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Independent Mid-term Evaluation of the project Safe and Fair: Realizing women migrant workers’ rights and opportunities in the ASEAN region
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Application Deadline :||07-Dec-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 :||9 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||15 December 2020 to 15 September 2021|
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 UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific seeks expressions of interest from qualified independent evaluators with experience in violence against women for the mid-term evaluation of the Safe and Fair project.
Safe and Fair: Realizing women migrant workers’ rights and opportunities in the ASEAN region (2018-2022) is part of the multi-year EU-UN Spotlight Initiative to Eliminate Violence against Women and Girls. Safe and Fair is implemented by the ILO and UN Women, in collaboration with UNODC, with a total budget of Euro 25.5 million.
Safe and Fair delivers technical assistance and support with the overall objective of making labour migration safe and fair for all women in the ASEAN region. Safe and Fair engages with ASEAN Member States’ government authorities; ASEAN institutions; workers’ organizations; employers and recruitment agencies; civil society organizations; community-based organizations; families and communities; research institutions and academia, media networks, youth, and the general public and supports programming in Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam.
Per the Project Document, the ILO’s Policy guidelines for results-based evaluation1 and the Evaluation policy of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women2 provide the framework for carrying out the Programme’s independent mid-term evaluation. These guidelines adhere to the norms and standards of evaluation adopted by the United Nations Evaluation Group and the OECD/DAC Evaluation Quality Standards.
Immediately following the Inception Phase from January-September 2018 the programme undertook an Evaluability Assessment to ensure that the programme design met minimum standards for monitoring and evaluation, by assessing a set of design-specific aspects prior to implementation defined as “evaluability”. This adheres to the OECD/DAC definition of evaluability as follows: “the extent to which an activity or a program can be evaluated in a reliable and credible fashion.”3 The Evaluability Assessment sought to assess and inform the M&E strategies for the entire programme cycle of Safe and Fair. This is available from the programme.
The Evaluability Assessment recommended that the Mid-Term Evaluation be conducted slightly later than the exact mid-way point of the programme (mid 2020), given the 9-month Inception Phase. Thus this Mid-Term Evaluation is being conducted in Q4 2020- Q1 2021.
The evaluation will systematically assess the performance of the programme against a set of key criteria and derived questions, document lessons learned and good practices and make recommendations for improved results or the development of future interventions. To ensure that the evaluation addresses the information needs of all parties, the Evaluation Managers will work closely with the European Commission and Spotlight Secretariat. in reviewing and endorsing the Terms of Reference, qualifications of the independent consultants, evaluation questions and schedule of meetings.
The Mid-Term Evaluation report will be submitted to the relevant ILO and UN Women departments, the Fund Governing Body though the Spotlight Secretariat and the European Commission, as well as shared with programme partners. The report will be made publicly available on the respective website of each organization. A management response to the recommendations will be developed and approved by the Operational Steering Committee of the Fund in consultation with the Commission, ILO and UN Women, clearly stating the follow-up actions to be taken.
Roughly half of the approximately 10 million migrants in the ASEAN region are women. Women’s labour migration is an important aspect of labour mobility in the region and can be a crucial source of empowerment for women with women migrant workers making vital social and economic contributions to their communities and countries of origin and destination. However, the positive experiences and contributions of women migrant workers can only be fully ensured if their labour and human rights are fully protected.
Whether migrating through regular or irregular channels, women migrant workers face a risk of violence, trafficking and abuse from intermediaries and employers, as well as from partners and others, due to intersecting vulnerabilities and discriminative factors that compound each other, such as poverty, gender, ethnicity, immigration status, education and limited access to information.
Additionally, for women migrant workers survivors of violence, there are many barriers to access essential services such as health care, legal, justice, police and social services, even when they are legally working in the country.
Violence against women migrant workers is part of the broader spectrum of violence against women,and the cultural and gendered norms that drive it. Those cultural and gendered norms – including the use of gender specific bans – impact the migration experiences of women, including their decision to migrate and the opportunities available to them, restricting their ability to access regular migration into skilled, safe and well-paid employment. Migrant women commonly work in agriculture,
manufacturing, services and construction, often in lower paid, informal employment with few if any labour protections. They are also significantly over-represented in domestic work
Safe and Fair programme
Given the above, there was seen a need for a programme which addresses both the need for stronger gender-responsive migration governance in order to increase better and regular migration opportunities for women into protected labour sectors; and the need for improved information and enhanced coordinated quality services for women throughout the migration cycle to prevent and respond to VAW and trafficking. This programme was designed to promote gender-responsive labour migration laws, policies, practices and services, and support the organization, leadership, empowerment of women migrant workers. It aims to address the legal, policy and institutional gaps and barriers faced by women migrant workers, as well as enhance their access to fair and safe migration by addressing exploitation, forced labour and trafficking. To address violence against women migrant workers, the programme aims to strengthen peer networking, mobilize communities, enhance access to information on available services and support front-liners to provide coordinated services. Addressing the root cause of violence- gender inequality, gender stereotypical knowledge and attitudes, the programme aims at changing these. Collection of data and evidence – starting from labour migration flows to VAW data is fundamental to achieving programme results.
Duties and Responsibilities
Mid-term Evaluation objectives
- The ILO and UN Women are currently undertaking an independent evaluation of the Safe and Fair project. The HLE is led by a two-member team of independent international evaluators. It is managed by an ILO Senior Evaluation Officer and the UN Women Regional Evaluation Specialist.
-. In the light of current Covid 19 pandemic situation, that prevents international missions, it has been decided to engage national evaluators to facilitate country level data collection in selected countries as they have the advantage of location, language and required flexibility in undertaking data collection in this situation.
-. The ToR for national consultants sets out the required competencies and key tasks of the national level consultants. The sections below outline the specificities of the assignment:
The deliverables from the evaluation will include:
Time frame: The assignment comes into effect from the day of signing the contract.
The total duration of the work is expected to take ? days. The findings from the remote interviews will feed into the country case studies which, in-turn, will serve as inputs into the final report.
Fee: This contract is an external collaboration contract. The total amount of the contract is US$ ____, that corresponds to the fees of ? days@a USD: ____ USD
100% of the fees upon receipt of satisfactory and timely submission deliverables listed above
Duties and Responsibilities
Reporting to the Ending Violence against Women Programme Specialist, the consultant will carry out tasks mentioned in key tasks in consultation with Ending Violence against Women Programme Specialist SAF team.
Schedule of Payments
Each payment will be processed upon final submission and validation of the corresponding deliverable.
Required Skills and Experience
Applications will be evaluated based on the cumulative analysis.
A two-stage procedure is utilised in evaluating the applications, with evaluation of the technical application being completed prior to any price proposal being compared. Only the price proposal of the candidates who passed the minimum technical score of 70% of the obtainable score of 100 points in the technical qualification evaluation will be evaluated.
Technical qualification evaluation criteria:
The total number of points allocated for the technical qualification component is 100. The technical qualification of the individuals is evaluated based on following technical qualification evaluation criteria:
The time required for the consultancy is from 15 December 2020 to 15 September 2021. The consultancy will be home-based.
Financial/Price Proposal evaluation:
Submission of application
Interested candidates are encouraged to submit electronic application through the UNDP Application system and e-mail to email@example.com with the subject “SAF Mid Term Evaluation” no later than 7 December 2020.
Submission package includes:
Consultants with labour migration experience may also apply to ILO (via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org). If you are applying as a team, please indicate in your cover letter the name of a contact person.
**Please note, you can only submit 1 file in the UNDP application system. If you submit your application through the UNDP application system, please create one file with all the required documents. Applicants with incomplete submission will not be considered.**