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Notice from UNDP – Job Vacancy – National Evaluation Consultants (3 positions)

September 24, 2019 South Sudan NEWS PORTAL

Location : Juba, SOUTH SUDAN
Application Deadline : 30-Sep-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left : 6d 14h 48m
Type of Contract : Individual Contract
Post Level : National Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
02-Oct-2019
Duration of Initial Contract : 45 days
Expected Duration of Assignment : 45 days
South Sudan’s history is characterised by conflicts with millions of civilians displaced, weak governance systems, mismanagement of public funds, suboptimal service delivery, and weak economic growth. The signing of Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) in September 2018, coming at the backdrop of many failed attempts to restore peace since the December 2013, brought renewed impetus towards stabilizing the fragile situation in the country. 

Peace and Community Cohesion project (consultancy duration: 50 days)

The Peace and Community Cohesion project (PaCC) seeks to contribute to the reduction and mitigation of community level conflict and insecurity by investing in initiatives that address key drivers of conflict and insecurity Using the UNDP’s community security and social cohesion approach, the project aimed to empower communities to identify, in an inclusive and participatory manner, the drivers of conflicts in the communities and using an integrated and gender sensitive approach to effectively prevent, manage and resolve conflict in a non-violent manner. The project also sought to strengthen community relationships by identifying and strengthening cultural, social and economic connectors that make communities reliant on each other in times of peace and conflict, across sex and age divide. In collaboration with other UN agencies and development partners, the project supported initiatives that reinforce economic interdependencies, provided women and youth with alternative livelihood opportunities and instigated positive behavioural change of members of targeted communities, through dialogue and reconciliation.

Support to Public Administration Project (consultancy duration: 30 days)

The Support to Public Administration Project aimed to support South Sudan in building its civil service capacity for equitable, responsive, and accountable service delivery. It addressed three levels of capacity: enabling environment (policy, legal, regulatory and institutional); organizational (work procedures and operational arrangements); and individual (skills development) levels. The project was funded by the Government of Norway while three IGAD countries; Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda contributed experienced civil servants who spent two years in South Sudan’s national and subnational government institutions. The project was implemented in Aweil, Juba, Kapoeta, Kuajok, Rumbek, Terekeka, Wau. Yambio and Yei.  

Public Financial Management Project (consultancy duration: 45 days)

Support to Public Financial Management project recognized the importance of improved public financial management and accountability and provided technical assistance to build the capacity for domestic non-oil revenue generation and accountability in South Sudan. While most high-yielding revenues are collected by the national government, the rest are given to state and local governments. The Constitution, together with the Local Government Act of 2009, devolve responsibility for the provision of primary public service delivery and infrastructure development to states and counties.  However, at the states and counties levels; financial resources at disposal and its fiscal space are most limited and public financial management capacity is very low. In addition, the fall in oil revenue receipts caused by the volatilities in the global oil market coupled with the impact of the internal conflict exacerbated poor public service delivery at the subnational levels due to inadequate revenue flowing to the states.  This further worsen the capacity of the subnational governments to deliver basic social services to their people.

To achieve specific projects’ outputs, the projects works closely with government, other UN agencies, and civil society organizations to implement project activities, deploys UN staff into the field to work closely with actors on the ground, and works with government at the highest levels to build legislative and regulatory capacity. 

The projects’ aligns with the following development frameworks: South Sudan 2040 Vision: promoting supremacy of the rule of law and separation of powers, recognition of human rights and fundamental freedoms, justice and equality for all, and promoting accountability and transparency in governance; Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); UNDP Strategic Plan (2018-2021), United Nations Cooperation Framework and UNDP Country Programme Document; (CPD).

Purpose of the evaluation: 

The current phase of the projects is ending. These evaluations are being conducted to assess the project’s contribution toward i) Support to peacebuilding and community cohesion ii) Supporting South Sudan in building its civil service capacity for equitable, responsive, and accountable service delivery and; iii) Support to enhancement of capacity of states in non-oil revenue mobilization and accountability. 

UNDP commissions these final evaluations to serve as an important accountability function, providing UNDP, donors, national stakeholders and partners with an impartial assessment of the results generated to date, including on gender equality and women empowerment. The evaluation will assess the project’s relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability; identify and document lessons learned; and provide recommendations to inform the design and implementation of other related ongoing and future projects. The findings and recommendations of the evaluation will inform the key stakeholders; relevant ministries and institutions of the Government of the Republic of South Sudan, project donors, UNDP, UN agencies, UN Mission in South Sudan, civil society organisations, local and national level infrastructures for peace, academia and other actors.

Objectives:

Specific project Evaluation objectives are to:

Determine the relevance and strategic positioning of UNDP’s projects and whether the initial assumptions are still relevant. 

