Evaluation Title: Mid-term Evaluation of the Local Economic Development Portfolio


Location : Freetown, SIERRA LEONE
Application Deadline :30-Nov-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left :3d 2h 53m
Additional Category :Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
01-Dec-2022
Duration of Initial Contract :35 working days
Expected Duration of Assignment :35 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

Basic evaluation information

Evaluation Title: Mid-term Evaluation of the Local Economic Development Portfolio

Department/Unit: Sustainable and Local Economic Development

Country: Sierra Leone

Duration: 35 working days

Type of Contract: 1 National Consultant

Location: Freetown with travel to the regions

Background

One key development challenge for Sierra Leone is the inability to generate employment and livelihood opportunities for the youth and women, including persons with disabilities (PWDs), as well as build institutions that ensure accountability and service delivery for all. One of the strategies for Sierra Leone to address these challenges is Local Economic Development (LED). In line with the UNDP Country Programme (2020-2023) and as part of the Sustainable and Local Economic Development cluster, LED portfolio supports Government efforts to create economic opportunities, improve livelihoods and create employment opportunities especially amongst youth, women and PWDs. Local Economic Development Portfolio aims to address the challenges that vulnerable groups such as women, children, youth, and people with disability (PWD) facing in Sierra Leone. It supports capacity building of national and local institutions to enhance local economic development.

The portfolio adopts an integrated approach covering key economic, social, and environmental dimensions for inclusive and sustainable growth. The portfolio promotes Public Private Partnerships (PPP), and youth employment initiatives in a participatory and gender responsive manner. Through dedicated initiatives, the LED portfolio also strengthens national policy, strategy and coordination frameworks for youth employment and establish, on a national basis, basic support services for youth including business development support and youth career advice all geared towards increasing the employability of youth. This portfolio support is attained through provision of rapid employment opportunities and income generating activities for young people including persons with disability; strengthening the capacity (human and institutional) of the Ministry of Youth Affairs, Ministry of Social Welfare, National Youth Service (NYS) and National Youth Commission; promotion and of the participation of young people in decision making processes and the development of youth interest initiatives.

In all its strategies, the portfolio considers women as a strong agent of change and seek their inclusion in decision-making process, formal labor force participation, access to credit, savings rates, income levels, entrepreneurship rates, as well as in inheritance and ownership rights. As such, the portfolio's strategy incorporates a gender responsive approach in its implementation and aimed at strongly support gender-responsive planning and budgeting, in all aspects of implementation including ensuring gender norms, roles and inequalities are considered and awareness of these issues raised in intervention.

 

Basic portfolio information

Portfolio Title: Local Economic Development Portfolio

Department/Unit: Sustainable and Local Economic Development (SLED)

Country    : Sierra Leone

Region: Africa

Project ID: 00126320

Contributing outcome and output: United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) 2020-2023 Outcome 4: By 2023, the most vulnerable, particularly women, youth, adolescents, and children (especially girls), and persons living with disabilities are empowered and benefit from increased social protection services, economic and social opportunities

Country Programme Document (CPD) Output 4.1: Vulnerable groups (poor women, youth, and persons with disabilities) are enabled to gain access to basic and financial services for business development and job creation

CPD Output 4.4: Public and private sectors institutions have improved capacities to create decent jobs and sustainable livelihood options

 

Portfolio dates        

Start Planned: 1 January 2021                 

Planned end: 31 December 2023

Portfolio Planned Budget: USD 23,602,000 (estimated to be mobilized)

Portfolio Expenditure: USD 5,917,391.18 (as of September 2022)

Funding sources: UNDP Funding Windows (UNDP-FW), UNDP Rapid Financing Facility, UNDP Core Resources, YouthConnekt Africa (YCA), UN Disability Fund

Implementing Partners: Ministry of Youth Affairs, Ministry of Social Welfare, National Youth Commission, National Youth Service, Public Private Partnerships Unit, Local Councils and CSOs

