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Diakonia’s Palestine Country Office is based in Jerusalem and reports to the Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa, currently based in Sweden. The International Humanitarian Law Resource Centre (IHLRC) is one of three programs at the country level for Palestine. The overall objective of the IHLRC is to increase respect for, and further implementation of, international law, specifically International Humanitarian Law (IHL), in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and increase accountability for key duty-bearers and stakeholders that directly and indirectly maintain status quo. The IHLRC accomplishes this by functioning as a resource center for both local and international communities, by providing advice, recommendations, tailor-made trainings and seminars on various and evolving issues from an international law perspective. Key stakeholders within the international community with whom the IHLRC engages include humanitarian actors, diplomatic missions, development agencies and media, as well as other key actors based in Europe. The IHLRC also works closely with local civil society organizations through strategic partnerships and collaboration.


Purpose of the evaluation: 

The IHLRC is looking for a group of external evaluators to conduct an independent evaluation of the program. The period to be evaluated is 1 January 2017 through the first quarter of 2019. The evaluation aims to provide an external independent assessment for measuring impact, understanding the IHLRC’s contribution to achieving its objectives, and to draw lessons for future planning, program development, and structure. The evaluation will also look into the available resources and consistency with donor expectations and responsiveness to contextual and operational developments. The evaluation will examine the IHLRC’s cost-efficiency, the adopted monitoring and evaluation tools, and methodologies. Accordingly, the evaluation is expected to provide lessons learned and recommendations based on findings and observations of the evaluators. 

Evaluation timeframe:

The evaluation study is planned to commence by mid-March 2019 and is to be completed by 30 April 2019.

Composition and requirements of the evaluators/evaluation team:

The evaluation team should be composed of at least two evaluation members, including at least one national consultant. The selection and awarding of the consultant agreements will be undertaken in compliance with IHLRC’s and donors’ procurement guidelines and the conditions stipulated in the Terms of Reference (found here). The lead evaluator is responsible for assembling and presenting the evaluation team, and should possess the following qualifications:

  • At least five years of experience with complex institutional evaluations.
  • Significant written and verbal communication skills, including leadership skills and ability to synthesize. 
  • Outstanding knowledge of international law, specifically international humanitarian law, experience with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and working with NGOs and international community working on and operating in the occupied Palestinian territory.
  • Significant knowledge of programming and project cycle management (including development projects and programming).
  • Knowledge of internal controlling systems and financial management.
  • Experience in producing high quality written reports.
  • Fluency in English; knowledge of Arabic would be an asset. 

The evaluation team must be free of conflicts of interest with respect to the composition, completion, submission of this evaluation, and must be willing to affirm that the observations and findings they are to present in the report are not tied to, or associated with, any external factors. 

Applications and elements of submission:

Interested applicants should submit their proposals and requested documents, to Nadine.tabari@diakonia.se highlighting the subject line “Diakonia IHLRC External Evaluation 2017-2018” no later than 4 March 2019. 

The proposals should include:

  • A brief descriptive proposal including the approach/methodology, activity plan, summary of experiences of the team, etc.
  • A financial estimate. 
  • CVs of the key personnel.
  • Samples and examples of previous work.

The selection will be based on the following criteria:

  • Familiarity of, and previous work on, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
  • Methodological approach proposed.
  • Qualifications, experiences, and competencies of the applicants.
  • Complementarity of the proposed team.
  • Break down of prices and costs of the various services (estimate to present in accordance with the appended model).
  • Timeline allocated for carrying out this assignment services.