National Consultant to Jointly Conduct Final Evaluation of the project “Promoting Women’s Engagement in Waste Management to Prevent Conflict in Sri Lanka” (Sri Lankan Citizens Only)



Advertised on behalf of :

Location : Home-based, SRI LANKA
Application Deadline :03-Nov-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)
15-Nov-2021
Duration of Initial Contract :15 November 2021 - 28 February 2022
Expected Duration of Assignment :15 November 2021 - 28 February 2022

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 is the global champion for gender equality, working to develop and uphold standards and create an environment in which every woman and girl can exercise her human rights and live up to her full potential. UN Women is a trusted partner for advocates and decision-makers from all walks of life, and a leader in the effort to achieve gender equality.

UN Women has been operating in Sri Lanka since 2014. The office is leading the implementation of UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, which promotes the protection of women and girls against sexual and gender-based violence, women’s equal and meaningful participation in the prevention and resolution of conflicts as well as decision-making, and women’s equal involvement in participating and benefitting from post-conflict recovery and development.

In the same way, UNOPS provides infrastructure, procurement, and project management services for a more sustainable world. UNOPS has been operating in Sri Lanka since 1997 and focuses on social and economic development projects that build in-country national capacity. UNOPS supports infrastructure needs at innovation, policy and implementation levels, through involvement in disaster risk reduction and management for sustainable and resilient infrastructure. UNOPs aims to address vital climate change and environmental issues such as water resource management and solid waste management in the country.

From November 2019 to November 2021 UN WOMEN and UNOPS with the support of the Peacebuilding Fund is implementing a project titled “Promoting Women’s Engagement in Waste Management to Prevent Conflict in Sri Lanka” in Puttalam and Mannar Districts in Sri Lanka. This project has taken an innovative, integrated approach to peacebuilding, tackling ethno-religious tensions by bringing communities together to provide a sustainable solution for a shared environmental issue, with women at the forefront for conflict prevention. Solid waste management related interventions have been used as a unique vehicle for uniting communities on a common issue. The project focused on empowering women by supporting their engagement in governance mechanisms and in community resilience initiatives; it also has explored creating economic opportunities and initiating peacebuilding activities to allay communal tensions related to waste management and beyond.

In accordance with Guidelines on PBF Funds Application and Programming (2018), UN Women Sri Lanka, in collaboration with UNOPS Sri Lanka, is recruiting a national consultant, as part of a two-member team of an international and a national consultant, to jointly conduct an independent final evaluation coinciding with the project’s expected closure on 30 November 2021. With technical inputs of the international consultant (remotely) on the methodological approach, quality assurance, the national consultant must lead and carry out the necessary fieldwork for data collection and the complete set of deliverables jointly.

The evaluation, led by UN Women together with UNOPS, will be a participatory, consultative multi-stakeholder process focused on assessing results and the progress towards the peacebuilding impact of the project implemented based on its theory of change and will be guided by and in compliance with standards set in the UN Women Evaluation Policy, UN Women Evaluation Handbook and the Global Evaluation Report Assessment and Analysis System (GERAAS), which has adapted the overall United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) Standards for Evaluation in the UN System and the United Nations System-wide Action Plan Evaluation Performance Indicator (UN-SWAP EPI).

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Initiated in November 2019 with a total budget of $ 1,500,000, the “Promoting Women’s Engagement in Waste Management to Prevent Conflict in Sri Lanka” project aims to empower women through Solid Waste Management (SWM), as means, to contribute towards lasting peace in Sri Lanka. The project is funded by the UN Peacebuilding Fund and is implemented by UN Women (convening and lead recipient agency) UNOPS (co-recipient agency) and Chrysalis (implementing partner) in five local government authority areas in the Puttalam and Mannar districts that have emerged as major conflict hotspots. It is a focused initiative, within the specific context of Puttalam and Mannar, looking at environmental conflicts caused through poor waste management. It also takes into consideration the fact that the community SWM is not a gender-neutral concept, as women typically bear the responsibility for waste management at the household level and form the majority of those directly involved in municipal waste collection, yet often have limited roles in community governance and decision-making on this and other issues.

