Ended Final Evaluation Consultant

The Job

Publish date: 06 January 2019

Deadline: 13 January 2019

Terms of Reference for the Final Evaluation of the project

Peace Education in Yemeni Schools: Reducing Violence and Increasing Youth Resiliency

Search for Common Ground (Search) (www.sfcg.org) is seeking to hire consultant(s)/consulting firm to carry out an external evaluation of the project "Peace Education in Yemeni Schools - Reducing Violence and Increasing Youth Resiliency”.

The Organization

Search is an international non-profit organization that promotes peaceful resolution of conflict. Search’s mission is to transform how individuals, organizations, and governments deal with conflict - away from adversarial approaches and toward cooperative solutions. Search seeks to help conflicting parties understand their differences and act on their commonalities. With a total of approximately 400 staff worldwide, Search implements projects from 39 offices in 36 countries, including in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States.

Project Summary

To address the proliferation of violent extremist recruitment among Yemeni youth, and to help move the peace process forward, SFCG implemented "Peace Education in Yemeni Schools - Reducing Violence and Increasing Youth Resiliency” project. The project is implemented in collaboration with Ministry of Education (MoE), and is funded by the French Government (MFA). The project promoted Peace Education in Yemeni Secondary Schools through targeting both youth and educators in eight secondary schools in Lahj and Aden (including a girls’ school in each governorate).

The overall goal of this action is to increase the resilience of Yemeni youth to violent extremism. This has been achieved through two specific objectives:

  1. Increase secondary school teachers’ knowledge on providing conflict sensitive and non- violent education for students
  2. Increase individual youth capacity to resolve violence amicably and be positive agents of change

To achieve this supreme end, Search has sought to increase youth resiliency by implementing institutional and individual capacity-building activities on one hand and raising community awareness of youth as positive agents of change on the other. The project activities are;

  1. Advanced Training of Trainers (ToT) courses on Peace Education and Promoting Culture of Dialogue in Schools for 44 educators in both Lahj and Aden.
  2. 13 school-based training workshops to 319 teachers and administration staff at the eight targeted schools in Aden and Lahj.
  3.  12 school-based training workshops to 360 secondary school students at the eight targeted schools in Aden and Lahj.
  4. 11 Student Mediation Clubs (SMCs) at the eight targeted schools in in Aden and Lahj, each is represented by 10 students.
  5. Advanced training for 110 student-mediators representing SMCs on conflict mediation skills.
  6. Capacity building of the SMCs on mediation through securing required tools to perform successful mediation sessions.
  7. Peace promotion activities  
  8. Supporting school-based artistic creation, cultural, sport activities and competitions.
  9. Two community-based initiatives in each targeted school-community.
  10. Student-mediators led initiatives supported and implemented to address local-level conflicts.

Purpose of Final Evaluation

Search as an organization is committed to conducting project evaluations in order to maximize the effectiveness of its programming and engage in continuous improvement and learning within programs and across the organization. Search’s approach to evaluation is grounded in the guiding principles of its work: participatory; culturally sensitive; affirming and positive while honest and productively critical and valuing knowledge and approaches within the context. Search will apply this approach to the evaluation of this project, which will be carried out in consultation and in participation with key relevant stakeholders such as school administrators, teachers and students, appropriate government authorities or key civil society individuals. The final evaluation intends to measure the immediate impact of the project, specifically whether the stated goal, objectives and results have been met.

Evaluation Criteria:

The purpose of the evaluation is to document achievements of the expected results and lessons learned through a participatory process engaging Search, school stakeholders, government authorities, and other key civil society stakeholders. The evaluation will aim to ascertain if and how the project yielded its intended results.
The evaluation, as systematic and objective as possible, of the project, its design, implementation, and results based on the OECD-DAC Criteria for Evaluating Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding Programs focusing on relevance to the current context and stakeholders’ needs, efficiency,  effectiveness to achieve objectives and outcomes, Intermediate impact that contributes towards achieving its goal, investigating their set of questions, and utilizing and/or addressing the performance indicators described in the project document. The key evaluation questions are:

Relevance:

  • To what extent the project is in line with strategic priorities under which it was funded?
  •  How relevant were the instruments (ToT, Capacity building workshops, SMCs sessions, and initiatives) used during the project to the youth’s needs and capacities?
  • What is the relevance of the capacity building interventions as perceived by beneficiaries and MoE inspectors and supervisors?
  • To what extent did this project respond to the needs of the target community to address the existing conflict dynamics youth involvement in violent extremism and radicalization?

