Evaluation and Synthesis Study of the Strategic Partnership Agreement 

Evaluation and Synthesis Study of the Strategic Partnership Agreement

Request for Quotation (RFQ) for Consultancy, Evaluation and Synthesis study of the DRC-Danida Strategic Partnership Agreement 2018-2021. (DRC HQ)

Opportunity Background:

DRC is looking for qualified consultants for an evaluation and learning synthesis study for the DRC-DANIDA Strategic Partnership Agreement 2018-2021. The Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) is entering itsfourth and final year of implementation which inspires greater attention to documenting and assessing the results and learning from them. This evaluation aims to explore and analyse existing evidence on the effects of the programmes supported through the partnership and inform the future discussions and internal guidelines with regards to strategic partnerships and grants.

The envisaged study encompasses evaluative (summative) and learning (formative) perspectives on the achievements of the SPA programmes and thus focuses on programmatic results as well as implementation and results tracking processes.

The DRC-Danida SPA Humanitarian Lot is the main subject of evaluation (no CIV Lot programmes) which is implemented in app. 20 countries in Asia, Middle East, as well as East, North and West Africa. No field visits nor travels to country offices are envisaged.

Background and context

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a leading, international humanitarian organisation, supporting refugees and internally displaced persons during displacement, in exile, upon return, or when settling and integrating in a new place.

DRC has a long-term partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark under its development and humanitarian assistance branch, Danida. The Strategic Partnership Agreement 2018-2021 is the programmatic foundation for the partnership governing Danida’s funding for DRC regional and country programmes (under Danida HUM Lot) as well as funding to the central organisation’s pursuit of key strategic and policy themes.

Under the current SPA 2018-2021 DRC has introduced results tracking and reporting, including programme Theories of Change, a Summary Results Framework developed in 2017 and subsequently tools to report results of the country programmes. The framework as well as tools have evolved throughout the initial three years and are now deployed for 2020 and 2021 country- and regional results reporting. Similarly, DRC’s SPA partnership has also been used to test IATI reporting in line with Aid Transparency commitments.

DRC is expecting to submit an Expression of Interest for the new Danida SPA for 2022-2025 and thus seeks to take stock of existing evidence of results and related processes including SPA programme implementation strengths and limitations, so as to inform the design of the future framework for SPA (and draw learning relevant for other strategic grants and partnerships).

Opportunity background:

Rationale and purpose

DRC’s four-year strategic partnership with Danida is entering its final year and gathering evidence on the results is necessary both to ensure transparent, accountable and meaningful donor reporting, as well as to learn and draw conclusions for the programmes in the future, including learning for country-, regional- and global- levels. Existing monitoring data, evidence and results tracking practices in different countries/regions vary in scope and quality and their analysis was at times limited due to changing programmatic priorities, shifting focus between different result areas and adjusting funds allocation as well as level of existing MEAL capacity. Similarly, analysis of whether and how SPA funds were used strategically to leverage additional donor funding or support development of DRC country/regional programme portfolio and strategies, hasn’t been pursued in a manner that would allow the drawing of conclusions at the global level. DRC is however committed to demonstrating results of the programmes by establishing and strengthening its capacity to track, document and learn from monitoring, evaluation and learning initiatives and collected data at various levels. Therefore, an increased attention is mobilized under the SPA in 2021 to collect, explore, analyse and draw conclusions in relation to results of the SPA programmes and to use it for learning and programming.

Furthermore, DRC is also in the process of establishing its organisational strategy for 2021-2025 and will establish a corresponding global results framework, creating opportunities to align results frameworks.

The Evaluation and Learning Synthesis Study aims to:

  • Explore and analyse existing evidence on the effects of the programmes supported through the DRC-Danida SPA Hum Lot.
  • Analyse the linkages between programme implementation and results tracking processes and identify strengths and limitations of the results tracking processes deployed for SPA.
  • Analyse to what extent the SPA funds were used strategically to leverage additional donor funding or support development of DRC country/regional programme portfolio/strategies.
  • Provide recommendations with regards to the SPA and similar global-level results tracking in order to inform future strategic grants and partnerships and corresponding global results frameworks.

Consultant Qualifications

For this task, DRC seeks a consultant with the following expertise and skills:

  • Demonstrated expertise in evaluation of humanitarian and development contexts and programmes, including significant experience with international humanitarian and development organisations
  • Demonstrated knowledge of monitoring and evaluation tools, processes and approaches
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to clearly synthesize and present findings, draw practical conclusions, make recommendations
  • Track record of high-quality evaluations, assessments or studies
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in leading or participating in humanitarian evaluation or Real Time evaluations or similar review exercises
  • Excellent analytical, interpersonal, and reporting skills
  • Strong communication and facilitation skills (oral and written) in English required
  • Ability to communicate in French – desirable
  • On-line facilitation skills – desirable

Competitive Scope:

Procedure for submission of quotation

Interested consultant(s) should submit the following documents to tender@drc.ngo by Wednesday 17 February 23:59 (GMT+1) latest:

  • Updated CV (of not more than 5 pages).
  • A cost offer (RFQ document), consisting of an inclusive daily consulting fee for the proposed number of working days. The daily fee is to include all institutional overheads and management cost in Danish Kroner (DKK).
  • Detailed Budget breakdown of your Financial Proposal. Please note: the total cost of the financial offer should be mentioned in the RFQ document, while the breakdown of the budget should be attached separately.
  • Completed DRC Supplier Profile Registration Form
  • One to three work sample(s) of similar assignments delivered (preferably links to documents).
  • A brief methodology in response to ToR (no more than 5 pages) that covers:
    • The consultant’s suitability for the assignment,
    • Suggested approach or focus, process and methodology in relation to the requirements stated in the Terms of Reference
  • To help us track our procurement effort, please indicate in your email where (ngotenders.net) you saw this tender/procurement notice
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