UN Women

National Consultant (Undertake A Country Programme Evaluation)

UN Women

Job Description

Background (programme/project context)UN Women's mandate (GA resolution 64/289) is to lead, coordinate and promote accountability of the UN system to deliver on gender equality and the Empowerment of Women with the primary objective of enhancing country-level coherence, ensuring coordinated interventions and securing positive impacts on the lives of women and girls, including those living in rural areas.The Country Office (CO) Strategic Note (SN) is the main planning tool for UN Women’s support to normative, Coordination and operational work in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). UN Women (previously as UNIFEM) has implemented catalytic initiatives on promoting women’s economic, political and social rights and participation in peace and security in the country since 2008. From 2010 to 2013 the office operated and Project Office and since October 2013 transitioned into a full Country Office, with delegation of authority since September 2014. This evaluation will consider the current Strategic Note covering the period 2015 – 2020. A new Strategic Note is due to be developed in 2020, for the period 2021 – 2025.BiH has made significant steps in developing institutional capacities for the work on gender equality. While aspiring for EU membership, BiH continues to grapple with ethno-nationalism, legacy of the war of 1990s, and parallel transitions to market economy and to democratic society causing tremendous changes in economic, political and social spheres of people’s everyday life. This development has had a devastating impact on gender equality and underlines the importance of UN Women work to assist BiH in its efforts for achieving gender equality.

Duties and Responsibilities

The work of UN Women is focused around its three-fold mandate.
  1. Normative work: to support inter-governmental bodies, such as the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and the General Assembly, in their formulation of policies, global standards and norms;

  2. Operational work: to help Member States to implement international standards and to forge effective partnerships with civil society; and

  3. Coordination work: entails both 1) work to promote the accountability of the United Nations system on gender equality and empowerment of women (GEEW), including regular monitoring of system-wide progress, and more broadly 2) work to mobilize and convene key stakeholders to ensure greater coherence and gender mainstreaming across the UN.

Evaluation PurposeEvaluation in UN Women is guided by the normative agreements described below to be gender-responsive and utilizes the entity’s strategic plan as a starting point for identifying the expected outcomes and impacts of its work and for measuring progress towards the achievement of results. The UN Women Evaluation Policy and the UN Women Evaluation Strategic Plan 2014-2017 are the main guiding documents that set forth the principles and organizational framework for evaluation planning, conduct and follow-up in UN Women.Country Portfolio Evaluation (CPE) is a systematic assessment of the contributions made by UN Women to development results with respect to gender equality at the country level. The UN Women portfolio responds to three core mandates, which include normative, operation and coordination work. The CPE focuses on their individual and combined success in advancing gender equality in BiH.Objectives (evaluation criteria and key questions)The specific evaluation objectives include:
  1. Assess the relevance of UN Women contribution to the intervention at national levels and alignment with international agreements and conventions on gender equality and women’s empowerment;

  2. Assess effectiveness and organizational efficiency in progressing towards the achievement of gender equality and women’s empowerment results as defined in the Strategic Note;

  3. Support the UN Women BiH CO to improve its strategic positioning to better support the achievement of sustained gender equality and women’s empowerment;

  4. Analyse how human rights approach and gender equality principles are integrated in the Design and implementation of the Strategic Note;

  5. Identify and validate lessons learned, good practices and examples of innovation that supports gender equality and human rights;

  6. Provide insights into the extent to which the UN Women BiH CO has realized synergies between its three mandates (normative, coordination and operations);

  7. Assess the extent to which the GSPS project’s objectives are consistent with and relevant to the priorities and policies of the donor and relevant to the needs of the target group. Assess effectiveness and efficiency in realizing project objectives;

  8. Provide actionable recommendations with respect to the development of the next UN Women BiH CO Strategic Note.

Scope of the evaluationAs majority of the CO project work takes place around the country, including remote municipalities, the evaluators are expected to visit several sites during the field mission to BiH.The evaluation team is expected to undertake a rapid evaluability assessment in the Inception. This should include the following:
  1. An assessment of the relevance, appropriateness and coherence of the implicit or explicit theory of change, strengthening or reconstructing it where necessary through a stakeholder workshop;

  2. An assessment of the quality of performance indicators in the DRF and OEEF, and the accessibility and adequacy of relevant documents and secondary data;

  3.  A review of the conduciveness of the context for the evaluation;

  4. Ensuring familiarity with accountability and management structures for the evaluation.

Time frameThe evaluation is expected to be conducted according to the following time frame (preliminary estimations): Task Time frame Responsible party Virtual inception meetingA one-day virtual inception meeting/workshop between evaluators and CO will take place in January 2020 Evaluators / UN Women COInception report and ERG and EMG comments Submission 1 weeks after the virtual inception workshop (1 week for commenting) by end of February Evaluators ERG, EMG Data Collection 1 week (tentatively towards the end of February/beginning of March) Evaluators Reporting stage (Analysis and presentation of preliminary findings)5 weeks (post final data collection) – Beginning of April Evaluators Evaluation Reference Group and Evaluation Management Group Comments 2 weeks – End of April/beginning of MayERG and EMGFinal Report including validation2 weeks - MayEvaluatorUse and follow-up6 weeks post final reportUN Women RO Expected deliverables Deliverable Time frame for submission Person responsible Inception report Word format (including 2 rounds of revision) February 2020 Evaluator (EMG and ERG feedback) Preliminary findings presentation April 2020 Evaluators (EMG and ERG feedback) Draft report Word format (including 2 rounds of revision) May 2020 Evaluator (EMG and ERG feedback) Final reportMay 2020 Evaluator (EMG and ERG feedback) Management Response July 2020 BiH CO Director National Evaluation ExpertEvaluation team composition, skills and experiencesUN Women are seeking to appoint two qualified individuals to undertake the evaluation (one international and one national).The evaluation team consists of three evaluators: the International Consultant (Team Member) a National consultant (Team Member), both to be recruited by the UN Women ECA RES in close coordination with UN Women BiH Country Office, and the UN Women ECARES who will act as the evaluation Team Leader for this evaluation.The estimated number of person-days required for the evaluation is 25 days for the national consultant/evaluator with breakdown as follows:
  • Initial data collection and preparation of inception report: 6 days;

