Terms of Reference: SVRI Strategic Plan Mid-Term Evaluation

Closing date: 14 October 2021
SVRI is seeking a consultant with extensive experience in institutional programme evaluations to undertake a midterm evaluation to assess achievements and outcomes and areas for improvement in the delivery of the SVRIs Strategic Plan.

Terms of Reference: SVRI Strategic Plan Mid-Term Evaluation


The Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) is the world’s largest network on research on violence against women (VAW) and violence against children (VAC), providing a space where global role players in the field connect with one another, share and promote their research, work to influence policies and improve the lives of those who have experienced violence driven by gender inequality. We do this through funding researchstrengthening research capacity, promoting partnerships and influencing change. The SVRI is a feminist, women led, non-profit organisation under South African law (SVRI NPC 2019/197466/08).  SVRIs Strategic Plan for the period 2020 – 2024 was launched in September 2019. Four key pillars underscore our strategy:

  • Building evidence: Through our granting making activities, SVRI works to advance evidence and evidence uptake on key priority areas for research on VAW and VAC. Projects are selected through an open call for proposals, guided by clear selection criteria and expert peer review processes. Research priorities for the field are also identified through inclusive, participatory processes facilitated by SVRI and partners.
  • Strengthening capacity: Strengthening research capacity of our grant recipients and SVRI members is central to our work. SVRI delivers annual workshops alongside ongoing support to SVRI research grant recipients. All training is done by researchers and experts, primarily from low and middle-income countries. Funding is also used to support SVRI Forum activities and bursaries.
  • Promoting partnerships: SVRI plays an important role as a knowledge broker in the field and works to promote discussion, debate, collaboration, innovation, and sharing of insight on what does and does not work. The SVRI  disseminates research resources and materials via our listserv, website and other social networking platforms, and is developing a virtual knowledge exchange platform to provide online opportunities for engagement across sectors. We also host the largest event of the field, SVRI Forum, every two – three years bringing together the field to share, learn and connect.
  • Influencing change: Through this pillar, the SVRI advocates for more and better funding to be made available for research on VAW and VAC in LMICs. This is done through developing tools to guide better funding and raising funds for grant-making.

Evaluation purpose

The overall aim of this evaluation is to assess the SVRI’s mid-term performance against the overall programme outcomes as described in the strategic plan. The evaluation is also intended to identify challenges, opportunities and lessons learned and make recommendations that the SVRI will use to improve and strengthen our work. More specifically to:

  • Evaluate the implementation of programme activities against the Strategic Plan.
  • Assess how the activities and project outputs are viewed and used by SVRI partners, including researchers, practitioners, and funders, particularly in LMICs.
  • Assess the extent to which the programme has contributed towards the achievement of its strategic outcomes.
  • Make recommendations for strengthening the SVRIs work moving forward.
  • Development of a communications package for dissemination of findings for different audiences.

Scope of work

SVRI is seeking to hire a consultant with extensive experience in institutional programme evaluations to undertake a midterm evaluation to assess achievements and outcomes and areas for improvement in the delivery of the SVRIs Strategic Plan. Period to be evaluated is from September 2019 – February 2022.

Proposed data collection methods

  • Assess achievements on activity and output indicators. Data sources will include figures provided by the SVRI staff, as well as in working documents.
  • Assess coherence, effectiveness, efficiency and relevance on outcome measures, through in-depth interviews (online) with key stakeholders by using a pre-defined in depth interview guide
  • Sampling for in-depth interviews with key stakeholders should be provided. Following are key stakeholders of the SVRI:
    • SVRI funding partners. (e.g. Sida, Population Council, Oak, Wellspring Philanthropic Fund),
    • Experts in international organizations who have a key role in raising awareness on violence against women and violence against children. (e.g. SVRI staff; Board and Leadership Council members and partners),
    • Policy-makers at global and regional level with potential to provide evidence-informed response to VAW and VAC in LMICs. (SVRI Leadership Council members and partners; SVRI beneficiaries)
    • Sample of Researchers and practitioners who are members of the SVRI listserv SVRI help desk
    • Grant recipients
    • Forum participants
  • Other sources of information:
    • SVRI donor reports and updates
    • SVRI help desk: A sample of requests to SVRI Help Desk address should also be analysed and assessed in terms of content and response.


