Final evaluation of the project “Towards a new balance in Guinea-Bissau: creating spaces for a real participation of women in conflict resolution and governance”

Reporting to: Head of Programmes for West Africa

Location: Remote engagement with one mission to Bissau, Guinea-Bissau

Type of position: Evaluator

Application closing: 18 July 2018

Job start date: August - October 2018

Introduction

Interpeace seeks a consultant to conduct the final evaluation of the project Towards a New Balance in Guinea-Bissau: creating spaces for a real participation of women in conflict resolution and governance”

The evaluation is expected to measure the outcome of the project by analyzing the achievements towards the anticipated project results, document the strategies employed by implementing partners, the challenges encountered, the measures put in place to mitigate challenges, lessons learned and to provide recommendations for improvement. Interpeace anticipates that the evaluation will commence in August 2018 and be finalized in October 2018, for a period of approximately 20 working days, including approximately 12 days in Guinea-Bissau for interview and field visits.

Background

Interpeace: Interpeace is an international non-governmental organization that supports conflicts-torn societies to overcome their internal divisions for long term peacebuilding for 20 years. Based in Geneva and operating at international, regional and local levels in more than 21 countries and regions in Africa, the Middle-East, Europe and Central America, Interpeace is one of the main peacebuilding organizations working worldwide. Its work aims at supporting the development and/or the reinforcement of the capacities of local actors. Therefore, Interpeace commits to support their efforts for the peaceful management of conflicts. This approach aims to favor long term peacebuilding, reconciliation and social cohesion. Interpeace has been engaged in Guinea-Bissau since 2007 with its partner Voz di Paz.

Voz di Paz: Voz di Paz is a Bissau-Guinean non-governmental organization that is active since 2007 in the field of peacebuilding in Guinea-Bissau. It was created to respond to peacebuilding challenges and support conflict prevention. It accumulated more than ten years of experience, using a wide variety of tools and strategies (audio-visual tools, dialogue, awareness-raising, capacity-building and trainings, rapprochement between actors that usually do not meet), to support peacebuilding efforts. It has become a credible and legitimate organization in society and for the international community. Voz di Paz was selected as the civil society representative of the New Deal and is a member of the National Reconciliation Conference Committee.

Approach: Broad-based participation lies at the heart of Interpeace and Voz di Paz’s approach. Firmly based on the Participatory Action Research (PAR) methodology, Interpeace and Voz di Paz engage a cross-section of stakeholders in society when designing, implementing and evaluating programmes and activities. The emphasis on participation ensures that the work of Interpeace is aligned with the local context and priorities.

The Guinea-Bissau joint programme: Interpeace and Voz di Paz, have jointly supported peacebuilding efforts in Guinea-Bissau since 2007. The Guinea-Bissau programme focuses on three pillars aiming at stimulating citizenship engagement for good governance and peacebuilding, which are: i) peaceful conflict resolution, ii), rapprochement between the Defense and Security Forces and the society, and iii) the strengthening of good governance. Together, Interpeace and Voz di Paz implemented a pioneer project on the root causes of the conflict in Guinea-Bissau, and on women’s role in conflict-resolution and governance, subject of the present evaluation.

Project description: In March 2017, Interpeace and its partner Voz di Paz launched an 18-month project aiming at promoting women’s participation in conflict resolution and governance. The project is financed by the Gender Promotion Initiative of the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) and supported by the PBF Secretariat based in Bissau. Towards a New Balance in Guinea-Bissau: creating spaces for a real participation of women in conflict resolution and governance” is composed of three complementary streams articulated in outcomes and outputs, as follows:

 

Outcome 1 | Women participate more actively in the peaceful resolution of local conflicts, and their contribution is recognized by society

Output 1.1 | Women engage themselves more actively in the resolution of local conflict

Output 1.2 | The contribution of women to the resolution of local conflicts is documented

 

Outcome 2 | The population and political actors better understand the obstacles and added-value of women’s participation in decision-making

Output 2.1 | The perspectives of men and women on the challenges and the value of the participation of women in political decision-making and the ways of strengthening it has been documented

Output 2.2 | The population and political actors debate over the challenges and added-value of women’s participation in political decision-making, and action plans to strengthen it

