Request for proposals for phase 1 evaluation & review

Summary of Vacancy:

  • Contract type: Short-term consultancy
  • Programme: Fair Finance Asia (FFA)
  • Phase 1 timeline: 1 January 2018 – 31 December 2022
  • Partner organizations: Oxfam Novib – HQ (in the Netherlands), Oxfam Country Offices in Cambodia and Vietnam, Oxfam India, Prakarsa – Indonesia, JACSES – Japan, Indus Consortium - Pakistan, IDEALS – Philippines, Sal Forest Co. Ltd. – Thailand, SOMO – the Netherlands
  • Geographical coverage: Multi-Country – Asia Regional: Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Pakistan, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam

How to apply:

  • The application should be submitted through the Oxfam recruitment website: https://bit.ly/3H1I9l2 by 14/01/2022, 23:59 hour GMT+7.
  • Any questions, remarks or requests for clarification can be sent to Mr. Pavle Vizintin (pavle.vizintin@oxfam.org) before 07/01/2022, 23:59 hours GMT+7.
  • The (anonymized) questions will be answered to all applicants no later than 14/01/2022, 23:59 hour GMT+7.

The following should be included in applications:

  • Full proposal tailored to the assignment detailed herewith including an approach paper, and timeline and milestone planning based on this ToR;
  • At least two relevant reference assignment previously performed by the supplier that are comparable in content, time and budget;
  • Copy of the registration with the Chamber of Commerce, clearly indicating the VAT number and physical address of the applicant;
  • CV(s) of the proposed consultant(s), proving relevant experience and/or diplomas. See also Assessment of the CVs (2.8.3.2);
  • Total price. Accompanied with a cost breakdown, showing days or hours spent (per consultant involved) and the related fee, as well as out-of-pocket costs (costs other than fees).

Quotations should be submitted by e-mail with the subject line “Fair Finance Asia Phase 1 Evaluation and Review RFP” to: pavle.vizintin@oxfam.org

The Programme:

The Fair Finance Asia (FFA) programme is a five-year programme funded by the Swedish Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand. It is a network of civil society organisations in Asia working to ensure that financial institutions operating in Asia are transparent and accountable to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) criteria in their business activities and investment decisions. FFA aspires to reduce inequality in Asia by creating an enabling policy environment for integration of social and environmental considerations among financial institutions (FIs) in the region and ensuring that FIs advance the interests and needs of local communities towards their well-being.

Evaluation rationale:

As the Fair Finance Asia programme is nearing the end of Phase 1 implementation in December 2022, an evaluation is being sought to, primarily, follow up on and review the progress made towards the recommendations and action points identified since the programmeme’s Midterm Review completed in December 2020. Moreover, this review process is also envisaged to coordinate a comprehensive national and regional outcomes harvesting and review process to contribute to the development of a regional strategic approach for the Phase 2 implementation of the FFA programme for the period 2023-27.

This request for proposal is intended for seeking quotations according to Oxfam procedures in order to identify and select the most appropriate evaluation team. This ToR describes formal and procedural requirements, as well as details specifications of the evaluation and serves as the primary source of information for parties in conducting the evaluation.

Evaluation purpose: Intended use and intender users

  • To comprehensively follow up on and review the progress made towards the recommendations and action points identified since the programme’s Midterm Review completed in December 2020
  • To coordinate a comprehensive national (across FFA’s 8 countries) and regional outcomes harvesting and review process to assess the overall achievements and impacts of the programme’s Phase 1
  • To provide concrete advice for overall programme enhancement and actionable recommendations to contribute to the planning for Phase 2 implementation of the FFA programme for the 2023-27 period

The intended users of the evaluation are the Fair Finance Asia Executive Team (FFA ET), country coalitions in the FFA network, and the Swedish Embassy in Bangkok.

Scope and focus:

It is expected that the external evaluators will work in coordination with the FFA ET, Oxfam Country Offices, and partners in national FFA coalitions (including both coalition leads and members). It is expected that the evaluators will also engage financial sector actors and regulators, facilitated by national coalitions in FFA countries, to understand the broader impact of the programme on sustainable finance, as well as the contribution of capacity-building and policy assessments on the improvement of financial policies and practices.

Here are some of the basic evaluation questions to consider for the purpose of this request for proposal (RFP). There are potentially other key questions that could require greater attention during the review process which can be identified following consultations between the FFA Executive Team and the selected evaluator/s.

Evaluation objective: Criteria and questions

- To what extent were the programme objectives achieved?

o What is the level of realisation of the key indicators (of the result areas) after 4 years of programme implementation?

o What are the main factors (both within the programme and externally) that led to overperformance and/or underperformance in specific result areas, particularly since the MTR?

o Were there any other factors influencing the achievement or non-achievement of the objectives of result areas?

o What are the major achievements and impact? Where did the programme have room for improvement?

- To what extent have FFA partnerships contributed to policy change, influencing, and programme outcomes?

o What evidence is there that programme activities have contributed to coalition building and new, stronger or more effective networks?

o To what extent can changes in influencing targets’ knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors be directly or indirectly attributed to FFA programme activities?

o How effectively have FFA partner countries collaborated within their own coalitions and partner organizations, as well as with other FFA countries, to achieve sustainable finance both nationally and regionally?

o How has this changed since the MTR?

- How adaptive is the programme to changes, in terms of modifying activities/operations in order to meet planned outputs and outcomes?

o What are the (un)intended changes achieved, directly or indirectly, as a result of the activities implemented?

o What additional (unforeseen) results can be identified?

o How has the FFA programme been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, both at a programmematic level and in terms of ability to effectively influence the financial sector?

o How might the COVID-19 pandemic impact future implementation of the FFA programme, in the medium and the long term?

Expected Deliverables:

  • A report in the English language with a maximum of 40 pages for the core part (excluding annexes, title page, and table of contents.
  • An executive summary of key findings and recommendations no longer than 5 pages.

For more details, please refer to the Terms of Reference at https://bit.ly/3H1I9l2

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