International Consultant (The Final Evaluation of The Regional Project Strengthening Community Resilience and Regional Cooperation for Prevention of Violent Extremism in Central Asia)
Important notice to the Applicants! Only those applications/offers will be considered that have been submitted to the following e-mail address: email@example.com with the indication of Ref.2020-103 in the subject line. The application deadline is 4 PM (Nur-Sultan time) 4 August 2020. For detailed information on the position, required documents to be sent and evaluation procedure please refer to the Terms of Reference. Background: The ‘Strengthening Community Resilience and Regional Cooperation for Prevention of Violent Extremism in Central Asia’ project (2018-2020), supported by the Government of Japan and implemented by UNDP, is a regional project that aims to contribute to resilience to violent extremism in vulnerable communities in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan through improving the socio-economic inclusion and participation of young men and women in their societies. The project activities at the country level focus on a) promoting safe and positive engagement platforms for youth to foster a greater sense of belonging and peer-to-peer support, and b) utilizing youth engagement platforms and support structures to provide young people with group-based skills and Entrepreneurship development services and schemes. The project also comprises a regional component, that includes Uzbekistan and is co-led by UNDP Kazakhstan and UNDP’s Istanbul Regional Hub (IRH). The regional component is geared at fostering knowledge exchange and collaboration across the region’s stakeholders at different levels in Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE), by generating evidence base on PVE through research, and building networks among youth, regional institutions, civil society, governments, and the international community around PVE.Apply Now
Duties and Responsibilities
- To assess overall performance against the project objective and the outcomes as set out in project document and other related documents.
- To assess the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact, sustainability, value for money and client satisfaction of the project considering the findings for these criteria.
- To prepare a methodology for evaluating project through engagement with project stakeholders. Conduct remote meetings (online or phone) and gather substantive feedback from project stakeholders (Government, UNDP, local and community-based organizations, young people and project beneficiaries), building on the criteria and questions listed above but not limited to them.
- To provide recommendations for project’s next phase for the donor consideration.
- Understand conflict sensitive and human rights-based approaches and gender mainstreaming in programming;
- Understand Results-based Management principles, logic modeling/logical framework Analysis;
- Demonstrate ability to communicate with various partners including government, civil society, private sector, UN Agencies and other development donors;
- Excellent organizational and time management skills;
- Strong analytical and research skills and experience in undertaking of similar assignments;
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with people from different backgrounds to deliver quality products within a short timeframe;
- Excellent report writing skills as well as communication and interviewing skills;
- Be flexible and responsive to changes and demands;
- Be client oriented.
- Sound knowledge of the UNDP programming principles and procedures; the UNEG Evaluation Competency Framework, norms and standards; UNDP Evaluation Policy; conflict sensitivity and human rights-based approach (HRBA);
- Demonstrate integrity by modeling the UNDP’s values and ethical standards;
- Promote the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
- Good interpersonal skills and ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity;
- Fulfill all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.
Required Skills and ExperienceEducation:
- At least MA in international affairs, political science, development studies, Conflict Resolution, economics, statistics, sociology, or a related social science.
- 5 or more years of relevant professional experience is required, including previous substantive research experience and involvement in monitoring and evaluation, strategic planning, result-based management (evaluations in PVE, peacebuilding, Conflict Prevention, conflict resolution and other relevant fields);
- Experience with quantitative and qualitative Data Collection and analysis; participatory approaches;
- Prior monitoring and evaluation experience in Central Asia (especially Central Asian countries) is an asset;
- Knowledge of the social and political situation and regional Development Trends in Central Asian countries is an advantage.
- Proficiency in English language and proven report writing skills (in English) is required;
- Russian language is an asset.
- Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability and Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per UNDP template provided;
- Detailed personal CV, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number);
- Copies of higher education diplomas and other relevant documents;
- A list of provided services in the field of the evaluation, monitoring and social studies in public policy, development studies, sociology or a related social science for the last three years;
- Proposed methodology of final evaluation;
- Evaluation Budget.