EVALUATION SPECIALIST ( SRI LANKAN NATIONALS ONLY)
||Colombo with travel to outstations, SRI LANKA
|Application Deadline :||21-Jun-12|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||One Month|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||One Month|
|The United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security is supporting the three year (2010-2013) Integrated Programme for Empowering Conflict Affected Communities to Rebuild Their Lives in North and East Sri Lanka (ECAC) jointly through ILO, UNDP, and UNICEF. This joint effort focuses on Vavuniya and Batticaloa districts and ensures that synergies and complementarities between the three agencies are realized to increase the impact in target communities. UNDP is the Administrative Agency for the ECAC and responsible for overall coordination.
UNDP, as the Administrative Agency, is looking to contract an Independent Consultant, an Evaluation Specialist, to undertake the Mid-Term Review of this joint project.
To this effect, the United Nations Development Programme in Sri Lanka invites qualified and eligible local/national consultants to submit applications. The profile of the Evaluation Specialist is given in the detailed Terms of Reference (TOR) attached herewith below and also contains all information related to the position, functions & key results expected, competencies, qualifications along with other application requirements.
The Integrated Programme for Empowering Conflict Affected Communities to Rebuild Their Lives in North and East Sri Lanka (ECAC) is a joint programme implemented by ILO, UNDP, and UNICEF (2010-2013) and funded by the UN Human Security Trust Fund. The programme initially focused on Vavuniya and Batticaloa districts, and was later extended to include parts of Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu also.
Through adopting a human security approach, the programme aims to ensure a comprehensive early recovery response by the UN to address vulnerabilities faced by women and children in formerly conflict affected Districts. The programme’s focus is on strengthening the institutions that can protect these people and help them to feel safe while at the same time working with them to ensure they can stand on their own – accessing services and building sustainable livelihoods.
By bringing UNICEF, UNDP and ILO together under one umbrella, the programme aims to achieve greater effectiveness through more coordinated planning, harmonization of activities and realisation of synergies.
UNDP is the Administrative Agency for the ECAC and responsible for overall coordination. The agencies work closely with a range of partners at the Colombo and District level, including line Ministries, District Secretariats, Probation Officers, Legal Aid Providers, the Registrar General and NGOs.
Duties and Responsibilities
By 2012 communities and individuals, especially women, children, IDPs and returnees, in Vavuniya and Batticaloa districts have greater access to legal support and child protection service: Output 1: Village heads, women community leaders and CBOs in Vavuniya and Batticaloa are better able to advise community members on accessing protection and justice sector services for common grievances
Output 2: Legal aid services are available at the village level in Vavuniya and Batticaloa
- # of villages with paralegal services in place and focusing on needs of women and children;
- # of villages with legal literacy programmes in place and focusing on needs of women and children.
Output 3: Civil administration and Armed forces in Vavuniya and Batticaloa are better able to monitor, advocate and enforce child protection standards
- # of clients to legal aid offices and legal aid clinics Frequency with which legal aid clinics are organised in priority Divisions.
# of children assisted at community level through probation officers; # of children assisted at community level through child friendly activities;
Output 4: Communities have basic documents (ID cards, birth, death and marriage certificates etc) allowing them to move freely and access to basic services.
- By 2012 communities and individuals, especially women, children, IDPs and returnees, in Vavuniya and Batticaloa districts have greater access to family/social support networks and livelihood programmes.
Output 5: Reintegration support provided for children leaving armed groups and returning to their communities.
- # of people issued with basic documents through services supported by project.
- # of children provided with reunification support (education, vocational training, psychosocial support).
Output 6: Livelihoods provided for women and children in conflict affected communities
- # of people who pass through vocational training programmes and are gainfully employed or employed in family enterprises after six months.
The mid-term review will review the performance of the project from October 2010 to June 2012, identify achievements, constraints, best practices and lessons learned and provide forward looking recommendations for how efficiency, relevance and effectiveness can be strengthened for the final year.
In particular the review should include an:
- Output Analysis - the relevance of and progress made in terms of the project outputs;
- Assessment of the Human Security approach- How far has human security been promoted
- Review of the impact of a ‘joint programming’ approach – how has the joint programme approach impacted on agency links and coordination, and how did this affect the results
- Review of how the special needs of vulnerable women and children have been understood and addressed?
