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Senior Evaluation Consultant
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Application Deadline :||23-May-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :|
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.
The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) is the United Nations entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, it was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide.
The UN Women Independent Evaluation Service (IES) evaluates the work of UN women to enhance organizational accountability, provide evidence-based information for decision-making and to contribute to learning on gender equality and the empowerment of women.
Under the supervision of the Chief, IES, and in close collaboration with other evaluation team members, the consultant will develop and execute a scoped independent strategic evaluation of UN Women’s policy advocacy work. The main objectives of the evaluation are to evaluate UN Women’s contributions to effective policy advocacy and the effectiveness of UN Women as a policy advocacy organization; evaluate the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability of UN Women’s policy advocacy work; and to make recommendations to strengthen UN Women’s policy advocacy function.
To support the Senior Evaluation Consultant on this assignment, IES will make available a Research Consultant, an IES Evaluation Specialist and an IES Evaluation Analyst for approximately three weeks of scoping and inception report development, three weeks of data collection and analysis and one week of report drafting. These personnel will contribute to background research, data collection, data analysis, report drafting, and other tasks as required. The Chief, IES will be responsible for assigning responsibilities to the Senior Evaluation Consultant and other team members. Independent technical subject matter expertise may be engaged by IES (and funded by IES) if and as needed on the basis of the concept note and inception report and discussion with the Chief, IES.
The evaluation must adhere to the revised UN Women evaluation policy, the IEAS charter, the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) Norms and Standards for Evaluation, and it should apply and incorporate the criteria of UN Women’s Global Evaluation Reports Assessment and Analysis System (GERAAS) standards to the highest degree possible.
Duties and Responsibilities
From the commencement of the contract, the consultant will be responsible for:
1. Finalize a Theory of Change and model of effective advocacy (1 week) based on review of current models, discussions with stakeholders, programming documents and literature review.
Deliverable: A theory of change model and model of effective advocacy with visual representation and narrative description
2. Drafting of an inception report (3 weeks) based on substantive inception interviews, literature review and desk review of key UN Women documents. The inception report will be reviewed and cleared by the Chief, IES and the Director, IEAS and then presented to an internal and external evaluation reference group for feedback. Relevant feedback will be incorporated into a final inception report.
Deliverable: Written draft inception report (not to exceed 35 pages plus Annexes 50 pages) containing the following minimum major sections: Introduction, Background on UN Women’s policy advocacy work, Stakeholder mapping, Key emerging issues from the inception phase, analytical framework and evaluation matrix, evaluation approach and methodology, oversight and quality assurance, ethical standards, work plan, and annexes, including data collection tools.
Expected timeframe: End-June 2021
3. Data collection and initial discussions on emerging findings (5 weeks)
Deliverables: Qualitative transcripts, clean quantitative datasets, initial results PowerPoint presentation
4. Analysis and drafting of the evaluation report (5 weeks) reviewed and cleared by the Chief, IES and the Director, IEAS and then presented to an internal and external evaluation reference group for feedback.
Deliverable: Draft evaluation report (not to exceed 50 pages and Annexes 50 pages) containing the following minimum major sections: Executive Summary, Background, Evaluation Context, Description of Evaluand, Findings, Lessons Learned and Promising Practices, Conclusions, Recommendations, Annexes
Expected timeframe: October - November 2021
5. Finalization of an evaluation report (1 week) taking into account relevant comments of reference group and final review of Chief IES and Director, IEAS.
Expected timeframe: Mid-December 2021
Key success factors:
Required Skills and Experience
A lump sum consultancy fee based on UN Women standard consultancy rates will be paid in three tranches upon satisfactory certification of the following deliverables: