Irish Aid Programme Grant II – Consultancy
Call for expressions of interest
Evaluation of the Ireland Public Engagement Component of Sightsavers’ Irish Aid Programme Grant II
Location: Ireland or UK – Flexible
Sightsavers’ Irish Aid Programme Grant II (IA PGII) enables Sightsavers Ireland to engage the Irish public in initiatives that build awareness and understanding of the challenges facing people in developing countries who are visually impaired, blind or have a disability.
The programme grant supports work in four countries – Cameroon, Liberia, Senegal and Sierra Leone – to improve eye healthcare, help eliminate River Blindness, improve education opportunities for children with disabilities, and ensure people with disabilities have a voice and play an active role in local and national political processes.
The Public Engagement component builds on this work projecting images and stories of the people the IA PG II programme serves in West Africa, to communicate to the Irish public how disability can be both a cause and a consequence of poverty, and why inclusive development is important. See the Terms of Reference (ToRs) for the full details about the project and how its components were expected to contribute to that outcome.
Purpose of the Evaluation
The purpose of this exercise is to evaluate the extent to which the IA PG II’s Ireland Public Engagement Project has achieved its expected outputs and outcomes, taking into account the impact that the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the planned activities. Gender, equity and inclusion are important cross-cutting themes and these will also be considered throughout.
The evaluation should capture the lessons learnt, successes and challenges to inform Sightsavers Ireland’s wider programming design and decision making.
The final evaluation report will include specific recommendations for similar, future project designs, and identify any cross-cutting or organisational level lessons and key learning points for donors, partners, programme staff and global programme support teams.
Scope of evaluation
The Ireland Public Engagement part of the Irish Aid Programme Grant II is a six-year project ending 31st December 2022. However, due to specific donor requirements, this evaluation is to be completed by the end of 2021, a year before the end of project implementation. This will therefore be a formative evaluation. It will not attempt to determine the full results and impact of the project, but will assess emerging results and evidence of change to date.
The period the evaluation will cover is from the start of the project in January 2017 until the end of June 2021, and it will aim to consult key global, national and local level stakeholders, including participants where possible.
- March 2021: Selection of Consultant(s)
- April 2021: Planning Meetings
- May 2021: Inception Report
- June 2021: Data Collection
- August 2021: Draft Evaluation Report
- October 2021: Final Evaluation Report
Profile of the consultant
Sightsavers is looking for a consultant to work remotely to conduct this evaluation. The consultant should have the following core competencies and experience:
- Extensive experience in the monitoring and evaluation of communication and public engagement projects, with strong skills in both qualitative and quantitative approaches.
- Prior evaluation experience of similar projects relating to public engagement, preferably in Ireland.
- Ability to produce concise, readable and analytical reports.
- Ability to work independently to meet deadlines.
- Excellent communication skills in written and spoken English.
The expected number of person days for this assignment is up to 30 days, with a maximum available budget of EUR 15,000 to cover all personnel inputs, expenses and any applicable taxes.
How to apply
To express your interest to undertake this assignment, please read the full Terms of Referecne (ToR) here and complete our Expression of Interest (EoI) Form and attach it to your application, along with examples of previous similar work you have completed. This should include your understanding of the evaluation assignment, proposed approach and number of days input, as well as a proposed workplan and budget including daily rates for the assignment and any other anticipated expenses and applicable taxes.
Closing Date: 23:59 (UK time), Sunday 14th March 2021
Interviews will be held in the week commencing 22nd March 2021
Please note that only successful applicants will be contacted.