The project adopted an integrated approach to achieve its overall objective: building community resilience through women’s engagement in conflict resolution and their participation within community and local governance systems; strengthening community governance systems such as the Praja Mandala to better lobby with local authorities; strengthening SWM systems within target divisions, including technical support to local authorities on better managing SWM systems; and supporting different communities to coalesce around the issue of SWM via Praja Mandala – with the goal of improving inter- and intra-community relations.

Women’s political engagement results in greater responsiveness to citizens’ needs, often increasing cooperation across party and ethno-religious lines, delivering more sustainable peace. Despite high involvement in communities, women remain under-represented in policy and decision-making; their experiences and skills are often overlooked. Thus, any solutions related to waste management, and communal tensions therein, require women’s meaningful participation. The project builds on women’s role within their communities to support conflict prevention in a context of religious intolerance and violent extremism. Gendered division of household labour results in women being mostly responsible for waste management, hence they play critical roles in responding to environmental degradation at the community level. Accordingly, the project envisaged to achieve women across ethno-religious communities in target districts are empowered to undertake critical leadership roles in community decision-making to diffuse local triggers of conflict, and communities (with a specific focus on women) are effectively engaged and empowered through strengthening of SWM systems focusing on resolving conflicts related to SWM.

As per the results expected, the project aims to contribute to two Outcome level results, the achievement of which over the time will lead to the realization of the project goal “Empower women through solid waste management to create and sustain lasting peace in Sri Lanka”.

Outcome 1: Empowered women across ethno-religious communities in target districts undertake critical leadership roles in community decision-making and contribute to diffusing local triggers of conflict;

Outcome 2: Enhanced SWM systems with the capacity to resolve conflicts related to SWM are in place that involves the effective engagement of strengthened communities, particularly women.

Lockdowns, physical gathering and travel restrictions imposed to contain the COVID-19 pandemic during most of the project period severely affected and delayed the delivery of results and required re-strategizing plans for alternative methods of implementation. In April 2021, the project was approved for a six-month no-cost extension until 30 November 2021.

  • Geographic Coverage: Puttalam (North Western Province) and Mannar (Northern Province) districts – (Puttalam: Puttalam PS, Arachchikattuwa PS, Chilaw UC, Kalpitiya PS, Mannar: Mannar UC)
  • IMPLEMENTING AGENCY: UN WOMEN (Convening Agency), UNOPS

           IMPLEMENTING PARTNER: Chrysalis - CSO

  • STAKEHOLDERS: Local Government Authorities and its councillors, particularly women councilors, local authorities, Local administrative structures and its officers, Praja Mandala (PM), Women Community Leaders and Women CBOs, Religious Leaders and Inter-Religious Committees, youth (Youth Task Force) and men

EVALUATION PURPOSE, OBJECTIVES & SCOPE

The purpose of the final evaluation is to assess the impact of the project in the two target districts and how  women’s engagement in Solid Waste Management contributed to greater women’s participation in decision-making at both household and community levels, resolving conflicts, social cohesion, attitudinal and behavioral changes along with any ripple effects on long term peacebuilding objectives. Further it will also provide useful learning to support evidence-based decision making, demonstrate accountability to donors and stakeholders, and inform and guide future peacebuilding programming at UN Women, as well as other UN agencies and government institutions focusing on women’s engagement in the context of peacebuilding by building on the experience of SWM. To facilitate learning, UN Women will share the evaluation products within six weeks following completion and adopt an external and internal dissemination strategy. At minimum, the final evaluation report will be publicly accessible on UN Women’s Global Accountability and Tracking of Evaluation Use (GATE) website, and the UN Peacebuilding Fund’s website: https://www.un.org/peacebuilding/fund/documents/evaluations.  