Supervisor: Youth Technical Specialist and Programme Specialist for SLED

The portfolio theory of change is designed on the premise that promoting local economic development has the potential to contribute to alleviating poverty, addressing exclusion, gender inequalities and marginalization, helping to promote sustainable economic growth and development much needed in local communities. The core function of the state is the provision and delivery of goods and services that meet the needs of its people. Such delivery must be effective, efficient, and sustainable. To attain this, a lot of attention was paid to overhauling the governance structure. That is developing, reviewing, and reworking on policies, laws and regulations that provides the space for decision making involving the vulnerable groups referred to above. It also requires focusing on implementation, monitoring the ways in which affected population particularly vulnerable groups are engaged in the process.

Translating local economic development intentions and targets into concrete results require other governance capacities in terms of institutional framework; monitoring of implementation of laws and regulations; coordination across ministerial/agency boundaries; central-local communication and coordination.

The portfolio overall aims to achieve following outputs:

Output 1: Knowledgebase of key community stakeholders and councils staff strengthened on designing financing, building, and operating revenue generating facilities through the PPP arrangement.

Output 2: Strengthened gender responsive regulations for the effective implementation of public private partnerships in the country.

Output 3: Vulnerable groups, especially PWDs have improved entrepreneurial, financial literacy and employability skills and are socially protected from discrimination.

Key Achievements:

The youth sector regulatory, policy, and coordination framework was strengthened during the reporting period. Notably the National Youth Policy (2020 – 2025) under the theme: “Empowered youth leading the development of a new Sierra Leone” reviewed with support from UNDP and other partners was officially unveiled. The policy is a strategic guiding document for Salone to enhance the capacity and potential of the youth. The policy is guided by three principals – access, inclusivity, and impact. Additionally, National Youth Service Act of 2016 was reviewed, and the Status of Youth Report 2021 published.

In the wake of COVID-19, vulnerable youth and women’s resilience has been strengthened and their economic recovery supported from effects of the pandemic. Specifically, young men and women led businesses in the informal sector whose operations were severely disrupted by effects of the COVID-19 pandemic supported to economically recover.

Alternative livelihoods options and job creation opportunities were created for young people through establishment, upgrade and equipping of employment spaces including car wash centres, innovative fish facilities among others.

Innovative Enterprises for youth and women identified, and a gap analysis through technical entrepreneurship sessions conducted for required support to scale up and grow to full potential. Subsequently, products, tools and items are being provided to the youth and women to scale their innovative enterprises, 40 innovators have launched their product in the market.

Young graduates were deployed in various institutions both public and private sector to gain on-job work experience for 12 months and support their transition from school to the world of work.

Improved access to finance for youth and women businesses. UNDP supported the establishment of an online crowdfunding platform for mobilizing resources for commercially viable youth and women innovative businesses accessible at https://salonecrowdfunder.com

The Socio-economic empowerment for Persons with Disabilities project established with support from UNDP that is aimed at generating employment for poor households.

Gender sensitive Public Private Partnership (PPP) Regulations on various sectors to enhance the implementation of the PPP Act were published and popularized across all local councils in the country.

The project supported the review and validation of the Person with Disabilities Act of 2011 (PWD Bill 2021).

Voice and participation of vulnerable groups are critical in information sharing and decision-making processes. It is therefore relevant for development practitioners to pay a critical attention to these very important principles including core elements of good governance: responsiveness, equity and fairness, effectiveness and efficiency, participation, the rule of law to name a few. In addition, the portfolio advocates the inclusion of PWDs and rights of the disadvantaged groups.


Duties and Responsibilities

Scope and objectives of evaluation

The evaluation will focus mainly on assessing the achievements of the various components within the LED Portfolio. It will focus on assessing the impact of programme interventions spanning from 2020 to present. Specifically, it will examine the impact of UNDP’s support to capacity strengthening of national and local governments and its impact to vulnerable groups particularly women, youth and PWDs.

