UNDP-IC-2021-206 International : Evaluation Consultant (Team lead)
Application deadline in 2 days: Wednesday 23 Jun 2021
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The Resident Coordinator (RC) system encompasses all organizations of the United Nations system dealing with operational activities for development, regardless of their formal presence in the country. The RC system aims to bring together the different UN agencies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operational activities at the country level.
Working closely with national governments, the Resident Coordinator and UN Country Team advocate the interests and mandates of the UN system while drawing on the support and guidance of the entire UN family. Coordinating development operations promotes more strategic support for national plans and priorities, makes operations more efficient and reduces transaction costs. This helps the UN to be a more relevant and reliable partner for governments.
The UN supported Government of Pakistan in its determined political will towards expeditiously prioritizing and adopting SDGs within national and local level priorities under the United Nations Sustainable Development Framework for Pakistan (UNSDF), also known as Pakistan One United Nations Programme III (OP III) 2018-2022. The five-year United Nations Sustainable Development Framework (UNSDF) was initiated in Pakistan in year 2018. The UNSDF/OP III’s planned results focus on ten key outcome areas that respond to Pakistan’s development priorities and harness the powerful force of the United Nations’ comparative advantage in these areas. These were identified through an intensive consultation process with national and provincial authorities, alongside other implementing partners and stakeholders in the country. These key outcomes and their anticipated results serve as a framework for taking stock of progress, and of the effectiveness of the collaborative work carried out by the United Nations and the Government of Pakistan. They are expected to provide the people of Pakistan with a
fuller range of choices and opportunities, promoting their human development and – in the words of Agenda 2030 – helping them to fulfil “their potential in dignity, equality and in a healthy environment.”
Duties and Responsibilities
- Development of the inception report that details the design, methodology (including the methods for data collection and analysis criteria for selection of examples, required resources), and work plan of the evaluation team.
- Meta-Analysis through review of the individual UN Agencies Funds and programmes (AFPs) evaluations of country programme documents (CPDs) and present the preliminary report of meta-analysis within first 4 weeks of the assignment.
- Decision on the division of labor within the evaluation team and coordination of team tasks within the framework of the TORs.
- Leading of the stakeholder feedback sessions on the evaluation through formal and informal sessions and finalization of the report based on feedback from the quality assurance process.
- Overseeing and quality assurance throughout the preparation of the report and taking a lead in the analysis of the evaluative evidence.
- Overseeing the administration, and analysis of the results of the data collection exercise.
- Drafting the evaluation report, and coordination of the inputs from team members.
- Preparation of the periodic inputs to the meetings (consultations and de-briefings) with UNCT and other stakeholder to review findings, conclusions, and recommendations.
- Organizing the validation workshop to validate the findings before producing final evaluation report.
- Delivery of the final evaluation report.
Deliverables, Scope and Schedule of Payments
Schedule of Payments
Review and Approvals Required
1. Inception Report (Organized national team for initial literature review), data Collection tools (Draft questionnaire and surveys) and stakeholder mapping (managed national team for in country stakeholder mappings)
Evaluation Manager, Chair of Planning Monitoring & Evaluation (PME) and Head of RCO.
2. Meta-Analysis Report, data collection final reports (KII/FGDs/Interviews) and presentation of preliminary findings
3. Draft report, stakeholder consultation workshop, final Report and assistance to UNCT for development of the management response.
Innovation - Ability to make new and useful ideas work.
Level 6: Exercises stakeholder-centered design approaches for office / programme / division.
Leadership - Ability to persuade others to follow.
Level 6: Ensures teams are resourced for success and empowered to deliver.
Critical Thinking/Analytical Skills – Examines and interprets a wide variety of data/information and makes recommendations or decisions.
Level 6: Guides substantive specialists / teams and expands credibility and innovation capacity.
Communication - Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform.
Level 6: Creates confidence among stakeholders by delivering authoritative positions, compelling analysis, and contextual acumen.
Weight per Technical Competence
Weak: Below 70%
The individual consultant/contractor has demonstrated a WEAK capacity for the analyzed competence
Satisfactory : 70-75%
The individual consultant/contractor has demonstrated a SATISFACTORY capacity for the analyzed competence
The individual consultant/contractor has demonstrated a GOOD capacity for the analyzed competence
Very Good: 86-95%
The individual consultant/contractor has demonstrated a VERY GOOD capacity for the analyzed competence
The individual consultant/contractor has demonstrated a OUTSATNDING capacity for the analyzed competence
Required Skills and Experience
QUALIFICATIONS – EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND LANGUAGE:
- Advanced university degree (Masters and equivalent) in development studies, economics, international relations, or related field; PhD an asset.
