The Carter Center is seeking a consultant to conduct a final evaluation of a program funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).

The Carter Center’s Democracy Program seeks to advance democratic elections and governance in Liberia consistent with universal human rights. During Liberia’s 2017 presidential and House of Representatives elections, with support from the Government of Sweden, The Carter Center capacitated the Liberia Election Observation Network (LEON), an umbrella organization with national coverage and a presence in each of Liberia’s 73 electoral districts. (LEON) was formed as a nonpartisan civil society network of four large Liberian organizations representing all aspects of society, including women, youth, people with disabilities, and religious groups. It comprises the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (JPC), Liberia Crusaders for Peace (LCP), the Federation of Liberian Youth (FLY), and the National Union of Organizations for the Disabled (NUOD).

With Carter Center support, LEON trained and deployed Liberians to observe and report on the 2017 presidential and legislative electoral process. It had long-term observers in each of the country’s 73 electoral districts and over 1,000 short-term observers at work on each election day. LEON’s nonpartisan observers reported on the electoral process in real time using online tools. Using this information, LEON issued reports and press statements on aspects of the electoral process and emerged as a recognized and respected voice on election-related issues in Liberia.

Since the 2017 elections, The Carter Center conducted a second phase of programing with LEON from 2018 – 2021 to gather and share information about governmental issues, encourage citizen engagement, build confidence in government, and support peaceful electoral processes. Through its initiatives, the project seeks to strengthen citizen voices to advance electoral reform and democratic governance. The project includes a focus on women, youth, ethnic minorities, and people with disabilities and is focused on six main areas of activity: advocating for electoral reform; encouraging constitutional reforms; observing legislative by-elections; monitoring the legislative branch to improve transparency, accountability, and citizen engagement; conducting surveys and discussion groups to ensure citizen input on legislative and government programs; monitoring the effects of social media on Liberia’s democracy.  The program also included cross-cutting activities to support LEON’s organizational capacity and development.

The total timeline for the evaluation is estimated to be 10 weeks or less. Travel to Liberia is contingent on proposed evaluation methodology and health and safety concerns related to COVID-19.

Logistics and budget
At this time, we anticipate that the evaluation will be conducted virtually with some in-country support provided as-need by The Carter Center office.

Where necessary the Center would facilitate the travel of local partners to meeting locations in order to connect virtualy or participate in any in-person focus groups or other data collection exercises, under the guidance of the external evaluator.

Evaluation Management
The evaluation will be managed by the Associate Director in Atlanta and the Project Manager in Liberia (who will be working remotely from the UK during the time period of this evaluation).

The evaluator will observe the highest standard of ethics and use his/her best efforts to protect The Carter Center against fraud, in the performance of the contract. In particular, the evaluator will not engage in any corrupt, fraudulent, coercive, collusive or obstructive conduct. The evaluator will agree to abide by The Carter Center code of conduct during the length of the consultancy (to be provided prior to deployment).

The Carter Center shall have legal title to any research, statistical and other data and documentation created by the evaluator, and SIDA/OGD will have unlimited access to such material.

§  At least 10 years of experience conducting program impact evaluations for NGOs, international organizations or other relevant institutions

§  Demonstrated ability to conduct field research and to use participatory evaluation methodologies, including collecting data through interviews, surveys and focus groups

§  Extensive knowledge  with elections, human rights, and democracy and governance programming and the Liberian context (preferably work experience in the country/region)

§  Extensive knowledge with civil society, capacity building, and non-partisan civil society election observation

§  Strong written and verbal communication skills in English

§  Adaptability and experience working in remote and conflict-prone areas

Please send CV, cover letter, a short technical proposal (max 5 pages), including consultant fee expectations to liberiarecruitment@cartercenter.org. Include in the subject line: SIDA Evaluation Candidate [Your Name]. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Please find the complete terms of references linked here. Please read thoroughly before submitting your proposal: https://electionstandards.cartercenter.org/request-for-proposal-for-liberia-project-evaluation/

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