Upholding & Expanding Access to Justice in Iraq,
Convention Against Torture – II (CAT-II) Project
Heartland Alliance International (HAI) is the youngest and fastest growing part of Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights, a family of organizations that has been leading anti-poverty and social justice work in Chicago for more than 125 years. HAI has significant expertise in the fields of trauma-informed mental health care and access to justice for survivors of rights abuses. Across all of its programs, HAI promotes progressive, innovative approaches to human rights protections and gender equality.
Heartland Alliance International (HAI) has been working in Iraq since 2004, providing legal, mental health and other services to vulnerable Iraqis throughout Federal Iraq and the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (IKR). Based in Sulaimaniyah, HAI works to protect, train, and educate through (i) direct legal and psycho-social services; (ii) training and capacity-building for local agencies, professionals, and service providers; and (iii) outreach sessions providing information about legal rights and other services available to those in need.
In 2015, Heartland Alliance International (HAI) began implementing Upholding and Expanding Access to Justice in Iraq: Improving Protections for Detainees and Survivors of Torture (CAT II Project), with the goal of better protect the rights of suspects and detainees within Iraq’s current insecure environment.
The current project’s strategic objectives (SOs) are the following:
SO1: Detained persons, including men, women, and children, are treated with dignity and in accord with international human rights law and standards;
SO2: Government stakeholders better uphold obligations under UNCAT and other international standards for the treatment of detainees and suspects;
SO3: Civil society supports the human rights of survivors of torture (SoTs) and detainees deprived of procedural due process.
As of June 2017, the CAT-II project has provided 181 individual survivors of torture with direct legal support in locations across Baghdad, Sulaymaniyah, Erbil, Dohuk, Kirkuk and Diyala.Over 44% of these people were considered juveniles at the time of their arrest and assult. In addition, 171 individuals in detention have been provided with mental health and psychosocial support services.
Over the course of the last two years, HAI has completed 12 trainings and legal workshops under Strategic Objective (SO)2, reaching a total of 172 lawyers, judges, prosecuters, parliament members and police officials. HAI has aso launched a multimedia campaign, dedicated to the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture on 26 June 2017, including a radio show, a TV show and a participatory panel discussion which was attended by 116 guests and broadcasted by four satellite channels.
HAI made significant progress in its legislative efforts, holding a second workshop to further analyze and propose amendments to the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) anti-terrorism law. HAI also collaborated with representatives of the legal and human rights committees of the Council of Representatives of Iraq (the Iraqi Parliament) to analyze and redraft the Anti-Torture and Forced Disappearance Law.
HAI is seeking an independent consultant (Consultant) to conduct an evaluation (Evaluation) of “Upholding and Expanding Access to Justice in Iraq”, which began September, 2015 and ends September, 2017.
The evaluation will measure the project’s effectiveness, efficiency, relevance, potential for impact, and potential for sustainability. HAI and the Consultant will collaboratively design the evaluation methodology to investigate research questions that include but are not limited to:
- To what extent was the Project able to achieve its objectives, outputs and outcomes?
- Are civil society organizations better prepared to defend torture survivors and litigate cases in which torture is a factor, including civil lawsuits?
- To what extent have members and leaders in project communities engaged in new efforts to promote the human rights of torture survivors and detainees since the start of the project? To what extent do leaders in project communities actively support international standards and due process?
- To what extent have independent media outlets focused on the use of torture by police and security officials and what is the frequency of such discussions?
- How efficient was the Project coordination with other stakeholders, including implementing partners, government representatives, etc.?
- Was the project responsive to the needs and priorities of beneficiaries as identified by participants, partner(s), and/or donor(s) and HAI?
- What internal and external factors contributed to successes/shortcomings?
What are the key recommendations that can be taken from the Project for future programming?
This Evaluation will be shared with both HAI and the donor and will be used by HAI internally to improve its performance, and to inform potential future programming. The external evaluation will complement HAI’s internal assessment of the project, and HAI will share the evaluation with staff, partners, and other stakeholders as necessary.
Evaluation Design & Methodology
HAI’s Iraq office will guide and oversee the overall Evaluation under the direction of the Program Manager, with the support of the project staff, and Monitoring & Evaluation staff in Iraq and at HAI headquarters. HAI and project partner staff will work closely with the Consultant in reviewing and providing technical feedback during the evaluation.
