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Consultant to undertake Finale Evaluation for LEAP Project in Deep South of Thailand (Re-announcement)

Term of Reference

Consultant to undertake Finale Evaluation for LEAP Project in Deep South of Thailand

  1. Background

Over the last 10 years, the Deep South region in Thailand has experienced increasing levels of violence originating from a separatist insurgency with over 6,000 people killed, mostly civilians including 120 children. Schools and teachers have been specifically targeted by armed groups, education has been disrupted and children severely impacted by the violence they have witnessed and experienced.

The Local Engagement to Advocate for Peace (LEAP) project has supported CSOs to contribute towards stronger governance and accountability through inclusive policy-making, by empowering citizens and populations to voice and structure their demands to tackle injustice and inequality. The LEAP project aims to strengthen the organizational and technical capacity of CSOs in the South, enhance the evidence base and participation of children in constructive dialogue, and ensure that together with local authorities (LAs), CSOs actively engage children and youth in advocating for the protection of children. The project promotes an enabling environment for Thai CSOs as actors in governance and public accountability and as essential bodies to reinforce progress towards peaceful social cohesion, conflict reconciliation and stable society in the Deep South of Thailand. The specific objective of the project is for civil society organisations to have sustainable capacity, experience, and knowledge to actively engage children and youth in peace building in the Deep South.

  1. Final evaluation objectives

Save the Children Thailand would like to conduct a final evaluation of the LEAP project to assess the achieved results and their relevance, effectiveness, and sustainability. Specifically, the evaluation will:

  • Assess the extent to which the project has achieved its objective and results
  • Consider the process of the programme, were the approaches appropriate for the programme goals, what lessons have been learned about the approach both positive and negative?
  • Identify changes that have occurred within the targeted CSOs, and communities, particularly from a child participation child’s and a child-focussed perspective
  • Identify and document best practices, what worked, what did not work, lessons learned and challenges that are attributable to the LEAP project
  • Recommendations for any long-term strategies or future work, focusing on child protection and children’s participation in advocacy for peace
  1. Key Investigation Questions

Relevance

  • To what extent is the project rationale and design relevant to the needs and promotes peace in this context?
  • What is the recognition of LEAP project, Save the Children and European Union among local organizations and community?
  • HOW is the LEAP project contributing to the inclusion of children, and child protection issues in peace building?
  • What actions have been brought by children themselves (as a result of sub-granting by CSOs) that have contributed to debates with government?

Effectiveness

  • To what extent were beneficiaries/stakeholders involved in the design, planning and implementation of sub-grantees activities?
  • How was the technical capacity of CSOs built, and how was this measured?
  • What lessons does the programme generate on child participation and inclusion of children from different religious, ethnic groups and ages, girls as well as boys?

Efficiency

  • How efficient were the funding mechanisms of CSOs to children in terms of timeliness and relevant fiduciary controls?
  • What lessons did the programme generate regarding ‘sustainable’ and sufficient capacity of CSOs in organisational development terms, were the essential standards?

Sustainability

  • Recommendations for further ways to strengthen or increase CSO’s child protection capacities and/or children’s participation in peace process?
  • What are the good practices of partner in inclusive approaches to community engagement?
  • How have CSOs strengthened Child Participation to be safe and meaningful?

The evaluation will also collect in-depth case studies on how CSOs’ increased capacity, resources and knowledge have resulted in reaching children and youth. Capturing the changes partners have gone through in their ways of working.

  1. Methodology

While the consultant will propose a methodology to suit the evaluation, a consultative and participatory approach will be a basic minimum requirement. The consultant will employ a mix of quantitative and qualitative data collection methodologies such as observation, in-depth interview, focus group discussions with stakeholders and use existing data generated through the monitoring systems. Children’ participation should be considered as central to capture their story and successes. 

The main methods for the evaluation should comprise of:

  • Review of relevant project document including: project proposal, MEAL framework, baseline assessment and mid-term report, annual report and semi-annual report to donors. Nine sub-grantees’ project proposals, work-plans, indicators, quarterly and final reports will also be reviewed
  • A series of interviews and focus group discussions with beneficiaries (inclusive); sub-grantees, project’s steering committee, partner’s staff, teacher, community leader, parents youth group and youth leader
  • Focus group discussions and interview with child leaders to document children/youth activity leading specific activity to promote peaceful social cohesion and the protection of children
  1. Scope of the evaluation

The tasks to be undertaken by the consultant include, but are not limited to;

  • Review of literature
  • Drafting inception report containing evaluation plan, methodology, evaluation tools, target group, budget estimate and work plan to be discussed and approved by Save the Children Thailand and UK
  • Data collection from difference sources and ten partners in the Deep South of Thailand
  • Collection of relevant data from primary sources
  • Debrief of field data collection result
  • Data analysis, presentation and draft report preparation
  • Production of two in-depth case studies on how increased capacity, resources and knowledge have resulted in reaching children and youth, capturing the changes of partners have gone through in the ways of working

Incorporate feedback from Save the Children Thailand and UK and submit the final report

  • A short summary report (max 2 pages) shall also be generated by the consultant.

Timeline:

The consultant will be required to dedicate an estimated 35 days’ time to the evaluation during November 2018 to March 2019 and, subject to the requirements and agreements with Save the Children.

  1. Key Deliverables:
  • November 2018-Inception report in English, mapping of available data and plan for data collection, draft of evaluation framework, detailed research methodology including selection criteria for inclusion in research, no of KIIs and FGDs, approach to child participation and draft of evaluation tools to be finalised
  • December 2018- Submission of finalized Inception report and work plan in English
  • January 2019- Data collection/field consultation visits with project, partner staff and children consulatation
  • February 2019-Presentations of preliminary findings to Save the Children and beneficiaries and First draft of report including in-depth case studies and recommendations in English
  • March 2019-Final report in English, evaluation summary report (1-2 page in English and Thai) in info-graphic format, full report (30 pages) in English and Thai.
  1. Management of consultancy

Save the Children should approve all plans, tools and documents developed by the consultant. The final report will be assessed against Save the Children’s Evaluation Checklist (Annex II). The consultant will report to the Senior Field Coordinator.

  1. Required qualification of consultant

The consultant should have the following expertise and qualification

  • Relevant academic background and extensive experience in research and evaluation
  • She/he should have practical experiences and understanding of child protection and child participation.
  • An experience in the Deep South context in Thailand will be added advantage.
  • Excellent knowledge of capacity building approaches and understanding the nature of working with civil society organization
  • Experience of participatory, child friendly methodology for evaluation project together with children
  • Excellent written skills in English

The submission must address the terms of reference and include:

  • An updated CV demonstrating relevant experience
  • A cover letter outlining the expertise of the consultant and explanation of why she/he is the most suitable candidate for the evaluation
  • Sample of evaluation work
  • A summary of how the consultant would approach this evaluation outlining the research methodology, study framework, and field implementation approach to be used (maximum 5 pages)
  • A detailed quote in THB and EUR

Annex 1: Project’s Logical Framework: https://goo.gl/jByKkm

Annex II: Evaluation report quality score tool:

Close date for submissions: 13 September 2018

Please indicate in the subject as “Consultant to undertake Finale Evaluation for LEAP Project in Deep South of Thailand_Name of candidate”

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

“We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.”

Contact : hr.thailand@savethechildren.org

Contact : hr.thailand@savethechildren.org


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