Ended Final Evaluation Consultant

The Job

Position: Final Evaluation ( Consultant: Company is preferred )

Future Called Peace

1.Context

Organizational Background:

Search for Common Ground (SFCG) works to prevent and end violent conflict before, during, and after a crisis. SFCG has a 33-year track record of equipping individuals and societies to find alternatives to violence. We strive to build sustainable peace for generations to come by working with all sides of a conflict, providing the tools needed to work together, and finding constructive solutions. Our mission is to transform the way the world deals with conflict, away from adversarial approaches and toward cooperative solutions. Instead of tearing down an existing world, we focus on constructing a new one. We do this through a type of peacebuilding called “conflict transformation.” We shift the everyday interactions between hostile groups of people, so they can work together to build up their community, choosing joint problem-solving over violent means.
SFCG’s mission in Yemen is to promote the culture of dialogue and diversity through the involvement of all the components of the society, and while reinforcing their capacities. SFCG-Yemen is working during the ongoing conflict to help members of Yemeni society approach conflicts and differences in a constructive manner, through cooperation and dialogue. SFCG-Yemen is currently operational in many governorates and maintains a wide and robust relationship network of local civil society organizations.

Project Summary:

The overall goal of the project is to enhance youth leaders’ role (ages 20 to 35) to transform conflict without violence. In order to achieve that goal, the project has two specific objectives:

  • Objective 1: Youth leaders’ capacity in conflict analysis and conflict transformation is strengthened.
  • Objective 2: Collaboration among youth leaders and between youth and elders across dividing lines is strengthened.

Theory of Change: This proposed project is based on two complementary theories of change:

  1. The Inside-Out theory of change, specifically the common complex identities theory. This states that if key actors and/or enough individuals on all sides of the conflict discover shared values and multifaceted complex identities, including constructive in-group self-esteem, then inclusive broader "value identities" that unite groups will form.

This theory of change reflects the degree to which national identities are undermined by pressure to identify more strongly with tribe, clan, religion, caste, region, or cultural background. This project seeks to enable the youth leaders to find value in diversity, recognizing common interests despite their differences, firstly within their governorate and then with youth leaders from other governorates with contrasting identity profiles. This change will thus support constructive conflict engagement and strengthen resiliency to negative manipulation and violent action by one's own group.

  1. The Healthy Relationships theory of change, specifically the community-based peace building theory. This states that if belligerent groups within a community are given the opportunity to interact, then they will better understand and appreciate one another and will prefer to resolve conflicts peacefully.

This theory of change focuses on the strength of the relationships between the youth leaders, but also between them and the older generation of leaders, elders, and government officials. The project sought to transform this relationship from one of mistrust, prejudice, and adversarial approaches toward one rooted in common interests. As the health of the relationship between these groups improves, the likelihood of violence between them declines.

The project activities are:

  1. Baseline Assessment
  2. Local Partners Partnerships
  3. Identify Youth Leaders
  4. Youth Capacity Building Trainings
  5. Youth-led Conflict Scans
  6. Mid-term Evaluation
  7. Youth Peacebuilding Dialogue Design Training
  8. Youth-led Dialogue Processes
  9. Community-based Initiatives
  10. Regional-level Meetings

2.Objectives of the evaluation:

SFCG as an organization is committed to conduct evaluations for projects in order to maximize the effectiveness of its programming and engage in continuous improvement and learning within programs and across the organizations. The SFCG approach to evaluations 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 from within the context. SFCG will apply this approach to the evaluation of this project, which will be carried out in consultation and in participation with key relevant stakeholders, appropriate community groups or key civil society individuals. The evaluation objectives will focus on the following:

  1. Evaluate the project's performance in terms of achieving its objectives and expected results;
  2. Evaluate the implementation of the main activities of the project;
  3. Evaluate procedures and processes for setting up the project as described in the project proposal;
  4. Evaluate changes assigned to the project and lessons learned;
  5. Document lessons learned and provide practical recommendations for better design and implementation, as well as recommendations on identification of future priority areas;
  6. Identify the difficulties encountered during the realization of the project.

3.Evaluation criteria and key evaluation questions:

The purpose of the evaluation is to provide an independent assessment on the added value of the SFCG interventions in Yemen, taking note of beneficiary perspectives, and of the effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability of the implemented project.

Results of the evaluation and lessons learned will contribute to designing a methodology for preventing inter-communal conflict and promoting local social cohesion that can be replicated on a larger scale beyond this specific project.

The evaluation is based on the OECD-DAC peace building Evaluation Criteria (relevance, effectiveness, impact, efficiency and sustainability), investigating their set of questions, and utilizing and/or addressing the performance indicators described in the project document.

Relevance:

  • To what extent did this project respond to the targeted community needs and existing issues?
  • What is the relevance of the interventions as perceived by beneficiaries and stakeholders?
  • How relevant were the instruments (Insider Mediators’ training, conflict scans, community dialogue meetings and community initiatives) dedicated during the project to transform the conflict or the drivers of the conflict?

