Call for Expression of Interest: Consultancy for External Evaluation

Project: “Building the Resiliency of Indigenous Communities
on Climate Change Adaptation”

Interested and qualified candidates are requested to send an Expression of Interest to Mr. Lakpa Nuri Sherpa at  nuri@aippnet.org  and Ms. Joann Guillao at joann@aippnet.org no later than June 30, 2018.

The Expression of Interest should include:

  • CV
  • Daily fee in USD
  • Brief technical proposal, indicating main methodological considerations
  • Three references, to whom AIPP Secretariat may contact

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for the interviews. . For more information about the project, please visit www.ccmin.aippnet.org


Background:
The Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) is a regional organization established in 1992 by indigenous peoples’ movements across Asia.  It acts as the forum and mechanism for building and strengthening the solidarity and cooperation of indigenous peoples in Asia for the promotion and protection of the rights of indigenous peoples, protection of bio-diversity and the environment and promotion of sustainable development.   Through the years, AIPP has developed its programmes to address the key issues of indigenous peoples in Asia through capacity building, lobby and advocacy, organizational strengthening and networking.

Among the six programmes of AIPP, Environment Programme is one of the main programmes AIPP that promotes the collective rights to land, territories and resources of the indigenous peoples in Asia as well as the indigenous knowledge on sustainable natural resource management systems, food sovereignty and livelihoods are protected, respected and recognized at local, national, regional and international levels.  Under the Environment Programme, there is an ongoing three year project titled “Building the Resiliency of Indigenous Communities on Climate Change Adaptation” being implemented in Thailand, Nepal and the Philippines since 2015. AIPP project partners include NGO-Federation of Nepalese Indigenous Nationalities(NGO-FONIN) in Nepal, Cordillera Disaster Response and Development Services (CorDisRDS) in the Philippines and Network of Indigenous Peoples in Thailand (NIPT) in Thailand.  The project is ending in September, 2018. In this context, AIPP is looking for an independent and experienced evaluator to assess achievements gained, challenges faced, lessons learned and provide recommendations to improve and enhance the work of AIPP and its partner organizations in the future.


Overall Goal of the project
The overall objective of the project is to strengthen the capacities of indigenous communities and their organizations to practice their adaptive strategies and collective response to reduce risk and hazards in the face of climate change and enhance their resiliency.


Specific objectives/outcomes are:
Outcome 1: Indigenous peoples and their organizations are aware of their rights and have strong capacity to advocate for collective rights in climate change adaptation and mitigation processes and mechanisms

Outcome 2:  Indigenous peoples are implementing appropriate adaptation strategies and mitigation measures based on their rich traditional knowledge, innovations and integration of new tools and techniques to enhance their resiliency

Outcome 3: Indigenous leaders including women and youth leaders have networked and engaged in relevant mechanisms, processes and bodies relating to climate change adaptation, mitigation and disaster risk reductions at all levels


Objectives of the Evaluation: 

  1. To assess the relevance, effectiveness, impacts and sustainability of the project in strengthening indigenous peoples’ capacity and promotion of their rights and traditional knowledge in climate change adaptation and mitigation processes and mechanisms
  2. To assess achievements of the project based on the specific outcomes and indicators in the project document
  3. To assess the working approach of AIPP partner organizations with project beneficiaries and evaluate effectiveness and responsiveness of AIPP partners to meet the needs, priorities and aspirations of project beneficiaries.
  4. To provide an overview of the strengths, weaknesses, challenges and gaps in project implementation and formulate recommendations to address weaknesses and challenges in future project partnership


The Scope of the evaluation:
The main focus of this external evaluation will be on the project implementation at local, national and regional levels, and outputs and impacts in socio-political realities and conditions at local and national levels in Nepal, the Philippines and Thailand.


Methodology:
The evaluation shall be done through the review of literature, project documents, project reports, and relevant materials, field visits to project implementation sites in three (3) countries; and interviews with beneficiaries, project partners and project proponent. AIPP and its partner organization shall fully cooperate with the evaluator in providing requested documents and materials and arranging for interviews and focus group discussions. The number of working days for the evaluation is as follows:

  1. Review of project documents, reports and relevant documents: 4 days
  2. Field Visit in 3 countries: 15 days (Nepal, the Philippines and Thailand)
  3. Report writing (draft): 5 days
  4. Writing of final report: 2 days

The report shall be finalized in consultation with AIPP and its project partners. The debriefing of the evaluation report will be organized at AIPP Office in Chiang Mai, Thailand.


Qualification of the Consultant:
The consultant shall have the following qualifications:

  1. In-depth knowledge and understanding of indigenous peoples’ rights, climate change adaptation and mitigation
  2. In-depth knowledge and understanding of capacity building and advocacy activities in the South East and South Asia sub-regions
  3. At least 5 years’ experience on project impact evaluation work particularly with civil society organizations at global/regional/ national levels
  4. Excellent verbal and writing skills in English
  5. High level of independence
  6. Able to travel to Thailand, the Philippines and Nepal


Output and Reporting
The consultant will prepare a first draft of the evaluation report based on the desk review, field visits and interviews. The report shall be finalized in consultation with AIPP and its project partners.

The evaluation report will be prepared in English. The report shall be a maximum of 35 pages long, excluding annexes. The draft report shall be submitted to AIPP by 15th August, 2018 and final report by August 30, 2018.


Tentative Time Frame: July –August2018

Date Activity Location
July
  • Preparation for the evaluation
  • Consultation Meeting/inception meeting with Management team and Environment Program team.
  • Sending out of Questionnaire to project partners.
  • Interviews with key partners, beneficiary, network members, allies
Chiang Mai (Thailand)
July Visit to three countries Thailand, Nepal and Philippines
August
  • Submission of the draft Report to AIPP and AIPP partners by 15 August
  • Finalization of the evaluation report by 30 August
September
  • Presentation to the Secretariat
  • Submission of the final evaluation report
Chiang Mai (Thailand)

 

Tentative work plan/Schedule
The work should be undertaken from July – September 2018. The total number of workdays should not exceed 26 days.

 

Consultancy Fee and Remuneration:
Interested candidates are requested to present a details work plan and financial proposal for their daily fee.

Forty percent of the fee will be paid upon signing the contract of agreement. The remaining sixty percent shall be fully paid upon acceptance of the final evaluation report by AIPP. Any extension of days of work shall not entail additional payment from AIPP.

AIPP shall cover tickets/airfares, accommodation and local travel expenses of the evaluations in Nepal, the Philippines and Thailand.

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