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Evaluation Consultant – Quality Assessments of Decentralised Evaluation Reports, Independent Evaluation Office
|Application Deadline :||29-Sep-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|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 :||One year with possibility of renewal for up to 2 years|
The Independent Evaluation Office is a functionally independent unit within UNDP that supports the oversight and accountability functions of the UNDP Executive Board and the management of UNDP. The work of the office includes conducting thematic, programmatic and other independent evaluations; developing evaluation standards, procedures criteria and methodological guidance for UNDP evaluations; and annually assessing and reporting on the quality of decentralized evaluations commissioned by the various UNDP Bureaus and offices.
UNDP Bureaus and Country Offices develop and implement evaluation plans following the requirements detailed within the 2019 UNDP Evaluation Guidelines. These decentralized evaluations include programme-level evaluations, outcome evaluations, thematic evaluations, project evaluations and the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) evaluations. Approximately 280 to 340 decentralized evaluations are carried out world-wide each year, of these around 120 are Global Environment Facility (GEF) final or mid-term evaluations.
UNDP Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) annually assesses the quality of the decentralized evaluations carried out in any given year. These quality assessment findings are made available to the relevant UNDP Bureaus and programme units to support learning and improvements in evaluation quality. Quality assessment results are also reported to the UNDP Executive Board as part of the IEO Annual Report on Evaluation. The IEO has developed a quality assessment system for decentralized evaluations to assess the quality of evaluation reports and give feedback to evaluation commissioning units.
This advertisment sets out the expected responsibilities of a pool of evaluation consultants selected for work on the quality assessment of decentralised evaluations.
Selected candidates will be issued a long-term agreement (LTA) which will be valid initially for a period of one year, and may be renewed up to a maximum of two additional years. Each consultancy will vary depending on the number of decentralised evaluations undertaken during a given year by UNDP country offices, but is expected to range between 20 and 40 work days annually. The selected consultants will, therefore, be given intermittent work on an "on call" basis.
Duties and Responsibilities
Evaluation consultants are sought from all regions and across technical areas, including GEF evaluation implementation experience. Consultants are being sought who can utilise their technical expertise and knowledge to assess the evaluation work of UNDP across multiple development sectors.
Under the supervision of the respective IEO decentralised evaluation quality assessment manager, consultants will perform the following tasks:
Evaluations are normally distributed for quality assessment between September and March. To initiate rendering of service under the agreement, the IEO will propose in writing to the individual consultant a work package of evaluations to be assessed, in return for a lump-sum fee based on the estimated equivalent work days required to carry out the assignment, within a specified time period. It is estimated that each consultant in the pool will be invited to conduct between 20 and 60 evaluation quality assessments in a given year. The actual number of assessments will depend on the thematic areas of the decentralized evaluations to be assessed and the thematic expertise of the consultants.
Required Skills and Experience
Applicants are invited to upload as one combined document the following documents to the UNDP Jobs site:
Candidates not sending any of the requested information will be disqualified. Please note that the system can only accept one uploaded document therefore all documents must be combined into a single document for upload.
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.