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Terms of Reference – final programme evaluation

 

Background and context 

Diakonia is an international Faith Based development organization rooted in two churches in Sweden, the Swedish Alliance Mission and the Uniting Church in Sweden. The organization currently works through local offices in 24 countries in Africa, Latin America, Middle East and Asia by supporting local partners. Diakonia’s vision is a Just, Equal and Sustainable world. Our mission and goal is to change unfair political, economic, social and cultural structures that cause poverty, oppression, inequality and violence.

 

Diakonia Thailand supports local partner organizations with funding and capacity building. Partners’ works are aligned with Diakonia Thailand Country Strategy and Programme with 4 main interventions including human rights, democracy, gender equality and social and economic justice. With various works of partner organizations, Diakonia intends to strengthen partner capacity based on the necessary and needed topics.

 

Diakonia Thailand currently runs a 3-year programme called Safe Migration: Rights for People on the Move from 2018 to 2020. The goal of the programme is to promote and protect the rights of migrants particularly the new wave migrants who were once refugees in the 9 refugee camps to reduce their vulnerabilities to labour exploitation and human trafficking. The geographical areas cover Thai-Myanmar border, Karen State and Eastern Shan State in Myanmar, Tak, Maehongson, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai in Thailand and Sweden for communication works. Implementing partners working under this programme include

1) ECPAT Foundation Thailand

2) Karen Development Service Foundation

3) Legal Status Network Foundation

4) MAP Foundation

5) Thailand Lahu Development Foundation

6) ECPAT Sweden

Purpose of the Evaluation

The purpose is to establish how the grant has been implemented during the three years, including its effectiveness, in order to advise the future implementation of such grant.

Objectives and scope of the evaluation

The objective is to assess the relevance and effectiveness of the project. The evaluation will focus on Diakonia’s role, choice of focus on migration and ways of working with the five local partners and one partner in Sweden to provide practical recommendations to Diakonia on how to improve our implementation. In addition, the evaluation will look at the relevance and effectiveness of the activities implemented by the five local partners and ECPAT Sweden.

 

Relevance:

The evaluation should analyse this question broadly, taking into consideration the following aspects;

  • Analyse the partner composition and if the project implementation (as defined in the result framework) is relevant in the context, addresses the strategic needs of rights holders and societal problems.
  • Analyse if/how Diakonia and partners have adapted/adjusted projects and activities to reflect changes in the context. Also analyse if contextual factor (e.g. shrinking space, political climate, conflicts, disasters, pandemic of COVID-19) were factored in at the program design/risk analysis.
  • Analyse how Diakonia organizes activities/capacity building corresponds to the needs and strategic interest of our partners.

    Effectiveness:

    The evaluation should analyse this question broadly, taking into consideration the following aspects;

  • Analyse the achievement of results as defined in the result framework. Also analyse what are the major factors influencing the achievement or non-achievement of the results and activities, especially considering Diakonia’s role/added value.
  • Analyse the effectiveness of organized activities/capacity building provided by Diakonia in the sense that the capacity of the partner organisations is strengthened. 
  • Analyse how well Diakonia’s mainstreaming areas conflict, environment and gender are reflected in project implementation and influenced partners’ work and results.
  • Analyse the lesson learned from project implementation.
  • Recommend what should be included in similar projects in the future.

Approach and methods for data collection and analysis

  • It is expected that the consultants describe and justify an appropriate approach/methodology and methods for data collection in the tender. These should be based on the evaluation questions. The tender should include a cost-effective ambition level. The consultants should take into consideration appropriate measures for collecting data in cases where sensitive or confidential issues are addressed and avoid presenting information that may be harmful to some stakeholder groups.

    Organisation of evaluation management

    This Evaluation is commissioned by Diakonia Thailand country office. The intended user is Diakonia; country, regional and head office but also Diakonia’s partners. At a later stage Diakonia will share the report with back donors.

    Time schedule and deliverables

    It is expected that a time and work plan is presented in the tender. The final report should be delivered not later than 31-March-2021. The following meetings are regarded as a prerequisite:

  • A start-up meeting with the Diakonia Thailand country office.
  • Interviews with a wide range of stakeholders including implementing partners. 
  • Online joint interview with contact person in Diakonia Sweden and ECPAT Sweden regarding communication in Sweden, preliminary results achieved, and how the implementation proceeded.
  • Validation session with Diakonia Thailand country office.
  • Presentation of final report to Diakonia Thailand country office.
  • The final report shall be written in English and professionally proofread. The final report should have a clear structure and follow the report format agreed with Diakonia. An executive summary of maximum 3 pages shall be included. Conclusions shall be substantiated by findings and analysis and it should be possible to follow the line of reasoning. Recommendations and lessons learned should flow logically from conclusions. Recommendations shall be specific and directed to relevant stakeholders. The report shall be no more than 40 pages, excluding annexes. The consultants shall submit the final report through e-mail to the contact person at Diakonia Thailand country office.

    Qualifications and competencies

    The Evaluation may be conducted by a single consultant or a team with the following qualifications and competencies: 

  • Competence and experience in reviews and evaluations, quality assessment and results-based management in developing countries.  
  • Experience working with migration.
  • Experience of evaluating and/or working with crosscutting issues such as gender, conflict, and environment/climate change.   
  • Experience of evaluation work of Civil Society in Thailand.
  • Experience of working with Rights Based approach.
  • Ability to speak Thai or ethnic languages such as Karen is an asset.
  • Thai nationals and Thailand based expatriates are preferable.
  • One person shall be assigned as team leader with the overall responsibility for the review. The team leader shall have experience of leading review/evaluation assignments.  A CV shall be included for each team member and contain full description of the consultant’s qualifications and professional work experience.

     

    The consultants must be independent from the review object and activities, and have no stake in the outcome of the review.

    Budget

    The budget is upon agreed. Cost of travel within the country and accommodation will be covered by the consultant and is included in the submitted budget (Thai Baht).

    Roles and responsibilities

    The contact person at the Diakonia Thailand country office is Bandit Yuenyongtham, the Country Director. The contact person should be consulted if any problems arise during the evaluation process.

    The consultants will arrange the logistics, booking interviews, preparing visits including any necessary security arrangements. Some assistance will be offered by Diakonia Thailand country office upon request. Diakonia will prepare the documents to read in advance.

    Terms and conditions

    The consultant is responsible for income tax, travel insurances, and interpreters if needed.

    The consultant is required to sign and follow Diakonia’s code of conduct. The consultant should also follow the Diakonia Child safeguarding policy if children are involved in some way during the evaluation.

    Mode of application

    The tender shall be sent per e-mail to Diakonia Thailand (thailand@diakonia.se) by 10 January 2021. This should include;

  • CV of all involved consultants.
  • Testimonials and sample reports of similar assignments taken in the recent past.
  • Understanding of ToR and a detailed suggestion of research methods and its rationale.
  • Draft work plan and budget

Contact : thailand@diakonia.se


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