UN Women: Consultant to Conduct a Meta-Analysis of Selected Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Projects of UN Women Nepal’s Strategic Note for the Period 2014 – 2017

UN Women: Consultant to Conduct a Meta-Analysis of Selected Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Projects of UN Women Nepal’s Strategic Note for the Period 2014 – 2017


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Location : Kathmandu, NEPAL
Application Deadline : 17-Aug-17 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left : 3d 15h 48m
Type of Contract : Individual Contract
Post Level : International Consultant
Languages Required :
English
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
01-Sep-2017
Duration of Initial Contract : 9 weeks
Background
Grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, UN Women 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. Placing women’s rights at the center of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations System efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It also provides strong and coherent leadership in support of national priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with government, civil society and other relevant actors.

In Nepal, UN Women focuses on strengthening women’s voice, agency and leadership across sectors to advance women’s rights, provide space for women’s meaningful participation and to demonstrate tangible differences in their lives. The agency’s programme adopts a holistic and integrated approach across UN Women’s five thematic priorities. It is guided by Nepal’s stated priorities (including those from the Three-Year Plan 2016-2019) and its commitments to relevant normative frameworks, the country’s United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2013-2017, the CEDAW Concluding Observations (2011) and UN Women’s Corporate Strategic Plan 2014-2017. The programme promotes national ownership, capacity development and institutionalization, inclusiveness, coordination and partnerships, and knowledge generation and management, and seeks to prioritize engagement with and support to key duty bearers who are responsible for advancing women’s human rights and with rights holders so they can exercise voice and agency. UN Women is in process of developing UN Women’s Corporate Strategic Plan 2018-2021.

UN Women is dedicated to the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women. The mandate and functions of UN Women call for the promotion of organizational and UN system accountability on gender equality through evaluation, strengthening evaluation capacities and learning from evaluation, and developing systems to measure the results and impact of UN Women with its enhanced role at the country, regional and global levels.

The purpose and role of evaluation in UN Women is to contribute to learning on best ways to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment, enhance UN Women’s accountability, and inform decision-making. By providing evidence-based information, evaluation contributes to UN Women’s role to generate knowledge on what works to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment.

To address the organizational demands for enduring good quality and credible evaluations particularly at decentralized level, the UN Women’s Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) has designed a Global Evaluation Oversight System (GEOS) and a Global Evaluation Reports Assessment and Analysis System (GERAAS) driven by similar good practices enforced by other UN entities and consistent with the UNEG Norms and Standards. The system is serving as a key instrument to increase the application of sound approaches and methods to continuously improve the quality and credibility of evaluation methods and reports within UN Women. As part of this process, the IEO assesses the quality of the oversight system on a quarterly basis and corporate and decentralized evaluations on a yearly basis and made available assessment findings to senior managers, programme units and the UN Women Executive Board.

In addition to the quality assessment of individual reports, the GERAAS system requires a meta-analysis of evaluations to capture the key insights from evaluation reports – rated satisfactory or above according to UN Women standards. This is required to develop constructive lessons for future system strengthening of programming, organizational effectiveness and the evaluation function. Whereas the meta-evaluation provides a rating of the quality of evaluation reports according to UN Women standards, meta-analysis synthesizes the key findings conclusions and recommendations for the body of evaluation reports that meet UN Women quality requirements.

UN Women Nepal (NCO) is seeking a consultant to conduct a meta-analysis of the evaluation reports produced by the NCO for Women Peace and Security (WPS) projects from the period 2014-2017. The selected consultant will review the evaluation reports produced by the NCO for WPS projects, as well as analyze trends, results, contributions, strengths and weaknesses across the NCO. It should also synthesize the recurrent findings, recommendations, conclusions and, and lessons learnt for all evaluation reports completed in the given years.

The findings of meta-analysis of the evaluation reports will contribute to the development of the NCO’s Strategic Plan 2018 – 2022.

Duties and Responsibilities
Since 2012, UN Women Nepal Office has commissioned six evaluations of its projects/programmes covering mainly WPS projects from 2014 to 2016.

The meta-analysis will be conducted by an external consultant from 1 September 2017 to 16 November 2017. The consultant will work under the overall supervision of the Unit Manager of the PSH Unit and in close coordination with the M&E officer and other programme units.

METHODOLOGY:

This meta-analysis will be carried out solely based on desk review of six programme evaluation reports completed between 2014-2016. By aggregating the recurrent findings, conclusions, lessons learned, good practices and recommendations, the synthesise will provide a better understanding and insight of NCO’s WPS programme interventions and operational effectiveness of NCO interventions as it transitions into a new Strategic Note cycle (2018 – 2022).