Specific objectives of the evaluation include:

  • Review the performance of the programme interventions in achieving the outputs stated in the programme document and their contributions to CPD outcomes.
  • Review of programme approach and coherence in delivering programme results.
  • Assess the factors that have been influenced community and national ownership of programme results and its sustainability.
  • Assess the knowledge, visibility and communication employed by both programme and government counterparts around the programme results.
  • Assess the appropriateness of the project strategy, implementation approach, and programme institutional/management arrangements.
  • Document best practices and lessons learned from the programme to feed into the next phase of the programme cycle.
  • Proffer concrete recommendations that may be required for enhancing the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact, and sustainability of a future programme.

Evaluation criteria and key questions

The evaluation will follow the Organization of Economic Cooperation Development (OECD), Development Assistance Committee (DAC)’s evaluation criteria – relevance, coherence, effectiveness, efficiency, impact

and sustainability. Partnership, Gender Empowerment and Social Inclusion (GESI) and human rights will

be added as cross cutting criteria. The guiding questions outlined below should be further refined by the

consultant and agreed with UNDP prior to the commencement of the evaluation: The assessment on the contribution of the projects to development results through its activities will be made in accordance with the following evaluation criteria:

 

Relevance

  • To what extent does the Portfolio respond to the priorities of the Government of Sierra Leone National Development Plan (2019-2023) and similar strategies, the UNDP Country Programme Document (2020-2023), United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation (UNSDCF) 2020-2023, donors’ strategies and the Sustainable Development Goals?
  • How does the support for project interventions contribute to the longer-term development results in terms of approaches, capacities, policies, and strategies?
  • How relevant have project interventions been in leveraging support sustainable development?
  • Do the interventions meet the practical and strategic needs of all genders, persons with disability, and other disadvantaged and marginalized groups?

Coherence

  • To what extent the Portfolio is coherent with Government’s policies?
  • To what extent does the intervention support national legislation and initiatives that aim to improve gender equality and human rights? What lessons can be learned?
  • To what extent the UNDP Portfolio addressed the synergies and interlinkages with other interventions carried out by UN and other development partners?

Efficiency

  • Has the programme been implemented within its stated timeframe and cost estimates?
  • Did the programme interventions focus on the set of activities that were expected to produce significant results?
  • Were there sufficient (human and financial) resources allocated towards achievement of the programme objectives?
  • Were different resources allocated in ways that considered gender equality, and inclusion of person with disability and youth? If so, how were they allocated? Was differential resource allocation appropriate?
  • Was there any identified synergy between UNDP-funded interventions and other similar interventions that contributed to reducing costs while supporting results?
  • Has there been over expenditure or under expenditure in programme interventions?
  • Were there any unanticipated events, opportunities, or constraints? What could be done differently in the future?
  • What measures were taken to assure the quality of development results and management practices, both in relation to process and products, and to partnership strategies?
  • What monitoring and evaluation procedures were applied by UNDP and partners to ensure greater accountability?

Effectiveness

  • Have the expected programme (quantitative and qualitative) results been achieved and what were the supporting or impeding factors?
  • Were the approaches, resources, and conceptual frameworks relevant to achieve intended outputs?
  • What are the main lessons learned from the partnership strategies and what are the possibilities of replication?
  • To what extent have interventions’ objectives and results contributed to gender equality, women and youth empowerment and human rights in governance processes?
  • Which aspects of the interventions had the greatest achievements? What have been the supporting factors? How can UNDP build upon or replicate these achievements?
  • In which areas does the programme component have the least achievements? What have been the constraining factors and why? How can they be overcome?
  • Were the approaches, resources and conceptual frameworks used relevant to the achievement of planned outcomes/outputs?
  • What were the unintended results (positive/negative) of project interventions?

Impact

  • Are the portfolio interventions causing a significant change in the lives of the intended beneficiaries?
  • How did the portfolio interventions cause higher-level effects (such as changes in social norms or systems)? To what extent have impacts contributed to equal power relations between people of different genders?
  • Are all the intended target groups, including the most disadvantaged and vulnerable, benefiting equally from the portfolio interventions?
  • Are the portfolio interventions transformative – does it create enduring changes in norms – including gender norms – and systems, whether intended or not?

Are the interventions leading to other changes, including “scalable” or “replicable” results? How will the interventions contribute to changing society for the better?

Sustainability

  • To what extent were sustainability considerations taken into account in the design and implementation of interventions? How was this concern reflected in the design of the programme component and in the implementation of activities at different levels?
  • Were exit strategies programme interventions appropriately defined and implemented, and what steps have been taken to ensure sustainability of results?
  • How did the development of partnerships at local and national level contribute to sustainability of the results?
  • How were different stakeholders engaged in the design and implementation? Have interventions been implemented with appropriate and effective partnership strategies? What has been the nature and added value of these partnerships?
  • To what extent do mechanisms, procedures and policies exist to carry forward the results attained on gender equality, empowerment of women, human rights, and human development by primary stakeholders?

Human rights, Gender equality and disability inclusion

  • To what extent have poor, indigenous and persons with disability, women, men, and other disadvantaged and marginalized groups benefited from the project?
  • To what extent has the portfolio integrated Human Rights Based Approach in the design, implementation, and monitoring of the project? Have the resources been used in an efficient way to address Human Rights in the implementation?
  • Is the gender marker assigned to this project representative of reality?
  • To what extent has the project promoted positive changes in gender equality and the
    promoting the rights of women and persons with disability? Did any unintended effects emerge for women, men, or vulnerable groups?

Evaluation methodology

The methodology mentioned in this section is indicative. The evaluators should propose a final detail methodological framework in the inception report based on the systematic review of the portfolio documents. Evaluators should adopt both quantitative and qualitative approaches. The qualitative data assessment should include the secondary project data to be collected and developed for more insight into the project's accomplishments and lessons learned. The evaluation stages include (i) desk review, (ii) prepare inception report, (iii) field visits to project’s provinces and districts, (iv) data analysis and interpretation, and (v) evaluation report writing and finalization.

The consultants/evaluators will be responsible for designing appropriate theory-based evaluation methodology including designing tools, developing questionnaire and other instruments for data collection and analysis based on programme theory of change. A kick-off meeting should be organized with UNDP and evaluation partners to discuss on data collection plan, expectations, and tools and techniques to be adhered for collection of primary information. The consultant should use, but not limited, the following methods for data collection:

Desk review

The evaluators should review portfolio documents which includes portfolio notes, project proposals, progress reports, consolidated quarterly and annual reports, minutes of project board meetings, project modification document, knowledge products, research, monitoring reports and legal review reports, communication and visibility reports, case stories, IEC Materials etc. Please see annex -1 for relevant portfolio documents. In addition, the evaluators will review literatures, relevant research, and donors’ and government’s reports.

Interview/Consultation

The consultant will conduct in-depth key informant interviews (online or virtual) to gather primary data from key stakeholders. For this, evaluators should develop checklist and evaluation questions. This includes interviewing representatives from donors and partners. The evaluators also conduct group interview, Focus Group discussion, with portfolio stakeholders and beneficiaries. Interview should also include relevant UN agencies and other implementing partners. While organizing interviews and consultations with beneficiaries, the evaluators should ensure the participation of women, persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups.

Field observation

Evaluator, particularly the local consultant, is expected to directly observe portfolio interventions in provinces and districts in leadership of international consultant. This also includes observing the functioning of the project supported community and stakeholder’s groups, platform, and infrastructures. The inclusiveness in terms of gender, ethnicity and geographic locations should be maintained in respondent selection. The evaluators will follow the COVID-19 protocols during the mission. If field mission is not possible due to COVID-19 crisis, it should be discussed and mutually agreed with UNDP.

Case story

Using thematic case studies, evaluators may assess the impact of the project on the beneficiaries, particularly the benefits they accrued from the project and the visible changes in their lives, and overall well-being. The gender and social inclusion should be well considered while capturing and documenting the stories in the report.

