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International Consultant – Final Evaluation of the joint project "Empowering Youth for a Peaceful, Prosperous and Sustainable Future in Kosovo 2019-2021”
|Location :||Home based|
|Application Deadline :||30-Nov-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Time left :||0d 11h 45m|
|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 :||11 January 2021 - 12 March 2021 (37 working days within this period)|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||11 January 2021 - 12 March 2021 (37 working days within this period)|
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.
The “Empowering Youth for a Peaceful, Prosperous, and Sustainable Future in Kosovo” (EYPPSFK) project, funded by the UN Secretary-General’s Peacebuilding Fund within the Immediate Response Facility (IRF), is an 27-month joint initiative implemented by UNDP-UNV, UNICEF and UN Women, under the strategic guidance of the UN Development Coordinator in Kosovo. The project directly engages positive influencers of a shared future, namely young women and men from communities divided by perpetuation of conflict dynamics, and who have been under-represented in leadership to work together on issues of shared interest and concern and become more active changemakers who will catalyze peace and trust-building efforts in Kosovo.
Building upon the success of existing youth-led initiatives in Kosovo supported by United Nations and its partners and stakeholders such as Ministry of Local Government Administration, Ministry of Culture Youth and Sports, Agency for Gender Equality, Employment Agency, Peer Education network (PEN), NGO Domovik, Kosovo Women Networkd (KWN) this project is also an effort to catalyze the United Nations trust-building framework for Kosovo. In doing so, the project focused on establishing and consolidating a “habit” of cooperation, providing empirical challenge to divisive narratives. The project is time-sensitive and has targeted the rising dissatisfaction, frustration and anxiety that results from stalled political process and a noted increase in community-level distrust in public institutions in both majority and non-majority communities. Moreover, the project was innovative and human-centered because it focused on direct community mobilization and facilitated cooperation between people and institutions. Its modular design allowed for easy scale-up, and where appropriate replication across different geographical target areas. Finally, the project will was catalytic, because it empowered participants to become advocates for positive change in their communities.
The peacebuilding outcome of this project was that the influence of conflict narratives and prejudice has decreased through improved social cohesion resulting from local populations working together and with local institutions on contemporary issues of shared interest to jointly develop solutions for a common future. The joint project will implement activities under three core outputs:
Output 1: Young women and men from communities polarized in the current political environment have established the practice of jointly addressing issues of shared interest and concern.
Output 2: Trust in public institutions/service providers and confidence in gaining employment opportunities has improved through direct engagement based on responsive, transparent and participatory interaction.
Output 3: Leadership capacity and influence of women and young girls to engage in peacebuilding has been increased.
The consultant will work under direct supervision of the Joint Project Coordinator, in close consultation with UNDP Portfolio Lead and PBSO. The project team will provide administrative and logistical support as needed.
Duties and Responsibilities
In order to achieve the above objective, the main tasks of the International Consultant include:
Desk Review Phase; - Conduct a comprehensive desk review of relevant project-related documents and draft and submit an inception report and the interview questionnaire. The inception report must be approved by both the evaluation manager and the PBSO prior to commencement of data collection in the field. The inception has to have the following key elements:
The Inception Report should also include a list of key risks, limitations and risk management strategies for the evaluation, particularly under the constraints presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. The inception report should make clear how it will reach project beneficiaries in the 15 selected municipalities.
Draft Report; - Prepare a draft evaluation report and submit it to the Joint Project Coordination Team for feedback. The draft evaluation report must include, but not necessarily be limited to, the following:
Final report - Based on the draft report and the comments provided by UNDP-UNV, UNICEF, UN Women, and PBSO, the evaluator will produce a final report. The final report provides the complete content of the report as per the main outline proposed above. Upon completion, the Joint Coordination Team will ensure that no further comments are pending from either agencies, PBSO or stakeholders.
Methodology and Evaluation Ethics
The consultant is expected to hold interviews and meetings with relevant staff of the Joint Coordination Team and implementing agencies, municipal officials, partners, and beneficiaries.
The consultant is expected to share the list of interview questions and interviewees to be conducted beforehand and receive feedback and clearance from UNDP.
Considering COVID-19 pandemic challenges and constraints, especially when field missions are restricted, the consultant is expected to utilse remote data collection methods and ensure that a robust and utilization-focused methodology is implemented.
The suggested methodology should be compatible with the OECD DAC evaluation criteria and UNDG Guidance. http://www.oecd.org/dac/conflict-fragility-resilience/publications/4312151e.pdf
The final evaluation will be conducted in accordance with the principles outlined in the UNEG ‘Ethical Guidelines for Evaluation.’ The International Consultant must address any critical issues in the design and implementation of the evaluation, including evaluation ethics and procedures to safeguard the rights and confidentiality of information providers; for example: measures to ensure compliance with legal codes governing areas such as provisions to collect and report data, particularly permissions needed to interview or obtain information about children and young people; provisions to store and maintain the security of collected information; and protocols to ensure anonymity and confidentiality.
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