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Call for proposals - evaluation consultant for media development programme

Terms of Reference: External evaluation for Wealth of Nations
1. Background
The Thomson Reuters Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Thomson Reuters and an independently registered charity in the UK and the USA. We leverage the know-how, reach and reputation of Thomson Reuters to run free programmes that promote the highest standards in journalism and spread excellence in the practice of legal pro bono worldwide: free legal assistance to NGOs and social enterprises, coverage of the world’s under-reported news, media development, and the annual Trust Conference. We act as a source of unbiased thought leadership in areas including slavery and human trafficking, women’s rights and climate and resilience.
The Foundation’s Media Development team runs a range of programmes aimed at promoting the highest standards of journalism worldwide. One of our major programmes is Wealth of Nations, funded by Norad, which boosts the capacity of African media to report and investigate illicit financial flows and the abuse of tax laws. More information at www.wealth-of-nations.org.
TRF is commencing a new contract with Norad, and has worked with six partner organisations in Africa to design a programme featuring a range of activities across the continent. Activities will take place in English, French and Arabic, and include:
• Professional development schemes for journalists – journalists will take part in a support package comprising training, mentoring and modest funding for stories
• A capacity development scheme for newsrooms – news organisations will receive bespoke training, consultancy and support
• Reporting opportunities at international events and conferences – journalists will have the opportunity to attend events relevant to illicit financial flows, and receive guidance as they produce reports on location
• High level convenings – at which investigations supported by the programme will be presented to, and discussed with, key stakeholders
The outcomes against which the project will be evaluated are:
• Journalists have increased motivation and ability to report on Illicit Financial Flows (IFF).
• Newsrooms have increased motivation and capacity to report on IFF.
• Relevant stakeholders (including civil society, government and revenue authorities) have increased knowledge on IFFs in Africa, and an increased motivation or ability to act to reduce IFFs/publish content on this.
• The programme is scheduled to run until 2021. The Foundation seeks an external evaluator to carry out monitoring and evaluation activities during this time.


2. Scope of work
We anticipate that the external evaluation will require approximately 25-35 person-days per year.
The external evaluator will be required to:
- Work with TRF to create a monitoring and evaluation framework and plan for the programme, covering:
o indicators, approaches, tools and methodology to be used
o plan and timeline
o budget
- Work with TRF to design the M&E tools
- Perform baseline measurements for certain indicators
- Perform or advise on regular monitoring and evaluation activities, likely to include:
o Interviews with participants
o Content analysis of stories produced
o Assessment of knowledge
o Assessment of capacity at media organisations
- Produce monitoring and evaluation reports during the programme
- Produce a final evaluation assessing the programme’s impact based on available evidence

3. Deliverables

- Monitoring and evaluation framework, plan, budget and tools
- Monitoring and evaluation reports at end of Years 1-3
- Final evaluation report at end of programme

4. Requirements
Thomson Reuters Foundation is looking for an individual or organisation to take on this role.
Due to the number of activities taking place in Africa in this programme, we are interested to hear from individuals or organisations based in this region. However, those outside Africa are also welcome to apply. For candidates applying from outside Africa, we encourage them to find ways of involving Africa-based consultants/colleagues in the evaluation.
We are looking for candidates who have a participatory approach and who are willing to use their findings and expertise to help us improve the programme throughout its lifetime.
Other criteria:
• Minimum 5 years of experience in evaluating media development and/or education and training programmes
• Experience of evaluating programmes with an annual budget of $300,000 or more
• Proven track record of conducting quantitative and qualitative research
• Excellent analytical, writing and presentation skills
• Experience of working in Africa (desirable)
• Excellent written and spoken English skills
• Working knowledge of French and/or Arabic preferred.

5. Application procedure
Please send the following documents to us by email:
- Brief proposal (no more than 3 sides of A4) – outlining your relevant experience, approach to monitoring and evaluation, and suggested approaches for evaluating the types of activities outlined above and the achievement of the specified outcomes.
- Basic budget in USD – the budget should outline how you would divide the estimated number of person-days between the key tasks outlined here. Please indicate relevant day rates of all consultants involved.
- CV detailing relevant experience
Please email these documents to trfmedia@thomsonreuters.com by 14th September 2017. Please ensure the subject of your email reads: “Wealth of Nations – external evaluation”.

Organisation Thomson Reuters Foundation

Country Africa (ie regional programme)