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TERMS OF REFERENCE

EVALUATOR OF THE PROJECT

Young Men Initiative in GBV Prevention in North Macedonia 

Background:

Macedonia has ratified Istanbul Convention and adopted new Law on prevention and protection from gender-based violence. The amendments of the Criminal law criminalize all forms of violence against women. However, the gender-based violence is still prevailing due to patriarchal norms, dominant gender roles and gender stereotypes. While numerous gender equality interventions have been implemented and result with women being empowered, almost nothing has been done to transform behaviours supporting more gender equitable social norms and discourage gender-based violence among young men. Masculinity is persistently associated with power, aggressiveness and domination. The society normalizes and accepts violent male behavior which will inevitably have an impact on the implementation of the new legal framework. In order to make EU engagement for gender equality more effective the first principle of the Gender Action Plan III of the European Union (GAP III) is a gender-transformative approach while actively engaging men and boys and by putting a focus on young people as drivers of change. This is the core principle to address the root causes of gender inequality and contribute to counter the multiplicity of stereotypes and biases still prevailing in many contexts, including Macedonia.

Objective of the project:

The project will adapt and implement CARE’s gender transformative education program (YMI Young Men Initiative) which engages young men as allies in preventing violence and gender inequality through a combination of educational workshops and community campaigns. The implementation strategy includes active engagement of: (i) the local government through local libraries by adding a community center functionality to it; and (ii) local CSOs that will through sub-granting mobilize the youth aged 14-19

Purpose:

The purpose of this Terms of Reference (ToR) is to outline the requirements for an external evaluator to assess the effectiveness and impact of the project “Young Men Initiative in GBV Prevention in North Macedonia”. The evaluator will be responsible for conducting interviews, analyzing survey data, reviewing attendance lists, and analyzing the evaluation report.

Duration:

The evaluator is expected to work for a total of 10 working days, starting from 24.07.2023 to 17.08.2023.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

The evaluator will be responsible for the following tasks:

  1. Conducting Interviews:
  • Prepare interview questions in consultation with the project team;
  • Conduct a total of four (4) interviews with project stakeholders (Care, Youth Can and Organized Youth Association and CRPM);
  • Document and analyze the interview findings.

2. Online Survey:

  • Design and administer an online survey targeting eight (8) peer educators involved in realization of workshops as a part of the project;
  • Collaborate with the project team to develop survey questions that align with the project objectives;
  • Analyze the survey data, including quantitative and qualitative responses;
  • Summarizing the survey findings.

3. Attendance List Analysis:

  • Collect attendance lists from project events and activities;
  • Analyze the attendance data to assess the level of participation and engagement.

4. Evaluation of the Analysis of the progress achieved within the Program M workshops

  • Review the existing Analysis report provided by the project team;
  • Analyze the report to assess the project’s achievements, challenges, and lessons learned;
  • Provide recommendations for improving the project’s effectiveness and impact.

Deliverables:

The evaluator is expected to deliver a full report encompassing the following categories:

  1. Evaluation report
  2. Recommendations for further project development based on the evaluation report

Reporting and Communication:

The evaluator will report to Project Manager and maintain regular communication throughout the evaluation process. Progress updates will be provided at key milestones as agreed upon with the project team.

Qualifications and Experience:

The evaluator should possess the following qualifications and experience:

  • University degree in social, economics, business, administrative and / or philosophy studies;
  • At least 3 years of experience in conducting evaluations related to education and-or youth;
  • Experience in evaluating projects and programs implemented by civil society;
  • Experience with remote/virtual methods and data collection and stakeholder’s engagement;
  • Experience with gender equality relevant projects;
  • Excellent analytical skills and prior experience of both quantitative and qualitative data analysis;
  • Excellent communication and report writing skills;
  • Experience with remote research and in emergency contexts is a strong asset;
  • Knowledge and understanding of the project’s thematic area;
  • Familiarity with evaluation methodologies and tools.

Payment:

The payment to the evaluator will be made upon satisfactory completion of the deliverables and acceptance by the project team.

Ethical Considerations:

The evaluator is expected to adhere to ethical guidelines throughout the evaluation process, ensuring confidentiality, informed consent, and the protection of participants’ data.

Proposal Submission:

Interested evaluators are requested to submit their financial offer in a separate document; a detailed work plan including timeline; CV; and samples of previous evaluation reports to crpm@crpm.org.mk no later than 18.07.2023.

Note: The project team reserves the right to reject any proposal or cancel the evaluation process at any stage if deemed necessary.

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