The objectives of the final evaluation are:

  • to assess the project along the OECD DAC criteria relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and progress towards higher-level peacebuilding results;
  • to identify changes in attitudes, behavior, practices and systems that are attributable to the project intervention;
  • to assess the level of cooperation/networking and gender dynamics amongst key stakeholders – local authorities, councilors, public officials, Praja Mandalas and communities;
  • to assess implications of engaging women in SWM as a means to promote gender equality, women’s empowerment, diffusing triggers of violence, and peacebuilding as proposed by the project;
  • to identify lessons learned, capture  good practices, provide a set of clear, forward-looking, actionable recommendations, and generate knowledge to inform replicable, scaled-up interventions and guide future peacebuilding programming vis-à-vis SWM;

Covering the entire project life cycle from November 2019 to November 2021, the evaluation will produce a stand-alone Final Evaluation Report. Subsequently the findings will be incorporated in the final project report to PBSO highlighting overall achievements, lessons learned and best practices in solid waste management towards conflict resolution and peacebuilding. The COVID-19 pandemic caused delays throughout the implementation period and in view of ongoing challenges, the review will be guided first and foremost by the ‘Do No Harm’ principle and will adjust its methodology as required in the process to adhere to ethics and safety guidelines. Accordingly, a flexible approach will be adopted, and the methodology will be finalized at the inception stage, The inception report will be reviewed and approved by PBF, before moving onto the data collection phase.

The final evaluation should primarily answer the following questions outlined in Table 1: Evaluation Criteria. These questions are only indicative, and the consultants are expected to jointly review and propose revisions at the inception stage. It will be finalized in consultation with UN Women, UNOPS and PBF during the inception stage.

Table 1. Evaluation Criteria 
 

Relevance: the extent to which the project has contributed to addressing the needs identified in its design

  • What have been, if any, the major contextual, programmatic, operational and coordination changes and how have they affected the theory of change, underlying assumptions, strategies and partnerships?
  • To what extent were the project’s strategies relevant, appropriate and coherent to local and national contexts?
  • To what extent did the project align with the needs and priorities of the intended beneficiaries and the principle of “leaving no one behind”?
  • What is the comparative advantage of UN Women and UNOPS in the outcome area compared with other UN entities and key partners?

Effectiveness: the extent to which the project has implemented its major activities targeting the beneficiaries to reach output and outcome-level results

 

 

 

 

  • To what extent did the project reach its planned results?
  • Were there any unexpected results or unintended consequences of the results both positive and negative?
  • How did the project minimize the unintended negative consequences (dividers) and built on the positive consequences (connectors)?
  • What were the reasons for the achievement or non-achievement of planned results?
  • To what extent did the project make timely adjustments to its strategy to maintain its relevance and effectiveness?
  • To what extent did the output level interventions translate into progress towards outcomes?
  • What measurable changes in gender equality and women’s empowerment have occurred as a result of the project?

Efficiency: the extent to which the project was efficiently managed, implemented and has delivered quality outputs, against what was planned (including official amendments)

  • Have financial and human resources been allocated sufficiently and strategically to achieve project outcomes?
  • Have the outputs been delivered in a timely manner?
  • Are the changes/results observed worth the resources spent?
  • How efficient was the project coordination between UN Women and UNOPS, including clarity of roles and accountabilities, monitoring and reporting, and potential added value?

 

Impact: the extent to which the project has achieved measurable change based on planned results

  • What are identifiable contributions towards diffusing local triggers of conflict by the engagement of women in SWM and their critical leadership roles in community decision making?
  • What are the early indications of peacebuilding impact?
  • To what extent do communities have the capacity to resolve conflicts (related to SWM or other) as a result of the project? How has community resilience evolved?

Stakeholder Involvement: level of stakeholder engagement in the project cycle

  • Are the partners the most relevant?
  • How have stakeholders’ engagement changed as a result of this project on conflict resolution, community resilience and promoting gender equality?
  • Which stakeholders have been newly engaged as a result of the project?

