National Consultant to Conduct End Project Evaluation



Advertised on behalf of :

Location : Abuja, Nigeria
Application Deadline :25-May-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)
28-Jun-2021
Duration of Initial Contract :45 Working days over 4 month period
Expected Duration of Assignment :45 Working days over 4 month period

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.


Background

UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. The active participation of women and girls in shaping their future, based on a recognition of their dignity and capacities, is posited in several global policy frameworks as a basic condition to promote gender equality and women’s rights. SDG 16 “Peace, Justice and effective, accountable, inclusive Institutions” and SDG 5 “Gender Equality and Empower all Women and Girls” are understood and implemented together, as interdependent and synergic goals. Placing women’s rights at the center of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates the United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts to build effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

In Nigeria, gender inequality is widespread due to patriarchy, imbalance in socio-economic opportunities, cultural and religious factors and inadequate enabling legal and policy frameworks, among other factors. The violence or threat of violence that women and girls face is a consistent thread, ranging from domestic violence, traditional harmful practices, fear of standing for elected office, sexual harassment of girls and young women, among others, with consequences that constrain women’s autonomy and life chances.

Against this backdrop, UN Women works to support Government’s national priorities, which prioritizes the empowerment of women and girls and their contribution to all areas of economic, political and social development. The objective of building and sustaining peace and security across the country is critical for Nigeria, which faces several security challenges, including the Boko Haram insurgency in the North East, the Farmers/Herders conflict in the Middle Belt, and conflicts over natural resources in the oil-rich Niger Delta region, and increasing cases of armed banditry and kidnaping for ransom across the country, among others.

Current initiatives at mitigating or resolving conflicts have limited participation of women, at all levels. Women are often seen only as victims of conflicts that need to be protected rather than agents of change for peace. This leaves untapped, the potential and capacities of women whose contributions can be harnessed to promote transformative change and sustainable peace. Through its just-concluded Programme on Promoting Women’s Engagement in Peace and Security in Northern Nigeria (2014-2018), UN Women has worked to support the Nigerian government (federal level), three northern states (Adamawa, Plateau and Gombe) and selected constituent local government areas (LGAs) to strengthen women’s leadership, advance gender equality and improve protection for women and children in conflict settings, by ensuring the implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325). The Programme supported the Government in the development and implementation of Nigeria’s 2nd National Action Plan (NAP) on the Resolution, and its domestication in target states by developing and implementing State Action Plans (SAPs), Local Action Plans (LAPs), institutional strengthening and establishment of functional structures to enhance implementation, monitoring and reporting of the Action Plans.

To further expand the scope of support to the Government of Nigeria in fulfilling its commitment to UNSCR 1325, UN Women is implementing a 2-Year Programme (2019 -2021) on Women, Peace and Security in Nigeria, with focus on Bauchi and Benue states, funded by the Government of Norway.  The project’s implementation was extended to June 2021 to cover for the implementation lapse created by the COVID-19 outbreak. A participatory final evaluation of the Programme is proposed to be undertaken in May-June 2021, involving key stakeholders at national level and the two target states. To this end, UN Women is seeking to contract a National Evaluation Consultant to facilitate the end of Programme evaluation.

I.DESCRIPTION OF THE PROGRAMMME

In partnership with the Government of Nigeria, UN Women is expanding its Women, Peace and Security (WPS) portfolio by designing and implementing several strategic initiatives, in line with its five-year Flagship Programme. One of such initiatives is a 2-Year WPS Programme in Bauchi and Benue States. The Programme aims to support achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly Goals 5, 16 and 17. The Programme also supports the Nigerian government’s efforts to meet its commitments on the 2nd NAP on UNSCR 1325.

The Programme was designed to achieve the broad goal of gender-inclusive and sustainable peace in Nigeria. The specific objectives of the Programme are:

  1. Increase women’s effective participation in peace and security processes, peace negotiations, conflict prevention and resolution.
  2. Improve public perception on the role of women in peace and security, at all levels.

The Programme seeks to:

  • Enhance the skills of legislators and decision-makers in the security sector and judiciary at the state level to formulate, review and implement gender-sensitive policies and protocols that promote women’s rights and participation.
  • Create a platform for women’s active involvement in conflict prevention and peacebuilding processes at both formal and informal settings, including specifically training women to acquire practical mediation skills.
  • Sensitize the population in both states more broadly about the roles women play in peace negotiations and conflict prevention and resolution through the most accessible media channels (local radio stations).

