forumZFD

 

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External evaluation (mid-term evaluation) of Philippines program



About forumZFD

We support people involved in violent conflicts on the path to peace. Since 1996, we have striven to help overcome war and violence.

Currently, we are working with peace consultants in Germany and ten other countries in Europe, the Middle East and South East Asia. Our Academy for Conflict Transformation offers professional trainings to people in international peace work. Through campaigns, lobby work and public relations we actively advocate civil peace policy.

We are a recognised organisation of the German Civil Peace Service (CPS). We finance our work through public and private grants, donations and membership fees.

The forumZFD Philippines program, existing since 2008, is implemented through three project offices (Butuan, Cotabato and Davao), each housing a project team. Each project office is in a pivotal area for peacebuilding work in Mindanao. The Davao project team is located in the most stable part of Mindanao. This gives us the space to work on the long-term foundations of sustainable peace in Mindanao. Accordingly, forumZFD Davao works mainly with the academe on peace education. In Muslim Mindanao, the Cotabato team has been supporting the ongoing peace process between the Government of the Philippines and the major insurgent group, the MILF. This is done through information dissemination, providing spaces for grassroots-level discussions related to the process and its outcome, and networking with local civil society organizations. In the absence of official peace-talks between GPH and the CPP-NPA-NDFP, the project team in Butuan continues working with local-level partners on reinforcing their capacity for conflict transformation to respond emerging violence locally.


The task

After operating in the Philippines for ten years and preparing the proposal for its next funding cycle, forumZFD Philippines seeks to evaluate its work through three of its “flagship” projects. The projects in question are central to the work of the respective project offices and represent some of the key approaches the organization uses.

forumZFD intends to work with a team of two evaluators, ideally one from the Philippines and one international. Evaluators are welcome to apply either as individuals and as teams. In case individual applicants are selected, they will be given time to develop their workplan and methodology in consultation with forumZFD. The evaluators will gauge the impact and outcome of the projects in question, contribute to organizational learning, and formulate strategy recommendations, that will support the further development of the forumZFD program in the Philippines


About the projects

The evaluation covers three key projects of the forumZFD Philippines program, one of each project office.

Integrating Conflict-Sensitive Journalism in communication curricula in Region XI (Davao)

In a common endeavor to promote peaceful coexistence in Mindanao, the Commission on Higher Education Regional Office XI and forumZFD embarked in 2013 on a joint project of systematically integrating Conflict-Sensitive Journalism (CSJ) in communication programs in Region XI.

The project considers that to successfully incorporate a conflict-sensitive view into regular media practice, journalists should reflect as early as possible upon their roles and responsibilities, before perceptions and attitudes are shaped by the day-to-day work. Through the introduction to CSJ at university level as a pre-service training, students are encouraged to examine the concepts and relationships between peace, conflict and violence already during their formation.
 
Between 2013-2017, various activities took place to advance CSJ in communication programs in regions XI. A student caravan, a teaching guide and several trainings are examples of the various activities.  The focus was on engaging and training teachers, who would be the multipliers of CSJ towards the future media practitioners, their students.

KuMuNet Peace Radio (Cotabato)

The Kutawato Multimedia Network (KuMuNet) is a formation of local civil society organizations in Mindanao, operating since 2010. It evolved from a series of journalism and multimedia workshops organized by forumZFD. The Network recognizes the need for strategy of peace advocacy to address gaps in the understanding of Mindanao conflicts. Member organizations formed the network as a platform to further their common advocacy issues to influence broader audience.

KuMuNet, with the support of forumZFD produces a one-hour weekly peace radio program, Bangsamoro Ngayon: Tinig ng Kapayapaan (Bangsamoro Today: The voice of Peace) where it provides information and updates on the Bangsamoro peace process, as well as issues related to Human Rights, Gender-Based Violence, Disaster Risk Reduction, and Environmental Protection. Different community peace forums were also conducted to bring together the key actors of the Bangsamoro peace process and the community members into a dialogue on relevant issues.

The network today brings together communications and advocacy components of member organizations through strategic communication skills sharing and development. The focus of KuMuNet activities is to strengthen each organization’s advocacy work, develop collaborative advocacy/media strategy and effective civil-society organizations and media engagement.

Community of Practice (Butuan)

Initiated in 2014 after a survey of local organizations interested in contributing to conflict transformation locally in the province of Agusan del Sur, the Community of Practice grew out from a series of trainings in non-violent conflict transformation (NVCT). At present four partners are involved in the Community of Practice, two civil society organizations (CSO) and two people’s organizations (PO).

The initial trainings for the organizations were designed to impart knowledge and develop skills in NVCT among organizations that are already active locally to empower them to address emerging conflict, especially but not limited to conflicts arising from natural resource extraction and land disputes in their respective municipalities. Forming the network itself was premised on the idea that the participating organizations will exchange experiences and knowledge they develop in the course of their praxis.

At present the key activities of the CoP are related to accompaniment of the POs in their conflict transformation work, and re-engagement with the CSOs. The accompaniment is necessary to deepen and practice the skills acquired during the training phase. The re-engagement with the CSOs is needed because their needs and approaches are significantly different to those of the Pos and new approaches are explored with them.


Project partners

Integrating Conflict-Sensitive Journalism in communication curricula in Region XI (Davao)

forumZFD, Commission on Higher Education Regional Office XI, PECOJON - The Peace and Conflict Journalism Network Philippines, Inc, and Media Educators of Mindanao, Inc (MEM).

