National Consultant on FINAL EVALUATION OF UN WOMEN PROJECT- ‘“Promoting Women and Girls´ Effective Participation in Peace, Security and Recovery in Mozambique



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Location : Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE
Application Deadline :10-Nov-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Gender Equality
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English   Portuguese
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
10-Jan-2022
Duration of Initial Contract :40 working days
Expected Duration of Assignment :40 working days

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

A. UN Women´s Mandate for the Project

The work of the UN Women on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) is governed by a series of commitments on the rights of women. These include United Nations Security Council (UNSC) landmark Resolution 1325 (2000) and nine successive resolutions[1] - as well as the Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA) and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) including the CEDAW General Recommendation No. 30 on conflict prevention, conflict, and post-conflict situations.

UN Women supports women’s full and equal representation and participation in all levels of peace processes and security efforts. Enhancing women’s engagement for sustainable peace requires an integrated approach that simultaneously addresses conflict prevention, resolution, and recovery, while strengthening national accountability and ensuring women’s protection from all forms of human rights violations, including sexual and gender-based violence. In order to achieve transformative change, UN Women works in the following areas: (1) increasing women’s meaningful participation in formal, and informal peace negotiations; (2) promoting women’s participation in peacebuilding and recovery planning, women’s economic empowerment within recovery efforts, and the establishment of gender responsive post-conflict institutions; (3) increasing women’s participation and safety in peacekeeping; (3) ending impunity conflict-related sexual and gender-based violence; (4) promoting a gender-sensitive approach to preventing and countering violent extremism; and (5) creating an enabling environment for the implementation of national commitments to women, peace and security (including the implementation of National Action Plans on WPS). In addition, UN Women promotes research initiatives, data collection, learning exchanges, and documentation of good practices on women, peace, and security to inform policy and programming.

The actions of UN Women in Mozambique are aligned with two strategic objectives: 1) Consolidate national unity, peace and sovereignty and 2) Develop human and social capital in accordance with the government´s Five Year Plan and the National Plan for the Advancement of Women. The project being implemented contributes to the implementation of the National Action Plan for the Advancement of Women and the National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security (2018-2022) (NAP), which was created with the support of UN Women. The project is part of the larger UN Women Programme on Women, Peace and Security and is being implemented within the framework of the Mozambique UNDAF 2017-2021 (United Nation Development Assistance Framework) and it is also expected to contribute towards the achievement of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want.

B. Context in Mozambique

Following the 1992 Peace Accords between the government of Mozambique and the former rebel movement RENAMO, Mozambique enjoyed nearly 20 years of relative peace and stability. This allowed for significant democratic advances in the country, including gender equality and women's empowerment.

Since the ratification of the CEDAW in 1997 and the adoption of Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action as well as the gender equality as a constitutional principle, Mozambique has made significant progress at political, legal and institutional level. The main milestones include the adoption of a Gender National Policy and its Implementation Strategy, the National Plan for the Advancement of Women, a Law on Domestic Violence Against Women (29/2009),  the National Council for Women's Advancement, represented at both provincial and district level, the adoption and implementation of an integrated multi-sectoral approach to assist victims of violence against women, National Action Plan on Women Peace and Security, and the approval of the Law  to Prevent and Combat Premature Unions (19/2019).

Women's participation in politics has increased over time. Mozambique has had six general elections (1994, 1999, 2004, 2009, 2014 and 2019) and five municipal elections (1998, 2003, 2008, 2013, 2018, and the mid-term elections of Nampula in 2017). Presidential, legislative, and assembly elections for provincial councils took place in October 2019.  As a result of the general election in 2019 elections, women make 41.2 per cent of MPs (103 out of 250) and at local level as a result of the 2018 elections there are 6 presidents’ women out of 53 presidents of municipal councils (11.3%), and 8 are represented as Presidents of the Municipal Assemblies (15,1%). The Speaker of Parliament has been a woman in the last 3 elections (2009, 2014, 2019). At national level, women’s participation over all sectors of government reached 32.4% in 2016. [2] However, progress has not been enough to challenge deeply rooted sociocultural norms such as discrimination against women, lack of education especially in rural areas, limited participation in public spaces.  

