Position Description

Final Evaluation Consultant
Location To Be Determined
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OVERVIEW:

Internews' global Digital Rights Programs aim to build and support local human rights organizations around the globe to engage directly with governments, private organizations, and academics on freedom of expression issues online and offline. For twenty years, Internews has supported more than 85 grassroots organizations in over 40 countries. Across the globe, we are supporting exchanges among advocates, fellowships for digital rights defenders at tech companies and global organizations, and robust rights-based digital rights curricula. With this support, our partners are now leading voices for digital rights in their respective countries.

Our team currently requires a final evaluator for a US government funded project focused on supporting nascent advocacy organizations to become strong and sustainable voices for digital rights. In addition to a final evaluation to be submitted to the funder, we are also looking to create a stand-alone document that highlights the effectiveness and success stories of the Digital Rights Programs’ approach to supporting local advocates and building their organizational sustainability.  

 

PROJECT SUMMARY:

Our team currently requires a final evaluator for a US government funded project focused on supporting nascent advocacy organizations to become strong and sustainable voices for digital rights. In addition to a final evaluation to be submitted to the funder, we are also looking to create a stand-alone document that highlights the effectiveness and success stories of the Digital Rights Programs’ approach to supporting local advocates and building their organizational sustainability. 

The purpose of this final evaluation is to assess the performance and success of the project, as well as the team’s overall approach to programming. It should also look at signs of potential impact of project activities on beneficiaries (both project beneficiaries as well as the broader digital rights community) and sustainability of results. This evaluation has the following principal tasks:

  • Assess the project impact on capacity development of local digital rights advocacy organizations;
  • Assess impact of this project, specifically the support provided to new advocacy groups, on the overall digital rights community;
  • Assess performance of the project in terms of relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability;
  • Analyse underlying factors beyond Internews control that affect the achievement of the project results;
  • Provide recommendations for potential future interventions.

Internews envisions a theory-driven evaluation that speaks to the international evaluation criteria, OECD/DAC (efficiency, potential for impact and sustainability,) and that pays particular attention to gender, marginalized and at-risk groups.

Project partners will be brought together at an event in Tunis, Tunisia from June 10-14, 2019 and we have planned in-person evaluation interviews with partners and other members of the community at this time. The evaluator should be willing and able to travel to this location during this period.

 

TIMEFRAME & DELIVERABLES:

Activity

Timeframe

Comments

Launch of ToR and receipt of bids

Deadline for applications:

April 26, 2019

 

Appointment of evaluator and initial debrief

Appointment: by May 17, 2019

Debrief: as soon as possible upon appointment.

The consultant is expected to

have initial meetings (phone or in-person) with staff in order to inform inception

report (see below)

Inception report

By May 31, 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

In-person interviews

June 10-14, 2019

In coordination with staff, evaluator will set-up and conduct interviews with 10 project partners and relevant community members

First draft report

By July 26, 2019

Internews staff will review the draft for further clarification and structure

Final draft report

By August 30, 2019

 

 

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.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field, graduate degree preferred
  • Fluency in English required; Spanish knowledge preferred
  • Demonstrated experience conducting evaluations of advocacy and human rights programs, particularly for US 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
  • Experience in the field of digital rights and internet freedom preferred
  • Understanding of and demonstrated commitment to upholding  Internews’ Core Values .

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Please submit a CV, cover letter and quotation for services. Work can be conducted remotely.

 

**Please apply early as applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.** 

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