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Sightsavers’ Irish Aid Programme Grant II - Consultancy

Ireland or UK - Flexible
Closing date
14 Mar 2021
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Call for expressions of interest Evaluation of the Ireland Public Engagement Component of Sightsavers’ Irish Aid Programme Grant II

Sightsavers’ Irish Aid Programme Grant II (IA PGII) enables Sightsavers Ireland to engage the Irish public in initiatives that build awareness and understanding of the challenges facing people in developing countries who are visually impaired, blind or have a disability.

The programme grant supports work in four countries – Cameroon, Liberia, Senegal and Sierra Leone – to improve eye healthcare, help eliminate River Blindness, improve education opportunities for children with disabilities, and ensure people with disabilities have a voice and play an active role in local and national political processes.

The Public Engagement component builds on this work projecting images and stories of the people the IA PG II programme serves in West Africa, to communicate to the Irish public how disability can be both a cause and a consequence of poverty, and why inclusive development is important.  See the Terms of Reference (ToRs) for the full details about the project and how its components were expected to contribute to that outcome.

Purpose of the Evaluation

The purpose of this exercise is to evaluate the extent to which the IA PG II’s Ireland Public Engagement Project has achieved its expected outputs and outcomes, taking into account the impact that the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the planned activities. Gender, equity and inclusion are important cross-cutting themes and these will also be considered throughout.

The evaluation should  capture the lessons learnt, successes and challenges to inform Sightsavers Ireland’s wider programming design and decision making.

The final evaluation report will include specific recommendations for similar, future project designs, and identify any cross-cutting or organisational level lessons and key learning points for donors, partners, programme staff and global programme support teams.

Scope of evaluation

The Ireland Public Engagement part of the Irish Aid Programme Grant II is a six-year project ending 31st December 2022. However, due to specific donor requirements, this evaluation is to be completed by the end of 2021, a year before the end of project implementation. This will therefore be a formative evaluation. It will not attempt to determine the full results and impact of the project, but will assess emerging results and evidence of change to date.

The period the evaluation will cover is from the start of the project in January 2017 until the end of June 2021, and it will aim to consult key global, national and local level stakeholders, including participants where possible.


  • March 2021: Selection of Consultant(s)
  • April 2021: Planning Meetings
  • May 2021: Inception Report
  • June 2021: Data Collection
  • August 2021:  Draft Evaluation Report
  • October 2021: Final Evaluation Report

Profile of the consultant

Sightsavers is looking for a consultant to work remotely to conduct this evaluation. The consultant should have the following core competencies and experience:

  • Extensive experience in the monitoring and evaluation of communication and public engagement projects, with strong skills in both qualitative and quantitative approaches.
  • Prior evaluation experience of similar projects relating to public engagement, preferably in Ireland.
  • Ability to produce concise, readable and analytical reports.
  • Ability to work independently to meet deadlines.
  • Excellent communication skills in written and spoken English.


The expected number of person days for this assignment is up to 30 days, with a maximum available budget of EUR 15,000 to cover all personnel inputs, expenses and any applicable taxes.

How to apply

To express your interest to undertake this assignment, please read the full Terms of Referecne (ToR) and complete our Expression of Interest form (EOI) and attach it to your application, along with examples of previous similar work you have completed. This should include your understanding of the evaluation assignment, proposed approach and number of days input, as well as a proposed workplan and budget including daily rates for the assignment and any other anticipated expenses and applicable taxes.

Closing Date: 23:59 (UK time), Sunday 14th March 2021

Interviews will be held in the week commencing 22nd March 2021

Please note that only successful applicants will be contacted.


Sightsavers Head Office

35 Perrymount Road,
Haywards Heath,
West Sussex RH16 3BW

Postal Address

Bumpers Way,
Bumpers Farm,
Chippenham SN14 6NG

Sightsavers is an international charity that works in more than 30 countries around the world to eliminate avoidable blindness and support people with visual impairments to live independently. Sightsavers is headquartered in the UK and has over 400 employees. It also has branches in Norway, Sweden, Ireland, Italy, India, the United States and the United Arab Emirates.

Sightsavers works with partners in order to provide a comprehensive range of eye care services. In 2013, Sightsavers' projects provided eye health examinations for nearly 14 million people, performed 300,000 eye operations, and treated over 100 million people for neglected tropical diseases.

People are also referred for treatment to prevent blindness or restore sight. Through community volunteers in developing countries, Sightsavers distributes medication to prevent blinding diseases. The charity also trains eye care workers and surgeons and funds operations.

Of the 30 countries Sightsavers works in, 23 are in Africa. These include Mozambique, Mali, Liberia and Kenya. Sightsavers is also present in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Caribbean.

In addition to its medical work, Sightsavers works with partners in order to train specialist teaching staff and supply glasses, Braille kits and other learning tools. The charity aims to educate communities and reduce stigma around visual impairment and blindness. Through its work, people with visual impairments and other disabilities are supported to live independently, get an education and earn an income.

Sightsavers is also a campaigning organisation, working with national governments to tackle the root causes of avoidable blindness, such as lack of access to clean water and sanitation facilities. The charity’s ‘Put us in the Picture campaign calls on the international community to make global development inclusive of the world’s 800m people with disabilities. The campaign’s vision is for all people to have equal access to employment, education, healthcare and participation in society.

Backing up Sightsavers’ work around the world is a strong research capability. Research and policy work revolves around three priorities – health, education and social inclusion. Gathering and disseminating sound research evidence helps to ensure the charity’s programmes meet the needs of the people they are designed to serve. Research evidence is also a strong tool when advocating for policy changes with governments.

Sightsavers has many partners that assist with its aim of eliminating avoidable blindness and may also provide funding. Partners include the UK government’s Department for International Development, the European Union and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Read our latest article on Third Sector: Sightsavers: Work for an award-winning charity tackling blindness worldwide

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01444 446600
35 Perrymount Road,
Haywards Heath,
RH16 3BW
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