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Evaluation consultant announcement for the Assessment of the Development Account Project ROA 293-9

 

ECONOMIC COMMISSION FOR LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN (ECLAC) 

 

ASSESSMENT OF THE DEVELOPMENT ACCOUNT PROJECT ROA 293-9

STRENGTHENING NATIONAL CAPACITIES TO DESIGN AND IMPLEMENT RIGHTS-BASED POLICIES AND PROGRAMMES THAT ADDRESS CARE OF DEPENDENT POPULATIONS AND WOMEN’S ECONOMIC AUTONOMY IN URBAN DEVELOPMENT AND PLANNING

 

CONSULTANCY ANNOUNCEMENT 

 

 

I. BACKGROUND

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) Programme Planning and Operations Division (PPOD) is seeking an independent consultant to work in the final assessment of the Development Account Project: Strengthening national capacities to design and implement rights-based policies and programmes that address care of dependent populations and women’s economic autonomy in urban development and planning

 

The Development Account (DA) projects are being implemented by global and regional entities, cover all regions of the globe and focus on five thematic clusters. Projects are programmed in tranches, which represent the Account's programming cycle. The DA is funded from the Secretariat's regular budget and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) is one of its 10 implementing entities. The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) provides overall management of the DA portfolio.

 

II. ASSESSMENT

 

This assessment is an end-of-cycle review of a regional project aiming at supporting national and local policymakers to improve their awareness, knowledge, skills and technical capacity to design policies and programmes that address women’s economic autonomy and care of dependent populations as part of urban planning and development. This would be achieved by on the one hand increasing the knowledge and awareness of policy-makers and other stakeholders on the link between urban development, care policies and women’s economic autonomy and on the other increasing the capacity of technical staff an decision makers to design and implement policies and programmes for care of dependent populations to promote women’s economic autonomy as part of urban development.

 

The objective of this assessment is to review the efficiency, effectiveness, relevance, and sustainability of the project implementation and more particularly document the results and impact of the project attained in relation to its overall objectives and expected results as defined in the project document.

 

The project objective was to support governments in the design and implementation of rights-based policies and programmes that address the care of dependent populations (children, elderly, disabled) and women’s economic autonomy as part of urban planning and development.

 

The evaluation will place an important emphasis in identifying lessons learned and good practices that derive from the implementation of the project, its sustainability and the potential of replicating them to other countries.

 

The lessons learned and good practices in actual project implementation will in turn be used as tools for the future planning and implementation of ECLAC projects.

 

In line with the assessment objective, the scope of the assessment will more specifically cover all the activities implemented by the project. The assessment will review the benefits accrued by the various stakeholders, as well as the sustainability of the project interventions. The assessment will also review and evaluate the interaction and coordination modalities used in its implementation within ECLAC and between/among other implementing partners participating in the implementation of the project.

 

In summary, the elements to be covered in the assessment include:

 

  • Actual progress made towards project objectives
  • The extent to which the project has contributed to outcomes in the identified countries whether intended or unintended.
  • The efficiency with which outputs were delivered.
  • The strengths and weaknesses of project implementation on the basis of the available elements of the logical framework (objectives, results, etc) contained in the project document
  • The validity of the strategy and partnership arrangements. Coordination among ECLAC Divisions/Offices and other implementing partners.
  • The extent to which the project was designed and implemented to facilitate the attainment of the goals.
  • Relevance of the project’s activities and outputs towards the needs of Member States, the needs of the region and the mandates and programme of work of ECLAC.

 

III. PROFILE OF THE EVALUATOR

 The key competencies required by ECLAC for the present assignment include:

 

Education

  • MA in social sciences, public policy, development studies, business administration, or a related social science

 

Experience

  • At least seven years of progressively responsible relevant experience in programme/project evaluation are required.
  • At least two years of experience in areas related to gender and urban planning is highly desirable.
  • Experience in at least three evaluations with international (development) organizations is required. Experience in Regional Commissions and United Nations projects, especially Development Account projects is highly desirable.
  • Proven competency in quantitative and qualitative research methods, particularly self-administered surveys, document analysis, and informal and semi-structured interviews are required.
  • Working experience in Latin America and the Caribbean is desirable.

 

Language Requirements

  • Proficiency in English and Spanish is required

 

IV. CONSULTANCY ARRANGEMENTS

The duration of the consultancy will be initially for 16 weeks divided in two phases. Phase I will take place between October and December 2017, and phase II will take place between January and March 2017. The consultant will be reporting to and be managed by the Programme Planning and Evaluation Unit (PPEU) of the Programme Planning and Operations Division (PPOD) of ECLAC. Support to the evaluation activities will be provided by the Division for Gender Affairs of ECLAC in Santiago. 

 

V. HOW TO APPLY

Interested candidates should submit, no later than September 17th, their Personal History Form (PHP) through Inspira using the following link:  https://careers.un.org/lbw/jobdetail.aspx?id=85151

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