Global Equality Project (GEP) Final Evaluation

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25 February 2022
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Vacancy - consultant
Global Equality Project (GEP) Final Evaluation
The Global Equality Project (GEP) is implemented by the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) and Kaleidoscope Trust (KT) to strengthen the inclusion of women and girls, LGBT+ people, and other people with intersecting identities in democratic processes.

The programme is funded by the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and builds on WFD’s and KT’s programme on equality in the Commonwealth. The programme implementation period is between August 2021 and March 2022.
List of acronyms
GEP Global Equality Project
CEDAW Convention on the Elimination of the Discrimination Against Women
CSO Civil Society Organisations
FCDO Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office 
KT  Kaleidoscope Trust
LGBT+ Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and non-binary people
PLS Post-Legislative Scrutiny 
SOGIE Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression
TOC Theory of Change
WFD  Westminster Foundation for Democracy 
Programme Background

The Global Equality Project (GEP) is implemented by the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) and Kaleidoscope Trust (KT) to strengthen the inclusion of women and girls, LGBT+ people, and other people with intersecting identities in democratic processes.  

The programme is funded by the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and builds on WFD’s and KT’s programme on equality in the Commonwealth. The programme implementation period is between August 2021 and March 2022. 

GEP works with decision-makers and civic actors across 18 countries and territories1 to make progress towards advancing gender equality and LGBT+ inclusion. Programme interventions are based on: 

  1. Creating greater evidence, capacities, and incentives among government actors and parliamentarians on the social and economic costs of discriminatory regulations and practices  
  2. Strengthening collaborative relationships between CSOs and political decision-makers and support the flow of reliable information and evidence between them; 
  3. Deepening civil society policy development and policy advocacy capacities with a view to creating a more conducive environment for positive change in laws, policies, and implementation of social norms. 

GEP reports to a Programme Steering Group comprised of WFD and KT representatives as well as to the FCDO via formal reporting mechanisms. 

Countries were selected acknowledging the limited timescale of the project and restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Programme interventions have been designed to factor existing relationships that WFD and KT already had established in targeted countries, and with already existing movements, to progress towards greater equality. Where these factors did not exist, programme interventions have prioritized developing the evidence base to be used by decision-makers and civic actors to make the case for greater equality, targeting countries where ongoing advocacy and legislative reform has been identified or is currently underway. 

GEP has also invested in global products to advance the objectives of the programme and with a view for usage beyond the life cycle of the programme. These include: 

  • An online e-course, adapting WFD’s Post-Legislative Scrutiny (PLS) methodology for CSOs 
  • Research on the rights and status of Intersex persons in South Asia 
  • The development of a SOGIE-inclusive CEDAW tracker 
  • Animations on intersectionality 
  • Workshops on identifying and working with decision-makers who champion inclusion 
  • Research on the lived realities of LGBT+ communities and access to health care and services.  
Evaluation Aim/Purpose

The evaluation of the programme will use a mixed-methods approach to examine and deliver the following: 

  1. A theory-based evaluation looking at the extent to which our theory of change worked as a concept; 
  2. An assessment of key results to help us understand what progress has been made in six months and that of our contribution (and our partners’) to it; 
  3. An analysis of key lessons and deliverables to consider if the steps to achieve outcome and impact have been valid; 
  4. An analysis of  the benefits and challenges  of identifying entry points (partners, activities, etc.) for working in environments that are considered hostile for LGBT+ rights; and 
  5. A review of the programme’s key contribution to Value for Money. 
Milestones and Timeline

The evaluation is expected to comply with the following steps and deliverables:  

  1. Proposal – this should detail the evaluators’ understanding of what is being evaluated and why, presenting proposed evaluation questions and showing how they could be answered by way of: proposed methods; proposed sources of data; and data collection procedures. This should be mindful of COVID-19 restrictions and collection of data within these restrictions as well as the project timeframe of six months of interventions. The proposal should include a schedule of tasks and activities.  

  1. Detailed Methodology – the approach designed, after partner consultations, for undertaking the evaluation which will need to be approved by the partners.  

  1. Draft evaluation report – including assessment findings from the desk review and remotely based interviews, to be presented to the partners for feedback and further input.  

  1. Final evaluation report – this should be aligned with the report format stipulated further below. 

No. 

Deliverables 

Deadline 

Proposal 

10 March 2022 

Detailed Methodology 

11 April 2022

Draft Evaluation Report 

6 May 2022

Final Report 

25 May 2022

Report format

The evaluation report is expected to follow the structure outlined below: 

  1. Table of Contents 

  1. Abbreviations/acronyms page 

  1. Executive summary (maximum 3 pages) 

  1. A brief introduction to the programme 

  1. The evaluation methodology 

  1. Findings 

  1. Lessons learned 

  1. Summary of recommendations 

Annexes must include: 

  • Terms of reference for the Final Evaluation 
  • Evaluation schedule/timetable 
  • List of people interviewed 
  • Documents consulted and other data 
Fee Structure
  • 50% of fee payable upon signature of contract and 50% of fee payable upon completion of evaluation and submission of invoice. 
  • Maximum budget applicable: £20,000  
Criteria for selecting the Consultant:

The Evaluator shall have the following expertise and qualification: 

  • At least Master’s degree in Public Policy, International Development, Development Economics/Planning, Economics, International Relations/ Diplomacy, or any other relevant university degree; 
  • Extensive expertise, knowledge, and experience in the field of aid effectiveness and aid management process related issues, including governance programmes; 
  • Experience of project formulation and evaluation; At least 10 years of experience in working with international organizations and donors, evaluating projects with multiple partners with complex implementation modalities. Experience with outcome mapping preferred; 
  • Excellent written and verbal Communication skills in English; 
  • Offers will be evaluated on these criteria as well as the quality of the technical offer (proposed methodology, capacity to mobilize qualified personnel and consideration of COVID-19 restrictions, etc.) and the soundness of the financial offer. 
Submission of proposal

Please submit the following documents to Irina Rekhviashvili, Director, Global Equality Project, Irina.Rekhviashvili@wfd.org and Sophia Fernandes, Senior Adviser Political Inclusion WFD, Sophia.Fernandes@wfd.org by March 10, 2022. 

  • A narrative and financial proposal, outlining proposed methodology, budget, and timeline for evaluation. 
  • Curriculum vitae for the consultant(s), highlighting previous evaluation experience and essential criteria outlined above.