Member - Evaluation Team / Thematic Evaluation on Women’s Leadership and Political Participation



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Location : Dakar, SENEGAL
Application Deadline :30-Sep-15 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Gender Equality
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English   French  
Duration of Initial Contract :03 Months
Expected Duration of Assignment :03 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.


Background

In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly established the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women). The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, consolidating the Organization’s resources and mandates on gender equality for greater impact. The mandate of UN Women brings together four pre-existing entities, calling on UN Women to have universal coverage, strategic presence and ensure closer linkages between the norm setting inter-governmental work and operations at the field level. It entrusts UN Women with a leading role in normative, operational and coordination work on gender equality in the UN system, including women’s political empowerment.

The mandate of UN Women is guided by the Beijing Platform for Action, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the United Nations Millennium Declaration, relevant General Assembly, Economic and Social Council, Commission on the Status of Women and other applicable United Nations instruments, standards and resolutions.


Duties and Responsibilities

The work of UN Women is focused on responding to its three core mandates:

The evaluation will have three levels of analysis and validation of information:

  • Level 1 will start with a desk review of information sources on WPP available through corporate UN Women reporting and information systems such as UN Women Annual Reports, donor reports, project documents, existing portfolio analyses on WPP, and relevant evaluations;
  • Level 2 will involve more in-depth WPP portfolio analysis of a representative sample of 3-4 UN Women-WCA Offices or “country cases”. Level 2 analysis will be primarily based on a document review and supplemented with additional online/skype interviews with the key stakeholders of WPP programs;
  • Level 3 will involve field visits in a representative sample of 3-4 countries and will deploy a number of evaluation methods ranging from document review, semi-structured interviews, rapid assessment surveys, observation and participatory video methods in a selected country. A comparative case study analysis will be applied to systematically compare and analyze data from case studies to identify, if possible, necessary characteristics and factors for the progress towards results.

In addition; a comparative analysis of key UN partner’s mandates/activities in the area of WPP will be completed as part of the assessment of UN Women-WCA’s comparative advantage in this thematic area in the region


Competencies

  • Demonstrating consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct;
  • 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;
  • Acting as a team player;
  • Communicating effectively;
  • Respect the learning of others;
  • Demonstrating/ safeguarding ethics and integrity;
  • Excellent analytical, facilitation and communications skills; ability to negotiate with a wide range of stakeholders;
  • Excellent abilities in report-writing;
  • Familiarity with survey techniques, sampling and computer treatment of data;
  • Knowledge of the relevant international/regional frameworks pertaining to women political rights and gender equality, women’s political participation country level programming expertise, gender mainstreaming, and the related UN mandates; experience/knowledge of women’s movements in the region;
  • Balance in terms of gender is strongly recommended;
  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UN WOMEN;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism.


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • University Degree in social sciences, management or other relevant field of studies.

Experience:

  • 5 years of working experience, especially in the Program countries;
  • Experience in parliamentary work, governance, rule of law, civil society movements;
  • Experience in regional integration and political analysis in the West & Central African region;
  • Strong experience in human rights issues, the human rights-based approach to programming, human rights analysis and related UN mandates;
  • Advanced evaluation experience and expertise in a wide range of evaluation approaches including utilization-focused, gender and human rights responsive, and mixed methods;
  • Experience, preferably with the UN system, in conducting thematic evaluations as well as regional and complex multi-stakeholder evaluations;
  • Country level programming expertise, gender mainstreaming, and the related UN mandates; experience/knowledge of women’s movements in the region;
  • Knowledge and/or experience in both sub-regions (West Africa and Central Africa) is mandatory.

Language:

  • Strong written and spoken skill in English;
  • Fluency in French is an asset.



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