Green Forum is looking for an evaluator for Democracy Support project in Georgia

Terms of Reference

Mid Term Project Evaluation

Democracy Strengthening, Georgia

  1. Background

1.1 Green Forum

Green Forum is a Party Affiliated Organization affiliated to the Swedish Green Party. Green Forum believes green political organizations are key to support the transition to sustainable democratic societies. Internationally, it works through SIDA´S democracy support programme, pursuing democratic development and increased respect for human rights and equal opportunities for men and women.  Since its establishment, Green Forum has supported movements in Africa, Latin America, Europe as well as green Federations in Asia-Pacific, Africa, America and Europe.

1.2 Context

In 2019, Green Forum and SIDA agreed on a two-year programme, with an overarching goal of strengthening organizations’ capacity to develop their membership base through inclusion and diversification as well as strengthening organizations’ ability to position citizens demands in politics. The programme is labeled as GPOP – Green Political Organizations Programme.  To achieve GPOP goals, Green Forum would apply sub-granting, capacity building activities, networking, and opportunities for peer-to-peer learning between green actors. To instrumentalize its support, Green Forum established individual projects with each of its partners. Each partner develops its own project and receives funding to implement its initiative.

In 2020, SIDA decided to extend the programme for two more years until 2022. Green Forum and its partners have extended individual projects two additional years following SIDAs decision.

New application process for projects 2022-2027. This evaluation will further assist Green Forum’s decision making process of including the partner in the upcoming application.

 

  1. Assignment

2.1 Purpose of the assignment

The purpose of the assignment is to evaluate to what extent the project with Green Forum’s partner in Georgia has been able to achieve outcomes with the project implemented between 2019 and  2021. Outcomes shall be understood as a change in behavior, relationships, actions, activities, policies, or practices of an individual, group, community, organization. The evaluation must provide a clear assessment about achievement of expected and unexpected outcomes, a theory of change to explain how the activities lead to the achieved of outcomes, or factors that prevented it.

It is intended for the evaluation to determine:

 

  • Relevance:
    • Extent to which the project and the organization’s political influence strategy has been consistent with contextual needs;
    • Extent to which the intervention logic has been corresponding to the political influence strategy and adequate to deliver the expected results;
    • and whether the activities proposed have been adequate to achieve outcomes.
  • Outcomes:
    • Identification of outcomes achieved, expected or unexpected throughout the project, expressed in terms of change;
    • How where these outcomes achieved;
    • Identification of groups or individuals who benefited from the intervention. Identification of how different target groups / beneficiaries experienced the change achieved.
  • Sustainability:
    • How did the project incorporate sustainability, understood as results being maintained beyond the timeline of the project;
    • Whether the results are likely to remain in time after the completion of the project.
  • Lessons learnt:
    • What did the local partner learn about the implementation of the project?
    • How can the partner use this knowledge to implement future projects?
  • Partnership model:
    • Is the partnership model used by Green Forum appropriate to promote change within the objectives of GPOP?
  • Project inclusiveness
    • Is the overall project management inclusive, transparent, gender-sensitive, and human-rights based?

2.2 Scope of the assignment

The evaluation will focus on the outcomes and activities implemented by Green Forum’s local partner in Georgia . For 2019-2020, the expected outcomes of the project were

  • The awareness of the general public has been raised on recycling. The municipality of Tbilisi starts planning the building of recycling plant.
  • Increased knowledge of students on Green ideology for raising their involvement in Green politics. Increased knowledge of new members of organization on Green ideology
  • increased knowledge and ability for the organization and members of the organization to find and apply for funding.

In 2020, the organization updated the political influence strategy and the following  outcomes were formulated for the years 2021-2022:

  • Organisation steps up on the political maturity ladder in the “party organisation” area
  • The organisation has a clear vision and action plan on three priority areas
  • Organisation’s external communication is enhanced

 

2.3 Methodology

The evaluation will be carried out by the consultant in coordination Green Forum staff. Green Forum will provide available documentation including project plans, reports and other relevant information.

It is suggested for the evaluation to take on an Outcome Harvesting approach where the evaluator is to interact with different target groups / individuals to understand how the project has changed attitude and behavior.

Consultants must submit a methodological proposal for the development of the evaluation. Documentation required is specified in the section below. The successful proposal will be a departing point for a detailed work plan. The plan will be developed after the consultant has been briefed about the project and accessed documentation. The work plan must be approved by Green Forum before data collection takes place.

The evaluation approach should be gender and human rights sensitive. Data disaggregation with relevant categories for the project is expected in evaluation report.

The assignment is home-based. The consultant shall be available for coordination and presentation meetings. Meetings can be held remotely/online. Communication with Green Forum will be carried out in English while communication with field partners is expected in Georgian (preferably).

2.4 Deliverables

The Consultant is to complete the following deliverables during the assignment;

  • A detailed work plan, including a description of the approach and methodology, data collection tools, questionnaires, analyzing tools and timeframe proposed.
  • A written evaluation report including methodology, findings, conclusions and recommendations fulfilling purpose of the evaluation described in 2.1. The final evaluation report shall be in English and shall not exceed 20 pages excluding appendices.
  • An oral report, presenting main highlights of evaluation.

It is expected for the evaluation to be carried out in a 8-week period. However, the final report must be submitted the April 15th  the latest. The delivery of the evaluation products shall be done accordingly the following schedule:

 

ITEM DESCRIPTION EXPECTED DATE
Evaluation workplan Detailed document including data collection tools, questionnaires to be applied, time frame and further requirements Within the first two weeks from the beginning of assignment
First draft written report Evaluation report including full content, relevant figures and findings Within seven weeks from the beginning of the assignment
Second draft written report Evaluation report incorporating feedback from Green Forum Within nine weeks from the

beginning of the assignment

Final version written report and oral report Final evaluation report complying with Green Forum’s requirements Within ten weeks from the beginning of the assignment

 

  1. Budget

The budget for the consultancy shall not exceed  80000 SEK including VAT

3.1 Fees

The Consultant shall indicate the fees/rates to complete the assignment. Consultant is responsible for all costs related to the consultancy.

3.2 Payment

The final payment will be made by bank transfer 30 days after delivery by consultant and deliverable approval by Green Forum. Payments will also require invoice issuing by the consultant.

  1. Qualifications and experience

The consultant shall have the following qualifications:

  • Relevant education for the task, for example bachelor/master’s degree in international development, social/political science or related fields.
  • At least 5 years of combined experience in project management, organizational development and/or monitoring and evaluation.
  • Demonstrated ability with data collection and analysis methods.
  • Demonstrated ability to draft and lay out quality documents and reports.
  • Excellent command of spoken and written English and Georgian.
  • Not be bankrupt, be convicted of crime in the profession, not have been guilty of serious professional misconduct nor have tax liabilities. Swedish suppliers shall have a class F tax certificate for contractors.

Preferred:

  • Experience in working in the Caucasus region, desirable in Georgia
  • Experience evaluating/working with political organizations and political parties

 

  1. Documentation required

Interested individuals must submit the following documentation:

  1. Letter of interest and CV. Presentation of relevant experience and abilities as well as qualifications. Max 3 pages.
  2. Methodological Proposal. Plan outlining evaluation methods (both quantitative and qualitative) to be used for data collection and analysis. Max 2 pages.
  3. Economic proposal. Proposal specifying a lump sum for the deliverables required in this document. All costs shall be given in Swedish kronor, excluding VAT.

 

  1. Procurement procedures

6.1 Selection criteria

The tender is subject to a selective tender procedure. The TOR will be sent to three or more selected consultants. The tenders will be assessed considering the following aspects.

  • The contents of the tender (that all the required information is enclosed, otherwise the tender will be disqualified)
  • The qualifications and experience of the tenderer including experience from working within the development sector and the Caucasus/Georgia (20%)
  • The methodology and approach proposed (50%)
  • The cost for the tender (30%)

Proposal review will be assessed through a Combined Scoring Method base on above percentages. The successful consultant will be selected by Green Forum.

6.2 Tendering

The tender containing all required information will be submitted to Green Forum by email to the following address info@greenforum.se at the latest February 17th, 2022. Subject in the email should read “Evaluation Georgia”.

Questions regarding the evaluation will be received via email to sopho@greenforum.se or phone: +46720710480 before February 10th  , 2022.

Green Forum söker praktikant till kommunikation och projektadministration

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Som kommunikatör kommer du att delta i både strategiskt och praktiskt arbete med att utveckla vår kommunikation till våra partners, finansiärer och allmänhet. Som projektadministratör stöttar du projektledarna i till exempel arrangerande av utbildningsevent.

Vi erbjuder dig en utvecklande och ansvarsfull praktik i en dynamisk arbetsmiljö. Green Forum vet att olika erfarenheter är utvecklande och bidrar till en modern och mänsklig arbetsplats. Vi välkomnar därför alla sökande oavsett kön, könsidentitet, könsuttryck, ålder, sexuell läggning, funktionsvariation eller etnisk eller religiös tillhörighet. Du delar givetvis våra gröna värderingar. Heltid 35 tim/vecka. Tillträde i mitten av januari 2022 eller enligt överenskommelse. Praktiken är avlönas med 5 000 sek/ månad, vid resor utgår också traktamente.

Mer information lämnas av Generalsekreterare Therese Näsman, tel 0737 06 55 00 eller therese@greenforum.se . Skicka din intresseanmälan med CV till info@greenforum.se snarast, men senast den 20 december. Märk din ansökan med “praktikant kommunikation”.

 

Green forum is looking for a consultant – Coordinator “Green Political Training Platform”

1.              General background

The POSP “Green Political Training Platform” aims at strengthening organizational and policy development among Green Parties in Africa. The programme is expected to incorporate 1 party in the region (and if successful, 2 more during the life cycle of the project) and increase the competence of the participants that in turn can contribute to strengthen youth wings and strengthened Green policy development. The programme contributes to SIDA’s strategy for democratic support in relation to “Increased empowerment and influence of society groups that are underrepresented in political processes and decision making, with focus on the political participation of women and young people”.

The programme is to provide the participants with pertinent content through 10 to 12 training sessions as well as the opportunity to apply new concept through joint or local activities. The programme is to be implemented digitally in close coordination with Green Forum.

2.              Assignment

2.1.               Scope of the contract

Green Forum is now contracting a platform coordinator to develop, implement and follow-up the programme the “Africa political online training platform“ which will take place between December 2021 and December 2022

2.2.               Description of services requested

Below follows a description of the services anticipated from the coordinator. The coordinator will report to Green Forum and work very closely with the team to jointly implement the programme.

2.2.1.        Recruitment of participants

The coordinator will do its best effort to recruit 15-20 participants (respecting gender parity) per training (Including the project team in Madagascar (5 people)). More participants will be considered as a positive result in the programme. Recruitment will require to engage in dialogue with political parties including party representatives and potential youth candidates coming from all parties involved in the programme. The coordinator will inform closely on the activities and results of this effort and will inform with anticipation of any deviation in the achievement of the expected number of participants.

2.2.2.        Development of the programme, design of programme contents and digital platforms

The coordinator will evaluate the pertinence of using Green Forums current online platform for the objectives of the Green political training platform. The coordinator will provide all the necessary information to Green Forum to have access to the platforms. Any material that requires pre-production in terms of audio-visual resources will be carried out by the coordinator and submitted to Green Forum.

The coordinator will, in collaboration with the target group and Green Forum manager, design the content of the programme and engage with local or distant facilitators that can facilitate the modules of the programme.

