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Consultancy – Evaluation Specialist for the Joint UNDP-DPPA Programme Midterm Review,Crisis Bureau /Conflict Prevention, Peacebuilding & Responsive Institutions
|Location :||Home-based with travel to three countries (Dependent on COVID-19 travel restrictions and UN guidance)|
|Application Deadline :||20-Jul-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Crisis Response|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||90 Working days (July – October 2021)|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||90 Working days (July – October 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.
Since its inception in 2004, the Joint UNDP-DPPA Programme on Building National Capacities for Conflict Prevention has become a flagship UN initiative on cross-pillar collaboration on conflict prevention. Over the past few years, the Joint Programme has grown significantly to supporting more than 80 countries with the current phase Programme cycle (2019-2023) now approaching mid-term.
The Joint Programme provides peace and development expertise to Resident Coordinators (RCs), UN Country Teams (UNCTs) and national partners through the deployment of Peace and Development Advisors (PDAs), national PDAs, Regional Programme Specialists, and other surge capacities. The Joint Programme provides a range of support; the deployment of PDAs represents the most visible element of the partnership. In 2021, the Joint Programme has 107 PDA positions based in 65 countries, including international and national PDA positions, UNV and secondees. In addition, six Regional Programme Specialists based in Amman, Addis Ababa, Bangkok, Dakar, Istanbul and Panama provide backup support to PDAs and UNCTs and support regional conflict analysis and sustaining peace efforts.
The PDAs are engaged in supporting conflict prevention and sustaining peace initiatives and strategies in the field as well as supporting capacity enhancement for conflict management at both national and local levels. The initiatives include establishing/operationalizing national infrastructures and mechanisms for peace, such as peace committees or supporting the work of national/local mediators; enhancing dialogue between government and civil society, and reconciliation processes; supporting electoral violence prevention, political party dialogue, inter-faith dialogue, and conflict-sensitive reporting by the media. The PDAs provide strategic analysis and recommendations to UN RCs and UNCTs through their political and conflict analysis. They aim to link their analysis to specific programming so that the UN system can best assist national and local initiatives; and to support the mainstreaming of conflict sensitivity into UN and national development programmes and processes, such as the UN Cooperation Frameworks.
The Joint Programme also enables innovative and context-specific conflict prevention and peacebuilding initiatives on the ground, through seed funding and technical advice, peer-to-peer exchanges, joint learning, and training on issues related to conflict prevention for PDAs, RCs and other specialists on demand.
The Joint Programme has the following outcomes:
Outcome 1: Targeted initiatives and national capacities are more effectively contributing to conflict prevention and sustaining peace.
Outcome 2: UN Country Teams have strategies and programmes that are increasingly conflict sensitive and are engaged in wider partnerships on sustaining peace.
The Joint Programme has the following outputs:
Output 1: UN peace and development capacities enhanced and high-quality and context-specific professional advice, expertise and accompaniment to the UN system, partner governments and civil society provided.
Output 2: Catalytic and context-specific conflict prevention and peacebuilding initiatives implemented.
Output 3: Effective strategies for deployment and partnerships, as well as professional development and learning for PDAs created and implemented.
The current donor partners of the Joint Programme include the European Union, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. In the past few years, the Joint Programme has also enhanced partnerships with Sweden’s Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA), the Swiss Civilian Pool of Peacebuilding Experts as well as UNV in an effort to strengthen technical capacities and support to PDAs.
Objectives, evaluation criteria and key questions
The mid-term review will assess the performance of the Joint Programme in making progress towards achieving its objectives. The review will specifically focus on the following components, applying the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC) criteria of relevance, coherence, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability1, and integrating the cross-cutting issues of human rights and gender equality:
In relation to the deployment of Regional Programme Specialists:
The evaluation specialist will rely mainly on the following sources of information:?
The final methodology for the evaluation will be completed within the first two weeks of the assignment in consultation with the Joint Programme team.
Duties and Responsibilities
SCOPE OF WORK, RESPONSIBILITIES AND DESCRIPTION OF THE PROPOSED ANALYTICAL WORK
Scope of work:
This mid-term review will be carried out by a team comprising of one senior evaluation specialist and one evaluation specialist, with the support of the Joint Programme team in New York.
The evaluation specialist will undertake the following tasks:
Expected outputs and deliverables:
Deliverables and Timelines?
A final comprehensive analytical report (not exceeding 40 pages, Word format, single spaced, in English) shall include, but is not necessarily limited to, the following components:
The final report will be shared with the Co-Chairs of the Joint Programme before public release on the UNDP and DPPA websites as well as the Peace Infrastructure Portal.
Management Arrangements and Reporting
The evaluation specialist will work with the senior evaluation specialist, report to the Joint Programme’s M&E and Programme Specialist and liaise with the whole Joint Programme team during the assignment.
Duty Station and travel
The consultancy will be home-based, with missions to three countries selected in consultation with the Joint Programme team (dependent on COVID-19 travel restrictions and UN Guidance). Any necessary missions undertaken to deliver these outputs must be at the request of the Joint Programme team. Mission travel will be managed by UNDP separately and financial proposals should exclude the cost of travel. In addition:
Substantive and technical expertise:
Interpersonal and communication skills:
Required Skills and Experience
The application package containing the following (to be uploaded as one file):
Note: The above documents need to be scanned in one file and uploaded to the online application as one document.
Shortlisted candidates (ONLY) will be requested to submit a Financial Proposal.
Applicants are reviewed based on Required Skills and Experience stated above and based on the technical evaluation criteria outlined below. Applicants will be evaluated based on cumulative scoring. When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Being responsive/compliant/acceptable; and
Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation where technical criteria weigh 70% and Financial criteria/ Proposal weighs 30%.
Technical evaluation - Total 70% (700 points):
Having reviewed applications received, UNDP will invite the top four shortlisted candidates obtaining 70% (i.e., 385 out 550 points) of the desk review scores (i.e Criteria 1- 4) for interview. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% (490 points) of the maximum obtainable points for the technical criteria (700 points) shall be considered for the financial evaluation.
Financial evaluation - Total 30% (300 points)
The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal:
Candidate obtaining the highest combined scores in the combined score of Technical and Financial evaluation will be considered technically qualified and will be offered to enter into contract with UNDP.
The consultant will work under the guidance and direct supervision of M&E and Programme Specialist and will be responsible for the fulfilment of the deliverables as specified above.The Consultant will be responsible for providing her/his own laptop.
Annexes (click on the hyperlink to access the documents):
Any request for clarification must be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The UNDP Central Procurement Unit will respond by email and will send written copies of the response, including an explanation of the query without identifying the source of inquiry, to all applicants.