Assess a) the progress made towards project results and whether there were any unintended results and b) what can be captured in terms of lessons learned for ongoing and future UNDP support towards similar initiatives in South Sudan

Assess whether the project management arrangements, approaches and strategies were well-conceived and efficient in delivering the project. 

Review the frameworks and strategies that UNDP and partners devised to deliver projects objectives including capacity building of national institutions and whether they are well conceived for achieving planned objectives. 

Analyse the extent to which the project enhanced application of a rights-based approach, gender equality and women’s empowerment, social and environmental standards and participation of other socially vulnerable groups such as children and the disabled.

To assess the overall contribution of the project to rule of law and human rights observance in the country and whether there are indications of sustaining the results generated by the project. 

Scope

The project evaluation will cover the specific project duration, in all the geographic locations that it was being implemented. The evaluation will cover programme conceptualisation, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of results and will engage all project stakeholders – benefitting communities, relevant ministries and institutions of the Government of the Republic of South Sudan, project donors, UNDP, UN agencies, UN Mission in South Sudan, civil society organisations, local and national level infrastructures for peace, academia and other actors.. The evaluation will also focus on performance of indicators agreed with all funding partners.  In addition to assessing the relevance, effectiveness and efficiency of the project, the evaluation will; a) explore the key factors that have contributed to the achieving or not achieving of the intended results; b) determine the extent to which the project is contributing to building capacities, addressing crosscutting issues of gender and human rights, forging partnership at different levels, including with government, donors, UN agencies, and communities; c) potential sustainability of the project for continued realisation of results; and d) draw lessons learned and best practices and make recommendations for future programming of projects of similar nature. 

The evaluation will also assess the synergy between different projects and other UNDP initiatives contributing towards the same outcome areas. 

Evaluation Questions. 

The evaluation seeks to answer the following questions, focused around the evaluation criteria of relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability;  

Relevance: To what extent was the project in line with the national development priorities, the country programme’s outputs and outcomes, the UNDP Strategic Plan and the SDGs; 

Effectiveness: To what extent were the project outputs achieved, and contribution to the country programme outcomes and outputs, the SDGs, the UNDP Strategic Plan and national development priorities;

Efficiency: To what extent was the project management structure efficient in generating the expected results;

Sustainability: Are there any risks that may jeopardize the sustainability of the project;

Human rights: To what extent have the disadvantaged and marginalized groups benefited from the work of UNDP in the country;

Gender equality: To what extent have gender equality and the empowerment of women been addressed in the design, implementation and monitoring of the project. 

Methodology: 

The evaluation will be carried out in accordance with UNDP evaluation guidelines and policies, United Nations Group Evaluation Norms and Ethical Standards; OECD/DAC evaluation principles and guidelines and DAC Evaluation Quality Standards.  The evaluation will employ a combination of both qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods. 

The final methodological approach including interview schedule, field visits and data to be used in the evaluation should be clearly outlined in the inception report and be fully discussed and agreed between UNDP, stakeholders and the evaluators.

Evaluation Products/Deliverables 

The national consultant will be expected to support the international consultant to deliver the following: 

a) Evaluation inception report (10-15 pages). The inception report should be carried out following and based on preliminary discussions with UNDP after the desk review and should be produced before the evaluation starts (before any formal evaluation interviews, survey distribution or field visits) and prior to the country visit in the case of international evaluators.

b) Evaluation debriefings. Immediately following an evaluation, UNDP may ask for a preliminary debriefing and findings.

c) Draft evaluation report (max 40 pages). UNDP and stakeholders will review the draft evaluation report and provide an amalgamated set of comments to the evaluator within 10 days, addressing the content required (as agreed in the inception report) and quality criteria as outlined in the UNDP evaluation guidelines.

d) Evaluation report audit trail. Comments and changes by the evaluator in response to the draft report should be retained by the evaluator to show how they have addressed comments.

e) Final evaluation report.

f) Presentations to stakeholders and the evaluation reference group.

g) Evaluation brief and other knowledge products agreed in the inception report. 

Technical competencies: 

  • Excellent writing skills with a strong background in report drafting;
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to work with people of different cultural, ethnic and religious background, different gender, and diverse political views;
  • Ability to use critical thinking, conceptualize ideas, and articulate relevant subject matter concisely.

Corporate competencies:

  • Demonstrated integrity by upholding the United Nations’ values and ethical standards; 
  • Appreciate differences in values and learning from cultural diversities;
  • Promotes UNDP vision, mission and strategic goals;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age-based sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Demonstrates diplomacy and tact in dealing with sensitive and complex situations.

