Call for Trainers: EU Co-Funded Projects - Monitoring & Evaluation of EuropeAid Grant Projects
1. ABOUT ENoP
The European Network of Political Foundations (ENoP) is a cooperation structure, serving as a communication and dialogue tool between the European political foundations and the Institutions of the European Union (EU), as well as civil society actors in the fields of democracy support and development cooperation. Furthermore, the network provides services to its members to facilitate their participation in the respective programmes of the EU.
ENoP brings together 54 member foundations from 22 EU Member States and the United Kingdom. The members are affiliated to six political party families represented in the European Parliament (Renew Europe, EPP, S&D, ECR, Greens/EFA, GUE/NGL), but are independent in their decision-making and financing of international projects.
The activities of political foundations in the fields of democracy support and development cooperation include public campaigning and awareness raising, advocacy work vis-à-vis political institutions and decision makers in their respective home countries, as well as the EU level. The main focus, however, is on the implementation of democracy support and development projects with local partners in more than 100 developing and transition countries throughout the world.
Since March 2019 ENoP is implementing an EU co-funded action grant, called “Strengthening ENoP as actor in support of democratic and pluralistic societies”. The current capacity-building training takes place in the fringes of this project.
2. BACKGROUND OF THE TRAINING
Together with local partners, ENoP member foundations implement a variety of EU co-funded grant projects around the world, thereby contributing to EU democracy support and sustainable development cooperation. To successfully implement these projects, measure effectiveness, and to maximize the overall impact of these projects, a good monitoring and evaluation system has to be put in place. This training is intended to provide an opportunity for staff from ENoP member foundations to learn about the key aspects of M&E for EU projects and get acquainted with management tools to better steer and
evaluate their projects.
3. Purpose of the training
The main objective of the training is to explain the most important aspects on monitoring and evaluating EuropeAid grant projects. The training will support staff (incl. local staff) from ENoP member foundations who manage EU co-funded projects and conceptualize new projects. After completion of the training, participants have learned the key aspects of M&E and have received practical tips and tools to work with.
4. SCOPE And methodology of the training (indicative, to be discussed with the trainer)
- Introduction: M&E put in the context of project life cycle
- Main monitoring requirements emanating from the General Conditions / Grant Contract
- The Logframe as key tool for monitoring: How to draft good indicators, baselines, targets, sources of verification and how to use the Logframe for monitoring my project
- Setting up a results-based monitoring system: What are best practice management tools for conducting proper M&E (M&E plans, M&E meetings/reports, M&E tools for data collection, other tools etc.)
- Designing an external evaluation: What are the most important criteria / key evaluation questions and how to draft good terms of references (ToRs) for evaluating your EU project?
- Methodological mix: Combining input by the trainer with interactive elements such as group work, practical examples etc.
- Leaving room for individual questions of participants and exchange of experience among participants
- Providing Power Point Presentation & list of online resources that participants can use after the training
5. Target Group
Participants: about 15 participants from ENoP member foundations, participants either currently work for EU co-funded projects around the world or are in charge of drafting applications for EuropeAid projects. Participants will have some prior knowledge on implementing EU projects, however their level of experience will differ.
- Substantial expertise and experience in the management of EuropeAid grants, in particular the General Conditions, the PRAG and the INTPA Companion
- Experience of conducting trainings on EU funding in international contexts
- Substantial experience in consulting for / writing / reviewing / conceptualizing / implementing successful EuropeAid grant projects
- Fluency in English both written and oral
- Experience in conducting online trainings
The training will be held in English without translation.
Online via Zoom, ENoP will provide Zoom-Software and facilitate technical moderation. Other online platforms can be used based on the Trainer’s experience.
9. DATE and estimated timeline
The training should take place in October 2021.
5 days in total: 3 days of preparation & 2 days of training delivery. The preparation includes compilation of seminar material, designing Powerpoint/Zoom Presentation, conducting Zoom call / email exchange with ENoP to verify whether proposed structure of the workshop meets expectations.
- Receipt of training offer by 23 September 2021
- Training agenda and presentation of the training concept by 7 October 2021
- Moderation and facilitation of a 2-day à 3 hrs online training via Zoom (in total 6 hours of training plus breaks that can be divided among 2 days in one week).
11. Remuneration and other compensations
Remuneration: offer-based (please indicate net daily fee in your offer)
Travel costs: non-applicable
Hotel accommodation: non-applicable
12. Award criteria
The evaluation team will place an average weight of 60% to the content component and 40% to price offer.
13. Procedure for expression of interest
Experts with the above mentioned profile are kindly invited to send their CV, outlining their relevant experience and their expected overall fee for the preparation and the facilitation of the training. Applications shall be sent to Aleksandra Starčević firstname.lastname@example.org by 23 September 2021.