ChildFund is hiring a
Consultant’s Terms of Reference to conduct a Mid-Term Review of the "Rights, Respect, Resilience" Project
The IMPACT Programme
In July 2020, ChildFund New Zealand launched the Inspiring and Motivating Pacific and Asian Communities for Tomorrow (IMPACT) Programme, a five year, NZD 11.2 million funded development assistance programme in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) through its Partnering for Impact funding mechanism. This funding stream, called a ‘Negotiated Partnership’, is a new way of working for MFAT, and the New Zealand INGO sector, as they mandate a ‘Programme’ of work across a 5-year timeframe and promote concepts of adaptability, measuring for impact and engagement of the New Zealand public. The IMPACT Programme initially consisted of five project locations including Vietnam, which has already been finalised, and Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, and Timor-Leste.
Through leveraging the respective strengths and resources of ChildFund New Zealand and MFAT, and listening to local voices, the partnership aspires to protect, empower, and increase the resilience of children, youth and communities in the Pacific and Southeast Asia, better equipping them to shape safer and more prosperous futures.
The long-term expected outcomes of the IMPACT programme are:
As part of the IMPACT Programme, ChildFund New Zealand partnered with ChildFund Papua New Guinea to deliver the Rights, Respect, Resilience Project in Papua New Guinea.
Rights, Respect, Resilience
Women and children in Papua New Guinea experience levels of gender-based violence (GBV) estimated to be some of the highest in the world outside a conflict zone. Studies have found that around two thirds of women report intimate partner violence and over half report being forced to have sex against their will, mostly by known perpetrators. In a 2013 study of adult males, 62% reported perpetrating some form of rape. A 2001 study found that 75% of children grow up witnessing violence between family members, mostly against their mothers. This is a concern given multi-country research showing that boys who witness violence in their families are more likely to become perpetrators in the future. GBV is largely driven by factors related to gender inequality, childhood experiences and the enactment of harmful forms of masculinity. These, along with lack of basic knowledge are the same drivers of negative sexual and reproductive health outcomes such as high rates of early pregnancy.
Despite the prevalence of GBV, there is no law or policy mandating comprehensive sexuality education in PNG. However, PNG’s commitments under the International Conference on Population and Development (ICDP) Program of Action obligates it to provide information and education pertaining to gender, sexuality and SRH, and there is willingness and commitment within the NDoE. In the context of recent government budget cuts, NDoE have indicated they are keen to work with partners to support innovative interventions. A Connect with Respect module has been developed for primary schools by UNICEF, and in 2017 ChildFund developed the Rights, Respect, Resilience (RRR) learning resource for secondary schools to be used within the Personal Development curriculum (funded by DFAT’s Gender Action Platform). The resource was also adapted and trialled for out of school youth. This resource was piloted in five zones in two communities in Port Moresby in 2018-2020.
The Rights, Respect, Resilience Project is a five-year project in partnership with ChildFund Papua New Guinea. It will see the social and emotional skills of young people increased to build better futures and act for positive change. An anticipated 12,204 students from 17 secondary schools and 1000 out-of-school youth from three communities in Central Province and National Capital District (NCD), Papua New Guinea will participate in training and activities to increase their confidence, knowledge and skills to think critically about, address and seek help around gender, violence and sexual health issues.
The Project’s intended goal and outcomes are the following:
Goal: Social and emotional skills of young people increased to build better futures and act for positive change
Medium-Term Outcome 1: The social and emotional skills of young women and young men are improved to enable them to positively influence their lives and relationships.
Medium-Term Outcome 2: Young women and men are active participants in schools and communities to influence positive change.
Medium-Term Outcome 3: Civil society and duty bearers are more inclusive of, and accountable to, young women and young men (both in and out of school) and actively respond to their views and priorities.
Short-Term Outcome 1: Both in school and out of school youth have increased confidence, knowledge and skills to think critically about, address and help-seek around gender, violence and sexual health issues.
Short-Term Outcome 2: Young women and men lead, participate and contribute to positive change in their schools and communities, with the support of duty bearers.
Short-Term Outcome 3: Schools are equipped to build the capacity of in-school youth in social and emotional wellbeing.
Short-Term Outcome 4: Capacity of child and youth focused CSOs is strengthened in the areas of child safeguarding, gender and protection.
Mid-Term Review Purpose
A mid-term review (MTR) of the Rights, Respect, Resilience Project will aim to gauge progress from the beginning of implementation in July 2020 until April-May 2023.
It will assess how the Project is achieving short-term outcomes and making progress towards medium-term outcomes and will feed into continuous improvement.
It will be used to inform learning and to make improvements to the design and delivery of the Project. It will also focus on the strengths and gaps of each partnership, the mode and method of project delivery, and future sustainability.
Project achievements at this juncture include the review and update of the project’s Rights, Respect, Resilience curriculum and student wellbeing manuals, both of which are now pending Ministry of Education endorsement. Training and mentoring of student leaders and community youth peer educators to implement respectful relationships peer education activities in schools and the community has also commenced. Alongside this, the project team has coordinated with service providers to provide awareness raising events in target schools and communities.
