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Job Function: International
Department: Central & West Africa
Location: Cte d'Ivoire
French Evaluation Consultants for Cote D'Ivoire Baseline
Statement of Work
Despite impressive economic growth in recent years, Cte d'Ivoire's nascent democracy remains fragile. A peaceful transfer of power from one elected president to another in 2020 would be a first for the country. However, many Ivoirians are unable to fully participate in democratic processes and institutions, and some of those who participate, do not believe their voices are heard by decision-makers. Women and youth in particular feel marginalized by exclusionary practices. Political elites affiliated with the government and their supporters are often perceived to have a lock on access to economic opportunities.
Government efforts to promote reconciliation after the 2002 civil war and the 2011 post-election conflict, and to resolve the underlying disputes have not met citizen expectations. Mutual distrust among Ivoirians and citizen disaffection with the state manifested themselves on many occasions in 2017 through mutinies within the security services, strikes by student and public employees, and boycott of national elections in 2015. Interlocking social, religious and regional differences, exacerbated by partisan and inflammatory media, create vulnerabilities to violent extremism such as the 2016 terrorist attack in Grand-Bassam and political violence as witnessed following the contestation of the 2010 election outcome.
Grievances in local communities over issues such as youth unemployment and unequal access to land and economic opportunity can ignite violence and, if left unaddressed, exacerbate prevailing vulnerabilities that can transform these communities into breeding ground for criminals or violent extremists, some of whom are very active in the neighboring countries of Mali and Burkina Faso with which Cte d'Ivoire shares often porous borders. Since the end of the post-election conflict in 2011, many Ivoirians have taken steps to strengthen inclusion and democratic processes as firewalls to further violence and instability.
The National Democratic Institute's (NDI or the Institute) four-year technical assistance program, Political Transitions and Inclusion (PTI) is designed to reinforce those efforts and to provide local and national institutions that emerge from the upcoming 2020 election cycle with the legitimacy and inclusivity needed to achieve sustained reconciliation and participatory democracy, and consolidate the economic development gains of recent years. The program will be implemented by a consortium of Ivoirian and international organizations led by NDI. The consortium would undertake dialogue, inclusion and development activities and strengthen organizational development in support of Ivoirian priorities. The program comprises a blend of activities and initiatives aimed at peace-building and conflict prevention, democratic governance, and economic incentives and opportunities for youth, women and other marginalized groups. A media component cross-cuts all sub purposes and will reinforce the role of openness and participation in conflict prevention, peace building and economic development as Ivoirians advocate for inclusive reforms. Subject to USAID approval of identified communities, PTI would provide technical assistance to 15 communities at risk of conflict in Abidjan and the central, northern and western regions of the country, using participatory and research-driven processes to mitigate risks to peaceful elections, and social cohesion, and reduce vulnerability to violent extremism.
The program aims to support long-term political stability in Cte d'Ivoire through an inclusive political transition and the resolution of deep seated grievances. Conflict-affected communities would take collective actions to address local conflict drivers, and adopt or strengthen mechanisms for social cohesion and peaceful resolution of future disputes. Ivoirian women, youth and grassroots communities would benefit from new economic opportunities and social entrepreneurship as owners, customers, beneficiaries and citizens. Likewise, communities would be better able to manage conflict and resist the use of violence. Youth and marginalized groups, empowered through collective action, would become more resilient to risks of attraction to conflict and violent extremism. Space for participation in government and politics would be expanded as citizens, particularly women and youth, gain more voice and as institutions, including political parties and national entities, become more inclusive. Through national and regional forums, PTI would assist the government of Cte d'Ivoire and other stakeholders incorporate citizen and regional perspectives in efforts of national reconciliation and reform.
Here is a link to the chart that shows the program's logical framework.
The selected consultant will work closely with NDI's Cte d'Ivoire and Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) teams to: (1) design a full inception report that includes baseline questions, refined indicators, proposed methodology, instrumentation and data collection and analysis protocols; (2) document the program's relevant democracy challenges at baseline; (3) outline an evaluative framework for collecting comparative data, beginning at baseline; (4) set baseline indicator values and targets, where possible; (5) develop detailed PIRS that establish protocols for ongoing collection of comparative and routine indicator data; and (6) draft a Baseline Report.
The evaluation will use the OECD/DAC criteria at baseline to establish a framework to assess:
• The effectiveness of the program in achieving its intermediate results, as well as any unintended results emerging at project startup
• The efficiency of the program in producing outputs—qualitative and quantitative—in relation to the inputs.
• The relevance of the program to the original development problems; and
• The potential sustainability and impact of the program results
ILLUSTRATIVE EVALUATION QUESTIONS
The following key baseline assessment questions are organized by program sub-purposes (objectives).
Sub-Purpose 1: Increased meaningful political participation and credibility in political processes for youth and women in marginalized areas.
• How effectively do women, youth and people from other traditionally marginalized groups participate in political processes?
• To what extent to citizens effectively contribute to national or local reconciliation efforts?
• How effectively are civil society organizations and political parties monitoring and reporting on actual or potential political tensions?
• How effective have been political parties' past efforts to promote women and youth, if any?
