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Summative Evaluation of the Public Financial Management Project
|Location :||States in South Sudan, SOUTH SUDAN|
|Application Deadline :||23-Oct-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 :||30 days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||30 days|
The 2011 Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan specifies a three-tiered system of decentralized government: national, state and local governments. While most high-yielding revenues are collected by the national government, the rest are given to state and local governments. The Constitution, together with the Local Government Act of 2009, devolve responsibility for the provision of primary public service delivery and infrastructure development to states and counties. However, at the states and counties levels; financial resources at disposal and its fiscal space are most limited and public financial management capacity is very low. In addition, the fall in oil revenue receipts caused by the volatilities in the global oil market coupled with the impact of the internal conflict exacerbated poor public service delivery at the subnational levels due to inadequate revenue flowing to the states. This further worsen the capacity of the subnational governments to deliver basic social services to their people.
UNDP believes that building strong institutions is the pathway for developing a progressive society where people can access services when they need them and have confidence living in an area where their welfare is ensured. Recognizing the importance of improved public financial management and accountability, UNDP with financial assistance from the government of Japan and African Development Bank, provides technical assistance to build the capacity for domestic non-oil revenue generation and accountability in Aweil, Bor, Gbudue, Gogrial, Jubek and Torit states.
The project contributes towards the UN Cooperation Framework 2019-2021 Outcome 2: Local economies are recovered, and conditions and coping strategies are improved to end severe food insecurity, and UNDP Country Programme Document (CPD) 2019 – 2021 Output 2.4. National and subnational governments capacities developed for tax and trade policy harmonization, revenue diversification, expansion of fiscal space and more transparent utilization of public resources.
Towards improving the capacity of local government to generate, manage resources in a transparent and equitable manner, the programme supported establishment of regulatory, legal framework, and unified institutional tax structures and system for tax systems in six states; enhanced capacity of state revenue officials from Aweil, Bor, Gbudue, Gogrial, Jubek and Torit, and on non-oil revenue management which has led to increased revenues collection; increased capacity of members of State Legislative Assemblies from the six states on public financial management procedures, gender-sensitive budgeting and oversight.
Purpose of the evaluation:
The current phase of Support to Public Financial Management Project in South Sudan ends in March 2020. This evaluation is being conducted to assess the project’s contributions towards the enhancement of capacity of states in non-oil revenue management and accountability for improved service delivery.
UNDP commissions this summative evaluation to provide UNDP, donors, national stakeholders and partners with an impartial assessment of the results generated by the project. The evaluation will assess the project’s relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact, sustainability contributions towards gender equality and women empowerment; identify and document lessons learned; and provide stakeholders with recommendations to inform the design and implementation of other related ongoing and future projects. The evaluation will also assess linkages and coherence with other initiatives like AfDB’s Non-Oil Revenue Management and Accountability (NORMA) project. Key stakeholders are State Revenue Authorities, State Ministries of Finance, State Legislative Assemblies in Aweil, Bor, Gbudue, Gogrial, Jubek and Torit, funding partners (Japan, AfDB), UNDP and other actors.
Duties and Responsibilities
The summative evaluation will cover the period from March 2016 to date, covering all the project locations; Aweil, Bor, Gbudue, Gogrial, Jubek and Torit. The evaluation will cover programme conceptualisation, design, implementation, monitoring, reporting and evaluation of results and will engage all project stakeholders. The evaluation will assess the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency of the project; explore the key factors that have contributed to the achieving or not achieving of the intended results; and determine the extent to which the project is contributing towards strengthening state governments’ capacity for resource management and public service delivery; addressing crosscutting issues of gender equality and women’s empowerment and human rights; and forging partnership at different levels, including with government, donors, UN agencies, and communities.
Specific evaluation objectives are:
The summative evaluation seeks to answer the following questions, focused around the evaluation criteria of relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability.
Guiding evaluation questions will be further refined by the evaluation team and agreed with UNDP evaluation stakeholders.
The evaluation will be carried out in accordance with UNDP evaluation guidelines and policies, United Nations Group Evaluation Norms and Ethical Standards; OECD/DAC evaluation principles and guidelines and DAC Evaluation Quality Standards. The evaluation may employ a combination of both qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods including:
The final methodological approach including interview schedules, field visits and data to be used in the evaluation will be clearly outlined in the inception report and be fully discussed and agreed between UNDP, stakeholders and the evaluators;
The evaluators will be expected to deliver the following:
Core Competencies and values:
Required Skills and Experience
The end line evaluation will be conducted by an independent consultant (an international evaluation expert) with support from a national evaluation associate. The international consultant must have extensive experience in strategic programming of development assistance in post-conflict countries within the broader areas of public administration and public financial management in post conflict settings. Preferably, the consultant should also have substantial knowledge of and experience with the monitoring and evaluation of similar initiatives in volatile environments. The required qualifications and technical competencies are listed below:
Technical Evaluation Criteria:
Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP;
A Financial Proposal must be submitted that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price supported by a breakdown of costs as per template provided.
Criteria for selection of the consultants:
The offer will be evaluated by using the Best value for money approach (combined scoring method). Technical proposal will be evaluated on 70%. Whereas budget proposed will be evaluated on 30% based on sufficiency for applying the data gathering techniques and for obtaining reliable data for the Capacity Assessment in the timeframe indicated. Below is the breakdown of technical proposal on 100% which will be brought to 70%:
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.