  • Additional data collection, portfolio review and interviews/necessary follow ups after data collection mission: 5 days

  • In country data collection: 5 days;

  • Support to Data Analysis: 4 days;

  • Preparation of draft report: 4 days;

  • Inputs to final report: 1 days.

An interpreter/translator will be used from the existing LTA agreement on such services for the inception consultations, data collection during the field mission and translation of final report, as needed.

Competencies

CORE VALUES:
  • Respect for Diversity

  • Integrity

  • Professionalism

CORE COMPETENCIES:
  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues

  • Accountability

  • Creative Problem Solving

  • Effective Communication

  • Inclusive Collaboration

  • Stakeholder Engagement

  • Leading by Example

Functional Competencies:Knowledge Management and Learning
  • Shares knowledge and experience

  • Seeks and applies knowledge, information, and best practices from within and outside UN Women

  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more practice areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills

  • Development and Operational Effectiveness

  • Demonstrates excellent written and oral communication skills. Communicates sensitively, effectively and creatively across different constituencies

  • Demonstrates very good understanding of and experience in communications and outreach/advocacy

  • Ability to perform a variety of standard specialized and non-specialized tasks and work processes that are fully documented, researched, recorded and reported

  • Ability to review a variety of data, identify and adjust discrepancies, identify and resolve operational problems

  • Uses Information Technology effectively as a tool and resource

  • Process management skills, including facilitation and communication skills with stakeholders

  • Data analysis skills

Leadership and Self-Management
  • Focuses on result for the client and responds positively to feedback

  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude

  • Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure

  • Proven networking skills and ability to generate interest in UN Women’s mandate

  • Identifies opportunities and builds strong partnerships with clients and partners

Required Skills and Experience

Education:
  • University degree in sociology, international development, social sciences, or another related area

Experience:
  • Minimum 5 years of professional experience on relevant development GEEW related issues, including substantive support to several evaluation processes

  • Technical experience in monitoring and evaluation

  • Experience of gender analysis and human rights-based approaches

Language:
  • Fluent in English, Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian languages, both written and spoken

The Consultants should have proven commitment to the core values of the United Nations, in particular respecting differences of culture, gender, religion, ethnicity, nationality, language, age, HIV status, disability, and sexual orientation, or other. Application processQualified and interested candidates can view the vacancy and apply online at https://jobs.undp.org/. The system will only accept one document. The interested candidates must submit the following documents/ information to demonstrate their qualification:
  • Letter of Intent with justification of being the most suitable for the work, vision and working approach, specifically indicating experience of carrying out evaluations and in producing out analytical reports, etc.;

  • Duly filled Personal History Form (P11) and/or CV, including records on past experience in similar projects/assignments and specific outputs obtained. http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment;

  • Financial proposal (in USD) - specifying an all-inclusive daily fee, and the lump sum for the envisaged number of working days. The financial offer should include all costs related to completion of the task under the current Terms of Reference. In general, travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket shall not be accept. The consultant will be provided with the necessary administrative and logistical support to enable them deliver on the expected outputs

Description of Activity  Unit of measure (e.g. day, month, etc.)  Unit price No. of units  Total Price       Payment will be done as follows: 30 % of total payment upon approval of inception report; 30 % upon delivery of draft evaluation report; and 40% upon approval of final evaluation report. EVALUATION OF OFFERS UN Women applies a fair and transparent selection process that takes into account both the technical qualification of potential consultants as well as the financial proposals submitted in support of consultant applications. Candidate applications will be evaluated using a cumulative analysis method taking into consideration the combination of applicant qualifications and financial proposal. The contract will be awarded to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
  • responsive/compliant/acceptable, and

  • having received the highest score out of below defined technical and financial criteria.

Criteria:Technical Evaluation – documents based (70%)Applications will be assessed according to the following Technical Criteria:
  • University degree in sociology, international development, social sciences, or another related area; (10 points);

  • Minimum 5 years of professional experience on relevant development GEEW related issues, including substantive support to several evaluation processes; (20)

  • Technical experience in monitoring and evaluation; (20)

  • Experience of gender analysis and human rights-based approaches; (20)

Financial Evaluation- based on submitted offer (30%) Evaluation of submitted financial offers will be done based on the following formula: S = Fmin / F * 30S - score received on financial evaluation;Fmin - the lowest financial offer out of all the submitted offers qualified over the technical evaluation round;F - financial offer under the consideration. 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.
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