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Terms of reference: Evaluation of the Olof Palme International Center’s programmes of Democracy support through Swedish party affiliated organisations

The Olof Palme International Center (Palme Center) with its 27 member organisations, constitute an active hub of the Swedish labour movement’s international work articulated through trade union, political party, and civil society organisations. These organisations represent more than one hundred years of experience of promoting political and civic engagement, democratisation, and poverty reduction. Through our development partnerships, we seek to empower people to change their own lives. The Palme Center has its main office in Stockholm and several local offices.

Political parties are an indispensable part of a functioning representative democracy. Politics is a tool for resolving conflicts of interest without violence. With a democratic political system, violence and reprisals are replaced by political dialogue and negotiations. Political participation, party political organisation and grassroots influence are prerequisites for functioning political parties that can fight poverty and strengthen democracy and people’s power and influence.

Political parties are key actors in trying to counter contemporary societal challenges, as potential key drivers of a development that is permeated by the ideas of equality and sustainability. Supporting political parties in the development of their organisations, their internal democracy, as well as contributing to their policy development and encouraging strategic alliances lies at the heart of our theory of change.

The Palme Center leads and implements several programmes that contribute to the Swedish Strategy for Democracy Support through Swedish Party Affiliated Organisations. Four of these programmes will be included in the evaluation. These programmes are:

Latin America Programme
Middle East and North Africa Programme
Palme Academy Programme
Western Balkans Programme

Purpose of the evaluation
As the Palme Center soon is to approach the end of a four-year programme period (2019-2022), the organisation wants to evaluate methods commonly used within the programmes. The evaluation will serve as input for possible adjustments of the way we work to achieve results in a new application post 2022.

All the four programmes centre around different types of trainings, seminars, academies, and workshops that target representatives of political parties. These educational activities aim at raising capacities on different topics among the representatives of the parties that participates in them. However, we do not want the results to stop there. The idea is that the participants further will bring these raised capacities to their respective parties, so that the broader party organisations will gain from the activities, and not only the individual participants. The objective of the programme activities is to reach outcomes on organisational levels among the political parties.

With this background, the evaluation should assess:

The outline of the work shall be planned in consultation with the Methods Adviser on Political Party Support and the Head of Methods at the Palme Center. The Palme Center will support the consultant with necessary documentation about the programmes and contact details to relevant partners, political parties, and representatives from the political parties that have participated in educational activities.

The assignment, scope and methodology
The evaluation report will be used as input for possible adjustments of the way we work to achieve results on organisational level, in a new application post 2022, but the report will also be shared with the funder Sida.

The evaluation will begin with a dialogue between the Palme Center and the consultant, where the concrete methods of evaluation and timeframe will be defined and agreed more in detail.

The methodology is open for suggestions from the evaluator. It might include any of the method below:

The language necessary for the assignment is English, with access to the following languages, either by members of the team or through interpretation/translation:

Albanian, Arabic, Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Burmese, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese.

The Palme Center is open to sub-contracting of local consultants – to cover all the languages and to ensure context sensitivity.

Furthermore, the Palme Center wants to minimise the carbon footprint from this assignment by avoiding unnecessary travels, and foresees that online solutions will be central also due to the global pandemic.

Timeframe and duration
The assignment starts with the signing of the contract and ends with the delivery of the evaluation report and a presentation of the findings for the Palme Center.

An estimation is that a total of 9-11 weeks of work, including the preparatory reading and presentation of the final report, will be needed.

A detailed inception report is expected from the evaluator on the 30th of June 2021. The inception report should present a detailed analytical framework, methodology and workplan. The Palme Center shall approve the inception report.

The Palme Center will request a first draft of the evaluation report on the 1st of November 2021. The Palme Center will provide comments on the draft within 10 working days. These comments will be discussed in a smaller workshop with the Palme Center staff involved in the programmes and the evaluators.

The deadline for the final version of the evaluation report, and the presentation of findings, is on the 27th of January 2022.

Reporting shall be made in the form of a written report in English, not exceeding 50 pages. The report shall describe facts, make analysis, draw conclusions, and present recommendations. The evaluation report should at least contain;

The Palme Center will be the sole owner of the results of the assignment.

Requirements on the evaluator
The Palme Center expects a team of consultants that have the following qualifications:

  1. Documented experiences working with political parties.
  2. Documented theoretical and practical experiences with evaluations of international development cooperation, including in-depth analyses based on interviews and reports, as well as a good capacity of reporting results and conclusions.
  3. Have an excellent knowledge of the English language in speaking and writing.

1.      Documented in-depth knowledge and previous experiences of results-based management, monitoring, and evaluation.

2.     Good knowledge about the context of the programme regions.

3.     An economically advantageous tender.

4.     As a team, speak relevant languages stated in this term of reference.

The budget and remuneration for the assignment will be according to the winning bid but cannot exceed 685.000 SEK, including VAT.

The payment will be made as follows:

The first payment: 50% percent when the inception report has been approved and upon receiving an invoice from the consultant. The second payment: 50% of the budget after approval of the evaluation report and upon receiving an invoice from the consultant.

The tenders shall be submitted via e-mail to sanna.eliasson@palmecenter.se no later than 17th of May 2021, 24:00 (Swedish time-zone).

The bid must include curriculum vitae and details of experience of the members in the evaluation team, a suggested timeframe/indicative work plan, a description of the approach and methodology applied, availability of personnel and a registration certificate of consultant’s company/entity, and a budget.

The budget should include all costs related to the evaluation, including VAT. Any costs related to interpreters should be included in the budget.

We reserve the right to not accept any of the bids received.