 

Outcome 3 | Women and men leaders, politicians and Security and Defense Forces (SDF) recognize the importance of women’s participation and allow for a strengthened role of women in decision-making

Output 3.1 | Women and men leaders’ capacities in communications are strengthened and allow them to advocate more effectively

Output 3.2 | Female and male leaders, politicians and SDF engage themselves actively in a more coordinated and coherent way in advocacy

 

Evaluation objectives and contents

The main objective of the final evaluation is to assess the outcomes, achievements, challenges and lessons learned from the project. The evaluation is also expected to inform the direction and priority areas for the continuation of Interpeace and Voz di Paz’s future programme in Guinea-Bissau. The evaluation will be of interest to Interpeace, Voz di Paz, the Peacebuilding Support Office of the United Nations (PBSO), the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) as well as to international donors and policy makers engaged in Guinea-Bissau.

Key evaluation questions

In a view to assess the level of achievement of the different project objectives in terms of relevance, impact, and effectiveness, key questions have been developed to guide the evaluation.

Relevance

  • How do project participants assess the relevance of the project and its methodology relevant to promote the role of women in governance and conflict resolution in Guinea-Bissau?
  • How did the project manage to adapt to local realities and socio-political changes and remain relevant despite political instability and continuous crisis?
  • How did the project find synergies with other previous or ongoing initiatives to build on initial findings and maximize impact? How do project participants assess the particular added-value of the project compared to other past or ongoing initiatives in this field?

Impact

  • To what extent did the project bring about a better understanding of the obstacles and added-value of women’s participation in decision making and conflict resolution? How did trainings influence participants attitudes, perceptions or behavior?
  • Have participants and stakeholders build ownership on the enhanced role of women in governance and conflict resolution. If yes how has the project contributed to this?
  • What catalytic effects did the project generate?
  • How has the project contributed to the following type of changes? (see methodology section)
  • Networking and coalition building – Level and quality of associativity among organizations and sectors working for women participation. This includes whether new connections, alliances and/or partnerships are being made and whether alliances are seen as useful relationships.
  • Participation and Engagement – Extent to which there is an increase of new female actors in the public space. Extent to which there are opportunities for women leaders to engage with high level actors.
  • Inclusiveness – Changes in the composition of decision-making structures through the inclusion of women
  • Social Problem Solving – Extent to which there is more willingness and capacity to collectively identify and address women’s participation, e.g. taboo issues are less taboo
  • Responsiveness – Extent to which women participants gain access to state or other services and resources

Effectiveness

  • To what extent did the programme meet its targeted project outcomes and outputs?
  • How could the possible variations from expected to actual outcomes and outputs be explained?
  • How did audiovisual tools contribute to the effectiveness of the project?

Additional learning points 

  • What were the strengths and weaknesses of the Voz di Paz and Interpeace partnership for the implementation of the project? How did it contribute to its sustainability?
  • What could be learned from the implementation of this project to improve women participation in decision-making and the peaceful resolution of conflicts as well as peacebuilding work in general in Guinea-Bissau?
  • How is Voz di Paz perceived by participants and stakeholders?

Methodology

The evaluator is expected to use participatory evaluation methodologies which may include but are not limited to: outcome mapping, theories of change, interviews, focus group discussions, most significant change, etc. The methodology used should also be gender sensitive. The evaluator is expected to present, agree upon and apply a conceptual framework of analysis consistent with Interpeace’s peacebuilding and participatory approach.The evaluation will be both an objective and a consultative/participatory exercise, and is expected to involve the following elements:

Initial planning process: in conjunction with Interpeace and partners, finalize the methodology, guiding questions and indicators, and workplan.

Documentary review: a 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.

Stakeholder interviews and focus group discussions: including with employees of Interpeace and Voz di Paz; stakeholders and beneficiaries in Guinea-Bissau; PBSO and PBF representatives; and external experts from academia, civil society, etc. in Guinea-Bissau.

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 evaluator 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 inception report.

