External End Evaluation of P&O project 31 August 2020 – 30 of Sep 2020

Strengthening of P&O Services in Underserved Areas of Afghanistan (P&O)

Started in January 25th, 2016 ended in 31st of Jan 2020



  1. General information

1.1  About Handicap International


Handicap International (HI) is an independent and impartial aid organization working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. We work alongside people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, taking action and bearing witness in order to respond to their essential needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights.


HI, founded in 1982 and co-recipient of the Nobel Peace prize in 1997, has programs in 60 countries and acts in both emergency and development situations. HI is a not-for-profit organization with no religious or political affiliation. It operates as a federation made up of a network of national associations (USA, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland and United Kingdom), and provides human and financial resources, manage its projects and implement its actions and social mission.


1.2. About Handicap International in the country/region


Handicap International has been present in Afghanistan since 1996. Its work initially centered on mine action, particularly in the South and West regions, and physical rehabilitation via an orthopedic-fitting and rehabilitation centre in Kandahar. It has since expanded the scope of its work to include support to disabled people’s organizations and survivor organizations, as well as the economic and social inclusion of people with disabilities.


From the beginning, Handicap International has supported local stakeholders to promote the rights of people with disabilities including CW/IED (Conventional Weapons/Improvised Explosive Devices) survivors. Handicap International has improved service delivery and provided capacity-building for local actors, and has recently been involved in supporting the government of Afghanistan in developing human resources for health, is particular in the physiotherapy (PT) and Prosthetic and Orthotic (P&O) fields.

Handicap International in Afghanistan currently operates projects both through local partners and directly in four locations, three bases (Kandahar, Heart and Kunduz) and Kabul main office. We do physical and functional rehabilitation, Psychosocial Support Services (PSS), Prosthetic & Orthotic, Mine Risk Education and social and economic inclusion through livelihood activities. Using mobile team will allow us reaching the IDPs, returnees and the host communities.



  1. Project’s description


Project title: Strengthening of P&O Services in Underserved Areas of Afghanistan


Implementation date : January 25th 2016 – 31st of Jan 2020 (including NCE for 12 months)

Location/Intervention zones Afghanistan


Operational partners: Handicap International (lead organization) and Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) co-partner


Target groups: 39 trained P&O students (40% female) / Ghazanfar Institute of Health Sciences


Project budget: 2,000,000 Euros



Overall objective of project: Improve the coverage, availability and quality of public health services provided by the Government of Afghanistan


Expected results and indicators:


ER1. Skilled Afghan workforce in P&O sector is increased.


1.1       At least 40% of the students enrolled in the P&O training are women including women with disabilities.


1.2       By the end of the project, 30 students have successfully completed P&O CAT II course


ER2. Wazir Akbar Khan orthopaedic centre’s technical capabilities to deliver quality P&O services are upgraded


2.1       WAK orthopedic center’s infrastructure and equipment have improved significantly by the end of the project


2.2       By the end of the project, increase in the number of people availing P&O services by 30% when compared with the visits prior to the project


ER3. Multi-sectorial collaboration for effective inclusion of integrated rehabilitation services within EPHS is fostered


3.1 By the end of the project, integrated rehabilitation units are set up in 2 provincial hospitals


3.2 By the end of the project, MoPH and other relevant stakeholders understand the importance of integrated rehabilitation services in public health facilities


Main activities implemented:


Expected Results 1


A1.1 Training of Trainers, exposure visit, coaching mechanism to upgrade the capacities of national P&O teachers;


A1.2 Set up 2 P&O Training Centres in Herat & Takhar;


A1.3 Training of 30 students for CAT II P&O National Diploma


Expected Result 2


A2.1 Renovation and repair of existing infrastructure;


A2.2 Provision of new orthopaedic equipment and repairment of existing one;


A2.3 Technical supervision and guidance to Wazir Akbar Khan (WAK) on use of the new/repaired equipment


Expected Result 3


A3.1 Exposure visit for MoPH staff to P&O services in other country;


A3.2 Sensitization workshops on integrated rehabilitation services for 2 provincial hospital management in preparation of the hand-over of training centre equipment;


A3.3 Pan-national physical rehabilitation workshop;


A3.4 Handover equipment to 2 provincial hospitals



  1. Evaluation objectives and criteria


  • Overall objectives and expectations for the evaluation


The objective of the evaluation is to provide Consortium with the following information:

  • The project’s experience, lessons learnt and good practices are recorded, analyzed, and capitalized upon that can be used for modeling other projects.
  • To evaluate the outcome of the project against project indicators.
  • To evaluate the project against the set of project quality criteria defined in the table below
  • Provide recommendations for a possible further phase of the project


  • Evaluation criteria



Criteria: Relevance


Sub-criteria 1: Needs identification


Questions related to Sub-criteria 1:


  • Are the population’ problems and needs clearly identified?
  • To what extent the project addressed the needs identified?
  • To what extent project staff and partners consider gender and disability issues?


