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IPC: Evaluator - Grant Support Programme

IPC: Evaluator - Grant Support Programme

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is seeking a consultant to evaluate its global, multi-year Grant Support Programme. Deadline: 4 October 2021

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement and its vision is to make for an inclusive world through sport. It aims to achieve this by leading the Paralympic Movement, overseeing the delivery of the Paralympic Games and Paralympic Winter Games, and supporting its 200 member organisations to enable Para athletes to achieve sporting excellence. The IPC also acts as the International Federation (IF) for 10 Para sports, for which it supervises and co-ordinates the World Championships and other competitions. IPC membership draws together National Paralympic Committees (NPCs), International Federations (IFs), Regional Organisations and International Organisations of Sports for the Disabled (IOSDs).

Previously offered through the Agitos Foundation, the IPC offers development programmes to its members. In order to support its vision and mission, the IPC engages in organisational capacity-building activities to promote good governance and strong leadership in NPCs, designs and implements awareness-raising initiatives with NPCs, strengthens the athlete pathway by enabling Para athletes in emerging countries to compete in sporting opportunities from grassroots to elite level and empowers Para athletes to become positive role models to challenge perceptions in society and to fulfil their potential in their post-sport career.

The Grant Support Programme was first launched in 2013 and supports IPC members worldwide to have access to funding for focus areas within Para sport that are in greatest need of development and support, such as Paralympic Movement awareness, Para athlete education and development, sport technical education for coaches, classifiers and technical officials, capacity building and leadership.

From 2013 to 2019, the IPC allocated EUR 650,000 per year in grants for NPCs, IFs, IOSDs and ROs to apply for support. Grants ranging from EUR 5,000 to EUR 40,00 were awarded for a maximum implementation period of one year. With several million euro supporting 203 projects from 66 NPCs, 5 ROs, 20 IFs and 3 IOSDs over the 7 annual editions of the GSP to date, hundreds of thousands of people have been directly and indirectly exposed to and involved in the Paralympic Movement from grassroots development programmes right through to National Paralympic Days.

Evaluation rationale and objective

The GSP has now been running for several years, and the IPC is commissioning this external evaluation to assess the relevance of the programme impact to date, as well as provide key recommendations on programme design going forward. In addition, the IPC currently has several additional projects and programmes focussed on supporting members. The evaluation should consider these other initiatives to understand if and how the GSP should be redesigned in order to maximise synergies with these other initiatives.

Evaluation criteria and methodology

The evaluation criteria to be assessed are relevance, impact, and management. IPC anticipates that the evaluation will entail qualitative and quantitative data collection, supported by a desk review of all relevant documentation. Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this evaluation will be conducted entirely remotely.

Timeline

The evaluation is expected to commence in October 2021 and should be completed no later than December 2021. IPC estimates that the evaluation will take approximately 60 working days; the working days for the evaluation need not be consecutive.

Qualifications

The selected evaluator (or evaluation team) should have the following:

  • Fluency in English, French and Spanish
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills
  • Bachelor’s degree in international development, sport development, international sport management, social sciences, or related field
  • At least eight years of experience in designing, implementing and overseeing project evaluations or a combination of education, training and experience
  • Demonstrated experience working in the field of sport development or sport for development is desirable
  • Demonstrated understanding of gender issues
  • Inter-cultural communication skills
  • Strong facilitation, presentation, and communication skills
  • Strong ability to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing
  • Team player with the ability to closely collaborate with IPC staff, grantees, and project stakeholders

Applications and selection process

A technical and financial proposal, including the names and contact information for three recent references and the CV of the evaluator (or each member of the evaluation team) should be sent in electronic format with the subject “GSP evaluation proposal” to programmes@paralympic.org. The technical proposal should include details on the methodology and timeline proposed by the evaluator. Applications close 4 October 2021 at midnight.

Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Quality of the technical proposal with regard to what is outlined in the terms of reference.
  • Profile and experience of the evaluator/evaluation team
  • Suitability of the proposal in terms of budget and timeline

For more details, see the attached terms of reference.

Application deadline

Mon, 10/04/2021

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