The synthesis of this information will also support the use of evaluation findings by the NCO and its key stakeholders for its Strategic Planning process. It will also inform donors and other development partners about the effectiveness of the interventions supported by the NCO’s intervention on WPS projects in the last four years.

Usability will be ensured through different strategies, including tailoring of the deliverables to ensure that the results of the MA are captured in a way that stimulates sharing and understanding of knowledge.

META-ANALYSIS QUESTIONS:

The meta-analysis should be guided but not limited to the guiding questions illustrated below. The consultant is encouraged to be innovative in the analysis and presentation of the insights to address any other relevant issues that may emerge during the analysis.

The analysis is guided by the following core questions:

  • What are the strengths that emerge from the evaluations of the NCO’s WPS projects?
  • Which types of efforts/strategies being implemented have shown high degrees of relevance, effectiveness, sustainability, efficiency and impact?
  • Are there any patterns and lessons to be learnt regarding results produced by the NCO’s WPS projects in general?
  • Are there findings and conclusions that point in the same direction?
  • What strengths and challenges do the evaluations expose?
  • What are the lessons learnt?

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • To examine the quality of the past evaluation reports of the NCO’s WPS projects by providing a summary of reports to the Senior Managers and staff in the NCO;
  • To analyze the impacts of the NCO’s projects on WPS;
  • To provide better understandings and insights into the NCO’s performance;
  • To capture experiences and lessons learnt from the evaluations to enhance organizational learning and knowledge management.

KEY DELIVERABLES:

The three main deliverables of the consultancy will be the following:

Deliverable 1: Aide Memoire

The aide memoire will be completed after an initial desk review of the completed evaluations of the six WPS projects. It will be 2-3 pages’ maximum in length and will include:

  • Introduction
  • Background to the meta-analysis: objectives and overall approach of both phases of this exercise.
  • Description of meta-analysis methodology/methodological approach.
  • Work Plan with dates and deliverables (Annex).

Expected Duration: 2 weeks

Management Notes:

  • This report will be used as an initial point of agreement and understanding between the consultant and the Evaluation Manager (Unit Manager, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action Programme) & Reference Group.

Payment schedule: 40% of total on approval of deliverable.

Deliverable 2: First and Second Draft Meta-Analysis Report with Report Validation Workshop

The first draft report will analyze and synthesize the findings, conclusions, recommendations and lessons learned and good practices from the six WPS evaluations conducted. It will be a maximum of 25-page report that will help to paint a perspective of the achievement of the NCO’s WPS projects vis-à-vis its organizational goals. The Meta-analysis is poised to provide a basis to better understand the NCO’s WPS interventions and achievement of its goal and outcomes. The content of the report will be discussed with the consultant in detail prior to the meta-analysis phase. The consultant should cover all the required sections and contents in the first draft and share it to the management group and reference group for their inputs.

The second draft report will be presented in the validation workshop organized by the consultant in close consultation with management team of the NCO after incorporating the inputs received from relevant experts/stakeholders. It will be a 25-page report that will help to paint a perspective of the achievement of NCO’s WPS programmes and projects vis-à-vis its organizational goals. The NCO will provide support to the consultant to make sure wide ranging stakeholders, including partners and beneficiaries attend the meeting. The consultant will submit several key products namely;

  • One validation workshop;
  • Power point presentation of the meta-analysis;
  • A ten-page summary report (e-copy and 100 copies printed) in Nepali and English language.

Expected Duration: 2 weeks (First draft)

Expected Duration: 1 week (Second draft)

Expected Duration: 2 weeks (Validation Workshop)

Management Notes:

  • The first draft report will be reviewed and commented on by the management team.
  • Once the inputs from management group are incorporated in the first draft, the agency will share the second draft to the reference group.
  • The second draft will be shared with the reference group and presented in the validation workshop after the review and comments from the management team of the NCO and the Reference Group.

Payment schedule: 30% of total on approval of deliverable.

Deliverable 3: Final Meta-Analysis Report and Dissemination of Report

The consultant will finalize and submit the meta-analysis report by incorporating the comments from the NCO and the relevant stakeholders. The final meta-analysis report shall include the following chapters:

  • Executive Summary
  • Background and context of the analysis
  • Purpose
  • Approach and methodology
  • Findings – from the desk review of the six evaluations
  • Conclusions and lessons learnt
  • Recommendations
  • Annexes (relevant documents)

The consultant will in close coordination with the NCO prepare a dissemination strategy and disseminate the report among the project partners and stakeholders at national level by sharing the published report. The consultant will organize a national level workshop for the dissemination of this report and present on the findings and recommendations.

Expected Duration: 2 weeks

Management Notes:

  • The final Meta-Analysis report will go through a process of review and approval. Final approval of findings will be done by the Representative, UN Women Nepal.

