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Consultancy: Mid-term Review of the Strategic Partnership Framework 2017-2020 (SPFII) between the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women)
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Home based (with a mission to New York, USA)|
|Application Deadline :||13-Jan-19 (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)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||30 working days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||30 working days|
UN-Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.
The UN-Women founding resolution (GA resolution 64/289) and its Strategic Plan commit the organization to support countries to advance implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women, the Security Council resolutions on women, peace and security, including resolutions 1325 (2000), 2122 (2013) and 2242 (2015) which recognizes UN-Women’s role on women, peace and security coordination and accountability, as well as to support The Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.
UN-Women implements the Strategic Partnership Framework (SPFII) through funding provided by the Government of Sweden through the Swedish Development Agency (Sida). The objective of the SPFII is to support the organization to effectively implement the UN Women Strategic Plan during the period 2017-2020, specifically targeting Output 4 “More women of all ages fully participate, lead and engage in political institutions and processes.” and Outcome 5 “Women and girls contribute to and have greater influence in building sustainable peace and resilience, and benefit equally from the prevention of natural disasters and conflicts and from humanitarian action.” and its related outputs. The programme contributes towards achievement of several Sustainable Development Goals, particularly SDG 5 on gender equality and SDG 16 on on peaceful and inclusive societies, and other gender related targets and indicators.
The Programme duration is 4 years starting on 1 January 2017 and ending on 31 December 2020. This is the phase II of the Programme, with Phase I (SPFI) being implemented in period December 2011 to December 2016. An independent external evaluation of the SPFI was conducted in 2016, findings of which were used to inform continuation of the Programme.
The SPFII is as a global programme implemented by three HQ teams (Women’s Political Participation (WPP), Women Peace and Security (WPS) and Humanitarian Action (HA)) in coordination with UN-Women regional and country offices and contributes to the overall strengthening of UN-Women capacities in the three thematic areas (WPP, WPS, HA). A Programme Management Specialist in UN-Women’s HQ Programme Support Management Unit (PSMU) provides the overall programme, operations and financial management coordination.
Within the framework of the SPFII, UN-Women is responsible for commissioning a mid-term review (MTR) of the programme to inform future programme orientation and implementation. UN-Women is seeking the services of an independent international consultant to conduct the SPFII MTR according to the objectives and scope detailed in Annex 1.
 Output 13 “More commitments on women, peace and security are implemented by Member States and the UN system, and more gender equality advocates influence peace and security processes”, Output 14 ”More women play a greater role and are better served by humanitarian response and recovery services” and Output 15 ”More women play a greater role and are better served by disaster risk management processes”.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Consultant will conduct mid-term review of the SPFII with expected outputs and deliverables as detailed below. The estimated duration of this consultancy is 30 working days.
Outputs and deliverables:
Proposed timeframes for each deliverable:
The consultant cannot have participated in the programme preparation, formulation, and/or implementation and should not have a conflict of interest with programme related activities.
MTR OBJECTIVES AND SCOPE
The MTR will assess progress towards the achievement of results as specified in the Results Framework of the Programme as well as the initial and potential impacts of the programme. The review will assess early signs of success or failure with the goal of identifying the necessary changes to be made to set the programme on-track to achieve its intended results. The MTR will review the strategy and risks to sustainability as well as identify lessons learnt and best practices which could be applied to future and other on-going programmes.
The MTR will assess the following four categories of programme progress.
i. Programme Strategy
ii. Progress Towards Results
Progress Towards Outcomes/Outputs Analysis:
iii. Programme Implementation and Management
Programme-level Monitoring and Evaluation Systems:
Financial risks to sustainability:
Socio-economic risks to sustainability:
Institutional Framework and Governance risks to sustainability:
Conclusions & Recommendations:
The MTR consultant will include a section of the report setting out the MTR’s evidence-based conclusions, in light of the findings. Recommendations (not more than 10) should be succinct suggestions for critical intervention that are specific, measurable, achievable, and relevant. A recommendation table should be put in the report’s executive summary.
MTR APPROACH & METHODOLOGY
The MTR must provide evidence-based information that is credible, reliable and useful.
The MTR will adhere to the principles established in Evaluation Policies of UN Women and the UN Evaluation Group’s Norms and Standards for Evaluation. These should include but are not limited to: independence, impartiality, transparency, ethics, partnerships, credibility and utility. Mixed methods, both qualitative and quantitative, should be used to collect data and gather evidence.
The MTR consultant will review all relevant sources of information (listed below) and any other materials considered useful for this evidence-based review. The MTR consultant is expected to follow a collaborative and participatory approach ensuring close engagement with the UN-Women SPFII Team, Project Board, the UN-Women Offices supported through the programme, UN-Women HQ and Regional Technical Advisers, and other key stakeholders.
The final MTR report should describe the MTR approach taken and the rationale for the approach making explicit the underlying assumptions, challenges, strengths and weaknesses about the methods and approach of the review.
List of Documents to be reviewed by the MTR consultant:
The following documents will also be available:
The principal responsibility for managing this MTR resides with the Commissioning Unit - Programme Support Management Unit (PSMU). The SPFII Programme Team and Programme Management Specialist will be responsible for liaising with the MTR consultant to provide all relevant documents and set up stakeholder interviews.
 available as part of the UN Women annual report
Required Skills and Experience
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.