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National Consultancy: Mid-term Review and Evaluation

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Mid-term Review and Evaluation

The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation’s program “Strengthening Women’s Rights and Women’s Participation in Serbia

Background information

Kvinna till Kvinna has cooperated with women’s organisations in Serbia for the past 20 years with the main objective of increasing women’s power and influence. Kvinna till Kvinna’s mission to support women in areas affected by war and conflict to increase women’s power and influence remains more relevant than ever. Working in conflict affected societies poses risks specific to women human rights defenders (WHRDs) and women’s rights organisations. Across the world they face discriminatory laws and norms; slander and threats; sexual violence; poverty and corruption; and neglect by international actors. 


 

Gender based violence is a fundamental human rights issue and a central challenge to development, democracy and peace. Yet, gender based violence is endemic. World Bank data shows that women aged 15-44 are more at risk being victims of rape and domestic violence than of cancer, car accidents, war and malaria. Examples of gender-based violence (GBV) also include forced and early marriages, bride abductions, honour killings, marital rape as well as ostracising and stigmatisation of victims. The causes of GBV range from lack of resources and protection services that put women at risk; inadequate legislation and response and judicial services working on redress for GBV; impunity for perpetrators; the global lack of political will to address GBV; stigma and taboos; women’s low social status; and the underlying norms that sanction the attitudes and behaviour that lead to it.

Serbia struggles with challenges such as weak rule of law, widespread corruption and discrimination of women and minorities, shrinking space for civil society and poor social trust in government, all of which hinders progress in the democratic transition. The fact that the space for civil society is shrinking, and that civil society organisations (CSOs) are considered weak or lacking leverage is particularly troubling in this regard. Lessons learned from previous accession processes (such as in Croatia) show that a strong, democratic civil society is vital for successful EU accession.

The program Strengthening Women’s Rights and Women’s Participation in Serbia (2016-2019) aims to strengthen women's rights and women's equal participation in decision-making in Serbia. The program addresses gender-based violence and the security situation for women human rights’ defenders.

The purpose of the Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation’s program in Serbia is to increase prioritisation of women’s human rights by the Government of Serbia, with special regards to GBV. Through this program, Kvinna till Kvinna’s partner organizations contribute to: policy and legal changes regarding GBV; attitude change regarding GBV; awareness raising among the general public regarding EU values and the democratisation of the EU accession process.

The program should also enable Women Human Rights Defenders to improve their skills, knowledge and strategies regarding integrated security.

 

The assignment: Evaluation – focus on process evaluation

 

With this backdrop, in the perspective of the efforts that Kvinna till Kvinna and partner organizations have put into advocating women’s human rights and gender equality, Kvinna till Kvinna would like to evaluate the program half-way through (mid-term review), with special focus on partnership / partner support, problems/challenges encountered during program implementation and sustainability and extract the learnings from this process. 

The consultant/s is to perform an assessment to review the quality of program implementation and potential for sustainability of Kvinna till Kvinna’s support to partner organizations.

The consultant/s should take into consideration the aggravating circumstances of the shrinking space for civil society in Serbia.

The assessment shall include the following:

  • An assessment of Kvinna till Kvinna's support to partner organizations in Serbia, including recommendations and good practice;
  • An analysis of the process of GBV program implementation, including identifying obstacles, challenges and enabling factors;
  • Recommendations for Kvinna till Kvinna as to how best to focus efforts and available resources for the last year of the project, 2019.

 

Overarching questions to be answered:

Partnership:

  • How have targeted organizations been strengthened in their work by the support from Kvinna till Kvinna? (Funding, capacity building, door-opening, networking?) If not, why?
  • Has Kvinna till Kvinna support lead to collaboration between different women’s organizations working on GBV and shrinking space for WHR defenders? If so, has this collaboration been useful, and/or sustainable? What are the benefits/possible drawbacks?
  • What has been the major shortages in Kvinna till Kvinna’s support to targeted organizations?
  • What has been the major values of Kvinna till Kvinna’s support to targeted organizations?

 

Process of implementation:

  • To what extent are the objectives of the program likely to be achieved?
  • What are the major factors influencing the potential achievement or non-achievement of the objectives?
  • What are the main learnings/insights of partner organizations, that they have been able to use/implement in their work, if any?
  • What are the main learnings for Kvinna till Kvinna in supporting the sustainability of partner organizations, if any?
  • Have POs been able to widen their networks locally/nationally/regionally/EU-level? If yes, has it delivered any added value? What? How?
  • Provide examples of successful advocacy (“stories”) by Kvinna till Kvinna and/or the partner organizations? What have been the key factors for success?

 

Methodology

The assignment will be conducted partly as a desk study of available material. In order to complement the document review, interviews and potential survey with relevant representatives of Kvinna till Kvinna, partner organizations and other proposed stakeholders can also be conducted in Serbia and Sweden (via skype).

 

Sources for information:

  • Desk study of available documentation - Kvinna till Kvinna and partner organizations’ reports, decisions, assessments and strategies; Articles on website and from media, including annual European Commission Country Reports, EU Enlargement strategy and other policies.
  • Interviews with partner organizations.
  • Survey with other stakeholders.

 

A more detailed framework for the evaluation will be discussed and developed by the consultant in dialogue with the Kvinna till Kvinna staff, at the beginning of the contract period.

 

Deliverables

  • Work plan including activities, documents to be reviewed and timetable (to be developed in close consultation with Kvinna till Kvinna staff);
  • Draft mid-term evaluation report (including final list of documents reviewed);
  • Final mid-term evaluation report (approximately 10-15 pages in length).
  • Seminar delivered at Kvinna till Kvinna office in Belgrade, presenting and discussing lessons learned and recommendations.

 

Foreseen timeframe

Workplan ready                 25 August 2018.

Interviews during              05 September – 25 September 2018.

Draft of findings                05 October 2018.

Final report                        31 October 2018.

Total of approx 20 working days (including seminar to present and discuss results, negotiable +/-20%  in light of a detailed workplan).


Required skills and competencies:

The consultant/s should have:

  • University degree, preferably in political science, gender studies, international law, human rights or other related discipline;
  • Extensive knowledge about Gender-Based Violence and Women Human Rights;
  • Familiar with the socio-political context in Serbia, including comprehensive knowledge about gender, civil society and shrinking space;
  • Experience in conducting external evaluations;
  • Excellent command of English, especially writing skills;
  • Command of Serbian is an asset;
  • Excellent analytical skills, including ability to analyse policy and political processes;
  • Ability to plan and meet requirements on time.

 

Financial framework

The consultant/s’ fees shall be specified as fees per day (per person, if applicable) including taxes, social security contributions and VAT. The total budget for the assignment shall cover all the costs, including salaries, travel and per diem and any other expenses related to the assignment such as hiring of interpreter/ local team members.

 

Contracted consultant/s cannot further subcontract the assignment. In cases where the tender includes a team of consultants, their division of labour shall be presented in advance to Kvinna till Kvinna.

 

Deadline for submission of tender
Tenders must be sent to Kvinna till Kvinna no later than August 1, 2018.
Kvinna till Kvinna intends to sign a contract no later than August 17, 2018.

Tenders should be sent by email to applications@kvinnatillkvinna.se with ‘Mid-term review GBV programme Serbia’ in the subject line.

 

Contact
For any questions, please contact Tamara Šmidling, Program Officer tamara.smidling@kvinnatillkvinna.se

  or +381 69 1607 075).

 

 


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