FINAL EVALUATOR FOR WOMEN’S VOICES PROJECT IN IRAQ

Project Background: Professional journalists and human rights activists are in a unique position to expose human rights violations and to reduce stigma and discrimination. The Women’s Voices project will support journalists and women’s human rights activists (WHRD) to advance gender equality, to fight sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and to work towards a more diverse, inclusive society.

(WHRD) to advance gender equality, to fight sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), and to work towards a more diverse, inclusive society.

Goal and Objectives : The goal of this project is to challenge societal attitudes that stigmatise survivors of SGBV by supporting journalists and WHRD to shed light on sensitive issues through coordinated reporting and advocacy. By focusing on women journalists and WHRDs, Internews will work with local partners to achieve this goal by meeting the following objectives:

  • Objective One: Create a nationwide coalition of women journalists and WHRDs.
  • Objective Two: Strengthen the resilience of women journalists and women’s rights activists against online and offline gender-based attacks.
  • Objective Three: Build the capacity of journalists to report on sensitive human rights and sexual and gender-based violence

EVALUATION PURPOSES AND OBJECTIVES

The purpose of this final evaluation is to assess the performance and success of the Women’s Voices project against expected outcomes and impact, suggesting ways of improving where relevant. It should also look at signs of potential impact of project activities on beneficiaries and sustainability of results. More specifically, this evaluation has the following principal tasks:

The Women’s Voices project is aimed at the idea that increased and improved coverage that also engages men and local political and religious leaders for the cause will contribute towards reduced stigma and discrimination for survivors of SGBV and advance human rights, gender equality and women’s participation in Iraq. Enhancing the capacities of local women NGOs in advocacy and media outreach will continue to influence their direct beneficiaries’ information provision, media production and dissemination, media-relations, and audience engagement practices beyond the life of the project. All the project activities are aiming at increased coverage which will reduce stigma and discrimination of survivors of SGBV and advance human rights, gender equality and women’s participation.

Internews envisions a theory-driven evaluation that speaks to the international evaluation criteria, OECD/DAC (relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, potential for impact and sustainability) and that pays particular attention to gender.

Internews welcomes the use of creative evaluation methods and approaches that will help substantiate project progress and outcomes, particularly those that adopt non-extractive participatory methods.

EVALUATION SCOPE

The key evaluation questions are:

  • How relevant was the Women’s Voices project to the target groups and other players and stakeholders? How did the project address various stakeholders’ needs, priorities, and policies? To what extent did the project and its various components respond to and was sensitive to the implementation context and its complexities?
  • How effective was the project in meeting its objectives in a timely manner? For example, in building the capacity of journalist and WHRDs to report on SGVB issues sensitively and responsibly? How effective was the role of the content pieces produced under the project in addressing SGBV and broader gender equality issues across Iraq? How effective was the project’s sub-granting mechanism? How effective was the women journalists and WHRD ToT in basic digital security practices and protocols and in basic operational physical security, and were the graduates able to scale up the impact of the training and increase the reach through the smaller regional trainings?
  • How efficient was the Women’s Voices project managed and implemented to serve its objectives? To what extent was the project efficient in linking the investment of inputs to produce the desired outputs and outcomes?
  • How has the project potentially created impact on the operational context? How has it made a difference among various stakeholders and those invested in the project?
  • How the M&E data was analysed to ensure program effectiveness and the quality and usability of the data? How effective was the approach used by the project team to monitor, review, and ensure the quality of M&E data from sub-grantee activities to ensure they are meeting deliverables and measure the impact of their activities? What efforts have been made to encourage sustainability of the project results? Which unmet needs did the evaluator identify that would be relevant to investigate in for an eventual continuation of the project? What would the evaluator recommend improving the sustainability of the project?
  • What are some of the key recommendations and lessons learned from the project for further media development programming in the target countries?

TIMEFRAME AND DELIVERABLES

Internews anticipates around 25 full working days will be needed to conduct this evaluation and considers the below as a flexible working modality:

Activity Timeframe Comments
Launch of ToR and bids reception Deadline for applications: June 15th 2020
Appointment of evaluator and initial briefing Appointment: by end of June 2020.

Briefing: as soon as possible upon appointment.

The consultant is expected to

have initial meetings with staff

in order to inform inception

report (see below)

Inception report By July 15th 2020 Relevant documentation will

be made available and the

inception report will include:

  • Literature review
  • Draft methodology
  • Data collection tools
  • Outline of final report structure
First draft report August 15th, 2020 Internews staff will review the draft for further clarification, comment and structure
Final draft report August 31st, 2020

Note that the draft and final reports should be presented in English and be no longer than 30 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 the donor). It should also include a methodology section, making explicit any limits to the evaluation.

ESSENTIAL AND DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Essential

  • Bachelor’s degree in media, journalism, international development, evaluation or related field;
  • At least 3 years’ experience conducting evaluations in difficult contexts;
  • Experience with qualitative and quantitative M&E data collection and analysis methods;
  • Fluent in English;
  • 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
  • Proficiency in Arabic, or willingness to incorporate a translation into evaluation processes
  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to upholding Internews’ Core Values

Desirable

  • Masters’ degree or PhD in relevant field;
  • Experience conducting evaluations for media development, or more than 5 years’ experience as evaluator;
  • Proficiency in Arabic and English is required.

APPLICATION DEADLINE – June 15th, 2020

Applications should include the below documentation:

  • A 2-3-page statement of interest/draft proposal, highlighting how your methodological approach will address 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) and estimated level of effort (number of days) – including your salary history and/or daily rate for your last 3 consultancies.

Full information about the position is available here.