Payment schedule: 30% of total on approval of deliverable.

 

SUGGESTED WORKPLAN:

  1. Aide Memoire: Weeks 1 and 2
  2. First and second draft meta-analysis Report with Report Validation Workshop: Weeks 3 to 7
  3. Final Meta-Analysis Report and Dissemination of Report: Weeks 8 and 9

EVALUATION MANAGEMENT:

The Meta-Analysis Management Group will comprise of the NCO Representative, Deputy Representative, Unit Manager – Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action Programme, M&E Officer and Women, Peace and Security Consultant and will be in charge of the direct management of the meta- analysis.  At the technical level, this group will provide technical feedback and support essential decision making during the whole evaluation process.

The Reference Group will comprise of members of the Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction, National Planning Commission, 1325 Action group, Conflict Victims Common Platform, Development Partners, UN Agencies, representatives from the relevant department of Kathmandu University and UN Women.

Who: Actors and Accountability

  • Reference Group

What: Roles and Responsibilities

  • Safeguard the independence of the meta-analysis exercise and ensure quality of evaluations;
  • Participate in inception meeting and comment on draft meta-analysis report;
  • Ensure the quality of the management response and follow- up actions.

Who: Actors and Accountability

  • Meta-Analysis Management Group

What: Roles and Responsibilities

  • Provide relevant information to the consultant.
  • Provide comments and feedback on the draft meta-analysis report in consultation meeting.

Who: Actors and Accountability

  • Country Representative, UN Women Nepal

What: Roles and Responsibilities

  • Safeguard the independence of the meta-analysis exercise and ensure its quality.
  • Responsibility of approving management responses to the meta-analysis in the GATE system and ensure the follow- up actions.

Who: Actors and Accountability

  • Unit Manager – Peace and Security & Humanitarian Action Programme

What: Roles and Responsibilities

  • Coordinate overall process of the meta-analysis;
  • Provide overall guidance to the meta-analysis process to ensure the quality of the meta-analysis;
  • Coordinate administrative and logistics support to the consultant;
  • Ensure timely submission of the meta-analysis report by the consultant to the NCO;
  • Facilitate a management response to meta-analysis and ensure the implementation of committed actions in the management response;
  • Disseminate the meta-analysis findings and ensure the follow-up.

Who: Actors and Accountability

  • The Consultant

What: Roles and Responsibilities

  • Lead the whole meta-analysis process and produce quality deliverables in timely manner;
  • Effectively communicate with the NCO, reference group and other stakeholders.

 

ETHICAL CODE OF CONDUCT:

The meta-analysis shall be conducted in accordance with the principles outlined in both UNEG Norms and Standards for Evaluation in the UN System and the UNEG ‘Ethical Guidelines for Evaluation’. Evaluators are required to read the Norms and Standards and the guidelines and ensure a strict adherence to it, including establishing protocols to safeguard confidentiality of information obtained during the evaluation. The UNEG Ethical Guidelines can be found here:

http://uneval.org/papersandpubs/documentdetail.jsp?doc_id=102. The UNEG Code of Conduct for Evaluation in the UN system can be found here: http://uneval.org/document/detail/100

All documents produced during the course of this meta-analysis will remain the property and copyright of UN Women.

 

Competencies
Functional Competencies:

  • Excellent programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills;
  • Excellent knowledge of results based management principles and approaches;
  • Ability to develop detailed operational plans, budgets, and deliver on the development results;
  • Outstanding knowledge working in post-conflict and transitioning scenarios;
  • Ability to lead formulation of strategies and their implementation;
  • Excellent networking skills.
Required Skills and Experience
Education

  • Masters or higher level degree in social science/ research monitoring and evaluation is required, preference will be given to holders of PhD degree.

Experience

  • A minimum of 10 years’ relevant experience undertaking evaluations is required including proven practical professional experience in designing and conducting evaluations;
  • Experience of conducting meta-evaluation and meta-analysis preferably with UN agencies, is an asset;
  • Quantitative and qualitative data analysis skills;
  • Proven ability to produce coherent, clear and analytic reports of high quality is a requirement;
  • Experience of facilitating workshops for initiating evaluation and for sharing evaluation findings;
  • Substantive experience in leading evaluation with a strong gender focus is preferred;
  • Detailed knowledge of the role of the UN and its programming is desirable;
  • Working experience in Nepal will be an asset.

Language skills

  • Excellent command of written and oral English.

