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1.  Background of Institut Panos Grands Lacs

Institute Panos Great Lakes (IPGL) is an International Non-governmental Organization (NGO) registered in March 2014 in Burundi, as Non-profit Organization. The headquarters of the IPGL is in Bujumbura, Burundi. IPGL operates mainly in Africa. This organization is the result of an accountability process and empowerment undertaken by Panos Paris that became Panos Europe, with offices in Central Africa (DRC, Burundi, and Rwanda) since 2009.

This approach responds to a logical progression for respecting the values of Panos Council that allowed the successive creations of Panos West Africa (2000), Panos South Asia (2002), Panos Southern Africa (2005) and Panos East Africa ( 2006); that is  the responsibility for the implementation of development programs in the South by the South; it also increases the  professionalism of the teams in the DRC, Burundi and Rwanda and CAR, whose respective capacities have established a relationship of trust with partners and donors.

IPGL implements activities under seven themes and always having a media-information component

o   Media Pluralism

o   Governance and electoral processes

o   Peace and conflict management

o   International migration and mobility

o   Health, HIV / AIDS

o    Diversity

o   Environment

2.  Background of “Urubuga rw’Itangazamakuru” talk show

This project, entitled “Club de la Presse (Urubuga rw’Itangazamakuru)” is a project implemented by Institute Panos Great Lakes (IPGL) in partnership with Rwandan Journalists Association (ARJ) and funded by the Kingdom of the Netherlands Embassy, Kigali since 2013. The objective is to promote media professionalism and freedom of expression, where citizens express their opinions through live TV debate in synergy. The current phase runs from 1st November 2018 to 31st October 2020.

From the beginning, Urubuga rw’Itangazamakuru was broadcasted on Sundays from 2:00 PM-3:00 PM live in synergy on Isango Radio and other 6 radios. Since September 2016 the talk show is also broadcasted live at Isango TV, and from October 2017 other 4 radios requested to be part of the synergy because of the quality and content of the talk show.

Since October 2017 the talk show is broadcasted in synergy by 10 radios and Isango TV (studio hub)   from 2:00 PM – 3:30 PMO.  On 7th November 2018, “Urubuga rw’Itangazamakuru talk show” has been crowning the Talk show of the year by RGB during Development Journalism Award. 

3.  Media partners:

1         Isango Star Radio and TV

2        Inkoramutima Radio

3        Voice of Africa Radio

4        Ishingiro Radio

5        Isangano Radio

6        Izuba Radio

7        Huguka Radio

8        Authentic Radio and TV

9        Fine FM

10    Energy Radio

4.    Objectives

The main objective of this project is to strengthen the cultural of democratic debate and freedom of expression through accurate information.

While Specific objectives are:

Ø  Strengthen the professionalism of Rwanda journalist in ethics and deontology;

Ø  Allow politicians to discuss on current topics or events with civil society, citizens, and journalists;

Ø  Help Rwandan citizens to have access to information and freedom of expression;

Ø  Develop the culture of media synergy in Rwanda.

5.  Activities of the project

 

i.     Weekly Editorial Meeting:

ii.     Field media coverage( vox pops and interviews) to make  talk show introductory story

iii.     Live debate Broadcasted in synergy by 10 radios and 1 TV (studio hub).  

iv.     Internal monitoring and evaluation

v.     Workshop of presenters of the talk show, editorial meeting team and focal point persons

 

vi.     Bi-annual meeting of focal persons, editorial meeting team and  directors of media partners

vii.     Focus groups for participatory and interactive discussion with audience

viii.     Decentralized debate (the talk show takes place in provinces where citizens participate live)

6.  Purpose of the Evaluation

The Project has been implemented for two years (2018-2020).The overall objective of the end of project evaluation is to analyze its impact.  The evaluation will be conducted as an end of the project and will focus at the entire implementation period. The key stakeholders of this evaluation are IPGL, and ARJ.

The overall purpose of the Evaluation is to assess the implementation processes and impact of the project to draw lessons that will help in further project implementation.

The evaluation is intended to be forward looking which will capture effectively lessons learnt and provide information on the nature, extent and where possible, the effect of the Netherlands Embassy support to the Rwandan media sector. The emphasis on lessons learnt speaks to the issue of understanding what has and what has not worked as a guide for future planning.

7.   Scope and focus of the Evaluation

The evaluation will look at the following areas: Project management; project activities; reflection of Netherlands Embassy engagement and partnerships with IPGL and other development partners. It will address the results achieved, the partnerships established, as well as issues of capacity and approach.

