External Evaluation of REACH support to the WASH sector in Cox's Bazar
Through its REACH Initiative programme, IMPACT Initiatives has been a long-lasting partner of the Global WASH Cluster (GWC), and more generally of WASH national coordination platforms, since 2014. In 2018 alone, it has implemented assessment activities in support of WASH national coordination platforms in nine countries, including Nigeria, Whole of Syria, Niger, Yemen, Somalia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan.
As the collaboration enters its third year, REACH, UNICEF and the Cox’s Bazar WASH sector are reviewing further options for collaboration, with an emphasis on sustainability of systems and handover of responsibilities to sector partners and to the Bangladesh Department of Health Engineering (DPHE)—the sector lead. This is especially important in light of potential upcoming changes to the humanitarian coordination structure in Bangladesh. At this critical stage, and in accordance with the Grand Bargain commitment to commission independent reviews and evaluations of the quality of needs assessment findings and their use in prioritisation, IMPACT wishes to commission an independent evaluation of the quality of its support to the Cox’s Bazar WASH Sector to date.
The purpose of the evaluation is to improve future assessment and information management activities in support of WASH coordination platforms in Cox’s Bazar and in other emergency responses, by capturing and capitalizing on lessons learned during the response to the Rohingya crisis, from the initial kick-off in the aftermath of the refugee crisis (from Sept to Dec 2017), to the current transition through a protracted setting (from Jan 2018 to present).
The evaluation should cover the following dimensions: (i) the delivery of the assessment support, including relevance, timeliness, analytical value, trustworthiness and rigor, as well as the quality of reporting; (ii) the overall added value (if any) that the assessment activities have brought to of the WASH response; and (iii) (i) the appropriateness of process and partnership arrangements, including funding mechanisms as well as the interaction, engagement and ownership of key stakeholders.
The consultant will report to a Steering Committee that will be formed specifically for the evaluation and will include a representative of Cox’s Bazar WASH Sector, the GWC, and IMPACT HQ. The Steering Committee will be in charge of the evaluation of the technical proposal of the consultant application and the review of key milestones, including the approval of the evaluation’s methodology and tools, as well as the final outputs.
In order to collect primary data, the consultant is expected to carry out a 10-day (including travel) field mission to Cox’s Bazar, as well as a three-day mission in Geneva to meet with GWC and REACH HQ teams.
Remote based with ten days of field mission to Cox’s Bazar and a three-day visit to UNICEF Geneva Office and REACH HQ office in Geneva. While in Cox’s Bazar, the consultant will be hosted by REACH and its partners ACTED and Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation. Accommodation and domestic travel arrangements while the consultant is in Bangladesh will be organized and paid for by ACTED.
Expected start date: 1 September 2019
Expected end date: 30 September 2019
Deadline for submission is 18th August, 12 pm Geneva time. All applications should be sent to
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