Institute for War and Peace Reporting | Giving Voice, Driving Change
IWPR-Iraq is seeking a qualified Monitoring and Evaluation consulting firm to support a USG-funded project in the MENA region focused on training, supporting, and empowering grassroots activists, media organizations, and multi-ethnic communities in areas liberated from ISIS. The project goal is to promote tolerance, peacebuilding, and peaceful coexistence, and to counter and prevent extremism. The primary task for this consultancy will be measuring project performance through content testing via focus groups. The selected firm will provide technical assistance in designing the focus groups, will collaborate with project personnel to prepare focus groups and test content, and will liaise with IWPR management to ensure that project deadlines and deliverables are met.
INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND
Champions for Reconciliation and Women’s Rights in Iraq (CRWR), is an innovative 18-month project that aims to influence the perceptions and behaviors of Iraqis towards inter-communal relations, human rights, and gender-based violence through mutually-reinforcing, women and youth-led grassroots actions and public awareness campaigns. Funded by the US Department of State's Bureau for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL), the project will directly contribute to DRL’s objectives of promoting reconciliation, accountability, and the prevention of atrocities, as well as protecting and empowering women and youth. CRWR will work to sensitize Iraqis to the traumatic experiences of women and youth who lived under ISIS’ control and the societal challenges they face today.
Applicants will provide within the RFQ a full Methodology for Qualitative Assessment of project programming to provide the following:
Measures of Performance in the form of:
- Two waves of evaluative, qualitative research to include three focus groups per wave – one each in Anbar, Saladin, and Ninevah. Group discussions are to be no less than two hours each, with no fewer than six respondents per group. All respondents are to be a mix of male and female, aged 20-40. Consultant will also conduct a one-day diary pre-task;
- Focus groups that examine no fewer than six pieces of content per group and introduce four pieces of content per group from the project Facebook page focused on that geography, of which two pieces of content are to be consistent across all three groups. All content from one wave is to be evaluated against consistent strategic objectives;
- Output: Measures of Performance – cognitive and emotional takeout against the intent;
- Expertise in M&E design and methodology to help capture stakeholder and beneficiary outcomes;
- Assistance in preparing datasets for reports that consolidate data from monitoring tasks;
- Survey-related design, administration, and evaluation guidance and expertise to program staff;
- Technical assistance in planning and designing evaluation research methodologies for assessing needs, aiding in program improvement, and demonstrating accountability, effectiveness or impact, all to inform programmatic decisions.
Qualifications of Consultant/Company
- Company with 10+ years of professional experience with strong demonstrated expertise in the area of M&E and proven ability to design and implement M&E plans;
- The company must have an operational presence in Iraq, especially in Diyala, Nineveh, and Anbar;
- Company profile and individuals with educational background and experiences in the required field;
- Significant experience in the Middle East, and Iraq in particular, and experience working with international donor agencies, preferably USG;
- Demonstrated ability to use Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for data capture, collection and/or analysis;
- Fluency in Arabic language, written and oral. Company must have the capacity for its own translation;
- Experience conceptualizing and creating user-friendly guidelines, manuals, infographics, and learning materials for technical subjects;
- Exceptional writing skills to effectively create clear and concise reports, manuals, strategies and/or guidelines;
- Additionally, the service provider must have a working knowledge of and previous training experience provided for International Nonprofit Organizations, (INGOs).
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.