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Introduction

Caritas Switzerland (CACH)  is looking for a consultant/team of consultants to lead an evaluation of its house reconstruction programme in Central Sulawesi. The evaluation pursues two purposes – 1. to provide accountability in terms of achievements of project results as defined in the Logframe and 2. to contribute to better informed decision-making and the performance of future reconstruction projects of Caritas Switzerland (CACH).

Description of Intervention

On 28th September 2018, the island of Sulawesi was hit by a strong earthquake due to which 66,000 houses were destroyed. Based on the government of Indonesia’s request for humanitarian assistance , CACH and its local partner Yayasan Bumi Tangguh (YBT) have implemented an owner-driven house rehabilitation project in four villages in Dolo Selatan (Wisolo, Baluase, Bulubete, Wala-tana). Over the span of two project phases (phase 1: January 2020 – June 2021, phase 2: August 2021 – September 2022), a total of 380 houses are planned to be rehabilitated, out of which 269 destroyed houses are reconstructed and 111 damaged houses are retrofitted.Up to March 22, additional 290 houses have been successfully rehabilitated. In addition, 380 latrines attached to the houses are rehabilitated integrating functioning water sources.

The house rehabilitated has been implemented via cash payments to beneficiaries who are in charge of recruiting local masons and buying some local materials for the reconstruction process, while YBT is in charge of construction design, construction quality control and buying bulk materials not available in the target villages. Furthermore, the project includes a strong training component for local masons, but also house beneficiaries regarding construction monitoring and healthy life behaviour/sanitation practices.

Evaluation questions

The evaluation aims to review the results of the project on the outcome level with a particular focus on the DAC criteria of relevance, effectiveness, sustainability and in addition separate questions on environmental sustainability.

The evaluation questions are as follows:

  • Relevance
    • To what extent did the intervention respond to the needs and priorities of the population? Were the needs of the most vulnerable members of the community addressed?
    • To what extent did the intervention respond to the government rehabilitation strategy in Sigi/Dolo Selatan?
    • Was the implementation model (owner-driven approach, cash for shelter) relevant in terms of leading to the planned results and appropriate in the context?
    • In how far did the housing construction design (layout/material/durability etc.) take into consideration the local needs and prevalent building practices?
  • Effectiveness
    • To what extent are the houses used by the occupants (occupancy rate)?
    • To what extent do the houses and sanitation facilities provide safety and comfort to the beneficiaries of the project?
    • To what extent have the beneficiaries and local workers who participated in the on-the-job training increased their knowledge on safe construction techniques?
    • To what extent have the local craftsmen applied the knowledge acquired through the training in other works/projects? To what extent has the training opened up opportunities of employment for the workers and master masons/carpenters?
    • To what extent have the healthy life trainings on sanitation practices and maintenance of sanitation facilities contributed to improved sanitation practices in the targeted villages?
  • Sustainability
    • To what extent have the houses and facilities been maintained so far?
    • To what extent the house design sustainable in so far that beneficiaries can use the reconstructed houses long-term and make amendments/additions (e.g. increase of rooms) if needed?
    • To what extent will there be net benefits from the project that can continue in the future (e.g. increased knowledge on safe construction designs/replications of construction methods)?
  • Environmental Sustainability
    • To what extent is the building material from sustainable sources / production?
    • Is the choice of material justified considering the overall objective, appropriateness and cost-efficiency of the project?

Methodology

The evaluation methodology is to provide credible evidence to answer above evaluation questions and must be presented to CACH in the evaluation plan, prior to the field visit. The evaluation methods should include: 1) Desk study of project documents and reports, 2) direct observation of reconstructed shelters and sanitation facilities in the four villages, 3) interviews with beneficiaries, masons and other important stakeholders in the community as well as the project partner YBT and CACH in Indonesia.

Prior to the field visit, there will be an online briefing between the evaluator and CACH to clarify open questions including methodology, logistics and deliverables. The field visits will be organized by the evaluator in close coordination with and with support from the CACH field office in Palu.

Deliverables

The following deliverables are expected:

    • Deliverable 1: The evaluator is expected to produce an inception report in English, including evaluation methodology, evaluation framework, information collection and analysis, reporting, work schedule (max. 10 pages) for acceptance to CACH before the start of the evaluation.
    • Deliverable 2: The evaluator is expected to produce a draft evaluation report (max. 20 pages) in English presenting the results of the assessment defined in the ToRs.
    • Deliverable 3:
      • Stakeholder workshop: Key results of the evaluation shall be presented in an online workshop with all project stakeholders (YBT team, CACH team in Indonesia and at HQ) when the draft report is final.
    • Deliverable 4:
      • Final evaluation report (based on CACH’s feedback on the draft evaluation report). The report shall provide findings (statement of facts), conclusions and recommendations.  It should include an executive summary of 2-4 pages including key findings, conclusions and recommendations (Report structure will be shared by CACH).

Schedule

Evaluation StepsTentative Schedule
First briefing session 

2-3 days

End of May
Desk Study of project documents and inception report1st week of June
Travel to and from Palu/Dolo Selatan and field evaluation, including debriefing workshop8 days (incl. travel)2nd-3rd week of June
Submission of draft report 

5-6 days

End June
Stakeholder workshop (2 hours)Beginning of July
Submission of final report15 July 2022
Total working days15-17 days

Qualifications

This assignment will require a consultant/ team of consultants with the following qualifications and experience:

  • University degree in engineering/architecture/ or related field
  • At least 5 years of experience in the field of reconstruction in post-disaster contexts
  • Proven experience in project evaluations in development cooperation/humanitarian aid.
  • Very good skills of Bahasa Indonesia & English
  • Good reporting skills (in English)

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit their application meeting the requirements detailed below via email to lgantare@caritas.ch with the subject line “House Reconstruction Programme Evaluation”.

Deadline for submission of applications is 22.5.2022

The application should include as a minimum:

– Cover letter which clearly summarizes relevant experience

– CVs of all involved consultants incl. professional references

– Technical proposal (not exceeding 10 pages in total) including methodology and tools to be used, team structure and roles and detailed time plan (adhering to schedule in section 6)

– Financial proposal (in IDR or USD), including fees and other expenses such as travel and transportation

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