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International Consultant for Final Evaluation of Project to Support the Leading the Way for Gender Equality Programme (PSLWGEP)

Phnom Penh (Cambodia)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Phnom Penh (Cambodia)
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
  • Closing Date: 2020-09-21

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Background

Following 15 years of broad institutional support and technical assistance for gender equality in Cambodia, UNDP continues to support the Ministry of Women's Affairs of Cambodia (MoWA) in strengthening its capacity to fulfil its mandate of coordinating and monitoring gender mainstreaming into national policies, strategies and programmes. Since its establishment in 1996, the Ministry has achieved considerable success in making gender equality an increasingly prominent policy-making factor in Cambodia. MoWA has been actively involved in the formulation of the country's important policy and planning documents.

Significant progress has been made through establishment and strengthening national mechanisms for gender mainstreaming including the establishment of the Cambodian National Council for Women (CNCW), Technical Working Group on Gender (TWG-G) as part of the Government-Development partner Coordination Committee (GDCC) and establishment of Gender Mainstreaming Action Groups (GMAGs) in all line ministries. MoWA presides over the Technical Working Group on Gender (TWG-G) that brings together different sectors of government, civil society and the donor community on a regular basis for sharing information and discussing and monitoring gender related issues and progress.

In 2016, MoWA developed the “Leading the Way for Gender Equality” Program. The overall objective of the “Leading the Way for Gender Equality” Program is an to develop an enabled environment for gender equality, women’s empowerment and feminist leaderships in Cambodia through enhanced capacities of the Gender Machinery.

UNDP and the Government of Sweden, through the Embassy of Sweden, are providing financial and technical support to MoWA to implement the LWGE programme through the Project to Support Leading the Way for Gender Equality Programme (PSLWGEP). The project aims to provide long-term capacity development and advisory support to MoWA for achieving the national goals on gender equality and women’s empowerment by strengthening the enabling environment and institutional architecture for formulating, implementing and monitoring national gender policies more effectively. The PSLWGEP is focused on three components or outcomes: 1) More effective institutionalization of gender policies across government, and more effective performance of Gender Machinery to lead gender equality mainstreaming with inclusion of disadvantaged groups of women and girls; 2) Promotion of behavioural change in favour of gender equality among the public and young Cambodians; and 3) Increase number of and capacities of women in decision making positions and strengthen feminist leadership.

A strong focus of the PSLWGEP is to build capacities of MoWA using a more advanced approach that combines different modalities: trainings, mentoring, coaching, exposures, internships, etc. The capacity development of PSLWGEP is meant to have an impact at four levels: individual, program, institutional and network-stakeholders level. In order to guide the capacity building interventions of the project and measure its impact at all levels, a Capacity Development (CD) Framework - that includes an Operational Plan and a Results Matrix - was developed and is being implemented. This CD Framework pays special attention to the improvement in management practices and systems of the pilot MoWA departments and units because those were identified both as enablers and result of capacity development at all levels.

PSLWGEP started in April 2017 and is expected to complete in December 2020. A mid-term evaluation (MTE) was conducted in the second half of 2019 and provided some recommendations for adjustment of project approach and strategy. As the project is approaching its end date and as per the requirement by the Project Document, UNDP is now looking to hire a qualified and experienced International Consultant to conduct the Final Evaluation of the Project to Support Leading the Way for Gender Equality Programme.

Duties and Responsibilities

This final evaluation is commissioned jointly between the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, the Embassy of Sweden and UNDP in the final year of the project. The Evaluation will assess progress towards the achievement of the project objectives and outcomes and as specified in the Project Document and the management actions following the recommendations from the mid-term evaluation conducted in 2019. A specific focus will also be given on the effectiveness of capacity development measures and https://web.undp.org/evaluation/guidance.shtmlapproaches of the project given to MoWA and selected line ministries. The Evaluation will also review the project’s approach and methodology, its risks to results impact and sustainability and document lessons learnt and good practices that can be used in other similar projects.

Interested offeror must  read  the Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice, which can be viewed at https://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=69731 for more  detail information about term  of references, instructions to offeror, and to download the documents to be submitted in the offer through online

Competencies

  • Strong technical background and understanding of gender related issues and proven competency in gender related programme/project management and evaluation.

  • Demonstrated analytical skills, ability to assess complex situations, to succinctly and clearly distil critical issues, and to draw practical conclusion.

  • Excellent evaluation skills, including capacity to produce high quality and constructive reports.

  • Excellent English report writing skills.

  • Good facilitation and presentation skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with various partners including the government, civil society, private sector, UN and other development donors and high-quality liaison and representation at local and national levels.

  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.

  • Be flexible and responsive to changes and demands.

  • Be client oriented and open to feedback.

  • Computer literate (MS office package) and ability to communicate online.

Required Skills and Experience

Education: 

Master’s degree in gender studies, public policy, arts, social sciences, development studies, or other related fields. .

Experience:

  • At least 10 years of relevant professional experiences in designing, implementing and evaluating development projects with UNDP, UN or other international organizations;

  • Strong record of conducting evaluation of gender and policy related projects;

  • Technical knowledge and experience in applying qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods;

  • Proven knowledge on gender related issues and gender in the development context especially in Cambodia or other ASEAN countries with similar context;

  • Experience working in Cambodia or other ASEAN countries with similar context is a strong asset;

     

Language Requirement: Full proficiency in English.

UNDP reserves right to reject any applications that is incomplete.

Please be informed that we don’t accept application submitted via email.

Interested individual offeror must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:

1. Explaining why they are the most suitable for the work

2. Financial proposal

3. Personal CV including experience in similar projects, list of publication written by Candidate and at least 3 references.

Interested Offerors are required to submit application via UNDP jobsite system as the application screening and evaluation will be done through UNDP jobsite system. Please note that UNDP jobsite system allows only one uploading of application document, so please make sure that you merge all your documents into a single file. Your on-line applications submission will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please resubmit the application, if necessary. Please combine all your documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document.

Any request for clarification/additional information on this procurement notice shall be communicated in writing to UNDP office or send to email aphikovith.phin@undp.org and cc procurement.kh@undp.org . While the Procurement Unit would endeavor to provide information expeditiously, only requests receiving at least 5 working days prior to the submission deadline will be entertained. Any delay in providing such information will not be considered as a reason for extending the submission deadline. The UNDP's response (including an explanation of the query but without identifying the source of inquiry) will be posted in Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice page as provided above. Therefore, all prospective Offerors are advised to visit the page regularly to make obtain update related to this Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice

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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