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International Consultant for Preparing the Final Evaluation of ESERE Project
|Location :||Home Based with one mission of 6 days in Albania, ALBANIA|
|Application Deadline :||14-Nov-18 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||15 working days (out of which six days mission in Albania) within November-December 2018|
Although the Government of Albania has been successfully implementing important political, social and economic reforms, Roma and Egyptian face direct and indirect barriers in accessing public services, stemming from some eligibility criteria they cannot comply with, lack of information or understanding of administrative procedures, as well as stigma and frequent discriminatory attitude from the majority population. Long-term exclusion, treatment by the majority population and the relationship with government institutions has affected the living conditions of Roma and Egyptians. Studies show that the level of poverty among Roma is twice as high as the majority population. Regardless of their recognition as minority, Roma are both marginalized and socially excluded communities.
The "Economic and Social Empowerment for Roma and Egyptians- a booster for social inclusion" (ESERE) project is funded by the European Union and aims to further improve the social inclusion of most vulnerable communities consisting of Roma and Egyptians in Albania, with focus in the regions of Tirana, Durrës, Shkodra and Berat. The project’s purpose is to promote the economic and social empowerment of Roma and Egyptian communities in Albania by standardizing an innovative and integrated new approach at the policy and programming level and to provide integrated social inclusion models at sub-national level focusing in the regions of Tirana, Durrës, Shkodra and Berat.
This will be achieved by facilitating the horizontal and vertical communication and cooperation of the different stakeholders, including the target groups, at the national and sub-national/local level and implementing innovative tools, new models in flagship initiatives for increasing employment and vocational training opportunities, improving access to basic social services, strengthening institutional capacity, and establishing supportive mechanisms for those who live under severe circumstances. In the long term, this aims to lift the Roma and Egyptian families out of poverty and support their sustainable inclusion in the Albanian society and labour market.
The project is composed based on four (4) project objectives formalized in four (4) work packages, introduced below.
Objective 1 – Increased employment and skills development opportunities accessed by Roma and Egyptian women and men reduce the employment gap between R&E communities and the majority of the population.
Objective 2 – Community Led Local Development (CLLD) for R&E inclusion at the local level through integrated, inclusive and sustainable development.
Objective 3 – Procedures, models, tools and guidelines established and made operational based on the Integrated Approach and a Behavioural Change Model to support better access of Roma and Egyptian communities to basic equitable, inclusive and decentralised services and to foster a tolerant and inclusive society in Albania.
Objective 4 – The National Action Plan for Roma and Egyptian Integration in the Republic of Albania, 2015-2020, supported for implementation, monitoring and evaluation at the national, regional and local level.
All of the above will be supported by a comprehensive communication and visibility strategic plan. The methodology selected is based on hands-on support to active participation in community development activities and businesses required and selected by the beneficiaries. Through this methodology it has been calculated that the impact will be stronger and the interest of different stakeholders higher and more sustainable in the long term.
Duties and Responsibilities
The object of this evaluation is to analyse ESERE Project process of implementation, the impact and changes that have occurred within beneficiaries and systems, identify problems and constraints that have been encountered, identify important lessons to be learnt and make recommendations for the implementation of future projects.
The evaluation shall be based on the standard evaluation criteria including relevance, level of achievement of project objectives, effectiveness, efficiency, impact, and sustainability (as defined by OECD), as well as human rights-based approach and results-based management (as applied by the UN). The evaluation aims at the followings:
More specifically the evaluation will:
1. Analyse the project’s design quality and internal coherence (needs and problems it seeks to solve);
2. Analyse the sustainability of project interventions;
3. Provide feedback to the participating agencies and national counterparts on the soundness (defined as relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability) and impact of their approach in the project;
4. Evaluate project impact of implemented actions, contained in the Work Plans and Programme Logframe;
5. Ensure gender sensitive evaluation criteria is used and gender equality considerations are integrated in the evaluation.
6. Based on the analysis conducted over the experience of ESERE, extract general lessons learned and recommendations for future interventions;
7. Provide the donor with information on impact of their specific support through the project, to social inclusion of Roma and Egyptian communities in Albania
The evaluation will also focus on how the human rights- based approach applied, has influenced the achievement of the outputs and outcomes and to provide recommendations for planning and formulation of the future replication of the project in other areas.
