The overall objective of the Lobi Mokolo Ya Sika project is to improve the capacity of the FARDC to protect civilian populations through positive civil and military relations and a better understanding and respect for human rights and international humanitarian law. It is a 25-month project funded by the United States Department of State, Office of African Affairs (AF).
The specific objectives (SO) and their expected results (RE) are as follows:
- SO1 : Increase in knowledge and practical application of knowledge by the Congolese security forces concerning their roles, rights and responsibilities in the creation of a safe and secure environment for the civilian populations in the DRC in accordance with International Humanitarian Law (IHL);
- ER1.1: FARDC instructors at the national level have the knowledge and tools to effectively promote the protection of civilians and human rights within the armed forces;
- ER 1.2: FARDC members have knowledge and understanding of their role, rights and responsibilities in matters of civil protection;
SO2 : Strengthen FARDC accountability and collaboration between FARDC and civilians
- ER 2.1: civilians and the FARDC have a better mutual understanding of their perspectives and their capacities to hold each other accountable are strengthened;
- ER 2.2: The members of the Communication Units have the capacity to communicate clearly through dialogue with civil society;
- ER 2.3: The members of the Defense and Security Commission examine the national Security Sector Reform (SSR) policies taking into account the real needs of the FARDC and the community they serve;
The full version of the project proposal will only be shared with the candidate who won the contract to conduct this evaluation.
Aim and objectives of the consultancy
Search is seeking the services of an external consultant to conduct the final evaluation of the Lobi Mokolo Ya Sika project in the Provinces of Tanganyika and Haut Katanga. The consultant will be responsible for proposing to Search the methodology, the data collection and analysis tools. He will also be responsible for preparing the research team and leading the data collection process in the field. The consultant interacts at each stage with the Institutional Learning Team (ILT), the Search DME team and the project manager in order to obtain the validation of any work submitted to Search.
Aim and objectives of the study
- The overall objective of this evaluation is to examine the process of project implementation in order to determine its impact.
- This overall objective is supported by the specific objectives below:
- Provide information on the level of achievement of the objectives and expected results of the project;
- Understand the level of sustainability of the intervention;
- Understand the impact of the project in the RSS in Tanganyika and Haut Katanga.
Lines of inquiry
On the basis of the objectives defined above, the final evaluation should provide information and analysis on the following elements:
- To what extent have the objectives and results of the project been achieved?
- Have the expected changes in the project been found among the different target groups?
- How did the project approach the integration of the gender dimension in the program, and how was the gender issue taken into account in the objectives achieved?
- To what extent has the program achieved its theory of change? Have external factors compromised or contributed positively to the realization of the theory of change?
- What were the expected and unexpected (positive and negative) outcomes (in norms and institutional changes) of the program?
- To what extent has the program actively contributed to improving the capacity of the FARDC to protect the civilian population through positive civil and military relations and a better understanding and respect for human rights and international humanitarian law?
- What is the level of ownership of the program by the target groups and is it likely to continue after the end of external aid?
- To what extent is the project integrated into local and institutional structures?
- What is the level of ownership of the project's gender strategy by the local populations and the targeted actors?
- The evaluation will be carried out in the Democratic Republic of Congo, specifically in the Province of Tanganyika in the territories of Moba, Nyunzu and Territory of Kalemi and the City of Kalemi, in the Province of Haut-Katanga, territories of Pweto and Mitwaba, and in the FARDC Mura and Kamina military training centers in Haut-Lomami Province.
Methodology and tools for data collection
- The consultant will be responsible for proposing a methodology in line with the basic study on the basis of the various objectives presented above. Search will intervene for the review and validation of the methodology and tools proposed by the consultant. .
Role of the Consultant
- The consultant will be responsible for developing the literature review, the methodology and the data collection tools. He will also be responsible for data collection, analysis and drafting of the report in French and English and other deliverables, as detailed in section 8 below. Search will intervene at each stage to review and validate the work presented by the consultant.
Ethics, respect for gender and data quality assurance and management
- The consultant will be responsible for ensuring the quality of the data and also for developing a
- gender sensitivity and respect for ethics in carrying out this assessment.
The following deliverables are expected:
- Inception report with: literary review; data collection methodology and tools;
- Analysis of qualitative and quantitative data;
- A final report (in French and English) of 35 pages maximum which includes:
- Executive summary
- Context of the project
- Study objectives
- Study methodology
- Study results (the results section must be organized by study objectives and must respond to each line of inquiry developed and provide information on all indicators; all results must be supported by qualitative or quantitative data )
- Translation of the report into English;
- Submission of databases;
- Presentation on PowerPoint of the main results of the study (in English and French);
- 2-page report that summarizes the results and is intended to be shared with the public;
- Restitution of the preliminary results to the Search team and other stakeholders.
The recruitment of the consultant will be finalized on July 15, 2020, the methodology and tools will be finalized no later than July 30. Data collection will take place from August 1 to 15. The first draft of the report is expected by the consultant no later than August 30. The final version of the report is expected by September 15.
The budget available for this evaluation is 18,000 USD.
Search undertakes to share with the consultant selected all of the project documents necessary for carrying out this study. If necessary Search will also make available to the research team the tablets to be used during the collection of quantitative data. The selection of investigators and their mobility in the field, their accommodation, their catering and their fees will be provided by the consultant.
Selection of consultant
- The following skills and experience are expected:
- Fluency in English and French (written and spoken), knowledge of Swahili is an advantage;
- Over five years of experience in project evaluation, including data collection, interviews, surveys and focus groups;
- Mastery in a relevant field, including peacebuilding and conflict transformation. Having experience in Security Sector Reform is an asset;
- Experience in conflict analysis and working on themes related to security sector reform;
- Experience working with international NGOs;
- Experience in carrying out quantitative surveys and analyzes;
- Assessment methods and skills in data collection;
- Familiarity, contextual knowledge and work experience in eastern DRC, experience on the contextual challenges of SSR and eastern DRC is an advantage.