Armenian association of Social Workers

International Consultant on Baseline and Final Evaluation Study։ “Promoting Social Inclusion and Self-Reliant Livelihood Activities in Armenia” Project (JSDF Grant No.TF0B2613)
2021 January 12

The “Armenian Association of Social Workers” non-governmental organization (hereafter AASW) announces a competition for the selection of the “International Consultant on Baseline and Final Evaluation Study” assignment within the framework of the “Promoting Social Inclusion and Self-Reliant Livelihood Activities in Armenia” Project (hereinafter Project).

The main objective of this consultancy is to support the implementation of Project Component-3 activities, specifically Baseline and Final evaluation study, as a tool to assess the overall project achievements and deliverables against the project objectives.

The assignment will be implemented in February 2021 – June 2023 period.

 

Scope of work

Under the guidance and supervision of the representatives of the Project Implementing Agency (Project Manager and Project M&E specialist) and in close collaboration with three local consultants, the International Consultant shall lead the preparation and implementation of Baseline and Final Evaluation Study, design relevant methodology, lead the work of local consultants and prepare and finalize the reports.

The international consultant shall be responsible for the following tasks:

  1. Elaborate the methodology of Baseline and Final Evaluation Study, including:
  • Share the international best practice with Local Consultants and Project Implementation team to implement Baseline and Final Evaluation Study,
  • Design a methodology (including the set of indicators, sampling strategy, quality assurance plan, data collection tools and sources, templates for baseline and evaluation reports, and specific functional requirements for M&E MIS (if needed)) for the baseline and final evaluation studies both for Component-1 and Component-2 activities, specifically, methodology for:
    • Assessing the introduction and functionality of social case management model, applicability of the revised tools for social workers within the project (comprehensive screening tools to assess households’ vulnerabilities, templates for the preparation of “family intervention and development plans”, referral manual linked to an inventory of key social and active labor market services, referral protocols for key service providers, MIS for SW, etc.). The methodology, inter alia, will include secondary document analysis and some qualitative methods to evaluate the introduction and functionality of social case management model prior and after implementation of relevant project activities;
    • Reflecting sub-grant results evaluation aiming at assessing the impact of grant on socio-economic situation of sub-grantees. An experimental approach should be developed to evaluate the progress throughout the project.
    • Assessing the progress of PDO and Intermediate-level indicators, which are not covered by the above mentioned items.
  • Give recommendations for the development of ToRs for Local Consultants on Baseline and Final Evaluation Study based on the developed methodology.
  • Introduce the elaborated methodology of the evaluation to Project Implementing team, the local consultants as well as representatives of MLSA and Embassy of Japan at the seminar and consolidate recommendations/remarks/comments from participants (if any).
  • Develop methodology handout and a guideline (covering both Components) and share with relevant stakeholders including MLSA related departments such as M&E unit and others to be applied for other similar projects.

 

  1. Develop the general baseline study, including:
  • Hold coordination meetings with the team of local consultants to implement the Component-1 baseline study, including but not limited to desk analysis, organization and analysis of focus group discussions, key informant interviews with various stakeholders, revise the piloted tools if needed (carried out by the local consultants) as well as carry out regular monitoring.
  • Develop General Baseline Study Report (including the baseline indicators) based on the results, findings and deliverables produced in the framework of above mentioned qualitative survey, primary and secondary data collection and analysis.

 

  1. Develop the supplementary study to set specific baselines for the sub-grants result evaluation, including:
  • Develop sampling strategy based on which the team of local consultants will carry out baseline study of the sub-grant result evaluation to assess preliminary socio-economic situation of project beneficiaries, i.e. experimental and control through various data collection tools and analyses.
  • Develop Baseline Study Report for sub-grant result evaluation based on the results, findings and deliverables produced in the framework of above mentioned activities.

 

  1. Develop the Report on Baseline and Final Evaluation, assessing the overall project achievements and deliverables against the project objectives, including:
  • Hold coordination meetings with the team of local consultants to summarize the findings identified by the local consultants on the assessments done in the frame of Component 1 & 2.
  • Draft the Report on Baseline and Final Evaluation Study and share with the Project Implementing Agency for their feedback and comments.
  • Finalize the afore-mentioned report, submit to the attention of PIA as well as introduce the findings at the official meeting.

 

Timetable & Milestones

Task

Activity Period

Deadline

Methodology of Baseline and Final Evaluation Study (25 days)

February 1 – March  15, 2021

by 15.03.2021

General Baseline Study Report (25 days)

March 20 – May 30, 2021

by 30.05.2021

Baseline Study Report for sub-grant result evaluation (40 days)

August 1 – January 30, 2022

by 30.01.2022

Final Report on Baseline and Final Evaluation Study (40 days)

February 1, 2022 – May 30, 2023

by 30.05.2023

 

The working language of the deliverable documents is English.  As part of the assignment, the consultant should visit the project site at least twice based on the agreed schedule with AASW.

The International Consultant should satisfy the following qualifications and requirements:

The Contractor shall fulfil the following qualifications and skills:

  • Postgraduate degree in task-relevant field (e.g. social work, social policy, sociology, economics, etc.)
  • Demonstrated experience in evaluation of projects (preferably supported by international agencies) within social policy domain and/or covering vulnerable groups of society;
  • More than 15 years of experience to carry out analysis, evaluation of similar projects (preferably with first-hand engagement in policy reforms, sound knowledge of social work frameworks and models, transformative social work case management);
  • Demonstrated experience in designing and implementation of impact evaluations, sectorial surveys and studies
  • Experience in working in Armenia or/and post-soviet area with cross-cultural sensitivity and emotional maturity is a plus (experience in the South Caucasus is an advantage),
  • Willingness and ability to travel to Armenia in line with task timetable, interact with the primary/secondary stakeholders,
  • Familiarity with the work and procedures of the World Bank (preferably in South Caucasus region) is an asset,
  • Knowledge of social sector reforms post-soviet countries.
  • Fluency in English (written and spoken); knowledge of Russian is an asset.
  • Very good communication, presentation and facilitation skills
  • Relevant computer skills necessary to execute well-designed presentations and professional documents

The Contract will be signed over the period between February, 2021 and June 30, 2023 for a total of 120 working days. International consultant will cooperate with three local Consultants on Baseline and Final Evaluation Study and PIA team. 

The Project

The project is expected to help increase access to social assistance benefits and services and provide self-employment support to about 11,000 vulnerable members of society in urban and rural communities in Ararat, Armavir, Kotayk, Lori and Shirak regions of Armenia. The Project grant was received under the Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF) which is financed by the Government of Japan.  

The project has been designed by the World Bank in partnership with the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs of Armenia and will be implemented by the Association of Social Workers– a non-governmental, not-for-profit national professional representative body of social workers in Armenia.  The JSDF was established by the Government of Japan and the World Bank as a mechanism to provide direct assistance to the poorest and most vulnerable groups in eligible World Bank countries. The aim is to enhance their capacities, strengthen their empowerment and participation in society and economic life.

Application

All interested candidates meeting the above-listed requirements are requested to submit their letters of interest and CVs to the e-mail address below until January 26, 2021.

Please clearly indicate the title of the position (Baseline and Final Evaluation Study) in the subject line of the e-mail. Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for the interview.

E-mail:  procurement@aasw.org

Tel:  (374 93) 514499 (for questions and clarifications)