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National Consultant for the Final Evaluation of the Gender, Peace and Security Programme in Zimbabwe
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Harare, ZIMBABWE|
|Application Deadline :||27-Oct-18 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Gender Equality|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||30 days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||30 days|
United Nation Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) Programme “Strengthening Gender-Sensitive Capacities for Peace and Security in Zimbabwe” (Programme 84853 and ZIB-12/0032-3, hereafter GPS Programme) receives generous support amounting to NOK 18,121,000 from the Government of Norway, through the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for a period of six years from November 2012 to December 2018.
The Programme was informed by the preliminary findings and recommendations of a study jointly commissioned by UN Women and the Organ on National Healing, Reconciliation and Integration (ONHRI) in 2011 that revealed lack of effective peacebuilding frameworks and protection mechanisms, a need for gender mainstreaming efforts in security sector institutions to combat gender-based violence, and a need to build and strengthen local and regional partnerships for a common political agenda for peacebuilding.
The major findings of the study include;
The specific objectives of the 1st phase of the project was to support key government institutions and partners to respond to gender peace and security concerns in Zimbabwe. It also focused on women’s participation in peace initiatives at all levels of peace and security policy making, strengthening capacities of security sector actors to respond to gender insecurities, supporting mechanisms of peace at community level. The project aimed to contribute to the prevention of politically motivated gender-based violence, gender insecurities and violence against women.
More so, the Programme responded to the UN resolutions on Women, Peace and Security that provides a comprehensive political framework within which women’s protection and their role in conflict prevention and resolution can be addressed. The Programme is in line with UN Women mandate and cooperate objectives of raising awareness and strengthening the capacities of women in transitional situations and to contribute to promoting the integration of a gender perspective into all conflict resolution and peace building initiatives
Zimbabwe ratified key international and regional human rights instruments that protect women’s rights and seek to address gender inequalities including: The Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the Protocol to the African Charter on the Rights of Women in Africa (PACRWC); the Millennium Declaration and the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Gender and Development Protocol. Zimbabwe has incorporated some of the norms and standards of these instruments into domestic laws and policies such as the new Constitution adopted in 2013, the Criminal Law Codification Act, the Protocol on Multi-Sectoral Protocol on the Management of Sexual Abuse (2003), National Gender Policy (2011-2015), the Legal Age of Majority Act (LAMA) and the Domestic Violence Act (DVA 2007). Although the UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security (including resolutions 1325, 1820, 1888, 1889, and 1960), may be applicable in the Zimbabwean context, there is little knowledge and awareness of these instruments by both government institutions and civil society organizations based on the limited use and reference to these normative frameworks. All these instruments call for greater participation by women in all areas of decision-making, including peace processes and security matters, and for effective protection of women from all forms of gender-based violence.
Since its independence and especially since the late 1990’s, Zimbabwe has faced a series of challenges among them: political instability, polarization of society along political lines, high incidence of violence, rapid increases in poverty, weak public service delivery and declines in the productive sectors. During the lead up to the 2008 elections and thereafter, there has been violence in the political as well as private sphere often building on unequal power relations. This crisis made women’s political participation a dangerous undertaking and fraught with risks of intra and inter party violence. The security sector was unable to adequately respond to the violence especially against women and girls and security mechanisms at the community level failed to protect and prevent gender-based violence and other security threats, including displacement, and loss of assets.
The situation has been relatively stabilized and significant advances have been made to promote women’s rights and gender equality. As a result a number of transitional bodies such as Organ of National Healing, Reconciliation and Reintegration (ONRHI), the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, the Human Rights Commission (ZHRC), the Media Commission and the Anti Ccorruption Commission have been established and have aimed to address gender parity in representation. Nonetheless, women remain secondary actors at different levels of security policy making and equal access to justice.
Given that the situation of political uncertainty and the fact that effective mechanisms have not been established to address the political violence, it was important to ensure that there is an infrastructure for the protection of human rights and mechanisms to prevent violence are strengthened. Women should be involved in defining and participating in the protection and prevention mechanisms as well as in initiatives intended to secure safety for their political participation. In this regard, UN Women with the support from the government of Norway designed the Gender Peace and Security Programme to contribute towards an environment that promotes women’s gender sensitive peace and security concerns in Zimbabwe.
