UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace, and security. Placing women’s rights at the center of all its efforts, the UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world.
The Independent Evaluation Service (IES) of the Independent Evaluation and Audit Services (IEAS) conducts and managers corporate and selected decentralized evaluations to assess UN Women’s contribution to gender equality and women’s empowerment at global, regional, and country levels. IES is seeking for an evaluation consultant to support the conduct of a planned Mid-term Evaluation of Promoting Productive Employment and Decent Work for Women in Egypt, Jordan, and Palestine: Joint Programme of ILO and UN Women. Access the detailed MTE ToR and supportive Annexes here JP MTE ToR & Annexes.
The Joint Programme is a four-year (2019 -2022), multi-country Programme to promote decent employment opportunities for women in Egypt, Jordan, and Palestine by addressing the structural causes of inequalities that women face in the region. The JP aims to address the underlying, structural causes of inequalities that hinder women from entering and progressing in the workplace on an equal footing to men.
Evaluation purpose and objectives
The purpose of this mid-term evaluation is twofold- a) accountability, to assess the overall performance of the programme and achievement against the planned results; b) learning, by studying the nature and processes of interventions to determine which strategies and elements are working well and in which context for replicating or scaling-up the successful interventions and innovations. Learning will also be focused on identifying what is not working so well and why in order to guide the JP’s mid-course correction and future programming to ensure that the programmatic results are met. The evaluation is primarily formative in nature but will include summative elements within the scope.
Specifically, the objectives of this evaluation are to:
- Analyze the relevance of the programme objectives, intervention logic, strategy, and approach at the national and regional level as well as UN Women and ILO’s collaborative comparative advantage/added value in this area;
- Assess the programme effectiveness in achieving the planned programme outputs and outcomes; including unexpected results and factors affecting programme implementation and results (positively and negatively);
- Assess the joint programme management efficiency, partnerships, governance, and coordination mechanisms including the regional-level Joint Programme Strategic Coordination Committee (JPSCC) and the National Joint Programme Steering Committees (NJPSC) in progressing towards the achievement of the programme results;
- Review the strategies and mechanisms for outcomes’ sustainability in the target countries as well as at the regional level;
- Assess the extent to which the programme is informed of gender and human rights-based approach and is contributing towards gender transformative changes to advance and sustain Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (GEWE);
- Assess the coherence of the Joint programme with other interventions at the country and regional level- complementarity, coordination, and harmonisation with other sector players, institutions, and programmes to add value while avoiding duplication of effort;
- Identify and document lessons learned, good practices and innovations, success stories, and challenges within the programme, to inform mid-course correction and future programmes; and
- Provide strategic recommendations for the different key stakeholders to improve implementation of the project activities and attainment of project objectives.
Duties and Responsibilities
The evaluation will be led by the UN Women Regional Evaluation Specialist (RES) of the UN Women Arab States Regional Office (ROAS) and the team members will include a senior evaluation expert to support the evaluation lead in designing and delivering the evaluation products; three national evaluators to provide key contextual knowledge and support in-country data collection and analysis; a research assistant for supporting overall data collection, analysis, report and presentation preparation.
Under the supervision of the Regional Evaluation Specialist, the senior evaluation expert will perform the following responsibilities:
- Provide technical and methodological support to the evaluation team leader for designing and delivering appropriate evaluation design and methodology;
- Act as a thematic lead for the themes covered in the programme;
- Support evaluation preparatory phase including facilitation of the inception workshop and preparation of the inception report with appropriate evaluation methodology and design, data collection tools, stakeholder mapping etc;
- Lead data collection missions in the region and in at least two selected countries with the national evaluators;
- Support the preparation of all evaluation deliverables, including the analyses and synthesis of evaluation evidence and reports drafting;
- Support the validation meetings with various stakeholders at the country and regional level;
- Support the preparation of evaluation knowledge and communication products.
Required Skills and Experience
- At least a master’s degree in international development, gender/women studies, social sciences, public policy, or related field.
- At least 10-years proven experience in conducting gender-responsive evaluations of women’s economic empowerment and decent work programmes/interventions specifically related to the focus of the JP- Gender and Decent work, gender-responsive labor laws and related policies, its operationalisation, gender-responsive budgeting, and/or gender-responsive Private sector and/or gender roles and unpaid care;
- A strong record in designing and leading evaluations and proven experience in using the Theory of change evaluation approach, evaluating normative, policy, advocacy work, and experience in participative evaluation techniques;
- Extensive knowledge of, and experience in applying, qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods and use of data analysis software such as Nvivo;
- Excellent analytical, facilitation, communications, and writing skills;
- Proven ability to interact with a wide range of stakeholders; and
- Process management skills, including facilitation presentations and communication skills.
- Knowledge of ILO’s roles and mandate and its tripartite structure, the role of UN Women and its programming, coordination, and normative roles at the regional and country-level as well as familiarity with The Women’s Empowerment Principles is highly desirable;
- Country or regional experience in the Arab States region is highly desirable Past experience of conducting evaluations for UN agencies is highly desirable.
- Fluency in English is required;
- Working Knowledge of Arabic or French would be an asset.