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External Evaluator

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Organization : The International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Type : Nonprofits / องค์กรไม่แสวงหาผลกำไร
Date : 24 Oct 2014
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Position Title                                     External Evaluator

Organizational Unit                        Labour Migration Programme

Duty Station                                       Bangkok, Thailand

Classification                                     All-Inclusive fees of THB 330,000

Type of Appointment                    Consultancy Contract

Estimated Start Date                      As soon as possible

Closing Date                                      31 October 2014

Reference Code                                               THVN No. 040/2014

 

Background of the Project:

In Mae Sot, Tak Province, a number of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) are providing services to uprooted persons from Myanmar, ranging from community schools, clinics, and legal counselling. However, minority groups are not well integrated into these services due to linguistic, religious, cultural differences coupled with a history of discrimination. Special efforts are therefore needed to address the vulnerabilities of these minority groups, especially those of women, children and young people. This situation is further complicated by the on-going violence and instability, particularly against minority groups, in Myanmar.

 

Furthermore, while the approximately 130,000 refugees living in the nine temporary shelters along the Thai-Myanmar border have a degree of service provision and assistance from a constellation of NGOs, CBOs, Royal Thai Government (RTG) departments and International Organizations (IOs), minority groups outside of the camps, in Tak province, do not. However, specifically targeted projects, for example IOM’s complementary partner project “Reducing the Vulnerabilities of Myanmar Muslims through Community Outreach and Increasing their Access to Social and Health Services”, aim to address this gap.

 

In order to address the challenges faced by minority groups in Mae Sot, In 2010 IOM Thailand began to implement the “Reducing the Vulnerabilities of Myanmar Muslims through Community Outreach and Increasing their Access to Social and Health Services”, now in its third phase, aims to alleviate the acute vulnerabilities of displaced Myanmar Muslims in the provinces of Tak and Ranong. The project aims to improve: 1) the environmental health of communities; 2) access to health information and services among a wide range of migrants; 3) integration of Myanmar Muslim migrants’ community-based initiatives within local governmental structures, and; 4) migrants’ skills, work experience and economic opportunities. In the long term, the project aims to create synergies of local stakeholders including government agencies, NGOs, CBOs, Thai-Muslim leaders, Myanmar-Muslim leaders, Myanmar-Muslim volunteers and Thai community volunteers to ensure long-term protection of the Myanmar Muslim population.

 

With generous funding by the European Union (EU) and co-financed by Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP), IOM began “Livelihoods and Community Solutions” (LCS) Project in 2013 to complement and expand the work begun under the “Reducing the Vulnerabilities of Myanmar Muslims through Community Outreach and Increasing their Access to Social and Health Services” project, with a focus on the development of livelihoods, community and education for minority groups in Mae Sot, and in particular, for youth, women and children.

 

Overall Objectives of the evaluation:

The overall objective of this evaluation is to assess the relevance, validity of design, effectiveness, impact and sustainability of the LCS project. As the project is nearing its completion, this undertaking is intended as a terminal evaluation. The evaluation report will be shared with the project’s partners, stakeholders and donors as part of the overall monitoring and evaluation of the project. Specifically, the evaluation will:

assess the relevance of the overall strategy of the project;

evaluate the validity of the choice of strategies and activities for achieving the project objectives and properly addressing the problems to be solved in line with the logical framework of the project;

evaluate to what extent the achieved results reach the target groups as planned and reach any indirect beneficiaries;

analyse the effectiveness of the coordination and participatory mechanisms, in particular with the beneficiaries and local partners and stakeholders;

analyse the process of implementation, focusing on participation of the community;

evaluate whether the project is supported by local institutions and well integrated with local social and cultural conditions;

analyse the impact or changes that have occurred within beneficiary households and the target communities;

assess whether the beneficiaries, local partners and stakeholders participated in the planning and implementation of the project, guaranteeing a sense of ownership and interest in its sustainability;

identify the main lessons learned, missed opportunities, strengths and weaknesses of the project throughout the project life cycle;

formulate recommendations  for the implementation of future projects.

 

METHODOLOGY of the evaluation

The evaluation methodology will be comprised of:

A documentation review: IOM Bangkok will be responsible for providing the necessary documentation, including activity and project reports together with any other documentation that IOM Bangkok considers important for the evaluation exercise;

A series of interviews with beneficiaries, NGOs and local partners, IOM Bangkok Project Manager, and other persons that IOM Bangkok or the evaluator deems necessary;

Visits to the field in Maesot, Tak Province to observe project activities and assess the impact on the intended beneficiaries.

The evaluator is encouraged to propose additional methodology that they deem appropriate to the project under evaluation.

SCOPE of work and REporting

4.1 Scope of the work

Review the project document, needs assessment report, progress reports, meeting/training/activity reports in coordination with Project Manager and project staff.

Organize and conduct evaluation fieldwork in Tak Province

Prepare the final project evaluation and recommendations report in English language.

Reporting

The evaluator will supply a draft report to the Project Manager no later than 15 December 2014 for comments, and following feedback, the final report should be submitted no later than 23 December 2014.