UN Women Zimbabwe is commissioning the end of programme evaluation on strengthening gender-sensitive capacities for peace and security in Zimbabwe. The evaluation is conducted at the end of the programme to assess and analyse the impact of the programme.
Description of the Programme
This programme has been delivered through partnership with a number of entities with the overall technical guidance and delivery of programme procurement and inputs by UN Women These parties include government ministries and departments (Ministry of Women Affairs Gender and Community Development (MWAGCD), Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) and ONHRI), Chapter 12 Commissions (Zimbabwe Gender Commission, Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, NPRC and Human Rights Commission), Academic institutions (Institute of Peace Leadership and Governance of the Africa University, Institute of Correctional Services, Bindura University of Science and Technology, National University of Science and Technology, the Africa Gender Institute of the University of Cape Town) and Civil Society Partners (Africa Community Publishing Trust, Musasa, Zimbabwe Young Women’s Network for Peacebuilding, Peacebuilding and Capacity Development Education Foundation, Better Life Foundation, ZWLA, Zimbabwe Peace and Security Programme, FEMPRIST).
Given the evolving conceptual framing of peace and security within the region, the Programme has adapted to its operational context and has applied flexible programming principles to enable achievement of its strategic objectives. Resultantly, the Programme has transitioned through three phases as described below.
Phase 1(2012-2014): Based on the findings of the study that was commissioned by UN Women and ONHRI, the initial overall development goal of the Programme was to contribute towards an environment that promotes women’s gender sensitive peace and security concerns in Zimbabwe focussing on three areas which include:
The outcomes during phase 1 were as follows;
Phase 2 (2014-2016): After 2 years of implementation, this goal was changed on the 8th of December 2014 to, ‘Peace and security are shaped by women’s leadership and participation in Zimbabwe. The outcomes were also changed to two as follows:
Phase 3: 2017-2018-The CO moved towards political participation in the third phase in preparedness for the 2018 election focusing on UN Women outcome on laws, policies and strategies to promote women's participation in decision making processes and structures at national and local levels formulated, enforced, implemented and monitored in line with national, regional and international provisions. The outputs include the following;
The evaluation consultant will be expected to take note of these distinct phases in assessing the impact.
Programme Geographical focus:
The Programme is implemented at both national level and local level in selected districts. The Programme implementation at district level started in Masvingo, Tsvingwe and Mwenezi and was expanded to Bindura, Seke, Victoria falls, Mutoko and Gwanda bringing the number of districts to 8.
Duties and Responsibilities
The overall purpose of the final evaluation is to assess progress towards achievement of the objectives of the gender, peace and security Programme both at district and national levels against the standard evaluation principles of relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and impact since its inception in November 2012. The lessons learnt from this evaluation will inform the design of UN Women’s future work around peace and security in Zimbabwe.
Users of the evaluation
The evaluation report will be used to inform the Steering Committee in implementing its mandate of oversight and strategic guidance of the gender, peace and security Programme for the remainder of the implementation period. Specific users will include UN Women Programme staff, the Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development (MWAGCD), Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Defence forces and other key government departments, responsible partners and the donor in planning and implementation of the gender peace and security Programme. UN Women, responsible partners, donors and government partners of the Programme will be specifically responsible for developing management responses and action plans to the evaluation findings and recommendations.
The final evaluation report will be made publicly available on the UN Women Global Accountability and Tracking of Evaluation (GATE) System http://gate.unwomen.org/. It will also be disseminated during regional, national and district meetings.
Objectives, Evaluation criteria and evaluation questions
The specific objectives of the evaluation are guided by Development Assistance Cooperation (DAC) evaluation criteria of relevance, effectiveness, efficiency sustainability and impact. The evaluators will develop specific review questions, samples of which are set out below for each objective.
The objectives of the evaluation are to primarily:
The suggested questions for the relevance criterion are;
The suggested questions for the effectiveness criterion are;
The suggested questions for this criterion are;
Programme Outcomes and Impact
The suggested questions for this criterion are;
The suggested questions for this criterion are;
Scope of the Evaluation
Time frame for the evaluation:
The Evaluation will provide an assessment of the Programme from Programme inception in November 2012 to October 2018.
