IMPACT grant mid-term evaluation
Application Closing Date - 22 Jun 2018
Job Start Date - approx. 01/08/2018
Duration - approx. 01/08/2018– 31/10/2018
Location - remote, with site visits to Berlin, at least one country in the Americas region and one country in the Africa region
Transparency International (TI) is the global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption. Through more than 100 chapters worldwide and an international secretariat in Berlin, Germany, TI raises awareness of the damaging effects of corruption and works with partners in government, business and civil society to develop and implement effective measures to tackle it.
The Transparency International Secretariat (TI-S) in Berlin is seeking to commission a mid-term evaluation of the “IMPACT” grant to an external consultant.
The overall goal of the Integrity, Mobilisation, Participation, Accountability, Anti-Corruption and Transparency (IMPACT) grant is to contribute over a four-year period to fighting corruption in twelve countries in the Americas and Africa. The grant shall focus on increasing the integrity, transparency and accountability of public sector institutions and the private sector, while empowering civil society to advocate for changes in policy and practice. Knowledge and evidence generated through the grant shall be used to advocate for, promote and monitor anticorruption reforms.
In the Americas, eight countries are part of the grant: Argentina, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Peru, Trinidad & Tobago and Venezuela. Grant activities in these countries will include a specific focus on contributing to improved security by promoting increased adoption and exercise of accountability standards and laws by governments, national and local security, and justice institutions. In Africa, four countries are part of the Grant: DRC, Ghana, Nigeria and Mozambique. Grant activities in this region include a specific focus on using existing and developing new evidence to support access to basic services and land rights.
Sub-grant agreements have been signed between TI-S and its twelve National Chapters or Contacts outlining financial and narrative reporting requirements. TI-S also implements activities in support of its partners regionally.
Under the grant, TI-S and National Chapters should ensure that gender equality is integrated into the activities. Expected results in the performance measurement framework have been adjusted to ensure they are gender sensitive and indicators measure progress towards integration of gender quality.
The grant has a budget of €8.6M, started on the 1st April 2016 and ends on 31 March 2020.
The main purpose of the evaluation exercise is to provide an external and independent review that assesses the performance and achievements in meeting the expected results and contributing to positive changes. Additionally, the evaluation will assess whether the grant lead to any unforeseen positive or negative results. The assessment will stimulate learning and inform TI’s upcoming activities under the grant.
The overall objectives of the evaluation are the following:
- Provide an objective assessment of the achievements and results;
- Identify weaknesses and strengths of the grant.
- Generate lessons learned and good practices from the grant’s work.
- Provide clear and forward-looking recommendations that can guide TI-S and National Chapters in developing and improving the rest of the activities for the remaining period.
KEY ISSUES TO BE ADDRESSED
The following questions could be addressed during the grant evaluation, but are subject to discussion and agreement with TI-S during the period of designing the evaluation approach. The evaluator is free to further prioritize these questions in the proposal and suggest others it deems necessary.
Relevance: To what extent does the grant suit the priorities and policies of the target groups, TI and the donor organisation?
- Have the grant priorities been in line with National Chapters’ as well as TI’s strategic priorities?
- How relevant is the grant to address corruption issues in the participating countries?
- To what extent are the initial objectives still appropriate?
- Are the activities and outputs funded by the grant consistent with the goals and objectives?
Impact: The positive and negative changes produced by the grant directly or indirectly. This involves the main targets and outcomes/ impact, both intended and unintended.
- What have been the key outcomes/ impact achieved in the three result areas so far and how does this compare with what was expected?
- How did the grant add value to the outcomes/ impact achieved?
Effectiveness: Assessment of how far the intended outcomes were achieved in relation to target set in the original grant proposal and in the national plans:
- Have the interventions achieved or are they likely to achieve the objectives?
- Were the initial objectives realistic?
- What were the major factors influencing the achievement or non-achievement of the objectives?
- With hindsight, how could it have been improved?
- How effective was the support of TI-S in terms of enabling National Chapters achieving the grant goals?
- Overall, what are the strengths and weaknesses of the grant to date?
Efficiency: How far funding, personnel, regulatory, administrative, time, other resources and procedures contributed to or hindered the achievement of targets.
- How well did the National Chapter – TI-S partnership and management arrangements work and how did they develop over time?
- How were implementing partners involved in project management? How effective was this and what have been the benefits of or difficulties with this involvement?
- Were the risks properly identified and well managed?
- Did the grant represent good value for money? (Note that the grant will be/ is financially audited separately.)
Sustainability: Potential for the continuation of the impact achieved after the end of the grant:
- To what extent are the TI implementing partners able to ensure the sustainability of grant outcomes in terms of integrating aspects of the work in their future work and in terms of capacity (financial, personal and skills)?
- What are the major factors, that will influence the achievement or non-achievement of sustainability of the grant?
