Job opening

The World Association of Community Broadcasters (AMARC) is currently seeking applications from candidates for an evaluation of its project entitled “Empowering the poor and marginalized to fight poverty through Community Radio” funded by Bread for the World.
 
  1. Introduction

The World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) is an international non-governmental organization serving the community radio movement, with almost 4 000 members and associates in 150 countries. Its goal is to support and contribute to the development of community and participatory radio along the principals of solidarity and international cooperation. All continents are represented on AMARC's International Board of Directors. AMARC advocates for the right to communicate at the international, national, local and neighborhood levels and serves, defends and promotes the interests of the community radio movement through solidarity, networking and cooperation.

  1. Background of the project

The project “Empowering the poor and marginalized to fight poverty through Community Radio (CR)” is based on the belief that the right to be informed and the right to be heard are key components of a strategy to fight poverty in a suitable manner. Voicelessnes is a key dimension of poverty and the democratization of communications through the development of community media is a key step to the empowerment of the poor, excluded and particularly women. 

The direct target groups of this project are 96 CR Journalists participating in Capacity Building and knowledge Sharing Workshops and 180 Community Radio Journalists mentored in 75 Community Radios.
The indirect target groups are 600 practitioners (NGOs, Civil Society Groups and citizens participating in CR programs), Community activists (active on addressing food security, disaster management & climate change, ending violence against women challenges) and CR Audiences and Stakeholders. 

So far there have been conducted 1 Capacity Building Workshop and 1 Knowledge Sharing Seminar and thematic radio programs in 2013. In 2014, only the thematic radio programs have been realized. 

The project objectives are to

  • Improve capacity and abilities of CR Journalists for better quality radio productions
  • Increase pertinence of  programming for local audiences by
    1. Increased participation in radio programs of citizens, NGOs, Civil Society Organizations and
    1. Embedding knowledge sharing mechanisms in participating CRs to increase their social sustainability

    1. Purposes of the Evaluation

    AMARC is undergoing an internal restructuration process in order to improve its organizational capacities. Therefore the project implementation faced some delays. On the other hand the process shall be used to improve the Planning and Monitoring systems in place. The evaluation could contribute to this process by assessing the current situation of project implementation and developing recommendations on how to improve the Planning and Monitoring System. This evaluation shall comprise an assessment of the outcome of the activities conducted until now on a sample base (project impact so far, M&E tools in place, lessons learned for the ongoing of the project) as well as the internal controlling system and the financial management.

    1. Critical Stakeholders

    The Evaluation is primarily intended for AMARC and its funding partner Bread for the World, Germany. Further stakeholders are the direct and indirect target groups of the project.

    1. Goal and objectives of the external evaluation

    Goal:

    An independent external evaluation will be carried out at project midterm phase to evaluate the forth going of the project, the PME System in place and the internal controlling system including the financial management.

    Objectives:

    • Focal points of the Evaluation
      1. Relevance

      Are the project objectives still valid?

      Are the themes of the radio programs and knowledge sharing seminars still relevant?

        1. Effectiveness

        To which extent have the project objectives been reached until now?

        How did the activities conducted contribute to the project objectives?

            • Radio Programs
            • Workshops
            • Knowledge Sharing Seminars

        Have the direct and indirect target groups been reached by the activities conducted?

        Has the gender dimension of the project been met (themes of radio programs, Knowledge Sharing Seminars and participants of the Workshops)?

        How many CR journalists from how many CR and which countries have been reached by thy activities conducted?

        How many hours of radio programs on topics of the project have been broadcasted by how many CR?

          1. Use of Output

          What use of output did the activities conducted so far have (1 Workshop/1 Knowledge Sharing Seminar carried out in 2013, thematic radio programs, etc.)?

            1. Efficiency?

            Has the efficiency been adhered to while planning the project activities?

            Is the PME system of the project coherent and outcome and impact oriented?

            Are the results of the PME system used for the project management?

              1. Sustainability

              Has the training of the trainers in the Capacity Building Workshops been realized and did they train others?

              Have the series of radio programs been distributed in local communities and worldwide?

                • Is an internal controlling system in place?
                • How is the Financial Management structured?

               

              1. Method

              While maintaining independence/neutrality, the evaluation will be carried out using a participatory approach, which seeks the views and assessments of all parties. As the program is implemented in three regions the evaluator will base his evaluation on:

                1. Reviewing and analyzing existing project related documents in the headquarter of AMARC
                2. The process of evaluation will include conducting of interviews with the direct and indirect target group on a sample base, reviewing of radio experts analysis, letters of NGOs, documentation of phone calls and life stories. The evaluation will assess the immediate effect of the project.
                3. The External evaluation will also review the PME system of AMARC in the head quarter and its regional offices.

               

              1. Evaluation Time Frame

               June – July 2015 (3-4 weeks in total)

              1. Composition and requirements of the evaluator/evaluation team

              Expert(s) in the field of Communication rights and development – qualifications:

                • At least 5 years experience in development cooperation with experience of communication issues
                • Knowledge of programming and project cycle management
                • Knowledge of internal controlling systems and financial management
                • Experience as evaluator(s) of projects
                • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
                • Experience in producing high quality written reports
                • Fluency in English and French; Knowledge of Spanish would be an asset

              1. Deliverables

              1. Inception report (Max 5 to 6 pages in font Arial 12) including evaluation design and proposed methodology and detailed evaluation implementation work plan.

              2. Draft report.

              3. PowerPoint presentation of the evaluation process, the results and recommendations.

              4. A verbal presentation and explanation of results will be made by the evaluator to the project Coordinator.

              5. Debriefing (in person or by telephone) of Bread for the World, Germany at the end of the Evaluation.

              6. Final report of the evaluation (written in English (maximum 50 pages + annex in font Arial 12)

               

              1. Elements for submission

               The documents to be submitted with expressions of interest include :

                • CV
                • Example of previous work done on evaluation of projects
                • Offer containing methodological and financial proposal

               

              Members of the evaluation team should not have been directly involved in the design and/or implementation of the project.

               

              Contact: secretariat@si.amarc.org
              Interested candidates must send their proposal before May 8, 2015, 5PM.