Call for proposals for end evaluation of Youth Development Programme 2013-2017

31 July 2017

PROCUREMENT ANNOUNCEMENT

The Mongolia Country Office of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), an international development agency, is inviting prospective entities to submit proposals for end evaluation of the Youth Development Programme (2013-2017) funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, the Government of Luxembourg and the United Nations Population Fund.

Request for Proposal No.: UNFPA/RFP/MNG/17/002
Proposal: End evaluation of the Youth Development Programme (2013-2017)
Duration: 5 months starting from 1 January 2018
   
Issue date: 28 June 2017
Deadline date: 31 July 2017, 10:00 am hours Ulaanbaatar time

INTRODUCTION
The Youth Development Programme (YDP) (2013-2017) funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Government of Luxembourg, and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and jointly implemented by the Government of Mongolia and UNFPA, has been delivered for four years with the aims to build the resilience of young women and men, and reduce their vulnerabilities to gender-based violence, unplanned pregnancies, STIs and HIV, and increase their capacity to benefit from Mongolia’s rapid socio-economic change, particularly related to intensified extractive industries. The YDP aims to serve youth aged 15-34 in urban, rural and mining areas, including Umnugovi, Dornogovi, Govi-Altai, Bayankhongor, Zavkhan, Bayan-Ulgii, Khovd, Uvs, Dornod, Darkhan-Uul, Orkhon aimags, and Ulaanbaatar with specific interventions  such as supporting adolescent and youth friendly health services, setting up youth development centers, mobilizing peer educators’ networks, conducting GBV awareness workshops and  Safe School initiatives, and facilitating youth participation and youth-led advocacy efforts in the country.  In 2016, the mid-term evaluation of the Youth Development project was concluded to assess the extent of the progress that the project had made for each indicators and review the implementation modalities. The mid-term evaluation also suggested concrete steps for improving operational and programmatic implementation of the project, and all recommendations have been taken into account during the planning phase for activities in the remaining period of the project.
As stated in the approved project document, the end evaluation is scheduled to take place in the last year of the project.

Objective and methodology
The main objectives of the end evaluation are: 1) to analyze the results and the specific objective(s) reached at the time of the evaluation, compared to what had been anticipated in the Project Document; and 2) to identify the lessons learned and give recommendations for future Projects in the same sector. The end evaluation will utilize a theory-based approach and combined qualitative and quantitative methodologies for data collection and analysis. Possible tools to be used include Focus Group discussions (FGD), key informant interviews (KII), discussions with staff (UNFPA, Government and Implementing Partners), questionnaires, observation, a literature review of project documents and secondary data.  Some participatory tools are suggested for ensuring youth voices. Triangulation should be applied to guarantee the reliability and robustness of findings.
The main objectives of the final-evaluation are: 1) to analyze the results and the specific objective(s) reached at the time of the evaluation, compared to what had been anticipated in the Project Document; and 2) to identify the lessons learned and give recommendations for future Projects in the same sector.

DELIVERABLES

  • Inception report by 7 January 2018.
  • Data collection and analysis by 28 February 2018.
  • Draft report in English and Mongolian by 15 March 2018.
  • Inputs to validation workshop with stakeholders scheduled in April 2018.
  • Final report in English and Mongolian by 30 April 2018.

QUALIFICATION OF PROPOSED TEAM
Principal investigator:

  • An advanced degree in public health, social sciences, statistics or related area, with proven experience conducting research in related areas.
  • At least 10 years of professional experience leading evaluation teams and research projects with a focus both on qualitative and quantitative studies, including proven examples of research.
  • Extensive experience and solid track records of evaluating projects, with deep knowledge of the international level evaluation principles and methodologies.
  • Expertise and experience in youth development at international and national levels.
  • Demonstrated skills in English and Mongolian (orally and written).
  • Ability to lead and manage a research team, often via remote management.
  • Excellent communication, time management and leadership skills.

Research team members:

  • Proven experience in conducting field research, particularly in relation to sensitive subject matters, preferably including gender and youth issues;
  • Proven experience in data management, both qualitative and quantitative
  • Demonstrated knowledge and application of ethical research practices
  • Expertise and/or experience in areas related to gender, gender-based violence, youth and/or sexual and reproductive health
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent skills in English and Mongolian (orally and English)

HOW TO APPLY
Interested entities are encouraged to visit UNFPA Mongolia website located at http://mongolia.unfpa.org and its social media sites for downloadable templates. Please submit the following documents in hard copy to UN reception at address provided below:

  • Full legal name and address of applying institution and organizational brochure
  • Copy of valid legal registration in the country
  • Copy of audited financial statements for the past three years
  • Short description of institutional and management capacity and existing operations in the subject matter areas including their duration (no more than 3 pages, Arial 10 font);
  • Technical proposal against the areas identified in this TOR and strategies how they would carry out the project activities.

Contact person: Ms. G. Enkhjargal, UNFPA Administrative Associate
UNFPA Mongolia Country Office (Floor 4), UN House, UN Street 14, Sukhbaatar District, Post Office 46, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia 14201
Tel: 976-11-353503, extension 3355; Fax: 976-11-353502; Email: ganbold@unfpa.org