TERMS OF REFERENCE OF A MIDTERM EVALUATION OF THE PALME CENTER BURMA COUNTRY PROGRAMME (2015-2018)
PURPOSE OF THE EVALUATION
The evaluation will assess the results of the Burma Country Program Promoting an Inclusive Democratic Transition and Sustainable Peace in Burma/Myanmar by Strengthening Civil Society in terms of its contribution to democracy, human rights and peace and the opportunities of the local partners for organisational development and achievement of their activities, strategy and aims. The evaluation is intended to provide lessons-learned and recommendations on how to increase the long-term sustainability of results in the operations of the Palme Center’s and the work of the cooperation partners in Burma for the upcoming period.
Another important rational for the evaluation is to provide recommendations on how the Palme Center’s work with peace and conflict sensitivity may best be designed and integrated in the rights-based approach for democracy and human rights as well as function in practice. The aim of these recommendations is to contribute to the improvement of the Palme Center and its partners´ planning and implementation of projects and programs to achieve long lasting effects that integrate democracy and human rights with constructive conflict resolution, peace and dialogue.
The aim of the Burma country program is to strengthen and democratize civil society in Burma in order to increase popular influence for a good democratic transition and sustainable peace in Burma. The program includes support for civil society organisations promoting democratically structured community development projects, public participation and education/development in peace, environment and human rights as well as health and media structures for various groups, and include women at all levels. The overall goal of the program is:
“A strengthened civil society contributes to increased popular influence for a democratic transition and sustainable peace in Burma”.
The primary target groups are women and various minority groups. Included in these main target groups other marginalized groups such as young people, industrial workers, farmers, political activists, and people subjected to human rights violations, including those based in conflict-affected areas. These are reached through the partner organisations and their various networks. The program also aims at developing the capacity of partner organisations so that they can reach the target group more effectively and safely.
The Palme Center implements the program in partnership with four main partner organisations/networks which in their turn works together with numerous civil society and community based organisations and networks throughout the country.
The Olof Palme International Center with 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’ experience of promoting civic engagement, democratisation and poverty reduction. OPC cooperates with people and organizations throughout the world, in countries such as Brazil, Burma, South Africa, Palestine, and Bolivia. Through our development partnerships, we seek to empower people to change their own lives. Women, youth, and grassroots activists are our main target groups. The Swedish Labour Movement’s extensive international network enables cooperation with global partners who share our values. The Palme Center has its main office in Stockholm and several local offices, but none in Russia. The Operations and overall goal of the Palme Centre’s international development cooperation is shall “result in the Palme Centre’s partner organisations, and the people working for them, developing their ability to activate and organise people in their efforts to influence the societies in which they live, and thereby their own lives.” The overall goal of the Palme Center is “a world of peaceful societies founded on the ideals of democracy and equality of all people”. This vision of peace and human security, democracy and equality sets the direction for the operations and makes long-term efforts to strengthen these values and their actual implementation in the world. Sustainable frameworks and platforms for conflict resolution, dialog and communication especially with respect to viable democratic institutions constitute an organic part of the Palme Centre’s vision. In fact, the Palme Centre’s core activity to organise and empower people for change is about developing a viable set of institutions and rules to manage social conflicts without recourse to violence.
The evaluation is aimed to carry out:
Assessment of Direct program and projects results. Assess the impact of the country programme in Burma and its effects on the cooperation partners’ activities in terms of outputs, outcome and impact on the target groups. This includes also assessing the effects of the program on the local partners´ strategic organisational development, methods of internal and external work, learning, training and advocacy.
Context and Conflict Analysis. Provide an in-depth reflection of the socioeconomic, political and other relevant factors that may have affected the country program negatively and positively and which may affect the value and continuation of the future cooperation. A special attention must be given to the analysis of the societal conflicts that the Palme Center and the cooperation partners must be aware of in their work for social change, democracy, human rights and peace.
Assessment of Impact on Peace. This evaluation is intended to assess whether the operation and actions of the country programme including the cooperation partners’ activities show clear understanding and sensitivity to the societal conflict in Burma and clear awareness to avoid any unintended harm. The assessment will consider whether the country program operations and actions and project´s activities provide opportunities for peace and social cohesion in the country through an implicit or explicit application of such principles as inclusion, non-discrimination, non-violence and peaceful-coexistence.
The evaluation should include relevant persons at the Palme Center as well as the four main local partner organisations in Burma and a selection of the target group. The selection of organisations and beneficiaries that is most relevant to the aims of the evaluation is to be discussed between the Palme Center and the evaluator. The evaluation entails holding a one-day lessons- learned and feedback workshop with the cooperation partners in Burma in May 2017 and will be facilitated by the Palme Center.
