Medium Term Review of the United Nations Partnership Assistance Framework (UNPAF) International Consultancy


Location : Bissau, GUINEA-BISSAU
Application Deadline :04-Jul-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English   French   Portuguese
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
16-Jul-2018
Duration of Initial Contract :30 Working Days
Expected Duration of Assignment :3 Months

Background

The United Nations Partnership Framework is the strategic framework and the basis for cooperation between the government of Guinea-Bissau and the United Nations for the 2016-2020 period. It is the expression of the common will of all parties to further strengthen their partnership to help break the vicious cycle of political instability and poverty the country has been trapped for more than three decades. The overall objective of the UNPAF is to help consolidate peace and security, by establishing governance for citizens to promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth to meet the legitimate aspiration of the people of Guinea-Bissau in line with the Strategic and Operational Plan 2015-2020 “Terra Ranka”. UNPAF contributes towards four (4) mutually reinforcing and supporting outcomes align to national development priorities and SDGs:

  • Outcome 1: the State institutions, including defense, security, and justice, consolidate the stability and Rule of law, democratic participation, and equitable access to opportunities for all;
  • Outcome 2: economic growth is inclusive and sustainable, to promote poverty reduction, decent jobs, food security, and the structural transformation of the economy;
  • Outcome 3: all citizens, especially the most marginalized and vulnerable, have equitable, sustainable access to and use the health, nutrition, HIV/AIDS, water, sanitation and hygiene, education, and quality protection services;
  • Outcome 4: public institutions, Civil Society Organizations, and the private sector ensure the promotion of the sustainable management of the environment and natural resources, risk management, and disaster prevention.

To ensure that the UNPAF guides effective UN action in Guinea-Bissau, the partnership framework was developed based on the principles of human rights, gender equality, RBM, promotion of SDGs, and aid coordination and harmonization, in line with the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness.

The objectives of the UNPAF annual reviews undertaken were mainly to review the Outcome Groups’ annual work plan for the respective years and to finalize annual work plans for the forthcoming years under the UNPAF outcome group, aligned to the National Development Plan’s priority areas and SDGs.

This UNPAF Mid Term Review (MTR) will be undertaken to provide an overall assessment of the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and coherence of the UNPAF as a delivery mechanism to support national development priorities.


Duties and Responsibilities

The MTR will cover the period 2016-2017. Under the direct responsibility of the Resident Coordinator and the UNCT and under the direct supervision of the Head of the Resident Coordinator Office, the International Consultant will be responsible for the  following activities:

  • Propose a methodological note on the conduct of the evaluation in accordance with the terms of reference of the mid-term review;
  • Review the strategic design, planning, and assumptions made during UNPAF development process.

Analyze the linkage of concerned Agencies CPDs’ results to overall UNDAF results framework, including the relevance of the outcomes, outputs and indicators set.

  • Assess the achievement of results in the four (4) outcome groups and identify lessons learned;
  • Assess the UNPAF’s coordination mechanism, partnership arrangements and national ownership.
  • Assess the synergy with others International Development Partners’ strategies and programs, particularly the World Bank, and suggest ways of creating effective collaboration in future undertaking.
  • Determine the relevance and strategic positioning of the UNPAF programme to respond to national development priorities, given the changing development and political environment, and emerging issues, including climate change, and UN priorities and core values, including human rights and gender equality;
  • Assess the efficiency of the UN’s process and the quality of the UN’s contribution for attaining national development priorities as outlined in the UNPAF’s goals and result framework;
  • Propose changes to programming to realign the UNPAF Outcomes’ results framework and joint annual work plan in respond to achieving stated UNPAF goals and results; focusing on more effective and efficient delivery of UN’s contribution to development, as well as improved incorporation of cross-cutting issues such as human rights and gender equality; and provide recommendations for strengthening the UN’s overall performance and support to the national development plan.


Competencies

  • Ability to set and implement activities for timely results.
  • Good facilitation, analytic and communication skills.
  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN's values and ethical standards.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
  • Team building approach.


Required Skills and Experience

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Master's Degree or equivalent in Development studies, Monitoring and Evaluation, Social Sciences, Business Administration, Public Administration, Economics or related field.

Experience:

  • At least 10 years extensive experience at the national or international level in evaluation and design of projects, programme and plan of development;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of, and successful experience with: program evaluation; qualitative and quantitative research design and implementation; data analysis and synthesis of research results;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and ability to apply theoretical design, management and evaluation of complex development programmes or plan involving the national government, civil society organizations;
  • Familiarity with participatory methods of data gathering and UN four Programming Principles: ((i) Human rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment, (ii) Sustainable development and resilience, (iii) Leave no one behind and (iv) Accountability);
  • Have a strong understanding of the development context in West Africa, particularly in Guinea-Bissau, and national development plan and strategies;
  • Demonstrated experience of having worked or evaluated UNDAF and UN programmes will be an added advantage;
  • Demonstrate knowledge and capacities in gender mainstreaming in planning processes is desirable and an asset.

Language:

  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills in English and French;
  • Good Working knowledge of Portuguese is an asset.

Evaluation:

Applicants will be screened against qualifications and competencies specified above through a desk review or an interview process. Applicants will be evaluated based on cumulative analysis based on a combination of the Technical and Financial Scores:

  • Technical Evaluation Criteria: 70%;
  • Financial Evaluation Criteria: 30%;

Criteria Weight Max. Point

Technical - 70%        

  • Criteria A: Education background  - 10%       
  • Criteria B: Experience as defined in the ToRs -  20%      
  • Criteria C: Competences as defined in the ToRs - 10%       
  • Criteria D: Understanding of the ToRs - 5%      
  • Criteria E: Methodology and overall approach - 15%        
  • Criteria F: Overall quality of the proposal (comprehensiveness, structure, language and clarity)  10%       

Financial - 30%      

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