Consultant to conduct an external evaluation of the Action Plan 2017–2020 on the implementation of the Strategy for the Consolidation of Interethnic Relations 2017-2027

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The OSCE Office of the High Commissioner on National Minorities (HCNM) is looking for a consultant with the task to conduct an external evaluation of the Action Plan 2017–2020 on the implementation of the Strategy for the Consolidation of Interethnic Relations 2017-2027.

Objective

The objective of the evaluation is to assess the implementation of the current Action Plan, focusing on the process as well as the results. The evaluation should outline lessons learned and good practices as well as challenges and gaps, including specific recommendations to state interlocutors and HCNM for the development of the upcoming Action Plan 2021-2023. It is essential that the evaluation is done together with key actors involved in the drafting and implementation of the Action Plan as well as civil society, including representatives of ethnic minorities (participatory evaluation).

Tasks

 Evaluation phases

Main activities

Timetable

Working days

Induction Meetings

  • Review and analysis of project documents ahead of the meetings
  • Induction Meetings with HCNM and key stakeholders

First half of November 2020

3

Desk phase

  • In depth analysis of documents
  • Development of evaluation questions and criteria, in consultation with various stakeholders including authorities and civil society
  • Development of tools and methods
  • Agreeing with HCNM and state interlocutors on precise evaluation questions and methodology – submission to HCNM in writing

Second half of November 2020

3

Field and data collection phase

  • Conducting Online Meetings
  • Surveys/interviews/expert discussions
  • Presentation of  the emerging findings
  • Discussion of findings with various stakeholders including authorities and civil society

First half of December 2020

6

Data analysis and report writing phase

  • Analysis of responses and documentation
  • Drafting of report and submission to HCNM

First half of December 2020

5

Report presentation visit and finalization

  • Presentation of draft report to HCNM and stakeholders
  • Discussion, feedback and agreement on adjustments

First half of January 2021

1.5

  • Finalization of report
  • Submission to HCNM

Mid January 2021

1.5

Total number of days

20

 Deliverables

 The evaluator should submit the following deliverables:

  • Deliverable 1: Detailed evaluation plan: Based on the scoping visit/talks, the evaluator will draft specific evaluation questions, which will be agreed with the HCNM. The plan should also include a proposed timeframe and work plan for the conduct of the evaluation.
  • Deliverable 2: Concise report on emerging findings from the field and data collection phase.
  • Deliverable 3: Evaluation Report with the following:
    • Executive summary that provides a clear, concise presentation of the evaluation’s main conclusions, key recommendations and salient issues identified;
    • Description of the methodology used;
    • Responses to the evaluation questions (observations, findings, conclusions and recommendations);
    • Analysis of lessons learned and good practices, including specific recommendations to state interlocutors and HCNM

The report shall also contain at least the following annexes:
 - List of persons interviewed and sites visited;
 - Data collection tools (copies of surveys, questionnaires);
 - A bibliography or list of references.

Applications shall include:

  • Applicant’s CV;
  • Overview of conducted evaluations;
  • 1 – 2 samples of previous evaluations conducted by the applicant.

Applications shall be e-mailed to Ditta.Ciganikova@osce.org by 18 October 2020.

The selection process will consist of a 20 minutes long interview. The selected candidate will be awarded the contract to deliver the task, as mentioned above.

Please note that all successful candidates will be placed on the HCNM roster of consultants, to be used for future assignments.

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