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94502_Evaluator – Final Evaluation Disability Inclusion Project
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Home based with one mission to Bonn, Germany|
|Application Deadline :||03-Mar-20 (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 :||17 working days (between 16/3/2020 and 6/4/2020)|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||17 working days (between 16/3/2020 and 6/4/2020)|
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.
Project name: Final evaluation UNV Disability Inclusion project
Background and Context
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) Programme intends to hire an international consultant to evaluate the two-year project focusing on disability inclusion and the recruitment of persons with disabilities serving as UN Volunteers with the UN system. This project contributed to the design and piloting of the UNDP-UNV Talent Programme for Young Professionals with Disabilities.
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) Programme contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. We work with partners to integrate qualified, highly motivated and well supported UN Volunteers into development programming and promote the value and global recognition of volunteerism. UNV is administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and reports to the UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS Executive Board.
UNV enjoys a unique global mandate to promote volunteerism for development and has done so since 1970. UNV works under a dual mandate – to mobilize volunteers for the United Nations system and to advocate for the importance of volunteerism in development worldwide.
The aim of the UNDP-UNV Talent Programme for Young Professionals with Disabilities, and more specifically the UNV Talent and Capacity Development Programme for an Inclusive UN System for Persons with Disabilities is to increase the inclusion of persons with disabilities into the workforce of the development sector. The Programme also aims to build a talent pipeline of highly qualified professionals with disabilities who can contribute to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at national and global levels.
The Programme offers young persons with disabilities the opportunity to acquire practical work experience and exposure to the work of the UN Development System through UN Volunteer assignments with UNDP country, regional or headquarters offices.
In 2019, 13 UN Volunteers with disabilities served under the UNV Talent and Capacity Development Programme, 16 further UN Volunteers with disabilities served in regular assignments across agencies and 611 volunteers with disabilities served through UNV’s Online Volunteering modality.
Duties and Responsibilities
Purpose, Scope and Objectives
With the project coming to an end in December 2019 (due to no-cost extension in June 2020), the Evaluation is expected to clarify and document underlying factors affecting the project results and opportunities, to highlight unintended consequences (positive and negative), and to draw broad lessons learnt. While the evaluation is expected to draw conclusions on the Talent Programme’s results and experiences (summative), it also needs to be prospective (formative), hence also provide forward looking inputs that can be drawn from the Talent Programme in relation to disability inclusion within UNV and within the wider UN system (namely such organizations/ offices that participated in the Talent Programme). This aims at supporting UNV’s follow up actions on disability inclusion with UNV (as organization and volunteer programme) and its contribution to an inclusive UN in future.
The main objective of the consultancy service is to conduct an independent final evaluation and to prepare an evaluation report of the project activities carried out between December 2017 to date.
The specific objectives of the final evaluation are the following:
Evaluation criteria and key questions
Key criteria to be addressed by the evaluation are relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability of the project.
To reach the overall and the specific objectives of the evaluation, the following are some exemplary key questions to be addressed:
Relevance: The extent to which the project objectives and design respond to the global UN system, country, partner/institution and PWD needs, policies, and priorities.
External coherence: The compatibility with other interventions in the area of disability inclusion by the host agency, receiving the volunteers with disabilities under the UNV Talent and Capacity Building Programme.
Internal coherence: The extent to which the objective and design of the project are suited to UNV’s strategic goals and priorities.
Is the project doing the right things/ not the right things and why?
How coherent is the project with the UN Disability Inclusion Strategy and UN development agenda globally and in the programme countries, participating in the project and how does this affect the project (positively and negatively)?
To what extent can this project be easily adapted/replicated/ upscaled in similar areas/countries/regions and for other UN entities? What was done to make the project country/regional/ UN entity specific? Are the methods replicable?
Are the activities and outputs of the project consistent with the intended impact and effects?
What relevant lessons emerged from this project, which can inform future UNV projects or modalities?
To what extent has the project addressed further cross cutting (intersectional) issues such as gender or focussed on most excluded sub-groups of persons with disabilities?
The extent to which the project achieved, or is expected to achieve, its results (outcome contributions and outputs), among differentiated stakeholder groups.
Has the project strategy been appropriate to reach the intended outputs and outcomes?
