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International consultant acting as the Team Leader for the Final Evaluation of Regional Programme “Ending violence against women in the Western Balkans and Türkiye: Implementing Norms, Changing Minds” Phase II

Ankara | Istanbul

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Ankara | Istanbul
  • Grade: Consultancy - International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Criminology, Extremism, Police Affairs and Anti-Corruption
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Gender-based violence
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
    • Drugs, Anti-Money Laundering, Terrorism and Human Trafficking
  • Closing Date: 2022-12-15

Background

Background of the Programme

 

UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

 

UN Women Europe and Central Regional Office cover 12 countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kosovo*, Moldova, North Macedonia, Serbia, Tajikistan, Türkiye, and Ukraine). UN Women ECARO works on analysis, research, and knowledge management that provides the evidence base to UN Women country and regional office on gender equality, women's empowerment and violence against women and girls, and positive social norms. Furthermore, UN Women Europe and Central Asia Regional Office (ECARO) develops and manages regional level programmes and provides policy and technical support to regional and country offices on ending violence against women (EVAW) and positive social norms, including an ongoing initiative to support the foundations for establishing femicide watches in the region.

 

The Programme ‘Implementing Norms, Changing Minds’ Phase II aims at reducing gender-based discrimination and violence against women and girls – VAWG - in the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, the Republic of North Macedonia and Serbia) and Türkiye with a particular focus on the most disadvantaged groups of women. The programme supports the development of an enabling legislative and policy environment on eliminating violence against women and all forms of discrimination; promotes favorable social norms and attitudes to prevent gender discrimination and violence against women; and pursues empowering women and girls who have experienced discrimination or violence to advocate for and use available, accessible, and quality services. The programme channels its interventions through and for civil society organizations, and in particular to women’s organizations, with an emphasis on those working and representing women from minorities and disadvantaged groups. Phase II of the Programme also addresses the impact of COVID 19 as unveiled in the findings and recommendations stemming from the rapid assessment “Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on specialist services for victims and survivors of violence in the Western Balkans and Turkey: A proposal for addressing the needs” (May 2020).

‘Implementing Norms, Changing Minds’ Phase II is funded by the European Commission under the Instrument for Pre-Accession countries II. The project runs from 1 February 2020 to 31 July 2023.

 

* For the European Union, this designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence. For UN Women, references to Kosovo shall be understood to be in the context of UN Security Council Resolution 1244 (1999).

 

 

1. Project beneficiaries and key stakeholders

The primary beneficiaries of the programme are women and girls that are victims of discrimination and violence, with a special focus on women from minorities and disadvantaged groups.

 

The programme is heavily focused on women's organizations working on gender equality and women's empowerment, that are direct beneficiaries of the programme, primarily as implementing partners, but also as recipients of capacity development, technical assistance, and knowledge transfer.

 

The programme also engages men’s and boys’ as well as service providers’ active participation in in the prevention of violence.

Violence against women and girls is rooted in gender-based discrimination, permissive social norms, and gender stereotypes feeding cycles of violence. Addressing the structural causes, as well as the risk and protective factors, associated with violence is pivotal to eliminating violence against women and girls. As part of its prevention strategy, the programme focuses on respectful relationships, and work with men and boys, especially through media and sports industries.

Preventing and responding to VAWG also requires the setting up and work of perpetrators programmes, which is well captured in the Articles 12 and 16 of the Istanbul Convention.  Rehabilitation programmes for perpetrators ground their work on the belief that perpetrators can change by acknowledging the harm they have caused and taking responsibility for their past and future actions.

 

2. Budget, geographical scope and timeframe

The total eligible costs of the programme are estimated at EUR 6,628,161.34. The European Commission contribution amounts to a maximum amount of EUR 6,263,734.00. UN Women contributes with EUR 364,427.34 from its core resources.

 

The programme has a regional dimension and scope with implementation of activities and deployment of strategies at regional level and also at local level in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Türkiye. The Programme was originally planned from 1 February 2020 to 31 July 2021, and it was extended till 31 July 2023 with additional funding for all countries except Türkiye as per the Amendment No. 1 signed in December 2020. 

 

3. Management Arrangements of the Programme

The programme is managed by UN Women Europe and Central Asia Regional Office (UN Women ECA RO) under the overall supervision of the Regional Director for UN Women ECA RO based in Istanbul (Türkiye) with the support and strategic guidance of the Programme Steering Committee. Implementation at country is led by UN Women offices (in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, the Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia and Türkiye) and UNDP in Montenegro.

