Plan International in Timor-Leste – Call for Expressions of Interest – CD 20 de Abril de 2015


Plan International in Timor-Leste

Plan International in Timor-Leste

Plan International in Timor-Leste

Call for Expressions of Interest:

 

CONSULTANT FOR MID-TERM REVIEW(S) OF YOUTH EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM

 

Plan invites Expressions of Interest from appropriately qualified and experienced consultants for this Mid-Term Review. The full ToR for the Mid-Term Review can be found further down this message.

 

Time frame:  The duration of the Mid-Term Review is expected to be 25 working days between May 1st and June 26th, 2015.

 

Consultant’s qualifications summary:

 

·         Substantial experience in assessment and evaluation using both participatory and qualitative approaches and quantitative methods

·         Background in practical management of development programs

·         Experience in youth programming a major advantage

·         Experience in community level economic development projects an advantage

·         Knowledge of global youth, human rights and disability rights issues, research and experiences

·         Knowledge of situation of young people in Timor Leste an advantage

·         Fluency in Tetun or Bahasa Indonesia a major advantage

·         Skills and experience in gender and rights analysis.

·         Must write in clear, “plain English”

 

TO SUBMIT AN EXPRESSION OF INTEREST, EMAIL TO info.timorleste@plan-international.org

 

Interested consultants or consulting groups should submit by email

 

·         An Expression of Interest not exceeding 4 pages, outlining how the Consultant meets the selection criteria and the proposed Mid-Term Review methodology

·         Activity schedule/work plan

·         CV(s)

·         Recent examples of similar work

·         Financial proposal detailing fees, data collection and other expenses

·         Names and contact details of three referees

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: MONDAY 20TH APRIL 2015

 

FOR ALL PLAN POSITIONS AND CONSULTANCIES…

  • Strong ICT skills, including Word, Excel and e-communications, are essential
  • Strong commitment to the equal rights and participation of girls and women is essential
  • Strong commitment to the Rights of the Child is essential
  • Plan does not tolerate child abuse. All Plan staff and consultants are selected and employed in line with the conditions of Plan’s Child Protection Policy. These include appropriate reference and background checks.
  • Applications will not be acknowledged. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. No correspondence or telephone calls will be entered into.
  • Short listed candidates will be required to attend panel interviews and other selection procedures.

 

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Plan International in Timor Leste

 

Consultant Terms of Reference

 

Mid-Term Review(s) of the Youth Empowerment Program

 

Background on Plan

 

Plan International (Plan), one of the world’s largest children’s NGOs, works with children, young people and poor communities in more than 50 developing countries in the fields of education, water, hygiene and sanitation, child protection, economic security, health, and emergency assistance. Plan has a strong commitment to gender equity and inclusion of people with disabilities. Plan has worked in Timor Leste since 2001. Visit www.plan-international.org

Background on the Youth Empowerment Program

 

The “Youth Empowerment Program” is actually composed of two largely similar grant supported Projects.

1.     The European Union and Plan Germany support the Project “Empowerment and inclusion of marginalized youth in the economic and political development of Timor-Leste”. Its overall objective is that Timorese young women and men, including the most marginalized, participate in decision-making, realize their economic rights and promote peace and social equality.

2.     The Australian Government (DFAT/ANCP) and Plan Australia support the Project “Youth Empowerment for Sustainable Development”.  Its overall objective (vision) is for “Timorese young men and women, including those from vulnerable groups, to have the capacity and opportunities, both individually and collectively, which enable them to be active, creative and responsible catalysts in the political, economic, social and cultural development of their communities and Timorese society”.

(Plan’s Sponsorship scheme also meets some indirect costs outside project budgets.)