 

a) The Evaluation Questions

The following key questions will guide the end of project evaluation:

 

i) Relevance – Assess design and focus of the project

- To what extent did the Project achieve its overall objectives?

- What and how much progress has been made towards achieving the overall outputs and outcomes of the project for Support to IPGL (including contributing factors and constraints);

- To what extent were the results (impacts, outcomes and outputs) achieved?

- Were the inputs and strategies identified, and were they realistic, appropriate and adequate to achieve the results?

- Was the project relevant to the identified needs?

 

ii) Effectiveness- Describe the management processes and their appropriateness in supporting delivery:

- Was the project effective in delivering desired/planned results?

- To what extent did the Project’s M&E mechanism contribute in meeting project results?

- How effective were the strategies and tools used in the implementation of the project?

- How effective has the project been in responding to the needs of the beneficiaries, and what results were achieved?

- What are the future intervention strategies and issues?

 

iii) Efficiency – Of Project Implementation

- Was the process of achieving results efficient? Specifically did the actual or expected results

(Outputs and outcomes) justify the costs incurred? Were the resources effectively utilized?

- Could a different approach have produced better results?

- How was the project’s collaboration with the Netherlands Embassy, IPGL and development partners?

- What were the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the project implementation process?

 

IV) Sustainability:

- To what extent are the benefits of the projects likely to be sustained after the completion of this phase?

- What is the likelihood of continuation and sustainability of project outcomes and benefits after completion of the phase?

- How effective were the exit strategies, and approaches to phase out assistance provided by the project including contributing factors and constraints

- Describe key factors that will require attention in order to improve prospects of sustainability of project outcomes and the potential for replication of the approach?

- How were capacities strengthened at the individual and organizational level (including contributing factors and constraints)?

- Describe the main lessons that have emerged?

- What are the recommendations for similar support in future?

NB: The recommendations should provide comprehensive proposals for future interventions based on the current evaluation findings).

 

8.   Methodology for Evaluation

IPGL and ARJ will select a team that shall guide and oversee the overall direction of the consultancy.

The evaluation will provide quantitative and qualitative data through the following methods:

• Desk study and review of all relevant project documentation including project documents, annual work-plans, project progress reports and annual project reports

• In depth interviews to gather primary data from key stakeholders and beneficiaries using a structured methodology

 

9.   Duration of the Evaluation

The evaluation is expected to start in September 2020 for an estimated duration of one month.

This will include desk reviews, field work - interviews, video documentary production and report writing.

 

10. Expected Deliverables:

The following deliverables are expected.

1. An inception report, outlining the key scope of the work and intended work plan of the analysis, and evaluation questions, shall be submitted after 1 day of commencing the consultancy.

The inception report should detail the evaluators’ understanding of what is being evaluated and why, showing how each evaluation question will be answered by way of: proposed methods; proposed sources of data; and data collection procedures.

The inception report should include a proposed schedule of tasks, activities and deliverables, designating a team member with the lead responsibility for each task or product. The inception report will be discussed and agreed upon with all stakeholders.

 

2. A draft comprehensive report that will inform all the key stakeholders including: Representatives of, IPGL project evaluation committee.

The report will be produced in English, the project language and documentary must have English subtitle.

The report should provide options for strategy and policy as well as recommendations.

Two days after the reception of the Draft Report. The project evaluation committee and IPGL should review the draft evaluation report to ensure that the evaluation meets the required quality criteria.

 

3. The Final Report: This will be submitted 4 days after receiving comments from the IPGL and project evaluation committee. The content and structure of the final analytical report with findings, recommendations and lessons learnt covering the scope of the evaluation should meet the requirements of the IPGL M&E Policy and should include the following:

 

  • Executive summary
  • Description of the evaluation methodology)
  • Situational analysis with regard to the outcome, outputs, and partnership strategy
  • Analysis of opportunities to provide guidance for future programming
  • Key findings, including best practices and lessons learnt
  • Conclusions and recommendations
  • Appendices: Charts, terms of reference, field visits, people interviewed, documents reviewed

 

11. Required expertise and qualification

The Evaluator shall have the following expertise and qualification:

  • Have experience in project evaluation or other related activities
  • Have media background especially  in the context of  good governance and citizen participation
  • Other significant experience that can interest IPGL and ARJ.

 

8. Application conditions

 The interested candidates will submit their cover letters and CVs to IPGL office (KG, 11 Ave,   32) or send application to cyprien.ndikumana@panosgl.org not later than 4th September 2020.

 

N.B: All project related documents are available at IPGL office (KG, 11 Ave, 32)