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IC-077-21, International Consultant to conduct Final Evaluation of the Headway Project, UNDP Iraq
|Location :||Erbil, IRAQ|
|Application Deadline :||30-Sep-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding|
|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.
The Syria refugee crisis remains the largest humanitarian and development crises in the world. United Nations agencies and NGOs continue to warn that the situation of the Syrian refugees and their host communities is increasingly becoming critical. According to the latest estimates in the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP), there are more than 10 million people – including more than 5.5 million Syrian refugees and 4.8 million members of their host communities – that need urgent support. This is the highest number of people in need in these countries since the crisis began in 2011, 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 2021 is around 1.2 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.
The project to be evaluated
The action: “Strengthening the Long-Term Resilience of Subnational Authorities in countries affected by the Syrian and Iraqi Crises”, is a multi-country, multi-partner, and multi-year initiative implemented by UNDP and UN-Habitat country offices in Iraq and Lebanon. The action is based on the objectives of the EUTF MADAD: “To address longer-term resilience needs of Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries, as well as supporting host communities and their administrations”, and as such it is aligned to the framework of the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP, 2018-2019) and the related national response plans. The action responds to the “3RP Resilience/Stabilization component”, specifically its Livelihoods/Social Cohesion sector.
Overall, the joint action seeks to optimize the impact of a range of interventions by multiple actors towards improving the resilience of host and refugee populations by complementing their efforts and accurately targeting to fill the gaps in support, where a UN Partnership have a strong added value. Such complementarity required supporting institutionalization and operationalization of integrated multi-level planning and implementation of cross-sectoral actions covering basic social services as well as local economic development, including inducing employment opportunities, availing affordable housing, and improving the management of natural resources.
The action further seeks to addresses the resilience and stabilization needs of impacted and vulnerable communities in all sectors through a balanced approach between supporting longer term efforts for better systems and capacities for local development and facilitating shorter and more immediate results that would help host communities and refugees improve their state of living with tangible benefits.
Both country components adopted shortened names that were agreed on with the EU Delegations to better identify the programme at the country level and for communication purposes, namely Headway for the Iraq component and Municipal Empowerment and Resilience Project (MERP) for the Lebanon component.
The scope of this evaluation will cover the Headway project only. In Iraq, the project was designed to address needs, both thematically and geographically, that were not covered by the projects and activities existing then such as Local Area Development Programme (LADP), Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization (FFIS), Iraq Crisis Response and Resilience Programme (ICRRP) and the Madad-funded actions implemented by other agencies and organizations. As such, the project in Iraq was built on activities and good practices under the LADP project, and interventions implemented by UNDP and UN-Habitat in the four Governorates of Dohuk, Erbil, Sulaymaniyah and Ninewa. (Please refer to the TOR for more details)
Duties and Responsibilities
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 following elements:
All field-related work and relevant logistical arrangements shuld be made by the consultant and are under their responsibility. Assistance will be provided by the joint UNDP/UN-Habitat Headway project teams in identifying key stakeholders and facilitating the schedule of interviews, focus groups and site visits, when and where required. In case of extreme and unavoidable challenges occasioned by COVID-19 health pandemic related international travel restrictions affecting field visits, the issue will be discussed and agreed jointly between the evaluaton commissioner/s and the consultant.
Findings from the above assessment tools will be triangulated to appraise and conclude findings. All analysis must be based on observed facts, evidence, and data. Findings should be specific and concise and supported by information that is reliable and valid. Cross-cutting issues and the SDGs should be integrated into the final evaluation report. The final methodological approach including interview schedule, field visits and data to be used in the evaluation should be clearly outlined in the inception report and fully discussed and agreed between UNDP and UN-Habitat key stakeholders and the evaluator.
The consultant will be assisted by respective Project Managers. An Evaluation Reference Group (ERG) will be constituted comprising of key internal and external Headway project stakeholders who will review and comment on the inception and evaluation reports.
Overall, the evaluation will be carried out in accordance with UNDP evaluation guidelines and policies including Evaluation guidelines during COVID-19, United Nations Group Evaluation Norms and Ethical Standards; OECD/DAC evaluation principles and guidelines and DAC Evaluation Quality Standards and the relevant UN-Habitat evaluation guidelines and policies.
The Consultant will produce the following:
Knowledge Management and Learning:
Key Performance Indicators:
Required Skills and Experience
Indicative payment schedule and modalities
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:
Note on travel and accommodation
IMPORTANT NOTICE TO INTERESTED CONSULTANTS:
Interested qualified and experienced individual consultant must submit the following documents and provide information to demonstrate their qualifications and interest:
Note: All the above 5 required documents should be put together into one (1) single PDF document as the application system only allows one to upload a maximum of one document.
**Failure to submit the above-mentioned documents or Incomplete proposals shall result in disqualification
The short listed candidates may be contacted and the successful candidate will be notified.
THE BELOW DOCUMENTS ARE AVAILABLE AND CAN BE DOWNLOADED at the following link: