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Hiring International Consultant for Final Evaluation of Human Rights Programme
|Location :||Homebased, BANGLADESH|
|Application Deadline :||20-Oct-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
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.
UNDP Bangladesh has been supporting the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) to find innovative solutions to its development challenges and build national institutions' capacity to implement policy reforms. In human rights, UNDP has been supporting the Bangladesh government for nearly a decade to strengthen the Human Rights architecture. UNDP undertook human rights-related programming primarily for the five years through the Bangladesh National Human Rights Commission Capacity Development Project (BNHRC-CDP), which ended in December 2015. Based on the successes of BNHRC-CDP, among other things helping to professionalize the work of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) through institution-building; supporting steady progress in complaints handling; investigation, and mediation; developing extensive media contacts for the Commission; and helping to produce a wide range of research studies and policy papers on key human rights issues, UNDP continued its efforts and designed the Human Rights Programme (2016-2020).
The Human Rights Programme (HRP) was designed to operate with a broader group of human rights stakeholders, including law enforcement agencies, public universities, community radios, Bangladesh Betar, youths, Human Rights Defenders (HRDs), CSOs, and CBOs, in addition to the NHRC to foster human rights work at all levels and promote a cohesive human rights dialogue in Bangladesh. The HRP has been building the capacity of existing human rights architectures in Bangladesh, focusing on working with vulnerable and marginalized groups, including women and girls, children and young people, ethnic and religious minorities, people with disabilities, Dalit and other minorities. It has been building gender equality initiatives, strengthening civil society activities for women and girls, and building the position of the NHRC as an important partner for gender equality within Bangladesh. The development objective of HRP is to develop and implement improved social policies and programmes that focus on good governance, reduction of structural inequalities, and advancement of vulnerable individuals and groups. The outcome of the project is “justice, and human rights institutions are strengthened to better serve and protect the rights of all citizens, including women and vulnerable groups.”
The project outputs are:
Output 1: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) can more effectively deliver on its mandate.
Output 2: CSO/CBOs raise human rights awareness and promote a human rights culture.
Output 3: Law enforcement, in particular the police, upholds and promotes human rights.
Output 4: NHRC and national stakeholders better protect and promote women’s rights.
Output 5: NHRC and national stakeholders better protect and promote the rights of ethnic minorities.
Output 6: Strengthened capacity and coordination of justice sector institutions to better justice delivery and remedies to all citizens, including Leave No One Behind (LNOB) people.
UNDP is implementing HRP with the engagement of CSOs/CBOs in support of the National Human Rights Commission, which includes i) institutional development, strategic engagement, and coordination, ii) research, advocacy, and awareness, iii) Human Rights monitoring and reporting, iv) Strengthen capacity and coordination of CSOs and its coalitions to promote human rights. Small grants support to CSOs/CBOs enable people to raise voices, advocate for Human Rights issues in the post COVID situation, and enhance the capacity and engagement of HRDs in HRV monitoring and reporting at the grassroots level. It also works for i) better inclusion of LNOB (including ethnic and excluded minorities) in local decision-making structures, local resources, and services, ii) enhancement of the institutional capacity of Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) (police) to protect and better respond for Human Rights, iii) strengthened collaboration with LEAs (Police) to commission action researches to advance human rights, and iv) policy dialogues with LEAs, NHRC, Judiciary, National Legal Aid Services Organization (NLASO) on different emerging issues in the post-COVID-19 situations.
It is not only limited to i) strengthening institutional engagement of NHRC to better advocate for women and child rights, ii) enhancing engagement of CSOs in advancing self-reliance of women (linking women with domestic sectors, migrant workers, and informal sectors), iii) continuing collaboratives actions of NHRC, CSO, and other platforms in addressing women's rights and Gender-Based Violence (GBV), and iv) better engaging National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB) in reviewing the curriculum with human rights and gender lance. It also i) enhances the collaboration of national institutions and stakeholders in promoting rights of the ethnic and excluded minorities (including LNOB), ii) promotes ethnic rights awareness and education in an ethnic inhabited area, iii) strengthens research and knowledge management on LNOB and Human Rights Issues, iv) enhances capacity and engagement of youth leaders in HRs awareness, education and advocacy initiatives, v) better engage students’ clubs in promotion of Human Rights at Educational Institutions, vi) promotes peace, tolerance and social harmony for assuring peaceful co-existence (in the post-COVID-19 situation), and vii) strengthens justice delivery institutions and effective remedies for justice-seeking LNOBs.
