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Evaluation of South Sudan Peace and Community Cohesion Project.
|Location :||States in South Sudan, SOUTH SUDAN|
|Application Deadline :||24-Oct-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding|
|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 :||40 days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||40 days|
South Sudan is one of the most diverse countries in Africa: a home to over 60 different major ethnic groups, and most of its people follow traditional religions. It is the youngest nation in the world after splitting from Sudan in 2011. Since the conflict started in December 2013, more than 4 million people have fled their homes, with 2.47 million taking refuge in neighbouring countries. Close to 200,000 people are living in six UN “protection of civilians” sites across the country. The signing of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) in September 2018 is a significant development signalling the dawn of peace. The July 2016 conflict resulted in a deterioration of peace, security and stability in South Sudan as conflict intensified across the country. In December 2016, President Kiir announced a national dialogue initiative in South Sudan, which started about a year later with consultations in and outside of the country.
South Sudan is enveloped by multiple interconnected conflicts and among which is the communal conflicts that claim many lives. The main causes for these communal level conflicts are poverty and poor system to manage shared resources, weak community relationships, availability of small arms in the hands of civilians, youth despondency and luck of development option, sexual and gender-based violence, politicization of ethnicity and erosion of social cohesion.
The Peace and Community Cohesion project (PaCC) seeks to contribute to the reduction and mitigation of community level conflict and insecurity by investing in initiatives that address key drivers of conflict and insecurity Using the UNDP’s community security and social cohesion approach, the project aimed to empower communities to identify, in an inclusive and participatory manner, the drivers of conflicts in the communities and using an integrated and gender sensitive approach to effectively prevent, manage and resolve conflict in a non-violent manner. The project also sought to strengthen community relationships by identifying and strengthening cultural, social and economic connectors that make communities reliant on each other in times of peace and conflict, across sex and age divide. In collaboration with other UN agencies and development partners, the project supported initiatives that reinforce economic interdependencies, provided women and youth with alternative livelihood opportunities and instigated positive behavioural change of members of targeted communities, through dialogue and reconciliation.
The project adopted a conflict clusters approach which acknowledged that communal conflicts are triggered, driven and sustained by interlocking interests and actors that sometimes cut across administrative boundaries. Thus, the project peacebuilding initiatives were designed around conflict dynamics, not political boundaries. The target groups and stakeholders were selected based on conflict clusters which look at the interconnectedness of the conflict actors and varying conflict drivers across clusters. Geographically, the project was implemented in five conflict clusters; Magwe-Kajo-Keji Ggreen Belt: Magwi, Nimule, Kajo-Keji, Morobo ( Koboko , Moyo) Notherthern Uganda; Eastern Belt: Boma, Pibor, Bor and Lopa/Lafon and Kapoeta; South Sudan Northern Sudan Border Belt: Aweil, Abyei, Pariang, Abiemnom; Bhar el Jebel Plain/Zone: Duk, Ayod, Panyijar and Koch; and Western Belt: Awerial, Mvolo, Terekeka, Mundri, Yirol and Twic East.
The project contributed for the implementation of the peace agreement, focusing on chapter five and will be guided by the provisions of National Action Plan (NAP) 1325. Within the UN country team's (UNCT) Interim Cooperation Framework (ICF), the project contributed to the outcome "Peace and Governance Strengthened." At the global level, the initiatives contribute towards Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16; "Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies" with a special focus on target 16.1 - "Significantly reduce all forms of violence and related death rates"
Some of the key project achievements are:
Purpose of the evaluation:
The current phase of the Peace and Community Cohesion project ends in March 2020. This evaluation is being conducted to assess the project’s contributions towards peacebuilding and community cohesion in South Sudan.
UNDP commissions this final evaluation to serve as an important accountability function, providing UNDP, donors, national stakeholders and partners with an impartial assessment of the results generated to date, including on gender equality and women empowerment. The evaluation will assess the project’s relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability; identify and document lessons learned; and provide recommendations to inform the design and implementation of other related ongoing and future projects. The findings and recommendations of the evaluation will inform the key stakeholders; relevant ministries and institutions of the Government of the Republic of South Sudan, project donors, UNDP, UN agencies, UN Mission in South Sudan, civil society organisations, local and national level infrastructures for peace, academia and other actors.
Duties and Responsibilities
Specific project Evaluation objectives are to:
The project evaluation covers the period from April 2017 covering all the project locations – Juba and five conflict clusters (Magwe-Kajo-Keji Green Belt, Eastern belt, South Sudan Northern Sudan Border Belt, Bhar el Jebel Plain/Zone and Western Belt). The evaluation will cover programme conceptualisation, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of results and will engage all project stakeholders – benefitting communities, relevant ministries and institutions of the Government of the Republic of South Sudan, project donors, UNDP, UN agencies, UN Mission in South Sudan, civil society organisations, local and national level infrastructures for peace, academia and other actors. 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 to improving community peace and cohesion; 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.
The 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 will employ a combination of qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods including, but not limited to:
The final methodological approach including interview schedule, field visits and data to be used in the evaluation should be clearly outlined in the inception report and be fully discussed and agreed between UNDP, stakeholders and the evaluators.
The evaluator will be expected to deliver the following:
Core Competencies and values:
Required Skills and Experience
The project evaluation will be conducted by an independent consultant (an international evaluation expert). The international consultant must have extensive experience in strategic programming of development assistance in post-conflict countries within the broader areas of peacebuilding and democratic governance on post conflict settings. Preferably, the consultant also has 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:
The UNDP South Sudan Country Office will select the consultant through an open process in consultation with the partners. UNDP will be responsible for the management of the consultant and will in this regard designate an evaluation manager and focal point. Project staff will assist in facilitating the process (e.g. providing relevant documentation, arranging visits/interviews with key informants, etc.).
The evaluation manager will convene an evaluation reference group comprising of technical experts from partners and UNDP to enhance the quality of the evaluation. This reference group will review the inception report and the draft evaluation report to provide detailed comments related to the quality of methodology, evidence collected, analysis and reporting. The reference group will also advise on the conformity of processes to the UNDP and UNEG standards.
The consultant will take responsibility, with assistance from the project team, for setting up meetings and conducting the evaluation, subject to advanced approval of the methodology submitted in the inception report. The consultant will report directly to the designated evaluation manager and focal point and work closely with the project team. The consultant will work full time, based in UNDP South Sudan and will be required to travel to the five conflict clusters as part of the evaluation. Office space and limited administrative and logistical support will be provided. The consultant will use her/his own laptop and cell phone. UNDP will develop a management response to the evaluation within 2 weeks of report finalization.
Timeframe for the Evaluation Process:
The project Evaluation will be carried out over a period of 40 working days broken down as follows:
Activity Deliverable Time allocated
Evaluation inception report (10-15 pages). Inception Report 4 days
Primary and Secondary data collection Debriefing of initial finding immediately after the field visit 20 Days
Reporting First Draft report maximum 40 pages 5 days
Review the report after commented by UNDP and other stakeholders Evaluation Final Report 3 Days
Presentations to stakeholders and the evaluation reference group Power point presentation 3 days
Evaluation brief and other knowledge products agreed in the inception report Knowledge products 5
Total number of working days 40 days.
Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP;
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.