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Evaluation of Save the Children/FRI Child Rights Programme 2020-2022

Introduction

Children and youth with diverse sexual orientation, gender identity and expression and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) are a particularly vulnerable group, frequently subjected to rights violations, discrimination and hostility at home, in schools, in their communities and from society at large. This exposes them to heightened risks of homelessness, poverty, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV/AIDS, violence and mental stress. Globally, societal stigma and lack of knowledge about how to include this group of children prevents governments, educational institutions, social support systems and child rights actors from protecting and promoting their rights. 


Working for the inclusion and rights for children and youth marginalised due to SOGIESC is still an emerging field. Since 2013 FRI – The Norwegian Organisation for Sexual and Gender Diversity has built a programme focusing on child rights advocacy and inclusion of LGBTI children and youth. FRI works with partners – National LGBTI organisations and Save the Children – in Norway, Nepal, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam. The programme is funded by the Norwegian MFA.


Save the Children contributes to this partnership by placing the rights of children and youth with diverse SOGIESC firmly within the context of the Rights of the Child and by facilitating access to high-level government stakeholders, Child Rights Organisations and international Child Rights and Child Protection fora. As an expert in child protection and with a coordinating role in Convention on the Rights of the Child reporting, Save the Children is able to include thematic focus on sexual and gender diversity within fora where such topics have not previously been discussed. 

An overall aim of the programme is that the lessons learned and best practices pave the way for a greater understanding and integration of the rights of LGBTI children and youth into all relevant programmes run by Save the Children in the programme countries; within the South and South-East Asia region and beyond.

The approach in each of the programme countries is adapted and contextualised, but overall outcomes are: 

  • Governments are held accountable for the protection and promotion of the rights of children and youth with diverse SOGIESC. 
  • Children and youth are increasingly included and participating in advocacy for the rights for people with diverse SOGIESC at local and national level. 
  • LGBTI and Child rights organisations mainstream child and youth rights, regardless of SOGIESC, within different programme areas. 
  • Children and youth with diverse SOGIESC are better supported and protected within their local communities (peers, schools, friends and family). 
  • LGBTI children and youth have access to friendly and non-discriminatory social services
  • LGBTI and Child rights NGOs in the South and South East Asia region form alliances and regional networks to support the rights of children and youth with diverse SOGIESC at national, regional and international level.

Objective and scope

The overall objective of the evaluation is to assess the relevance, effectiveness, and sustainability of the programme and its results.

Specific objectives are: 

(1) to identify learning and good practises, 

(2) to assess the actual (intended/unintended) achievements/results of the project,

(3) to provide documentation of how and why the project made a difference in 

(a) the capacity of LGBTI and Child rights organisations to promote and facilitate protection of the rights of children and youth with diverse SOGIESC, 

(b) ensuring the inclusion of the rights of children with diverse SOGIESC in UPR and UNCRC recommendations, including national policies and programmes where relevant, and 

(c) improving the awareness of children and youth about SOGIESC

 

Main objectives of the study

The evaluation will provide important input and recommendations for a continuation of the programme and/or for other similar projects within Save the Children and beyond. 

Based on the objectives, the evaluation should emphasise project outcomes specifically related to mainstreaming. Outcome and output level mainstreaming results, as well as factors, processes and activities that influenced the results need to be analysed and documented. The analysis should include good practises and lessons learnt during project implementation, as well as identifying potential barriers to achieve results. 

Scope

The evaluation will assess the programme from the beginning of the current project period (January 2019) and until the 1st quarter of 2022. The evaluation will involve data collection in the four project countries – Nepal, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam. 

The consultant(s) will be working closely with the project teams/project partners and other stakeholders in each country both on digital platforms and during visits. Visits to each of the countries will be included while taking the development of the Covid situation and Covid regulations and restrictions for each country into consideration. 

Methodology

The evaluation will use both qualitative and quantitative methods for data collection. Qualitative methods will include key informant interviews/focus group discussions (FGD) with the FRI and Save the Children programme team, focal persons within LGBTI, Child rights and other partner organisations. FGDs with children with diverse SOGIE/students and community members shall be conducted in each of the project countries. Quantitative methods will be used to assess progress in terms of change in awareness, attitude and behaviour among children and adults (i.e members of child clubs, staff within organisations). This shall be done using KAP (knowledge, attitude, and practice) surveys. Desk reviews to consult the project’s records, results frameworks, reports, etc will also be employed.

In addition to using quantitative and qualitative analyses to evaluate the relevance, effectiveness and sustainability of the project results and lessons learned, the evaluator is expected to use a “Most Significant Change” method for identification and documentation of the most important changes that were influenced fully or partly by the programme. The most significant changes achieved at organisational level, community level and child level will be documented. While doing so, the study should examine the link between the activities and outcome results (see research questions).

The consultant(s) will conduct interviews with children and youth. Appropriate, child friendly research methods should be applied when interviewing children. The consultant(s) should adhere with the child safeguarding policies of Save the Children and partners throughout the process of data collection. Where/if needed, the consultant(s) should include staff with relevant expertise while conducting research/engaging directly with children.   

Intended Audience

The study will be communicated to all stakeholders involved in the programme: 

Primary intended audience: 

    • Staff and senior management within Save the Children Country Offices of Thailand, Cambodia, Nepal and Vietnam
    • LGBTI partner organisations
    • Community groups: LGBTI youth groups, parents
    • LGBTI networks in the project countries
  • Child rights organisations and networks in the programme countries
  • Save the Children Norway
  • FRI – The Norwegian Organisation for Sexual and Gender Diversity
  • The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Secondary intended audience:

    • Government ministries that have been involved in the programme
    • Save the Children Gender Equality Community of Practices 
    • Save the Children working group on LGBTI children and youth
    • Other organisations/donors working in the intersection of Child and youth/LGBTI rights.

