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Local Consultant to conduct Systematization of Final Results of the UN Joint Programme for Gender Equality
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Home-based, GEORGIA|
|Application Deadline :||14-Aug-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Gender Equality|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||33 working days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||33 working days in the period of 3 August, 2020- 15 November, 2020|
The UN Joint Programme for Gender Equality (UNJP) is the II phase of an intervention implemented from 20 November 2015 until 31 December 2020 jointly by UNDP (Administering Agent), UN Women (Convening Agency), and UNFPA with the generous support of the Government of Sweden. The first phase of the UNJP was implemented during 2012-2015 and the findings and recommendations of its final external evaluation have significantly informed the design of the second phase.
The second phase of the Programme continues to respond directly to the women’s rights and gender equality commitments undertaken by the Government of Georgia (GoG) on the international and national levels upscaling the results achieved by the first phase of the UNJP implemented in the period of 1 December 2011-30 April 2015. It is noteworthy that mid-term evaluation of the second phase of the Programme was completed in the beginning of 2019 and the report is available on-line at: https://gate.unwomen.org/Evaluation/Details?EvaluationId=10158
The second phase of the Joint Programme addresses gender inequality in a coherent and comprehensive manner, covering a wide range of issues, such as political and economic empowerment of women, reducing violence against women and girls and promotion of women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights. Therefore, three UN agencies (in the context of UN Joint Programme also referred to as Participating UN Organizations (PUNOs)) have unified efforts towards the achievement of its goals and objectives.
The overall goal of the project is to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment by means of strengthening capacities of government at both central and local levels and across the executive, legislative and judicial branches, engaging civil society and raising public awareness about gender equality. According to the Project Document, this ambitious goal is to be achieved by realization of the following three outcomes:
The project exercises a holistic approach by simultaneously targeting three interrelated levels (national, local and grassroots) and applying multi-tiered programming approaches, such as but not limited to:
The UNJP is fully aligned with national priorities in the area of gender equality and women’s empowerment and the stated goals and priority areas of the UN Partnership for Sustainable Development for 2016-2020 (UNPSD); namely, UNPSD Outcome 2: focus area 1 - democratic governance and Outcome 4: focus area 2 - Jobs, Livelihood and Social Protection, as well as the Results Strategy for Sweden’s Reform Cooperation with Eastern Europe, the Western Balkans and Turkey (2014 – 2020). The Programme is further in line with Georgia’s commitments under nationalized Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially with Goal 1 (target 1.4), Goal 3 (targets 3.1 & 3.7), Goal 4 (targets 4.3.a and 4.7), Goal 5 (targets 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.6 and 5.c) and Goal 16 (targets 16.1, 16.3, 16.7 and 16.b).
Target population: Society-at-large, women, men and youth and especially excluded groups of women such as – IDPs and conflict affected populations, ethnic and religious minorities, female-headed households, victims/survivors of domestic violence and sexual violence.
Geographic areas: Tbilisi (the capital), Samegrelo and Kakheti regions of Georgia.
Basic information on the Programme and some of its key documents (for both I and II phases) can be accessed at: http://mptf.undp.org/factsheet/fund/JGE00
2. Purpose and Use of the Systematization of Final Results Exercise
The mid-term evaluation of this UN Joint Programme was completed in the beginning of 2019 ( capturing two thirds of the implementation of the programme), therefore, and also due to the travel restrictions and social distancing requirements in place amid the COVID-19 crisis the UNJP PUNOs in consultation with the donor have agreed to substitute final external evaluation with a systematization of final results’ exercise.
The information generated by the exercise will be used by different stakeholders to:
The main users of the findings and recommendations of the exercise include UNDP, UNFPA and UN Women offices in Georgia as well as Government of Sweden (project donor). Furthermore, national stakeholders - NGO partners, parliamentary counterparts, targeted state agencies, and local governments will be also closely involved in the process to increase ownership of findings, draw lessons learned and make greater use of the findings of the systematization of final results.
The findings of the exercise are further expected to contribute to effective joint programming on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (GEWE) in Georgia.
3. Objectives, Criteria and Key Questions of the Systematization of Final Results
The overall objective of the exercise is to assess the progress made towards the achievement of the set targets under the outcomes and objectives of the programme, analyze the results achieved and challenges encountered.
