External Evaluator

from Equal Rights Trust
Closing date: 04 May 2017

Project Title: Strengthening the Right to a Nationality, Stay Rights and Human Rights of Stateless Rohingya

Deadline for Letters of Interest: 4th May 2017 with interviews on 5th May

Expected Evaluation Period: 8 May- 7 June 2017

Fee: 6000 EUR (This covers consultancy fee and all expenses incurred)

The Equal Rights Trust, an international human rights organisation, is inviting proposals for the end evaluation of a 36-month project, funded by the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR), which began on 1st January 2014 and concluded on 31st December 2016. The project’s overall objective was to strengthen the right to a nationality, legal stay rights, and human rights of stateless Rohingya in Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, and Malaysia through legislative and policy reform, advocacy and capacity building in the target countries and internationally.

The project consisted of 4 specific objectives:

The project’s specific objectives were:

  1. To increase consensus on the need for Rohingya in Myanmar to enjoy citizenship on an equal basis with others, and on the need to prevent discrimination of Rohingya and other minorities;
  2. To increase consensus on the need for durable solutions for Rohingya communities in Bangladesh, Malaysia and Thailand through law and policy reform and advocacy aimed at securing legal stay rights for long-term settled Rohingya and other irregular migrants;
  3. Establishing a civil society coalition and encouraging NGOs, lawyers, academics and other such groups to prioritise the Rohingya issue in their work;
  4. Increasing visibility of the Rohingya issue internationally, through engaging with the UNHCR, treaty bodies, special rapporteurs and the international community.

Having successfully completed the project, the Trust now seeks an external evaluator to assess the achievements, effectiveness, relevance, and efficiency of the project.

Scope of work

The evaluator is expected to undertake the evaluation in as rigorous manner as possible to produce information and make recommendations that are sufficiently valid and reliable based on data, field visit(s), and analysis. It is expected that the evaluator will conduct a participatory evaluation that will involve project implementers, the donor and target beneficiaries in all key evaluation tasks. Existing project documents and progress reports will be shared with the evaluator to facilitate completion of the tasks. The methodology must include the following approaches:

a) Inclusiveness - the methodology should ensure to include a wide range of viewpoints.

b) Mixed-method approaches - both qualitative and quantitative methods needs to be included in the methodology. A perception survey among the target groups using Key Informant Interviews/Focus Group Discussions with community stakeholders/key people is a must.

The scope of work of the evaluator will include the following:

  1. Develop the monitoring and evaluation framework, design and methodology;
  2. Develop the evaluation implementation work plan;
  3. Develop the evaluation instruments and conduct validation and field testing;
  4. Assess project implementation through primary and secondary research, and propose improvements as needed;
  5. Prepare the evaluation report and share these finding with ERT and the donor.

Qualifications, Skills and Attributes Required

Essential requirements

  • A minimum of five years of experience in one of the following: programmes implementation, research, monitoring and evaluation or civil society capacity building;
  • A minimum of two years of experience working or conducting research in human rights contexts, preferably focused on the equality and non-discrimination of vulnerable groups;
  • Strong understanding of and experience working on issues related to Rohingyas, in particular on equality and non-discrimination issues;
  • Proven work experience in use of best practice evaluation methods;
  • Proven field research experience;
  • Demonstrable experience of conducting high quality data verification exercises, and cross-country data compilation, analysis, and consolidation;
  • Competence in sample survey techniques;
  • Demonstrated ability to assess complex situations to succinctly and clearly distil critical issues;
  • Excellent analytical and report writing skills in English; and
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Desirable requirement

  • Experience of working with EIDHR or EU funded projects
  • Based in Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand or Malaysia
  • Knowledge of Bangla, Burmese, and/or Thai.

The Equal Rights Trust strives to be an equal opportunities employer. The Trust is committed to equality of opportunity and to non-discrimination for all job applicants, employees and consultants, and we seek to ensure we achieve diversity in our workforce regardless of gender, race, religious beliefs, nationality, ethnic/national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability.

How to apply:

Interested candidates are required to send their CV along with a Letter of Interest explaining how they meet the essential criteria. Letters of Interest must be submitted by email only to: yashsvi.chandra@equalrightstrust.org.