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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR EXTERNAL EVALUATION

for the project tiled:

CORRWATCH – Support for Civil Society to Increase Oversight and Accountability of Public Institutions of Kosovo

  I.  MAIN OBJECTIVE OF THE ASSIGNMENT

Undertake a comprehensive evaluation of the project titled: “CorrWatch – Support for Civil Society to Increase Oversight and Accountability of Public Institutions of Kosovo”, funded by the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), through the British Embassy in Kosovo, and implemented by the Consortium composed of the Group for Legal and Political Studies (GLPS), Institute for Advanced Studies GAP, Institute for Development Policy (INDEP). Detailed evaluation report on main achievements, impact, recommendations and lessons learned should be developed and submitted to the project representatives. 

Project period for evaluation: 16 June 2022- February 2024

Overall project budget for evaluation period: 343,120 GBP

Call publication date: 24 February 2024

Deadline for submission of the application: 29 February 2024

  II.   ABOUT CORRWATCH 

Group for Legal and Political Studies (GLPS), GAP Institute and the Institute for Development Policy (INDEP), with the support of the British Embassy in Kosovo, is implementing the three-year project entitled: "Support for Civil Society to Increase Public Oversight and Accountability of Public Institutions of Kosovo". This project will focus on five components which include different monitoring processes:

  1. Recruitment in public administration;
  2. Public procurement and contract management;
  3. Distribution of grants and subsidies;
  4. Issuance of permits, licenses and fees;
  5. Performance and management of public owned enterprises.

The main goal of CorrWatch to provide expertise and continuous support to public institutions to eliminate irregularities and legal violations that may be encountered, so that they can improve them and establish good practices.The overarching methodological goal is to increase civil society oversight role in monitoring government institutions, Publicly-Owned Enterprises (POEs) and independent agencies in several areas, hold them accountable for their actions and foster/initiate incremental changes in the institutional approach.

For more information, please refer to: www.corrwatch.org

  III.   EVALUATION OBJECTIVES

The main purpose of the external consultancy is to make an evaluation, as systematic and objective as possible, of the project, its design, implementation and results. The Evaluation will cover the activities undertaken and outputs achieved for the period of June 2022 until February 2024.

The aim is to determine the relevance and fulfillment of objectives, developmental efficiency, effectiveness, impact and sustainability. The evaluation should also provide information that is credible and useful, enabling the integration of lessons learned and scaling up strategies.

Principles underpinning the approach to the evaluation are:

  • Impartiality and independence of the evaluation process from the programming and implementation functions;
  • Credibility of the evaluation, through use of appropriately skilled and independent experts and the transparency of the evaluation process, including dissemination of results;
  • Participation of stakeholders in the evaluation process, to ensure different perspectives and views are taken into account;
  • Usefulness of the evaluation findings and recommendations, through timely presentation of relevant, clear and concise information to decision makers;

The evaluation report shall provide conclusions and recommendations on the lessons learned and concrete opportunities for the extension of the initiative.

   IV.  EVALUATION CRITERIA

  1. A) Relevance. The appropriateness of project objectives to the problems that it was supposed to address, and to the physical and policy environment within which it operated. It should include an assessment of the quality of project preparation and design – i.e. the logic and completeness of the project planning process, and the internal logic and coherence of the project design.
  2. B) Efficiency. The fact that the project results have been achieved at reasonable cost, i.e. how well

inputs/means have been converted into activities, in terms of quality, quantity and time, and the quality of the results achieved. This generally requires comparing alternative approaches to achieving the same results, to see whether the most efficient process has been adopted.

  1. C) Effectiveness. An assessment of the contribution made by results to achievement of the project purpose, and how assumptions have affected project achievements. This should include specific assessment of the benefits accruing to target groups.
  2. D) Impact. The effect of the project on its wider environment, and its contribution to the wider policy or sector objectives (as summarized in the project’s overall objective).
  3. E) Sustainability. An assessment of the likelihood of benefits produced by the project to continue to flow after external funding has ended, and with particular reference to factors of ownership by beneficiaries, policy support, economic and financial factors, socio-cultural aspects, gender equality, appropriate technology, environmental aspects, and institutional and management capacity.

Horizontal (e.g. quality of communication & visibility) and crosscutting (e.g. gender) criteria shall also be considered.

   V.  METHODOLOGY

The evaluator/company should adopt an evaluation methodology coherent with the participatory approach of the project. The evaluator/company is expected to conduct a participatory evaluation providing for meaningful involvement by the project partner, its beneficiaries and other interested parties. Stakeholder participation is to be an integral component of the evaluation design and planning, data gathering, drafting of findings, evaluation reporting and results dissemination. The evaluation should therefore focus not only on quantifiable results but it shall also analyze processes and dynamics generated by the project, their scope (in terms of people and other actors involved) and their sustainability. This implies moving away from a mere technical approach and to assess the support brought to the sector and its stakeholders by this project.