 

 

 

 

Sustainability: the extent to which the project has potential for sustainability

  • To what extent was capacity developed in order to ensure sustainability of efforts and benefits beyond the project?
  • Are national partners committed to continuing the project or elements of the project?
  • Are there any mechanisms developed and/or interventions linked with existing mechanisms at local and national levels to ensure continuation?

Gender Equality and Human Rights: the extent to which the project has integrated gender and human rights into the program design and implementation

  • To what extent have gender equality and human rights considerations been integrated into the project design and implementation? How to better incorporate them?
  • To what extent did the project address and respond to existing power dynamics and gender relations?

Catalytic Effect:

  • Was the project financially and/or programmatically catalytic?
  • Has PBF funding been used to scale-up other peacebuilding work and/or has it helped to create broader platforms for peacebuilding?

Apart from the criteria, gender is cross-cutting and, gender aspects should be considered in all areas of analysis. In addition to answer the above criteria questions, the evaluation should be accompanied by an update of the higher-level indicators in the project’s Results Framework (RF) based on its findings.

EVALUATION MANAGEMENT

The evaluation will be led and administered by UN Women in consultation with UNOPS. Two stakeholder groups – Evaluation Management (EMG) and Evaluation Reference (ERG) – will be established and engaged systematically at key milestones of the evaluation process to approve key deliverables (e.g. inception report, draft and final evaluation reports) and to facilitate the conduct of a transparent and participatory evaluation. It is the responsibility of the EMG, with contextual and technical inputs from ERG where applicable, to approve the final evaluation terms of reference, selection of the evaluation consultant and all evaluation outputs and methodological decisions. The EMG will comprise UN Women’s programme and M&E focal points for the project under evaluation, a regional evaluation specialist at the UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific and representatives from UNOPS and the main CSO partner, Chrysalis. The EMG will be chaired by a representative of the senior management at UN WOMEN Sri Lanka and, will also produce a management response to evaluation recommendations within one month of the approval of the final project report to PBSO per PBF guidance and share findings as outlined in the evaluation dissemination strategy.

In parallel, the ERG will include a technical specialist at UN Women Regional Office and a PBSO representative. The ERG will be consulted to validate and provide feedback to strengthen the accuracy, relevancy and quality of the deliverables listed in Section VIII. The detailed roles and responsibilities of the EMG and ERG are clarified through separate terms of references. The evaluation consultant is required to maintain a systematic record of the inputs from EMG and ERG and the responses given and revisions made to relevant evaluation deliverables using the Evaluation Product Comment Template included in the UN Women Evaluation Handbook.

METHODOLOGY

The final evaluation will be an impartial, transparent and participatory process involving relevant stakeholders and partners. The overall evaluation design will be non-experimental and rely primarily on qualitative data collection and analysis methods aligned with the principles of gender equality and human rights. The rationale behind key methodological decisions, including sample selection and data collection tool development and administration, and their limitations should be systematically elaborated in the evaluation outputs. To ensure accuracy and credibility of the findings, data should be triangulated with the use of multiple primary and secondary data collection methods and sources, including but not limited to desk reviews, document analysis, key informant interviews with identified key stakeholders and case studies, and reviewed and validated through consultations with the evaluation management and reference groups.

