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Attachment a - Terms of Reference for the External Evaluation of the Wego3 Project

REC Action Grant NUMBER 101005467‚ÄĒ WEGO3 ‚ÄĒREC-RDAP-GBV-AG-2020

Background

Violence against women is widespread in Europe and the scaling up of intimate partner violence (IPV) is alarming. According to the European Agency for Fundamental Rights, almost one in four women (22%) experience physical and/or sexual violence in a relationship with a man. Its causes are often interrelated with poverty, economic dependency and gender discrimination.

The lack of economic independence is one of the main challenges women face when they try to leave their abusive partner. Anti-violence centres across Europe recognize that women often remain in violent relationships because of their financial dependence on the violent partner. This issue is coupled with the fact that women are considerably under-represented in the labour market and in management roles, with the overall female employment rate still being lower than that of men.

Gender-based violence (GBV) is understood as violence directed against a person because of that person's gender: it is not just a quantitative issue, but qualitative too because it is rooted in gender inequalities, violence against women affects women and girls disproportionately.

GBV represents a serious violation of human rights and takes many forms in both the public and private sectors, including physical, sexual, psychological, or economic suffering, threats of violence and the restriction or arbitrary deprivation of freedom. It is a structural problem common to all countries of the world and to all social groups, regardless of culture, religion, wealth, and development.

ActionAid International Italia Onlus (hereinafter ActionAid) works to prevent and fight violence against women in all its forms at national, European, and global levels.

In the last five years ActionAid Italy together with several partners among NGOs, Research Institutes and Anti-violence Centers from across Europe, developed a program to understand and overcome the main obstacles to a life free from violence, focusing on supporting women in their path to self-determination.

Project overview

WEGO3 is project funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship programme which started on the 1st of April 2021 and will span until 31st of March 2023. The project is the third edition of a project which started in 2016.

The project is implemented in 4 EU countries namely Bulgaria, Greece, France and Italy. The project coordinator is ActionAid International Italia Onlus (ActionAid Italy), while project partners are Rel.Azioni Positive and IRS Istituto per la Ricerca Sociale in Italy, FACE Fondation Agir Contre l’Exclusion in France, WCK Women Centre of Karditsa in Greece and CSCD Centre for Sustainable Development and Cooperation in Bulgaria.

WEGO 3 aims at increasing the local multi-agency networks’ capacity to foster the IPV survivors’ socio-economic independence through the design and adoption of gender-responsive labour policies.

WeGO 3 builds on the two previous project editions:

WE GO! Women Economic Independence & Growth Opportunity, a project that allowed actors from seven EU countries to exchange know-how and practices on how to support the social and economic empowerment of women who survived violence. The project throve especially on the crucial knowledge and expertise of Anti-Violence Centres (AVCs), which eventually led to the development of ad hoc recommendations.   

WE GO! 2 - Building Economic Independence, the Way Out of IPV which was built on the foundations laid by WE GO! 1 aiming to broaden the use & deepen the impact of promising practices to foster the IPV survivors’ economic empowerment, through a better coordination among all relevant stakeholders, including the private sector. The project’s specific objectives were: 

  • To design and deliver transferable training¬†sessions¬†to strengthen the capacity of professionals to support the economic empowerment of IPV survivors, also through the establishment of local networks (Capacity Building).
  • To test scalable models of territorial multi-agency¬†coordination to boost IPV survivors‚Äô employability¬†via¬†a local ecosystem capable to provide for workable solutions for IPV survivors (Networking).
  • To¬†update knowledge on¬†the¬†economic empowerment of IPV survivors and share it¬†through¬†trainings for companies, events,¬†and debates, involving a wide range of actors (Awareness Raising).

WE GO3¬†‚Äď From individual IPVs empowerment to community activation has the following specific objectives:¬†

  • To¬†strengthen¬†AVCs and support services‚Äô¬†capacity to influence institutional¬†processes¬†on¬†socio-economic empowerment-related¬†issues.
  • To¬†increase the active participation of companies and the world of work at large in a multi-stakeholder local ecosystem to promote the economic independence of IPV¬†survivors,¬†also through¬†decent work opportunities and support. The consolidated networks of companies created in the previous projects will collaborate to extend the audience of organizations engaged in¬†the¬†IPV survivors‚Äô¬†support.
  • To¬†improve the policies that support IPV survivors to overcome¬†barriers to their economic empowerment.
  • To¬†advocate for the integration of¬†policies¬†addressing¬†IPV survivors‚Äô¬†support, socio-economic empowerment,¬†and discrimination¬†both¬†at national and EU level.

AVCs, institutions, companies, trade unions, job placement and training centres will co-design and test supporting measures for IPVs in the field of work, including the adaptation of work-life balance measures to IPVs specific needs, the extension of anti-discrimination policies to GBV cases, the introduction of support measures for IPVs searching for a job or employed in precarious jobs.  

Purpose of the final evaluation

The external evaluation has the following general objectives:

  1. To assess the project’s impact in terms of behavioural change of the involved stakeholders, namely: IPV survivors, AVC staff, companies staff and management, institutional staff, other actors of the world of work involved, advocacy target, possibly larger public. The evaluator is asked to focus on attitudes, perceptions and beliefs of these groups with respect to IPV survivors’ socio-economic empowerment and the role each actor can play. Specific behavioural change indicators will have to complement the following preliminary list. Please note that for direct project targets questionnaire will also be developed by the project partners, hence the external evaluator shall provide a consultative role to ensure collected data are in line with final evaluation.
  2. Assess in particular the efficiency and effectiveness of:
    lobby and advocacy activities, identifying possible trends of policy change
    outreach actions, their complementarity to advocacy and how they favour engagement and behaviour change of larger groups.
  3. To assess the overall project effectiveness and provide recommendations to the coordinator and the partners for the scale-up or replicability of interventions.

