Call for Proposals: External Evaluation of Human Rights Project

SADC Lawyers' Association
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Tuesday, 15 September, 2015
Opportunity type: 
Call for proposals

1. Introduction

The SADC Lawyers Association (SADCLA) is the representative body of lawyers, law societies and bar associations in the 15-member SADC region. Formed in 1999 at an inaugural meeting of lawyers in the SADC Region that was held in Maputo, Mozambique, the mission of the Association is to uphold and defend the rule of law without fear or favour. In pursuit of this mandate, the Association has over the years been implementing projects under its five main Programme Areas namely Human Rights, Rule of Law, Democracy and Governance, International Relations and Organisational Development.
 
In an effort to measure the impact of its programmes and activities, the SADCLA is calling for an external evaluator to undertake an evaluation of one of its projects under the Human Rights Programme for the period 1 August 2014- 31 July 2015.  The project though regional in nature had its main project activities in 3 countries namely Angola, Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The focus of the project was on strengthening the capacity of the respective bar associations in the three countries to advocate for and promote human rights in their countries. 

The SADCLA is calling for proposals from an external evaluator to undertake an evaluation of one of its projects under the Human Rights Programme for the period 1 August 2014- 31 July 2015.  The project though regional in nature had its main project activities in 3 countries namely Angola, Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The focus of the project was on strengthening the capacity of the respective bar associations in the three countries to advocate for and promote human rights in their countries.
 
2. Terms of Reference

Using key organisational documents including but not limited to the Constitution, strategic plan, the specific project proposal, grant agreement, project and annual reports, the External Evaluator will be required to:

  • Measure quality of activities and their effectiveness and progress towards meeting organisational and project specific goals;
  • Assess the impact of the project and SADCLA in addressing human rights and rule of law issues of concern to the SADC community with a focus on the three project countries;
  • Analyze the staffing situation and the operating and organisational governance environment and their implications on effective project implementation and organisational management;
  • Assess current monitoring and evaluation strategies and their impact on continuous assessment of the projects and operations of the Association; and
  • Identify lessons learnt and provide recommendations on how the lessons can be utilised to ensure continuous development of the organisation.

3. Methodology

The SADCLA is a member based organisation that works closely with lawyers and other rule of law and human rights institutions in the SADC region and beyond, both at civil society, governmental and intergovernmental level. This evaluation will therefore seek to acquire the views and assessments of this broad spectrum of stakeholders. Particular attention will be paid to stakeholders in Angola, Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The evaluator will also work closely with the SADC Lawyers’ Association Secretariat, Council and Executive Committee to obtain information and their views in addition to analysing the organisational documents listed above.
 
4. Key Deliverables

  • The External Evaluator will prepare a draft evaluation report within two weeks of commencement of the assignment and the report will describe the methodology used, the evaluation process and provide the evaluator’s findings and recommendations
  • A final report will be produced within a week of receiving comments and input from the SADC Lawyers’ Association Secretariat and Executive Committee
  • The Evaluator may be required to make an oral presentation of the findings at a meeting of the SADCLA Secretariat and Executive Committee on a date to be determined by SADCLA  

5. Qualifications of the Evaluator

  1. It is expected that the evaluation will be undertaken by an individual
  2. The expert must possess the following qualifications and experience:
  • Minimum of a Bachelors’ Degree in Law, Human Rights, Social Sciences or Business Administration
  • Experience in project management and project cycle management in the non-profit sector
  • Experience in the monitoring and evaluation of projects
  • Proven experience in producing high quality reports
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge of and experience with the rights based approach to development
  • Fluency in English; knowledge of Portuguese and French will be a distinct advantage

6. Budget

A total amount of R20 500 (Twenty thousand and five hundred South African Rands) is available for the assignment and therefore the proposed budget must fit within this amount.  This must include all costs associated with the successful implementation of the assignment.

Note: The evaluator will not be expected to visit the project countries but will be required to consult with stakeholders in those countries through email, Skype, telephone or any other cost effective means.
 
7. Application Procedure

Interested applicants are requested to submit their applications including a cover letter detailing their understanding of the scope of the assignment, a budget, curriculum vitae and a sample report of at least one previous evaluation undertaken by 15 September 2015 to:
 
The Executive Secretary
SADC Lawyers’ Association
304 Brooks Street
P.O. Box 36626
Menlo Park, Pretoria
South Africa
 
Or by email to:
 
prudence@sadcla.org and makanatsa@sadcla.org

For more about the SADC Lawyers Association, refer to http://sadcla.org.

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