A Rapid Assessment (RA) must be carried out as the first task of the evaluation consultants to finalize key evaluation criteria and corresponding questions and to inform the design and methodological choices in the context of the COVID-19 crisis. Remote data collection methods, i.e. telephone and online/virtual interviews to capture primary data, may be applicable under these ever-changing, volatile circumstances to ensure the safety of all involved and to strictly abide by government regulations. In addition, the RA should assess the availability and quality of existing data, and identify specific, feasible objectives and areas of assessment for the evaluation from the full set of criteria listed in Section III. An Evaluation Matrix should be developed as part of the Inception Report based on findings of the RA and insights from relevant stakeholders, including UN Women, UNOPS, PBSO/PBF and Chrysalis, and the review of available project-related information. The templates and guidelines for the Matrix and the Inception Report are provided in the UN Women Evaluation Handbook. The following information will be supplied by UN Women, UNOPS and Chrysalis to support the RA process:

  • Full project document, results-based monitoring framework used to measure performance and an updated conflict and political analysis/assessments commissioned by the project;
  • Available monitoring data and relevant information collected at output level and beyond;
  • Key project outputs such as knowledge products, reports and agendas from meetings and workshops;
  • Relevant policies and knowledge products produced in the project’s operating environment, including existing national and regional data and evidence, and/or data from similar projects;
  • A comprehensive list of beneficiaries and stakeholders and contacts for data collection.
  • Technical guidelines on solid waste management in Sri Lanka.
  • Preliminary support will be provided to coordinate meetings and consultations with some project stakeholders.

The consultants will jointly facilitate the review and finalization of all evaluation outputs by directly participating in and contributing to relevant in-person or virtual workshops and meetings held for such purposes. Evaluation processes and methods should be culturally sensitive and ethically valid to protect the privacy and confidentiality of the participants and should not cause physical or emotional distress. The consultant should closely consult UN Women’s Pocket Toolkit for conducting evaluations during the pandemic, strictly abide by the “Do No Harm” principle and as noted in the quality assurance procedures outlined Section I, be familiar with the referenced documents, especially the GERAAS Evaluation Report Quality Assessment Checklist[1] of this document as a guidance for conducting the evaluation and drafting the final evaluation report.  

EVALUATION ETHICS

The consultant should have both personal and professional integrity and abide by the UNEG Ethical Guidelines for evaluation and the UNEG Code of Conduct for Evaluation in the UN system to ensure that the rights of individuals involved in the evaluation are respected. The consultant must act with cultural sensitivity and pay attention to protocols, codes and recommendations that may be relevant to their interactions with women. As part of the Inception Report, the consultant will develop a specific protocol for the conduct of the evaluation and data collection in line with WHO Guidelines on conducting research on violence against women.[2] All data collected through the evaluation is property of UN Women and the PBF, and must be provided to the organization, if requested, in a word format. In addition, UN Women information security policy on protecting the integrity and confidentiality of data must be adhered to.[3]The consultants must explicitly declare their independence from any organizations that have been involved in designing, executing or advising any aspect of the UN Women Sri Lanka project that is the subject of evaluation. The selection process will ensure that the consultants do not have any relationship with the project in the past, present or foreseen in the near future. If any wrongdoing is uncovered, the UN Women Legal Framework for addressing non-compliance with UN conduct must be followed[4].

[1] GERAAS Evaluation Report Quality Assessment Checklist available at https://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/evaluation/evaluation-geraas-guidance-en.pdf?la=en&vs=408

[2] World Health Organization, Researching Violence Against Women, 2005;

[3] UN Women, Information security policy;

[4] UN Women, Legal framework for addressing non-compliance with UN standards of conduct;


Duties and Responsibilities

 

EXPECTED DELIVERABLES AND TENTATIVE TIMEFRAME  

Key deliverables

Details of expected deliverables

Percentage of total contract

Indicative

Timeframe

 

Agency Making the Payment

1. Inception Report

In collaboration with the international consultant:

1. Conduct an initial review/rapid assessment of available project-related data in drafting the Inception Report. In conducting the rapid assessment, the consultant will liaise with all project stakeholders and undertake field visits as and when required.

 

2. Share a draft Inception Report with the International Consultant for further review and onward submission to UN Women, UNOPS and PBF HQ. The draft Inception Report must incorporate an implementation plan and a review methodology based on the findings of the Rapid Assessment.

