Background and Motive
AWO International e.V. is the Workers’ Welfare (Arbeiterwohlfahrt, AWO) Association for Humanitarian Action and Development Cooperation. AWO International cooperates with local NGOs in Central America, East Africa, South Asia and South East Asia. The overall goal of AWO International’s work in all these regions is to contribute to the improvement of peoples’ living conditions in a sustainable manner and to enhance their own initiative.
The Regional Program “Promotion of Safe Migration and Fight against Human Trafficking in the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia” is implemented by AWO International in cooperation with (currently) eight local partner organizations in Indonesia and the Philippines.
Being present in the region since 2009, AWO International has started this new project with a specific focus on migration and human trafficking in 2018. The current first phase is running from 2018 to 2020.
The evaluation covers only six of the eight current/running sub-projects of the Regional Program South East Asia. The Regional Program South East Asia shall be extended for a second phase from 2021 to 2023. The planning for this second phase shall begin in January 2020. The evaluation shall provide important inputs for the planning of the second phase.
The Regional Program gets its funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (BMZ) funding allotment ‘Assistance to Social Structures’. The specific objectives cover, for example, establishing and strengthening of community-based organizations (social structures), advocacy, networking and lobbying for the benefit of the target groups, addressing forced, uninformed and unsafe migration, case management of violations of labor migrants’ rights, better access to social services and livelihood promotion.
Three thematic core areas have been identified in a strategic program planning process together with the partner organizations to be addressed in the region: 1) Human trafficking of women and children for sexual exploitation, 2) Irregular (undocumented) migration of female migrant domestic workers, 3) Exploitation and forced labor in the fishing industry.
Sub-projects are currently part of the Regional Program South East Asia. They are all implemented by local NGOs and some are subject of the evaluation:
Child Alert Mindanao (CAM), Project Title: Strengthening the resilience of women and children against trafficking for sexual exploitation and online sexual abuse, Project Region: Davao City, Mindanao, Philippines (cooperation since 2010, evaluation conducted in 2014, not part of this evaluation)
Talikala, Project Title: Strengthening the resilience of women and children against trafficking for sexual exploitation and online sexual abuse, Project Region: Davao City, Mindanao, Philippines (cooperation since 2010, evaluation conducted in 2014, not part of this evaluation)
Center for Migrant Advocacy (CMA), Project Title: Reduction of vulnerability of Migrant Domestic Workers and families to exploitation and abuse, Project Region: Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao, Philippines (cooperation since 2018)
Mindanao Migrants Center for Empowering Actions, Inc. (MMCEAI), Project Title: Protection of Female Migrant Workers from Mindanao from Exploitation and Abuse, Project Region: Mindanao, Philippines (cooperation since 2018)
OND-Hesed Foundation, Project Title: Reduction of TIP (Trafficking in Persons) among fishing workers and communities, Project Region: Sarangani, General Santos City, Mindanao, Philippines (cooperation since 2018)
Advokasi Buruh Migran Indonesia (ADBMI) Foundation, Project Title: Protection of Women Migrant Workers against TIP and GBV (Gender based violence) in Lombok Timur, Project Region: East Lombok, Indonesia (cooperation since 2018)
Perkumpulan Panca Karsa (PPK), Project Title: Strengthening of rights and protection of Women Migrant Domestic Workers in Lombok Utara, Project Region: North Lombok, Indonesia (cooperation since 2018)
Institute for Education Development, Social, Religious and Cultural Studies (INFEST), Project Title: Empowerment of Indonesian migrant workers in East Java and Malaysia, Project Region: East Java, Indonesia, and Johor, Malaysia (cooperation since 2018, interventions in Malaysia not part of this evaluation).
Each sub-project is situated in a specific problem context and implements its strategy/activities in various communities or villages. For each sub-project there is an individual logframe which acts as the central project coordination parameter.
Purpose, Objective and Use
The purpose of the planned evaluation is to gather insight into selected sub-projects and to get recommendations for their further development. In addition, the evaluation shall give account of the Regional Program to the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development as the donor.
The objective of the evaluation is the following:
an independent assessment of the adequacy of the strategic orientation chosen in the different sub-projects;
an independent assessment of the hitherto existing impact of the selected sub-projects (results achieved so far on outcome and use of output level);
recommendations for the further development of the evaluated sub-projects.
The main users of the results of the evaluation are AWO International, its implementing local partner organizations, the BMZ and interested members of the public.
Subject of the evaluation and period of examination
Subject of the mid-term evaluation are six sub-projects. The main task is the examination of the current funding period (2018-2020).
Each of the selected sub-projects shall be examined in an exemplary way on the basis of its activities in some project communities or villages. The communities/villages to be examined will be selected by the evaluators.
