Name: External Evaluation of IRC-UK’s Sida-funded Humanitarian Framework Agreement “Saving Lives, Protecting Rights and Rebuilding Communities”
Year: 2012
Client: International Refugee Council
Country: Zimbabwe
Background: The Humanitarian Framework Agreement (HFA) covers the years 2011-2012, with  the following objectives:

  1. To meet the humanitarian needs of people in some of the world’s worst and most forgotten crises through a range of innovative interventions,
  2. To empower vulnerable communities to lead their own recovery, while building the capacity of local organisations and authorities to deliver essential services,
  3. To expand IRC’s capacity to respond in the immediate onset of emergencies and

iv.        To build the evidence of humanitarian best practice through impact evaluations and disseminate lessons learned within the wider humanitarian community.

The HFA, effective from 01 February 2011, covers seven projects. From the seven projects in the overall Programme and RRM-funded projects, IRC-UK and Sida have selected three projects that are the subject of the evaluation:

  1. Strengthening Capacity of Smallholders in Eastern Zimbabwe to Re-enter the Agricultural Economy and Improve Household Food Security
  2. Building Community Resilience to Disaster Risk through Community Driven WASH and Livelihoods Projects in Myanmar

iii.        Supporting the Health of Refugee Women and Girls in South Sudan (funded via the Rapid Response Mechanism funding window)

Objectives: The specific objectives of this evaluation are:

To assess and report on the obtained and expected results (and analysis of any deviation there from) in relation to the Results Assessment Frameworks (RAF’s1) for the three selected projects, based on the preselected OECD evaluation criteria of effectiveness, relevance and appropriateness, efficiency, impact, sustainability, coverage, connectedness and proportionality (see Section 4 for more details)

To compare findings from across the three projects to identify overall lessons learned good practice and recommendations to contribute to future decision-making and investments.

Activities: To achieve the objectives of the evaluation and address the evaluation questions, the team will use data collection tools that will generate a mix of qualitative and quantitative data. Specifically, the team will use the following:

Desk-based document review

Semi-structured interviews

Focus group discussions

Case studies

Direct observation

Special Recognition