2.2.3.        Implementation of the Training Sessions.

The coordinator shall ensure that all the sessions designed for the programme are carried out. The coordinator will provide a register of the sessions and participants to Green Forum. The coordinator is also in charge of administering evaluation forms to participants, as well as providing an analysis of the information received. The coordinator shall ensure that facilitators have all the necessary information regarding the sessions through the digital platforms and that sessions are carried out in its most effective way.

2.2.4.        Implementation of Project activities

Project-specific activities belonging to the partner’s already ongoing project within POSP have designed by the participants prior to the engagement of the coordinator. The purpose of the coordinator action within this framework would be to provide an opportunity to the participants to apply the acquired knowledge to their ongoing projects.

The coordinator will ensure with Green Forum programme manager that participants fulfil all requirements and ensure expenditures are organized according to the approved budget.

2.2.5.        Other tasks

In addition to the tasks linked to the specific activities outlined above, the coordinator is also expected to undertake the following activities throughout the contract period:

 Programme management, monitoring, coordination and evaluation

  • Support and advice Green Forum on all aspects for the successful implementation of the programme.
  • Monitor the implementation of the programme against the work plan, budget, strategies and expected results.

Reporting

  • The coordinator shall provide the following reports to Green Forum. Report shall provide an account of the activities carried out and achieved results. The coordinator shall provide all supporting documentation required by Green Forum.
    • Preparation Stage Report. The first report will provide information over the sections 2.2.1 and 2.2.2 in these ToR.
    • Implementation Stage Report. The second report will provide information over the sections 2.2.3.
    • Follow up Report. The third report will provide information over the section 2.2.4

Additional reporting and information can be required by Green Forum in the best interest of the success of the programme.

3. Budget

The budget of this contract is valued to a maximum of 300.000 SEK.

  • Payments

The payments shall be made in SEK no later than 30 days following the Consultant’s submission of an invoice to the Green Forum by money transfer to the following bank account:

  • Schedule of payment

The payments shall be done on in three instalments according to the chart below.

 

Payment Amount Deliverable Schedule
1 of 2 200 000 SEK ·     Evaluation of the platform

·     Project plan for the year

Before 31st December 2021
2 of 2 50 000 SEK ·     Organised at least 5 trainings August 31st 2021
3 of 3 50 000 SEK ·     Having organized a total of 10-12 trainings

·     Report of the activities (tracking of participations, results, qualitative questionnaires collected from the participants)

Upon completion of the programme

  4. Qualifications

  • Has a proven record of carrying out digital training events and online platforms.
  • Has experience working on the African continent, and if possible, in countries interested by the original scope of action (DRC, Madagascar).
  • Has experience in capacity development.
  • Has good project planning and budget skills.
  • Has good report writing skills.
  • Has excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Possesses good logistical skills.
  • Is in capacity of handling legal aspects (especially in supporting the Youth Wing creation phase).
  • Is perfectly fluent in French (mother tongue is paramount).
  • Is fluent in English.

5. Documentation required

  • Letter of interest and CV. Presentation of relevant experience and abilities as well as qualifications.
  • Economic proposal. Proposal specifying a lump sum for the deliverables required in this document and consultants rate/hr. All costs shall be given in Swedish kronor, including VAT.
  • 1 page description of how the consultant would go about the implementing process on one training event from idea to evaluation.

6. Procurement procedures

6.1 Selection criteria

The tender is subject to a selective tender procedure. The TOR will be sent to three or more selected consultants. The tenders will be assessed considering the following aspects.

  • The qualifications and experience of the tenderer (50%)
  • Suggested training process (30%)
  • The cost for the tender (20%)

Proposal review will be assessed through a Combined Scoring Method base on above percentages. The successful consultant will be selected by Green Forum.

6.2 Tendering

The tender containing all required information will be submitted to Green Forum by email to the following address info@greenforum.se at the latest 14th nov, 2021. Subject in the e-mail should read. Coordinator Green Political Platform

Questions regarding the evaluation will be received via email to ludovic@greenforum.se

 

Invitación para nuevos socios

  1. Introducción

El movimiento político verde cada vez gana más relevancia en respuesta a múltiples crisis globales y locales. La “ola verde” hace un llamado a nuestras sociedades para avanzar hacia un futuro sostenible. Sin embargo, el impacto político que tienen los verdes a nivel mundial sigue siendo relativamente modesto. Creemos que partidos  verdes institucionalmente fuertes y capaces son clave para convertir la actual crisis de salud, económica, democrática y ambiental en una oportunidad para construir sociedades resilientes y justas dentro de los límites planetarios.

Green Forum busca potenciales nuevos socios[1] en Europa del Este, África y América Latina. El propósito de esta convocatoria es el de apoyar a organizaciones políticas verdes en la búsqueda de una mayor influencia política dentro de sus respectivos contextos. Si usted es una organización con una agenda política centrada en la ideología verde, podría ser elegible para convertirse en socio de Green Forum

  1. Asociación con Green Forum

La asociación con Green Forum implica diálogo y colaboración para aumentar la influencia política de su organización a través de iniciativas de fortalecimiento organizacional.

Para ello, Green Forum necesita comprender qué valores defiende su organización a quién representa, cómo opera y qué áreas organizativas podrían beneficiarse del apoyo del Green Forum. Una vez completado el diálogo organizacional, es posibe desarrollar un acuerdo de asociación centrado en una o más de las siguientes áreas:

  1. Mejora de la capacidad de gestionar y atraer a los miembros;
  2. Estructuras reforzadas, incluida la democracia interna y los sistemas organizativos internos;
  3. Capacidad mejorada para cooperar y crear alianzas;
  4. Fortalecimiento de la comunicación externa;
  5. Desarrollo de políticas y planificación;

Las asociaciones pueden variar en términos de tipo y alcance de financiamiento: Green Forum puede brindar oportunidades de desarrollo de capacidades, eventos de networking con otros partidos y actores verdes, así como apoyo financiero de hasta 250 000 SEK en etapa inicial. Las actividades / proyectos financiados pueden variar desde el apoyo para desarrollo de políticas basadas en evidencia, hasta el establecimiento de procedimientos democráticos internos, según los desafíos y prioridades de trabajo del solicitante.

