Ended Consultant to Conduct Baseline Study

The Job

Publish date: Nov 8, 2018           

Deadline: Nov 14, 2018

Location: Aden

Consultant to conduct Baseline study For Advancing Local Governance in southern Yemen

Project Summary

Governance structures in Yemen are currently limited in their scope of influence and ability to implement legislation. As well as the collapse of the Yemeni government, the judicial system, prison system, and law enforcement entities such as the police, have equally fragmented. Lack of financial support and corruption have resulted in an inability at the state-level to re-enforce civic engagement, prevent crime, and maintain social cohesion across the country.

Moreover, the ongoing conflict has created new divisions where none existed before. At the same time, it is inaccurate to view Yemen as a place of widespread violence: many areas of the country are relatively stable. It is in these pockets that the most promising opportunities for local stabilization arise.

Search for Common Ground’s (Search) proposed program will develop the capacity of local governance structures in order to provide protection, enhance stability and social cohesion, and forward inclusive political processes for Yemeni citizens. This program directly supports three and out of the five categories that constitute the Netherland’s policy priority ‘Security and the rule of law’. This in part is achieved through capacity building programs aimed at local government structures, civil society organizations (CSOs) and local-non-governmental organizations (LNGOs).

Search will launch an initiative to reestablish trust between communities and governance structures through inclusive dialogue and cooperative action. This will enable communities to advance effective governance structures to revitalize social services, public order, and the local economy. 

The overall objective of this 16-month initiative is to support inclusive and accountable local level governance structures in Abyan, Aden, and Lahj (one district per governorate, total three districts).

This will be achieved through two specific objectives:

  1. Empower communities and governance structures to constructively address conflict through the use of locally-led dialogue processes
  2. Increase trust between local communities and governance structures through inclusive and participatory decision-making mechanisms

Mapping Exercise Criteria

Objectives

The intended study will serve as both a mapping exercise and as a baseline study. It will be used as a point of reference to measure the impact of the project. Whether the stated goals, objectives and results are met or not. More specifically, it will seek to respond to the below lines of inquiry:

  1. Map all active local CSOs and NGOs working on governance and development.
  2. Identification of active local governance structures in each target area.
  3. Community perceptions about local Levels of tension and conflict.
  4. Sources of tension in local communities.
  5. Existing conflict resolution mechanisms in selected areas.
  6. Community perceptions around local dialogue processes and their effectiveness.

Audience

The participatory baseline assessment and its findings will be shared with the project stakeholders (Dutch, community and other local and international actors).

Evaluation

Approach

Search approach to evaluation is grounded in the following principles:

  • participatory
  • culturally sensitive
  • committed to capacity building
  • affirming and positive while honest and productively critical.

Search and the hired evaluator will agree upon a joint set of evaluation standards when negotiating the final contract of agreement.

Methodology

The evaluation will employ both quantitative and qualitative participatory methods and could draw on the following sources:

  • All of the documentation collected during the development of the project including project narrative, logframe and M&E plan.

Data collection methodologies could include:

  • Targeted interviews of randomly selected local communities and targeted stakeholders (e.g. municipal government representatives, tribal and religious leaders in the selected locations.
  • Focus group discussions: With community members and community leaders in target communities.
  • Surveys: A short survey could be used to collect information in the specific locations.

Search team will provide regular assistance, including logistical support. At the beginning of the evaluation period, a detailed inception plan will be constructed and finalized in consultation with Search Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation staff.

The plan should take the following principles into account:

  • Inclusiveness—the methodology should include a wide range of viewpoints, specifically gender and age-sensitivity.
  • Mixed-method approaches—both qualitative and quantitative methods need to be present in the methodology.
  • Rigor of evidence—gathered information needs to be reliable and transparent
  • Ethics—the methodology needs to consider ethics in order to insure that the evaluation is fully objective.

Scope of Work

The baseline/ mapping exercise will investigate principal target groups: local communities and targeted stakeholders (e.g. municipal government representatives, tribal and religious leaders as well as social dignitaries: informal leaders such as (prominent businesspersons, educators, and civil society advocates) in the selected locations of the target governorates: Abyan, Aden and Lahj. The evaluation sample should adequately cover the project target area and be representative of the community structure.

Deliverables 

  • An evaluation plan detailing a proposed methodology and written evaluation tools.
  • A first draft of the evaluation report for review by Search staff and other stakeholders.
  • A final Evaluation Report (35 pages in length) that consists of:
  • Table of contents.
  • Executive summary of key findings and recommendations – no more than 2 pages
  • Brief background information and context analysis
  • Methodology with clear explanation of the selection of the sampling size FGDs / KIIs, and survey participants’ selection, data analysis approach and limitations.
  • Research findings, analysis, with associated data presented, where appropriate in clear graphs or charts.
  • Conclusion and Recommendations for future project implementation.
  • Appendices, which include collected data, detailed description of the methodology with research instruments, list of interviewees, bibliography, and evaluator(s) brief biography.
  • Two bound hard copies and submitted in electronic form.
  • The full report should be in English.
  • Search may exercise editorial control over the final report.
  • The data collection from FGDs, KIIs and surveys should be well documented into a database and shared with SFCG.
  • Any photographs or information generated during the assessment will be the sole property of SFCG and is subject to submission to SFCG along with the final report, prior to the end of the contract

Duration & Deadlines

The duration of the contract will be a total period of 8 weeks starting from the time of signature. Specific dates will be agreed upon at the beginning of the consultancy

Logistical Support

Search will provide preparatory and logistical assistance to the evaluator, which include:

  • Background materials (project proposal, workplan, etc.)
  • Meeting, phone, email communication
  • Technical assistance

The evaluation will be conducted by an individual or a firm managed by the evaluation focal point person at Search-Yemen. The evaluator will travel to the previously mentioned governorates to conduct this work. The final writing of the deliverables can be conducted externally to the area.

Requirements of Consultant/ Firm

Search seeks an experienced evaluator with the following qualifications:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s level degree in a relevant field, conflict resolution, international relations, a related social science field or statistics; higher degree is preferable.
  • Proficiency in Arabic and English.
  • More than 5 years of experience in project evaluations, specially baselines or in conducting research including collecting data in interviews, surveys and focus groups discussion. 
  • Evaluation methods and data collection skills, particularly in active or post-conflict contexts
  • Experience in good governance, peacebuilding or conflict resolution.
  • Understanding of and experience in Yemen
  • Strong communication and writing skills
  • Understanding of and experience working with civil society organizations
  • Ability to be flexible with time and work schedule
How to Apply

Search-Yemen invites all interested and qualified candidates to submit a letter of interest, indicating clearly how their experience meets desired qualifications, resume along with technical (demonstrating implementation and analysis methodology) and financial (based on the inputs shown above) offers for implementation of the above activities, by 16th  Nov 2018 to: https://sfcg.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=1385

Selection would be done on rolling basis.

Applications not meeting these requirements will not be considered.

  • Employer: SFCG
  • Category: Consultant
  • Location: Aden
  • Posted on: 8 November 2018
  • Deadline: 16 November 2018

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