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National Consultant to support the preparation of Mid-Term Review of UN Women Albania CO Strategic Note 2017-2021
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Tirana, ALBANIA|
|Application Deadline :||03-Mar-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Other|
|Post Level :||Other|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||20 working days within March-May 2019|
UN Women Albania’s Strategic Note (SN) 2017 -2021 is a forward-looking document that underscores the integrated nature of the Country Office (CO) programme within the UN Programme of Cooperation for Sustainable Development (PoCSD) 2017-2021.
The CO SN is a forward-looking programmatic document that clearly embeds UN Women’s role in the context of supporting the National Strategy for Development and Integration (NSDI), the National Strategy for Gender Equality (NSGE) 2016-2020, the context of EU integration and supporting the implementation of the 2030 Development Agenda and the SDGs. As such it underscores the importance of key partnerships with government and supporting its drive towards normative standards.
Similarly, it places the opportunity afforded by partnerships across the spectrum from Civil Society and UN Partners to development agencies and donors as well as private sector noting the value of partnerships for not merely normative standards, proving models through implementation, coordination, advocacy and resource mobilization, but critically also for political support.
The SN outlines the overall strategy and plan of action for the CO for the years 2017-2021 and includes a Development Results Framework (DRF) focused on programmatic plans, an Organizational Effectiveness and Efficiency Framework (OEEF) focused on coordination mandate and operations, each with expected results and targets/ indicators/ baselines.
Under UN-Women’s policies and procedures in relation to programme management, a mid-term review (MTR) is mandatory for Strategic Note of at least three years duration.
The objectives of the UN-Women Albania MTR are as follows:
The following is the overall timeline of MTR process in UN Women Albania CO in 2019.
Prior to the MTR meeting in May, some preparatory work need to be completed. This includes preparation of discussion papers and conducting a survey of key partners and stakeholders.
UN Women Albania CO seeks a consultant to undertake key elements of the preparatory work for SN MTR in May 2019.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Head of Office of UN Women Albania CO, the consultant will be responsible for following tasks to assist the preparation of the MTR:
Desk review of key documents, including:
Prepare a short questionnaire based on the sample questions in the Annex of the UN Women MTR guidance, and conduct a survey of key UNW CO partners, analyzing and synthesizing results for feedback.
Develop a short and focused Positioning Paper outlining relevance and programme balance. Review and make recommendations on position papers to be prepared together with the CO team on Programme, Partnerships, Normative Issues, Coordination Issues, Operations and Communication.
Capture the main findings and issues identified for all papers in a powerpoint presentation and brief the CO team.
Conduct specific sessions within the Mid Term Review workshop, and participate fully in discussions.
Expected Key Deliverables by the Consultant and its timeline:
Duration and remuneration:
UN Women will fund the costs of the consultancy work and maintain overall oversight and monitoring of the consultancy work. The duration of the consultancy will be from 1 March – 31 May 2019 with an estimated 20 working days.
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
Evaluation of Applicants:
Candidates will be evaluated using a cumulative analysis method taking into consideration the combination of the applicants’ qualifications and financial proposal. The evaluation of technical criteria will include interviews with the candidates, to confirm their experience in the areas of gender equality, women’s empowerment and ending violence against women. Contract will be awarded to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points in the technical evaluation would be considered for financial evaluation.
Technical Evaluation (70%) – Maximum Obtainable Points 70
Education - Master’s degree or advanced university degree in social science, gender/women’s studies, programme management, or other related fields: 10 points
Experience in programme development and implementation, including monitoring and evaluation activities: 15 points
Experience working on gender equality and women’s empowerment issues in Albania.: 15 points
Proven experience in guiding and documenting programme reviews and evaluations (knowledge of programme monitoring and evaluation theory, including theories of change, methodology, technology and tools): 20 points
Experience working programming, monitoring and evaluation with the UN agencies, similar international organizations, NGOs, multi/bilateral and/or government institutions would be an advantage. 10 points
Financial Evaluation (30%) – Maximum Obtainable Points 30
TOTAL - 100 points
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points in the technical evaluation will be considered for the Financial Evaluation
The maximum number of points assigned to the financial proposal is allocated to the lowest price proposal. All other price proposals receive points in inverse proportion. A suggested formula is as follows:
p = 30 (µ/z)
p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated
µ = price of the lowest priced proposal
z = price of the proposal being evaluated
The interested applicants must submit online:
*Please note that the financial proposal is all-inclusive and shall take into account various expenses incurred by the consultant/contractor during the contract period (e.g. fee, health insurance, vaccination and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services...).
Payments will be made only upon evaluation of the satisfactory performance from UN Women Head of Office on delivering on the contract obligations in a satisfactory manner.
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.