The total resource allocation for HRP is USD 10,597,570, which has been mobilized through DANIDA, SIDA, SDC, and UNDP.
While currently, the project is running at the ultimate stage of the project tenure and achieved several key results as planned in the project document. The first 18 months’ Inception phase review was completed, and the report has also been submitted to the donors. The inception phase assessment of the program concluded that all the components of the program continued to be relevant for strengthening human rights architectures in Bangladesh. It continued to require UNDP and/or international support to carry forward the ongoing human rights advocacy in Bangladesh.
To assess the level of understanding, awareness, perception, attitudes, and behavior of the public, including women, ethnic minority people, youth, school students, and other specific target groups (disaggregated by gender, ethnicity, age), on key issues of Human Rights and National Human Rights Commission’s existence and roles in Bangladesh particularly in Project areas and NHRC working areas and to assess results focusing on outcomes and impacts of targeted human rights education and awareness-raising initiatives by the NHRC with support of UNDP and provide strategic recommendations, the HRP has conducted a perception survey. The program will also be evaluated at the end of the tenure.
Evaluation Purpose, Objectives, and Scope:
The purpose of the final evaluation is to assess achievements to date, document lessons learned, and propose ways forward to UNDP and its partners to develop future Human Rights Programme (HRP) in Bangladesh. Evaluation results will be key inputs for UNDP and its partners to develop the next phase of the Human Rights Programme and make informed decisions. In addition, the evaluation aims at critically reviewing and identifying what has worked well in the project, what challenges have been faced, what lessons can be learned to improve future HRP programming. The evaluation will also generate knowledge for wider uses, assess the scope for scaling up the current program, and serve as a quality assurance tool for both upward and downward accountability.
The specific objectives of this evaluation are to:
The evaluation will focus on six key evaluation criteria: relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact, sustainability, and coherence. The evaluation should provide credible, useful, evidence-based information which enables timely incorporation of its findings, recommendations and lessons into decision-making processes of UNDP and key stakeholders as well as assess the potential of the next phase of the project.
Scope of Evaluation/ Timing:
This final evaluation covers the project implementation from 28 April 2016 (the beginning of the HRP) to date. The final project evaluation shall be conducted from October to December 2021 as the HRP is scheduled to end on 31 December 2021.
The primary users of the evaluation results will be UNDP and the NHRC, but the evaluation results will equally be useful to other relevant GoB ministries, development partners and donors, etc.
UNDP will consider all useful findings, conclusions, and recommendations from the evaluation, prepare a systematic management response for each recommendation and implement follow-up actions as per UNDP Evaluation Resource Center guidance/policies.
Duties and Responsibilities
The evaluation team consists of one international consultant (evaluator) and one national consultant (evaluator). An international consultant serves as a team leader. The scope of work for the international consultant of this evaluation will include but not be limited to:
The evaluation questions define the information that must be generated as a result of the evaluation process. The answers will provide the key basis to the intended users of the evaluation in making informed decisions, taking actions, or adding knowledge. Evaluation questions include but are not limited to:
Relevance: The extent to which the objective, purpose, and outcomes of the intervention are consistent with the needs and interests of the people and the needs of the country.
Effectiveness: Extent to which the outcomes of the development intervention have been achieved
Efficiency: Extent to which resources/inputs (funds, time, human resources, etc.) have been turned into results.
Sustainability: Probability of the benefits of the intervention continuing in the long term
Coherence: How well does the intervention fit?
Human rights and gender aspects will be considered well in evaluation questions as well as the evaluation process. Gender analysis, including gender-disaggregated data, need to be incorporated in the evaluation.
