• Expressions of Interest will close on: 07 February 2023  at 5PM Vanuatu Time [GMT+11]
  • Location of role: Pacific Region, Australia or New Zealand
  • Term: 30 days maximum (February to March)
  • Reporting to: EYEL Project Coordinator
  • Terms of Reference  is available for download
  • Please contact Recruitment Co-Ordinator Divono Vakatale for any questions: [email protected]

      All applications must be lodged online only – Apply here

CONSULTANCY – Enhancing Youth Employment and Leadership Project (EYEL) in Vanuatu Endline Evaluation

Background

The EYEL project:

Youth Challenge Vanuatu (YCV) is a non-governmental organisation headquartered in Port Vila, Vanuatu, whose mission is to provide quality programs and services throughout Vanuatu that assist disadvantaged youth to meet their life goals, reach their potential and to assist communities meet their development challenges.  In addition, YCV assists young women and men to contribute to and lead the economic and social development of Vanuatu.  YCV are direct implementers of the EYEL project and the EYEL project’s overall goal is:

“Young men and women, including marginalised youth, are leading economic and social development in Vanuatu.”

To achieve its goal the project has four intended outcomes:

  1. Outcome one: An increased number of young men and women in employment, self-employment, or study.
  2. Outcome two: Young men and women engaging as active citizens around issues that are important to them.
  3. Outcome three: YCV being recognised by government and the private sector as a leading youth advocate and provider of youth services.
  4. Outcome four: YCV being more financially sustainable.

Purpose of the Evaluation

The primary purpose of this endline evaluation of EYEL is to determine to how successful the Thrive project was at achieving its project outcomes.

The objectives of this assignment are to assess the EYEL project against the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Development Committee (OECD – DAC) criteria for evaluating development assistance: relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and impact of the project and likely sustainability of outcomes.

  • Relevance: Whether and to what extent the Activity has addressed the needs and priorities of the target groups and is aligned with relevant partner (and country) policies and priorities.
  • Effectiveness: Whether and to what extent the Activity has achieved the intended outcomes.  This should reference a report of actual performance against the Results Framework.
  • Efficiency: Narrowly defined, efficiency means the extent to which the Activity could have been implemented at less cost without reducing the quality or quantity of the benefits.  More broadly, assessment of efficiency should include consideration of whether the intervention provided value for money.
  • Impact: To the degree possible, include assessment of the likely impact (positive and negative, planned, and unplanned) of the Activity.  Include available evidence on changes in the economic, social, and political situation and status of beneficiaries.
  • Sustainability: Assessment of the likely sustainability of any benefits of the Activity based on an analysis of relevant institutional, environmental, and other contextual factors.  Cross-cutting issues can be of particular importance in making this assessment.

In addition to the DAC criteria, the evaluation is to also address lessons learned: Key lessons learned from the project; lessons should clearly set out to whom they are directed, e.g. YCV Oxfam, donor, etc.

Deliverables

The outputs to be delivered are:

  1. One work-plan using the outlined methodology for YCV/OIP Vanuatu
  2. One evaluation report for the EYEL project against the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Development Committee OECD DAC criteria for evaluating development assistance: relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and impact of the project and likely sustainability of outcomes as well as lessons learned.
  3. In addition to this evaluation report, the following information for YCV:
  • One presentation of key findings from the evaluation for key stakeholders in Port Vila in an appropriate format and language;
  • One high-level abridged summary of the evaluation report that can be steering committee and stakeholders:
  • Executive summary
  • Methodology and limitations
  • Summary of findings
  • Recommendations
  • Lessons learned
  • One-hand out of key findings in a brief, accessible and readable format.

Schedule

The evaluation is expected to take place in February 2023 and the final evaluation report is to be submitted no later than 31 Mar 2023. The evaluation will require a maximum of 30 working days.

Governance and Management

The consultant will be contracted by OIP Vanuatu. OIP Vanuatu will manage the consultant. Oxfam will provide support to the consultant via Katalaine Duaibe – EYEL Project Close out Consultant

The consultant will have reporting responsibilities to a steering group comprising representatives from YCV and OiP Vanuatu.

Institutional Arrangement

  • The consultant (he/she) will be Pacific, Australia or New Zealand based
  • The consultant is to provide his/her own laptop or computer and all materials required for the assignment
  • The consultant will communicate using online platforms
  • All program documents required for this review will be provided to the Consultant through the EYEL Project Close out Consultant

Competencies for Consultant 

The following knowledge, skills and experience are required for the recruitment of an appropriate consultant.

  • Demonstrated experience leading evaluations of development programs, ideally within the Pacific
  • Extensive knowledge of and experience in the development and leadership of young women and men’s programmes, including international best practice in monitoring and evaluation;
  • Extensive experience and proven track record in evaluation and participatory research methodologies;
  • Demonstrable experience in participatory methodologies, and an ability to work in a participatory, empowering, culturally sensitive and gender-responsive manner;
  • Extensive experience in gender, youth and socio-economic development initiatives;
  • Ability to effectively use the connections, knowledge and experience of in-country stakeholders in project identification, giving due weight to their views;
  • Excellent cross-cultural skills
  • Ability to articulate concepts and communicate proposals in a clear, concise and logical manner;
  • Excellent English language writing skills; and
  • Knowledge and experience of Vanuatu.
  • Bislama communication skills an advantage.
  • Availability to complete the evaluation within the specified timeframe.

How to Apply

Send in.

  • Detailed expression of interest with clear research methodology, work plan and budget for the consultancy
  • A results-oriented CV detailing specific evaluation experience with evidence of conducting qualitative reviews in previous assignments.
  • Two Reference letters (if available at the time of application)