The Programme implementation strategy underlines policy level interventions, capacity building and institutional strengthening of key sectors, as well as public sensitization to facilitate sustainable implementation of Resolution 1325 in the target areas of Bauchi and Benue States. Based on set criteria endorsed by stakeholders, the Programme is being implemented in 4 selected Local Government Areas (LGAs) and 16 communities per state.  A baseline survey for the Programme was conducted in target areas by the Institute for Peace and Conflict. International Alert and Partners West Africa-Nigeria are the two NGOs engaged by UN Women as Programme Implementing Partners (IPs), with each focusing on specific components of the initiative.  A mid-term evaluation for the Programme was conducted by an expert consultant in June/July 2020. The mid-term evaluation  has assessed the progress made towards the achievement of the set outcomes and objectives, analyzed the output results achieved and challenges encountered and recommended to adjust implementation modalities as needed, especially in the current COVID-19 crisis. Findings from the mid-term evaluation were used to incorporate changes throughout all programme components for the remaining implementation period.

The Programme has reached its final phase of implementation, and as established in the Project Document, a final review is to be conducted by expert consultant to be engaged by UN Women. The participatory review will serve as a primarily formative (forward-looking) evaluation to support the country office and national stakeholders’ strategic learning and decision-making for the ongoing Programme implementation and enhanced accountability for development effectiveness. To facilitate  this task, UN Women seeks to engage the services of a national program/project evaluation expert.

II.OBJECTIVES OF THE FINAL EVALUATION

The Overall Objective of the final evaluation is to assess the extent to which the Women, Peace and Security Programme has achieved the intended and/or unintended outcomes, provide an in-depth analysis and understanding of why certain intended or unintended outcomes have or have not occurred, analyze the challenges encountered, learn from the current COVID-19 crisis, and document lessons for improving other ongoing programmes in the WPS area and the country office future programming in general.

The specific objectives of the evaluation  are:

  1. To analyze the relevance of the Programme’s implementation strategy and approaches to the implementation of UNSCR 1325 and Nigeria’s National Action Plan (NAP) as well as the needs and priorities of conflict-affected women in the target states.
  2. To assess the Programme’s effectiveness and organizational efficiency in advancing the WPS agenda and supporting conflict-affected women’s participation in peace and mediation processes.
  3. To assess the impact of the Programme in the two States and the extent to what cross-cutting issues of gender, human rights, climate change, environment and corruption were mainstreamed in the project implementation.
  4. To assess the mechanisms put in place for the sustainability of the Programme’s results, including the level of local ownership, accountability, capacities, partnerships and coordination on the WPS agenda in target states.
  5. To determine the efficiency of strategies for ensuring the effective and efficient implementation of the Programme, under the COVID-19 crisis in target states and country at large.
  6. To document lessons learned, best practices, success stories and challenges to inform the implementation of similar ongoing programmes and future programming for UN Women in the area of Women, Peace and Security.
  7. Based on findings, to provide recommendations for a possible second phase of support after the completion of the current programme.


Duties and Responsibilities

The consultant will directly report to the WPS Programme Manager on issues requiring daily supervision or information. However, the Evaluation Management Group (EMG), composed of the WPS Programme Specialist, the Country Office M&E Specialist, the Regional Office Evaluation Specialist and the Country Office  Deputy Representative will provide quality assurance and approve all evaluation products (ToR, inception report, draft and final reports). The Regional Evaluation Specialist will chair the EMG - and thus holds final responsibility for the quality assurance process and approval of deliverables (to be assessed against UN Women’s GERAAS parameters). An Evaluation Reference Group (ERG),chaired by the Country Representative will also be set up to facilitate participation and systematic involvement of key stakeholders in the evaluation, ensuring quality by providing inputs on evaluation products, and ensures dissemination of the evaluation results.