Women Rights & Gender Equality:
Lessons Learned/ Way forward:
The evaluation team is expected to propose and determine a sound evaluation design and methodology (including detailed methodology to answer each evaluation question) and submit it to UNDP in the inception report following a review of all key relevant documents and meetings with representatives of UNDP, HRP, and NHRC. However, it is suggested that the evaluation should use a mixed-method approach – collecting and analyzing both qualitative and quantitative data using multiple sources in order to draw valid and evidence-based findings and conclusions, and practical recommendations. The evaluation team is highly expected to review all relevant reports/documents providing qualitative/ quantitative data collected by HRP, UNDP, NHRC, Government, or other agencies. The evaluation team shall follow a participatory and consultative approach that ensures close engagement with the evaluation stakeholders, implementing partners, and male and female direct beneficiaries.
The evaluation team also needs to develop an evaluation matrix (template is attached in Annex 3 of this ToR) to clarify what types of data will be required to respond to which evaluation question and how those data will be collected. Final decisions about the specific design and methods for the evaluation will be made through consultation among the HRP, UNDP, consultants, and key stakeholders about what is appropriate and feasible to meet the evaluation purpose and objectives as well as answer the evaluation questions, given limitations of budget, time and data.
While an international evaluator shall work from home remotely, a national evaluator is expected to conduct field-level data collection using different data collection methods unless the COVID-19 pandemic situation becomes severe in Bangladesh. An international evaluator is expected to remotely provide technical guidance to a national evaluator on field-level data collection.
The field-level data should be collected through 2 to 3 field trips covering a total of approximately 10 days. The potential locations for the field travel may include the following districts: Dhaka, Manikganj, Rajshahi, Dinajpur, Khulna, Jessore, Barishal, Cox’s Bazar, Mymensingh, Moulvi Bazar, Madaripur, Gaibandha, Habiganj, Satkhira, Sirajganj and Rangpur, etc. - where different interventions under HRP projects have been implemented. The national evaluator shall collect qualitative and quantitative data from direct beneficiaries and relevant government and non-government stakeholders in the field.
Details of field-level data collection, including locations, timelines, and the number of field visits shall be proposed by the consultants in the inception report and will be determined during the inception phase of evaluation in consultation with UNDP and relevant stakeholders. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, field-level data collection will be conducted if there is no harm to an evaluator and all stakeholders in the field.
Data collection tools, including KII and FGD checklists/semi-structured questionnaires, need to be developed and used in the field-level data collection.
Methods to be used by the evaluation team to collect and analyze the required data shall include but not limited to:
The current situation of the COVID-19 crisis in the country needs to be considered when proposing data collection tools. In case if the COVID-19 pandemic does not allow field-level data collection, the evaluation team should develop a methodology that takes into account the conduct of the evaluation virtually and remotely, including the use of remote interview methods and extended desk reviews, data analysis, surveys and evaluation questionnaires. The evaluation team is expected to present alternative means of data collection as viable options. This should be detailed in the inception report and agreed with UNDP and relevant stakeholders during the inception phase. No stakeholders, consultants, or UNDP staff should be put in harm’s way and safety is the key priority.
Data and evidence will be triangulated with multiple sources to address evaluation questions. The final methodological approach, including the interview schedule and data to be used in the evaluation, should be clearly outlined in the inception report and fully discussed and agreed upon between UNDP, stakeholders, and the consultants.
The final methodological approach including interview scheduling, field visits, and data to be used in the evaluation should be clearly outlined in the inception report and fully discussed and agreed upon between UNDP, stakeholders, and the consultants.
Gender and Human Rights-based Approach
As part of the requirement, the evaluation must include an assessment of the extent to which the design, implementation, and results of the project have incorporated a gender equality perspective and a rights-based approach. The evaluators are requested to review UNEG’s Guidance in Integrating Human Rights and Gender Equality in Evaluation during the inception phase.
In addition, the methodology used in the final evaluation, including data collection and analysis methods should be human rights and gender-sensitive to the greatest extent possible, with evaluation data and findings disaggregated by sex, ethnicity, age, etc. Detailed analysis on disaggregated data will be undertaken as part of the final evaluation from which findings are consolidated to make recommendations and identify lessons learned for the enhanced gender-responsive and rights-based approach of the project.