- Whether the outputs can be credibly linked to the achievement of specific objectives?
- Can it be ensured that the objectives will be reached and maintained after the completion of this project?
Expected Output of the Mid-term Review:
- Phase 1: Document Review, Preparation for Field Work, Refinement of Review Design;
- Phase 2: Field Work;
- Phase 3: Presentation of Findings, Report Preparation and Finalization.
Key Outputs of the Evaluation Specialist:
The Evaluation Specialist will work for the achievement of the following outputs.
Key outputs by phase of work will include:
- Inception Report including the review design, methodology, and review work plan.
- Detailed list of additional documents or other information requirements;
- Consolidated data set from field visits and key informant interviews;
- Presentation of initial findings.
- Presentation of findings;
- Draft review report;
- Final review report.
The mid-term review report should at a minimum include the following contents:
- Executive summary of the review;
- Description of the review methodology;
- Review (Analysis of outputs, implementation of human security approach, joint programming and targeting of women and children);
- Key findings (achievements, constraints, etc), including lessons learned and best practices;
- Conclusions and Recommendations;
- Annexes: ToR, work plan, charts, field visit reports, lists of officials/beneficiaries consulted, documents reviewed, etc.
The review will commence On 1 July 2012, and will be for the duration of 1 month. The final implementation plan for the review will be determined in concert with UNDP Sri Lanka at the beginning of the consultancy, but it is expected that the final Review Report should be delivered by 1 August 2012. Responsibilities:
The Evaluation Specialist will have overall responsibility for the quality and timely submission of the final review report to UNDP. Specifically he/she will perform the following tasks:
- Manage the review;
- Design the detailed review scope, methodology and approach;
- Conduct the output review in accordance with the proposed objective and scope of the review;
- Prepare and present a briefing to ILO, UNDP and UNICEF and other interested parties on initial findings;
- Draft and communicate the review report;
- Finalize the evaluation report in English, based on feedback received, and submit it to UNDP.
- Good understanding of how development assistance works in Sri Lanka;
- Extensive knowledge of result-based management evaluation, as well as participatory monitoring and evaluation methodologies and approaches;
- Demonstrated analytical, communication and report writing skills;
- Excellent interviewing skills, including at high levels;
- Interpersonal communications skills to work with target group representatives;
- Sound knowledge and understanding of gender and conflict sensitivity, and social inclusion; and
- Fluency in written and spoken English. Knowledge of Sinhala and/or Tamil essential.
Required Skills and Experience
- Higher education in Law, Development Studies, Sociology or related field.
- Minimum 10 years of professional experience, including experience in evaluation.
- Fluency in written and spoken English. Knowledge of Sinhala and/or Tamil essential.
Interested individual consultants or institutions must submit the following documents/Information to demonstrate their qualifications and experience.
All support documents and the financial module below must be part of the detailed CV and uploaded as one document.
- CV of consultant or nominated resource personnel including past experience in similar exercises;
- Examples and proof of similar work undertaken and successfully delivered within the last 3-5 years;
- Contact numbers of two non-related referees;
- Detailed financial proposal in Sri Lankan Rupees (LKR) with a clear indication of all inclusive fee per day (to include consultancy fee/honorarium/stationery/admin costs etc. All Inclusive Fee Per day (LKR); VAT (12%) ( If Applicable); Other (please specify).
Evaluation Specialist Fees per day LKR;-------------------------------------------------- in words;
- The applicant must factor in all possible costs in his/her financial proposal including his/her monthly consultancy fee, honorarium, additional HR cost (as required) such as translators and field assistants, communication cost such as telephone usage, printing cost, and stationary, and any other foreseeable costs in this exercise;
- The consultants/organizations are responsible for arranging their transportation, accommodation and other costs for any travel to the field (if required to) including driver, accommodation, fuel, and vehicle). The estimated transportation/accommodation cost (daily rate) should be submitted to UNDP for approval and endorsement prior to conducting the field work in order for it to be reimbursed by UNDP upon return from the field;
- Payments of the proposed fees to the consultants are based upon delivery of the services and products specified in the TOR;
- No costs other than what has been indicated in the financial proposal will be paid or reimbursed to the consultant or institution.
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.