  1. Criterios de elegibilidad

Se invita a las organizaciones políticas ecológicas o los partidos que trabajan en los países de Europa del Este, América Latina o África a postularse para asociarse.

  1. Proceso de asociación

El proceso para el desarrollo de asociaciones se presenta a continuación:

 

i. Invitación y solicitud de asociación

Se invita a las organizaciones interesadas en asociarse con Green Forum a completar el formulario de solicitud  antes del 15 de Agosto de 2021

ii. Sesión informativa en línea

Green Forum organizará una sesión de información en línea el 23 de julio, para aquellos que tengan la intención de enviar una solicitud de asociación y tengan preguntas sobre el proceso o sus elementos. Si su organización está interesada en asistir a la sesión de información, puede enviar un mensaje al correo electrónico victor@greenforum.se indicando «Sesión de información de Green Forum» en su asunto antes del 21 de julio, después de lo cual le enviaremos instrucciones sobre cómo conectarse a la sesión en linea.

iii. Cierre de aplicaciones.

Organizaciones interesadas deberan enviar su informacion con fecha máxima 15 de Agosto de 2021.

iv. Decisión sobre continuación de proceso

Después de recibir los formularios completados, Green Forum revisará las solicitudes y un oficial de Green Forum comunicará a los solicitantes el estado de su solicitud. Si su organización cumple con los criterios iniciales, Green Forum se pondrá en contacto con la organización para un diálogo extendido

 v. Diálogo extendido

El diálogo extendido busca aprender más unos de otros, comprender la organización y determinar si la posible asociación cumple con expectativas realistas tanto para el socio potencial como para Green Forum. El diálogo será en línea.

vi. Visita a socio potencial

El último paso del dialogo será una vista de GF in situ: la gerencia de Green Forum visitará la organización en persona para completar el proceso de evaluación.

vii. Decisión para desarrollo de proyecto

En esta etapa, los oficiales de Green Forum junto con el socio solicitante concretarán y desarrollarán la propuesta de proyecto basándose en el prioridades y necesidades del potencial socio.

Una vez completados todos los pasos de este proceso, Green Forum estará en condiciones de establecer asociación con la organización solicitante. La asociación debe ser aprobada por la directiva de Green Forum después de lo cual se firmará el acuerdo de asociación.

viii. Decisión para desarrollo de proyecto

En febrero de 2022, el proyecto estará listo para comenzar.

 

  1. Formulario de aplicación

Green Forum invita a todas las organizaciones interesadas a revisar la documentación y enviar cualquier pregunta a Green Forum. GF está listo para apoyar a organizaciones en diferentes etapas de desarrollo y anima a todas las organizaciones interesadas a postular, sea cual sea su nivel de desarrollo organizacional.

Favor notar que la aplicación tiene 6 secciones (32 preguntas) y no guarda automaticamente las respuestas hasta que el formulario haya sido finalizado. Recomendamos revisar el cuestionario en el siguiente archivo y preparer sus respuestas antes de hacerlo en línea. Descargue el cuestionario AQUÍ.

Encuentre el formulario de solicitud AQUÍ.

La fecha límite para completar el formulario es el 15 de agosto de 2021.

[1] Nuevo socio: Organizaciones que no han establecido convenios de cooperacion con Green Forum en el pasado.

Invitation for New Partnerships

The Green political movement is consistently gaining more relevance in response to multiple global and local crises. The “green wave” is loudly reminding our societies to move towards a sustainable future. However, the political impact Greens are making globally is still relatively modest. Therefore, Green Forum, as a political foundation are committed to enhancing green political organizations’ potential and influence. We believe that together with institutionally strong and mature Green parties as well as with green political organizations we can turn our ongoing health, economic, democratic and environmental crisis into a great opportunity to build resilient and just societies within the planetary boundaries.

Green Forum is now reaching out to potential new partners[1] in  Africa, Eastern Europe[2],  and Latin America. The purpose of this call is to stimulate green political organizations in seeking increased political influence within their respective contexts. If you are an organization with a political agenda centered around the green ideology, you might be eligible to become a Green Forum partner.

Partnership Concept:

Partnering with Green Forum entails dialogue and collaboration to increase political influence of your organization through organizational strengthening initiatives.

For this, Green Forum needs to understand what your organization stands for, how it operates, and which organizational areas could benefit from the Green Forum support. Once the in-depth organizational dialogue is completed, a partnership agreement focusing on one or more of the following areas/objectives can be developed:

  1. Improved capacity of managing and engaging membership;
  2. Strengthened structures including internal democracy and internal organizational systems;
  3. Improved ability to cooperate and create alliances;
  4. Strengthened external communication;
  5. Refined policy & programming work;

Partnerships can vary in terms of type as well as scope of funding: Green Forum can provide capacity development opportunities, networking events with other green parties and green actors, as well financial support with up to 250 000 SEK in the beginning stage.  Funded activities /projects can vary from evidence-based policy development to setting internal democratic procedures in place – depending on the applicant’s needs, challenges and working priorities.

Eligibility Criteria:

Green Political organizations or parties working in the countries of Eastern Europe, Latin America, or Africa are invited to apply for partnership.

Partnership process

The process for partnership development has been drafted below:

 

 

1.       New Partnership invitation & application

Organisations interested in partnership with Green Forum are invited to fill in the application form/Data Sheet before 15th August 2021.

