Final Evaluation of the “The Strengthening Resilience Capacities for Peace in the Great Lakes” 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 to implement the Strengthening Resilience Capacities for Peace in the Great Lakes 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.

Strengthening Resilience Capacities for Peace in the Great Lakes is a three and a half-year (1st September 2017-31st December 2020) programme funded by the Government of Norway through the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Kampala. The programme aims to strengthen resilience capacities for peace in the Great Lakes. The main strategy employed is catalysing and facilitating dialogue and action, supported by participatory action research processes, on key issue concerning peace and collaboration in the region. Building upon the work of Interpeace and its partners in Burundi, Rwanda and the DRC and responding to the priorities expressed by the populations of the region, with a particular focus on Burundi, the programme conducted and disseminated research to engage the Great Lakes populations within and across their borders on their capacities for reconciliation, experiences of the past and visions for the future.

The overall objective of the programme is to strengthen local capacities for peace in the Great Lakes Region with a specific focus on Burundi. This objective is supported by five objectives:

  • To advance understanding of existing capacities of and aspirations for peace and reconciliation among diverse communities within and across borders
  • To enhance youth capacities for leadership in peace, reconciliation, and development
  • To strengthen community capacities for violence prevention, conflict management and reconciliation
  • To reinforce political dialogue for consensus-based decision making to advance a common agenda
  • To increase citizen influence on policy development and practice

The programme has as direct target groups: community members and leaders, to provide spaces for inclusive dialogue between diverse actors, to conduct research that catalyses debate and influences policy making and to integrate peacebuilding initiatives into efforts to promote development.

Theory of Change:

If community members and leaders, particularly youth, collectively develop sustainable concrete solutions based on these capacities and are provided with opportunities to strengthen these existing capacities, through dialogue, training and exchange, then they will be better able to use these collective capacities to undertake independent initiatives to address common priorities and to promote peace, reconciliation and development within and across borders. And they will be better able to collectively develop relevant local, national, and regional policies and programmes that are informed by community priorities and support a common vision for a peaceful future.

The programme is approaching the end, scheduled to close out at the end of 2020.  The final 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 a prospective next phase.

Service or Assignment Description and Objective(s)

The final evaluation is a condition of the funding agreement between Interpeace and the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Kampala. The findings will serve as a basis for learning for the embassy, CENAP, Interpeace and other key stakeholders.

The main objectives of the evaluation are:

  • To assess programme performance and achievement of intended outcomes
  • To identify strengths, weaknesses, deviations as well as lessons learned from programme implementation
  • To assess effectiveness and efficiency, adapting to changes in the political context
  • To identify management, technical and performance challenges and providing recommendations for similar programmes in the future
  • To provide recommendations for maximizing programme impact in prospective future programming phases

Scope of work

The anticipated duration of the evaluation is 20 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 November 2020 with submission of the final draft by 15 January 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 and CENAP 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 team of consultants.

The indicative questions of the evaluation are as follows:

What has been the relevance of the project?

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

How effective 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) in Burundi?
  • Has the programme been implemented as it was designed?

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?

How coherent has the project been with other projects and actors?

  • To what extent has this project been consistent with the objectives of CENAP and Interpeace?
  • To what extent does the project build upon and align with other programmes undertaken CENAP and Interpeace, jointly and separately.
  • Has 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 efficient has the project been?

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

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

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 has the programme adhered 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 next phase of the programme?
  • 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 CENAP 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 CENAP and Interpeace 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.