Position Title: Consultant for External Evaluation of Human Rights and Trade Programme
Form of employment: Short-term consultancy
Starting date: 4th of November 2019
Democracy Reporting International is implementing the EU-funded programme ‘Promoting Human and Labour Rights through GSP+’ in the following countries: Armenia, Bolivia, Cabo Verde, the Kyrgyz Republic, Mongolia, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines and Sri Lanka.
The general objective of this programme is that civil society and social partners become effective advocates and drivers of change ensuring that the EU Generalised Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP+) beneficiary countries meet their commitments to effectively implement core international human and labour rights conventions. Core activity pillars have been the general awareness-raising of GSP+ and its opportunities and obligations, as well as of the related conventions; bringing together diverse stakeholders to discuss this and the efforts towards countries’ compliance; capacity-building of local civil society with respect to monitoring and reporting on human and labour rights conventions; and producing alternative monitoring reports from civil society in each country to contribute towards the EU’s next biennial report on GSP+.
Purpose of the Assignment
The programme has been running since 2017 and will come to an end early next year. With that in mind, DRI is looking for a monitoring and evaluation consultant to provide a thorough and objective assessment of its progress to date across the nine countries. The programme’s effectiveness, impact and sustainability are the priority criteria for this evaluation and with such a broad scope of engagement across so many different countries, the question of attribution versus contribution is also central to such an evaluation. The final report will significantly inform DRI’s final report to the European Union in early 2020.
Questions to be answered:
- To what extent were the objectives achieved already/are likely to be achieved?
- What are the major factors influencing the achievement or non-achievement of the objectives?
- What has happened as a result of the programme or project?
- What real difference has the programme made to the situations in-country with respect to the rights in question?
- To what extent will the benefits most likely continue after the programme is completed?
- What are the major factors which will influence the achievement or non-achievement of sustainability of the programme or project?
DRI will support the consultant with relevant programme documents, data and liaison with local partners and country offices. In turn, we expect that all submitted proposals will be ethically-sound, informed by international standards and considerate of the diverse age groups, cultures, socio-political environments and genders of those involved in the programme, implementers and beneficiaries alike. The consideration of ecological sustainability with respect to the proposed actions and travel within the technical proposal will also be appreciated.
Duration and Location of the Assignment
- Timeframe: 04.11.2019 – 17.01.2020 (see ‘Deliverables’ below)
- Location: A handful of limited country visits are possible but given the inherent limits of time and budget, any should be presented in the proposals with their technical justification and estimated costs.
- Days: The total number of days required for the work in question – within the overall timeframe stated above – is somewhat flexible and should be stipulated and logically justified in the submitted proposals. We do however envisage a workload of maximum 35-45 days.
- Evaluation Plan, including methodology, and schedule for country visits and submission of drafts (no later than 11.11.2019)
- First draft of Evaluation Report (no later than 06.12.2019)
- Final Evaluation Report, including findings, conclusions, recommendations and quotes/basic case studies, after receiving and considering feedback from DRI on the first draft (no later than 08.01.2020)
Qualifications and Experience Required
- Advanced degree (Masters or higher) in law, political science, development studies, social sciences, and/or other related fields;
- At least 5 years demonstrated working experience in project/programme monitoring and evaluation, particularly regarding human and/or labour rights-related activities;
- Sound knowledge of the fundamental UN and ILO conventions under GSP+;
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
- Cultural and gender sensitivity;
- Flexibility in working hours and ability to travel;
- Familiarity with some of the GSP+ beneficiary countries (preferably with local civil society organisations), and/or EU-funded Actions will be considered assets;
- Fluency in English is required; fluency in any of the official languages of the GSP+ countries will be considered an asset;
How to Apply:
Please send the following documents to Ms. Natalia Carrusca at [email protected] by July 31st, 2019:
- Technical and financial proposal;
- Details of two professional references
The initial shortlisting will be based on a combined assessment of CVs and proposals, and candidates with high-scoring applications will subsequently be contacted for an interview.
 For reference, please see ‘DAC Criteria for Evaluating Development Assistance’: http://www.oecd.org/dac/evaluation/daccriteriaforevaluatingdevelopmentassistance.htm