Programme Evaluator – Protecting the rights of religious minorities (closes 31 October)

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Project name: Protecting the rights of religious minorities

Deadline for application: 31 Oct 2022

Background of the project

Minority Rights Group Europe (MRGE), a Budapest-based non-governmental organisation implements a 4-years primarily Norad-funded programme ’Protecting the rights of religious minorities’ in partnership with the Norwegian Center for Holocaust and Minority Studies and the Ceasefire Centre for Civilian Rights. This project supports minority activists and organizations that are working towards strengthening the rights of minorities of faith and belief, in regions where the need to act on these issues is the greatest: Middle East and North Africa, and South and South East Asia.

The project targets up to 14 countries: Nepal, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Indonesia, Thailand, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, Iraq, Iran, Syria. At the heart of the project will be building the capacity of local civil society and offer activists the opportunities to join forces and become the voices of their communities.

The ultimate goal is to ensure that the human rights of religious minorities are respected and that these communities are protected from persecution and discrimination.

See more about the project and Minority Rights Group here.

Evaluation Objectives

This final evaluation will build on the previously completed midterm evaluation, which can be found here.

The objectives of the Final Evaluation are:

  1. Assess the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, sustainability and impact of the project in relation to the objectives and supporting outputs set out in Protecting the rights of religious minorities’ Programme Document and furthermore, provide MRGE with an opportunity for ‘structured evaluative learning’, with the aim of learning from the progamme design and implementation processes.
  2. Compare the project as measured against the midterm evaluation and provide analysis on relative progress
  3. Based on the findings of the evaluation, develop a set of suggestions and key recommendations for future and continued MRGE and its partners activities.
  4. To report to the NORAD and other funders on the usage of their resources in the project.

The evaluator will need to be independent of MRGE and its partner organisations, 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.  The evaluator will need to work within the time frames outlined below. The evaluation will need to satisfy all the requirement of the European Union and evaluation guidelines issued by them.

Key evaluation questions

Outcome level

Where completed as planned, did the activities contribute to the planned results?  Where this was so, refer to evidence. Where not so, what factors intervened and explain how they impacted.  Suggest ways that MRGE tried to overcome any problems and how successful this was (or not).  Document any changes in the external environment that may have helped or hindered the project.  If there were any unplanned results (positive or negative) explain what these were and how they came about. The evaluation should pay attention to and comment on the mainstreaming of gender and other forms of intersectional discrimination and cross cutting issues in the project.

Impact level

Make an assessment as to whether the results achieved are likely, over the longer term to achieve or contribute to the achievement of the specific objective of the project. If it is unlikely that all or part of the purpose will be achieved, why is this and is this something that could have been foreseen or overcome?

Key deliverables

  1. Evaluation work plan /inception report
  2. Preliminary findings ( max. 5 pages) at mid-term of the evaluation period
  3. Final evaluation report ( max. 40 pages excluding annexes)

Experience and Expertise required

  • extensive knowledge and experience of working on human rights, minority rights, gender and FoRB
  • good knowledge of project target countries
  • experience of comparable evaluations and strong track record of evaluations carried out on similar networking and capacity building projects
  • familiar with and able to comply with all EU evaluation requirements
  • speak fluent English and knowledge of one of the local languages is desirable
  • experience of training, capacity building, advocacy and work with minority organisations in the region would also be helpful

Report submission, timetable and budget

The evaluator will start working 6 months before the project ends and we expect the final evaluation to be concluded before the project end. The evaluation should be carried out between 1st January 2023 and 31 March 2023. A draft evaluation report should be submitted no later than 15 March 2023. MRGE and partners will have 15 working days to comment on the draft.  A final report must be submitted no later than 1st April 2023.

Visits in two programme countries to discuss the project with relevant groups of beneficiaries are essential. Interviews with all project partners are essential.

Budget: Gross 10,000 EUR (including applicable taxes, contributions or 27% Hungarian VAT depending on applicant’s status). The budget for this piece of work includes evaluators’ fee, travel, communication and other costs.

How to apply

If you are interested in being considered for this opportunity, please fill out the form below by 31 October 2022. Detailed project description and documents can be requested via e-mail (forbgrants [at] before submission.

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