  VI.  DUTIES AND DELIVERABLES

The evaluator/company is expected to conduct a participatory evaluation that shall involve interviews and meetings project implementers, target beneficiaries and other key stakeholders.

Key project documentation will be shared with the evaluator to facilitate the process of evaluation, which will include:

  • Project Proposal 
  • Results Framework
  • Interim Donor Reports (quarterly narrative reports)
  • Other key project documents (e.g. partnership agreements, MoUs, experts’ reports, visibility &
  • publications, etc.)

The duties of the evaluator/evaluation company and the methodology used will include the following:

  • Design of comprehensive qualitative evaluation tools
  • Use of participatory methods
  • Comprehensive review of project data and related documents
  • Meetings with the project staff and targeted public institutions and other stakeholders
  • A debriefing meeting with the project staff and, possibly, the British Embassy in Pristina

Provision of a written Evaluation Report and Executive Summary Report with consideration of the following deliverables:

  1. the report should be written in English;
  2. the main body of the report should not exceed 10 pages and should include an executive summary (not exceeding 1 page) and conclusions and recommendations (no less than 1 page);
  3. technical details should be included to appendices e.g. list of informants and the evaluation team’s work schedule;
  4. all analysis of achievements must be supported with relevant data and the data source must be included;
  5. recommendations should include suggestions of how they can be achieved;

All deliverables are to be submitted electronically to:

- Group for Legal and Political Studies (GLPS)

Evaluation Duration and Period

External evaluation will be conducted, during March 2024. The purpose of the evaluation is to assess the project's design, implementation, and outcomes from June 2022 to February 2024. The evaluation will focus on relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact, and sustainability, ensuring impartiality, credibility, stakeholder participation, and usefulness of findings.

The tentative schedule for the first evaluation is as follows:

  • First half of March 2024:  meetings and interviews with project staff, targeted public institutions and other stakeholders
  • Second half of March 2024: desk reviews of core project documents and drafting the final report
  • Final version of the report to be submitted no later than March 31st, 2024.

Budget

The total maximum amount available for the external evaluation (consultancy fee) is 4.000 GPB (gross amount, VAT and/or any type of other taxes/costs included). This amount also includes travel/local transports costs, insurance, meals and accommodation and translation/interpretation for the field activities.

Confidentiality

All the outputs (report, other documents, information) produced by this evaluation will be treated as GLPS and its partners’ property and consequently confidential. So the above mentioned outputs or any part of it cannot be sold, used or reproduced in any manner by the assigned evaluator without prior permission from GLPS.

  VII.  ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

The Evaluator/Company is expected to:

  • Be currently resident/working in Kosovo;
  • Have documented experience on similar evaluations of civil society projects in the field of good governance and anti-corruption in Kosovo;
  • Have extensive experience in conducting external evaluations in the context of cooperation for
  • development and a proven record delivering professional results;
  • Have sound knowledge of evaluation and data-collection methods;
  • Be able to communicate and draft reports effectively in English and Albanian;
  • Relevant academic background;
  • Experience and expertise in the design and undertaking of programme evaluations using participatory M&E and ROM methodologies is considered an asset;
  • Professional expertise in good governance and anti-corruption policies is considered an asset;
  • Excellent analytical, interpersonal, facilitation and communication skills.

  VIII.  HOW TO APPLY

Interested candidates are requested to submit by email an electronic copy of their expression of interest/proposal in PDF by February 29th 2024 with the subject “External Evaluation-CorrWatch” to durim.grezda@legalpoliticalstudies.org 

  IX.  DOCUMENTS TO BE SUBMITTED

For individuals:

  • 1page (max) motivation letter indicating: The consultants’ suitability for the assignment and match with previous work experience, qualifications etc.;
  • If the applicant is a team, specify how the team will be composed and the division of work between team members;
  • Proposal of the work methodology to be used;
  • Draft work plan and suggested timetable;
  • Economic offer and budget breakdown (in EUR);
  • Provisional availability to fulfill the consultancy as per the timeframes indicated in these Terms of Reference.
  • CV/Professional profile of the expert;
  • Two or three references regarding the external evaluations conducted previously.

For companies:

  • 1page (max) motivation letter indicating: The consultants’ suitability for the assignment and match with previous work experience, qualifications etc.;
  • If the applicant is a team, specify how the team will be composed and the division of work between team members;
  • Proposal of the work methodology to be used;
  • Draft work plan and suggested timetable;
  • Economic offer and budget breakdown (in EUR);
  • Provisional availability to fulfill the consultancy as per the timeframes indicated in these Terms of Reference.
  • CV/Professional profile of evaluating team/company (CVs of all individuals included in the consultancy team).
  • Two or three references regarding the external evaluations conducted previously.
  • Certificate of business registration.

  X.    EVALUATION OF APPLICANTS

Applicants will be evaluated by a three-person commission as follows:

  • 40% Demonstrated experience
  • 40% Proposed work methodology
  • 20% Proposed cost

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