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November 12, 2021

Programme Evaluator – Iraq

  • Position:Programme Evaluator
  • Location:Erbil and Mosul, Iraq
  • Application deadline:As soon as possible
  • Contract Duration:1 month
  • Starting date :29th of November 2021

SPARK is calling for independent expert/s for a mid-term evaluation of its Jobs and Perspective Program (J&P) implemented in Iraq (Erbil and Mosul). The expert/s will assess the progress made towards the achievement of a program’s objectives covering the period from August 2019 to August 2021.

Programme Background
Jobs and Perspectives (J&P) Iraq is an innovative and sustainable programme funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. The main aim of the programme is to improve the economic inclusion of vulnerable youth in host and refugee communities, especially women, by preparing them for the job market and employment through providing market-relevant education and job placements to youth with a particular focus on young women. Our approach is based on creating a pathway for the youth journey from education to decent employment or starting and growing their own businesses.

Programme Strategic Objectives
• Improvement of curricula for education courses in 2 partner universities in Iraq to match labour market needs
• Establishment of 6 laboratories
• Student enrolments in improved education courses
• Internship placements
• Scholarship distribution
• SME support to respond to the Covid-19 crisis

Programme Partners
• Erbil Polytechnic University, University of Mosul, American University of Iraq, Sulaimani the Centre for Gender and Development Studies and the Station Foundation

Objectives of the Mid-Term Programme Evaluation
The objectives of this Mid-Term Programme Evaluation are to evaluate the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and impact of each separate activity of the programme, to identify lessons learned from the programme’s implementation and to formulate recommendations for similar future programming.

Time Schedule of the Mid-Term Programme Evaluation

The evaluation is expected to begin on 20th of November 2021 and end on 15th of December 2021 latest and will include preparation, evaluation design, field assessments in the programme’s areas, report writing, and presentation of findings and lessons learned and recommendations to SPARK, local partner organizations and donors. Additionally, the evaluation will be conducted within a 6 weeks period, which includes reporting.

Main Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Development of work plan(s) and timeline of evaluation activities
  • Review of existing J&P Programme documentation including assessments, curriculums, deliverables etc.
  • Meetings and/or interviews with SPARK Programme Staff and Monitoring & Evaluation staff, local partners and beneficiaries
  • Analysis of gathered data through reviews, meetings and/or interviews
  • Development of draft evaluation report and submission to SPARK Programme and M&E teams
  • Processing of feedback on the draft report from SPARK Programme and M&E teams
  • Finalisation of mid-term evaluation report and submission to SPARK Programme and M&E teams

Deliverables

Following deliverables for this evaluation will be produced:

  1. Detailed work plan and timeline which will be approved by the Programme Management
  2. Draft and final report, which will have the following structure:
  • Executive summary
  • Introduction
  • Methodology
  • Analysis and findings per activity
  • Conclusions of findings, lessons learned and recommendations per activity
  • Annexes: Relevant maps and photographs of the evaluation areas, desktop review references, data collection tools, list of interviewees and anonymized participants in focus group discussions and raw data in an agreed-upon format

The Mid-Term Evaluation Report will be written in English, in PDF and Word format and will be published on the SPARK website.

Requirements and Skills

The evaluator(s) should be (a team of) experienced and independent consultant(s), freelance or from a consultancy organisation, with at least the following expertise:

  • University degree in International Development, Social Sciences, Higher Education or/and other related fields
  • A minimum of 7 years of professional experience with conducting programme/project evaluations in INGO sector.
  • Proven experience in developing external assessment reports within the MENA region
  • Previous professional experience in the INGO domain in Iraq will be considered an advantage
  • Advanced communication, analytical and reporting skills
  • Fluent in English (both reading and writing)
  • Fluency in Arabic and/or Kurdish will be considered an advantage

SPARK Offers

The payments for the Mid-Term Programme Evaluation will be done by the SPARK, according to the following scheme:

  • %50 of total contracting sum upon signing of the agreement
  • %50 of total contracting sum upon approval of Mid-Term Programme Evaluation Report

How to Apply:

The deadline for submission of applications is November 29th, 2021, by 17:00 Iraq time.

Please apply on the following link: https://vacancy.spark-online.org/Tab1/LoadProfileFromVacancy/357

All applications should include the following:

  • Letter of Interest (max 3 pages) stating the full availability between the dates of 25th of November 2021 and 25th of December 2021, including proposed work plan, timeline and methodology.
  • CV’s of all evaluation members
  • Financial Proposal which should include consultancy fees that include VAT and logistical costs, with a breakdown of days and fees

Any further information that may be requested and questions may also be discussed with the J&P Programme Lead Firas Deeb at f.deeb@spark-online.org and/or Saeed Kallas  Programme Officer at s.kallas@spark-online.org.

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.

 

About Spark

SPARK develops higher education and entrepreneurship to empower young, ambitious people to lead their fragile and conflict-affected societies into prosperity. SPARK is a dynamic and growing, international not-for-profit development organisation with 100+ staff members, in more than 14 offices around the world. SPARK supports refugees in the Middle-East by providing them with scholarships in universities and higher education institutions in the region. SPARK also supports young entrepreneurs in fragile states, to start or grow their own businesses.