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National External Evaluation Consultant/Team Leader
|Location :||BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA|
|Application Deadline :||06-May-16 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||25 days (May-June 2016).|
Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) faces a growing number of challenges that could exacerbate conflict: governance crisis and political and institutional deadlock, declining economy and social safety net, weak institutions, corruption, lack of rule of law, a stalled EU accession process, the legacy of war crimes and transitional justice, and remnants of war that threaten human security. The uniquely complex and intricate network of institutions that the Dayton Peace Agreement (DPA) created in BiH has not managed to resolve the underlying causes of the conflict between the three principal ethnic groups (Bosniaks, Serbs and Croats) - i.e. divergent visions of how BiH should be structured; the manner by which BiH’s ethnic balance should be maintained and the interests of the principal national groups secured; as well as divergent views and narratives with regard to transitional justice and addressing war crimes, amongst others. Therefore, conflict between BiH’s three principal ethnic groups, as well as within these groups continues to manifest itself in political, social, economic and cultural terms. Consequently, almost twenty years after the DPA came into force BiH remains a fragmented and divided country, with each national group living in its own political and cultural space, growing further apart. There is a need, therefore, to create space in BiH for dialogue, reconciliation and building of trust.
As a second-tier of interventions to peacebuilding efforts, socio-economic interventions are being made to stabilize the country. As per the 2015 EC Progress Report for BiH “the adopted Reform Agenda, which set out major socio-economic reforms to be carried out, was followed by initial progress in its implementation”, yet “closer cooperation and coordination between all levels of government need to be established, not least to be able to tackle the major socioeconomic challenges.” Whilst noting the decentralized nature of the State, the lack of adequate communication and coordination as well as vertical integration of decision-making apparatus needs to be emphasized as stumbling blocks in the country’s peacebuilding efforts.
The overall strategic focus of this project is to address the deterioration of relations amongst communities and substantially decrease the threat of renewed conflict and violence by promoting peaceful coexistence, which is characterized by increased trust, respect for diversity, and strengthened civic and inter-cultural dialogue amongst citizens, in particular youth. The project objectives are: (1) creating spaces for dialogue to enable the process of building understanding across the country; (2) promoting coexistence and respect for diversity; (3) increasing participation, awareness and influence of youth in political dialogue related to issues that affect program development and reform in BiH; (4) ensuring that education supports greater social cohesion; and (5) supporting citizens and communities achieve common goals in terms of building coexistence through culture.
The specific outcomes/components of the DFF projects are as following:
The DFF project was implemented across BiH and without focus on specific local administrative units. The target group for this project is primarily, but not limited to, young persons of BiH.
The Project, among other activities, implemented Small Grants Facility Programme (SGF) in more than 70 municipalities. SGF was implemented through three thematic groups - youth, education, and culture, and 40 grants projects were implemented in the period between 6 and 12 months. Each SGF project was implemented in at least three local communities scattered across the country. At least 15% of the project beneficiaries through the SGF are aimed at vulnerable groups (children/youth with disabilities, minority groups e.g. Roma, and women).
Duties and Responsibilities
The objectives of the final evaluation are:
The evaluation should result in the identification of key recommendations, best practices and lessons learnt which should speak to:
The recommendations should be relevant for the phase II of the DFF project.
The Evaluation Consultant/Team Leader will bear primary responsibility for conducting the final evaluation. This entails among other responsibilities: designing the evaluation process according to this terms of reference; rigorous desk review; gathering data from different sources of information; analyzing, organizing and triangulating the collected information; identifying patterns and causal linkages that explain project performance and impact; drafting evaluation reports at different stages (inception, draft, final); responding to comments and factual corrections from stakeholders and incorporating them, as appropriate, in subsequent versions; and making briefs and presentations ensuring the evaluation findings, conclusions and recommendations are communicated in a coherent, clear and understandable manner.
The unit of analysis or object of study for this final evaluation is the DFF project, understood to be the set of components, outcomes, outputs, activities and inputs that were detailed in the Joint Project documents. The approach of the evaluation shall be participatory, that is, flexible in design and implementation, ensuring stakeholder participation and ownership, and facilitating learning and feedback.
The final evaluation will be conducted using methodologies and techniques as determined by the specific uses of the evaluation, the availability of resources and the priorities of stakeholders. In all cases, the Evaluation Consultant/Team Leader is expected to use all available information sources that will provide evidence on which to base evaluation conclusions and recommendations. Anticipated mixed-method approaches to be used for data collection and analysis by the Evaluation Consultant/Team Leader include: rigorous desk review, interviews with key stakeholders, field visits, questionnaires and participatory techniques.
During this process the Evaluation Consultant/Team Leader will be assisted by a national Assistant Evaluation Consultant with appropriate background and experience.
The evaluation process will have three phases: inception, data collection and field visit; and analysis and reporting.
The Small Grants Facility program was implemented in more than 70 municipalities, through 40 grants projects, Therefore the Evaluation Consultant/Team Leader is expected to travel across the country to at least 10 locations, defined in agreement with the UNPBSO and Joint Project Coordinator, including 5 major cities (Sarajevo being the duty station): Banja Luka, Tuzla, Zenica, and Mostar, in order to adequately assess the impact of interventions.
Evaluation principles and standards:
The evaluation findings will be evidence-based and follow the evaluation criteria of the Development Assistance Committee of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD-DAC) and the UN Evaluation Group (UNEG) norms and standards. The Joint UN Project Coordinator and the RCO will be responsible for providing relevant standards and principles to the Evaluation Consultant/Team Leader before the development of the Inception Report. The Evaluation Consultant/Team Leader will outline in the Inception Report the standards applied for the evaluation process.
Management arrangements and quality assurance process
The Evaluation Consultant/Team Leader will provide all necessary information, updates and reports to the Joint UN Project Coordinator who will coordinate dissemination of information between UN agencies and the RCO as well as PBSO.
The Evaluation Consultant/Team Leader is responsible for providing information to The Joint UN Project Coordinator and the RCO on all additional issues that can affect the evaluation process in any way and consult them about all circumstances that can eventually have a major impact to original and agreed Final Evaluation plan.
The Joint UN Project Coordinator will provide the Evaluation Consultant/Team Leader with the project relevant background documentation required for a comprehensive desk review, while the Evaluation Consultant/Team Leader will ensure that research methodologies are designed and delivered in high quality standards.
DFF Project Team will be responsible for arranging meetings with key project partners and counterparts, as well as for organizing group consultative meetings, briefing and debriefing sessions.
The Evaluation Team will be comprised of a national Evaluation Consultant/Team Leader and national Assistant Evaluation Consultant.
Required Skills and Experience
Disbursement of funds according to following deliverables:
The Evaluation Consultant/Team Leader will deliver the following:
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.