 

3. Liaise and support the International Consultant to incorporate feedback and/or additional findings provided by UN Women, UNOPS and PBF HQ, to the inception report (final version to be submitted by the International Consultant).

 

30%

No later than 26 November 2021

UNOPS

2. PowerPoint Presentation on the Preliminary Findings

In collaboration with the international consultant:

 

1. Compile a PowerPoint Presentation including information gathered through the rapid assessment. The presentation is intended for a virtual debriefing session (for project stakeholders) held prior to completion of data collection activities to identify gaps and address issues.

 

2. Organise and participate in the virtual debriefing session with project stakeholders.

 

3. Completion of data collection and analysis efforts (including field visits, where required) as per the finalised methodology.

 

4. Liaise and support the International Consultant to incorporate feedback and/or additional findings provided by UN Women, UNOPS and PBF HQ to  the Preliminary Findings PowerPoint Presentation for further review and final submission by the International Consultant.

 

40%

No later than  05 January 2022

UN Women

3. Final Evaluation Report, Two-Page Evaluation Findings Brief and Innovative Programme Learning document

In collaboration with the international consultant:

1. Liaise and assist the International Consultant in compiling and submitting the draft Final Evaluation Report (40 pg max excluding annexes) including an updated RF, the Two-Page Evaluation Findings Brief, and the draft knowledge sharing Innovative Programme Learning document (for external stakeholders’ use) to  UN Women, UNOPS and PBF HQ for their review and approval.

 

2. Liaise and assist the International Consultant to incorporate the feedback received from UN Women, UNOPS and PBF HQ  to the following documents (to be submitted by the International Consultant):

  • Final Evaluation Report
  • Final Two-Page Evaluation Findings Brief.
  • Final knowledge sharing Innovative Programme Learning document

All documents highlighted in this section must follow relevant UN guidelines and processes outlined and formatted in accordance with UN Women branding guidelines for technical publication.

 

30%

No later than 09 February 2022

UN Women

 

DURATION OF ASSIGNMENT AND ROLE OF THE CONSULTANT

The Consultant’s contract will be supervised and financed by UN WOMEN and UNOPS. The tentative duration of assignment is between November 2021 and February 2022. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the contract duration and requirements may change based on the measures imposed by the government and by the UN. The consultant must demonstrate flexibility given such shifting conditions.

The International and National Consultants will be jointly responsible for the completion and submission of the deliverables outlined below. The International Consultant’s responsibilities include the provision of technical expertise and overall direction in support of the data collection and field efforts led by the National Consultant and the management of all communication and coordination with the Review Management Team. The national consultant will be primarily responsible for the implementation of the evaluation plan in the Puttalam and Mannar districts, data collection including conducting field interviews with beneficiaries and liaising directly with district/local level implementing partners and stakeholders, analysis of key findings and recommendations, organizing debriefing sessions, and the management of all communication and coordination with the Evaluation Management and Reference Groups.

 


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

  • Adaptability to UN procurement guidelines
  • Ability to monitor the work of vendors, deliver on best value for money
     


Required Skills and Experience

 

Education:

  • Minimum education of master’s degree in relevant disciplines (gender, conflict studies, peacebuilding, international development, social sciences, or related fields);
  • Qualifications, including specialized trainings or certifications, in peacebuilding program evaluation and results-based management; (desirable)

Professional experience:

  • At least 5 years of experience in designing and leading program evaluation in a peacebuilding context, including with programming in relation to the WPS agenda, gender equality, women’s economic and political empowerment and peacebuilding and reconciliation;
  • Experience in conducting and managing gender-responsive evaluations of projects with budgets of over 1 million USD in Sri Lanka and/or South Asia required;
  • Experience/understanding of Solid Waste Management projects is desirable;
  • Proven knowledge and understanding of M&E methodologies, including qualitative and quantitative data analysis skills and participatory data collection approaches;
  • Proven ability to produce high-quality reports and manage diverse perspectives in communications and consultations with relevant stakeholders and beneficiaries;
  • Knowledge of national and local governance systems and legal and policy frameworks and previous experience engaging with UN agencies, donors and high-level government stakeholders are preferred;
  • Proficiency in English;
  • Fluency in either of the national languages Sinhala or Tamil.
     

