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Consultancy Services: End-Term Evaluation of the Plan for National Statistical Development (PNSD) II and Mid Term Review of the Extended PNSD II
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Kampala, UGANDA|
|Application Deadline :||25-Sep-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||45 working days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||45 Working days|
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 and peace and security. Placing women’s rights at the center of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality are translated into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts while building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.
UN Women in partnership with Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) through financial support from the DFID is launching this call for applicants to conduct an End – Term Evaluation of the Second Plan for National Statistical Development (PNSD II) and a Mid-Term Review (MTR) of its Extended PNSD II with gender requirements integrated to align to the NDP III. The design and implementation of the PNSD is led by the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) in collaboration with Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and Higher Local Governments in the National Statistical System (NSS).The evaluation covers the period July 2013/14-2017/18, and from July 2018/19 to August 2019 starting 1st October 2019 to 15th December 2019.
In September 2015 the United Nations Summit adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in New York which includes a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets. The SDGs cover a very broad range of critical gender issues, including anti-discrimination, violence, unpaid care and domestic work, voice and participation, assets, income, labour, social protection etc. To monitor gender responsiveness of SDG indicators, UN Women launched 3-year Global Flagship Initiative program on gender statistics, entitled as ‘Making Every Women and Girls Count (MEGWC). The overall objective of this program is to make enabling environments for the quality production of gender statistics, denting the gender data gaps and ensure accessibility and use of gender statistics. Uganda was selected as one of the 12 Pathfinder countries of MEWGC.
The Government of Uganda developed the National Standard Indicators (NSI) under the National Development Plan (NDP) and the Vision 2040 which are strategic frameworks addressing domestic needs in regard to the country’s development. UBOS is mandated by the UBOS Act,1998, to develop and maintain the National Statistical System (NSS) to ensure collection, analysis and publication of integrated, relevant, reliable and timely statistical information; and is charged with the responsibility for coordinating, monitoring and supervising the NSS (The NSS includes all agencies in Uganda, whether Government or not; under any enactment or otherwise; responsible for gathering statistical data through either surveys or administrative action).
Accordingly, the Plan for National Statistics Development (PNSD) has been designed in line with the NDP to provide a framework and mechanism for further reform of the NSS and acceleration of statistical development in Uganda. UBOS in collaboration with selected Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) spearheads development and implementation of the PNSD to develop an integrated, organised, coordinated and coherent NSS which ensures harmonized data production processes and quality statistics and draws together all data producing sectors and users (These include other Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), notably the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (MoFPED) and the Bank of Uganda (BoU), the private sector and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs). The PNSD envisions “A World Class Statistical System” and has also been designed to strengthen statistical capacity of the NSS to effectively address the national, regional and international data needs, but also emphasise data quality to inform national development priorities (The design of the PNSD I, Uganda’ development framework was guided by Poverty Eradication Action Plan (PEAP) which transitioned into the current National Development Plan (NDP). The PNSD was also aligned to MDGs that have been broadened to form the current SDGs). The PNSD underlines the need for production of gender disaggregated statistics to inform policies and programmes for evidence-based decision making, programme implementation and monitoring because there is a general lack of disaggregated data.
The PNSD adopted a participatory and consultative sectoral mainstreaming design approach where sector, MDA and Local Government SPSs constitute its building blocks. The PNSD design and implementation process was phased. The first Phase covered nine (9) MDAs (Ministry of Health (MoH); Ministry of Agriculture; Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF); Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD); Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Industry (MTTI); Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES); Uganda Police Force (UPF); Bank of Uganda (BoU), and UBOS).
