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Consultant to Undertake Final Evaluation of the UN Women East and Southern Africa Regional Office Strategic Note (2018 – 2021)
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Application Deadline :||22-Apr-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||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.
UN Women’s East and Southern Africa Regional Office’s Strategic Note 2018-2021 (SN) articulates the entity’s strategic direction, objectives and approaches to support efforts to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls, including women’s full enjoyment of their human rights. It outlines how UN-Women will leverage its normative support functions, UN system coordination and operational activities, as mandated by its founding resolution, in an integrated and mutually reinforcing manner in support of transformative results. The SN also contributes to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, as well as Regional level commitments to gender equality and women’s empowerment such as the AU 2063 Agenda, and it captures UN Women’s key contribution to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through its Integrated Results and Resources Framework (IRRF). The SN was approved by the Deputy Executive Director of UN Women in 2017.
Since the first year of the SN (2018) UN Women has been engaged in ongoing reforms, especially the repositioning of the UN development system (UNDS) and other reforms which provided an opportunity for UN Women to engage with a view to further strengthening system-wide accountability and action for gender equality. It requires UN Women to adjust to fully deliver on its mandate in this repositioned UNDS. These ongoing changes also considered lessons learned for UN Women after 10 years of operation, and drawing on recommendations from recent evaluations, audits and external assessments, including the 2018 Multilateral Organization Performance Assessment Network (MOPAN) assessment. In particular, the MOPAN assessment identified key strengths as well as some areas for improvement and/or risks, such as limited staffing and resources capacity at country level, unclear criteria for country presence, variability with implementation of the UN coordination role at country level, and a lack of clear criteria for resource allocation to strategic priorities. Programmatic focus as well as better delivery through partnerships, including with UN system, are also areas that require attention.
Under UN Women’s policies and procedures in relation to programme management, a final evaluation is mandatory in the final year of the Strategic Note. The final evaluation provides an opportunity to take stock from a perspective of accountability and learning. Most importantly it will provide recommendations for the development and strategy of the next Regional Office’s Strategic Note 2022-2025.
Purpose and Use of the Evaluation:
The evaluation will assess the UN Women ESARO’s strategic positioning and the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability of the portfolio with reference to the Strategic Note cycle of 2018-2021.
In particular, the evaluation will:
The evaluation will follow a transparent and participatory process. To achieve this the evaluation methodology will involve all relevant UNW staff in the RO and COs as well as partners at regional and national levels. The evaluation will follow gender and human rights principles as defined in the UNW Evaluation Policy and the UNW Evaluation Handbook. It will adhere to UN Evaluation Group (UNEG) Norms and Standards for Evaluation in the UN System. The evaluation will be quality rated based on the UN Women GERAAS evaluation report quality checklist and the UNEG Technical Note on the SWAP Evaluation Performance Indicator.
In line with UNEG Norms and Standards a management response will be prepared for this evaluation to enhance the use of evaluation findings and follow-up to the evaluation recommendations. The management response will identify who is responsible, what are the action points and deadlines. The evaluation including the management response will be published on the UN Women GATE website.
The primary users of this evaluation are:
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of the Evaluation:
This evaluation will use the current Strategic Note covering the period 2018 – 2021 as basis for the assessment. The Strategic Note includes a Development Results Framework (DRF) and an Organizational Effectiveness and Efficiency Framework (OEEF). The OEEF includes performance indicators on coordination and strategic partnership, organizational effectiveness, communications, and financial management which the evaluation is expected to use for assessing organizational performance. The evaluation team is expected to establish the boundaries and specific focus for the evaluation during the inception stage through a participatory consultation process.
The evaluation will apply four OECD/DAC evaluation criteria [relevance, effectiveness (including normative, and coordination mandates of UN Women), efficiency, and sustainability] and Human Rights and Gender Equality as additional criterion. The evaluation will seek to answer the following set of preliminary key questions. They will be fine-tuned during the evaluation inception stage:
The evaluation is expected to take a human rights and gender-responsive approach and the preliminary findings obtained from this process will be validated through a stakeholder workshop towards the end of the primary data collection stage.
The evaluator is expected to undertake a rapid evaluability assessment in the inception stage. This should include the following:
The evaluation will use a theory-based design and assess performance and results based on the theory of change stated in the Strategic Note. The evaluation will undertake a desk-based portfolio analysis that includes a synthesis of secondary results data for the Development Results Framework and the Organizational Effectiveness and Efficiency Framework of the Regional Office.
The portfolio analysis will include:
The evaluation will identify expected and unexpected changes in target groups. It is anticipated that the evaluation will apply process tracing to identify the mechanisms of change and the probable contributions of UN Women.
The evaluation will use mixed methods and is particularly encouraged to use participatory methods to ensure that all stakeholders are consulted as part of the evaluation process. At a minimum, this should include participatory tools for consultation with different groups and a plan for inclusion of vulnerable and/or marginalized women and individuals. 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.
The evaluation will sample programmes/projects and interventions that the RO has implemented during the Strategic Note. In doing so the evaluator should clearly identify the limitations of the sample (representativeness) and triangulate the data to help ensure robust results.
The evaluator will detail how the evaluation ensures the participation of stakeholders during all evaluation stages, distinguishing between rights holders and duty bearers. Stakeholders may include:
The evaluator is expected to validate findings through engagement with stakeholders in workshops, debriefings or through other forms of engagement.
In UN Women the evaluation phases are:
This ToR covers stages 3 and 4 only for which the evaluator will be responsible while UN Women is responsible for phases 1, 2 and 5.
The following products are expected from the evaluation:
The evaluation Report will follow the outline below:
The draft and final evaluation report will be shared with the Evaluation Reference Group (ERG), and the Evaluation Management Group (EMG) for quality review. The final evaluation report will be independently assessed using quality standards outlined in the UNW Global Evaluation Reports Assessment and Analysis System (GERAAS). The final evaluation report and evaluation management responses will be publicly disclosed in the UNW GATE system. The final report will be approved by the EMG.
Management of the evaluation:
The evaluation will be a consultative, inclusive and participatory process and will ensure the participation of stakeholders and partners.
The process will be managed by an Evaluation Manager / UN Women Regional Evaluation Specialist. The Evaluation Manager is responsible for the day-to-day management of the evaluation and ensures that the evaluation is conducted in accordance with UN Women Evaluation Quality Standards, UNEG Ethical Guidelines and other key relevant guidance documents.
An Evaluation Management Group (EMG) comprising of UN Women senior managers will be established to oversee and support the evaluation process, make key decisions and quality assure the different deliverables. The EMG will quality assure and approve all deliverables. EMG will be responsible for coordination in the field including logistical support during field missions, if applicable.
The establishment of an Evaluation Reference Group (ERG) will facilitate the participation of key stakeholders in the evaluation process and ensure that the evaluation approach is robust and relevant to staff and stakeholders. Furthermore, it will allow identifying factual errors or errors of omission or interpretation in evaluation products. The ERG will provide input and relevant information at key stages of the evaluation: Terms of Reference, inception report, draft and final reports and dissemination of the results.
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Required Skills and Experience
Education and certification:
Ethical code of conduct:
UN Women has developed a UN Women Evaluation Consultants Agreement Form for evaluators that must be signed as part of the contracting process, which is based on the UNEG Ethical Guidelines and Code of Conduct. These documents will be annexed to the contract. The UNEG guidelines note the importance of ethical conduct for the following reasons:
The evaluator is expected to provide a detailed plan on how ethical principles will be ensured throughout the evaluation process.
UNWOMEN 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.