EVALUATION

Applications will be evaluated based on the cumulative analysis:

  • Technical qualification (100 points); weight: (70%)
  •  Financial proposal (100 points): weight (30%)

A two-stage procedure is utilized in evaluating the applications, with evaluation of the technical application being completed prior to any price proposal being compared. Only the price proposal of the candidates who passed the minimum technical score of 70% of the obtainable score of 100 points in the technical qualification evaluation will be evaluated.

Technical qualification evaluation criteria:

The total number of points allocated for the technical qualification component is 100. The technical qualification of the individual is evaluated based on following technical qualification evaluation criteria: Technical Evaluation Criteria

Obtainable Score

 

A) Education

 

20

 

B) Experience and skills (including previous experience with the UN and government stakeholders)

40

C) Knowledge and understanding of M&E methodologies

30

 

D) Language proficiency and report writing skills

10

Total Obtainable Score

100 %

Only the candidates who have attained a minimum of 70% of total points will be considered as technically-qualified candidates who may be contacted for validation interview.

Financial/Price Proposal evaluation:

  • Only the financial proposal of candidates who have attained a minimum of 70% score in the technical evaluation will be considered and evaluated.
  • The total number of points allocated for the price component is 100.
  • The maximum number of points will be allotted to the lowest price proposal that is opened/ evaluated and compared among those technical qualified candidates who have attained a minimum of 70% score in the technical evaluation. All other price proposals will receive points in inverse proportion to the lowest price.

 

SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION AND DEADLINE

Interested candidates are requested to submit an electronic application with technical and financial proposals hr.bangkok@unwomen.org with cc to upul.ranaweera@unwomen.org no later than 3 November 2021. The financial proposal should provide professional fees as a lump sum amount for each deliverable, as well as travel-related costs.

The submission package should include:

  • Cover letter outlining relevant experience (s)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal History Form (P11) that can be downloaded from: http://asiapacific.unwomen.org/en/about-us/jobs
  • Proposed preliminary evaluation methodology based on the criteria and context noted above.
  • Writing sample in the form of a past evaluation report in which applicant was the team leader or sole evaluator.
  • Financial proposal specifying proposed fee based on each deliverable, and travel-related costs* as per the following template. Financial proposal should also reflect the inclusion of a translator to assist with either Sinhala or Tamil language if the applicant lacks competency in either of the languages.

*The cost of economic and direct travel on mission must be pre-approved by the Programme Analyst of UN Women Sri Lanka and it is reimbursable based on UN Women’s travel guidelines.  

Items

Amount (LKR)

Provide a Lump Sum fee (equivalent to daily fee x no. of days)

Number of days refers to actual days that an assisting consultant works in order to produce deliverables as required by the ToR, NOT the number of days covering the whole period of consultancy.

In collaboration with the international consultant:

 

1. Conduct an initial review/rapid assessment of available project-related data in drafting the Inception Report. In conducting the rapid assessment, the consultant will liaise with all project stakeholders and undertake field visits as and when required.

 

2. Share a draft Inception Report with the International Consultant for further review and onward submission to UN Women, UNOPS and PBF HQ. The draft Inception Report must incorporate an implementation plan and a review methodology based on the findings of the Rapid Assessment.

 

3.Liaise and support the International Consultant to incorporate feedback and/or additional findings provided by UN Women, UNOPS and PBF HQ, to the inception report (final version to be submitted by the International Consultant).

* As mentioned under the Payments section above, UNOPS will make the payment for this deliverable.

In collaboration with the international consultant:

 

1. Compile a PowerPoint Presentation including information gathered through the rapid assessment. The presentation is intended for a virtual debriefing session (for project stakeholders) held prior to completion of data collection activities to identify gaps and address issues.

