Evaluation Consultant needed for the Best Practices for Roma Integration (BPRI) Project

by Aleksandar Dimishkovski

The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) is the principal institution of the OSCE responsible for the human dimension. ODIHR is active throughout the OSCE area in the fields of election observation, democratic development, human rights, tolerance and nondiscrimination, and rule of law. ODIHR’s assistance projects and other activities are implemented in participating States in accordance with ODIHR’s mandate.

In 2011, ODIHR was awarded EU funding for a regional project "Best Practices for Roma Integration" (BPRI) in the Western Balkans which aims to contribute to the integration of minorities in the Western Balkans in accordance with the Beneficiaries’ commitments in the perspective of their membership of the OSCE and EU accession. The project’s global objective is: to contribute to the integration of minorities in the Western Balkans in accordance with the Beneficiaries’ commitments in the perspective of EU accession. The specific objective is: to improve the quality of life and access to rights of the Roma communities in the Western Balkans. Approx. EUR 3.3 million was made available for this project which began on 1 January 2012. Twelve staff were hired by ODIHR to manage the project. Nine of these are based in OSCE field operations in South-Eastern Europe. The project results are:

(1) The region’s good practices in multi-sector municipal collaboration, Roma involvement in decision-making and participation of Roma in political life have been strengthened and applied in practice;

(2) Governments supported in their policy making and drafting of appropriate legislation on legalization of informal settlements and social housing;

(3) Possibilities for Roma participation in public life have been enhanced through anti-discriminatory policies and practice and increased public awareness about Roma rights to be included and not to be discriminated against;

(4) Possibilities for Roma participation in Government-led national and regional co-ordination and other compatible cross-border initiatives in and outside of the Western Balkans have been enhanced.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  1. To evaluate all components of the BPRI Project, funded by the European Commission’s Instrument for Pre-Accession, and their progress to date towards achieving the planned results building on the preliminary findings and recommendations from a mid-term evaluation;
  2. The consultant is responsible for the quality and timely submission of the draft and final evaluation report;
  3. The Expert/Consultant will in his/her work use the methodology as outlined below:

Methodology

A detailed evaluation design was developed by the evaluation team responsible for a comprehensive mid-term evaluation and uses specific evaluation questions and applies DAC evaluation criteria (e.g. relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact, sustainability, as defined in the DAC Principles for Evaluation of Development Assistance) as appropriate. The final evaluation will include special consideration of the political objectives of the OSCE, the intergovernmental nature of the Organization, the political and administrative context in which ODIHR and OSCE field operations work and the context in which activities are taking place. The methodology has built in gender-desegregation of the findings to the greatest possible extent.

The final evaluation will continue to use a mix of quantitative and qualitative data collection tools, including financial information from IRMA and doc.In as well as information gathered through interviews, questionnaires and documentation.

Adjustments and suggestions for improvement to the existing methodology and work plan can obviously be made by the consultant, all in close consultation with ODIHR and the BPRI team.

The consultant is responsible for the quality and timely submission of the draft and final evaluation report.
At no time while this evaluation is being conducted will the safety and confidentiality of any persons participating in project components be jeopardized.

Deliverables:

  • Draft Evaluation Report (15 June 2014)
  • Presentation of Draft Evaluation Report (early July 2014)
  • Final Evaluation Report (31 July 2014)

The Consultant will be required to work from home with occasional travels to Warsaw, Vienna, and selected OSCE participating States in South-Eastern Europe.

Travel arrangements for the consultant will be made by ODIHR according to the OSCE rules and rates in force. If necessary, an interpreter will be provided by ODIHR for on-site visits and telephone interviews.

Timeframe

1 April 2014 – 31 July 2014.

Necessary Qualifications

  • University degree in a relevant subject;
  • Minimum 8 years’ experience in development assistance, including 4 years of experience in evaluating assistance projects;
  • Spoken/written fluency in English.
  • Roma, social exclusion and participatory approaches;
  • Experience of EC funded projects in South-Eastern Europe;
  • Sound experience in evaluation;
  • Local research with sound experience in qualitative research (interviews, questionnaires, focus group discussions, etc.);
  • Familiarity with the OSCE and the political nature of the Organization;
  • Knowledge of gender mainstreaming would be an asset.
     
Remuneration will be commensurate with the years of experience of applicants, based pro rata per working day subject to the provision of a monthly time-sheet and an invoice to ODIHR.
 
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