Consultancy: Evaluation of Oxfam’s Climate Change Programme in the Republic of South Africa
As part of a larger organisational undertaking to better capture and communicate the effectiveness of its work, Oxfam GB desires to rigorously assess the effectiveness to date of the Climate Change Advocacy project to influence policy, campaigning, participation and partner support outcomes.
This evaluation will use a predefined qualitative research protocol, Process Tracing, to assess the extent to which: a) the changes around South African climate change policy and mobilisation that the climate change advocacy programme as seeking have taken place; and b) we can evidence that the project contributed to these changes.
Guidelines outlining the core evaluation protocol have been prepared, and Oxfam GB is seeking an experienced external evaluator to lead on the implementation of this methodology. The evaluation will be overseen and supported by one of OGB’s Global Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning advisors.
In line with the core evaluation protocol that has been prepared, key tasks include:
1. Work with relevant stakeholders to clearly specify the most recent intermediate and final outcomes the project expected (or is seeking) to achieve.
2. Systematically assess and document what was done under the project to achieve the targeted outcomes.
3. Identify and evidence what targeted project outcomes have actually materialised, as well as any relevant unintended outcomes.
4. Undertake “process induction” to identify all plausible causal explanations for the evidenced outcomes associated with Step 2.
5. Use “process verification” to assess the extent to which each of the explanations identified in Step 4 are supported or not supported by the available evidence.
6. Write a narrative analytical report to document the above research processes and findings.
7. Summarise aspects of the above narrative analysis by allocating project/campaign “contribution scores” for each of the targeted and unforeseen outcomes.
For full ToR and guidelines on the Process Tracing methodology, please see attachments available online from:
Oxfam invites bids from individuals with the experience and skills described above. Tenders must include: 1. A cover letter of no more than 2 pages introducing the evaluator and how the skills and competencies described above are met, with concrete examples as appropriate. Please also use this cover letter to indicate consultant’s availability at critical periods. 2. A 1-page budget covering all major anticipated costs (Oxfam prefers to pay an agreed price for the totality of the work including the field trips, and it is likely that this would be paid in phased instalments.) 3. A CV detailing relevant skills and experience of no more than 2 pages, including contactable referees 4. One example of a relevant previous evaluation (one each for joint bids).
Tenders should be sent to PPAT@oxfam.org.uk and received no later than 5pm GMT, 21 March 2012. Short-listed candidates will be contacted on or before 23 March 2012 and invited to interview during the week of March 26.