Oxfam Pan Africa Strategic Framework 2010-2013: Kilio cha Mabadiliko External Evaluation Terms of Reference 2012
Terms of Reference External Evaluation
In 2010 Oxfam launched its first joint Pan Africa Strategic Framework, implemented by Oxfam Great Britain (OGB) and Oxfam Novib Netherlands (ONL) and funded by Oxfam America, Intermon and Australia.
Drawing close to the end of the implementation period of the strategic framework 2010-2013, we will commission an external evaluation of our strategy to analyse the results attained, the impact related hereto, capture lessons learnt and give orientations for the next strategic period: 2014-2017.
1. Background & Context of Evaluation
Expected outcomes per strategy pillar by 2013
Democratic Governance – Outcomes by 2013:
AU adopts internal compliance accountability system.
Pan African Parliament holds States accountable for delivery.
African social movements supported to learn from their experiences.
Coalitions/Movements supported to utilise appropriate new media where appropriate.
Economic Justice – Outcomes by 2013:
More countries reach agriculture 10% target
Policymakers more responsive to interests of small scale farmers.
More visible & vocal participation of farmers, esp. women.
Alternative policy options to “agro-colonialism” (wide-scale leasing of land to foreigners.
More countries adopt national climate adaptation plans.
Global agreement reached to cut emissions, fund adaptation and mitigation.
Gender Justice – Outcomes by 2013:
More Governments ratify and implement the Women’s Rights Protocol.
[Peace & Security Council decisions influenced by women in conflict.]
More Governments adopt gender aware budgeting.
Greater number of women supported in public leadership.
Capacity Building – Outcomes by 2013:
AU more responsive and accountable to positions of allies, rights-holders and Oxfam International.
More coherent and assertive claims made by the AU in the global policy arena.
African States to domesticate and implement key standards and treaties.
[Capacity building for key Coalitions and NGOs on various advocacy areas.]
[Engage the Peace and Security Council of the AU on OI RIC priorities.]
- Assess whether the analysis, theory of change, objectives and outcomes of the programme were and still are relevant, appropriate and realistic
- Evaluate whether Oxfam adequately adapted the implementation of the Framework to context changes in 2010-2013
- Assess the coherence of activities in relation to outputs and the latter in relation to outcomes
- Establish the status of progress and achievements for the period by comparing actual and expected outcomes, including unintended outcomes (evidence based quantitative and qualitative findings), as well as the sustainability of these
- Determine what policy and practice changes have occurred and how they have contributed to the achievement of the outcomes
- Ascertain how policy changes at pan Africa level translated into change at national level
- Assess the status, influence and sustainability of civil society coalitions/social movements which Oxfam has supported through its PAF
- Ascertain to which extent the PAF contributed to Oxfam campaigns, and how this has been appreciated.
- Analyse the effectiveness of the information system in relation to achievements and documentation of lesson learnt
- Assess cost efficiency of outcomes achieved
- Assess the strengths and weaknesses and any constraints in the implementation of the programme
- Appreciate how the program contributed to gender empowerment and furthering gender equality
- Document lessons learnt, gaps and possible catalytic effects of actions implemented; as well as the effectiveness of the intervention strategies
- Make strategic and operational recommendations for the new phase of programme
- Documentation review. This includes but not limited, program documents, annual reports, annual work plans and budgets, internal review reports, researches and policy briefs, position papers, advocacy material and communication strategies, specific notes and any external written feedback, publications, media statements, blogs, etc.…
- Semi structured or/and structured interviews with different stakeholders (face-to-face, by emails or by teleconference. This will include but not limited to:
- Oxfam staff: Pan Africa team; managers/country directors, programme officers, technical focal persons in OGB and ONL Headquarters and Oxfam country offices (at least 2 from each African region); other relevant staff including the Regional Directors, Institutional Funding Units, Campaign Teams (incl. RiC staff, GROW), etc.
- Partner organisations: relevant person in national and regional farmers and women’s rights networks; pan African, regional and national CSO organisations engaged in one of the four pillars of the Strategic Framework; etc.
- Like minded organisations
- Institutions we seek to influence: relevant representatives of African Union bodies, Africa Development Bank, Regional Economic Blocs, National Governments, etc.
- Donor community: DfID (UK), DGIS (Netherlands), SIDA (Sweden) and so on
- Survey/Questionnaire to consult partners and key stakeholders.
- Impact assessment.
- Country visits to one Oxfam programme each in West Africa, Southern Africa and the Horn, East and Central Africa (HECA); including visits to PAF-partners present in-country, where relevant.
A detailed external assessment methodology will be submitted by the consultant(s) and discussed with the evaluation committee. The proposed methodology will be gender sensitive and will include justification of methodological choices.
4. Evaluation Report and Related Products
- Executive summary, including the major findings of the evaluation and summary conclusions and recommendations
- Objectives of the evaluation
- Outline of the methodology and its justification
- Limitations of the evaluation if any
- Presentation of the analysis and findings, including unexpected relevant findings
- (Interview/Questionnaire) Reports and appendices
- Masters Degree in a relevant field (minimum)
- Specialised in international and/or social development
- At least 5 years of consultancy experience on evaluating advocacy and campaigning programmes
- Demonstrated experience with focus on gender, social transformation and conflict management
- Experience in programme evaluation with proven analytical skills is required
- Proficiency in two of the three working languages (English, French and Portuguese) is highly desired
The draft report should be submitted to the Reference Committee on Sunday October 22th. A feedback session will be organised with the Reference Committee and representatives of Regional/Country Directors thereafter. A final report should be submitted to the Reference Committee by October 26th 2012 at the latest.
Logistics and payment modalities will be included in the contract agreement.
7. Deadline for Consultancy Applications
Interested applicants should submit their CVs and Technical Proposal by 24:00hrs GMT on Sunday 9th September.
A follow up discussion on the technical proposal, including interpretation of the terms of reference, data collection methods and tools, together with a detailed chronogram will be organised with the selected consultant(s) mid-September.
For questions related to the consultancy please contact Monique van Es, co-manager Pan Africa Framework, on Monique.van.Es@oxfamnovib.nl