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Call for Proposals: Midterm Eval for ATLAS Project (Dept of Labor)
Winrock International
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Call for Proposals

Midterm Evaluation for the Attaining Lasting Change for Better Enforcement of Labor and Criminal Law to Address Child Labor, Forced Labor and Human Trafficking (ATLAS) Project

UNIT                      :             Human Rights, Education and Empowerment (HREE)

REPORTS TO     :               Deputy Director ATLAS

DURATION :                        August 9, 2021 – September 24, 2021

LOCATION          :               Asunción, Paraguay

Download the Full PDF with Attachments: Scope of Work

Organization and Project Summary:

Winrock International (WI) is a non-profit organization that works with people around the world to increase economic opportunity, sustain natural resources, and protect the environment, among other objectives. Together with Partners of the Americas (POA) and Lawyers Without Borders (LWOB), Winrock is currently implementing the United States Department of Labor (USDOL)-funded project Attaining Lasting Change for Better Enforcement of Labor and Criminal Law to Address Child Labor, Forced Labor and Human Trafficking (ATLAS) with the goal of strengthening the capacity of governments to address child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking in Thailand, Paraguay, Liberia, and Argentina through activities and technical assistance under three outcomes:

  1. Strengthened labor and/or criminal legal framework concerning CL, FL, and HT.
  2. Improved enforcement of the labor and/or legal criminal framework, specifically related to CL, FL, and HT.
  3. Increased coordination among law enforcement and social protection entities to address CL, FL, and HT.
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Winrock is implementing Outcome 1 in Liberia, Outcome 2 in Thailand, Paraguay, Liberia, and Argentina, and Outcome 3 in Thailand, Paraguay, and Argentina. This project began in January 2019. To achieve Outcomes 2 and 3, ATLAS has developed and is implementing a nine-step process known as the Differentiated Model of Practice (DMOP) to tailor project interventions and outcomes through an evidence-based approach that adapts technical assistance to country-specific priorities. (See Attachment 1 for further details). Through this call for proposals, Winrock is searching for a consultant, consulting team, or organization to conduct a midterm evaluation of this process and its success in Paraguay thus far.

Evaluation Objective and Scope

Winrock is implementing Outcomes 2 and 3 in Paraguay in coordination with the NGO Partners of the Americas (POA) and is searching for a consultant, consulting team, or organization to conduct a midterm evaluation of the project strategy and its success in Paraguay thus far.

Evaluation Objective and Scope

The consultant, team, or organization selected will conduct a primarily qualitative evaluation to assess the project strategy and its success in Paraguay according to project objectives, indicators, and targets. This will entail a review of the effectiveness, relevance, and efficiency of the project strategy and, to the extent possible, the impact of activities and prospects of sustainability. The evaluation should also address the impact of COVID-19 on the project strategy, including limitations imposed as well as lessons learned.. This assessment will capture the strengths and weaknesses of the project strategy, present emerging best practices and lessons learned, and should include actionable and realistic recommendations for Winrock and/or USDOL in implementing this strategy in the future. It is expected that the consultant will interview project stakeholders such as government officials, ATLAS project staff, and others involved in the DMOP process, and review and/or collect data on the effectiveness of activities. Based upon country-level results and reports and further information gathering at the global level, Winrock’s internal evaluators will add a further layer of analysis to identify trends, best practices, recommendations, and lessons learned across countries.  

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Please see the .pdf file linked below for further details about the project, project strategy, and the scope of the evaluation.

Download the Full PDF with Attachments: Scope of Work

Contract Deliverables:

  • Work plan and research tools
  • Schedule for the meetings/interviews with informants
  • Interim progress briefings to ATLAS team as determined by WI
  • Final report outline
  • Draft findings, conclusion, and recommendations to ATLAS prior to completion of the first draft report.
  • Draft report
  • Final report

Timeline:

  • July 31, 2021 – Deadline for submission of proposals
  • August 6, 2021 –Selection of consultant/research firm/research institution
  • August 9, 2021 – Signing of the contract
  • August 9-September 17, 2021 - Conduct evaluations (desk review, research, interviews, drafting of report/presentation of findings and recommendations)
  • September 24, 2021 – Final report

Submission Requirements

Interested consultants, consulting teams, and organizations should submit a technical and cost proposal to the email ATLAS@winrock.org by July 31, 2021, including at a minimum the following information:

  • A draft research methodology and work plan that address all aspects of the SOW.
  • Description or draft of tools to be used.
  • Resumes of consultant(s) and/or lead researcher(s).
  • Information about past performance conducting similar evaluations for donor-funded projects.
  • Preliminary report outline (final repot outline will be determined together with WI).
  • Proposed overall budget.
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Qualifications:

Individual consultants, consulting teams, and organizations with experience conducting evaluations of donor-funded projects in Paraguay are invited to apply. The lead consultant and/or researcher should be fluent in Spanish and have experience conducting evaluations of donor-funded projects in Paraguay. S/he should have at least a Master’s degree in sociology, economics, international development studies, or another relevant social science subject with at least five years of experience in project management and/or conducting project evaluations using qualitative research. It is preferred that the consultant or organization have experience conducting at least two similar evaluations/studies in the past. It is also preferred that s/he speak English in addition to Spanish and that the consultant, consulting team, or organization be capable of producing the evaluation materials and report in English with minimal editing. However, applications from Spanish-speaking teams and consultants will also be considered.

Winrock is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all people and value diversity and inclusiveness. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to perceived or actual race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, family care status, or any other basis protected by law. 

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