 

The programme governance structure lies in two bodies: the Programme Steering Committee (PSC) at the regional level, and the Country Technical Working Groups (TWGs) in the seven participating countries and territory. The PSC has a strategic guidance role while the TWGs have an advisory role.

 

 

Evaluation Purpose, Objectives and Use

 

A final evaluation of the regional programme with a special focus on lessons learnt is taking place during the last year of programme implementation. The main purpose of this final evaluation is to assess the programmatic progress towards the achievement of programme results and performance of the above-described intervention considering the following evaluation criteria: relevance, effectiveness, impact, organizational efficiency and sustainability. The evaluation will not fully assess the programme’s performance, as some of the activities will be ongoing while the evaluation takes place. The final evaluation of Phase I of the programme and final report of the Results Oriented Monitoring Mission (ROM) issued in December 2021, and available GREVIO baseline reports should inform this evaluation.

 

Specifically, the objectives of this evaluation are to:

  • Analyse the relevance and coherence of the programme objectives, strategy and approach at the country and regional levels;
  • Assess effectiveness and a potential measurable impact of the programme intervention on the region and target countries;
  • Assess organizational efficiency in progressing towards the achievement of the programme results as defined in the intervention;
  • Assess the sustainability of the results and the intervention in ending gender-based discrimination and ending violence against women in the region and target countries;
  • Identify and document lessons learned, good practices and innovations, success stories and challenges within the programme, to inform future work of UN Women on EVAW thematic area;
  • Identify strategies for replication and up-scaling of the programme’s best practices;
  • Provide actionable recommendations for future programme development and maximize ownership by partners in the region covered by the programme;
  • Assess the performance of the programme both at regional and country levels and to assess the intervention logic of the programme in light of the needs of CSOs in the region and the priorities set by European Commission in its policy and strategy documents;
  • Assess the value added of UN Women regional programming including but not limited to leverage regional partners, linking with regional normative frameworks (e.g. Istanbul Convention, EU acquis communitaire), fostering regional integration and cooperation, facilitating learning and exchange sharing, among countries and within the region, mobilizing the women’s movement, increasing coherence, harmonization and standardization of programmatic approaches, amongst others.

 

The findings of the evaluation are expected to contribute to effective programming, organizational learning and accountability. It will also be a key input to knowledge management on EVAW in region where the programme is implemented. The findings of the evaluation will moreover be used to engage policy makers and other stakeholders at local, national and regional level in evidence-based dialogue and to advocate for developing a sustainable intervention on EVAW in the ECA region.

 

Targeted users of the evaluation are the key stakeholder working on EVAW in the region, including at country and local level, civil society organizations, government counterparts, regional institutions, development partners in the region, UN agencies and the personnel of UN Women in the Western Balkans and Türkiye, and the Regional Office. The evaluation should provide specific recommendations as to the priority areas that should be considered to inform future programming. This would include interventions that require continued support, successful interventions for expansion, and recommendations on prioritizing interventions to maximize impact.

 

 

Evaluation Scope, Methodology and Questions

 

1. Scope of the evaluation

The final evaluation of the Programme will be conducted in the final stage of the programme’s implementation and will cover the period from 1 February 2020 to June 2023. The evaluation will be conducted between January and June 2023. The evaluation will include data collection missions to all countries where the programme is implemented, except Türkiye. The programme implementation in Türkiye covers 18 months from February 2020 to July 2021 with and is therefore considered to conduct evaluation of programme implementation in Türkiye remotely. The evaluation shall cover all aspects of the programme’s implementation.

 

2. Evaluation methodology

The evaluation will be a transparent and participatory process involving relevant stakeholders and partners in the countries and territory. The evaluation will be based on gender and human rights principles and adhere to the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) Norms and Standards and Ethical Code of Conduct and UN Women Evaluation Policy and guidelines[1].

 

The evaluation is a final programme evaluation but since a prospective phase of the programme may be planned it will follow both a summative approach (backwards looking) to support enhanced accountability, assessing the achievement of the results at output and outcome levels; as well as a formative (forward-looking) approach focusing on capturing the lessons learned during the implementation of the second phase to foster strategic planning and decision-making for further programming initiatives.

 

The evaluation methodology will follow a ToC approach and employ mixed methods including quantitative and qualitative data collection methods and analytical approaches to account for complexity of gender relations and to ensure participatory and inclusive processes that are culturally appropriate in the contexts where it will take place.

