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UNICEF| National Consultant - PBF Evaluation

Proficiency in Portuguese and either French or English is mandatory

 

Job no: 528778
Position type: Consultancy
Location: Guinea-Bissau
Division/Equivalent: Dakar (WCAR), Senegal
School/Unit: Guinea Bissau
Department/Office: Bissau, Guinea Bissau
Categories: Education, NO-3, Consultancy

 

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  1. Purpose and Objective:

The objective of this consultancy is:

The present evaluation will focus in the project Mobilizing rural youth to serve as peacebuilding leaders financed by the Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) and implemented by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the United Nations Children's Fund in Guinea Bissau (UNICEF) from January 2018 to December 2019. The UNICEF Guinea Bissau office received US $ $770,731 for activities targeting adolescents and UNDP US $ 794,090 for activities targeting youth. In total the project benefitted directly 1184 and 1575 youth. But it reached indirectly most adolescents and youth in the regions of Cacheu and Gabu.

The project aimed to develop leadership skills among rural adolescents and youth on peacebuilding and build their resilience to instrumentalization and manipulation. Further the project aimed to strengthen capacities of adolescents and youth to be able to influence the decision-making process at local and national level. More specifically, the project provided youth and adolescents in rural areas with access to a package of training and supported them in finding ways to exercise their newly acquired capacities to act as key peace builders and social innovators within their communities. This helped them to open the doors to decision-making spaces that enabled their voices to be heard on a variety of key issues that affect their lives. These can include: environmental safety and security, local development planning, or basic service delivery. In this way, the project empowered youth and adolescent leaders and youth organizations to act as promoters of social innovative solutions for peace and inclusive development.

More details about the project including the project proposal and reports implementation can be accessed through the following link: http://mptf.undp.org/factsheet/project/00108256.

This evaluation will be conducted at the request of the donor and has the following goals. 

 

Evaluation Purpose

This evaluation has two goals: accountability and organizational learning.

As for accountability, this evaluation meets the requirement to account for the use of resources allocated to UNDP and UNICEF for the implementation of the PBF project to donors (vertical accountability) and beneficiaries (horizontal accountability).

As for learning, the evaluation is expected to generate evidence on the performance of the implementation of the PBF project, which will serve as the basis for strategic directions on the implementation of other peace building initiatives.

Specifically, in Guinea-Bissau, the evaluation will provide the government and its partners with recommendations for future initiative in the field of peace building and governance.

The results of the evaluation will be used by a wide range of stakeholders including the Donor, UNICEF and UNDP, partner organizations and beneficiary communities. The expected Uses are outlined in Table 1 below.

Table 1: Expected evaluation Users and Uses

Users

Possible use

Donor: PBF funds

Ensure that funds have been used in an effective way and project objectives have been met.

UNICEF and UNDP

Improve newly planned peace building initiatives based on lessons learnt from this evaluation.

Other Partners: ANADEC, Palmeirinha, INDE, SWISSAID, Radio Jovem

Improve their operational practice and future peace building programming.

Communities/beneficiaries

The results of this evaluation will stimulate them to be more involved in peace building and decision making on issues affecting them

 

 

Evaluation objectives 

The objectives of the evaluation are:

(1) Determine the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability, and where possible, the impact of the Peace Building Project;

(2) Analyze the challenges in implementing the peacebuilding initiative (including the risk of political recuperation during times of political instability);

(3) Identify lessons learned about what worked and did not work about the PBF project, including unexpected outcomes (positive and negative);

(4) Make operational recommendations for strategic directions for other peace building initiatives.

(5) Assess the extent to which the PBF project has integrated equity and gender in its design, implementation and monitoring.

 

Context of the evaluation

In the current political environment that started in August 2015 and lasts till now, youth and adolescents have become increasingly exposed to political instrumentalization by various sides as the negative rhetoric increased. Civic and political marches for and against the status quo are suspected of including paid marchers and trouble makers, most of them youth. These marches are adding to the climate of instability.

