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EVALUATION CONSULTANCY ON PROJECT- PROTECTING AND PROMOTING HUMAN RIGHTS OF DISCRIMINATED MINORITIES IN EGYPT
MINORITY RIGHTS GROUP INTERNATIONAL
Title of project: Protecting and promoting the human rights of discriminated minorities in Egypt
Evaluation consultant(s) are required to conduct an evaluation on the above project.
The project aims to contribute to securing the human rights of religious and ethnic minorities, and contribute to greater pluralism, diversity and tolerance in Egypt by defending and empowering Egyptian CSOs representing marginalised communities to advocate for their rights. In particular, it aims to defend and strengthen the civil society movement raising awareness and advocating for the human rights of religious and ethnic minorities in Egypt (particularly outside of Cairo).
Among its activities are:
– To provide online and face to face trainings on international and national human rights standards and mechanisms relating to religious minorities.
– Provide support to activists and civil society organizations on national and international advocacy initiatives.
– Publishing research highlighting priority and emerging human rights issues facing minorities in Egypt.
– Providing legal support to victims of discriminatory laws or practices, or legal cases related to their minority rights work.
The objectives of the Final Evaluation are:
- Assess the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, sustainability and impact of the project in relation to the objectives and supporting outputs set out in the proposal documentation
- Provide MRG with an opportunity for ‘structured evaluative learning’, with the aim of learning from the design and implementation process.
- Make recommendations to any other stakeholders as appropriate.
Key evaluation questions should be considered on the outcome and impact level.
These will include an evaluation workplan/inception report in English, preliminary findings at mid-term of the evaluation period in English and a final evaluation. We anticipate that this will need to exist in two versions.
EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE REQUIRED:
Extensive knowledge and experience of working on minority rights, NGO capacity building, including knowledge of relevant debates and international standards, as well as experience of carrying out or evaluating training, capacity building, advocacy and work with smaller NGOs in difficult contexts.
Experience of comparable evaluations and strong track record of evaluations carried out on projects with similar elements.
Very good knowledge of Egypt (e.g. recent events, politics, governance, social issues) and the ability to speak, read and write both Arabic and English. Travel to visit participants across Egypt will be needed.
Ability to comply with all EU evaluation requirements is key.
The evaluator will need to be independent of MRG, its donors, the project targets and participants and will need to demonstrate that no perceived or actual conflict of interests would arise during the evaluation. MRG will only reveal the organisations that we have worked with to the selected team, so your application should include a list of organisations that you have worked for or have an association with so that we can assess whether any conflict of interest might arise.
The evaluator should either already be in Egypt (and if not an Egyptian national have permission to work there) or should have or should not need entry clearance/work permission/a visa to visit Egypt to carry out this work.
Candidates should note that MRG is also currently advertising for a consultant/team to evaluate a linked wider programme of work across the MENA region and that synergies and cost saving might be possible if the same team applies for both opportunities. Please visit the jobs page of our website for more details.
For more details on this consultancy, please click on this link terms of reference
HOW TO APPLY:
If you are interested in being considered for this opportunity, please send the following to: firstname.lastname@example.org by 12 noon GMT 28th Jan 2019.
* Brief (max 4 page) CVs of all evaluation team members
* Cover letter – indicating relevant experience and knowledge and how you meet the task /candidate requirements
* Work plan including methodology, timetable, budget for the evaluation including brief assessment of security context and availability /sketched plans for fieldwork within Egypt. (Max 4 pages please)
* At least one, but if possible two, similar completed evaluation reports.
* The names and contact details of 2 references who can speak to your team members’ relevant experience and suitability.
* A list of individuals and organisations with which you have/have had relationships which might compromise your perceived independence/might mean a potential conflict of interest arises and the nature of the relationship.
MRG will endeavour to shortlist potentially strong candidates on 29/30 January 2019 and may need to speak to strong candidates in the week commencing 4th February 2019 and we hope to have made an appointment by mid-February.