Evaluation Consultant – Indonesia

This role is for a short-term consultant (consultant team) who has extensive experience in project evaluation and based in Indonesia to conduct an end-of-project evaluation. Through the TKI Bijak project in Indonesia, Seefar is aiming to reduce supply of labor to recruiters who use exploitative practices, and to increase the demand for ethical recruiters in Indonesia.

Job Description

Seefar is a social enterprise with a mission to work with vulnerable people to build a better future. We specialise in justice, migration and social inclusion. Our expertise is in strategic communications, counselling, consulting, monitoring and evaluation, and research. We work in East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, East Africa, North Africa, the Sahel and Europe. For more information about us, please visit http://seefar.org/about-us.

Through the TKI Bijak project in Indonesia, Seefar is aiming to reduce supply of labor to recruiters who use exploitative practices, and to increase the demand for ethical recruiters in Indonesia. Our objectives are twofold. First, to empower first time female migrant domestic workers from Indonesia to seek better employment opportunities before they migrate. Second, to increase demand for ethical recruiters for the migrant domestic industry, and decrease demand for unethical recruiters. To achieve these objectives, TKI Bijak focuses on strategic communication efforts such as providing direct consultations, targeting about 6,000 future migrant domestic workers, through various offline events as well as an online campaign. The project also collaborated with recruitment agencies in the three districts of Cirebon, Cilacap and Subang.

This initiative started at the end of 2017 and as it is now coming to an end, we are searching for a short-term consultant (consultant team) who has extensive experience in project evaluation and based in Indonesia.

 

Overall objective

The overall objective of the assignment is to conduct an end-of-project evaluation to assess achievement and effectiveness and to identify lessons and practical recommendations at strategy and operational levels for future interventions.

 

Specific objectives are:

  1. Effectiveness: To examine effectiveness of the design and implementation of the project;
  2. Accomplishment: To assess the achievement of the project at output and outcome levels and the impacts and benefits at the beneficiary level, capturing any unintended results;
  3. Relevance: To assess whether or not  the project design and focus were appropriate for the target beneficiary needs;
  4. Learning & Recommendations: To capture learning and practical recommendations for Seefar and other stakeholders in the sector which can inform future strategic communications/campaign interventions targeted at reducing exploitation of female domestic migrant workers.

Evaluation stakeholders

The key stakeholders of this evaluation are:

  1. Beneficiaries
    1. Direct beneficiaries: Migrant workers (first-time and returning migrant workers and their family members)
    2. Recruitment agencies
  2. Project partners
    1. Local radio stations
    2. Local government
  3. Project and Seefar personnel and consultants
  4. Donor representatives

Key evaluation questions

The following are mandatory evaluation questions. The evaluator and evaluation team are encouraged to make suggestions or additions in their inception report.

  1. Was the project relevant to the identified needs of target beneficiaries and the context?
  2. How effective were the approach, strategies and tools used to implement the project in the given context?
  3. To what extent were the intended project objectives and outcomes achieved and how? If they weren’t achieved, why not? What were key challenges and factors that supported or inhibited achievement?
  4. To what extent has this project generated positive (or negative) changes:
    1. What effects did project interventions have on female migrant domestic workers? Did their perceptions or behavior change and how?
    2. What benefit/change did the project have on recruitment agencies?
  5. What are key recommendations for future campaigns/strategic communications interventions? What can be done to enhance the effectiveness of similar campaigns? What can be done to enhance influence on recruitment agencies? Are there any follow up interventions recommended?
  6. What are some of the key lessons and best practices that can be  shared and replicated?
  7. What are recommendations for future interventions and issues? Are there any follow up interventions recommended?

 

Evaluation deliverables and timeline

The evaluator or evaluation team will be responsible for the quality and timely submission of the specific deliverables. All products should demonstrate the analysis process and be well written.

  1. Inception report in English breaking down the key questions and specific objectives into a more detailed framework and work plan. The inception report should be based on an initial desk review of documents and should provide Seefar with the opportunity to verify a shared understanding of evaluation objectives and deliverables. The inception report will be discussed and agreed upon with Seefar. Expected date of completion: 5 days after commencing assignment
  2. Comprehensive draft report in English to inform Seefar of key findings, lessons and recommendations. Seefar will provide comments within one week after the reception of the draft report. Expected date of completion: 10 days after the approval of the inception report
  3. Final report, including a brief summary (max 5 pages) of the evaluation. The report should roughly include the following sections: a) Executive summary (1-2 pages), b) Introduction (1 page), c) Description of the evaluation methodology (1-3 pages),  d) Analysis of key findings (6-10 pages), e) Lessons, recommendations and opportunities to provide guidance for future programming (3-4 pages), f) Conclusions and recommendations (2-4 pages); g) Appendices: people interviewed, documents reviewed, relevant supplemental information. Expected date of completion: 10 days after receiving inputs from Seefar
  4. Data (transcripts, quantitative data and data collection tools) Expected date of completion: 10 days after receiving inputs from Seefar


Management Arrangements

The evaluation is expected to commence on 1 November 2018 and be completed by 15 December 2018.

The evaluator or evaluation team will report to the Project Manager, and the Programme Manager as appropriate. Deliverables will be reviewed by the Project Manager, Programme Manager, Seefar’s M&E focal point, and any other relevant personnel.

No office space will be provided. The evaluator or evaluation team are expected to work remotely.

The project manager will provide support to arrange field visits, but all logistical arrangements and appointments will be handled by the evaluator or evaluation team. Regular coordination meetings will be scheduled with Seefar upon commencement of the assignment and following the submission of deliverables. These meetings may take place virtually.

The main working languages are Indonesian and English. The consultant is expected to deliver a final report that is in high-quality English. Should the evaluator or evaluation team require translation services, these costs should be incorporated into the budget proposal.

 

Budget

The evaluator or evaluation team will propose a budget which covers all evaluation activities including travel costs). Budget proposals should be made in USD.

Working with Seefar

Current and former personnel have noted the points below as positive features of Seefar’s work environment and culture:

  • The Enterprise combines entrepreneurialism with a focus on social impact.
  • You work with highly diverse people and across a diversity of contexts.
  • There is a high level of trust that supports you to work autonomously.
  • The people in the Enterprise encourage innovation and experimentation.
  • Achieving results is prioritised over rigid structures and workflows.
  • You are never bored and always challenged.

Current and former personnel have noted the points below as negative features of Seefar’s work environment and culture:

  • Collaborating with geographically dispersed teams requires flexibility and patience.
  • Working remotely can make you feel isolated and so requires you to invest time in communication.
  • Travel schedules can sometimes be heavy.
  • A high-growth phase means problem-solving as the Enterprise’s systems evolve quickly.

An Excellent Candidate

The Evaluator or evaluation team should have the following expertise and qualifications:

  1. Extensive expertise, knowledge, and experience in monitoring and evaluating projects and programs in Indonesia;
  2. Knowledge and understanding of labour exploitation, migration and/or gender is favorable
  3. Ability to deliver English reports
  4. A Master’s degree with at least 5 years of relevant M&E experience, or a Bachelor’s degree with at least 8 years of relevant M&E experience
  5. Experience with various methods such as desk studies, surveys, interviews or focus groups. Local experience and knowledge are required
  6. Excellent communication skills

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We are a social enterprise with a mission to work with vulnerable people to build a better future. We specialise in justice, migration and social inclusion. Our expertise is in strategic communications, counselling, consulting, monitoring and evaluation, and research. We work in East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, East Africa, North Africa, the Sahel and Europe. Our headquarters are in Hong Kong while our employees from 25 different nationalities work across the globe.

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