TOR: Evaluator for a DIF funded project in the Netherlands, Colombia and Uganda

Purpose of the Assignment

War Child received funding from the Dutch Relief Alliance Innovation Fund in 2019 to conduct an innovative research project. The project is nearing the end and all DIF funded projects are required to complete an evaluation. The evaluation will provide an opportunity for the project and stakeholders involved to learn from the process and progress of an innovative research project. The evaluation will start as in the last quarter of 2021 and end with the final submission of the evaluation report by end of March 2022.

Background

Systematic and enduring child protection challenges demand new and effective approaches, particularly in volatile humanitarian contexts. Building on evidence that community-owned and community-driven approaches bring about improved outcomes, this project intended to test the feasibility of one bottom-up approach to child protection (community-driven approach to child protection in conflict-affected settings) with two applications; 1) community-driven child protection and 2) stigma reduction, in two contexts (Colombia and Uganda), allowing for cross-learning, comparison and alignment.

In November 2019 War Child started the Communities in the Driver’s Seat project funded by DRA Innovation Fund (DIF). Together with several partners this consortium aimed to produce evidence on standard community-driven approaches with two innovative applications. These applications need to be, next to working towards an evidence base, easy to understand and implement, and yet adaptable to any humanitarian context to allow for scale-up and dissemination among the wider humanitarian community. This will, in the end, bring about increased relevance, impact and sustainability in the field of child protection.

The innovations: brief description

The approach and the two applications are based on two key elements: (a) communities work to actively identify, develop, adapt, own and execute actions, with a key role for already active (in)formal community actors of change (frontrunners on social change), and (b) humanitarian actors serve as facilitators and catalysts of this social norms change process. The applications provide a guided, common process -contextualised and applicable in different settings - that enables humanitarian actors to act rapidly in response to urgent needs in partnership with communities.

The first application of the community-driven approach looks at child protection risks broadly and includes the role of a local coach, who will guide community actors in a process of change. This coach-role is be tested as catalyser for community ownership in conflict-affected settings. The second application aims to address stigmatising norms specifically, supported through a digital app facilitating data visualization, allowing for quick analysis of community information. Community actors of change and a humanitarian actor will identify, adapt and implement previously successful strategies to tackle drivers of stigma such as fear and blame. Core to the approach is adjusting power imbalances, specifically present in humanitarian settings, with communities themselves addressing disempowering social norms, attitudes and practices.

Scope of Work

The underlying project was conducted in two country settings (Colombia and Uganda) and the Amsterdam office; which are the focus of this evaluation. More details will be shared upon the start of the consultancy agreement.

Learning is the main priority of this evaluation. The evaluation centers around two parts: questions regarding the implementation of the project, and regarding the intended results of the innovation (the two applications).

1- DRA project implementation:

  1. Evaluate the learnings of the process. This should include the (unusual) partnerships and the approach the project has taken in its innovation journey.
  2. Evaluate if the project has done what it had intended to do, whether there were any unintended outcomes and how it dealt with deviations.
  3. How can innovation funds fit research projects? What is the interplay between innovation funding research? What challenges do these types of projects face and what support is needed from donors and other relevant stakeholders to ensure contribution to improved humanitarian aid?
  4. How did external circumstances such as force majeure (Covid-19 pandemic) impact the project? Which processes worked and which did not and why?

2- Innovation:

  1. Evaluate if/how the innovation has addressed the challenge/problem statement. Has the innovation provided a (part of the solution)? And if /how (part of) the innovation project can contribute to improving the humanitarian aid sector?
  2. Reflect on the learning questions and assumptions developed at the beginning of the project and/or during the implementation and identify challenges and successes in answering the learning questions throughout the project.
  3. Was the innovation able to adapt to the changing environment and incorporate learning during the implementation?
  4. Does the innovation have a scaling journey/plan? What are the recommendations to support scaling?
  5. Where were the innovations unsuccessful? What were the challenges, how were these addressed and what can we learn from that?

It is expected that the Consultant will develop, propose and finalize the methodology and related tools with the incorporation of internal stakeholders’ feedback and approval. The expected time frame for completion of the evaluation should be between 15-20 working days. Indicate in the workplan how many days each activity will take. Key deliverables are:

  • Inception brief,
  • Detailed work plan and budget breakdown,
  • Detailed methodology and tools,
  • Presentation of process, key findings with actionable and specific recommendations,
  • Final report with a strong executive summary.

How to apply

This opportunity is open to all qualified evaluators. The application should include a proposed methodology proposal, a budget breakdown, a CV, and a previous evaluation work sample. The proposal should include a reflection on how adherence to ethical standards for evaluations will be considered throughout the evaluation.

The quotation for the complete services should be stated in Euros (EUR). The budget should present consultancy fees according to the number of expected working days over the entire period, both in totality and as a daily fee. Travel costs, if any. The evaluation budget is EUR max 10,000 including VAT.

Applications will be evaluated on the basis of whether the submitted proposal captures an understanding of the main deliverables as per this ToR, a methodology relevant to answer the questions, and the overall capacity of the evaluator(s) to carry out the work (i.e. inclusion of proposed evaluators’ CVs, reference to previous work, certification et cetera). Interested parties are advised to contact War Child Holland through cibelle.chaocheva@warchild.nl for the full TOR.

The deadline for submission of the proposal is no later than 23:59hrs CET on November 7, 2021. We would appreciate the necessary documents being submitted as separate attachments (proposal, budget, CV, work sample and such). Please include your contact details in your CV. Late submissions will not be accepted.