Mid Term Evaluation of the “Tuganire, Twubake (Dialoguons pour Construire)” Programme

Location: Remote location

Application closing: 1 November, 2020

Interpeace

Interpeace is an international organization for peacebuilding, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. Its aim is to strengthen the capacities of societies to manage conflict in non-violent, non-coercive ways by assisting national actors in their efforts to develop social and political cohesion. Interpeace also strives to assist the international community (and in particular the UN) to play a more effective role in supporting peacebuilding efforts around the world through better understanding and response to the challenges of creating local capacities that enhance social and political cohesion. For more information about Interpeace, please visit www.interpeace.org

Background

Interpeace works in collaboration with Centre d’Alerte et de Prévention des Conflits (CENAP), its local partner in Burundi and Impunity Watch to implement the “Tuganire, Twubake (Dialoguons pour Construire)” programme.

Centre d’Alerte et de Prévention des Conflits (CENAP) is a Burundian non-profit private organization, registered by the Burundian Ministry of Interior on 10 December 2002, with headquarters in Bujumbura, Burundi. It is an independent centre for research and facilitation of dialogue on peacebuilding and conflict prevention initiatives whose objective objective is to contribute to peace by monitoring and analyzing conflicts.

Impunity Watch is an international non-profit human rights organisation that was established in 2004 and has been working in Burundi since 2010. Impunity Watch seeks to promote accountability for past atrocities, notably in countries emerging from a violent past. It analyses, advocates, and partners to help local communities seek accountability for gross human rights abuses and for systemic injustice. Impunity Watch focuses on victims, survivors, and the most marginalised with an aim of strengthening their involvement in justice processes by working directly with local civil society and victim groups.

Tuganire, twubake is an 18 months programme funded by the European Union Commission. The programme aims to involve young people in civic activities, so that they can actively and non-violently participate in political life, develop and voice their grievances about the functioning of democracy, and discuss the past and jointly develop local initiatives for peaceful coexistence. Ultimately, the programme aims to help promote political trust, tolerance towards others, respect for pluralism and diversity, a sense of common identity.

Interpeace is an independent, international peacebuilding organization that was established in 1994 and has been working in Burundi since 2007. Interpeace’s aim is to strengthen the capacities of societies to manage conflict in non-violent ways by assisting national actors in their efforts to develop social and political cohesion. Interpeace also strives to assist the international community to play a more effective role in supporting peacebuilding efforts around the world. In this programme, Interpeace provides main oversight, management, coordination and capacity building support.

The overall objective of the programme to contribute to the strengthening of democratic culture and the rule of law in Burundi. The specific objective is to strengthen the democratic process and dialogue.

To achieve the overall objective, it focuses on two important dimensions: civic education and conflict prevention in the run-up to elections. It is designed to promote greater participation of young women and men politically engaged leaders who are reputed to be the most vulnerable to instrumentalization, not to mention young leaders without political affiliations, and who generally have few opportunities to express their aspirations and opinions. The programme fosters dialogue and collaboration among citizens with a particular focus on young people and women, improving knowledge, understanding and respect among all different stakeholders. Through educational actions in democratic governance practices, the rules of law and civic engagement. As a result, the programme is simultaneously strengthening social cohesion.

The programme has as direct target groups: young leaders and peacemakers, women and girls who are community leaders, community structures, decision makers and journalists. It engages these groups to promote and strengthen their civic engagement for improved democratic dialogue and political processes.

The Midterm evaluation is intended to not only assess the implementation of the programme against key evaluation criteria, assess the results/outcomes of the programme, and to document challenges and lessons learnt, but also to provide recommendations for improving programme design and implementation in the next half of the phase.

Service or Assignment Description and Objective(s)

The Midterm evaluation is a condition of the funding agreement between Interpeace, CENAP, Impunity Watch and the European Union Commission.

The main objectives of the evaluation are:

  • To assess programme progress towards intended outcomes and contribution to changes in how stakeholders choose to behave including performance and results to date
  • To identify management, technical and performance challenges and providing recommendations for improvement
  • To identify strengths, weaknesses, deviations as well as lessons learned from programme implementation to date
  • To provide recommendations for ensuring programme effectiveness and efficiency, adapting to changes in the political context, as well as maximising programme impact.

The evaluation is of interest to Interpeace, CENAP and Impunity Watch in Burundi as well as the European Union Commission.

Scope of work

The anticipated duration of the evaluation is a maximum of 25 working days, taking into account the current situation of COVID-19 the consultant is expected to define a concrete strategy for data collection in country that may not entail travel to Burundi itself. Local evaluators are strongly encouraged to apply. The anticipated start date is 15 January 2021 with submission of the final draft by 10 March 2021.  The final timeframe will be agreed upon with the selected consultants and the donor representatives.

