Following a successful phase I of the Evaluation Management Services (EMS) framework contract, NIRAS continues to support the evaluation function of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland’s Development Evaluation Unit in the second phase (EMS II). The framework contract comprises the implementation of strategic level and policy evaluations. But evaluations encompassing multiple countries or programmes, commissioned by other units at the Ministry, are increasingly being channelled through EMS II. In addition, the services include an evaluation Help Desk that different departments and units can turn to when they plan project-level evaluations.
A number of evaluations are predicted under EMS II which runs from June 2020 to June 2022 with a possibility of extension to 2024.