations, and lessons for the current and future operation, and taking into consideration the outputs of the debriefing session.
d. Final report – The final report will contain a short executive summary (no more than 3 pages) and a main body of the report (no more than 35 pages) covering; the background of the intervention evaluated
- Description of the evaluation methods including evaluation objectives, data sources, data collection and analysis and limitations
- Lessons learned
- Clear recommendations (are to be supported by a specific set of findings and must be action-oriented, specific, and actionable).
The report should also contain appropriate appendices, including a copy of the ToR, cited resources or bibliography, a list of those interviewed, tools and techniques used for the evaluation and any other relevant materials. The final evaluation report will be submitted one week after receipt of the consolidated feedback from IRC. The consultant could be required to present the findings to both the IRC office and donors of the project.
7. Expected Timeframes:
The evaluation study will be completed in 25 days starting from date of agreement signing. The below table provides an approximate guide for estimated days required for completion of key activities and consultant will provide separate breakdown for filed activities and expenses for information collection by field enumerator:
Time Frame (Days)
Finalization and translation of Information Collection tools / guiding questions
Inception report (Final tools / guiding questions, methods, sample size, analysis plan, reporting template etc.)
Hiring and training of Enumerators on Information collection tools / methods, sample size, information collection techniques, probing, mobilization et.
Primary Information collection at 5 target districts
Data cleaning, entry, analysis, and report draft
Submit draft Report
Final Report and Presentation to management
8. Financial Disbursement
The Endline budget (agreed) will be transferred to the consultant on deliverable bases in tranches. The detail is as below.
% of Among to be released
Submission of Inception Report
Completion of field information collection, debrief meeting and 1st draft of report
Sharing of Final Report
Approval of Report/Sign off
9. Intellectual Property Rights
All products arising from this assessment will be owned by IRC. The consultant will not be allowed, without prior authorization in writing, to present any of the analytical results as his or her work or to make use of the assessment results for private publication purposes.
10. Quality & Ethical Standards
The consultant should take all reasonable steps to ensure that the assessment is designed and conducted to respect and protect the rights and welfare of the people and communities involved and to ensure that the assessment is technically accurate and reliable, is conducted transparently and impartially, and contributes to organizational learning and accountability. The assessment team will also commit to adhering to IRC Way and Code of Conduct.
11. Qualification of Consultant/ Consultancy firm
The following qualification, competencies, and skills are required to successfully carry out this assignment:
Specific skills and experience sought:
· Post-graduate degree in research studies, social work, gender studies, development Studies and/or related field
· Expertise in Qualitative and quantitative information collection, analysis, and reporting.
· Experience in working with government officials, donors, youth, civil society, adolescent girls, women, and being able to interact with a variety of stakeholders at different levels.
· Knowledge of relevant sectors in humanitarian contexts, including Community Mobilization, Protection, WASH, and Gender Equality.
· Proven experience in the use of participatory action research methodology
· Strong knowledge of and familiarity with Pakistani humanitarian context particularly the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh context.
· Excellent writing, communications, and presentation skills in English
· Experience collecting, analyzing, and interpreting qualitative information
· Ability to write clear and useful reports (examples of previous work will need to be submitted).
· Excellent command in English language is essential and local languages knowledge is desirable
· Ability to manage the available time and resources and workout in meeting tight deadlines
· Independence from IRC, program stakeholders or other parties involved.
12. Submission of proposal
Interested consultant/Firm must submit both Technical and Financial proposal separately
A) Technical proposal: (45 % weightage)
The Consultant should submit a detail technical proposal as per Annexure A.
· Recent curriculum Vitae:
CVs of Lead and Co lead consultants and team members as annexure
· Recent 2 evaluation reports of similar nature
Reports of similar assignments must be attached within the proposal along with 2 references and their contact details.
B) Financial Proposal: (30 % weightage)
The Consultant should submit a detail financial proposal as per Annexure B.
C) Interview (25% weightage)
The Consultant will be interviewed by a panel to discuss the proposals and to assess the technical competencies
Selection procedure of the consultant/firm:
Individual consultant/firm will be evaluated through Cumulative Analysis Method.
13. Contact Details:
Interested applicants can send their technical and financial proposal along with CVs, sample reports along with other required documents to the following address:
Mailing Address: Building 2, Plot 270, Service Road North, I-9/3, Islamabad
Islamabad, 44000 Pakistan
14. IRC Core Values & Commitments:
· The IRC workers and partners/consultants must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Adult Safeguarding, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity Anti-Retaliation and Combating Trafficking in Persons.
· IRC is committed to ensuring that consultant is suitable to work with children and women / girls and have the knowledge s/he needs to uphold and abide by the IRC’s Child and Adult Safeguarding Policy.
o Level of interaction with clients: Frequent direct contact with clients
· IRC recognizes that gender equality is fundamental to the achievement of our organizational mission. As such, IRC is committed to the promotion of gender equality in all aspects of our operations and programs. Our organizational policies, procedures and actions demonstrate this commitment.
Women candidates and persons with disability are highly encouraged to apply.
[i] This is basically an outcome at the regional level where more hard interventions are planned in Myanmar and Bangladesh
[ii] IRC Pakistan is distributing recreational kits among children to promote hygiene practice as well ensure their psychosocial wellbeing, and dignity kits among women and girls of reproductive age as part of this project – thus, we expect the consultant to make sure that we engage with children and women and girls on that aspect as part of End line
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is a leading global relief and development organization, established in 1933, and currently working in 42 countries worldwide. IRC has been working in Pakistan for over 30 years, and manages & delivers large, complex programs to meet needs in health, educatio ...Read More