Ended External Evaluator for FSL Program

The Job

EXTERNAL IMPACT EVALUATION FOR A FOOD SECURITY AND LIVELIHOODS PROGRAM IN HODAYDAH AND RAYMAH GOVERNORATES, YEMEN

Title

External Impact Evaluation on the “Food emergency response to the families affected by the nutritional crisis in Hodaydah and Raymah governorates, Yemen” project

Location

Sana’a, al Sukhnah and al Mansuriah (Hodaydah), and Bilad al Tam (Raymah), Yemen

Length of Assignment

21st – 30th April 2019 (10 days)

Reporting to (Name/s)

PU-AMI Deputy Head of Mission in Yemen

Key Working Contacts

Grants and Reporting Officer

Deputy Field Coordinator Hodaydah

FSL Activity Manager

MEAL Manager

NGO presentation

Première Urgence - Aide Médicale Internationale (PU-AMI) is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-political and non-religious international aid organization. Our teams are committed to supporting civilian victims of marginalization and exclusion, or those hit by natural disasters, wars and economic collapses by answering their fundamental needs. Our aim is to provide emergency relief to uprooted people in order to help them recover their dignity and regain self-sufficiency.
The association leads in average 190 projects a year in the following sectors of intervention: Food Security, Health, Nutrition, Construction and Rehabilitation of infrastructures, Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Economic Recovery. PU-AMI is providing assistance to around 5 million people in 20 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and France.

PU-AMI’s mission context

PU-AMI has been working in Yemen since 2007. From 2007 to 2011 PU-AMI’s strategy focused on providing Primary Health Care (PHC) services in Hodaydah Governorate. Since 2012, a nutrition component has been added to PU-AMI’s strategy, combining an emergency response with a longer term community-based approach. PU-AMI is now providing support to Health Facilities and Stabilization Centers in Hodaydah and Raymah Governorates, through an integrated package of food security, health and nutrition services, and a community-based approach relying on a network of Community Health Volunteers. And since 2017, PU-AMI is carrying out food and livelihoods projects in Hodaydah and Raymah Governorates.

Background

The humanitarian situation in Yemen has deteriorated devastatingly after the conflict and violence broke out in March 2015. The resuming of the fighting for the control of Hodaydah city in September 2018-January 2019 has exacerbated the humanitarian needs of the local population. The disruption of the commercial and humanitarian imports, the displacement of populations, the disrupted market system, the loss of livelihoods and incomes, the damage on the private and public infrastructure and the general destabilization of the public system have contributed to the widespread food insecurity, malnutrition and a to a serious lack of access to health. Today, according to the Yemen Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO 2019), it is estimated that approximately 24 million people in Yemen, about 80% of the population, need some kind of humanitarian assistance, including 14.3 million who are in acute need.
According to the OCHA Commodity Tracker (January 2019), reduced levels of commercial imports and restricted movement of commodities have led to high prices of basic commodities. The prices of food, diesel and petrol are respectively 137%, 257% and 261% higher than in the pre-crisis period. The increased prices of basic commodities together with disrupted incomes and an alarming depreciation of the Yemeni Rial (600 YER/US dollar exchange rate in November 2018, Yemen Socioeconomic Update) have severely affected the purchasing power of the population. As a result, an estimated 20.1 million people in Yemen are food insecure. Out of this, approximately 9.9 million people are severely food insecure and at risk of starvation (HNO 2019).
According to the last Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis (December 2018), despite ongoing humanitarian food assistance, a total of 15.9 million people are severely food insecure, which represents 53% of the total population. About 10.8 million people are classified in IPC Phase 3 Crisis (36% of the population), about 5 million people are classified in IPC Phase 4 Emergency (17% of the population) and 63,500 people in IPC Phase 5 Catastrophe. Both Hodaydah and Raymah Governorates are classified in IPC 3 Crisis.

Project description

The project “Food emergency response to the families affected by the nutritional crisis in Hodaydah and Raymah governorates, Yemen”, is funded by CIAA and active from the 1st May 2018 until the 30th April 2019.
Beneficiaries of the project have been selected in 28 villages in Hodaydah and Raymah governorates. Each family with a Child Under 5 (CU5) in situation of Severe and Acute Malnutrition (SAM) or Moderate and Acute Malnutrition (MAM) or a Pregnant and Lactating Woman in situation of MAM received 6 rounds of Food Baskets (1 Food Basket per month, per family member, during 6 months) conditioned to the participation in training on the use of food. Furthermore, seeds, seedlings and tools distribution have been conditional to the participation in trainings on food production. A smaller part of the distribution involved families whose members could not participate in the trainings.
Furthermore, part of the Food Baskets distribution involved the families of SAM cases in therapy at the Al Mansuriah Health Centre.