Sub-Purpose 2: Community Cohesion Strengthened in Key Regions, Particularly for Youth and Women, in Marginalized and Conflict-Risk Areas
• How effectively are communities addressing grievances in ways that include youth and women?
• What factors are impeding communities' efforts to promote inclusive social cohesion?
• What are the incentives and disincentives for inclusion of youth and women in community initiatives?
• How effectively do community members and leaders prevent and mitigate conflicts?
• How effective have been past initiatives to establish social cohesion?
• How do young men and women's access to economic opportunities impact their engagement in civic and political life?
• How effectively does the media contribute to citizens' feelings of social cohesion and political inclusion?
EXPECTED DELIVERABLES OF SELECTED CONSULTANT
1. A detailed inception report: Based on a review of program documents and a preliminary stakeholder analysis and discussions with NDI staff, the inception report would propose the baseline assessment design and methodology, including key and sub-questions, primary data sources, data collection and analysis methods, instrumentation and sampling strategies. The inception report would also describe the consultant's approach for maintaining data security and data confidentiality. The draft inception report will be reviewed and approved by Institute's MEL and Mali teams. The selected consultant would incorporate all requested edits and finalize an evaluation matrix as well as the key components of the inception report. The approved inception report will serve as the blueprint for the field portion of the baseline assessment.
1. Please note that a complementary part of the assessment will be a SMS-based survey that collects data at a national level and at the level of each province. Each survey will include no more than 10 questions (not including those related to basic gender, age, and locational demographic data). Some of the questions may be reserved for other program-specific questions. The consultant would be expected to provide some input into the design of these questions to ensure complementary with his or her research. The surveys will be carried out and analyzed by NDI partner firm Geopoll.
2. Baseline Planning and Data Collection: The selected consultant will hold a training for all enumerators and translators in harmony with the evaluation methodological protocols. This includes ensuring that the enumerators and translators have materials for transcribing and/or translating all data in an accurate, timely and reliably manner. The selected consultant will outline an evaluative framework and deploy a mixed methods approach for collecting comparative data, beginning at baseline. The consultant will also pre-test the data collection tools in the field to ensure their relevance and reliability. In collaboration with NDI's M&E Officer in Cte d'Ivoire, the selected consultant will set baseline indicator values and targets for outcome indicators, where possible, and develop a detailed Performance Indicator Reference Sheet (PIRS) that establish protocols for ongoing collection of comparative and routine indicator data.
3. Baseline Data Analysis and Report Write-up: The selected consultant will analyze the data from the variety of sources, collected by the mixed methods approach and develop a comprehensive report. The draft report will include recommendations for effective implementation of PTI. The report will be reviewed and approved by the Institute's MEL and Cte d'Ivoire teams. The consultant will incorporate all requested edits and finalize the report.
1. The exact term of consultancy will be determined upon signature of contract. The start date is approximately August 27, 2018, and the end date approximately November 15, 2018, with 40 billable days, based on the following allocation:
• Desktop review and development of detailed inception report (including feedback from NDI): 6 days
• Creation and testing of data collection instruments: 5 days
• In-country field work: 14 days
• Data analysis: 5 days
• Report writing: 5 days
• Report received no later than November 15, 2018
2. All raw data collected and reports prepared would be considered property of NDI.
3.NDI will evaluate proposals based on consultant's ability to meet description of product needed, experience and price. NDI reserves the right to reject any and all proposals. NDI reserves the right to consider proposal for modification at any time before contract is awarded. NDI shall not be liable for any costs associated with the preparation, transmittal, or presentation of any materials submitted in response to the RFP.
4.Consultant must provide disclosure of any known past, present or future relationships with any parties associated with NDI. For example, consultant should disclose if a member of their Board is also a member of NDI's Board currently or in the past. The consultant also certifies that the prices offered were arrived at independently and without purpose of restricting competition with other offerors including but not limited to subsidiaries and that prices have not been and will not be knowingly disclosed to any other offerors unless required by law. Failure to comply with these requirements may result in NDI having to re-evaluate the selection of a potential proposal.
Proposals are expected to be binding for a period of one hundred and twenty (120) days from the published response date.
The submitted proposal should include:
1. A current CV of the lead evaluator being proposed
2. A written statement of interest and qualifications (no more than five pages in length) highlighting: prospective data collection options for this program, including experience with each proposed approach. If proposing a junior evaluation specialist as part of the evaluation team, include relevant experience and thematic expertise of team members and the tasks each member would fulfill
3. Estimated level of effort necessary to complete the evaluation
4. One example of a previous baseline assessment inception report written by the evaluation consultant/team lead
5. One example of an assessment or evaluation report written by the evaluation consultant/team lead
Preference will be given to proposals that include a french-speaking evaluator.
The deadline to submit applications online is no later than Monday, August 13, 2018.
NDI is a nonpartisan, nongovernmental organization that responds to the worldwide quest for popular civic participation, open and competitive political systems, and representative and accountable government. Since its founding in 1983, NDI and its local partners have worked to establish and strengthen democratic institutions and practices by building political and civic organizations, safeguarding elections and promoting citizen participation, openness and accountability in government. You can learn more about the Institute at our website, www.ndi.org .
Apply Here: http://www.Click2Apply.net/q8dk84yzgsb8zmrk
Organisation National Democratic Institute
Country Washington, DC, United States