International expert


Location : Baku, AZERBAIJAN
Application Deadline :21-Feb-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)
06-Mar-2018
Duration of Initial Contract :11 days
Expected Duration of Assignment :11 days

Background

 

This project is a part of Institutional Reform Plan 3 (IRP3) “Strengthening civil service training in Azerbaijan with a focus on EU affairs” aims at strengthening the core institutions involved into the negotiations and implementations of the EU-Azerbaijan Association Agreement. The overall objective of the project is to strengthen the capacities of the Academy of Public Administration (APA) with regard to management and coordination of civil servants training and professional development function across state bodies and leading to the development and implementation of training strategy and training policies. The project focuses on two specific outputs indicated below:

Output 1. Training Centre under the Academy of Pubic Administration is established and operational

  • Establishment and operationalization of Training Center for civil servants, development of its work/training plans and training of trainers’ modules and identification of staff capacity needs;

  • Review and modification of legislation on training of civil servants, development of Civil Service Training Strategy;

  • Study the experience of centralized civil service training management system.

    Output 2. Institutional capacity of APA to lead and coordinate the civil servants training and to provide the methodological assistance to state bodies and other training centers are strengthened

  • Development of concept for the resource center for training and professional development of civil servants, set up of library;

Project Partners: The major project partners are UNDP, European Union and Academy of Public Administration. Other national and civil society partners are consulted based on the natures of the activities considered in the project.            

 


Duties and Responsibilities

The scope of the final evaluation will cover all activities undertaken in the framework of the project. The evaluator will compare planned outputs of the project to actual outputs and assess the actual results to determine their contribution to the attainment of the project objective.

The evaluator will assess the following four categories of project progress.

i.    Project Strategy

Project design:

  • Review the problem addressed by the project and the underlying assumptions.Review the effect of any incorrect assumptions or changes to the context to achieving the project results as outlined in the Project Document.

  • Review the relevance of the project strategy and assess whether it provides the most effective route towards expected/intended results.Were lessons from other relevant projects properly incorporated into the project design?

  • Review how the project addresses country priorities. Review country ownership. Was the project concept in line with the national sector development priorities and plans of the country (or of participating countries in the case of multi-country projects)?

  • Review decision-making processes: were perspectives of those who would be affected by project decisions, those who could affect the outcomes, and those who could contribute information or other resources to the process, taken into account during project design processes?

  • If there are major areas of concern, recommend areas for improvement.

    Results Framework/Logframe:

  • Undertake a critical analysis of the project’s logframe indicators and targets, assess how “SMART” the end-of-project targets are (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-bound).

  • Are the project’s objectives and outcomes or components clear, practical, and feasible within its time frame?

  • Examine if progress so far has led to, or could in the future catalyse beneficial development effects (i.e. income generation, gender equality and women’s empowerment, improved governance etc...) that should be included in the project results framework and monitored on an annual basis.

  • Ensure broader development aspects of the project are being monitored effectively.Develop and recommend SMART ‘development’ indicators.


Competencies

  • Experience working with the EU or EU-evaluations will be considered as an asset;

  • Excellent communication skills (written and spoken);

  • Demonstrable analytical skills.


Required Skills and Experience

One independent evaluator will perform the evaluation. The consultant will not have participated in the project preparation and/or implementation and should not have conflict of interest with project related activities. The evaluator should have prior experience in reviewing or evaluating similar projects. Experience with UNDP/EU financed projects is an advantage. The consultants cannot have participated in the project preparation, formulation, and/or implementation (including the writing of the Project Document) and should not have a conflict of interest with project’s related activities. 

The selection of consultants will be aimed at maximizing the overall qualities in the following areas:

  • An academic degree in social sciences, project assessment, civil-engineering; (20 points)

  • Recent experience (minimum 5 years) with result-based management evaluation methodologies and applying SMART indicators, reconstructing or validating baseline scenarios; (20 points)

  • Work experience in relevant areas for at least 10 years (public administration and civil service); (15 points)

  • Project evaluation/review experiences within United Nations system; (15 points)


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