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United Nations recruiting Consultant to Support Synthesis Phase and Finalization of the Evaluation


New York, United States of America, 14 November 2014

Background

United Nations is conducting a thematic evaluation of the contribution of United Nations to Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (GEWE). The primary objectives of the evaluation are to: (1) assess United Nations’s contributions to gender equality and women’s empowerment during the 2008-2013 period; (2) assess the extent to which the Gender Equality Strategy (GES) 2008-2013 was used and successfully functioned as guidance to United Nations programming in the implementation of the Strategic Plan; and (3) provide actionable recommendations with respect to the implementation of the United Nations’s new, approved Gender Equality Strategy (2014 – 2018).

The scope of the evaluation is aligned with the 2008-2013 Strategic Plan vision of mainstreaming gender throughout the four United Nations focus areas of poverty reduction, democratic governance, crisis prevention & recovery, and environment & energy at the global, regional and country levels. It covers two distinct but inter-linked results areas as framed in the GES namely, development results and institutional change, and assess the extent to which the GES functioned as “an integrating dimension of United Nations’s work in the implementation of the Strategic Plan.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Evaluation Manager, the consultant will contribute to management and implementation of the Thematic Evaluation of United Nations' contribution to gender equality and women’s empowerment (2008-2013). Summary of key functions includes: Contribute to evaluation report drafting and knowledge management; Support the management of the evaluation; and Manage evaluation dissemination.

Contribute to evaluation report drafting, finalization and knowledge management activities

  • Contribute to report review and editing as required – with particular attention to assisting in the review of five focus area reports;

  • Support the collection and analysis of three surveys associated with this evaluation;

  • Liaise with the authors of the Benchmarking study and the UN SWAP case study and assist in extracting key lessons to be incorporated in the synthesis report;

  • Assist in preparation of penultimate document for clearance and approval within United Nations and externally;

  • Assist in framing and supporting the organization of review panel meetings, stakeholder feedback process;

  • Assist in setting and maintaining an audit of trail of comments/management response;

  • Quality assure final report (in consultation with United Nations/EO editors and designers) and prepare it for submission to the Executive Board Secretariat;

  • Compose lesson learned technical notes which summarize evaluation criteria used on criteria for country-visits, update the methods handbook, record of lessons learned from Most Significant Change and Outcome Harvesting experiments;

  • Support the formulation of a Journal Article/Occasional Paper on the Gender Evaluation experience overall.

Support the management of the evaluation including logistics and budget tracking/reporting

  • Be responsible for the management of the evaluation workplan and provide the Evaluation Manager/Associate Evaluation Manager with weekly updates on progress;

  • Act as liaison between the IEO evaluation team and the thematic consultants, specific country offices and regional service centres, in terms of following-up with specific requests after data collection visits;

  • Liaise as needed with the authors of the Benchmarking study and the UN SWAP case study and assist in extracting key lessons to be incorporated in the synthesis report;

  • Assist in planning and delivery of the Evaluation Synthesis Workshop, scheduled for February 2015;

  • Ensure that data records collected and analysed for the evaluation are  compiled and stored as per standard IEO protocols

  • Be responsible for maintaining a record of consultancy contracts and travel costs;

  • Preparing periodic updates based on tracking of allocations and expenditures of  the evaluation budget.

Manage evaluation dissemination

  • In consultation with Communications Specialist, formulate a participatory dissemination strategy to be implemented throughout the process;

  • Maintain Teamworks portal for the evaluation;

  • Prepare periodic updates, presentations, social media information (Twitter/Facebook) for key stakeholders.

Any other tasks that may emerge during the course of the evaluation.

Accountability and duration

The Consultant will be directly supervised by the Evaluation Manager, and also work with the Associate Evaluation Manager as required. He/She will also liaise with the Team of Evaluation Consultants. The contract will commence in January 2015 for 6 months. It is expected that the consultant will work 5 days a week in the Independent Evaluation Office in New York.   The consultant will be paid 21.75 working days per month.

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