2.       Online info session

Green Forum will organize an online info session on July 23rd, for those intending to submit a partnership application who might have questions about the process or its elements. If your organization is interested in attending the info-session you can send a message to the email victor@greenforum.se indicating “Green Forum Info-session” in its subject by July 21st , after which we will send you instructions on how to connect to the web streamed session.

3.        Reviewing the information submitted.

After receiving the filled-in forms, Green Forum will review the applications and a Green Forum officer will communicate to the applicants the status of the application. If your organization fulfils the first criteria, Green Forum will contact the organization for a further dialogue.

4.        Further Dialogue

Further dialogue includes the process of feasibility assessment with the applicant. The objective of the assessment is to learn more about each other, to understand the organization and to determine if the possible partnership fulfils realistic expectations for both, the potential partner and Green Forum. The dialogue will be online.

5.        On-site Visit

Successful feasibility assessment will be followed by on-site visits: Green Forum management will visit the organization in person to complete the assessment process.

6.       Pursue partnership and develop project

In this stage Green Forum project officers together with the partner applicant will concretize and develop the final project proposal based on the partner organization’s development plan.

Upon completion of all steps of this process, Green Forum will be in the position to pursue a partnership with the applicant organization. The partnership needs to be approved by the Green Forum board, after which the partnership agreement will be signed. In February 2022 the project will be ready to kick off.

 

Green Forum invites all interested organizations to review the documentation, and to address any questions to Green Forum. GF is ready to support organizations in different stages of development and encourages all organizations, whatever their level of development, to contact our foundation.

Click here to open the application form 

The deadline for filling in the form is 15th August, 2021.

Please note that the application form has 6 sections (32 questions), and it does not automatically save your answers until you submit the whole form. Therefore, if you would like to prepare your application beforehand, we recommend to download This PDF document.

[1] New partner:  a political organization that has not received any funding from Green Forum before.

[2] Eastern Europe:  countries of  the Eastern Partnership, as well as Western Balkans and Turkey.

 

Green Forum is looking for an evaluator for Democracy Support project in Albania

Terms of Reference

Mid Term Project Evaluation

Democracy Strengthening, Albania

 

  1. Background

1.1 Green Forum

Green Forum is a Party Affiliated Organization affiliated to the Swedish Green Party. Green Forum believes green political organizations are key to support the transition to sustainable democratic societies. Internationally, it works through SIDA´S democracy support programme, pursuing democratic development and increased respect for human rights and equal opportunities for men and women.  Since its establishment, Green Forum has supported movements in Africa, Latin America, Europe as well as green Federations in Asia-Pacific, Africa, America and Europe.

1.2 Context

In 2019, Green Forum and SIDA agreed on a two-year programme, with an overarching goal of strengthening organizations’ capacity to develop their membership base through inclusion and diversification as well as strengthening organizations’ ability to position citizens demands in politics. The programme is labeled as GPOP – Green Political Organizations Programme.  To achieve GPOP goals, Green Forum would apply sub-granting, capacity building activities, networking, and opportunities for peer-to-peer learning between green actors. To instrumentalize its support, Green Forum established individual projects with each of its partners. Each partner develops its own project and receives funding to implement its initiative.

In 2020, SIDA decided to extend the programme for two more years until 2022. Green Forum and its partners have extended individual projects two additional years following SIDAs decision.

  1. Assignment

2.1 Purpose of the assignment

The purpose of the assignment is to evaluate to what extent the project with Green Forum’s partner in Albania has been able to achieve outcomes with the project implemented between 2019 and  2020. Outcomes shall be understood as a change in behavior, relationships, actions, activities, policies, or practices of an individual, group, community, organization. The evaluation must provide a clear assessment about achievement of expected and unexpected outcomes, a theory of change to explain how the activities lead to the achieved of outcomes, or factors that prevented it.

It is intended for the evaluation to determine:

 

  • Relevance:
    • Extent to which the project was consistent with contextual needs
    • Extent to which the intervention logic was adequate to deliver the expected results.
    • and whether the activities proposed were adequate to achieve outcomes
  • Outcomes:
    • Identification of outcomes achieved, expected or unexpected throughout the project, expressed in terms of change.
    • How where these outcomes achieved.
    • Identification of groups or individuals who benefited from the intervention. Identification of how different target groups / beneficiaries experienced the change achieved.
  • Sustainability:
    • How did the project incorporate sustainability, understood as results being maintained beyond the timeline of the project? Are the results likely to remain in time after the completion of the project?
  • Lessons learnt:
    • What did the local partner learn about the implementation of the project?
    • How can the partner use this knowledge to implement future projects?
  • Partnership model:
    • Is the partnership model used by Green Forum appropriate to promote change within the objectives of GPOP .
  • Project inclusiveness
    • Is the overall project management inclusive, transparent, gender-sensitive, and human-rights based.

2.2 Scope of the assignment

The evaluation will focus on the outcomes and activities implemented by Green Forum’s local partner in Albania. The expected outcomes of the project were:

 

  1. Increased knowledge of local and central leading structures on most relevant 17 sustainable Development Goals;
  2. Increased public awareness through website, published materials and social and public media;
  3. Increased and maintained membership;
  4. Preparedness to approach its constituencies;
  5. Increased role of women, youth, and civil society in regional political life of AGP.

The project has been implemented in a two-year period (2019-2020). Adjustment to the project given COVID pandemic occurred within 2020.

2.3 Methodology

The evaluation will be carried out by the consultant in coordination Green Forum staff. Green Forum will provide available documentation including project plans, reports and other relevant information.

It is suggested for the evaluation to take on an Outcome Harvesting approach where the evaluator is to interact with different target groups / individuals to understand how the project has changed attitude and behavior.

