Consultancy for the Evaluation of the Commonwealth Secretariat's Democracy Programme

The Commonwealth
  • Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Mar 29

Position description

The Strategy, Portfolio and Partnerships Division (SPPD) is commissioning an independent evaluation of the Commonwealth Secretariat’s support in Democracy 2013/14 - 2016/17. The purpose of this evaluation is to assess the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact and sustainability of the support provided by the Secretariat in meeting the needs of its member states.

The study will cover four-year period of the strategic plan 2013/14 – 2016/17.  The evaluation will provide an independent opinion on the design, performance and results of the programme. It will also make recommendations from both the strategic and operational perspectives to optimise the utilisation of resources in achieving sustainable impact.

The Consultant will include the following key steps in the conduct of the evaluation for information collection, analysis and report writing during the study.

  • Review of all pertinent records and data related to the democracy work of the Secretariat, including the earlier reviews;
  • Interview relevant Secretariat staff directly engaged in the delivery and others whose work impact on the delivery of the Commonwealth Democracy Programme;  
  • Interview selected stakeholders- governments, programme partners, collaborating institutions, and consultants- through field visits and electronically/ telephonically;
  • Undertake any additional activities, as may be agreed with SPPD, in order to enable the proper execution of the Review.

The evaluation will provide the following deliverables to the Secretariat:

  • Inception Report with the evaluation framework, work plan and methodology;
  • Draft Evaluation Report (following the interviews, survey and field work);
  • A dissemination seminar/ presentation on the evaluation findings and recommendations;
  • Final Evaluation Report, incorporating all feedback/ comments received on the draft report and during the dissemination seminar.  

The study is planned to commence in spring 2018. It is estimated that 60 consultant days will be needed to complete the study, including agreed fieldwork. Travel and DSA expenses related to country field visits for validation of findings and documentation of country case studies will be covered separately as per Secretariat’s Travel Policy for external consultants.

The consultant(s) will need to travel to:

  • The Commonwealth Secretariat office in London, UK for initial meetings and interviews with Secretariat staff and for presentation and discussion of the draft reports and recommendations.
  • Country field visits, as agreed with the Secretariat, for documentation of country case studies and validation of findings.

Any other relevant work is to be undertaken at the consultant(s)’ normal place of work and there is no provision for any other travel.

The study is planned to commence in spring 2018. It is estimated that 60 consultant days will be needed to complete the study, including agreed fieldwork. Travel and DSA expenses related to country field visits for validation of findings and documentation of country case studies will be covered separately as per Secretariat’s Travel Policy for external consultants.

The consultant(s)/ consultancy team should demonstrate the following:

  • Substantive knowledge and experience in undertaking reviews, evaluations and critical research;
  • Knowledge and experience of democracy work and programming matters especially in the field of international relations, conflict prevention and resolution, diplomatic relations, electoral processes as well as challenges and issues of the measuring progress in democracy work;
  • Ability to handle and analyse big datasets, and conducting multi country reviews and multi-million pound projects; 
  • Excellent communication skills, both spoken and written English, including experience in the production of clear and concise reports for international/inter-governmental institutions, and delivery of messages to a diversified audience;
  • Good understanding of the work of multilateral organisations, foreign and diplomatic institutions and how they relate with member states, especially the Commonwealth; and,
  • Familiarity with Sustainable Development Goals and the international governance architecture.

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