Consultancy for Decent work project’s Final Evaluation.

Final Evaluation on “Phase 2: Expanding Domestic Migrant Workers' Voices and Opportunities in Vietnam towards Decent Work” project

SCOPE AND OBJECTIVES

The evaluation scope focuses on the project interventions coordinated by OiV and implemented in Hai Phong and Ho Chi Minh City from May 2020- June 2023. It will cover all district, provincial, and national levels.

The main objective of the evaluation is to explore to what extent the project has achieved the set objectives in term of Relevance, Effectiveness, Efficiency, Sustainability, and Impact. Overall, it seeks to assess:

  • What and How changes happen in project context and validate the assumptions that theories of changes are based on
  • What key lessons and best practices can be capitalised
  • What key recommendations for possible replication and/or future projects
  • The audiences of the final report are Oxfam’s senior management and front-line programme officers, implementing partner staff, beneficiaries, the donor and other relevant stakeholders.

KEY QUESTIONS OF THE EVALUATION

Relevance:

· How relevant has the project been to target groups’, partner organizations and donor’s needs and priorities?

· To what extent has the project been aligned with the policies and strategies of the province and the country?

· How relevant the Theory of Change of the project proven to be?

Effectiveness

· To what extent and how have the identified specific objective and expected results been achieved, and how these achievements have contributed to the overall objective of the project.

· How has the project’s approach and techniques contributed to the successes or challenges of the project?

· Gender mainstreaming: How gender issues are undertaken and integrated into the program activities? What are the advantages & disadvantages in gender mainstreaming and what improvements should be done for the coming time?

Efficiency:

· Were the resources and inputs converted to outputs in a timely and cost-effective manner? – Was the management, coordination and monitoring efficient and appropriate for project implementation?

· Was the partnership appropriate? How did the partners work together to contribute to results?

Impacts:

· To what extent has the project achievements contributed to more equitable social protection and improved working conditions for formal migrant workers in Vietnam?

Sustainability:

· How have the project results been adopted/institutionalized/taken over by the companies, local and national authorities?

· What are the opportunities and/or challenges for the dissemination and replication of the project results in other companies and provinces, and/or nationwide?

EVALUATION DESIGN AND METHODOLOGY

The evaluator is expected to employ mixed quantitative and qualitative methods that include the following elements:

· A desk review of key documents, including project documents, annual narrative and financial reports, MEL data, publications, and other communication products.

· A collaborative approach to engage Oxfam staff, partners, and other key stakeholders as appropriate in the design, implementation, and report writing.

· A participatory evaluation with emphasis on capturing different views from the target groups, and multi-stakeholder quantitative and qualitative assessment techniques including in-depth interviews, focus group discussions, observations, and case study, story of change documentation, and others as appropriate.

The evaluation is expected to be gender-sensitive, rights-based, inclusive, culturally sensitive and comply with professional ethical standards. The consultant(s) will be requested to sign Oxfam Code of Conduct and adhere to Oxfam’s safeguarding policy. Innovative approaches are welcomed to foster interaction, learning and capacity building for all partners.

EVALUATION TEAM QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS

The evaluation should be led by a national consultant (an individual or a consulting team) with competency and sound understanding of the context of social protection, labour rights, inequality, governance and influencing work. S/he should have experience of complex project development and implementation.

Minimum Qualifications

  • At least a Master degree in relevant field (e.g. public policy, international development, social sciences, etc.).
  • At least 10 years’ experience in development projects and programs management, monitoring and evaluation including the use of quantitative and qualitative methods and participatory tools; Particularly, as required relevant experiences, the Consultant conducted at least 01 project evaluation mission as Team Leader in the past.
  • At least 10 years’ experience in development sector with a focus on public policy, social protection, labour rights, preferably in Vietnam
  • Excellent understanding of the social and political context in Vietnam
  • Good knowledge of gender issues in Vietnam and gender mainstreaming approach/methodologies/tools
  • Proven track record of research and publications on governance, policy advocacy, or related topics;
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English and Vietnamese including ability to communicate complex concepts in plain language.

SCHEDULE AND DELIVERABLES

Key Deliverables:

  • Evaluation design (after desk review and Oxfam/partner meeting) outlining key methods, data collection tools and plan for data collection process. The evaluation methodology should indicate where and how changes will be measured.
  • Collect and analyse data, which have been reviewed and validated by key actors.
  • Draft evaluation report (estimated report length (30-40 pages with a 2-page executive summary).
  • Facilitation of validation workshop for Oxfam, partners and key relevant stakeholders
  • Final evaluation report (English and Vietnamese) including key findings, conclusion, recommendations to Oxfam and partners

EVALUATION RESPONSIBILITIES AND MANAGEMENT ARRANGEMENTS

During the evaluation process, the selected consultant will work closely with country evaluation management team.

Country Evaluation Management Team: Led by a country MEL specialist. She is responsible for managing the implementation of the evaluation as described in the TOR, and other team members of Governance Programme team in OiV including:

  • Senior Governance Program Manager
  • OiV’s country Partners: ECUE, GFCD, LIGHT, SDRC

The evaluation management team is responsible for offering advisory support during the process including inputs for TOR, workplan, draft evaluation reports, final reports and management responses. The team will share relevant knowledge and documents to facilitate the efficiency and effectiveness of the evaluation exercise.

USE OF THE FINDINGS

OiV will disseminate the evaluation findings to appropriate partners based on the needs, in appropriate forms and budget availability.

The evaluation report (or the summary) will be written in both English and Vietnamese to facilitate accessibility of different stakeholders in Vietnam.

A meeting with relevant parties will be organized before closing project to discuss the findings.

The findings will be used to inform program development, organizational learning, accountability and advocacy. Following the completion of the evaluation, a management response to the findings and recommendations will be developed.

The full evaluation report or the executive summary and management response will be posted on Oxfam websites and made available for institutional donors. This is consistent with Oxfam’s commitment to transparency and accountability.

SELECTION PROCESS

The Expression of Interest (EOI) from evaluators should contain the followings:

· Addressing the recruitment qualifications mentioned above;

· The evaluator’s understanding of TOR;

· Potential instruments/tools for data collection and analysis;

· Potential methods for participatory verification of findings;

· Evaluation budget indicating daily rate and any other logistic expenses;

· A sample report written by the applicant and relevant to the TOR;

· Applicant’s CV.

The EOI should be submitted in English by email to HR.Vietnam@oxfam.org no later than 13 November 2022. Only shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview.