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Restricted procedure: Mid-Term Review of the Danish Neighbourhood Programme 2017-21

24.06.2019  08:22
Deadline for applications: 9 July 2019, at 14:00, Danish time 

Description:
Background:
The Danish Neighbourhood Programme 2017-2021 (DANEP) was approved by the Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs in November 2017 and officially launched in Ukraine and Georgia during a visit by Minister in February 2018. During the programme period, 2017-2021, new development engagements will be committed annually. Thus, some of the engagements under the two country programs may continue well beyond 2021, in some cases to 2025. 

DANEP builds on and continues Danish engagements with Ukraine and Georgia (bilaterally as well as in multinational fora, including EU, NATO, UN, secondments, OSCE, etc.) with concrete, reform-enhancing activities in the two countries. In addition, DANEP complements other Danish collaboration with Ukraine and Georgia, including through the Peace and Stability Programme (FSP), Strategic Partnerships Agreements  with Danish civil society organisations, the Investment Fund for Developing Countries (IFU), the Trade Council (TC), Danish Confederation of Industries (DI), Danida Business Finance, etc.

The DANEP programme’s Theory of Change defines the overall objectives as “leading to more peaceful and stable countries, contributing to the UN SDGs, and paving the way for future opportunities for cooperation with Denmark beyond traditional development assistance.” The programme document highlights the pursuit of the below three interests: i) values (human rights, democracy, peace and stability through, i.a., development cooperation); ii) economic diplomacy and market opportunities (enhanced economic diplomacy to promote commercial relations, including in strategic areas as energy efficiency, renewable energy and green technology); and iii) public diplomacy (confirming Denmark and Europe as reliable partners in the region).

The Programme has two thematic objectives:
• Promoting human rights and democracy;
• Strengthening sustainable and inclusive economic growth.

DANEP has a total budget of DKK 860 million, with DKK 476 million allocated for Ukraine and DKK 205 million for Georgia. The Programme also entails DKK 170 million for secondments of experts and an allocation of DKK 9 million for reviews, technical assistance, communication as well as monitoring and evaluation. 

In preparation of the MTR, a number a number of studies, technical reviews and consultation with partners have been carried out. This data will inform the review. 

Objective:
The objective of the MTR will be to review ongoing engagements, and advise on planned activities and provide considerations and recommendation for a possible new phase of DANEP.

Scope:
The MTR will assess relevant strategies and DANEP documents and conduct interviews with actors in Denmark, Ukraine and Georgia. This includes staff at the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, programme partners, external partners, civils society organisations, private sector companies and associations as well as government officials and institutions in Ukraine and Georgia. The MTR will undertake a mission to Ukraine and Georgia of one week each to meet stakeholders in the two countries.

In preparation of the MTR, a number a number of studies, technical reviews and consultation with partners have been carried out. This data will inform the review.

Methods and timing: Kick-off / Inception Phase (desk analysis): Late August - mid September 2019. September - October 2019: Key informant interviews and mission to Ukraine and Georgia (one week each), tentative planned for week 38 and 41. Ultimo October 2019: Reporting.

Review Team and approximate inputs in hours: 
External consultant; Democracy, human rights and civil society (224 hours);
External consultant; Sustainable and inclusive growth (224 hours);
Two external local consultants, Ukraine (80 hours + 80 hours);
Two external local consultants, Georgia (80 hours + 80 hours).
The external consultants team will work under TQS/MFA leadership.

Deadline for applications: 9 July 2019, at 14:00, Danish time

The standard application form should be used. Applications not using the standard form may be rejected. Applications received after the deadline shall be rejected.

Download application form here.

Contact point: Technical Quality Support, MFA
Name of Programme Officer: Jens Fugl
E-mail address, Programme Officer: jenfug@um.dk
Telephone of Programme Officer: +45 3392 0000

Criteria for selection:
A minimum of three and a maximum of five applicants with references best suited for this assignment will be invited to submit a tender.