Call For Expression of Interest for Consultancy for Oxfam-Project Final Evaluation
Conduct the Final Project Evaluation for the Oxfam supported project entitled “Empowering and strengthening Indigenous Women in the Mekong Region on Water Governance.”
A. Introduction / Context of the Evaluation
Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) is a regional organization initiated in 1988 and officially established in 1992 by Indigenous Peoples’ movements in Asia. It is committed to the cause of promoting and defending Indigenous Peoples’ rights and human rights and articulating issues of relevance to Indigenous Peoples. At present AIPP has 47 member organizations from 14 countries in Asia.
As a regional organization founded by indigenous peoples’ (IPs) movements, Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) empowers and protects IPs’ human rights and addresses other related-rights issues that are persisting. AIPP also works to address the specific issues of Indigenous Women (IW), including initiating the Regional Indigenous Women’s Exchange in 2014 which contributed to the establishment of Network of Indigenous Women in Asia (NIWA) in 2019. To continue fostering gender equality and sustainable development, AIPP has collaborated with OXFAM through The Inclusion Project – Phase 2, to implement the project “Empowering and Strengthening Indigenous Women in the Mekong Region on Water Governance” from January 2023 – March 2024. The project has been implemented with partners from the Mekong region – Cambodia (Cambodia Indigenous Women Association-CIWA), Lao PDR (Gender Development Association – GDA), and Thailand (Indigenous Women’s Network of Thailand – IWNT)
The project outcomes include;
- Outcome 1: Women leaders and representatives of marginalized social groups are playing leadership roles in influencing national and regional state and non-state actors in Water Resource Governance (WRG) and energy policy and planning processes.
- Outcome 2: Riverine communities and civil society actors are engaging with and influencing national and regional WRG and RE policy and planning processes and promoting the interests and rights of vulnerable social groups.
- Outcome 3: Targeted government and private sector actors at the national and regional levels increasingly comply with international standards and best practice: and engage with and include the perspectives of civil society in hydropower and RE policies and plans.
B. Purpose and Objective of the Evaluation
The main purpose of this final evaluation is to assess the relevance of the project objectives and approach, how the project activities have proved efficient and effective, the extent to which the project has achieved its planned outcomes, and whether the project is likely to be sustainable. The process will also provide greater insight into the operations and enable efficient and cost-effective project delivery and management.
C. Methodology and design of the evaluation
The evaluation will be conducted by an experienced consultant. He/she/they will need to use both quantitative and qualitative approaches such as:
- Review of documents related to the project, including the initial project document, progress reports, and event reports.
- Review of other relevant documents, if any.
- Internal meetings and interviews with Project Team, and partners
- Meetings and interviews with the Oxfam focal persons.
- Web-based survey
- Conduct the monitoring process as much as in line with OXFAM MEAL guidance and develop the report accordingly.
The timeframe should be flexible given the availability, situation, and sensitivities of project participants. During data collection, it is important that people with disability, women and girls are provided with opportunities to give their opinion within safe spaces to avoid external influences. However, the Evaluation report should be completed by 15 March 2024.
D. The scope and areas of the evaluation include:
- To what extent does the project demonstrate continued relevance to identified priorities and needs on the empowerment and engagement of Indigenous Women on Water Resource Governance?
- What has changed in the context or from learning about the context?
- How well does the intervention fit?
- What are the synergies and interlinkages between the intervention and other interventions carried out by AIPP and the project partners?
- Efficiency and value for money
- Were procurement, management, and partnership selection arrangements appropriate to achieving the desired quality, quantity, and timeliness of outputs? How could these be more robust?
- Are the benefits delivered proportionate to the project costs?
- What have been the project’s direct contributions to change and achievement according to the set objectives (and the role of partners)?
- Evidence: What sorts of evidence was available to AIPP and project partners regarding this outcome?
- Identifying how the project contribute to or support the followings but not limited to the below areas and how these relate to successes or challenges.
