Terms of Reference (TOR) For Final Evaluation in Bosnia and Herzegovina in “Promoting Healthier Lifestyles among Youth in Bosnia and Herzegovina by Challenging Gender Stereotypes – Young Men Initiative Project III (YMI)”
Deadline for application: December 4th, 4 p.m. local time.
About CARE in the Balkans
CARE’s work in the Balkans started in 1992, when it provided humanitarian support to people affected by war. In the late 90ies, CARE shifted its focus in the region from humanitarian post-war assistance and rehabilitation to socio-economic development engaging in interventions directed at conflict prevention and peacebuilding, sustainable livelihoods, gender equality and the prevention of gender-based violence.
CARE is announcing a call for applications for a final evaluation for the project Promoting Healthier Lifestyles among Youth in Bosnia and Herzegovina by Challenging Gender Stereotypes III or Young Men Initiative III (YMI III).
Young Men Initiative III (YMI III) project builds upon CARE´s comprehensive and programmatic effort to fight interpersonal and gender-based violence (GBV) as well as to improve gender equality in Bosnia and Herzegovina and address preventative issues related to youth extremism and violence.
Gender transformative programming within Young Men Initiative projects started in 2006 and supported by Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) in the last two phases (2014-2017; 2017-2020) and third phase 2021- current has brought outstanding contribution to enabling positive and peaceful societies and healthy environment for young people in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), as well as in the region of the Western Balkans in cooperation with the Austrian Development Cooperation, CARE Deutschland and Oak Foundation from Switzerland.
The third phase (2021-2023) is focused on producing tangible, long-term systematic solutions, the key one being the official integration of Program Y (for high schools) and Program E (for higher grades of elementary schools) as part of the compulsory curriculums beyond the project duration in the entire Bosnia and Herzegovina as a result of intensive collaboration with the Ministries of Education (Outcome 1). CARE and its partners Institute for Population and Development (IPD) from Sarajevo, Institute Perpetuum Mobile (PM) from Banja Luka and Youth Power (YP) from Mostar continued to build on the accomplishments of the first two phases and ensure the realization of adequate solutions that will last beyond project lifetime.
This is accomplished through work on institutionalization, standardization and quality insurance of comprehensive Program Y in high schools as well as piloting and implementing Program E for healthy lifestyle education in elementary schools in BiH. Furthermore, YMI III continues to pave the way for social change in BiH by gathering support of movement/
coalition building through the development of new alliances that engage teachers, parents, universities, media representatives, young people and citizens in supporting gender equality focused life skills education program (Outcome 2).
The overall goal of the project is to contribute to creating positive and peaceful societies for young people in BiH that support gender equality, improve health and decrease interpersonal violence.
For building on and going beyond the earlier achievements the YMI phase III is aiming to induce the adoption of life skills curricula by educational institutions, enabling educators to support young people in developing healthy, non-violent, gender equitable behavior and thereby facilitate their smooth transition from adolescence to adulthood.
In order to accomplish this, the project targets the following specific outcomes and outputs:
|Outcome 1: The Formal Education Framework includes life skills education programming at all government levels enabling children and youth to uptake healthy lifestyles, gender equality and a life without violence.
Outcome 1 – Outputs:
- Licensed / accredited Program Y in all elementary and high schools in at least three additional cantons in the Federation of BiH, Republic of Srpska and Brčko District by continuing building strong partnerships with the respective ministries of education and pedagogue institutes at cantonal and entities levels. Certification based on standards introduced for teachers and peer educators, including a manual for delivering trainings of trainers, and trainings for teachers and educators. This will be enriched by introducing “Schools of excellence” – as role model high schools that are implementing the Program Y full model and set standards for the implementation at cantonal, entity and regional learning events. Schools of Excellence will be training centers for new schools/teachers accredited by responsible ministries of education at cantonal and entities levels;
- Program Y initiated as a noncompulsory course for university students who will gain knowledge on gender transformative life skills education and transfer it to their future students in at least 2 academic institutions;
- Comprehensive Program Y implemented in targeted elementary and high schools that include series of group educational workshops accompanied with social norms campaigns and national and regional youth camps.
- Strengthened organizational capacities of Youth NGOs from bigger BiH towns under key partners NGOs mentoring which willserve as a regional hub for scaling up YMI core activities in less urban and rural areas.
|Outcome 2: The targeted communities are mobilized and take an active role in initiating an educational policy change and promoting behaviours that are more equitable, healthy lifestyles and gender equality attitudes of youth.
Outcome 2 – Outputs:
- YMI movement network expanded with international, regional and local networks and stakeholders led by four task groups (teachers, parents, peer educators, institution representatives).
- Be a Man clubs within partners organizations increased their impact in YMI movement in BIH.
- YMI Movement campaign activities implemented throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Target Group and Beneficiaries
The project targets the following beneficiary groups as follows:
Youth – the Project will directly target 15,000 high school and elementary school students, which will be attending workshops and campaign events in schools and communities (and online). The other youth group would be 100 university students that will be enrolled in non-compulsory courses at universities. These will be students from both BiH entities and Brcko District.