The National expert consultant will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Within the current COVID-19 crisis, develop and submit a detailed methodology for the final evaluation, including desk review, analytical work, data collection techniques, key activities and timeframe for the assignment, in close cooperation with the UN Women office in Nigeria.
  • Undertake a desk review of relevant documents, including the Nigeria’s NAP, the WPS Programme documents, including logical and monitoring frameworks, and progress reports, among others.
  • Conduct field missions to target states and consultation meetings with Programme’s key stakeholders, partners and beneficiaries, including relevant government institutions, security agencies, civil society organizations, women’s groups/networks, and the donor, among others to review the Programme in line with the set objectives of the final review. The process of conducting consultation meetings is expected to use high standard methods to maximize the collection of quality information and ensure the safety of respondents including conformity to the applicable COVID-19 prevention protocols.
  • Develop and submit a final evaluation report of the Programme, with relevant recommendations based on the interpretation of the evaluation findings and key lessons identified.

The information generated by the evaluation will be used by UN Women and different stakeholders to:

  • Contribute to building of the evidence base on effective strategies for strengthening the support to the government, conflict-affected women and other stakeholders in advancing the WPS agenda in Bauchi and Benue states, and Nigeria at large.
  • Facilitate the strategic reflection, learning and further planning for programming in the areas of strengthening the capacity of the Government of Nigeria and national stakeholders and structures on WPS with the aim to increase workable solutions for gender-responsive peacebuilding, security and recovery processes.

Main evaluation users include UN Women Country Office in Nigeria, Government of Nigeria (including Bauchi and Benue states), Government of Norway (Programme donor), national stakeholders - key Government MDAs, Legislature, Security Sector, Judiciary, and NGO implementing partners. These stakeholders will be closely involved in the evaluation process to increase ownership of findings, draw lessons learned and make greater use of this final review results. The findings of the evaluation are expected to contribute to effective programming , efficient programme delivery and creation of strong partnerships and ownership for sustainable results.

I. EVALUATION CRITERIA AND KEY EVALUATION QUESTIONS

The evaluation will apply OECD/DAC evaluation criteria: relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and coherence. The evaluation will also take into consideration gender equality and human rights, and disability inclusion, as separate standalone criteria.

The review will seek to answer the following key evaluation questions and sub-questions:

Relevance: The extent to which the objectives of the Programme are consistent with the evolving needs and priorities of the beneficiaries, partners, and stakeholders.

  1. To what extent do the programme objectives address identified rights and needs of the target groups (e.g. conflict-affected women, Government MDAs, legislature, judiciary and security actors)?
  2. To what extent target state partners were involved in conceptualization and design process?
  3. How consistent are the activities and outputs of the Programme with the provisions of UNSCR 1325, the Nigeria’s National Action Plan on the Resolution and the attainment of the NAP’s objectives?
  4. To what extent is the intervention aligned with national and international agreements and conventions on gender equality and women’s empowerment in the context of Women, Peace and Security?
  5. Are the activities and outputs of the Programme consistent with the intended impacts and effects? Do they address the problems identified?
  6. To what extent are human rights recognized and addressed as priorities through the programme and its implementation to comply with CEDAW, SDGs, UNSCR 1325 and other international commitments? 
  7. Is the Programme design articulated in a coherent structure? Is the definition of goal, outcomes and outputs clearly articulated? Is Theory of change still valid?
  8. What capacities and skills should UN prioritize and further develop to bring greater coherence and relevance to its interventions?
  9. To what extent did the implementing partners possess the comparative advantage in the Programme’s area of work in comparison with other partners in Nigeria?
  10. To what extent has the Programme’s design process included a collaborative process, shared vision for delivering results, strategies for joint delivery and sharing of risks among implementing organization?  

Effectiveness: The extent to which the  Programme’s Objectives were achieved or are expected / likely to be achieved.

  1. How successful was the Programme in terms of the progress made towards achievement of the expected results (outputs and outcomes? What are the results achieved?
  2. What are the reasons for the achievement or non-achievement?
  3. To what extent have beneficiaries been satisfied with the results? To what extent have capacities of relevant duty-bearers and rights-holders been strengthened?
  4. To what extent did UN Women build the capacity of implementing partners to deliver results and set targets?
  5. Does the Programme have effective monitoring mechanisms in place to measure progress towards results?  
  6. Has the Programme’s organizational structure, managerial support and coordination mechanisms effectively supported the delivery of the Programme?
  7. To what extent are the Programme approaches and how innovative are strategies for achieving the provisions of UNSCR 1325?  What -if any- types of innovative good practices have been introduced in the Programme for the achievement of results?

