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NATIONAL EVALUATION EXPERT-UN Women Sudan Country Office Strategic Note 2018-2023
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Khartoum With Field visit, SUDAN|
|Application Deadline :||21-Jan-23 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||Arabic English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||6 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||6 months|
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.
The Sudan Country Office Strategic Note is the main planning tool for UN Women’s support to normative, coordination and operational work in Sudan. This evaluation will consider the Strategic Note covering the period January 2018 – December 2023. A new Strategic Note is due to be developed starting in June 2023.
The Strategic Note is linked to the UN Women Global Strategic Plan and country-level United Nations Development Assistance Framework 2018-23. The Sudan Country Office Strategic Note supports and contributes towards the following UN Women 2022-25 Strategic Plan Impact and Systemic outcomes:
The strategic note is aligned to Sudan’s national development plans, including the National Quarter Century Strategy 2007-2031 on Peace, Development and Improved Living Conditions of all people, the National Women’s Empowerment Policy (NWEP) (2007) and the adopted Sudan UNSCR1325 National Action Plan. It also supports Sudan’s commitments to meet Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment commitments in the SDGs, Beijing Platform for Action-BPA and related instruments.
The Strategic Note is grounded in the standards, principles and obligations of the Convention to Eliminate all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, Concluding Observations of the Commission on the Status of Women, Sustainable Development Goals, and the AU Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa.
The Strategic Note includes a Development Results Framework (DRF) and an Organizational Effectiveness and Efficiency Framework (OEEF), both with performance indicators. The evaluation is expected to use this to assess organizational performance.
The total planned budget of the Strategic Note was USD 21.5m, of which 70% was for the Development Results Framework (DRF) and 30% for the Organizational Effectiveness and Efficiency Framework (OEEF). As of October 5, 2022, the total resources mobilized were USD 15.9m and expenditure was USD 10.8m. The Country Office is based in Khartoum, with 32 personnel, including four seconded gender officers to ministries, as of October 2022.
The work of UN Women responds to its three core mandates (normative, coordination and operational/programming). UN Women is a member of the UN Country Team, supporting gender mainstreaming across thematic groups. The main interventions undertaken under the Strategic Note are set out in Annex 1.
The Strategic Note Theory of Change (ToC) is set out below. The evaluation team will collaborate with the Country Office during the inception phase to review and refine (if needed) the TOC.
The main rights holders’ and duty bearers’ capacities that the Strategic Note is attempting to develop are:
The Country Office extended the original Strategic Note for two years. Additionally, the Country Office had to undertake an in-depth review of the Strategic Note to align to the change in political regime and the Country Office’s limited staffing capacity. The phased transition of United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) led to the UNAMID’s Gender Unit portfolio being transferred to UN Women. In-depth restructuring has supported an expansion of the Country Office’s portfolio, including support to the political mission, UNITAMS (United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan).
One of the consequences of the coup is the disruption of the UN Women programs. UN agencies in Sudan has suspended its work with government and hence all UN Women’s work with government stopped. The CO’s workplan of 2021 invested in strategic partnership and projects with the government authorities, peace and security and economic empowerment and interventions on women’s political participation was also affected.
Given the current situation, UN Women’s programming in Sudan is now oriented on collaborating with civil society organizations and academia during the fourth quarter of 2022 and in 2023 however with hope that collaboration with government entities will resume in the coming months.
The Country Office has identified the following key lessons learned.
The UN Women Evaluation Policy and the UN Women Evaluation Strategic Plan 2022-25 are the main guiding documents that set forth the principles and organizational framework for evaluation planning, conduct and follow-up in UN Women. These principles are aligned with the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) Norms and Standards for Evaluation in the UN System and Ethical Guidelines.
The CPE has seven objectives:
The Country Portfolio Evaluation (CPE) is a systematic assessment to validate the contributions made by UN Women Country Office’s portfolio of interventions to development results with respect to Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment at the country level. It also assesses the Country Office’s organisational effectiveness and efficiency in delivering the planned results. It uses the Strategic Note (including the DRF and OEEF) as the main point of reference.
The intended uses and users of this evaluation are:
The evaluation will be utilization-focused, tailored to the needs of the organization through a participatory approach from the inception through to the development of recommendations.
The evaluation will use selected OECD DAC evaluation criteria for the CPE. The table below sets these out, along with indicative evaluation questions.
The timing of this Country Portfolio Evaluation is intended to assess the effectiveness and lessons as we approach the end of the current Strategic Note. The period covered by the evaluation will be from 2018-2023.