Sub-criteria 2: Coherence with local context, consortium (HI and SCA) strategies and approaches


Questions related to Sub-criteria 2:


  • Is the project consistent with relevant Afghanistan policies, HI and SCA policies, strategies and approaches


Criteria 2: Effectiveness


Sub-criteria 1: Achievement of objectives and results


Questions related to SC 1:


  • To what extent do the results contribute to meet the objectives of the project
  • How the different outputs interconnected to achieve the outcomes?


Sub-criteria 2: Consideration of, and adaptation of the strategy to, context constraints and changes


Questions related to SC 2:


  • Are the constraints identified and monitored?
  • Is the project appropriately adapted to context constraints and changes?
  • To what extent did the project adapt to the evolving context (e.g. logistical and security )


Criteria 3: Efficiency


Sub-criteria 1: Resource utilization in the project


Questions related to SC 1:


  • How well inputs/means have been converted into activities, in terms of quality, quantity and time, and the quality of the results achieved?
  • Did the project mobilize the right resources human, financial, logistical, technical to achieve results?



Sub-criteria 2: Resource sharing


Questions related to SC 2:


  • Are different forms of interactions, synergies and resources sharing considered and implemented?
  • Are responsibilities and roles divided between HI and SCA in the best possible way?


Criteria 4: Sustainability


Sub-criteria 1: Anticipation


Questions related to SC 1:


  • To what extent did the project have inbuilt post- project strategy adapted to the context.


Sub-criteria 2: Continuity


Question related to SC2:

  • Has the project transferred the know-how to other stakeholders in a position to continue its gains?
  • Assess whether the positive outcomes are likely to continue after the project.



Criteria 5: Accountability


Sub-criteria 1: Non-discrimination and participation


Questions related to SC 1:


  • Awareness of the project team and partner about the notion of accountability and what mechanism were put in place to allow feedback of stakeholders and beneficiaries?
  • To what extent do the stakeholders (including beneficiaries) are clearly and impartially informed about the results and performance of the project?
  • To what extent the beneficiaries and local stakeholders are involved in decision making process and informed about the project results?



Sub-criteria 2: Availability


Question related to SC 2:


  • To what extent is the project data and information conserved, classified and protected and is accessible for who need it to inform project cycle or future programming


  1. Evaluation methodology (1 page maximum)


Evaluation methodology shall be presented and detailed in the technical offer. It shall include (not exclusive of other information) at least the following items:


  • Desk review (proposal, amendments, reports, Result Oriented Monitoring (ROM) evaluation report etc.)
  • Interviews with all the key stakeholders and informants (project team and partners, local / national authorities).
  • Focus group discussion / individual interviews with the beneficiaries
  • Field visit to Kabul, Takhar and Bamyan provinces
  • The consultant will present a detailed description of sampling strategy, data collection instruments and procedures, sources of information and procedure of data analysis.
  • On arrival the consultant will meet the Consortium Coordinator and P&O focal point from SCA to finalize the methodology and sampling strategy.
  • The consultant will meet the key people of the P&O project in Kabul (HI and SCA) office, the Disability and Rehabilitation Department of Ministry of Public Health, visit the P&O centre of Bamyan province.
  • Meet people with disabilities at field level and other stakeholders to understand the needs and effectiveness current approach to P&O (both community and institution based). The feedback of service users and government officials should be given utmost importance along with feedback of P&O students and P&O trainers.
  • The consultant will suggest the strength and weakness in the current project phase to P&O and recommend for appropriate adaptation needed in the next project phase


Overall participatory approach to planning and assessment will be used throughout where concerned right holders, duty bearers and other stakeholders will have active involvement from the design of the assessment to the final report and training of the staffs.

However, it is expected that the consultant will send a proposal along with clear methodology and an activity plan which will be finalized in consultation with key management and technical staffs of the P&O project team and MEAL unit.



  1. Expected deliverables and Proposed Schedule


  • Deliverables


  1. Debriefing workshop

At the end of the field mission the consultant organized a debriefing workshop for HI and SCA staff and MoPH from the field, the consultant will organize a workshop, during which the major findings will be presented and recommendations will be discussed.


  1. Draft Report

One week after the debriefing workshop the consultant will submit a draft report with the findings and recommendations (max. 25 pages, excluding annexes (figures, tables and annexes).


  1. Final report

After comments from stakeholders on the draft report, a final report will be produced.