The final report submitted to IOM must be in English and include (i) Executive summary; (ii) Project background; (iii) Evaluation background and methodologies; (iv) Project performance; (v) Achievements against expected outcomes/results, (vi) Sustainability of the achievements; (vii) Good practices and lessons learned of the project; (viii) Summary of conclusion and recommendations.

The content of the report should be clear, statements well justified and the logic behind the evaluation exercise respected. The report should bring new perspectives to the subject evaluated and include the comparison of the baseline data collected at the outset of the project and impact/changes made after the implementation, and should not exceed 30 pages, excluding annexes. The evaluator is encouraged to use the UN Evaluation Group (UNEG) norms and standards which are available online on the IOM Web Portal: www.iom.int/evaluations, under “Technical References”.

A verbal presentation and explanation of results will be made by the evaluator to the project manager in Bangkok, if this request is made within one month of receiving the written report.

 

RESources and timing

5.1 Resources

The evaluator will receive a total fee of THB 330,000. The evaluator’s fee will be paid upon IOM’s approval of the completed tasks and upon submission of the satisfactory final version of the report. The evaluator’s fee includes: evaluation and report-making fee, analysis of the findings/results of the interviews, accommodation, and travel costs from/to his/her residence to Maesot, Tak Province and Bangkok, daily allowance, preparation and production of all the evaluation tools. IOM will be responsible for the costs listed as follows:

Provision of Thai-Burmese/Thai-English interpretation for relevant itinerary during field interviews, and observation of the project activities.

Travel arrangements for the field trip in Tak Province according to the field itinerary approved by IOM. 

The fee will be paid in three instalments as follows:

THB 82,500 after the submission of the outline of the evaluation report and data collection tools to IOM

THB 99,000  after the submission of the first draft evaluation report to IOM

THB 148,500 after the submission of the final evaluation report to IOM 

 

5.2 Timing

The provisional timetable for the evaluation consultant, with a maximum of 30 working days, is as follows:

 

Mon 3 Nov – 14 Nov 2014
IOM Bangkok’ s timing for recruiting the evaluator - N/A

Mon 17 Nov 2014
- Meeting with IOM Project Management team at IOM Bangkok Office 
- Briefing by Project Manager
0.5 
days

Prior to evaluation
Documentation review
days

Fri 21 Nov 2014
- Meeting between the consultant and IOM Project Management team  to define   evaluation methodology and present developed tools
- Project Manager to review evaluation work plan, and make any necessary adjustments
0.5 
day

Sun 23 Nov 2014
- Travel to project site in Maesot District, Tak Province
-  Preparation for evaluation fieldwork
day

Mon 24 – Tue 25 Nov 2014
Meetings with Field Coordinator, stakeholders and partners (Government partners, donors, other key stakeholders) in Maesot District, Tak Province
days

Wed 26 Nov – Sat 6 Dec 2014 (Friday 5 Dec = National holiday)
Field visits, interviews with local authorities, community members, beneficiaries
10 
days

Mon 8 Dec – Sat 13 Dec 2014
Preparation of Draft Evaluation Report
days

Mon 15 Dec 2014
Meeting with IOM Project Management team at IOM Bangkok Office  to present and submit  Draft  Evaluation Report  for IOM’s review
0.5 
day

Tue 16 Dec – Mon 22 Dec 2014
Prepare Final Evaluation Report, taking into consideration IOM’s comments from the meeting as appropriate.
days

Tue 23 Dec 2014
Submission of the final evaluation report to IOM
0.5

TOTAL 30 days

 

Ethical considerations

The evaluation shall be conducted independently and impartially. The findings of the evaluation, especially from key stakeholders and beneficiaries, shall be treated confidentially. The IOM’s project staff in Bangkok and Field Office will provide the close cooperation and coordination with the external evaluator throughout his/her evaluation process in a transparent and friendly manner.

 

Requirements for qualification and experience

Master degree in social science or related fields;

At least 4 years of experience in project monitoring and evaluation;

Analysis and report writing skills;

Excellent English language report writing skills;

Professional experience in development work related to anti-human trafficking and migration; preferably in the area of Myanmar migrants;

Demonstrated ability to handle sensitive information with discretion and professionalism;

Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines;

Competence in Windows-based computer applications;

Fluency in English; oral and written Thai and/or Myanmar language skills also an advantage.

 

Documents to be included when submitting the proposals to IOM

Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications.

Cover Letter: Explaining why they are the most suitable candidates for the work

Personal CV including past experiences in project monitoring and evaluation as well as relevant fields

Sample of written project evaluation report

 

Evaluation of the submitted proposals

The award of the consultancy contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

 

 

Total score (100 points)

Criteria Knowledge and work experience in project monitoring and evaluation 30 points

Criteria Knowledge and work experience in migration or relevant fields 30 points

Criteria Relevant academic qualifications 20 points

Criteria Writing skills 20 points

 

How to Apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit the requested documents to the IOM Bangkok Human Resources Unit via e-mail at bkkrecruitment@iom.int by 31 October 2014. Kindly indicate the reference code THVN040/2014 followed by your full name in the subject line.

Only the short-listed candidates will be contacted. 

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