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IC-070/21 - International consultancy: Final project evaluation (Headway Project)
|Location :||Home based, IRAQ|
|Application Deadline :||06-Sep-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||2 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||2 months|
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.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
Almost ten years after the beginning of the Syria conflict, United Nations agencies and NGOs have warned that the situation of Syrian refugees and their host communities is becoming increasingly critical. According to the latest Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) estimates, more than 10 million people – including more than 5.5 million Syrian refugees and 4.8 million members of their host communities – need urgent support. This is the highest number of people in need in these countries since the crisis began, against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic and tough socio-economic conditions. In addition, the number of those in Iraq who remain internally displaced in 2020 is 1.35 million people (70% of which have remained displaced for over three years) with 4.1 million still in need of humanitarian assistance.
Since the Covid-19 outbreak, restrictions on movement and enterprise affected the economy and put increasing pressures on governorates and municipalities and forced them to re-adjust priorities – which strained the relationship between state and citizens/community groups further. Thus, a virus that forces people to remain at home heightened the need for access to housing, basic services, and sustainable jobs – including those that respond to emerging market opportunities and can withstand crisis shocks.
Duties and Responsibilities
The project to be evaluated
The project: “Strengthening the Long-Term Resilience of Subnational Authorities in countries affected by the Syrian and Iraqi Crises”, also known as” Headway,” project is a UNDP/UN-Habitat joint action intervening in countries affected by the impact of the Syria crisis over a period of 36 months with a set of tangible results achieved in Iraq. The day-to-day implementation of the Headway project was carried out by the respective UNDP and UN-Habitat country offices in Iraq.
The main goal of the Headway project is to improve the resilience of host and refugee population in targeted communities impacted by the Syrian crisis, through strengthened local/regional multi-level governance systems, and improved access to basic services, affordable housing, and income, while complementing existing initiatives and supporting national governments address those risks and vulnerabilities where a UN joint-partnership brings a strong added value. This will be done with a view to supporting the long-term capacity of host country to address refugee flows.
Purpose and scope of the evaluation
UNDP Iraq and UN-Habitat Iraq propose to conduct a final evaluation looking at the Headway project since inception in January 2019 to 31 December 2021. The final evaluation is part of the project’s commitment to assess the achievement of project results against what was expected to be achieved and draw lessons that can both improve the sustainability of benefits from this project, and aid in the overall enhancement of similar future programming. The evaluation report promotes accountability and transparency and assesses the extent of Headway project accomplishments. The final evaluation will also consider linkages and intersections of UNDP Country Programme Document (CPD) and UN-Habitat’s CPD with result areas spearheaded by the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCDF) for Iraq.
Geographically, the final evaluation of the Headway project will assess the interventions in project intervention areas only in Iraq specifically in the four target Governorates of Dohuk, Erbil, Sulaymaniyah and Ninewa in Iraq.
Evaluation stakeholders include individuals and organizations from the public and private sectors, as well as civil society, and development partners. The evaluation consultant will be expected to identify these groups of stakeholders in coordination with UNDP and UN-Habitat and contact identified groups for data collection and/or consultations. Key findings and recommendations of the final evaluation will be shared with them for validation as relevant.
Objectives of the evaluation
The specific objectives of this Headway project final evaluation are to:
The intended users of this Headway final evaluation include:
Information from the evaluation will be used to:
The final evaluation will generate evidence of progress and challenges, helping to ensure accountability for the implementation of the Headway project, as well as identifying and sharing knowledge and good practices. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC) criteria of relevance, coherence, effectiveness, efficiency, impact, and sustainability will be used to frame the questions and methodology of the evaluation.
An indicative list of evaluation questions is presented in the TOR and will be broadened and agreed further by the evaluation team, UNDP and UN-Habitat through the inception report. The consultant is expected to critically reflect on them during the development of the evaluation questionnaires.
