Consultant – Cameras Everywhere Evaluation
ABOUT THE ‘WHY’
WITNESS is a global organization, grounded in five regions, that supports poor and marginalized communities in more than 100 countries to harness video and information and communication technologies (“ICTs”) to create lasting human rights impact. Our founding vision is to empower the most vulnerable people around the world to amplify their voices with the aid of video and technology, transforming them into powerful agents of change.
Working daily with both grassroots activists and technology giants, WITNESS aims to bridge global gaps related to the use of video and ICTs for human rights. Together with local communities, we identify and address barriers that face poor communities: ensuring that video and ICTs promote justice and participation; that videos can be trusted and verified; that activists and communities can stay safe and manage risk; that evidentiary videos can be found amidst mass volume; that movements and groups can use visual storytelling in strategic and impactful ways; and that new and existing technologies enable greater citizen participation.
WITNESS is commissioning an evaluation of our 2013-2019 “Cameras Everywhere Initiative” (herein “the Project”). The evaluation will be shaped by WITNESS’ mission and vision, our current strategic plan, as well as take into account the project’s results framework. All relevant materials, including the strategic plan and results framework, will be shared with final evaluator candidates for more detail.
ABOUT THE ROLE
WITNESS is looking for an evaluation consultant/s to develop a proposal and conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the Project, spanning 2013 to the present. The overarching objective of the Project is to ensure that millions of people turning to video and ICTs to create change can do so more safely and effectively via skills building and training, ICT tools development, and “systems change” advocacy. This evaluation seeks to assess the relevance, effectiveness, growth, and impact of the Project and its assumptions.
The goal of the Project (and WITNESS’ Strategic Plan) is to enable grassroots communities to use the technology available to them (particularly cell phones) to take power into their own hands and push for change in their communities, countries, and around the world. We enable the safe, ethical, and effective use of video and ICTs to enable poor and marginalized communities to exercise their right of free expression, hold governments and powerful actors to account, fight oppression, contribute to democratic development, and protect and defend their human rights.
Both the Project and our Strategic Plan are informed by our theory of change that equipping the most vulnerable and at-risk communities around the world with skills and guidance to use video and ICTs safely, ethically, and effectively to exercise their right to free expression and fight back provides the foundation for a free, equal, informed, and just society. The Strategic Plan 2018-2021 assumes the following global contextual factors: a growing influence of the private sector, shrinking space for civil society, mass volume of video, distrust and uncertainty, and the rapid development of new technologies that are not taking human rights into account.
Our Project and Strategic Plan assume that WITNESS’ unique expertise and learnings with vulnerable communities can be multiplied by our hundreds of partners and influencers who utilize, adapt, share, and leverage our guidance in their work as activists, advocates, journalists, prosecutors, and witnesses. To address scale en masse, we also assume that working directly with technology companies is necessary to enable greater civic participation. These platforms are increasingly setting global norms on transparency and participation – most of them without an appropriate awareness of their vulnerabilities, and without the input of marginalized communities, to make informed decisions. By forging partnerships with these companies, we aim to advocate for marginalized communities and empower them to participate in these conversations – influencing those global norms ourselves.
A list of sample draft evaluation questions will be shared with final candidates to provide greater insight into the evaluation process.
Informing the Future:
The evaluation should inform implementation the final year of WITNESS’ Strategic Plan (2019-2020), the subsequent year of operations (2020-2021), and any future iterations of our strategic plan and vision (5-10-year horizon). The forward-looking aspect of the evaluation is critical. Amid a rapidly developing media and technology landscape and new threats to poor communities in this global landscape, WITNESS seeks to hone and iterate our strategic vision and determine the most impactful direction for the next 5-10 years.
WHAT YOU WILL DO
Tasks and responsibilities:
- Work under the guidance of the WITNESS-appointed evaluation team (see below);
- Develop a detailed evaluation plan which includes the methodology, evaluation instruments, and timeframe for completing the evaluation;
- Conduct all evaluation activities agreed on by the evaluation team;
- Write an evaluation report based on findings from all evaluation activities;
- Present the evaluation findings in a review/validation meeting to be organized by WITNESS;
- Incorporate feedback from evaluation team in the final evaluation report.
An evaluation team will be convened consisting of the WITNESS’ Executive Director, senior WITNESS staff, and a representative from the WITNESS Board of Directors. The evaluation team will approve the evaluation plan and review the evaluation report.
- Experience in evaluating international networks and international civil society organizations;
- Experience evaluating social justice programs in global contexts;
- Experience working in developing countries;
- Excellent English communication skills; competency in Spanish and/or Arabic will be of particular advantage (though not required);
- Experience and understanding of how is technology is used by marginalized communities and human rights defenders, and the role the platforms play in their everyday lives;
- Ability to work with a globally dispersed organization and to conduct components of the evaluation through online communications;
- Ability to travel and attend meetings as required;
- Experience with video, tech, and human rights, and key global debates around them a huge plus.
HOW TO APPLY
Consultants are invited to send a proposal outlining the following:
- Proposed evaluation approach and rationale explaining how the approach responds to the objectives of the evaluation;
- Proposed methodology;
- Budget (including consultants’ fees); the maximum available budget for this evaluation project is USD $35,000 including VAT and (travel) expenses;
- Proposed consultant/s including CVs with information about qualifications, competence and experience relevant to the assignment;
- Samples of evaluation reports that demonstrate the evaluation approaches, methodologies, and contexts in which the consultant/s have worked;
- Three references: names, relationship, contact details; at least one of which should be related to a recent evaluation conducted.
Please send this information via email with “Consultant – WITNESS Cameras Everywhere Evaluation” in the subject line to: email@example.com by February 27, 2019. Please note only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
Additional important information:
START DATE: Immediate
LOCATION: WITNESS is a global organization with our headquarters in Brooklyn, New York. For this position, the location is geographically open; we encourage candidates to apply from anywhere in the world. In addition to the lead evaluator, evaluation will also likely involve subcontracting evaluators in those regions where WITNESS works.
DURATION OF ASSIGNMENT: This assignment will commence on March 6, 2019. The evaluation will be conducted through the end of April, 2019. A first draft evaluation report will need to be submitted by April 29, 2019, and a second draft submitted by May 24, 2019. The evaluation will be finalized by June 14, 2019, after addressing feedback. The entire assignment must be completed by the end of the grant period in June.
WITNESS is an equal opportunity employer. People of all ages, races, ethnicities, national origins, religions, genders, gender identities and expressions, sexual orientations, and individuals protected by any other statuses under federal, state or local laws, including but not limited to, disability, marital, domestic partnership, familial, caregiver, transgender, military or veteran statuses, are encouraged to apply. Authorization to work in the U.S. is required.