National Monitoring and Evaluation Expert for the baseline of the Safe Cities and Safe Public spaces programme - Cairo, Egypt



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Location : Cairo, EGYPT
Application Deadline :10-Aug-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Arabic   English  
Duration of Initial Contract :4 months – up to 65 working days

Background

UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination and violence against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action, and peace and security. UN Women supports UN Member States as they set global standards for achieving gender equality, and work with governments and civil society to design laws, policies, programs and services needed to implement these standards. UN Women Egypt Country Office is based in Cairo and works in the three priority areas: Leadership and Political Participation; Economic Empowerment; and Ending Violence Against Women (EVAW).

Background

Although Egypt has ratified the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) (1981), with reservations, and despite constitutional equality guarantees, persistent gaps remain between formal equality rights and women’s lived realities. Egypt ranks 134/144 on the Global Gender Gap Index, reflecting high levels of gender inequality in the sub-indicators of economic participation and opportunity and political empowerment.

There are also persistent challenges related to discriminatory social norms and violence against women and girls (VAWG) that pose a significant obstacle to the inclusive and sustainable development of Egypt and the fulfillment of women’s human rights. Women and girls are subjected to different forms of violence, including intimate partner violence, early and forced marriage, and female genital mutilation/cutting. Within the community setting, women and girls also face sexual harassment and trafficking.

Although violence in the private domain is now widely recognized as a human rights violation, violence against women and girls, especially the issue of sexual harassment in public spaces remains a largely neglected issue, often tolerated because it’s perceived as a ‘normal’ part of social life, with few laws, policies or programmes in place to effectively prevent and address it.

In November 2010, UN Women launched the “Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces” Global flagship programme in partnership with AECID, UN-Habitat, leading women’s organizations, and over 50 global and local partners in five pilot cities Quito (Ecuador), New Delhi (India), Kigali (Rwanda), Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea) and Cairo (Egypt). It is the first-ever global effort to develop, implement, and evaluate tools, policies, and comprehensive approaches to prevent and respond to sexual harassment and other forms of violence against women and girls in public spaces across different settings. The implementation of the Global Programme in Cairo, as one of its pilot cities, in partnership with the National Council for Women, was successful in tackling those issues and contributed to putting the problem of sexual harassment and other forms of violence against women in public spaces at the forefront of the local public policy agenda.

In 2019, the second phase of the “Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces” was launched in Alexandria and Damietta, with the support of the Embassy of Netherlands, expanding the geographical intervention areas of the programme and reaching to more women and girls. The main objectives of the second phase are centered around three key outcomes:

1) Gender-responsive locally relevant and owned interventions identified: Local ownership is the cornerstone for this flagship,

2) Investments in the safety and economic viability of public spaces: including public infrastructure and economic development and with special concern for creating economic opportunities for women in the renewed public spaces,

3) Social and cultural transformation – to ensure that attitudes and behaviors related to women’s and girls’ rights to enjoy public spaces free from SV improved,

Expected Impact Level Results in the Safe City Sites of Intervention include:

  • A reduction in sexual harassment and other forms of violence against women (SDG 5.2, SDG 11.7)
  • A reduction of fear and increased feelings of safety of women and girls
  • Increased autonomous mobility of women and girls in accessing and using public spaces

Development Objective:

The assignment will contribute to outcome 4 of UN Women’s Strategic Plan “All women and girls live a life free from all forms of violence”. It will also respond to outcome 1 of the global flagship by developing the programme’s baseline. The baseline targets community members (women, men, youth, girls, and boys), national partners, local CSOs, and other stakeholders in Alexandria and Damietta.

The objective of the Assignment:

UN Women seeks to recruit a national consultant to lead the Baseline Study of the Safe Cities programme in Alexandria and Damietta. The programme relies on a number of strategies to maximize the effectiveness of its interventions. It aims to reach over 1800 women. The interventions include community-based participation, media, and policy-oriented advocacy, awareness-raising activities, capacity development and south-south collaboration. The program focuses on a community-based framework that ensures the voices of rights’ holders are heard, while also reaching out to duty bearers. The preparatory work, such as scoping studies and consultation meetings in Alexandria and Damietta with the stakeholders, has been implemented and the work with the beneficiaries is soon to be implemented in the next phase of the programme.