This evaluation approach and methodology should consider different types of groups in the project intervention – women, youth, minorities, and vulnerable groups. Persons with disabilities (PwD) also need to be considered in the evaluation, following the new UNDP evaluation report checklist.
Evaluation questions shall extensively cover gender and human rights aspects (in Section E. Evaluation Questions of the ToR).
This evaluation will be conducted in accordance with the principles outlined in the UNEG's Ethical Guidelines for Evaluation. The consultant must safeguard the rights and confidentiality of information providers, interviewees, and stakeholders through measures to ensure compliance with legal and other relevant codes governing the collection of data and reporting on data. The consultant must also ensure the security of collected information before and after the evaluation and protocols to ensure anonymity and confidentiality of sources of information where that is expected. The information knowledge and data gathered in the evaluation process must also be solely used for the evaluation and not for other uses with the express authorization of UNDP and partners. Signed ‘Pledge of Ethical Conduct in Evaluation of the United Nations System’ needs to be attached in the Annex of the final evaluation report. A template can be downloaded from the link below on the footnote. The evaluation team may refer to UNDP’s Dispute and wrongdoing resolution process and contact details. (Annex 3 of Section 4: Evaluation Implementation and Use of UNDP Evaluation Guidelines (2021), p. 55).
As part of an evaluation team, an international evaluator will be responsible for completing the following outputs/deliverables to UNDP Bangladesh as per the agreed work plan:
The evaluators will commence the evaluation process with a desk review and preliminary analysis of the available information provided by UNDP. Based on the ToR, after initial meetings with the UNDP and the desk review, the evaluators should develop an inception report which will elaborate evaluation methodologies, including how each evaluation question will be answered along with proposed methods, proposed sources of data, and data collection and analysis procedures. The inception report will include the evaluation matrix using the template provided in Annex 3 and will also include a proposed timeline of activities and submission of deliverables. UNDP and NHRC will review the inception report and provide comments for improvement. This report will serve as an initial point of agreement and understanding between the evaluation team and UNDP/NHRC.
Draft Evaluation Report:
The evaluation report will contain the same sections as the final report and shall follow the structure outlined in Annex 3/ Evaluation Report Template and Quality Standards (Page 56-60) of Section 4/ Evaluation Implementation and Use of UNDP Evaluation Guidelines (2021). The draft report will be reviewed by the HRP, NHRC and UNDP. The draft report will ensure that each evaluation question is answered with an in-depth analysis of information and back up the arguments with credible quantitative and/or qualitative evidence.
The evaluation report will be quality assessed by UNDP Bangladesh Country Office and UNDP Independent Evaluation Office (IEO). Details of the IEO’s quality assessment of decentralized evaluations can be found in Section 6 (Page 9-13) of the UNDP Evaluation Guidelines.The evaluators consider it carefully while drafting the evaluation report.
A meeting will be organized with key stakeholders including UNDP and NHRC to present findings, conclusions, and recommendations.
Final Evaluation Report/ Data Collection Tools/ Audit Trail:
The final report will incorporate comments and feedback from the stakeholders including the feedback provided during the Presentation/Debriefing meeting. All comments and an evaluator’s response to each comment need to record in Audit Trail. Other relevant documents (i.e. data collection tools, checklists questionnaires, datasets (if any)) need to be submitted as well.
Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments
A consultant must send a financial proposal based on a Lump Sum Amount. The total amount quoted shall be all-inclusive and include all costs components required to perform the deliverables identified in the TOR, including professional fee, travel costs, living allowance (if any work is to be done outside the IC´s duty station) and any other applicable cost to be incurred by the IC in completing the assignment. The contract price will be a fixed output-based price regardless of the extension of the herein specified duration. Payments will be done upon completion of the deliverables/outputs and as per the below percentages:
The expected outputs, deliverables and payment schedule is as follows:
An international consultant is not required to travel to Bangladesh due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. This is a home-based consultancy. All tasks shall be done remotely in collaboration with a national consultant and in consultation with UNDP and stakeholders. Travel costs shall not be included in the financial proposal.