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Given the close similarities in objectives, Plan largely manages these two Projects as a single Program, with one Program Manager, one small staff Team and one set of CSO partners implementing one set of activities, with costs split between the two donors. These activities include vocational training in hospitality/catering,  business administration and Rural WASH (canalization and masonry),  providing information on government services, support for  youth Community Based Organizations and youth led groups, life skills training (including gender,  conflict resolution, WASH behavior), and support for school and college debating societies. In addition the Australian DFAT-funded Project supports activities by young people to promote gender equality and disability inclusion.

The Mid-Term Review

The Mid-Term Review of both Projects falls due at approximately the same time. Plan therefore proposes a single review process, led by one consultant or consultant group, but which addresses separately the specific interests of the European Union and Australian DFAT, and which produces a separate report for each donor.

Objectives of the Mid-Term Review

1.     To assess the progress the two component Projects of the Program against their intended objectives/Results

2.     To assess  the relevance, effectiveness , efficiency, sustainability, equality and non-discrimination of the Program and its two component Projects (see below for more detail)

3.     To provide recommendations on how to improve the Program and its two component Projects in their second phase

The Mid-Term Review should also address the following questions from Plan’s global Mid-Term Evaluation Policy:

 

  • How consistent is the Program with key aspects of Plan’s Child Centred Community Development approach
  • How consistent is the Program with the Plan Timor Leste Country Strategic Plan
  • How well has the internal monitoring system contributed to the Mid-Term Review and to ongoing Program implementation?
  • Approximately how many people has the Program reached so far?

 

All findings should be disaggregated by gender, age and disability.

 

Relevance. To what extent were the intended Project objectives/results relevant to the context of young people in Aileu, especially vulnerable young people?  Suggested questions:

 

  • Does the Youth Empowerment Program target the right young people to attend training activities?
  • Is the training content appropriate for the particular needs of the vulnerable youth in Aileu district?
  • How do youth, local leaders and the community at large perceive the Youth Empowerment program?
  • Does the program involve vulnerable young people, such as young people with disabilities or living in very remote areas?

Effectiveness.  How effective has the program been in making progress towards its intended objectives/results so far?  Suggested questions:

·         What has been the progress made towards achievement of objectives/results?

·         What have been the changes in youth knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behavior as a result of their participation in this program?

·         What have been the changes in youth involvement in their suco and District development processes as a result of their participation in this program?

·         What have been the changes in knowledge, skills, attitudes and behavior of parents, local leaders and government officials as a result of their interaction with this program?

  • How effective is M&E for the Program?
  • Are there any unanticipated outcomes (both positive and negative) so far?
  • What are the outcomes in terms of employment and/or self-employment for graduates of vocational training in hospitality, business administration and Rural WASH?
  • How effective has the Program been in strengthening local civil society partners?

Efficiency.   How efficiently has the Program been implemented and managed?

Suggested questions

 

  • How efficient are the civil society partners?
  • How well did Plan identify partners and manage the relationship with them?
  • How efficient is Plan itself?

Sustainability  How sustainable and enduring are the outcomes of the program likely to be?

Suggested questions:

  • What are the prospects for the partners such as FTM, Aileu Youth Council and the training centers once the Program ends

Equality and Non-Discrimination: Suggested questions:

 

  • Who benefits from the program?
  • Who doesn’t and why not?
  • Does the program include equally young women and the most marginalized, including youth with disability. If not, why?

 

Suggested key informants for the MTR

  • Young men and women involved in the project, with special focus on vulnerable youth
  • Parents, community leaders, District administration
  • Youth CBOs and youth-led groups
  • Youth  Program team and relevant Plan staff
  • Plan local partners in Timor-Leste (FTM, LBF, Youth Council, STVJ Camea, STVJ Comoro, and Don Bosco training centers)
  • National and local government agencies/ organisations (e.g. SEFOPE, IADE and District administration in Aileu)

 

Target Audience of the Mid-Term Review report:

 

  • Members of young people’s Civil Society Organizations in Aileu District
  • Plan’s local NGO and vocational training centre partners
  • European Union and DFAT
  • Plan management in Timor Leste, Germany and Australia
  • District and national government: (nb SEFOPE, IADE and Aileu District administration)

