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GlobalGiving's Evaluation Program

The GlobalGiving Evaluation Program is designed for skilled individuals with international work/travel experience. GlobalGiving seeks pro-active, positive people looking to challenge themselves, learn new skills, and apply their knowledge to make practical, sustained impact on the ground.

This program was the best experience of my life. I could not have imagined how much I would learn, how much I was challenged and how much I would grow. You cannot regret doing this program.
— Ella, Project Evaluator 2015

GlobalGiving’s Evaluation Program trains skilled volunteers to become Project Evaluators, who visit our partner organizations around the world for two to ten weeks.

Recruited, professionally trained, and supported from GlobalGiving’s UK office, Project Evaluators have the opportunity to increase their knowledge, confidence and skills in working with nonprofits. Project Evaluators take on an important role at GlobalGiving. During their experience they:

  • Directly engage and learn from diverse nonprofit organizations working on important development issues in a specific country/region;
  • Develop their evaluation and assessment skills;
  • Enhance their own organizational and time management skills;
  • Obtain invaluable work experience that can help start a new career or enhance their current role;
  • Enhance their professional communication skills, working across linguistic and cultural boundaries; and
  • Appreciate and engage with other cultures and perspectives.

What Does a Project Evaluator Do?

Traveling for a minimum of two weeks and a maximum of ten weeks, Project Evaluators complete in-depth organizational assessments and communications working collaboratively with GlobalGiving partners all over the world. These assessments help our partners promote their work to new audiences, access relevant professional support and improve their effectiveness for the long term.

Prior to their visits, volunteers review the project partner’s existing materials and activities on GlobalGiving and liaise directly with the organizations to plan the visit for maximum value. Partner visits consist of interviews, observations, text based research, analysis, and report writing.

Before carrying out assessments, volunteers:

  • Receive six days of professional, intensive training and individual one-to-one support held between March and June. This includes training on soft and technical skills to successfully complete organizational evaluation, discussions with external experts and practical exercises;
  • Receive one-to-one expert support preparing them for the projects they will visit;
  • Conduct research on the organization to help with visit planning and to ensure clarity on priority areas covered;
  • Generate bespoke itineraries through communicating with the partner projects they will visit.
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During the Evaluation Program, volunteers:

  • Conduct interviews with staff members and volunteers;
  • Identify training and support needs;
  • Ensure a good assessment of a project's transparency and effectiveness, including: past and projected impact, financial transparency, governance, staff and volunteer development, fundraising, networking and administration;
  • Support partners to improve their communications with current and prospective donors;
  • Write a high quality external audit report for each partner visited, ensuring the highest level of professionalism;
  • Increase awareness of GlobalGiving and the partners visited through digital media content. This includes writing a blog and social media;
  • Share detailed knowledge and skills in maximizing the utility of GlobalGiving to successfully raise funds for our incredible project partners; and
  • Carry out a fundraising and communications workshop for non-profit organizations. (Training and support is provided by GlobalGiving to help ensure these are fun and effective for all!).

After the Evaluation Program, volunteers:

  • Finalise the professional audit report produced with the dedicated Evaluation Program Coordinator, sending this to the partner as soon as possible;
  • Attend an individual and group debrief session to share learning, experiences and recommendations for the Program; and
  • Join the GlobalGiving Alumni network (if they wish).
The training is superb (better than my Master’s degree in Development!) and working with the non-profit partners to understand their work and explore practical opportunities for growth was formidable.
— Tessa, Project Evaluator 2015

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How Do I Become A GlobalGiving Project Evaluator?

The Project Evaluator Program is designed for skilled, pro-active, positive individuals (21 years and above). We encourage applicants from all professional backgrounds and work experiences to apply. Whether you are early in your career, in between roles, established at a senior level or looking for something different and challenging, you can play an important role in directly assisting local nonprofits around the world. To become a GlobalGiving Evaluator please apply here.

Accepted applicants must be available for in-person training sessions which take place in London, UK, over three weekends (in March, April, and June). Additional one-to-one support sessions are usually done in person but can be done remotely over Skype. Project Evaluators then travel overseas for two to ten weeks between June and November.

Want to learn more about our Evaluators? Take a look at our previous volunteer profiles here.

There is a required project contribution of £700 for those who are accepted into this program. This covers intensive professional training pre-departure and project coordination and support while in the field. Project Evaluators are required to cover their own accommodation, flights, insurance, vaccinations and other in-country expenses.

The deadline for 2018 applications is January 31, 2018. Click on the button below to access more details and apply. Have more questions? Check out our FAQs or email hhiscock@globalgiving.org or svernet@globalgiving.org.

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