The maximum budget for this is evaluation is 50,000 USD, which must cover all costs linked with the activity.

Deliverables and Timeframe



Inception report

Nov 2022

Data collection

Dec 2022

Draft report for review

Feb 2022

Submission of final report and products

Mar 2022

Required education, experience and competencies of the team

  • Advanced university degree in M&E, Social Sciences, Development, Public Health, or a related field. 
  • Extensive experience in conducting programme evaluations for organisations/networks with a global profile and footprint.
  • Experience in research and programming on violence against women / gender based violence / violence against children is preferred.
  • Experience in analysing secondary data and collecting and analysing qualitative data.
  • Experience of working in multicultural contexts.
  • Strong analytical, strategic thinking and planning skills and ability to work independently under tight deadlines.
  • Excellent writing and strong communication skills.
  • Proficiency in English. Working knowledge of Spanish and French would be an advantage.
  • Preference will be given to consultants from LMICs.

Application Process

Interested candidates must submit:

  • An expression of interest / motivational cover letter highlighting evidence of how the candidate demonstrates the required competencies listed above
  • A Curriculum Vitae showing experience relevant to the consultancy
  • A technical proposal detailing (please do not merely copy-paste from the ToR):
    • Understanding/Interpretation of the ToR
    • Key resources and approaches that will inform all activities in this project
    • A financial proposal specifying the daily rate of the consultant (s) and the total number of days proposed for the consultancy.  Unless the consultant/s are based in South Africa, the budget should be provided in USD.
    • 3 References.
  • The proposal and supporting documents must be submitted in English.
  • Candidates will be invited to a video conference interview at the end of the technical evaluation process.

The proposal and required documents must be sent by email to elizabeth@svri.org no later than 14 October 2021 (midnight, South Africa time). Interviews with shortlisted applicants will be scheduled as soon as possible.

ANNEX 1: Programme outcomes




A caring and nurturing field where knowledge is shared and people collaborate and support each other

Participation in the Forum and rating of caring/nurturing atmosphere


Member requests to share information via SVRI channels (e.g., listserv, social media, website)


Qualitative feedback and reflections on knowledge sharing and supportive atmosphere of the field

SVRI Forum reviews include a measure on nurturing/caring atmosphere collected every 2 years at the end of the Forum within Forum feedback forms

Ongoing log of member requests to share information reported quarterly


Reflections from SVRI members and partners collected biannually


Baseline: 2018 SVRI Review and Forum reports

An increase in innovations tested by strong research designs for improved VAW responses and prevention

Number of interventions with good evidence that are cited in SVRI or other rigorous evidence reviews

Number of innovations tested within SVRI-supported projects

Conduct evidence reviews including existing review briefs, SVRI-supported annual project reports and outputs

Baseline: Existing evidence reviews that summarise the current evidence-base

An increase in the number of LMIC-based researchers doing rigorous, impactful and innovative research on VAW and VAC in LMICs

Number of LMIC researchers participating in SVRI-lead capacity strengthening through grants, mentorship, and online learning events (e.g., webinars) 

Capacity assessments of SVRI-supported LMIC researchers collected annually

Participation of LMIC researchers in online learning events collected during each event

Baseline: SVRI currently supports 5 grants per year

More resources mobilised and used effectively for VAW and VAC research and evidence-based practice in LMICs

Amount of total grant funding provided to LMIC researchers

Grant funding through SVRI reported annually

Baseline: SVRI provides up to $500,000 per year in grants to LMIC researchers

Download the pdf version of the TOR here.