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Programme title

Strengthening civic engagement in local communities towards positive peace in BiH

Introduction

Porticus is an international organisation that manages and develops the philanthropic programs of charitable entities established by Brenninkmeijer family entrepreneurs. We collaborate with partners around the globe to foster human dignity, social justice and sustainability. We aim to contribute to systemic social change by combining our expertise with our grassroots networks all over the world into multi-annual programs. The Porticus Vienna Office operates in CEE (Central and Eastern Europe) and the MENAT region (Middle East, North Africa, Turkey). In coordination with the Community Arts Lab, another Porticus unit based in Vienna, the Porticus CEE team has recently developed a programme which aims to contribute towards strengthening civil society and to achieving a positive, rather than negative, peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH).

With this announcement, Porticus Vienna is inviting an expression of interest to design and deliver an evaluation of this four-year programme, which is currently in its initial inception phase.

Key programme information

Programme duration October      -     2019 – October 2023 (four years, including preparation/launch period and evaluation/post-programme assessment)

Evaluation duration      -     Q1/2020 – Q3/2023 (the evaluator will be engaged throughout the entire programme duration)

Evaluation budget      -     EUR 180.000,-- to 230.000,-- Programme partners 12-15 civil society organisations in Bosnia and Herzegovina, working in the fields of (youth) civic engagements, peacebuilding, community arts and interreligious dialogue

Programme summary

Twenty-five years after the war, Bosnia-Herzegovina (hereafter: BiH) continues to be a fragile country. The divisions along ethno-religious lines run deep and the divide-and-rule politics have created a paralyzing political stalemate that has prevented the emergence of collaborative, constructive solutions to the various issues the country is facing. Brain drain, especially of young people, has become a reality of the country that has already experienced massive emigration in the lead up to and during the wars of the 1990s.

At the same time, Porticus has identified clear opportunities for engagement in consultation with local stakeholders and partners. It is the right time to act because people’s dissatisfaction with the status quo is reaching a critical point, and there are signs of heightened desire and willingness to engage in civic participation. The programme aims to use this momentum to work with local partners towards a future where communities and local authorities in BiH will live and operate by a social contract that includes all population groups in the decision-making processes.

This will be done through two main pillars, linking change at the individual/personal level to changes at the socio-political/structural level. The programme will target young people, communities, community organisations, emerging leaders, educators and youth workers as well as representatives of local institutions of power. The activities will take place in communities in rural as well as in urban settings, in both entities and in several cantons in the Federation, involving both self-selecting communities with an ‘easier’ access as well as communities that have been divided as a result of the legacy of the conflict.

Evaluation objectives and scope

The main objectives of the evaluation are as follows:

  1. Assess the coherence and governance of the programme as a whole, as well as the different outcomes and related activity strands;
  2. Assess the relevance, effectiveness, and sustainability of the programme interventions and their results;
  3. Assess the process the programme has taken in generating its outcomes;
  4. Capture timely learning and feed these into programme delivery so that it is possible to course correct and respond to challenges and approach opportunities as they occur;
  5. Document lessons concerning programme design, implementation and management;
  6. Potentially, make a contribution to the knowledge-generation on peace building in general.

Key Evaluation Questions

  • KEQ1: To what extent has the programme and its individual grants contributed to a situation where different population groups in local communities actively engage in existing participatory processes?
  • KEQ2: To what extent have the governance mechanisms at the local level promoted by grantees within the programme been effective and inclusive?
  • KEQ3: To what extent has the programme and its individual grants contributed to the voluntary and self-organised encounters between different groups at the community level? –
  • KEQ4: To what extent has Porticus, through the programme and its individual grants, contributed to the increase in capacity, performance and adaptability of the grantees involved in the programme?

Evaluator profile

The evaluator(s) should:

  • Be independent of the programme and have no stake in the outcome of the evaluation.
  • Have a proven track record in delivering high quality evaluation in peacebuilding and/or civic engagement and be up to date with key concepts and developments in the field.
  • Have considerable knowledge and awareness of the nuances of the conflict and the current social context in the Western Balkans, particularly Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). Evaluators who do not have that kind of knowledge are expected to collaborate with a local organisation or evaluator who can fill this gap.
  • Be sensitive to and respectful of social and cultural differences, which may relate to the conflict, and comfortable with working and communicating with partners, grantees and beneficiaries across society.

Local language knowledge is considered a plus.

Expressions of interest

Expressions of interest should be sent to Sabine Palatin ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), programme lead and grant manager at Porticus Vienna, by 17 October 2019.

The document should have max. 1-3 pages and should include information on the evaluator’s background, particularly any previous knowledge/experience in the field of peace building and/or civic engagement in the Western Balkans.

Selected candidates will receive the full ToR and programme information upon signing a nondisclosure agreement.

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