M&E Consultant/Evaluator

Purpose of the Evaluation & Program Background

Under this assignment, the Institute for War & Peace Reporting (IWPR) is seeking the services of a qualified evaluator to conduct a Program Evaluation of the 40-month FCDO-funded Aswat Horra (Free Voices) Project (consultancy is remote).

The purpose of this evaluation is to assess the performance and effectiveness of the IWPR-led consortium’s programming thus far and to identify and describe the main lessons learned and suggest improvements for future programming.

Program Background: Through the U.K. Government-funded Aswat Horra (Free Voices), the IWPR-led consortium aimed to protect, empower, connect, and amplify free voices in MENA by building local capacities and resilience to FoE threats.

  • Objective 1: To develop evidence and learning for effective approaches to safely promote FoE and pioneer new approaches to keeping MENA civil society organisations free and independent.
  • Objective 2: To build the organisational capacity and resilience of CSOs to support work on FoE effectively and safely. Evaluation purpose and scope.
  • Objective 3: To advance advocacy planning and delivery that promotes FoE and increases collaboration between local groups and activists.

Specifically, the evaluation should consider the strengths / successes and areas for development or limitation of the project. The evaluation should address the following key topics and questions:

  • To what extent is/has the project achieving its intended outcomes? Was the theory of change/assumptions made in developing the approach the right one?
  • How effective were the rapid gender assessments at helping local civil society partners develop subgrants? What adaptations could be made in future projects?
  • What are the views of the women beneficiaries about its effectiveness? Would they recommend any changes?
  • How do the local civil society partners involved in the project assess their capacity/capability has improved through the project?
  • What recommendations do you have for future programming?

The consultant(s) should propose an approach to addressing these topics, including interviews with the project team, local partners, and project beneficiaries, as well as some of the following methods (or other recommended methods): project document and background review, field-based data collection, case studies, and analysis. The consultant’s proposal should include indicative questions for the interviews, applying OECD DAC criteria.

Key Deliverables:

The evaluator(s) will deliver the following products to complete the assignment:

  • Brief inception report including a methodology and work plan on how she/he will undertake the evaluation, including proposed interview list of staff, partners, and beneficiaries and general timeline.
  • Draft evaluation report that answers the evaluation questions agreed upon in the approved evaluation work plan.
  • Final version of the evaluation report.

Profile of the Consultant (s) The consultant(s) must demonstrate:

  • A university degree in the social sciences or other relevant field of study.
  • Experience and expertise in evaluating international development programs.
  • Proven record of consultancies for External Program Evaluation is required.
  • Significant experience in coordination, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programs.
  • Demonstrated excellent analytical, writing and reporting skills.
  • Ability to manage the available time and resources and to work under tight deadlines.
  • Understanding of donor requirements and independence from the parties involved.
  • Ability to facilitate conversations with and relate to a variety of stakeholders.
  • Experience collecting and analyzing field data and proven ability to use quantitative, qualitative, and mixed evaluation research methods.
  • Experience conducting evaluations on gender-focused programmes and experience in the MENA region/conflict countries.
  • Fluency in English with excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Fluency in Arabic is required.
MENA region or remote

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Principals only. No calls please. Only those who have been selected for interviews will be contacted. IWPR will never ask for payment for recruitment.

MENA region or remote
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