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Mid Term Review of the UN Women Africa Strategy Internation Consultant
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Home based, UGANDA|
|Application Deadline :||30-Aug-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English French|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||6 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||6 months|
UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action, peace and security. To fulfill its mandate in Africa, UN Women developed the first ever Africa-wide Strategy in 2017 to synergize, coordinate and exchange learning between the three regions, East and Southern Africa, West and Central Africa and North Africa, in their bid to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls on the continent.
The Africa Strategy recognizes that the continent is both diverse and similar in many political, socio-cultural and economic contexts. These extremes provide opportunities for interventions in the realm of gender equality and empowerment of women and girls.? The Africa Strategy is informed by the UN Women Global Strategic Plan 2018 – 2019; and contributes to the aspirations of the African Union Agenda 2063 and Global Agenda 2030. To realize its intentions, the Africa Strategy has (i) four main outcomes - Women lead participate in and benefit equally from decision making processes; Women have income security decent work and economic autonomy; Women and girls live a life free from all forms of violence; Women and girls contribute to building sustainable peace and resilience and benefit equally from humanitarian action; (ii) three Pan African Programs – Ending Child Marriage; Women’s Movement and Migration and Trafficking in women and girls; and (iii) three enablers – investing in influencing socio-cultural norms; supporting access to education for women and girls; and technology.
To implement the Africa Strategy, the three regions apply a bi-furcated approach: (i) mainstreaming of gender equality and women’s empowerment through influencing and providing technical and policy support to Member States; and (ii) undertaking targeted interventions through programmes that address women’s leadership and participation in economic, social and political spheres; ending discrimination, marginalization and exclusion of women and girls, preventing and responding to violence against women and girls; strengthening women’s resilience and enhancing equal access to basic essential services.
In terms of leadership to this MTR exercise, ESARO is leading on behalf of the other two regions. With this backdrop, the UN Women Regional Office for East and Southern Africa invites applications from qualified experts to undertake a mid-term review of the Africa Strategy. The review will assess the collective output results at country, regional and continental level. It will also identify synergies, gaps, overlaps and missed opportunities; and the extent to which implementation of the strategy has contributed to transformative change that goes beyond the scope of programs and projects to help select country progress towards achieving the SDGs. The review process will aim at generating an assessment of results, successes, challenges and lessons learnt from 2018 – 2019 that will feed into the next programming cycle; and will be conducted in an inclusive manner that promotes national and regional ownership through meaningful engagement of reference groups.
Purpose and use of the mid-term review
Reviews in UN Women are guided by normative agreements to be gender-responsive and utilizes the entity’s Strategic Plan as a starting point for identifying the expected outcomes and impacts of its work and for measuring progress towards the achievement of results. The UN Women Evaluation Policy and the UN Women Evaluation Strategic Plan 2014-2017 are the main guiding documents that set forth the principles and organizational framework for review planning, conduct and follow-up in UN Women. These principles are aligned with the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) Norms and Standards for Evaluation in the UN System and the UNEG Ethical Guidelines.
The key principles for gender-responsive reviews at UN Women are: 1) National ownership and leadership; 2) UN system coordination and coherence with regard to gender equality and the empowerment of women; 3) Innovation; 4) Fair power relations and empowerment; 5) Participation and inclusion; 6) Independence and impartiality; 7) Transparency; 8) Quality and credibility; 9) Intentionality and use of evaluation; and 10) Ethics.
Specifically, the intention of this mid-term review of the Africa Strategy will be to:
The primary intended users of this review will be:
This review will apply four OECD/DAC evaluation criteria (relevance, effectiveness (including normative, and coordination mandates of UN Women), efficiency, and sustainability). The review will seek to answer the following key questions:
The final questions will be contextualized and adapted for each country and agreed upon as part of the inception phase.
Duties and Responsibilities
3. Data extraction instruments and methods – these will include:
4. Data Analysis
This review is expected to take a gender-responsive approach. This means that the review will use a systematic approach to examining factors related to gender that assesses and promotes gender equality issues and provides an analysis of the structures of political and social control that create gender equality. This technique will ensure that the data collected is analysed in the following ways:
Reporting:The International Consultant will directly report to the Monitoring and Reporting Specialist with overall guidance from the Country Representative, Uganda.
1. Inception report - 15 days (Home Based)
2. Desk review - 15 days (Home Based)
3. Desk review/analysis from RMS -15 days (Home Based)
4. Field visits:
5. Draft report - 10 days (Home Based)
6. Final report - 5 days (Home Based)
The MTR exercise will have the following management structures:
The main roles and responsibility during the process will include the following amongst others:
Evaluation Management and Reference Groups (including the CO M&E focal points, selected Program Specialists, and Regional Evaluation Specialist)
The international consultant is expected to demonstrate evidence of the following capabilities:
UN Women has developed the UN Women Evaluation Consultants Agreement Form for evaluators that must be signed as part of the contracting process, which is based on the UNEG Ethical Guidelines and Code of Conduct. The signed Agreement will be annexed to the consultant contract. The UNEG Guidelines note the importance of ethical conduct for the following reasons:
The evaluators are expected to provide a detailed plan on how the following principles will be ensured throughout the evaluation (see UNEG Ethical Guidance for descriptions): 1) Respect for dignity and diversity; 2) Right to self-determination; 3) Fair representation; 4) Compliance with codes for vulnerable groups (e.g., ethics of research involving young children or vulnerable groups); 5) Redress; 6) Confidentiality; and 7) Avoidance of harm.
Specific safeguards must be put in place to protect the safety (both physical and psychological) of both respondents and those collecting the data. These should include:
The evaluation’s value added is its impartial and systematic assessment of the programme or intervention. As with the other stages of the evaluation, involvement of stakeholders should not interfere with the impartiality of the evaluation.
The evaluator(s) have the final judgment on the findings, conclusions and recommendations of the evaluation report, and the evaluator(s) must be protected from pressures to change information in the report.
Additionally, if the evaluator(s) identify issues of wrongdoing, fraud or other unethical conduct, UN Women procedures must be followed, and confidentiality be maintained. The UN Women Legal Framework for Addressing Non-Compliance with UN Standards of Conduct, and accompanying policies protecting against retaliation and prohibiting harassment and abuse of authority, provide a cohesive framework aimed at creating and maintaining a harmonious working environment, ensuring that staff members do not engage in any wrongdoing and that all allegations of wrongdoing are reported promptly, investigated and appropriate action taken to achieve accountability. The UN Women Legal Framework for Addressing Non-Compliance with UN Standards of Conduct defines misconduct and the mechanisms within UN Women for reporting and investigating. More information can be provided by UN Women if required.
Required Skills and Experience
Interested qualified individual consultants must apply online by latest by August 30th, 2019 and include “Consultant Africa Strategy” in the subject line. Candidates should submit one PDF File attachment containing (1) a letter of interest, (2) a personal CV and UN Women P11 dully filled form with at least three (3) professional references (UN Women Personal History Form (P11), can be downloaded at?http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment; (3) technical and financial proposal, (4) availability during the months [September, 2019 – February, 2020].
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.