The evaluation will be carried out in the aftermath elections in a time of political instability where the type of skills developed by the project might be very useful for adolescents and youth to fully play their role of citizens without being unduly influenced and manipulated by political actors. Indeed, with the presidential elections planned for 2019, young adults are one of the most targeted social group in electoral processes and political power disputes. Even adolescents, while not in the voting age-group, have been observed to participate in demonstrations and are at potential risk of becoming unwilling part of disruptive activities. With the past legislative elections and the upcoming presidential elections, the PBF project interventions were expected, among other things, to mitigate the effects of this kind of instrumentalization of youth and adolescents. The evaluation aims to demonstrate to what extent this has been achieved and provide lessons learned for future peace building initiatives.

 

  1. Methodology

The evaluation will be conducted using a participatory and inclusive approach. It will be based on mixed methods of collecting and analyzing data obtained from programme beneficiaries and key stakeholders. The purpose of using multiple methods is to triangulate data from different sources to formulate the findings and to provide the most relevant and credible answers to the evaluation questions. The methodology could include (i) an analysis of existing data such as the PBF proposal, the baseline study reports, small grants subventions requests, and any other relevant documents; and (ii) an analysis of the information collected through semi-structured or structured interviews, focus groups, observation and inspection in communities, etc.

In addition, the evaluation needs to take into account issues that are tracked in the semi-annual and annual evaluations:

  1. Unique, innovative or interesting approach

  2. Major Peacebuilding results as per the proposal

  3. Human impact

  4. National Ownership

  5. Catalytic effects (financial and non-financial)

Finally, there is a need to have a data collection mechanism for the Outcome indicators of the Project, namely:

  1. # of Community level committees including participation of youth (disaggregated by region, sex)

  2. # of Communities engaged in environmental peacebuilding activities

  3. Extent to which communities are satisfied with youth leaders civic engagement, including peacebuilding, conflict resolution and development initiatives

A detailed design of the evaluation including the proposed methodology for each evaluation question and/or objectives, sample size, sampling methodology and the tools to be used will be proposed by the consultant in his/her bid. The final methodology will be agreed to during the inception phase and approved by the evaluation reference group. The consultants are strongly encouraged to propose the use of innovative methodologies in their technical proposal.

 

3. Deliverables

The following deliverables are expected:

  1. An inception report to be provided after 2 weeks of work and prior to the field-based work;

  2. Power Point presentation summarizing key preliminary findings and conclusions (to be held before the international consultant leaves the country)

  3. A 1st draft evaluation report by the end of the 9th week;

  4. final evaluation report delivered by the 12th week of the assignment. The final report should address any comments from UNICEF and UNDP coordination team, the Government, the PBF Secretariat and PBSO where relevant.

  5. Raw data in electronic medium, data collection instruments in electronic medium, transcripts in electronic medium, completed data sets, etc.

  6. Policy brief summarizing the key findings and conclusions

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Education: Master's degree in education, psychology, sociology, economy, environmental or natural science and/or other social science field is required.

 

Experience:

Proven at least 10 years of experience in managing or/and evaluating development, peacebuilding or emergency programmes/projects and at least 3 years of experience in leading evaluations is desirable;

  • Knowledge and demonstrable experience of PBF funded projects is an asset;

  • Knowledge of Guinea-Bissau general country context is strongly desirable;

 

Languages:

    • Proficiency in Portuguese and either French or English is mandatory;

    • Proficiency in Bissau-Guinean Creole constitutes an advantage.

 

Suggested national consultant profile

The national consultant will be under the direct technical supervision of the international consultant team leader; he must work at the NOC/P3 level according to the SNU grid and have the following qualifications:

      • A university degree (Master's or DEA) in education, sociology, law, statistics, economy, environmental or natural science or related fields;

      • A good knowledge of the problem of children outside of school and related programmes, particularly in Guinee Bissau;

      • Have conducted program studies or research activities in the field of education in Guinee Bissau;

      • Excellent oral and written communication skills in Portuguese;

      • Knowledge of local languages is desirable.

 

Payments

The payment of the international consultant will be made in three tranches:

      • A first tranche of 30% of the fees upon delivery of the inception report accepted by UNICEF and UNDP;

      • A second tranches of 40% of the fees for the delivery of the preliminary report;

      • A third tranche of 30% upon delivery of the final report is accepted by UNICEF and UNDP.

The international consultant's travel costs (tickets and perdiem), the national consultant's fees and the costs of collecting the data will be added to the first payment. The International consultant is expected to submit proofs of expenditures for those costs.

 

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