Functional Title: Evaluation & Monitoring Expert (Team member) Duty Station of Assignment: Kosovo and home-based Type of Contract: Individual Contract (Consultancy Assignment) Duration of Assignment: 30 w/days over the period 3 September 2020 – 15 July 2021 Closing date for applications: 6 July 2020Apply Now
BACKGROUNDThe Pristina-Belgrade dialogue has presented an unprecedented opportunity to effectively address the unmet needs of citizens in Kosovo’s Serb-majority northern municipalities, and to promote better relations between Kosovo’s main communities. Yet implementation of agreements intended to facilitate integration of the northern municipalities has been slow and incomplete: critical duty-bearers in the northern municipalities need technical assistance to develop and align local municipal planning and management with Kosovo frameworks; genuine local democratic responsiveness and accountability is essential to reduce the risk of increased tension between municipalities and citizens; support is needed to build mutual confidence and cooperation between municipalities and central government, and amongst municipalities, to ensure positive results for citizens. Successful integration of the four northern municipalities, consistent with agreements emerging from the dialogue since 2011, will be a key determinant of future stability and inclusive development, as well as Kosovo’s European perspective. UN-Habitat, PAX and Community Building Mitrovica (CBM) developed the Inclusive Development Programme to respond to the urgent demand for technical assistance on municipal planning and management in northern Kosovo, for strengthening of the social contract between municipalities and citizens, and for enhanced trust and joint action within a framework of local-central dialogue and inter-municipal cooperation. Following conclusion of a one-year inception phase, the programme is implemented over the period of October 2017 – September 2021. The Programme is financed by the Swedish International Development Agency and jointly implemented by UN-Habitat, PAX and Community Building Mitrovica (CBM) in close partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Local Government Administration. It covers 7 municipalities in the northern Kosovo region: Leposavic/Leposaviq, Mitrovica South, Mitrovica North, Skenderaj/Srbica, Vushtrri/Vucitrn, Zubin Potok, and Zvecan/Zvecan. Given the complexity of the programme and the multi-stakeholder partnership delivering it, a an evaluation and monitoring team will support the Programme Steering Committee by carrying out objective and independent oversight and monitoring functions, providing an external perspective on implementation progress and recommendations on the way forward to reach expected outcomes and assessing the performance of the Programme. For general information on UN-Habitat in Kosovo and the Inclusive Development Programme, refer to the website: http://www.unhabitat-kosovo.org
OBJECTIVES AND PURPOSE OF EVALUATION & MONITORINGA team of two consultants will be engaged to undertake the assignment, an evaluation expert for governance & capacity & trust building and a technical evaluation expert. The Team Leader will be the evaluation expert for governance & capacity & trust building. The Team Leader shall propose the methodology for conducting the independent review. The key objectives are to: (i) undertake objective independent oversight of programme activities; assess the Programme’s outputs and degree to which progress has been made towards achievement of the expected outcomes/impact; Validate the approach and methodology as described in the project document and in relation to achievement of intended outcomes, and verify that programme commitments to mainstreaming women’s empowerment and in relation to environmental impact and climate change mitigation are fulfilled; identify factors which help or hamper the achievement of those outcomes; (ii) propose priorities and recommendations for consolidating or expanding results, further deepening the final impact of the Programme and widening the range of capacity and trust building approaches and packages developed by the Programme so as to inform the Steering Committee of the Programme; (iii) examine the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, stakeholders ownership, internalization and sustainability as well as the outcomes/impact of the Programme’s methods and strategy and identify challenges as well as opportunities; (iv) identify the lessons learned of the Programme and propose recommendations and inputs for possible additional support. The two-step evaluation’s findings and recommendations are expected to be used inform the Steering Committee of the Programme for the best way forward to achieve the expected outcomes, and also in future planning and decision-making processes by the concerned national and local authorities, the Swedish Development Cooperation, UN-Habitat, PAX, CBM and other stakeholders.
