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National Assistant Evaluation Consultant
|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 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 implemented Small Grants Facility Programme in more than 70 municipalities. Within the Programme, through the three Project components, youth, education, and culture, 40 grants projects were implemented in the period between 6 and 12 months. At least 15% of the project beneficiaries through the Small Grants Facility are aimed at vulnerable groups (children/youth with disabilities, minority groups e.g. Roma, and women).
Duties and Responsibilities
The DFF project is heading towards the end of the implementation period. Initially set for 18 months, with a projected end date of January 21, 2016, the project was granted a six month no-cost extension until July 21, 2016. This final evaluation is mandatory to take place two months before the project closure. The evaluation will cover the entire period of the project implementation, from June 2014 until May 2016.
The main purpose of the evaluation is to provide an independent in-depth assessment of the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of project results and outcomes against the results framework of the DFF project. The evaluation will also assess the project’s contribution to peacebuilding in BiH. Apart from assessing the achievements of the project, the evaluation will also address future steps to be taken and opportunities that arise from implemented activities; therefore, the purpose of the evaluation is both to assess the accountability and to provide a learning opportunity in order to better streamline future interventions.
Following detailed evaluation results, DFF Project will prepare a management response to critical findings of the report. Furthermore, the evaluation results will directly inform the formulation process of the next phase of the project that will be coordinated by the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator (RCO) and developed jointly by the Participating UN Organizations and the BiH Presidency. Additionally, lessons learned will be communicated to the implementing partners and other relevant peacebuilding actors in the country to strengthen their activities and approaches towards peacebuilding processes in BiH.
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 Assistant Evaluation Consultant 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 Assistant Evaluation Consultant include: providing support to rigorous desk review, interviews with key stakeholders, field visits, questionnaires and participatory techniques.
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 Assistant Evaluation Consultant will bear primary responsibility for providing support in conducting the final evaluation. This entails among other responsibilities providing support to Evaluation Consultant/Team Leader in: 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 Assistant Evaluation Consultant is expected to provide support in the effective usage of all available information sources that will provide evidence on which to base evaluation conclusions and recommendations. Anticipated mixed-method approaches to be supported in collection of data and analysis by the Assistant Evaluation Consultant include: rigorous desk review, interviews with key stakeholders, field visits, questionnaires and participatory techniques.
During this process the Assistant Evaluation Consultant will be assisting Evaluation Consultant/ Team Leader.
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 Assistant Evaluation Consultant is expected to travel across the country to at least 10 locations, defined in agreement with the UNPBSO and Joint Project Coordinator, including four major cities (Sarajevo being the duty station): Banja Luka, Tuzla, Zenica, and Mostar, in order to adequately assess the impact of interventions.
The composition of the evaluation report must be compliant with the following format containing at least the following information:
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 and Assistant Evaluation Consultant before the development of the Inception Report. The Assistant Evaluation Consultant will assist in outlining in the Inception Report the standards applied for the evaluation process.
Management arrangements and quality assurance process
The DFF Project Team will manage and oversee the evaluation process, in consultation with the RCO, RUNOs, and PBSO, with the RCO approving the deliverables. The Final Evaluation will be carried out by the Evaluation Consultant/Team Leader under the direct supervision of the Joint UN Project Coordinator, assisted by the national Assistant Evaluation Consultant, and supported by the RCO’s Development, Research and M&E Specialist with the overall guidance. The evaluation process will also be closely coordinated by the RCO with the BiH Presidency as the main in-country stakeholders, the RUNOs and PBSO to consult on the expected deliverables and timetable. The Evaluation Consultant/Team Leader will closely cooperate with the DFF project staff in all aspects of its work to ensure high quality, accuracy and consistency in the conduct of the evaluation, while the Assistant Evaluation Consultant will provide support in the process.
The Evaluation Consultant/Team Leader with support of the Assistant Evaluation Consultant 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 Assistant Evaluation Consultant with the project relevant background documentation required for a comprehensive desk review, while the Assistant Evaluation Consultant will ensure support in designing and delivering research methodologies in high quality standards.
Required Skills and Experience
Disbursement of funds according to following deliverables:
The Assistant Evaluation Consultant 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.