 

2. Organise and participate in the virtual debriefing session with UN Women, UNOPS and PBF.

 

3. Completion of data collection and analysis efforts (including field visits, where required) as per the finalised methodology.

 

4. Liaise and support the International Consultant to incorporate feedback and/or additional findings provided by UN Women, UNOPS and PBF HQ to  the Preliminary Findings PowerPoint Presentation for further review and final submission by the International Consultant.

 

In collaboration with the international consultant:

 

1. Liaise and assist the International Consultant in compiling and submitting the draft Final Evaluation Report (40 pg max excluding annexes) including an updated RF, the Two-Page Evaluation Findings Brief, and the draft knowledge sharing Innovative Programme Learning document (for external stakeholders’ use) to UN Women, UNOPS and PBF HQ for their review and approval.

 

2. Liaise and assist the International Consultant to incorporate the feedback received from UN Women, UNOPS and PBF HQ to the following documents (to be submitted by the International Consultant):

  • Final Evaluation Report
  • Final Two-Page Evaluation Findings Brief.
  • Final knowledge sharing Innovative Programme Learning document

 

All documents highlighted in this section must follow relevant UN guidelines and processes outlined and formatted in accordance with UN Women branding guidelines for technical publication.

 

Suggestive travel and miscellaneous expenses budget** (inclusive of food and accommodation, internet connectivity, and any other costs relevant for the consultancy)

Please calculate intermittent travel to 02 districts (Puttalam and Mannar) for scoping, monitoring and data collection related tasks.

 

 

Total Financial Proposal

 

** Given the developing Covid-19 context, there could be a scenario where travel to the field is not required and/or permitted and as a result, data collection methods will need to unfold in a remote manner.

The reimbursement of travel-related costs will therefore rely on the conditions posed by the ability/inability to travel to the field.

 

PAYMENT

The draft deliverables shall be submitted within the deadlines indicated in Section VIII. Payment will be released upon satisfactory completion and once the final and revised versions of the deliverables outlined, incorporating feedback of EMG and ERG, are reviewed and approved. Payment shall be made within 30 days from receipt of corresponding invoices.

UNOPS will cover the full cost for Deliverable No. 1 (Inception Report), based on the financial proposal submitted by the successful candidate. UNOPS will enter into a Purchase Order/relevant contractual modality directly with the consultant in regard to the payment for deliverable No.1. This will be in addition to the primary contract between the selected candidate and UN Women (as lead agency) for this evaluation.

All travel-related and miscellaneous costs (such as internet connectivity etc.) must be included in the financial proposal as a lumpsum amount. The cost of economic and direct travel on mission must be pre-approved by the Programme Analyst of UN Women Sri Lanka and it is reimbursable based on UN Women’s travel guidelines. Payment for travel costs will be made upon submission of evidence of travel.

Payment

Deliverables

Estimated date of payment

Responsible Agency for Payment

1st Installment, 30% of total fee

Deliverable 1 – Inception Report

06 December 2021

UNOPS

2nd Installment, 40% of total fee

Deliverable 2 - Preliminary Findings PowerPoint Presentation

14 January 2022

UN Women

3rd Installment, 30% of total fee

Deliverable 3 - Final Evaluation Report, Two-Page Evaluation Findings Brief and Innovative Programme Learning document

18 February 2022

UN Women

Travel-related costs

Payment for travel and miscellaneous expenses will be made upon submission of evidence of travel, based on UN Women’s travel guidelines

18 February 2022

UN Women

 
 

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION STATEMENT

At UN Women, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. UN Women recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, national origin, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, competence, integrity and organizational need. 

If you need any reasonable accommodation to support your participation in the recruitment and selection process, please include this information in your application.

UN Women has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UN Women, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to UN Women’s policies and procedures and the standards of conduct expected of UN Women personnel and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. (Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.)

 



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