Project summary

Donor

Comité Interministériel de l’Aide Alimentaire, CIAA 1st May 2018 until the 30th April 2019 (CIAA 18037)

Title

“Food emergency response to the families affected by the nutritional crisis in Hodaydah and Raymah governorates, Yemen”

Location

Al Sukhnah and al Mansuriah (Hodaydah), and Bilad al Tam (Raymah), Yemen

 Overall objective

Contribute to the improvement of the food and nutritional security in the households most affected by malnutrition in Hodaydah and Raymah governorates

Duration

1st of May 2018 – 30th of April 2019

Main activities

  • Distribution of food baskets to the households with children under five or PLW suffering from acute malnutrition ;
  • Provision of a conditional food assistance and distribution of inputs and production tools for the cultivation of natural vegetable gardens;
  • Sensitization, training, and coaching to improve nutrition and the cultivation of vegetable gardens.

Direct beneficiaries

Households with a children under 5 or a pregnant and lactating women suffering from acute malnutrition : 1 580 households targeted (11 060 individuals)

Budget

750 000 EUR

Objective of the evaluation

The objective of the evaluation is to assess the impact of the project and develop recommendations for future interventions.

The impact will be evaluated against the logical framework of the project, including an evaluation of the single different activities carried out.

The results of the work belong to PU-AMI.

Methodology

The following specific activities will be assessed:

  1. Food basket distribution
  2. Seed and seedlings distribution
  3. Tools distribution
  4. Training on food production, cooking practices, diversified diet, storage and transformation of food

The External Impact Evaluation will include both a Post Distribution Monitoring (PDM) survey and the creation of an end-line (to compare with a baseline established at the beginning of the project). Surveys will be conducted among the Households (HHs) supported by PU-AMI within the framework of the project.

Implementation of an Endline survey

Indicators of interest will be as follows:

  • Household dietary diversity score

Dietary diversity based on HDDS score modifications are grouped into three categories: low (score <5 Groups), moderate (score 6-8 Groups), and high (score >9 Groups).

  • Food Consumption Scores

FCS will be measured by determining the household's food consumption status based on the following thresholds: 0-21: Poor; 21.5-35: Borderline; >35: Acceptable.

  • Coping Strategy index

We will use the frequency score and severity weight to measure the CSI based on the following thresholds 0- 43 Normal, 44 – 90 moderate, 91 – 132 severe, >133 very severe. 

Additional criteria to assess

  • Has the selection process been able to target the most vulnerable?
  • Was the food basket distribution process adapted to the context and needs of the targeted population?
  • Was the food basket quality and composition adapted to the context and needs of the targeted population?
  • Was the seeds, seedlings and tools distribution process adapted to the context and needs of the targeted population?
  • Were the seeds, seedlings and tools quality and composition adapted to the context and needs of the targeted population?
  • Was there an evolution between findings from the baseline and the end-line?
  • What did the beneficiaries from trainings retained from the training (knowledge), what are their perceptions (attitude) of the skills developed, and the consequence on their daily practice (practice)?
  • Were the accountability mechanisms implemented sufficient and relevant?

Tasks and deliverables

  • Development of a full methodology for the impact evaluation
  • Methodology will be revised and approved by PU-AMI before the implementation
  • Creation of tools for the data collection (questionnaires, focus groups, etc.), along with marking guides to assess the scores. PU-AMI will put at disposal of the selected contractor any tool and report previously used with the framework of the project.
  • Tools and marking guides will be revised and approved by PU-AMI before the implementation
  • Selection of beneficiaries involved in the impact evaluation
  • Data collection
  • A final report on findings, including recommendations for the design and implementation of future similar actions

Required profile

Mandatory

  • A previous experience in the driving of an impact evaluation of a humanitarian project
  • A previous experience with an INGO in the following sector : Food security or Livelihoods

Preferred

  • Knowledge of Sphere Standards on Food Security
  • Knowledge of the Yemeni context
  • Knowledge of INGO work and activities in Yemen

Skills:

  • Fluent in English (report to be produced in English)
  • Well organized, ability to plan work accordingly and autonomously
  • Strong analytical skills
How to Apply
  • If you believe that you have the qualifications and skills to excel in this position, please send an one-page cover letter and CV in English by email to yem.hod.recruitment@pu-ami.org  with the subject heading "External Evaluator for FSL Program’’ no later than 17 April  2019.,
  • Employer: PU-AMI
  • Category: Consultant
  • Location: Al Hodaida, Raymah
  • Posted on: 10 April 2019
  • Deadline: 17 April 2019

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