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Local Consultant / Evaluator for the final evaluation of the “Promoting Resilience, Self-Reliance And Social Cohesion Among Displaced Populations And Host Communities With Focus On Women And Girls In South Sudan and Mali”
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Juba, SOUTH SUDAN|
|Application Deadline :||19-Apr-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Time left :||7d 12h 12m|
|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 working 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.
In January 2016, UN Women – the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women – with the generous support from the Government of Germany, has been implementing a project titled “Promoting Resilience, Self-Reliance And Social Cohesion Among Displaced Populations And Host Communities With Focus On Women And Girls In South Sudan and Mali” with the budget of EUR 3,000,000. The project has been implemented in South Sudan and Mali, and in South Sudan it has been implemented in Rumbek, Mundri, Nimule, Awerial-Mingkaman, Juba and Yambio through UN Women South Sudan partners, Community Integrated Rural Development Initiative (CIRDI), Change Agent Association/Organization (CAO), Initiative for Peace Association (IPCA), Support for Peace and Education Development Program (SPEDP), Grand Debaters and South Sudan Women Network (SSWEN). The project was expected to be implemented for 3 years from 2016 to 2019. However, with the conflict that broke in Mid-2016, which interrupted project implementation for a better part of that year, implementation was extended to June 2020.
The overall objective of the project was to promote self-reliance and social cohesion for internal displaced persons (IDPs) and their host communities, with a focus on areas of South Sudan and Mali affected by the ongoing conflicts. The project had two strategic outcomes, namely, to:
The project was implemented using four key strategies, namely;
Evaluation purpose, objectives and use:
The main purpose of this final evaluation is to assess the achievement of project results and performance of the above-described intervention. The specific evaluation objectives are as follows:
Findings of the evaluation will inform UN Women South Sudan’s future work in the area of humanitarian and resilience response especially on WEE, ending violence against women and girls (EVAW). The external evaluation will further identify lessons learned, best practices and challenges of the project and will greatly inform the development of the follow-up programmatic interventions. The information generated by the evaluation will be used by different stakeholders to contribute to building of the evidence base on effective strategies for humanitarian and resilience response especially on WEE, ending violence against women and girls (EVAW) in South Sudan, and to facilitate UN Women’s strategic reflection and learning for programming in the area.
Evaluation Scope, Methodology, criteria and Key Evaluation Questions:
Scope and methodology:
The final evaluation of the project is to be conducted externally by an international external consultant/evaluator in a team with national consultant/assistant evaluator. It is planned to be completed in 27 working day in the period of 25 November 2019 – 04 January 2020. The evaluation will cover the full project implementation period from January 2016 to December 2019. The evaluation will be conducted in South Sudan, where the project has been implemented, in the capital Juba with a travel to selected project target states and communities to collect data as defined by the evaluation plan.
The evaluation methodology will be mixed (quantitative and qualitative research methods and analytical approaches) to account for complexity of gender relations and to ensure participatory and inclusive processes that are culturally appropriate. The consultant is expected to reconstruct, validate and identify the gaps in the project’s results framework.
Assumptions should be tested and explain both the connections between early, intermediate and long term project outcomes and the expectations about how and why the project has brought them about. The evaluation team is also expected to identify challenges and gaps in the implementation of the project for future improvement. Hence, an eventual next phase of the project will benefit from the findings. The evaluation team should develop a sampling frame (area and population represented, rationale for selection, mechanism of selection, limitations of the sample) and specify how it will address the diversity of stakeholders in the intervention. The evaluation team 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 example, 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.
Criteria and key questions:
The evaluation will address the criteria of Design and implementation of the Project, Project Relevance, Effectiveness, Efficiency, and Sustainability. More specifically, the evaluation will address the key evaluation questions:
The questions outlined above are preliminary and are expected to be revised and refined by the evaluation team during the inception phase of the evaluation.
Phases of the evaluation process:
The evaluation process is divided in five phases: 1) Preparation, mainly devoted to structuring the evaluation approach, preparing the TOR, compiling project documentation, and hiring the evaluation team; 2) Inception, which will involve evaluability assessment, inception meetings, inception report and finalization of evaluation methodology; 3) Data collection and analysis, including desk research and preparation of field missions, visits to project sites 4) Data analysis and synthesis stage, focusing on data analyzed, interpretation of findings and drafting of an Evaluation Report; and 5) Dissemination and follow-up, which will entail the development of Management Response, uploading it into UN Women GATE system.