 

Methods may include but are not limited to:

  • Desk review of relevant documents such as project and programme documents, progress reports, financial records, meeting minutes and monitoring reports, and secondary data or studies relating to the regional and country context;
  • Semi-structured interviews focus group discussions, surveys with direct and indirect beneficiaries, implementing partners, donor and other key stakeholders;
  • Field visits and observation at selected programme sites;
  • Interviews with key stakeholders to ensure further triangulation.

 

Data from different research sources will be triangulated to increase its validity. The proposed approach and methodology must be considered as flexible guidelines rather than final requirements, and the evaluators will have to revise and make a refined methodological proposal at the inception phase of the evaluation. It is expected that the Evaluation Team will further refine the approach and methodology and submit a detailed description in the inception report. The methodology and approach must, however, incorporate human rights and gender equality perspectives.

 

Evaluation team must consider the evaluation’s management structure (see section 4. Evaluation governance structure and process) to validate all evaluation products. Comments provided by the Internal Evaluation Reference Group (IERG) and External Evaluation Reference Group (EERG) are aimed at fostering high level of stakeholder’s participation, enhancing methodological rigor, factual errors, errors of interpretation, or omission of information and must be considered by the evaluators to ensure high-quality products.

[1] Please see Annex 1 Evaluation References below

 

3. Evaluation questions

Questions under OCDE/DAC evaluation criteria, including relevance, coherence, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and impact will be answered by the evaluation. Considering the mandates to incorporate human rights and gender equality in all its work and the UN Women Evaluation Policy, which promotes the integration of women’s rights and gender equality principles, these dimensions will have a special attention in this evaluation and will be considered under each evaluation criterion.

 

It is expected that the evaluation team will develop an evaluation matrix, which will relate to the questions below (and refine them as needed), the areas they refer to, the criteria for evaluating them, the indicators and the means for verification as a tool for the evaluation. Final evaluation matrix will be validated by the evaluation task manager and the evaluation reference groups constituted in the framework of this evaluation processes and approved in the evaluation inception report.

 

Relevance:

  • To what extent was the design of the intervention and its results relevant to the needs and priorities of the beneficiaries?
  • To what extent the programme addresses the main needs of the project´s target groups?
  • To what extent is the intervention consistent with the national development strategies in the area of ending gender-based discrimination and ending violence against women, and reflect country and regional priorities and commitments on EVAW?
  • To what extent has the programme been aligned to country and regional level strategies and policies on EVAWG?
  • To what extent key country and regional level partners were involved in the programme’s conceptualization and design process?
  • To what extent have gender and human rights principles and strategies been integrated into the programme design and implementation?
  • To what extent UN Women possess a comparative advantage in the programme’s area of work in comparison with other UN entities and relevant stakeholders in the Western Balkans and Türkiye, and regionally wise?

 

Coherence:

  • To what extent the project adheres to corporate strategic priorities of UN Women and the UN Women Strategic Notes in the implementing countries?
  • Is the project achieving synergies between the larger UN Women’s portfolios and the work of the UN Country Teams in the countries where the programme is implemented?
  • Is the project achieving synergies between UN Women and key national stakeholders in the implementing countries including national governments and CSOs?

 

Effectiveness:

  • To what extent have the expected results of the programme been achieved on both outcome and output levels?
  • Has programme achieved any unforeseen results, either positive or negative? For whom? What are the good practices and the obstacles or shortcomings encountered? How were they overcome?
  • How effective have the selected strategies and approaches been in achieving programme results?
  • How well did the intervention succeed in involving and building the capacities of rights-holders, duty-bearers, as well as the programme partners?
  • To what extent are the programme approaches and strategies innovative for implementation of EVAW strategies? What - if any - types of innovative good practices have been introduced in the programme for the achievement of the results?

 

Impact:

  • What evidence exist that the programme has delivered longer term results?
  • Is there a potential measurable impact of the programme intervention on the target group across all dimensions of empowerment?
  • To what extent is the programme changing the dynamics of power in relationships between different groups?               
  • To what extent is the programme making sure to reach the most vulnerable categories of population and addressing the needs of groups experiencing intersecting inequalities?
  • To what extent is the programme bringing about gender transformative changes that address the root causes of gender inequalities – including prevailing social norms, attitudes and behaviours, discrimination and social systems?

