Consultant: Comic Relief Project Mid-Term Review

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Based In: 
Nairobi

Equality Now is an international organisation that advocates for the human rights of women and girls around the world, mobilising public support to ensure that governments uphold the rights of women and girls. Our areas of focus include Discrimination in Law, Sexual Violence, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Trafficking.

Since 2012 Equality Now and its partners in Kenya, Liberia and Mali have been implementing a five year project funded by Comic Relief towards ending female genital mutilation which will be concluded in March 2017. The strategies implemented in the three countries are aimed to lead to an effective child protection mechanism to prevent and protect girls at risk of FGM in Narok, Kenya, work with local partners advocating against FGM towards securing a law against FGM in Mali and in Liberia and to build the capacity of local partners.

In line with Comic Relief requirements, a mid-term review of the project is due. The overall goal of the review is to provide an independent, systematic and objective assessment of the overall performance of the project including a review of the design implementation and results vis à vis project outcomes. Further, the review is expected to identify and document success stories, gaps and opportunities as well as recommendations.

Responsibilities: 

Objectives: The objectives of the mid-term evaluation are as follows:
1. What difference has the project made to people’s lives (what, who, where, when)?

  • To what degree have project outcomes been achieved? Were there any unexpected outcomes?
  • Who has benefited (women, men, girls and boys) and in what ways?
  • Are those changes (outcomes) relevant to people’s needs?
  • Are they likely to be sustainable in the long term?
  • Have there been changes to policies, practice and attitudes of decision and policy makers to benefit the project’s target groups?
  • To what extent has the achievement of the changes/ outcomes been influenced by external context and other factors?

2. How has the project made this difference? Approaches used by the project and implementing organisations:

  • What was the overall theory of change for this project? Has it been effective in bringing about lasting change? Were there any gaps?
  • What have been the most effective methodologies and approaches the partners have used to bring about changes to people’s lives? What has worked and what has not? What lessons have been learned? Who have they been shared with?
  • How has the relationship between Comic Relief, Equality Now and in-country partners helped or hindered the delivery of lasting change?
  • How has EN facilitated learning between the partners at the country level?
  • How effective have the project’s management, monitoring, learning and financial systems been?
  • How have they helped or hindered the delivery of lasting change?
  • Has the project been cost effective?

3. Approaches used by Comic Relief:

  • How have Comic Relief’s grant making policies and processes (e.g. how Comic Relief defines its programme strategies and outcomes, how it assesses applications) helped or hindered the delivery of lasting change?
  • How has Comic Relief’s approach to grant management (e.g. individual work with grant holders, and learning activities with other funded organisations) helped or hindered the delivery of lasting change?
  • How has the way Comic Relief used its organisational assets helped or hindered the delivery of change (e.g. use of the media, access to decision makers)?
  • Are there any other ways in which Comic Relief has helped or hindered the delivery of change?

Methodology
We require a participatory methodology, whereby the work engages all key stakeholders including Comic Relief grants staff who should be provided with an opportunity to provide input and comment to the evaluation team.

The Report
The report should be clear and simply written, free of jargon. The main body of the report should not exceed 30 pages and should include an executive summary and recommendations. Technical details should be confined to appendices, which should also include a list of informants and the evaluation team’s work schedule. Background information should only be included when it is directly relevant to the report’s analysis and conclusions.

The report’s authors should support their analysis of a project’s achievements with relevant data and state how this has been sourced. Recommendations should also include details as to how they might be implemented.

We expect the report to include guidance on the process by which findings will be shared and discussed with all stakeholders including those who are benefiting from the project and how any resulting changes in the report will be included. The grant holder and partners should own the report.

The report should be accompanied by an analysis of up to 2 pages in length giving the views of the grant holder and partners on the quality/depth of the evaluation, the relevance and usefulness of the recommendations, and what actions they propose to take in response.

Timetable

ActionDurationResponsible
Internal review of proposals received from prospective consultants1-5 September 2014Equality Now
Consultation with Comic Relief8 September-3 OctoberEquality Now/Comic Relief
Agreement of final methodology and contractual details including work plan
 
6-10 October 2014Equality Now/Comic Relief
Review of programme documents13-17 October 2014Consultant
Conduct of review (interviews, travel to implementing partners) and compilation of all the findings20 October - 7 November 2014Consultant
Comic Relief, Equality Now and partners provide feedback to the initial report10-21 November 2014Consultant
Comments incorporated and final report submitted to Equality Now24-28 November 2014Consultant
Final evaluation submitted to Comic Relief1 December 2014Equality Now
Requirements: 

Equality Now will select a consultant who meets the following criteria:

  • Demonstrable experience of producing high-quality, credible mid-term reviews and evaluations.
  • Familiarity with different methodologies for evaluation, and the additional factors involved in campaign evaluation;
  • More than 3 years experience in Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), including experience in working in different environments in East and West Africa;
  • Demonstrable experience of working with/evaluating NGO work;
  • Demonstrable experience with participatory methodologies;
  • Familiarity with work on violence against women or women’s rights;
  • Ability to write concise, readable and analytical reports and understanding of public communications;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in both English and French.
To Apply: 

Interested candidates should submit a proposal not exceeding 4 pages, excluding contractor CV and budget. The proposal should include the following:

  • Evaluation design and methodology:
    • What will be your overarching approach to this work?
    • What data collection methods will be used and why?
  • Detailed timeline.
  • Brief discussion of relevant experience.
  • Detailed line-item budget, including time estimates for each task, billing rate and
  • estimation of direct expenses (e.g. long distance phone calls and travel costs).

Proposals should be emailed to the Equality Now Nairobi Office (equalitynownairobi@equalitynow.org) by 29 August 2014.