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Experienced consultant to design and implement evaluation activities

Duration:

Evaluation to be completed by 30th August 2021

 

Payment:

180,000 Thai Baht

 

Reporting to:

Thailand National Manager, HOST International

 

Consultant experience

 

Experience in evaluation of community-based programs and preferably experience with programs to support refugees within community settings. The evaluator will ideally be someone with sound understanding of alternatives to immigration detention, child-protection, community engagement and case management approaches.

 

 

Background

 

Established in December 2016, HOST International is a not-for-profit international charity committed to working wisely, creatively and carefully to help create a better, safer future for displaced people and host communities around the world. There are almost 80 million displaced people in the world and fewer than 100,000 resettlement places annually. Most displaced people are therefore subject to long-term displacement in countries that are unwilling or unable to integrate them.

 

HOST seeks to promote innovation and integrity in all aspects of our work whilst promoting diversity and cooperation among the people and communities that we work with. Through strengths based and trauma informed approaches we provide education and practical support services to improve the livelihoods, protection capacity and independence of refugees and asylum seekers, whilst also recognizing the needs and interests of host communities.

 

HOST International has been delivering community-based case management and capacity building projects in Thailand since early 2019. Our core work has focused on providing case management support to mothers and children released from Immigration Detention Centers (IDC’s) in Thailand in partnership with the Thai Department of Children and Youth (DCY). Together with the International Detention Coalition (IDC), and with support from the Canadian Embassy, we seek to evaluate the effectiveness of this project as a form of alternative to detention and to share learnings with others.  

 

IDC is a unique global network, of over 400 civil society organisations and individuals in more than 80 countries that advocate for, research and provide direct services to refugees, asylum seekers and migrants affected by immigration detention. IDC aims to foster the development, implementation and strengthening of alternatives to detention (“ATD”) that promote greater respect for the rights of children and their families. The goal is for such ATD programs to reduce the use of unnecessary immigration detention, better uphold the rights of children and their families in the migration context, and to build evidence and momentum in support of alternatives globally.

 

Purpose of the Evaluation

 

HOST and IDC wish to conduct a formal evaluation of this community-based protection approach as an example of an alternative to immigration detention program. We also plan to evidence the key outcomes and capture key learnings from the work and share these with others.

 

The Evaluation aims to:

  1. assess the effectiveness of the HOST approach as a valid form of alternative to detention including cost analysis, immigration compliance and status resolution
  2. assess the impact of transitioning of mothers and children out of detention into living independently within the community context.
  3. assess the impact of engaging the wider host community in addressing shared needs and improving protection capacity
  4. assess the effectiveness of the partnership model with local NGOs, institutions and Government stakeholders.

 

Findings from this evaluation will need to be collated into a report that will be used to inform policy advice and debates in relation to community-based protection and alternatives to detention.

 

The Evaluation Report will form part of a Toolkit for implementers looking to adopt community-based case management and community engagement programs in similarly contexts.

Evaluation Scope

 

HOST and IDC seek an experienced consultant to design and implement evaluation activities in relation to the following areas:

 

  • Individual case management outcomes
  • Community capacity building outcomes
  • Stakeholders collaboration

 

The evaluation will be limited by time and available resources and should include mixed methodologies includes surveys, interviews, focus groups and program data. The specific design and methodology will be finalized with the successful candidate.

It is expected that the evaluation will utilise existing program data from HOST in Bangkok and engage external partners and participants in data collection. Work undertaken by DCY, IDC or other external parties is not under review.

 

Project Timeframe and Deliverables:

 

It is estimated that the evaluation will be completed within 2 months of the contract start date.

 

The following key deliverables will be required:

 

Evaluation plan: Reviewing the monitoring and evaluation framework and providing a data collection plan, methodology and strategy for approval by the working group.

 

Data collection: Collecting information, including research, interviews, focus groups with internal and external stakeholders whilst adhering to HOST’s ethical and policy framework in relation to data collection.

 

Report and data analysis: Providing an evaluation report in English including lessons learned and a comprehensive cost benefit analysis.

 

How to submit your application?

Please provide a maximum 3 pages response; outlining your approach to delivering this project, and describe your experience and skills in delivering similar evaluation.

Also include your current resume of maximum 2 pages and contact details for two current referees. We would appreciate if you possible to see an example of your work.

Please email your response to mitra.khakbaz@hostinternational.org.au.

The deadline for receipt of the application is Sunday 20 June.

Please note: Only short-listed applicants will be invited for interview.

 

Contact : mitra.khakbaz@hostinternational.org.au


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