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Consultancy: Evaluation expert: meta-synthesis of evaluations (home-based)
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||New York, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA|
|Application Deadline :||28-Apr-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English French Spanish|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||3 months|
With the emphasis on promoting organizational learning and accountability through evaluative evidence, IEAS has performed a series of synthesis of results of evaluations. The annual meta-synthesis systematically analyzed insights and findings from a series of evaluations and helped to inform corporate processes, polices and strategies as well as external assessments by donors. A common analytical framework has been used over the years to ensure consistency in the assessment process and establish trends against a set of predefined rubrics aligned with the operational and development priorities of the previous Strategic Plan (2013-2017).
This is the first synthesis covering the period of the UN Women Strategic Plan (2018-2021). While it is complementary to previous analyses, the analytical framework has been revised cognizant of the institutional maturity and growth of UN Women and in sync with the priorities of the current Strategic Plan. The synthesis will in particular draw insights from ten CPEs, five regional and thematic evaluations, two global evaluations, one corporate evaluation, four joint evaluations as well as 17 programme and project evaluations. In total 37 evaluations. All regions will be represented availing insights on a range of contexts and scales of UN Women’s normative, coordination and operational responses.
Duties and Responsibilities
The meta-synthesis will contribute to learning through the identification of recurring findings, lessons learned and evidence on the key areas of UN Women’s work and provide analysis that can contribute to the forthcoming Strategic Plan mid-term review and other corporate and country level processes. The synthesis will also seek to capture internal and external enablers that drive or impede progress towards the achievement of gender equality and women’s empowerment.
This meta-synthesis will solely be based on a desk review of corporate and decentralized evaluation reports. The revised analytical framework takes at its heart the complementarity of the UN Women’s integrated mandate spanning normative support, UN coordination and operational activities; commonly found features related to organizational effectiveness and efficiency results; and internal and external factors that enable or inhibit performance. Nonetheless, the depth of the analysis on certain themes is contingent upon the coverage, clarity and strength of evidence available in the body of the evaluation reports.
Scope of the consultancy
The meta-synthesis will be conducted by an external consultant over a 2-month period. The primary method for this synthesis is a desk review of 37 evaluation reports completed in 2017/2018.
The main output of this consultancy is a synthesis of the evaluation reports (maximum 30 pages report). This requires analysis of the findings, conclusions and recommendations including lessons learned and good practices presented in all evaluation reports.
The approach will look across the body of evaluation reports rated ‘fair and above’; identifying lessons emerging most strongly; and highlight examples of good practices on what has worked, what has not, and why. As most evidence in the body of evaluation reports is structured against the standard evaluation criteria, the analysis will be performed against relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and impact.
Specifically, the synthesis will involve quantitative and qualitative analysis.
Based on the level of evidence available, the qualitative analysis would be undertaken in accordance with pre-established criteria of the OECD DAC approach for conducting development effectiveness reviews to be provided.
The analysis will apply a structured qualitative analysis against the UN Women Strategic Plan (2018-2021) Operational Effectiveness and Efficiency Priorities and Principles.
The identified lessons will be summarized and grouped under broad themes as outlined in the table below. Specific examples of good practices will be provided throughout the report. In particular, the synthesis will capture:
Management Of the Consultancy
The UN-Women Independent Evaluation Service is responsible for the management of the meta-synthesis. The IES will provide support to assure the quality of the draft and final products as well as facilitating administrative and other backstopping support.
The selected individual will assume sole responsibility in ensuring the consistency, quality and timely delivery of expected products, and overall coordination with UN-Women IES. An audit trail of comments for the draft and final report will be maintained by the consultant.
 The total number of evaluation reports to be considered for the synthesis is 32. Quality of all reports were externally assessed and judged to have met the minimum quality standards established by UN Women IES. A large majority of the reports were written in English (21) while the remaining 7 are Spanish and 6 French.
 Upon finalization the draft report, the database will be provided to UN Women IES.
Required Skills and Experience
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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.