National/International Consultant: Environment Specialist, Common Country Programme Evaluation - Cape Verde


Location : Home-based
Application Deadline :01-Jun-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English   Portuguese
Duration of Initial Contract :26 days spread between June and November 2021

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

The Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the  Evaluation Office of the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and the Evaluation Office of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) are jointly conducting an Common Country Programme Evaluation (CCPE) of the Cape Verde Common Country Programme to capture and demonstrate evaluative evidence of the joint office’s contributions to development results at the country level, as well as the effectiveness of their organizations’ strategy in facilitating and leveraging national effort for achieving development results.  In Cape Verde, these three agencies operate under a Joint Office modality, which entails a single Common Country Programme Document (CCPD), delivered jointly by the three agencies.

The IEO, the Evaluation Office of UNICEF, and the Evaluation Office of UNFPA are jointly hiring an independent consultant/evaluator to cover the area of environment (Outcome 2) under the Cape Verde Country Programme for the 2018-2021 cycle. The consultant will also support the assessment of cross-cutting issues such as gender equality, partnerships, coordination, capacity development, among others.

The evaluation team will be led by a Team Leader, who will have additional responsibilities to cover operational aspects of the Joint Office and consolidate the overall evaluation report. The role of Team Leader is an additional responsibility which one of the three team members may take, depending on interest, skills, and experience. Candidates should clearly state in their cover letter whether they are interested in taking the additional role of Team Leader for the evaluation. For all application for any of the position, the candidate needs to provide a concise technical proposal on how they intend to deliver of the TORs, regardless of their interest or not for the Tea Leader role, within the proposed number of days.

The assignment is home-based (tentatively scheduled for June – November 2021).

To view the full terms of reference for this consultancy, please click here.


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the guidance of the Evaluation Management Group the consultant will:

  • conduct preliminary research and desk review of relevant documents provided by the Evaluation Management Group and the Joint Office for the assigned thematic area;
  • develop a data collection plan including the data collection instruments to be used and a list of key stakeholders for interviews;
  • together with other team members, conduct data collection activities with a focus on the environment including transversal functions, such as coordination, coherence, monitoring and evaluation (M&E); innovation; resource mobilization; strategic partnerships, etc;
  • collect, analyse and synthesize primary and secondary data for the assigned thematic area, through interviews and meetings (virtual) with relevant UN staff, and key partners such as government counterparts, beneficiaries, local partners, civil society organisations, private sector and academia;
  • conduct data collection activities for the assessment of the assigned thematic area (Outcome 2) and cross-cutting issues as might be required;
  • participate and contribute to the team’s working sessions, including the analysis workshop and presentation of preliminary evaluation findings to the Joint Country Office in Cape Verde at the end of the data collection activities;
  • prepare an outcome analysis paper for the assigned thematic area and revise it as needed, as per comments received from the Evaluation Management Group; and
  • contribute to the preparation of the final Common Country Programme Evaluation report, as well as the following revisions based on the comments received from the Evaluation Management Group , Joint Office, Regional Bureau/Offices, and other stakeholders; and
  • Participate together with the Evaluation Management Group in a post-evaluation stakeholder workshop presenting the key findings to reference group and broader stakeholders.

Additional tasks in case of Team Leader role:

  • conduct preliminary research and desk review of relevant documents provided by the Evaluation Management Group and the Joint Office focusing on organizational effectiveness and efficiency of the Joint Office;
  • lead preparation of a robust inception report and analysis paper for approval by the Evaluation Management Group;
  • conduct data collection activities with a focus on organizational effectiveness and efficiency including transversal functions, such as coordination, coherence, monitoring and evaluation (M&E); innovation; resource mobilization; strategic partnerships, etc;
  • lead and contribute to the team’s working sessions, including the analysis workshop and presentation of preliminary evaluation findings to the Joint Office in Cape Verde at the end of the data collection activities;
  • synthesize contributions from other team members and lead the preparation of the draft and final Common Country Programme Evaluation report, as well as the following revisions based on the comments received from the Evaluation Management Group, Joint Office, Regional Bureau/Offices, and other stakeholders;
  • assume sole responsibility in ensuring the consistency, quality and timely delivery of expected products, and overall coordination with the evaluation management group.


Competencies

Functional competencies

  • Strong analytical skills, including ability to quickly assess a diverse range of information with a discerning sense for quality of data; and
  • Good mastery of information technology required for organized presentation of information.

Development and Operational Effectiveness

  • Adhere to the principle of confidentiality and ethical code of conducts during the evaluation;
  • Ability to work under pressure, multi-tasking skills;

Corporate Competencies

  • Ability to work in multicultural and multidisciplinary teams, acting with professionalism, diplomacy, tact, and courtesy.


Required Skills and Experience

Education

  • A Master’s Degree in a field relevant to the assignment.

Professional Experience:

  • At least 10 years of relevant experience in conducting evaluations in the field of international development;
  • Demonstrated expertise in environment, climate change, natural resource management, sustainable production, and gender issues;
  • Experience in programme evaluation and/or mastery of data collection techniques and methods, interviews particularly with indigenous groups and communities, and quantitative and qualitative analysis;
  • Experience in gender-sensitive programming and/or evaluation is required;
  • Knowledge of Cape Verde context, development issues, and challenges is desirable.

Other knowledge and skills:

  • Excellent proven oral and drafting skills in Portuguese and English, with excellent analysis and synthesis skills;
  • Knowledge of the country context, development issues and challenges;
  • Familiarity with UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF or UN operations in the country or region is an advantage;
  • Availability to focus on the evaluation as required to meet deliverable deadlines within the agreed timeframe.

Languages:

  • Ability to work in Portuguese (oral and written) and English is mandatory. French is an advantage.

Application Instructions

Applicants are invited to upload as one combined document the following documents to the UNDP Jobs site:

  • A brief cover letter (250-400 words) specifying (a) your suitability for the position including the thematic areas of expertise and previous experience in evaluation and data collection and any experience related to the UNDP, UNFPA, and UNICEF areas of work in the country/ region/ globally; and (b) details of any potential conflict of interest in having worked in a programmatic capacity for UNDP, UNFPA, and UNICEF over the last 5 years;
  • Personal CV or P11, indicating all experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of at least three (3) professional references; and
  • A completed Confirmation of Interest and Submission of Financial Proposal Form that indicates your daily rate for this consultancy.

Candidates not sending any of the requested information will be disqualified. Please note that the system can only accept one uploaded document therefore all documents must be combined into a single document for upload. Please note that links in this document are best viewed in Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft browsers.



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