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Why are women prevented from becoming leaders in society, and from becoming effective political and parliamentary players? Women must be made into partners and leaders in crafting our future. Iraq Foundation’s Al-Rasid Project, in accordance with UNSC Resolution 1325, monitors government initiatives to strengthen the role of women in Iraqi society.

Why are Iraqi women absent from the commission for national reconciliation? Women must play effective roles in security, in displacement camps, in the reconciliation committee and more, as deciding actors in these processes. Iraq Foundation’s Al-Rasid Project, in accordance with UNSC Resolution 1325, monitors Iraq’s National Plan that seeks empower and protect women.

For too long, Iraqi women have been the victims of increasing violence against them. To make matters worse, the rise of Da’esh has added to the plight of women. This violence is a crime that all must work to prevent, especially within IDP communities; it’s everyone’s responsibility to stand up to violence against Iraqi women. Al-Rasid helps to monitor national initiatives that protect women from gender-based violence.

One of the key elements of Al Rasid project is raising awareness on UNSCR 1325 to further enhance the role of women in the decision making process and in overall peacemaking initiatives. Al-Rasid project worked with displaced women and victims of gender-based violence to help build their capacity on these initiatives and increase their influence within communal decision making.

Two years have passed since Iraq formed the National Action Plan following UNSC Resolution 1325 calling for the security and protection of women. Iraq was the first country to adopt this decision nationally within the Middle East. Iraq Foundation’s Al-Rasid Project monitors the implementation of the National Action Plan, tracking its success and failures, and thereby assisting its ability to empower women as leaders.

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

Activity 6

Throughout the last several months, IF has hosted numerous meetings with Iraqi government officials on behalf of the Al-Rasid project. These meetings are intended to bring light to the needs addressed by the communities they serve, and determine the best way to implement them. The discussions are often frequented by members of the community, including GBV survivors and IDP women.

Erbil

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Babil

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Basrah

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Ninawa

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Activity 7

Community meetings were held to ensure a follow up on the priorities implementation. There, discussions focus on issues included in the NAP, such as the presence of women in peace-making initiatives and countering GBV. Through this process, community members are able to mobilize and increase advocacy and outreach to public officials. Small grantees are also able to publicize the successes of their initiatives and generate community support.

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Babil

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Basrah

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Activity 8

Hearing sessions were conducted with female IDPs and local judges and family protection units. These forums are intended to help integrate women’s rights in the justice system and enhance judicial responsiveness, access to justice, legal protection, and self-sustainability for GBV survivors.

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Activity 9: Small Grants

Erbil 

IF’s small grants activities allowed for IDPs to be trained on the use of computers and social media.

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Babil

Vocational training to start a business

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Vocational training for women’s economic empowerment: Hairdressing training

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Vocational training for women’s economic empowerment: Pastry Making

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Vocational training for women’s economic empowerment: administrative and secretary skills

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Baghdad

Improving the water quality for vulnerable IDPs

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Vocational training to start a business

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Women’s economic empowerment and health & well-being training

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Basrah

Awareness sessions on UNSCR 1325 and the NAP

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Vocational training for women’s economic empowerment: Computer literacy for female IDPs

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Vocational training for women’s economic empowerment: First Aid training

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Vocational training for women’s economic empowerment: Pastry Making

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Vocational training for women’s economic empowerment: Pickles making

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Vocational training for women’s economic empowerment: Hairdressing training

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Ninawa

Vocational training for women’s economic empowerment: Health & Hygiene course

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Vocational training for women’s economic empowerment: Hospitality and etiquette training for IDPs

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Vocational training for women’s economic empowerment: Mine education course

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Vocational training for economic empowerment: Computer literacy and internet training

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Childcare was also provided in many of the sessions as well to enable their parents to fully participate in the meetings.

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Thanks to IF’s small grants competition featured in Al Rasid (the Monitor) project, these beneficiaries are now able to generate a monthly income with skills they obtained through livelihood training classes. This initiative is just one part of Al Rasid’s efforts to address GBV and boost the understanding of the role women play as peace builders and the positive role of men in ending conflict. Through support for the National Action Plan and National Strategy for UNSCR 1325, Iraq hopes to eliminate the legal, social, and economic challenges faced by women. The small grants program targeted hundreds of beneficiaries throughout Iraqi society as a whole, with an emphasis on women displaced as a result of conflict, and those who are victims of violence.

These four beneficiaries were hired as chefs in a bakery and frozen food shop in Mar Elias Church after successfully completing their baking and cooking training provided by the Association of Women and Children Rights. The training was done in coordination with the Provincial Task Force with support from the Iraq Foundation’s Al Rasid project. The beneficiaries now receive a monthly salary of $300.

They all expressed their happiness and satisfaction with the work, as one of the women said, “we were previously looking for jobs to support our families, as we are all displaced and in dire need of a source of income, thus we decided to enroll in baking and cooking class, and with the help and coordination of the association president…we were accepted and hired as chefs. Currently, we are so happy with this job.”

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This beneficiary completed barber classes and opened a barber booth for men’s haircuts and shaving. He said about opening the booth: “I came up with idea after completing the class, with encouragement from the complex’s manager who gave me some metal which was left at the complex to build my booth, and since I worked in metalwork before, I built my booth and started working there from 4:00-8:00 pm, after returning from my work. I charge 1,000 dinars per person, and make between 5,000 to 8,000 dinars a day, I am very pleased with this work, and I think I’m offering services at a subsidized price to the residents of the complex as well as making financial income.”

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After completing the first aid classes, trainers conducted a test for all the participants and gave the outstanding participants first aid bags provided by the Red Cross. These outstanding beneficiaries are now qualified to do the procedures of first aid, including injecting needles to patients, measuring blood pressure and providing any urgent treatments. All of the beneficiaries are currently working in their compounds.

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In addition to hearing sessions with judicial stakeholders and awareness sessions for UNSCR 1325 and the NAP, vocational training for women’s economic empowerment in Baghdad involved providing training and equipment for hairdressing and sewing. The goals of the project are for women to start their own businesses within the IDP camp using the goods and skills provided to them. Activities in the Prophet Younis IDP camp also featured health and well-being training as well.

 

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In Basrah, IF provided first aid training as well as education on sewing, handicraft, and hairdressing to improve vocational skills for women’s economic empowerment. The program also highlights hearing sessions with justice stakeholders and awareness sessions on UNSCR 1325 and the Iraq NAP.


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