Evaluator for final evaluation of Middle Eastern project

Posted by: InternewsEurope

London, United Kingdom

Position: Evaluator for final evaluation of Middle Eastern project

Organisation: Internews Europe

Duration: 15-20 full working days

Application Deadline: 13th June 2016

Internews overview

Internews is an international non-profit organization whose mission is to empower local civil society worldwide to give people the news and information they need, the ability to connect and the means to make their voices heard. For more information about the organisation please visit: www.internews.com

Project background

Final evaluation of a project funded by the European Commission

This is a sensitive project in the Middle East, funded by the European Commission with just over 2 million pounds and whose overall objective is “to help the population cope with the effects of the crisis and to facilitate a peaceful and democratic transition“.

The specific objectives are as follows:

  • Increase the capacity, standards, availability and sustainability of free and independent media (including social media)
  • Increase citizen opportunities to access independent information sources and to engage in inter-community dialogue
  • Improve the physical and digital security of journalists, bloggers and media outlets/groups
  • Aid eventual transition through support to positive media regulation and infrastructure(s) which enshrines Freedom of Expression

In order to achieve the above objectives, the below areas of work were pursued:

  • Training around journalistic standards: directly with individuals as well as using a trainer of trainers (ToT) model.
  • Training around digital security for journalists, bloggers and media outlets.
  • Small grants as follows:
    • To provide financial support to media partners
    • Fellowship awards
  • Editorial and business management consultancies to media organisations
  • A suit of technology services for enhanced access to internet and digital security.
  • Development of an ethical and journalistic standards charter for positive media regulation via certification.

Evaluation Purpose and Objectives

The purpose of this summative (final) evaluation is to assess existing evidence – and generate new evidence where needed – around the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact and sustainability of the project. This evidence will be used for both learning and accountability in similar contexts. More specifically, the evaluation will be used in the following ways:

  • To provide information to internal staff and funders as well as external stakeholders, as appropriate, in order to strengthen the relationship between them and our organisation.
  • To inform the effective design of future projects in the country and in similar contexts, facilitating wider organisational learning and better decision-making.
  • To generate tangible stories, testimonials or case studies that can be used in Internews’ communications or development activities (with permission of the respondent).

Evaluation Scope

The key evaluation questions are:

  • How efficient and effective have been our activities in increasing journalistic capacity and overall standards? Is there a specific delivery model that was more successful than others in this project at achieving expected results? If so why?
  • How efficient and effective have been our activities in improving the physical and digital security of target beneficiaries? Are there any lessons learned to increase impact?
  • To what extend activities have contributed to sustained availability of free and independent media in Syria? And what are the enabling mechanisms or barriers to this contribution?
  • What evidence can be generated around this project’s ability to increase citizen’s access to quality, independent information? And to what extend it has facilitated inter-community dialogue and the ability of audiences to cope with the effects of the current crises?
  • What is the probability that our activities are contributing to facilitate an eventual peaceful and democratic transition? Are there other areas of opportunity?
  • What is the level of sustainability of this project beyond its closure? Are there any key risks or opportunities?

Preferred evaluation approach

We prefer theory-driven evaluations, focusing on identifying the mechanisms and types of contexts that are most conductive to contribute to the desired objectives in order to generate insights that could help replicate or scale up if needed. As such we expect that for each line of inquiry above described the following sub questions will be adequately answered: when and what happened, how and why.

In addition we expect results to be gender-disaggregated and we welcome other disaggregation of results as needed – for example by language, ethnicity or other as relevant.

Finally all possible efforts will be made to solicit the experiences and perspectives of all relevant stakeholders involved in the project, subject to security concerns. Specific methodologies will be discussed and agreed with the evaluator(s). To assess the quality of work done by an evaluator, we will use the BOND evidence principles[1] checklist.

Timeframe and deliverables

We anticipate around 15-20 full working days[1] will be need to conduct this evaluation in a flexible working manner as follows:

1

Activity Launch of ToR and bids reception

Timeframe To mid-June 2016

2

Activity Appointment of evaluator and initial debrief

Timeframe Appointment: by end of June 2016. Debrief: as soon as possible upon appointment. Estimated time: ½ day to 1 working day

Comments The consultant is expected to have initial meetings with staff at Internews in order to inform inception report (see below)

3

Activity Inception report

Timeframe By mid-July. Estimated time: 1-2 working days

Comments The inception report will include: Draft methodology / Timeline / Data collection tools / Roles and Responsibilities

4

Activity Revision of project documents, literature review, new data collection where relevant and analysis

Timeframe By first week of August, estimated time: 7-12 days

Comments A field report and sets of raw data are expected before final draft report is submitted.

5

Activity Report writing and presentation of first draft to Internews

Timeframe By 19th August, estimated time: 5-7 days

Comments Internews to have an opportunity to revise and feedback on draft report.

6

Activity Final report submission incorporating relevant feedback from Internews

Timeframe Due within a week of receipt of feedback (end of August the latest). Estimated time: 1-2 days

Note that the draft and final reports should be presented in English and be no longer than 35 pages (excluding any relevant annexes), and contain a concise Executive Summary of core findings and recommendations, the latter being specific and action-oriented, and tailored to all relevant stakeholders (i.e. Internews and our donor, the European Commission). It should also include a methodology section, making explicit any limits to the evaluation.

Essential qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, international relations, conflict resolution, human rights, or related field;
  • At least 2 years’ experience conducting evaluations, particularly for the European Commission
  • Experience with qualitative and quantitative M&E data collection and analysis methods;
  • Fluent in English and Arabic
  • Excellent inter-cultural communication skills/cultural sensitivity and the ability to forge strong cross-cultural relationships and build trust demonstrated through previous intercultural experience;
  • Strong facilitation, presentation, writing and communication skills

Desirable

  • Masters’ degree or PhD in relevant field.
  • Experience conducting evaluations for media development, or more than 5 years’ experience as evaluator.
  • Experience evaluating projects in conflict or fragile contexts

Application guidelines and requirements

  • Deadline: by 13th June 2016
  • A 2-3 page statement of interest/draft proposal, highlighting how your methodological approach will address security concerns and the scope planned for this evaluation as well as describing how your profile meets criteria (see next section)
  • A CV and 2 recommendations
  • Evidence of evaluation work (e.g. link to evaluation reports or PDF attachments), highlighting evaluation theories and approaches.
  • A short cost justification (not included in the 2 page limit) – including your salary history and/or daily rate for your last 3 consultancies.

Please note that the total award for this consultancy project will be calculated based on working days and daily rates.


[1] Please note that the total award for this consultancy project will be calculated based on working days and daily rates.

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