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National Expert - Final Evaluation of the Project
|Location :||Home-based, Podgorica, MONTENEGRO|
|Application Deadline :||22-Mar-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|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 :||30 March 2021 - 30 June 2021|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||20 consultancy days|
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 Western Balkan region is characterized by a divisive and polarizing rhetorical landscape and continues to witness a youth “brain drain”. Those young people that remain continue to experience the legacies of the past, living in segregated ethnic majority areas, and often in segregated schools, with no direct memory of joint peaceful coexistence. Many young people have not traveled within the region, and others have not visited their own major cities. Some see youth, with the inter-generational transfer of traumas and constructed nationalistic narratives, more hardened in their identity and their views of the ‘other.’ Young people have little exposure to positive interaction and dialogue with people of different backgrounds, and are impacted by divisive narratives and stereotypes passed on from one generation to another, and in the media.
There have been good opportunities though, to work and support youth activism in the region, in peacebuilding, reconciliation and social cohesion processes. Emerging from the Berlin Process, a political dialogue supported by several EU Member States and the WB6, the Regional Youth Cooperation Office (RYCO) was established in 2016. RYCO, is an independently functioning institutional mechanism, founded by the Western Balkans 6 participants (WB 6): Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo (for the UN, all references to Kosovo shall be understood in the context of Security Council Resolution 1244 (1999). For RYCO, this designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with Security Council Resolution 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence), Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia, aiming to promote the spirit of reconciliation and cooperation between the youth in the region through youth exchange programs. The Agreement on establishment of RYCO was signed by the WB 6 Prime Ministers on WB Summit held in Paris, on 4 July 2016. RYCO as an unique institution in the Western Balkan region, is endorsed by governments, CSOs and youth representatives (who also sit on its Governing Board) in WB region and promotes diversity and democratic values, fostering reconciliation and remembrance and intercultural mobility, through supporting and funding projects which bring youth of the region together. The institution has its Head Office (HO) in Albania and through its six Local Branch Offices (LBOs), has a presence in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia.
In this context, with the UNPBF financial support amounting of USD 2,999,745, the UN-joint project ”Supporting the Western Balkan's collective leadership on reconciliation: building capacity and momentum for Regional Youth, Cooperation Office-RYCO” was implemented by three UN agencies (UNDP, UNICEF and UNFPA), having UNDP acting as the lead of this initiative and RYCO acting as the implementing partner. The project is managed by the UN agencies in Albania, while it has a regional character. Due to the partnership with RYCO as well as the cooperation with UN agencies in the WB6 region, the project is implemented in the WB6 region, including - Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo* , Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia. The project commenced in 7th November 2018 and will be closed on 7th May 2021.
The project has targeted youth , youth organizations and schools in WB6, as well as RYCO, and is implementing diverse activities along three main outputs:
Output 1: Capacities of schools to access and use RYCOs resources to undertake intercultural dialogue in the WB6 will be strengthened. The project contributes towards enhancing the regional cooperation among youth institutions (mainly schools) and increase the introduction and use of topics on intercultural learning such as peace building and conflict resolution. The project enables sharing the best practices on inclusive education and peacebuilding transformative pedagogies, facilitates school exchanges and increase the capacities of schools to embrace the above principles.
Output 2: Capacities of youth groups and grassroots organizations to access and use RYCOs resources to engage in peacebuilding and social cohesion activities in the WB6 will be strengthened. RYCO is supported to increase its reach out to grassroots organizations and youth in the region, and to ensure that young people with fewest opportunities have access and participate in reconciliation processes and benefit from opportunities provided by RYCO. Empowerment of young girls are having a special focus in the activities under this component. The project is enhancing the important role that young women should adopt in the peacebuilding process including empowering young girls to equally participate in peace building and become decision makers and actors in all areas. The project activities also sensitize young male actors in accepting girls as equal partners in peacekeeping and peacebuilding processes. Mainstreaming gender in trainings conducted by the project have included among other topics, codes of conduct and response to gender-based violence. Promoting tolerance and understanding within and out of marginalized groups through communication channels are helping to address the conflict-related issues that these groups face as a result of the tensions in society, which add up to their unfavorable discriminatory situation. It is also contributing to increasing tolerance towards groups/ethnicities seen as different further away, and thereby, contribute to peace and reconciliation.
