Call for applications: Evaluation of forumZFD Western Balkans Program

Wall of remembrance in the Western Balkans
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About forumZFD

Since 1996, forumZFD supports people involved in violent conflicts on the path to peace and strives to help overcome war and violence. We are currently working with teams of peace consultants and partners in Germany and twelve other countries in Europe, the Middle East and South East Asia. Our Academy for Conflict Transformation offers trainings for engaging in professional and international peace work. Through campaigns, lobby work, and public relations we also pro-actively advocate civil peace policy. We are a recognised organization of the German Civil Peace Service (CPS) and finance our work through public and private grants, donations and membership fees.

About forumZFD in the Western Balkans

Our vision for our work in the Western Balkans is that peace is built and sustained through the synergies of active and responsible civil society, media, and institutions that are dealing with conflicts non-violently and constructively. Working closely with local and regional partners we focus on central issues of dealing with the past, youth peace activism, and peace education in schools and universities. Our regional goals aim towards building strategic alliances of various civil society actors to undertake joint actions for responsibly dealing with the past in public spaces, countering the instrumentalization of the past in the various education systems, advocating with partners to strengthen the commitment of key political actors toward implementing mechanisms of transitional justice, as well as to publicly challenging ethnocentric narratives and revealing marginalized perspectives related to the past.

Structure of forumZFD in the Western Balkans

The regional program in the Western Balkans is currently being implemented in four country offices that are located in Belgrade, Pristina, Sarajevo and Skopje and a regional office in Belgrade. Project Managers in all country offices are involved in Regional Project Teams to build on synergies, facilitate cross-border projects, and ensure the regional impact of their work with various partners throughout the region.

Currently we collaborate with more than 40 local partner organizations of civil society, as well as with educational institutions and media. Among these are:

Youth and educational actors to challenge structures, traditions, attitudes and behaviors that promote conflict, division, and discrimination within communities;
Media and civil society organisations to contribute to a more open public space for multi-perspectives and fact-based information;
Artists, academics and other cultural actors and civil society organisations to contribute to a culture of dialogue on diverse narratives which includes marginalized perspectives.

Purpose and main objectives of the evaluation 

forumZFD seeks an independent evaluation of its program implementation in the Western Balkans in the period from 2018 to 2022, particularly related to its work in the fields of dealing with the past and peace education and its respective contributions toward conflict transformation and building sustainable peace in the region and its four program countries.

As an opportunity for organizational learning, the evaluation is to identify and reflect good practices, challenges, and lessons to be learned from this period. Based on these, the evaluation will provide concrete recommendations for adapting or improving forumZFD’s program design and continued engagement in the Western Balkans.

Key evaluation questions

The evaluation should consider the following questions based on OECD/DAC evaluation criteria:

Relevance

  • Given the range of peacebuilding needs identified in four systemic conflict analyses, is forumZFD addressing the most relevant needs within their sphere of influence?

Effectiveness

  • Are the organizational structure of the program and the approaches taken during the implementation conducive to achieving the intended outcomes of the program?
  • Are cross-cutting aspects of gender and conflict sensitivity (e.g. do-no-harm approaches) sufficiently present in project design and implementation?

Impact

  • Having worked almost five years to contribute to four regional goals (intended outcomes) of the program, to what extent have these been achieved?
  • Which tangible contributions can be observed on the regional level and which within the specific program countries?
  • What factors are conducive to achieving the regional goals of the program, what factors hindered achievement?

Evaluation approach and methodology

We would like to work with a team of two evaluators to ensure different perspectives and a more comprehensive set of qualifications, experiences and skills.

Within the scope of the evaluation objectives and questions outlined above, the methodology and design of the evaluation should be specified by the evaluation team themselves. Nevertheless, the evaluators are expected to use interactive and systemic methodologies as much as possible. The evaluation approach should also be inclusive of all stakeholders, participatory, culturally- and gender-sensitive.

In addition to the evaluation team, the following people engaged in the forumZFD Western Balkans program may be involved in the evaluation either virtually or in person:

  • forumZFD staff in the Head Office in Cologne, Germany,
  • forumZFD staff in all four country offices in the Western Balkans (Belgrade, Skopje, Prishtina, Sarajevo),
  • representatives of partner organisations and, if possible, beneficiaries or communities in the region.

The evaluation team may propose further interview partners they deem necessary for the evaluation.

Evaluation work plan and time frame

The evaluation should start with a meeting to clarify any questions and expectations related to the objectives, evaluation questions, proposed methodology and approach, tasks, and time frame. Final clarifications and agreements will be documented in an inception report provided by the evaluation team.

The following is a tentative time frame including the expected volume of work:

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Slight adaptations of this frame may be necessary depending on the proposed methodology, so the time line and respective number of days for each task (up to a total of 35 days) will be agreed with forumZFD upon finalising the design of the evaluation. To alleviate the coordination with the program it is preferred that the evaluation team conduct field visits and in-person interviews in the four Western Balkan program countries from mid-April to mid-May 2023. The final evaluation report is to be submitted no later than 30 June 2023.

Qualifications of the evaluation team

The evaluation team should bring the following qualifications:

  • Proven evaluation experience of projects and/or programmes in the area of peace building and conflict transformation
  • Diversified experience in evaluating projects and/or programmes within and outside of the region of the Western Balkans
  • Substantive knowledge and/or experience in the fields of peace education and Dealing with the Past/Transitional Justice
  • Knowledge of or experience with the German Civil Peace Service Programme is beneficial
  • Excellent English language skills

Submission of an Expression of Interest

All qualified evaluators are invited to submit an offer or expression of interest (in English) to conduct this evaluation for forumZFD.

Please include information to confirm the experience and qualifications of your proposed team, a proposed outline of your design for the evaluation, and a financial offer. Since the evaluation will involve travel in the four Western Balkan program countries (Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia and Serbia) and possibly to Germany, travel costs may be reimbursed in accordance with the German federal regulations for travel reimbursement (BRKG). It is kindly requested to include an estimation of travel costs in the financial offer.

We prefer an offer of interest of teams of two evaluators. However, individual proposals may be considered.

For any questions of clarification related to the evaluation, you are more than welcome to contact the Head of Programme Western Balkans, Kristen Schubert (schubert@forumZFD.de).

Please send your expression of interest and offer by February 20, 2023 to application-westernbalkans@forumzfd.de. We would like to invite short-listed evaluation teams to present their proposed evaluation design to our selection committee on-line in the week from February 27th.

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