Professionalism:

  • Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter;
  • Demonstrated ability to negotiate and apply good judgment;
  • Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results.
Required Qualifications:

The project evaluation will be conducted by a team of independent consultants (an international evaluation expert/team leader and a national consultant). The national consultant must have extensive experience in strategic programming of development assistance in post-conflict countries within the broader areas of peacebuilding and democratic governance on post conflict settings. Preferably, the consultant also has substantial knowledge of and experience with the monitoring and evaluation of similar initiatives in volatile environments. The required qualifications and technical competencies are listed below:

Qualifications: -Peace and Community Cohesion project (PaCC)

Education: 

  • Minimum Master’s degree in Law, Public Policy and Management, Public Administration, Development studies, International Development, or any other relevant educational background.

Experience: 

  • Minimum 4 years’ experience in the fields of community security, conflict prevention, peace building and reconciliation, governance, inclusive participation, gender mainstreaming and human rights promotion.
  • At least 2 years (and recent – latest should have been conducted within the past 2 years) professional experience in conducting evaluations of similar peacebuilding initiatives. 

Language: 

  • Fluent in English. 

Qualifications: – Support to Public Administration Project

Education: 

  • Minimum Master’s degree in Law, Public Policy and Management, Public Administration, Development Studies, International Development, or any other relevant educational background.

Experience: 

  • At least 4 years (and recent – latest should have been conducted within the past 2 years) professional experience in conducting evaluations of similar public administration and governance initiatives in post-conflict settings. 
  • At least 2 years’ experience in the fields of public administration, institutional capacity building, governance, and gender mainstreaming and human rights promotion.

Language: 

  • Fluent in English. 

Qualifications: -Support to Public Financial Management project

Education: 

  • Minimum Master’s degree in Economics, Public Policy and Management, Public Administration, Development Studies, Public Finance, International Development or similar field

Experience: 

  • At least 4 years (and recent – latest should have been conducted within the past 2 years) professional experience in conducting evaluations of similar public financial management and public administration initiatives in post-conflict settings. 
  • At least 2 years’ experience in the fields of public financial management, public administration, governance, international relations, regional development, gender equality and social services. 

Language: 

  • Fluent in English. 

Application process:

Interested candidates are expected to submit the following;

  • Detailed technical proposal demonstrating understanding of objectives, scope of the evaluation, proposed methodology, evaluation deliverables and timeframes (not more than 4 pages)
  • Updated CV demonstrating relevant academic and professional qualification, and experiences. 
  • Clearly outlined itemised financial proposal

Evaluation Criteria:

  • For evaluation and selection method, the Cumulative Analysis Method [weighted combined score method] is used in this recruitment: 

Technical Qualification (100 points) weight; [70%]

Financial/Price Proposal (100 points) weight; [30%]

A two-stage procedure is utilized in evaluating the proposals, with evaluation of the technical proposal being completed prior to any price proposal being compared. Only the price proposal of the firm who passed the minimum technical score of 70% of the obtainable score of 100 points in the technical qualification evaluation will be evaluated.

Implementation Arrangements: 

The UNDP South Sudan Country Office will select the national consultant through an open process in consultation with the partners. UNDP will be responsible for the management of the national consultant and will in this regard designate an evaluation manager and focal point. Project staff will assist in facilitating the process (e.g. providing relevant documentation, arranging visits/interviews with key informants, etc.). 

The evaluation manager will convene an evaluation reference group comprising of technical experts from partners and UNDP to enhance the quality of the evaluation. This reference group will review the inception report and the draft evaluation report to provide detailed comments related to the quality of methodology, evidence collected, analysis and reporting. The reference group will also advise on the conformity of processes to the UNDP and UNEG standards.
The national consultant will support the international consultant and with assistance from the project team, for setting up meetings and conducting the evaluation, subject to advanced approval of the methodology submitted in the inception report. The national consultant will report to the international consultant and to the designated evaluation manager and focal point and work closely with the project team. The national consultant will work full time, based in UNDP South Sudan and will be required to travel to the project locations as part of the evaluation. Office space and limited administrative and logistical support will be provided.  The consultant will use her/his own laptop and cell phone.  UNDP will develop a management response to the evaluation within 2 weeks of report finalization.

 

Technical Evaluation Criteria Weighted Score: 

  • Minimum Master’s degree in Law, Public Policy and Management, Public Administration, Development Studies, International Development, or any other relevant educational background:15 points 
  • At least 4 years professional experience in conducting evaluations (latest evaluations should have been conducted within the past 2 years);  20 points
  • At least 2 years’ experience in relevant fields (as per section 10 above):15 points 
  • Demonstrated understanding of objectives and scope of the evaluation: 20 points 
  • Concise and coherent methodology clearly articulating how the anticipated deliverables will be achieved: 30 points 

TOTAL 100

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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