Output 3: RYCOs capacities to enhance sustainable regional cooperation, peacebuilding and reconciliation amongst youth, through its small grants’ facility will be strengthened. Being a new institution and operating in a volatile environment, RYCO is being supported to strengthen its internal capacities and systems and be enabled to achieve its mission. Considering that one of RYCO’s main tools to achieve its mission is through financial support to regional projects and initiatives, its grant facility system is being upgraded and strengthened through a tailor-made approach. RYCO is being equipped with effective tools to Monitoring and Evaluation, making it possible for it to measure the impact of its interventions. Finally, RYCO is being supported with an increase of human resources, especially in view of its Monitoring and Evaluation of activities designed to achieve its mission in the WB6 region.
Output 4: Opportunities for youth from diverse backgrounds to identify common peace and security priorities and enter in constructive dialogue with their peers across divides will be created, confidence in and dialogue with decision-makers will be enhanced, and youth capacities to become actors for change will be strengthened. Under this heading, the project is conducting a youth-led action research and is making available regionally comparable, youth-focused conflict analysis and evidence base on youth perceptions on sustaining peace. The project is providing trainings for youth on peacebuilding, leadership and advocacy and national and regional policy consultations. Moreover, RYCO, PBF projects and other peacebuilding actors’ evidence-base to engage young women and young men from diverse backgrounds to advocate for peace and social cohesion and participate in policy dialogues are aimed to be enhanced.
Duties and Responsibilities
The general objective of the assignment is to contribute to the conduct a final evaluation of the project outcome in terms of its Relevance, Impact, Effectiveness, Efficiency, Sustainability and Gender perspective and against the project-level theory of change. To that, a team of experts will be composed, consisting on one international lead evaluation consultant and six national evaluation consultants, selected across the WB6 region, including Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Bosnia and Hercegovina.
Below are listed the key Evaluation Questions, to guide the evaluation, based on the OECD-DAC evaluation criteria. The list of questions is not exhaustive and therefore the team of experts under the supervision and guidance of the lead international expert, are expected to adjust the list and submit it as part of the Inception Report. The final list of questions and the evaluation methodology will be discussed and be agreed with the UN project team and UNPBF.
The evaluation shall document the learning and positive examples and provide recommendations to enable the UN implementing agencies (UNDP-UNFPA-UNICEF), the project implementing partner RYCO, the UNPBF and other stakeholders to draw on positive lessons and models/examples, for future similar interventions. The evaluation will also highlight areas where the project performed less effectively than anticipated, the rationale behind that, and the related recommendations to be considered in similar future interventions.
Under the guidance of the lead international evaluation expert, who will be closely consulting with the UN project team, UNPBF and RYCO, the national evaluation expert in Montenegro, will be responsible to:
1. Representatives of the UN implementing agencies in Montenegro, involved in the project implementation (UNICEF, UNFPA, UNDP);
Key stakeholders, those involved in the implementation, project beneficiaries should be involved in the evaluation process.
In addition, the team of national evaluation experts, under the guidance of the lead international evaluation expert, shall also consider the below points:
The national evaluation expert in Montenegro will work under the direct supervision and guidance of the Lead International Evaluation Expert. The latter is responsible to consult and receive guidance from UNPBF, UN project team and project implementing partner, RYCO. The UN project team will provide administrative and logistical support as needed.
Methodology and Approach
The evaluation shall include the following stages:
Conducting the Desk Review Phase; - A file with all documents relevant for the desk review will be provided upon signature of the contract to the lead international evaluation consultant and the national evaluation consultants. The desk review tasks will be distributed to national consultants from the lead international consultant, in order to enable the evaluation team to conduct a comprehensive desk review of relevant project-related documents, and embrace the respective country perspective and the regional perspective of work conducted in the project, as well as the context in which the project was implemented.