 

Efficiency:

  • Have resources (financial, human, technical support, etc.) been allocated strategically to achieve the programme outcomes?
  • Has there been effective leadership and management of the programme including the structuring of management and administration roles to maximize results? Where does accountability lie?
  • Have the programme’s outputs been delivered in a timely manner?
  • To what extent has the programme’s management structure facilitated (or hindered) good results and efficient delivery?

 

Sustainability:

  • What is the likelihood that the benefits from the programme will be maintained for a reasonably long period of time after the programme phase out?
  • How effectively has the programme generated country and regional ownership of the results achieved, the establishment of partnerships with relevant stakeholders and the development of in-country and regional capacities to ensure sustainability of efforts and benefits?
  • To what extent the programme fostered the participation of relevant CSOs and women´s organizations in the different countries and at regional level?
  • To what extent has the programme been able to promote replication and/or up-scaling of successful practices?
  • To what extent have different strategies fostered been successful in establishing the mechanisms that would ensure the continuation of work on EVAW after programme’s implementation? What factors are/will be critical to maintain programmes’s results in the long term?

 

The list of questions above is only indicative and the evaluation team is expected to include a revised set of questions in the evaluation matrix that will be included in the evaluation inception report.

 

 

Evaluation Governance Structure and Process

 

1. Evaluation governance structure

The evaluation will be a consultative, inclusive and participatory process and will include a threefold management structure to ensure and effective evaluation process and maximize evaluation use.

An Evaluation Steering Committee (ESC) will be the key accountable body that will ultimately endorse the evaluation report and will be responsible for the development of an evaluation Management Response (MR) to address the recommendations included in the report. The ESC will be chaired by the UN Women ECA Regional Director and integrated by the Regional Programme Manager and the UN Women Heads of Offices in the countries where the programme is implemented.

 

An External Evaluation Reference Group (EERG) that will include key regional and country level stakeholders including regional institutions, national governments and civil society organizations participating in the programme as well as donor partners and relevant programme partners will be an integral part of the evaluation management structure. The purpose of the ERG will be to facilitate the participation of relevant stakeholders in the design and scope of the evaluation, raising awareness of the different information needs and supporting quality assurance throughout the process. The reference group will provide input and relevant information at key stages of the evaluation: inception report, draft and final reports and will support UN Women with the dissemination of the results.

 

An Internal Evaluation Reference Group (IERG) that will be chaired by the Regional Programme Manager and integrated by the programme coordinators in the different countries where the programme is implemented and a designated UN Women EVAW Policy Advisor will provide additional quality assurance to the process.

 

To ensure the greatest degree of independency of the evaluation process the Task Manager (TM) for the evaluation will be the UN Women Regional Evaluation Specialist who is a member of the UN Women Independent Evaluation Office, will oversee the evaluation process and will be responsible to quality assure the different deliverables and for the day-to-day management of the evaluation (in close coordination with Regional Programme Manager and country programme coordinators) and for ensuring that the evaluation is conducted in accordance with the UN Women Evaluation Policy, and UNEG Norms and Standards for evaluation in the UN System.

 

2.  Phases of the evaluation process

The evaluation process has five phases:

 

1) Preparation: gathering and analysing programme data, conceptualizing the evaluation approach, internal consultations on the approach, preparing the TOR, establishment of the evaluation management’s structure, stakeholders mapping and selection of evaluation team.

2) Inception: consultations between the evaluation team and the Steering Committee, programme portfolio review, finalization of stakeholder mapping, inception meetings with the ERG, review of the result logics, analysis of information relevant to the initiative, finalization of evaluation methodology and preparation and validation of inception report.

3) Data collection and analysis: in-depth desk research, in-depth review of the programme documents and monitoring frameworks, in-depth online interviews as necessary, staff and partner survey/s, and field visits[2].

4) Analysis, validation and synthesis stage: analysis of data and interpretation of findings and drafting and validation of an evaluation report and other communication products.

5) Dissemination and follow-up: once the evaluation is completed UN Women is responsible for the development of a Management Response to evaluation recommendations within 6 weeks after the final approval of the evaluation report, publishing the evaluation report, uploading the final evaluation report on the UN Women GATE website and the dissemination of evaluation findings amongst key stakeholders.

 

The evaluation team will be responsible for phases 2, 3 and 4 with the support of UN Women while UN Women is entirely responsible for phases 1 and 5.

 

[2] Field visits to all the seven countries where the intervention is implemented are foreseen.