Efficiency: A measure of how economically resources / inputs (funds, expertise, time, etc.) were converted to results.

  1. Have resources (financial, human, technical support, etc.) been allocated strategically to achieve the Programme outcomes?
  2. What measures have been taken during planning and implementation to ensure that resources are efficiently used?
  3. Have the outputs been delivered in a timely manner?
  4. Were the Programme and its components cost-effectively implemented? Could the activities and outputs have been delivered with fewer resources without reducing their quality and quantity?
  5. Has the Programme’s organizational structure, managerial support and coordination mechanisms effectively supported the delivery of the Programme? What are the key successes and recommendations for improvement?
  6. How did the Programme utilize existing local capacities of right-bearers and duty-holders to achieve its outcomes?
  7. Has the Programme built synergies with different other ongoing programmes at national and state levels including those implemented with other actors (e.g. the Government of Nigeria, CSOs, mediators’ groups, etc.?
  8. To what extent were the Programme’s monitoring mechanisms in place implemented to effectively measure and inform the management of the project’s performance and progress towards targets? To what extent were monitoring data objectively used to inform management action and decision-making?
  9. To what extent were  follow-up actions taken address challenges, obstacles and risks associated to the Programme, and what has been done to mitigate these in order to reach planned outcomes.
  10. What were (if any) key opportunities and/or challenges in the operational context of the Programme?
  11. What changes/interventions would have been emphasized to capitalize on the opportunities for improving the project delivery?
  12.  What future considerations should be made to address any emerging challenges?

Impact: The various effects of the Programme

  1. What are the effects produced, positive and negative, intended or unintended, directly (target groups) and indirectly (larger society)?
  2. Have there been any negative effects of the programme on the four cross cutting issues: gender, human rights, climate and the environment and corruption?

Sustainability: The likelihood of a continuation of benefits for women from a development intervention after the intervention is completed or the probability of continued long-term benefits.

  1. Were requirements of national ownership satisfied? Was the Programme supported by national/local institutions? Do these institutions, including Government and Civil Society, demonstrate leadership commitment and technical capacity to continue to work with the Programme or replicate it?
  2. What capacities of national partners, both technical and operational, have been strengthened? 
  3. To what extent have the capacities of duty-bearers and rights-holders have been strengthened?
  4. To what extent were relevant national stakeholders and actors included in the WPS Programming and implementation and policy advocacy processes?
  5. What is the likelihood that the benefits from the Programme will be maintained for a reasonably long period of time if the Programme were to cease?
  6. To what extent are the financial capacities of partners likely going to maintain the benefits from the Programme?  What might be needed to support partners to maintain these benefits?
  7. How successful was the Programme in promoting replication and/or up-scaling of successful practices?
  8. Which innovations have been identified (if any) and how can they be replicated?

Coherence: The extent to what other interventions support or undermine the intervention and vice-versa, including aspects of complementarity, harmonization and co-ordination.

  • To what extent is the WPS Programme coherent with similar interventions implemented for promoting women’s protection and participation in the country’s peace and security agenda?
  • To what extent is the WPS Programme coherent internally in UN Women and within the UN System in Nigeria?
  • To what extent is the WPS Programme coherent with wider donor policy?
  • To what extent is the WPS Programme coherent with international obligations for women’s human rights, other human rights conventions and other international frameworks for gender equality and the empowerment of women?

Gender Equality and Human Rights

  • To what extent has gender and human rights,  considerations been integrated into the programmed design and implementation?
  • How has attention to/ integration of gender equality and human rights concerns advance the area of work?

Disability Inclusion

Were persons with disability included in the design and implementation of the project?

What portion of beneficiaries were persons with disabilities?

What were the barriers persons with disabilities have had to face?

Based on these findings, what are the recommendations for possible new programmes after the completion of the current programme?  This should include necessary follow-on interventions identified, components that requires continued investments, new entry points identified, and level of engagement (state/federal, policy/operational).

It is expected that the National consultant will develop an Evaluation Matrix, which will relate to the above questions (and refine them as needed), the areas they refer to, the criteria for evaluating them, the indicators and the means for verification as a tool for the evaluation. The final evaluation matrix will be approved by UN Women along the final methodology/inception report.