The Palme Center will inform all interested parties as soon as possible after the allocation decisions has been taken. The tenders shall indicate the e-mail address to which the decision can be sent.

Note that neither the process nor the allocation decision means that a binding agreement has been made. A binding agreement only exists when a contract have been signed by both parties.

For questions, contact Sanna Eliasson at sanna.eliasson@palmecenter.se.

Terms of reference for doing a pre-study about Just Transition in the Global South

Commissioners of the study

The Olof Palme International Center is the Swedish labour movement’s umbrella organisation for international solidarity and advocacy. We work globally for democracy, human rights, peace and social justice, in the spirit of Olof Palme. We support progressive civil-society organisations, unions and parties that change societies and people’s everyday lives.

Solidar is a European and worldwide network of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) working to advance social justice in Europe and worldwide. With over 60 member organisations based in 29 countries (24 of which are EU countries), member organisations are national CSOs in Europe, as well as some non-EU and EU-wide organisations.

The study is done in partnership with ITUC’s Just Transition Centre.


The purpose of the assignment is to do a pre-study on Just Transition, with a focus on alliance-building, advocacy and policy development. The study should collect good examples and insights from actors working for a Just Transition in the Global South and lay the ground for capacity-building of our partners. The findings will also be of use in the potential development of a menu of options and examples of Just Transition that can be used to start local transitions in different contexts. The study should outline the different roles that civil society organisations, unions and political parties can play to bring about and carry out a Just Transition.


At Solidar and Olof Palme International Center, we aim to increase our support for partner organisations around the world in their work for a Just Transition. As part of this, we will develop capacity-building workshops and materials, with advocacy, policy development and alliance-building for Just Transition as central topics. Giving partners opportunities for exchange and peer-to-peer learning is a top priority. 

We are also following closely and cooperating with the Climate Agenda initiative, an independent project that is developing a union-backed action plan for a Just Transition in Sweden. This process will be undertaken in three steps:

  1. Analyze what each sector of the economy needs to do to lower their carbon emissions, in order for the country to be in line with the Paris agreement, arriving at an action plan based on solid data. 
  2. Secure support for this action plan through outreach to political parties, the business sector and civil society. 
  3. Communication and dialogue with workers and the public. This may take the form of trainings, possibly through a network of green union representatives, and will be done in collaboration with unions and actors involved in workers’ education.

The ambition at SOLIDAR and the Olof Palme International Center is to learn from this ongoing national process in Sweden, other transitions in the Global South especially as well as the guidelines for Just Transition developed by ILO and ITUC. From these processes, we hope to collect insights that can be used to start Just Transitions in other places – particularly the lower- and middle-income countries we work with as part of our international development cooperation. 

Due to the wide diversity of circumstances in Global South countries, it would be difficult to come up with a single blueprint or series of steps for Just Transition. The ILO also stresses that Just Transition will be different in every country. Instead, the idea is to put together a menu of options and examples of Just Transitions. This menu should be developed by trade unions and civil-society organisations in the Global South who are leading the way on Just Transition, based on work they are already doing. The list of options and examples would help others design Just Transition processes that contribute to gender equality. It would also clarify the roles that different actors can play in order to achieve a Just Transition; not just unions but also civil-society organisations and political parties.

In supporting the development of such a menu of options for Just Transition, we will partner with ITUC’s Just Transition Centre as well as consult other key actors, such as ITUC’s regional bodies and the ILO.

The assignment

The assignment is to produce a written report that covers the areas identified in the outline below, building on research and interviews with representatives of OPIC’s partner organisations, other relevant organisations in the area and international actors.

Design and logic

The development of the pre-study should include the following.

  1. Background research – a sample of relevant studies and articles about Just Transition, particularly relating to the two focus countries.
  2. Interviews with a selection of representatives from the Palme Center’s partner organisations active within Just Transition
  3. Interviews with a selection of representatives from other local organisations with key roles in the transition
  4. Interviews with representatives of international bodies with expertise on Just Transition.
  5. Development of a study including good examples, lessons learned, an outline of the roles that different actors can play and recommendations for upcoming capacity-building as well as for the development of a menu of options and examples of Just Transition.

The Palme Center will prepare an outline for the study, to be adjusted with the consultant at the start of the assignment.

We will also suggest relevant documents to include in the research, identify people to interview in our partner organisations and introduce them to the consultants. We will also assist the consultants in choosing other relevant organisations to talk to. 

The Palme Center will be the sole owner of the results of the assignment

Timeframe and duration

The duration of the production of the pre-study is expected to be approximately 6 weeks, including the preparatory reading. The Palme Center is aiming to get a first draft by the end of May. However, the timeframe can be adjusted per the requirements of the consultant – please give us a rough indication of what timeline would be feasible in your offer.

Deadline for submitting tenders has been extended to the 28th of April 2021.

Target group

The target group is the Palme Center’s and Solidar’s partner and member organisations, our international networks within civil society and the workers’ movement, as well as other actors within international development cooperation and social movements.


The publication shall be written in English.

Requirements on the consultant

The consultant shall have the following qualifications:

Please state if you have a collective agreement, if that is applicable in your country. Freelancers do not need to have this.


The budget for the assignment will be decided between the parties, upon suggestion in the winning proposal. The total cost of the assignment, including VAT, may not exceed 30 000 EUR, including VAT. Fees, costs and VAT are to be separated in the budget. VAT should be calculated at the rate in the residing country of the consultant.

Payments will be made in the following manner:

  1. First payment: 50% of the total compensation after the start of the assignment and upon receiving an invoice from the consultant.
  2. Second payment: 50% of the compensation after the Palme Center’s approval of the final study and upon receiving an invoice from the consultant.