RYSE is an ambitious attempt to incrementally develop and mobilize a dynamic, powerful, multi-stakeholder initiative/ eco-system focusing on empowering at least 25,000 displaced and conflict-affected youth to become the much-needed positive change agents in a region marred by war and political instability. The vision is to develop a flagship model, in which youth, governments, private sector companies as well as investors and civil organizations together educate, embolden and enable youth to fulfil their critical role in a future Syria and Jordan and to pursue their life ambitions. The key target group are Syrian youth who are displaced and living as refugees in Jordan but also vulnerable young Jordanians who have been massively affected by the conflicts in the region. The project is implemented by the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) in partnership with Generations for Peace (GFP), INJAZ, Jordan River Foundation (JRF), Mercy Corps (MC). It is funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation (NNF) and totals 120 million DKK over 3 years from 2020 to 2022.
Focus of the evaluation
RYSE seeks to hire an independent evaluation consultant to assesses the RYSE’s effectiveness in achieving its three overarching objectives (1) Objective 1: Youth civic engagement, (2) Objective 2: Economic empowerment of youth and their households, and (3) Objective 3: Creating an enabling and refugee & youth-inclusive supporting environment.
WHY? The purpose of the evaluation can be summarized as follows:
· Process evaluation: RYSE aims to assess whether its activities have been implemented as intended. The evaluation would provide an opportunity for understanding how RYSE program delivery mechanism works best, under which circumstances, and how this can be improved in the future.
· Outcome evaluation: RYSE aims to measure the project effects in the target populations by comparing the progress against the indicators set out for the target population to achieve. This provides a layer of accountability and learning and enables RYSE and other involved stakeholders, including the donors NNF, Government of Jordan, and the non-governmental organizations (NGO) community, to use evidence to determine the success of the project.
HOW? For the purposes of this evaluation, impact will be understood as the wider effects of the project – educational, social, economic, technical, and environmental. The impact can be direct or indirect, intended or unintended, positive or negative, macro (within the sector) and micro (individual/household level). Impact will be assessed with an Age, Gender, Disability (AGD) lens while also disaggregating results by nationality, region, and AGD. The evaluation results can inform either the next phase of RYSE (from mid-term to end of program) or after the end of program, they can inform the potential continuation of RYSE, should there be positive findings/learnings. The results will be presented in three sections of the evaluation report, mirroring the three project objectives. Additional sections will also be added to highlight any process-related findings. Two evaluation reports will be delivered, one mid-term evaluation by December 2021 and one final/end-of-term evaluation at the end of the project by December 2022. Additionally, the design and planning tools for these reports will need to be completed by June 2021.
WHO? The evaluation findings and conclusions will generate evidence of key achievements and challenges to inform decision making process for the five consortium implementing partners, new and existing donors (NNF), and possibly other international and national non-governmental organizations pursuing similar interventions. The findings will also offer information for the Government of Jordan (GoJ) in the scenario that there is continued interest in potentially adopting any of the interventions implemented under RYSE.
Required Competencies of the Evaluator
The evaluation should be led by an individual or team with extensive background in project/program evaluation within the INGO/humanitarian sector. The successful evaluator must be able to work independently within the project structure to deliver the required outputs within a tight deadline and with a large and complex interface with a variety of internal and external stakeholders. In particular, the evaluator should demonstrate the following through CVs submitted:
· Must hold a bachelor’s degree in research, economics, or any other relevant field;
· One member of the team must have at least 10 years of professional work experience in the areas of program and impact evaluation, preferably in civic engagement and/or economic empowerment;
· Extensive conceptual and methodological skills and experience in applying qualitative and quantitative research evaluation methods;
· Experience using quantitative and qualitative data analysis software tools like SPSS, STATA, R, or Nvivo;
· Experience in facilitating participation in interviews/focus group discussions and in communicating/coordinating with different stakeholders;
· Experience in Jordan or in the Middle East;
· At least one member of the team must have full proficiency (speaking, reading, and writing) in Arabic to conduct interviews;
· Fluency in English.
· Consultant/ consultancy firm must be based in Jordan
Roles and Responsibilities
Schedule, organize, and plan all key data collection activities including KIIs, in-depth interviews, and/or focus group discussions
Provide RYSE with a clear breakdown of the stakeholders (beneficiaries, staff, donors, community) sample that will be interviewed and request support from RYSE in providing contact information for these stakeholders
Provide human resources for data collection from beneficiaries from the community
Provide logistical arrangements and bear the financial costs for all data collection
Provide transcriptions or incur additional costs for translations from Arabic to English for any qualitative data.
Complete all deliverables listed in the “Reporting Schedule and Deliverables” by the deadline agreed upon with RYSE
Compile relevant project documents, technical SOPs, as well as RYSE’s existing monitoring and evaluation data for evaluator’s use in the inception report, desk review, and evaluation reports
Provide contact information for stakeholders being interviewed by evaluator
Coordinate with RYSE partners to find suitable locations for the evaluator to conduct interviews (i.e. CBOs, beneficiary homes, etc.
Review and provide technical feedback of the evaluator’s key deliverables outlined in the “Reporting Schedule and Deliverables”
Complete Terms of Reference including scope of work, methodology, evaluation criteria, duration and schedule of deliverables can be found in Annex A of the tender package that can be downloaded from the below link on DRC website
How to apply
This is a Request for Proposal process that will be conducted using DRC standard bidding procedure and documents.
The complete RFP package and Terms of Reference with full details of activities, deliverables and how to apply can be found on DRC website https://drc.ngo/about-us/who-we-are/tenders/ from the 6th of April 2021
All bids shall be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 22nd of April 2021 at 14:00 Amman time with all the required documents in PDF format in accordance with tender instructions detailed in the invitation to bid. Any bids to any other email address will be disregarded. Alternatively bids can be submitted in a hard copy in a sealed envelope marked with the RFP number and title and the bidder name at the bid box located at DRC office in Um Uthaina, Al Basra Street, building (14), Amman, Jordan