Assess progress towards achieving expected results, measured against the revised log frame and compare original and revised log frame to assess original plans and identify reasons for the changes and document lessons learnt from the process.
Identify and document any short term, intermediate and long-term results achieved as a result of the Programme. Assess Progress towards achieving Programme outcomes by the end of the Programme implementing period.
The evaluation will cover four out of eight districts. The Evaluation team will visit the four districts to discuss with stakeholders involved in the Programme including direct beneficiaries who are in women led peace committee and traditional leaders and indirect beneficiaries that includes government ministries and departments, chapter 12 commissions, CSOs and observe progress and achievements.
The evaluation will be guided by UN Women Evaluation Policies and United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) guidelines on Integrating Human Rights and Gender Equality in evaluation (http://www.uneval.org/document/detail/1616) and the UNEG Ethical Guidelines for evaluation. The following key principles will be respected: national ownership and leadership; fair power relations and empowerment; participation and inclusivity; independency and impartiality; transparency; quality and credibility; innovation.
The evaluation methodology will be developed by the Consultant and presented for approval to the Evaluation Reference Group. The methodology should use a combination of quantitative and qualitative research methods and a desk review of Programme overview should be done. It should be utilisation focused, gender responsive and explicitly outline how it will integrate a human rights-based approach and explore the possibility of utilising participatory methods for developing case studies. Data should be disaggregated by sex and according to other relevant parameters.
These complementary approaches will be deployed to ensure that the study:
Data collection methods
Some of the data collection tools to be used during the evaluation are:
The Consultant will consult all available documentation in preparation for the review, including Programme documents, minutes of the Steering Committee meetings; quarterly reports, annual reports and Programme implementation and research reports from UN Women, implementing partners, and this documentation will be made available in good time.
Interviews with Key Informants
The team will conduct a range of interviews with key informants and stakeholders (including implementing partners and their national counterparts) and will visit and interview relevant Ministries and government agencies, chapter 12 commissions, local and international implementing partner organisations, community leaders, Programme beneficiaries, key staff at UN Women and Norway.
Focus group discussions
The team will conduct focus group discussions with direct and indirect beneficiaries of the Programme.
During the interview the evaluators will support beneficiaries of the Programme to document their stories on how the Programme has impacted on their lives.
Key stakeholders to be considered include UN Women, gender, peace and security Programme implementing partners, the funding partner, Chapter 12 Commissions MWAGCD, MoHA, Ministry of Defence Forces, and other key government departments. Following UNEG Evaluation guidelines and UN Women Evaluation Policy the evaluation will aim at systematically engaging all key stakeholders throughout the process. The evaluation will establish a management and reference group and members of these groups will be involved at various stages during the evaluation process. This includes, among other things, providing comments on the TOR, reviewing the draft evaluation report, discussing the draft evaluation recommendations and supporting the utilisation and dissemination of the evaluation findings. Further information on evaluation management arrangements and roles and responsibilities of different stakeholders is provided below in the TOR under Management of the evaluation section.
The evaluation team is expected to provide:
Deliverable 1: Present and discuss an Inception Report to the Management Group and Reference Group at an inception meeting. An inception report which contains an evaluation objectives and scope, description of evaluation, methodology/methodological approach, the evaluation questions, data collection tools, data analysis methods, key informants/agencies, detailed work plan and reporting requirements. It should include a clear evaluation matrix relating all these aspects and a desk review with a list of the documents consulted. (5 pages max excluding annexes).
Deliverable 2: First draft report to UN Women. The Draft evaluation report (30 pages max excluding annexes) which should be delivered within the agreed timeframe in the work plan to allow stakeholder discussion of the findings and formulation of recommendations.
Deliverable 3: Submission of second draft report incorporating feedback from the management group.
Deliverable 4: Deliverable 4 will be in two parts i.e. (i) PowerPoint presentation of the second draft report to the management team including feedback from the reference group received through emails and feedback received from the management team. (ii) A template with feedback received from reference group members and how the comments have been addressed and incorporated in developing the draft report.
