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Project Interim Report


Location of the project: Vientiane capital only

Title of the action:
Strengthening the Role and Capacity of Lao Civil Society Organizations in Promoting Rights for Universal Access to Essential Healthcare Services for Sexual Minorities and People Living with HIV

Title of the call for proposals:
European Union / EIDHR / Country Based Support Scheme / Lao PDR / Strengthening the role of civil society in promoting human rights and democratic reform

Time dedicated to the mission: no more than 13 days in total

Starting date: January 18th, 2016

  1. Presentation of the French Red Cross in Lao PDR
    The FRC has been operating in the Lao PDR since 2002 at the invitation of and in collaboration with the Lao Red Cross (LRC), implementing WASH, Disaster Risk reduction, food security, health, disaster recovery and first aid programs.
    More specifically regarding the HIV/AIDS sector, FRC began its first program in 2009, with a clear commitment towards supporting LRC and the few local existing associations (CSO) involved.

  2. Brief presentation of the project
    Since March 2014 the French Red Cross in partnership with the Lao Red Cross, APL+ and LaoPHA are implementing a 36 months project, funded by DEVCO/EuropeAid/EIDHR, entitled ‘Strengthening the Role and Capacity of Lao Civil Society Organizations in Promoting Rights for Universal Access to Essential Healthcare Services for Sexual Minorities and People Living with HIV’. The project was designed in the framework of the Call for proposals EuropeAid/133-828/L/ACT/LA entitled ‘Strengthening the role of civil society in promoting human rights and democratic reform’.
    The project aims to the following results:
    R1: The participation of CSOs in HIV-related healthcare policy and strategy formulation, issuance and decision-making process is enhanced and promoted.
    R2: The capacity of Civil Society Organizations to collaborate with the government in HIV-related policy and strategy formulation, issuance and decision-making is empowered and improved.
    R3: Knowledge-base about health-related rights issues as well as awareness of key populations and PLHIV on access to healthcare services are improved.

  3. Objectives and expected results from the evaluation Rationale:
    Despite some late favorable operational developments, the project has faced in early stages and is still facing difficulties and impediments such as: MoU signature delays, partnership agreement delays, technical clearance delays associated with some activity changes, staff recruitment constraints and turn over, miscommunication between the main implementing partners, complexity of some FRC and EU procedures and regulations for the CSO, sensitivity of the project thematic…
    Scope and results:
    In such a context, it has been agreed by the partners that the interim evaluation should focus on:
    • Providing a fair look and common understanding of the difficulties encountered by all parties
    • Providing a snapshot about where we stand now in terms of individual and collective project management practices and results
    • Providing recommendations and tools for both improving the collaboration and the project efficiency from now on until the end of the action
    • Providing recommendations on where and how to improve the capacity building of CSO partners
    • Providing some conclusive elements of reflection to be directed towards EU about the collaboration between INGO and CSO in the Lao context
    For this mission, some of the key questions to be answered are the following (non-exhaustive, final list to be agreed by all project partners with the winner of the present call):
    • Is the project document clear enough and understood by all, and in the same way?
    • Are some language and translation issues to be overcome on general or specific matters?
    • Are the roles and responsibilities of each party, based on the partnership agreement, understood and enforced?
    • Do the CSO partners have the capacities to apply the project management tools provided by FRC?
    • Where are the key areas and functions where the CSO partners need capacity building?
    • What are the collaborative mechanisms in place and how do they perform?
    • What are the identified bottlenecks in the formal and informal communication lines?
    • To what extent the overall ambition of the project, as stated into the project title, is to be reached?

  4. Methodology
    The methodology of the evaluation is to be proposed by the interested consultants in their application files.
    Deliverables will include:
    • Preliminary presentation findings
    • Final report with annexes
    Tentative list only, final list to be agreed at the time of the contract signing.

  1. Application terms
    Consultancy period:
    • From mid-January to early February 2016, with final report due no later than February 25th, 2016.
    Application files:
    • Cover letter
    • Technical proposal (including at least the proposed key questions, methodology and work plan)
    • Financial offer (formulated in Eur, including all costs of the consultancy – i.e international transportation if applicable)
    • CV and reference of the applicant or the applicant team
    Application deadline:
    • January 10th, 2016 by midnight local time
    Application to be sent to:
    with Cc to:
    Please do take note that FRC email addresses will require the applicants to validate their message into the FRC anti-spam system.
    Main award criteria:
    • Technical offer quality
    • Previous adequate records
    • Lao context understanding
    • Compulsory budget ceiling
    Criteria are not ranked and are not exhaustive
    Modifications may be brought to the final version of the ToR and are to be attached to the contract between FRC and the evaluator. Such modifications will not change the purpose of the services to be delivered.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
Or send your application directly to mailto:hod-lao.frc@croix-rouge.frc.
  • Organization: Red Cross - France
  • Location: Vientiane
  • Grade: N/A - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication
    • Management, Administration and Finance
    • Public Administration - Restructuring
  • Closing Date: 2016-01-10

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