 

II. STAKEHOLDERS PARTICIPATION

The final evaluation will be gender-sensitive, consultative, and apply inclusive and participatory processes as reflected in the UN Women’s guidelines for gender-responsive evaluations and the UNEG Evaluation Handbook. Throughout the evaluation process, the consultant will ensure the participation of relevant institutions, women and CSOs representing various groups of women from the WPS Programme target areas. Special attention will be given to representativeness of all target groups and beneficiaries. The consultant is expected to validate findings through engagement with stakeholders at workshops, debriefings or other forms of engagement.

The consultant is expected to discuss during the Inception Workshops how the process will ensure participation of stakeholders at all stages, with a specific emphasis on rights holders and their representatives at all stages of the evaluation process.

The evaluation team is encouraged to further analyze stakeholders according to the following characteristics:

1. System roles (target groups, programme controllers, sources of expertise, and representatives of excluded groups);

2. Gender roles (intersections of sex, age, household roles, community roles);

3. Human Rights roles (rights holders, principal duty bearers, primary, secondary and tertiary duty bearers);

4. Intended users and uses of the respective evaluation.

 

The consultant is  encouraged to extend this analysis through mapping relationships and power dynamics as part of the evaluation.

It is important to pay particular attention to participation of rights holders—in particular women and vulnerable and marginalized groups—to ensure the application of a gender-responsive approach. It is also important to specify ethical safeguards that will be employed. The consultant is expected to validate findings through engagement with stakeholders at stakeholder workshops, debriefings or other forms of engagement.

The evaluators are expected to validate findings through engagement with stakeholders at stakeholder workshops, debriefings or other forms of engagement.

The primary stakeholders of the evaluation are the Government of Norway (donor partner), members of the Programme Steering Committee, SAP Implementation Committees (SICs), the Bauchi and Benue State Ministries of Women Affairs and other MDAs, Security (Army, Police and Civil Defense), Judiciary, Legislators in the Bauchi and Benue State Houses of Assembly, Women Mediation Network,  Globe F.M  and Radio Benue,  HeForShe Network , International Alert and Partners West Africa (IPs), and other institutions working in the WPS area, and key beneficiaries.

 

III. SCOPE OF THE EVALUATION

The WPS final evaluation will cover the key components of the WPS Programme in Nigeria, namely: Women participate effectively in peace and security processes, peace negotiations, conflict prevention and resolution; increased number of lawmakers in the target states are sensitized, trained and mentored to adopt the WPS provisions;  Decision-makers in security sector institutions at the State level  and Judiciary are trained and mentored on enhanced skills to formulate, review, and implement gender-sensitive policies and protocols that promote women’s rights and participation in the security sector;  Platform for women’s involvement in peace processes is created; and improved public perception of the role of women in peace and security in target areas.

The evaluation will focus on the activities of the Programme between January 2019 and May 2021, and will review the Programme documents, including the results and logical framework, the baseline survey report, mid-term evaluation report and other relevant documents. The participatory approach to the evaluation will focus on mobilizing key stakeholders, partners and target beneficiaries in each state to respond to set questions and share the benefits, good practices, challenges and lessons learnt from the Programme. The results and findings from field missions will also form a critical component of the data available for the review.

The geographic scope of the evaluation will include key stakeholders and beneficiaries’ representatives at state level, target LGAs and Communities in Bauchi and Benue States. The review will include field missions to these states. The evaluation will measure against evaluation criteria that will be used - as per OECD DAC standard practices (e.g. relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, sustainability, etc.)

The evaluation should draw on and serve to complement the previously conducted and ongoing Northern Nigeria WPS final Programme evaluation and UN Women Country Portfolio evaluation, respectively.

 

IV. EVALUATION PROCESS AND METHODOLOGY

The evaluation methodology will deploy a participatory mixed method, including quantitative and qualitative data collection methods and analytical approaches to account for complexity of gender relations and to ensure participatory and inclusiveness processes that are culturally appropriate. The evaluation will apply a theory-based approach. The theory of change should elaborate on the objectives and articulation of the assumptions that stakeholders use to explain the change process represented by the change framework of this programme and how this has contributed to promoting the Women, Peace and Security agenda. Assumptions should explain both the connections between early, intermediate and long-term WPS programme outcomes and the expectations about how and why the Programme has brought them about. A participatory review workshop with all key stakeholders involved in the Programme implementation, including but not limited to UN Women Programme team, Government MDAs, NGO partners, legislative body, judiciary, security sector, women groups/networks, and media, among others, will be conducted in each of the target states.

