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International Consultant / Evaluator for the final evaluation of the EU/UN Women project “Unite to Fight Violence Against Women”
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Home-based with travel to Georgia, GEORGIA|
|Application Deadline :||08-Jul-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Gender Equality|
|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 :||27 working days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||27 working days in the period of 5 August – 4 October 2019|
In November 2016, UN Women – the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women – with the generous support of the European Union (EU), launched a 3-year project “Unite to Fight Violence against Women.” The overall objective of the action is to prevent violence against women (VAW) and domestic violence (DV) and to eliminate its causes and consequences in Georgia. The specific objective is to create an enabling legislative, policy and service delivery environment in line with internationally binding standards on ending violence against women and girls (EVAWG) at national and local levels (Guria and Qvemo Qartli regions) in Georgia.
The project is aimed at realizing two inter-related results: 1) Key stakeholders conduct awareness-raising, preventive and corrective actions, based on reliable data and in such a way that they contribute to increased disclosure and prevention of violence and 2) Capacity of key policy and service delivery institutions strengthened to promote and protect women’s right to a life free from VAWG, including DV.
Compliant to UN Women’s Strategic Note 2016-2020, the project ensured realization of project results with interventions on policy, institutions and grassroots’ levels to bring about interrelated positive change and contribute to the achievement of the overall, as well as the specific objectives of the action. On level 1: Policies and Legislation – the action generated comprehensive data and evidence through conducting a National Study on VAW in Georgia and provided comprehensive support to the government of Georgia in streamlining national policies, laws and plans in line with generated evidence, as well as Georgia’s international and national commitments on EVAW. On level 2: institutions – capacity development – the project provided capacity development support to key institutional partners engaged in the national response against VAW/DV. On the level 3: grassroots, the project provided coordinated support to national and local partners on raising awareness to prevent and increase disclosure of VAWG and DV in Georgia.
Key partnerships with relevant government and civil society actors in Georgia have been strengthened or established to ensure delivery of project results and to enhance project sustainability and national ownership. In line with the project document, UN Women formalized frameworks of cooperation with responsible parties – the National Statistics Office of Georgia (GEOSTAT), the State Fund for Protection and Assistance of (Statutory) Victims of Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence, Legal Aid Service (LAS) and the Public Defender’s Office (PDO) – via Letters of Agreement. Effective and meaningful partnerships have been further sustained with the Inter-Agency Commission on Gender Equality, Violence against Women and Domestic Violence with UN Women providing robust technical assistance in development, implementation and monitoring of the national laws and policies on EVAW. The project further established partnerships with key state actors engaged in the national response against VAW/DV, including the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA), Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and the Ministry of Health (MoH) providing technical assistance in the area of enhancing safety of and strengthening service provision to the victims/survivors of violence. On the local levels, UN Women established close partnerships with the local governments and civil society organizations in project target regions of Guria and Qvemo Qartli via regular consultation meetings, capacity development trainings and awareness raising campaigns around VAW/DV.
Throughout the project lifespan, UN Women completed its administrative and financial obligations and implemented all project-related activities specified in the project document. A summary of highlight results and achievements are listed below:
Evaluation purpose, objectives and use
The main purpose of this final evaluation is to assess the achievement of programme results and performance of the above described intervention.
The specific evaluation objectives are as follows:
Findings of the evaluation will inform UN Women Georgia’s future work in the area of EVAW. The external evaluation will further identify lessons learned, best practices and challenges of the “Unite to Fight Violence against Women” project and will greatly inform the development of the follow-up programmatic interventions.
The information generated by the evaluation will be used by different stakeholders to contribute to building of the evidence base on effective strategies for EVAW in Georgia and to facilitate UN Women’s strategic reflection and learning for programming in the area.
Evaluation Scope, Methodology, criteria and Key Evaluation Questions:
Scope and methodology
The final evaluation of the project is to be conducted externally by an international external consultant/evaluator in a team with national consultant/assistant evaluator. It is planned to be completed in 27 working day in the period of 05 August 2019 – 04 October 2019.
The evaluation will cover almost the full project implementation period that started in November 2016 will end in October 2019.
The evaluation will be conducted in Georgia, where the project has been implemented, in the capital Tbilisi with a travel to project target regions – Guria and/or Qvemo Qartli to collect data as defined by the evaluation plan.