KuMuNet Peace Radio (Cotabato)

KuMuNet members: a wide range of Cotabato-based civil society organizations 

Community of Practice (Butuan)

CSOs and POs working in Agusan del Sur


Objectives of Evaluation

The evaluation of the three key projects of the forumZFD program aims to assess their effectiveness and efficiency, relevance to peace-building needs, and relevance to forumZFD’s set goals for the current planning period:

  • Impact: Progress towards the projects outcomes or impact.
  • Effectiveness: The reasons behind the achievement (or not) of outcomes (e.g. if a project is not achieving outcomes, whether the problem rests in the theory of change, or with difficulties in implementation [including the institutional context], and whether these are leading to unintended [positive or negative] consequences). Whether the outcomes are ultimately contributing to the realization of the program's vision or whether our outcomes are contributing to the achievement of the TLS.
  • Relevance: The extent to which the intervention is suited to the priorities and needs of the people and communities it is intended to benefit, with specific reference to the experiences and opinions of women and other marginalized groups.
  • Efficiency: The degree to which the financial resources of the projects have been used economically and efficiently.
  • Sustainability: Conditions and choices for exiting, scaling up, handover or other types of transitions.

 

For the evaluation, the following the objectives have been formulated:

General objectives:

  • To gauge the impact, outreach, and outcome of forumZFD program.
  • To contribute to organizational- and team learning.
  • To formulate strategic recommendations for the forumZFD Philippines program.

In particular:

  • Internal Alignment: Review the individual projects in light of forumZFD’s Philippines program as a whole.
  • Assumptions: Examine the validity of underlying assumptions in the project designs.
  • Beneficiaries: Give insight on the change of identified beneficiaries of the projects.
  • Project learnings: Determine the challenges, lessons learned and best practices of the projects.
  • The end result: Render a full evaluation of project outputs, outcomes and effectiveness.
  • Sustainability: Provide recommendations for sustainability and needed follow-up in next phases of the projects.


Project specific:

CSJ:

  • Target group: Develop an overview of the different ways teachers have integrated CSJ in their teachings and education institutions, with a view to test the relevance and sustainability of the project.


Peace Radio:

  • Measure the reach, penetration, and impact of the Bangsamoro Ngayon: Tinig ng Kapayapaan radio program. More specifically, what areas it reaches; what is the approximate volume of the listenership; has it increased awareness of the peace process, and has it changed attitudes, and if yes, in what way?
  • Gauge the capacity development among KuMuNet partners active in producing the radio program. How effective have capacity building activities been, how do KuMuNet members make use of the skills acquired?
  • To explore key factors to make KuMuNet independent from forumZFD and sustainable on its own in the long run.


CoP:

To gauge the capacity of the partners and the network, and identify areas for improvement, specifically:

  • To evaluate the effectiveness of different learning methods and approaches, the pertinent challenges and how to overcome them.
  • To understand the challenges of forming a network and obstacles to collaboration in this context.
  • To understand the challenges in implementing the skills already learned.


Methodology

The evaluators will propose their exact methodology, which will be finalized upon consultation with forumZFD. It will have to be appropriate to the objectives laid out earlier, while the final evaluation will need to be compatible with the OECD-DAC criteria. The evaluators are expected to use interactive and systemic methodologies as much as possible. The evaluation approach should be inclusive of all stakeholders, participatory, culturally- and gender-sensitive.

Among others, the following methodologies can be considered:

  • collecting secondary data and provided analysis thereof;
  • conduct individual interviews (structured/semi-structured) with key informants, partners, beneficiaries;
  • collective data analysis-and data collection methods, e.g. world café, workshops with relevant stakeholders (project partners, former forumZFD staff, teachers and students), and focus group discussions;
  • surveys;
  • appreciative inquiry;
  • Validation meeting with relevant stakeholders at the end of the field research phase.


Expectations

The following is expected from the evaluators:

Provide an evaluation proposal together with the application that contains the the following methodological topics as a minimum:

  • the evaluator’s understanding of the evaluation questions, fine-tuned objectives of the evaluation;
  • description of the phases related to the evaluation methodology proposed and rough timeline;
  • instruments to be used for data collection;
  • different types of data analysis that will be carried out;
  • Produce the draft report as agreed upon with forumZFD.
  • Arrange interviews and workshops with relevant stakeholders, with the assistance of forumZFD Philippines.
  • Regularly consult and update forumZFD about the process of the evaluation.
  • Produce an evaluation report, covering the agreed upon objectives, with the set deadline.
  • To make, as appropriate, recommendations to forumZFD on various aspects of its programming in light of the findings of the evaluation, including but not limited to program structure and project foci.


forumZFD will provide the following:

  • Evaluation management (Venus Betita & Balazs Kovacs).
  • Provide input for the initial evaluation proposal.
  • Give access to relevant project documentation.
  • Supply the contact details of stakeholders to be contacted for the evaluation.
  • Support the organization of validation meetings.
  • Reimbursements, upon receipt and prior approval, of travel costs in the framework of the evaluation, on the basis of the Federal Travel Costs Law of the German government (Bundesreisekostengesetz).
  • Provide input and feedback during the execution phase of the evaluation.


Remuneration

Applicants are requested to submit a detailed budget.


Application

Interested candidates are requested to send in the following documents by [deadline]:

  • motivation letter;
  • resume;
  • 2-3 page document describing your approach to this assignment, suggested methodology and indicating your requested remuneration (evaluation proposal);
  • 3 relevant samples of previous assignments, including contact details of the clients.

For clarifications on the task and the process applicants are welcome to contact the PM&E Coordinator of forumZFD Philippines, Ms Venus Betita (betita@forumzfd.de).

Please send your applications by 24 October 2018 to Ms Venus Betita (betita@forumzfd.de).


Timeline (tentative)

18 November, 2018
Finalize contract with selected evaluators

23 November, 2018
Finalize the Evaluation plan

December 2018 – February 2019
Field research – 3-4 weeks within the indicated period (one week per project and travel between project sites)

April 2019
Submission of final report