M&E ADVISOR FOR AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL’S WORK ON AFGHANISTAN’S HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS
London (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
In 2015, AI undertook a project which focused on threats and attacks against Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs). AI launched a report: ‘’Their Lives on the Line’’: WHRDs under attack in Afghanistan. The report was launched in Kabul, in April 2015 and received excellent national and international media coverage, including a number of big features. Following the launch, AI conducted several follow-up activities, including a Human Rights Conference, in collaboration with the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission, covering several key human issues: women’s rights; Rule of Law (torture and access to justice); supporting human rights institutions (strengthening human rights infrastructures including institutions and enabling environment for Human Rights Defenders (HRDs); civilian casualties and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs); and the peace negotiations process and maintenance of human rights values. This was followed by high level lobbying/advocacy meetings with senior government officials, including with President Ghani, Dr Abdullah Abdullah (CEO), and Rula Ghani, the First Lady.
When the security situation in-country further deteriorated, most notably with the Kunduz crisis (Sept/Oct 2015), AI immediately responded by providing relief (funds) to evacuate HRDs and their families, and helped evacuate some 40 individuals (mainly WHRDs and their family members) from Kunduz. From Nov - Dec 2015, the Afghanistan team conducted pilot consultations in Kabul with nearly 50 HRDs (mainly WHRDs) from six provinces of Afghanistan, to consult with defenders about the threats and risks they face in their daily work, their protection needs, gaps in government protection and response, and emergency preparedness, and to provide defenders with basic security training to enhance their ability to protect themselves while carrying out their work. Consultations were also held with government officials in December 2015 in Kabul, along with UNAMA representatives and members of civil society to discuss the situation for WHRDs and how to respond effectively to their needs, especially when in imminent danger.
Purpose and Scope of the Assignment
Amnesty International wishes to recruit an independent expert to help draw out learning from the Afghanistan teams work in 2015, and then to use these learnings to refine the teams approach for 2016 and beyond.
The assignment scope can be divided into three parts:
Conduct an initial light-touch learning-focused evaluation of the work conducted in 2015;
Support the AI Afghanistan team in their strategic reflections and planning, as they develop their plans for building on this work in 2016 and beyond; and
Help the team to draw up a useful, usable, and robust monitoring and evaluation framework, that reflects what will likely be a flexible approach that is needed in light of the evolving situation on the ground.
The evaluation portion will provide an external and independent analysis that broadly assesses Al’s contributions to positive changes, and any missed opportunities or challenges in the work, in order to stimulate learning and inform AI’s future work in the country, and other crisis/conflict work.
The project planning and M&E framework portion will ensure that these learnings are fully integrated into the teams’ plans. It will ensure that the team has clear project planning, monitoring and evaluation framework for this work, and help AI as a whole reflect on how to plan, frame and evaluate its work on crisis/conflict projects, in light of the specific challenges of this kind of work.
The evaluation will be funded by the Steering Committee of the funder of some of the 2015 work, the NRK Norwegian Telethon. As such, the primary audiences of the evaluation will be: the Afghanistan team and the South Asia Regional Office (SARO) team at AI’s International Secretariat, and the Steering Committee overseeing work funded through the NRK Norwegian Telethon. The consultants’ findings will also support the work of the Strategy and Evaluation Unit (SEU) and other conflict and crisis projects.
Methodology and Deliverables
The indicative approach/deliverables expected in this assignment are:
Input to inform the strategy and priorities of the Afghanistan HRD protection project, beginning with a project meeting to take place 19 May (consultant must be able to participate in this meeting).
Following this meeting a methodology and plan for the assignment, including for the evaluation of work conducted in 2015, and suggested approach for further supporting the team to build those learnings into plans.
An M&E plan for the Afghanistan HRD work.
Recommendations for ways in which AI can work on conflict-affected countries, including how to plan for and evaluate this work.
The consultant should employ a methodology that uses approaches that focus on contribution and learning. The use of different qualitative methodologies is encouraged, and the consultant is encouraged to propose methodologies that they consider most appropriate to achieve the aims of this evaluation
Data collection methods will include desk review of research, other documents from the project work and interviews with key informants supported by this evidence. The evaluator may use a detailed chronology of events, activities and outcomes, as well as focus group discussions, interviews, on-line surveys and written questionnaires to capture the views of different stakeholders. AI is open to advice on any other relevant evaluation methodologies and data collection tools and techniques that the evaluator or evaluators consider appropriate for this work.
The below is a tentative timeline, subject to further discussion with the project team and the consultant following the initial project strategy meeting, and a subsequent proposal for a more complete methodology to achieve the aims of this assignment. The order of deliverables may change as a result of these discussions. The May 19 meeting however is an essential start point for the assignment.
Proposal submission date: 9 May 2016
Selection of evaluator: By May 13 2016
Project Strategy Meeting: May 19, 2016
Initial findings of 2015 evaluation presented to AI: July 2016
Framework and final draft of report submitted to AI: August/September 2016
Proposed budgets should be based on up to 30 working days and should include all expenses and other relevant costs. The number of days will be finalised based on final discussions with the evaluator following the May 19 meeting.
TENDER AND SELECTION PROCESS
AI invites bids from individuals or organizations, but it is expected only a single consultant will be selected for this assignment.Please note that while the location listed on ReliefWeb, the consultant can work remotely and does not need to be UK-based.
Tenders should include:
· A cover letter and CV introducing the evaluator/organization and highlighting the skills, competencies and experience for this evaluation
· Proposed budget for the assignment.
· An example of a previous, relevant piece of work.
Tenders should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by 10 May 2016.
The evaluator will be selected based on the quality and relevant experience of the consultant and the affordability of the proposed budget. Dari or Farsi language skills are highly desirable. The ability to attend the workshop on May 19 in person, not remotely, is also desirable.