Consultancy - Researchers for GBV project design, monitoring and evaluation


Location : Home-based (with possible travels)
Application Deadline :26-Oct-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-Dec-2017
Duration of Initial Contract :Up to 270 working days over 3 years subject to funding and satisfactory performance
Expected Duration of Assignment :Up to 270 working days over 3 years subject to funding and satisfactory performance

Background

As a trusted multilateral partner serving 177 countries and territories around the world, UNDP is uniquely positioned to help advocate for change, connect countries to the knowledge and resources they need to develop and to coordinate the efforts of the United Nations at the country level.

Gender-based violence is a global epidemic which inhibits the fulfillment of gender equality, human rights and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs now include explicit targets addressing violence against women, violence against children, and harmful practices. Reducing violence against women and girls is a stand-alone target under SDG 5 (Gender Equality) and also will contribute to achieving other gender equality targets and many of the other SDGs, including those on education, health and poverty.

UNDP has launched a new initiative to support the achievement of the SDGs by helping countries make progress on the specific gender-based violence and related targets. UNDP’s GBV and SDGs project will pilot  the integration of GBV prevention and response components into sectorial programmes and measure the results. It will to use the findings of what works and what did not to advocate for better policies and programmes to address and prevent GBV across sectors such as livelihoods, health, environmental programming and social protection.  It is also focused on improving specific strategies to address GBV in locales with high prevalence of violence against women and low levels of resources dedicated to prevention and response in adherence to the SDG principal to leave no one behind.  The pilots will also be costed to estimate the cost of possible scale up to reach a greater number of people.


Duties and Responsibilities

The consultant will report to the UNDP GBV and SDGs Project Manager, and will support project design, monitoring and evaluation under this global project in one or more pilot sites. The consultant will also work closely with other UNDP staff and their partners in the selected pilot countries and local sites, including local researchers and project implementers.  The pilots will be implemented and evaluated by mid-2019.

Expected outputs and deliverables:

Project design and implementation support for one or more selected pilots under the global GBV and SDGs project

  • Undertake participatory design processes with local communities, survivors, women’s rights organisations, local government, service providers and other stakeholders to shape GBV prevention and response pilot projects.The pilots will be integrated into large sectoral programmes, and/or implemented in local settings with high prevalence of GBV and low resources;
  • Present draft project designs and implementation plans, collect feedback from local and UNDP partners and finalise the designs;
  • Adapt evidence-based activities and tools as well as learning from practice-based experience into the project design.These may include curriculum, tool kits, and/or engagement strategies from other documented and evaluated GBV interventions.Innovation on the existing evidence base of what works to prevent and respond to GBV is encouraged for the design and adaptation;
  • Support capacity building activities to and ensure all partners have the knowledge, tools and skills to successfully deliver the project activities;
  • Provide ongoing support local partners to launch and implement the pilot projects as needed.

Pilot project costing and scale up estimations

  • Estimate the per unit costs of the GBV pilot project, with a cost breakdown for the different components and activities;
  • Estimate the cost for scale up of the successful GBV activities (e.g. scale up to programme wide, provincial and/or national levels);
  • Support the drafting of advocacy briefs arguing for the scale up of GBV activities using a cost and benefit analysis based on the costing and evaluation results.

Pilot project monitoring and evaluation

  • Draft, collect feedback and finalise monitoring and evaluation plans for the pilot/s.The plans will be appropriate for the scope of the pilots and should consider qualitative, mixed method and community feedback strategies to assess what happened and why.
  • Undertake baseline data consolidation and/or collection as needed.Some of the proposed pilot sites may have localized data available for a baseline. Existing, and new baseline datawill inform the project formulation, final design and evaluation plan.
  • Undertake ongoing monitoring of the pilot activities with local partners.Bring issues and risks to the attention of UNDP, and support the adjustment and refining of the project as needed.
  • Undertake midline, end line, and post project data collection as determined by the evaluation plan/s.
  • Produce evaluation reports, analysing data and synthesizing key findings.

