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National Consultant - Evaluation of the Government of Albania and United Nations Programme of Cooperation 2017-2021
|Lieu :||Tirana, ALBANIE|
|Date limite de candidature :||05-Dec-19 (Minuit New York, États-Unis)|
|Type de contrat :||Individual Contract|
|Niveau du poste :||National Consultant|
|Langues requises :||Anglais|
|Durée prévue de la mission :||40 expert days during the period January - February 2020|
Albania is one of eight countries around the world selected in January 2007 to pilot the ‘One UN” Programme. So far, Albania’s has undertaken three programme cycles- the first One UN Programme signed in October 2007 until 2011, the second, the so called Programme of Cooperation 2012-2016, and the current Programme of Cooperation for Sustainable Development 2017-2021. During this period, the three programme documents have served as the main strategic result framework to guide UN integrated actions in support to country’s development priorities. Achievements and lessons learnt during the implementation period, have served to strengthening joint UN agencies work around key priority areas.
A comprehensive development context of the country is provided in the MAPS Report (September 2018), Voluntary National Review on Sustainable Development Goals (July 2018), the 2018 Government of Albania and United Nations Progress Report and several reports/assessments conducted by UN agencies and development partners in the country that are included in Annex 1 – Desk Review Materials of this ToRs.
The results framework of the PoCSD 2017-2021 outlines 4 outcomes and 17 outputs that respond to country
Key elements of the approach include: Outcome level work, led by inter-agency Results Groups responsible for development of biennial Joint Work Plans, including their implementation, monitoring, and reporting with Implementing Partners, under the guidance of UN Country Team and the Joint Executive Committee (JEC) that provides formal oversight and management direction. At the strategic level, the JEC is co-chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister and the UN Resident Coordinator, while at the technical level it is co-chaired by the RC and the Director of the Department for Development and Good Governance (DDGG) at the Prime Minister’s Office.
One level down, each outcome is comprised of specific outputs varying 2-6 per each Outcome. The Programme’s outputs are made operational through the development of joint biannual work plans (JWPs) which form an agreement between the UN agencies and implementing partners on the use of resources. The JWP identifies the exact deliverables, responsible parties as well as the exact costs and the available resources. The design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of JWPs are coordinated at the technical level by the output working groups, which are co-chaired by the Government and the United Nations, and at the strategic level by the Outcome Groups, co-chaired by 2 UN HoAs and a senior government representative (Minister or Deputy Minister of key implementing line ministry for the respective Outcome). The Programme also envisages joint programme reviews, mid-year and annual, that allow for timely measurement of progress and performance thereby allowing for adjustment of programme implementation. The UN programme supports the government of Albania to roll out the national development agenda by mainstreaming international norms and values such as human rights, gender and the social inclusion into its interventions.
The key partners in the implementation of the PoCSD are the Government, namely the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office, Department for Development and Good Governance (DDGG) within the Prime Minister Office and line Ministries, UN Agencies, development partners, civil society organisations, and the private sector. While the management processes are implemented by the UNCT, which is supported by inter-agency advisory bodies, including: (i) the Operations Management Team; (ii) the Communications Team; (iii) the Gender Working Group; iv) Data Working Group and (v) the SDG Task Force.
The agencies participating in the current programme, which represent the UNCT in Albania members are 16 specialised UN agencies and programmes: Resident Agencies include UNDP, UNICEF, UNWomen, IOM, UNFPA, UNHCR, WHO and FAO; Non-resident Agencies include IAEA, ILO, UNCTAD, UNECE, UNEP, UNESCO, UNIDO and UNODC.
At the onset, full implementation of the PoCSD 2017-2021 was estimated to require a total of USD 109 million. This included USD 15 million from regular or core resources and USD 22 million from other or non-core resources. During the first two years of PoCSD implementation (2017-2018), the PoCSD has (as indicated in the signed Joint Work Plans) contributed USD 65 million, of which USD 48 million (74%) were mobilized from non-core resources; while core resources have surpassed the preliminarily budgeted level (USD 17 million compared to USD 15 million projected at the start of the 5-year programme). Thus, by end 2019, the UN has implemented already approximately 60% of the total PoCSD plan, leaving 40% or USD 44 million to be deployed in 2020-2021.
One key financial funding mechanism, to support financing of joint work is the One Fund. Its purpose has evolved, since its establishment in 2007. At the time, the so called the One Coherence Fund aimed to provide un-earmarked, long term predictable financial resources, serving as the main financing source in support of One Programme outcome work. Through the years, the mechanism served as a driving force to incentivize integrated work through soft-earmarked funding, which compliments agency specific funding.