Evaluation management and institutional arrangement

The principal responsibility for managing this evaluation resides with the UNDP Country Office (UNDP CO) in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The UNDP CO will contract the consultants and ensure the timely provision of per diems and travel arrangements within the country. The portfolio team will be responsible for liaising with the consultants to set up stakeholder interviews, arrange field visits with missions.

Role (Who): Evaluation Advisory Group

Responsibilities (What)

The senior management will provide advisory role throughout the evaluation implantation. This group includes Resident Representative as Evaluation Commissioner, Deputy Resident Representative, Team Lead of Programme Support Unit and Cluster Team Lead. The key roles include:

  • Ensure the timely implementation of the evaluation plan through monitoring and advising the process
  • Safeguard the independence of the evaluation exercise and ensure quality of evaluations
  • Ensure that all steps in the evaluation process are applied as defined in the UNDP evaluation guidelines
  • Ensure that gender equality and woman’s empowerment and other cross-cutting issues are considered in all steps of the evaluation process
  • Ensure management responses are prepared for evaluation with time-bound key actions for their implementation
  • Approval of final terms of reference (TORs), final evaluation reports and management responses before final submission to the Evaluation Resource Centre (ERC)

 

Role (Who): Evaluation Manager

Responsibilities (What)

The principal responsibility for managing this evaluation resides with the UNDP CO in Sierra Leone. The UNDP CO will contract the consultant and ensure the timely implementation of the evaluation. The evaluators will directly report to the Evaluation Manager i.e., M&E Specialist in this case. The Evaluation Manager will assure smooth, quality, and independent implementation of the evaluation with needful guidance from UNDP’s Senior Management.

  • Review ToR ensuring that they meet UNDP guidance requirements
  • Assure smooth, quality, and independent implementation of the evaluation with needful guidance from UNDP’s Senior Management.
  • Participate in hiring consultants by reviewing proposals and complete the recruitment process.
  • Organize a kick-off meeting/briefing with evaluation team.
  • Provide UNDP evaluation policies and guidelines to the evaluation team.
  • Ensure that the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) evaluation standards are adhered to, including safeguarding of transparency and independence.
  • Supervise, guide, and provide feedback and comments to the evaluation consultants.
  • Ensure quality of the evaluation.
  • Review the evaluation inception report, ensuring that it meets UNDP requirements.
  • Review management response and action plan.
  • Report to the senior management on compliance with the evaluation plan, completion of management responses and key actions and results of the quality assessment.
  • Upload the ToR, report and management response and action plan to ERC.
  • Monitor implementation of evaluation action plan and update the progress at ERC.

 

Role (Who): Portfolio Team

Responsibilities (What)

The portfolio team led by Youth Technical Specialist and Programme Specialist for SLED consists of programme and support staff. Their key roles include:

  • Provide required portfolio documents.
  • Provide preliminary partner, stakeholder, and beneficiary information.
  • Arrange all the field visits, stakeholder consultations and interviews as needed.
  • With evaluation manager, the portfolio team will further provide briefing to evaluation team
  • Provide comments and clarification on the ToR, inception report and draft evaluation reports.
  • Assist in circulating and getting the feedback on ToR, inception and evaluation report from stakeholders.
  • Respond to evaluation recommendations by providing management responses and key actions to all recommendations addressed to UNDP.
  • Ensure dissemination of the evaluation report to all the stakeholders including the project board.
  • Implement relevant key actions on evaluation recommendations.
  • Contact regional focal points to seek advice when dispute arises.

 

Role (Who): Evaluation Reference Group

Responsibilities (What)

Evaluation Reference Group (ERG) includes key partners and stakeholder including representatives from project management board. The primary roles of reference group are to support the evaluation process, provide feedback and direction in key stages. The key roles of ERG include:

  • Perform advisory role throughout the evaluation process providing inputs into and review of ToR, inception reports and draft evaluation reports.
  • Ensure that gender equality and women’s empowerment and other cross-cutting issues are considered in all steps of the evaluation process.
  • Ensure that the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) evaluation standards are adhered to, including safeguarding of transparency and independence.
  • Provide advice on the evaluation relevance, the appropriateness of evaluation questions and methodology, and the extent to which conclusions are credible, considering the evidence presented, and recommendations action oriented.
  • Support and provide input to the development of the management responses and key actions.

