The Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA) is a coalition of civil society organizations from Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia and Somaliland. SIHA was founded in 1995 by a collection of women’s groups with the view of strengthening the capacities of women organizations in the Horn of Africa countries. SIHA advocates for social change and gender equality for men and women in the Horn region and works specifically on: gender equality, women rights activism, women economic empowerment, eliminating violence against women and girls, promoting human rights, peace building and conflict transformation, enhancing women’s leadership and political participation and the production and dissemination of knowledge. More information about SIHA is available at www.sihanet.org.
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SIHA, with support from the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) under the Leading from the South initiative is implementing a project entitled “Invisible Labourers: Addressing the challenges of the urban poor women street vendors in Somaliland and Uganda” The overall objective of the project is to support the livelihoods and the human rights conditions of the poorest women working in the informal sector in Kampala and Hargeisa through programs that will support their self-reliance, access to resources and skills development, and capacity to conduct advocacy and open avenues for participation in decision making. The project has been implemented in Kampala and Hargeisa from July 2017 until August 2019, with a no-cost extension until the end of February 2020.
The project has provided training in business skills, legal frameworks and human rights, advocacy and coalition building and cooperative development and management. In total, 300 women have been supported, 150 in Uganda and 150 in Somaliland. Three cooperatives in each country have also been formed and registered, and several stakeholder and policy meetings have been held with relevant authorities.
In order to raise awareness about the plight of informal labourers, video documentaries have been produced and screened widely, and one study has been conducted and published for distribution. Members of the women’s cooperative in Uganda have also been linked with a wider coalition of informal workers, and women in both Uganda and Somaliland have been successfully advocating on a number of issues that affect their lives.
Objective of Consultancy
As the project will come to a close at the end of February, SIHA would like to conduct an external evaluation to understand fully the impact the project has had on the lives of women street vendors. Therefore the objective of this consultancy is to conduct a project evaluation focusing on the impact of the project, lessons learned and recommendations going forward.
The evaluation should utilise qualitative methods, including focus group discussions and semi-structured interviews. Participatory methods are particularly welcome, but these are at the discretion of the consultant.
Main Tasks and Responsibilities
The external evaluation consultant will undertake the following tasks:
· To assess the impact of the SIHA’s Invisible Labourers project on beneficiaries and other relevant institutions or individuals;
· To assess the progress towards all stated objectives in SIHA’s MEL framework;
· To review the current project development and implementations systems;
· To seek feedback from project beneficiaries and members and other stakeholders about changes that could be made to improve current practice in these areas;
· To produce a report outlining findings and recommendations to improve project development, implementation, and impact.
The role of this consultant is to conduct an evaluation of the impact related to the project. The deliverables include:
· Formulation of a work plan, including methodologies and tools of the project analysis, and timeframe
· Documentation of the field work: focus group discussions, key informants interviews.
· Analysis of Focus Group Discussions and success stories
· A final report including executive summary, introduction, methodology, key findings and recommendations, in English, between 15-25 pages.
· Best practices for the next 5 years of implementation.
The candidate for this position should have a proven record in project evaluations, particularly evaluations of women’s rights programs. The candidate should have strong knowledge and understanding of the Horn of Africa sub region as well as the greater Horn of Africa. A commitment to women’s human rights and the principles of gender equality and strong interest in social movements is essential, with proven track-record on right-based programming being a precondition for shortlisting. More important, the candidate for this post should be open and comfortable to work in a diverse work environment and with women and men of different cultural back grounds.
· Minimum 3 years’ experience in monitoring and evaluation, project management, project development, management consulting or related field;
· A proven track record of delivering similar assessments;
· English language fluency;
· Excellent writing skills;
· A proven understanding and experience of human rights work with NGOs is strongly desirable;
· Experience as well understanding about the Horn of Africa region is desirable.
· Upon delivery of final document, the consultant relinquishes intellectual property right of the document to SIHA
Interested Candidates are asked to provide their current CV and an Expression of Interest, including Fees, expressing her/his motivation in applying and relevant experience/expertise, to SIHA’s Human Resources Department firstname.lastname@example.org by February 28th, 2020. Please enter “Application Materials: SIHA External Evaluator” in the subject line. SIHA may, because of the immediate need of the recruitment, contact shortlisted candidates before the deadline. Due to the anticipated volume of applications, please note that SIHA will contact only shortlisted candidates. We thank you for your interest in joining SIHA!
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