ToR for Mid Term External Evaluation

Term of Reference

ToR for Mid Term External Evaluation of the Project  to Support the Human Rights Teaching, Research and Community Engagement of CHR (Project  STRACE) at the Centre for Human Rights, Addis Ababa University

Background Information

The Center for Human Rights is established with the mission of promoting human rights through multidisciplinary research, training and community service programs.

The Centre was established in October 2008 as part of Addis Ababa University’s epistemological and structural shift from a primarily undergraduate studies’ institution to a research-oriented graduate university with the mission of advancing the rule of law, democratic governance and human rights in Ethiopia through high-end research, teaching and community services.

As part of its community services program, the Center is currently implementing the Project to Support the Human Rights Teaching, Research and Community Engagement of CHR (Project STRACE) aims at ensuring the respect of all human rights of all Ethiopians.

This Project  funded by the Royal Norwegian Embassy and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) sets three interrelated goals: (i) State agencies will have increased capacity to respect human rights and to protect the rights of women, children, persons with disabilities, workers and migrants, (ii) Civil Society Organizations will be empowered to be active actors in human rights promotion and in protecting the rights of women, children, persons with disabilities, workers, and migrants, (iii) and the rights of women, children, persons with disabilities, workers and migrants will be better protected.

Purpose of the Mid Term Evaluation

The objective of the Mid Term Evaluation (MTE) is to assess the Center’s progress in implementing the Project activities. Moreover, the Evaluation shall determine whether the Project is on track with regard to reaching its objectives. The MTE also evaluates if interventions are sufficient to reach desired results, and identify barriers to achievement of results, objectives and activities. The Evaluation will also make recommendations on how to enhance the effectiveness of the Project within the remaining period of the program and if necessary suggest changes to the result framework and approved plans.

Scope of the Work

The MTE will cover the assessment of the Project’s activities implemented at the Center in Addis Ababa, and the Project areas established at different regions of the country in the time frame between November 2017 and May 2019.

The evaluation will be guided by the indicative questions presented below and generate corresponding findings and recommendations aiming at improving Project implementation and guiding the future strategic planning of the Center.

It will focus principally on the following aspects. The following indicative evaluation questions will be further refined during the inception phase of the evaluation:

Relevance:

  • To what extent are the Project’s activities and outputs aligned with CHR’s institutional mandate as stated in the Project document?
  • To what extent are Project activities and outputs aligned with the needs and demands of key stakeholders and target groups?

Effectiveness:

Assess results and progress towards the stated objectives. Based on the Project monitoring data and field observations, assess the indications that demonstrate the extent to which target groups have been empowered and the extent to which the various approaches and strategies have been successful. The gender dimension shall be given special attention.

Efficiency:

  • Efficiency of the overall management of the Project with regard to decision-making, leadership, adaptations, follow-up etc.
  • How efficient the Project has been in converting its inputs (funds, expertise, time etc.) to outputs and outcomes.
  • How efficient is the monitoring to measure results and impact in the Project?
  • Adequacy of human resources for Project implementation, monitoring, reporting, evaluation and learning.

Sustainability:

  • Assess the systems (including knowledge and capacity management systems) that have been put in place to ensure sustainability of the Project.
  • What are the prospects for diversified funding resources?
  • Assess the adequacy of exit strategies and advice on the content if exit strategies are non-existing
  • What are the main challenges in safeguarding the sustainability of Project?
  • To what extent have national authorities/stakeholders/beneficiaries been involved in the design, planning and implementation phases of the Project and to what extent have they gained a sense of ownership of the interventions?

Methodology

The suggested methodology will include:

  • An in-depth desk study analysis and mapping of all relevant material and resources.
  • Questionnaires and surveys addressed as appropriate to groups of stakeholders at various levels
  • Semi-structured interviews, focus group discussions and meetings with Project officers, and relevant stakeholders at CHR HQ and respective Project areas, donor representatives, and with various stakeholders, such as implementation partners, and beneficiaries.
  • Field visits to meet with the local stakeholders, beneficiaries and partners involved in the implementation of the Projects, including interviews with direct beneficiaries, and to determine the relevance and effectiveness on the ground;

Expected deliverables

The external evaluation consultant/team will be required to deliver the following key deliverables:

  • Inception report: containing the evaluation framework, detailed evaluation methodology, work plan and logistical arrangements.
  • Draft and Final Evaluation report: to be structured as follows:
  • Executive Summary
  • Summary Evaluation report highlighting the cross-cutting key findings, lessons learned and recommendations, including
  • Description of the CHR Framework Agreement and the Project under evaluation.
  • Evaluation purpose
  • Evaluation methodology
  • Main findings (presented in terms of achievements and challenges)
  • Lessons Learned
  • Conclusions and Recommendations
  • Annexes, including interview list, details of the data collection instruments, key documents reviewed etc.

Duration

The Consultancy is expected to start from mid-January 2020, for the period of 6 weeks, to be completed by End of February 2020.

The evaluation consultant /team will provide the deliverables according to the following indicative timetable:

Deliverables and Schedule

Date

Selection of external evaluation consultant/ team

Mid-January 2020

Inception report (containing the evaluation framework, detailed evaluation methodology, work plan and logistical arrangements.)

24 January 2020

Data Collection and Field visits

27 January – 14 February 2020

Draft mid-term evaluation report

21 February 2020

Final mid-term evaluation report

End February 2020

Management and supervision

The Consultant will report to the Lead Coordinator.

Required Skills and Experience

The MTE will be undertaken by a national consulting team/firm with sound experience in reviewing human rights related Projects. 

The team must consist of consultants with the following qualification and field of expertise: 

  • Minimum Master’s Degree in Law, Human Rights or another relevant field and minimum of 7 years of relevant work experience. 
  • Experience in conducting Project evaluation and review, preferably in a human rights promotion and protection Projects.
  • Excellent written and spoken English.

Logistics

The external evaluation consultant/team will be responsible for his/her own logistics, including all travel related costs.

Application Instruction

Interested and qualified applicants are invited to send their letter of application, CV, draft work plan for the process of conducting MTE, financial proposal and a preliminary overview of the proposed methodology to centerforhumanrightsaau@gmail.com no later than 13th January, 2020, with subject “Consultant: Mid Term Evaluation“