The political situation remains fragile with demobilization and reintegration of former rebel armed forces following cease fire between the Government and the National Mozambican Resistance (RENAMO) reached in March 2018 and part of the recently definitive peace agreement and comprehensive Peace and Reconciliation Agreement by the Government and RENAMO in August 2019. However, since 2017, the province of Cabo Delgado (in north of Mozambique-one of the provinces with a growing extractive industry) has suffered attacks perpetrated by armed group said to be linked to extremist religious groups, resulting in social instability. Although there is at times the appearance of stability, there is high probability that these attacks and violent extremism will persist, given the fact that the purpose and provenience of these group is still rather unexplained, and they remain active in the northern region of Mozambique.

Given that the country currently faces an immensely sensitive political, economic, and humanitarian situation, this scenario is likely to further undermine the prospects of achievement of gender equality by 2030. While political-military tensions as well as the increasing violent extremism in the northern region threaten the already precarious peace and security of women and girls in Mozambique.  In addition, other factors, such as macroeconomic instability, health crises (including COVID-19, HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, etc), natural disasters and the emergence of conflicts, further threatens the peace and security of women. Women continue to suffer physical and psychological harm from both armed and other conflicts, economic exclusion, environmental degradation, and masculinised politics and militarism, which have only compounded gendered insecurity. These harms are generally not accompanied by a reparation process that includes the provision of opportunities for social, phycological and economic recovery after the conflict.

[1] UN Res. 1820, 1888, 1889, 1960, 2106, 2122, 2242, 2467 and 2493

[2] Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Action, 2016


Duties and Responsibilities

The project rationale stems from the need to promote the active and full participation of women and girls in peace, security and recovery processes in Mozambique at all levels.

To respond to challenges faced in the promotion of gender equality in peace and security processes at all levels in Mozambique, since 2016 the Government of Mozambique, through the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Action and with the support of UN Women, began the formulation of the National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security for the national implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and the related resolutions. In May 2018, the Government of Mozambique approved the National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security (2018-2022) (NAP) which seeks to promote women´s and girls´ human rights in armed conflict and post-conflict contexts.

To support the operationalization of the NAP, UN Women in partnership with MGCAS and support of the Governments of Iceland and the Kingdom of Norway, is implementing a project denominated: “Promoting Women and Girl’s effective participation in peace, security and recovery in Mozambique.” The project focuses on:

  • Enhancing security for women and providing integrated multi-sectorial response services to victims of violence;
  • Promoting and facilitating the socioeconomic recovery of women;
  • Strengthening women’s capacity and women’s organizations to participate in conflict prevention and resolution, in particular at community level;
  • Strengthening national capacity to coordinate, monitor and account for the implementation of global commitments on women, peace and security.

With a duration of four years, it started in December 2017 and will end in December 2021, the project is currently being implemented in 17 districts located in 7 provinces of the country (please refer to the graphic below for specifications) with a total budget of approximately 4.5 million dollars funded by the Governments of Norway and Iceland. It is important to note that the project duration has been extended (non-cost extension agreement) by one year from December 2020 to December 2021. Its direct beneficiaries are women and local government authorities. And at national level, building the capacity of government institutions to implement the UNSCR 1325.

The project is guided by the following theory of change: 1) if a facilitating environment is created for the implementation of WPS commitments, 2) if women participate in decision-making processes on prevention, management, and conflict resolution in an effective way, and 3) if the protection, physical and mental health and economic security of women and girls is guaranteed, their human rights respected and their specific needs in the process of peacebuilding and recovery fulfilled. Then, societies will be more peaceful and fairer, because evidence shows that women are the driving forces of peace and security, and inclusive societies are more likely to be stable. Furthermore, post-conflict scenarios are opportunities to link to the root causes of gender inequality barriers.

