Call for tender for consultancy - Project ‘Delivering debt justice in support of people and planet’
Eurodad is looking for a consultant to support with the mid-term evaluation of the project ‘Delivering debt justice in support of people and planet’.
Deadline: Wednesday, 9 November, 23h59 CET
The project ‘Delivering debt justice in support of people and planet’ is aimed at strengthening coordinated CSO action to harness our collective strength and push for critical global reforms for debt justice, at a moment of acute crisis. We believe more robust and sustained collective action towards decision-makers at international and national levels, will support change, alongside efforts to mobilise public pressure on decision-makers, to foster the political space for decision-makers to act in favour of solutions proposed by civil society.
The consultancy is needed to support Eurodad with the mid-term evaluation of the project, which is long-term work but covered by funding in the cycle 2021-2023, supported by Bread for the World (BfdW). The evaluation is intended to be an action-oriented review, helping Eurodad reflect on progress towards its planned outcomes, as well as the design and management of the project. It is expected to inform the work of Eurodad and its partners in the last year of the project and inform planning for future work. The main users of the evaluation will be Eurodad and its members.
Given the timeframe of the evaluation, Eurodad foresees this exercise to take place remotely, but working closely together with the Eurodad Secretariat based in Brussels. The work will take place between mid-November 2022 and mid-February 2023.
2. Cause and objective of the evaluation
The evaluation is intended to be an action-oriented review, helping Eurodad reflect on progress towards its planned outcomes, as well as the design and management of the project. It is expected to inform the work of Eurodad and its partners in the last year of the project and inform planning for future work. The Eurodad Secretariat and Board will look to the evaluation for sharp, actionable analysis and recommendations for the final year of programme implementation and planning future work, as well as on setting and monitoring objectives and indicators
The final report should include an analysis of the project design, areas where the project might exceed or fall short of expectations, a review and recommendations for the Eurodad monitoring, evaluation and learning practice.
The evaluation will support the policy and advocacy activities and future work planning of the Eurodad secretariat and wider network by compiling feedback, successful practices and lessons learnt in project implementation.
3. Key questions
Eurodad will define the evaluation questions together with the selected evaluation partners. Indicatively areas for investigation will likely include an adapted version of the OECD DAC criteria for evaluations:
• Relevance - Are we doing the right thing? This criterion measures the extent to which the objectives of a project/programme align with the needs of the beneficiaries and strategies (policies) of partners and donors.
• Effectiveness - Are the objectives of the project/programme being achieved? This criterion measures the extent to which the objectives of a project/programme will (foreseeably) be achieved.
• Efficiency - Will the objectives be achieved in an economically viable manner? This criterion measures the adequacy of the deployed resources in relation to the achieved results and effects. Under this criterion we also expect the evaluation to look at management and coordination of the project.
• Impact - Will the project/programme contribute to the attainment of overall development goals? This criterion assesses whether and to what extent the project/programme will contribute towards the attainment of the intended primary and secondary long-term objectives under development policy. Additionally, whether and, if so, which other positive and negative changes have occurred will be investigated.
• Sustainability - Will the intended positive changes (foreseeably) have a lasting effect? This criterion assesses the extent to which the positive effects of the development intervention will continue beyond the end of the project period.
• M&E systems - How does Eurodad set objectives and indicators? Have these been useful and realistic? What have been the enablers and challenges in monitoring and learning from the project? Are there ways in which the M&E system can be improved?
4. Evaluation design/methods
- The consultant will assist the project team of Eurodad to evaluate the organisation’s work under its project with BfdW for 2021-2023. They will help to facilitate a process that allows lessons learnt and feedback from key implementing partners to be taken on board for the third and final year of implementation of the project with BfdW, and for the design of future projects.
- They will provide Eurodad with a practical analysis and make recommendations for identifying and planning action in the last year of programme implementation.
- They will assist Eurodad with a review of risks, how they affected the project and how they were managed during the project period, with a special focus on responding to crises and in particular the COVID crisis.
- Consultant reviews programme documents and Eurodad strategy (document review)
- Consultant has inception call with Eurodad policy officers on debt justice and the programme so far
- Specific research questions are defined together at the start of the evaluation;
- Data collection and data protection needs and practices are defined together.
- Interviews with key network partners.
- 2 to 3 short case studies on successes or promising outcomes (intended or unintended) or processes (E.g. network strengthening) - consultant to propose a framework and an approach to select the case studies (e.g. in line with project objectives, challenges or good practices etc.). The final selection of case studies will be made in the inception phase, together with Eurodad.
- Practical recommendations on management, collaboration and monitoring, evaluation and learning practices connected to the project.
- Collaborative sense-making with the implementation team.
- Consultant submits a draft report about the process and its outcomes including key recommendations for the work plan and programme management, which is then finalised based on feedback from Eurodad.
- The consultant will be invited to use consortium meetings for a facilitated reflection session as part of the data collection, and to present the main takeaways from the review.
5. Process of the evaluation/time frame
Duration of the consultancy: from end of November 2022 to February 2023. The consultant will be selected and hired by the third week of November 2022 and the consultancy work will start end of November 2022.
A maximum of 18.000 Euros are available for this assignment, including all applicable taxes, costs and expenses. No travel is foreseen under the assignment.
6. Expected products
- Inception report;
- Draft of the final report;
- Final report of maximum 20 pages excluding annexes, in English;
- Standalone executive summary of maximum 2 pages of the main conclusions and recommendations.
7. Key qualifications of the evaluators
- Experience with evaluating multi-country complex advocacy programmes;
- Familiarity with the field of economic justice and/or debt justice;
- Previous experience or familiarity with funding from Bread for the World;
- Experience in designing and advising on M&E systems for advocacy initiatives;
- Proven ability to translate evaluation findings into pragmatic recommendations for planning and implementation.
8. Content of the evaluator’s offer and submission criteria
- CVs or equivalent of all evaluators involved, including the consultants’ experience with similar processes;
- Technical proposal: short explanation and justification of the methods to be deployed and how the evaluators expect these methods to be adapted to the specific characteristics of Eurodad’s advocacy work. (1-2 pages)
- Financial proposal: Complete cost estimate that includes both the fee as well as any ancillary costs to be incurred (1 page) the proposed daily fee (excluding VAT) and expected number of days for the services required as outlined in this TOR
- Submission criteria
All proposals need to be received by Wednesday November 9th midnight via email. All proposals will be assessed considering value for money, specific experience relevant to the context outlined in these TOR, and the methodology proposed. The consultant will be selected and hired at the latest by November 18th.