Harvesting and Most Significant Change Stories
India is a movement of people working to end discrimination
and create a free and just society. We work to ensure that
Adivasis, Dalits, Muslims, and Women & Girls have
violence free lives with freedom to speak their mind, equal
opportunities to realize their rights, and a discrimination
free future. We research to find lasting solutions to end
rising inequalities and exclusion of marginalized
communities from getting decent jobs, quality free
education and healthcare. We campaign with the public to
demand policy changes from governments for creating a just
and inclusive country as envisioned in the Indian
Constitution. We mobilize support to save, protect and
rebuild lives of the poorest of poor affected by crisis and
putting the rights of marginalized at the heart of
everything we do, we work to create a discrimination free
India where everyone lives a life of dignity, free from
injustice and inequality. Over the last year, we have
changed the lives of over one million people in our six
focus states—Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand,
Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Assam. We are also part of the
Oxfam global confederation with affiliates in 20 countries
fighting together build a better
has been in India since 1951. It first came to India to
respond to Bihar famine. In 2008, Oxfam India became an
independent affiliate and an Indian NGO. Oxfam India is an
autonomous Indian organization and has staff and board
members from within India. Oxfam India is a member of the
global confederation of 20 Oxfams across the world.
Government of India has registered Oxfam India as a
non-profit organization under Section 8 of the Indian
Companies Act, 2013 and have a Foreign Contribution
Regulation Act (FCRA) license.
Transboundary Rivers of South Asia (TROSA) is a five-year
(2016-2021) regional programme being jointly implemented by
Oxfam and its partners in Nepal, India, Bangladesh, and
Myanmar to understand and address challenges related to
transboundary rivers, and work together to create
conditions to reduce poverty of communities living in the
Ganga-Brahmaputra-Meghna and the Salween river basins.
Oxfam believes that empowered community having access to
and control over water resources can significantly
contribute to reduce poverty and inequality, and achieve
prosperity. To make it happen, Oxfam is implementing the
TROSA project in collaboration with governments, private
sectors, and civil society networks and alliances at all
levels in those four countries.
context and challenges are so interlinked and interwoven
between the upstream and downstream communities that it
cannot be dealt in isolation and taking river basin
approach is essential for collective action towards
sustainable solutions. In this regard, Oxfam India is
working poorest of the riparian communities in Saralbhanga,
lower Brahmaputra and Sharda River Basins with the
objective of reducing poverty and marginalisation of
vulnerable river basin communities by increasing their
access and control over riverine water resources. The
project aims to achieve following five outcomes:
1: Government policies and practices in water resources
management are more inclusive of community concerns and
meet national and international standards.
2: Practices of private sector respect community access to
water resources actively contributing to reduce conflict.
3: CSOs increasingly participate in or influence
trans-boundary water governance, women inclusion and
resolution of water conflicts.
4.1: Local communities are better able to reduce their
vulnerability to water resource related shock including
from conflict & disasters.
4.2: Local communities have more secure access and control
over their water resources.
5: Increased participation and influence of women in
trans-boundary water governance, policies & processes.
and Scope of Work
objective of this study is to gather evidences of change
and how our interventions have contributed to achieving
this change under the TROSA project. Thus through this ToR
we are seeking agencies/individuals to do Outcome
Harvesting of the existing outcomes under TROSA achieved in
the last four years, and documenting the most significant
change stories (MSCs).
Outcome Harvesting shall focus on the status of work done
since inception, and reflect on the original proposal as
well as the reported outcomes. The consultant/agency is
Synthesize the results of different interventions under the
five outcome statements of the project;
Look into the achievements of the programme over the review
period and formulate a link if any to the
Analyse the outcomes in relation to the objectives as
specified in the results matrix of the intervention;
Substantiate the accuracy of the respective outcome
Illustrate contextual processes, patterns and trends, that
show developments and specific events on the ground;
Assess the nature of the project's future work. This will
lead to a recommendation to the programme management team
on the future of the project.
