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National Consultant (Conduct Project End Evaluation) at UN Women

UN Women – In July 2010, the United nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

We are recruiting to fill the position of:

Job Title: National Consultant to Conduct Project End Evaluation

Location: Homebased (with travel), Nigeria
Type of Contract: Individual Contract
Post Level: National Consultant
Starting Date: (Date when the selected candidate is expected to start) 16-Feb-2022
Duration of Initial Contract: 45 Working days

Description of the Project

  • The main goal of the project for Prevention of forced migration and trafficking in women and girls in Nigeria, build resilience promote sustainable development was to prevent forced migration and trafficking of women and girls through economic empowerment and resilience building, and facilitate the reintegration of women and young women returnees.

The project was guided by the following theory of change:

  • If an enabling gender sensitive policy environment that addresses primary and tertiary prevention of forced migration and trafficking is in place;
  • If integrated gender-responsive preventive services in source migration-trafficking sites are effectively designed and implemented;
  • If women and girls (supported by men and boys) effectively influence the design and implementation of enabling policies and gender-responsive preventive and reintegration services for effective access;
  • Then forced migration and trafficking will be prevented;
  • Because (5) barriers to women’s empowerment, resilience and participation in inclusive development will be addressed.

The project articulated into two outcomes:
Outcome 1:

  • An enabling gender sensitive policy environment that addresses forced migration and trafficking is in place, whose design and implementation is influenced by women and girl’s rights organizations in source migration trafficking sites:
    • Output 1.1: Gender-sensitive policy instruments on migration and trafficking are formulated or adapted.
    • Output 1.2: Capacity of targeted institutions strengthened to provide gender-friendly protection services that address the needs of women and girls’ survivors in source migration trafficking sites.
  • In this result area, the project supported the review of existing policies, laws and plans on migration-trafficking and ensure that these are gender-responsive, in particular it has developed a Gender Policy for NAPTIP and contributed to amend the VAPP Law in Edo State. It has further facilitated multi-stakeholder policy dialogues to elaborate priority legal and policy interventions to strengthen fair and safe migration for women and prevent trafficking.
  • It has supported capacity-building interventions, including training and technical support services to government, NGO partners, to implement gender-responsive, survivors-centred policies and services for women migrants and survivors of trafficking. The project has also facilitated a gender audit of protection services within existing shelters and safe homes in Edo, Lagos States and FCT.
  • Finally, under this outcome it has supported the development of tools and training to enhance gender-responsive service delivery by frontline service providers including the security and justice sector agencies.

Outcome 2:

  • The outcome two related to Increased gender-sensitive information and awareness-raising in source migration-trafficking sites contribute to the prevention of women’s irregular migration and trafficking:
    • Output 2.1 Collaboration and networking among women’s organizations and targeted government institutions managing forced migration issues, including the security sector is enhanced.
    • Output 2.2 Increased awareness-raising and engagement with men and boys and traditional leaders in migration sites
  • The key activities contributing to the results included community-based interventions aimed at raising awareness and changing social norms. Recognizing the importance of collective action, the project has established and strengthened networking among women at state and national levels and provided capacity-building support to women’s organizations to lead efforts aimed at preventing forced migration and trafficking.
  • The project supported the building of a knowledge base on the perceptions of women migrant/trafficking survivors, and violence they experience, as well as an understanding of good practices in strengthening fair and safe migration, taking note of the voices and opinions of women themselves.
  • The above-mentioned outcome supported public awareness campaigns through traditional and social media and Nollywood engagement, to highlight the risks of trafficking and violence faced by women migrants. A focus on engaging men and boys, including traditional and religious leaders to serve as champions and partners in support of strategies that promote and protect the rights of women and girls was emphasized through the support of the adoption of the GEOB.
  • A participatory final evaluation of the Project is proposed to be undertaken from February to April 2021, involving key stakeholders at national level and the two target states. To this end, UN Women is seeking to contract a National Evaluation Consultant to facilitate the end of project evaluation.

Objectives of the Final Evaluation

  • The Overall Objective of the final evaluation is to assess the extent to the project for Preventing Forced Migration and Trafficking in Women and Girls in Nigeria has achieved the intended and/or unintended outcomes, provide in-depth analysis and understanding of why certain intended or unintended outcomes have or have not occurred, analyze the challenges encountered, learn from the current COVID-19 crisis, and document lessons for improving future projects in the area.

