Position Description

Midterm evaluation of a media development project in eastern Europe
Location Remote
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Internews overview

Internews empowers people worldwide with the trustworthy, high-quality news and information they need to make informed decisions, participate in their communities, and hold power to account. Our vision is to unleash human potential everywhere by turning on the bright light of information.

For more than 35 years, in more than 100 countries, Internews has worked to build healthy media and information environments where they are most needed. We have proudly launched hundreds of sustainable organizations, bolstered the skills of thousands of media professionals, activists, and citizens, and helped our partners reach millions of people with quality, local information.

Internews is a non-profit organisation operating internationally, with administrative centres in California, Washington DC, London and Paris as well as regional hubs in Bangkok, Kiev and Nairobi. Formed in 1982, Internews currently has offices in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and North America.

For more information about the organisation please visit: www.internews.org .

Project overview

In January 2018, Internews launched the SIDA-funded project ‘ Audience Understanding and Digital Support (AUDS)’ The project aims to enhance public access to independent news and information on issues that affect citizens’ lives in eastern Europe (including Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine). AUDS provides support to improve the quality of media content and the financial sustainability of select media outlets.  Furthermore, AUDS provides support to enhance the safety and security of human rights and media organisations in the target countries. During the first 18 months of the project, AUDS provided support (directly or through partner organisations) to up to 15 small- to medium-sized media and human rights organisations in each of the target countries.

Evaluation Purpose and Objectives
The purpose of the evaluation is also to assist Internews (and other relevant stakeholders) to assess progress of the on-going project Audience Understanding and Digital Support (AUDS) to learn from what works well and less well. The evaluation will be used to inform Internews on how project design and implementation may be adjusted and improved. T he midterm evaluation should assess the performance and success of the project, while also looking for signs of potential impact of project activities on beneficiaries and the sustainability of results. The evaluation has the following principal tasks:

  • Assess the project impact on capacity development of key media and human rights actors, as well as access to information in the project country;
  • Assess performance of the project in terms of relevance, effectiveness, potential for impact and sustainability;
  • Analyse underlying factors beyond Internews control that affect the achievement of the project results;
  • Provide recommendations for the remaining term of the project.

Internews envisions a theory-driven evaluation that speaks to the international evaluation criteria, OECD/DAC (relevance, effectiveness, potential for impact and sustainability,) and that pays particular attention to gender. We welcome the use of creative evaluation methods and approaches that will help substantiate project progress and outcomes. The evaluator shall specify in the tender how quality assurance will be handled by them during the evaluation process.

Evaluation Scope

The key evaluation questions are:

  1. To what extent has the project met the needs and priorities of the beneficiaries ? (relevance)
  2. How effective was the project at improving the capacity of partner organisations to address and mitigate digital security risks? (effectiveness)
  3. How effective was the project at improving select media outlets’ financial sustainability?
  4. How effective was the project at improving the capacity of select media outlets to produce original, high quality content that addresses the information needs of their audiences?
  5. What results have been achieved in the implementation of the project so far? What factors have contributed to the achievement of the project’s objectives? What have been the main challenges/barriers to achieving the project’s objectives?
  6. To what extent have project activities reached t`heir gender targets? Did the media projects aimed at women achieve their objectives?
  7. Are the results sustainable?  If so how?
  8. How could things be done better for the remainder of the project?

Timeframe and deliverables
Internews anticipate around 30-45 full working days will be needed to conduct this evaluation, in a flexible working manner as follows:

Activity

Timeframe

Comments

Launch of ToR and bids

Reception

Deadline for applications:

15 September 2019

 

Appointment of evaluator and initial debrief

Appointment: by 30 September 2019

Debrief: as soon as possible upon appointment.

The consultant is expected to

have initial meetings with staff

in order to inform inception

report (see below)

Inception report

By 20 October 2019

Relevant documentation will

be made available and the

inception report will include:

  • Literature review
  • Draft methodology
  • Data collection tools
  • Outline of final report structure

First draft report

By 05 January 2020

Internews staff will review the draft for further clarification and structure

Final draft report

By 31 January 2020

 

The maximum budget is £14,000. Please note that the budget should cover all travel and logistical costs associated with conducting this midterm evaluation, including translator costs if required (language requirements can be found below). In your application please specify whether data will be collected in country or remotely.

Note that the draft and final reports should be presented in English and be no longer than 30 pages (excluding any relevant annexes), and contain a concise Executive Summary of core findings and recommendations, the latter being specific and action-oriented, and tailored to all relevant stakeholders (i.e. Internews and the donor). It should also include a methodology section, making explicit any limits to the evaluation.

Application guidelines and requirements

Interested parties should send their applications to: Oleksandra Skotarenko, Project director, sskotarenko@internews.org.

Applications should include the below documentation. Deadline: 15 September 2019:

  • A 2-3 page statement of interest/draft proposal, highlighting how your methodological approach will address the scope planned for this evaluation as well as describing how your profile meets criteria (see next section)
  • A CV and 2 recommendations
  • Evidence of evaluation work (e.g. link to evaluation reports or PDF attachments), highlighting evaluation theories and approaches.
  • A short cost justification (not included in the 2 page limit) and estimated level of effort (number of days) – including your salary history and/or daily rate for your last 3 consultancies.

Essential qualifications

  • Fluent in Russian and English.
  • Bachelor’s degree in media, journalism, human rights, gender studies, international development, evaluation or related field
  • At least 3 years’ experience conducting evaluations in difficult contexts, particularly for European Donors
  • Experience with qualitative and quantitative M&E data collection and analysis methods
  • Excellent inter-cultural communication skills/cultural sensitivity and the ability to forge strong cross-cultural relationships and build trust demonstrated through previous intercultural experience
  • Strong facilitation, presentation, writing and communication skills

Desirable

  • Masters’ degree or PhD in relevant field
  • Experience conducting evaluations for media development programmes, programmes with digital security, human rights, and gender mainstreaming components or more than 5 years’ experience as evaluator
  • Fluency in Ukrainian, Romanian, Georgian and/or Armenian would be an advantage.
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