Consultants must submit a methodological proposal for the development of the evaluation. Documentation required is specified in the section below. The successful proposal will be a departing point for a detailed work plan. The plan will be developed after the consultant has been briefed about the project and accessed documentation. The work plan must be approved by Green Forum before data collection takes place.

The evaluation approach should be gender and human rights sensitive. Data disaggregation with relevant categories for the project is expected in evaluation report.

The assignment is home-based. The consultant shall be available for coordination and presentation meetings. Meetings can be held remotely/online. Communication with Green Forum will be carried out in English while communication with field partners is expected in Albanian.

2.4 Deliverables

The Consultant is to complete the following deliverables during the assignment;

  • A detailed work plan, including a description of the approach and methodology, data collection tools, questionnaires, analyzing tools and timeframe proposed.
  • A written evaluation report including methodology, findings, conclusions and recommendations fulfilling purpose of the evaluation described in 2.1. The final evaluation report shall be in English and shall not exceed 20 pages excluding appendices.
  • An oral report, presenting main highlights of evaluation.

It is expected for the evaluation to be carried out in a 10-week period. However, the final report must be submitted the June 30th , 2021 the latest. The delivery of the evaluation products shall be done accordingly the following schedule:

 

ITEM DESCRIPTION EXPECTED DATE
Evaluation workplan Detailed document including data collection tools, questionnaires to be applied, time frame and further requirements Within the first two weeks from the beginning of assignment
First draft written report Evaluation report including full content, relevant figures and findings Within seven weeks from the beginning of the assignment
Second draft written report Evaluation report incorporating feedback from Green Forum Within nine weeks from the

beginning of the assignment

Final version written report and oral report Final evaluation report complying with Green Forum’s requirements Within ten weeks from the beginning of the assignment

 

  1. Budget

The budget for the consultancy shall not exceed 100000 SEK excluding VAT

3.1 Fees

The Consultant shall indicate the fees/rates to complete the assignment. Consultant is responsible for all costs related to the consultancy.

3.2 Payment

The final payment will be made by bank transfer 30 days after delivery by consultant and deliverable approval by Green Forum. Payments will also require invoice issuing by the consultant.

  1. Qualifications and experience

The consultant shall have the following qualifications:

  • Relevant education for the task, for example bachelor/master’s degree in international development, social/political science or related fields.
  • At least 5 years of combined experience in project management, organizational development and/or monitoring and evaluation.
  • Demonstrated ability with data collection and analysis methods.
  • Demonstrated ability to draft and lay out quality documents and reports.
  • Excellent command of spoken and written English and Albanian.
  • Not be bankrupt, be convicted of crime in the profession, not have been guilty of serious professional misconduct nor have tax liabilities. Swedish suppliers shall have a class F tax certificate for contractors.

Preferred:

  • Experience in working in South-East Europe, desirable in Albania
  • Experience evaluating/working with political organizations.

 

  1. Documentation required

Interested individuals must submit the following documentation:

  1. Letter of interest and CV. Presentation of relevant experience and abilities as well as qualifications. Max 3 pages.
  2. Methodological Proposal. Plan outlining evaluation methods (both quantitative and qualitative) to be used for data collection and analysis. Max 2 pages.
  3. Economic proposal. Proposal specifying a lump sum for the deliverables required in this document. All costs shall be given in Swedish kronor, excluding VAT.

 

  1. Procurement procedures

6.1 Selection criteria

The tender is subject to a selective tender procedure. The TOR will be sent to three or more selected consultants. The tenders will be assessed considering the following aspects.

  • The contents of the tender (that all the required information is enclosed, otherwise the tender will be disqualified)
  • The qualifications and experience of the tenderer including experience from working within the development sector and South-Eastern Europe/Albania (20%)
  • The methodology and approach proposed (50%)
  • The cost for the tender (30%)

Proposal review will be assessed through a Combined Scoring Method base on above percentages. The successful consultant will be selected by Green Forum.

6.2 Tendering

The tender containing all required information will be submitted to Green Forum by email to the following address info@greenforum.se at the latest March 24th , 2021. Subject in the email should read “Evaluation Albania”.

Questions regarding the evaluation will be received via email to sopho@greenforum.se or phone: +381621506913 before March 19th , 2021.

 

 

 

Green Forum is looking for an evaluator for Democracy Support project in Guatemala

Terms of Reference

Mid Term Project Evaluation

Democracy Strengthening, Guatemala

 

  1. Background

1.1 Green Forum

Green Forum is a Party Affiliated Organization affiliated to the Swedish Green Party. Green Forum believes green organizations are key to support the transition to sustainable democratic societies. Internationally, it works through SIDA´S democracy support programme, pursuing democratic development and increased respect for human rights and equal opportunities for men and women.  Since its establishment, Green Forum has supported movements in Africa, Latin America, Europe as well as green Federations in Asia-Pacific, Africa, America and Europe.

1.2 Context

In 2019, Green Forum and SIDA agreed on a two-year programme, with an overarching goal of strengthening partner’s organizations capacity to develop their membership base through inclusion and diversifity as well as strengthening organizations’ ability to position citizens demands. To achieve these goals, Green Forum would apply sub-granting, capacity building activities, networking, and opportunities for peer-to-peer learning between green actors. To instrumentalize its support, Green Forum established individual projects with each of its partners. Each partner develops its own project and receives funding to implement its initiative.

In 2020, SIDA decided to extend the programme for two more years until 2022. Green Forum and its partners have extended individual projects two additional years following SIDAs decision.

  1. Assignment

2.1 Purpose of the assignment

The purpose of the assignment is to evaluate to what extent the project with Green Forum’s partner in Guatemala has been able to achieve outcomes of the project implemented between 2019 and 2020. Outcomes shall be understood as a change in behavior, relationships, actions, activities, policies, or practices of an individual, group, community or organization. The evaluation must provide a clear assessment about achievement of expected and unexpected outcomes, a theory of change to explain how the activities lead to the achieved outcomes, or factors that prevented it.

