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International Consultant for the UNAPF (UN-Azerbaijan-Partnership Framework) Evaluation
|Location :||Baku, AZERBAIJAN|
|Application Deadline :||26-May-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding|
|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 :||By August 10,2019|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||By August 10,2019|
An evaluation of the UNAPF is mandatory as per the UNDAF guidelines provided by the UN Development Group (UNDG). UNAPF 2016-2020 document foresees the final evaluation in the penultimate year of the UNAPF cycle. It notes that the evaluation will assess, in particular, the contribution made to national development priorities and goals; relevance of UNAPF Outcomes; effectiveness and efficiency by which results have been achieved; and sustainability of results. A particular focus will be on the extent to which the United Nations System has been able to effectively contribute to substantive strengthening national institutional and human capacities, as the heart of this UNAPF. As appropriate, the evaluation will inform the design of the next UNAPF and its ensuing Country Programmes and projects by individual Agencies.
Objective of the assignment:
The purpose of the present UNAPF evaluation is, on the one hand, to gather key findings and lessons learned to inform the next UNAPF planning cycle and to improve UN coordination in Azerbaijan and, on the other hand, to support greater accountability towards agreed national objectives and priorities in the country.
UNAPF Evaluation objectives are:
I. To assess the contribution of the UN system to national development priorities through the UNAPF outcomes and making judgments using evaluation criteria based on evidence (accountability);
II. To identify the factors that have affected the UNCT's contribution, answering the question of why the performance is as it is and explaining the enabling factors and bottlenecks (learning);
III. To draw lessons on past and current cooperation to provide specific and action-oriented strategic recommendations for the next UNAPF cycle.
Duties and Responsibilities
Technical assistance and supervision:
The work planned under this TOR will be conducted under the supervision of the Resident Coordinator’s Office in Azerbaijan in consultation with UNCT (UN Coordination Team) and the Government. The planning process has to be performed on the basis of participatory approach.
Scope of work:
This is the final evaluation of the current cycle of UNAPF (2016-2020) and will cover the implementation period from 2016 up to present. Evidence and findings of the evaluation will embrace the views of key stakeholders.
The evaluation will be conducted in three phases:
Phase 1- Preparation:
Phase 2 – Conduct of data collection activities and the preparation of the evaluation reports:
The UNCT together with the UN RC Office will conduct follow-up activities, as guided by their respective processes and mandates.
In the context of the UNAPF Evaluation:
The evaluation consultant is expected to produce the following deliverables:
The final report will include an Executive Summary and must be kept short, 50-75 pages maxium excluding annexes. More detailed information on the context, the programme or the comprehensive aspects of the methodology and of the analysis will be placed in the annexes. The report will be prepared in accordance with UNEG guidance, Quality Checklist for Evaluation Reports.
All the reports, draft guidelines, proposal etc. should be sent in electronic form, Microsoft Word and PDF and, if applicable, other relevant formats in English.
An Evaluation Management and Oversight Board consisting of the UNCT and Government representatives will be established to guide the evaluation process. The Evaluation Consultant will have overall responsibility for producing the UNAPF Evaluation Report and for quality and timely submission of the Report to the Evaluation Board.
The Evaluation Board needs to ensure that 1) the evaluation process meets UNEG Norms, Standards, and Ethical Guidelines and that 2) the evaluation findings are relevant, and recommendations are implementable and that 3) the evaluation findings are disseminated and available for use and learning from the evaluation.
An Evaluation Reference Group (ERG) will be established under the leadership and supervision of the Evaluation Board comprising UNCT members and key stakeholders (national governmental and non-governmental counterparts). The ERG will review and provide inputs and feedback to the evaluation design report, facilitate access of evaluator to information sources, and provide comments on the main deliverables of the evaluation, in particular, the evaluation report.
While the UNAPF Evaluation will be commissioned and overseen by the Evaluation Board, its day-to-day management will be ensured through the RC Office.
Reporting, its frequency, format and deadlines will be done in accordance with the phases and deliverables shown in the respective section above.
The authorization for each respective payment will be made by RCO after the acceptance of each deliverable.The evaluation should follow the steps and deliverables as presented in the following evaluation calendar:
The following competencies are essential for the position:
Required Skills and Experience
The technical component, which has a total possible value of 70 points, will be evaluated using the following criteria:
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodologies:
Cumulative evaluation that takes into account both financial offer and the technical expertise of the potential candidates. A two-stage procedure will be utilized in evaluating the proposals, with evaluation of the technical component being completed prior to any price component being reviewed and compared. The Price Component will be reviewed only for those individuals whose Technical Component meets the requirements for the assignment. The total number of points which individual may obtain for both components is 100. A total possible value of the technical component is 70 points with indicated breakdown above. If the substantive presentation of a technical proposal achieves the minimum of 49 points, the competitiveness of the offered consultancy expenses will be taken into account in the following manner:
The total amount of points for the fees component is 30. The maximum number of points shall be allotted to the lowest fees proposed that is compared among those invited individuals which obtain the threshold points in the evaluation of the technical proposal. All other proposals shall receive points in inverse proportion to the lowest fees; e.g;
[30 Points] x [US$ lowest]/[US$ other] = points for other proposer’s fees
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
1) Letter of interest
2) CV or Personal History Form – P11
3) Approach to work
4) Financial Proposal - Template for Confirmation of Interest and Submission of Financial Proposal. Detailed cost breakdown of services is needed.
As the system accept only one attachment, the applicants are requested to upload all the attached documentation as one file.
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.