National Evaluation Consultant (Open to Nigerian Nationals Only)



Advertised on behalf of :

Location : Home based with some in-country travel, NIGERIA
Application Deadline :27-Oct-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
08-Nov-2021
Expected Duration of Assignment :6 Weeks

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.


Background

UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. In East and Southern Africa Region, UN Women maintains presence in 13 countries with programme presence in Somalia.

In 2018, Standard Bank, directed US$3 million to build the capacity of women farmers in Malawi, Nigeria, and Uganda. The women farmers to be trained on climate-smart agricultural practices and assisted with access to markets and finance.

UN Women partnered with development partners and governmental entities in implementing the project to increase the women’s agricultural productivity through climate smart practices and to enhance the ability of women small-holder farmers to participate in the formal markets. The project has been implemented through interventions in various value chains: in rice and shea in Nigeria. The interventions include, but are not limited to, financial, business and technical trainings; development of local infrastructure to facilitate access to higher value markets; increase of women's access to labour and time-saving equipment and services; linking women to financial institutions and information; and improve legal and normative frameworks in the agricultural sector.

Project Description:

The main goal of the project ‘Contributing to the Economic Empowerment of Women in Africa through Climate Smart Agriculture’ is to strengthen women’s agricultural productivity and access to markets in selected agriculture products in Nigeria. The project seeks to close the gender gap in agricultural productivity by increasing women’s access to resources. It is expected to reach over 50,000 women across the four countries over three years (2019 to 2021) by providing them with entrepreneurial and financial capacities, affordable technology and value addition, and using information and communications technology (ICT) to increase access to markets and to finance. The project is aligned with UN Women’s Development Results Framework 2: “Women, especially those living in poverty and vulnerability, are economically empowered and enabled to reap the benefits of development”.

The project implementation focuses on four outcomes described in detail below. The outcomes aim to increase women’s agricultural productivity using CSA techniques and approaches; support women in value addition of selected agricultural products and increase access to market and finance.

Outcomes

Outputs

1. Women have increased their productivity in a changing climate

 

1.1. Women’s access to labor and time-saving equipment and services increased

1.2. Women’s access to climate-smart non-labour agricultural inputs improved

1.3. Access to climate–resilient agricultural extension services and information for women and men farmers improved

1.4. Socio-cultural barriers (including gender-based violence) reduced through policy and advocacy (including engaging men at household level) to increase agriculture productivity and women’s equal land rights

2. Opportunities for organized women to move up the value chain are provided

 

2.1 Women’s shift to high value agricultural enterprises (selected crops, fisheries, animal husbandry etc) and inclusion in green agricultural value chains at the national, regional and international levels achieved

2.2 Local infrastructure developed to improve access to markets, reduce labour, and save time for women value chain actors

2.3 Capacity of women value chain organizations for production and marketing is increased

3. Using ICT platforms (BfW) for increased access to markets and finance for women

 

3.1 Deploy the buyfromwomen digital platform to connect women farmers to large scale buyers of agricultural products

3.2 Information stored in the BfW platform is being used as a form of collateral for women’s access to finance

3.3 Link women to financial institutions providing innovative financing in CSA

4: The Multi-Country Project is coordinated and implemented with a focus on ‘research for development’ and documenting lessons learned

 

4.1 UN Women Country offices, and agricultural research institutions in the respective countries and at regional level engaged to increase research on gender and CSA in the region

4.2 Regional and national institutional, policy and legal frameworks that will be key enablers to facilitate women’s engagement in CSA evaluated for their effectiveness

4.3 South-South cooperation and learning among participating countries of the multi-country proposal and other countries in the region is fostered

Summary of Activities:

The programme activities included:

  • Situation Analysis and identification of groups/cooperatives, and of adequate technologies;
  • Strengthening women’s positions in producer organizations;
  • Increasing availability of production resources, processing and storage facilities and agricultural equipment;
  • Supporting, through trainings and other support services, women farmers’ access to entrepreneurial, organizational and technical skills and value addition techniques;
  • Developing capacity of institutions/private sector organizations involved in providing inputs to women in agriculture;
  • Linking women to markets (BfW) and finance institutions and structures; and
  • Conducting awareness, sensitization and communication campaigns.

Evaluation Objectives :

The overall objective this final evaluation is to assess the achievement of programme results and performance of the above-described intervention. The evaluation should measure and provide robust empirical evidence related to the success and results of the CSA interventions (both intended and unintended). The evaluation will assess changes in outcomes observed, the mechanisms that delivered the observed changes, key features of these mechanisms and determine to what extent these can be attributed to the interventions. The specific evaluation objectives are as follows:

  • Analyze the relevance of the implementation strategy and approaches of the “Contributing to the Economic Empowerment of Women in Africa through Climate Smart Agriculture” project;
  • Assess organizational efficiency in progressing towards the achievement of the project’s results as defined in the intervention;
  • Validate the project impact in terms of achievements and/or weaknesses toward the outcome and outputs;
  • Assess the potential for sustainability of the results achieved by the project;
  • Document lessons learned, best practices, and challenges to inform future work of UN Women on women’s economic empowerment;
  • Access the implication of COVID-19 in the entire project implementation;
  • Identify strategies for replication and up-scaling of the programme’s best practices;
  • Provide actionable recommendations for the implementation of the second phase of the project and maximize ownership by partners in the countries covered by the project in order to foster sustainability of the intervention;
  • To assess how the project and its results relate and contribute to commitments and achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Nigeria.