The MTR of the Rights, Respect, Resilience Project will provide essential information to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of the Project and provide valuable information regarding the effectiveness of the IMPACT Programme.
Through the Project MTR, the independent Consultant will assess:
Project Evaluation Questions
As set out in the Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning Framework for ChildFund New Zealand’s IMPACT Programme, the MTR aims to answer the following evaluation questions: 'Full details to be obtained from the TOR'
Project Evaluation Methodology
ChildFund Papua New Guinea and ChildFund New Zealand will provide a set of key documents to the consultant, to be reviewed for background and context.
These will include, but not be limited to, the following:
The evaluation should follow a collaborative and participatory mixed methods approach that draws on both existing and new quantitative and qualitative data to answer the evaluation questions.
Data collection methods may include the following:
Desk review of key project documents
Focus Group Discussion with students and out of school youth
Focus Group Discussion with parents and/or caregivers of out of school youth
Key informant interviews with student leaders, peer educators, teachers, SBOM, community leaders
Key informant interviews with relevant Civil Society Organizations (CSOs)
Key informant interviews with staff of ChildFund Papua New Guinea
Key informant interviews with relevant government stakeholders (NDoE)
The MTR will test assumptions and relevance of the planned project interventions by better understanding the systems surrounding youth and the challenges they face in contributing to positive change in their schools and communities. Youth are a vulnerable population and many of the issues to be raised in the review process are sensitive.
FGDs with girls and women will be facilitated, supported, and observed only by female staff. An exercise will be undertaken at the outset to build rapport and create an environment of trust where youth feel able to speak honestly about their experiences and views.
Roles and Responsibilities
Consultant’s Roles and Responsibilities:
- Secondary information analysis:
- Primary information analysis:
ChildFund Papua New Guinea’s Roles and Responsibilities:
ChildFund New Zealand’s Roles and Responsibilities:
ChildFund Australian's Roles and Responsibilities:
In collaboration with ChildFund Papua New Guinea and ChildFund New Zealand, provide feedback and technical support as required throughout the Mid-Term Review process.
Deliverables of the Consultancy:
Prepare and submit an evaluation protocol in English detailing how the evaluation will be carried out. The protocol will outline the evaluation design, sampling methods to be used and questions to be answered, and detailed work plan for the entire exercise. As part of the evaluation protocol, the consultant must provide a data analysis plan showing the questions and analysis for each of the Project indicators to be investigated.
Design and develop all required data collection tools: Draft questionnaires, interview guides and other data collection tools will be submitted to ChildFund Papua New Guinea for review and feedback from ChildFund New Zealand and ChildFund Australia before data collection starts.
Develop the research methodology and respective tools for review and approval by ChildFund Papua New Guinea and ChildFund New Zealand.
Conduct pre-testing of developed guidelines and all instruments and amend as appropriate.
Conduct field level data collection based on agreed assessment and survey tools, maintain quality and accepted norms and standards, lead the data entry and analysis.
Carry out data entry and transcribing of interview and FGD notes in preparation for data analysis.
Present the findings and outcomes in a draft report, to be reviewed for feedback by ChildFund Papua New Guinea and ChildFund New Zealand.
Submit a detailed final report in English outlining the evaluation methodology, findings, lessons learned and recommendations. The report shall incorporate specific simple and achievable recommendations, including the most appropriate strategies that can be undertaken and/or incorporated by ChildFund Papua New Guinea and partners to attempt to address the issues identified. The final report should address the issues and questions raised in this ToR and correspond to the evaluation objectives set out above.
The Consultant will be expected to conduct data collection in English and Tok Pisin, as appropriate. The working language and all deliverables are due in English.
Criteria to ensure the quality of the evaluation report:
It is anticipated the assignment will be undertaken in June 2023**.** The MTR will cover approximately 35 days. "Full details to be obtained from the TOR"
Required experience and qualifications
Management and Reporting Arrangements
The Consultant will report to the ChildFund Papua New Guinea SEL Program Manager and MEL Coordinator, with ongoing support from the ChildFund New Zealand MERL Manager and ChildFund Australia SEL Advisor. All reports must be written in English and provided in an electronic format (Microsoft Word).
All discussions and documents relating to this ToR will be treated as confidential by the parties.
The Consultant will undertake the Services to a high standard; use its best endeavors to promote the best interests of ChildFund; protect the reputation of ChildFund and work in a manner consistent with the mission, vision, and policies of ChildFund (see Child Safeguarding Policy/Child Safeguarding Code of Conduct, PSEAH policy and Employee Code of Conduct). ChildFund has a zero-tolerance policy to abuse, exploitation and harassment in all its forms.
Conflict of Interest
The Consultant must declare any financial, personal, family (or close intimate relationship) interest in matters of official business which may impact on the work of ChildFund.
Remain alert and responsive to any child safeguarding or sexual exploitation, abuse or harassment (SEAH) risks, acquire relevant knowledge and skills to promote strong safeguarding practices, understand the child safeguarding and PSEAH policy and procedures, and conduct yourself consistent with those policies.
procedures, and conduct yourself consistent with those policies.
Full Terms of Reference (ToR) can be downloaded from www.childfund.org.au/work-with-us
Applications closing date: 19 May 2023