The expected results of the project are the following:

  • Outcome 1: Women and girls’ safety, physical and mental health and security are enhanced, and their human rights protected
    • Output 1.1: Women and girls affected by violence have access to comprehensive services to redress - including appropriate protection, health and psychosocial and legal services in resettlement, returning areas and in disaster affected areas
  • Outcome 2: The socio-economic recovery of women and girls is increased in the post conflict setting
    • Output 2.1: Women and girls have increased access to economic opportunities in the context of recovery from conflict and cyclone IDAI
  • Outcome 3: The enabling environment for sustainable implementation of WPS commitments is strengthened
    • Output 3.1: Women and girls’ capacity to participate meaningfully in conflict prevention/resolution strengthened
    • Output 3.2: Capacity of the Ministry of Gender to coordinate and monitor implementation of NAP and fulfil UN reporting requirements strengthened
    • Output 3.3: National capacity to implement and generate knowledge on WPS enhanced

The project counts with the following Key stakeholders: Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Action; the Governments of Iceland and the Kingdom of Norway (donors), Ministry of Interior, Ministry of National Defence, Civil Society organizations, especially women-led organizations/associations, the provincial governments and the governments of the target districts. And the project Advisory Group aiming at providing technical advice to the project implementation, including oversight of overall project

The project management structure is composed of:

  • a programme specialist, based in Maputo, who is responsible for the overall supervision of all programmatic management, partnership building and staff management in the project;
  • a Programme Officer, based in Maputo, who is responsible for the overall project and financial management and technical support in the project;
  • a Project Officer, based in Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Action, responsible for providing technical support to the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Action in created WPS unit, as well as responsible for the project coordination and implementation with local government partners at provincial and district levels.

III. Purpose (and use of the evaluation)

The final, end-of-programme evaluation will serve to evaluate the design, implementation, management, and outcomes of the WPS project to identify lessons, good practices that can improve future such initiatives managed by the UN Women Country Office, including accountability, learning and decision-making purposes. Moreover, the evaluation is expected to provide forward-looking and actionable recommendations, based on previous work conducted and the current positioning of UN Women in this area.

The intended end users of this evaluation are UN Women project management, UN Women country office and regional senior management; the donors of the project, other donors interested in UN Women’s portfolio, UN Women’s main partners (including the national government and the provincial governments); other stakeholders engaged stakeholders engaged in promotion of WPS agenda, in and out of Mozambique.

Aligned with United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) Norms and Standards, this evaluation will have an explicit focus on utility. The evaluation will be shared with key stakeholders, donors, and partners. In line with UN Women Evaluation Policy a management response will be prepared for this evaluation as practical means to enhance the use of evaluation findings and follow-up to the evaluation recommendations. The management response will identify who is responsible, what are the action points and the deadlines. It will be posted on the online UNW ‘Global Accountability and Tracking of Evaluation Use (GATE) System’ at http://gate.unwomen.org/.

IV. Objectives (evaluation criteria and key questions)

Considering the mandates to incorporate human rights and gender equality in all UN work and the UN Women Evaluation Policy, which promotes the integration of women’s rights and gender equality principles, these dimensions will have a special attention in this evaluation. A specific evaluation objective on human rights and gender equality is included as well as considered under each evaluation criterion.

The overall objectives of this evaluation are to:

  • Analyse how human rights approach and gender equality principles are integrated in the interventions;
  •  Assess Coherence (internal and external) of the project on how well the intervention fit and its compatibility with others in the CO and Country in general.
  • Assess the relevance of the project at national level including alignment with international agreements and conventions on WPS and other gender equality and women’s empowerment
  • Assess the effectiveness in achieving expected results, including the effectiveness of programming strategies in implementing global commitments within national priorities for in working toward to achieve expected results, with a special focus on innovative, scalable and replicable interventions. The evaluation should also investigate the contextual factors that are enabling or restricting the achievement of results;
  • Assess the organizational efficiency of the project, in terms of financial management and human resource investments;
  • Assess the initial impact of the intervention on the lives of beneficiaries, communities, and institutions involved in the project;
  • Assess the potential sustainability of the interventions in achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment in the context of WPS.  
  • Assess the functioning and effectiveness of the Monitoring, Evaluation and Knowledge Management system, identifying and validating lessons learned, good practices and examples of innovation; and
  • Provide actionable recommendations with respect to improving the project and similar programmes in the future.

