Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals for External Evaluation of the Results of the African Women in Education Network (AWEN)


Terms of Reference

About Education International

Education International (EI) is the largest Global Union Federation (GUF) of teachers’, educators’ and education support personnel trade unions, representing about four hundred organisations in 170 countries and territories.

EI promotes the principle that publicly funded quality education must be available to all students in all countries. EI promotes the interests of teachers and other education workers, and represents their interests at an international level.

In addition, EI assists in the development of independent democratic organisations representing teachers and other education workers, and promotes solidarity and cooperation among them. Education International also defends equality in society, combats racism and xenophobia, challenges discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status and racial or ethnic origin or characteristics.

1. Background

Education International encourages the participation of women educators as a strategy to strengthen education unions and organisations at the global level. This, coupled with women's ability to achieve their goals in terms of decent working conditions and professional development, guarantees an active participation in union activities at all levels including the level of leadership and decision-making. In that sense, EI seeks the participation of women and men committed to creating trade union organisations that are internally democratic, and contribute to the construction of democratic schools and societies.

In Latin America, Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and recently in the Arab-speaking region, much of this work is done through networks of women educators. These networks have similar but not identical characteristics.

The African Women in Education Network (hereafter referred to as AWEN) was formed in 2008, based on a pilot project in West Africa which started in 1999, with the overall goal: «To achieve gender equality in unions to strengthen them in order to achieve quality education for all». Since that time, efforts have been made to reach the overall goal of AWEN by identifying objectives, using different methodologies and ensuring the participation of EI member organisations in AWEN activities. AWEN has had the political support of the Regional Committee of Education International for Africa, as well as technical, methodological and administrative support from the Regional Office for Education in Africa, in Accra, Ghana. In addition, it has had the support of UEN Norway, CTF Canada and Lärarförbundet Sweden. The support has been both methodological accompaniment for mutual learning and financial aid, which has made it possible to visibly increase the mobilization and inclusion of educators of all the organisations participating.

Promoting and realizing gender equality and equity in Africa, both within the teachers' union organisations and in the education sector, remains a challenge. For almost 10 years AWEN has been as a vehicle for change. It is now time to evaluate the work that has been done through AWEN, and through Education International support systems for AWEN and the partner organisations, to investigate whether this work has been and continues to be conducive to enhancing trade unionism from an equity and gender perspective.

2. Objectives of the Evaluation

The objective is to evaluate the results that AWEN have achieved since its inception from the perspective of the participating unions at the national level. This will be done by taking as a starting point the three main objectives formulated in 2008 by Education International and its affiliated organisations in Africa.

·         Political will

·         Capacity building

·         Communication

In addition, the methods used to undertake the work through AWEN should also be evaluated. It is important to assess the results of the project, to review the coordination and the cooperation at all levels, to document lessons learned and to draw conclusions, on the basis of which recommendations for the future of AWEN can

be made.
The evaluation is expected to:

2.1 Evaluate, based on the initial objectives of AWEN, whether gender equality policies have been adopted and to what extent they have been implemented by the participating teachers’ organisations;

2.2 Determine to what extent structural changes within the participating unions have been achieved, to strengthen internal democracy by increasing the participation of women in the organisations at all levels (including elected and appointed female unionists and staff) , as well as in decision-making positions;

2.3 Evaluate the program effectiveness  and financial efficiency  of AWEN, including the regional, sub-regional and national platforms established through AWEN to achieve the objectives at those levels;

2.4 Evaluate to what extent the capacity building activities in AWEN have been cascaded to the national organisations at all levels, and the impact of the trainings;

2.5 Evaluate the use and quality of AWEN documentation;

2.6 Evaluate the means and efficiency of communication at all levels including between and among all partners involved in AWEN;

2.7 Evaluate how different activities focused on gender equality within the participating national unions are or could be strengthened through AWEN;

2.8 Evaluate how the different roles and responsibilities at all levels of AWEN have functioned including EI and the supportive EI member organisations.

2.9 Propose methodological and political recommendations for future work on gender equality and equity in the African Region of Education International and its affiliated organisations through AWEN.

3. Scope

AWEN covers 42 countries and 90 organisations with an impressive organisational and cultural diversity. It is, therefore, necessary to define a representative sample of countries and unions for evaluation, using categories that represent all stakeholders, in order to have a broad picture of the results and the potential of the work of AWEN. Therefore, a selection of eight countries with participation of all EI affiliates in each country, two from each sub-region is proposed to deepen the study.

The suggested countries to be finalized with the evaluators, are:

WAWEN: Ghana and Guinea (Conakry)

RESAC: Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Chad

SAWEN: Mozambique and Zimbabwe

WNEA: Tanzania and Zanzibar  

4. Methodology

All evaluation methodologies proposed will be given due consideration. It is expected that information for the evaluation will be collected through a combination of desk study and interviews with people previously and / or currently directly involved in the work of AWEN, from different levels of the participating organisations.

