End of Project Impact Evaluation of the Child-friendly Accountability Initiative

ChildFund Alliance is a global network of 11 child rights and development organizations operating in more than 60 countries around the world. We work with nearly 16 million children and their families to overcome poverty and the underlying conditions that prevent children from achieving their full potential. We work to end violence against children; provide our expertise in emergencies and disasters to ease the harmful impact on children; and engage children and youth to elevate their voices to influence change.


ChildFund Alliance provides services to its members to advance the organization’s strategic priorities, of which advocacy and child-friendly accountability is a core component, as identified in the 2016-2021 “Toward a Safe World for Children” Strategic Plan. In this plan, ChildFund commits to prevent violence against children, protect children from violence and exploitation, and enable children to participate in decisions related to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

A. Background

Children have an inherent and universal right to a life free from violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect, and to survival and development, per the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), as ratified and enforced by the United Nations. Yet today, more than one billion children – about half of the world’s children – experience violence every year. Governments are responsible for ensuring children’s right to protection from violence. All citizens, including children, must be able to hold their governments accountable to their protection obligations in the UNCRC and its three Optional Protocols. In most parts of the world, children do not have regular access to a meaningful accountability mechanism. They have no voice, no platform and no access to recourse, and they are not meaningfully engaged in decisions that affect their lives or their safety. ChildFund Alliance is committed to providing children and their communities with a safe means to participate in monitoring the performance of child protection systems and holding governments accountable.

In September 2015, the United Nations unanimously adopted Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a set of universal goals, targets and indicators to frame the global development agenda for the next 15 years. The Agenda includes a stand-alone target on violence against children: End abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children. (SDG Target 16.2). The Agenda also includes several other targets related to violence against children. ChildFund Alliance worked persistently to promote the inclusion of SDG Target 16.2 in the global agenda through its Free from Violence and Exploitation Campaign and in partnership with other civil society organizations at the global level.
Child-friendly Accountability

The goal of our Child-friendly Accountability Methodology is to engage children between ages 13-17 to hold governments and local leaders accountable to their obligations to end violence against children as per SDG Target 16.2. ChildFund has developed a Methodology, Field Manual, Toolkit and Web-based Platform for use by our members to implement the initiative and/or adapt it within their respective country programs. We successfully test piloted the initiative in four countries in 2017. Child-friendly Accountability is a specific approach to children’s participation, learning, and actions, centered on child protection and accountability. This rights-based approach builds on children’s knowledge and provides them with the skills they need to take action to improve child protection in their own communities. The initiative focuses on three key pillars of engaging young people in the program:

Pillar 1: Assessment – Building the knowledge of children and youth and fostering understanding about their rights, violence against children and existing child protection laws, mechanisms, and actors.

Pillar 2: Analysis – Providing children and youth the guidance and facilitation to work with their communities to monitor and analyze their existing child protection system in a safe and collaborative way.

Pillar 3: Action – Enabling children and their communities to work together to identify actions that they can take in their communities to improve child protection.

B. Objectives
ChildFund Alliance received a grant from the OAK Foundation to expand implementation of the methodology building on the lessons learned from the pilot phase (2017) in four countries: Mexico, Paraguay, Vietnam and India. With the Oak Foundation grant, ChildFund is now implementing the methodology in ten countries, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, India, Mexico, Nepal, Paraguay, South Korea, Tanzania, Ghana and Uganda. The goal for the Oak project is to have coverage in ten countries over the next two years. Our overarching intent is to operationalize this methodology as ChildFund Alliance’s model approach for increasing children’s participation within its programs.

The year 2019 was a milestone in efforts to end violence against children. In July, world leaders conducted an in-depth look at progress towards achieving SDG Target 16.2 during the United Nations High-level Political Forum (HLPF). The HLPF offered an important opportunity for ChildFund to ensure that children’s voices were heard at the global level. ChildFund facilitated the travel of four young people and their chaperones from our member country offices of El Salvador, Paraguay, South Korea and Uganda where ChildFund is implementing the methodology. The youth represented the voices of their peers from their individual countries and attended high-level meetings with United Nations representatives who have within their roles mandates for ensuring the protection of children from violence and exploitation. The youth delegates also met with their country representatives.

In addition to developing the methodology, the ChildFund Alliance Secretariat Project Coordinator and the Technical Advisor provide support to countries to integrate the methodology into their existing program in the areas of capacity building and instructions for the delivery of the methodology. Such focused support to help ensure the implementation of participatory activities is critical to successful program outcomes.

C. Purpose of the end of project impact evaluation and intended use
The main purpose of the end of project impact evaluation is to measure through an independent process the changes occurring in increasing children’s participation in ChildFund Alliance member programs attributed to the use of the methodology funded by the Oak Foundation.

