United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

Evaluation of Esa Ministerial Commitment on Comprehensive Sexuality Education & Srhr for Adolescents

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

Job Description


Grade : Level 4

Parent Sector : Education Sector (ED)

Duty Station: Harare

Job Family: Education

Type of contract : Non Staff

Duration of contract : From 1 to 6 months

Recruitment open to : External candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 21/06/2020

UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism

OVERVIEW OF THE FUNCTIONS OF THE POSTThe Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) Commitment was endorsed and affirmed in 2013 by Ministers of Education and Health from 20 ESA countries[1] with a vision to ensure young Africans become global citizens of the future, who are educated, healthy, resilient, socially responsible, informed decision-makers, and have capacity to contribute to their community, country, and region. The ESA Commitment is a response to the circumstances of the region’s adolescents and young people aged 10 to 24 years. This target group faces many sexual and reproductive health challenges, including early and unintended pregnancy, HIV and sexually transmitted infections, gender-based violence and child marriage, discrimination and low access to quality friendly Health Services – all of which can undermine education opportunities, especially for girls, and affect future health and opportunities. The Commitment was co-led by UNESCO, UNAIDS, UNFPA and other UN partners, the EAC, SADC, civil society, religious and youth leaders. It is steered by a High Level Group (HLG) composed of regional leaders in education, sexual and reproductive health and rights, Hiv Prevention and development. A Technical Coordinating Group (TCG) provides technical, administrative, and financial support to the ESA Commitment process and tracks progress using a Regional Accountability Framework (RAF) that breaks down the ESA Commitment targets into several processes and outcome indicators.

[1]Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, South Sudan, Swaziland, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe. Rwanda did not officially endorse the commitment but it is an active member and regularly reports on progress.

Long Description

An evaluation of the ESA Commitment is needed to assess the effectiveness of the Commitment in achieving targets and improving outcomes for young people. The evaluation will cover the entire implementation period from 2013 to 2020. It will cover the experiences of each member country and in-depth study will be conducted in ten purposefully selected countries from ESA and best practices documented and disseminated. The purpose of the evaluation seeks to;

  • Assess the processes and achievements made through the ESA Commitment efforts

  • Draw lessons that will inform the rationale/baseline for the extension of the ESA Commitment to 2030 to align with Agenda 2030.

  • Provide information on the nature, extent and where possible, the effect of the ESA Commitment to the sexual and reproductive health and rights of adolescents and young

  • Assess the progress made in the specific areas of the ESA Commitment Accountability Framework

  • Assess the efficacy of the multi-sectoral mechanisms employed to realize the Commitment

Long Description

Specific objectives of the evaluation speak to 5 key areas which are relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and the emerging issues. Questions to be answered in evaluating each of the 5 key areas are accessible here in full text of ToRs.

Relevance: The evaluation should assess the Design and focus of the ESA Commitment Accountability Framework and review the extent to which the objectives of the Commitment are consistent with the needs and priorities of adolescents and young people, the implementation partners, and key stakeholders within the member states. Effectiveness: The evaluation will assess how the ESA commitment ‘operationalization’ processes that were put in place at regional and national level have been effective in coordinating the achievement of the commitment in the different countries. Efficiency: The evaluation will assess the efficiency of ESA Commitment implementation in terms of how country investments in the areas of the commitment have converted to results. Sustainability: The evaluation should also examine the sustainability of national interventions designed to achieve the ESA Commitment’s targets. Emerging issues: The evaluation should not only look into the results achieved against the accountability framework but will also generate the necessary information for a possible extension including emerging issues relevant to the core of the commitment and not yet included.

Long Description

The evaluation should gather both quantitative and qualitative data on the ten commitments, the nine targets of the commitment and the individual elements of the Accountability Framework. A combination of methods is to be used which includes but not limited to the list prescribed in full text of ToRs here. Methodology may vary according to country specific context, especially in light of Covid-19.

A Results-based Management approach will be applied considering not only progress toward the targets set, but quality and the logic of the commitment, as well as its consequences. Refer to the elements to be evaluated using the RBM approach in full text of ToRs here. 4 broad sets of evaluation standards as guiding principles for the consultancy, namely: propriety standards, feasibility standards, accuracy standards and utility standards are to be adopted. Refer to the pronouncements of the guiding principles here.

A Human Rights-based approach should be employed to bring into focus not only the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability of activities carried out but also the processes of project implementation. Particular attention should be given to the principles of inclusion, participation, equality and non-discrimination, and accountability as addressed in project activities.

The Evaluation Team will report to the TCG under the leadership of SADC and EAC. M&E Advisors from the participating UN agencies will provide technical guidance on the evaluation and ensure independence of the evaluation process, and that policy is followed. UNESCO, UNFPA, UNAIDS, WHO, UNDP and UNICEF will manage the evaluation and provide logistical support under the overall guidance of SADC Secretariat and the EAC.

Deliverables: (1) Inception report (2) Draft report (3) Presentation of preliminary findings (4) Final evaluation report (5) Master presentation of findings

Access full list of expanded deliverables here. Deliverables will be broken down based on each agency's financial contribution and bilateral contractual agreements will be issued to the successful consultant by each agency.

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)Accountability (C)Communication (C)Innovation (C)Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)Planning and organizing (C)Results focus (C)Teamwork (C)-For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Team Leader

At least a PhD degree or equivalent level in one of the following fields: Public health, Demography, Development Studies, Health Economics, Social Sciences, or other related studies. Team leader will be required to submit one sample of previous similar work produced and 3 references or proof of satisfactory completion from the previous employers or contractors. Detailed list of required qualifications are on the full ToRs here.

Team member consultants

Masters Degree in Population, Demography, Statistics, Public Health, Development Studies or other related studies. Proven experience in conducting reviews and evaluations involving adolescents and young peoples’ sexual and reproductive health and rights. Skills in using evidence-based, knowledge base creation and ability to develop systems for improved performance. Consultants should have experience in conducting programme evaluations and assessments. Evidence of an analytical work in the subject matter. Excellent report writing, communication, interviewing and computer skills.


Team leader to have past experience in working with the UN, EAC or SADC is an added advantage. Previous experience in similar assignments and inter-sectoral collaboration will also be viewed as an added advantage.

All interested consultants/firms are requested to submit an application explaining their competencies to meet the requirements of the assignment. Applicants should also;

• Explain in detail, the proposed methodology to be used in carrying out the assignment, including sampling strategy (not just sample size but also urban, rural, age, sex disaggregation, etc.)

• Provide the expected duration of the assignment and dates of availability; roles and competencies of core team members

• Provide a detailed professional budget in USD (Indicate daily professional rates and days)

• Attach brief technical bio data of core team members

• Provide evidence of similar work undertaken recently (Not more than 5 years) and references


Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application and provide complete and accurate information. To apply, please visit the UNESCO careers website. No modifications can be made to the application submitted.

The evaluation of candidates is based on the criteria in the vacancy notice, and may include tests and/or assessments, as well as a competency-based interview.

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Please note that only selected candidates will be further contacted and candidates in the final selection step will be subject to reference checks based on the information provided.


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