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Member of Evaluation Team (4 positions: Lead, Senior, Senior/Intermediate and Junior Evaluators) for the Corporate Evaluation of Women’s Leadership and Political Participation
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||New York, Field and Home-based|
|Application Deadline :||27-Jun-16 (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 :||between 90 and 110 days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||over the period August 2016 – July 2017|
UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.
From the local to the global level, opportunities for women’s leadership and political participation are restricted. Women are underrepresented as voters, as well as in in elected or appointed positions, as parliamentarians, as ministers or as heads of state and/or Government. This occurs despite their proven abilities as leaders and agents of change, and their right to participate equally in governance and decision-making bodies. Women face several obstacles to participating in political life. Structural barriers, discriminatory laws and gendered institutions still limit women’s options to run for, and be elected to, political office. Capacity gaps mean women are less likely than men to have the education, contacts and resources needed to become effective leaders.
Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) of UN Women serves as the custodian of the evaluation function in line with the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) Norms and Standards. It deploys quantitative and qualitative approaches to evaluate transformative changes in gender equality and human rights and UN Women’s contribution therein. It undertakes corporate evaluations and promotes their use at decision making levels; supports decentralized evaluations for improved programming and evidence generation on what works for gender equality; supports evaluation capacity development within the organization and of regional and country partners, and promotes coordination with the UN system on joint evaluation of gender equality and the inclusion of gender in system wide evaluation.
As part of its implementation of the UN Women Corporate Evaluation Plan (2014 – 2017), the UN Women Independent Evaluation Office is seeking to recruit four evaluation consultants to support the conduct of a forthcoming Corporate Evaluation of Women’s Leadership and Political Participation.
The evaluation will assess UN Women’s contribution over the last six years under Impact Area 1 of the UN Women Strategic Plans (2011 – 2013) and (2014 - 2017). The evaluation will be conducted from August 2016 to July 2017 and will be presented to UN Women’s Executive Board in September 2017.
For further information on this evaluation, please refer to the full ToR at the link hereafter: https://gate.unwomen.org/Evaluation/Details?evaluationId=8095
Duties and Responsibilities
The team roles are defined as: Lead Evaluator; Senior Evaluator; Senior/Intermediate Evaluator; and a Junior Evaluator. Additional expertise may be added to the team during the process, such as national evaluators/researchers for the field visits of the evaluation or additional thematic or methodological expertise. The team should be gender balanced and include regional and/or evaluators from countries within which UN Women is operating.
The below provides indicative detailed expected duties and responsibilities for each team member. Once the team selection is finalized, some roles and responsibilities outlined below may be subject to change based on complementarity of skills amongst the team. The roles and responsibilities will be reviewed by the IEO at the beginning of each stage of the evaluation process, and modified in consultation with all team members. The team members are expected to allow for flexibility within the evaluation process to ensure quality and timeliness of final products.
The core team members will be directly managed and supervised by IEO task managers. However, they will be responsible for collaborating and supporting each other according to their assigned roles and responsibilities.
Detailed qualifications and responsibilities for each core team member are outlined here below and in Annex 2 of the full ToR at the link hereafter: https://gate.unwomen.org/Evaluation/Details?evaluationId=8095
Each team members will also be required to sign the “Evaluation consultants’ agreement form" to demonstrate their understanding and commitment to follow the UNEG Ethical Guidelines and Code of Conduct for Evaluation in the UN system (see Annex 1 of the full ToR https://gate.unwomen.org/Evaluation/Details?evaluationId=8095).
Responsibilities of Lead Evaluator:
The Lead Evaluator will lead the evaluation starting with the Inception Phase. S/he will be responsible for finalization of the evaluation design and the implementation of the evaluation according to the agreed plan. S/he will lead the coordination and collaboration amongst team members to produce key deliverables as outlined in Section X of the full ToR (https://gate.unwomen.org/Evaluation/Details?evaluationId=8095). This will include ensuring coherence and quality of outputs, application of methodology, as well as timely delivery of all products. S/he will also act as the primary liaison between the IEO and core team members. S/he will have additional responsibilities in regards to presentation of findings, communication and facilitation of dialogue around the evaluation. More specifically, the responsibilities of the Lead Evaluator will include, but not be limited to:
Responsibilities of Senior Evaluator: Expert on Women’s Leadership and Political Participation
Responsibilities of Senior/Intermediate Evaluator
Responsibilities of Junior Evaluator
Cultural Sensitivity/Valuing diversity:
Work in teams:
Communicating and Information Sharing:
Self-management and Emotional Intelligence:
Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making:
Knowledge of UN context and gender equality:
Technical and professional skills:
Oral and written communication:
Evaluation process management:
Leadership and Self-Management:
Required Skills and Experience
Combined Team Qualifications:
The combined qualifications of the core team should include the knowledge and skills as outlined below.
Women’s Leadership and Political Participation Expertise:
Communication and Facilitation Expertise:
Team Members Qualifications:
Qualifications of Lead Evaluator:
Qualifications of Senior Evaluator, Expert on Women’s Leadership and Political Participation:
Qualifications of Senior/Intermediate Evaluator:
Qualifications of Junior Evaluator:
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.