- Participation and involvement of Indigenous Women, Youth and Indigenous Women with disability in their own development including engagement with government and other relevant agencies on Water Resource Governance and related issues.
- Development of Indigenous Women Leadership on Water Resource Governance
- Ensuring Gender equality and Inclusion of people with disabilities.
- What are the social, environmental, and economic impact of the intervention that are longer term for the Indigenous Women and Communities?
- What are the changes in policy and planning processes as a result of the engagement to influence the national, regional state and non-state actors in Water Resource Governance (WRG) policy and planning processes?
- Accountability and learning
- To what extent is the project generating and communicating evidence and learning to inform future policy and practice?
- What lessons have been learned that may be valuable to consider for similar projects in the future?
- What new activities could be recommended for addition to the project in the future?
- Equity and Intersectionality
- To what extent did the project address social differentiation (by gender, ethnicity, poverty/vulnerability, disability, and age)? How did the project gender practice in the implementation and how to improve it?
- How well did project activities identify and address the different needs, priorities and inequalities experienced by these groups?
- How well is the project investing in sufficient linkages to ensure that benefits have a lasting impact? What are the options once the project ends and what preparations are being made to promote sustainability?
- What recommendations are there for the extension of current project activities?
E. Deliverables from the Evaluation
The following deliverables are expected:
- A draft report containing the analyses and results of the evaluation submitted no later than 15 days after the end of the evaluation mission.
- The final evaluation report (max. 20 pages) submitted no later than 7 days after the evaluation mission. It may include relevant and useful annexes (like questionnaires, list of people/ organizations consulted).
The report should more or less have the following sections:
- Methodology used (1 -3 pages);
- Context of project implementation and presentation of the main concepts (1 -3 pages); Presentation of the findings of the evaluation, in accordance with the criteria selected and the scope of the evaluation defined above (10 -15 pages);
- Conclusions and recommendations (2 -3 pages);
- Annexes: terms of reference, interviews conducted, documents used, examples of tools used.
F. Evaluation Plan and Deadlines
The evaluation mission will take place virtually and physically and will last 7 days as follows:
- One day for desk-study and understanding of the documents,
- Three days for exchanges with AIPP, the project participants, rightsholders and beneficiaries during the Project Partner Reflection Workshop on 26–28 February 2024.
- One day for the web-based survey (if necessary)
- First draft of the report to be submitted to AIPP no later than 10 March 2024.
G. Consultant’s Profile
The Consultant must have the perfect integrity and independence. He/she/they must be impartial and independent of any structure that has participated in the project.
- A minimum of five (5) years of professional experience in project and programme management, particularly in monitoring and evaluation, is required;
- Experience in development projects/programmes evaluations with gender and disability sensitivity;
- Have a good understanding of English with very good speaking and writing skills;
- Have good computer skills, particularly in statistical and word processing;
- Ability to work in a team, to communicate, to facilitate data collection and analysis sessions;
- Proven experience in using participatory tools as a means of data collection and analysis for project evaluation.
H. Engagement of the Consultant
Applicants should include the following:
- The consultant’s CV
- The methodology note: This specifies the steps to be followed and proposes a way of doing each of them as well as the outputs expected from each of the steps.
- The work schedule: This is the programming document for the evaluation.
- The financial proposal
I. The financial section
The applicant will indicate the costs of the services proposed in an appropriate cost table. These costs will cover the consultant’s charges, as well as all other direct and indirect costs incurred by the consultant. The costs of transport, reproduction of documents and all other costs necessary for the proper execution of the evaluation will be specified by the consultant.
J. Submission date
Interested candidates are requested to submit an electronic copy of their expression of interest/ proposal to email@example.com not later than 15 February 2024. Please put in an email Subject: AIPP/Oxfam-Project Evaluation.
Only shortlisted Consultant(s) will be notified. Priority will be given to indigenous consultant.