Call for proposals for organisational evaluation [updated 3-11-16]

The Southeast Asian Press Alliance is seeking proposals from qualified individuals or teams to conduct an external evaluation of the organisation and its programmes.

The SEAPA external evaluation aims to achieve the following: 

  1. Evaluate SEAPA’s achievements to date and compare them to the outcomes and indicators in terms of the organisation’s program lines of SEAPA Project Strategy 2013-2016
  2. Evaluate to what extent that the work of SEAPA is effective and sustainable in key areas
  3. Evaluate SEAPA’s organisational structure and governance and financial strengths and challenges
  4. Assess the role and position of SEAPA within Southeast Asia in strengthening its network in order to better advocate for press freedom, freedom of expression and freedom on information in Southeast Asia.
  5. Review the funding situation of SEAPA and analyze the fundraising reality and the strategy used to attract new sources of funding
  6. Assess impact on gender equality through mainstream programing and learning processes
  7. Provide forward-looking recommendations for SEAPA in improving its approaches to protect and promote media freedom towards achieving compliance of human rights, democracy and good governance at the national and regional levels in Southeast Asia

The evaluation will consult with a range of stakeholders and work closely with the project to access all relevant materials. 

Context

The Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) is concluding a four-year program that began in April 2013 to further strengthen and expand its network in order to better advocate for press freedom, freedom of expression and freedom on information in Southeast Asia.

Key in this project proposal is the amplification of the role of journalists as the agents of change in contributing towards improvements in the three areas (human rights, democracy and governance), and how SEAPA can contribute towards an environment that will support the work of the media and information producers, as well as media freedom advocacy groups.

SEAPA’s engagements during this cycle were geared advocate for an enabling environment and to strengthen the capacities of journalists in the region so that they are able to work and contribute towards improvements in the overall state of human rights, democracy and governance in the region. The overall goal of the next three-year project is “To protect and promote media freedom towards achieving compliance of human rights, democracy and good governance at the national and regional levels in Southeast Asia.”

In this period, SEAPA hoped to focus its energy on its most important stakeholders – the media community. In this instance, the tagline for SEAPA’s new project cycle is Journalists for Change”.

Programme areas were guided by the four outcomes we hope to achieve during this period:

* Improved awareness of ‘safety of journalists’ within the media community and other stakeholders that will lead to fewer threats and challenges to the media in performing their role

* Better practice of professional and ethical standards within the SEA media that will ensure more and effective coverage of issues related to human rights, democracy and governance

* Improved legal environment in promoting and protecting the media that will enable them to pursue and publish stories of public interest

* Increased effectiveness of SEAPA as a regional organization to pursue its objectives

SEAPA is a membership-based regional organization composed of members from Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, and Timor-Leste. 

Applicants should submit an offer that specifies the proposed work plan, CVs (including team members) and work portfolio, methods and a detailed budget for the assignment. Applicants with a knowledge of freedom of expression and press freedom advocacy in the region will be prioritised.

The Evaluation should be conducted over a period of approximately two months, with the final report to be submitted by 31 January 2016.

Applications with the relevant attachments should be submitted no later than 15 November r to seapa[at]seapa[dot]org, with the subject line “SEAPA External Evaluation”. Shortlisted applicants will be notified immediately, with a possible interview by 18 November 2016.