EOI: Evaluation Consultants - Independent Country Programme Evaluations in Turkey, Lebanon and Syria


Location : Home based with mission travel to programme countries
Application Deadline :17-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)
15-Feb-2019
Duration of Initial Contract :25-45 working days between February 2019 and December 2019, depending on country assignment(s)

Background

The Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) conducts independent country programme evaluations (ICPEs) to support the development of Country Programme Documents and strengthen the accountability of UNDP to national stakeholders and the Executive Board. 

IEO will conduct ICPEs of the UNDP Turkey, Lebanon, and Syria country programmes, commencing in February 2019. The ICPEs will be conducted in close collaboration with the respective governments, UNDP’s country offices, and the UNDP Regional Bureaus.  

The IEO is recruiting 8 consultants with thematic and evaluation expertise to contribute to the assessments, under the guidance and supervision of the IEO’s lead evaluator. The duration of the consultancy will vary depending on the specific tasks, ranging between 25- 45 working days. For more information on the IEO, visit http://web.undp.org/evaluation/.

The IEO is seeking national or international evaluators with expertise in one or more of the following thematic areas:

  • Inclusive growth and local development
  • Democratic governance
  • Climate change and environment
  • Inclusive and democratic governance
  • Syria crisis response and resilience
  • Crisis response

The assessment under each of the thematic areas will include a gender focus. The duration of the consultancy will vary depending on the specific tasks and country programme, ranging between 25 and 45 working days. The data collection missions are tentatively scheduled as follows: 4-20 March 2019 for Turkey; 10-25 June for Lebanon; and 8-19 July for Syria. The evaluation Terms of Reference will be shared with the candidates selected for interviews. For more information on the IEO, visit http://web.undp.org/evaluation/.


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the IEO lead evaluators, the consultants will contribute to the analysis of the country programme evaluations by providing technical expertise and knowledge on the national context and the assigned area(s). In addition, the consultant(s) will cover cross-cutting areas such as gender equality, human rights, partnerships, South-South Cooperation, capacity development, etc. Their responsibilities will include:

  • Conduct preliminary desk review research based on reference material provided by the IEO;
  • Develop a data collection plan, in consultation with the lead evaluator and country office staff, based on the overall work plan and design provided by the IEO;
  • Participate in data collection activities prior to and during the in-country mission. This includes interviews and meetings with relevant stakeholders and UNDP partners (virtual, Skype/telephone, and in person);
  • Participate and contribute to the team’s joint meetings, including the analysis workshop and presentation of preliminary evaluation findings to the UNDP country offices at the end of the data collection missions;
  • Prepare individual reports, including programme outcome-level analysis and any additional inputs for the final ICPE report as required by the lead evaluator; and
  • Contribute to the revision of the report as per comments received from the IEO, country offices, Regional Bureau and other stakeholders.


Competencies

Functional competencies

  • Strong analytical skills, including ability to quickly assess a diverse range of information with a discerning sense for quality of data; and
  • Good mastery of information technology required for organized presentation of information.

Development and Operational Effectiveness

  • Ability to conduct an evaluation with high ethical standards, ensuring independence and confidentiality;
  • Ability to work under pressure, multi-task and manage a substantive workload in an organized manner; and
  • Available to travel and conduct required analysis within the agreed timelines.

Corporate Competencies

  • Familiarity with UNDP or UN work in any of the three countries and/or the region; and
  • Ability to work in multicultural and multidisciplinary teams, acting with professionalism, diplomacy, tact and courtesy.


Required Skills and Experience

Education

  • Master’s degree or higher in interested thematic area(s) indicated above, Social Sciences, Public Policy, International Relations, or other relevant fields.

Experience

  • A minimum of ten (10) years of work experience or expertise in one or more of the following key focus areas:
    • Inclusive growth and local development
    • Democratic governance
    • Climate change and environment
    • Inclusive and democratic governance
    • Syria crisis response and resilience
    • Crisis response
  • Extensive experience in program evaluation/research and mastery of qualitative and quantitative data collection techniques and methods and analysis;
  • Experience in gender-sensitive programming and/or evaluation; and
  • Experience conducting programme evaluations for UNDP or other development agencies in the countries will be an asset.
  • Familiarity with UNDP or UN operations in the country or region
  • Knowledge of country contexts, development issues and challenges;

Language and other knowledge and skills:

  • Familiarity with UNDP or UN operations in Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, or the region is an asset;
  • Knowledge of the country context, development issues and challenges; and
  • Excellent proven oral and drafting skills in English (oral and written) is essential. Ability to work in Arabic or Turkish is an advantage.

Application Instructions

Applicants are invited to upload as one combined document the following documents to the UNDP Jobs site:

Candidates not sending any of the requested information will be disqualified. Please note that the system can only accept one uploaded document therefore all documents must be combined into a single document for upload.


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.


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