Consultancy – Final evaluation of the Strengthening Local Cohesion in Libya project

Location: Tunisia (Tunis) and online

Application closing: 05 August 2021

Type of Contract: Consultancy Contract

Contract Duration: Expected: from 15 August to 20 September 2021

Post Title: External Evaluation Consultant(s)

Project Title: Strengthening Local Cohesion in Libya: A Pathway to Lasting Peace

 

A. Introduction 

Interpeace is an independent, international organization for peacebuilding initially established in 1994 by the United Nations to develop innovative solutions to build peace. Interpeace has a global office in Geneva with a global management team led by the President, and a Governing Board that provides policy guidance. Interpeace runs peacebuilding programmes to build local solutions for peace. Its approach contributes to building lasting peace through inclusive and nationally led processes of change across a multitude of countries.  Its added value is a tested approach in strengthening capacities within societies to manage conflict without resorting to violence or coercion.

 B. Background 

Interpeace undertook its very first mission to Libya in September of 2011. In 2012 Interpeace developed a programme aimed at establishing an infrastructure for peace in Libya with a pilot phase in Sebha. By mid-2014, the programme had been able to make significant progress capturing a broad array of perspectives on impediments to peace and opportunities for stability in the South. The 2014 Libyan conflict led to a brief pause in Interpeace’s engagement in the country. In 2015 Interpeace initiated a peacemapping project focusing on the resilience of some Libyan communities. Lessons learned from the peacemapping initiative formed the foundation for the “Community Resilience and Cohesion: A Bottom-up Approach to Peacebuilding in Libya” programme, from 2017 to 2018. The first phase of the program targeted 18 communities across Libya through a series of capacity building workshops on conflict management and analysis, and community facilitation skills for a selected groups of change agents with the goal of strengthening intra- and intercommunity cohesion in the country.

The latest phase of the project: “Strengthening Local Cohesion in Libya: A Pathway to Lasting Peace” from 2019 continued its work on supporting Libyan local communities to build up lasting peace through strengthening their capacities and providing them with the needed tools and technics enabling them to manage internal challenges, build consensus on priority areas with other communities, and connect these processes with the national level dialogue agenda. Its overall objective is to strengthen local resilience capacities for sustainable peace and contribute to the development of a locally driven and nationally owned agenda for stability and future growth in Libya.

Project Specific Objectives:

  1. Build capacities for local conflict resolution
  2. Establish a common ‘vision/agenda’ of priorities for peace at the local level through dialogue platforms.
  3. Catalyse collaboration (based on the ‘vision/agenda’) between the local and national levels across social and political divides (bring the local to the national)

The project aimed to catalyse collaboration between Libyan communities at the local level, and with authorities, in order to establish a common vision for priorities for peace through strengthening dialogue platforms and building the capacity of change agents in local communities. The programme’s long-term goal is to contribute to building an infrastructure for peace and stability in Libya from the bottom up, by ensuring that engaged communities are equipped to be more resilient to conflict (and better able to identify and achieve local development priorities), especially at the inter and intra-communal level.

Challenges related to the Libyan context as well as the spread of COVID-19 slowed down implementation of activities. Detailed information will be available to the selected consultant or team of consultants.

 C. Justification and Objectives of thi sassignment 

The project to evaluate is the overall programme “Strengthening Local Cohesion in Libya: A Pathway to Lasting Peace”, as far as possible – focusing on the current  phase (from 2019).

This final evaluation is a condition of the funding agreement between Interpeace and the donors. The evaluation is also intended to be a formative evaluation that informs and helps to refine or improve the programme by identifying key good practices, lessons learned and providing contextually-relevant and precise recommendations.

The main objectives of the evaluation are:

  • To assess programme achievements towards intended outcomes and contribution to changes in how change agents have been able to provoke changes locally
  • To identify strengths, lessons learned, adaptations and deviations from programme implementation (taking into account the global pandemic and fragile context)
  • To provide suggestions for a short-term reflexion axis in the perspective of future programming ideas.
  • To provide recommendations for better integration and adaptation of programme strategy within the peacebuilding and conflict resolution space in Libya (including programmes by international organisations, local civil society, nationally and internationally led peace processes).