The evaluation methodology will be mixed (quantitative and qualitative research methods and analytical approaches) to account for complexity of gender relations and to ensure participatory and inclusive processes that are culturally appropriate. A theory of change approach will be followed and the consultant is expected to reconstruct, validate and identify the gaps in the project’s theory of change The reconstructed theory of change should elaborate on following how “Unite to Fight Violence against Women” project has contributed to creating an enabling legislative, policy and service delivery environment in line with internationally binding standards on ending violence against women and girls (EVAWG) in Georgia. Assumptions should be tested and explain both the connections between early, intermediate and long term project outcomes and the expectations about how and why the project has brought them about. By reconstructing the ToC the evaluator is also expected to identify challenges and gaps in the implementation of the project for future improvement. Hence an eventual next phase of the project will benefit from a refined and tested ToC.
The evaluation team should develop a sampling frame (area and population represented, rationale for selection, mechanism of selection, limitations of the sample) and specify how it will address the diversity of stakeholders in the intervention. The evaluation team should take measures to ensure data quality, reliability and validity of data collection tools and methods and their responsiveness to gender equality and human rights; for example, the limitations of the sample (representativeness) should be stated clearly and the data should be triangulated (cross-checked against other sources) to help ensure robust results.
Evaluation criteria and questions
The evaluation will address the criteria of Project Relevance, Effectiveness, Efficiency, and Sustainability. More specifically, the evaluation will address the key evaluation questions:
The questions outlined above are preliminary and are expected to be revised and refined by the evaluation team during the inception phase of the evaluation.
Phases of the evaluation process
The evaluation process is divided in five phases: 1) Preparation, mainly devoted to structuring the evaluation approach, preparing the TOR, compiling programme documentation, and hiring the evaluation team; 2) Inception, which will involve reconstruction of theory of change, evaluability assessment, inception meetings, inception report and finalization of evaluation methodology; 3) Data collection and analysis, including desk research and preparation of field missions, visits to project sites 4) Data analysis and synthesis stage, focusing on data analyzed, interpretation of findings and drafting of an Evaluation Report; and 5) Dissemination and follow-up, which will entail the development of Management Response, uploading it into UN Women GATE system.
The consultant will be responsible for inception, data collection and data analysis and synthesis phases.
UN Women IEO has developed the GERAAS, which has adapted UNEG Standards for Evaluation in the UN System to guide evaluation managers and evaluators on what constitutes a ‘good quality’ report at UN Women. All evaluations in UN Women are annually assessed against the framework adopted in GERAAS and hence the consultant should be familiar with GERAAS quality standards.
In addition, UN Women is an UN-SWAP reporting entities and the consultant will take into consideration that all the evaluation in UN Women are annually assessed against the UN-SWAP Evaluation Performance Indicator and its related scorecard. The evaluation will be conducted in accordance with UN Women evaluation guidelines and UNEG Norms and Standards for evaluation and the UNEG Code of Conduct for Evaluations in the UN System (UNEG Ethical Guidelines : http://uneval.org/papersandpubs/documentdetail.jsp?doc_id=102; The UNEG Code of Conduct for Evaluation: http://uneval.org/papersandpubs/documentdetail.jsp?doc_id=100).
Stakeholders Participation and Evaluation Management Structure
The evaluation will be a consultative, inclusive and participatory process and will ensure the participation of stakeholders engaged in the implementation of the project.
The evaluation will be Human Rights and Gender responsible and an Evaluation Reference Group (ERG) will be established.
The Evaluation Reference Group is an integral part of the evaluation management structure and is constituted to facilitate the participation of relevant stakeholders in the design and scope of the evaluation, raising awareness of the different information needs, quality assurance throughout the process and in disseminating the evaluation results. The Evaluation Reference Group will be engaged throughout the process and will be composed of relevant representatives of state and non-state stakeholders. The ERG group will review the draft evaluation report and provide substantive feedback to ensure quality and completeness of the report and will participate in the inception and validation meeting of the final evaluation report.
The UN Women Georgia Monitoring and Evaluation Focal Point will serve as the Evaluation task manager, who will be responsible for day-to-day management of the evaluation. The evaluation process will be supported by UN Women Europe and Central Asia Regional Evaluation Specialist (based in Istanbul, Turkey).
Coordination in the field including logistical support will be the responsibility of UN Women.
Within six weeks upon completion of the evaluation, UN Women has the responsibility to prepare a management response that addresses the findings and recommendations to ensure future learning and inform implementation of relevant projects.
This is a consultative/participatory final project evaluation with a strong learning component. The management of the evaluation will ensure that key stakeholders are consulted.
Duties and Responsibilities
Duties and responsibilities of the International Consultant are:
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
The candidates will be evaluated against the following technical and financial criteria:
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.