Process documentation, communications  and reporting

  • Support the local partners in process documentation of the pilot projects (the implementation stories not captured by the evaluation).
  • Produce communications materials (e.g. blogs, vlogs or articles) to share learning from the pilots to a wide audience.
  • Support UNDP in drafting donor updates and final reports.

Support to the global technical advisory group for the GBV and SDGs project

  • Participate in the periodic conference calls and meetings of the global technical advisory group.The technical advisory group will be comprised of all technical partners implementing the project, including other research institutes, consultants and UN Staff. This group will help produce a global synthesis report as final product.
  • Share learning and experiences with other advisory group members.
  • Support the analysis of findings from across all pilot projects and the draft of a global synthesis report.


Competencies

Corporate:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN's values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP and the UN;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

Functional Competencies:

  • Knowledge and understanding of gender and gender based violence with an emphasis on the design, monitoring and evaluation of GBV projects
  • Experience working with communities in low resource settings
  • Experience drafting of research findings and recommendations
  • Familiarity with processes and thematic issues related to the SDGs
  • Experience with project design and evaluation, especially of gender-based violence prevention and response interventions

Behavioural Competencies:

  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task under pressure and to meet strict deadlines;
  • Excellent organizational skills, ability to prioritize tasks and to work effectively in teams, delivering through and with others;
  • Ability to manage heavy workloads and solve complex problems with minimum supervision.


Required Skills and Experience

Academic qualifications:

Applicants will have a minimum Master’s Degree or equivalent in Political Science, International Relations, International Development studies, or other relevant area.  A PhD including research on gender and/or GBV a strong asset.

Experience:

  • Ten years of relevant professional experience required gender equality and preventing and responding to violence against women.
  • Solid experience in GBV project design required.Experience with participatory design processes an asset.
  • Experience in monitoring and ethical and safe evaluation research required, including the ability to design research tools, manage data collection and analyse data.
  • Experience in synthesizing research findings and drafting recommendations in language accessible to local partners.
  • Proven experience of working remotely, including the ability to build constructive relationships with a wide variety of colleagues and local partners, required.
  • Previous work experience with the UN System is desirable.

Language Requirements:

  • Excellent writing and editing skills in English required.Spanish and English skills will be required for projects working in Latin America.Arabic is required for those working in the Arab States region.
  • Excellent command of an additional UN working language a strong asset.

Application Procedure

Application is a two-step process:

STEP 1

Qualified applicants are requested to apply online via this website. Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications (note: all documents must be compiled into one file to be uploaded as part of the online application):

  • Proposal / Cover letter explaining why the candidate is the most suitable for the assignment; and
  • Personal CV or P11, indicating all past experience from similar projects and specifying the relevant assignment period (from/to), as well as the email and telephone contacts of at least three (3) professional references.
  • Writing sample of research including findings and recommendations

STEP 2

Financial Proposal.

After review of applications, shortlisted candidates (ONLY) will be contacted by UNDP and requested to submit a Financial Proposal:

  • The financial proposal should specify a daily professional rate
  • The financial proposal be all-inclusive and take into account various expenses that will be incurred during the contract, including: the daily professional fee; cost of travel from the home base to the duty station and vice versa, where required; living allowances at the duty station; communications, utilities and consumables; life, health and any other insurance; risks and inconveniences related to work under hardship and hazardous conditions (e.g., personal security needs, etc.), when applicable; and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services under the contract.
  • The will be home-based. The Consultant may be expected to undertake official travel. The cost of those missions will be borne by UNDP and will be specified in TORs following award of the ICFA. Offers from applicants should not reflect/include these costs.
  • Payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between UNDP and Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed. In general, UNDP should not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the IC wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources.
  • If the Offeror is employed by an organization/company/institution, and he/she expects his/her employer to charge a management fee in the process of releasing him/her to UNDP under a Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA), the Offeror must indicate at this point, and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated in the financial proposal submitted to UNDP.

The Financial Proposal is to be emailed as per the instruction in the separate email that will be sent to shortlisted candidates.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials.