It is a priority for UN Women that the baseline study will be based on gender-responsive inclusive and human rights approach, as defined in the UN Women Evaluation Policy and adhere to the UN norms and standards for evaluation in the UN System. The methodology of the baseline study will employ mixed methods and an innovative approach for capturing results, to ensure that the views of a diverse group of participants are represented and will actively support the achievement of gender equality and women’s empowerment. It will adhere to UN Women’s Evaluation Policy and UNEG Norms and Standards and Ethical Guidelines

UNEG, “Norms and Standards for evaluation”, 2016, http://www.unevaluation.org/document/detail/1914

UNEG, “Ethical guidelines”, 2008, available online at http://www.unevaluation.org/document/detail/102

UN Women GERAAS evaluation quality assessment checklist:

UNEG Norms and Standards for evaluation

http://www.unevaluation.org/document/download/2787

The incumbent is expected to develop a full-fledged methodology, suggesting mixed data collection tools and sampling techniques within the scope of work, utilizing an innovative approach for capturing results, to ensure that the views of a diverse group of participants and stakeholders are represented in the study. UN Women acts as an enabler of change by providing technical advice based on best practices and mobilizing financial support to back the implementation of the nationally owned programme implemented in partnership with the NCW and in close coordination with Alexandria and Damietta Governors and Deputy Governors. The incumbent is also to take into consideration the theory of change of the Safe Cities Global Flagship and its global indicators. He/she should build on the lessons learned and recommendations from the baseline of the first phase implemented in Cairo and Giza.

In light of the current pandemic, COVID-19, the consultant is expected to take into consideration the restrictions of the pandemic while developing the research methodology, the work plan, and the timeframe of the baseline. Upon approval of the inception report by the management group of UN Women, the consultant will develop the data collection tools, based on the identified programme’s indicators. After data collection, the team leader will develop a comprehensive report, using the triangulation of data for an in-depth analysis of the collected qualitative and quantitative data. The consultant is expected to regularly liaise with responsible UN Women staff to discuss updates, challenges, and next steps. 


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Country Representative and in close cooperation with the Programme Analyst, the consultant, as a team leader, will lead the overall implementation of baseline study including the supervision of  data collection work handled by CAPMAS and the data analysis/ validation handled  by a dedicated statistician for this assignment, who will serve as a team member to this assignment
  • Conduct a desk review of debriefing materials and revise, as needed, preliminary design framework of the baseline study and related data collection tools (quantitative and qualitative), ensuring mixed methods to be used in the baseline
  • Provide training/capacity building on the data collection toolkits to team members.
  • Guide and apply quality control for the desk review of debriefing materials.
  • Supervise data collection and ensure data quality and reliability, triangulation, and cross-validation, data analysis and report writing,
  • The consultant will, when required, conduct field visits to Alexandria and Damietta to carry out and supervise data collection, as needed,
  • Develop and guide the team member in the undertaking of a validation workshop in addition to other follow-up meetings of the data findings with key stakeholders.
  • Collaborate on the development and finalization of the baseline design and products including site visit schedules, work plans, data analysis plan, survey instruments, key informant and focus group discussion protocols, data quality assurance plans, and/or other relevant design documents.
  • Guide the field data collection group interviews with key stakeholders including government officials and conduct and facilitate group discussions.
  • Coordinate assignments for conducting interviews and for digitizing meeting notes.
  • Carry out research and analysis based on UN Women’s approved methodology; including a) reviewing and analyzing debriefing materials and relevant secondary quantitative data sources, b) conduct quality assurance controls over field data collection key informant interviews, group discussions, and field survey data collection.
  • In collaboration with the other team member, analyze, code, and summarize qualitative data, prepare associated tally sheets in the preparation of preliminary findings, form conclusions, and actionable recommendations.
  • Supervise evaluation team sessions for the tabulation, analysis, and integrated findings of qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Regularly report to UN Women for this assignment, incorporate comments and feedback received, and follow-up on submissions.
  • Prepare a 30 pages draft baseline report and a 6-8-page executive summary report with the findings of the baseline.
  • Prepare PowerPoint presentation of preliminary findings and conclusions,
  • Organize a validation workshop with UN Women, NCW and key stakeholders to present and validate the findings and receive feedback as required,
  • Prepare and submit a final report on Baseline findings, including stakeholders’ comments shared during the validation workshop.  
  • Hold a debrief meeting to share final results and the brief PPT presentation to Safe Cities’ key stakeholders,
  • All reports should be submitted in English,

Deliverables:

1.Inception report including methodology, design, criteria, indicators for measuring results, sample size and sample design, timeframe/workplan, responsibilities, and propose an initial budget (5 working days) 

2. Submit preliminary report from collected qualitative data (10 working days)

3. Submit preliminary report from collected quantitative data (20 working days)

4. Submit a draft report of the Baseline study, including UN Women’s feedback on the previously shared qualitative and quantitative reports, (10 working days)

5. Hold a validation workshop with UN Women and NCW as well as other programme’s main stakeholders to share the findings of the baseline study and collect feedback (3 working days)

6. Submit a final baseline report, including findings and recommendations, incorporating feedback based on the validation workshop (10 working days) 

7. Develop Power point presentation on the main findings and recommendations to share during the debrief meeting with UN Women team and programme’s partners (7 working days)


Competencies

Core Values

  • Respect for Diversity;
  • Integrity;
  • Professionalism.

