Call for Proposals: Al Rasid Final Evaluation, Iraq

 

Al-Rasid (the monitor) Project

Call for proposals- Final Evaluation, Iraq

Background

The Iraq Foundation (IF) is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization and a registered CSO in Iraq. Established in 1991, its mission is to promote democracy, human rights, and civil society in Iraq. IF is an Iraqi-founded and Iraqi-led organization that is also independent, non-partisan, and espouses the principle of pluralism. IF’s headquarters are in Washington DC, and has offices in Baghdad and staff in Basra and Erbil from which it implements projects in all Iraqi provinces through networks of local NGO partners, academic institutions, and professional bodies. Staff travels regularly throughout Iraq to oversee projects and train, monitor, and evaluate participants.

Al-Rasid (meaning “the monitor” in Arabic) project  aims at supporting the National Strategy and National Action Plan (NAP) and the Emergency National Action Plan (E-NAP) on UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (Women, Peace and Security) and holistically addressing GBV in Iraq.  The project targets national and provincial stakeholders, women victims of violence, including women displaced as the result of conflict, community members, and Iraqi society at large through the following objectives:

Objective 1: Create a mechanism for the monitoring and evaluation of government implementation of the National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325 and generate support from all relevant actors 

Objective 2: Build the capacity of national and local actors to implement the NAP and address GBV

Objective 3: Raise awareness and advocate for increased protections for victims of GBV and access to justice issues, including among boys and men

Al-Rasid worked with NGOs partners in five provinces within the scope of the NAP through forming two civil society groups: a National Task Force (NTF) expanding an existing network of Provincial Task Forces (PTFs) established during IF’s Peaceful Empowerment, Advocacy, and Cooperation to End Violence (PEACE) project to evaluate government implementation of the NAP.

IF will provide the evaluator with a copy of the full proposal for the project, complete with Logic Frame and M&E plan, access to staff in Iraq working on this project, and material relevant to evaluation. Please also visit http://www.iraqfoundation.org/projects/al-rashid-project/  for detailed Information about the project activities.

Purpose of Assignment:

To provide an external evaluation of the Iraq Foundation’s Al-Rasid project in order to assess the results it achieved compared to its objectives in accordance with the project proposal and results framework.  The External Evaluator should outline the degree to which IF has achieved the intended results in terms of outputs as well as outcomes. The evaluation should also include challenges facing IF based on lessons learned. One important aspect of the evaluation is assessing whether the project was managed to reach its target group and if its method is relevant to the Iraqi context.   Based on the results of the findings, the Evaluator should give recommendations for how to improve future programs.

Contact Information

All proposals must be submitted by October 17th, 2016 to:

Humam Rajab at                   humam@iraqfoundation.org

Basma Fakri    at                   fakri.b@iraqfoundation.org

Questions should be addressed to humam@iraqfoundation.org .

 

Description of assignment:

Key tasks:

  1. Make an assessment of the relevance of the project in the Iraqi context
  2. Make an assessment of IF M&E capacity and structure. How does IF follow up  on projects and do they have efficient methods to monitor their projects?
  3. Present an analysis of IF’s coordination with similar NGOs in Iraq.
  4. Make an assessment of local partners’ capacity in Iraq and their perception of the cooperation with Iraq Foundation
  5. Summarize the quantitative and qualitative results achieved during the project period.
  6. What has worked well, what are the main challenges to the program, and how can IF deal with these challenges in the future? What (if any) unforeseen and unanticipated results/experiences were there?
  1. Assess the implementation process and outcome indicators to measure progress towards results based on the project M&E plan.
  2. Conduct field visits aiming at monitoring and evaluating the project. The consultant must visit and evaluate IF offices in Baghdad, as well as at least 3 other provinces where IF is implementing its project.
  1. Develop a baseline assessment to measure whether and how the program activities are making a difference by comparing the data in the baseline assessment against the data in the final evaluation.
  2. Develop tools such as surveys, focus groups, interviews, etc. to measure the outputs and outcomes of the project.

Expected Outputs

  1. Produce field evaluation reports
  1. A draft final report submitted to IF by week 8 of the signature of contract between IF and Evaluator. IF will have two weeks to make comments on the final report based on the TOR.
  1. Based on IF’s comments, a final evaluation report produced and submitted to Iraq Foundation

Duration of the Consultancy: 3 Months (November 1st, 2016 – January, 31st, 2017)

The evaluation will be conducted in three months starting from the 1st of November and advancing in accordance with the following milestones:

  • Week 1: Sign the contract and hold kickoff meeting with project staff
  • Week 2: Design survey tools
  • Week 2-5: Desk review
  • Week 6-7: Conduct field visits and produce field evaluation reports.
  • Week 8-9: Send the draft final report for review and approval by Iraq Foundation
  • Week 10-11: IF provide comments on the final report based on the TOR
  • Week 11-12: Final report that incorporates all comments will be submitted to IF

Cost Breakdown

To be added by the consultant

 

Nature of Assignment: 

End of project evaluation

Key partners in the project

  • 5 NGO located in Erbil, Ninawa Plain (located in Ain Kawa), Baghdad, Babil, and Basra.
  • National Taskforce members located in the 5 provinces mentioned above.

Qualification of the consultant

The selected evaluator should possess the following qualifications:

  1. Have extensive experience in conducting evaluations in Iraq.
  2. Academic degrees in a relevant field.
  3. Knowledgeable in research methods, particularly on mixed-methods and participatory research
  4. Skilled in quantitative and qualitative data analysis
  5. Minimum of 5 years’ experience evaluating international development projects and familiarity with different donors development polices (or those of other likeminded donors).
  6. Have excellent Arabic & English writing and speaking ability
  7. Professional experience in the area of democracy and human rights, preferably experience of evaluations of Women, Peace and Security projects.
  8. Able to communicate complex research, statistics, and data analysis issues orally and in writing in a clear, concise and well organized manner.

 

Application Materials

Iraq Foundation seeks proposals from individuals or organizations interested in conducting this evaluation. Applicants should submit a proposal in English that includes:

  1. Detailed description of the evaluator’s qualifications including previous similar evaluations;
  2. Description and justification of proposed evaluation methodology including an evaluation strategy and description of tools and techniques that will be used to collect and analyze information;
  3. Draft work plan;
  4. Budget
  5. Reference letters from previous evaluations conducted in Iraq

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