Support the lead international evaluation expert and contribute in conceptualisation of the methodological approach of the evaluation: - under the guidance of the lead international evaluation expert, the national consultant may employ any relevant and appropriate quantitative or qualitative methods deemed appropriate to conduct the project final evaluation. Methods should include desk review of documents; interviews with stakeholders, partners, and beneficiaries; (virtual) field visits; use of questionnaires or surveys, etc. However, a combination of primary and secondary, as well as qualitative and quantitative data should be used. The lead international evaluation expert is responsible to coordinate the work with national consultants and to task them in getting inputs from national key stakeholders, if necessary and relevant. Through the guidance of the lead international evaluation consultant, the national consultants will support in revising the methodological approach as per the feedback provided by UN project team, UNPBF and RYCO.
Contribute and support the lead international consultant to draft the inception report. The inception report shall include the list of interview questions and interviewees to be conducted. It also shall include:
The Inception Report should be conflict-sensitive and 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 and involved actors in the WB6 region.
Data collection phase shall commence after the inception report is approved by the UN project team and UNPBF.
Under the guidance of the lead national evaluation expert and in coordination with the UN project team, conduct the Field Visits in Montenegro (virtual format or wherever covid-19 restriction measures allow, face to face); - a detailed list of stakeholders and their contacts will be provided to evaluation team upon signature of the contracts. The number of field visits in Montenegro and the methodology for their conduction will be tasked to the national consultant, by the international evaluation expert in consultation with UN project team. The schedule for interviews in Montenegro shall be prepared with the international lead evaluator and will be submitted to UN project team for feedback. UN project team will provide the relevant contacts and, wherever necessary will facilitate the organisation of meetings and interviews. The list of stakeholders in Montenegro includes, but is not limited to, the UN project team, RYCO team in HO and LBO in Montenegro, representatives of youth networks involved in the project that are located in Montenegro, representatives of RYCO grant beneficiaries in Montenegro, representatives of Montenegro high schools’ beneficiary in this project. The lead international evaluation expert will to participate in those meetings and interviews which will be run in English and in virtual mode, while national evaluator is expected to run the meetings and interviews in local language/s, whenever stakeholders are not proficient in English language and face to face wherever the covid-19 restriction measures allow for this modality. National evaluator will feed the lead evaluator afterwards, with information from the meetings/interviews which will be run in local language/s, following the form and template agreed with the lead evaluator.
1st Draft Report; - contribute to the development of the first draft evaluation report. The responsibility for the submission of the draft evaluation report to UN project team, and UNPBF remains with the lead international evaluation expert. UN project team, and UNPBF will provide their feedback to the evaluation team through the international lead evaluation expert. 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-UNFPA-UNICEF, UNPBF and RYCO, the national evaluation expert will support the lead international evaluation expert and contribute to the production of the final report. The final report provides the complete content of the report as per the main outline proposed above. The final report must be approved by both the Project Coordinator (in consultation with UN project team) and the UNPBF.
Considering COVID-19 pandemic challenges and constraints, especially when field missions are restricted, the evaluation team is expected to utilise 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.
Deliverables and timeline
Specific tasks include the following with the timelines indicated:
Required Skills and Experience
Evaluation of Applicants
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on a cumulative analysis taking into consideration the combination of the applicants’ qualifications and financial proposal.
The shortlist will consist of candidates whose offers have been evaluated and determined as:
Only the highest ranked candidates who would be found qualified for the job will be considered for the Financial Evaluation. Interviews with the shortlisted candidates may be considered, before taking a final decision for the candidate who will be granted the contract.
Technical Criteria - 70% of total evaluation:
Financial Criteria - 30% of total evaluation
Interested applicants are advised to carefully study all sections of this ToRs and ensure that they meet the general requirements as well as specific qualifications described. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials.
The application should contain:
*Kindly note that Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability and Financial Proposal are two separate documents and should be both part of your application.
How to Submit the Application:
To submit your application online, please follow the steps below:
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials
Due to large number of applications we receive, we are able to inform only the successful candidates about the outcome or status of the selection process.