The evaluation must adhere to the UN Women evaluation policy, the IEAS charter, the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) Norms and Standards for Evaluation and Ethical Guidelines for Evaluation, and it should apply the criteria of UN Women’s Global Evaluation Reports Assessment and Analysis System (GERAAS) standards to the highest degree possible.


Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work:

The target will be to work with ‘women in agriculture’ cooperative groups in 2 states of Niger and Ebonyi, the project facilitates a transition from the more common ‘subsistence farming’ approach adopted by many women farmers to a more holistic ‘commodity value chain’ approach, by women in the production of shea and rice.

The evaluation will cover UN Women’s work in Nigeria, where the project is being implemented; including in the national capitals and the target project regions to collect data as defined by the agreed evaluation work-plan. In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, UN Women does not anticipate any international travel, however local travel may be undertaken by national consultants in the scope of this assignment.

The evaluation will examine all the relevant documents of the Project, including results framework/logical framework of the project, its Monitoring and Evaluation Plan, annual work plan, semi-annual and annual reports to the donor, knowledge products produced in the frameworks of the project, etc.

Under the overall leadership of the Regional Policy Specialist, Women’s Economic Empowerment (ESARO) and the guidance of the Lead International Evaluator and the Women’s Economic Empowerment Evaluation Consultant, the national consultant will provide national context inputs to the evaluation including: inputs to the evaluation methodology; leading the data collection and country specific analysis and the drafting of the country specific chapters.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The National evaluation consultant will:

  • Provide technical and methodological support to the evaluation team lead and, the International WEE Evaluator in designing and delivering appropriate evaluation design and methodology;
  • Provide information relevant to the national context to guide the evaluation;
  • Lead in country specific data collection for the evaluation;
  • Support the team leader in ensuring the quality assurance of all documents submitted to UN Women including ensuring the quality of the evaluation;
  • Ensure evaluation standards are met to the extent possible.

Deliverables and Work Schedule:

Deliverables

Timelines

Allocated Percentage

Inception Report including Evaluation Matrix and Methodology: Consultant will support the team leader in the development and submission of the Inception Report where the evaluation team will present a refined scope, a detailed outline of the evaluation design and methodology, evaluation questions, and criteria for the approach for in-depth desk review and field work to be conducted in the data collection phase. The report will include an evaluation matrix and detailed work plan.

15 November 2021

30%

Data collection and analysis: The consultant will lead the national data collection (including document review) for the evaluation with support the team leader and International WEE Evaluator.

5 December 2021

Presentation of Preliminary Findings The consultant will support the team leader in the presentation of the preliminary of the findings to UN Women and partners for feedback to be incorporated into the Draft Evaluation Report

Draft evaluation report: the consultant will support the team leader to develop the draft report covering the evaluation background, methodology, limitations, four-country chapters including findings, conclusions, lessons learned, and recommendations following the UN Women Evaluation Global Evaluation Reports Assessment and Analysis System (GERAAS) guidelines.

12 December 2021

 

 

 

70%

Final evaluation report: The consultant will support the team leader to consolidate and finalize the evaluation report addressing comments and feedback from UN Women and partners. The report length will be a maximum of 65 pages, including four country chapters (approx. 10 pages/ country chapter). In addition, the report will include a concise Executive Summary and annexes detailing the methodological approach/analytical products developed during the course of the evaluation.

22 December 2021


Competencies

Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leading by Example

Functional Competencies:

  • Strong technical knowledge of the different components of evaluation, including evaluation design, data collection and analysis, and reporting;
  • Substantive knowledge of gender-responsive evaluation, respective methodological approaches;
  • Ability to synthesize evaluative information and to write clear, concise, and logical evaluation reports;
  • Excellent ability to communicate with a diverse range of stakeholders;
  • Ability to plan and manage tasks and supervise evaluation teams;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with ability to produce well written reports in English;
  • Knowledge of UN system, practices, procedures, including UN Women and UNDP programme modalities will be an asset.


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • At least master’s degree or its equivalent in one or more of the following fields: economics, social sciences, development studies, gender and agricultural studies.

Experience:

  • At least five years’ experience of conducting evaluations in the area of GEWE and development;
  • Experience conducting complex evaluations and/or multi-stakeholder evaluations preferably on WEE;
  • Knowledge and experience of gender-responsive and human rights-based approaches to evaluation;
  • Experience in designing and leading/participating in gender-responsive evaluations and/or applied research utilizing a wide range of approaches and methods;
  • Experience working with participatory approaches and demonstrated ability to negotiate amongst a wide range of stakeholders;
  • Experience in working with the UN/multilateral/bilateral institutions.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English;
  • Fluency in in Ibo and/or Hausa is desirable.

UNWOMEN 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.



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