Call for proposals: Support for Child and Youth Protection Initiatives in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) - Assessment criteria

All applications submitted to DFATD must meet the eleven (11) main criteria listed below. Some links may direct you to policies and material published by the former Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). Policies that relate to international development assistance continue to apply in the context of assessing proposals submitted to DFATD.

DFATD will rate the applications based on the following criteria:

1.0 Rationale for the initiative

  • Development challenges in relation to local needs are described comprehensively and clearly.
  • There is evidence that the various stakeholders support the implementation of the initiative.
  • There is evidence that community representatives and/or other stakeholders have participated in the design and development of the initiative.
  • There is evidence that the applicant has incorporated lessons learned and best practices into the design and development of the initiative, and that crosscutting themes have been incorporated into these steps (where identified as being relevant by the applicant).

2.0 Managing for results and responding to risks

  • The logic model meets the specifications for the associated logic model structure: clear and measurable output and outcome statements, and a clear relationship between each level of the logic model.
  • The narrative description of the logic model is clear and understandable (with an understandable demonstration of linkages between each level of the logic model and flow from one level to the next).
  • There is a clear description of how environment, gender equality and governance are integrated into the logic model (where identified as being relevant by the applicant).
  • The preliminary performance measurement framework meets the specifications set out in the application form: completeness, feasibility and achievability. This includes, but is not limited to, the presence of gender-disaggregated indicators.
  • There is a clear and understandable listing and description of priority key risks as they apply to the outcomes identified in the logic model, including the integration of environment, gender equality and governance themes (where identified as being relevant by the applicant).
  • The proposed mitigation measures and risk rating are feasible and realistic.
  • The way in which each risk level (low or high) will be managed over the implementation phase.

3.0 Initiative plan

  • The plan of activities is clear, realistic and complete, and the activities clearly demonstrate how anticipated results in the logic model are to be achieved.
  • The schedule (that is, the sequencing) is appropriate and realistic.
  • The management systems are comprehensively described, with evidence that the applicant (organization) rigorously applies monitoring and management approaches and that the organization is capable of addressing any challenges that arise.

4.0 Environmental sustainability

  • Key positive and negative environmental effects are identified.
  • Corresponding mitigation and enhancement measures are comprehensive, appropriate, and financially and technically feasible.
  • The applicant adequately and clearly demonstrates sufficient capacity (e.g. processes, financial and human resources) to ensure implementation of the measures identified.
  • The identified measures have been incorporated into the initiative's design and planning (e.g. activity, indicator, budget).

5.0 Gender equality

  • The listing of gender equality issues is complete and practical.
  • Measures identified by the applicant that will contribute to one or more of the three objectives of the Policy on Gender Equality are clear and relevant.

6.0 Governance

  • Governance issues and reasons why the initiative will help DFATD to fulfill its commitment to governance are appropriate and comprehensive.
  • Governance considerations have been incorporated into the design, development, implementation and follow-up of the initiative.
  • The brief description of key human rights issues is complete and relevant. Mitigation measures proposed to address any human rights concerns are appropriate and sufficient.

7.0 Sustainability of results

  • Measures for addressing obstacles to and opportunities for local ownership (as defined in the Paris Declaration) are realistic.
  • Strategies and efforts could strengthen local capacities and ensure that the initiative will be sustainable, particularly with respect to financial viability.
  • The application convincingly demonstrates that local partners and participants could eventually assume full responsibility for maintaining the outcomes.
  • There is a clear description of the interactions that need to occur with other development actors or institutions to successfully implement the initiative.
  • The capacity development plan is clear and complete.
  • The description of strategies and the efforts for ensuring the sustainability of results are practical, realistic and comprehensive.
  • The capacity development plan is reflected in the logic model (outcome level).

8.0 Financial information

  • Budget forecasts are complete and well-structured, and show a clear link between components of the application form (e.g. activities in the logic model) and the integration of all relevant initiative considerations (e.g. gender equality).
  • The implementation approach is appropriate and the cost of carrying out the work is realistic.
  • The scope of the initiative justifies the funding requested.
  • Expenses are complete, well described and eligible (see Annex 2 for a description of eligible and ineligible costs).
  • Team membership is consistent with the initiative’s requirements and includes skills for environment and gender equality (where these have been identified by the applicant as being relevant).

9.0 Organizational ability relevant to the initiative

  • The organization demonstrates the ability (expertise and experience) required to carry out the initiative.
  • The local capacity in the areas of finance, technical issues, results-based monitoring, procurement, human resources and other expertise required to deliver activities and outcomes is clearly demonstrated.
  • The local capacity to manage environment, gender equality and governance themes (where identified as being relevant by the applicant) is clearly demonstrated.
  • Initiative examples demonstrate significant and relevant technical expertise and successes in delivering results in previous initiatives.
  • The assessments indicate acceptable or excellent performance.

10.0 Participation of children and youth

  • The perspective of children and youth has been taken into account in the planning, implementation, monitoring and assessment of the initiative.

11.0 Strengthening of a systems approach to child protection

  • The initiative is consistent with the DRC government’s objectives and priorities, and complies with standards established in the social services and child protection sector.
  • The initiative proposes an integrated approach that builds on a number of aspects of the national child protection framework (e.g. mechanisms, laws, and coordination between formal and informal stakeholders in the sector).
  • The initiative involves various relevant actors (e.g. family, community, teachers and the relevant ministries at the local, provincial and national levels).
  • The initiative helps to achieve the ultimate outcome and the three intermediate outcomes defined by DFATD.