Call for Proposal – Evaluation of SANKALPA’s project

Terms of Reference
Evaluation of SANKALPA’s project
(EQUAL POWER FOR EQUAL RIGHTS SANKALPA ALLIANCE TO AMPLIFY VOICES OF WOMEN)

Timeline: 22 days (tentatively start from March 7 to end of March 2019)

  1. Background
    Sankalpa- Women’s Alliance for Peace, Justice and Democracy was founded in June 2011 by eleven women right organizations that have worked together in an alliance – Women’s Alliance for Peace, Power, Democracy and Constituent Assembly (WAPPDCA) since 2006. Since its formation, Sankalpa as an alliance has demonstrated its effectiveness by undertaking strategic interventions and activities to capture the momentum of inclusiveness in the post conflict Nepal and within the changing political environment to advance women’s equal power and equal rights. Sankalpa understands that as a network, its strength comes from the work and learning of each of its member organizations and the influence that these organizations have in national policies. Sankalpa has adopted four distinct approaches to materialize its vision, ’Peaceful, just, equitable and democratic Nepal where women play a decisive and powerful role in governance and politics’, they are: capacity building, movement building, institution building and organization building.
    Sankalpa is dedicated to ensure women’s equal opportunity in the state making process irrespective of caste, ethnicity, religion, language, occupation, or degree of physical ability. Its objective is that diverse groups of women are visibly engaged at all state mechanisms. Sankalpa is currently carrying out a project entitled “Equal Power for Equal Rights – Sankalpa Alliance to Amplify Voices of Women” supported by Royal Norwegian Embassy from April 2016. The planned project period is 01.04.16 to 31.03.19.

Goal: Increased decision making and representation of women in the socio-economic, cultural and political spheres in Nepal.

Specific objectives:

  1. Strengthened advocacy and lobby capacity of women’s alliance for equal rights and equal power of Nepalese women
  2. Strengthened capacity of communities for prevention, relief and rehabilitation of SGBV victims and Conflict Affected Women
  3. Strengthened women movements for their equal rights and equal power
  4. Strengthened capacities of women organizations and networks

As per the contract, evaluation focusing on progress to date and the effectiveness of the Project shall be carried out. The evaluation is planned for March 2019,

2. Purpose

The purpose is to evaluate the progress of the Project to date. In addition to documenting key results, the review shall come up with recommendations on how the effectiveness and efficiency of the Project can be enhanced. The review will be used to inform Sankalpa and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs about the progress of the Project. The purpose for Sankalpa will be both to gain information on progress, as well as lessons that may improve their performance. For the MFA/Embassy, the main purpose is to learn about progress/results, given that this organization will be phased out from the portfolio.

3. Scope of work
The review shall
• Document key results/outcomes of the Project so far, planned and unplanned
• Assess the effectiveness of the Project, i.e. the extent to which the agreed Purpose is being/have been achieved
• Assess the efficiency of the Project, i.e. the extent to which input of funding and other resources translates into expected outputs and outcomes
• Assess the relevance of the agreed Purpose, taking into account a rapidly changing political context and the work of other main actors in the area of gender equality and women’s empowerment
a) How effectively has Sankalpa been able to respond to the changing political context?
b) How effective has the Project been in strategizing and formulating programmes to better fit the agreed upon Purpose given the changing context
• Assess the extent to which Sankalpa Member Organizations have internalized the Goal and Purpose of the Programme (on a sample basis). How clear are the MOs about the effectiveness and role of Sankalpa as an Alliance at the centre and district levels? How does there vision for this match with the Programme Goals and Purpose?
• Assess the sustainability of the Project, including the extent to which the agreed Goal and Purpose are integrated into Sankalpa’s member organisations’ own plans and activities (sample basis)
• Assess the financial systems established at Sankalpa and ascertain that these are in accordance with the relevant rules and regulations for NGOs, including
• Assess the extent to which audit findings as documented in the Management Letter are systematically followed up (FY16/17, 17/18-19)
• Document cases, if any, of financial irregularities and assess Sankalpa’s capacity to implement a zero tolerance against corruption policy
• Assess the quality of the monitoring and evaluation system, including how reviews, evaluations, findings and results are used to improve the Project, and the extent to which the existing system is designed to capture results at the outcome level (ref. results chain LogFrame)
• Assess the quality of the risk management system of Sankalpa.
• Make recommendations on how the Project effectiveness, efficiency, relevance and sustainability can be improved.
• To gain insight from an assessment of their ability to network and raise funds and recommendations on how to improve their capacity in this regard
• Document lessons learned from the implementation phase to date, of the UNSCR 1325 National Action Plan

4. Qualification
• At least Masters Degree in social development or any relevant areas.
• A minimum of 5 years experience working experience on programme management, experience in conducting similar reviews and evaluations etc
• Must have a clear understanding of women rights and diversity issues.
• Must have sound knowledge on contextual knowledge on the political situation, and expertise in gender equality
• Excellent English/Nepali language skills (speaking, reading and writing).

5. Implementation of the review
The review shall be based on:
• desk review of existing plans and reports, including minutes from formal meetings between Sankalpa and the Norwegian Embassy
• desk review of various guidebooks, training manuals and other material developed by Sankalpa to aid the implementation of the Project
• value for money analysis/expenditure tracking of selected activities
• independent verification of outcome/impact of selected activities documented in the progress reports with stakeholders/beneficiaries
• discussion with the Board and individual members of the Sankalpa alliance
• discussion with Sankalpa staff
• Previous reviews/evaluations
• discussion with key external stakeholders, including the National Women’s Commission, National Election Commission, UN Women and leading women’s rights organisations
• discussion with at least one Sankalpa Regional committee
• discussion with local level stakeholders in at least two focus Districts, including Member Organizations, social mobilisers, social activists, local Women’s Development Officers and relevant local government authorities (in particular VDC Secretary, Ward Citizen Forum, Community Awareness Committee)
• MoWCSC

6. Presentations and reporting
The consultants shall hold a presentation in Sankalpa outlining their proposed workplan at the start of the mission. The consultants shall hold a presentation in Sankalpa outlining tentative conclusions and recommendations at the end of the mission. The consultants shall prepare a draft report within 22 working days of having completed necessary meetings/field visit. The final report shall not exceed 20 pages, including a two-page executive summary stating main conclusion on lessons learned and recommendations. The summary should be presented in both English and Nepali. Further details of analysis made, list of people met, organizational chart and so on may be included as annexes to the main report. Sankalpa and the Norwegian Embassy shall have at least 15 working days to assess the draft report, and prepare written comments or questions for further clarification. The final report shall be completed within 10 working days of having received written comments from Sankalpa and the Norwegian Embassy.

The deadline for the proposal call is 15th February, 2019.
Sankalpa- Women’s Alliance for Peace, Justice and Democracy
Email : merita.k@sankalpa.org.np, info@sankalpa.org.np
Kupondole, Lalitpur