The consultant will propose a project evaluation methodology and agree on a detailed plan for the assignment as part of the application process. The methodology will be further updated after the selection process is completed, and the inception report is developed. However, in general, the consultant should adopt an integrated approach involving mixed methods of data collection and analysis tools to capture both the quantitative and qualitative results and generate evidence to substantiate all findings.
Given the multi-governorate/city nature of Headway project activities, it is important that the consultant design a data collection methodology that is representative of all components of the project in Iraq and analyze in a consistent manner within the given timeframe. The methodology should be robust enough to ensure high quality, triangulation of data sources, and verifiability of information.
It is expected that the evaluation methodology would include, but would not be limited to the elements detailed in the TOR.
Evaluation Products (Deliverables)
The Consultant will produce the following:
1. Evaluation inception Report (15 pgs. max) and presentation.
2. Evaluation debriefing after completion of the field work in Iraq.
3. Draft evaluation report (50 pgs. max, including executive summary) and presentation.
4. Final evaluation report and two summary reports
Please refer to the TOR, for details of the deliverables.
The final Headway project evaluation is jointly commissioned by UNDP and UN-Habitat and the joint commissioners are UNDP Iraq’s Resident Representative and UN-Habitat’s Head of Country Programme. Principally, the evaluation consultant will be reporting to the UNDP Resident Representative who will continuously collaborate with UN-Habitat counterpart and respective Headway project managers who will support the process by providing both substantive and logistical support to the consultant.
Time Frame For The Evaluation Process
The detailed timelines for this Headway project evaluation will be agreed upon between the UNDP/UN-Habitat and the selected Consultant. The final evaluation will take place between 15 October 2021 to 15 December 2021, including a combination of the three phases of desk-review (home-based), data-collection mission (one in-country) and evaluation report writing (home-based). The consultant will be based in Erbil (Iraq) as per the requirements. Whenever possible, the consultant will be required to visit partners and activities on locations. The security situation in each location will be reviewed prior to roll out of the final field visit plan. The final deliverable is expected to be completed not later than 15 December 2021.
Indicative Payment Schedule
The consultant is expected to deliver the following deliverables. It should be noted that the following list of deliverables might be subject to review and revision by UNDP and UN-Habitat in discussion with the consultant in the event of unexpected changes to the context / working environment in Iraq during the consultancy period. Payments will be made upon acceptance and approval by UNDP focal point of the planned deliverables, based on the following tentative payment schedule:
Application Submission Process and Criteria For Selection
Interested qualified and experienced individual consultant must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications and interest:
While preparing your proposal, kindly note that:
Note: Applicants must not have worked in the design or implementation of this Headway project or in an advisory capacity for any of the interventions, directly as consultants or through UNDP/UN-Habitat service providers.
Submitted proposals will be assessed using Cumulative Analysis Method. The proposals will be weighed according to the technical proposal (carrying 70%) and financial proposal (carrying 30%). Technical proposals should obtain a minimum of 70 points to qualify and to be considered. Financial proposals will be opened only for those application that obtained 70 or above in the technical proposal. For detailed criteria and points for technical and financial proposals can be found in the TOR.
Knowledge Management and Learning:
Key Performance Indicators:
Required Skills and Experience
IMPORTANT NOTICE TO INTERESTED INDIVIDUALS:
When submitting your documents, please group them into one (1) single PDF document as the application system only allows to upload maximum of one document.
Failure to submit the REQUIRED documents or Incomplete proposals shall result in disqualification
THE ANNEXES ARE AVAILABLE AND CAN BE DOWNLOADED in the following link:
IC-070/21 - International consultancy: Final project evaluation (Headway Project)
ANNEX I- Terms of Reference (TOR)/Procurement Notice
ANNEX II - Offeror’s letter to UNDP confirming interest and availability and Financial Proposal
ANNEX III - IC Contract template and General Terms and Conditions
ANNEX IV - P11 Form for IC
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