Afghanistan: Evaluation of Community Governance and Rural Livelihood Project ( CGLP)

Organization: Swedish Committee for Afghanistan
Country: Afghanistan
Closing date: 31 Mar 2016

1. Background

1.1 Swedish Committee for Afghanistan:

SCA has been working in Afghanistan since 1982 and is presently managing development programmes in four sectors – Health, Education, Disability and Rural Development with a total annual budget of roughly USD 40 million. The total number of staff in Afghanistan is more than 5,000 of whom 15 are non-Afghans. The SCA presence in Afghanistan consists of the Kabul Management Office (KMO), five Regional Offices and two Liaison Offices. In Sweden SCA has 20 staff working at the Stockholm Management Office (SMO) and around 4 000 members organized in local chapters all over the country.

In the last 10 years SCA has undertaken a change process moving from a primarily humanitarian service delivery approach towards more of a developmental role, putting increasing emphasis on capacity development, rights-based programming and outcome orientation. The mission of SCA is to empower individuals, communities and local organizations, primarily in rural areas and with particular focus on women, girls, boys and vulnerable groups such as people with disabilities, so that they may participate fully in society and influence their own development.

1.2 Project Background

The Community Governance and Livelihood Project (CGLP) supports SCA’s target groups to strengthen their governance role as well as to improve quality of their lives.

CGLP as a successor project restructured with the lessons learned from previous projects and with significant modifications added to it. This means that CGLP is working with CDCs on; (1) capacity development and empowerment to strengthen their governance role, (2) introduction of livelihood package for the economic development of the communities. This project as well aimed to work with the duty bearers/ in the form of “the local authorities”. These duty bearers are provided with opportunities for capacity development in order to: (1) respond to the community demands (2) Provide opportunities to people in order to advocate for their rights. (3) Provide services and opportunities to promote livelihoods in rural areas that may ultimately improve the living standards and diversify the income sources for target groups of a given community; (4) generate sustainable income sources; and (5) empower target groups in decision making processes of their daily lives.

SCA’s Strategic Objective 3 states that: Women, Persons with disabilities and vulnerable rural households are making a secure means of living that provides resilience against shocks and emergencies.

The outcomes under this Strategic Objective are that:

  • Adult members of rural communities have strengthened capacities and improved access to resources to diversify their households incomes;
  • Community-based organizations are increasingly promoting rural livelihoods.

Likewise, SCA’s strategic objective-4 (SO-4) states that: ‘Community members are actively engaged in decision making, influencing the development of their communities and are able to hold relevant stakeholders to account”, and the outcomes are as below:

  • Rural communities including women, children, and persons with disabilities, are well represented and increasingly participating in democratic community organizations and in decision making processes;
  • Local authorities are accountable and able to respond to the demands of local communities.

In order to contribute to the above two mentioned strategic objectives, rural development programme designed and introduced the community governance and livelihood project. Practical implementation of CGLP started in the beginning of 2015.

2. Purpose and scope of the Evaluation:

The purpose of this evaluation is to determine the efficiency and effectiveness of the CGLP. The evaluation will assess the extent to which the programme has met it objectives and document lessons learned for future programming.

Specific Objectives of the evaluation:

  • To determine the appropriateness of the approaches and methods used by the programme towards attaining its goals and objectives
  • Assess the relevance of CGLP in light of the new changes in design of NSP.
  • Assess the quality, efficiency and coherence of the operational aspects of the project particularly on input, activities and output levels to see if the project is on the right track and the deliverables are leading us to towards the stated outcomes.
  • To document the major lessons learnt, and go on to make specific recommendations for improving the design of the project.


3. Evaluation Methodology:

This consultancy will adopt both a qualitative and quantitative approach. In preparation for this consultancy and familiarize with the work of the CGLP project, the consultant will undertake a desk review of key strategic documents such as SCA Community Governance and Livelihoods Project proposal, Operation manual, strategy documents, work plan, action plan, annual report, evaluation report of NRP. These documents will be provided by SCA to the consultant.

The consultant will propose a sampling strategy in consultation with SCA for both the qualitative and quantitative data collection. The consultant will develop data collection tools and share with SCA prior to the commencement of fieldwork.

For primary data collection, the consultant will conduct interviews with key staff within the CGLP project both in Kabul and SCA regional offices in Mazar and related project areas (Sholgara District of Balkh Province, Dara-e-Suf and Aybak Districts of Samangan Province). In addition the consultant will conduct semi structured interviews with key a select sample of the beneficiaries of the programmes and stakeholders. Among the key beneficiaries to be interviewed is a representative sample of women, children and people with disabilities. The consultant will be at liberty to decide on conducting FGDs with any of the target groups. To ensure we collect quantitative data on the changes attributable to SCA intervention, the consultant will collect quantitative data among a representative sample of women, children and people with disability on the changes occasioned in their livelihoods through the intervention of the project.