DESCRIPTION OF INTENDED OUTCOMES OF THE PROGRAMMEThe long-term goal of the Inclusive Development Programme is to foster inclusive development and good governance in northern Kosovo through support to integration in Kosovo’s planning framework, with strong local democratic oversight, local-central dialogue, and inter-municipal cooperation. The programme will contribute to achievement of the headline goal through the realization of three intended outcomes, in relation to which the team will conduct oversight, monitoring and evaluation activities: (1) Increased integration of northern municipalities within Kosovo’s governance framework, achieved through development of institutional capacities to progressively improve performance of their responsibilities related to integrated spatial and urban planning and development, consistent with Kosovo’s planning system and principles of sound public administration (2) Enhanced quality of local governance, achieved through extensive public dialogue, feedback and accountability mechanisms, and civil society action to demand greater municipal responsiveness and performance (3) Strengthened public confidence in local institutions and the integration process, achieved through demonstration of practical infrastructure and service delivery improvements, and delivered by enhanced mechanisms for local-central and inter-municipal trust-building, dialogue, and coordination EVALUATION AND MONITORING PARAMETERS The evaluation ultimately seeks to gauge the overall result of the efforts invested in the whole Programme, and particularly in the three objectives, and in the cross cutting / integrated activities in order to achieve the Expected Outcomes. The following parameters are proposed to guide the evaluation and monitoring mission. Findings in the evaluation should be exemplified with evidence-based data emanating from specific contributions. A. Relevance: Are the Programme’s adopted strategies valid? Does the Programme have a comparative advantage in the sector?
- Rationale of the programme and its objectives
- Changes in project context during implementation
- Institutional and partner priorities
- Actual or expected achievement of objectives at the time of the evaluation
- Factors and processes affecting the achievement of objectives
- Programme Progress compared to plans, budget and overall performance
- Relevance and implementation efficiency of Catalytic Funds
- Outcomes/impact (positive/negative, foreseen/unforeseen) on the Kosovo Central Institutions, partner municipalities, CSOs and grassroots groups, and other stakeholders;
- Outcomes/impact (positive/negative, foreseen/unforeseen) on local collaborating partners, consultants and professionals involved in the implementation of the Programme
- Factors affecting or likely to affect sustainability of the project
- Established networks among Institutions, Local Authorities, CSOs; established partnerships
- Experiences exchanged, amount of information shared
- Trust and confidence, conflict-sensitive mechanisms, dialogue
- Implementing capacity of the cooperation partners to take the activities forward
- Summary on Programme relevance, performance and success (actual or potential)
- Summary on major problems previously and currently faced by the Programme that are contributing to its setback
- Recommendations for the future.
- Operational Lessons: What are the major lessons learned from the Programme implementation with reference to capacity building, dialogue, trust building and the sustainability of its results?
- List of all lessons learned from the evaluation point of view that may be applied to other programme phases or other projects / programmes
- Provision of substantive inputs to the Inception Report at the latest by 7 September
- Provision of substantive inputs to the initial findings Report by 30 October
- Support Presentation 1 to the Steering Committee
- Provision of substantive inputs to the Draft Evaluation Report at the latest by 14 May
- Support Presentation 2 to the Steering Committee
- Provision of substantive inputs to the Final Evaluation Report at the latest by 15 July
- Providing logistical support
- Providing comments, in consultation with PAX/ CBM and the Steering Committee members, to the draft reports
- Sharing the results with partners, donors and stakeholders
- At least a Master Degree in Development Studies, Local Governance, Social Sciences, or other relevant discipline. The candidate should preferably be specialized in the field of capacity building and institutional change management.
- A minimum of ten years professional practical experience in related fields, incl. in transition countries.
- Very good knowledge of international experience and best practices regarding institutional change management and human resource development, and/or spatial planning, environmental management, sustainable development, and local governance, incl. civil society oversight and monitoring (esp. in relation to local governance), capacity development, and coordination
- Excellent proficiency in spoken and written English. Knowledge of local languages is an asset.
- Familiarity with and loyalty to the goals of UN-Habitat and the UN
- Enthusiasm and willingness to share experiences and transfer knowledge
- Sensitivity to gender issues and issues of concern to vulnerable groups
- Flexibility and preparedness to pursue goals through teamwork
- Availability for the suggested project schedule