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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)
|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.
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:
The Programme seeks to:
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:
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:
The information generated by the evaluation will be used by UN Women and different stakeholders to:
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.
Effectiveness: The extent to which the Programme’s Objectives were achieved or are expected / likely to be achieved.
Efficiency: A measure of how economically resources / inputs (funds, expertise, time, etc.) were converted to results.
Impact: The various effects of the Programme
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.
Coherence: The extent to what other interventions support or undermine the intervention and vice-versa, including aspects of complementarity, harmonization and co-ordination.
Gender Equality and Human Rights
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:
The final review is expected to be conducted according to the following time frame below.
Mid-Time Review Task and Time Frame
The National Consultant is expected to submit and facilitate the following deliverables events:
A model Evaluation Report will be provided to the consultant based on the below outline.
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:
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.
Required competencies and qualifications
Required Skills and Experience
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).
Interested candidates should apply following relevant instructions and deadline indicated in the call for applications. Candidates should submit:
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.
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