Key Evaluation Questions

The evaluation will address the following OECD-DAC[1] evaluation criteria, namely: Relevance, Coherence, Effectiveness, Efficiency, Impact and Sustainability. A specific criterion on Human rights and gender equality will also be assessed. The evaluation will not consider impact (as defined by UNEG) as it is considered too premature to assess this. The evaluation will also, to the extent possible, analyse Value for Money (VFM) and good use of resources by establishing a link between the use of funding and the performance and results of the country office. The evaluation will seek to answer the following key evaluation questions and sub-questions:

Relevance

  • To what extent was the intervention relevant to the needs and priorities as defined by beneficiaries?
  • To what extent was the intervention aligned with country priorities for gender equality and the promotion of the active participation of women in peace, security, and recovery in Mozambique, at regional and global level?
  • At the extent to which the project was able to adjust to respond to emerging needs, especially in the context of the COVID crisis, violent extremism, among other emerging issues.
  • What was the level of engagement between the Partners and key Stakeholders at all levels and the ability to leverage the partnership process to inform the advocacy strategy?

Coherence

  • Internal coherence:  were there synergies and interlinkages between the intervention and other interventions carried out by Un Women and other institutions, such as the government, as well as the consistency of the intervention with the relevant international norms and standards to which UN Women and the government adheres?
  • External coherence:  was the intervention consistent with other actors’ interventions in the same context. Did it include complementarity, harmonisation and co-ordination with others, and the extent to which the intervention added value while avoiding duplication of effort.

Effectiveness

  • To what extent do the activities carried out achieved the intended outputs and contributed to achieved outcomes and how did UN Women contribute towards them? Is there area for improvement? If so, how could have UN Women done differently?
  • What were the enabling and limiting factors that have contributed to the achievement of results and what actions would have been taken to overcome any barriers that could have limited the progress?
  • How was Monitoring & Evaluation Framework including logical frame indicators, tools and processes used to monitor and report activities, outputs?
  • Was monitoring data, knowledge products and lessons learned adequately used to adjust performance and implementation?
  • Which were potential good practices, challenges and lessons from the interventions and recommend forms to improve similar project strategies and Un Women programming?

Efficiency

  • To what extent were project strategies cost-effective in making an impact on the ground, district, and provincial levels? (Analysing the budget and project expenditure over the four years period of the project)
  • Was the project implemented within the planned timeline? If not, what were the challenges and how the project and results were affected?
  • To what extent were the capacities (technical, administrative and advocacy skills) and project management structure adequate to deliver the project objectives and how could they be strengthened to improve impact?

Sustainability

  • To what extent was capacity developed to ensure sustainability of efforts and benefits? And how beneficiaries demonstrate skills with potential for long term impact on their wellbeing?
  • How would the benefits of the intervention be secured for rights holders (i.e. what accountability and oversights systems were established)?
  • What were the contextual factors for sustaining and replicating the project interventions and its impact at national level;
  • To what extent have civil society organizations and women´s organizations/associations committed to promote the WPS agenda and promote peace and security for all at district level;
  • To what extent have Government Partners committed to promoting the WPS agenda at central, provincial and district level?

Human Rights approach and Gender Equality principles

  • To what extent has gender and human rights considerations been integrated into the programme design and implementation?
  • How has attention to/integration of gender equality and human rights concerns advanced the area of work?
  • To which extent the project reached the most vulnerable groups considering the current context in the country (ex. People with disability, Internal displaced women, women affected by conflict and humanitarian disasters, among others).

V. Scope of the evaluation

The scope of the evaluation is national (concentrated at central level as well as in the 17 target districts in the 7 project provinces) and will include all dimensions of the project. The evaluation will cover the entire project implementation from 2018 to 2021. In effort to identify and assess WPS linkages with other thematic areas, the evaluation scope includes also other UN Women impact areas such as the elimination of violence against women and girls, women´s socioeconomic empowerment, and global norms and institutional support. The evaluation will also review the findings and recommendations made by the mid-term evaluation of the project.

VI. Evaluation design (process and methods)

The evaluation will be carried following UN Evaluation Group (UNEG) Norms and Standards (see http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/accountability/evaluation/ ), UN Women Evaluation Policy as well as the Ethical Guidelines for evaluations in the UN system, see Annex to this TOR. Once finalized the evaluation report will be quality-assessed based on the UN Women Global Evaluation Reports Assessment and Analysis System (GERAAS). GERAAS standards and GERAAS rating matrix are available in the annexes.

