Consultancy: Evaluation of CaLP’s work in West and Central Africa and some global work (a BHA supported Programme) August 2018 – September 2021
CaLP is a dynamic global network of over 90 organisations engaged in the critical areas of policy, practice and research in humanitarian cash and voucher assistance (CVA) and financial assistance more broadly. Collectively, CaLP members deliver the vast majority of humanitarian CVA worldwide. What makes CaLP unique is its diversity. Members currently include local and international non-governmental organisations, United Nations agencies, the Red Cross/Crescent Movement, donors, specialist social innovation, technology and financial services companies, researchers and academics, and individual practitioners.
The audience for CaLP’s work includes CaLP members, humanitarian and development donors, host governments, humanitarian practitioners, local humanitarian organisations, senior decision-makers and policy-makers in humanitarian agencies, coordination structures, development actors and financial service providers and other technology providers. During the period under review, CaLP’s work mostly focused on capacity building, knowledge management and research, coordination and policy and it will be useful to reflect across all these categories of activity and engagement.
Millions of people in West and Central Africa are affected by crisis and in need of assistance. Increasingly, humanitarian actors providing emergency support in contexts of protracted recovery have also been delivering relief to the growing number of people impacted by violence, especially in Central Sahel. The interactions between hunger, extreme poverty, displacement, conflict and other crises makes engagement on issues related to nexus related discussions, particularly the connection between humanitarian cash and voucher assistance (CVA) and social protection systems, highly relevant in this regional context. In the last year, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic also influenced how humanitarian actors responded to needs, accelerating the use of CVA.
An evolving programme
The CaLP West and Central Africa programme has been adjusted at various points over time, with changes made to respond effectively to the priorities of actors in the region. From early 2020, as the impact of COVID-19 began to be felt, a further a series of major changes were made to the programme, including collective and collaborative revamping of priorities to focus on COVID-19 impacts alongside internal adaptation to full on-line working in response to the crisis.
In addition, following an extensive consultation process in 2019/2020, CaLP developed a new strategy with much greater focus on what CaLP can achieve for people in crisis by harnessing the power of the CaLP network. Thus, up to mid-2021 the guiding theory of change for CVA for CaLP was embedded in the 2015-20 strategy and the 2017 Global Framework for Action but from mid-2020, CaLP’s new theory of change, summarised in its 2020-25 Strategy has slowly but steadily become more relevant.
In several ways, internal and external changes came together. While the full-scale adoption of the new strategy has been delayed by the imperatives of adaptation to the COVID-19 pandemic, the same pandemic meant that the CaLP team in West and Central Africa and globally began to adjust our ways of working to more actively engage and capitalise on the collective strength of the network. Rapid changes were made to plans and CaLP evolved our ways of working to create opportunities for peer learning and exchange among practitioners. Changes to plans continued throughout 2020 and 2021 to adapt appropriately and respond to the rapidly unfolding crisis.
We are seeking a consultant or team of consultants to undertake an evaluation of the work supported by OFDA/BHA between August 2018 and September 2021. The evaluation will help assess CaLP’s overall contribution to building an enabling environment for CVA programming in the region and more broadly, within the scope of the proposal and plans.
The evaluation will serve two purposes:
- To capture learning in terms of what worked well and what could have been improved. The CaLP staff team will use this to help strengthen the next programme of work in West and Central Africa and CaLP’s future work more broadly.
- To assess progress against objectives and fulfil our agreement with OFDA/BHA for an end-term evaluation.
How to apply
Applications are invited from appropriately qualified consultants (individuals, teams, or companies). Applicants should submit the following:
- A summary of the skills and experience pertinent to this consultancy (max one side)
- A brief (max two pages) outlining:
- The consultant’s reflections on the TORs (not just repeating the TORs) focusing on likely processes and potential challenges.
- If more than one person will be involved, clear definition of roles.
- Budget including proposed number of days, daily rate and, if more than one consultant, the number of days allocated to each consultant.
- A CV (max two sides) for each person to be involved
If you have any questions about your application, please contact Julie.Lawson-McDowall@calpnetwork.org .
See below TORs for all details and information