It is intended for the evaluation to determine:

  • Relevance:
    • Extent to which the project was consistent with contextual needs
    • Extent to which the intervention logic was adequate to deliver the expected results.
    • and whether the activities proposed were adequate to achieve outcomes
  • Outcomes:
    • Identification of outcomes achieved, expected or unexpected throughout the project, expressed in terms of change.
    • How where these outcomes achieved.
    • Identification of groups or individuals who benefited from the intervention. Identification of how different target groups / beneficiaries experienced the change achieved.
  • Sustainability:
    • How did the project incorporate sustainability, understood as results being maintained beyond the timeline of the project? Are the results likely to remain in time after the completion of the project?
  • Lessons learnt:
    • What did the local partner learn about the implementation of the project?
    • How can the partner use this knowledge to implement future projects?
  • Partnership model:
    • Is the partnership model used by Green Forum appropriate to promote change within the objectives of the programme .
  • Project inclusiveness
    • Is the overall project management inclusive, transparent, gender-sensitive, and human-rights based.

2.2 Scope of the assignment

The evaluation will focus on the outcomes and activities implemented by Green Forum’s local partner in Guatemala. The expected outcomes of the project were:

  1. Provide tools and knowledge to a group of trainers through “Train the trainers” methodology in all the selected regions of the country.
  2. Identification of regional and municipal leaders, commited to the wellbeing of their communities through local development to strengthen democracy in the country.

The project has been implemented in a two-year period (2019-2020). Adjustment to the project given COVID pandemic occurred within 2020.

2.3 Methodology

The evaluation will be carried out by the consultant in coordination with Green Forum staff. Green Forum will provide available documentation including project plans, reports and other relevant information.

It is suggested for the evaluation to take on an Outcome Harvesting approach, or similar, where the evaluator is to interact with different target groups / individuals to understand how the project has changed attitude and behavior.

Consultants must submit a methodological proposal for the development of the evaluation. Documentation required is specified in the section below. The successful proposal will be a departing point for a detailed work plan. The plan will be developed after the consultant has been briefed about the project and accessed documentation. The work plan must be approved by Green Forum before data collection takes place.

The evaluation approach should be gender and human rights sensitive. Data disaggregation with relevant categories for the project is expected in evaluation report.

The assignment is home-based. The consultant shall be available for coordination and presentation meetings. Meetings can be held remotely/online. Communication with Green Forum will be carried out in English while communication with field partners will be done in Spanish.

2.4 Deliverables

The Consultant is to complete the following deliverables during the assignment;

  • A detailed work plan, including a description of the approach and methodology, data collection tools, questionnaires, analyzing tools and timeframe proposed.
  • A written evaluation report including methodology, findings, conclusions and recommendations fulfilling purpose of the evaluation described in 2.1. The final evaluation report shall be in English and shall not exceed 20 pages excluding appendices.
  • An oral report, presenting main highlights of evaluation.

It is expected for the evaluation to be carried out in a 10-week period. However, the final report must be submitted the June 30st, 2021 the latest. The delivery of the evaluation products shall be done accordingly the following schedule:

 

ITEM

DESCRIPTION EXPECTED DATE
Evaluation workplan Detailed document including data collection tools, questionnaires to be applied, time frame and further requirements Within the first two weeks from the beginning of assignment
First draft written report Evaluation report including full content, relevant figures and findings Within seven weeks from the beginning of the assignment
Second draft written report Evaluation report incorporating feedback from Green Forum Within nine weeks from the

beginning of the assignment

Final version written report and oral report Final evaluation report complying with Green Forum’s requirements

Within ten weeks from the beginning of the assignment

 

  1. Budget

The budget for the consultancy shall not exceed 100.000 SEK excluding VAT.

3.1 Fees

The Consultant shall indicate the fees/rates to complete the assignment. Consultant is responsible for all costs related to the consultancy.

3.2 Payment

The final payment will be made by bank transfer 30 days after delivery by consultant and deliverable approval by Green Forum. Payments will also require invoice issuing by the consultant.

  1. Qualifications and experience

The consultant shall have the following qualifications:

  • Relevant education for the task, for example bachelor/master’s degree in international development, social/political science or related fields.
  • At least 5 years of combined experience in project management, organizational development and/or monitoring and evaluation.
  • Demonstrated ability with data collection and analysis methods.
  • Demonstrated ability to draft and lay out quality documents and reports.
  • Excellent command of spoken and written Spanish and English.
  • Not be bankrupt, be convicted of crime in the profession, not have been guilty of serious professional misconduct nor have tax liabilities. Swedish suppliers shall have a class F tax certificate for contractors.

Preferred:

  • Experience in working in Latin America, desirable in Guatemala
  • Experience evaluating/working with membership-based organizations.

 

  1. Documentation required

Interested individuals must submit the following documentation:

  1. Letter of interest and CV. Presentation of relevant experience and abilities as well as qualifications. Max 3 pages.
  2. Methodological Proposal. Plan outlining evaluation methods (both quantitative and qualitative) to be used for data collection and analysis. Max 2 pages.
  3. Economic proposal. Proposal specifying a lump sum for the deliverables required in this document. All costs shall be given in Swedish kronor, excluding VAT.

 

  1. Procurement procedures

6.1 Selection criteria

The tender is subject to a selective tender procedure. The TOR will be sent to three or more selected consultants. The tenders will be assessed considering the following aspects.

  • The contents of the tender (that all the required information is enclosed, otherwise the tender will be disqualified)
  • The qualifications and experience of the tenderer including experience from working within the development sector and Latin America/Guatemala (20%)
  • The methodology and approach proposed (50%)
  • The cost for the tender (30%)

Proposal review will be assessed through a Combined Scoring Method base on above percentages. The successful consultant will be selected by Green Forum.

