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Evaluation consultant announcement for the valuation of the Development Account Project ROA 289-9

ECONOMIC COMMISSION FOR LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN (ECLAC)


EVALUATION OF THE DEVELOPMENT ACCOUNT PROJECT ROA 289-9
STRENGTHENING THE TECHNICAL CAPACITY OF PUBLIC FINANCE MANAGERS IN SELECT CARIBBEAN SMALL ISLAND DEVELOPING STATES (SIDS) TO MANAGE THEIR PUBLIC FINANCES

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 evaluation of the Development Account Project: Strengthening the technical capacity of public finance managers in select Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to manage their public finances.


The project under evaluation is part of the projects approved under this account for the 9th Tranche (2014-2017). It was implemented by the Economic Commission for Latin America and The Caribbean (ECLAC), specifically its Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean, with substantive and technical support from Instituto Latinamericano y del Caribe de Planificacion Economica y Social (ILPES).


 The original duration of this project was approximately three and half years (2014 –2017), with activities having started in August 2014. 
  
II. EVALUATION

This evaluation is an end-of-cycle review of a subregional project aimed at strengthening the capacity of the small island developing States of the Caribbean to effectively manage their public expenditure, revenue and debt. This would be achieved through a series of integrated activities aimed at increasing the capacity and skills and upgrading public finance management systems to ensure the achievement of the objective. To this end, the activities conducted under the project will serve to: increase the knowledge and skills of the public finance managers; support member States in the application of improved public finance practices; and improve public finance management systems.


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


The project objective was to increase the capacity of policy-makers and public finance managers of selected Caribbean SIDS to apply methods and procedures for better management and forecasting of public expenditure and revenue.
The evaluation will place an important emphasis on identifying lessons learned and good practices that derive from the project’s implementation, sustainability and the potential of replicating them in 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 evaluation objective, the scope of the evaluation will cover all the activities implemented by the project. The evaluation will review the benefits gained by the various stakeholders in the region, as well as the sustainability of the project interventions. The evaluation will also review the interaction and coordination modalities used in its implementation within ECLAC, and between/among other co-operating agencies participating in the implementation of the project.

In summary, the elements to be covered in the evaluation 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 economics, public policy, development studies, business administration, evaluation, or a related 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 economic and public finance management 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.
  • Proven competency in integrating human rights and gender equality in evaluation is highly desirable.
  • Working experience in the Caribbean is desirable


Language Requirements

  • Proficiency in English is required.
     


IV. CONSULTANCY ARRANGEMENTS 
The duration of the consultancy will be initially for 16 weeks during the months of January-April. 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. Coordination and support to the evaluation activities will be provided by the ECLAC Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean.
  
V. HOW TO APPLY 
 Interested candidates should submit, no later than December 8th 2017, their Personal History Form (PHP) through Inspira using the following link:  https://careers.un.org/lbw/jobdetail.aspx?id=89636


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