Housing access for inhabitants of Dire Dawa - Mercy Corps, Dire Dawa

Closing date:  06 Feb 2012

Applications for this consultancy are due: December 16th, 2011

Programme Title: Recognising and implementing housing access for low-income inhabitants of Dire Dawa (RIHAL)

Location: Dire Dawa, Ethiopia

Funded by: DFID/UKAID (Civil Society Challenge Fund CSCF)

Implementation: 1st July 2008- 31st December 2011

Time period for evaluation: Around 10 days ASAP

Purpose of the Evaluation / overview

This will be a final evaluation of Mercy Corp DFID/UKAID funded Recognising and implementing housing access for low-income inhabitants of Dire Dawa (RIHAL) project. The purpose of this evaluation is to undertake objective analysis of the achievements of the project through assessing the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact, and sustainability of the project so that it can serve as a lesson learnt exercise for Mercy Corps and Admas staff and key stakeholders. In addition, the evaluation should evaluate how the programme design and objectives were consistent and relevant with target groups’ requirements, country needs, and the strategic objectives of Mercy Corps Ethiopia. The consultant/s will also document lessons learned, best-practices, and success stories of the project so as to inform on-going projects and future interventions. The evaluation should be participatory to maximize the learning opportunities of Mercy Corps staff in the review of program achievements, monitoring, logistics and approaches. Evaluation recommendations should be focused and relevant for follow on programming. 

Key areas for the evaluation to address:
  • Relevance: Details of the project’s significance with respect to specific needs and its relevance to country poverty reduction priorities
  • Equity: Discussion of social differentiation (e.g. by gender, ethnicity, socio-economic group, disability, etc) and the extent to which the project had a positive impact on the more disadvantaged groups.
  • Efficiency: How far funding, personnel, regulatory, administrative, time, other resources and procedures contributed to or hindered the achievement of results.
  • Effectiveness: Assessment of how far the intended outputs and results were achieved in relation to targets set in the original logical framework.
  • Impact: Details of the broader economic, social, and political consequences of the project and how it contributed to the overall objectives of the CSCF.
  • Sustainability: Potential for the continuation of the impact achieved and of the delivery mechanisms, following the withdrawal of external support
  • Replicability: How replicable is the process that introduced the changes/had impact? Refer especially to innovative aspects which are replicable.
  • Lessons Learned: Key lessons learned throughout the period of the project, which can be utilised to guide future strategies, projects or agencies working in development. It is useful to divide these into project, sector and broader developmental lessons.
  • Information, Dissemination and Networking: Detail the mechanisms used for dissemination to outside project stakeholders.
  • Recommendations: Recommendations for improvements based on observations during the evaluation process (e.g. for sustainability, future project design and management)


  • Fluency in English and excellent writing skills
  • Technical knowledge
  • Minimum of 8 years previous M&E experience
  • Previous experience working in Ethiopia
  • Previous experience of DFID/UKAID programming
  • Previous experience of livelihoods programming
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Facilitation skills

Mercy Corps is an AA/EOE.
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