Iraq: External evaluator CSO Capacity Development programme Iraq
|Closing Date : 2017-01-16|
Duty Station : Baghdad, Iraq
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Closing date: 16 Jan 2017
This call for proposals concerns an End Term Review of the CSOs Capacity Development Iraq programme, to be conducted in February and March 2017. This evaluation is part of the regular monitoring mechanisms of this programme. The objective of the evaluation is to reflect on the implementation, results, sustainability and impact of the CCD programme and provide the stakeholders with recommendations on how to take the programme forward in the best possible way. Hivos and Al- Amal organize this evaluation mission together.
The Iraq CSO Capacity Development programme aims to support Iraqi civil society organisations to sustainably and effectively promote human rights, to coordinate actions in this field, and to create broader support for human rights issues within Iraqi society. The eventual aim of this action is to contribute to the rule of law and respect for human rights in Iraq.
Although Iraqi civil society organisations have grown in their capabilities and have started to develop a significant and recognised voice in society, many of them still show weaknesses, for example concerning organisational and institutional issues. In general, there is a lack of thorough understanding of the role and potential of civil society, also in relation to other stakeholders and to how they can really contribute to changes in society. As a result, strategies are generally weak too. Exchange, concerted actions and cooperation among civil society actors take place, but are still exceptional. The dialogue with state bodies is often not effective and fruitful. As a result, in general, the performance and influence of civil society organisations in Iraq is limited, especially in the field of awareness raising and advocacy.
The CSO Capacity Development programme exists of demand-driven capacity building, provided over a longer period of time and followed by concrete follow-up and coaching/mentoring, combined with networking for more fruitful cooperation and with facilitation of dialogue with authorities and media. It combines international and Iraqi insights, experiences and training techniques, to enable Iraqi civil society actors to set concrete further steps towards more effective work, towards more fruitful interaction with authorities, media and the wider public in general, and towards becoming solid and more viable organisations.
3. The evaluation
3.1 Objective of the evaluation
The objective of this evaluation is to evaluate the results, impact, sustainability and lessons learned of the CCD programme. It will be used to improve future programmes and interventions .The recommendations from this evaluation will be shared with the backdonor and other stakeholders, e.g. within the framework of the CDD programme.
3.2 Central objects and scope of the evaluation:
This evaluation focuses on:
A. The effectiveness of the overall programme level
B. The relevance of the programme s objectives
C. The efficiency of the programme
D. The sustainability of the results of the programme
E. The impact of the programme
3.4 Evaluation methodology
The evaluator will analyze existing sources of information, as well as conducting surveys and interviews with target beneficiaries, trainers, implementing and external partners and other stakeholders. The study will require the collection of both qualitative and quantitative data. Information and opinions should be cross-checked whenever felt necessary. The evaluator s gender sensitivity and cultural awareness is supposed to be methodologically integrated in the process.
3.5 Evaluation approach
The evaluation methodology and design will be developed by the evaluator. This paragraph states only some directions for the evaluation.
Use of data
Depending on its confidential status, all relevant documentation will be made available to the evaluator. During the inception phase of the evaluation it should become clear which evaluation questions can be answered using existing data (already available, or becoming available in the course of the evaluation period) and which additional data collection is required.
A participatory approach is valued for the evaluation to ensure that different perspectives and perceptions are taken into account at various stages of the evaluation process. This will ensure relevance for and increased ownership of the evaluation findings by the different stakeholders. It is recommended that the evaluation will start with an inception phase during which key stakeholders (Hivos and Al-Amal) can provide input for the final evaluation plan.
3.6 Expected outputs
Evaluation work plan (first draft submitted during application process)
Draft evaluation plan is expected to include the following:
Detailed description of methodology and data gathering methods
Detailed plan, timeline and budget
Methodological challenges and how these are taken into account
Final evaluation plan (including the same elements as the draft evaluation plan)
Draft evaluation report is expected to include the following;
An executive summary
The objectives as stated in the Terms of Reference
A justification of the methods and techniques used including any limitations of the evaluation
Presentation of the findings, their analysis, conclusions, lessons learned and recommendations concerning the evaluation questions.
Final conclusions & recommendations
Final evaluation report (including the same elements as the draft evaluation report).
The evaluator for this evaluation will be selected on basis of his/her expertise, experience and background and the quality of the submitted workplan. The evaluator should have the following competences:
experience in conducting evaluations of complex programmes
knowledge on civil society and human rights in iraq;
gender awareness and cultural sensitivity;
good communication skills;
in-depth knowledge of Iraq;
fluency in English and Iraqi Arabic and preferably Kurdish;
Ability to travel to Iraq (Kirkuk, Baghdad, Najaf, Basra, Erbil)
The evaluator should not be perceived as representative or advisor to Al-Amal and Hivos. The recommendations provided by the evaluator are not binding.
3.8 Safety risks
The evaluation mission includes travelling to different places in Iraq, provided the safety situation allows it. The evaluator may decide to do interviews by other means (telephone, Skype) deemed appropriate.
How to apply:
The evaluation should be completed in 15 working days and executed between February 1 and March 25.
Interested evaluators are invited to send a CV, two references, a sample of the evaluator s work and a short outline of the work plan.
Expressions of interests should be sent by email no later than January 16, 2017, to:
Jantine van Herwijnen, project manager CSO Capacity Development Iraq