Location: the Interpeace team is in Tunis and Libya. Change agents, who are the main project participants, are located in various parts of Libya. The consultant must be prepared, as per the prior agreement, to collaborate with Interpeace and the change agents both remotely and on-site in Tunis if the health situation permits. Remote collaboration will be via email, WhatsApp, Skype, or other video conferencing modalities, or via landline connection in case of internet connection failure.

Interpeace responsibilities:

  • Provide a focal point within Interpeace for the assessment and reflection exercise who may (or may not) travel with the consultants (depending on time and funds available and the health situation).
  • Provide logistical support for any travel.
  • Prepare meetings with stakeholders.
  • Provide relevant project reports and documentation in advance.

D.  Timeframe, Methodology and Deliverables

The anticipated duration of the evaluation is 20 working days with a few days spent in Tunis, as possible. These 20 working days may be spread over a period over several weeks but with a deadline for the final report submitted to Interpeace by no later than August 20, 2021. The anticipated start date is mid-August 2021 .  The final timeframe will be agreed upon with the selected consultants and the donor representatives.

The evaluators are expected to use evaluation methodologies consistent with the outcome mapping approach, which may include but are not limited to: Outcome Harvesting, Theories of Change, Contribution Mapping/Contribution Analysis, Most Significant Change. The interviewers are expected to conduct interviews and focus group discussions, self-efficacy assessments and other activities they see fit and as is logistically possible.  The methodology used should also be gender sensitive, conflict sensitive and respect the principles of Do No Harm. The evaluators are expected to apply the conceptual framework of assessing outcomes and changes in behaviour and relationships among boundary partners as a result of engagement in programme activities and actions. The evaluation will be both an objective and a consultative/participatory exercise:

The following matrix presented the anticipated deliverables of evaluations.

Stage Deliverable Responsible parties Due Date
Initial Planning Process Signed Evaluation Contract Interpeace By one week after selection of evaluation team
Sharing of relevant documents Interpeace By one week after selection of evaluation team
Inception report inclusive of updated methodology, guiding questions, evaluation tools and evaluation workplan:

•             Literature review

•             Draft methodology

•             Data collection tools

•             Outline of final report structure

 

The inception report is expected to be informed by a Documentary review of relevant documentation, including the original and revised programme document; programme logical framework; programme reports and updates; reports of workshop proceedings; research outputs; and relevant audio-visual material produced for the programme.

 

Selected evaluation consultant By one week after the signature of the evaluation contract
Approved inception report, final methodology, evaluation tools and workplan.

 

Identification and facilitation of contact between evaluators and focal points at Interpeace and partner organizations.

Interpeace and partners By one week after the submission of inception report
Field Work Facilitation of travel to Tunisia and/or liaising with project participants as appropriate

 

Provision of logistical support, including arrangement of meetings with stakeholders as required by evaluation team

 

 

 

Interpeace Within one week of the submission of inception report and during the fieldwork
Stakeholder interviews and focus group discussions: including with employees of Interpeace; institutions engaged by the programme; donor representatives; civil society organizations engaged by the programme and community members/youth/citizens/decision makers/media participating in programme activities.

 

Indicators to assess the progress and impact of the programme, complementing existing progress markers and outcome statements, will be developed in consultation with Interpeace.

 

Selected evaluation consultant with logistical support from Interpeace To conclude within 15 days (remotely and/or in Tunisia)
Mid-term progress report and presentation

A preliminary report and a presentation is expected for Interpeace’s management and relevant staff at the end of the fieldwork stage. The report is expected to be no more than 10 pages and shall summarise the progress of the evaluation, highlighting any changes to the evaluation schedule, and providing tentative findings.

Selected evaluation consultant At the end of the field work.
Reporting Draft Report of Evaluation. Please see below for indicative evaluation questions and expected reporting structure. Selected evaluation consultant Within 15 days after completing the fieldwork
Final Report of Evaluation considering comments on the draft report. Please see below for indicative evaluation questions and expected reporting structure. Selected evaluation consultant Within 5 days after receiving feedback
Management Response from the programme. Interpeace Within one week of submission of final report

 

While Interpeace anticipates the use of the elements listed above, the list is not exhaustive.  The evaluation may include additional elements and approaches as appropriate for responding to the final evaluation questions. The applicant is encouraged to suggest a comprehensive methodology that includes these elements and others that the evaluators deem fit for meeting the evaluation objectives. The methodology for data collection should be described in the proposals. The final list of elements will be discussed with the selected team of consultants.

