Mid-Term Evaluation Consultant- Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Mid-level, Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 2 August 2019

Job Description


Job Function: International
Department: Central & Eastern Europe
Location: Bosnia-Herzegovina

Mid-Term Evaluation Consultant- Bosnia and Herzegovina

The selected consultant will work closely with the National Democratic Institute (NDI) Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) teams to: (1) design a full inception report and evaluation matrix that include detailed evaluation questions, proposed methodology and sampling strategy, instrumentation and data collection and analysis protocols; (2) lead the data collection in the field; and (3) draft and finalize the mid-term evaluation report.

BACKGROUND

Ethnic division and partisan conflict in BiH have long compromised the constructive political discourse needed to combat widespread corruption and advance socio-economic policy reforms consistent with Euro-Atlantic integration. The BiH state parliament’s 2015 declaration to pursue a European Union (EU)-defined socio-economic ‘Reform Agenda’ presumed a political shift away from inter-ethnic discord and stated attempts by some political leaders to dissolve the country, toward a more pragmatic, constructive, and coherent program of reforming economic and social policy in ways that support citizen interests. However, partisan and ethnic/entity political interests, together with structural complexities related to governance, continue to preclude overall political consensus.

A number of politicians across the party spectrum are nevertheless in position to lead on reforms that address corruption and move BiH further on the path to Euro-Atlantic integration, both within their respective parties and across party lines, and in cooperation with civil society groups that stand ready to assist with policy prescriptions. These reform-minded political leaders need technical support and guidance, as well as venues within their parties and beyond to connect with each other, their constituents, and the public as a whole. For BiH to make progress with its EU Reform Agenda, as well as to address pressing issues of corruption and destabilizing foreign influence, it needs more dynamic political dialogue and political leaders engaged in that dialogue to collaborate on shared reform goals.

Accordingly, the Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening (CEPPS) The program is being jointly implemented by NDI, the International Republican Institute (IRI), and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) under the CEPPS mechanism. The CEPPS is implementing a three-year program to provide technical assistance to support targeted reform-oriented political parties, multi-party groups, and issue-based caucuses in legislatures to improve coordination on issue identification, policy development, and outreach. Through this approach, CEPPS is aiding reform-minded parties, multi-party groups and issue-based caucuses as they coordinate to: develop inclusive policy platforms and messaging; conduct citizen outreach; analyze reform priorities; and create joint policies in line with the Reform Agenda through outreach to diverse civil society groups and the public.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

The evaluation will use the OECD/DAC criteria at midterm to assess:
  • The effectiveness of the program in achieving its intermediate results, as well as any unintended results that emerged 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 its proposed critical assumptions and risks;
  • The local partners’ self- reliance and sustainability; and
  • The potential impact of the program results.

The evaluation will also look at:
  • The operational efficiency of the CEPPS partners in coordinating their efforts to reduce duplication and enhance complementarity
ILLUSTRATIVE EVALUATION QUESTIONS

The following key evaluation questions are organized by program objectives and respond to the evaluation criteria:

Objective 1: To empower multi-party groups to formulate policy and conduct outreach to constituents

EQ 1: [At midterm] How empowered are multi-party groups to formulate policy and conduct outreach to constituents?

Sub-Objective 1.1: To develop internal capacities of parties that enable them to formulate policies in coalitions or multi-party groups

EQ 1.1: [At midterm] How effectively do parties formulate policies in coalitions or multi-party groups? OR [at midterm] Do parties have internal capacities to effectively formulate policies in coalitions or multi-party groups?

Sub-Objective 1.2: To develop mechanisms for decision-making and sustainable structures within multi-party groups and issue-based caucuses at various levels of government

EQ 1.2:[at midterm] Do multi-party groups and issue-based caucuses have effective mechanisms for decision-making and sustainable structures?

Sub-Objective 1.3: To improve the capacities of multi-party groups and issue-based caucuses to develop internal sustainable expertise and pursue joint policies

EQ 1.3: [At midterm] Do multi-party groups and issue-based caucuses have the capacity to develop internal sustainable expertise and pursue joint policies?

Objective 2: To improve anti-corruption policy making among and within parties

EQ 2: How and to what extent has anti-corruption policy making improved among and within parties?

Sub-Objective 2.1: To strengthen internal party mechanisms to enforce anti-corruption processes

EQ 2.1: [at midterm] To what extent have parties strengthened internal mechanisms to enforce anti-corruption processes? OR [at midterm] do parties have effective internal mechanisms to enforce anti-corruption processes?

Sub-Objective 2.2: To build the capacity of issue-based caucuses to promote anti-corruption reforms

EQ 2.2: [at midterm] To what extent have issue-based caucuses built their capacities to promote anti-corruption reforms?

EXPECTED DELIVERABLES OF SELECTED CONSULTANT

1. A detailed inception report: NDI would provide the consultant with proposal documents, the program workplans, the AMELP and PMP, preliminary stakeholder analysis, and any other program documents for desk review. Based on the review and discussions with NDI staff, the consultant will develop an inception report that would propose the midterm evaluation design and methodology, including key and sub-questions, primary data sources, data collection and analysis methods, instrumentation and sampling strategy. The inception report will also describe the consultant’s approach for maintaining data security and data confidentiality. The draft inception report will be reviewed and approved by the Institute’s MEL and Bosnia teams. The selected consultant w 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 midterm evaluation.

Midterm Evaluation Planning and Data Collection: NDI will recruit local translators and enumerators. The consultant will hold a training for all enumerators and translators in harmony with the evaluation methodological protocols. While NDI will provide materials the consultant will ensure that the enumerators and translators transcribe and/or translate data in an accurate, timely and reliable manner. The consultant will outline an evaluative framework and deploy a mixed methods approach for collecting data. The consultant will also pre-test the data collection tools in the field to ensure their relevance and reliability.

Midterm Evaluation Data Analysis and Report Write-up: The 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 the program. The report will be reviewed and approved by the Institute’s MEL and Bosnia teams. The consultant will incorporate all requested edits and finalize the report.

CONSULTANCY TERMS


The start date is August 12, 2019 and the end date must be on or before October 25, 2019, with a maximum of 31 billable days, based on the following allocation:

a) Desktop review and development of detailed inception report (including feedback from
NDI): 5 days
b) Creation of testing and data collection instruments: 4 days
c) In-country field work: 7 days
d) Data analysis: 5 days
e) Report writing (including feedback from NDI): 10 days
f) Final report received no later than October 25, 2019.

NDI will cover the cost of the consultant’s travel, including airfare, lodging, and per diem for meals and incidental expenses (MI&E).

ABOUT NDI

NDI is a nonpartisan, non-governmental 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.

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About the Organization

Founded in 1983, NDI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works to strengthen and expand democracy worldwide. Headquartered in Washington, DC and with 59 country offices on five continents, NDI has conducted democratic development programs in more than 100 countries around the world. Calling on a global network of more than 500 volunteer practitioners from approximately 70 countries, NDI provides practical assistance to civic and political leaders advancing democratic values, practices and institutions. The Institute works with democrats around the world to build political and civic organizations, safeguard elections, and promote citizen participation, openness and accountability in government. The Institute receives funding to carry out its mission from a variety of sources, including the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), the Department for International Development (DFID), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and other donor agencies and private foundations.

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