The specific objectives of the evaluation are:

  • To analyze the relevance of the project’s implementation strategy and approaches with a special focus on the gender review of legal frameworks on migration and trafficking, and the increase in gender-sensitive information and awareness-raising in source migration-trafficking sites;
  • To assess the project’s effectiveness and organizational efficiency in the implementation of the project
  • To assess the impact of the project in the two States and the extent to what cross-cutting issues of gender, human rights, were mainstreamed in the project implementation.
  • To assess the mechanisms put in place for the sustainability of the project’s results, including the level of local ownership, accountability, capacities, partnerships and coordination in target states.
  • To determine the efficiency of strategies for ensuring the effective and efficient implementation of the project, including in the context of the COVID-19 crisis in target states and country at large.
  • To document lessons learned, best practices, success stories and challenges to inform the implementation of future programming for UN Women in the area of preventing forced migration and trafficking in women and girls
  • Support decision making to capitalize on the next strategy note
  • Support a retrospective approach to support greater accountability for effectiveness and learning
  • Based on findings, to provide recommendations for a possible second phase of support after the completion of the current project.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • The consultant will directly report to UN Women Team on issues requiring daily supervision or information. In particular, the Country Office M&E Specialist, the Regional Office Evaluation Specialist and the Country Office  Deputy Representative will provide quality assurance and approve all evaluation products (ToR, inception report, draft and final reports).
  • The Regional Evaluation Specialist will chair the EMG – and thus holds final responsibility for the quality assurance process and approval of deliverables (to be assessed against UN Women’s GERAAS parameters).
  • An Evaluation Reference Group (ERG), chaired by the Country Representative will also be set up to facilitate participation and systematic involvement of key stakeholders in the evaluation, ensuring quality by providing inputs on evaluation products, and ensures dissemination of the evaluation results.

The National expert consultant will be responsible for the following Tasks:

  • Within the current COVID-19 crisis, develop and submit a detailed methodology for the final evaluation, including desk review, analytical work, data collection techniques, key activities and timeframe for the assignment, in close cooperation with the UN Women office in Nigeria.
  • Undertake a desk review of relevant documents, including the VAPP Act and policies related to NAPTIP, logical and monitoring frameworks, and progress reports, among others.
  • Conduct field missions to target states and consultation meetings with  the project’s key stakeholders, partners and beneficiaries, including relevant government institutions, security agencies, civil society organizations, women’s groups/networks, and the donor, among others to review the project in line with the set objectives of the final evaluation. The process of conducting consultation meetings is expected to use high standard methods to maximize the collection of quality information and ensure the safety of respondents including conformity to the applicable COVID-19 prevention protocols.
  • Develop and submit a final evaluation report of the project, with relevant recommendations based on the interpretation of the evaluation findings and key lessons identified.

The information generated by the evaluation will be used by UN Women and different stakeholders to:

  • Contribute to building of the evidence base on effective strategies for strengthening the support to the government, security agencies, NAPTIP, women-led organizations and other stakeholders to tackle human trafficking in Edo and Lagos states, and Nigeria at large.
  • Facilitate the strategic reflection, learning and further planning for programming in the areas of strengthening the capacity of the Government of Nigeria, national stakeholders and structures on HT with the aim to increase relevant workable solutions.

Main evaluation users include the UN Women Country Office in Nigeria, the Government of Nigeria (including Edo and Lagos states), the Government of Italy (Project donor), national stakeholders mainly NAPTIP and NGO implementing partners. These stakeholders will be closely involved in the evaluation process to increase ownership of findings, draw lessons learned and make greater use of this final review results. The findings of the evaluation are expected to contribute to effective programming, efficient project delivery and creation of strong partnerships and ownership for sustainable results.

Qualifications

  • Advanced University Degree (Master’s Degree or equivalent) in relevant Social Sciences (Gender Studies, Economics, Development Studies, Human Rights, Political Science, International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies or any related field).
  • At least 7 years of work experience in management project/project development and management (results-based management approach), possibly in gender related fields.
  • Strong technical competences in gender and women’s empowerment agenda.
  • Strong technical knowledge, skills, expertise in conducting gender responsive evaluation, including designing and leading project/project evaluations; gender sensitive evaluation certification or experience preferred.
  • Proven experience of successfully conducting gender-responsive evaluations
  • Extensive knowledge of, and experience in applying, qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods to research works
  • Process management skills such as facilitation and data analysis skills.
  • Experience in gender analysis and human rights (e.g. expertise in human trafficking will be considered an asset).
  • A detailed knowledge and familiarity of the UN, its programming processes and coordination mechanisms, and or other international development organization.
  • Fluency in English.

Competencies
Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism.

Functional Competencies:

  • Extensive experience in conducting evaluations; gender sensitive evaluation certification or experience preferred.
  • Excellent knowledge and experience in gender equality and women’s empowerment programming and implementation.
  • In-depth experience and excellent knowledge of results-based management
  • Ability to actively seek information, offer new and different options for problem solving and meet client’s needs.
  • Excellent and effective communication (verbal and written) skills, including preparation of official email invitations, reports and presentations with clear and succinct formulation of findings, observations, analysis and recommendations.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

Application Closing Date
31st January, 2022.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Application Process
Interested candidates should apply following relevant instructions and deadline indicated in the call for applications.

Candidates should submit:

  • A letter of interest with indication of availability during the period of one month. The letter of intent should include a declaration of any involvement with any UN-Women work over the period, or potential partners, and that the candidate declare that there is no potential conflict of interest.
  • A personal CV, not exceeding three pages. The candidate is highly encouraged to provide information in relation to relevant experience related to the evaluation in her/his CV.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be requested to submit a sample evaluation report recently completed by the candidate for assessment against GERAAS parameters. A link will be shared with shortlisted candidates for this purpose.

Note: Kindly ensure all attachments are submitted as a single file.

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