Efficiency:

  • Does the project deliver its outputs and objectives in an efficient manner (results against costs, Value for money)?
  • Were activities cost-efficient (resources applied results)? This generally, requires comparing alternative approaches to achieving the same results, to see whether the most efficient process has been adopted.
  • Were the project activities well planned and was the plan well executed?

Effectiveness:

  • To what extent was the project successful in achieving its stated goals, and objectives?
  • To what extent the project has been effective in building the capacity of secondary school educators and students through training provision needed to increase their resilience to violence?
  • How effective were the school-based conflict mediation clubs in resolving conflict?
  • What major factors contributed to the achievement or non‐achievement of objectives?
  • What are the major results of the project and the major lessons learned?
  • What changes can be ascertained in attitudes, behaviors, and relationships as a result of the peacebuilding, dialogue activities and student mediation sessions?

Intermediate Impact:

  • How has the project contributed to increase the resilience of Yemeni youth to violent extremism?
  • What is the effect of the project on its wider environment, and its contribution to the wider policy or sector objectives?
  • What are the broader changes (positive or negative, intended or unintended) of the project?
  • What are the most significant changes as a result of the project initiatives, if any?  

Sustainability:

  • Is there a project exit strategy of the project tin place? If yes, what constitutes the strategy? If not, why not? 
  • What is the ownership of the project initiatives among the participating stakeholders?
  • Are there any indications that the initiatives started by the project will continue to operate post-project?
  • To what extent the benefits produced by the project have the potential to be sustainable after the life of the project?

Scope

The final evaluation will investigate principal target groups: secondary school students, educators and local community representatives in the target locations listed below:

Governorate

District

School

Aden

Sira

Lutfi

Al-Tawahi

Muhairez

Al-Mansourah

Al-No'aman

Al-Shaikh

Al-Nahdha

Lahj

Al-Hawta

Al-Farooq

Tuban

Al-Qumandan

Al-Habilain

Labooza

Al-Milah

Omar-bin-Abdlziz

The evaluation sample should adequately cover the project target communities engaging stakeholders and partners including Ministry of Education bodies in the target locations.

Methodology

The methodology should employ mixed qualitative and quantitative data collection approaches. Both quantitative and qualitative data will be analyzed with a gender and district level disaggregation; the report narrative as well as any graphs should reflect this multi-level analysis. The qualitative and quantitative findings are expected to be synthesized in accordance with the project indicators. The sampling methodology for the surveys will be designed by the consultant, referring to the project’s M&E framework and in coordination with Search-Yemen’s Project Manager and ILT. The consultancy should be carried on the basis of a desk study and a field visit. The desk study should cover the following documents:

  • Project documents including project log frame, baseline study, quarterly reports, monitoring data in addition to other related documents as necessary.
  • Capacity building training materials produced or used throughout the project.
  • Other relevant documentation.

The final evaluation is expected to draw on the following sources and data collection methods:

  • Key informant interviews (KIIs) in each school locations: Interviews will be conducted to gather in depth information on key questions with beneficiaries, local partners, project team and other stakeholders.
  • Focus group discussions (FGDs) in each school locations: FGDs with project direct and indirect stakeholders
  • Community Survey: A representative survey to collect numerical information related to the study’s key questions. The survey sample size should be calculated using 95% confidence level and 5% (preferably 3%) confidence interval. The sample size should be calculated once for all 8 school locations and proportionately distributed to every school location.

