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International Consultant : Final Evaluation of the Liberia Decentralization and Local Development Programme
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Liberia, LIBERIA|
|Application Deadline :||28-Apr-13 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||20 Days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||20 Days|
LDLD is a national program of innovations for supporting local government and its management, established with support from the UNCDF, UNDP and the European Commission. It features the setting up of a capital investment and Local Development Fund (LDF), to support Liberia’s efforts in reversing historic tendencies within its centralized system of administration. This national program aims to strengthen policy and strategy development, system and institutional development, while promoting local sector-specific investments, and in the process, shall ensure the effective management of Liberia’s innovations in restoring local government.
UNDP led an evaluation in 2012 covering three projects: Country Support Team (CST) Joint Programme, Liberia Decentralization and Local Development (LDLD) Programme and National Information Management Center (NIMAC) Project. The evaluation team covered all four LDLD outputs in its assessment of the concept and design of the project, efficiency issues related to program management, progress to results achievement and overall impact, and partnerships developed. Nevertheless, the broad scope of this evaluation did not allow the evaluation team to analyze in-depth the LDF mechanism, which is the main objective of the current UNCDF-led evaluation.
Evaluation framework and methodology:
The methodology used for the LDLD evaluation is based on UNCDF’s core evaluation approach which involves testing the intervention logic/development hypothesis underlying a programme against evidence on its implementation performance. In this case, the evaluation will assess the progress toward expected outcomes and lessons learnt to date on the LDF mechanism and its implementation.
UNCDF has developed a standard Local Development Evaluation Matrix based on UNCDF’s standard intervention logic and the specific programme hypotheses. The Matrix is made up of seven general evaluation questions corresponding broadly to the well-known OECD/UN evaluation criteria of relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, likely impact and sustainability of results, and a series of further sub-questions. In addition to the questions, the evaluation matrix provides a clear framework for data collection, and includes a series of proposed indicators, data collection methods and sources of information for each question and sub-questions.
Key to the evaluation approach should be an attempt by the evaluators to compare development results achieved by the programme in targeted counties to development results in similar counties where there was no programme intervention. It will be the responsibility of the evaluation team to present and explain the full range of data collection tools (both quantitative and qualitative) to be used in this evaluation during the Inception Phase of the evaluation. This primary data will complement the secondary data that programme management will provide to the evaluation team on the basis of monitoring and reporting carried out to date (more details in the Terms of Reference).
This preliminary work has already been done (Evaluation Matrix to be provided to the consultant). In order to support the independence of this exercise, however, the evaluation team is requested during the Inception Phase to confirm the appropriateness of the Matrix to meet the objectives of the evaluation. In doing so, it is free to suggest alternative sub-questions, indicators and data collection methods on the basis of their understanding of the programme’s development hypothesis in the inception phase. These changes should be presented as part of the Inception Report and agreed by the Evaluation Unit before the start of the in-country phase.
The objectives of the final evaluation are:
The LDLD final evaluation is scheduled to start at the end of April 2013 with the proposed timing:
Duties and Responsibilities
On-site/in-country work days: estimated 7 days (including travel days)
Core Competencies :
Required Skills and Experience
Applications will be rated technically (70%), on the basis of candidate’s CVs, Interview and the financial proposal (30%).
Submission address :
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.