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2 National Evaluation Consultants - WASH Project
|Location :||Home-Based, YEMEN|
|Application Deadline :||20-Feb-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Crisis Response|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||35 Working Days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||35 Working Days ( between March and April 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.
Purpose of the Evaluation
Crisis Support for Solid Waste and Water Supply and Sewage institutions in Aden and Mukalla project ends on 31 May 2021. This final evaluation is commissioned to assess the project’s progress towards a) improved delivery of SWM and WASH services to the population in Aden and Mukalla, and b) reduce the spread of epidemics, improve human security and c) provide peace dividends to Yemenis in and around the two targeted cities. The final project evaluation serves as an important learning and accountability tool, providing the donor - Government of Japan, UNDP, key national stakeholders, and authorities in the targeted governorates and cities with an impartial assessment of the results generated, including gender equality measures and women’s empowerment. The evaluation will assess the project’s relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact, and sustainability, identify and document lessons learned, and provide recommendations to inform future project phases. The findings and recommendations of the evaluation will guide the key stakeholder, relevant Yemen institutions and authorities, project donor, UNDP, UN
Specific project evaluation objectives are to:
The Project Evaluation will cover the period 1 December 2018 to 31 May 2021 covering the project locations – Aden and Mukalla. The evaluation will cover programme conceptualisation, design, implementation, monitoring, reporting and evaluation of results. The evaluation will engage all project stakeholders - benefitting communities/institutions, Aden and Mukalla city authorities, Government of Japan, UNDP, UN agencies and CSOs. The evaluation will assess progress made on key indicators agree with the donor. In addition to assessing the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency of the project, the evaluation will a) explore the key factors that have contributed to the achieving or not achieving of the intended results; and b) determine the extent to which the project contributed to improving SWM and WASH service delivery; addressing crosscutting issues of gender equality and women’s empowerment and human rights; and forging partnership at different levels, including with government, donors, UN agencies, and communities; c) assess potential sustainability of the project for continued realisation of results; and d)
Referencing and adopting from Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Development Committee (DAC)4 evaluation criteria, the evaluation will answer the following questions:
7. To what extent has the project contributed toward towards a) improved delivery of SWM and WASH services to the population in Aden and Mukalla, and b) reduce the spread of epidemics, improve human security and c) provide peace dividends to Yemenis in and around the two targeted cities.
The evaluation will be carried out in accordance with UNDP evaluation guidelines and policies, United Nations Group Evaluation Norms and Ethical Standards; OECD/DAC evaluation principles and guidelines and DAC Evaluation Quality Standards, with specific reference to the OECD DAC guidance on evaluation of peacebuilding initiatives. As of 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a global pandemic as the new coronavirus rapidly spread to all regions of the world. Travel to and in the country is constrained by a combination of
Evaluations in the UN are conducted in accordance with the principles outlined in the UNEG ‘Ethical Guidelines for Evaluation.’ 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 evaluation 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
Duties and Responsibilities
The consultants /evaluation team will be expected to deliver the following:
The project evaluation will be conducted by three independent consultants - an international consultant and two national consultant. The consultants must have extensive experience in strategic programming of development assistance in active conflict setting countries within the broader areas of SWM, WASH and post conflict/disaster reconstruction. The consultants must also have substantial knowledge and experience of gender and monitoring and evaluation of similar initiatives in volatile environments. UNDP seeks to recruit three individual consultants – and international and two national to conduct a joint independent final evaluation. As part of the two-person evaluation team, the International Consultant will oversee, predominantly remote capacities, the methodological approach, ensure the quality assurance and provide technical support to the National Consultants to lead and carry out the necessary fieldwork and complete set of deliverables. The evaluation will be a participatory, consultative multi-stakeholder process focused on assessing results and the process towards the peacebuilding impact of the project implemented.
Qualifications and competencies
The UNDP Yemen Country Office will select the consultants through an open process in consultation with the partners. UNDP will be responsible for the management of the consultant and will in this regard designate an evaluation manager and focal point. Project staff will assist in facilitating the process (e.g., providing relevant documentation, arranging visits/interviews with key informants, etc.). The evaluation manager will convene an evaluation reference group comprising of technical experts from UNDP the implementing partners. This reference group will review the inception report and the draft review report to provide detailed comments related to the quality of methodology, evidence collected, analysis and reporting. The reference group will also advise on the conformity of processes to the UNDP and UNEG standards. The consultants will take responsibility, with assistance from the project team, for setting up meetings and conducting the review, subject to advanced approval of the methodology submitted in the inception report. Project staff will not participate in meetings between consultants and evaluations participants.
Timeframe for Evaluation Process
The project evaluation will be carried out over a period of 35 working days broken down as follows:
The International and National consultants will be jointly responsible for entire evaluation processes and submission of the above-mentioned deliverables.
The 35 working days will be spread over a period of two months to provide for delays and the need for additional time that may be required for implementing evaluations virtually recognising possible delays in accessing stakeholder groups due to COVID-19. The consultants will inform the evaluation manager is additional time is needed to complete the evaluation.
Technical proposals (total score: 70 points)
b) Financial Proposal (total score: 30 points)
The financial proposal will specify a total lump sum amount and payment terms shall be in line with those that are mentioned in the deliverable table.
Financial proposal will be assessed based on the completeness, clarity and appropriateness. The maximum number of points shall be allotted to the lowest Financial Proposal that is opened /evaluated and compared among those technical qualified candidates who have obtained a minimum 70 points in the technical evaluation. Other Financial Proposals will receive points in inverse proportion to the lowest price applying the formula:
Marks Obtained = Lowest Priced Offer (Amount) / Offer being considered (Amount) X 30 (Full Marks)
Fee payments will be made upon acceptance and approval by UNDP planned deliverables, based on the following payment schedule:
In line with the UNDP’s financial regulations, when determined by the Country Office and/or the consultant that a deliverable or service cannot be satisfactorily completed due to the impact of COVID19 and limitations to the evaluation, that deliverable or service will not be paid. Due to the current COVID-19 situation and its implications, a partial payment may be considered if the consultant invested time towards the deliverable but was unable to complete to circumstances beyond his/her control.
Documents to be provided by UNDP to successful candidates
Required Skills and Experience
- Proven knowledge and understanding of M&E methodologies, including qualitative and quantitative data analysis
Due to COVID-19 and restrictions in travelling, the evaluation team can operate remotely, such as international
Interested qualified and experienced individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to
(i) Letter of Confirmation of interest and availability using the template provided by UNDP; see attached forma.
(ii) Most Updated Personal detailed CV including past experience in similar assignment and at least 3 references;
(iii) UN P11 Form (“CV Form”);
(iii) A detailed methodology on how the candidate will approach and conduct the work and
(v) links to at least two samples of evaluation work done/authored within the past two years. Submitted proposals will be assessed using Cumulative Analysis Method.
The proposals will be weighed according to the technical proposal (carrying 70%) and financial proposal (carrying 30%). Technical proposals should obtain a minimum of 70 points to qualify and to be considered. Financial proposals will be opened only for those application that obtained 70 or above in the technical proposal. Below are the criteria and points for technical and financial proposals.
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