Furthermore, as part of the data collection and analysis process, the consultant is required to respect the following ethics;

  • Comprehensive and systematic inquiry: Consultant should make the most of the existing information and full range of stakeholders available at the time of the review. Consultant should conduct systematic, data-based inquiries. He or she should communicate his or her methods and approaches accurately and in sufficient detail to allow others to understand, interpret and critique his or her work. He or she should make clear the limitations of the review and its results.
  • Competence: Consultant should possess the abilities and skills and experience appropriate to undertake the tasks proposed and should practice within the limits of his or her professional training and competence.
  • Honesty and integrity: Consultant should be transparent with the contractor/constituent about: any conflict of interest, any change made in the negotiated project plan and the reasons why those changes were made, and any risk that certain procedures or activities produce misleading review of information.
  • Respect for people: Consultant respect the security, dignity and self-worth of respondents and program participants. Consultant has the responsibility to be sensitive to and respect differences amongst participants in culture, religion, gender, disability, age and ethnicity.
  • All of the data produced by this study belongs exclusively to Search and all remaining copies of the data will be presented to Search at the conclusion of the study.

Deliverables

All deliverables are to be submitted to Search Office by 07 March, 2019 in English and Arabic, electronically and in hard copy format (3 copies). Deliverables include:

  • A 10 pg (excluding annexes) inception Report, containing an evaluation plan matrix, outlining the specific data collection strategy, responsibility, data collection tools, draft questionnaires and a detailed work plan within 10 working days after signing the contract.
  • A draft final evaluation report for review by Search and other stakeholders’ staff within (3 weeks) of the completion of the data collection. Depending on the quality of the report, the review could be of multiple rounds.
  • A final evaluation report, due within (5 weeks) of the completion of the data collection. The final report should be submitted in MS Word format and should be fully copy edited and formatted.
  • Final electronic copies of all raw data collected (this includes survey data entered through excel/SPSS format; the format needs to be approved by Search before use; also, notes of all FGDs and KIIs done).

The final evaluation report should strictly be written in English language and should not exceed 30 pages (excluding annexes). It should be submitted electronically in an MS-Word document. It may include:

  • Cover page
  • List of abbreviations/acronyms
  • Executive Summary of key findings and recommendations;
  • Introduction, including brief context description
  • Methodology, scope and limitation
  • Evaluation findings, analysis and conclusions with associated evidence and data clearly illustrated. The findings section should be sub-divided as sub-chapters according to the evaluation criteria.
  • Recommendations for the future, which should be practical and linked directly to conclusions; and
  • Appendices, including evaluation tools, questionnaire, and brief biography of evaluator.

Logistical Support

Search will provide the following logistic support as part of its role in this evaluation:

  • Background materials (project proposal, implementation plans, progress reports, training materials and success stories).
  • Contacts at the respective target governorates and districts to facilitate evaluation process.
  • Quantitative and qualitative documentation of project activities.
  • Technical assistance with the review and approval of tools and reports.

Requirements of Consultant/ Firm

Search seeks an experienced evaluator with the following qualifications:

  1. Minimum Bachelor’s level degree in a relevant field, conflict resolution, international relations, a related social science field or statistics; higher degree is preferable.
  2. Proficiency in Arabic and English.
  3. More than 5 years of experience in project evaluations, research using mixed-method approach 
  4. Evaluation methods and data collection skills, particularly in active or post-conflict contexts
  5. Experience in good governance, peacebuilding or conflict resolution.
  6. Understanding of and experience in Yemen
  7. Strong communication and writing skills
  8. Ability to be flexible with time and work schedule
How to Apply

Search-Yemen invites all interested and qualified candidates to submit their applications including:
 A technical proposal clarifying the data collection methodology, analysis methodology, and the implementation plan.
 A financial proposal including a detailed budget based on the inputs shown above.
 A covering letter indicating clearly how their experience meets desired qualifications.
 CV of Team member(s).
 Applications should be sent to here no later than January 13, 2019
 Selection would be done on rolling basis.
 Applications not meeting these requirements will not be considered.
 Application Process:
 Qualified candidates may submit their application, complete Curriculum Vitae and a covering letter to:
https://sfcg.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=1446
The post title should be indicated in the subject line of e-mail
For more information on Search, including its core values and competencies, please visit the Search website at www.sfcg.org.

  • Employer: SFCG
  • Category: Consultant
  • Location: Aden, Lahij
  • Posted on: 6 January 2019
  • Deadline: 13 January 2019

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