The selection of countries that will participate in the evaluation will be done in consultation with: representatives of the sub-regions in the AWEN advisory committee, the reference group and the reference group that will be established to oversee the evaluation process and the evaluators.

The evaluation of AWEN must study and assess the following qualitative criteria:

 - the extent to which AWEN meets the needs of the participating organisations;

- the changes to which AWEN has contributed, at different organisational levels;                                                                                                                    


- the likelihood that the results achieved will be maintained in the long term;
-the likelihood that the network will be maintained without external support;


 - the extent to which the methods used have been the most suitable for achieving the AWEN objectives; 

- the extent to which resources have been used effectively;

- whether the existing internal structures are appropriate for achieving AWEN’s objectives effectively

5. Evaluation team-composition and qualifications
The evaluation team must have demonstrable capacity and experience in the following areas:

1. Conducting evaluations in the non-corporate sector, and specifically of projects aimed at effecting organizational change;

2. Equality issues within organisations and in society in general;

3. The African trade union movement and trade union cultures;

4. A high level of professionalism that guarantees the delivery of the evaluation report within the agreed time, and respecting the agreed costs;

5. Knowledge and understanding of the modus operandi of international trade union cooperation;

6. A sufficiently good level of written and spoken English, French and Portuguese languages to be able to conduct the evaluation successfully;

7. Working with and within culturally diverse organisations;

8. Financial reporting and analysis;

1-4 have the possibilities to get 0-2 points. 5-8 have the possibilities to get 0-1 points.


6. Timeline



Responsible person/organisation

19 January 2018

Call for proposals is released

EI Regional Office (EIRAF)

2 February 2018

Contact persons for written questions

Ole Otterstad (UEN)


20 February 2018

Deadline for submissions

To be received by 23:59 CET

Ole Otterstad (UEN)


27 February 2018

Selection Committee Meeting

Reference group: EI, EIRAF, UEN Lärarförbundet and CTF

3rd March 2018

Announcement of selected candidate

Ole Otterstad or EIRAF

19 March 2018





24 March

Presentation of detailed work plan (Inception Report) by the evaluation team

Review, approval of work plan.

Signing of contract with evaluation team.

Evaluation Team

Reference group
EIRAF and partners

24 March- 4 June 2018




Progress report 19 April

Evaluation is conducted


Including the results of at least 2 countries

Evaluation Team
(N.B. EIRAF should facilitate contact with the different organisations selected to participate in the evaluation)

June 16 2018

First draft of the Evaluation Report

Evaluation team to send to the Reference Group

19 August 2018


Reference Group + reps from sub regions and selected countries

4 September 2018

Second draft

Evaluation team

14 September 2018

Presentation of second draft and final discussion in Accra Ghana

Evaluation team + and Reference group

24 September 2018

Final Report

Evaluation team

19 October 2018

Translation and printing

Evaluation team or EIRAF

4-7 November 2018

Presentation of the evaluation in Regional Conference

Evaluators, EIRAF Regional Office and Reference Group


7. Reports

A first, then final draft of the evaluation report should be written in English and submitted on the agreed date. The report should be no longer than 60 pages.

The report should contain:

1. A description of the methodology used to assess AWEN;
2. Findings and conclusions about the results of AWEN regarding the stated evaluation questions
3. Recommendations for the future work and internal structure of AWEN;
4. The report should include an executive summary.

The recommendations in the report can be addressed to the national organisations, EI and to the development cooperation trade union organisations that have supported AWEN since its inception.

The consultant(s) shall also conduct a one-day seminar about the findings.

Although this is an internally commissioned evaluation, the results will be made public, subject to approval and clearance by EIRAF and the consortium partners. EIRAF and the consortium partners reserve the right to organize the public release of the report, including the organisation’s websites.

8. Division of tasks and responsibilities of Education International and organisations in the parts of the project outside the bid

A reference group that will support the evaluation is made up of: two representatives from the AWEN Advisory Committee (Chairwomen + GS), the AWEN Coordinator from EIRAF, a Coordinator from the EI Secretariat, and representatives of the cooperating organisations - Utdanningsforbundet, Norway, Lärarförbundet, Sweden and CTF Canada.

This group will be responsible for all actors:

- providing the documentation required by the evaluation team.
- Reading and commenting the drafts

- Monitoring the timeline
- Inform the team when necessary
- Facilitate meetings

9. Content of the proposals 

- Methodological proposal and estimated time to complete the evaluation;
- Curriculum Vitae of the evaluation team members;
- References and examples of previous evaluation work;
- Complete budget (including fees and reimbursable expenses) with a maximum level of EUR 60 000.

The proposals should be sent to Ole Otterstad UEN, Norway, [email protected]


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