In 2014, apprehensions of unaccompanied migrant children (UMC) along the U.S.-Mexico border increased, bringing greater attention to the migrants’ countries of origin – El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras – and the conditions contributing to large-scale irregular migration. In response to the humanitarian emergency at the border, the Obama administration initiated efforts in these three countries in the following key areas: combating gang violence and strengthening citizen security, spurring economic development, and improving capacity to receive and reintegrate returned families and children. Under this initiative, USAID funded the Comprehensive Assistance to Returning Families and Unaccompanied Children in the Northern Triangle of Central America project, which IOM implemented from September 2014 through July 2016. Under this project, IOM provided post-arrival, humanitarian assistance to returnees and strengthened capacity of state institutions to receive migrants and address their most urgent needs.
Building upon these efforts, USAID and IOM continued their partnership under the framework of a contribution agreement with Return and Reintegration in the Northern Triangle (R&R), a three-year project implemented in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. The project began in June 2016 and ends in December 2019. In addition to continuing post-arrival assistance at reception centers, this project focuses on strengthening reintegration mechanisms to address the economic, social, and psychosocial barriers faced by returning migrants. Utilizing a whole-of-government approach, IOM works with various ministries and in communities of return to facilitate reintegration efforts. The project’s objective is to contribute to the dignified, holistic, and sustainable return and reintegration of children and families in the Northern Triangle of Central America through four main outcomes:
1) Returning migrants benefit from post-arrival assistance in their countries of origin.
2) Improved provision of reintegration services by public and private stakeholders.
3) Local and national stakeholders have enhanced capacity to provide sustainable reintegration.
4) Migration, child protection, and other relevant stakeholders generate and use data for polices, programs, and actions.
While the outcomes apply to the three countries, the activities were adapted to the context of each country, allowing for a more flexible approach to working towards the project’s goals. Since the project began in June 2016, return flows from North America to the region have fluctuated; in April 2017 the number of returning migrant to the three countries dipped to a low of 7,834 and in June 2019 reached a high of 31,669.
To this effect, IOM El Salvador intends to assess the R&R project in the form of a summative, final evaluation. A consultancy firm or individual consultant is required to conduct the evaluation.
- Lead evaluator should have advanced degree in Social Sciences from an accredited academic institution.
- Minimum five years of experience in project evaluation.
- Proven experience in participatory approach will be advantageous.
- Demonstrated knowledge of Northern Triangle of Central America context, particularly related to migration.
- Demonstrated knowledge in evaluation and writing comprehensive reports.
- Technical competencies in: evaluation design, data collection, data analysis (qualitative and quantitative), drafting and editing, computer skills (including if necessary statistical software), communication skills
- Time management skills
- Cross-cultural awareness and sensitivity
- Fluency in Spanish and English is required. (In Guatemala, the use of interpreters to speak with non-Spanish speakers may be necessary.)
The evaluation must follow IOM Data Protection Principles, UNEG norms and standards for evaluations, and relevant ethical guidelines. Please see complete Terms of Reference here.