Evaluation Methodology

The evaluation is thought to be implemented in two different phases:

  1. In the first phase the evaluator shall advise on how to complete project data collection tools with specific questions concerning behavioural change, i.e. ensuring the collection of baseline and end-line data concerning behaviour of target groups. Data collection will happen within activities implementations and be performed by project partners.
  2. In the second, and final phase, the evaluator will analyse data collected throughout the project, reports and deliverables, and will organise additional data collection moments which shall include qualitative methodologies such as focus groups and or interviews and or observation of certain activities.

The evaluation methodology should be participatory and inclusive (gender, age, and socio-economic vulnerabilities should be taken into consideration). The evaluation should prevent and avoid secondary victimization. The evaluation should promote ethical data collection practices (safety, informed consent, etc).

Scope of work

The evaluation is expected to cover all countries of implementation (Italy, Greece, Bulgaria and France). The evaluation should assess the project as a whole and covers the implementation period from April 2021 to March 2023.

When assessing behavioural change of target groups who have been involved in several project editions, the evaluator is requested to also enquire past behaviours.

The evaluation will be conducted online or in presence according to the security situation in each country. The evaluator should identify and have experience with adequate online platforms and tools and include them in the proposal.

Evaluation deliverables

All evaluation deliverables should be in English.

  • Evaluation Plan with the Evaluation Methodology and a detailed Workplan. It should include details of the sampling method
  • Summary report of questions to be added to project data collection tools and explanation of the behavioural change evaluation
  • Evaluation tools
  • Baseline Report
  • Draft Final Evaluation Report
  • 1 Validation workshop (in Milan) to present the main findings of the Evaluation report
  • Detailed Final Evaluation Report. This must at a minimum contain an i. Table of content ii. Executive Summary iii. Introduction iv. Evaluation Objectives v. Methodology vi. Findings of the evaluation viii. Recommendations ix. Conclusions x. Reference Annexes (including the list evaluation participants).

Timeline

The consultancy is expected to start in September 2021 and end in March 2023. As follows a tentative schedule with the main deadlines. The schedule might be revised by ActionAid Italy in coordination with the selected organization.

Qualification and skills required for the consultancy

For this evaluation we would give priority to private and/or public organizations/agencies that meet the following criteria:

  • More than 5 years of experience in conducting project evaluation with a focus on projects in the field of women rights and violence prevention and contrast. Preference will be given to organizations/agencies that demonstrate knowledge and practical application of the behavioural change approach
  • Previous experience in conducting research and/or evaluation of project funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme of the European Commission-DG Justice and Consumers or other EU funding programmes (Erasmus+, Horizon2020 etc.)
  • Fluency in English (both written and spoken). Knowledge of one or more additional languages spoken in the countries targeted by the project is considered an added value
  • Excellent attention to detail and evidence of quality outputs from previous assignments
  • Good qualitative and quantitative analytical skills
  • Good reporting and communication skills
  • Punctuality and availability to complete the work on time.

Coordination arrangements

The selected evaluator will work under the close supervision of ActionAid and coordinate with the Project Managers and teams

Budget and payment arrangement

The total budget for the consultancy is 8.000 Euro (VAT included). 30% payment will be made after signing of the agreement, upon submission of the evaluation plan and the first invoice. Balance 70% will be paid after completion of the expected activities, submission of the final report and the invoice. It could be possible, in the agreement phase, to arrange for different tranches.

Submission of technical and financial proposals

The technical proposal shall include at least

  • Letter of motivation (max 2 pages) indicating¬†the consultants‚Äô suitability for the assignment and match with previous work experience, qualifications etc;¬†the¬†composition, roles and responsibilities¬†of the evaluation¬†team;¬†and¬†the provisional availability to¬†fulfil¬†the consultancy as per the timeframes indicated. The Candidate should clearly indicate the acceptance and adherence to the Code of Ethics of ActionAid
  • CVs of all individuals included in the proposed team
  • The Technical Proposal with the description of the evaluation methodology that will be used and a draft workplan (max 3 pages)
  • The financial proposal shall include the economic offer and budget break down
  • The Company Registration Report (Visura Camerale) and the DURC should be submitted if applicable by law. At the time of finalising the contract the selected organization will be requested to provide additional documents.

The technical and financial proposals should be enclosed separately and send to¬†womensrights.ita@actionaid.org by the 22nd of August 2021 with the subject: Final Evaluation of the REC Action Grant NUMBER 101005467‚Äď WEGO3

Candidates are requested to indicate the following code in the technical and financial documents submitted for the proposal:

Project number: REC-RDAP-GBV-AG-2020 -  101005467

Selection Process

Both technical and financial proposals must be submitted in English. Proposals will be evaluated by an evaluation committee on the basis of the following criteria:

The technical proposal must score 70 out of 100 as total score:

  • Clarity, comprehensiveness and coherence of the technical proposal: 20
  • Previous experiences of the supplier/provider: 25
  • Capacity to develop the present evaluation, based on provided material and specific methodology: 25

The financial proposal will be opened only for proposals which have been evaluated 70 plus from a technical point of view The score for the financial proposal is 30 and this will be awarded to the proposals that offer the best combination of quality and price.

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