The evaluation shall analyse the selected sub-projects of the Regional Project within the framework of the DAC evaluation criteria relevance, effectiveness, impact and sustainability. In doing so, the following thematic areas and questions shall be addressed in the evaluation report:
Relevance for Development Policy
To what extent do the Regional Project and its sub-projects address key problems of the target group in the respective country? To what extent do the project objectives coincide with the development policy of the partner country? How relevant is AWO International’s contribution in the field of development cooperation?
To what extent does the basic development policy orientation and conception of the Regional Project and the underlying strategies of the individual sub-projects correspond to the current state of knowledge?
Does AWO International’s approach to support Social Structures have an added value compared to other development approaches (e.g. technical cooperation)?
To what extent are the project objectives likely to be achieved (Effectiveness)?
What positive (and negative, where applicable) direct benefit (outcome) has been achieved so far at the level of the partner organizations and the target groups? Which factors promote or rather hamper the achievement of the project objectives? Which factors limit the positive impact of the project interventions? Do the sub-projects succeed in preventing negative impacts?
How effective are the different development approaches of the Regional Project and its sub-projects? What are the strengths and weaknesses of the sub-projects?
To what extent have results been achieved so far in the sub-projects (under outcome and use of output as defined in the individual logframe)? Which level of development policy intervention (micro-, meso-, macro-level) has been reached in the different project components? Are we on track?
Is the project design logic and consistent (after reviewing the individual logframes: what should be done differently when planning the next project phase)? Do the results in the result chain (output, use of output, outcome) contribute to the intended impact? Are the indicators used (under outcome and use of output) smart enough and suitable to illustrate the project achievements? Do the means of verification give clear evidence to the target achievement as per chosen indicator? Are the assumptions made before the project started still valid?
In future, how can one guarantee the effectiveness of the Regional Project (according to the problems defined)?
Are the project management structures/processes (e.g. applied staff concept, communication structures) effective to achieve the aimed targets?
Impact and Sustainability
To what extent the Regional Project and its sub-projects can potentially achieve a lasting impact? What steps have been taken or planned to make a lasting contribution to the improvement of the living conditions of the target groups?
To what extent are the strategies of the sub-projects exemplary and able to enhance social structures in a sustainable way? Are there lessons learnt / best practices?
In the long run, to what extent the partners and target groups are able and willing to secure the positive impact of the interventions without external support? How is it avoided that impacts depend on individual persons or organizations? What risks and capabilities are visible? How can these risks be minimized (or capabilities be enhanced)?
Does AWO International provide sufficient support to capacitate the partners?
Do the partners have adequate concepts or ideas for exit strategies?
How to apply:
Interested persons (individually or as a team) shall send their curriculum vitae and a methodological proposal on the implementation of the evaluation including proposed time-line and indicating the amount of their consultancy fee per day.
Booking of flights and hotels will be done by the AWO International Regional Office. Travel costs (like per diem and local transport) will be reimbursed in line with the travel regulation of AWO International’s Regional Office South East Asia upon completion of the field phase.
Applications can be submitted until 15th June, 2019 and should be sent to email@example.com
Placing assignment and awarding contract: latest by 8th July, 2019.
Preparation: July 2019
· examination of relevant project documents
· correspondence between evaluators
· submission of inception report with (adjusted) evaluation design and methodology to be applied (until 19th July, 2019)
- Implementation: up to 4 weeks between 2nd August and 6th September, 2019)
· preparation talk at Regional Office South East Asia, Manila, Philippines (if necessary, talks with other relevant actors): 1st August, 2019
· field visits of 6 sub-projects in the Philippines and Indonesia (3-5 days each)
· debriefing at Regional Office South East Asia, Manila, Philippines: 2nd week of September 2019
· submission of individual Debriefing Notes for project partners: 2nd week of September 2019
- Submission of draft evaluation report on 30th September, 2019 with recommendations, Submission of final evaluation report on 31st October, 2019.
- Inception report with evaluation design and methodology to be applied
- Individual Debriefing Notes for project partners
- Evaluation report in English including executive summary (up to 5 pages)
- List of main recommendations
- Electronic submission of all relevant documents (and on USB flash drive)
Profile of the evaluation team
- Two evaluator/consultants with expertise in results based management and DAC criteria for evaluating development assistance, profound knowledge of the regional context and fluency either in Bahasa and English, or Tagalog, Visayan, and English. The Consultant should have a minimum of 10 years working experience on development work; specifically, on Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), and be familiar with the DAC quality standards for development evaluation. German is a plus, knowledge in the field of migration and anti-human trafficking as well. AWO International encourages women to apply.
- The evaluation team is responsible for the professional implementation of the evaluation and for the preparation of the field visits.
- After review, the AWO International will assign a team leader.
30% upon signing of the contract
40% upon completion of the implementation/field phase
30% upon submission of the (consolidated) final evaluation report