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Independent Evaluator: Nigeria At National Democratic Institute

Date Posted: 18/Sep/2013
Deadline: 30/Sep/2013
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Final Evaluation- Independent Evaluator

NDI/Nigeria: Enhancing the Credibility

of the 2011 Elections in Nigeria

NDI is hiring an evaluation consultant to conduct a final assessment of its USAID-funded Nigeria elections support program.

Period of Performance

NDI will negotiate the evaluation timeframe with the chosen consultant; ideally travel to Nigeria will take place in early to mid-October. The evaluator will spend several days on desk research before traveling to Nigeria, and approximately one week in Nigeria. Additional time will be allocated to finalize the report and brief the NDI team. The total number of consultancy days will be between 11 and 20 days, to be determined by necessity, budget, and consultant availability.

Program Background

Nigerians held successful general elections in April 2011. Prior to 2011, every poll in Nigeria since the return to civilian rule in 1999 had been considered flawed by international observers, and there was widespread concern that the 2011 elections would follow this pattern of failed elections. By contrast, 2011 marked a turning point during which election results reflected the votes actually cast by Nigerians, reversing the trend of widespread election irregularities and providing a long-awaited sign of democratic advancement.

To support improvements in elections and democratic processes, NDI pursued the following five program objectives from March 2010 to the present:[1]

  • The capacity of partner civic organizations to more effectively educate voters about the political process is enhanced;
  • The capacity of domestic civil society organizations (CSOs) to more effectively observe the electoral process is strengthened;
  • The capacity of domestic CSOs to employ advanced statistics-based methodologies, such as parallel vote tabulation (PVT), to increase the credibility of upcoming elections is strengthened;
  • The transparency and integrity of Nigeria’s electoral process through comprehensive international election observation is promoted; and
  • The capacity of partner civic organizations to advocate more effectively for electoral reform is enhanced.

Objective and Purpose of Evaluation

The objective of the program evaluation is to determine the extent to which NDI has successfully completed the program objectives under its grant, both those that were initially laid out and those that were added over the course of the program. The assessment will inform NDI’s final substantive progress report to USAID as well as provide input and lessons learned into improving future NDI programs in Nigeria and elsewhere.

NDI will work collaboratively with the evaluation consultant to finalize and prioritize evaluation questions addressing the impact, effectiveness, and sustainability of the program, finalize the terms of reference of the evaluation, and ascertain appropriate methodology to collect and analyze data.

Illustrative evaluation questions may include:

Impact

  • To what extent has the Independent National Electoral Commission incorporated recommendations from the International Election Observers’ reports?
  • To what extent have any of NDI’s civil society partners’ recommendations on electoral reform been accepted/ adopted by policy makers?
  • To what extent did incident reporting by domestic observers on Election Day mitigate violence?

Effectiveness:

  • Are NDI’s partner civic organizations better able to educate voters as a result of NDI’s civic education program?
  • Are local CSOs better able to observe the electoral process as a result of NDI’s interventions?
  • Did the non-systematic domestic observers provide an effective complement to the systematic (parallel vote tabulation - PVT) election observers? If not, what could have been done differently?
  • How effective was the post-election tracking of election offense cases by NDI’s civil society partner? Did the partner’s reports provide relevant information?
  • Where would statistically based observation need future support from NDI, if this type of technical assistance were continued?

Sustainability

  • Did the voter education partners incorporate lessons learned in previous elections in designing their voter education strategies?
  • How have the lessons learned from each PVT been incorporated into strategy for subsequent elections by the observation group’s secretariat?

Key Tasks and Deliverables

NDI will work with the evaluation consultant to delineate tasks necessary for successful completion of the program assessment. The tasks will likely include:

  • Conduct desk reviews of NDI documentation relevant to the program. Documents may include the following: -The initial program proposal and all add-on proposals -Internal baseline assessment -Independent evaluation of the 2011 PVT program -The initial work plan and all modifications to the work plan -The initial program monitoring plan and all modifications to this plan -Quarterly program reports to the donor and/or the draft final program report -Topical reports, election statements, educational materials, online resources, etc. representing the public products of NDI or its partners -Original “means of verification” for all activities to be provided in Abuja office only
  • Work with key program staff to refine the program logic if necessary;
  • Design of the overall evaluation strategy and methodological approach including: identification of appropriate data collection and analysis methods, development of evaluation instruments and questionnaires, establishment of protocols for data collection and analysis, and training of designated NDI evaluation team members in data protocols for data collection and data management;
  • Pilot data collection and analysis instruments wherever possible;
  • Collect and analyze data through a review of project reports; review of data collected through on-going program monitoring; key informant interviews; focus groups; direct observation; and/or questionnaires;
  • Analyze data against evaluation objectives; and
  • Submit a program assessment report.

Deliverables of the evaluation will include:

  1. An evaluation inception report that includes the evaluation strategy, the evaluation questions, and the methodology to be used, as well as a workplan.
  2. Data collection and analysis instruments and protocols
  3. Raw and processed data
  4. Weekly progress reports (verbal and/or via e-mail)
  5. A draft program evaluation report and oral briefing to key stakeholders; and
  6. A final evaluation report that includes:
  • an executive summary of findings and conclusions
  • Introduction with background to the evaluation
  • Evaluation questions, methodologies and approach, scope, constraints and limitations
  • Description of the project objectives evaluated
  • Data collection & analysis based on criteria and findings
  • Key findings and conclusions
  • Annexes including

o Terms of Reference

o Work plan

o Instruments and protocols

o Databases

o References, documentation etc.

To Apply

Interested applicants should submit the following documents no later than September 23, 2013 to the NDI Website at http://ndi.force.com/careers:

  • a CV,
  • Two references,
  • A sample of a past evaluation report, and
  • A letter of interest outlining a draft workplan and illustrative evaluation methodologies relevant to the draft evaluation questions.

[1] The program is scheduled to end on March 31, 2014.

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree or higher, in evaluation, applied research, social science or political science research or a related field
  • At least 5 years of experience managing or conducting evaluations, preferably those relating to analysis of democracy and governance development programs
  • Proficiency in both qualitative and quantitative methods including participatory methods, focus group discussions, survey design and implementation, sampling strategies, and statistical analysis;
  • Proven excellent research skills including development and application of analytical frameworks and tools and production of analytical reports
  • Ability to work remotely with diverse stakeholders and achieve quality results with limited supervision.
  • Experience training enumerators
  • Excellent English oral and writing skills
  • Knowledge and/or previous work experience with elections programs preferred



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