 

Note: we will produce a short “reader-friendly” version of the findings in Tetun

Suggested Methodology:

The evaluator should mainly use participatory approaches and qualitative methodologies, though with detailed quantitative data will be required on post-vocational training employment and self-employment.  The evaluator should pay particular attention to consulting the young women, youth leaders; youth led CBO’s, Youth Council, local leaders and vulnerable youth

Consultant tasks:

 

  • Development of Mid-Term Review approach, including methodology, sampling criteria, relevant Mid-Term Review tools and plan
  • Desk review of data and information related to the program, particularly MoUs, annual plans and reports
  • Collect primary data from the program implementers and target groups through observations, interviews and focus group discussions.
  • Present a draft report at a consultation meeting involving youth organizations, partners and Plan staff
  • Prepare a final MTR report for the European Union funded Project, incorporating feedback, with recommendations
  • Prepare a final MTR Report for the Australian DFAT funded Project, incorporating feedback, with recommendations
  • Prepare a summary report on the overall Program for Plan management
  • Make an archive of reference documents, presentations and minutes of consultation meeting

Supervisor of the Mid-Term Review process:

  • Etha Mota, YE4SD Manager
  • With some involvement of Stephan Barthel, Program Development Manager, and Terence McCaughan, Country Director

Format of the two Project Reports:

The Reports shall not exceed 25 pages each (excluding appendices), and have :

o    Executive summary

o    Description of the program’s achievements at the time of review

§  Estimated coverage (area and beneficiaries)

§  Details of the objectives and results achieved

§  Other unexpected significant changes

o    Description of program’s implementation history

o    Report on

§  relevance and quality of the program design

§  effectiveness and efficiency

§  progress against intended results

§  sustainability

§  crosscutting aspects (gender, inclusion)

o    Note: include the following topics in the review of efficiency

§  management structure for the program

§  monitoring system

§  experience with formal partnerships (i.e. where Plan provides funding)

§  identify other (existing and potential) Plan activities which add synergy to the program

o    Lessons learned and recommendations

Time frame:

The duration of the Mid-Term Review is expected to be 25 working days between May 1st and June 26th, 2015.

 

Consultant’s qualifications summary:

 

·         Substantial experience in assessment and evaluation using both participatory and qualitative approaches and quantitative methods

·         Background in practical management of development programs

·         Experience in youth programming a major advantage

·         Experience in community level economic development projects an advantage

·         Knowledge of global youth, human rights and disability rights issues, research and experiences

·         Knowledge of situation of young people in Timor Leste an advantage

·         Fluency in Tetun or Bahasa Indonesia a major advantage

·         Skills and experience in gender and rights analysis.

·         Must write in clear, “plain English”

 

TO SUBMIT AN EXPRESSION OF INTEREST, EMAIL TO info.timorleste@plan-international.org

 

Interested consultants or consulting groups should submit by email

 

·         An Expression of Interest not exceeding 4 pages, outlining how the Consultant meets the selection criteria and the proposed Mid-Term Review methodology

·         Activity schedule/work plan

·         CV(s)

·         Recent examples of similar work

·         Financial proposal detailing fees, data collection and other expenses

·         Names and contact details of three referees

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: MONDAY 20TH APRIL 2015

 

FOR ALL PLAN POSITIONS AND CONSULTANCIES…

  • Strong ICT skills, including Word, Excel and e-communications, are essential
  • Strong commitment to the equal rights and participation of girls and women is essential
  • Strong commitment to the Rights of the Child is essential
  • Plan does not tolerate child abuse. All Plan staff and consultants are selected and employed in line with the conditions of Plan’s Child Protection Policy. These include appropriate reference and background checks.
  • Applications will not be acknowledged. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. No correspondence or telephone calls will be entered into.
  • Short listed candidates will be required to attend panel interviews and other selection procedures.
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