Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 7 million people who take injustice personally. We are campaigning for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all. We are funded by members and are independent of any political ideology, economic interest or religion. We investigate and expose the facts, whenever and wherever human rights abuses happen. We lobby governments and other powerful groups such as companies, making sure they respect international law. By telling the powerful stories of the people we work with, we mobilize millions of supporters around the world to campaign for change and to stand in defense of activists on the frontline. We also support people to claim their rights through education and training.
Amnesty International has regional offices in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. These offices are major hubs for our investigations, campaigns and communications. The regional offices strengthen the work of Amnesty International “Sections” at the national level in more than 70 countries. We can therefore respond quickly to events wherever they happen and be a powerful force for freedom and justice.
Amnesty International’s UK Section received funding from the UK government’s Department for International Development (DFID) to implement a three-year project (2017-2020) to reduce rates of female genital mutilation (FGM) and early and forced marriage (EFM) for girls in Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso and Senegal. The project aims to prevent and reduce FGM and EFM through education, awareness raising and advocacy with a view to bringing about attitudinal and behavioural change as well as legislative reform. A total of 69 communities were originally targeted across the three countries with the ambition to prevent at least 22,358 new cases of FGM/EFM.
Amnesty International UK is contractually responsible for managing the grant (GBP 810,982). Amnesty International’s International Secretariat is responsible for project management as well as monitoring, evaluation and learning via its regional office based in Dakar, Senegal. The national Sections are responsible for project coordination and implementation. They work with community-based partners to implement activities which aim to empower women and girls, to engage leaders and to mobilize communities.
The project is due to conclude at the end of June 2020 and Amnesty International is seeking a consultant to carry out a final evaluation of its impact and effectiveness.
Project rationale and description
The practices of FGM and EFM are linked to deeply entrenched traditional beliefs and myths, as well as wider gender inequalities combined with strong cultural barriers to women’s participation in decisions affecting them. This project uses a rights-based approach to change harmful attitudes and empower women and girls to advocate for their rights through community mobilization, capacity strengthening, education and awareness-raising.
The outcome that the project intends to achieve is two-fold:
Indicators for the Project Outcome:
Outcome Indicator one: A decline in prevalence levels (%) of FGM within target communities in Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso and Senegal
Outcome Indicator two: A decline in prevalence levels (%) of EFM within target communities in Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso and Senegal
Outcome Indicator Three: Amendments made to legislation prohibiting FGM/EFM in all three countries
Purpose of the end line evaluation
The primary purpose of this evaluation is to assess the extent to which the project has achieved the above-mentioned outcome. It will therefore prioritize measuring the effectiveness and impact of the project. Consequently, the evaluation needs to collect credible and reliable data (using a statistically reliable sample) that clearly shows how many cases of FGM and EFM were prevented during the project period.
In addition, it is intended that the evaluation will identify and document good practice and lessons learned as well as formulate recommendations which can inform future such interventions.
Finally, it is also intended that the results of the evaluation inform the project completion report that AIUK is due to submit to DFID in September 2020.
Specific objectives of the evaluation:
Good practice and lesson learning
It is expected that prospective consultants propose an appropriate methodology to achieve the objectives of this evaluation. Nevertheless, it is expected that the methodology, in part at least, mirrors as far as possible the methodology used for the baseline study to ensure comparative data. Amnesty International would expect a mixed method longitudinal approach to assess impact (specifically the project outcome in this case) and for a representative sample to be targeted in the communities covered by the baseline study across the three countries. The data from the endline evaluation needs to be comparable with the data from the baseline study. Desk research will also be required to analyze legislative reform.
It is also expected that the consultant would not only carry out surveys and focus groups with direct beneficiaries, but would also consult project participants, key stakeholders (e.g. local authorities, health professionals, etc.) and wider members of the community.
Scope of work
The consultant/consultancy firm will be required to undertake the following specific tasks:
Introduction (objective, scope, methodology),
Context and background
Analytical assessment of project impact (outcome) and effectiveness (outputs)
Findings, including all relevant issues stated in the TOR
Recommendations and lessons learnt
Appendices (TOR, evaluation tools, documents reviewed, work schedule, case studies, list of respondents, list of places visited, etc.)
Duration of the assignment
The consultancy is expected to be conducted within the period August-September 2020 subject to external conditions such as the current COVID-19 crisis.
The final workplan will be proposed by the consultant to be reviewed and approved by the steering committee.
Institutional and contractual arrangements
The consultant will be contracted by Amnesty International through its regional office in Dakar and will report directly to the evaluation steering committee. Their main point of contact will be Project Manager based in the regional office in Dakar. Logistical support will be provided by the relevant AI sections where necessary. AI will provide relevant background documents necessary for the assignment and shall be responsible for the coordination of meetings and other activities under the consultancy.
Profile of the consultant:
Child protection & data confidentiality
The consultant along with all enumerators will be required to sign and follow the AI child protection standards and protocols of behavior.
To be negotiated.
Requirements for tender submission
The consultant should submit a proposal comprising the following: