Process evaluation of Kvinna till Kvinna’s program “Women Peace and Security” 2015-2017

2017-08-01 09:44

Background
In 2015, Kvinna till Kvinna entered a frame-agreement with Sida Civsam. The collaboration enables Kvinna till Kvinna and its Partner Organisations (POs) to reach results within four areas. They are gender-based violence, peace-building, advocacy, and sustainable development for partner organisations.

The program currently includes approximately 36 POs’ projects in Bosnia & Hercegovina, Kosovo, Palestine, Iraq, Lebanon, Armenia and Azerbaijan. POs design, monitor, and report their projects and Kvinna till Kvinna emphasizes local ownership of operations and a rights-based approach to development.

As a part of the programme, Kvinna till Kvinna develops capacity in its own organisation as well as among partner organizations in each results area. Moreover, the program has enabled Kvinna till Kvinna to recruit advisors in gender-based violence, advocacy, peace-building, and monitoring and evaluation. Not least through the advisors, Kvinna till Kvinna contributes to the program with thematic expertise, but also with access to networks. It also offers space for POs and Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRD) to come together and debrief, analyze change, mobilize, learn, and share experience.

The cross-regional programme is a real opportunity for Kvinna till Kvinna to develop internal expertise and methods with regards to central operations and results. Kvinna till Kvinna has currently 11 agreements with Sida alone. All except the Sida Civsam agreement includes one country or region and are negotiated and managed by a regional manager in collaborations with a Grants Manager. The Sida Civsam program, on the other hand, is coordinated and negotiated by the Method Development Manager and managed by several regional and senior managers. The idea is to assure the programme does not lead to parallel organizational structures, but follows Kvinna till Kvinna accountability and line-management.

Management has also given priority to develop advisors’ expertise and capacity relevant for the whole organization and not only for the countries and partner organsations receiving a part of the Sida Civsam grant. The assumption is that this practice contributes to build synergies for Kvinna till Kvinna and partner organisations through exchange and learning between countries and regions within the partner community. The management’s understanding is that it is a suitable practice but there are naturally practical limitations to this approach. Language barriers and travel and security restrictions for activists are examples.

Purpose
With a one year extension (2018) of the program ahead and a relatively predictable funding for the future, Kvinna till Kvinna wants to reflect on potential program development. Thus, Kvinna till Kvinna expects a process evaluation to answer questions below.

Evaluation questions:

  • How do the program’s cross-regional design and implementation influence thematic results and Kvinna till Kvinna and PO’s development? What are the lessons and insights? How may it be adjusted to potentially be more effective and secure synergies?
  • How is the programme contributing to an enabling environment/safe space for women’s human rights activists and civil society survival/development? Are there practices that may be developed or scaled up?
  • Are there ways to increase civic space specifically with regards to the respective thematic areas?
  • Have Kvinna till Kvinna and POs adapted its operations with regards to risk and windows of opportunities. What adaption practices have Kvinna till Kvinna and partner organisations used or missed? What are the potential improvements?

Existing data
The agreement between Sida Civsam and Kvinna till Kvinna and documents relevant to the agreement – such as reports – are a useful point of departure for the evaluation. Sida Civsam has (per their existing practice) preliminary agreed to extend the programme with one year during 2018. During the fall 2017, Kvinna till Kvinna develops its concept for the next application to Sida Civsam (2019-2023). The evaluation report delivered through this ToR will be used to develop the concept for the application.

The Kvinna till Kvinna Method Development Unit and the Advocacy Unit have during 2015 and 2016 developed data-formats for collection of data per partner organization capacity on gender-based violence and advocacy. Co-workers per country have used these formats to collect and assess capacity. Cross-regional workshop reports and thematic results-analyses reports are also relevant.

In 2016, Kvinna till Kvinna commissioned a partnership survey and delivered a report on Kvinna till Kvinna partnership performance. In 2017, Kvinna till Kvinna commissioned an evaluation of Kvinna till Kvinna’s advocacy and collaboration with Iraqi partner organizations.

Deliverable
Evaluation report not exceeding 30 pages (final) including recommendations for program development and executive summery. The evaluation should include at least one case study/extensive data-collection from partner organisations in one country in each of the three regions (Balkan, Middle East and South Caucasus).

Timeframe
The evaluation is to be carried out during October and November 2017. Deadline for draft report is 15 November. The deadline for the final report is 25 November.

Requirements on tender and team’s consultant’s skills and competencies:
The tender should describe a suggestion on how to carry out and report the evaluation before the deadline, including consultation of partner organisations and travel to/in selected program countries.

  • Experience from women’s organisations or civil society;
  • Experience from women’s rights monitoring in Bosnia & Hercegovina, Kosovo, Palestine, Iraq, Lebanon, Armenia and Azerbaijan.
  • Good knowledge about conflict-affected societies;
  • Experience from formative/process evaluation of projects/programs;
  • Knowledge about the international aid and the development sector;
  • Fluent in English, excellent writing skills in English;
  • Good analytical skills, including ability to analyse political and social development;
  • Ability to plan and meet requirements on time;

Merits:

  • Fluent   in   Arabic/Kurdish,   Russian/Armenian/Azeri,   and/or   Bosnian/Serbian/Serbian- Albanian;
  • Knowledge about the Women, Peace and Security agenda;
  • University degree preferably in political science, gender studies, international law, human rights or other related disciplines.

Financial framework
The consultant fees shall be specified as fees per day including taxes, social security contributionsand VAT. The total budget for the assignment shall cover all the costs, including salaries, travel and per diem and any other expenses related to the assignment such as hiring of interpreter/ local team members.

Contracted consultant cannot further subcontract the assignment. In cases where the tender includes a team of consultants, their division of labour shall be presented in advance to Kvinna till Kvinna.

Deadline for submission of tender
Tenders must be sent to Kvinna till Kvinna no later than August 30 2017. Tenders should be sent by mail or email to: applications@kvinnatillkvinna.se

Contact
For any questions, please contact Petra Strader (Methods and Development Manager), phone: +4673-745 61 86 or email: petra.zather.strader@kvinnatillkvinna.se or Monica Erwér (Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor), phone: +46 73-745 38 67 or email: monica.erwer@kvinnatillkvinna.se