Final report will include the following sections:

  • An executive summary (5 pages max)
  • Desk review analysis
  • Summary of the project activities, outputs and indicators achieved.
  • Analysis of key factors and elements contributing to relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and accountability (the defined evaluation criteria) of the activities carried out.
  • Presentation of the conditions and factors impeding (the defined evaluation criteria) of the activities carried out.
  • Set of recommendations and conclusion on lessons learned from the project
  • A PowerPoint presenting the main findings and recommendations, that can be further used by consortium program’s team for any purpose (communication with stakeholders, advocacy etc.)



  • Key activities and proposed schedule

Schedule: Total number of days: 17 days includes number of assignment days in Afghanistan (total assignment days, and total payable days) and excluding weekend. The assignment will start from 31st of August, 2020 and go until 30th of Sept, 2020.


Key activities: Field visits to Kabul Takhar and Bamyan provinces. After the debriefing workshop in Kabul, the consultant will go on field trips to Takhar & Bamyan provinces and perform:

  • Physical check infrastructure and equipment of P&O workshop in Bamyan and in Kabul Wazir Akbar Khan orthopedic center.
  • Assessment of project results
  • Record the recommendations of local staff, beneficiaries and stakeholders of project
  • The consultants will perform interviews with relevant stakeholders (DRP/MoPH, PPHD, EU, HI, SCA, DPOs, ANSOP and ICRC etc.)




Timing / Activity / Who is involved / functions in support

1 day   / Review of documents / Consultant

1 day / Trip to Kabul / Consultant

1 day / Security briefing and meeting with project team / Consultant /  HI logistic, Security officer and CC.

0.5 day            / Finalizing the evaluation design: detailed work plan of action, schedule and methodology for the Evaluation / Consultant / HI and partner key staff

8 days / Field visits to Kabul, Takhar and Bamyan provinces for data collection, physical observation of set up / Consultant

1 day / Debriefing workshop on presenting major findings and recommendations / Consultants / HI and partner key staff, representative from EU and MoPH

3 days / Draft report of the evaluation / Consultant

1.5 days / Final report of the evaluation / Consultant


  1. Resources  


  • Budget allocated to the evaluation

The maximum available budget for this consultancy is 10.500 €, including consultant’s fees and international travel costs.


Accommodation will be offered to international consultants in HI Guest house only in Kabul (excluding food).


Transportation and accommodation in Bamyan and Takhar provinces where HI quest house is not available will be covered by HI budget.



6.2 Resources available to the evaluation team (data, document, etc.)

In addition, the evaluator/s will have access to the following information:

  • Agreement and pre-Agreement documents.
  • Project proposal and strategies documents, work plan, ROM-evaluation report, existing tools and materials will be provided in advance for understanding programme and context.
  • Minutes of the meetings and other events relevant to the project implementation
  • Project quarterly review reports.
  • Interim/final Reports.
  • Visibility material.
  • Other documents produced during the implementation of the project.


  1. Profile of the consultant


One international consultant (expert at least in one of these fields: public health/disability/ education / Prosthesis and Orthotic). This person will perform field trips following HI security policy to approved provinces only.


Profile of the consultant:

  • Master’s degree in public policies, international development aid, education, physical rehabilitation, Prosthesis and Orthotic or a related field required.
  • Minimum of five years’ experience in development project’s evaluation, if possible in Afghanistan.
  • Minimum of five years of prior project management experience required.
  • Experience in curriculum development, support to public policies development and implementation, implementation of vocational trainings / higher education
  • Good knowledge of grants under EU contracts appreciated.
  • Experience working in Afghanistan is highly desirable.
  • Written and spoken English is a prerequisite. Spoken Dari is an asset.


  1. Application


  1. Technical offer (5 pages max) shall include:
  • Understanding of the project’s context and evaluation objectives
  • Composition of the team and modalities of work
  • Presentation of the methodology
  • Draft work plan and suggested timetable


  1. Financial offer shall include:

Budget breakdown.

  • The budget will include daily fees, international travel package (flight tickets and visa)


Per Diem are not applicable as per HI policies for external consultancies.

Consultants will be accommodated in HI Guest house in Kabul and in other authorized and safe locations in the provinces.

HI will ensure the security framework during the consultant’s stay in country.


  1. Professional profile of the consultant (CV of consultant)

The applicants shall send their technical and financial offer before Monday, July 20th 2020+ 12:30am (GMT+2) to:



Decision will be shared on 30/07/2020 only to the selected applicant. The evaluation is planned to take place from 01/09/2020.


For any information about this call for tender, please contact Terhi Teiskonlahti, Operations Coordinator: t.teiskonlahti@hi.org




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