The second Phase included additional seven (7) MDAs namely; Ministries of Water and Environment (MWE); Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD); Lands, Housing and Urban Development (MLHUD); Finance, Planning and Economic Development (MoFPED); Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST); Uganda Revenue Authority (URA); and Development Network for Indigenous Voluntary Associations (DENIVA). Six (6) more MDAs were added in Phase III that included Ministry of Works and Transport (MoWT), Uganda Prisons Service (UPS), Department of Immigration and Citizenship Control (DCIC), Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) as well as 13 Districts- Arua, Abim, Mubende, Masindi, Bundibugyo, Kanungu, Mbale, Rakai, Moroto, Katakwi, Oyam, Gulu, Yumbe.. To date, three (3) Sectors, 28 MDAs and 121 Local Governments (HLGs) have developed and are implementing Strategic Plans for Statistics (SPSs) under the PNSD framework.
The NSS Steering Committee overseas the implementation of PNSD while the Inter Agency Committee (IAC) provides a platform for regular stakeholder discussions, planning, and progress reporting on PNSD implementation. There are also Sector/District Statistics Committees (S/DSCs) established in the PNSD implementing MDAs and HLGs to facilitate; identification of priority user needs; support the design and implementation of the SPSs in line with the PNSD, and ensure use of appropriate statistical methods, metadata, definitions and statistical standards.
Intended Deliverables and Implementation of PNSD
PNSD II under the theme data quality and use identified five strategic goals that were derived from the challenges of the national statistical system and these formed the vision of the expected impact. The five strategic goals were:
Goal 1: Improve statistical coordination and management.
Goal 2: Increase demand for and usability of statistics.
Goal 3: Improve data production and management.
Goal 4: Enhance data quality assurance.
Goal 5: Strengthen human resource management and development in statistical production and dissemination.
Six Strategic interventions were also prioritised in the Extended PNSD II:
The first five-year PNSD was designed in 2006 and implemented over the period PNSD I (2006/7 – 2011/12). It was anchored in the international and national development frameworks such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) upgraded to SDGs, the Ugandan Poverty Eradication Action Plan (PEAP) and subsequently integrated in the country’s National Development Plan (NDP I). In November 2009, DFID and the EU commissioned a review of its support to UBOS under the SEBDM-II and EU Technical Adviser (TA) and District Statistics Projects. The review noted that while ‘Progress on statistical outputs at UBOS had been relatively good‘ a number of areas had not made progress, including: training, HR and dissemination strategies for the NSS under the PNSD, nor had progress been made on the creation of a common cadre of statisticians and statistical support staff across all parts of government. The review concluded that progress on strengthening statistics units in MDAs (particularly in improving the quality of their data) had been slow.
In July 2010, UBOS commissioned an independent consultant to undertake a Mid-Term Assessment of PNSD I to taking account of the progress and lessons at the mid-point in implementation. Findings indicated progress in the number of statistical staff posted in MDAs, improved statistical infrastructure, improvements in some elements of data quality through verifying data collection methods and increased advocacy at the national level on the importance of statistics in planning and decision making. Less progress was evident in establishing a systematic way of training and deployment of statistical staff, the absence of a clear and more supportive policy for the NSS, inadequate funding of statistical work amongst MDAs and a weak Statistical Audit Function.
The second PNSD was designed in the FY 2012/13 and implemented over the period 2013/14-2017/18 under the theme ‘Enhancing Data Quality and Usability’ taking account the experiences generated from the design and implementation of PNSD I. The implementation of the PNSD II (2013-14/2017-18) increased the appreciation of the use of statistics for planning, measuring performance and reporting by various users. Specifically, there was an improvement in the environment for producing statistics in 32 MDAs that designed and implemented strategic plan for statistics. Further the compliance of all MDAs in development National Standard Indicators (NSI) aligned to the NDP II and Programme Based Budgeting (PBB) requirements, demonstrated the importance of taking forward the implementation of the PNSD.