To what extent are the objectives of the project likely to be achieved? What indicators demonstrate that? What are the major factors influencing the achievement or non-achievement of the objectives?
To what extent has the project promoted positive changes towards the inclusion of persons with disabilities within the UN system? Were there any unintended effects?
What is the comparative advantage and added value of a PWD volunteering in a host UN entity in comparison to other personnel?
The extent to which the intervention delivers, or is likely to deliver, results (outcome contributions and outputs) in the most cost-effective way possible, as compared to feasible alternatives in the context.
What are the project’s response mechanisms and how did it adapt to unforeseen external and internal factors?
To what extent has there been an economical use of financial and human resources? Have resources (funds, human resources, time, expertise, etc.) been allocated strategically to achieve outcomes?
The extent to which the net benefits of the intervention continue, or are likely to
continue. This includes, as relevant, an examination of the financial, economic, social, environmental, and institutional capacities of the systems needed to sustain net benefits over time.
In how far will the project benefits and solutions last?
Do past results and strategies represent enough foundation for future progress and success of the Talent Programme?
To what extent have the project measures contributed to have structures and processes in place that will help to implement disability inclusion within UNV and participating UN organizations in a sustainable way? Which improvements could be made in future?
What are the major factors that influence the sustainability of the project?
The results of this evaluation will help UNV as organization and Human Resources Section (HRS) as responsible section for the implementation of the Talent Programme to plan for future steps and to adjust current commitment to the lessons learnt. This will help both to deliver a higher quality inclusive work and strengthen the sustainable character of UNV’s inclusion efforts. Secondary audience will be host entities, gaining from lessons learnt and adjusted offers by UNV in future.
It is suggested that the consultant applies a mix of qualitative and quantitative approaches. The following are elements of proposed data collection and analysis.
The detailed design and evaluation matrix to link the evaluation criteria and questions with data collection methods and source data, shall be developed by the consultant during the inception phase.
Project Evaluation Deliverables and Timeline
* Start and following due dates depend on finalized recruitment of consultant.
The consultancy work is expected to be completed within two months from the date of contract signature. The consultant is required to prepare and submit the entire plan in a way that allows the achievements of all deliverables to be completed within two months.
The consultant is expected to work from home and have a one day trip to UNV Headquarters in Bonn in the frame of (2) data collection between 19 and 25 March. The exact dates of travel will be agreed with the consultant.
This evaluation is commissioned by the responsible UNV Programme Unit (i.e. programme team in HRS) which is part of the HR Section. UNV’s Executive Office will provide guidance and quality assurance throughout the evaluation process.
Based on the UNDP policy and guidelines for evaluation, the consultant will develop key evaluation questions and the final design and methodology of the evaluation in consultation with Programme Unit (programme team in HRS) and Executive Office.
This evaluation will be conducted in accordance with the principles outlined in the UNEG ‘Ethical Guidelines for Evaluation’. The consultant must safeguard the rights and confidentiality of information providers, interviewees and stakeholders through measures to ensure compliance with legal and other relevant codes governing collection of data and reporting on data. The consultant must also ensure security of collected information before and after the evaluation and protocols to ensure anonymity and confidentiality of sources of information where that is expected. The information knowledge and data gathered in the evaluation process must also be solely used for the evaluation and not for other uses with the express authorization of UNV and partners.
Required Skills and Experience
Criteria for Selection of the best offer:
The selection of the best offer will be based on the combined scoring method, where the qualifications and methodology will be weighted 70 percent, and then combined with the price offer, which will be weighted 30 percent.
Key selection criteria are:
Applicants have to provide a technical and financial proposal.
The technical proposal shall consist of:
The financial proposal shall consist of
PLEASE NOTE THAT INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR FURTHER EVALUATION
Qualified women and members of social minorities are encouraged to apply. Due to the large number of applications we receive, we are only able to inform the successful candidates about the outcome or status of the selection process.
How to Submit the Application:
To submit your application online, please follow the steps below:
Queries should be sent to : firstname.lastname@example.org, att Madalina Florica clearly marking: 94502_ Evaluator – Final Evaluation Disability Inclusion Project
Applications sent by email will not be considered.
Annex: Sample Evaluation Matrix *
* UNDP Evaluation Guidelines, Independent Evaluation Office of UNDP, New York, Jan 2019: p. 43.