The evaluation will take place in Stockholm, Thailand and in Burma. The process will start with a dialogue between the Palme Center and the consultant, whereby the concrete methods of evaluation, assessment questions, exact number of interviewees and timeframe will be defined more specifically. The evaluator/s should use an analytical methodology that combine Logical Framework Approach (LFA) and clearly defined model for a Context and Conflict Analysis. The methodology should depart from well formulated and LFA- informed questions rigorously combined with an in-depth reflection on context and conflict analysis and the actual activities of the programme and projects. A detailed inception report is expected from the consultant that wins the contract two weeks after the start of the evaluation. The inception report should present concrete timeframe and methodology. The Palme Center shall approve the inception report.
The assignment will include the following methods;
1. Document review:
• The Burma Country Programme application and LFA matrix, updated work plan and annual reports
• The evaluation of the previous program period (2012-2014)
• The Palme Center’s Conflict Awareness Policy
• The Result Strategy for Sweden’s international development cooperation in Myanmar 2013-2017
2. Semi-structured interviews with Palme Center staff:
• Frida Perjus, Burma Program Officer
• Margaret Mar Mar Oo, Local Coordinator in Burma
• Johanna Leander, Head of Operations
3. Semi-structured interviews with a selection of relevant staff at the four main partner organizations.
4. Semi-structures interviews and/or focus group interviews with a selection of the target groups in at least two different ethnic states in Burma. From which organizations and locations will be decided upon after consultation with Palme Center and the main partner organisations.
Interviews with the involved persons from the Palme Center should be carried out in Swedish or English. Interviews with the partners in Burma must be carried out in English language and/or in Burmese or other local language. The Palme Center will provide the relevant cooperation documents and assist with introduction to the organisations and coordination of travel and interviews in Burma.
It is suggested that the interviews will be semi-structured and with open answers focusing on getting in-depth answers and stories of change and impact. It is also suggested that the evaluator use focus group interviews with the target groups.
TIMEFRAME AND DURATION
The duration of the evaluation is expected to be approximately 3 weeks, during the period 10th of March– 20th of May 2017, including the preparatory reading and presentation of the final report (this period can be adjusted according to the requirements of the consultant).
The Palme Center will request a first draft of the evaluation report on the 5th of May 2017. The Palme Center and the other involved organisations will provide comments within five working days. The deadline for the final version is the 20th of May 2017. The one-day lessons- learned workshop with the cooperation partners in Burma will be held in the middle of May 2017.
The target groups for the evaluation report are the Palme Center and the Burma Programme partners.
Reporting shall be made in the form of a written report in English, not exceeding 25 pages. The report shall describe facts, make analysis, draw conclusions and make recommendations.
The evaluation report shall at least contain;
• The purpose of the evaluation
• The scoop of the evaluation, methodology and limitations
• Observations, analysis, conclusions and recommendations
• Attachments (ToR, reference list, list of people interviewed and in which location, interview questions, etc.)
The report shall also be presented in an oral presentation at the Palme Center and at the lessons-learned workshop with partner organisations in Burma or Thailand.
The Palme Center will be the sole owner of the results of the assignment. ‘
REQUIREMENTS ON THE EVALUATOR
The consultant shall have the following qualifications:
• Documented theoretical and practical experiences of Swedish development cooperation and/or international aid.
• Documented previous experience in monitoring and evaluations as well as practical experiences in the evaluation methodology including interactive methods such as interviewees etc. and context analysis.
• A good knowledge of the Burma context and previous, related working experience from the region.
• Have an excellent knowledge of the English language, speaking and writing including a good capacity in analysing conflict-filled contexts and reporting results and conclusions.
• Not having worked at one of the organisations in which this evaluation will be conducted.
• A good knowledge about and expertise in conflict analysis, management and resolution.
• A good knowledge about popular education and civil society.
• A knowledge about the Swedish labour movement.
• A good knowledge of local languages.
The estimated budget frame for the assignment is 250 000 Swedish Crowns including VAT. The payment will be made as follows:
First payment: 10 percent at the start of the assignment after the agreement has been signed and upon receiving an invoice from the consultant.
Second payment: 40 percent of the budget after the approval of the inception report and upon receiving an invoice from the consultant.
50 percent of the budget after the approval of the evaluation report and upon receiving an invoice from the consultant.
Tenders shall be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 3rd of March 2017.
The bid must include curriculum vitae and details of experience in the field, a suggested timeframe, suggested interview questions for individual interviews as well as a budget.
The budget should include all costs related to the evaluation, including VAT. Costs of interpreters should be included in the budget.
We reserve the right not to accept any of the bids received.
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