National Consultant – End-line survey for the resettlement support provided by UNDP in Northern and Eastern provinces of Sri Lanka

United Nations Development Programme (Asia-Pacific Regional Centre)

For Sri Lanakns only.
The political transition in 2015 furthered the popular mandate for peacebuilding and governance reform to advance peace and reconciliation in Sri Lanka. Since then, there has been increased momentum in releasing lands, demilitarizing conflict-affected regions and resettling displaced communities. While this progress is a positive signal for many communities living in conflict-affected regions, as well as for families still living in displacement, the need to ensure durable and sustainable return of IDPs remains more urgent than ever.
In this background, UNDP���������s Support to Durable Resettlement (SDR) project (funded by the British High Commission through its commitment towards the UN Joint Programme for Peace in Sri Lanka) aims to ensure the durable resettlement by providing resettling communities with essential basic services along with access to sustainable livelihood and income generation opportunities, meeting the needs and demands of all concerned parties, especiallyrable groups with the specific objectives as below.
Output 1: Strengthened institutions and local authorities are better able to support resettlement needs and scale up service delivery;
Output 2: Vulnerable resettled communities have increased livelihood opportunities that are durable, disaster and climate change resilient;
Output 3: Community based organizations/producer organizations/civil society and other groups function effectively that also addresses prejudices and negative social norms;
The project phase under consideration was implemented in Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu, Trincomalee and Batticaloa Districts over a two-year period from July 2019 to September 2021.
The main objective of this survey is to assess the end-line values for the results framework of UNDP���������s Support to Durable Resettlement project. This includes the data collection, validation, and interpretation according to the indicators assigned to measure the intended results and to prove whether those are ad.
To establish result progress against indicators assigned in the project���������s results framework using qualitative/quantitative methodologies and appropriate triangulation as stipulated in the meta data sheets. guidance.
Research Methodology
The consultant should propose the methodology to deliver each of the deliverables listed below, including a detailed breakdown of the steps that would be followed to ensure a participatory and effective process. For the end-line survey, a range of innovative methods, including qualitative and quantitative approaches, are expected to be used, from which suitable methods will be customized according to the indicators and meta-data. A list of all anticipated information and input required from UNDP to support the process should be included. The methodology should have gender equality and PWD inclusion in order to maintain no one left behind according to UNDP���������s ethics. Qualitative data will include data on governance issues, participation of differentps in decision making, community level infrastructure and services. As regard to quantitative data, the assessment will employ a comprehensive approach of data collection with a clear sampling methodology in all the target locations. Key data to be collected using household questionnaires include household demographics, household participation (non-participation) in the program.
Study Population and Sampling Frame
The total study population will comprise 700 programme beneficiaries from the operational districts and key informants at the community, district, and institutional level.
Sample technique and Sample Size Calculation
For qualitative survey, a purposive sampling technique will be used to sample direct beneficiaries, community members, government stakeholders, and strategic partners for key informants and focus group discussion. The sample size for qualitative group will governed by the golden rule of data saturation. For quantitative survey, a random sampling technique will be used to sample direct beneficiaries (and nonbeneficiaries). The qualitative and quantitative survey sampling should be guided by the meta data developed for the indicators specifically assigned to the resettlement component. The questionnaire should be approved by UNDP and filled.
Duties and Responsibilities
Expected Outputs/Deliverables & Milestones
1. An inception report outlining the workplan, methodology and timelines;
The National consultant should develop a comprehensive inception report, which should include the workplan, timeline and methodology proposed and sampling for the end-line survey data collection and analysis.
2. A draft of final report and a presentation of the preliminary findings for the validation of the report by the UNDP;
The Consultant should prepare and submit a draft final report that is analysing and interpreting the projection of data for the indicators and how the values are determining the results achieved. The report should include the updated results framework of the project with current values for the indicators against the set target and to be explained if there are any variances. The consultant also should conduct a presentation of the preliminary findings to UNDP following the submission of the draft final report.
3. A final report that includes the updated results framework;
The final report that has incorporated the inputs/ feedbacks and comments provided by UNDP on the draft final report and preliminary findings presentation, should be submitted.
The outline of the Report
The report (no more than 15 pages) should be submitted to UNDP in the format indicated below. It is preferable to illustrate the results by appropriate graphs, visuals, tables and/or a dashboard with an accompanied explanatory text. The report should consist of:
a) Executive Summary in bullets (max. 2 pages);
b) Introduction;
c) Methodology, including sampling and limitations;
d) Analysis and findings of the survey. The analysis should be done according to the objectives including an implementation strategy for the recommendations. The analysis should be also guided by the concept of Gender Equality and PWD inclusion;
e) Address concerns, lessons learned, limitations faced etc.;
f) Stories of change and quotes from respondents;
g) Conclusions with recommendations;
h) Annexes;
Updated project results framework with the current values of the indicators; Relevant maps and photographs of the evaluation areas where necessary; Bibliography of consulted secondary sources; Finalized data collection tools; List of interviewees with accompanying informed consent forms;
The envisaged time frame of the consultancy is 20 days (over a period of 02 Months) starting from 07 February 2022.
UNDP as a commissioning party will inform the relevant sources on this end line survey to facilitate the consultant to reach the beneficiaries and KIIs. Consultant will have the communications directly with the Field Monitoring and Evaluation Associate ��������� SDR on a regular basis while submitting the outcomes of the survey to nitoring, Evaluation and Knowledge Management Specialist ��������� Inclusive Governance for final approval.
The consultant is expected to hire Data Enumerators as necessary, at least 2 to cover North and East separately for data collection. The team of Data Enumerators should be language and diversity sensitive and confirmed with gender balance. The Data Enumerators should possess adequate qualifications in terms of data collection and analysis.
The prospective consultants should, as a minimum, have the following functional and technical Competencies:
a. Technical competencies;
Strong analytical skills, and an ability to distill key messages; Ability to use both quantitative as well as qualitative data/information collection; tools and use in innovative ways; Strategic planning and management; Excellent writing skills and Effective report writing;
Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality, and age sensitivity and adaptability; Treats all people fairly without favouritism;
b. rships;
Good team player who has ability to maintain good relationships; Provides constructive and helpful inputs and feedback to the overall process; Demonstrated ability to engage with government and non-government actors at the highest levels;
c. Results
Proven delivery of high-quality results, in a timely manner; Ability to plan own work and use time efficiently, manage conflicting priorities and work under pressure of tight and conflicting deadlines;
Required Skills and Experience
National Lead Consultant:
1. Academic Qualifications;
At least a master���������s degree in data management, M&E, Social Sciences or Statistics, etc
2. Experience;
At least five years (05) professional experience in conducting end-line surveys and assessments that includes quantitative and qualitative research, data base management and statistical data analysis in livelihood or equivalent in North & East part of Sri Lanka (Please include at least 2 endorsements of the completion of such surveys); Demonstrated experience with qutive and qualitative research, data base management and statistical data analysis; Ability to see the big picture and make practical recommendations for delivery and improvements on the ground; Proven record of communicating with beneficiaries; Prior working experience on decentralization issues is an added advantage; Demonstrated experience in working with communities, government partners and other stakeholders in Resettlement Livelihood development programs; Experience in research, management and programming-related work; Adequate team composition of data enumerators that follows the gender parity (Submit CVs of team members);
Excellent written English and Tamil language skills; Tri-lingual would be a great asset.

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