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International Consultant / Team Leader / UN Women Joint Programme Portfolio Evaluation
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Dakar, SENEGAL|
|Application Deadline :||24-Jul-17 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English French|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||5 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||5 months|
The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC)
The mission of the Council is to ensure sustainable sanitation, better hygiene and safe drinking water for all people, with focus on the poorest and most marginalized members of society in low- and middle-income countries in Africa and Asia. To achieve its mission, WSSCC facilitates sector coordination at national, regional and global levels, and engages rights holders and duty bearers to adopt policy guidelines on menstrual hygiene and disability.
The Council also supports national sanitation and hygiene improvement programmes through its Global Sanitation Fund, coordinates knowledge platforms, and advocates on behalf of the 2.4 billion people without access to improved sanitation. For more information on WSSCC, please go to http://wsscc.org/.
WSSCC entered into a partnership with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, also known as UN Women. UN Women is a United Nations entity and the global champion for gender equality, working to develop and uphold standards and create an environment in which every woman and girl can exercise her human rights and live up to her full potential. For more information on UN Women, please go to http://www.unwomen.org.
UN Women West and Central Africa Regional Office (UN Women WCARO)
UN Women WCARO, through its regional offices in Dakar and Nairobi and several country offices, implements programmes tailored to individual countries, in close collaboration with governments, the UN system and civil society. UN Women promotes the integration of gender in national planning and budgeting, trains national officials and provides technical support to the monitoring progress. It also carries out advocacy initiatives to promote and strengthen the empowerment of women. For more information on UN Women WCARO, please go to http://africa.unwomen.org/en.
About the WSSCC/UN Women Joint Programme on Gender, Hygiene and Sanitation (Joint Programme hereafter)
UN Women and the WSSCC launched a partnership aimed at accelerating women and girls’ right to sanitation and hygiene in West and Central Africa on 9 March 2014, as part of the celebrations for International Women’s Day in Senegal. The Joint Programme on Gender, Hygiene and Sanitation was designed to support governments in West and Central Africa to formulate evidence-based policies, laws, regulations and programmes to achieve the human rights of women and girls to sanitation and hygiene. Furthermore, using Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) as an entry point to challenge historical gender inequalities, the programme made a commitment to ensure women and girls’ right to dignity and wider developmental outcomes such as health, education, decent jobs and well-being. With a budget of approximately USD 2 million covering the three-year programme period, the programme has been functional in three countries to date: Cameroon, Niger and Senegal.
Driven by the complementary technical skills and political expertise of two members of the United Nations family, the programme has worked to fill a critical gap in policy, practice and research on Gender and WASH in West and Central Africa.
To achieve the above-stated goals, the Joint Programme is designed to deliver on four key objectives at the level of public policies, knowledge and practice, research and inter-agency learning:
WSSCC has been responsible for the oversight and overall management of the programme and UN Women led the strategic, operational and programmatic coordination at the local, national and regional level for effective implementation of the programme activities. Both organisations have also worked in partnership to carry out advocacy at strategic global platforms such as the Commission for the Status of Women (CSW).
As specified in the programme design, the Joint Programme is required to undergo an independent end -term evaluation that is both a summative and a formative/forward-looking exercise, aimed at supporting WSSCC and UN Women for their learning, reflection and future decision-making. The evaluation intends to identify lessons and share them widely; report to donors on whether project objectives were met and resources were prudently utilized; identify areas of improvement and future opportunity; highlight and resolve problems; get feedback, appraisal; and attract recognition. To this end, the end-term evaluation will seek to measure the impact made in the West and Central Africa Region based on the objectives and original programme definition of impact. The evaluation will measure the extent to which the Joint Programme has fully implemented its activities, delivered outputs and attained planned as well as unplanned/un-intended outcomes. It will also generate substantive evidence-based knowledge by identifying any unplanned results and provide forward-looking recommendations to sustain and build on the achievements of the programme.