The consultant will be responsible for inception, data collection and data analysis and synthesis phases.
UNW follows a systematic process to assess the quality of all completed evaluations on a yearly basis. This external quality assessment is based on the ‘Global Evaluation Report Assessment and Analysis System’ (GERAAS) and closely aligned with UN Evaluation Group quality standards. All evaluations in UN Women are annually assessed against the framework adopted in GERAAS and hence the consultant should be familiar with GERAAS quality standards. Evaluation in UN Women is guided by normative agreements to be gender-responsive and utilizes the entity’s Strategic Plan as a starting point for identifying the expected outcomes and impacts of its work and for measuring progress towards the achievement of results. The UN Women Evaluation Policy and the Evaluation Strategy to Transform Women’s and Girls’ Lives 2018-2021 are the main guiding documents that set forth the principles and organizational framework for evaluation planning, conduct and follow-up in UN Women. These principles are aligned with the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) Norms and Standards for Evaluation in the UN System and the UNEG Ethical Guidelines. In addition, UN Women is an UN-SWAP reporting entity and the consultant will take into consideration that all the evaluation in UN Women are annually assessed against the UN-SWAP Evaluation Performance Indicator and its related scorecard.
Stakeholders Participation and Evaluation Management Structure:
The evaluation will be a consultative, inclusive and participatory process and will ensure the participation of stakeholders engaged in the implementation of the project. The evaluation will be Human Rights and Gender responsible and an ERG will be established.
The Evaluation Reference Group (ERG) is an integral part of the evaluation management structure and is constituted to facilitate the participation of relevant stakeholders in the design and scope of the evaluation, raising awareness of the different information needs, quality assurance throughout the process and in disseminating the evaluation results. The ERG will be engaged throughout the process and will be composed of relevant representatives of state and non-state stakeholders. The ERG group will review the draft evaluation report and provide substantive feedback to ensure quality and completeness of the report and will participate in the inception and validation meeting of the final evaluation report.
The UN Women South Sudan Monitoring and Evaluation Focal Point will serve as the Evaluation task manager, who will be responsible for day-to-day management of the evaluation. UN Women East and Southern Africa will support the evaluation process.
Coordination in the field including logistical support will be the responsibility of UN Women. Within six weeks upon completion of the evaluation, UN Women has the responsibility to prepare a management response that addresses the findings and recommendations to ensure future learning and inform implementation of relevant projects. This is a consultative/participatory final project evaluation with a strong learning component. The management of the evaluation will ensure that key stakeholders are consulted.
Duties and Responsibilities
The National Consultant will provide support to the International Consultant/Team Leader for production of the agreed products. S/he will deliver on the following:
Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies: http://www.unwomen.org//media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-employment-values-and-competencies-definitions-en.pdf
Required Skills and Experience
The candidates will be evaluated against the following technical and financial criteria:
Knowledge of human rights issues, the human rights based approach to programming, human rights analysis and related mandates within the UN system will be considered an asset.
Maximum total technical score amounts to 350 points. Only candidates who have passed over the minimum qualification criteria and have accumulated at least 245 points out of maximum 350 under technical evaluation will qualify for the next stage i.e. evaluation of their financial proposals.
Evaluation of submitted financial offers will be done based on the following formula:
S = Fmin / F * 150
S – score received on financial evaluation;
Fmin – the lowest financial offer out of all the submitted offers qualified over the technical evaluation round;
F – financial offer under consideration.
The winning candidate will be the candidate, who has accumulated the highest aggregated score (technical scoring +financial scoring).
The UN Women M&E Focal Point in South Sudan will serve as the evaluation task manager. The evaluation task manager will be responsible for day-to-day management of the review. Coordination in the field including logistical support will be the responsibility of the Project Team.
Payment will be disbursed upon submission and approval of deliverables and certification by UN Women Component Manager that the services have been satisfactorily performed as specified below:
Application submission package:
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Qualified women candidates are highly encouraged to apply.