 

Deliverables and timelines

Under the direct supervision from Evaluation Manager and in coordination with the UNDP Programme Support Unit (PSU), portfolio team and collaboration with relevant partners, the Consultants will accomplish the following deliverables in accordance with the stipulated timelines covering a total period of Thirty-Five (35) working days.

Deliverable

Inception report: An inception report detailing the evaluators’ understanding of the assignment and why, showing how each evaluation question will be answered by way of proposed methods, proposed sources of data and data collection procedures. These should be included in an evaluation matrix, a proposed schedule of tasks with activities and deliverables. Inception report should be prepared before going into full-fledged evaluation exercise. 5days – 20%

Draft report: The draft report should include desk review and data collection methodology used, analysis and interpretation with discussion in the prescribed report outline. The consultant should also present the draft report in debriefing session to discuss on initial findings and recommendations. 20days – 50%

Second draft report: A revised report based on the comments from the stakeholder or validation workshop.

A PowerPoint Presentation for evaluation dissemination.

Final MTE report: A final report in prescribed format with annexes including the response in the evaluation audit trail form. The evaluation audit trial form can be sent separately to show that comments from the UNDP and its stakeholders are addressed properly. 10days – 30%


Competencies

Evaluator competencies

This Mid-term evaluation will be conducted by an external consultant who will work closely with the Country Office M&E Specialist, the portfolio team and government counterparts in the conduct and direction of the evaluation.

Corporate Competencies

  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality, and age sensitivity and adaptability.
  • Demonstrates diplomacy and tact in dealing with sensitive and complex situations.
  • Strong communication, team building, interpersonal, analysis, and planning skills.

Professionalism

  • Effective communication.
  • Problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to negotiate and apply good judgment.
  • Shows pride in work and in achievements.
  • Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines, and achieving results.
  • Superior leadership and strategic management skills with an excellent understanding of international development issues and knowledge of the UN system.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, in a multi-cultural setting; ability to conduct results-based management and reporting, objectivity and ability to analyze large multi-country data sets in short period.
  • Good understanding of gender and human right based approach, and skills, experience and commitment to gender issues including experience of conducting inclusive evaluation.

Planning & Organizing

  • Organizes and accurately completes multiple tasks by establishing priorities while taking into consideration special assignments, frequent interruptions, deadlines, available resources, and multiple reporting relationships.
  • Plan, coordinate and organize workload while remaining aware of changing priorities and competing deadlines.
  • Establish, build, and maintain effective working relationships with staff, partners, and beneficiaries to achieve the planned results.
  • Experience working collaboratively in small teams with tight deadlines.


Required Skills and Experience

Required qualification and experience

The international consultant will serve as lead evaluator and collaboratively working with the national consultant. The qualification of the consultant is below:

Education:

Advanced university degree in Business Administration, Development Studies, Monitoring and Evaluation, Policy Management, Social Sciences, and any related field of study

Experience:

  • At least 5 years of international development experience or at least 3 years of experience in project/programme design and implementation for international consultant.
  • Relevant professional experience in evaluation of economic development, livelihood, or other relevant programmes at all levels.
  • Strong monitoring and evaluation background, sound methodological skills and knowledge of evaluation methods and techniques.
  • Extensive experience in working with the UN/multilateral development agencies and UNDP country offices.
  • Demonstrate experience in working with a variety of stakeholders.
  • Technical knowledge and experience of inclusive evaluation and other cross-cutting areas such gender equality, disability issues, rights-based approach, and capacity development

Language Requirements:       

Ability to communicate clearly and concisely in written and spoken English.

