Short Term Consultant: Evaluation of Legal Aid and Protection
Start Date As soon as possible
Location Kabul, Afghanistan
Contract 15 days
Background War Child Canada is a registered Canadian charity based in Toronto that works with war-affected communities to help children reclaim their childhood through access to education, opportunity and justice. War Child Canada has over 15 years of experience working in communities in conflict and post-conflict zones. All work is implemented in direct partnership with local communities, local NGOs and other stakeholders using a child-centered approach. War Child Canada currently works in Afghanistan, Uganda, Sudan, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Jordan and Iraq.
Context War Child Canada’s work in Afghanistan over the last 10 years has focused on women’s economic and education rights through an integrated, community-based approach to providing training and services so that women would achieve these rights. Through this work as well as in-depth consultations with women, men, community leaders, and other stakeholders, War Child Canada identified a strong gap in social protection for women, including legal services.
Position summary The Consultant will conduct a final project evaluation of War Child Canada’s legal aid and protection project funded by the European Commission.
See the attached scope of work.
Qualifications Knowledge and Experience
Demonstrated experience of evaluating community based programming in conflict affected environments.
Proven experience with monitoring and evaluation or research methodologies
Experience with analyzing quantitative and qualitative data.
Ability to present data and analysis to a wide variety of audiences.
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team environment
Skills and abilities
A proven ability to write technical evaluation reports.
Fluency in written and verbal English essential
Fee Commensurate with experience and qualifications. Please propose your fee and associated travel expenses.
Scope of Work
Short Term Consultant - Evaluation of Legal Aid and Protection
I. Background Information
In 2014, the European Commission funded War Child Canada in Afghanistan to implement a project with an overall aim is ‘to strengthen social and legal protection for vulnerable and at-risk women in Afghanistan.’ Key activities of legal aid and protection are as follows:
Result 1 (R1): Women, including young women, have improved access to social and legal services.
Outputs: Key outputs for Result 1 are:
Women have increased access to legal aid and counselling; and
Abused or formerly abused women access necessary social support and protection services.
Key activities include: a) providing direct legal advice and aid, including Alternative Dispute Resolution, to vulnerable women; b) providing psychosocial support to women, young women, and children; and providing legal aid counseling and referrals through legal aid toll free line
Result 2 (R2): Women, including young women, transition successfully from prison and shelters.
Outputs: Key outputs for this result area are:
A self-sustaining mentorship and apprenticeship model for vulnerable women whereby those who are mentored/apprenticed then reciprocate for other women in the future; and
Community-accepted models for community reintegration of women who have been in prison and/or shelters to be shared with the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Women’s Affairs as evidence-based learning.
Key activities include: a) mentorship, vocational apprenticeship and peer learning amongst women; b) community approaches to women’s reintegration; and c) Provide referrals to formalized vocational training as well as micro finance institutions and ongoing guidance for women
Result 3 (R3): Attitude-based barriers to women’s full participation in society are reduced.
Outputs: Key outputs for this result area are:
Increased awareness of women’s legal rights amongst male and female community leaders, justice, and legal actors
Ministries’ increased advocacy for community-based reintegration of vulnerable women as well as increased legal aid for women using evidence-based and community-developed models.
Activities include: a) evidence-based support to the Ministries on best practices in legal aid for vulnerable women and best practices in community reintegration; community awareness and education on women’s rights; training justice and legal actors in their role as legal duty bearers and on women’s legal rights.
II. Purpose and method of this assignment:
This final evaluation will provide an opportunity for all project stakeholders to take stock of accomplishments to date and to listen to the beneficiaries at all levels: including women, young girls, men, family members, community members and opinion leaders, project staff, local partners, government staff (especially Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Women Affairs), other organizations and donors. This mid-term evaluation will also provide an additional opportunity for the project to benefit from the outside viewpoint of a consultant who acts as facilitator of the evaluation process. This evaluation is also meant to document lessons learnt to further improve program design and implementation.
The consultant and the evaluation team will propose its own methodology but it is expected that the evaluation will be implemented through documents review, key informant interviews, and focus group meetings. War Child Canada expects that the analysis will consider gender issues such as the constraints to effective participation by men and women, and the opportunities to maximize effective participation of men and women in future program activities. War Child Canada is specifically interested in the following specific areas for this evaluation:
III. Consultant’s Scope of Work:
1. The consultant will finalize a Final Evaluation Team. War Child Canada encourages the participation of its staff as well as those from its partners and of representatives from government ministries and community members in planning and conducting this evaluation.