Though the Consultant will be required to develop his/her Evaluation methodology in conformity with best practices, HAI expects the Consultant to provide quantitative and qualitative data through the following methods to supplement the evaluation outcomes:
Desk review of Project documents, including (but not limited to):
- Project proposal
- Project progress/activity reports (monthly, quarterly) from HAI & Partners
- Design, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (DMEL) Plan
- Other materials developed for the Project, including training materials, guides and other published materials
HAI project results framework should be the basic guiding and driving tool of this evaluation. HAI encourages Consultant to use ranking methods to validate the progress against each of the outcomes.
Other documents to be reviewed as appropriate.
Data collection with partners, participants, staff and other stakeholders:
- Structured in-depth interviews
- Focus Group Discussions (FGDs)
- Key Informant Interviews (KIIs)
- Field observations; if required
Stakeholders to be engaged during the Evaluation, including (but not limited to):
- Project staff, including Project Manager, Project Coordinator, HAI partners staff, and all others directly associated with the Project activities, in IKR/Iraq and HQ as appropriate.
- Project implementation partners
- Project participants, to the extent feasible and approved by the Project Manager
HAI will provide support in making available all the relevant and required documentation related to the Project, together with reasonable logistical and administrative support, including coordination with partners, participants and stakeholders data collection, interviews, FGDs, etc.
The Consultant will be required to produce the following:
Evaluation Plan: The Consultant will be required to submit the proposed methodology for this evaluation no later than one week after executing the Consultant’s Agreement. The plan should clearly state the agreed upon mandate and scope of the work with a detailed evaluation design and work plan, including well-defined timelines, consistent with these Terms of Reference. The plan should also include the following in support of and corresponding to the Evaluation questions outlined above (as well as others developed by the Consultant):
- Data collection plan/methods
- Data collection instruments and tools
- Data sources
- Sampling method and data analysis plan
- Indicators checklist, using Project Indicators
HAI approval on the Evaluation Plan is required before beginning the evaluation.
- Fieldwork Report: A brief summary report (1-2 pages) of the evaluation fieldwork should be delivered at the end of the data collection stage.
- Data: A copy of the raw data used in the evaluation analysis should be submitted no later than two weeks following the end of data collection data collected by the evaluation team should be provided in an electronic file in an easy to read format; organized and fully documented for use by those not familiar with the project or evaluation.
- Draft Evaluation Report.Consultant will be required to submit a draft report using HAI’s template, with modifications as mutually agreed upon by HAI and the Consultant no later than October 15, 2017.
- Final Evaluation Report and Presentation.Following HAI’s review and approval of the Draft Evaluation Report, Consultant will submit the final evaluation report together with a detailed power point presentation for HAI and other stakeholders in an Evaluation results sharing workshop for HAI staff at the end of the Consultancy, no later than October 31, 2017. HAI will make necessary and timely arrangements for the workshop immediately after the receipt of the final draft of the evaluation report.
The total budget for this consultancy is $10,000. HAI will provide lodging during the Consultancy period to the selected candidate in its Guesthouse.
- 1st installment: 30% upon signing the Consultant agreement.
- 2nd installment: 40% upon submission of first draft.
- 3rd and final installment: 30% upon review and approval by the Company of all items listed under the ‘Evaluation Products’ section of this ToR and receipt of invoice from the Consultant. The Consultant will provide HAI with a written invoice within 15 days prior to the end of the consulting period for services rendered.
- The consultant should have a Masters/advanced degree in a relevant field, (e.g., Human Rights, International Development, Criminal Law, Monitoring and Evaluation etc.);
- Minimum three years’ experience in the relevant field (USG working experience preferred);
- Prior experience in designing and preparing evaluations of rights/advocacy based projects (USG funded preferred);
- Excellent ability to assess, interpret, analyze and present qualitative and quantitative data;
- Excellent writing skills;
- Experience working with civil society organizations in conflict and post-conflict countries;
- Excellent communication skills, including fluency in written and spoken English, Arabic and/or Kurdish (desirable);
- Understanding of the Convention Against Torture or other international human rights treaties and treaty body reporting mechanisms is a plus.
- Must be able to travel to within the Irqai Kurdistan;
- IKR/Iraq/Middle East regional experience is a plus.
All interested parties should submit the following to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than August 29th, 2017:
- A letter of interest, indicating how your skills and experience meet the qualifications listed above (one page);
- A résumé or CV (no more than three pages);
- A writing sample (no more than three pages);
- A draft budget, including consultation fees and all other evaluation-related expenses, including travel, for a budget of $10,000 USD.
Incomplete submission packages and submission packages that do not adhere to the page limits stated above will not be considered. Present employees of HAI or HAI’s implementing partners ne