While the above outline provides the minimum of what SCA expects to be done and covered by this evaluation, the consultant will propose additional approaches and strategies for undertaking this evaluation which will be approved by SCA.

The consultant will be expected to submit a draft report to SCA outlining the details about proposed sampling design, data collection tools in addition to what is already proposed by SCA, the methodology to be used and a work plan/schedule for field visits and major deadlines. SCA shall review the inception report and will approve the survey/study design prior to commencement of the evaluation. The inception report together with the draft data collection tools will be reviewed and approved by SCA before the arrival of the consultant to Afghanistan.

Duration of the Consultancy

The consultancy will be hired for 20 working days including travelling within Afghanistan to see the project area and for data collection.

Expected output

  • Inception report: including plan for Evaluation will be received from the consultant before arrival of the Consultant to Afghanistan. For the inception report the consultant will have the key documents need for the inception report through emails, meeting with the key persons responsible should be conducted through Skype. Inception report will cover the details of a draft work plan with a summary of the primary information needs, the methodology to be used and a work plan/schedule for field visits and major deadlines.

  • Presentation of findings: the consultant will conduct a debriefing session at Kabul Management Office (KMO) by highlighting the main findings at the end of the evaluation period.

  • Draft report: The draft evaluation report will be submitted to the RDP before presentation of findings. The feedback on the draft will be given to the consultant within 10-days after receipt of the draft report.

  • Final report: The final report should be submitted by the consultant no later than one week after getting SCA’s feedback on first draft. The report is expected to include an executive summary that highlights: (a) Executive summary (covering the summary of the whole report) (b) the key findings, (c) the lessons learned, Conclusion (c) recommendations (Based on conclusion).

4. Management of the task:

A panel consisting senior management team including Programme Director, Manager/adviser of Monitoring and Evaluation Unit, Rural Development Programme Manager will review the proposal and assign the job. The RDP Manager will take care of the administrative issues of the consultation.. The RDP Manager with the help of RD project manager in Northern regional management office is responsible for all practical arrangements required and any other assistance for conducting field visits and for producing essential documentations.

5. Swedish Committee for Afghanistan’s (SCA) Commitment towards consultant

SCA is contracting agency for the proposed evaluation. SCA through its RDP team based at Kabul Management Office and North Regional Office are implementing actors and main stakeholders in the programme. Therefore, the RDP team will support the evaluation. The major roles and responsibilities of SCA includes

  • To provide relevant project-related information and documents,

  • SCA will provide to and fro flight tickets and other travel costs from the home country of the consultant as well as flights and land transportation within Afghanistan for field visit including accommodation and office space if needed,

  • SCA will provide consultancy fee as per the agreement which may be deposited in the bank account of the consultant

  • If necessary, SCA will provide independent translator (not related to the CGLP) during field trip.

  • SCA will also cover the necessary visa and insurance costs.

  • SCA will provide necessary security updates and guidance during the stay of consultant in Afghanistan

6. Qualifications, Experience and Competencies required for the assignment and application process:

  • A relevant academic qualification with at least a master’s degree.
  • Excellent knowledge of community-driven rural development projects, with specific background, experience, and knowledge, on community governance and livelihood in Afghanistan.
  • Experience in rural development intervention’s evaluation implemented by NGOs preferably within Afghanistan, and particularly, about projects dealing with community development, community mobilization, participation and empowerment.
  • A good understanding of the aspirations and challenges of rural communities in Afghanistan is desirable.
  • Objectivity and ability to operate systematically without supervision.
  • Result-oriented and committed to respect deadlines.
  • Highly proficient in written and spoken English, and preferably a good knowledge of spoken Pashto or Dari for local/Afghan candidates.

How to apply:

  1. Submission of proposals:

Please put forward following documents and email to:

Please subject your email as follows: Your Name CGLP evaluation2016 – for example: Fahim Ehsas_CGLP evaluation2016. Following documents are required to submit.

  • A brief proposal of maximum of 4 pages including CV (detailing her or his qualifications and experience relevant to the assignment, proposed Methodology for evaluation, structure of the final report
  • Three work related references one of them preferably related to the work
  • Financial Proposal, including:
  • Consultant’s daily fee
  • Travel + visa costs to Afghanistan
  • Any other costs associated with the evaluation
  • Afghanistan tax, which is 2% for registered and 7% for nonregistered consultants and firms.
  • Further questions can be sent to Muhammad Akbar Zadran, Rural Development Programme Manager at:

The assignment is subject to a tender procedure. SCA reserves the right not to accept any of the tenders submitted. In addition SCA reserves the right to take references on the proposed candidate.

Tenders shall remain valid for a period of 50 days.

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