Ethical considerations

This evaluation will be conducted in accordance with the principles outlined in the UNEG ‘Ethical Guidelines for Evaluation’. The evaluator must safeguard the rights and confidentiality of information providers, interviewees, and stakeholders through measures to ensure compliance with legal and other relevant codes governing collection of data and reporting on data. The contractor must also ensure security of collected information before and after the evaluation and protocols to ensure anonymity and confidentiality of sources of information where that is expected. The information and data gathered in the evaluation process must also be solely used for the evaluation and not for other uses without the express authorization of UNDP and partners.

The evaluator will be held to the highest ethical standards and are required to sign a Code of Conduct upon acceptance of the assignment.

Submission of application

Qualified candidate is required to submit both technical and financial proposals through the link provided.

Technical proposal submission should include following detailed document.

  • Personal CV or P11, indicating all experience from similar consultancy, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the candidate and three (3) professional references.
  • Brief description (max. 1 page) of why you consider yourself as the most suitable for the assignment, and a methodology (max. 1 page) for how you will approach and complete the assignment.
  • Proposal containing a summary description of proposed strategy and how the strategy will ensure the achievement of the required tasks, proposed methodology, draft agenda for half-day session on discussing the findings of the evaluation (max 2-3 pages).
  • Example of works demonstrating the individual past experiences working on evaluations for the UN system (please share the document’s links).

Financial proposal: Financial proposals are expected to be realistic indicating the all-inclusive, fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs. No adjustment thereafter would be allowed.

For any further clarification, please send an email to vendors.sle@undp.org.

Evaluation criteria

Offers received will be evaluated using a combined scoring method, where the qualifications and proposed methodology will be weighted 70%, and combined with the price offer, which will be weighted 30%.

Criteria to be used for rating the qualifications and methodology

Technical evaluation criteria (total 70 points)

  • Proposed methodology of approach to the consultancy [25 marks].
  • Demonstrated experience in similar consultancy work especially in evaluation of environment or natural resource management and climate change in developing countries especially working within the UN system. [25 marks].
  • Demonstrated/evidence of relevant education and experience in Environment, Development Studies, Monitoring and Evaluation, Natural Resource Management, Policy Management or Social Science. [20 marks].

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points in the Technical Evaluation will be considered for the Financial Evaluation.

Financial evaluation (total 30 points)

All technically qualified proposals will be rated out of 30 points. The maximum points (30) will be assigned to the lowest financial proposal.

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.

 

Annexes

Relevant documents and annexes will be shared with the evaluator after selection process is completed and the evaluator is on board. The relevant annexes include the following:

Annex 1: Documents to be reviewed and consulted

  • United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework 2020-2023
  • UNDP Sierra Leone Country Program Document 2020-2023
  • Government of Sierra Leone National Development Plan (2019-2023)
  • Portfolio documents
  • Theory of change and Result Framework
  • Portfolio and project reports
  • Annual workplans
  • Activity designs
  • Consolidated quarterly, annual and donor reports
  • Results-oriented monitoring reports and Back to Office Report (BTOR)
  • Portfolio meetings minutes
  • Project board meetings minutes
  • Technical/Financial monitoring reports
  • Other relevant communication materials and knowledge products such as research studies, policy brief, blogs, etc.

Annex 2: List of key agencies, stakeholders, and partners for evaluation

UN Agencies:

  • UNDP
  • FAO
  • UNCDF
  • IOM
  • UNFPA
  • UNICEF

Stakeholders:

  • Ministry of Youth Affairs
  • Ministry of Social Welfare
  • National Youth Commission
  • National Commission for Social Action
  • University of Sierra Leone
  • National Youth Service
  • Limkokwing University
  • Humanist Watch Salone
  • Public Private Partnerships Unit
  • Sierra Leone Association for Persons with Albinism
  • Local Councils
  • CSOs

Annex 3: Inception report template

Annex 4: Evaluation matrix template

Annex 5: IEO’s guidance on structure and content of report

Annex 6: UNEG Ethical Guidelines for Evaluation-Pledge

Annex 7: Evaluation Audit Trial Form

Click on the link below to retrieve the annexes.

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/18qSwYSKUE15RCLXswmv6As4xBjUxuwFZ?usp=sharing

 

 



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