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MID-TERM REVIEW OF THE INCLUSION PROJECT 2

Date:  18-Nov-2022

   MID-TERM REVIEW OF THE INCLUSION PROJECT 2

 

Background and Rationale

 

The Inclusion Project Phase 2 (IP2) contributes to sustainable development within the Greater Mekong Sub-region by promoting inclusive and sustainable governance of the region’s major rivers, especially the Mekong and Salween. The project builds on the achievements and lessons of the first phase of the Inclusion Project (IP1), which was delivered by Oxfam from 2014 – 2020.

Oxfam and its consortium partner - International Rivers (IR) - deliver IP2 project through supporting communities and civil society partners in Thailand, Myanmar, Lao PDR, Cambodia and Vietnam and regionally to engage and influence governments, inter-governmental bodies and the private sector in water and energy planning and development.

The project is funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

The Inclusion project has three main components as the following:

Outcome 1. Social Inclusion, Gender Equity and Women’s Leadership: Women leaders and representatives of marginalised social groups are playing leadership roles in influencing national and regional state and non-state actors in WRG and energy policy and planning processes

Outcome 2. Civil Society Engagement and Networking: Riverine communities and civil society actors are engaging with and influencing national and regional WRG and RE policy and planning processes and promoting the interests and rights of vulnerable social groups

Outcome 3. Government and the Private Sector: Target government and private sector actors at the national and regional levels increasingly comply with international standards and best practice and engage with and include the perspectives of civil society in hydropower and RE policies and plans

 

IP2 Theory of Change and MEAL framework: see this link:

The Objectives of the IP2 Midterm Review:

  1. IP2’s MTR is intended to review the overall performance and progress against the project outcomes and target for outcome and intermediate outcome level of the IP2 result framework. This review will provide updated IP2 MEAL framework.
  2. Review the IP2’s partnership approach and strategies as well context changes happened in the targeted countries and regional level that are potentially affected the project implementation and result. This will help to update the overall Theory of Change (ToC) and Theory of Actions of the project.
  3. Develop concrete recommendations and suggested actions for the remaining period of the project.   

Methodology

The review will comprise both a desk review of project documents and field work on the specific thematic focus. In particular, it will include:

  • Document review of relevant documents in the project including project reports, technical reports, baseline study report to assess whether the program and project are ‘on track’ to achieve the intended outcomes and objectives as per project result framework.
  • Review of the theory of change and key strategies in the program and project with the program team
  • Data collection with program and project stakeholders on key questions and outcomes: The review will use participatory methods, focus group discussions to bring out voices and reflections, examples of success, failure, lessons learnt from the program and project.  It will engage communities, partners and networks, and key external stakeholders in the review process. The different methodologies should also attempt to validate/triangulate the findings of the desk review and the case studies will deepen this analysis.

External MTR consultants will lead this MTR, in collaboration MTR steering group, comprising of, IR, IP2 PM, OAU, and  IP2’s MEAL Coordinator. Those include the planning of MTR data collection, support internal data collection team, comprising of Oxfam and IR and interested partners.

This MTR will be used Feminist Participatory Action Research tool in this process and the IP-2 partners will be identified as key actor to co-design this MRT framework.

Key Questions

  1. Inclusion: To what extent have the design and implementation of IP2 activities supported participation, built agency and skills, and challenged power norms and relations among stakeholders in water and energy governance (people with disabilities, Indigenous and ethnic communities, genders, civil society organisations, government and private sector)?
  2. Effectiveness: What progress has the project made to date against its objectives and intended outcomes?

What changes has the project contributed to? What strategies worked well or could be improved, and what were the unintended consequences in the main outcome areas?