All activities included in the Strategic Note will be considered, including normative, coordination and operational work in all thematic areas. The scope of CPE also covers regional or global program activities in the country. Joint programs and programming are within the scope of this evaluation. Where joint programs are included in the analysis, the evaluation will consider both the specific contribution of UN Women, and the additional benefits and costs from working through a joint modality.
CPEs focusses on outcome level results. Accordingly, they are not expected to:
During the inception phase, the evaluation team will further define the scope and sampling approach, to establish the evaluation boundaries, including which stakeholders and initiatives will be included or excluded from the evaluation. This will draw on the evaluability assessment (see section vi), the final evaluation questions and the availability of data.
Evaluation Standards and principles, including gender and human-rights based approach
The evaluation will adhere to the the UNEG Norms and Standards (2016), the UNEG Ethical Guidelines (2020) and UN Women Evaluation Policy and Handbook, observing the principles of integrity, accountability, respect and beneficence.
The evaluation will be gender-responsive meaning that both the process and analysis apply the key principles of a human rights-based approach. It will analyze the underlying structural barriers and socio-cultural norms that impede the realization of women’s rights. The evaluation design will apply Good practices in gender-responsive evaluations and a suitable approach to assess the type, effectiveness and the quality of gender-transformative results achieved.
Data collection and analysis
The evaluation will employ a non-experimental, theory-based approach. The performance of the country portfolio will be assessed using contribution analysis, using the theory of change set out in the Strategic Note 2018-2023 as a basis. The evaluation will apply a mixed-method using qualitative and quantitative methods. The method will draw on data sources including documents, field information, institutional information systems, financial records, beneficiaries, staff, funders, experts, government officials, community groups etc. The evaluation will employ the following data collection methods:
Data collection methods should be gender-responsive. Cultural aspects that could impact the collection of data should be analysed and integrated into data collection methods and tools. Evaluators are expected to include adequate time for testing data collection tools. Data should be systematically disaggregated by sex and age and, to the extent possible, by geographical region, ethnicity, disability and migratory status. Specific guidelines should be observed. Data should be triangulated to ensure valid findings.
The evaluation is expected to apply a purposive sampling approach to take into account a diverse range of perspectives. The main interventions undertaken by the Country Office have been mapped into a sample frame for evaluation (see Annex 1). In addition, up to two Case studies could be selected for an in-depth assessment of contributions to outcomes. This will be updated in consultation with the Evaluation Reference Group at the inception stage.
Team Leader: The Regional Evaluation Specialist (RES) of IEAS will serve as the team leader, responsible for managing the coordination and day-to-day management of the CPE, leading the methodological approach, collection of data, analysis and report writing. As team leader, the RES will also be responsible for overseeing the work of the evaluation team members, managing the contracts and assuring quality of the work.
Evaluation team: Evaluation team members will include an evaluation expert to support the Team leader in designing and conducting the CPE and a national expert to provide key contextual information and support data collection in country.
 A theory-based design assesses the performance of the Strategic Note based upon its stated assumptions about how change happens. These assumptions can be challenged, validated or expanded upon by the evaluation.
 namely the UNEG guidance on Integrating Human Rights and Gender Equality in Evaluations (2014) and UN Disability Inclusion Strategy Evaluation Accountability (2019).
Duties and Responsibilities
Roles and responsibilities:
The National expert is expected to provide key contextual information and perspective to design a robust utilisation-focused CPE. The national expert is also expected to support the in-country data collection process.
Time frame and deliverables
The table below sets out the indicative timetable.
Proposed level of effort:
Core Values: Respect for Diversity; Integrity; Professionalism.
Core Competencies: Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues; Accountability; Effective Communication; Inclusive Collaboration.
UN Women has developed a UN Women Evaluation Consultants Agreement Form that evaluators must sign as part of the contracting process. The evaluators are also expected to provide a detailed plan on how the following principles will be ensured throughout the evaluation: 1) Respect for dignity and diversity; 2) Right to self-determination; 3) Fair representation; 4) Compliance with codes for vulnerable groups (e.g., ethics of research involving young children or vulnerable groups); 5) Redress; 6) Confidentiality; and 7) Avoidance of harm.
The evaluators must put safeguards to protect the safety of both respondents and those collecting the data. These should include:
 based on the UNEG Ethical Guidelines and Code of Conduct.
 see UNEG Ethical Guidance for descriptions
Required Skills and Experience
Fluent in English, and Arabic both written and spoken is mandatory.
Please note that applications without a completed and signed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.
UN Women Personal History form (P-11) can be downloaded from https://www.unwomen.org/sites/default/files/2022-07/UN-Women-P11-Personal-History-Form-en.doc.
UNWOMEN is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
Applicants under consideration will be requested to submit:
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