Phases for which the consultant will be responsible for submitting quality deliverables entail the following:

  • Inception Phase: At the beginning of the assignment, the consultant will be provided with key sources of information for an initial desk review. The online inception meetings will be conducted with the UN Women Programme team.  At the end of this phase an inception report including a refined evaluation methodology will be delivered. The inception report will be validated and approved by UN Women.
  •  Data Collection Phase: Based on the inception phase, the consultant   will carry out an in-depth desk review, and field missions will be conducted to complete data collection and triangulation of information. To this end, a one-day participatory review workshop with key stakeholders and beneficiaries will be conducted in each of the target states. A debrief meeting will be organized where the consultant will present preliminary findings to UN Women and key stakeholders at the conclusion of the data collection phase.
  •  Data analysis and Synthesis Phase: The collected information will be analyzed, and a final review report will be delivered.

The final review  is expected to be conducted according to the following time frame below.

 

Mid-Time Review Task and Time Frame

 

Task

 

Time frame

 

Responsible party

Final ToR (after consultations with Donor  and Regional Office) and recruitment processes

 

April -May 2021

 

 

UN Women Deputy Representative, M&E Specialist, WPS Programme Manager, Regional Evaluation Specialist

 

Engagement of the National Consultant for the Assignment

 

28th  June 2021

 

 

UN Women Country Representative and Deputy Representative

Inception meeting with UN Women, and desk review of relevant documents

 

28th  – 30th June 2021

 

 

 National Consultant & UN Women CO & RO team

Facilitate meetings with stakeholders, partners and selected beneficiaries of the Programme in target states

 

5th  – 16th July 2021

 

National Consultant; logistics by UN Women CO team

 

Reporting stage (presentation of preliminary findings and analysis of data)

 

19th – 27th July

 

 

National Consultant

 

First draft report submission

 

9th   August 2021

 

National Consultant

 

Review of draft report by UN Women

 

9th   – 13th August 2021

 

UN Women

 

Review draft report based on inputs

 

20th  August 2021

 

National Consultant

 

Final Evaluation Report Submission

 

27th  August 2021

 

 

National Consultant

 

Use and follow-up, Management response

 

September  2021

UN Women Programme Team

Representative Final Approval

 

Total Number of Calendar Days

 

45

 

 

 

EXPECTED DELIVERABLES  

The National Consultant is expected to submit and facilitate the following deliverables events:

  1. Inception Report, outlining the refined scope of the work, a detailed outline of the evaluation design and methodology, evaluation questions, and criteria for the approach for in-depth desk review and field work to be conducted in the data collection phase. The report will include an evaluation matrix and a detailed work plan. 
  2. Facilitate participatory meetings with stakeholders, partners and selected Programme beneficiaries at national level and target states (Bauchi and Benue) to collect relevant data.
  3. Presentation of preliminary findings report (conducted in target states). A presentation detailing the emerging findings of the review will be shared with UN Women and key partners for feedback. The revised presentation will be delivered to key stakeholders for comments and validation. The consultant will address the feedback received into the draft report.
  4. Draft evaluation report which will be shared with UN Women for initial feedback.
  5. Final review report taking into consideration comments and feedback collected from UN Women. The report shall include the following chapters: Executive Summary, Introduction and Background, Evaluation approach and methodology (including limitations), Findings, Conclusions, Lessons learnt, Recommendations and relevant Annexes, including Evaluation Brief (3-4 pages)

A model Evaluation Report will be provided to the consultant based on the below outline.

