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UNDP is looking for Consultant to Conduct Final Evaluation of Project on the Promoting the Empowerment of the Angolan Women through Civil Society Organizations – Luanda, ANGOLA

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UNDP is looking for Consultant to Conduct Final Evaluation of Project on the Promoting the Empowerment of the Angolan Women through Civil Society Organizations – Luanda, ANGOLA

 

Location :Luanda, ANGOLA
Application Deadline :31-Oct-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left :2d 13h 6m
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English   Portuguese
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
01-Nov-2018
Duration of Initial Contract :4 Weeks
Expected Duration of Assignment :4 Weeks

Background

Since 2012, the Norwegian Embassy in Angola and UNDP Angola have joined efforts and resources to implement the project “Promoting the Empowerment of Angolan Women Through CSOs”, with the aim of contributing to a greater awareness of social, economic and political women’s rights. The project based on public calls for funding and competition between project proposals for small-scale grants, has supported civil society organizations working to strengthen women’s rights and participation in the political, economic and social sphere.

The main objective of this evaluation is to produce an independent report on the implementation of the project over the period 2015-2018, to verify to what extent the project has achieved the planned results, to assess its relevance and effectiveness, its contribution to the achievement of SDGs and national priorities, to make recommendations to improve future support interventions in gender equality and women’s empowerment.

 

Historical and evaluation context:

The 2nd Cycle of the project took place over a 3-year period (2015-2018), resultant of a partnership between the Royal Norwegian Embassy and the United Nations Development Program, with the institutional partnership of the Ministry of Social Action, Family and Women’s Affairs. In mid-2017, the Royal British Embassy joined the partnership with provision of additional fund for the project. The project based on public calls for funding and competition between project proposals for small-scale grants, has supported civil society organizations working to strengthen women’s rights and participation in the political, economic and social sphere is. This cycle will officially end in December 2018.

In the course of its implementation, the project aimed  to capitalize on the positive trends of greater protection and affirmation of women’s rights in the country, evidenced in the Constitution of the Republic adopted in 2010, in the Law 25/11 of June 2011 on domestic violence, in the inclusion of gender priorities in the National Development Plan 2013-2017, and on the adoption of the National Gender Equity and Equality Policy in 2013. In addition, the project aligned itself with the UNDP Country Program to promote the strengthening of women’s capacities, to promote evidence-based strategies that can support the advancement of gender equality and the empowerment of women, in line with Agenda 2030.

The main objective of this cycle was to improve knowledge and capacity of women to be able to exercise their political, economic and social rights and thus contribute to the achievement of ODS, particularly ODS 5. The 2nd Cycle of the project covered the period 2015-2018 and had three main expected outputs: (i) strengthened capacity of women to participate in political, economic and social processes, as well as the capacity of civil society organizations (CSOs) in gender project implementation; (ii) promoted advocacy for access to information and awareness of public policy and programs on women’s political and social rights with focus on domestic violence, and studies on disaggregated gender statistics; and (iii) promoted women’s economic empowerment and capacity for cooperatives, as well as women’s participation in decision-making processes through social consultation platforms.

Throughout this three years, 11 different organizations received funds to implemented 14 projects in 8 provinces of Angola: Benguela (Lobito), Uíge (Uíge), Bié (Chinguar e Chitembo), Cunene (Ombadja, Curoca, Cahama, Ondjiva), Luanda (Luanda, Viana and Cazenga), Kwanza Sul (Sumbe), Huíla (Lubango and Gambos) and Namibe (Virei). The proposals were selected by a Technical Review Committee (TRC) chaired by UNDP and composed of representatives Norway Embassy, Ministry of Social Action, Family and Women’s Promotion, UNFPA, Ministry of Justice and Human Right and civil society. The following organizations received funds to implemented micro-projects:

  • 2015/2016: Angolan Action for Women (AAM), Information and Education Centre (CIES), Angolan Red Cross (CVA) and Youth Forum for Health Support and AIDS Prevention (FOJASSIDA);
  • 2016/2017: People to People Development Aid (ADPP), Action for Rural and Environment Development (ADRA), Federation of Women Entrepreneurs (FMEA), Forum of Women Journalists for Gender Equality (FMJIG), Women Promotion in the Catholic Church (PROMAICA);
  • 2017/2018: Public Policy Observatory Association of the Gender Perspective (ASSOGE), Information and Education Centre (CIES), Youth Forum for Health Support and AIDS Prevention (FOJASSIDA), Forum of Women Journalists for Gender Equality (FMJIG) and Young Women’s Christian Association (UCF)

 

The purpose of the evaluation:

The main objective of this evaluation is to produce an independent report on the implementation of the project over the period 2015-2018, to verify to what extent the project has achieved the planned results, to assess its relevance and effectiveness, its contribution to the achievement of SDGs and national priorities, to make recommendations to improve future support interventions in gender equality and women’s empowerment.

