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We are seeking a consultant to conduct an evaluation of our 5-year  Irish Aid Programme Grant.

Our Programme Grant with Irish Aid reflects the organisations strategic plan. Overseas, we work with others to reduce poverty for the most vulnerable in our target countries of Tanzania and Ethiopia, and in Ireland and Northern Ireland, our Development Education and Public Engagement programme increases public knowledge of development issues and increases the skills and values needed for global citizenship.

The primary country for PGII funding overseas is Tanzania, although a small amount of funds are also allocated to Ethiopia. The niche programme focus is Early Childhood Development (ECD), and specifically the School Readiness of young children. The PGII programme couples direct programming in 2 target regions of

Morogoro and Mwanza, where we work with our local partners to improve the quality of early years experiences in relation to early stimulation and early years education. This work is leveraged at the national level with the ambition that quality and coverage of ECD/ECE in Tanzania is taken to scale.

In Ireland the Development Education Programme increases cultivation of Global Citizenship within the formal education sector by engaging with educators and ensuring that children aged 8 – 15 years actively engage in acquiring the knowledge, skills and values needed for global citizenship through a development education learning process. This is complemented by the Public Engagement component of the programme, which increases understanding of the importance of supporting International Development amongst the wider Irish Public.

Purpose of the Evaluation

This is a results-focused evaluation to determine the extent to which the programme has had a positive impact on the lives of poor and vulnerable people, in line with the programme assumptions and targets laid out in the Theory of Change, Logic Model and Results Framework.

These Terms of Reference set out the criteria and process for the evaluation, which will cover all aspects of the Programme Grant. Expressions of interest outlining the approach methodology, relevant experience and initial price quotation are to be submitted by on 25th February 2020. All details are contained in the ToR linked above.

Role profile and selection criteria for consultant

The consultant for this position will need to demonstrate the following essential criteria:

Knowledge and experience of conducting external evaluations for overseas development programmes in sub-Saharan countries

Knowledge and experience of evaluating Development Education and Public Engagement programmes

Knowledge of Irish Aid programming Preferred criteria

Experience of evaluating Early Childhood Development Programmes

Knowledge of the Tanzanian development context.

Application guidelines:

Applications should clearly lay out the experience of the consultant in terms of essential and preferred criteria where possible.

The quotation for costs should align to days needed for each stage of the evaluation defined in the timeframe with daily charge rate clearly defined.

The deadline for all applications is 5pm on 29th February 2020

There is a criteria led assessment of applications and only the preferred supplier will be contacted by 15th March 2020.

Applications should be submitted to matthew.banks@childrenincrossfire.org

Terms of Reference for Irish Aid Programme Evaluation

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