Purpose of the Assignment
War Child received funding from the Dutch Relief Alliance Innovation Fund in 2019 to conduct an innovative research project.
The project is nearing the end and all DIF funded projects are required to complete an evaluation. The evaluation will provide an opportunity for the project and stakeholders involved to learn from the process and progress of an innovative research project.
The evaluation will start as in the last quarter of 2021 and end with the final submission of the evaluation report by end of March 2022.
Systematic and enduring child protection challenges demand new and effective approaches, particularly in volatile humanitarian contexts.
1) community-driven child protection and 2) stigma reduction, in two contexts (Colombia and Uganda), allowing for cross-learning, comparison and alignment.
In November 2019 War Child started the Communities in the Driver’s Seat project funded by DRA Innovation Fund (DIF). Together with several partners this consortium aimed to produce evidence on standard community-driven approaches with two innovative applications.
These applications need to be, next to working towards an evidence base, easy to understand and implement, and yet adaptable to any humanitarian context to allow for scale-up and dissemination among the wider humanitarian community.
This will, in the end, bring about increased relevance, impact and sustainability in the field of child protection.
The innovations : brief description
The approach and the two applications are based on two key elements : (a) communities work to actively identify, develop, adapt, own and execute actions, with a key role for already active (in)formal community actors of change (frontrunners on social change), and (b) humanitarian actors serve as facilitators and catalysts of this social norms change process.
The applications provide a guided, common process -contextualised and applicable in different settings - that enables humanitarian actors to act rapidly in response to urgent needs in partnership with communities.
The first application of the community-driven approach looks at child protection risks broadly and includes the role of a local coach, who will guide community actors in a process of change.
This coach-role is be tested as catalyser for community ownership in conflict-affected settings. The second application aims to address stigmatising norms specifically, supported through a digital app facilitating data visualization, allowing for quick analysis of community information.
Community actors of change and a humanitarian actor will identify, adapt and implement previously successful strategies to tackle drivers of stigma such as fear and blame.
Core to the approach is adjusting power imbalances, specifically present in humanitarian settings, with communities themselves addressing disempowering social norms, attitudes and practices.
Scope of Work
The underlying project was conducted in two country settings (Colombia and Uganda) and the Amsterdam office; which are the focus of this evaluation.
More details will be shared upon the start of the consultancy agreement.
Learning is the main priority of this evaluation. The evaluation centers around two parts : questions regarding the implementation of the project, and regarding the intended results of the innovation (the two applications).
1- DRA project implementation :
2- Innovation :
And if / how (part of) the innovation project can contribute to improving the humanitarian aid sector?
It is expected that the Consultant will develop, propose and finalize the methodology and related tools with the incorporation of internal stakeholders’ feedback and approval.
The expected time frame for completion of the evaluation should be between 15-20 working days. Indicate in the workplan how many days each activity will take.
Key deliverables are :
How to apply
This opportunity is open to all qualified evaluators. The application should include a proposed methodology proposal, a budget breakdown, a CV, and a previous evaluation work sample.
The proposal should include a reflection on how adherence to ethical standards for evaluations will be considered throughout the evaluation.
The quotation for the complete services should be stated in Euros (EUR). The budget should present consultancy fees according to the number of expected working days over the entire period, both in totality and as a daily fee.
Travel costs, if any. The evaluation budget is EUR max 10,000 including VAT.
The deadline for submission of the proposal is no later than 23 : 59hrs CET on November 7, 2021 . We would appreciate the necessary documents being submitted as separate attachments (proposal, budget, CV, work sample and such).
Please include your contact details in your CV. Late submissions will not be accepted.