UN Women merges the mandates of four previously distinct entities [Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW), International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW), Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women (OSAGI) and the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)]. The Triennial Comprehensive Policy Review (TCPR) of Operational Activities for Development of the UN System called on all UN organizations to: mainstream gender and to pursue gender equality in their country programmes, planning instruments and sector-wide programmes and to articulate specific country-level goals and targets in this field in accordance with the national development strategies. Main element of the TCRP is the ‘Accounting for Gender Equality’ Scorecard that sets minimum standards for UNKTs to assess their performance, and to identify gaps and progress across the system on gender issues.UNKT has launched a five years strategic planning document named ‘Common Development Plan (CDP) 2011-2015’, to maximize its resources and increase common impact of UNKT. The joint actions are divided to the four Strategic Themes: I. Legislative and Policy Frameworks for Social Inclusion; II. Accountability for Delivering on Social Inclusion; III. Local Participation & Empowerment; and IV. Environmental Health and Protection. Implementation of these areas ensures a more strategic and results oriented cooperation between the UN actors on policy, programming, knowledge and advocacy. One of the structural bodies of the CDP is the joint platform for policy, advocacy and communication - the ‘Knowledge and Advocacy Hub’ (Hub).
- Policy Research & Analysis;
- Monitoring & Evaluation;
- Communication and Advocacy
Two years into the implementation of the CDP, proper monitoring of the achievements of the results is seen as a challenge due to:
1. The CDP outputs were planned on the basis of ‘mobilized’ and ‘planned’ resources;
2. The baselines of the CDP framework were vague, in lack of reliable data. Lack of defined baselines pose problem in monitoring process.
Against this background, the UNKT is hiring an M&E expert to work on the review of the CDP strategic areas and TCPR (‘Accounting for Gender Equality’ Scorecard) in close cooperation with the UNKT members and the relevant Kosovo institutions.
Duties and Responsibilities
The M&E and Gender Consultant will work under direct supervision of the UN Coordination Specialist, under the guidance of the UN Development Coordinator and the UNDP Deputy Res-Rep to as well as the representative of the UNWOMEN:
- To review and revise the UNKT CDP 2011 – 2015 Results Matrix for coherence/alignment, taking into consideration feedback from the UN Agencies, including making the necessary subsequent revisions to the indicators;
- Assess and establish baselines, targets and means of verification aligned to CDP;
- Provide a list of gender-sensitive outcome and output indicators that can be included in the CDP M&E framework;
- Provide desk review analysis and update to reflect changes in the current development context;
- Review indicators of the UNSF results matrix;
- Bring forward good practices of outcome indicators from other countries across the UN system or other relevant examples; Present the revised UNKT CDP 2011 – 2015 Results Matrix and M&E Framework to the Heads of Agencies for endorsement;
- Preparation of a document reflecting CDP two year implementation achievements and gaps identified for a high level event with stakeholders and partners;
- Provide a mid-term review on CDP implementation in close cooperation with the MERP team.
- Assist UNKT in identifying areas in which they are meeting or not meeting minimum gender standards.
- To stimulate a constructive dialogue within the UNKT about the current status of support for gender equality and women’s empowerment and how it can be improved.
- To identify where technical assistance can support the achievement of minimum standards.
- To share good practice in supporting national priorities to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment.
- Successful facilitation of a two-day M&E CDP workshop.
- A finalized, high-quality UNKT CDP Results Matrix and M&E framework document (including indicators, baselines, targets, means of verification, reporting timelines, responsible agencies).
- Analysis of the mid-term CDP review.
- A draft set of indicators for inclusion in CDP results matrix and M&E framework.
- Review of background documents of TCRP: Scorecard and Users’ Guide, UNCT planning and programming documents, National Action Plan, UNKT joint programmes and respective budgets.
- Approximately 15-20 interviews with: Resident Coordinator, TG Gender , TG M&E, Other staff, counterparts, government ministries (eg planning), and civil society.
- Completion of draft Scorecard and narrative report.
- Verbal debriefing with UNDCO/UNKT, completion of final Scorecard, narrative report and follow-up matrix, and debrief with UNDG Task Team
- Experience in developing, implementing and monitoring of strategic planning documents;
- High competencies in monitoring and evaluation;
- Ability to work and deliver outputs under pressure;
- Good communication skills and ability to work in a multi-cultural team environment;
- Adapt at working in a highly pressured professional environment and sensitive to deadlines;
- Self-motivated and able to recommend constructive solutions to challenges;
- Exceptional technical and analytical writing capabilities;
- Ability to complete the Gender Scorecard, narrative report and follow-up matrix in English
- Participatory and interactive approach to consultancy work;
- Demonstrated effective interpersonal skills;
Required Skills and Experience
- Master’s degree or equivalent in International Relations, Political Science, Economics or related Social Sciences.
- At least five years of professional development related work experience at the national and/or international level.
- Experience should be related to senior levels of programme analysis, monitoring and evaluation of complex level frameworks and/or strategic plans involving multiple stakeholders;
- At least five years’ experience of work on results based management
- Excellent conceptual and analytical abilities;
- Excellent technical skills in measurement and evaluation, including grasp of methodological and operational dimensions and the ability to link corporate and country level issues;
- Knowledge of UN programmatic processes in Kosovo is needed;
- Familiarity with the UN system would be a strong asset;
- Proven ability work under pressure and with very demanding deadlines
Language and Computer Requirements:
- Excellent oral and written English communication skills;
- Superior computer literacy.
- Clearly state that the lump sum amount must be all-inclusive;
- Clearly state that the contract price is fixed regardless of changes in the cost components;
- Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability;
- Personal CV or P11, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Offeror and at least three (3) professional references;
- Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment, and a methodology, if applicable, on how they will approach and complete the assignment.
- Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs. If an Offeror is employed by an organization/company/institution, and he/she expects his/her employer to charge a management fee in the process of releasing him/her to UNDP under Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA), the Offeror must indicate at this point, and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated in the financial proposal submitted to UNDP.
- Combined Scoring method – where the qualifications and methodology will be weighted a max. of 70%, and combined with the price offer which will be weighted a max of 30%;