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Consultant evaluation of the itombwe and Virunga conservation programmes

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13 October 2017

1.  Executive Summary Project 
See attached project proposals. 
2.  Background of WWF involvement 
WWF-Netherlands  has  supported  the  Virunga  project  since  FY04  and  the  Itombwe  project  since 
FY10. For FY 16-FY 18, WWF NL invested 900 000 Euros for supporting the two projects in Virunga 
and in Itombwe 
3.  WWF’s Objectives and Strategies  
See attached projects proposals. 
4.  Context of the Evaluation   
The three years phase of the WWF NL funded project in the two localities of Virunga and Itombwe 
will be completed in June 18 after implementation on the ground.  
Both projects have a focus on great apes and were funded through the WWF-NL African great Apes 
program. For WWF NL, any contract above 500 000 Euros has to be evaluated. The evaluation has to 
be done externally based on the objectives, activities and achievement  
The  current  external  evaluation  will  be  carried  out  by  individual/  cabinet  (local,  regional  or 
international)  free  of  the  control  of  those  responsible  for  the  design  and  implementation  of  the 
development intervention.  
5.  Aims of the Evaluation  
The  aim  of  the  evaluation  is  to  determine  the  relevance  and  fulfilment  pf  objectives  development 
efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability. In general this external evaluation should have two main 
1.  A stock-taking and evaluation of what has been achieved in the program thus far (analysing  
data over time); and 
2.  The  drafting  of  recommendations  for  the  likely  continuation  of  the  program  according  the 
achievement of the program objectives, and the necessity for continuing or not. 
    6. Evaluation of activities conducted during FY 16-FY 18  
The external evaluation should adhere to the following criteria:  
a) Relevance: 
  Analysing  if  the  objectives  of  the  intervention  are  consistent  with  the  global  priority  and 
partners’ and donor’s’ policies 
  Appropriateness  of  the  project  given  the  challenges  and  changed  circumstances.  Specific 
attention will be given to the challenges confronting the governmental administrations legally 
responsible for the sustainable management of natural resources in the program area. 
  Appropriateness  of  the  project  with  respect  to  the  halting  of  unsustainable  harvesting  of 
natural resources in the program area. 
  Appropriateness  of  the  project  with  respect  to  other  initiatives  and  stakeholders  pursuing 
similar goals.  
b) Efficiency: 
  Measuring how the inputs (funds, expertise, time ) are converted into results;  
  Appropriateness of the resources (both material and human) used for the programme ; 
  An analysis of the results achieved in relation to the duration of the project. 
  An analysis of the efforts made by WWF DRC with supports of WWF NOs for developing a 
joint programmatic approach with overall program proposal. 
c) Effectiveness: 
  Analysing the extent to which the conservation interventions’ objectives were achieved 
  The project’s contribution to the national and regional objectives (DRC conservation strategy, 
Green Heart of Africa); 
  The degree to which the project’s intended beneficiaries feel that the project has achieved its 
objectives (beneficiaries include: Government entities such as …, ICCN, Local communities, 
Local NGOs (…), as well as private sector s).  
  Evaluate/measure of the merit or worth of the activities.  
  Quality of the monitoring of the project monitoring during implementation. 
d) Impact: 
  Analysis of the project’s contribution to the achievement of national objectives; 
  Analysis of the project’s perceived impact (positive and negative)  on the capacity of local 
administrations (ICCN, Ministry of Environment, …) to engage in sustainable management of 
  Analysis of the project’s impact on the involvement of local communities/populations in the 
sustainable management of natural resources; 
  Analysis  of  primary  and  secondary  long  term  effects  produced  by  the  implementation  of 
activities ( directly or indirectly, intended or unintended);   
e) Sustainability: 
  Analysing the probability of the continuation of benefits   from the intervention development ( 
for short, medium or long term) 
  Evaluate the extent to which an activity can be maintained at a steady level  
  Analyse  the  methods  used  by  the  technical  teams  as  key  leveraging  leading  to  long-term 
sustainable management of the ecosystems in the Program area 
  Evaluate the evidence commitment of other stakeholders (ICCN, government administrations, 
local authorities, communities etc….) for the long-term management of the natural resources. 
7. Qualification and Planning  
7.1. Qualifications of the consultant 
The  consultant  should  be  bilingual  (English/French)  for  being  able  to  interact  directly  with  key 
partners to be interviewed.  The consultant has to have extensive experience in Africa and have skills 
related to what are required in this ToR. The familiarity with all of the issues surrounding wildlife 
conservation and management of Protected Areas in Africa in general and in DRC particularly, is also 
an advantage. 
7.2. Proposed Evaluation timeline 
The evaluation is expected to start in at least end of October 17 (early November 17). The duration of 
evaluation is estimated for 17 days: 
  The first 12 days itinerary for the evaluator to visit key project sites as well as to conduct in-
depth discussions with the project managers, field staff, partners and stakeholders; 
  The 05 days for preparation and finalization of the reports 
The  period  for  running the  external  evaluation  will be: between  23  October 2017  to  20  November 
7.3. Preparation and organisation of the evaluation 
The following should be required pre-reading material for the selected evaluator: 
  Project proposals FY16-FY18; 
  Technical and Financial reports for FY16 to FY18; 
  Various reports available and related on the two sites (Virunga and Itombwe)  
The evaluator will conduct a preparatory briefing meeting with relevant WWF staff from participating 
NOs (WWF NL) charged with overseeing the East DRC projects prior to his/her site visit in DRC.  
At  the  end  of  the  site-visit,  feedback  meetings  in  Goma  and  Bukavu  will  bring  together  personnel 
responsible for implementation and monitoring of the project. A debriefing call with WWF staff from 
participating Nos (WWF NL) will be scheduled following the site visit. A first draft of the evaluation 
report should be submitted no longer than two weeks following the site visit. 
8.  Expected Outcomes 
The principal expected outcome of the external evaluation is a report that will rate the achievement of 
the  project’s  objectives  in  accordance  with  the  criteria  and  methodology  outlined  above  as  well  as 
recommendations and a prioritisation setting for eventually ending the project or writing new project 
and  program  proposals.    The  report  will  be  presented  in  English  and  French.  It  will  include  an executive summary of maximum 4 pages in length as well as a matrix including a synthesis of key 
observations and recommendations. 
9.  Financial Terms  
The costs of an international flight will be covered by the project (if the selected cabinet/evaluator is 
from abroad).  All domestic travel within DRC will also be arranged and paid for by the project. An 
honorarium and per diem during travel will also be offered, to be specified in the final tender.   
10. Expression of Interest 
All  candidates  and/or  cabinet  interested  in  conducting  this  evaluation  on  a  consultant  basis  should 
submit a detailed technical proposal including: 
  A curriculum vitae detailing his/her  (the cabinet) experience in project evaluation and NGO 
conservation planning and implementation in Africa ; 
  The  proposed  evaluation  methods  (description  of  approach,  suggestions  for  interview 
questions, timeline, etc.) and comments on the Terms of Reference.; 
  A proposed date for the site visit ( in Virunga and in Bukavu ,DRC) ; 
  The length of time the proposal will be valid. 
  A detailed budget proposal that which takes into account the financial conditions specified in 
these ToR and specifies the honorarium and per diem fees as well as any other costs. 
Please send your document to the following e-mails addresses: 
HR WWF Kinshasa: 
HR WWF Goma: 
E-DRC Program Director: 
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