the Outcome Harvest will specifically look at intended and
unintended outcomes (both positive and negative) of the
testing and the level of contribution of the project to
these outcomes against the outcomes stipulated in the
results matrix. The evaluation is intended for both
learning and accountability purposes. It is expected to
generate relevant findings, lessons-learnt, and
recommendations which will be shared across all
of the Most Significant Stories of Change (MSC) should be
based on the best practices taken up by the project. These
stories of change should be gathered via field visits and
documented in a pre-agreed format in consultation with
exercise needs to cover the following geographies –
cases that will be covered are (Outcome-wise) –
of principles of Integrated Water Resources Management
(IWRM) into Gram Panchayat Development Planning
Water Stewardship Agenda
of Flood Warning Messages
of Citizen Science for Water Quality
of Women Water Champions
specific evaluation is supposed to apply Outcome Harvesting
and documentation of most significant change stories as
underlying approach. Following would be the proposed
activities expected to be carried out by the Consulting
literature review, based on which the study design will be
finalised. The study design, study tools and reporting
format should be agreed on before commencing the study.
with Oxfam India focal person(s) in preparation and
planning of study indicators, study tools/data collecting
instruments, sampling strategy (If any), plan for data
analysis and reporting.
that globally endorsed methodologies are applied to
complete the study. It is therefore important to share all
relevant information in time, including information on the
methodology, the listing exercise (including a list of
people interviewed/approached), questionnaire design, the
training report, the preliminary analysis, the draft and
final analysis, and reports and the database (reports
referred and notes prepared)
of the data from qualitative tools
assignment will be carried out by a consultant/agency with
the following competencies:
knowledge and experience in conducting high quality,
credible evaluations in the development sector
knowledge and experience of program design and program
with policy advocacy work and political sensitivities
writing and verbal communication skills in local language
in designing and using participatory, gender sensitive
qualitative and quantitative methodologies, particularly
with the method of outcome harvesting and most-significant
change in cross cultural settings
& use of evaluation ethics processes
of & experience in applying DAC evaluation criteria
with sensitivity to evaluation task & thecontext for
agencies/consultants would be invited to make a
presentation on their proposed proposal. The proposal
presentation would be done either by face-to-face method or
through skype. No reimbursement of expenses would be
provided for the same.
– The consultant is required to:
of methodology, sampling and sample size estimations- each
for outcome harvesting and most significant change stories
and refine the tools for data collection in consultation
with Oxfam India
analytical framework and analysis plan with timeline
a power point presentation (maximum 20 slides) capturing
background, Methodology, result of the study.
and submission of draft report in electronic version.
of all data files in soft version (e.g., transcription and
of final report (hard and soft copies) which addresses
specific feedback from the Project Team on the draft
report and a power point presentation on the key findings
is to be submitted along with the data sets in a
compatible data entry software format.
a gender lens in each aspect of the study.
– Oxfam will provide support to the consultant and
his/her team in facilitating basic logistics in the field
once it receives specific action plan from the consultant.
Oxfam will make available the related project documents to
the consultant for reference to plan and design the action
plan. It will also provide timely feedback and inputs to
the consultant as per the mutually agreed timelines.
all communication purposes, Consultant will report to:-
Gupta (Programme Coordinator – Monitoring, Evaluation and
Learning) with a copy to Sancheeta Ghosh (Lead -
Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning) and Shobhit Chepe
final report should include at a minimum the following
of Acronyms and abbreviations
Brief Project description
of the survey
of the Survey
of the survey methodology and data collection techniques
to the report:
Terms of Reference.
agency will propose a detailed timeline and adhere strictly
to the survey schedule proposed. It is expected that the
assignment would be completed within 45 days from the award
of the contract. This would be a Consultancy Contract for
above said duration with a consolidated payment as per a
pre agreed payment schedule.
of Action Plan (including methodology)
one week of signing of contract
Work for data collection
ten days from sharing of action plan
ten days of completion of data collection
one week of final feedback on draft report
Expression of interest
an expression of interest, Oxfam India invites qualified
evaluators to submit proposals comprising the following:
understanding of the evaluation purpose.
an approach, broad outline of methods and format of tools
(outcome harvesting and MSC) to be employed.
demonstrating relevant skills and experience of the study
of at least 2 references, preferably from organizations
with whom the consultant has conducted similar types of
separate indicative financial proposal containing
consultants’ fees, detailing the activities, number of
days and daily rate.
declaration of the evaluator’s availability in the
period December-January 2021.
should be submitted to – Procurement Unit, Oxfam India
latest by 30th November 2021.
budget: The indicative budget for this task is INR
5,00,000 (Five lakh rupees only) including all taxes.