Teachers – The project will target a minimum of 300 high school and elementary school teachers who will go through a capacity building program (both online and offline) for the independent implementation of the Program Y in their schools. Indirectly an additional 1,000 teachers will be targeted through organizing educational round tables, conferences and through advocacy activities related to the introduction of lifestyles education subject.
Regarding universities, at least 20 academic staff (professors, assistants etc.) will be involved in embedding Program Y in curriculum and training sessions for implementation.
Stakeholders, movement participants and NGO leaders
Representatives of entity and cantonal ministries responsible for youth, education and health; local authorities, education institutions representatives, schools, religious leaders and NGO activists are also target group and beneficiaries in the project implementation, such as key educators from participating schools, representatives of municipal departments for education, employment bureaus, centers for social work, as well as interested representatives of local private sector, and they will be addressed through advocacy activities and community engagement.
 Preferably in Bijeljina, Tuzla, Brčko, Zenica and East Sarajevo.
Purpose and Objectives of the Final Evaluation
The main purpose of this final evaluation is accountability and learning for possible future interventions in this area.
The main objectives of this evaluation are:
- To assess the project’s relevance, impact, and sustainability, drawing on qualitative and quantitative project data and evidence.
- To assess the extent to which the project has achieved its objectives and results (focusing on outcome).
- To assess the extent to which cross-cutting issues such gender equality and nondiscrimination, participation and inclusion, transparency and accountability and empowerment of marginalized groups were applied and contributed to results achievement.
The results of the final evaluation will serve to inform CARE, the donor and the involved stakeholders about the findings and recommendations drawn from the implementation of the YMI project and to enable learning, improved design, planning and implementation of future CARE projects in gender transformative programming.
Primary users of the evaluation: project stakeholders, in particular CARE Germany, CARE International in the Balkans and local partners, SDC, and other co-donors.
Secondary users: policymakers and program designers and implementers of other organizations that engage in gender equality, violence prevention and educational reform.
Beside the analysis of the level of success of meeting the above stated criteria and complementing the specific evaluation questions below the evaluators will also assess the following aspects while conducting the evaluation:
- Greater understanding of gender sensitive approaches by responsible government representatives regarding work with youth and generally in the context of the educational system and schools.
- Improved organizational capacities for self-sustainable functioning as well as lobbying and advocacy capacities of the project partners.
- Raised visibility of partners’ work in their local communities and nationally.
- Improved cooperation among partners.
- Strengthened network of youth peer educators and future teachers (students of the teaching faculties) and pedagogues and teachers who will be capable to further scale up educational and promotional activities around Gender Transformative Life Skills program (Program Y) implementation.
- Improved capacities of local partners as national resource centers for promotion of practices, policies and research work on engaging boys and men and girls and young women on gender-based violence prevention.
The consultant should use established baseline and endline indicators for benchmarking research findings from baseline assessment report (see in https://youngmeninitiative.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/BASELINE-ASSESMENT-REPORT-web.pdf) – and refer to those defined in logical framework – to enable assessment of project outcomes and if feasible impact at the end-line. Also, field research shall be conducted in Sarajevo, Mostar, Banja Luka and in at least three out of seven other communities where YNGOs are implementing Program Y and Program E in elementary and high schools, as well as in out-of-school settings (Brčko, Bijeljina, East Sarajevo, Tuzla, Novi Travnik, Gračanica and/or Goražde).
Evaluator(s) must cover particular OECD-DAC evaluation criteria and provide findings, conclusions and recommendations. Priority will be given to relevance, effectiveness and (immediate) impact, and sustainability of the intervention in order to get recommendations and findings. The rest of the criteria are not expected to be prioritized considering the given time frame, budget, and purpose of the evaluation.
The evaluation shall address the full period of project implementation, from project start to the end of data collection during the implementation of this evaluation. Its scope will cover all target communities and main project beneficiaries (partner organizations, institutional representatives, teachers, youth, movement leaders).
The final evaluation process is going to be conducted during the last phase of the project implementation, in the period from December 4th 2023 – February 20th 2024 (the detailed evaluation schedule is described in below written section The Timetable).
- Evaluation questions
1. To what extent has the project responded to the needs of the local communities and the relevant sectoral policies of the target countries and proven to be feasible?
2. Are there any gaps or limitations in the project’s design or implementation that affect its relevance?
- Effectiveness and (immediate) impact
3. To what extent have stakeholders (school staff, parents, representatives of institutions…) /beneficiaries (youth) as defined gained new knowledge and changed their behavior?
4. What are the potential positive or negative outcomes that were not intended because of the intervention?
5. To which extent campaigns and/or programs implemented by the project have increased awareness of key target groups about promoting peaceful masculinities, healthy lifestyles, gender equality and addressing hate speech and intolerance?
6. Have there been any positive changes or beneficial effects observed in policies and strategies that incorporate life skills topics, as a result of the project? What were the identified best practices for collaborating with working groups to support the integration of life skills programming into institutional structures? How did the project activities mobilize communities to have an impact on influencing educational policies? How did the project cooperated with other similar initiatives in the country?
 Wherever feasible, building upon the quantitative endline assessment and other evidence.
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