The formative and summative evaluation will be based on the explicit theory of change already formulated by stakeholders at the beginning of the programme. It will test its validity against the evidence collected so far regarding key programme results. It is also important to mention that both qualitative and quantitative methods are expected to be utilised. The evaluation process is expected to be transparent and involve various stakeholders and partners.

The evaluation type will be non-experimental, and follow these phases, being phase 1 and 4 under UN Women direct responsibility:

  • Preparation: This includes the stakeholder analysis and establishment of the reference group, development of the ToR, and recruitment of the evaluation team.
  • Conduct: Inception report, stakeholder workshop, data collection and analysis.
  • Reporting: Presentation of preliminary findings, draft and final reports.
  • Use and follow up: Management response, dissemination of the report, and follow up on how to positively shape future programme design. 

Methodology

The evaluation methodology will be developed by the Evaluation Consultants and presented to the Evaluation Reference Group and approval of the evaluation management team. The methodology should use a combination of quantitative and qualitative research methods that are appropriate to address the main evaluation questions and account for complexity of gender relations and to ensure participatory and inclusive processes that are culturally appropriate. These methods should be responsive to human rights and gender equality principles and facilitate the engagement of key stakeholders. Measures will be taken to ensure the quality, reliability, and validity of data. Limitations with respect to the sample (representativeness) should be stated clearly.

Primary data collection could be undertaken through observations, site visit, individual key informant interviews and focal group discussions with representatives of relevant government institutions (duty bearers), development partners, beneficiaries (right holders) and key community players seeking to address gender equality and human rights issues. Data collection and analysis methods such as appreciative inquiry, most significant change, case study, survey could also be implemented. The evaluator will develop a sampling frame (area and population represented, rationale for selection, mechanics of selection, and limitations of the sample) and specify how it will address the diversity of stakeholders in the intervention. However, given the current COVID-19 context and the increase in insecurity and violence context, there may be some restrictions in the collection of primary data in the field as well as observation which can cause some methodological limitations. To mitigate this risk, remote data collection may be adopted.

The evaluator should take measures to ensure data quality, reliability and validity of data collection tools and methods and their responsiveness to gender equality and human rights; for example, the limitations of the sample (representativeness) should be stated clearly, and the data should be triangulated (cross-checked against other sources) to help ensure robust results. All the data collected should be gender-responsive (including disaggregated by sex and age). The evaluator should also consider other recent evaluations conducted in the CO, such as the WPS MTE and the Country Portfolio Evaluation covering the period of 2017-2021.  

VII. Stakeholder participation

The Evaluators will collaborate with the CO evaluation manager to convene and coordinate meetings with the Evaluation Reference Group (ERG). Ideally, the ERG will include the members of the Advisory Group: The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Action; the Governments of Iceland and Norway; sister UN agencies, local governments, and civil society organizations (specially women-led organizations/associations/groups). They will be playing liaison, technical advisory, and quality assurance roles, including the validation and dissemination of results. In this sense, rural women and their associations are key rights holders — their views, challenges and progress need to be highly reflected in the process and results of this evaluation.

VIII. Expected deliverables and Time Frame

Deliverable

Time frame for submission

Person responsible [evaluation manager, evaluation consultant, etc.]

Selection and Creation of the Evaluation Reference Group

November 2021

UN Women

Completion of the UN Women Gender-Responsive Evaluation on-line Training

5 days after signature of contract

Evaluators

 

Desk review, Inception report detailing methodologies for data collection, analysis and validation of the results.  The inception report should include the work plan, report outline and timeframe

10 days after signature of the contract;

Evaluators

Inception meeting with the ERG to discuss the Inception Report

 

Evaluators

Field-based key informant interviews and group discussions in the districts as well as a

 

 Validation meeting with the Evaluation Reference Group to present key preliminary findings

14 working days including travel

Evaluators

Preliminary Report and revision*

15 days after completion of field work

Evaluators

Final report incorporating recommendations from the Evaluation Reference Group including a list of all people involved and a list of all consulted documents.