The evaluators are expected to use participatory methodologies of evaluation which may include but are not limited to, Outcome Harvesting, Most significant change etc. The interviewers are expected to conduct interviews and focus group discussions, self-efficacy assessments and other activities they see fit.  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 target groups as a result of engagement in programme activities and actions.  The evaluation will be both an objective and a consultative/participatory exercise

Activities, Deliverables and Timeframe

 

While Interpeace, CENAP and Impunity Watch anticipate 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 consultant(s).

The indicative questions of the evaluation are as follows:

What is the relevance of the project?

  • To what extent is the programme intervention logic/strategy relevant to the context of peace and conflict in Burundi?
  • To what extent is the programme responsive to the defined needs and priorities of the stakeholders in Burundi?

How effectiveness and impactful has the project been?

  • To what extent has the programme met its expected outputs?
  • To what extent has the programme contributed to changes in the context (peacebuilding), at the local level?
  • Is the programme being implemented as designed?

 How has the project integrated gender and youth into project design and implementation?

  • To what extent has the programme integrated gender into the programme’s strategy?
  • How effective are the programme’s efforts to integrate gender into the programme strategy?
  • To what extent has the programme integrated the youth into the programme’s strategy?
  • How effective are the programme’s efforts to integrate the youth into the programme strategy?

How sustainable is the project?

  • To what extent are the programme achievements sustainable beyond the programme period?
  • To what extent are the programme’s established processes and systems likely to support the continued implementation of the programme?
  • To what extent has the programme increased the capacity of local and national peacebuilding infrastructures?
  • Is the programme able to establish relationship with other peace actors? To what extent?
  • Has the programme been able to provide complementary support to other peace building initiatives in Burundi?

How coherent is the project with other projects and actors?

  • To what extent is this project consistent with the objectives of CENAP Impunity Watch and Interpeace?
  • To what extent does the project build upon and align with other programmes undertaken by CENAP, Impunity Watch and Interpeace, jointly and separately?

How efficient is the project?

  • Are the programme strategies and activities sufficient for meeting the programme’s goal and objectives?
  • Do the programme partners have adequate capacity to implement the programme?

What has the project learned?

  • What challenges emerged during programme implementation?
  • How has the project adapted to changes in the context and emerging challenges during programme implementation?
  • To what extent does he programme adhere to the principles of Do No Harm and employ conflict sensitivity while implementing and adapting the programme strategies? 

How can the design and implementation of the project be improved?

  • What best practices and lessons learnt from the programme should be incorporated into the rest of the implementation period?
  • What strategies should the programme employ to be more relevant to the context and be more responsive to the needs and priorities defined by stakeholders?
  • What mechanisms should the programme integrate to ensure continued monitoring and relevant adaptation of the programme to changes in the context?
  • What should programme partners take into consideration to improve the overall design of the programme?

Interpeace and its partners anticipate that these key evaluation questions will be further refined with the selected evaluation consultants.

Reporting and Feedback

The evaluators will hold a feedback meeting (or meetings) with Interpeace and partners programme staff in Bujumbura, Burundi and Nairobi, Kenya respectively via a virtual platform, or in person as location permits. This will be an opportunity to debrief on the evaluation, and to exchange views on preliminary findings and recommendations.

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

Acronyms

Executive Summary

  1. Introduction and brief background
  2. Methodology
  3. Major findings
    1. Relevance
    2. Effectiveness and Impact (including major accomplishments)
    3. Efficiency
    4. Sustainability
    5. Coherence
    6. Cross-cutting issues
  4. Overall Assessment
  5. Challenges
  6. Best Practices and lessons learned
  7. Recommendations for future programming

Annexes:

  • Terms of Reference
  • List of documents assessed
  • List of persons interviewed
  • Evaluation Matrix
  • Presentation of changes identified related to programme outcomes and progress markers

Qualifications

The consultant(s) will be expected to have the following skills and experience at a minimum:

Consultant(s):

  • Proven Experience conducting and leading evaluations/assessments
  • Proven Experience in conducting gender sensitive evaluations
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Strong knowledge of and experience with conflict resolution, peacebuilding, and reconciliation programmes
  • Experience working in the Great Lakes region and other conflict or post-conflict environments
  • Proven record of delivering professional outputs
  • A willingness to travel to Burundi if not based in Burundi
  • Excellent French and English speaking and writing skills.
  • An ability to work within tight deadlines
  • Experience in data collection and analysis
  • At least a bachelor’s degree in social sciences, peacebuilding management, evaluation, social research etc.

Gender balance and geographical representation are highly desired and will be considered favourably in selecting the successful consultant(s).

Instructions for Submitting Proposals

For consideration for this opportunity, please submit an expression of interest (no longer than 5 pages and inclusive of the proposed methodology for the evaluation, including the framework for gender analysis and a proposed budget) and a CV for both the international and local consultants proposed by 1st November 2020 (midnight Nairobi time) via email to: recruitment@interpeace.org

Applicants, if shortlisted, will be required to subsequently submit work samples in English, references, and a preliminary evaluation methodology.

Interpeace values diversity among its staff and aims at achieving greater gender parity in all levels of its work. We welcome applications from women and men, including those with disabilities.