Implementation Arrangement, Supervision and Performance Evaluation:
The evaluation team will independently conduct the evaluation but shall take necessary assistance from HRP and UNDP. The Deputy Resident Representative and Assistant Resident Representative, UNDP Bangladesh, will be responsible for managing the evaluation throughout the entire process. The HRP team led by Chief Technical Advisor will provide necessary support in the evaluation's day-to-day operation. The evaluation team will also seek technical guidance from Programme Analyst at UNDP Democratic Governance cluster and M&E Specialist/Analyst at UNDP Bangladesh Country Office. The final evaluation report needs to be cleared by the M&E Specialist/Analyst at UNDP Bangladesh Country Office and approved by the Deputy Resident Representative, UNDP Bangladesh, and RBM/ M&E focal point, UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub.
2. Evaluation Team Composition and Required Competencies
The evaluation team consists of one international consultant (evaluator) and one national consultant (evaluator). An international evaluator shall serve as a team leader, while a national evaluator will take more on a supporting role.
An international evaluator shall be responsible for managing the overall evaluation process as a team lead, including evaluation design and implementation. Although an international evaluator works remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, s/he is expected to closely communicate with the national evaluator. While a national evaluator shall be in charge of data collection in the field, the international evaluator is also expected to attend the meetings with the stakeholders if the meetings are conducted virtually. And the international evaluator shall also provide technical guidance/support to the national evaluator on the field-level data collection remotely. The international evaluator shall take the lead in the preparation and finalization of an evaluation report with the national evaluator and ensure the quality of the report, incorporating feedback/ inputs from all relevant stakeholders.
A detailed workplan, including the division of labor needs to be included in the inception report and will be discussed with UNDP and key stakeholders during the inception phase.
 UNEG’s Guidance in Integrating Human Rights and Gender Equality in Evaluation, available at http://www.uneval.org/papersandpubs/documentdetail.jsp?doc_id=980
 UNDP Evaluation dispute resolution process, UNDP Evaluation Guidelines (2021), Section 4: Evaluation Implementation and Use. Available at http://web.undp.org/evaluation/guideline/index.shtml
 Evaluation Report Template and Quality Standards of UNDP Evaluation Guidelines (2021), Section 4: Evaluation Implementation and Use, available at http://web.undp.org/evaluation/guideline/index.shtml
 Quality Assessment Questions of UNDP Evaluation Guidelines (2021), Section 6: Quality Assessment, available at http://web.undp.org/evaluation/guideline/index.shtml
Required Skills and Experience
Education and Experience:
The Consultant must have no previous involvement in the design and implementation of the HRP project. Any individual who has had prior involvement in the design and implementation of the HRP project or those who have been directly or indirectly related to the HRP project are not eligible for this consultancy due to a conflict of interests.
Evaluation of the proposal proposals
Evaluation Method and Criteria
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology.
The award of the contract shall be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as a) responsive/compliant/acceptable; and b) having received the highest score out of a set of weighted technical criteria (70%). and financial criteria (30%). The financial score shall be computed as a ratio of the proposal being evaluated and the lowest priced proposal received by UNDP for the assignment.
Technical Criteria for Evaluation for International Consultant (Maximum 70 points):
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
Financial Evaluation (Total 30 marks)
All technical qualified proposals will be scored out of 30 based on the formula provided below. The maximum points (30) will be assigned to the lowest financial proposal. All other proposals received points according to the following formula:
p = y (µ/z)
Recommended Presentation of Offer
Interested individuals must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications.
a) Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP;
b) Personal CV or P11, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references;
c) Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment and a methodology on how she/she will approach and complete the assignment.
d) Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided
e) Suppose an organization/company/institution employs an Offeror and he/she expects his/her employer to charge a management fee in the process of releasing him/her to UNDP under Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA). In this case, the Offeror must indicate this at this point and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated into the financial proposal submitted to UNDP.
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Note: The individual consultant who does not submit the above documents/requirements shall not be considered for further evaluation.