6 days after reception of UN Women comments

Evaluators

Total

45 Working Days

 

 

* The Evaluation Report Outline must include the following

  1. Title and opening pages
  2. Executive summary
  3. Background and purpose of the evaluation
  4. Programme/object of evaluation description and context
  5. Evaluation objectives and scope
  6. Evaluation methodology and limitations
  7. Findings
  8. Conclusions
  9. Recommendations
  10. Lessons learned

ANNEXES:

  • Terms of reference
  • Documents consulted
  • Lists of institutions interviewed or consulted and sites visited (without direct reference to individuals)
  • Analytical results and methodology related documentation, such as evaluation matrix
  • List of findings and recommendations

IX. Management of evaluation

The Evaluation will be commissioned by UN Women Mozambique Country Office. The Consultant will report to the Country Representative. S/he will benefit from technical support of the UN Women Programme Specialist, UN Women Programme Officer (Women, Peace and Security), and UN Women M&E Officer (who will be the main liaison person), and from the Regional Evaluation Specialist based in the UN Women Regional Office in Kenya. The evaluation team will also benefit of support from the Evaluation management group and reference group established by the CO with specific ToRs highlighting their responsibilities and role during the evaluation.

Roles and responsibilities of different groups engaged in the evaluation

Team

Responsibilities

Management Evaluation Group

• Participate in any meetings of the management group

• Approve the consultant/firm selected to conduct the evaluation

• Participation in any inception meeting/s and quality assure the evaluation inception report

• Facilitate access to information by the evaluation team

• Review and quality assure the draft evaluation report

• Disseminate and promote the use of the evaluation findings and recommendations.

Evaluation Reference group

• Facilitating the participation of the key stakeholders in the evaluation design, defining the objectives, the evaluation scope and the different information needs.

• Providing input on the evaluation products: a) ToR, which defines the nature and scope of the evaluation; b) inception report, which defines the approach and methodology of the evaluation team; c) preliminary findings, which identify the key findings from preliminary analysis; and d) draft and final reports, to identify factual accuracy, errors of interpretation or omission of information.

• Providing relevant information (i.e., via surveys, interviews, etc.) and documentation to the evaluation team.

• Disseminating evaluation results.

• Implementing evaluation recommendations as appropriate.

X. Evaluation team composition, skills and experiences

UN Women is expecting to recruit two individual consultants for the final evaluation (one national and one international) with extensive experience in the field of gender equality and women´s empowerment The international consultant will be paired with the national consultant in several steps of the evaluation and will be the team leader.

[1] Since 2019 OECD introduced Coherence as a stand-alone criterion.


Competencies

Competencies and Success Critical Factors

Corporate Competences and Ethics

  • Demonstrate integrity, values, and ethics in accordance with UN Women norms.
  • Promote the vision, mission, and strategic objectives of UN Women.
  • Show respect regardless the race/colour, sex, religion, nationality, and age as well as be sensible to cultural adaptation capacity; and
  • Evaluators are expected to have personal and professional integrity and abided by the UNEG Ethical Guidelines for Evaluation and the UNEG Code of Conduct for Evaluation in the UN System ensuring that the rights of individuals involved in the evaluation are respected.

Functional Competences

  • Knowledge of legislation, programme and public policies on gender, women’s economic empowerment, and women’s rights in general in Mozambique.
  • Demonstrated experience in gender and economics related research.
  • Leadership and skills to work with autonomy and initiative; and
  • Strong Advocacy skills.

Managing knowledge and learning

  • Promote knowledge sharing and a learning culture.
  • Team working; and

Strong communication skills, oral and written in Portuguese and English.

