Short Term Consultant
Breaking Down Barriers: Economic Empowerment and Protection for Vulnerable Women in Iraq and Kurdistan
Senior Monitoring & Evaluation Manager, International Programs
The consultant will lead a quantitative and qualitative evaluation of the project listed below:
This 19-month project reached targeted vulnerable communities in Erbil (Ankawa, Zilan City, Ozal city, Mantkawa, and Kasnazan) and Kirkuk (Hay al-askary, Hay al-wasity, Hay al-nasir, and Hay al-asra). This comprehensive women’s economic empowerment project provided market-based vocational skills and employment training necessary for internally displaced women to start microenterprises or enter the workforce. War Child Canada has worked with communities, including religious leaders, to safeguard women’s rights, including the right to work.
The consultant will be required to submit a final report including the sections listed in the ‘Approach and Deliverables’.
The fieldwork and report writing will be conducted in July, 2018 in Iraq. Level of effort should remain below $40,000 USD when developing proposed methodology and required resources.
Approach and Deliverables:
The consultant will review all project documents and existing data in advance to carrying out the final evaluation. While War Child Canada has developed this scope of work for the evaluation team and has tailored the approach to its needs with questions that are specific to the program, the consultant will finalize the methods and tools to measure results in collaboration with M&E staff (HQ/Field):
1. Promote women’s economic empowerment through livelihoods training and supports
a. Determine the effectiveness of trainings provided to the women (time spent, relevance to income generation and market gaps, functional literacy and numeracy usefulness?).
b. Was the microfinancing enough to start a small business, and what was the amount of time it took to setup the business and start making revenue?
c. Was the Murhaba loan system relevant and effective in the context? If not, what barriers prevented it from working? Please distinguish between internal (specific to the project) and external (contextual) barriers, as applicable.
d. Did the implementing partners provide adequate support to the women who were provided microfinance loans? Please include an explanation of a) types of support provided, and b) how “adequate” is defined, e.g. by participants or by assessment of need in order to be deemed “sufficient”.
e. Has this resulted in any economic benefits at the household level (increased income, savings) Please distinguish between economic benefits to a) the women themselves; b) their children; and c) impact, if any, on the broader family
f. How was the beneficiary selection done?
2. Promote women’s economic empowerment through employment training and supports to secure employment in the existing market
a. How was the beneficiary selection done for this component?
b. Was the Kurdish language training adequate and effective?
c. How many women managed to secure meaningful employment? What were the outcomes of this? For how long have the women remained employed?
d. Has this resulted in any economic benefits at the household level (increased income, savings). If yes, have increased income/savings benefitted women/children in the household. Do women have control over increased income/savings?
3. All women have the support necessary to succeed in pursuing economic opportunities
a. Was the psychosocial counselling useful and accessible? Please explain what is meant by “useful”. Did the beneficiaries exhibit improvements in mental health indicators, self-reported or otherwise?
b. How are the life skills training viewed? Were they useful in connection with the other trainings?
c. Determine the use, effectiveness, and access of the Early Childhood Development classes
d. What was the impact of the messaging for male community members, if any?
4. Overall questions to frame evaluation
a. Were there any unintended/negative consequences of the economic interventions?
b. Were there barriers for women entering the job market or creating their own small business? Please distinguish what types of barriers, if any. This may include logistical, societal/cultural, security, and financial.
c. Have the project activities had an impact on other members of the household, particularly women?
5. Capture project specific quantitative indicators in an endline survey
The consultant will identify and document lessons learned on successes, innovative approaches, challenges and learnings through a final report that includes:
· A one-to-two page executive summary
· The main accomplishments of the program
· Lessons learned, constraints, challenges and areas that need further attention
· The capacity-building impact of the program both with local partners and project beneficiaries.
· Prospects for sustainability of program outcomes
· Proposed recommendations on how War Child Canada can build on successes and incorporate learnings in to future programming
· Case studies or personal reflections from stakeholders where possible
· Proven experience performing, facilitating, and supervising quantitative and qualitative data collection in complex environments
· An understanding of complex humanitarian, early recovery or development programming in conflict affected environments
· Strong writing skills and proven experience delivering high quality reports
· Experience in Middle East or specifically Iraq; Arabic desirable
· Technical knowledge of livelihoods, psychosocial, early childhood development, or relevant programming in fragile contexts, specifically is desirable
Domestic travel in Erbil and Kirkuk required, depending on security situation
Interested applicants are invited to send an expression of interest electronically including:
§ Curriculum vitae
§ Accompanying cover letter outlining relevant experience and skills
§ Proposed methodology and timeline
§ Proposed fee to complete the required deliverables
§ Confirmation of availability
Please ensure your application email has the subject heading of ‘War Child Canada Iraq DRL Evaluation’
War Child Canada is committed to providing a work environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. Final candidates will be vetted in accordance with War Child Canada’s Child Protection Policy, including appropriate reference and security checks.
Only those applicants selected for an interview will be notified. No phone calls please. For more information about War Child Canada, please visit www.warchild.ca.
June 22nd, 2018