Duties and Responsibilities

Expected Deliverables and Timeframe

 

1. Evaluation deliverables

The international consultant acting as the team leader is responsible for the following deliverables:

 

  • An inception report: The team leader will present a refined scope, a detailed outline of the evaluation design and methodology, evaluation questions, and criteria for the approach for in-depth desk review and field work to be conducted in the data collection phase. The report will include an evaluation matrix and detailed work plan.
  • Presentation of preliminary findings: A PowerPoint presentation detailing the emerging findings of the evaluation will be shared with the evaluation Task Manager for feedback. The revised presentation will be delivered to the reference groups for comment and validation. The team leader will incorporate the feedback received into the draft report.
  • A draft evaluation report: the first draft report which structure will be defined in the inception phase of the evaluation and will include a background, methodology, limitations, findings, conclusions, lessons learned and recommendations sections.
  • The final evaluation report: The final report will include a concise Executive Summary and annexes detailing the methodological approach and any analytical products developed during the course of the evaluation.
  • Evaluation communication products: A PowerPoint/Prezi presentation of the final key evaluation findings and recommendations, and a 2-pager/infographics on the final key findings, lessons learned and recommendations.

Regarding the validation process of all products, those will be shared with the evaluation reference groups for feedback and validation. The international consultant acting as the team leader will maintain an audit trail of the comments received and provide a response on how the comments were addressed in the final inception report. Final evaluation report will be approved by the ESC.

 

2. Evaluation timeframe

The evaluation team will be expected to complete the tasks within the indicative timeframe, allocation of working days of the team lead are detailed in the table below:

The team leader will also carry out evaluation remotely data collection for Türkiye, in which the programme implementation covers only 18 months from 1 Feb 2020 to 31 July 2021. In this respect, no separate deliverables are identified for the evaluation tasks related to Türkiye considering that all these inputs will be integrated into the deliverable in the table below:

 

Tasks/deliverables

Allocated working days for the team lead Expected delivery date
Inception phase
Desk review of background documentation 3 Jan-Feb 2023
Inception meeting with EMG and IERG  2 Jan 2023
Deliverable #1: Inception report (including two rounds of revision 5 Feb 2023
Data collection phase
Additional documents review, (online) interviews 8 March 2023
Remote data collection for Türkiye  5 March 2023
Visit to programme sites, debriefing with IERG and EERG (team lead is expected to participate in three field visits) 12 March 2023
Coordination of additional field missions  3  
Analysis and reporting phase
Deliverable #2: Presentation of preliminary findings 3 April 2023
Deliverable #3: Draft evaluation report (including two rounds of revision) 12 April 2023

Deliverable #4: Final report; and

Deliverable #5: Evaluation communication products (brief PPT, two-pager) 
5 May 2023
Final presentation of the evaluation  2 End of May 2023

 

3. Evaluation team composition:

An evaluation team consisting of an international consultant acting as the evaluation Team Leader who will be the main responsible person for the satisfactory delivery of all the deliverables listed above, and 3 local consultants (one for Albania and Kosovo, one for North Macedonia and one for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia) who will support all substantive aspects of the evaluation. The international consultant, as Team Leader, is responsible for overall coordination of the production of deliverables during all phases of the evaluation process, ensuring the quality of outputs and application of methodology as well as timely delivery of all evaluation products in close collaboration with the evaluation team, the evaluation task manager and the evaluation management group. The team leader is expected to join three first field missions (one with each local consultant) and coordinate the rest remotely. The Team Leader will also carry out evaluation work remotely for Türkiye, in which the programme implementation covers only from 1 Feb 2020 to 31 July 2021. 

 

The evaluation team will be integrated by international consultant, acting as team leader, and will be supported by three local consultants (one for Albania and Kosovo, one for North Macedonia and one for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia).

 

4. Duties and responsibilities of the international consultant acting as team leader

  • Lead the inception phase and developing an inception report outlining design, approach and methodology of the evaluation and an the workplan of the evaluation team
  • Direct and supervise the work of the national consultants in carrying out collection, research and analysis of relevant documentation and other data, and reporting
  • Oversee and assure quality of data collection and leading the analysis of the evaluation evidence
  • Coordinate the field missions remotely by guiding the local consultants and join the first mission of each local consultant
  • Carry out the evaluation work remotely for Türkiye
  • Prepare for meetings with the reference groups and other stakeholders
  • Lead and prepare the draft and final evaluation reports and evaluation communication products

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

 

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies:

https://www.unwomen.org/sites/default/files/Headquarters/Attachments/Sections/About%20Us/Employment/UN-Women-values-and-competencies-framework-en.pdf

