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Call For A Consultant for Project Evaluation

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TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR PROJECT EVALUATION

The Africa Alliance of YMCAs (AAYMCA) is inviting proposals from interested consultants to conduct a mid-term evaluation of one of its key projects titled “Interfaith engagement of youth to prevent effects of religious marginalization for peace and justice in Kenya” aka “Because I count”, which is currently being implemented in Kenya in partnership with the Kenya YMCA. 

1.    Introduction

1.1. The YMCA

The Africa Alliance of YMCAs is an ecumenical youth focused alliance of 17 active Young Men Christian Associations (YMCAs). The YMCA is a membership movement with a strong grassroots presence in 330 community based branches across urban and rural Africa. Our leadership is distinctly democratic, with all our grassroots leaders holding elective positions in all 24 countries and 330 branches. The African YMCA Movement believes in the African renaissance and the vision of the Movement is to empower young people for the African Renaissance. As a grassroots movement, the YMCA is an equal opportunity solutions provider for and with African youth. The philosophy of the Movement is based on the belief that young people need Space, need to develop a Voice, and need to have Influence in order to move from being Subjects of negative socio-political influences to being Citizens of a free, developed and prospering Africa – to move from Subjects to Citizen

1.2. Project Background

Youth from specific communities seem to be more vulnerable to recruitment into violent extremism and radicalisation that leads to terrorism (VERLT) than others. Because of stereotyping and pigeon-holing, members of these communities often face discrimination, profiling and prejudice – presenting a practical obstacle to the engagement of these youth against VERLT. Another common narrative has been that poor, un-educated youth who are unable to live up to their true potential are disenfranchised and therefore vulnerable to VERLT. It is believed that because of their perception of disenfranchisement, these youth are more likely to seek and find acceptance and appreciation in radicalized groups. 

In order to effectively commit to the elimination of VERLT, the YMCA is investing more in prevention measures targeting young people, while including them in shaping of such measures. The YMCA believes that promoting cooperation and working towards the encouragement of mutual values of peace and stability will pave the way for long-term change. The YMCA also believes that without the participation of youth, any efforts towards reduction and eventual elimination of violent extremism will not succeed. 

Project Objective: Interfaith engagement empowers young people to counter religious marginalisation and extremism in Kenya

1.3. Expected Outcomes:

1.      There will be increased awareness among targeted at risk communities and other stakeholders on the value of inter-faith harmony and religious tolerance in preventing religious extremism.

2.       Young people will have increased capacity to influence their peers and policy makers where inter-faith dialogue and radicalisation are concerned. 

3.      Inter-religious dialogue in Kenya is strengthened as a platform for countering violent extremism and specifically empowering young people to be part of the process.

4.      Young people will be less at risk of being recruited into religious extremist activities because of having a platform to express themselves as well as skills that improve their livelihoods opportunities either through entrepreneurship or being better prepared to find employment

1.4. Project strategy

1.       Conduct inter-faith dialogue forums among youth and in the community to promote religious tolerance and create awareness about countering violence extremism.  

2.       Create youth safe spaces in selected YMCA local branches for interaction and mobilisation of Christian and Muslim youth for peer to peer dialogues and skills building 

3.       Train young people for competency in community action and advocacy to enable them engage with decision makers and stakeholder and influence policy making and implementation regarding countering violent extremism.

4.       Conduct research to build a body of knowledge that can be used by other organisations working in inter-faith dialogue and in countering violent extremism. 

The project is currently being implemented in Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi and Nairobi (Kibera and Shauri Moyo)

Mid Term Evaluation

AAYMCA is looking for an experienced consultant to undertake a mid-term project evaluation for the aforementioned project. This evaluation is intended to assess the relevance, effectiveness and efficiency of the implementation plan and strategy towards achieving results and successes of the project in the participating countries. It will specifically: 

(i)      Identify progress and results achieved by the project;

(ii)    Document lessons learnt and best practices within the project period in the intervention areas by intervention location and project component;

(iii)   Gather case studies;

(iv)  Determine management arrangements and programmatic recommendations to be considered for future scale up and replication of the project;

(v)    Identify and document key lessons learnt and best practices that the YMCAs and stakeholders can adopt to improve the design and implementation of other related projects and programmes.

The results of the evaluation will be used by AAYMCA and Kenya YMCA to improve the technical approach, targeting and management procedures for future interfaith and CVE interventions. 

Timing and programme of work 

The total duration of the evaluation will be 20 working days that should fall on any dates between 15th February and 15th of March 2019according to the following plan:

         i.            Preparation (at AAYMCA offices), including agreeing on geographical scope of the process evaluation; 

       ii.            Secondary review and acquaintance with key project documents, project progress reports and other relevant project-related materials. Among key documents to be reviewed will include annual report, quarterly plans, trip reports, Activity reports, online articles etc.. ;

         i.            Setting up mission dates and preparation of a detailed mission programme in cooperation with the AAYMCA Project team. The Project Team will organise the schedule of the missions (to all or select locations of the project), arrange transportation for the consultant and translation/interpretation, when necessary;

  1. Communication with the Project Team to clarify any other matters;
  2. Briefing with YMCA Project Teams 
  3. Debriefing with YMCA project teams and AAYMCA team (discussion on preliminary results & clarification of issues).

       v.Drafting and presentation of the report 

Methodology

Interested consultants are invited to propose suitable methodology to use in the process of the evaluation. Assessment of the application shall also include considerations on fecundity of the proposals.

Consultant Qualification  

The consultant must possess the relevant qualifications and experience as outlined below:

(i)      Possess at least a Bachelor’s degree in Development or Social studies or over 5 years’ experience in community and social Development 

(ii)    Profound knowledge and experience in Project Monitoring and Evaluation preferably with experience of youth development projects/ programs;

(iii)   Demonstrated knowledge of youth empowerment in Africa, Understanding of YMCA’s intervention strategy and the project under review is an added advantage

(iv)  Excellent analytical, report writing and presentation skills;

(v)    Fluency in English and Kiswahili 

Proposal submission instructions:

Interested consultants/ associates should submit their technical and financial proposals (Max 4 pages excluding attachments) together with a cover letter.

The proposal should detail at-least the following;

  1. Brief profile of the consultant/associate supported by a revised CV if applicable as an attachment;
  2. Clear understanding of the assignment as provided in this ToR including explanation and justification of the methods to be used;
  3. References of similar assignments undertaken by consultant within the past two years specifying the name of the organization/ program, contact person, telephone and email address and attach executive summaries of the reports.
  4. The financial proposal should include all envisaged consultancy fees travels (Field travels and any meetings will be catered for by AAYMCA).

The Technical and Financial Proposals should be submitted by email, with cover letter addressed to: The Programmes Executive, aaymcas@africaymca.org . Deadline for submission is January 31st 2019

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