Deliverables

The evaluator will provide:

  • A brief inception report (no more than 5 pages) at the end of the initial planning phase, setting out a timetable for the fieldwork, an overview of the final agreed upon methodology, the types of people and groups to be interviewed, a detailed workplan and the type of documents to be reviewed. Data collection tools are expected to be reviewed by and finalized together with Interpeace.
  • The evaluator will hold a feedback meeting for Interpeace, Voz di Paz, and invited stakeholders at the last day of the fieldwork. This will be an opportunity to debrief on the evaluation, and to exchange views on preliminary findings and recommendations.
  • A draft report within 15 days after completing the fieldwork.
  • A final report taking into account comments on the draft report within 10 days of receiving such comments.

The evaluation report will include a main text of no more than 30 pages (excluding annexes) with findings and recommendations. The report will be written in English (or French) and will be expected to include:

  • an executive summary that does not exceed 4 pages, presented at the beginning of the report.
  • a contextual section, briefly presenting dynamics around the low participation and limited role of women in governance and conflict resolution in Guinea-Bissau, and efforts carried out to promote the role of women in these areas, prior to the project start.
  • an analytical section, providing evidence and detailed analysis of the evaluation findings, including answers to the key questions (as per section 4 of the ToR) and evaluation conclusions.
  • a final section, offering an overall appreciation of the project, including a brief summary of its strengths and weaknesses, and clearly stating lessons-learned and recommendations.
  • annexes, including a list of key documents consulted, interviewed people, and other material used, presented in a detailed fashion. Study cases aiming at illustrating impact (through quotes, personal stories, or contextual analysis of behavior change towards the question of women’s role in governance and conflict resolution) should not exceed 3 pages.

Modalities

Timeframe: The anticipated duration of the evaluation is approximately 20 working days with approximately 12 days spent in Guinea-Bissau during the end of September/beginning of October 2018. The anticipated start date is beginning of August 2018 with submission of the final report by end of October 2018. The final timeframe will be agreed upon with the selected consultant.

Reporting lines: The evaluator conducts the final evaluation of the project and interacts directly with Interpeace and Voz di Paz. The evaluator reports to Interpeace’s Head of Programmes for West Africa. An overall lumpsum will be established in the contract as per prior agreement between Interpeace and the evaluator. This lumpsum covers costs related to international travel, accommodation, visa, communication, DSA during the fieldwork.

Location: Voz di Paz’s programme team is based in Bissau, the capital of Guinea-Bissau. Interpeace’s West Africa Regional team based in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, provides continuous support to the Guinea-Bissau programme on a remote basis. The evaluator shall be prepared, as per prior agreement, to collaborate with Interpeace and Voz di Paz both remotely and on site in Bissau. Remote collaboration is established through emails, Skype and WhatsApp or land line telephone connection in the case of insufficient Internet connection in Bissau.

Interpeace’s responsibilities:

  • Providing a focal point at Interpeace for the evaluation, who may or may not travel with the consultant (time and funds permitting);
  • Providing a focal point at Voz di Paz;
  • Providing logistical support inside and outside Guinea-Bissau;
  • Arranging meetings with stakeholders;
  • Providing relevant programme reports and documentation in advance;
  • Providing success stories and testimonies to illustrate the types of change (see questions on impact) which can then be verified by the evaluator.

Qualifications

Interpeace and Voz di Paz are looking for an experienced international consultant with the following skills and experience at a minimum:

  • Significant experience in conducting evaluations/assessments;
  • Strong knowledge of and experience with conflict resolution and peacebuilding programmes;
  • Demonstrated understanding of participatory processes and methodologies
  • Experience working in Guinea-Bissau or other conflict or post-conflict environments;
  • Excellent command of English (report writing) and Portuguese (conducting interviews and exchanging with the programme team). Good knowledge of French considered an asset;
  • Ability to work effectively and inclusively with people of different culture, race, nationality, gender, political or religious belief, age, sexual orientation, disability, or marital status.

How to Apply

Qualified candidates may submit a narrative and financial proposal to fruehwald@interpeace.org and hoff@interpeace.org including a record of experience (CV or other) no later than July 18, 2018. “Evaluation Guinea-Bissau” MUST BE included in the subject line of the application e-mail for the application to be considered.

Please note that due to high volume of applications, ONLY short-listed candidates will be notified.

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