In 2018, the Fund was re-branded to Albania SDG Acceleration Fund to better respond to Agenda2030 priorities. Currently the SDG AF includes funding from government of Albania, Sweden, Switzerland and Norway. Any allocation from the SDG Acceleration Fund to participating UN agencies is based on the budget information provided by the signed JAWPs.
A Resource Mobilization Strategy 2017-2021 has been developed (2019) and serves as a guiding tool in support of UNCT resource mobilization efforts. Key strategic considerations and specific actions to be taken are identified in order to target the most viable donors and/or other partners to UN resource mobilization potential in a challenging and evolving development landscape.
An interim BOS (transition document until receipt of new UN reform operational guidelines) is adopted by UNCT Albania in October 2018.
The UNCT Albania in close partnership with the Government and other National Counterparts is currently in process of preparing the UNDAF/PoCSD 2017-2021 Evaluation (summative), which is mandatory in the penultimate year of the UNDAF cycle and should serve as a major input for the planning process of next United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) cycle.
Devoirs et responsabilités
The rationale for this UNDAF/PoCSD evaluation is twofold: 1) will examine whether the UN Country Team (UNCT) is collectively prioritizing support and contributing to the country’s development. The evaluation will also identify synergies, gaps, overlaps and missed opportunities, ultimately assessing overall UNCT contribution to country’s achievement of SDGs. 2) will assess the leadership of the UN Resident Coordinator in addressing the political challenges faced by UNCT, as well as the UNCT’s support for collective objectives on programming and resource mobilization 3) will use the findings strategically to inform the next programme cycle, to better integrate Agenda 2030 and the SDGs, to better align and target UN interventions that will support the country in reaching its 2030 commitments; to help UNCT to adjust to new generation of UNDAFs and the wide UN system reforms. Using a logic model (assumptions-causal links) of the Theory of Change, a common understanding of what determinded the expected change, including the inputs and outputs delivered, as well as the external factors that may have influenced progress and opportunities by the UN at country level.
National counterparts will be major partners in the evaluation contributing both through data from national systems and validation of UNDAF evaluation results. The main users of the UNDAF Evaluation will be the UN partners, i.e. the Government, UNCT, other development partners and civil society participating in UN programmes.
The UNDAF evaluation process will also seek to capitalise on other evaluations that took place earlier or at the same time, including Mid Term Reviews, Annual Reviews and Progress Reports. Human rights and gender equality assessments will be mainstreamed throughout all aspects of the UNDAF evaluation.
The UNDAF evaluation will be independent. It will adhere to the highest possible professional standards in evaluation. It will be responsive to the needs and priorities of the Republic of Albania and provide accountability and learning opportunities to the UN system. The evaluation will be conducted in a consultative manner and will engage the participation of a broad range of stakeholders. The geographical coverage of the evaluation will be national - Albania.
The evaluation will cover the implementation period 2017 to present, at all levels- outcome, output, deliverable/activity, assessing the contribution from all UN agencies which are part of the Programme of Cooperation for Sustainable Development 2017-2021. The scope covered by the evaluation includes examining UNDAF programming principles (human rights-based approach, gender equality, environmental sustainability, results-based management, capacity development), overall strategies and outcome/output specific strategies included in the UNDAF itself.
The objectives of UNDAF evaluation are:
These evaluation objectives are defined by the structured set of evaluation questions (See Annex 3) and incorporate the cross-cutting dimensions of gender, equity, and child rights.
METHODOLOGY AND APPROACH
The UNDAF Evaluation will be conducted in close collaboration with the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office, UNCT, Result Groups, and national counterparts.
Once the Evaluation team for the UNDAF evaluation has been selected, a thorough preparatory work should be conducted by the team to define the specific evaluation strategies, data collection methods and required evaluation tools. An Evaluation Plan will be developed accordingly.
Data collection - The UNDAF evaluation will use a multiple method approach, which could include the following: desk reviews of reference material, semi-structured interviews with key stakeholders, including key government counterparts (central and local level), MPs, donor community members, representatives of key civil society organisations, UNCT members, and implementing partners; surveys and questionnaires including participants in development programmes, UNCT members, and /or surveys and questionnaires involving other stakeholders; Focus Group discussions involving groups and sub-groups of stakeholders, decision-makers; Other methods such as outcome mapping, observational visits, etc.
