Organization: medica mondiale
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Germany
Closing date: 22 Apr 2018
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS – Evaluation of a project in North & South Kivu, DR Congo
Female consultancy team to develop and conduct an evaluation of a project in North Kivu & South Kivu in the DR Congo
medica mondiale is a non-governmental organisation based in Cologne, Germany. As a feminist women’s rights and aid organisation medica mondiale supports women and girls in war and crisis zones throughout the world. Through own programmes and in cooperation with local women’s organisations we offer holistic support to women and girl survivors of sexualised and gender-based violence. On the political level, we pro-actively promote women’s rights, call for a rigorous punishment of crimes as well as effective protection, justice and political participation for survivors of violence. Currently medica mondiale is working in Northern Iraq/Kurdistan, in Afghanistan, in Liberia, in Kosovo, in Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as the African Great Lakes Region.
The implementing organisation
The implementing partner “Promotion et Appui aux Initiatives Féminines (PAIF)” is a Congolese non-governmental, non-profit organisation founded in 1993 by women’s rights activists during Mobutu’s dictatorship. For over 20 years, PAIF has played an active role in strengthening of women’s and girls’ rights in Congo and ending gender-based violence. PAIF’s vision is a world where women’s rights and their dignity are being respected and fulfilled. PAIF’s mission is to support and protect women’s rights in DR Congo and to support women’s initiatives with realising their social, political and economic rights, with the main target group being survivors of sexualised violence. PAIF documents cases of violence against women and girls in the Kivu provinces, supports survivors and advocates in society and politics for their rights and for the punishment of perpetrators.
For the evaluation of the project “Prévention améliorée et protection accrue contre la violence sexuelle et basée sur le genre (VSBG) pour les filles et les jeunes femmes vulnérables dans la République démocratique du Congo (RDC)” in North Kivu & South Kivu, DR Congo
we are looking for a female
SHORT-TERM CONSULTANCY TEAM
to develop and conduct an evaluation of the project.
To ensure that the evaluation draws a balanced picture we would like to contract an evaluation team consisting of an international female expert and a national or regional female expert with the following expertise:
One consultant will be the main responsible person to medica mondiale and will take the lead responsibility for methodology, process and reporting. This consultant will also ensure that the evaluation team as well as interpreters will act in a trauma-sensitive way. Team applications are most welcome.
Background and Project Description
The provinces North Kivu and South Kivu have been showplace of an armed conflict for almost 20 years with the civil society frequently suffering from systematic cases of violence. Women and girls are particularly affected by the conflict situation as sexualised and gender-based violence (SGBV) threaten them every day, not only in the context of war but in all areas of life. The extent and the pattern of sexualised violence in the DR Congo are a grave expression of gender inequality that has become normality. Survivors of SGBV not only have to cope with the consequences of war but also with the traumatising consequences of the violence they experienced, including psychological and physical symptoms, stigmatisation and exclusion from society. This dynamic has an enduring effect itself on the social cohesion of communities.
Even though national structures in the fight against SGBV are in place, different studies show that most measures in the fight against SGBV in East Congo focus on medical care of survivors and too little on strategies for violence prevention.
The project covers two key areas of work: the direct support of the core target group and measures for violence prevention and the protection of girls and young women from structural gender-based violence. 2500 girls and young women use trauma-sensitive psychosocial counselling services that are complemented by medical, legal and economic services. Through the access to educational offers, seed capital and solidarity groups they also enhance their socio-economic self-help competencies. In order to ensure social integration of the target group PAIF raises awareness within the society. Furthermore, community structures, especially youth clubs, are supported and encouraged to independently undertake long-term efforts for the prevention of sexualised violence and the protection of women and girls. Strategic advocacy and increasing cooperation with relevant civil and governmental actors and SGBV coordination committees on local and province level are intended to improve support and protection for the target group.
The core target group consists of 2500 young women and girls affected or threatened by SGBV who do not receive sufficient protection. Many girls have survived rape several times and other types of sexualised violence. They are traumatised, stressed and suffer from multiple psychological, physical, social and economic consequences of violence. Other target groups that play an important role in violence prevention are families, community leaders, traditional authorities, representatives of churches and schools and other community structures, such as youth clubs. The strategic inclusion of boys and men in community-based protection measures is also integrated part of the project. One central target group or mediators are national institutions and departments on local and province level that responsible for adequate support of survivors, persecution, protection and violence prevention.
Purpose and Objectives of Evaluation
At a higher level, this evaluation serves as important participatory learning process for all stakeholders involved in the project.
The purpose of the evaluation is to provide decision makers at the BMZ, medica mondiale and PAIF with sufficient information to make an informed judgment about the performance of the project, document lessons learnt and provide practical recommendations for required changes to the project and similar future projects. The evaluation shall include an assessment of the project’s impact, effectiveness, relevance, efficiency and sustainability (DAC criteria).
The progress and the success of the project shall be assessed as well as its likelihood of achieving its stated objectives and indicators according to the project’s results model/impact matrix. The evaluation should generate practical hands-on recommendations that can be implemented by the project actors within their sphere of control and influence over the remaining project period and beyond. The evaluation will be used to inform future management and programming of medica mondiale and PAIF. medica mondiale e.V. will share the evaluation results with the BMZ and PAIF.
A key point is to generate recommendations for follow-up projects with PAIF and future establishment of the organisation in general. Lessons learned from the project implementation shall be derived to inform and improve the development of future programming and organisational structure and strategy. Regarding any major issues and problems affecting progress, recommendations about any required changes to the project shall be made and action points identified. Lessons learned shall be documented.
General evaluation questions/tasks
Community entry/well being
Trauma-sensitive, holistic approach/psychosocial empowerment
The final methodology will be defined and agreed upon in close cooperation with medica mondiale and PAIF during the preparation and before the field phase of the evaluation. This ensures transparency. Furthermore, the dialogue is important to achieve “ownership” of the evaluation and with this acceptance of the evaluation results and forms the basis for collaboration with the evaluation team. In general, a trauma-sensitive way of working is important to medica mondiale in this context and standards in working with survivors of sexualised violence should be applied. The evaluation team should use a multi-mixed design, using quantitative and qualitative data. The design should be based on a participatory approach and at the same time strongly incorporate “learning”.
Process 1. Preparation
Outputs and Deliverables
The evaluation report shall be complete and written in readily understandable language. The report shall clearly describe the background and goal of the project as well as the evaluation methodology, process and results in order to offer comprehensive and understandable content. A transparent line of arguments shall be kept throughout analysis, assessment and recommendations so that every recommendation can be comprehensibly attributed to the results that are based on data analysis. As per the principle of usefulness, the recommendations shall be guided by the terms of reference and the information needs and be clearly directed at particular recipients. A document detailing quality criteria for evaluation reports will be provided by medica mondiale e. V.
Tentative Period of Work
Suggested Quantity Structure
The final quantity structure will be defined depending on the proposed methodology and during the preparation.
How to apply:
Please email your application (CV in English and French, cover letter and references not exceeding 2MB) including your package proposal (technical, methodological and financial offer in English and if possible in French) and information concerning your availability with the subject “Evaluation PAIF” by 22.04.2018 to: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
We highly appreciate team applications. The budget for the evaluation including travel costs, accommodation, translation etc. should not exceed 22.500 € in total.
Please note that we will not send any acknowledgement of receipt of the documents you have submitted. Only short-listed/successful candidates will be contacted. Please note also that the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has to agree on the selection of evaluators and the final TOR.
Further information on medica mondiale and our projects can be found on our website: www.medicamondiale.org