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The programme is a strategic partnership between Rutgers (lead), the Asian-pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW), CHOICE for Youth and Sexuality (CHOICE), Dance4life, HIVOS, International Planned Parenthood Federation African Region (IPPF AR), the Latin American and Caribbean Women’s Health Network (LACWHN) and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs (‘the Consortium’). The programme’s implementation period is five years: from 2016 to 2020. The programme is implemented in 10 low- and middle income countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and in the Caribbean. On behalf of the Right Here Right Now (RHRN) partnership, Rutgers is currently seeking a team of consultants to conduct their final evaluation of the 5-year programme. This document outlines the information needed in order to present an application for this task.

Background

The RHRN programme’s overall goal (vision/impact) is the respect, protection and fulfilment of the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of young people. The programme focuses on: freedom from stigma, discrimination and violence; access to comprehensive youth-friendly services; access to comprehensive information; and space for young people’s voices.

The RHRN programme is developed around two key strategies, advocacy and capacity strengthening for advocacy. In summary, its Theory of Change is developed around these two key strategies, with the capacity strengthening of CSOs and advocacy platforms as short and intermediate level outcomes and policy advocacy changes -improved policies and legislation, increased knowledge and political will of decision-makers, broader spaces for CSOs and young people and increased public support through champions – as intermediate and longterm outcomes.

The programme brings together diverse and complementary organisations which build on each other’s strengths, not only at the national level, but also at regional and international level. Furthermore, it is expected that linkages between these three levels are mutually reinforcing towards stronger outcomes.

In addition the programme and its members embrace the following key principles/values: human-rights based approach, inclusivity, meaningful youth participation and gender equality.

Objective

Differently from its mid-term evaluation, the main purpose of the final evaluation of the RHRN programme is accountability, i.e. to assess whether the programme has indeed reached its envisaged goals. Learning is however also an important purpose of the evaluation, for future programmes, including a possible follow-up phase of the current RHRN programme.
Evaluation question

In light of the above, the main evaluation question is the following:

To what extent did RHRN achieve its expected outcomes as stipulated in its Theory of Change?

The following sub-questions underlie the main question:

  1. The RHRN Theory of Change presents a number of short-term, intermediate and long-term outcomes. To what extent have these outcomes been reached?
  2. What has been the contribution or added value of RHRN in reaching these outcomes?
  3. To what extent have the investments that RHRN made in its short-term outcomes led to better and more sustainable outcomes at intermediate and long-term levels? Were there unexpected outcomes?
  4. To what extent has the programme’s choice to invest in diverse and inclusive platforms been effective, not only in terms of advocacy outcomes but also in relation to capacity strengthening of civil society? What are the lessons learned?
  5. How have the national, regional and international level reinforced each other and especially how have the regional and international levels supported the national level outcomes? What are the lessons learned?
  6. Based on the above, what can be said about the validity of the RHRN Theory of Change?

Approach

The following items will be important in designing the approach to the final evaluation:

  • Given the nature of the programme RHRN focuses on the outcome level. The final evaluation should not focus on the vision/impact level, as it is unrealistic that a direct link with the programme can be made. This is also indicated in the programme’s Theory of Change by the ‘accountability ceiling’.
  • Building upon existing monitoring and research data. During the programme, RHRN has applied Outcome Harvesting to document outcomes at especially intermediate and long-term outcome level. Rather than collecting similar data, the final evaluation should focus on validating/substantiating these outcomes. At the level of the short-term outcomes, more primary data collection is expected to be necessary. The final evaluation’s methodology should take into account that existing monitoring data and baseline data is to a large extent qualitative.
  • Since the programme’s implementation will still be ongoing, the methodology of the final evaluation should be developed in such a way that little time investment from implementers/advocates is required.
  • As part of the learning component of the evaluation, we are seeking lessons for further programmes including recommendations for a potential follow up of the RHRN programme.

Set-up

The final evaluation is expected to be carried out by a team of consultants at the global level. For data gathering at national level, they will be supported by one national consultant per RHRN country or sub-region. Data gathering will be done based on a standardized methodology and set of tools for all countries, to be designed by the global consultants in consultation with the RHRN PMEL country focal points of each platform. The global consultants will coordinate with the 11 national consultants to ensure that they receive the necessary data for their analysis. In addition, the global consultants will review documents, use secondary data and collect data at the global level. The global consultants will be guided by Rutgers as programme lead, who will be supported in this role by the consortium and a reference group with independent external members.

Given the diverse nature of the programme, the consultants are therefore expected to organize at least one discussion session with a representation of the partnership about their preliminary findings. At the end of the process, a global validation and learning meeting will be organized jointly by the consultants and Rutgers, as programme lead.

Deliverables

As part of the assignment, the consultants are expected to deliver the following:

  • An inception report including:
    • A description of the detailed methodology to be used for the final evaluation, including the respondent selection, draft tools and output formats for the national consultants;
    • A standard TOR for national consultant recruitment (adaptable to each country);
    • Initial findings/lines of thought from the secondary data review.
  • A facilitated workshop for all PMEL country focal points, where the draft tools, output formats and TOR for national consultant recruitment will be finalized (expected 2nd or 3rd week of March 2020).
  • Monitoring and support to 11 national consultants to ensure quality in-country data collection.
  • A facilitated validation/learning workshop at the international level, estimated at the end of September 2020.
  • A final report, including a summary, detailed description of the methodology, presentation of the findings, conclusions (answers to the main and secondary research questions) and recommendations to the intended users (see section 4). First draft to be delivered mid-September, final report on 1 November 2020.

    All documents will first be submitted in draft form and subject to at least one round of feedback. Unless differently agreed, documents will be submitted in Word format.

Profile and qualification requirements

The team of consultants must meet the following criteria and qualifications:

  • Proven experience in advocacy evaluation;
  • Proven experience in evaluating complex programmes implemented by large partnerships;
  • Proven experience in evaluating SRHR programmes;
  • Preferably experience in Outcome Harvesting;
  • Works from a Human Rights Based approach;
  • Is youth-friendly and has non-discriminatory attitudes towards working with young people;
  • Strong writing skills;
  • Strong facilitation skills;
  • Proficiency in English, Spanish and French;

Working experience in RHRN programme countries is a plus.

How to apply

Applicants should submit a technical and financial proposal based on Terms of Reference and resume to: r.koenders@rutgers.nl with “RHRN FINAL EVALUATION CONSULTANCY” as the subject title.

Please note only shortlisted candidates will be contacted – Thank you for your interest.

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