Call for proposals

The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) is an international non-profit foundation with over 60 offices around the globe. FNF was founded in 1958 and is headquartered in Potsdam, Germany. It works on the issues of human rights, market economy, urban governance and digital transformation through its partners. The Regional Office, South Asia is based in New Delhi.

FNF is working with Action Research in Community Health and Development (ARCH Vahini) since 2016 in the forest areas of Gujarat to secure individual land rights and forest resources for tribal villagers under the Forest Rights Act (FRA) 2006.

Action Research in Community Health and Development (ARCH Vahini) is an NGO active in the rural and forest areas of Gujarat. Over the past decade, it has been at the forefront of the effort to resettle and rehabilitate the tribal villagers who were displaced because of the Narmada dam. It has also been very active in securing land rights of the tribal villagers to various forest resources under the Forest Rights Act (FRA) 2006. They facilitate mapping of land in tribal villages in forest areas by training citizens to read maps and satellite images, and use GPS devices to map the contours of their claimed land area in their villages. The initiative has helped the villagers document their land claims and gather evidence to substantiate their claims.

Key areas of Impact/Focus:

ARCH focuses its efforts in the following areas:

- Land titles for tribals;
- Right to forest resources for tribal villages;
- Land improvements to increase land productivity;
- Innovative plans for forest management;
- Facilitating organization of villages into viable producer organizations (cooperatives or companies) for effective market interventions.

Purpose of Evaluation:

The purpose of this assignment is to conduct an impact evaluation to assess the effect of ARCH’s intervention in obtaining land titles for individuals and forest resource for community.

The scope of the evaluation is to:

  • Review whether the project is on track to achieving its intended results;
  • Analyze underlying factors that affect the achievement of the project results, including risk management by the project;
  • Understand whether the changes or results/outcome are relevant to people’s needs, and whether they are likely to be sustainable in the long term;
  • Explain which interventions hold the most potential for sustainability beyond the project timeframe;
  • Recommend how these interventions can be strengthened during the remainder of the grant period;
  • Assess preliminary indications of the degree to which the project results are likely to be sustainable beyond the project’s lifetime, and provide recommendations for strengthening sustainability, both programmatic and financial;
  • Assess the referral systems and collaboration between partners within the project.

Timeline:

The evaluation should be completed, and the report provided, within a period of three weeks from signing of contract.

Eligibility:

  • The applicant should have at least 5-8 years of experience conducting evaluations similar to this call for proposal, and have good knowledge of FRA 2006
  • The applicant should be willing to travel to Vadodara and its suburbs, as well as to tribal areas where the project is implemented
  • The applicant should have successfully completed evaluations in the past

Deadline:

All proposals should be sent to nupur.hasija@fnst.org no later than 25 September, 2019. Proposals received after the deadline will not be considered. Only short-listed applicants may be contacted for further discussion. Please reach out to the email address above in case of any concerns.