- At least 10 years of relevant experience leading and conducting development and humanitarian evaluations. For example, evaluations of development strategies, policies and/or development and humanitarian programmes and projects.
- Have a strong development background with a solid understanding of the humanitarian aspects and of the humanitarian-development nexus. In-depth understanding of the various strategies used by the UN in both development and humanitarian contexts.
- Extensive experience in leading complex evaluations commissioned by United Nations organizations and/or other international organizations.
- Specialized experience and/or methodological/technical knowledge, including some specific data collection and analytical skills, particularly in the following areas: understanding of human rights-based approaches to programming; gender considerations; environmental sustainability, Results-Based Management (RBM) principles; logic modelling/logical framework analysis; quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis; participatory approaches.
- In-depth knowledge of theory-based evaluation approaches and ability to apply both qualitative and quantitative data collection methods and to uphold high quality standards for evaluation as defined by UNEG.
- Ability to ensure ethics and integrity of the evaluation process, including confidentiality and the principle of do no harm.
- Expertise in UN strategic planning processes, including familiarity with key concepts/approaches such as RBM, HRBA, gender equality, governance and social protection.
- Have previous evaluation experience in an upper middle-income country.
- Excellent management skills and ability to work with multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams.
- Exposure to the Pakistan context and knowledge of challenges is going to be considered an asset.
- Excellent written and spoken English.
- Excellent report writing skills as well as communication and interviewing skills.
- Fluency in written and spoken English is required.
APPLICATION PROCESS AND SELECTION CRITERIA
The application package containing the following (to be uploaded as one file):
A cover letter with a brief description of why the Offer considers her/himself the most suitable for the assignment.
- Personal CV, indicating all past experience from applied econometrics and specifying the relevant work time periods (from/to), as well as the email and telephone contacts of at least three (3) professional references; CV should highlight any active research in the subject area of the assignment.
Technical & FINANCIAL PROPOSAL
Shortlisted candidates (ONLY) will be requested to submit a Technical & Financial Proposal.
The financial proposal should specify an all-inclusive daily fee.
- The financial proposal must be all-inclusive and take into account various expenses that will be incurred during the contract, including: the daily professional fee; living allowances at the duty station; communications, utilities and consumables; life, health and any other insurance; risks and inconveniences related to work under hardship and hazardous conditions (e.g., personal security needs, etc.), when applicable; and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services under the contract.
- In the case of unforeseeable travel requested by UNRCO, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between UNRCO and Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed. In general, UNRCO should not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the IC wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources.
- If the Offeror is employed by an organization/company/institution, and he/she expects his/her employer to charge a management fee in the process of releasing him/her to UNDP under a Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA), the Offeror must indicate at this point, and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated in the financial proposal submitted to UNDP.: http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_file.cfm?doc_id=45780.
In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal should be all-inclusive and include a breakdown.
In case of unforeseeable travel, payment of travel cost including tickets, lodging and terminal expense should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.
The Individual consultant(s) will be evaluated based on the following methodologies:
Cumulative analysis. The award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
- Responsive/compliant/ acceptable, against the qualification criteria (YES/NO) mentioned below:
- Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the felicitation.
- Technical Criteria weight; [70%]
- Financial Criteria weight; [30%]
The candidates who meet the requirements mentioned in Qualification criteria will be considered for technical evaluation. Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% (49 out of 70) points would be considered for the financial evaluation.
Advanced university degree (Masters and equivalent) in development studies, economics, international relations, or related field; PhD an asset.
At least 10 years of relevant experience leading and conducting development and humanitarian evaluations. For example, evaluations of development strategies, policies and/or development and humanitarian programmes and projects.
Specialized experience and/or methodological/technical knowledge, including some specific data collection and analytical skills, particularly in the following areas: understanding of human rights-based approaches to programming; gender considerations; environmental sustainability, Results-Based Management (RBM) principles; logic modelling/logical framework analysis; quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis; participatory approaches.
- At least 02 sample reports on evaluation and research, especially qualitative data collection and analysis in analyzing quantitative data
- A paragraph (not more than 500 words) on consultant’s suitability for this assignment
- Technical proposal presenting how the consultant will undertake the assignment
- Pre-selection virtual/physical interview of the shortlisted candidates with Head of RCO, Evaluation Manager etc.,
Financial (Lower Offer/Offer*100
Technical score 70 + 30 Financial