Stakeholder participation – The UNDAF evaluation will be conducted in a participatory manner, ensuring the involvement of key stakeholders (e.g. government, civil society organisations, beneficiary/vulnerable groups, and donors) in all phases of the evaluation, based on a comprehensive in country visit/mission agenda prepared by UN RCO and UNCT.
Validation - All findings should be supported with evidence. Triangulation will be used to ensure that the information and data collected are valid. A report will be prepared including identified constrains, lessons and challenges in relations to the priority interventions as well as specific recommendations made both to the UNCT and to individual agencies.
In general, the evaluation approach should follow the UNEG guidance on integrating human rights and gender equality, UNEG norms and standards and international principles for development evaluation. In particular, in line with the UN System-Wide Action Plan (UN-SWAP) on gender equality, data collection methods and process should consider gender sensitivity. The final report should be compliant with UNEG quality checklist of evaluation reports and acknowledge how inclusive stakeholder participation was ensured during the evaluation process and any challenges to obtaining the gender equality information or to addressing these issues appropriately. Data should be systematically disaggregated by sex and age and, to the extent possible, disaggregated by geographical region, ethnicity, disability, migratory status and other contextually-relevant markers of equity. Adherence to a code of ethics and a human right based and gender sensitive approach in the gathering, treatment and use of data collected should be made explicit in the inception report. Perspective from both rights holders and duty bearers shall be collected.
The evaluation will be conducted in three phases:
Phase 1- Preparation:
i. Collection of reference material: The UN RC Office in close consultations with UNCT members will compile a list of background material, documents, and reports relevant to the UNDAF evaluation.
ii. Identification and selection of an Evaluation Team: The UNCT will jointly identify and select the appropriate consultants, one international and one local, for the UNDAF evaluation. The UN RC Office will take the lead, jointly with UNCT, in soliciting CVs of consultants.
iii. Development of inception report: To be conducted prior to the main data collection phase and after the Desk Review - the UNDAF Evaluation team, facilitated by UNCT, will a) develop an operational plan (an evaluation plan), which will include a design matrix, data collection and analysis methods, potential sites for field visits, b) assess the availability of logistical and administrative support; and v) further identify and collect relevant reference material. This evaluation plan will be shared with the UNRC and the UNCT for approval.
Phase 2 – Conduct of data collection activities and the preparation of the evaluation reports:
i. Desk review of reference material: The evaluation team is responsible for reviewing the reference documents, reports and any other data and information provided by the UN RC Office.
ii. Main data collection: The evaluation team will conduct data collection activities as guided by the evaluation plan. They will conduct agreed-upon interviews with stakeholders and site visits. At the end of the data collection activities, a meeting will be organized by the evaluation team, participated by key stakeholder representatives, to present preliminary findings and obtain feedback from the stakeholders.
iii. Data analysis and reporting: The evaluation team will conduct further data analysis based on all information collected and prepare a draft evaluation report for the UNDAF Evaluation within three weeks upon completion of the main data collection and analysis activities. The UNDAF Evaluation team will submit the report to the UNCT.
iv. Review of the draft report and finalization of the report: the draft UNDAF Report will be submitted for factual correction and feedback to key stakeholders, including the PSG. The UNDAF Evaluation team, in consultation with the UNCT, will prepare an audit trail to indicate how the comments were taken into account, and will finalize the UNDAF evaluation report.
Phase 3 - Follow-up:
The UNCT together with the UNRC Office will conduct follow-up activities, as guided by their respective processes and mandates.
In the context of the UNDAF Evaluation:
EVALUATION TEAM STRUCTURE FOR THE UNDAF EVALUATION
The PoCSD evaluation Steering Committee will be the body responsible for the proper conduct of PoCSD evaluations. The Joint Executive Committee (JEC) of PoCSD, co-chaired by the RC and a government representative, will typically assume this role.
The Steering Committee will appoint an Evaluation Manager. The Evaluation Manager should not be responsible for implementing a programme or a project to be evaluated and should have some knowledge of the evaluation process and methodology. This role will be carried out by the Resident Coordinator’s Office.
The Steering Committee will invite government counterparts of UNCT agencies to form a Consultative Group. The Consultative Group should be sufficiently inclusive to represent various sectoral interests. In Albania’s PoCSD, this role will be carried out by the Outcome Groups. The key roles of the Consultative Group are to ensure that 1) the evaluation process meets UNEG Norms, Standards and Ethical Guidelines and that 2) the evaluation findings are relevant and recommendations are implementable and that 3) the evaluation findings are disseminated and available for use and learning from the evaluation.
