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International/National Consultants-Midterm Evaluation of Programme on Making Every Woman and Girl Count in Ethiopia: Supporting the Monitoring and Implementation of the SDGs through better Production and Use of Gender Statistics
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA|
|Application Deadline :||11-Sep-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||40 days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||40 days|
Ethiopia has manifested its commitment in the last decade to advancing the rights of women and girls and promoting gender equality by the adoption of national and international conventions such as the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BDPfA), Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and Africa Agenda 2063. The country has also adopted policy frameworks that focus on the rights of women such as the National Action Plan on Gender Equality (2006 -2010) and the Women Development and Change Strategy and Package (March 2017).  The Government of Ethiopia (GoE) has also put in place institutional framework to foster the implementation of laws and policies including a dedicated ministry responsible for women, children and youth that coordinates, facilitates and monitor progress and hold sectors accountable on their performance on GEWE.
The Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP) II is the overarching national framework guiding the country’s development agenda. GTP II stipulates the participation and empowerment of women as one of its strategic pillars. The national policy and strategy frameworks on gender equality and women’s empowerment are strengthened by the international commitments the country has adopted. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set out 17 Goals with 169 associated targets. Goal 5 focus on the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. The adoption of the SDGs in Ethiopia is precedented by the success registered in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), whereby the Country achieved most of the MDGs.
Ensuring the implementation of these national and global commitments on gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls requires an implementation, accountability and monitoring mechanism supported by quality data and statistics. As such, data and statistics have become an indispensable tool for devising policies to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment, assessing their impact and ensuring accountability. Statistics, in general, and gender statistics, in particular, play a dual role to meet SDGs and the development plans in GTP II. On one hand, the availability of gender statistics promotes evidence-based decision making to augment their implementation. On the other hand, it serves as a measurement and accountability tool to monitor and evaluate the impact and effectiveness of said policies.
With the aim of responding to the data needs under the SDGs, the Entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (UN Women), launched a global flagship programme initiative (FPI) on Making every woman and girl count: Supporting SDG monitoring and implementation through the production and use of gender statistics (MEWGC) in 2016. The programme has an overall goal of: Gender statistics is available, accessible, analysed and used to inform policymaking, advocacy and accountability for delivering gender equality and women’s empowerment. UN Women identified 12 countries (pathfinders) to develop and support the implementation of the programme between 2016 and 2021. In the meantime, other Country Offices adopted the programme as a self-starter based on the data needs in their respective countries. Ethiopia is one of these self-starter countries implementing MEWGC with the national statistical office and other relevant stakeholders.
The programme on Making Every Woman and Girl Count in Ethiopia was launched in January 2019. The programme envisions the undertaking of a midterm evaluation after one and half year of implementation of the programme. The midterm evaluation exercise has the objective of improving programme management and results framework. It will inform the strategies for future programme implementation and will serve for organizational learning and accountability.
Therefore, UN Women Ethiopia Country Office is seeking a team of consultants to conduct the midterm evaluation of the programme. The evaluation should follow the guiding documents for evaluation at UN Women, including the Evaluation Policy, Evaluation Chapter of the POM, the GERAAS evaluation report quality checklist, the United Nations System-wide Action Plan Evaluation Performance Indicator (UN-SWAP EPI) and the UN Women Evaluation Handbook on gender responsive evaluation. These documents serve as the frame of reference for the Evaluation Manager and the evaluation consultant(s) for ensuring compliance with the various requirements and assuring the quality of the evaluation report.
II. Description of the programme
The three-year Programme "Making Every Woman and Girl Count in Ethiopia: Supporting the Monitoring and Implementation of the SDGs through better Production and Use of Gender Statistics” was launched in January 2019 with an end date of December 2021 and ran for one and half year so far with a total estimated planned budget of 3,225,239 USD and actual budget of 1,110,580 USD as of 2019. The programme is so far being implemented at the federal level and with selected CSOs that are working on SDG goal 5.
The overall goal of the programme is making gender statistics available, accessible, analysed, and used to inform policy making, advocacy and accountability for delivering on gender equality and women’s empowerment commitments.
The three-year programme has the following expected outcomes:
With a view to achieving the expected outcomes, the programme, has deployed the following strategies:
The programme has a three-level intervention. At policy level the legal and institutional frameworks that have an impact in the production and use of data will be reviewed, data gaps identified and enabling policy frameworks will be promoted. Secondly, the capacity building targeting the national statistical system as a whole aims at ensuring the availability, accessibility and use of quality, timely, regular, and user-friendly gender data in the country focusing on data producers. Lastly, the further analysis and dissemination of data will extend to the community level in an effort to improve the wider use of gender statistics. As the goal of the programme is to facilitate the implementation of SDGs aligned with GTP II, strengthening accountability mechanisms on the implementation of the GEWE commitments will be another focus area of the program. Multi-stakeholder coordination systems to bring accountability in the implementation of GEWE commitments will be strengthened.
The major implementing partners (IP) under this programme are Central Statistical Agency (CSA) and CSA branches, Planning and Development Commission (PDC), Ministry of Finance and Economic cooperation (MoFEC), Ministry of Women, Children and Youth (MoWCY), Bureau of Women, Children, and Youth Affairs (BoWCYA), and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) among other.
Major donors of the programme to date include:
Under the overall supervision of the UN Women Representative to Ethiopia, Africa Union and UNECA, and with the technical guidance of UN Women East and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO), the programme was managed by the UN Women ECO Coordination Team. The team was composed of the following staff:
As per the Programme Document where the need for conducting a Midterm review after a year and a half of implementation is stated, UN Women ECO is initiating a mandatory midterm evaluation of the entire MEWGC in Ethiopia programme. The purpose of the evaluation is to provide an in-depth assessment of the results against the three outcomes of the programme and performance in terms of the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability, impact, inclusiveness, participation, equality, non-discrimination, and social transformation. It further aims to adjust the result framework of the programme through concrete recommendations to respond to the changes in the context, availability of funds and to ensure effective result measurement for the rest of the programme implementation period.
It should identify lessons learned, good practices, and factors that facilitated/hindered achievement. Through this, it aims to contribute to accountability, learning and decision-making including practical recommendations to inform the management and coordination of programme implementation leading towards the final evaluation and other related initiatives on gender statistics.
The midterm evaluation will be undertaken with the following key stakeholders in mind:
IV. Objectives (evaluation criteria and key questions)
The specific objectives of the evaluation are to:
The final evaluation question and relevant evaluation instruments will be determined during the inception stage in consultation with evaluation management group and reference group. The evaluation should be based on the following criteria:
Ownership, inclusiveness and participation
Gender Equality and Human Rights
V. Scope of the evaluation
The midterm programme evaluation will cover the implementation of the programme from January 2019 – June 2020 under its three outcomes. This evaluation is a midterm assessment of the programme providing an evaluation on achievements as well as actionable recommendations for sustainability and improvement of future programme implementation. The evaluation will focus on all activities undertaken and geographical locations covered by the programme during the above-mentioned period.
The evaluation team is expected to establish the scope and limitations of the midterm evaluation, especially in terms of time frame, geographic coverage, thematic and programmatic coverage in addition to identifying which stakeholders will be included or excluded from the evaluation process. These will need to be discussed in the inception workshop. The evaluation team (one national consultant and one international consultant selected by UN Women) is expected to undertake a rapid evaluability assessment in the inception period and an initial assessment of the availability of secondary data in the country office necessary for the evaluation. Additionally, if the evaluation team will encounter any constraint – such as limited travel or accessibility to project sites - these limitations should be understood, and generalizing findings should be avoided where a strong sample has not been used. In addition, cultural aspects that could impact the collection of data should be analysed and integrated into data collection methods and tools. Evaluators are expected to include adequate time for testing data collection tools.
VI. Evaluation design (process and methods)
The evaluation should follow a formative approach and promote inclusion and participation by employing gender equality and human rights responsive approaches with a focus on utilization, empowerment or feminist approaches. The design should take into consideration that no comprehensive baseline document exists and that this information will first have to be gathered from various documents and resources (MEWGC in Ethiopia programme document, Annual Workplans, Implementing Partner Agreements, etc.).
The evaluation will be carried out following the UN Evaluation Group (UNEG) Norms and Standards (see http://www.unevaluation.org/document/detail/1914), UN Women Evaluation Policy as well as the Ethical Guidelines for evaluations in the UN system. The evaluation will also apply the UN Women GERAAS evaluation report quality checklist (https://www.unwomen.org/en/about-us/accountability/evaluation/decentralized-evaluations) , the UNEG Technical Note on the SWAP Evaluation Performance Indicator (https://www.unwomen.org/en/about-us/accountability/evaluation/un-coherence) and the UNW Evaluation Handbook on Gender Responsive Evaluation (include link to UNW Evaluation Handbook:
https://www.unwomen.org/en/digital-library/publications/2015/4/un-women-evaluation-handbook-how-to-manage-gender-responsive-evaluation) In line with Norms and Standards a management response will be prepared for this evaluation as practical means to enhance the use of evaluation findings and follow-up to the evaluation recommendations. The management response will identify who is responsible, what are the action points and deadlines.
The midterm evaluation methodology will be developed by the Evaluation Team and presented for approval to the Evaluation Reference Group. It should enable achievement of the evaluation purpose, be aligned with the evaluation design, address the evaluation criteria and answer the key questions through credible and gender-responsive techniques for data collection and analysis. Gender-responsive evaluation applies mixed-methods (quantitative and qualitative data collection methods and analytical approaches) that are appropriate to address the main evaluation questions, to account for complexity of gender relations and to ensure participatory and inclusive processes that are culturally sensitive and appropriate.
The evaluation is expected to apply a gender-responsive approach to assessing the contribution of the programme to development effectiveness. It should identify expected and unexpected changes in target and affected groups. It is anticipated that the evaluation will apply process tracing to identify the mechanisms of change and the probable contributions of the programme. The evaluation is expected to assess the strategic position of UN Women in MEWGC interventions in Ethiopia. It is anticipated that mixed qualitative and quantitative data will be collected, and case studies of different target groups will be developed, compared. The evaluation team will identify which factors, and which combinations of factors, are most frequently associated with a higher contribution of the programme to expected and unexpected outcomes.
The methods should include a wide range of data sources (e.g. documents, field information (collected by IPs during implementation and UN Women ECO during field visits), institutional information systems, financial records, beneficiaries, staff (from both IPs and UN Women), funders, experts, government officials and community groups). The evaluation team is particularly encouraged to use participatory methods to ensure that all stakeholders are consulted as part of the evaluation process. The evaluators are also expected to develop a sampling frame and specify how it would address the diversity of stakeholders.
Furthermore, due to possible travel restrictions, it is expected that the methods include creative options for virtual/online participation and data collection.
The evaluation team is encouraged to use a wide range of relevant participatory data collection tools, including:
The evaluators should take measures to ensure data quality, reliability and validity of data collection tools and methods and their responsiveness to gender equality and human rights. For instance, the limitations of the sample (representativeness) should be stated clearly and the data should be triangulated (cross-checked against other sources) to help ensure robust results.
In terms of data source, the following documents will be shared with the evaluation team by UN Women ECO:
VII. Stakeholder participation
The evaluators are expected to discuss during the Inception Workshops how the process will ensure participation of stakeholders at all stages:
The evaluators are encouraged to further analyse stakeholders' role according to the following characteristics:
The evaluators are encouraged to extend this analysis through mapping relationships and power dynamics. It is instrumental to a successful evaluation to focus in particular on participation of rights holders - especially women to ensure the application of a gender-responsive approach. It is also important to specify ethical safeguards that will be employed.
The evaluators are expected to validate findings engaging with stakeholders through workshops, debriefings or other forms of engagement.
 The first National Policy on Women was adopted in 1993 followed by consecutive legal and policy reforms including the adoption of the Revised Family Code and the Criminal Code in 2005.
 Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Growth and Transformation Plan II (GTP II) (2015/16-2019/20) Target 8.
 Under the MDGs, Ethiopia achieved the goals on reducing the proportion of people living below the poverty line, significantly reducing the prevalence of hunger and undernourishment, expanding access to education, and narrowing the gap in school enrolment between boys and girls. In health, under-five mortality has been reduced by two thirds and substantial progress has been made in reducing HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and other diseases. See: MDG 2014 Report ‘Assessing progress in Africa toward the Millennium Development Goals’ United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, African Union, African Development Bank and United Nations Development Programme, 2014 http://et.one.un.org/content/dam/unct/ethiopia/docs/MDG%20Report%202014%20(7).pdf.
Duties and Responsibilities
The evaluation will be done within 40 working days starting from the date of signing the consultancy agreement. A detailed work plan will be developed by the evaluation team during the inception phase based on inputs received from the Evaluation Reference Group.
IX. Expected deliverables
The evaluation manager (UN Women M&E focal point) and UNW Regional Evaluation Specialist will assure the quality of the evaluation report. The draft and final evaluation report will be shared with the Evaluation Reference Group and the Evaluation Management Group for quality review. The final report will be approved by the evaluation management group. The final evaluation report will be independently assessed using quality standards outlined in the UNW Global Evaluation Reports Assessment and Analysis System (GERAAS). The final evaluation report and evaluation management responses will be publicly disclosed in the UNW GATE system.
The final report should follow the standard table of contents for an evaluation report:
I) Title and opening pages
II) Executive summary
III) Background and purpose of the evaluation
IV) Programme description and context
V) Evaluation objectives and scope
VI) Evaluation methodology and limitations
X) Lessons Learned
ANNEXES: ToR; Documents consulted; lists of institutions/stakeholders interviewed or consulted and sites visited; analytical results and methodology related documentation, such as evaluation matrix; list of findings and recommendations.
X. Management of evaluation
At UN Women the evaluation phases are:
Stage 1: Planning
Stage 2: Preparation: This includes the stakeholder analysis and establishment of the Reference Group, Evaluation Management Group, development of the ToR, and recruitment of the evaluation team
Stage 3: Conduct: Inception workshop, data collection and analysis
Stage 4: Reporting: Presentation of preliminary findings, draft and final reports
Stage 5: Use and follow up: Management response, dissemination of the report, and follow up to the implementation of the management response
The evaluations will have the following management structures:
Country Office M&E Analyst (Evaluation Manager): for coordination and day-to-day management with support from Coordination team;
Evaluation Management Group for administrative support and accountability: Country Representative or Deputy Country Representative, M&E Officer, Regional Evaluation Specialist (in advisory capacity), National Programme Coordinator.
Evaluation Reference Group for substantive technical support: UN Women programme staff, national government partners, development partners/donors, UNCT representatives, former and current UN Women Civil Society Advisory Group Members and CSO partners. These should be selected based on the stakeholder analysis.
The main roles and responsibilities during the process are:
Required competencies for both International / National consultant
Core values / guiding principles
The evaluators will adhere to the following core values and guiding principles:
Required Skills and Experience
XI. Evaluation team composition, skills and experiences
An international evaluation consultant supported by a national evaluation expert will undertake the evaluation. The evaluation team will be assembled to ensure the right mix of evaluation expertise, knowledge of the national context and expert knowledge of statistics in general and gender statistics in particular. UN Women will maintain Gender balance of the consultants.
Required Background and Experience
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.