This review shall be based on information received through interviews and meetings with implementing partners, UNDP project team, Technical Review Committee, representatives of target groups and local government, field visits and review of relevant documentation. UNDP project team will support the consultant(s) to organize meetings and visits.

 

Issues to be explored

Relevance: 

  • Assess how relevant the project activities were to improve awareness and empower women to exercise their political, social and economic rights in Angola;
  • Assess how the project outputs and outcomes were relevant in terms of contributing to the achievements of SDGs, mainly 5, and its alignment with national priorities.
  • Were the outputs relevant to the needs of the target groups

Effectiveness:

  • What were the key issues influencing the achievement/non-achievement of the objectives;
  • Assess programme management including the planning, monitoring, review, financial management and reporting systems.

Efficiency:

  • How cost-efficient were the project activities? To what extend were the project resources/inputs efficiently converted into results;
  • Was the project overall implemented in timely manner.

Risk management:

  • Assess the key risk factors that have been identified and measures taken to mitigate or manage them.

Sustainability:

  • To what extent will the benefits of the project continue after the project is finalised;
  • What are the issues influencing sustainability of the project;
  • Make recommendations on how to strengthen programme design and management and improve efficiency and effectiveness.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Desk Review: Collection and analysis of relevant documentation related with the project, such as project document, minutes, reports, etc. This can be can be reviewed homebased, prior to field work;
  • Work Plan: Present a work plan to UNDP project team, including the methodology to be implemented, the technical and / or theoretical perspectives to be implemented and a schedule;
  • Briefing: meeting with the UNDP team, the Norwegian Embassy in Angola and the National Office of Women’s Rights and Gender Equality / MASFAMU to discuss the work plan and to agree on tasks that will be carried out by the consultant(s);
  •  Field Work: Collection of primary documentation will take place in Angola, during a 7 days period (one week) and should include visits and interviews to implementing partners, target groups, local government representatives and visits (a sample will be considered) to provinces / localities where the projects were implemented;
  • Analyzes: Draft of a preliminary project evaluation report including an executive summary (in Portuguese and English); conclusions, recommendations and lessons learned must be submitted to UNDP project team to collected comments;
  • Final Product: Deliver the final evaluation report.

 

Competencies

Corporate Competencies: 

  • Demonstrates commitment to UNDP´s mission, vision and values;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Highest standards of of integrity, discretion and loyalty

Functional Competencies: 

  • Ability to work with multidisciplinary and multicultural teams;
  • Creativity, innovation and initiative;
  • Result oriented;
  • Analytical ability;
  • Logical ability;
  • Able to work under pressure in an adverse environment;
  • critical ability;
  • Capacity to dialogue with different sectors;
  • Determination and focus on goals and results;
  • Ability of facilitation;
  • Good management skills;
  • Sensitivity to African and Angolan context.

 

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Masters (or equivalent) in Social Sciences, Political Sciences, Sociology, Development Studies and other similar areas;

Experience: 

  • At least 10 years of demonstrated experience in conducting similar evaluations in developing countries;
  • Knowledge about the political, social and economical contexts  of Angola;
  • Experience in conducting  UNDP results-based management and evaluations and inherent  procedures;
  • Experience in gender equality and women’s rights issues in developing countries.

Language:

  • Fluency in English and Portuguese (written and spoken).

Recommended Presentation of Proposal: 

  • Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability and detailed CV;
  • Brief description of approach to work/technical proposal of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment, and a proposed methodology on how they will approach and complete the assignment; (max 1 page);
  • Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price and all other travel related costs (such as flight ticket, per diem, etc), supported by a breakdown of costs.  If an applicant 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 Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA), the applicant must indicate at this point, and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated in the financial proposal submitted to UNDP.

Criteria for Evaluation of Proposal

Only those applications which are responsive and compliant will be evaluated.  Offers will be evaluated according to the Combined Scoring method – where the educational background and experience on similar assignments will be weighted at 70% and the price proposal will weigh as 30% of the total scoring.  The applicant receiving the Highest Combined Score that has also accepted UNDP’s General Terms and Conditions will be awarded the contract.

Evaluation Scores:

  • Masters (or equivalent) in Social Sciences, Political Sciences, Sociology, Development Studies and other similar areas; Max points: 20
  • At least 10 years demonstrated experience in conducting similar evaluations in developing countries, Max. points:  25
  • Knowledge and experience in gender equality and women’s rights issues in developing countries, particularly in the context of Angola, Max. points: 25
  • Experience of UNDP results-based management and evaluation procedures; Max. points: 10
  • Methodology and approach to work; Max. points:  20

Payments: 

This assignment has a thirty-day timeframe and as such payment will be made in 2 installments: 25% at the commencement  of the activities encompassing the TOR under Contract and  (75%), once the entire assignment has been fully executed.

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.

 

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