XI. Ethical code of conduct

To ensure the credibility and integrity of the evaluation process and following United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) Ethical Guidelines, the Consultants will be required to commit to the Code of Conduct for Evaluation (see http://www.unevaluation.org/papersandpubs/ ), specifically to the following obligations: 

  • Independence: Evaluators shall ensure that independence of judgment is maintained, and that evaluation findings and recommendations are independently presented.
  • Cultural Sensitivity/Valuing diversity: Demonstrating an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff. Demonstrating an international outlook, appreciating differences in values, and learning from cultural diversity.
  • Impartiality: Evaluators shall operate in an impartial and unbiased manner and give a balanced presentation of strengths and weaknesses of the policy, program, project, or organizational unit being evaluated.
  • Conflict of Interest: Evaluators are required to disclose in writing any experience, which may give rise to a potential conflict of interest, and to deal honestly in resolving any conflict of interest which may arise.
  • Honesty and Integrity: Evaluators shall show honesty and integrity in their own behaviour, negotiating honestly the evaluation costs, tasks, limitations, scope of results likely to be obtained, while accurately presenting their procedures, data and findings and highlighting any limitations or uncertainties of interpretation within the evaluation.
  • Competence: Evaluators shall accurately represent their level of skills and knowledge and work only within the limits of their professional training and abilities in evaluation, declining assignments for which they do not have the skills and experience to complete successfully.
  • Accountability: Evaluators are accountable for the completion of the agreed evaluation deliverables within the 45 days timeframe and budget agreed, while operating in a cost-effective manner.
  • Obligations to Participants: Evaluators shall respect and protect the rights and welfare of human subjects and communities, in accordance with the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other human rights conventions. Evaluators shall respect differences in culture, local customs, religious beliefs and practices, personal interaction, gender roles, disability, age and ethnicity, while using evaluation instruments appropriate to the cultural setting. Evaluators shall ensure prospective participants are treated as autonomous agents, free to choose whether to participate in the evaluation, while ensuring that the relatively powerless are represented.
  • Confidentiality: Evaluators shall respect people’s right to provide information in confidence and make participants aware of the scope and limits of confidentiality, while ensuring that sensitive information cannot be traced to its source.
  • Avoidance of Harm: Evaluators shall act to minimize risks and harms to, and burdens on, those participating in the evaluation, without compromising the integrity of the evaluation findings.
  • Accuracy, Completeness and Reliability: Evaluators have an obligation to ensure that evaluation reports and presentations are accurate, complete, and reliable. Evaluators shall explicitly justify judgments, findings and conclusions and show their underlying rationale, so that stakeholders are able to assess them.
  • Transparency: Evaluators shall clearly communicate to stakeholders the purpose of the evaluation, the criteria applied and the intended use of findings. Evaluators shall ensure that stakeholders have a say in shaping the evaluation and shall ensure that all documentation is readily available to and understood by stakeholders.
  • Omissions and wrongdoing: Where evaluators find evidence of wrong-doing or unethical conduct, they are obliged to report it to the proper oversight authority.
  • The evaluator will have the final judgment on the findings, conclusions and recommendations of the evaluation report, and the evaluator must be protected from pressures to change information in the report. If the evaluator identifies issues of wrongdoing, fraud or other unethical conduct, UN Women procedures must be followed, and confidentiality be maintained. The UN Women Legal Framework for Addressing Non-Compliance with UN Standards of Conduct defines misconduct and the mechanisms within UN Women for reporting and investigating it.

 

For more information, please refer to: UN Women Evaluation Consultants Agreement Form, UNEG Ethical Guidelines.

Annexes


Required Skills and Experience

Academic qualification

Bachelor’s degree in gender studies, development studies, economics, social science, peace and security studies, rural development, or other related fields

Competences and professional experience

  • A strong record (minimum 5 years) in designing and leading evaluations, including gender-responsive evaluations. 
  • Solid experience in data collection and community engagement in rural areas

Experience

  • A minimum of 5 years of progressive experience in the field of rural development, food security and climate change mitigation.
  • Work experience in peace and security , socioeconomic empowerment, rural development, promoting gender equality and the elimination of violence against women and girls; and Extensive knowledge of WPS agenda is an asset.

Other skills

  • Sound understanding of social and cultural reality of Mozambique, in particular traditional norms affecting gender equality.
  • Sound understanding of the functioning of government structures in Mozambique.
  • Knowledge of the national gender machinery, women’s organizations, policies, and legislation on GEWE.
  • Excellent analytical skills and prior experience of both quantitative and qualitative data analysis.
  • Experience with remote research and in emergency contexts is a strong asset.
  • Fluent in Portuguese and good knowledge of English.

Knowledge of local languages in Mozambique is a strong asset.



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