Evaluation Consultant - Country Programme Evaluations, Independent Evaluation Office


Location : In Country of Assignment and Partially Home-based
Application Deadline :10-Jan-17 (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)
01-Mar-2017
Duration of Initial Contract :30-60 days total between Mar-Nov 2017

Background

As the custodian of the evaluation function, the Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) of UNDP supports the Administrator in his/her substantive accountability function, and contributes to informed decision-making by the Executive Board, managing for development results by the organization and enhancing the evaluation function across the UN system by engaging with partners in the evaluation and development community.

IEO undertakes independent country programme evaluations (ICPEs) – also known as Assessments of Development Results (ADRs) – in an annual cycle. The ADRs cover the UNDP country portfolio over a 5-8 year period and are timed to provide evaluative evidence to feed into the development of new UNDP Country Programme Documents. ADRs also support UNDP’s accountability to national stakeholders and the Executive Board.

Eight (8) ADRs will be carried out in 2017 in: Namibia, Congo (Republic of), Rwanda, Togo, Cuba, Chile, Philippines, and Kuwait. The IEO is currently seeking evaluation consultants to support ADR Evaluation Managers as part of an evaluation team. Consultants are responsible for collecting and analyzing quantitative and qualitative information for the evaluation’s design and conduct.

This call for expressions of interest (EOI) provides a profile of the expected responsibilities of evaluation consultants for the 2017 ADRs. The specific Terms of Reference for each evaluation team member will be provided at a later date to interested candidates who meet the required qualifications set out in this EOI. The duration of each consultancy will vary depending on the ADR and specific tasks, and is expected to range between 30 and 60 work days.

For more information on IEO activities, visit undp.org/evaluation.


Duties and Responsibilities

Evaluation consultants are sought for the ADRs to be carried out in 2017 in Namibia, Congo (Republic of), Rwanda, Togo, Cuba, Chile, Philippines, and Kuwait. The consultants will provide their technical expertise and knowledge in one or more of UNDP’s thematic programme areas: (1) gender; (2) environment and energy; (3) human rights and rule of law; (4) local governance and decentralization; (5) democratic governance and peacebuilding; (6) poverty reduction and inclusive growth, and/or (7) climate and disaster recovery/resilience.

Under the supervision of the respective IEO Evaluation Manager, consultants will perform the following:

  • Undertake desk reviews of material and drafting of background papers on specific UNDP thematic/outcome area(s);
  • Assist in designing relevant data collection instruments and participate, as appropriate, in field-based data collection in the country;
  • Analyze collected data and draft analytical papers based on agreed evaluation criteria; and
  • Contribute to the finalization of the evaluation report prepared by the IEO Evaluation Manager.


Competencies

Functional Competencies:

  • Strong analytical skills, including ability to rapidly analyze and integrate diverse information with a discerning sense for quality of data; and
  • Good mastery of information technology required for organized presentation of information.

Development and Operational Effectiveness:

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Proven organizational skills and ability to handle a large volume of work; and
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.

Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling UN values and ethical standards, including UNEG norms;
  • Acts as a team player and exercises diplomacy, tact and politeness; and
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Master’s degree or higher in Social Sciences, Public Policy, International Relations, Natural Sciences or other field relevant to UNDP’s work.

Experience:

  • A minimum of seven (7) years of experience in design and conduct of development evaluation;
  • Preferably substantive work experience in, and knowledge of, the country being evaluated (either Namibia, Congo (Republic of), Rwanda, Togo, Cuba, Chile, Philippines, and Kuwait);
  • Background in evaluating one or more of UNDP’s thematic areas:  gender; environment and energy; human rights and rule of law; local governance and decentralization; democratic governance and peacebuilding; poverty reduction and inclusive growth, and/or climate and disaster recovery/resilience.
  • Familiarity with development programming and evaluative methods focused on poverty eradication and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion, including for gender equality and women’s empowerment;
  • Strong understanding of UN/UNDP work, including UN Country Team programming and coordination modalities.

Language:

  • Fluency in English is essential for all ADR countries;
  • Fluency in official languages of specific ADR countries is highly desirable, i.e. French (Togo, Congo (Republic of)), Spanish (Chile, Cuba), Arabic (Kuwait).

Application Instructions

The following documents should be uploaded as one document onto UNDP Jobs site:

  • Personal CV or P11, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of at least three (3) professional references;
  • A brief cover letter (250-400 words) specifying: (a) the country/countries of interest out of Namibia, Congo (Republic of), Rwanda, Togo, Cuba, Chile, Philippines, and Kuwait; (b) area of expertise within UNDP’s thematic programme areas (see above); (c) potential conflict of interest in having worked in a programmatic capacity for UNDP over the last 5 years;
  • A completed Confirmation of Interest and Submission of Financial Proposal Form.

When uploading onto the UNDP Jobs site, combine all documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows a maximum upload of one document.


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.


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