RFSL seeks an external evaluator

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Terms of Reference for the evaluation of the RFSL program Regional Movements Advancing LGBTQ Rights

Background
RFSL, the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer Rights, is a non-profit organization founded in 1950. RFSL works locally, nationally and internationally to advance human rights for LGBTIQ persons and has 7000 individual members and 38 branches in Sweden.
RFSLs international work is governed by an international Strategy 2018-2020 and centres around three main areas of work; advocacy, capacity strengthening and subgranting.
The program Regional Movements Advancing LGBTIQ Rights has been implemented since 2018 with support from Forum Syd. In this program RFSL is supporting projects implemented by six partner organisations based in Kenya, South Africa, the Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand. The partner organisations in the program are mainly regional organisations. The program is aiming at strengthening the possibilities for regional actors to support local and national activism and advocacy work, and vice versa- how regional actors can be strengthened through engaging their local and national member organisations. RFSL is managing the program from our Stockholm office, visits are made to partner organisations on an annual basis.

The two main objectives of the program are:
1) Increased engagement and support for LGBTIQ-issues by identified influencers such as state-and regional duty bearers, civil society and media.
2) Regional and national LGBTIQ-actors are better able to operate and sustain their organisations.

The program in its current form is coming to an end by December 2020. The total budget for the three years of implementation amounts to 14 MSEK.

Evaluation Purpose
The purpose of the evaluation is;
1) To assess to what extent the program’s approach, management and activities is contributing to achieving the objectives of the program.
2) To assess to what extent the program is implemented in line with the core principles of RFSL as set out in the international strategy.
3) To provide recommendations on improvement of current and/or alternative programmatic methods and approaches.

This is a forward looking evaluation which should take into account a broader landscape of organising, and new opportunities to advance LGBTIQ rights than what is in the scope for the ongoing program. The evaluation should come up with recommendations relevant for the development of a new program ahead.

Evaluation Questions and focus
1) An assessment of the effectiveness of the program Regional Movements Advancing LGBTIQ Rights in contributing to change on local, national and/or regional levels, including recommendations for further effectiveness.
2) An assessment of the sustainability of the program, including the probability of continued long-term benefits from the program after it has been completed.
3) An assessment of the program’s relevance, including to what extent the methodologies and approaches are contextualised and relevant in relation to RFSLs international program, RFSL’s role and the needs of LGBTIQ groups in the regions reached by the program.
4) How do partners perceive and assess RFSL as a funder, a capacity strengthening actor and an advocacy organisation?
5) Are the grant levels feasible and reasonable given the contextual circumstances, and the capacity of the partners?
6) To what extent is RFSL working according to our core principles as set out in the international strategy?
7) What program components would be relevant to include in an upcoming program beyond 2020?
8) Looking at the broader landscape of LGBTIQ organising, other relevant actors, as well as contextual developments, what are recommendations to RFSL in developing a new program?

Approach and Method
Stakeholder involvement is key to a successful implementation of this evaluation. The stakeholders consist of RFSL’s beneficiaries; partners and target groups of the program such as for example LGBTIQ organisations and activists, but also other relevant actors in the regions. It is important to note that this program is implemented in three different regions and therefore there is a need to find innovative methods to gather stakeholder input. Appropriate methodology and methods for evaluation will be worked out in detail in dialogue with RFSL.

The following components should be part of the evaluation;
Data collection and analysis: Review of program documents, including agreements, project proposals and reports. Interviews with stakeholders to get an informed opinion of achievements and challenges. The data collection will possibly include field visits, a partner survey or other measures to include beneficiaries and partners of the program, as well as other stakeholders.

Reporting and presentation: A draft report should be prepared for comments by RFSL before being finalised. The consultant(s) should present the final draft report at a meeting with Forum Syd and RFSL.
The report should be written and presented in English and it should be proofread.

Time Schedule, Reporting and Communication
The main evaluation process should take place in December 2019 and January 2020. The final report should be presented by the end of February 2020.

The evaluator(s) will have one main focal point at RFSL, who will provide all necessary documentation as well as contacts to relevant stakeholders. RFSL will also inform the partner organisations about the upcoming evaluation well in advance.

Required Skills and Competencies
– Academic degree in Development, Gender Studies, Social science, Political science, Democracy, Human Rights and/or other relevant areas.
– Professional experience in the area of Human Rights/LGBTIQ rights. The evaluator(s) should have documented LGBTIQ competence.
– Experience of evaluation of international development cooperation work, particularly related to civil society organising, human rights and marginalized groups in civil society.
– Understanding of the impact that a continuously shrinking space, including increased security concerns, has on organisations, activists and their ability to act.
– Excellent command of English

Tender evaluation process
The following criteria will be assessed in addition to the required skills and competencies during the procurement process:
– Expertise on LGBTIQ-persons lived realities and organising.
– Expertise on Southeast Asia, Eastern Africa and Southern Africa.
– Previous experience from conducting external evaluations.
– Proposed methodology.
– Cost efficiency.
– Ability to perform the evaluation within the given timeframe.

Interested applicants should provide a proposal covering the following aspects:
– Detailed response to the Terms of Reference
– Proposed methodology
– Proposed detailed timeline
– Detailed budget, including daily fee rates, expenses, travels, taxes etc.
– Consultant CV(s)
– Examples of previous work including references

Please send tenders to: katarina.stenkvist@rfsl.se and write ‘Evaluation Stronger Regional Movements’ in the subject line, no later than November 15th 2019.