Evalution Consultant (2 positions) - Independent Country Programme Evaluation - Brazil


Location : Home-based, with mission travel as necessary
Application Deadline :27-Jan-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English   Portuguese
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
01-Feb-2020
Duration of Initial Contract :approximately 22-32 days

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.


Background

The Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) carries out Independent Country Programme Evaluations (ICPEs) to assess UNDP’s contributions to national development results and evaluate the effectiveness of UNDP’s strategy. The purpose of the ICPEs is to: i) support the development of the next UNDP Country Programme Document, and ii) strengthen accountability of UNDP to national stakeholders and to the Executive Board.

In 2020, IEO is conducting an ICPE in Brazil. The IEO is hiring two independent consultants/ evaluators to cover the areas of inclusive sustainable economic growth, basic services delivery and social protection and governance and justice.

To view the full terms of reference for these consultancies, please click here.


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the guidance of the Lead Evaluator, the consultants will provide technical expertise and knowledge on the national context and assigned thematic areas. In addition, the consultants will also cover cross-cutting issues under the assigned thematic area such as gender and capacity development. Specifically, the consultant will:

  • conduct preliminary research and desk review of relevant documents provided by IEO for the assigned thematic areas;
  • in consultation with the lead evaluator, develop a theory of change for the assigned area and a data collection plan including instruments to be used a list of key stakeholders for interviews:
  • ahead of the field visit, develop evaluation questions for different categories of stakeholders;
  • collect, analyse and synthesize primary and secondary data for the assigned thematic area, through interviews and meetings (virtual or in person) with relevant UN staff, and key partners such as government counterparts, beneficiaries, local partners, civil society organisations, private sector and academia, to provide the core inputs for the outcome analysis paper;
  • participate fully in the data collection mission in the country;
  • participate and contribute to the team’s working sessions, including the analysis workshop and presentation of preliminary evaluation findings to the UNDP country office at the end of the mission;   
  • prepare an outcome analysis paper for the assigned thematic area and revise it as needed, as per comments received from the IEO, CO, Regional Bureau and other stakeholders, and
  • contribute to the preparation of the final ICPE report, as well as the following revisions based on comments received by relevant stakeholders;
  • contribute and participate in the presentation of evaluation results to main national stakeholders via videoconference, as required.


Competencies

Functional competencies:

  • Excellent analytical skills, including the capacity to synthesize large amount of information from different sources in a limited amount of time while ensuring its quality.
  • Good knowledge and management of information technologies to present findings of the evaluation.

Corporate competencies:

  • Knowledge of the country context, development issues and challenges;
  • Familiarity with UNDP or UN operations in Brazil, including a good understanding of UNDP’s work in the country and the region;
  • Ability to work in multicultural and multidisciplinary teams, maintaining professionalism, diplomacy, courtesy and being tactful.

Operational Effectiveness competencies:

  • Ability to conduct an evaluation with high ethical standards, ensuring independence and confidentiality;
  • Ability to manage a substantive workload in an organized manner during a short period of time;
  • Availability to travel and focus on the evaluation as required to meet deliverable deadlines within the agreed timeframe;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.


Required Skills and Experience

Education

  • A university degree (Master’s or PhD), in a discipline relevant to the outcome area i.e. public policies, public administration, social sciences, economic development (first profile) or governance, development, law, human rights or related field (second profile).

Experience

  • At least seven (7) years of experience implementing and/or evaluating development programmes focused on inclusive economic growth and basic services delivery, including social protection, iinclusive businesses and access to health (first profile) and governance and justice (second profile).
  • Extensive experience in program evaluation and/or mastery of techniques and methods of data collection, interviews and quantitative and qualitative analysis;
  • Experience in gender-sensitive programming and/or evaluation is a must;
  • Experience conducting programme evaluations for UNDP or other development cooperation agencies in Brazil is an asset.

Languages

  • Ability to work in Portuguese and English (oral and written) is essential.

Application Instructions

Applicants are invited to upload as one combined document the following documents to the UNDP Jobs site:

  • CV in the format known as  P11, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of at least three (3) professional references;
  • A completed Confirmation of Interest and Submission of Financial Proposal Form that indicates your daily rate for this consultancy; and;
  • A brief cover letter (250-400 words) that highlights a) previous experience in evaluation and data collection, preferably in Brazil and any experience related to the UNDP areas of work, and; b) the area of focus to which you are applying (either Inclusive Sustainable Economic Growth and Social Protection or Governance and Justice or both).



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