International Consultant on UNDAF 2016-2020 Evaluation


Location : Home based with 10 days travel to Tashkent
Application Deadline :30-Jun-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
15-Jul-2019
Duration of Initial Contract :35 working days
Expected Duration of Assignment :July-October 2019

Background

The UN system in Uzbekistan is entering the final stage of implementation of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) cycle which covers the period of 2016-2020. The current UNDAF is the result of a consultative process to analyse how the United Nations (UN) can most effectively respond to Uzbekistan’s national priorities and needs and draws on the full range of knowledge and resources of the United Nations system to deliver development results.

Being the strategic programme framework the UNDAF represents a joint commitment by the Government of Uzbekistan and the UN System to work together and a shared intention to promote progress in human development of all people living in the country, especially the most vulnerable and disadvantaged, and is linked to Uzbekistan’s obligations under its ratification of various international human rights instruments. The UNDAF 2016-2020 has become the central planning document of the UN system in the country, while its implementation architecture is expected to advance UN system cooperation towards Delivering as One in the country.

Through an intensive consultation process with the Government and key national stakeholders, eight UNDAF Outcomes in four strategic focus areas that respond to national needs and make use of United Nations’ comparative advantages have been selected. The focus areas were identified through an intensive consultation process with the Government and other implementing national partners, and include (i) Inclusive economic development, with a focus on employment and social protection; (ii) Quality health and education, to fully realize human potential; (iii) Environmental protection, to ensure sustainable development; and (iv) Effective governance, to enhance public service delivery and the protection of rights.

The UNDAF is fully aligned with Sustainable Development Goals and national development priorities. It does largely correspond to the Government’s Actions Strategy for 2017-2021 that was adopted by the Government in February 2017, on the second year of the UNDAF implementation.

The UNDAF is operationalized through Joint Work Plans (JWPs) that define output-level results and contribution of United Nations Agencies to overall UNDAF Outcomes and, hence, to national priorities. The joint work plans have been developed for each Outcome area consecutively, starting with the biennial workplans for 2016-2017 and followed by the roll-out JWPs for 2018-2020.  

Refinements and adjustments to the UNDAF are made in discussion with the Government and national partners, based on UNDAF annual reviews and taking into account changes in the country context and progress of the UN system programmes. The UNDAF annual reviews help ensure continuing relevance of the UNDAF and keep it as a living framework. The UNDAF annual review is conducted through the UNDAF Results Groups, with engagement of national counterparts, and with substantive support by the UN M&E and Data Group.  The M&ED group is established as a quality assurance group assigned with responsibilities to provide technical advice and support on all aspects of Results Based Management to the UN Country Team and to Results Groups.

Pursuant to the UNDAF Monitoring and Evaluation plan, the UNCT Uzbekistan has agreed on to carry out a final independent UNDAF Evaluation in 2019 in order to assess the overall achievement of the expected UNDAF results in terms of relevance, efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability. 

The UNDAF evaluation serves as the central independent assessment of the UN system at country level to support accountability, learning and decision-making towards the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs, using the Common Country Analysis as a benchmark.  UNDAF evaluations provide important information for strengthening programming and results at the country level, specifically informing the planning and decision-making for the next UNDAF programme cycle and for improving United Nations (UN) coordination at the country level. 

The overall purposes of the UNDAF evaluation are:

-           To support greater institutional learning, about what works, what doesn’t and why in the context of an UNDAF

-           To promote greater accountability of the UNCT to UNDAF stakeholders

 The specific objectives of the evaluation are:

•           Assess the contribution made by the UNCT in the framework of the UNDAF to national development results in the context of the SDGs through making judgements using evaluation criteria based on evidence (accountability).

•           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).

•           Evaluate the results of the cross-cutting programming and “leave no one behind” principles in the current UNDAF: assess the differential progress on vulnerable groups (women, children, persons with disabilities, Roma community, youth, older persons, low income families, etc).

•           Assess the extent to which the UNDAF and coordination mechanisms have contributed to advance and streamline Results-based Management, Gender Equality and Human Rights Based Approach in UN agencies’ programming.

•           Advise on the suitability of indicators and other verification tools used to measure progress towards outcomes and outputs.

•           Reach conclusions concerning the UN’s contribution across the scope being examined.

•           Provide actionable recommendations for improving the UNCT's contribution, especially for incorporation into the new Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (the new name of the UNDAF). These recommendations should be logically linked to the conclusions and draw upon lessons learned identified through the evaluation.

Evaluation-based evidence and recommendations will be also used for resource leveraging and partnerships. The primary users of the evaluations will be the decision-makers within the UNCT, including non-resident UN agencies, key government counterparts, civil society and respective executive boards. In addition, bilateral and multilateral donors in programme countries, and the broader development partners are also seen as important audience of the evaluation.