In 2014, DFID commissioned OPM to undertake a review of the PNSD I. The overall objective of the review was to assess the PNSD’s past performance, with a particular focus on the development of the National Statistical System (NSS) and how far the ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) have integrated statistical work in their plans and budgets. The review focused on: design; results; value for money and fiduciary risk; and adaptability and sustainability (2015. DFID Uganda-Oxford Policy Management. Review of the Government of Uganda’s PNSD I). In 2016, a Mid Term Review (MTR) of the PNSD II was undertaken and findings were disseminated to key stakeholders in the NSS. The key finding of the MTR was that the PNSD II implementation period was not aligned to the NDP II period and related regional and international statistical and development frameworks. However, given the repetitive nature of statistical programs, over 95 percent of the PNSD outcomes inform largely the NDP II.
In 2018, UN Women supported UBOS to design the Extended PNSD II with associated UBOS, MDA and LG SPSs providing for the alignment of the PNSD timelines to the NDP II, un completed activities and the integration of gender and the NPGEIs and other frameworks such as the SDGs. The Extended PNSD II was designed and is being implemented up to 2019/20.
The Extended PNSD II integrated some gender requirements including components of the NPGEIs, is aligned to the NDP II timeline and covers the entire NSS by bringing together all key data producers, users and suppliers due to recognition that; national flagship policies, plans, programs and international frameworks such as Vision 2040, NDP II, SDGs, and Africa Agenda 2063 must be based on comprehensive and quality statistics that meet user needs. Currently, the Government of Uganda has defined the strategic direction of the NDP III and initiated discussions for its design. Following the completion of the second PNSD, and mid-point implementation of the Extended PNSD II, it is timely to conduct an End-Term Evaluation to assess the performance of the PNSD II and the associated Extended PNSD II, UBOS Strategic Plan, MDA and HLG Strategic Plans Statistics and with respect to the objectives to establish: the achievements, what was not achieved, and the reasons why/challenges and draw recommendations to inform the design of the PNSD III for alignment to the NDP III.
UN Women with funding from DFID is seeking to contract a Lead National Consultant who will work closely with UBOS, the to undertake an End Term Evaluation of the PNSD II and Mid Term Review of the Extended PNSD II to inform design and align the PNSD III to the NPD III. The consultant will be leading the development of the evaluation methodology, provide technical guidance in undertaking the Evaluation and writing the Evaluation report.
Key Objective of Evaluation
The overall objective of the review is to assess past performance of the PNSD II and its extension with a particular focus on the development of NSS and how far the MDAs and LGs have integrated statistical work in the plans and budgets.
Specific objectives are;
The End-Term evaluation of the PNSD II will cover all the work of UBOS and the entire NSS focussing on the MDAs and HLGs implementing the PNSD. This will include the implementation period of the PNSD II and mid-point of the Extended PNSD II as well as the associated UBOS Strategic Plan, MDA and HLG Strategic Plans Statistics. The Evaluation will also cover Users (key government oversight agencies – MoFPED, OPM, NPA and MoLG; MDAs and LGs; Development Partners (DFID, World Bank, UN Agencies); Key data providers including the Private Sector, research and training institutions and Civil Society.
The evaluation will focus on strategic implementation of statistical production, capacity and development initiatives and integration of gender requirements in statistics during the period 2013/14-2019/20.
The content of the Evaluation will focus on analysis of the internal and external environment for statistics, the Theory of Change (ToC) and Value for Money (VfM), relevance, effectiveness and efficiency, adaptability and sustainability of the PNSD and NSS, taking account of the NDP II, SDGs and related framework.
It will also evaluate the strategies for enhancing harmonization, coordination, and compliance to statistical standards across the NSS with respect to utilisation of quality and credible statistics at LG, sector and NSS in general.
Based on this, the review will assess:
The following dimensions of results will be assessed in the evaluation:
Value for Money (VfM) and Fiduciary Issues
Adaptability, Impact and Sustainability
Approach and Methods
The review will be theory-based, drawing on the generic National Strategies for Development of Statistics (NSDS/PNSD) models, the experiences from other countries in terms of design and application, and the specific approach taken in Uganda. The theory-based analysis is a mechanism-based and will look for connections between cause–and– effect addressing not only whether the PNSD is working against its own terms but, what it is about the PNSD that is or is not working and why. The specific analysis will be guided by the key review questions listed in this ToRs and others that will be developed by the consultant.