Core Competencies

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;
  • Accountability;
  • Creative Problem Solving;
  • Effective Communication;
  • Inclusive Collaboration;
  • Stakeholder Engagement;
  • Leading by Example.

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies: http://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-employment-values-and-competencies-definitions-en.pdf

Functional Competencies

  • Ability to pragmatically apply in-depth knowledge and experience of issues and practices in the fields of gender equality in Egypt;
  • Strong communications skills, and experience in presenting evidence and ideas for policy and programme stakeholders;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive and constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities
  • Strong research and analytical skills
  • Good report drafting and editing skills


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Master’s degree in Monitoring and Evaluation, Statistics, Social Sciences or related fields.

Experience:

  • At least 10 years of progressively responsible work experience in conducting monitoring gender equality and women’s empowerment related baseline studies, and/or programme evaluations, including at least 3 years of responsible work of leading on M&E teams, utilizing a wide range of approaches and methods including gender equality and human rights responsive evaluations. (12 years in lieu of a Master’s degree). 
  • Strong research and analysis skills: 
  1.  Ability to collect and interpret qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and data collection on sensitive thematic subjects.
  2. Ability to process and synthesize information from various sources and compile into a report that is accessible and useful to various stakeholders. 
  3. Ability to analyze data and develop evidence-based findings and work plans. 
  • Experience and knowledge on gender equality and women’s empowerment and the human rights-based approach, gender mainstreaming, gender analysis, and the related mandates within the UN system. 
  • Experience working in Egypt and/or the Arab States on similar evaluation assignments collaborating with various national stakeholders 
  • Demonstrated ability in leading evaluation teams 

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in spoken and written Arabic and English.

Work Arrangements and Remuneration:

  • The candidate will need to use his/her own laptop throughout the duration of the assignment.
  • The selected candidate will be enumerated based on a lumpsum package in line with UN Women regulations and the identified list of deliverables mentioned in this Terms of Reference.
  • Upon recruitment, the candidate will be provided with an orientation and induction package. UN Women will provide relevant materials related to the assignment when needed.

Evaluation Criteria:

Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology: Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points in the technical evaluation would be considered for the financial evaluation.

Criteria Weight Technical: 70% (70 points)

Criteria 1 (10):  Master’s degree in Monitoring and Evaluation, Statistics, Social Sciences, or related fields. (10)

Criteria 2 (40): At least 10 years of progressively responsible work experience in conducting monitoring gender equality and women’s empowerment related baseline studies, and/or programme evaluations, including at least 3 years of responsible work of leading on M&E teams, utilizing a wide range of approaches and methods including gender equality and human rights responsive evaluations. (12 years in lieu of a Master’s degree).

  • Strong research and analysis skills:
  1. Ability to collect and interpret qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and data collection on sensitive thematic subjects.
  2. Ability to process and synthesize information from various sources and compile into a report that is accessible and useful to various stakeholders.
  3. Ability to analyze data and develop evidence-based findings and work plans.
  • Experience and knowledge on gender equality and women’s empowerment and the human rights-based approach, gender mainstreaming, gender analysis, and the related mandates within the UN system.
  • Experience working in Egypt and/or the Arab States on similar evaluation assignments collaborating with various national stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability in leading evaluation.
  • Criteria 3 (10):  Experience working in Egypt and/or the Arab States in similar studies assignments (number of points)
  • Criteria 4 (10): Fluency in spoken and written Arabic and English.

Financial: Lowest Financial Proposal: 30% (30 points)

The points for the Financial Proposal will be allocated as per the following formula:

  • The contract will be awarded to the technically qualified consultant who obtains the highest combined score (financial and technical);
  • The points for the Financial Proposal will be allocated as per the following formula: (Lowest Bid Offered*)/ (Bid of the Consultant) x 30;
  • 'Lowest Bid Offered' refers to the lowest price offered by Offerors scoring at least 49 points in the technical evaluation.

The financial offer should be inclusive of all related costs, including accommodation and transportation, in case of field visits to Alexandria and Damietta.

Application:

Interested Individual Consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:

  • A cover letter with a brief presentation of your consultancy explaining your suitability for the work and link to a portfolio of work;
  • UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment; applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment;
  • Financial proposal; Proposed inclusive daily rate.

The above-mentioned documents should be merged in a standalone file including all them since the online application submission does only permit to upload one file per application. Incomplete submission can be a ground for disqualification.


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.


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