Consultancy: Technical Specialist - Independent Country Programme Evaluations - Bangladesh at United Nations

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Consultancy: Technical Specialist - Independent Country Programme Evaluations - Bangladesh

Location :Home-based with mission travel to Bangladesh
Application Deadline :23-Dec-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left :13d 17h 34m
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
20-Feb-2019
Duration of Initial Contract :30-60 days between February 2019 and July 2019

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Background

The Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) conducts independent country programme evaluations (ICPEs) to support the development of Country Programme Documents and strengthen the accountability of UNDP to national stakeholders and the Executive Board.
IEO will conduct an ICPE of the UNDP Bangladesh program, commencing in the beginning of 2019, to feed into the preparation of UNDP’s new programme starting from 2021. The ICPE will be conducted in close collaboration with the Bangladesh Government, UNDP’s country offices, and the UNDP Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific.
The IEO is recruiting one or several consultants that can contribute in a substantive fashion to the evaluation, under the guidance and supervision of the IEO’s lead evaluator. The duration of the consultancy will vary depending on the specific tasks, ranging between 30 and 60 work days. For more information on the IEO, visit http://web.undp.org/evaluation/.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision and guidance of the Lead Evaluator (LE), the consultant will contribute to the analysis of the country programme by providing technical expertise and knowledge in the assigned area(s). The work can be expected to include:
  • Prior to the mission, conduct preliminary research, compile documentation, and complete analysis in areas to be covered by the report;
  • Develop a data collection plan, in consultation with the lead evaluator and country office staff, based on the overall work plan and design provided by the IEO;
  • Plan, support and participate fully in the data collection mission in the country, including by taking a lead role in interviews in assigned areas of responsibility;
  • Deliver high quality analysis of the effectiveness of UNDP programs in assigned areas, under broad overall direction from the lead evaluator;
  • Participation in the evaluation team’s joint meetings and analysis of key findings, conclusions and recommendations leading to the preparation of the final report.

Competencies

Functional competencies

  • Strong analytical skills, including ability to quickly assess a diverse range of information with a discerning sense for quality of data; and
  • Good mastery of information technology required for organized presentation of information.

Development and Operational Effectiveness

  • Adhere to the principle of confidentiality and ethical code of conducts during the evaluation;
  • Ability to work under pressure, multi-tasking skills;
  • Available to travel and conduct required analysis within the agreed timelines; and
  • Strong oral and written communication skills in English.

Corporate Competencies

  • Ability to work in multicultural and multidisciplinary teams, acting with professionalism, diplomacy, tact and courtesy.

Required Skills and Experience

Education

Master’s degree or higher in areas relevant to the evaluation, such as Evaluation, Economics, Social Sciences, Public Policy, International Relations or other relevant fields.

Experience

  • A minimum of ten (10) years of work experience or expertise in one of the following key focus areas of the Bangladesh program, being social protection, climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction, and access to justice.
  • Extensive experience in program evaluation/research and mastery of techniques and methods of data collection, interviews and quantitative and qualitative analysis;
  • Experience in gender-sensitive programming and/or evaluation is a must;
  • Experience in conducting evaluations of UNDP country programmes in complex environments will be an asset ; and
  • Applicants will be expected to demonstrate a track record of high quality academic or applied research in areas relevant to the evaluation.

Language and other knowledge and skills:

  • Familiarity with UNDP or UN operations in the country or region;
  • Knowledge of the Bangladesh context, development issues and challenges;
  • Excellent proven oral and drafting skills in English, with excellent analysis and synthesis skills.

Application Instructions

Applicants are invited to upload as one combined document the following documents to the UNDP Jobs site:
  • CV in the format known as P11;
  • A completed Confirmation of Interest and Submission of Financial Proposal Form that indicates your daily rate for this consultancy;
  • A short cover letter that includes their thematic area of interest for the assignment

Candidates not sending any of the requested information will be disqualified. Please note that the system can only accept one uploaded document therefore all documents must be combined into a single document for upload.

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.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


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