Independent Midterm Evaluation at ILO

Call for Expression of Interest.  Multi-donor Support for Bangladesh Garment Industry Programme - Improving Working Conditions in the Ready-made Garment Sector (RMGP)

The International Labour Office (ILO) is looking for expression of interest (EoI) from a qualified evaluator/team leader to lead a team of evaluators (2 persons team) to conduct the independent mid-term evaluation of its Multi-donor Support for Bangladesh Garment Industry Programme- Improving Working Conditions in the Ready-made Garment Sector (RMGP).

The programme is jointly funded by the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Department for International Development (DFID)-United Kingdom and has an approved budget of USD 23.2 million with the duration of three and a half years.  The programme officially started on 22 October 2013 and will end on 31 December 2016.

1. Purpose of the evaluation
With some delay and challenges in starting up, the programme is now at its midpoint of implementation.  In accordance with ILO policy governing technical cooperation projects, an independent midterm evaluation is required for projects of such budget size and duration.  The midterm evaluation will apply the key criteria of relevance, validity of design, effectiveness, efficiency, gender equality as well as monitoring and evaluation to determine the completed results of the intervention.

Midterm evaluation aims to assess the continued relevance of an intervention and the progress made towards achieving its planned/revised objectives (as agreed with the donors). It provides an opportunities to make modifications to ensure the achievement of these objectives within the lifetime of the programme.  The midterm evaluation will also provide recommendations and lessons learnt to improve the programme’s effectiveness and efficiency in achieving its objectives.

2. Brief Programme Background and Context
Since the 1980’s, the Ready-Made Garment (RMG) industry in Bangladesh has experienced rapid growth and is at present ranked as one of the top exporters in the world.  The RMG industry has made a substantial contribution to the economy and society by primarily providing a source of employment for approximately three and a half million workers, mostly women.  This staggering growth is undermined by the lack of safety in the factories and industrial accidents, which has defined the risks associated to RMG sector.  Over the past decade the RMG sector has witnessed a number of industrial accidents including the recent fire at Tazreen Fashions and collapse of the Rana Plaza which claimed the lives of hundreds of workers.  These accidents shocked the country and the international community.  In response to these accidents the Government of Bangladesh and the development partners have mobilised unprecedented support and made commitments to improve working conditions and workers’ safety in the RMG industry in Bangladesh.

The ILO Programme on Improving Working Conditions in the Ready-Made Garment Sector has been developed to support the interventions identified in the National Tripartite Plan of Action on Fire Safety & Building Integrity and recent commitments made by the Government of Bangladesh.  The programme is based on the Joint Tripartite Statement by the Government of Bangladesh (GoB), employers and the workers. Improving Working Conditions in the Ready-Made Garment Sector programme is designed in line with the priorities set in the Sixth Five Year Plan (SFYP 2011-2016) of Bangladesh, which recognized the urgent need for job creation.

The programme has been drawn up in collaboration with the Government of Bangladesh, workers and employers.

3. Scope
The midterm evaluation will encompass all 5 components of the RMGP from the start until the end of July 2015.  In particular the evaluation should seek to assess the followings: -
· To evaluate the strategic direction of the project and assess whether the project is in line with the objectives and vision that were agreed upon with key stakeholders and with the revised objectives and proposed revision as a result of the evaluability assessment exercise
· To what extent the current management system appropriate to achieve desired results and outcome within a timely, effective and efficient manner
· For each component assess the attainment of milestones to date against overall goals of the project as reflected in the updated results framework and monitoring plan
· Assess the appropriateness of the revised results framework and appropriateness of its indicators, targets and the overall M&E practices
· How has the RMG project engaged with the unions that are mostly active in the RMG sector
· The similarity and challenges faced by RMG project compare to the work of other agencies with similar goal e.g. GIZ work in RMG sector that has similar goals
· Assess the quality of operational work planning, budgeting and risk management
· Assess the value for money (as per DFID’s approach)
· Assess how RMGP leverage its resources with other projects under the larger umbrella of RMG programme
· Assess the practice of knowledge management and lessons dissemination and visibility effort on programme branding
· Identify lessons learnt and suggest possible improvements
· Make recommendations and guidance for implementation during the remaining period with a view to ensure maximum impact in terms of results

4. Evaluation arrangements
The independent midterm evaluation will be conducted by a team of evaluators composed of one international evaluator (as team leader) and a national evaluator. The evaluation will be carried out between August and early October 2015 with the first draft evaluation report to be available (in English) by the end of August and the final report to be available by the end of September 2015.  The mission to Bangladesh is planned between 10-20 August, 2015.

The specific expected outputs from the evaluation are:
· Inception report with finalized data collection tools and methodology;
· Presentation of preliminary findings for discussion with key stakeholders;
· Submission of the draft evaluation report for review by the ILO and other stakeholders;
· Submission of the final evaluation report after revision.

The assignment will be approximately 35 days and will require travel to Bangladesh.

5. Selection process
The selection of consultant will be based on a two-step process: i) shortlisting of candidates based on the strength of the qualification and experience provided by the potential candidates through the expression of interest (EOI) for the assignment; and ii) shortlisted candidates will receive the complete TORs and will be requested to submit a few page methodological approaches that responds to the ToRs requirements.

Interested candidates should include in their EOIs the following on their statement of interest:
· Details of their background and knowledge of the subject area, previous programme, organizational and thematic experience relevant to this assignment;
· A statement of availability for the assignment (specifying available starting dates in early August), together with a daily rate for the evaluation work.  This statement should
contain a confirmation of no previous or current link to the programme and no potential conflict of interest to the programme and programme personals; and
· The Applicant’s CV should have a minimum of ten years of relevant professional experience, including completion of independent evaluations for development cooperation projects of a similar size, scope and complexity; with understanding of the ILO mandate and its tripartism, Experience in the field of working conditions, fundamental principles and rights at work and knowledge of gender issues will be advantage and preferable.

The deadline to submit EoI for the evaluation is by close of business on July 14, 2015. Please send your EoI via email to the evaluation manager, Ms. Pamornrat Pringsulaka at [email protected] and indicate RMGP Independent Midterm Evaluation in your e-mail subject line.

Job title: Independent Midterm Evaluation at ILO

Location: Bangladesh

Contract: Approx. 35 days (Aug-Oct 2015)

Closing date: 14 July 2015