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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

BACKGROUND

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.

OBJECTIVES

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:

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?

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.

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:

Efficiency: How far funding, personnel, regulatory, administrative, time, other resources and procedures contributed to or hindered the achievement of targets.

Sustainability: Potential for the continuation of the impact achieved after the end of the grant:

METHODOLOGY

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:

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.

Report structure

The final evaluation report (max 50 pages, including annexes) must include the following sections:

  1. Title Page
  2. Table of Contents
  3. Executive Summary
  4. Brief description of the grant
  5. The Evaluation Methodology
  6. Findings in relation to standard review criteria (see above)
  7. Lessons Learned
  8. Summary of Recommendations
  9. Annexes

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:

  1. Interim report by 10/09/2018.
  2. Final report by 10/10/2018.

SELECTION CRITERIA

Essential profile:

Desirable experience:

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.

OTHER INFORMATION

CONTACT INFORMATION

Applications (in English) must be sent by email to impactgrantreview@transparency.org 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:

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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