In accordance with the principle of “Do-no-harm” the report may not be shared publicly without the prior consent of FRI.

Key Research Questions

 

Mainstreaming: 

  • What mainstreaming strategies has the programme employed? What are the results of these mainstreaming strategies? What are the results of the project in achieving a strengthened capacity of child rights organisations/local partners? What are the most significant changes resulting from the implementation of mainstreaming strategies?
  • How effective have mainstreaming strategies been in raising awareness and achieving a strengthened capacity of child rights organisations/CSOs/local partners in the promotion of the rights of children with diverse SOGIESC? What worked well and what needs improvement? What challenges have the strategies faced and how were the challenges overcome? 
  • What are the recommendations with regard to mainstreaming efforts in similar programmes and for other organisations? 

National and international/UN advocacy:

  • How effective is the programme in improving the awareness, attitude and behaviour of children in general, and children with diverse SOGIESC specifically, in protecting their rights? 
  • Have efforts to mainstream contributed to inclusion of rights of children with diverse SOGIESC in UPR and UNCRC recommendations and recommendations for national policies and programs? Why, why not?
  • Has the project succeeded in meaningfully including children and youth – raising their voice and ensuring participation – in the advocacy for rights of LGBTI people? Why, why not? 

Collaboration: 

  • Has the programme succeeded in contributing to increased collaboration and joint efforts on SOGIESC rights and inclusion, among child rights organisations and between child rights organisations and LGBTIorganisations? Why, why not?

Actors (informants) to be included: 

 

Implementers:

  • Staff within Save the Children SOGIESC programme team. 
  • Staff in Save the Children Country Offices that have participated in training
  • Senior management in Save the Children Country Offices.
  • Staff and volunteers within collaborating LGBTI organisations and groups.
  • Staff in child rights organisations and networks
  • Local partner organisations

Target groups:

  • LGBTI children and youth that have participated in project activities
  • Representatives from child clubs
  • Representatives from parents and friends support groups
  • Representatives from national child rights organisations
  • Teachers/professors and social workers in project schools
  • Students at project schools and universities
  • LGBTI networks/national LGBTI organisations (who are not direct partners in this programme) 

Evaluation timeline

 

Deadline for submission  14th March
Start up (workshop, introductory meetings) 18/19th April
Inception report submitted  28th April (inception report/start up meeting to be organised with project team) 
Main period for data collection and draft report development May – June 
Final report submission deadline 7th August 

A draft report should be submitted to the project team for review and feedback in due time before the end deadline. To be agreed in the planning phase. 

Budget

FRI has allocated a maximum of NOK 400 000 for the total evaluation. This includes travel costs, per diem and hotel costs and VAT (if applicable) in addition to consultation fees. 

Roles and responsibilities 

 

The consultant(s) is expected to: 

Manage and carry out data collection: 

  • Engage FRI/Save the Children programme team in research design, including the finalisation of research questions and specific objectives. 
  • Participate and present plans and progress updates during workshop and regular meetings with FRI/Save the Children programme team (Workshop prior to development of inception report, presentation of inception report, regular meetings with the team) 
  • Develop inception report
  • Coordinate data collection – in close collaboration with programme teams in the various countries.
  • Carry out data collection during country visits and via digital platforms
  • Conduct desk review of relevant programme data. 


Carry out data analysis, report writing, dissemination and publication

  • Carry out qualitative data analysis using systematic analysis methods, in collaboration with Save the Children Monitoring Evaluation and Learning teams. 
  • Present preliminary findings to the FRI/Save the Children programme team. 
  • Draft the evaluation report and share with FRI/Save the Children programme team for feedback. 
  • Final evaluation report (including executive summary) 
  • Report appendices should include: ToR, techniques used (i.e list of questions etc), list of documents and bibliography, composition of evaluation team (if there is a team)
  • Prepare presentation and present finding in dissemination workshop with relevant stakeholders.

Save the Children and FRI:

  • Provide all relevant documents – including project reports, organisational policies, and any relevant legal frameworks – for literature review.
  • Facilitate workshop/consultation process with Save the Children staff, partners, and stakeholders for research plan and tool development.
  • Review research plan.
  • Meet regularly with the consultant(s) to discuss progress and any issues arising. 
  • Prepare a dissemination workshop together with the consultant(s).

Expected qualifications of consultant/consultant team

  • Postgraduate/Masters degree in Social Sciences, Gender Studies, Public Health Studies or other relevant areas of study. 
  • At least 3 years of experience in conducting evaluation studies, using qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods (collection and analysis). 
  • Familiarity with international human rights mechanisms. Previous experience working with international child rights mechanisms is strongly preferred. 
  • A good understanding of sexual and gender diversity. Previous experience working with LGBTI organisations is strongly preferred. 
  • Sensitivity towards the cultural and social local context is required. Knowledge of the region is an asset. 
  • Excellent ability to communicate technical and/ or complex findings to non-specialist target audiences, including children and youth.
  • Skills in participatory approach, preferably including skills in child participation
  • High proficiency in oral and written English.
  • Ability to travel through part of the assignment period. 

Bids submission information

Please send a proposal for undertaking the task with detailed profiles and professional fee quotation to international@foreningenfri.no by COB March 14th 2022. Kindly mark your submission/subject field: Application SOGIESC/child rights consultancy 

The application should contain:

  • Profile of the consultant(s) with traceable references and copies of/links to previous writing and published materials.
  • Professional fee quotation indicating envisaged actions, the requested fee for the work in the job description.
  • Letter of interest.
  • Brief layout and a breakdown of how the consultant(s) understand and plan to carry out the assignment.