Call for Expression of Interest to Conduct an Evaluation of the Project “Promoting Women’s Effective Participation in Peacebuilding in Uganda”

Call for Expression of Interest to Conduct an Evaluation of the Project “Promoting Women’s Effective Participation in Peacebuilding in Uganda”

Deadline; 22nd January 2021

1.0       BACKGROUND OF THE PROGRAMME

Women’s International Peace Centre (The Peace Centre) works in conflict and post conflict countries, providing ground breaking approaches to the issue of conflict and post conflict reconstruction and what it means to be at peace with oneself, one’s community and country. Over the years, The Peace Centre has emerged as a leader in the feminist discourse for peace and security, using national and international frameworks such as the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR1325), National Action Plans on 1325 (NAP), the Sustainable Development Goals 5 and 16 and other women, peace and security frameworks.

Women’s participation in decision-making in peace building and post-conflict recovery processes (e.g. disarmament and reintegration, security sector reform, economic recovery programmes, humanitarian response, legal, judicial and electoral processes) in Uganda is markedly low, particularly at local level.  The women, peace and security (WPS) agenda in Uganda has a strong legal and policy basis reflected in diverse frameworks however, there is need for citizen’s participation in defining and responding to peace building and conflict transformation priorities along with an emphasis on addressing the specific needs of women.

To address the presented gap, The Peace Centre designed a project on “Promoting women’s effective participation in peace building in Uganda” that run from June 2019 to March 2021. The project sought to contribute to an increase in women’s participation in decision-making processes (formal and informal) to promote peace in Uganda.

During the timeline of project implementation, women’s capacity to promote peace building and engage in decision-making has been strengthened through trainings that have equipped them with mediation, leadership and peace building skills within refugee and host communities. The project has also established/strengthened capacity of peace building structures such as CEWERU and district local government structures to mainstream gender perspectives with effective peace building mechanisms to promote the rights of women and girls. More so the project has availed women a platform to engage with duty bearers at national, district and community level to air out their concerns for redress and commitment to action.

1.1       Project goal

To contribute to an increase in women’s participation in decision-making processes through strengthening peace building mechanisms (formal and informal) to promote peace in Uganda.

1.2       Project objectives

  • To have more commitments on women, peace and security implemented by GoU and the UN, and more gender equality advocates influence peace and security processes
  • To strengthen capacity of more institutions of the justice and security sectors to mainstream gender perspectives and promote the rights of women and girls in conflict, post conflict and other crisis situations.
  • To increase women representation and leadership in formal and informal peace processes and negotiations.
  • THE END OF PROGRAMME EVALUATION

The Evaluation is intended to; assess the effectiveness of the project; track the changes that have emerged as a result of the project implementation; and generate new lessons to inform The Peace Centre’s programming in the area of work being evaluated.

On the overall, the evaluation is expected to look at coherence between the project design, delivery mechanisms and its performance.

  • Objectives of the Evaluation

This evaluation seeks to:

  1. Assess the effectiveness, appropriateness and relevancy of the project interventions in the given context of the project.
  2. Assess the project implementation approach for efficiency (How efficient was the project? Was the method of delivery the most appropriate and efficient?).
  3. Assess the extent to which the anticipated overall objectives and project results were achieved in quantitative and qualitative terms.
  4. Identify and document lessons learned and good practices; areas of improvement and recommendations to mitigate identified challenges for future programming (Identify key lessons, stories of change and examples of good practice).
  5. Propose future areas of intervention for continuation of the project (with practical recommendations for follow-up action).
  6.  Assess sustainability of the project (assess the probability of continued long-term benefits. How successful has the project been at linking rights holders to longer term development programmes and if not, how can this be successfully achieved).

2.2 Scope of the Evaluation

The evaluation will focus on the results and indicators as stipulated in the project documents between The Peace Centre and UN Women.

2.3       Approach and Methodology

The Consultant(s) is expected to employ both qualitative and quantitative methods but can also propose additional methods for undertaking the assignment to achieve the evaluation objectives. The methodology is expected to cover, but not be limited, to the following aspects:

  1. Establishing the basis for substantiating outputs and outcomes by, among others, carrying out a systematic desk review of all relevant documents (proposals, agreements, work plans, budgets and reports)
  2. Determining a strategy to ascertain results achieved by the peace-building project through its work with women.
  3. Determining a strategy to ascertain results achieved by the project (document review, interviews and observation among others.)
  4. Specifying the stakeholders to be consulted and the data collection methods to be used to respond to the different evaluation questions

The evaluation will majorly be conducted in Adjumani, Yumbe and Kotido while observing the Ministry of Health Standard Operations Procedures (SOPs). Interface with staff of The Peace Centre who have been directly involved in the project implementation will be critical.

3.0       KEY DELIVERABLES

  1. An Inception Report detailing the agreed methodology, work plan, interview questionnaires and the proposed Table of Content (TOC) of the evaluation report to be presented to the Project Management Team not later than 4 working days after signing the contract.
  2. A draft evaluation report, of not more than 30 pages, including an Executive Summary (2 – 3 pages), but excluding annexes. The report should adequately respond to the objectives of the assignment, providing evidence-based conclusions and prioritized recommendations.
  3. A meeting with the Peace Centre team to discuss preliminary findings, observations and recommendations.
  4. A power-point presentation of preliminary observations, conclusions and recommendations to be discussed with the Peace Centre team to be held at least three working days before the final report is due.
  5. A final analytical evaluation report on the performance, achievements, challenges and lessons learnt from the project and insights for future programming.

4.0       EVALUATION TEAM QUALIFICATIONS 

  1. The evaluation will be conducted by consultants who will have substantive knowledge of peace building, gender analysis and governance programing.
  2. Evaluation team members will be part of a Consulting Firm/ Consortium (‘the Consultant’) with clearly demonstrated expertise and experience in conducting evaluations and impact assessments using a variety of quantitative and qualitative methods in the field of peace building and democratic governance.
  3. Critical thinking and analysis.
  4. Time Management.
  • GUIDING PRINCIPLES AND VALUES FOR THE EVALUATION

It’s important that Bidders highlight measurements to which the evaluation will meet ethical standards, feasibility, relevancy and accuracy, as well as propose other quality performance measures that will be refined during the inception phase if found to be necessary.

6.0       TIME SCHEDULE

The duration of the assignment is 20 working days including all the preparation and field related work, as well as writing of the inception report, presentation of preliminary findings and submission of the final report. The assignment is estimated to be undertaken from 9th February 2021 to 5th March 2021.

7.0       APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS

The Consultant to carry out the evaluation will be selected according to the “Open Tendering” method, following the procedures, templates and instructions of The Peace Centre’s “Standard Request for Proposals for Consultancy Services”.

Applicants will be required to submit a Technical and Financial proposal. Proposals will be evaluated using the principle of Quality and Cost Based Selection, with a weight of 80% given to the Technical Proposal and a weight of 20% given to the Financial Proposal.

Applications should be submitted via email to procurement@wipc.org or delivered to Women’s International Peace Centre, Plot 1 Martyr’s Garden B, Minister’s Village, Ntinda, Kampala.  The closing date for receiving both the Technical and Financial proposals is 22nd January 2021 at 5:00pm.


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