Request for the Proposal for the final evaluation of School Mental Health Program (SMHP) 2018-2021, funded by Felm

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The Centre for Mental Health and Counselling-Nepal (CMC-Nepal), is a national non-governmental organization (NGO) established in May 2003 and is dedicated to enhance quality mental health and psychosocial services (MHPSS) in Nepal. It works on prevention, promotion and curative aspect of mental health through various programs in collaboration with the government and non-government agencies, nationally and at local level.

CMC-Nepal, as an NGO working in mental health and psychosocial field, is inviting a proposal from the registered institution or organization to conduct project evaluation of the project called ‘School Mental Health Program 2018-2021’ implemented in Gorkha, Salyan and Kailali in funding support of Felm, Finland.

Project Background:

A prevalence study carried out in Nepal showed 14.78% of the children covered suffered from emotional and behavioral problems to some degree, with manifestation differing according to the age and gender of the child (Mahat, 2007). Despite this high incidence and the likely effects on overall development of affected children, no proper intervention-based research programmes were in place. School Mental Health Programme (SMHP) was initiated to address this gap and support to the Government of Nepal in developing a model of school based psychosocial wellbeing programmes at primary level in the funding support of Felm. CMC-Nepal began implementing the SMHP in 2005 and currently this program is running in 5th phase in Gorkha, Salyan and Kailali. The main aim of the SMHP is to contribute for enhancing the quality learning of school going children and adolescents through the promotion of psychosocial well-being of this population.

The program main concentration is on creating safe and inclusive child friendly learning environment at school.  The program is followed three approaches-based intervention i.e. is promotional intervention, preventive intervention and curative intervention. CMC-Nepal is focusing on classroom based psychosocial promotional activities, parental psycho-education, child club empowerment, adolescent health awareness, regular interaction with School Management Committee/Parent Teacher Association (SMC/PTA) under promotional intervention activities. In preventive intervention the project focus on early identification of children and adolescent having Emotional, Behavioural, learning and developmental problems and providing psychosocial counselling services. For curative intervention mental health and psychosocial service are provided from the government health facilities through capacity building of health workers of referral cases from program implementing schools. In year 2020-2021, COVID response activities i.e. psychological first aid (PFA), tele and face to face counselling, PFA in isolation centres, home isolation and quarantine homes were also included in the project.

Purpose of the Evaluation:

The main purpose of the evaluation is:

  • Assess the efficiency, effectiveness, impact and sustainability of the project and also determine the relevance and fulfillment of objectives, and accumulate information that is credible and useful, enabling to provide lessons and recommendation as to any improvements that should be included in the 2022 to 2025 project proposal.
  • Assesses the effect of covid on project results through analyzing the impact of project intervention before COVID and during COVID pandemic situation.

Focus of the Evaluation

The scope of the assignment includes all the necessary actions required to obtain information that will exhibit the achievements (results and impacts) of the project. The scope of the final evaluation should meet the following requirements:

  • Effectiveness: To which degree did the activities meet the objectives and results set out in the project (as outlined in the result-based matrix 2018-2021)?
  • Relevance: Was the project designed in a way that is relevant to reach its goals?
  • Efficiency: Was the project run in an efficient way?
  • Sustainability: Are the results achieved so far sustainable?
  • Value for money: Has the project achieved its intended objectives at reasonable cost?
  • Internal coherence: Were the result indicators and their means of verification adequate? What possible adjustments would the consultants recommend?
  • Gender mainstreaming: To which extent did the project succeed in including a gender perspective?
  • Impact and spillover: Were there any unforeseen positive/negative effects of the activities and unintended results?
  • Synergies: to which extent were synergies achieved with other activities, as well as with local/international policies and donor policies?
  • Identify lessons learned and provide recommendations

The details ToR is given in the link (Please click here).

The Evaluation Team is expected to:

  • Be composed of a team leader with documented extensive experience on similar evaluations, preference will be given to those who have conducted evaluation of mental health and psychosocial projects.
  • Have sound knowledge of evaluation and data-collection methods
  • Have extensive experience in conducting external evaluations in the context of non-discrimination and human rights, and a proven record delivering professional results
  • Be able to communicate effectively in Nepali and English
  • Have process management skills, such as facilitation skills

Interested organizations meeting the requirements are requested to send their proposal with details of methodology and other requirements (including budget) included in the Terms of Reference to the following address not later than 13th September 2021.

Only short-listed organizations will be invited for an interview. All the rights for selection of organizations are reserved by CMC-Nepal.

Contact details for proposal submission:

Executive Director

CMC-Nepal

PO Box Number 5295

Kathmandu, Nepal

Email: cmcnepal@mos.com.np