- What are the mechanisms in place (or planned) to ensure that achieved results are maintained and built upon by the implementing partners, governments and/or other relevant stakeholders?
The evaluator is ultimately responsible for the overall methodological approach and design of the evaluation and is expected to propose methodologies that they consider most appropriate to achieve the aims of this evaluation. However, the evaluation should use a participatory and gender-sensitive approach engaging relevant staff at TI-S and implementing partners and beneficiaries through structured methods and selected field visits. Both quantitative and qualitative data should be utilised to assess the grant. Data collection methods may include among others interviews with internal and external stakeholders, survey questionnaires, field visits, and desk review of relevant documents.
The evaluator is expected to refine the scope and methodology of this evaluation during the inception phase in cooperation with TI-S and provide a detailed evaluation plan. The evaluation expert should present a detailed statement of the proposed review methods in the technical proposal.
EXPECTED DELIVERABLES AND TIMELINE
The evaluator or team is expected to deliver:
- A concept note outlining the proposed methodology, timeframe of planned actions including scheduled country visits for approval by TI-S.
- A draft evaluation report for review and comments by TI-S including annexes covering conducted interviews, questionnaires and list of reviewed documents
- A validation meeting in Berlin with key stakeholders to discuss findings and feedback on draft report.
- A final report, including clear lessons-learned and recommendations.
All evaluation deliverables are to be submitted in English, in electronic form (in word and excel for OS Windows compatible), in accordance with the deadlines agreed. The consultant is responsible for editing and quality control of language. The final report should be presented in a way that directly enables publication. TI-S retains the sole rights with respect to all distribution, dissemination and publication of the deliverables.
The final evaluation report (max 50 pages, including annexes) must include the following sections:
- Title Page
- Table of Contents
- Executive Summary
- Brief description of the grant
- The Evaluation Methodology
- Findings in relation to standard review criteria (see above)
- Lessons Learned
- Summary of Recommendations
In addition to the final evaluation report, a PowerPoint presentation should contain a visual synthesis of the report.
The expected deliverables and timelines are set out below:
- Interim report by 10/09/2018.
- Final report by 10/10/2018.
- University degree in social sciences or a related area. A post-graduate degree in project management, and/or related fields would be an advantage.
- At least 7 years of proven relevant professional experience in an international development environment, of which at least 3 years should be in Monitoring & Evaluation of multiple country projects & programmes.
- Substantial experience in conducting evaluations, including in the anticorruption field.
- Excellent drafting and report writing capacities.
- Highly motivated and committed to the values of transparency and integrity
- Regional experience and good understanding of political, socio economic and human rights issues in the countries involved in the grant or sub-regions the countries belong.
- Availability to carry out most of the work in August/September 2018.
- Experience in monitoring and evaluation of grants funded by Global Affairs Canada.
- Familiarity with the activities and procedures of TI-Sand TI National Chapters is an advantage.
- Experience in Results-Based programmes/project management approach.
- Knowledge of good governance and anti-corruption issues
- Working language:
- The working language will be English
- Knowledge of Spanish is highly desirable
REMUNERATION AND COSTS
The Consultant should provide a detailed breakdown, before any VAT or other charges, of all their estimated costs, including but not limited to; total fee as a lump sum or standard daily or hourly rates, (if applicable) international travel, local transport, accommodation, work materials. The expected number of working days should not exceed 35 days, including travel days.
Transparency International e.V. (Secretariat), (TI-S) is registered as a Business Entity in Germany with VAT identification number DE273612486. In order to determine the Value Added Tax (VAT) implications of this tender, we kindly request that the consultant fill out the VAT Form for Tenders/ Vendor Form (instructions inside the form) and submit the completed and duly signed form along with their email application.
- First annual report of the grant can be viewed here .
- Information about the TI accredited chapters or national contacts implementing the grant can be found here:Ghana, Venezuela, Mozambique, DRC, Argentina, Honduras, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Nigeria, Guatemala, Colombia and Peru.
Applications (in English) must be sent by email to email@example.com by close of business 22/06/2018. Please indicate “IMPACT grant mid-term evaluation” in the subject line.
The application should contain the following documents:
- A cover letter outlining motivation and evidence that the evaluator is qualified to undertake this evaluation
- Curriculum Vitae with full description of the applicant’s profile and experience
- One sample of previous work (confidentiality guaranteed)
- The approach and proposed data collection methods based on the information provided in these Terms of Reference including timeline
- Financial offer for undertaking the work, with estimation as to the number of days that will be spent on each task
- Contact details for at least two independent referees with in-depth and proven knowledge of the applicant’s expertise and relevant work experience.
- Completed VAT form for tenders also available at www.transparency.org/whoweare/work
Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. TI retains the right to reject any or all of the applications and/or to enter into additional negotiations with one or more of the tendering parties.
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