  1. Partnerships: How have the partnerships in the project contributed to outcomes, and how can the partnerships be improved?  How well are project strategies aligned between partners to build coordinated influence and outcomes? To what extent is the IP2 aligned with and contributing to the country and regional influencing goals of Oxfam, IR, partners and donors towards systems-level change, i.e. inclusive, transparent, and equitable water and energy governance in the Mekong region? 
  2. Context: What is the relevance and feasibility of the project strategies in the social, political, and economic contexts and aims and interests of the targeted actors in the Mekong countries and region? Are there changes in the context and project assumptions that require changes in the project?
  3. Learning: how are the lessons from the previous phase, and new lessons arising in this phase, being applied and shared among stakeholders?
  4. CSOs Capacity and Networking: How do coalitions, alliances, and networks that partner with Inclusion Project-2 participate in policy influencing process to achieve policy and practice that benefits people?  What does change look like, when it is delivered by a coalition, network or alliance? How have civil society organisations built their capacity (knowledge, skills) and networks and alliances, to then effectively influence water governance?
  5. Policy Influencing: What outcomes have been achieved in influencing and convening policy dialogues, and which strategies have been most effective? How are the relevant civil society organisations, private sector, and government understanding and applying gender impact analysis in water infrastructure projects?

Schedule

Indicative Dates

Process

# of days

Phase I: Document Review

 

W-3 of Dec 2022

Review of program and project documents

3

Design of field work methodology

2

Phase II: Field work

 

W2 – W4 of Jan 2023

Meeting with IP2 MTR Committee, donors (SDC, DFAT), and OAU to review and finalize the design of MTR process and tools

3

Field work: The targeted countries of the IP2 project will be considerably selected at least for two countries for this MTR data collection as result of stakeholder consultation with those countries and partners on where it is possible for field data collection.

12

W1 of Feb 23

Present preliminary findings to Oxfam and partners for feedback

1

Phase III: Analysis and Report

 

W1-W2 of Feb 23

Analysis and draft report and three thematic case studies

5

W4 of Feb 23

Finalisation and submission of report to Oxfam

4

 

Estimate Total # of working days

30

 

Key Deliverables:

  1. Evaluation plan outlining key methods and plan for field work.
  2. Summary of program key achievement and learning from document review and field work
  3. Draft Report including three thematic case studies and section on the Inclusion Project
  4. Presentation of report analysis including key findings and recommendations to Oxfam and partners
  5. Final Report including thematic case studies and section on the Inclusion Project

 

Recruitment Qualifications

The MTR should be led by an individual or team with competency and sound understanding of the context of Mekong regional water governance, water resource development, gender inclusion, and civil society and network knowledge. S/he should have experience of complex program development and implementation.

 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience in reviewing/evaluating regional, policy influencing programs and ideally at regional level.
  • Experience evaluating programs and projects related to natural resource governance, biodiversity conservation, and inclusive development in water resources management.
  • Strong analytical skills in gender and inclusive development in Mekong water governance.
  • Strong monitoring, evaluation, and learning experiences of complex regional program
  • Demonstrated high level proficiency in writing clear and concise analysis and in developing reports that include visual representation of data. 

 

Key Attributes:

  • Ability to demonstrate sensitivity to cultural differences and gender issues, as well as the commitment to equal opportunities.
  • Ability to demonstrate an openness and willingness to learn about the application of gender/gender mainstreaming, women’s rights, and diversity for all aspects of development work.
  • Commitment to Oxfam’s safeguarding policies to ensure all people who come into contact with Oxfam are as safe as possible.

 

Organizational Values:

  • Accountability – Our purpose-driven, results-focused approach means we take responsibility for our actions and hold ourselves accountable. We believe that others should also be held accountable for their actions.
  • Empowerment – Our approach means that everyone involved with Oxfam, from our staff and supporters to people living in poverty, should feel they can make change happen.
  • Inclusiveness – We are open to everyone and embrace diversity. We believe everyone has a contribution to make, regardless of visible and invisible differences.

 

How to apply

The applicant is expected to submit:

  • Detailed proposal describing the previous work done in this area and afore-mentioned expertise
  • A portfolio of previous work
  • CVs of the relevant individuals and company profile
  • Estimated budget for this assignment accompanied with a cost breakdown (the consultancy fee should be mentioned in net fee in US Dollars. Oxfam will be responsible to pay 15% withholding tax for resident tax-payer or 14% withholding tax for non-resident taxpayer). (If it is a Cambodia-based consulting firm with VAT certificate, then net fee + VAT but not withholding tax.)

 

Applying through the recruitment website:  https://career2.successfactors.eu/career?company=OxfamNovibP  
by Dec 02, 2022 at 23:59 ICT.

 

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