The evaluation can be summarized in terms of learning and accountability:
(i) To gather data about the effectiveness and impact of Child-friendly Accountability Methodology to ensure that the intervention is on track and is likely to reach its goal.
(ii) To provide ChildFund Alliance members with recommendations to support upcoming discussions to operationalize the methodology after the two year end of Oak Foundation funding.

The impact can be direct or indirect, intended or unintended, positive or negative, macro (within the sector) and micro (household).

D. Scope of work and methodology
The evaluation should review all aspects of the methodology, from the beginning of the implementation of the scale-up in 2019 to the project completion date in March 2021, within the framework of the Theory of Change.

The evaluator will submit the Methodology, however some of the following approaches should be considered.
1. Desk Review: The team should plan to examine all of the project documents, project data, case studies, country report presentations, training documents and other relevant materials. This desk review will allow the team to understand the background and intent of the methodology and the implementation strategies.
2. Case Studies: The evaluation should consider picking 2-4 case studies of beneficiaries who have successfully completed the methodology and as well as beneficiaries who are currently in the program. Case studies in this instance allow an opportunity to probe further in-depth experiences of the beneficiaries and staff facilitators, program managers, and local partner staff.
3. Field Visits: Given the current situation, it is not expected that field visits will occur. The evaluator is expected to design a methodology to carry out the evaluation remotely in the countries where the project is implemented.
4. Interviews with stakeholders: The evaluator should pay particular attention to interviewing stakeholders, namely children, ChildFund Alliance staff members at the country level, facilitators, community members, the Technical Advisor (who developed the methodology), and others as relevant.
5. Comparative analysis: the final report should include an analysis of the trends, similarities and differences across the countries.

 E. Proposed Issues to be covered

This evaluation will mainly aim at identifying any changes resulting from the program interventions, establishing causal connections between the changes and the program inputs, and measuring the magnitude of the change. 

In doing so, the following evaluation questions from the Monitoring Evaluation and Learning plan will be asked. This is not an exhaustive list.

program level questions

The end of project evaluation should also identify opportunities for strengthening the linkages between children’s participation and ending violence against children.

F. Time frame and deliverables
The Evaluation should be completed within four months (November 2020 – February 2021).

Expected deliverables are as follows:
a. An inception report which outlines the Evaluation methodology and approaches, proposed analytical framework, key desk review findings, data analysis plan, and document to be analyzed, and instruments for interviews with stakeholders, as well as an outline of the final report, including proposed annexes;
b. The first draft Evaluation report submitted for review, which includes a complete set of findings and conclusions. This report will also include draft country-case study reports from the evaluation.
c. Results and Recommendations Feedback meeting
d. Final evaluation report
e. Datasets (qualitative and quantitative) will be submitted to the Evaluation Office as part of the evaluation deliverables, in soft and hard copies.

G. Qualifications
The evaluator should have the following skills and qualifications.
Essential Skills:
- Possess a Master’s degree in social science, research, project management or other relevant fields.
- Must have: a) proven competence in project/program evaluations and child protection, experience working with non-profits in development—ideally with a focus on youth participation, in both a humanitarian and development context(multi-country project evaluation is a plus)
- Must have at least 5 years professional work experience in the areas of program evaluation, especially in child protection and youth participation.
- Conceptual and methodological skills and experience in applying qualitative and quantitative research evaluation methods.
- Prior impact assessment experience is required.
- In country or comparable regional work, experience will be an added advantage.
- Excellent communication skills necessary for building rapport with stakeholders, facilitating participation, and effective presentation of results to diverse audiences.
- Knowledge of the role of UN and Non-Governmental Organization programming is desirable.
- Excellent written and verbal skills in the English language.
- Legal and personal ability to work in the USA.

- The employee will perform all tasks in line with the ChildFund Alliance’s Child Safeguarding Policy Guidelines: https://childfundalliance.org/resources/publications/tools-guidelines/1469-keeping-children-safe.
- Any employment with ChildFund Alliance will be subject to a set of pre-employment checks prior to start date.

H. Impact Evaluation Ethics and Considerations
The following ethical rules/considerations will guide the Evaluation:
- Openness of information given, to the highest degree to all involved parties;
- Broad participation of interested parties should be involved where relevant and possible;
- Reliability and independence – the assessment should be conducted so that findings and conclusions are correct and trustworthy;
- Follow all ethical guidelines for conducting evaluation.

I. EXPRESSION OF INTEREST:

Expression of interest should be sent to jobs@childfundalliance.org no later than 10 October 2020 (5:00pm, EST).

Please include with your application the following:
1. A detailed proposal and budget.
2. A detailed methodology including the conceptual framework for the analysis (theory of change), data sources, data collection tools, analysis and structure of the evaluation report.
3. An updated curriculum vitae including references and contact details, as well as two examples of recently completed evaluation reports.