The Swedish Fellowship of Reconciliation, SweFOR, is seeking to engage consultant services to conduct an evaluation of its civil society support to South Sudan through its partnership agreement with ONAD (Organization for Nonviolence and Development).
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SweFOR is an ecumenical Swedish non-governmental non-profit organization founded in 1919 with head office in Stockholm. We work for the protection of human rights and non-violent resolution of conflicts by raising awareness in Sweden and strengthening human rights defenders, civil society movements and organizations in Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, South Sudan and Western Sahara. Our work is mainly funded by public grants through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and The Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA), but also by different foundations, ecclesiastical collections and donations from members.
In South Sudan, SweFOR’s principal partner is ONAD (Organization for Nonviolence and Development). ONAD is a nonviolence organization first founded as SONAD (Sudanese Organization for Nonviolence and Development) by mainly South Sudanese in Khartoum in the 1990’s. SweFOR started its relationship with SONAD in 2003, partnering on nonviolence trainings, exchanges, workshops and advocacy. With the independence of South Sudan in 2011 the sister organization, ONAD, was created with its base in Juba, South Sudan. In 2012, SweFOR continued formal partnership with ONAD. The partnership is still centered on nonviolent conflict management but has widened to also encompass peace education for children and youth as well as peace advocacy activities. SweFOR also supports ONAD through organizational capacity building activities.
The cooperation between ONAD and SweFOR in its whole was last evaluated in 2007, besides a smaller evaluation of the Training of Trainers project taking place in 2013. A four year project called Institutional capacity building and nonviolence education as empowerment for sustainable peace and justice in South Sudan ended in March, 2016, and a new partnership agreement was signed in 2017. At the same time, the South Sudan context has grown ever more complex and insecure. Given the complicated current context in South Sudan as well as SweFOR’s commitment to keep supporting the South Sudanese civil society in its work for human rights and lasting peace, SweFOR seeks the support of a consultant to carry out an evaluation of SweFOR’s work in South Sudan.
Purpose and objectives of the assignment
The main purpose of the evaluation is to validate the outcomes and impacts of the project Institutional capacity building and nonviolence education as empowerment for sustainable peace and justice in South Sudan lasting from 2013 to 2016 as well as supporting activities and provide SweFOR and ONAD with relevant recommendations and lessons learned from the intervention to feed into the ongoing intervention and future work in non-violence and peace building in South Sudan.
More specifically, the objectives are to:
- Evaluate the 2013-2016 project Institutional capacity building and nonviolence education as empowerment for sustainable peace and justice in South Sudan and supporting activities organized by SweFOR as regards to its outcomes, impact, relevance, sustainability and efficiency.
- Evaluate the role and added value of the project in relation to other interventions and relevant stakeholders in the context where it was implemented.
- Present lessons learned and recommendations on possible strategies of SweFOR’s and ONAD’s future work in nonviolence and peace building in South Sudan.
To reach the objectives of the evaluation, at least the following questions should be answered and recommendations given based on the answers:
Assessment and lessons learned
- Asses the outcomes of the intervention, both expected and unexpected. Also assess impacts of the intervention in the context where it has been implemented. (Outcomes and impact)
- To what extent has the intervention responded to the needs and priorities of ONAD and the target group? Is the intervention appropriate to the problems identified, and does it address the main causes of those problems? (Relevance)
- Has the intervention contributed to structural, sustainable change in the partner organization and/or in the target group? (Sustainability)
- Has the implementation of the intervention been efficient? (Efficiency)
- How did the intervention relate to other initiatives taken by civil society actors and other relevant stakeholders? What is the role and added value of ONAD in the South Sudanese civil society landscape for peacebuilding and non-violence?
- Considering lessons learned and the above findings, but also SweFOR’s role and resources, what are the possibilities for SweFOR to support/scale up support to civil society in South Sudan, with both current and possibly other partners?
The report will be used by SweFOR and its partners for learning purposes and further development of the intervention and/or other types of intervention. Having a broad scope and a learning approach, we expect the consultancy to be planned and conducted in dialogue with SweFOR and ONAD.
Scope and methodology of the consultancy
The evaluation will be conducted within the framework of SweFOR’s support to ONAD according to:
- SweFOR’s program applications 2013-2015 and 2016
- ONAD’s project applications and reports to SweFOR 2013-2016
- ONAD’s strategic plan
- SweFOR’s Plan of Operations 2014-2016
The methodology of the evaluation should be developed by the evaluator. We expect the evaluation process to have a participatory approach, to include key stakeholders and create opportunity for collective reflection and learning. The evaluator is encouraged to lend specific emphasis to the involvement of the direct and indirect target group in the evaluation process.
The evaluator should also strive to use various sources of information to underpin their conclusions (document review but also interviews and focus groups with ONAD staff, board, volunteers, direct and indirect target group and other relevant stakeholders.).
The tender sent to SweFOR should include a methodology outline and time plan. These will be further discussed with SweFOR in an initial meeting after the final selection of evaluator/s, and should be approved before starting the evaluation process.
SweFOR and ONAD will facilitate contacts for interviewees as well as translators to local languages if needed.
Duration of the consultancy
The total working time for the consultancy is expected to be approximately 20 days. Field work in Juba, South Sudan should be planned together with SweFOR and ONAD, and will preliminarily take place during February, 2018.
A draft report, should be delivered to SweFOR and ONAD for input by the 1st of March. If possible, the preliminary findings should be presented and discussed with ONAD in a validation seminar/workshop after the field work. Feedback on the draft report will be given by SweFOR and ONAD by the 8th of March.
The final report should be presented to SweFOR and ONAD by the 15th of March. The final report should be written in English and not exceed 30 pages. Additional material could be included in appendices. The report should include an executive summary, a brief description of the intervention, evaluation results and recommendations. The ToR for the evaluation as well as information on methodology, information gathering methods and involved actors should be included as annexes.
ONAD is responsible for making the report available to interviewed target group.
The candidate/team to be considered should possess the following competences and experience:
- Proven skills and work experience conducting evaluations of international development cooperation interventions, preferably with a focus on civil society support,
- Experience in facilitating participatory processes in the field of monitoring and evaluation, specifically in target group focused methods,
- Knowledge of the socio-political context of South Sudan and experience in working with civil society actors in conflict settings,
- Share the values of SweFOR with regards to non-violence, non-discrimination and universal, indivisible, interdependent and interrelated human rights,
- FHigh proficiency in English. Arabic is a merit.
How to apply
Interested candidates are asked to present a technical and financial proposal in English by sending it to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than November 15, 2017.
The technical proposal should indicate the candidate’s relevant experience, a brief description of why the candidate is the most suitable for the assignment, references and contact details and a brief methodology outline and time plan.
The financial proposal should itemize the consultant fee, material costs, travel costs, living costs during travels and allowance according to the Swedish Tax Agency allowance rates 2017 and specify the amount of time required for the fulfillment of the assignment. Attention should be paid to SweFOR’s NGO status when drafting the tender budget. If the tender is presented by a consultancy team, the structure of the team, including roles and responsibilities should be defined in the tender.
The proposal will be evaluated in consideration of the above-mentioned requirements and with cost-effectiveness in mind.
Eligible candidates will be contacted as soon as possible.
Stella Lundén, programme coordinator, email@example.com, +46 8 453 68 78
Victoria Enström, programme coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org, +46 765 011 814