Organization: American Bar Association
Closing date: 07 Jan 2020
EVALUATION TERMS OF REFERENCE
Grant Award No: 6803
Combatting Slavery in Mali Project
To determine whether there is suggestive evidence that the Program contributed, in whole or in part, to any outcomes that helped reduce the practice of slavery in communities supported by the Program and/or in Mali generally
Evaluation Start and End Dates:
January 10 to March 31, 2020
The Combatting Slavery in Mali Project (from here on forward referred to as “the Program”) is a $938,271, 20-month program awarded to the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL). The Program started in August of 2018 and will end on March 30, 2020. The Program aims to establish the legal, community, and institutional structures necessary for locally-led and sustainable efforts to combat hereditary slavery in Mali. To accomplish the goal, activities under the Program fall within the following objectives:
Objective 1: To strengthen CSO-led advocacy for legal reform addressing hereditary slavery
Objective 2: To increase the capacity of justice sector actors to investigate, prosecute, and adjudicate cases of slavery
Objective 3: To increase local leaders’ and communities’ participation in combating slavery
Objective 4: To provide victims of slavery with legal and social services that facilitate reintegration
Objective 5: To build the capacity of local CSOs to provide services to victims of hereditary slavery.
As a cross cutting objective, ABA ROLI address sustainability and continuity through its overall approach for coordination with local counterparts. Thus, ABA ROLI implements the program through sub-grants to four local organizations and in partnership with the Ministry of Justice and local community leaders across northern Mali. The fours subgrantees include: Temedt, Association des Juristes Maliennes, Association Regard aux Couches Vulnerables, and Coalition Malienne des Défenseurs des Droits Humains.
II. Evaluation Objectives and Use
The evaluation is commissioned by the Africa Division to comply with the commitment set under the Program’s M&E Plan. The evaluation will provide evidence-based assessments of the contributions of the Program to the bigger picture of anti-slavery efforts ongoing in Mali. Specifically, the evaluator will determine whether there is suggestive evidence that the Program contributed, in whole or in part, to any outcomes that helped reduce the practice of slavery in communities supported by the Program and/or in Mali generally.
The evaluation will respond to the following questions:
a. To what extent has the Program contributed, in part or as a whole to reducing slavery in specific communities it targeted, or in Mali, in general?
· How many victims have been freed through the Program and how many of those supported/helped continue to be in slavery?
· What factors, and to what extent do such factors contribute to negative or positive outcomes?
· Which Program activities work well in affecting positive changes in the lives of slaves based on evidence collected?
· What factors remain to be addressed to move Malian society to end slavery?
b. To what extent has the Program contributed to the capacities of local CSOs in providing much needed services for victims of slavery in Mali?
· To what extent do CSOs feel their capacities have been changed?
· What factors result to positive or negative changes in CSO capacities to provide services and sustain these services?
· To what extent does the Program affect observed positive changes, if there are any?
· To what extent are local efforts of CSOs to address the justice needs of victims of slavery, acquiring freedom for victims of slavery, and reintegration efforts of CSOs sustainable?
The Evaluation will be undertaken using outcome/ effectiveness evaluation. The method is an assessment of the Program’s extent of contribution into two objectives:
a. Reduction of victims of slavery
b. Improvement in CSO capacities to provide services to victims of slavery
The evaluation shall be guided by the American Evaluation Association’s principles for evaluators .
III. Uses and Users of this Evaluation:
This evaluation will be used by the local NGO community, Malian authorities, and ABA ROLI to better understand which of their various activities were or were not effective, and will be used to better inform managers on future program design efforts.
The evaluation will choose at least one and not more than two communities or areas targeted under the Program to assess under this evaluation and seek to interview former victims, authorities in the communities or in Bamako and relevant service providers. The sampling methodology will be dependent on variables such as the extent the effort proposed can reach individuals and service providers.
· An evaluation report in French and English of not more than 30 pages, including an executive summary, to be delivered in draft by March 7, 2020 and in final by March 31, 2020.
· A report/addendum or notes for internal ABA ROLI review.
VI. What We Are Looking For
· With at least 7 years of experience undertaking outcome evaluations using mixed research methods;
· With experience researching and evaluating human rights, justice sector strengthening, and/or countering trafficking and slavery programs
· Proven ability to organize and coordinate evaluations or studies in the field, and with a group of program implementers in various locations
· Experience working in Francophone countries preferred.
· Functional proficiency in speaking, reading and writing in French preferred.
 American Evaluation Association Guiding Principles For Evaluators July 2004 http://www.eval.org/p/cm/ld/fid=51
How to apply:
All interested candidates, please submit your Cover Letter and CV directly to: