Call for Proposals for National Consultancy on Evaluation of Child Rights Monitoring Program in Belarus

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Call for Proposals for National Consultancy on Evaluation of Child Rights Monitoring Program in Belarus

Duration: 9 months

This Terms of Reference (ToR) is for a formative program evaluation of a Child Rights Monitoring (CRM) program implemented by UNICEF in Belarus in partnership with the National Statistical Committee (Belstat), line ministries, international development organisations, including the World Bank, NGOs and think tanks.

The object of this evaluation is the UNICEF Belarus Child Rights Monitoring program (2016 – mid 2022) implemented in the changing context of Belarus with a focus on the national child rights monitoring systems where the program implementation is embedded (Annex 3 presents two Theories of Change of the program).

The purpose of the evaluation is to provide a rigorous assessment of UNICEF’s results to date, analyse strengths and weaknesses in strategies taken by the CRM program as well as insights on how to address possible system-level bottlenecks and strengthen the national child rights monitoring system and accountability mechanisms. While Belarus has established the monitoring system of its national goals and international commitments, the capacity of the national CRM System covering data systems, a legal framework, an institutional framework with the National Commission on the Rights of the Child at its heart, should be further strengthened to ensure an ongoing dialogue of all stakeholders over child-related policies and building consensus around the benefits of investing more resources in vulnerable children and fulfilling their rights. The evaluation should be forward-looking with clear recommendations for further programming to be implemented within the State programmes, budgeted inter-agency action plans and UNICEF “Data for Children action plan” in the changing socio-economic and political situation.

Based on the preferences of the stakeholders and UNICEF CO discussed during the evaluability assessment workshops, the objectives of the evaluation are:

To better understand:

  • national child rights monitoring mechanisms and frameworks, assumptions and differences of opinions of key stakeholders on development of national child rights monitoring system with further recommendation on its strengthening;
  • extent to which CRM program takes into account and responds to the interests of vulnerable groups of the population (especially with gender and equity focus), and to provide recommendations on further improvement;

To assess:

  • results of the program achieved so far and the extent to which the program is on track to meetings its objectives and results (from outputs to outcomes and impact);
  • adaptiveness of CRM program, coherence and sustainability of its results during the political, economic and social context changes in the country;

To draw lessons and provide recommendations for the refinement of good practices and new actions to:

  • further support the national government in its efforts of strengthening the national child monitoring system;
  • improve current partnerships and analyse opportunities for engagement of new partners, including from private sector.
  • better incorporate gender equality and equity issues.

Find more information on the requirements, please, download the TOR ToR_Evaluation CRM_Belarus_2022_FINAL_web.pdf.

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EXPECTED DELIVERABLES AND TIMING

Deliverables

Timing

# of days

Team Leader

# of days Team Member

Initial design proposal (general picture) and evaluation questions

During 6 weeks of inception stage

5

8

Workshop with CO to agree the overall methodology and approach and ERG presentation

1

1

Final evaluation IR

7

5

Data collection (interviews, focus groups). Roundtable/workshops with CO, and ERG to share preliminary results of evaluation report

During 14 weeks of implementation and consultation stage

7

13

Special workshops with CO CRM team to discuss recommendations and lessons

1

1

Draft and final evaluation report along with a succinct executive summary and clear PowerPoint presentation

15

15

Roundtable/workshop with CO and ERG to present final results of country evaluation report

2

2

Total

38

45

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

UNICEF is seeking to contract an Evaluation team.

The Evaluation team should have an Evaluation Team Leader (international) and national evaluation expert.

Contractors are required to clearly identify any potential ethical issues and approaches, as well as the processes for ethical review and oversight of the evaluation process in their proposal.

National Evaluator should have:

  • Advanced university degree, preferably in evaluation, social studies or a related field. A combination of relevant academic background and relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree;
  • At least five years of relevant professional experience in research and conducting data collection activities, facilitation of participatory workshops, analysing collected primary and existing secondary data;
  • A strong development background with a profound understanding of gender, equity and child rights;
  • Good knowledge of Belarusian context and child rights monitoring frameworks.
  • Previous work experience with UNICEF would be an advantage;
  • Knowledge of English, Russian and Belarusian languages.

Interested candidates are encouraged to apply submitting:

  • Cover letter,
  • CV and P-11 form
  • Financial proposal.

Applicants should submit their applications in English on-line by closing date 11 August 2022, 23:55 Minsk time, to be eligible for consideration.

Find more information on the requirements, please, download the TOR ToR_Evaluation CRM_Belarus_2022_FINAL_web.pdf.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for consultants/individual contractors with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the selection process and afterwards in your assignment.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

Remarks:

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts.

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