The evaluation will uphold the UNEG Norms and Standards for Evaluation. It will attempt to answer questions related to the evaluation criteria of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), including relevance, development efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability, in addition to assessing the programme on Gender, Equity and Human Rights principles. The evaluation is expected to be utilization-focused, providing key lessons and clear, concrete, feasible recommendations.
The evaluation questions will be finalized during the inception phase. As part of the inception meeting, the evaluation team is required to develop an evaluation matrix identifying a set of indicators, sources, sampling methods, and methodology for answering each evaluation question. The overall objective will be to assess the following evaluation questions:
Gender, Equity and Human Rights
UN SWAP Evaluation Performance Indicator:
The evaluation report must demonstrate compliance with the UN SWAP Evaluation Performance Indicator in accordance with the following evaluation quality criteria:
Joint Evaluation Modality
WSSCC believes in the principles of participatory evaluation, shared learning, reflection and overall programme improvement. The joint evaluation arrangement aims to collectively assess the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of the programme while ensuring shared ownership of the findings and recommendations. The evaluation findings will also help address broader evaluation questions, beyond the results of one individual agency. It is also intended to limit the number of different evaluations and their associated costs and avoid the risk of duplication. Following these principles, the UN Women - WCA Regional Office will lead the Joint Evaluation with the HQ (IEG-Independent Evaluation Group, UN Women) assuming Advisory responsibilities. The joint evaluation will be co-led by WSSCC. An Evaluation Technical Committee will be set up to manage the Evaluation, including quality control and adherence to the UNEG Principles. An Evaluation Steering Committee is set up to approve the TORs and other deliverables. In addition, an Evaluation Reference Group will be set up to facilitate the participation of the relevant wider public in the design and scope of the evaluation, raise awareness of the different information needs, and to disseminate the evaluation results. The Evaluation Reference Group will be composed of experts in the subject area drawn from education, government, civil society, etc. For a breakdown of the roles and responsibilities of each group in the management structure for the evaluation, please refer to Table 2 labelled Management Structure and Responsibilities.
This arrangement would maximize the likelihood of using recommendations addressed to both parties. The independent consultant or team will report to and be managed by the Evaluation Unit at the UN Women WCA Regional Office.
Team composition: The independent evaluation team will be composed of an international team leader and three national evaluators from Senegal, Niger and Cameroon.
The evaluation will employ a mixed method approach that includes document reviews, key informant interviews, and field visits of the three countries.
These documents will include, but not be limited to:
(MTSP) Review, and completed in 2016
Key Informant Interviews:
Limitations to the evaluation
The End-Term Evaluation aims to evaluate the programme against its planned outcomes as well as to identify and document its significant unexpected or unplanned results. It is, however, limited in its scope to carry out an impact evaluation at this stage.
Duties and Responsibilities
The deliverables expected for the scope of work for this assignment are as follows, along with a detailed list of deliverables and timeline in Table1 labeled Proposed list of deliverables:
All draft and final outputs, including supporting documents, analytical reports and raw data should be provided in electronic version compatible with Word for Windows. All evaluation report submissions must include a MS Word and a PDF version. All deliverables must be submitted in French. The translated versions in English must be validated by the independent consultant.
The evaluation must be completed to the highest standards and in a timely manner in order to qualify for the shortlist of outstanding annual corporate evaluations in UN Women HQ. In addition, the key lessons/emerging findings should be available for sharing for a regional event in Senegal in October and the evaluation should be completed by November.
The independent consultant shall submit a draft report to UN Women and WSSCC within 30 days following completion of the evaluation mission. UN Women will solicit and revert promptly with collective feedback from WSSCC, Joint Evaluation Steering Committee and the Reference Group for the evaluator to finalize the report. The evaluator is required to append the following items to the final report:
The procedures for the submission of the final report will be as follows in consecutive order:
Budget and Level of Effort
The budget should be realistic, with consideration given to the comprehensiveness of the evaluation topics, size of the team and resource constraints. The consultancy service is planned for a maximum of 60 days’ level of effort.
Required Skills and Experience
Candidates should submit
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