The scope covered by the UNDAF evaluation should include the overall results framework of the UNDAF 2016-2020 and its implementation instruments, specifically the Joint Work Plans 2016-2017 and 2018-2020. The evaluation should pay special attention to the systemic and intersectional assessment of the mainstreaming the UNDAF programming principles and the key cross-cutting issues of the 2030 Agenda. Leave no one behind (LNOB) is at the core, and underpinned by three other programming principles: human rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment; sustainability and resilience; and accountability. These principles are grounded in the norms and standards that the United Nations.

The UNDAF Evaluation will be undertaken by an Evaluation Team to consist of one International Expert as a Team leader and one national consultant as a team member. The Evaluation Team will have to work in full independence from the evaluation commissioners in line with below responsibilities.


Duties and Responsibilities

Under overall supervision of the Development Coordination Officer on Data and Monitoring/Reporting the evaluation team leader will lead the entire evaluation process, working closely with all the UNDAF Evaluation Management Team.

He/she will conduct the evaluation process in a timely manner and communicate with the Evaluation Management Group on a regular basis and highlight progress made/challenges encountered. The team leader will be responsible for the following:

  • Review the Terms of Reference for the UNDAF Evaluation, including an Evaluation work plan, and all relevant materials and documents, including the UNEG Evaluation Norms and Standards for Evaluation, UNEG Ethical Guidelines for Evaluation and UNEG Code of Conduct for Evaluation in the UN System, UNEG Guidance on Integrating Human Rights and Gender Equality in Evaluation.  
  • Refine the overall evaluation scope, approach, design and timeframe, and provide a detailed outline of the evaluation methodology.
  • Prepare an inception report and present to the UN Country Team and EMG to clarify the understanding and expectations of how the evaluation will be undertaken. The report should include the results of desk review, description of evaluation methodology/methodological approach, data collection tools, data analysis methods, key informants, evaluation questions, performance criteria, issues to be studied, work plan and reporting requirements.
  • Conduct desk review focusing on UNDAF planning documents, annual UNDAF progress reviews and annual reports, agencies’ evaluation reports (including those on projects and small-scale initiatives), strategy papers, national plans and policies and related programme and project documents. These should include reports on the progress against national and international commitments.
  • Undertake data collection mission to the country to collect data linked to the evaluation criteria and evaluation questions that are included within the scope of the evaluation. This exercise will employ various data collection methods agreed upon in the Inception Report.
  • Based on the desk review and professional knowledge of the issues, conduct a stakeholder analysis.
  • Analyze the data, prepare a draft report and deliver a presentation on the evaluation preliminary findings to the UNCT and EMG and refine the report based on the feedback.
  • Prepare the final report in accordance with the UNEG Norms and Standards, in line with the agreed-on structure outlined in the ToR for the UNDFA Evaluation. The report has to be logically structured, containing evidence-based findings, conclusions, lessons and recommendations.
  • Assist UNCT in developing a Follow-up plan.

The final report will include an Executive Summary and must be kept short (50-75 pages maximum 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). The UNDAF evaluation report will be publicly disclosed documents and therefore should adhere to ethical norms and standards for data protection. 


Competencies

  • Proven experience with organization, facilitation and engagement of multiple partners in consultative processes;
  • Knowledge and experience in monitoring and evaluation programs;
  • Familiarity with UNDAF processes and UN inter-agency coordination processes;
  • Experience working with UN and other international development agencies is an asset;
  • Knowledge of relevant human rights issues and ability to identify related problems in their political, ethnic, racial, gender equality and socio-economic dimensions
  • Ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and assess impact on the human rights and gender equality. Ability to incorporate gender perspectives in all aspects of the evaluation report
  • Proven experience as an evaluation team leader with ability to lead and work with other evaluation experts.
  • Excellent analytical, writing and communication skills;
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team;
  • Initiative, sound judgment and demonstrated ability to work harmoniously with staff members of different national and cultural backgrounds


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

Advanced degree in social sciences, preferably economics, political science, international development, public or business administration, human rights or similar;

Experience:

10 years of professional experience in evaluation of UN’s strategic documents and UN agency country programmes;

Previous experience in conducting UNDAF evaluations required;

Knowledge of country context is highly desirable;

Experience in M&E systems and joint programmes within the UN an advantage

Language Requirements:

Excellent knowledge of the English language, spoken and written.

Knowledge of Russian is an advantage.

 

Application Process:

Interested candidates need to apply online at https://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?cur_job_id=85917 and upload requested documents (Technical Proposal/Methodology, CV or P11 form, Offeror’s Letter of confirmation and Financial Proposal) in Part 5 of Procurement Notice no later than end of June 30, 2019 (New York time).  Please combine all your documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document. Your on-line applications submission will be acknowledged to your email address provided in application. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please resubmit the application, if necessary.

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