The conclusions and recommendations generated by this evaluation will be addressed to its main users, participating agencies: the Project Management Committee, EU Delegation to Albania and other partners involved in the project implementation.
The consultants will work under the direct supervision of UNDP ESERE Project Manager and in close cooperation with the project team based in Tirana, Durres, Shkodra and Berat.
Evaluation methodology is framed around standard evaluation criteria (relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact, sustainability) plus two guiding principles for UN work (human rights based approach and results-based management).
The Evaluator will use methodologies and techniques as determined by the specific needs for information, the questions set out in the TOR, the availability of resources and the priorities of stakeholders. In all cases, the Evaluator is expected to analyse all relevant information sources, such as annual reports, programme documents, internal review reports, programme files, strategic country development documents and any other documents that may provide evidence on which to form opinions. The Evaluator is also expected to use interviews as a means to collect relevant data for the evaluation.
The methodology and techniques to be used in the evaluation should be described in detail in the inception report and the final evaluation report, and should contain, at a minimum, information on the instruments used for data collection and analysis, whether these be documents, interviews, field visits, questionnaires or participatory techniques.
The evaluation will follow the Standards and Norms of United Nations Evaluation Group, UNEG Ethical Guidelines for Evaluation, 2008, UNEG/FN/ETH (2008).
3. Description of Tasks and Responsibilities
Working under the supervision of the UNDP Project Manager (referred to as evaluation focal points), the International Evaluation Expert (team leader) will work jointly with a National Evaluation Expert (team member) and lead the performance of the following tasks:
The evaluator is responsible for submitting the following deliverables:
Work plan – within 2 days of the start of the assignment. The Consultant will submit the work plan which will include a detailed approach and methodology and schedule. In particular, the work plan will require a clear approach to data collection and work organization to examine the project in its full scope.
Preliminary findings and draft evaluation outline (inception report) – within 6 days of the start of the assignment, the Consultant will share a draft report. The purpose of this report is to demonstrate progress on the assignment and adherence to the TORs, and will identify any evaluation issues that may need further clarification before completion of the assignment.
Presentation of findings – within 8 days of the start of the assignment a presentation of findings and preliminary recommendations to key stakeholders will be carried out. The purpose of this session is to provide opportunity for initial validation and support further elaboration of the evaluators’ findings and recommendations.
Final evaluation report – within 4 days of receiving the consolidated comments from projects’ stakeholders, the Consultant will submit a final document that addresses relevant comments and provides comprehensive reporting on all elements of the assignment. This report will be submitted to the evaluation contact points for clearance.
As a minimum, the Evaluation Report (draft or final, gender-sensitive) shall include the following components (the exact structure of the report may be influenced by the project components and components of the Evaluation TOR): Executive Summary; Introduction (Project outline; Methodology; Analysis; Findings; Best Practices and Lessons Learned; Recommendations; Relevant Annexes, for example: a. List of people interviewed; b. List of acronyms; c. Evaluation work plan and TOR; d. List of key reference documents as well as annexes of a. Most Significant Change Stories; b. Power point presentation of the main findings and recommendations;
Summary of the report - a three-page summary of the Project Evaluation Report should be provided in addition to the fully fledged evaluation report.
Corporate and Core Competencies:
Required Skills and Experience
Evaluation of applicants:
Applicants will be screened against qualifications and the competencies specified above. UNDP applies the ‘Best value for money’ approach - the final selection will be based on the combination of the applicants’ qualifications and financial proposal. Only the highest ranked candidates who would be found qualified for the job will be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
The award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
a) Responsive, and
b) Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.
Individual consultant will be evaluated based on a cumulative analysis taking into consideration the combination of the applicants’ qualifications and financial proposal.
Technical Criteria - 70% of total evaluation – max points: 70
Criteria A: Compliant educational background– max points: 10
Criteria B: Relevant experience in evaluating project/programs- max points: 20
Criteria C: Knowledge and experience with EU policies on Roma social inclusion in particular with related good practices and lessons learned in the region and Albania; (10 points)
Criteria C: Approach & Methodology proposed for conducting the assignment - max points: 30
Financial Criteria - 30% of total evaluation – max. 30 points
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.