Terms of Reference - Final evaluation of SIDA funded Great Lakes Civil Society Project (GLP)


The Great Lakes Civil Society Project (GLP) is a regional programme implemented since January 2010 by the Danish Refugee Council with funding from the Swedish International Development Agency. The first phase of the GLP was implemented between January 2010 and April 2013, while the second phase started in May 2013. 
The GLP is implemented in partnership with civil society organisations in four countries of the Great Lakes region: Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Kenya and Uganda. The GLP’s vision is for civil society to hold governments accountable to the commitments made for protecting displaced persons in their countries, by proposing realistic policy solutions to conflict and displacement.   
The programme supports national civil society organisations in documenting and analysing specific displacement and conflict issues, and translating these analyses into practical advocacy goals at the local, national and regional levels. It draws on existing legal and political frameworks for the protection of refugees and IDPs, such as the Great Lakes Pact on Security, Stability and Development, and the African Union Kampala Convention, as well as national-level IDP and refugee policies and legislative tools. Where possible, it encourages cross-border learning between civil society organisations and regional initiatives aimed at providing joint solutions to regional displacement problems.   
The proposal and logical framework for Phase II outlines the programme’s overall objectives as follows:  
  • Local conflict resulting from and contributing to displacement in target areas of the Great Lakes is prevented and/or resolved through participatory processes defined and implemented at the local level. 
  • National and regional policies on displacement and conflict in the Great Lakes region are developed and/or improved to respond to locally-identified needs.  
  • The capacities of civil society actors to play a strategic role in policy formulation on displacement and conflict are reinforced. 
Objectives of the evaluation  
The purpose of the evaluation is to assess the results and impact of the programme, draw the lessons learned and assess the relevance of civil society programming for DRC.  
Specific objectives: 
More specifically, the review is expected to: 
  • Assess the impact of the GLP 
  • Assess the relevance, appropriateness and foundations of the GLP. The consultant will have to analyse the programme documents but also the context and legal frameworks in the countries of operation 
  • Assess the quality (appropriateness, availability and timeliness) and effectiveness of the support given to the CSO partners to improve their performances for the protection of displaced people. The consultant will particularly look at the partners’ capacity to conduct research, identify strategic issues, design and conduct advocacy intervention and develop cross-border collaboration. The consultant will assess the progress in the partners’ capacity since the beginning of their collaboration with DRC. 
  • Formulate recommendations on how DRC should engage with civil society actors 
While the consultant is expected and encouraged to propose a most suitable and appropriate methodology for carrying out the review s/he is expected to among others: 
  • Review all relevant documents (programme documents, previous evaluations, partner reports, legal frameworks, donor reports, context analysis) 
  • Conduct in-depth Skype or phone interviews with four GLP partners 
  • Conduct interview with the GLP team and other relevant DRC staff 
  • Conduct a phone/Skype interview with SIDA in Addis Ababa  
Expected outputs 
  • An inception report detailing the consultant’s proposed methodology for conducting the review. This will be discussed, agreed and approved with DRC’s Deputy Regional Director prior to commencement of the review. 
  • A draft report, not exceeding 20 pages, reflecting all major findings and conclusions to be shared with DRC for review and feedback. 
  • A final report (two hard copies and one soft copy in Ms-Word format) reflecting comments and feedback, including an executive summary.  All Annexes in the soft copy of the report need to be included in the main report and as separate documents clearly named. 
  • Raw and analysed data including audio-visual materials where necessary.  
Target audience for the report 
  • DRC Great Lakes team and Senior Management in Nairobi 
  • DRC Africa and heads of desk in Copenhagen  
  • SIDA 
  • Partners in the five countries of implementation 
Time-frame and location  
The final review will take place in August 2016. 
The consultant will work alongside the GLP Project officer, and is also expected to consult a sample of four partners: in Kenya, in Burundi, Uganda and in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  The consultant will also talk to SIDA's representatives in Addis Ababa. 
The mission level of efforts and work schedule may be:  
  • 1 day of developing an Inception Report to be discussed, agreed and approved by the DRC’s Deputy Regional Director 
  • 2 days preparation: reading programme documents and meeting DRC’s Great Lakes team 
  • 5 days in Nairobi for interviews with DRC team and partners and context/legal analysis 
  • 5 days for report-writing  
  • Advanced degree in Development Studies, Social sciences or other relevant field. 
  • Demonstrable experience in leading evaluations of humanitarian programmes;  
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to clearly synthesize and present findings, draw practical conclusions, make recommendations and to prepare well-written reports in a timely manner; 
  • Demonstrated experience in both quantitative and qualitative data collection and data analysis techniques; 
  • Experience, knowledge and clear understanding of civil-society programming; 
  • Good interpersonal skills and understanding of cultural sensitivities; 
  • Readiness to travel to Burundi and DR Congo if necessary.  
  • Able to communicate in both English and French 
Assessment and award of consultancy 
DRC will evaluate the proposals and award the assignment based on technical and financial feasibility.  DRC reserves the right to accept or reject any proposal received without giving reasons and is not bound to accept the lowest or the highest bidder. Only those shortlisted will be contacted. Any subcontracting of the consultancy will not be accepted. 
Commitments: DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability commitments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework.  
For general information about the Danish Refugee Council, please visit www.drc.dk. 
Application process 
Interested applicants who meet the required profile are invited to submit an expression of interest including: 
  • A Cover letter (max 1 page) explaining suitability for the assignment 
  • A CV of participating consultant(s) with details of qualifications and experience, telephone numbers and the names and contact details for three referees 
  • Technical proposal that summarizes understanding of the TOR, methodology and tools to be used. 
  • Financial proposal providing cost estimates of daily consultancy fees in US dollars ($). Daily consulting rate is negotiable, although will be commensurate to DRC consultancy terms and standards. 
  • Contacts of three organizations that have recently contracted you to carry out similar assignment.  
Interested parties should forward the expression of interest, in English on this link www.drc.dk under vacancies no later than 25 July 2016. 
If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please contact job@drc.dk  

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Nairobi
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Accounting (Audit, Controlling)
    • Management, Administration and Finance
    • Public Administration - Restructuring
    • Civil Society
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Closing Date: 2016-08-10

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