Baseline Evaluation


Job Description

  1. Introduction The Syria Resilience Consortium (SRC) was established in 2016 by its six constituent INGO partners – CARE, DRC, Humanity and Inclusion, IRC, NRC, and Mercy Corps - in recognition of a joint responsibility to address needs in conflict-ridden Syria. SRC has a unique long term vision to the Syrian humanitarian crisis, focusing on:
  • Resilient livelihoods in a fluid and complex humanitarian context;
  • Coordination, collaboration and WoS approach through working in a consortium with six significant INGOs
  • Do-No-Harm and Gender, Age and Disability inclusiveness
The conflict has adversely affected the economic and agricultural activities of all Syrians. The overall objective of the SRC project is to strengthen the adaptive capacities and socio-economic well-being of people, civic actors and communities in Syria. The project is aimed specifically at increasing Households’ income, assets and consumption of needed goods and services as well as having communities that are more cohesive, inclusive and equitable. In order to achieve this objective, consortium members will implement activities to deliver the following four immediate outcomes: Immediate Outcome 1: People have safe and equal access to and the appropriate skills for participation in capital, markets, income generation and employment Immediate Outcome 2: People's sense of safety is increased; at home, and in communities Immediate Outcome 3: Opportunities for inclusive decision-making on issues of importance to the community are available Immediate Outcome 4: People are able to psychologically cope with and recover from stress

2. SRC Operational Areas

The baseline assessment should take place in the below Syrian Governorates (exact locations will be provided at later stages): 1 Aleppo 3 Sub-districts in 2 Districts 2 Al-Hasakeh 16 Sub-districts in 6 Districts 3 Ar-Raqqa 7 Sub-districts in 3 Districts 4 Dar'a 4 Sub-districts in 2 Districts 5 Deir Ez-Zor 2 Sub-districts in 1 Districts 6 Hama 5 Sub-districts in 4 Districts 7 Homs 5 Sub-districts in 2 Districts 8 Idlib 2 Sub-districts in 2 Districts 9 Rural Damascus 12 Sub-districts in 5 Districts Total 56 Sub-districts in 27 Districts 3. Purpose and Objectives of the Baseline Assessment The SRC is starting two new awards at the beginning of 2020: A Multi-Donor Fund (MDF) and a European Union (EU) grant. The SRC would like a joint baseline assessment as the two grants use the same programmatic strategy and have overlapping geographic areas. The objectives of this baseline report is to 1. Measure key LogFrame indicators, 2. Analyze key resilience questions and 3. Suggest key methods on how the SRC can measure resilience in Syria in addition to its current LogFrame. The primary purpose of the baseline assessment will measure key LogFrame indicators (for both the MDF and EU Logframes). In addition, the report should provide additional analysis and insight on the current situation in Syria in regards to the SRC Theory of Change (ToC) while following SEEPS MERS (The Minimum Economic Recovery Standards - This ToC details how the SRC will increase the resilience of people and communities in Syria to recover from external shocks and stressors. The SRC believes that resilience can be most effectively promoted by increasing socio-economic well-being and adaptive capacities. SRC programs have the longer-term objectives of the ToC in mind and will strive to offer integrated, longer term, packages that build community resilience, restore functioning markets and promote social cohesion. In addition to measure the list of indicators below, the baseline should examine key resilience questions, such as those listed below, and examine how the SRC can measure household and community resilience within their ToC.
  • How are economics and social shocks different by hub (Central, Northwest, Northeast) and how do coping strategies differ in response?
  • Investigate most common livelihood adaptations by hub and urban vs. rural settings
  • Investigate how households without access to formal education services, or when education services were disrupted, utilize alternative learning strategies
The program’s indicators to be measured are listed below: Indicators Logframe (internal SRC reference) General Indicators EU + MDF
  • Average Food Consumption Score (FCS)
  • Average Reduced Coping Strategy Index Score (rCSI)
  • Average HH Debts
  • Average HH Savings and Assets**
  • Access and utilization of credit**
  • Average household income and expenditure**
  • Diversity of income**
  • Bonding/Bridging/Linking social capital**
  • Access to markets
  • Access to infrastructure
Specific Objective 2: Communities are more cohesive, inclusive and equitable** EU + MDF
  • % of community members who report positive change in perceptions of other identity groups in their community (disaggregated by GAD)
Immediate Outcome 1: People have safe and equal access to and the appropriate skills for participation in capital, markets, income generation and employment** EU + MDF
  • % of targeted businesses adopting one or more changes that contribute to decent work practices, including reducing GAD barriers
Immediate Outcome 2: People's sense of safety is increased; at home, and in communities** MDF Only
  • % of community members who report feeling safer in their communities
Immediate Outcome 3: Opportunities for inclusive decision-making on issues of importance to the community are available** MDF Only
  • % of relevant public and private representatives who are able to identify related barriers and suggest appropriate response strategies for at least one gender and one age and disability related barrier in their community
  • % of community members who report having meaningfully participated in formal or informal decision-making spaces as compared to the start of the project
Output 3.2: Community representatives, including marginalized individuals, identify issues of importance in the community** MDF Only
  • % of community members who agree identified issues are important to them
4. Deliverable (Final report content) Throughout the whole assignment, a weekly progress report shall be shared with the PCU The final report should include the following:
  • Executive Summary (1-2 Pages explaining the context and relevant thematic)
  • Summary: locations and the proposed approach (1 Page)
  • Introduction:
o SRC Introduction, purpose and objective of the baseline, any related research questions, Indicators to be measured (2-3 Pages) o Methodology, Scope and Sampling (3-4 Pages) o Limitations (1-2 pages)
  • Key Findings; (main bulk of data analysis, number of pages depends on data, but reasonably at least 10 pages)
  • Conclusion (current resilience situation, Coping strategies, food security, main needs, social norm, work opportunities, etc.) 4-5 Pages.**
5. Time frame ** Task Estimated # of days First Kickoff meeting 1 Literature review – Secondary data review 5 Reviewing all related indicators 2 Design all relative questions and related tools 7 Detailed plan for data collection 7 Data collection (simultaneously for all related areas) 15 Data analysis – First Report Draft 10 Receive feedback about the report 5 2nd Report Draft 4 Receive feedback about 2nd draft 3 Final Report Submission 2 Presentation of Findings 1 Total estimated working days : 62 6. Composition of the Assessment team (required expertise): The proposed team should have an Arabic Speaking expert. In addition, the below fields of expertise would be preferred:
  • Gender-related experience (gender integration and inclusivity)
  • Resilience Experience
  • Adequate understanding of Syrian context and changing dynamics
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