2. The consultant will review all project documents and data in advance to carrying out Final Evaluation activities.
3. While War Child Canada has developed this scope of work for the evaluation team and has tailored the approach to its needs with questions that are specific to the program, the consultant will finalize the evaluation approach, its methods and tools.
4. While the consultant will establish a core set of components to be addressed in this final evaluation, War Child Canada has identified the following areas that may be included in the evaluation:
a. Review of Technical Approach: relevancy of activities related to specific interventions (legal aid, psychosocial counseling, behavior change and communication) as proposed in the DIP; progress toward results; effectiveness of the interventions; any changes in the technical approaches outlined in the DIP and rationale; special outcomes, unexpected successes or constraints.
b. What kinds of community mobilization activities have been undertaken by the project; to what extent has the community responded to these; how have these activities been used to refine program implementation plans; what kinds of barriers exist to prevent members of the community from benefiting from the project, and how have these been addressed; what impact have community factors had on implementation; what types of other factors in the political and socio-ecological environment (such as security, competing community priorities, etc.) have impacted the project’s ability to mobilize the community; what steps has the project taken to address these factors?
c. What capacity building efforts have been put in place for partners, how have the organizational capacities of the local partner changed since the beginning of the project? What factors/interventions have most contributed to those changes?
d. How effective is the training strategy? What evidence is there that suggests that the training implemented has resulted in new ways of doing things, or increased knowledge and skills of the participants?
e. How effective is the monitoring and evaluation of the project activities? How has this resulted in improving staff performances or project strategies/approach? What system is in place to measure progress towards program objectives? How is the system of collecting, reporting and using data at all program levels?
f. Has there been any groundwork for the phase-out strategy laid with project staff and local partners? What does the beneficiary community say about sustaining project services after this project ends?
g. What types and sources of external technical assistance the project has received to date, and how timely and beneficial this assistance has been. What are the anticipated technical assistance needs of the program in the remaining life of the program?
h. Review project implementation and management in terms of quality of inputs and activities, adherence to workplans and indicating major factors which have facilitated or impeded the progress of project implementation. The consultant will assess the adequacy of management arrangements as well as monitoring and backstopping support given to the project and responsiveness of project management to changes in the environment (esp: security, policy).
i. The consultant will identify and document the lessons learned on the success factors, innovation approaches, and major challenges that the project experienced and adopted.
5. Behavior Change and Communication: Is the project’s approach to behavior change appropriate and effective? How is the project addressing current barriers to behavior change? How are the effects of the behavior change activities being measured? Has the project developed any innovative approaches that have been particularly successful in changing behavior amongst specific target groups?
6. The consultant will finalize a full report including:
A one-to-two page executive summary
Description of the program and its objectives.
The main accomplishments of the program.
Progress made in achieving program objectives.
The main constraints, problems and areas in need of further attention.
A section on the capacity-building effects of the program.
A section on the prospects for sustainability
A section on conclusions and recommendations resulting from this evaluation.
War Child Canada’s responses to the evaluation recommendations.
An action plan, and revised work plan if needed, reflecting if and how War Child Canada and its partners will address recommendations from the evaluation process.
IV. Time Frame
The period for this assignment is 15 work days within the period. Specific work days will be finalized once a consultant is contracted.
Secondary data review – Days 1 & 2
Develop tools in consultation with War Child Canada & partners – Days 2 & 3
Workshop with evaluation team to adopt standard participatory approach to evaluation and finalize the time frame – Day 3
Data collection  – Days 3 to 11
Report write up – Days 8 to 12 & 14 to 15
Workshop to discuss results; agree on recommendations & develop action plan – Days 12 & 13
 War Child Canada and its partners use the Detailed Implementation Plan (DIP) as their official work plan for this project to assess how well the project is being implemented as planned.
 Data collection refers to: Interviews with project staff; stakeholders; beneficiaries; data review; field visits
Application process INTERESTED APPLICANTS ARE INVITED TO SEND A CURRICULUM VITAE AND AN ACCOMPANYING COVER LETTER ELECTRONICALLY TO: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please ensure your application email has the subject heading of ‘Afghan Evaluation – [insert your name]’
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be notified. We regret we cannot entertain phone calls.
War Child Canada is committed to providing a work environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. Final candidates will be vetted in accordance with War Child Canada’s Child Protection Policy, including appropriate reference and security checks.
For more information about War Child Canada, please visit www.warchild.ca