RFP Evaluation Consultant for OCASI’s Building Leadership Capacity to Address Gender-Based Violence against Non-Status, Refugee, and Immigrant Women across Canada Project

Deadline date: 
Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 11:45pm
Fixed date
RFP status: 

About OCASI:

The Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) acts as a collective voice for immigrant and refugee-serving organizations and coordinates response to shared needs and concerns. OCASI is a registered charity governed by a volunteer board of directors. OCASI’s membership is comprised of over 240 community-based organizations in Ontario.

Project Overview

The Building Leadership Capacity to Address Gender-Based Violence against Non-Status, Refugee, and Immigrant (NSRI) Women across Canada project is a 5-year project funded by the Department for Women and Gender Equality (formerly Status of Women Canada) / Government of Canada. The project is led by the OCASI – Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants in partnership with four civil society organizations working across not-for-profit, education, and grassroots community-based sectors to address Gender-Based Violence (GBV).

The primary objective of this project is to build the leadership capacity of NSRI women to shape and inform policies and services addressing GBV. We recognize that NSRI women constitute a diverse group with intersecting identities across race, ethnicity, class, age, sexuality, gender identity, ability, etc. At the same time, there are structural barriers that NSRI women have in common, which impact their access to safety, healing, and freedom from GBV. Our approach engages NSRI women as leaders in developing solutions to GBV – solutions that address structural barriers while accounting for the diversity of NSRI women’s experiences and communities. To develop the leadership capacity of NSRI women, our project combines two promising practices currently being developed by our project partners:

  • A peer champions program that uses popular education to build leadership capacity and foster connections between NSRI women
  • A community advocacy network (CAN) strategy, which establishes grassroots networks among NSRI survivors, service providers, and other civil society leaders, in order to build community capacity for developing survivor-led, evidence-based solutions to GBV

Evaluation is a core component of this project. The purpose of the Evaluation Consultant position is to design, support and complete the evaluation and validation of project outcomes.

Scope of the project

We are seeking a third-party evaluator to serve as an Evaluation Consultant to design, support and complete the evaluation of a five-year (2019-2024) project addressing gender based violence against non-status, refugee and immigrant women across Canada funded by the Federal Department of Women and Gender Equality. The Evaluation Consultant will be responsible for updating the initial evaluation framework developed as part of the funding application, developing evaluation tools and conducting ongoing evaluation to validate the project’s outcomes. Working closely with the Project Coordinators and Project Advisory Team, the Evaluation Consultant will be responsible for developing evaluation tools and a comprehensive evaluation plan to ensure the project meets its measures in a timely fashion. The Evaluation Consultant will also be responsible for on-going progress monitoring and providing formative and summative evaluations. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Evaluation design:
    • Review and adjust results measurement plan and evaluation plan according to needs assessment
    • Design and develop evaluation tools according to evaluation metrics
    • Develop a comprehensive evaluation timeline
  • Data collection/Data entry and management
    • Review and adjust data collection plan, data collection sources and data collection instruments
    • Assist in the development of data entry/management procedures
  • Progress monitoring
    • Report the extent to which the project is progressing toward attaining its objectives and yearly benchmarks.
  • Formative evaluations
    • Tracking and reporting how well the projects goals and strategies are being implemented.
  • Summative evaluations
    • Reporting on the effectiveness of the project in achieving its goals and intended impact
    • Conducting analysis of annual data collected by community partners to facilitate reporting
    • Validate evaluation of annual project outcomes
    • Support development of sustainability and transition planning process

    Request for Proposal

    Proposals should not exceed 5 pages (double spaced, 12 pt., Times New Roman) and must include:

    • A summary of the applicant’s proposed approach, which should include a description of evaluation design considerations, anticipated evaluation instruments and data collection methods
    • A strategic plan to work collaboratively with project coordinators and project advisory teams
    • A detailed work plan identifying and outlining activities to be completed and related timelines
    • A summary relevant qualifications and experience


    A total budget will not exceed $40,000.00 (which includes HST and travel costs)

    Qualifications Required:

    • Knowledge and understanding of GBV in Immigrant Refugee Communities;
    • Knowledge and understanding of GBV+, trauma-informed, culturally safe approaches to GBV
    • Extensive experience related to applied research with community-based initiatives and/or government-funded projects;
    • Proven experience conducting third-party evaluation and proven track record of conducting evaluations of a similar scope
    • Understanding of equity and access issues as they pertain to immigrants, refugees, newcomers and racialized communities
    • Demonstrated experience in integrating anti-oppression and intersectionality frameworks into social campaigns, policies and practices

    Please submit your applications by August 15, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

    OCASI Hiring Committee – Building Leadership Capacity GBV Evaluation Consultant RFP

    E-mail: gethired@ocasi.org

    Please put the following in the subject line: PEER-CAN Evaluation Consultant RFP.

    Thank you to all applicants however only short-listed individuals/organizations will be contacted.