The methods will be determined by the consultants but are expected to involve desk-based review of NSDS approaches and evidence from comparator countries; review of Uganda literature and evidence generated by the monitoring and evaluation systems of the Plan/programme. Adoption of both quantitative and qualitative designs with mechanisms of gender responsive evaluation during the review; application of appropriate data collection and analysis tools for segmented categories of stakeholders while addressing gender issues from appropriate sources of data to assess deliverables and outcomes.
Duties and Responsibilities
Reporting, Quality Assurance and Governance
Under the supervision of the UN Women Deputy Country Representative the consulting team will work in close collaboration with the Executive Director, Uganda Bureau of Statistics. The Lead National Consultant will provide leadership and technical support to the End-line Evaluation of the PNSD II and Mid Term Review of the Extended PNSD II process. UBOS will also constitute an Evaluation Technical Team chaired by the deputy Director, Statistical Development to provide technical and administrative support the consulting team. The team will ensure quality assurance of the products of the evaluation process and where necessary, these will be subjected to review and validation by selected PNSD coordination and implementation structures and/or committees such as the Sector Statistics Committees – SSCs and Inter Agency Committee-IAC.
An Evaluation Reference Group (ERG) will be set up to provide technical to the process. The ERG will comprise representation from the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (MoFPED), Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC), Makerere University School of Planning and Statistics (MUK-SPS), Ministry of Local Government, Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD), National Planning Authority (NPA), CSO, UBOS and UN Women. The ERG will be chaired by the Monitoring and Evaluation Directorate, Office of the Prime Minister and Co-chaired by the Deputy Executive Director, Statistical Production and Development (DED/SPD) of UBOS. The Group will meet three at least times during the evaluation process.
The final Evaluation report of the PNSD II should be compiled and disseminated at a major NSS stakeholders’ forum. Handover of the final report in soft and hard copy will be made to the Executive Director-UBOS and Country Representative - UN Women Uganda.
7. Outputs and Timeline
The lead consultant is expected to deliver the assignment in 45 man-days with main deliverables to be achieved as defined in the table below. Detailed timescales and resources will be agreed in advance with the consultant at the start of the project.
The start date of the contract will be 1st October 2019 and end date 15th December 2019.
Resources and Skills and Experience Required
The Evaluation consulting team will comprise four national consultants including one Lead Consultant required to work with three counterparts. The lead consultant will be required to apply using the P11 and submit a Technical and Financial proposal with profiles of the three consultants.
The consulting team will be required to have the following competences
Required Skills and Experience
Other Consultants (3)
9. Application Procedure
Interested qualified individual consultants must apply online by latest by September 25th, 2019. Candidates should submit one PDF File attachment containing:
Note: The above documents need to be submitted and uploaded to the online application system as one document.
10. Evaluation of Applicants
A two-stage procedure will be utilised in evaluating the proposals, with evaluation of the technical proposal being completed prior to any price proposal being compared. Only the price proposal of the candidates who passed the minimum technical score of 70% of the obtainable score of 100 points in the technical qualification evaluation will be evaluated.
1. Technical Qualification evaluation criteria:
The total number of points allocated for the technical qualification component is 100. The technical qualification of the offer or/individual is evaluated based on following:
Technical Evaluation Criteria/ Obtainable Score
2. Financial Proposal review criteria:
The financial proposal will be reviewed according to the following criteria:
Deadline for application
All applications to be submitted no later than 25th September 2019
Note: UN Women is an equal opportunity Employer. Qualified women and men are encouraged to apply. UN Women reserves the right to accept or reject any bid. The process will be governed by the rules and regulations of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)
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.