The Evaluation Team comprises independent external evaluators. It will have a team leader (international) with extensive evaluation expertise and one member (local expert).
Each UNSDCF evaluation should have a designated Evaluation Advisor in UNDCO to safeguard the independence and quality of the evaluation and to intervene in case of dispute.
Evaluation Team Roles and responsibilities
The Steering Committee is responsible for ensuring the PoCSD evaluation is conducted in a timely manner and through proper process, so as to meet quality standards and be useful to the UNCT and to stakeholders. Specifically, the Steering Committee will:
The Evaluation Manager is responsible for managing the entire process: ensuring that the evaluation is properly conducted, managing the validation and quality-control process, and making sure that the report fulfils the terms of reference. The Evaluation Manager will:
The Consultative Group will support the evaluation process, ensuring, in particular, that the evaluation properly reflects the views of the government involved and that the evaluators gain access to relevant informants and information sources in government. In addition to promoting ownership of and buy-in to the evaluation results, the Consultative Group will also:
The Evaluation Advisor will oversee the process to ensure the independence and quality of the evaluation. The Evaluation Advisor will:
Furthermore, UNDCO should:
UNEG, in its supporting role, will:
The evaluation team is expected to produce the following deliverables:
DURATION OF THE CONSULTANCY
The UNDAF Evaluation will be undertaken by a team of international and national consultants between January - February 2020 with an indicative time frame of 40 working days for each consultant.
BUDGET & SUPPORT
Funding for the PoCSD evaluation will be provided by the Special Purpose Trust Fund (SPTF) allocation to the RC Office.
The UNDAF Evaluation will be commissioned by RC Office and overseen by the UNCT and Joint Executive Committee. Day-to-day management will be ensured through the RC Office.
Support of the RC Office/UNCT to the evaluation process
The RC Office/UNCT will support the Evaluation Consultant with the following:
 The consultants will work with UN agencies to identify beneficiary/vulnerable groups at focus.
 The UN Evaluation Group upon request can allocate an evaluation advisor to the exercise while awaiting a decision on where this capacity will be located in the UN Secretariat.
Qualifications et expériences requises
QUALIFICATIONS OF THE CONSULTANT - NATIONAL
One nation consultant, in his assisting role to the UNDAF Evaluation Team Leader, is needed with the following skills and experience:
UNDP applies a fair and transparent selection process that would consider both the technical qualification of Individual Consultants as well as their financial proposals. The contract will be awarded to the candidate whose offer:
Technical Criteria - 70% of total evaluation – max points: 70
Criteria A: Education Background – max points: 20
Criteria B: Relevance of work experience – max points: 30
Criteria C: Expertise in conducting UNDAF evaluations/and or other programme reviews - max points 20
Financial Criteria - 30% of total evaluation – max points: 30
Interested applicants are advised to carefully study all sections of this ToRs and ensure that they meet the general requirements as well as specific qualifications described. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials
The application should contain:
How to Submit the Application:
To submit your application online, please follow the steps below:
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.
Due to a large number of applications we receive, we are able to inform only the successful candidates about the outcome or status of the selection process.
Annex 1: PoCSD 2017-2021 Evaluation - Desk Review of Reference Materials
Annex 2: Outcomes and Outputs Structure
Annex 3: Evaluation Questions
For evaluations, the evaluation questions should assess the following four dimensions.
i. Relevance and coherence: Are we doing the right things?
?ii. Results: Have we made a difference?
iii. Transformation: Have we made long-lasting, systemic and society-wide changes?
iv. Normative: Have we left no one behind?
Value addition of UNSDCF as a joint instrument
In addition to the four dimensions highlighted above, below can be used to assess UNSDCF as a tool:
Additional evaluation topics of interest are:
In addition to these core questions, the evaluation team will develop context-specific sub-questions during the inception phase of the UNDAF evaluation. To this purpose, during the inception mission the evaluation team will conduct a stakeholder analysis followed by ample in-country consultations will all key response stakeholders, to ensure that their views on issues that need to be considered, potential sub-questions, etc. are incorporated into the UNDAF evaluation. The inception report will also confirm the objectives around which to assess results and consider the preparation for the new UNSDCF. The evaluation is intended to be forward looking and therefore needs to take into consideration what is important for the future, including with regard to the 2030 Agenda.
The applying condidate is invited to submit a technical and financial proposal.
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