UNESCO launches a call for external independent evaluation firms/entities to assess the implementation of the project “Empowering Local Radios with ICTs” and to produce a final external evaluation report. The evaluation report’s aim is to assess the progress made towards the attainment of the outcome objective.
The evaluation shall be used by UNESCO and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) to assess project execution, in addition to provide information that is credible and useful, enabling the decision on the extension, expansion and/or replication of the project. This will be the assessment of a planned and on-going intervention.
Interested organizations are invited to read the evaluation Terms of Reference and submit their proposals by 31 March 2014 at 6 p.m. (Paris time).
UNESCO, with support from SIDA, is executing, a three-year project entitled “Empowering local radios with ICTs” in 32 radio stations located in Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia.
The project intends to increase the quality of local radio programming and broadcasting by fully integrating the use of ICTs, strengthening local reporting on development issues and engaging poor people’s participation in debates related to their livelihood and development.
A final evaluation has been planned to demonstrate achievements, challenges and lessons learned since the start of project’s full implementation (15 March 2012) until 15 July 2014, and make suggestions on project extension, expansion and replication.
The evaluation report’s purpose is to:
- highlight the project’s relevance, efficiency and effectiveness;
- demonstrate the project’s achievements, challenges and lessons learned;
- generate findings regarding the effectiveness of trainings in local radios and their effects on community, especially women and girls;
- suggest elements on project extension, expansion and replication.
The evaluation is expected to start on 14 April 2014. The final evaluation report must be delivered by 31 October 2014.
Interested evaluation firms/entities are invited to submit their proposals before 31 March 2014 at 6 p.m., Paris time by email to evaluationradioict(at)unesco.org.
Technical and Financial proposals shall be submitted separately. Proposals must consist of: description of the research methodology (including strategy to achieve an assessment per country); timeline; competitive fee in US dollars; company description; compliance with topics from section 7 of the evaluation Terms of Reference; and relevant examples of previous work.
Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted by UNESCO.