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Independent Evaluator – ParliaMentors

Application deadline: 01/12/2021

Key project information

  • Call Out
  • Evaluability assessment
  • Terms of Reference
  • Registration for Webinar 22nd November 1500 GMT

  • The UK’s leading interfaith organisation is looking to instruct an Independent Evaluator team or individual to conduct a two-year evaluation of our interfaith university leadership programme, ParliaMentors. This will evaluate the effectiveness of ParliaMentors in promoting and facilitating impactful interfaith dialogue.

    For over 20 years, the Faith & Belief Forum (F&BF) has been at the forefront of creating innovative and meaningful interfaith encounters through our programmes in schools, universities, and community spaces. ParliaMentors is one of our signature programmes; a UN award-winning interfaith leadership programme where students from different faith and beliefs collaborate to create social change whilst being mentored by MPs.

    ParliaMentors is entering its 15th year and has an Alumni Network of over 550 comprising Members of Parliament, local councillors, charity directors, authors and civil servants shaping institutions across the UK and the world. Thus, there is huge potential to examine the long-term impact of the programme.

    We are seeking to instruct an Evaluator to deliver this project between January 2022 and December 2023.

    The fee available for this work is between £75,000 – £80,000 inclusive of VAT and expenses. The Evaluator will be required to invoice the Faith & Belief Forum for fees (a third on signing of contract, a third at mid-way point, subject to deliverables achieved, and a third on completion) and will be responsible for their own National Insurance and tax. (Please note there is potential for discussion regarding the payment schedule.)

    There may be further opportunities available beyond this work.

    This project is funded by Porticus and is part of their global research programme Enabling Effective Dialogue: Developing understanding and measures of effectiveness in Inter-Religious Dialogue.

    There will be an opportunity to hear more and ask questions about this project during a webinar on Monday 22nd November 1500GMT.
    Please register here for the webinar.
    Please email ben@faithbeliefforum.org by Friday 19th November with questions you would like answered during the webinar.

    Application Information

    Expressions of interest should be concise (a maximum of 1500 words) and should include the following:

    • A proposal of how the applicant will meet the project objectives.
    • A budget proposal within the specified limit.
    • An indicative schedule that is practical in the time and budget available.
    • Links to one relevant example of previous work.

    Applications should be emailed to Ben Shapiro on ben@faithbeliefforum.org by 1 December at 9am. We encourage bidders to get in touch with any questions.

    Shortlisted proposals will be notified by 8 December with interviews taking place shortly after.

    Working at The Faith & Belief Forum

    We believe in order to effectively serve our beneficiaries; our work must be influenced by a broad range of voices. Therefore, we actively encourage applications from people who are currently underrepresented in our staff team. This would include BAME candidates and those who identify as Sikh, Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain. We celebrate difference and are committed to creating a working environment where everyone is included.

    Key project information

    The purpose of the evaluation is:

    • To understand the long-term impact of the interfaith programming on ParliaMentors.
    • To inform future interfaith programme design of ParliaMentors and other programmes.
    • To train Faith & Belief Forum staff in evaluation methods.

    The objectives of the assignment are to:

    • Assess the impact of the ParliaMentors programme.
    • Collect data and case studies about the impact of ParliaMentors.
    • Transform the way F&BF is able the communicate the impact of ParliaMentors, to help secure future funding for the programme.
    • Allow F&BF to review and improve the current delivery of ParliaMentors, including informing plans to scale up the programme.
    • Improve M&E capacity and skills at F&BF, particularly in relation to the future of ParliaMentors.

    The expected deliverables for the evaluation include:

    1. Study of ParliaMentors Alumni Network, analysing existing and newly generated qualitative and quantitative ParliaMentors data sets
    2. Impact study of the current ParliaMentors programme
    3. New impact stories and language developed to communicate the impact of ParliaMentors
    4. Publication drawing together key highlights and findings from the various strands, in order to share insights highlighting the impact of interfaith work in the UK
    5. Capacity building trainings for F&BF staff to help improve monitoring and evaluating systems.

    For full details please see the Terms of Reference for this project. And the initial Evaluability Assessment which informed this project can be found here.

    We invite bidders to think creatively about the form these outputs could take.

    The evaluator/s must:

    • Have a proven track record in delivering high quality, complex and participatory evaluation.
    • Extensive conceptual and methodological skills and experience in applying qualitative and quantitative research evaluation methods
    • Knowledge of quasi-experimental methods
    • Have considerable knowledge and awareness of the nuances of the interfaith context, the current social context and potential conflict drivers.
    • Be sensitive to and respectful of religious, social, and cultural differences and comfortable with working across difference, including able to communicate complex ideas in accessible ways and gather data from and with diverse partners, grantees and beneficiaries.
    • Excellent communication skills necessary for building rapport with stakeholders, facilitating participation and effective presentation of results to a diverse audience
    • Experience with and up to date knowledge in the interfaith dialogue and peacebuilding fields.

    We are happy to receive applications from multi-disciplinary teams or consortia.

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