 

 

 

Functional Competencies

  • Strong analytical, writing and reporting abilities;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, ability to lead a team and negotiate amongst a wide range of stakeholders;
  • Commitment to quality products and deadlines;
  • Builds strong relationships;
  • Focuses on impact and results and responds positively to feedback;
  • Approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrates/safeguards ethics and integrity;
  • Demonstrated corporate knowledge and sound judgment;
  • Acts as a team player and facilitates team work;
  • Facilitates and encourages open communication in the team, communicating effectively;
  • Learns and shares knowledge and encourages learning of others;
  • Demonstrates integrity and fairness by modelling UN values and ethical standards;
  • Demonstrates professional competence and is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments; observing deadlines and achieving results;
  • Displays cultural, gender, nationality, religion and age sensitivity and adaptability.

 

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

At least a master’s degree in social sciences, economics, international relations, gender studies or a relevant social science related area;

 

Experience:

  • 7 years of relevant experience of periodically conducting evaluations of strategies, policies and/or development programmes and projects;
  • At least 5 years of proven experience of designing and leading or participating in gender-responsive and human rights-based evaluations utilising participatory approaches and methodologies;
  • At least 5 years of proven experience in gender equality and women’s empowerment, gender mainstreaming and gender analysis;
  • Demonstrated facilitation and communications skills, experience in participatory approaches and ability to negotiate amongst a wide range of stakeholders;
  • At least 7 years of proven experience in producing well-written analytical reports;
  • Previous experience working in the Western Balkans and Türkiye will be considered an asset;
  • Experience with the United Nations system will be considered an asset.

 

Languages Requirements:

  • Proficiency in English
  • Knowledge of any of the languages of the countries involve in this evaluation will be considered an asset.

 

 

Application Procedure

 

The following documents should be submitted as part of the application:

  • Cover letter including a brief overview about which of your previous experiences makes you the most suitable candidate for the advertised position.
  • Financial Proposal specifying a total lump sum amount in USD for the tasks specified in this Terms of Reference. The financial proposal shall include a breakdown of this lump sum amount, indicating all necessary costs to complete this assignment including the travel related costs for three field mission of each local consultant (3 missions in total and 4 days on average each).
  • P11 (and CV) including experience in similar assignments; can be downloaded at http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment, a signed copy should be submitted with the application.
  • A sample of previously conducted / most relevant evaluation report;

Candidates should have the ability to quickly gather degree certificates and medical certification (of good health) should they be short-listed in consideration of the consultancy post.

 

Payment Schedule

 

The consultant will be paid in USD based on the review and approval of deliverables by UN Women as explained in the section of Deliverables above:

• Deliverable 1 – 20%

• Deliverables 2,3,4,5 – 80%.

 

 

Evaluation of Applicants

Candidates will be evaluated using a cumulative analysis method taking into consideration the combination of the applicants' qualifications and financial proposal. Contract will be awarded to the individual consultant whose offer receives the highest score out of below defined technical and financial criteria. Technical evaluation will be represented through desk review of applications. Interviews and/or written tests will be organized, if needed, depending on the short-listed candidates’ qualifications. Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points in the technical evaluation would be considered for financial evaluation.

 

Criteria Total points Max. Points
Technical Evaluation (70%) 70  
At least a master’s degree in social sciences, economics, international relations, gender studies or a relevant social science related area   5
7 years of relevant experience of periodically conducting evaluations of strategies, policies and/or development programmes and projects   25
At least five years of proven experience of designing and leading or participating in gender-responsive and human rights-based evaluations utilising participatory approaches and methodologies   10
At least five years of proven experience in gender equality and women’s empowerment, gender mainstreaming and gender analysis;   10
Demonstrated facilitation and communications skills, experience in participatory approaches and ability to negotiate amongst a wide range of stakeholders   5
At least 7 years of proven experience in producing well-written analytical reports   5
Previous experience working in the Western Balkans and Türkiye will be considered an asset   5
Experience with the United Nations system will be considered an asset   5
Financial Evaluation (30%) 30  
TOTAL 100  

 

Financial Evaluation (30%) – max. 30 points:

The maximum number of points assigned to the financial proposal is allocated to the lowest price proposal. All other price proposals receive points in inverse proportion. A suggested formula is as follows:

p = 30 (µ/z)

Using the following values:

p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated

µ = price of the lowest priced proposal

z = price of the proposal being evaluated

 

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