The specific objectives of the exercise are:
Since the Systematization of Final Results’ is a lighter exercise than full-fledged evaluation will be guided but not bound to exhaustively look at all questions under the following key criteria – such as project relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and coordination which were exhaustively analyzed in the context of the mid-term evaluation of the project. It is noteworthy that all the questions listed below under these criteria have been explored and answered in-depth through the mid-term evaluation. Thus, it is expected that these questions will guide the development of the methodology of the Systematization of Final Results’ exercise, that will have a summative approach.
While all the above criteria are relevant, it is of utmost importance that the Systematization of Final Results’ exercise looks particularly at the sustainability aspects of the project results
The exercise will examine all the relevant documents of the UNJP, including logical framework of the project, its Monitoring and Evaluation Plan, annual work plan, annual reports to the donor, knowledge products produced in the frameworks of the project, etc. and the final report of the mid-term evaluation of the project along with its management response. Data will be collected inter alia through on-line interviews with key stakeholders as defined by the agreed evaluation work-plan.
3. Design Process and Methods
The systematization of the projects results will be desk based and will also include interviews with key stakeholders in the implementation of the programme. A participatory workshop with implementing UN Entities will be considered. The methodology will be finalized as a part of the second deliverable – inception report in consultation with the management group.
The National Consultant will work in a team with International Consultant and will be responsible for inception, data collection and data analysis and synthesis phases.
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 exercise 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 UN Women, UNDP and UNFPA.
4. Stakeholders Participation and Management of the Systematization of Final Results
The systematization of final results’ will be a consultative, inclusive and participatory process and will ensure the participation of project beneficiaries. The evaluation will be Human Rights-based and gender-responsible.
UN Women as the convening agency of the UNJP will appoint an officer who will serve as the Task Manager for the exercise. The Task Manager will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the systematization of final results and ensure that the exercise is conducted in accordance with the sister entities’ Evaluation Policies, United Nations Evaluation Group Ethical Guidelines and Code of Conduct for Evaluation in the United Nations system and other key relevant guidance documents. The process will be supported by the UN Women Europe and Central Asia Regional Evaluation Specialist.
Moreover, a Management Group (MG) comprising relevant senior managers of the participating UN agencies and/or their delegated programme staff will be established to oversee the systematization of final results’ process, make key decisions and quality assure the different deliverables. The MG will quality assure and approve all deliverables. Furthermore, it will make certain that factual errors or errors of omission or interpretation are identified in the deliverables produced. The Management Group will provide input and relevant information at key stages of the exercise: the terms of reference, inception report, draft and final reports and dissemination of the findings.
In light of the foregoing UN Women in close cooperation with UNDP and UNFPA would like to hire a National Consultant who in a team with an International Consultant will be responsible for conducting Systematization of Final Results’ of the UN Joint Programme for Gender Equality.
Duties and Responsibilities
The duties and responsibilities of the Local Consultant are:
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Required Skills and Experience
The candidates will be evaluated in three stages: according to minimum qualification criteria; technical and financial evaluation.
The candidates must possess following minimum qualification criteria to be eligible for further technical evaluation:
The candidates will be evaluated in three stages: according to minimum qualification criteria followed by technical and financial evaluation.
Technical evaluation criteria (including minimum qualifications):
Maximum total technical score amounts to 350 points. Only candidates who have passed over the minimum qualification criteria and have accumulated at least 245 points out of maximum 350 under technical evaluation will qualify for the next stage i.e. evaluation of their financial proposals.
Evaluation of submitted financial offers will be done based on the following formula: S = Fmin / F * 150
S – score received on financial evaluation;
Fmin – the lowest financial offer out of all the submitted offers qualified over the technical evaluation round;
F – financial offer under consideration.
The winning candidate will be the candidate, who has accumulated the highest aggregated score (technical scoring + financial scoring).
The consultant will report to and work under direct supervision of UN Women, UNDP and UNFPA and in close collaboration with the Task Manager.
Under the supervision of
Payment will be disbursed upon submission and approval of deliverables and certification by task manager that the services have been satisfactorily performed as specified below:
Application submission package:
*The applicants are required to submit an aggregated financial offer: “aggregated financial offer” is the total sum of all financial claims of the candidate, including travel costs (ticket, DSA etc.) for accomplishment of all tasks spelled out in this ToR
How to Submit the Application:
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.