Terms of Reference - Evaluation of Pathfinder Pilot Project - Kakuma Refugee Camp and Nairobi
Position: Endline Evaluation Pathfinder Project Consultant
Reports to: Professional and Post-Secondary Education Specialist and Country Programs Officer
Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is an international organization with a mission to accompany, serve and advocate on behalf of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons, that they may heal, learn and determine their own future. It is non-profit church-based organization with over 40 years of global experience in various humanitarian emergency and relief operations worldwide and is currently reaching out to over 1 million displaced people in 57 countries. JRS Kenya works in Nairobi with urban refugees and in Kakuma with camp-based refugees. The nature of services JRS provides includes education, livelihoods, protection, mental health and psychosocial support and social assistance.
JRS-Pathfinder is an evolutionary development of JRS’s work in tertiary education. It unites the traditionally distinct sectors of education and livelihoods, creating a bridge from professional and vocational training to jobs, business, and community involvement. This is in keeping with the directions and priorities of the JRS Strategic Framework 2019-2023 which states the aim to enable refugees to access employment or business through Market-informed post-secondary education, training, and mentoring.
Various organizations in Kakuma refugee camp, including JRS, have historically provided skills training, micro-lending, and start-up support for new businesses. The success of these initiatives was limited by inadequate attention given to addressing systematically all the challenges for refugees to gain employment. There was often a misconnect between market needs and training provided, and refugees lacked the networks needed to find a job or sufficiently raise capital to build a business.
In recent years, various educational institutions, and NGOs, again including JRS, introduced university-level studies, either in the form of providing scholarships to local or international institutions or through courses offered in situ online. These are limited in application to those refugees who have successfully completed secondary school. While this sector continues to grow, there remains a need for approaches thatcombinegreater inclusion, quality training, and more explicit links to realistic employment opportunities in Kakuma and surrounds. JRS-Pathfinder was created to answer this need.
The pilot began with a market assessment in November 2019, however the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic delayed implementation so that the original eighteen-month pilot concluded only in May 2022.
The goal of the project was “strengthened and more resilient refugee and host communities because of education, skills training, and guidance that lead to employment or entrepreneurial activities.”
Course streams offered were as follows:
There were 287 students accepted into the project throughout the two and a half years. Inception and tracer studies were conducted which demonstrated take up in employment and business as a result of the project leading to increased income levels, food security and well-being, however these need further verification.
In the words of the Pathfinder concept paper, the project, “acknowledges that the greatest resource in refugee situations are the refugees themselves, specifically their skills, experience, and desire to live beyond the dependence and destitution resulting from the flight experience (Jacobsen, 2005).
Pathfinder Kenya pilot-
1 January 2020 – 31 December 2022
End of Project Evaluation
Evaluation Start and End dates
20 February – 30 May 2023
Anticipated Evaluation Report Release Date
The purpose of the evaluation is to establish and document the impact and effectiveness of project interventions. The evaluation is expected to provide data on the design, performance, impact, and sustainability of the project interventions. The findings and recommendations will contribute to a learning process which enables JRS to improve the quality of service to refugees. The process will assess the extent to which outcomes of the project have been achieved, and interrogate the causes behind non achievement identify strengths and make recommendations based on these findings.
The main objective of the project evaluation is to present findings and impact of the project activities/interventions of the target beneficiaries as per the indicators of the project objectives and expected results specified in the project document and the project’s results framework.
The specific objectives of the evaluation are:
The methodology for this study is envisaged to include both direct and indirect data collection, analysis, cross-referencing, and formulating recommendations thematically and as area/site-specific. This evaluation requires a mixed method approach that allows methodological triangulation to increase the validity and credibility of data. Participatory methods shall be used to collect both qualitative and quantitative data.
The roles and responsibilities of the consultant include:
JRS Roles & Responsibilities
Candidates must forward the following documentation no later than 23rd February, 2023. Proposals should include the following:
Enquiries regarding the expression of interest/proposal process may be directed to Fr, David Holdcroft, the Professional and Post-Secondary Education Specialist at JRS International Office: firstname.lastname@example.org, copying Elizabeth Akello in the Kenya office email@example.com
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