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The Near East Foundation (NEF) is a non-profit international development organization that has supported livelihoods recovery and community-based economic development in the Middle East, Africa, and Caucasus since 1915. NEF draws on local teams, experience, and partnerships in these regions to create community-led solutions to improve livelihoods and local governance among conflict and crisis-affected groups, while maintaining neutrality and ensuring inclusiveness in our approach. Working through a network of country offices and local partners, NEF has operations in ten countries: Armenia, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Mali, Morocco, Palestine, Sudan, South Sudan, and Syria. Our programs are organized around three pillars: Inclusive Economic Development, Climate-resilient Development, and Stabilization and Peacebuilding.

The evaluation aims to critically examine project performance. The evaluation will engage project stakeholders to obtain the most objective information possible to evaluate the performance of the project and determine whether it was successful in meeting the stated objectives. The assessment—based on participant observation and participatory processes—will also capture unanticipated and ancillary results, in addition to documenting lessons learned for broader dissemination. It will provide a framework for “double-loop” learning by allowing NEF to improve the implementation of future planned activities and to refocus activities based on knowledge of these lessons learned. Through this evaluation, the assessment team will analyze the extent to which NEF meets its stated goals and objectives and will compare the results to the baseline data and targets. The evaluation will answer questions related to the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact, and sustainability of the project so lessons can be learned to improve actions, planning, and decision-making.

Project: NEF – Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Livestock ‎Value Chain‎ (WEEL), funded by GIZ under Restoration of Peace, Livelihoods, and Economic Cycles in ‎Anbar (RePLICA).
Duration: 14 months project, from December 2022 to January 2023
Geographical focus: Three target districts – Heet, Ramadi, and Fallujah – in Al Anbar Governorate, Iraq.
Project approach: Siraj model of community-based business hubs, comprising an organizational toolkit and eight integrated services
Target beneficiaries: Women engaged in the small ruminants value chain and their households
Key results: Women start or expand self-employed income-generating activities: increase in income, increase in business revenue, entrepreneurial skills development.

WEEL‎ is a 14-month project funded by GIZ to equip and roll out structured agribusiness support services in three locations ‎covering three ‎districts – Heet, Ramadi, and Fallujah – in Al Anbar ‎Governorate, Iraq, with the objective to ‎advance women’s economic ‎empowerment in the small ruminant value chain.‎Master Trainers and Coaches deliver the services, including market ‎assessments, outreach, selection of participants, and structured training for soft skills and ‎agribusiness strengthening for 900 participants. NEF then offers tailored coaching, mentorship, ‎and resources to further support participants who have finalized agribusiness plans. They also ‎receive targeted debt financing through NEF’s Siraj Finance revolving funds model, targeted ‎concessional micro-grants, and advanced support using Siraj agribusiness acceleration involving ‎extension services, product value addition, public-private led services, and access to climate-smart ‎technology.

The project envisages that:
If a conducive agribusiness development support ‎environment reduces business risks, ‎increases access to capital and networks, and provides access ‎to high-quality, targeted ‎services for women engaged in the small ruminant value chain‎.
Then ‎market-oriented women-led agribusinesses will grow, deliver higher and more stable income, ‎and ‎create jobs‎.

Evaluation Launch: 1 December 2023
Evaluation Draft: 15 January 2024
NEF will provide a template with required sections and a Table of Content.
NEF will review and provide feedback within one week of the submission of draft report.

Final report: 31 January 2024
The final report should address all comments & feedback from NEF.

Please apply by submitting the following information in the English language no later than November 19, 2023.

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; NEF reserves the right of conducting interviews before the closing date and can close the advertisement earlier in case of finding a suitable candidate.
– A cover letter;
– A CV;
– A brief technical and financial proposal.

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