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READVERTISEMENT: Midterm Evaluator for the project ‘Protecting the rights of religious minorities’ (closing date: 15 March)

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READVERTISEMENT: Midterm Evaluator for the project 'Protecting the rights of religious minorities' (closing date: 15 March)

Background of the project

Minority Rights Group Europe (MRG), a Budapest-based non-governmental organisation implements a 4-years primarily NORAD funded programme ‘Protecting the rights of religious minorities’. 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 Southeast 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. Click here to read more about the project.

Evaluation objectives

The objectives of the midterm 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 programme design and implementation processes for the second term of the project.
  2. Based on the findings of the evaluation, develop a set of suggestions and key recommendations for continuation of the project for MRGE and its partners activities.
  3. To report to the 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 frame outlined below. The evaluation will need to satisfy all the requirements of the donor 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 may try to overcome any problems in the second half of the implementation. 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, suggest methods to overcome.

Key deliverables

  1. Evaluation work plan/inception report
  2. Preliminary findings (max. 3 pages) at mid-term of the evaluation period
  3. Final mid-term evaluation report (max. 25 pages excluding annexes)

Experience and expertise required

  • Extensive knowledge and experience of working on human rights, minority rights, gender, or freedom of religion and belief
  • Good knowledge of project target countries
  • Experience of comparable evaluations and strong track record of evaluations carried out on similar capacity building projects
  • Familiarity with and able to comply with all NORAD evaluation requirements
  • Speaking fluent English and knowledge of Arabic is an asset
  • Experience of working with CSOs from the target countries

Report submission, timetable and budget

The evaluator is expected to work between 29 March to 3 May 2021. MRGE and partners will have 5 working days to comment on the draft. A final report must be submitted no later than 17 May 2021. Online consultations in two programme countries to discuss the project with relevant groups and individuals are required. The budget for this piece of work includes evaluators’ fee, taxes and all other costs.

Budget: 6000 EUR

How to apply

If you are interested in being considered for this opportunity, please send the following to anna.szentes@minorityrights.org by 15 March 2021. Detailed project description and documents can be requested via email before submission.

  • CV
  • Cover letter – indicating relevant experience and knowledge and how you meet the candidate requirements
  • Work plan including evaluation matrix, methodology, and timetable for the evaluation including plans for country interviews (numbers and types of people and groups to be contacted). These plans will be finalised in the inception report phase.

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