Deliverable 5: Presentation of the findings at a validation workshop to be organised by UN Women.
Deliverable 6: Production of final report incorporating comments from stakeholders. Final evaluation report (30 pages max excluding annexes) which should be structured as follows:
The evaluation report will follow quality standards outlined in the UNW Global Evaluation Report Assessment and Analysis System (GERAAS), available at http://www.unwomen.org/en/about-us/accountability/evaluation/decentralized-evaluations. The evaluation consultant is expected to familiarize with the evaluation quality standards as they provide the basis for the final assessment of the evaluation report.
List of Interviewees
The evaluation will be conducted by a local Consultant with extensive experience in conducting evaluations with a focus on gender equality and women’s rights. The Consultant will have an overall responsibility for the design of the evaluation process, and provide support in carrying out the research, finalising the relevant components of it and ensuring submission of a consolidated high-quality report.
Management of the Evaluation
UN Women will manage the evaluation and under the guidance of the UN Women Representative. The process will follow UNW standards as outlined in the UN Women Evaluation Handbook: How to manage gender-responsive evaluation, available at https://genderevaluation.unwomen.org/en/evaluation-handbook. The Management Group which is the Programme Steering Committee is the decision-making body with the responsibility of approving reports i.e. inception report and the evaluation report. Management Group TORs will guide the work of the Evaluation Management Group. The management Group will include:
The Evaluation Reference Group will provide support for the evaluation at the technical level. They will review and provide comments to the inception report and the draft report. The Reference Group members will provide comments to the inception report and draft report either through meetings or online via email communications. The role of the group will not lead to influencing the independence of the evaluation, but rather to ensure a robust and credible evaluation process and ensure the use of the evaluation findings and recommendations through formalized management responses and associated action plans. The work of the Reference Group will be guided by the agreed TORs for the Reference Group. The members of the Reference Group will be:
UN Women will facilitate this process by providing contact information such as email addresses and phone numbers of their respective partners. UN Women will oversee the logistics of the evaluation and provide support for the arrangements as needed. They will also accompany the evaluation team to the districts and will provide transportation for the district visits. The evaluation team is also responsible for the dissemination of all methodological tools such as questionnaires, conducting interviews; group discussions etc.
Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies: http://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-employment-values-and-competencies-definitions-en.pdf
Required Skills and Experience
Required Skills and Experiences:
A national consultant with the following skills and experience
The independence of the evaluation team is outlined by the UNEG Norms and Standards as well by the UN Women Evaluation Policy. According to the UN Women Evaluation Policy, evaluation in UN Women will abide to the following evaluation standards: Participation and Inclusiveness, Utilization-Focused and Intentionality, Transparency, Independence and Impartiality, Quality and Credibility as well as Ethical Standards. UNEG Norms and Standards and the UN Women Evaluation Policy are publicly available under http://www.unwomen.org/about/evaluation.php;
The Evaluator is to act according to the agreed and signed TORs and to proceed according to all stated agreements.
?UNEG Norms and Standards and Ethical Code of Conduct
This end of term evaluation will be conducted in accordance with the principles outlined in the UNEG ‘Ethical Guidelines for Evaluation’. The consultants must safeguard the rights and confidentiality of information providers, interviewees and stakeholders through measures to ensure compliance with legal and other relevant codes governing collection of data and reporting on it data. The consultants must also ensure security of collected information before and after the evaluation and protocols to ensure anonymity and confidentiality of sources of information where that is expected. The information knowledge and data gathered in the evaluation process must also be solely used for the evaluation and not for other uses with the express authorization of UN Women and partners.
Submission of Proposals
The local Consultant is required to submit the following: (i) Technical proposal accompanied with his /her CV. Technical proposals should not be more than 5 pages excluding annexes and should not repeat the TORs. CV should be no more than 2 pages.
Please group all your documents (CV, P11, Technical Proposal) into (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document. Incomplete applications will not be given consideration.
Please note that only applicants who are short-listed will be contacted. Female candidates are encouraged to apply.
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.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.