EVALUATION AND SELECTION CRITERIA:

UN Women applies a fair and transparent selection process that takes into account both the technical qualification and the financial proposals submitted in support of consultant applications. Candidate applications will be evaluated using a cumulative analysis method taking into consideration the combination of applicant qualifications and financial proposal. The contract will be awarded to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

  • Responsive/compliant/acceptable; and
  • Having received the highest score out of below defined technical/interview and financial criteria.

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70 per cent in the technical evaluation will be considered for further evaluation process. The maximum number of points assigned to the financial proposal will be allocated to the lowest price proposal among the qualified candidates. All other price proposals receive points in inverse proportion.

Technical evaluation criteria (including a minimum qualification and experience):

  • Masters or higher level degree in social science/ research monitoring and evaluation is required, preference will be given to holders of PhD degree (10 points);
  • 10 years’ relevant experience undertaking evaluations including proven practical professional experience in designing and conducting evaluations (25 points);
  •  Experience of conducting meta-evaluation and meta-analysis for UN Agencies (20 points);
  • Ability to produce coherent, clear and analytic high quality reports- based on the writing sample (20 points);
  • Substantive experience in leading evaluation with a strong gender focus (15 points);
  • Experience of facilitating workshops for initiating evaluation and for sharing evaluation findings (10 points).

Technical Evaluation – documents based/interview (70%).
Financial Evaluation (30%);

Evaluation of submitted financial offers will be done based on the following formula: S = F min / F * 30

  • S – Score received on financial evaluation;
  • F min – the lowest financial offer out of all the submitted offers qualified over the technical evaluation round;
  • F – financial offer under the consideration.

The candidate who scores highest cumulative score will be considered for the service.

 

HOW TO APPLY?

Interested individual/consultants must submit the following documents:

  • Cover letter;
  • UN P11 form (blank form can be downloaded from: http://www.unwomen.org/en/about-us/employment/) or curriculum vitae in any standard format;
  • A separate page of lump-sum financial proposal including consultant fee, translation/ editing and proof reading, and other relevant cost to undertake the above deliverables;
  • A recent (within three years) written sample with min. 3000 words where the applicant is the lead evaluator.

Note: Please upload the required document as on attachment.

 

TRAVEL AND ACCOMODATION EXPENSES:

  • UN Women will bear the travel and accommodations costs beyond commuting distance from the consultant’s usual place of residence for UN Women authorized travel as per the UN Women standard guidelines

PAYMENT SCHEDULE:

Payment will be made in installments at each phase based on the invoice submitted by the consultant as per the agreed for the assignments and upon satisfactory performance of the consultant which will be certified by her/his supervisor.

Milestone 1: Upon submission of the aide memoire and clearance by the Unit Manager, PSH Unit.

  • Payment: 40% of the total budget.
  • Estimated target date: 15 September 2017

Milestone 2: Upon submission of the First and Second Draft Meta-Analysis Report with the Report Validation Workshop, and clearance by the Unit Manager, PSH Unit.

  • Payment: 30% of the total budget.
  • Estimated target date: 30 October 2017.

Milestone 3: Upon submission of the Final Meta-Analysis Report and Dissemination of Report, and clearance by the Unit Manager, PSH Unit.

  • Payment: 30% of the total budget.
  • Estimated target date: 16 November 2017.

 

Annex 1: List of evaluations commissioned by UN Women on WPS in 2014-2017

Evaluation 1: Mid-term assessment of Gender Responsive Recovery for Sustainable Peace (GRRSP) project

Evaluation Type: Programme Evaluation

Completed Year: 2015

Quality Rating: Good

Evaluation 2: Mid-term evaluation of Strengthening Implementation of Women, Peace and Security Agenda in Nepal (SIWPSAN) project

Evaluation Type: Country-level Evaluation

Completed Year: 2015

Quality Rating: Good

Evaluation 3: Final evaluation of the Gender Responsive Recovery for Sustainable Peace (GRRSP) project

Evaluation Type: Country-level Evaluation

Completed Year: 2015

Quality Rating: Good

Evaluation 4: Final Evaluation of Ensuring Participatory and Secure Transition (EPST) Project

Evaluation Type: Country-level Joint Evaluation with UNDP

Completed Year: 2015

Quality Rating: Satisfactory

Evaluation 5: Final evaluation of the “Localizing women, peace and security agenda in central Terai districts of Nepal” (GPI-CT)

Evaluation Type: Country-level Evaluation

Completed Year: 2016

Quality Rating: Satisfactory

Evaluation 6: Final evaluation of the “Strengthening implementation of women, peace and security agenda in Nepal” (SIWPSAN) project

Evaluation Type: Country-level Evaluation

Completed Year: 2016

Quality Rating: Very Good

Note: The relevant evaluation reports can be accessed from http://gate.unwomen.org/EvaluationUnit/FullDetails?EvaluationUnitId=169

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