Call for Proposals: External Evaluation of the Vocational Training Centre Construction and Implementation Project


The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is an international Catholic organisation with a mission to accompany, serve and advocate on behalf of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons, that they may heal, learn, and determine their own future. JRS is present in 52 countries worldwide, and undertakes services at national and regional levels, overseen by 10 regional offices, with support from the International Office in Rome.

JRS Zimbabweis one of four country projects operating under the auspices of JRS Southern Africa Regional Office. JRS Zimbabwe’s activities are implemented in the Tongogara Refugee Camp, where it has maintained a presence for more than 23 years, providing pastoral care, psychosocial, livelihoods, and educational activities. In 2015, JRS undertook a multi-year project whose overall goal is that ‘Refugees in Zimbabwe have improved access to resources leading to livelihood opportunities’. The specific outcome-based objective of the project is ‘To increase livelihood opportunities of refugees and asylum seekers in Tongogara Refugee Camp through the provision of vocational skills training and professional start-up kits’. The project is implemented with financial support from Misean Cara – an Irish-based charity working to bring about transformation through supporting missionary organisations and their partners.

Purpose of the Evaluation

JRS Zimbabwe requires the services of an external evaluation team to evaluate the above-mentioned project achievements: its relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, outcome and impact.

For any clarity on this, please feel free to contact the JRS Regional Programmes Officer, Beatric Abrahams on

The evaluation will cover the project duration, from 1st September 2015 to 31st March 2019, and will be undertaken in Tongogara Refugee Camp, Chipinge, as well as a limited number of interviews in Harare.

The evaluation will take place over 6 weeks, from 15th of May to 26th June 2019, and will deliver the following:

  • An Inception Report, detailing the methodology, schedule of tasks and activities, and a work plan;
  • A Draft Evaluation Report for comment and feedback from projectstaff and key stakeholders;
  • A Final Evaluation Report.

Evaluation Team

It is anticipated that the Evaluation team will consist of a Lead Evaluator and at least one other Evaluation Consultant.

Required Competencies

  • Prior experience in designing and conducting evaluation activities, with specific experience in conducting evaluations of livelihoods projects;
  • Advanced degree in social scienceor other relevant development field is required;
  • Prior experience in the development of data collection tools and data analysis;
  • Excellent analytical and report writing skills;
  • Knowledge of refugee issues and Zimbabwean laws relevant to refugee protection;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills including ability to facilitate and work in a multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural team.

Submission of Proposals

Interested Consultants and/or consulting companies are invited to submit a detailed expression of interest to the Regional Human Resources Officer, Mr Mike Nyamarebvu at mike.nyamarebvu@jrs.netwith the following components;

  • Their understanding of the ToR
  • Proposed methodology and work schedule
  • Proposed Budget
  • A profile of the firm including full name(s), physical addresses, telephone numbers
  • Copy of CVs of all the consultants who will undertake the evaluation
  • Example of previous work done on evaluation of livelihoods projects

The deadline for submitting applications is at 16h00 on the 30th of April 2019.

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified. 

Women candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.


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