6.2 Tendering

The tender containing all required information will be submitted to Green Forum by email to the following address info@greenforum.se at the latest March 24th, 2021. Subject in the email should read “Evaluation Guatemala”.

Questions regarding the evaluation will be received via email to victor@greenforum.se or phone: +46760511930 before March 19th , 2021.

Green Forum empowers a new generation of African politicians

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Anna Mate is interviewing interested candidates for participation in the Programme for Young Politicians in Africa.

After a year of meticulous preparations, Green Forum is happy to announce that the Program for Young Politicians (PYPA) in Africa is now starting up in Zambia and Malawi. PYPA is a multi-party political academy that aims to build the capacity of young politicians to take up leadership positions in their respective parties and hence deepen democracy and advance the position of young people in Africa.

This innovative program, funded by the Swedish government, started back in 2012 as a collaborative effort between three Swedish party affiliated organizations – the Christian Democratic International Center, the Olof Palme International Center and the Centre Party International Foundation, who are implementing the program in different sub-regions in Africa. Since 2016, Green Forum is part of this multi-party team and will be responsible for implementing the program in two new countries: Zambia and Malawi.

The timing could not have been better. Zambia recently concluded its national elections in where many people that contested were from the older generation and where the incumbent party, the Patriotic Front was declared winner. The election results have however been contested by UPND, the main opposition party who was beaten with only 50.35 percent. The candidates of the two rivaling parties are not on speaking terms and prospects of reconciliation between are low at the moment. Likewise in Malawi, Peter Mutharika of the Democratic Progressive Party won the disputed 2014 polls with a 36.4 percent victory beating his two closest rivals Lazarus Chakwera, who won 27.8 percent, and outgoing president Joyce Banda who won 20.2 percent. The Malawian election was dominated by chaos, a symbol of a crippled democratic process.

But there is light in the tunnel. In late November Green Forum together with its implementing partner Young African Leaders Initiative, YALI, will gather 44 young promising leaders from 14 political parties in Malawi and Zambia for a two weeks intensive Training Session on topics such as democratic governance, party ideology, conflict resolution, leadership, gender and much more.

According to Anna Mate, PYPA-coordinator at YALI the program will greatly inspire young Africans in Zambia and Malawi “our government hardly has any programs that seek to build young people’s capacity for leadership. Therefore, this training will place our generation’s youth on the pedestal to good leadership prospects for better governance”.

In both Zambia and Malawi, young people face difficulties in taking part in decision making both due to discriminatory attitudes towards youth but also due to lack of qualifications to hold key positions in government. PYPA therefore fills this void by equipping the youth in Zambia and Malawi with the necessary training that will have governments recognize their abilities.

In Malawi and Zambia just as in many other African countries youth have been used as a tool for political violence during elections by older politicians. According to Anna Mate at YALI “this program is the perfect eye opener for many youths to see that their place in the governance system transcends the bottom of the barrel and that with the necessary skills and training provided by PYPA, they will claim their place in leadership”.

/Maria Jacobson

PYPA coordinator at Green Forum 

Green Forum speeks up about the SDGs

In a local newspaper in Sweden during Human Rights Days, Green Forum argues for the importance of local political responsibility together with international support for the fulfillment of the Sustainable Development Goals. The headline is: Sustainable development is a Human rights issue.

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Fighting for the city in Belgrade

On my first day of arrival in Belgrade I went to a protest in the city center. The movement has been going on since last year but got new momentum in late april this year after a violent eviction. The eviciton wasn’t legal and has been questioned by Serbian PM Vucic. Demands that the responsible for the eviction should resign and a call for more transparency gathered up to 25 000 people on the streets of Belgrade. That is quite a lot for a country who hasn’t had that much people on the streets during the last decade.

– The movement is out of great importance for the civil society in Serbia, but for its continuation choosing a political direction is crucial. Even though the initiative is against the entire project, demands are remaining the same from one protest to another: a resignation of the city authorities. This is not enough and even if the demands are fulfilled, that would not solve the main issue because people are tired of non-transparency of decisions out of their direct concern. In the end, people want to have a voice on how their city and country is built, and corrupted and manipulative government doesn’t really help it, says Katarina Pavlovic from CDN, one of the Green Forum project partners.

The protest centers around a proposed building project under the name Belgrade Waterfront.  The project consists of a tall building resembling one of the superstructures in Dubai. But it also involves the whole area Savamala by the river Sava and the surrounding buildings. Belgrade Waterfront is seen as a boost for the local economy but what often follows from these projects is that the project budget bleeds and makes the city pay for a lot more of the costs than they had counted with. In Sweden New Karolinska Hospital is an example of that.

The name of the movement Ne da(vi)mo Beograd literally translates to “We won’t let Belgrade d(r)own”. It’s a hint towards the actual problems that escalating climate change will pose to Waterfront Belgrade. Since no definite plans on the project exists local political actors can not examine the problems related to increased flow in river Sava. During the floods on the western balkans in 2014, Sava had extremly high flow and the area closest to the river is by law forbidden to build on. Most likely Belgrade as well as other cities close to water will face more of these problems with escalating climate change.

The Young Greens in Serbia are working together with other groups of making the Ne Davimo movement more political to be able to withstand in the political debate. Citizens movements are getting more and more attention and the political parties are rarely good at adapting to the movements.

– Politization of the protest is possible, but it is uncertain in which direction. The initiative is most likely trying to keep the massiveness of the protest and therefore not taking direction, even though there is a clear demand for it from the certain protests’ fractions. We expect to find it out in the next couple of months, says Katarina Pavlovic.

/Albin Arleskär

Intern at Green Forum

Convenor of International committé of Young Greens of Sweden

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2015/dec/10/belgrade-waterfront-gulf-petrodollars-exclusive-waterside-development