  1. Title and opening pages
  2. Executive summary
  3. Background and purpose of the evaluation
  4. Programme/object of evaluation description and context
  5. Evaluation objectives and scope
  6. Evaluation methodology and limitations
  7. Findings: relevance, effectiveness (normative, coordination, operational), efficiency, sustainability, and gender and human rights
  8. Conclusions
  9. Recommendations
  10. Lessons and innovations
  11. Annexes:
    • Terms of reference
    • Literature - documents consulted
    • Lists of institutions interviewed or consulted and sites visited (without direct reference to individuals)
    • Analytical results and methodology related documentation, such as evaluation matrix,
    • List of findings and recommendations

All payments to the consultant will be made subject to the approval of deliverables by the evaluation management group, in line with conformity to GERAAS evaluation guidelines. Payments will be effected as follows:

Deliverables

% to be paid

Submission of an approved inception report

15%

Submission of approved draft report (meets GERAAS evaluation standards)

35%

Submission of the approved final evaluation report (meets GERAAS standards and incorporates inputs by EMG and ERG)

50%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The consultant will serve as the evaluation facilitator and will have the overall evaluation responsibilities and accountability for data collection, data analyses and the report writing.


Competencies

Required competencies and qualifications

Functional Competencies:

  1. Extensive experience in conducting evaluations; gender sensitive evaluation certification or experience preferred.
  2. Excellent knowledge and experience in gender equality and women’s empowerment programming and implementation.
  3. In-depth experience and excellent knowledge of results-based management
  4. Ability to actively seek information, offer new and different options for problem solving and meet client’s needs.
  5. Excellent and effective communication (verbal and written) skills, including preparation of official email invitations, reports and presentations with clear and succinct formulation of findings, observations, analysis and recommendations.
  6. Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.


Required Skills and Experience

Qualifications:

Advanced University degree (Master’s Degree or equivalent) in relevant Social Sciences (Gender Studies, Economics, Development Studies, Human Rights, Political Science, International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies or any related field).

  1. At least 7 years of work experience in management programme/project development and management (results-based management approach), including WPS and or other gender related fields.
  2. Strong technical competences in gender and women's empowerment agenda.
  3. Strong technical knowledge, skills, expertise in conducting gender responsive evaluation, including designing and leading programme/project evaluations; gender sensitive evaluation certification or experience preferred.
  4. Proven experience of successfully conducting gender-responsive evaluations
  5. Extensive knowledge of, and experience in applying, qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods to research works
  6. Process management skills such as facilitation and data analysis skills.
  7. Experience in gender analysis and human rights (e.g. expertise in Women, Peace and Security will be considered an asset).
  8. A detailed knowledge and familiarity of the UN, its programming processes and coordination mechanisms, and or other international development organization. 
  9. Fluency in English.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Interested candidates should apply following relevant instructions and deadline indicated in the call for applications. Candidates should submit:

  1. a letter of interest with indication of availability during the period of four months (28 June – 28 October 2021). The letter of intent should include a declaration of any involvement with any UN-Women work over the period, or potential partners, and that the candidate declare that there is no potential conflict of interest.
  2. a personal CV, not exceeding three pages. The candidate is highly encouraged to provide information in relation to relevant experience related to the evaluation in her/his CV.
  3. BOTH LETTER OF INTEREST AND CV SHOULD BE UPLOADED AS A SINGLE ATTACHMENT
  4. shortlisted candidates will be requested to submit a sample evaluation report recently completed by the candidate for assessment against GERAAS parameters. A link will be shared with shortlisted candidates for this purpose.

Ethical Code of Conduct

The United Nations Evaluations Group (UNEG) Ethical Guidelines and Code of Conduct for Evaluation in the UN system are available at: http://www.uneval.org/document/detail/100; Norms for evaluation in the UN system: http://unevaluation.org/document/detail/21  and UNEG Standards for evaluation (updated 2016): http://unevaluation.org/document/detail/1914.

EXISTING INFORMATION SOURCES

  1. Nigeria National Action Plan (NAP) on UNSCR 1325.
  2. Programme Document, including Result and Logical Framework.
  3. Programme Baseline Survey Report and Summary of Key Findings.
  4. Programme First Interim Narrative Report and other relevant reports.
  5. Programme Steering Committee meeting minutes
  6. Monitoring Reports (2019 -2021)
  7. Gender Assessment of the Security and Judiciary at national level and target states.
  8. Implementing Partner reports.
  9. UN Women Strategic Note (2018 – 2022)
  10. Final Evaluation Report of UN WPS Programme (2014 – 2018), funded by European Union
  11. Other studies related to Nigeria, as applicable

 



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