Request for Proposal for Services: Final Evaluation of Participatory Rights in Zambia

Final Evaluation of the Carter Center’s Promoting Participatory Rights

of Women and Youth Project in Zambia

(December 2019 – March 2022)

Summary

The Carter Center is seeking a consultant to conduct a final evaluation of a project funded by The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). This initiative aimed to contribute to increased participation of Zambian citizens in political processes and public affairs, particularly women and youth. Through this initiative, The Carter Center (Center) and its in-country civil society partners worked to secure substantive policy changes that improve protections for the right to participate in public affairs in Zambia. The Center also worked to strengthen the capacity of civil society to conduct and advocate for reforms through training and mentorship, to engage government in reporting processes on the implementation of human rights recommendations. Additionally, the Center worked to increase overall public awareness of and support for reform pertaining to participatory rights.

The total anticipated timeline for the evaluation is estimated to be 30 days, with a final report due by March 31, 2022. The consultant will be expected to travel to Zambia for an estimated 12 working days in early to mid-March.

Background and Context

The program to be evaluated focused on promoting participatory rights for women and youth in Zambia from December 2019-March 2022. This evaluation would focus on results (goal and objectives) and lessons learned.

The objectives as outlined in the program’s logical framework are the following:

Project Goal: By late 2021, Carter Center CSO partners advocate for substantive policy changes in Zambia that protect and promote the right to participate in public affairs of women and youth.

Objectives/Outcomes:

Objective 1: CSO partners have the capacity to conduct reform and advocacy campaigns to advance participatory rights, informed by human rights and election observation recommendations.

Objective 2: CSO partners, Government and other key stakeholders constructively engage to improve implementation of participatory rights and recommendations.

Objective 3: CSOs contribute to an increase in positive media narratives on public participation of women and youth.

Purpose, Objectives, and Scope

The Carter Center seeks to conduct a final evaluation of the program focused on the results achieved and lessons learned. The findings of the evaluation are expected to provide a comprehensive analysis of the program’s achievements and lessons learned, in order to contribute to accountability and learning within The Carter Center and inform future programming. The primary users of the analysis will be The Carter Center, stakeholders and partner organizations, and SIDA.  

The Carter Center and its partners would like to answer the following Key Evaluation Questions (KEQs):

Results/Objectives

  • Did the program produce or contribute to the intended objectives?
  • To what extent has the program delivered results in an economic and timely way?
  • What unintended outcomes (positive and negative) were produced?
  • To what extent can changes be attributed to the program?
  • What were the particular features of the program and context that made a difference?
  • How do partners view their role in policy advocacy and reforms? Have there been improvements (e.g., are they more proactive in their engagement or show a willingness/readiness to engage more proactively)?
  • What has been most impactful from Center support to partners? What have been the most significant change(s) partners have experienced following the Center’s support? To what extent will change(s) continue or be likely to continue?
  • Have there been increased opportunities for collaborations and coalition building amongst partners?
  • Do partners feel the civic space in Zambia is changing? How so and to what extent?
  • What has been the impact of COVID-19 on project implementation, achieving objectives, and Center support?

Lessons Learned

  • In what ways have partners benefited both programmatically and institutionally (thematic or organizational) from Center support? To what extent will the benefits from the Center’s support continue or be likely to continue? Are there ways to further strengthen partners at the institutional/organizational level?
  • What are the existing opportunities and challenges in current advocacy approaches?
  • What could have been done differently? On the part of The Carter Center? On the part of partners?
  • Are there effective, efficient, and sustainable ways to extend work from national to district, to the grassroots levels?
  • Are there possible lessons that can be replicated in other countries?
  • Are there lessons to be learned about how we engage with youth focused organizations or women focused organizations that could be useful in our work going forward?

Deliverables and Timeline

The Center anticipates that the evaluator(s) will design the evaluation and select an appropriate methodology. The total timeline for the evaluation is estimated to be 30 working days.

Deliverables and suggested timeline:

  • Desk study and review of all relevant program documentation: 5 working days.
    • Documents to be provided include:
      • The project proposal and supporting documentation (e.g., project management plan);
      • Reports provided to SIDA by The Carter Center as part of reporting obligations;
      • Documentation regarding micro-grant activities;
      • Documentation from Carter Center led trainings and consultations (including participant feedback); and
      • Reports from the project’s subgrant partners on the implementation of their activities;
  • Submission of inception report including description of the following (3 working days):
    • Evaluation work plan and timeline
    • Methodology and data collection tools
    • Structure
  • Field visits to Zambia to conduct focus groups discussions and interviews with key stakeholders, etc. Center staff can facilitate connecting the evaluator to or bringing together the relevant participants as necessary. (12 working days).
  • Virtual debrief meeting with staff in Zambia and Atlanta to present broad findings to field staff. 1 working day.
  • Submission of first draft of final report in English for review and feedback by Carter Center staff, 4 working days.

The draft should include:

  • Executive summary of key findings and recommendations
    • Table of contents
    • Methodology
    • Research findings
    • Analysis
    • Conclusions
    • Lessons learned/recommendations
    • Appendices, including terms of reference, list of interviewees, evaluation itinerary, research tools, evaluator’s biography, other annexes (including pictures, if taken).
  • Submission of second draft of final report for review and feedback by Atlanta-based Carter Center administrative staff. 3 working days.
  • Submission of final reports. 2 working days.

Logistics and Budget

The Carter Center will arrange international travel to Zambia, including hotel arrangements and work-related local transportation needs. The Center will facilitate the travel to local partners as well as relevant lodging and meeting costs. 

Note: Travel to Zambia involves some security risks. The Carter Center has a security management plan and COVID safety protocols in place and the consultant will receive a security briefing upon arrival.

Evaluation Management

The evaluation will be managed by Avery Davis-Roberts, Associate Director of The Carter Center’s Democracy Program.

The evaluator will observe the highest standard of ethics and use his/her best efforts to protect The Carter Center against fraud, in the performance of the contract. In particular, the evaluator will not engage in any corrupt, fraudulent, coercive, collusive, or obstructive conduct. The evaluator will agree to abide by The Carter Center code of conduct during the length of the consultancy (to be provided prior to deployment). 

The Carter Center shall have legal title to any research, statistical and other data and documentation created by the evaluator, and SIDA will have unlimited access to such material.

Qualifications

Minimum requirements:

  • At least 5 years international experience in project formulation, project design, implementation, appraisal, and evaluation
  • Proficiency in English
  • Experience in conducting field research for projects, including collecting data through interviews, surveys and focus groups
  • Experience conducting evaluations for NGOs, international organizations or other relevant institutions
  • Proven evaluation methods and qualitative and quantitative data collection skills
  • Ability to be flexible with time and work schedule, and able to travel around the region
  • Adaptability and experience working in remote and conflict-prone areas
  • Academic degree in the field of evaluation, international development, conflict studies, social science (psychology, sociology, anthropology) or other relevant discipline

Preferred qualifications:

  • At least 10 years international experience in project formulation, project design, implementation, appraisal and evaluation;
  • Advanced degree in the field of evaluation, international development, conflict studies, social science (psychology, sociology, anthropology) or other relevant discipline;
  • Familiarity with the Zambia context.
  • Please complete a short informational form and submit your CV, cover letter, and a short technical proposal (max 5 pages), including consultant fee expectations here. The deadline for applications is February 1, 2022. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.