E. Key Evaluation Questions

Following OECD-DAC criteria:

Relevance:

  • To what extent was the overall strategy of the programme relevant for the context of peacebuilding and social cohesion in Libya?
  • To what extent was the intervention logic relevant in pursuing the programme’s vision?
  • What best practices and lessons learnt from the programme should be applied in the future? (particularly taking into account the challenging context of Libya)
  • To what extent was the focus on resilience relevant to the context of peacebuilding in Libya?

Effectiveness and impact

  • What progress has the programme made towards expected outcomes?
  • What has hindered its progress towards expected outcomes?

Sustainability

  • How effective are the strategies for sustainability of impact following withdrawal of external support? How can the programme maximize sustainability for impact beyond the programme period?

Efficiency

  • To what extent have the programme’s strategies and activities been sufficient for meeting expected outcomes?
  • How has the project adapted to changes in the context and emerging challenges during programme implementation?
  • What other strategies can the programme employ to maximize efficiency in meeting expected outcomes and responding to contextual challenges?

Coherence

  • To what extent did Interpeace’s approach, the focus on resilience and the network of change agents add value and complement ongoing and parallel initiatives in Libya?
  • To what extent was the programme integrated within the overall peacebuilding space in Libya? How can the programme better integrate and adapt programme strategy within the peacebuilding and conflict resolution space in Libya (including programmes by international organisations, local civil society, nationally and internationally-led peace processes).

Cross cutting issues:

  • To what extent has the programme integrated gender into the programme’s strategy?
  • How can the programme strengthen its integration of gender to promote inclusive peacebuilding?
  • To what extent does the programme adhere to the principles of Do No Harm and employ conflict sensitivity while implementing and adapting the programme strategies?

Interpeace anticipates that these key evaluation questions will be further refined with the selected evaluation consultants.

F. Reporting and feedback

The evaluators will hold a feedback meeting (or meetings) for the Interpeace team. This will be an opportunity to debrief on the evaluation, and to exchange views on preliminary findings and recommendations.

The evaluation report will include a main text of no more than 30 pages with findings and recommendations.  The report must be written in English and must include. The report will be expected to be structured in the following manner and to include:

Acronyms

Executive Summary

1. Introduction and brief background

2. Methodology

3. Major findings (analytical section that provides evidence and detailed analysis of the reflection exercise and learning outcomes, including answers to key questions.)

    • Relevance
    • Effectiveness and Impact (including major accomplishments to date)
    • Efficiency
    • Sustainability
    • Coherence
    • Cross-cutting issues

4.  Overall Assessment (including a brief summary of strengths and weaknesses)

5. Challenges

6. Good practices and lessons learned

7. Recommendations for improvement

8. Appendices, including a list of key documents consulted, interview and focus group questions (as applicable), interviewees (respecting anonymity if necessary), and other materials used, presented in detail. Case studies to illustrate (through quotations, personal stories, or contextual analysis of behavioural change).

G. Qualifications 

Applications by national and international consultants (as well as collaboration between national and international consultants) will be accepted. The consultant(s) will be expected to have the following skills and experience at a minimum:

  • Master’s degree in appropriate field
  • At least 5 years’ experience conducting evaluations in difficult contexts, particularly for European Donors.
  • Good knowledge of and experience in peacebuilding approaches to conflict-affected countries
  • Experience with qualitative and quantitative M&E data collection and analysis methods, including innovative qualitative approaches (most significant change, outcome harvesting, etc.)
  • Excellent inter-cultural communication skills/cultural sensitivity
  • Strong facilitation, presentation, writing and communication skills.
  • Working language (written and spoken proficiency): English, Arabic
  • Ability to travel to Tunis for a short mission.
  • Knowledge of the Libyan context, actors and stakeholders will be considered a strength.

Gender balance and geographical representation are highly desired and will be considered favourably in selecting the successful individual of consultants.

H. Instructions for Submitting CVs 

To apply please send the following documents:

  • A cover letter with a brief description of relevant previous experiences in evaluation and monitoring of projects
  • Contact details of two references for similar services
  • Technical and methodological proposal showing a good understanding of the terms of reference (3 pages max)
  • Financial offer

Applications deadline: If you are interested in the position, please send your application and documents no later than August 05, 2021 at the latest by email at recruitment@interpeace.org  , Please Put in “subject” of the e-mail: “Libya External Evaluation – Interpeace”