Effectiveness:

  • To what extent was the project successful in achieving its stated goal?
  • To what extent was the project successful in achieving its stated objectives, 1) Youth leaders’ capacity in conflict analysis and conflict transformation is strengthened. 2) Collaboration among youth leaders and between youth and elders across dividing lines is strengthened?
  • To what extent was the project effective in providing Insider Mediators’ trainings with the skills and capacities needed to enhance youths’ engagement to transform conflict without violence?
  • To what extent did the various project activities contribute to the achievement of project objectives?
  • What were the major factors influencing the achievement or non-achievement of the objectives?
  • What were the major project results and lessons learned?

Efficiency:

  • Does the project deliver its outputs and objectives in an efficient manner (results against costs)?
  • Were activities cost-efficient (resources applied results)?

Sustainability

  • To what extent are the objectively verifiable results sustainable beyond SFCG or USAID support, disaggregated by gender, age and location?
  • What could have been done differently so the project becomes more sustainable in the future?
  • Have new mechanisms been designed to continue any work initiated by this project? If yes, will the initiatives sustain post-project?

Impact:

  • What are the broader changes, positive or negative, intended or unintended, of the interventions in the context? To what extent are these changes desirable?
  • What changes can be ascertained in attitudes, behaviors, and relationships as a result of the community dialogue sessions and mediation activities?
  • What could have been done differently to make the project be of higher quality, greater impact? This will include lessons learned, project management and implementation, and working with youth within local communities.
  • Capture and/or incorporate success stories, when applicable – that have been the most significant changes as a result of the project interventions?

In addition to the above lines of inquiry, the Evaluation is expected to provide information against the key indicators as listed in the project log frame.

4.Scope:

The final evaluation will investigate principal target groups: CSO actors, youth and local community representatives in the target governorates listed below:

Governorates:

  • Taiz: Al-Mafeer District
  • Lahj: Toor Al-Baha and Al-Maqatirah District
  • Aden: Sheikh Othman District

The evaluation sample should adequately cover the project target area and be representative of the community structure.

5.Methodology:

The evaluation will employ both quantitative and qualitative participatory methods. Both quantitative and qualitative data will be analyzed with a gender, age, and location disaggregation. The qualitative and quantitative findings are expected to be synthesized in accordance with the project indicators.

The sampling methodology for the tools and/or instruments will be designed by the consultant, referring to the project’s RMP and in coordination with Search-Yemen’s Project Manager, DME Manager and the Regional DME Specialist.

The sampling methodology should include at least 30% female in the sample size of the evaluation to represent the female beneficiaries.

Furthermore, as part of the data collection and analysis process, the consultant is required to respect the following Ethical Principles:

  • 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, 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.
  • Culture Sensitivity: 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 the data produced by this study belongs exclusively to Search and all remaining copies of the data will be as the following deliverables:

A final evaluation plan (Inception report) detailing a proposed methodology and written evaluation tools and cover the following

  • 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-based approach and methodology—gathered information needs to be reliable and transparent.
  • Ethics - the methodology needs to consider ethics in order to ensure that the evaluation is fully objective.
  • Data collection and oversight of the data coding process.

A first draft of the final evaluation report for review by SFCG staff and other stakeholders.

A final evaluation Report (40-45 pages in length) that consists of:

  • Table of contents
  • Executive summary of key findings and recommendations – no more than 3 pages.
  • Research findings, analysis, with associated data presented, where appropriate in clear graphs or charts.
  • Conclusion and Recommendations for future project implementation.
  • Appendices, which include 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.
  • The raw data collected from the field.
  • SFCG may exercise editorial control over the final report.

Duration & Deadlines:
The duration of the contract will be a total period of seven weeks starting from the time of signature. Specific dates will be agreed upon at the beginning of the consultancy.

Logistical Support: SFCG will provide preparatory and logistical assistance to the evaluator, which include:

  • Background materials for desk review (project proposal, meeting notes, reports, etc)
  •  Communication through phone, email
  • Quantitative and qualitative documentation collected and gathered by Search
  • Interviewees (and their contact information)
  • Technical assistance
  • Meeting arrangements with stakeholders and beneficiaries

Team Members:

  • The evaluation will be conducted by an individual or a firm managed by the evaluation focal point person at SFCG-Yemen and supervised by MENA DM&E specialist.
  • 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:

SFCG seeks an experienced evaluator with the following qualifications:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s level degree in conflict resolution, international relations, a related social science field or statistics.
  • Proficiency in Arabic and English.
  • More than 5 years of experience in project evaluation or the equivalent in DM&E expertise, 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 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

To apply, Search Yemen invites all interested and qualified candidates (individuals or teams) to submit the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • A letter of interest, indicating clearly how their experience meets desired qualifications
  • Short biography(ies) of the candidate(s).
  • A technical proposal proposing a methodology for the evaluation
  • A financial proposal for the completion of the aforementioned deliverables.
  • A copy of one evaluation conducted by the candidate(s) in English.
  • 2 references contact details.

by April 23, 2019 to

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Applications not meeting these requirements will not be considered.

  • Employer: SFCG
  • Category: Consultant
  • Location: Sana'a
  • Posted on: 14 April 2019
  • Deadline: 23 April 2019

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