International/National Consultant: Evaluation Specialist (Peace, Security and Governance), Independent Country Programme Evaluation - Kenya


Location : Home-based
Application Deadline :25-May-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
01-Jun-2021
Duration of Initial Contract :45 days between June and December 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) conducts independent country programme evaluations (ICPEs) to capture and demonstrate evaluative evidence of UNDP's contributions to national development priorities, as well as the effectiveness of UNDP's strategy in facilitating and leveraging national efforts for achieving development results. The purpose of an ICPE is to:

  • Support the development of the next UNDP Country Programme Document
  • Strengthen accountability of UNDP to national stakeholders
  • Strengthen accountability of UNDP to the Executive Board

This is the second ICPE for Kenya, the previous one being conducted in 2013. The evaluation will be conducted in 2021, close to the end of the current UNDP programme cycle (2018-2022), with a view to contributing to the preparation of UNDP's new programme starting from 2022 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework 2022-2027. The ICPE will be conducted in close collaboration with the Government of Kenya and UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa.

IEO is seeking one national or international evaluation consultant to work in the area of Peace, Security and Governance. The consultant should have substantial work experience and knowledge of the region and preferably the country under review. In addition to the country experience, the consultants should demonstrate evaluation expertise in one or more UNDP work areas in the country.  Under the overall guidance of the IEO Lead Evaluator the consultant will provide technical expertise and knowledge on the outcome areas of Peace, Security and Governance (Outcomes 1 and 2 of UNDP’s Country Programme Document). The consultant will contribute to the evaluation by conducting research, data collection, analysis and reporting, including on cross-cutting areas like gender, disability inclusion, human rights, partnerships and capacity building. The consultant will comply with the overall Evaluation Terms of Reference and with the evaluation matrix provided by IEO.

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


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the guidance of the Lead Evaluator, the consultant will:

  • Review reference material provided by IEO (e.g. programme/ project documents, past evaluation reports, etc.) and conduct a preliminary analysis of the designated outcome areas.
  • Develop the outcome theory of change (if one has not been developed by the country office) and identify any gaps/ issues requiring validation during the field-based data collection phase.
  • Develop a proposed data collection plan.
  • Conduct data collection activities (e.g. interviews and site visits, where possible) in accordance with the instructions given by LE and guided by the ICPE manual.
  • Keep good records of interview notes and develop an outcome paper on Peace, Security and Governance.
  • Prepare, and submit in a timely manner, all required written reports on the outcomes.
  • As a member of the team, actively participate in the team’s discussions and joint analysis sessions. Participate in the programme briefing and the end-of-mission debriefing with the country office.
  • Ensure that all necessary data collection activities are conducted (during and after the mission) and manage his/her own work schedule.
  • Provide clarification, additional data, and supporting documents as requested by the LE during the preparation/finalization of the outcome papers and the draft ICPE report. 
  • The consultant will also ensure that crosscutting issues are analysed across their outcome areas including gender integration and mainstreaming within programmes, disability inclusion, human rights and capacity building.


Competencies

Functional competencies

  • Strong analytical skills, including ability to quickly assess a diverse range of information with a discerning sense for quality of data
  • 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.
  • Available to travel and conduct required analysis within the agreed timelines.
  • Excellent proven oral and drafting skills in English, with excellent analysis and synthesis skills.

Corporate Competencies

  • Knowledge of UNDP work in Kenya and East Africa.
  • Knowledge of the country and regional context, development issues and challenges
  • Ability to work in multicultural and multidisciplinary teams, acting with professionalism, diplomacy, tact and courtesy


Required Skills and Experience

Education

  • A post-graduate degree or higher in Governance, Public Administration, Public Policy, Political Science, Social Science, International Development, Environmental Studies, or other relevant fields.

Experience

  • Minimum of 10 years of experience on issues related to peace, security and governance.
  • Substantial experience in conducting evaluations in the development sector
  • Knowledge of the UN system in general, and in Kenya
  • Substantial experience and knowledge of Kenya and/ or East Africa is a strong asset
  • Experience in conducting evaluations of UNDP programs in Kenya or the region is a strong asset

Languages

  • Fluency in English is essential.

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 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 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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