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External Project Evaluator

Closing date: 
Friday 16th March 2018


Duties and Responsibilities

IWPR is seeking an external evaluator to evaluate a 28-month Digital Security project (Nov 2015 to March 2018), which is in its final stages. The overall objective of the External Evaluator will be to provide an objective assessment of the extent to which IWPR’s project met its goal and objectives, as well as provide an analysis of lessons learned and recommendations for future programming.

About the Project to be Evaluated

Working mostly in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), with a small section of the project in Latin America, the project’s goal and objectives were as follows:

Goal: To build digital security skills among human rights defenders, including WHRDs, and strengthen the institutional resilience of some of the most vulnerable human rights organizations in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and Latin America against acute digital threats, data loss, and privacy breaches. 

Objective 1: To instill digital security skills and best practices of responsible data and information management in individual activists, human rights defenders, and those who directly work with the most vulnerable groups on the ground (Individual Approach)

Objective 2: To develop a sustainable, institutional, digital security culture within at-risk human rights organizations in the MENA region in order to increase their resilience against digital threats, data loss, and privacy breaches (Institutional Approach)

Objective 3: Increase the capacity of WHRDs in target areas to communicate and network more securely online and through other digital media by providing integrated, tailored training in digital security, responsible data management, the secure use of social media, and gender-specific digital threats (In Latin America and MENA)

Objective 4: Provide IWPR and other Internet Freedom implementers with a reliable space to share experiences and lessons learned, as well as equip digital security trainers with adaptable, up-to-date training resources.

Consultancy Activities and Deliverables

  • Review of project documents: project proposal, logic model, quarterly reports, M&E plan and indicator results table, results of project monitoring tools etc.;
  • Work together with IWPR and donor to propose an evaluation methodology;
  • Interviews and other evaluation tools with project staff and consultants;
  • Interviews and other evaluation tools applied with selected project beneficiaries and stakeholders;
  • Other activities as agreed in evaluation methodology;
  • A final report that assesses the program’s overall results, analyzes lessons learned and provides recommendations. Analyzed data must be presented clearly, concisely and with graphs.

Person Specification

  • Monitoring and evaluation specialist with strong research, analysis and writing skills (in English);
  • Experience working in digital security and internet freedom issues;
  • Experience evaluating projects with a gender focus;
  • Strong understanding of risks faced by human rights defenders and journalists in the Middle East, North Africa and Latin America;
  • Education: Master’s degree in a Social Science or Bachelor’s + relevant experience;
  • Minimum 6 years experience working in international development, human rights or related fields, preferably with international NGOs;
  • Minimum two years of professional experience in monitoring and evaluation of projects funded by international donors;
  • Ability to write clear and concise reports;
  • Highly motivated and results oriented;
  • Cultural sensitivity and ability to work with and adapt to people from various cultures and communities is essential;
  • Fluent English is essential;
  • Excellent command of Arabic is strongly preferred;
  • Understanding of Spanish is preferred;
  • Experience using statistics and data analysis programs, and/or data visualization.

More information

  • Willingness to travel internationally (to Middle East and/or Latin America), if deemed necessary as part of proposal to complete rigorous evaluation;
  • Willingness to adapt to security measures needed to work in the region;
  • Availability during April-May 2018 is essential.


Essential: Fluent English both written and oral

Strongly Preferred: Professional level Arabic

Preferred: Understanding of Spanish


Master's degree


Please send a proposed budget, broken down by product milestones (see How to Apply for more details).


March 16, 2018.


March 26, 2018.


Please submit a preliminary evaluation work plan, outlining the various steps and milestones of the final evaluation, with their expected completion dates and costs (ie personnel cost of consultancy, please do not include any travel costs at this stage, they will be agreed and covered separately).

This evaluation proposal should be submitted together with your updated CV, a motivation letter, the references of two project leaders whose projects you have evaluated, and an example of a final report you have written to and (please send to both emails).

Principals only. No calls please. Women and minorities encouraged to apply. Only those who have been selected for interviews will be contacted. IWPR will never ask for payment for recruitment.

This position description is not an exhaustive list of all functions that the incumbent is expected to perform, but is instead a summary of the primary responsibilities and requirements of the job. The incumbent may be asked to perform duties not included in this position description. IWPR reserves the right to revise position descriptions at any time based on changes to the required job responsibilities. Staff will be informed of any changes to their job responsibilities.