Qualified women are encouraged to apply.

Due to the large number of applications we receive, we are able to inform only the successful candidate(s) about the outcome or status of the selection process.

Evaluation process

Applicants are reviewed based on Required Skills and Experience stated above and based on the technical evaluation criteria outlined below. Applicants will be evaluated based on cumulative scoring. When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

  • Being responsive/compliant/acceptable; and
  • Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation where technical criteria weighs 70% and Financial criteria/ Proposal weighs 30%.

Technical evaluation - Total 70% (700 points):

  • Criteria 1. Level and Relevance of Degree (Minimum Master’s degree level) in Political Science, Law, International Relations, International Development studies, or other relevant area. Weight = 5%; Maximum Points: 50.
  • Criteria 2. Number of years (Minimum ten years) of relevant professional experience related to violence against women prevention and/or response. Weight = 15%; Maximum Points: 150.
  • Criteria 3. Proven experience in GBV project design and evaluation research. Weight 25%; Maximum Points: 250.
  • Criteria 4. Relevant experience working with local communities to design and monitor violence against women projects. Weight: 15% Maximum points: 150.
  • Criteria 5. Experience writing and editing research findings. Weight: 10% Maximum points: 100 points.

Candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% (490 points) of the maximum obtainable points for the technical criteria (700 points) shall be considered for an interview.

Interviews are intended to validate the competencies and profile of the candidate.  The interview questions will be related to the technical evaluation criteria and the evaluation panel will have the opportunity to adjust the desk review scores based on interview performance of each candidate.

Financial evaluation - Total 30% (300 points)

The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal:

  • p = y (µ/z), where
  • p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated
  • y = maximum number of points for the financial proposal
  • µ = price of the lowest priced proposal
  • z = price of the proposal being evaluated

Contract Award

Candidate obtaining the highest combined scores in the combined score of Technical and Financial evaluation will be considered technically qualified and will be offered to enter into contract with UNDP.

Institutional arrangement

The Consultant will be supervised by and report directly to the UNDP GBV and SDGs Project Manager.

The Consultant will be responsible for providing her/his own laptop

Payment modality

  • Payment to the Individual Contractor will be made based on the actual number of days worked, deliverables accepted and upon certification of satisfactory completion by the manager.
  • The work week will be based on 35 hours, i.e. on a 7 hour working day, with core hours being between 9h00 and 18h00 daily.

Framework Agreement

UNDP plans to enter into the Long-Term Agreement (LTA) with upto five TOP ranked successful Individual Contractor/s to assure resources availability at the required timeframe and/or increased demand for services requested. The service of who will be used on an intermittent and repetitive basis when needed and based on the fixed daily rate. Other prospective applicants that are not contracted, at the UNDP discretion, will be placed in the roster of consultants to be used based on call basis for similar services.

Please note that the LTA does not form a financial obligation or commitment from UNDP at the time the LTA contract is signed, and that such an agreement is non-exclusive. When a specific need arises, the successful Individual Contractor/s will be approached and be provided with a specific TOR and deliverables (and time frame) but still within the scope of the responsibilities stated in the LTA. The successful Individual Contractor/s is expected to provide Confirmation of Interest on the specific services required. Financial commitments will only be established each time a Purchase Order for the specific services/TOR for Individual Contractor is committed. The purchase order will be based on the agreed LTA Daily Rate Consultancy Fee.

This LTA has a cumulative ceiling amount that may accrue to the individual contractor during the life of the LTA, but said amount shall remain as an upper limit, and must not and cannot be interpreted nor understood as neither a financial commitment nor guarantee of business volume.

The duration of LTA / IC Framework Agreement is for 3-year period, for up to 270 working days per LTA subject to satisfactory contract performance.

Annexes (click on the hyperlink to access the documents):

Annex 1 – UNDP P-11 Form for ICs

Annex 2 – IC Contract Template

Annex 3 – IC General Terms and Conditions

Annex 4 – RLA Template


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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