Vacancy Announcement – Evaluator, Independent Evaluation, Planning, Performance Monitoring, and Evaluation Unit (PPME)

Project title: Independent Evaluation of the Sustaining Peace in Mali and the Sahel Region through Strengthening Peacekeeping Training Capacities (phase II) project

Title (i.e. consultant, individual contractor): Consultant

Organizational Unit: Planning, Performance Monitoring, and Evaluation Unit (PPME)

Indicative starting date: 20 August 2018

Duty Station: home-based

Deadline for Application: 25 June 2018


Area of Specialization/Thematic Areas

Evaluation, Peace

Overview

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is a principal training arm of the United Nations, with the aim to increase the effectiveness of the United Nations in achieving its major objectives through training and research. Learning outcomes are associated with about two-thirds of the Institute’s 475-some events organized annually, with a cumulative outreach to over 55,000 individuals (including 35,000 learners). Approximately three-quarters of beneficiaries from learning-related programming are from developing countries. UNITAR training covers various thematic areas, including activities to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; multilateral diplomacy; public finance and trade; environment, including climate change, environmental law and governance, and chemicals and waste management; peacekeeping, peacebuilding and conflict prevention; decentralized cooperation; and resilience and disaster risk reduction.

Within the framework of the Institute, the Peacekeeping Training Programme Unit contributes to international community's efforts aiming at enabling individuals and institutions to make meaningful contributions to sustain peace. The Unit is one of three entities under the Institute’s Division for Peace, and has developed a model of offering training, learning and capacity building solutions that are based on filling specific capacity gaps of partnering institutions, organizations, group of actors or individuals. More specifically, the Unit offers methodological and conceptual support that leads the beneficiaries to reach their intended goals through people-centered solutions oriented towards the transferring knowledge and skills and the transformation of attitudes and behaviours.

The Peacekeeping Training Programme Unit has been actively involved in Mali since 2016, where it has implemented the first phase of the project "Sustaining Peace in Mali and the Sahel Region through Strengthening Peacekeeping Training Capacities" in partnership with the Ecole de Maintien de la Paix "Alioune Blondin Beye" (EMPABB).

The overall goal of the Sustaining Peace in Mali and the Sahel Region through Strengthening Peacekeeping Training Capacities (phase II) project is to contribute to international and regional efforts aimed at sustaining peace in Mali, by supporting the preparation of African Formed Police Units (FPUs) prior to deployment to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). Through their presence and interaction with national counterparts, Formed Police Units deployed to MINUSMA aim to have a direct impact on the creation of conducive conditions for sustainable peace in Mali. More specifically, police forces aim to contribute to building capacities while functioning at the same time as role models. This process shall in turn increase the confidence in the role and functioning of the security sector in Mali as well as contribute to a change in perception in the wider population.

The project intends to contribute to the political objectives of the German Federal Government for Mali. More specifically, it aims to address reducing fragility, defusing conflicts, violence and terrorism and preventing human rights violations. That is needed since Mali is also a transit country for refugees. Terrorism and violent conflicts are destroying the prospects of the population and leading to economic misery so that for many people migration to Europe is the only way out. With development, stability and security, on the other hand, the future perspectives of the population as well as refugees are improving.

The project’s long-term outcome is:

Strengthened capacities of African Formed Police Units (FPUs) to better support long-term stabilization in Mali.

The project’s short-term outcome is:

Strengthened, harmonized and standardized knowledge and skills of African Formed Police Units (FPUs) in relation to their roles and responsibilities as part of regional and international stabilization efforts in Mali.

The twelve-month long project has the following outputs:

  • 14 training officers (permanently or temporarily associated with EMPABB) complete the five-day training of FPUs trainers;
  • 14 training officers (permanently or temporarily associated with EMPABB) complete the ten-day theoretical session on UN peace operation (to complement the training of trainers);
  • 980 members of FPUs successfully complete the theoretical training sessions prior to deployment to MINUSMA;
  • 560 members of FPUs successfully complete the practical training sessions prior to deployment to MINUSMA;
  • 35 POC/HR focal points from PCCs successfully complete the training of trainers (either in English or in French);
  • 25 training officers (permanently or temporarily associated with EMPABB) complete the eight-week training of FPUs trainers – focused on the practical dimension.          

General objectives of the contract

The purpose of this evaluation is to assess the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and impact of the Sustaining Peace in Mali and the Sahel Region through Strengthening Peacekeeping Training Capacities (phase II) project; to identify any problems or challenges that the project has encountered; and to issue recommendations, if needed, and lessons to be learned. The evaluation’s purpose is thus to provide findings and conclusions to meet accountability requirements, and recommendations and lessons learned to contribute to programme improvement and organizational learning. The evaluation should not only assess how well the project has performed, but also seek to answer the ‘why’

question by identifying factors contributing to (or inhibiting) successful implementation and achievement of results.

More information can be found in the terms of references (Annex 1).

Responsibilities/description of professional services

The consultant shall undertake a desk review based on the project related documents including analytical reports; collect data using appropriate tools, including surveys, interviews, focus groups; analyze data using quantitative and qualitative methods as appropriate to the evaluation questions; and submit deliverables in accordance with the below schedule.

Measurable outputs/deliverables/indicative schedule of deliverables

  • Initial data collection, including desk review, stakeholder analysis
  • Evaluation design/ question matrix
  • Data collection and analysis, including survey(s), interviews, focus groups and field visits
  • Zero draft evaluation report
  • Draft evaluation report
  • Final evaluation report

Deliverable

From

To

Deadline

Evaluation design/question matrix

Evaluator

Evaluation manager 

 10 September 2018

Comments on evaluation design/question matrix

Evaluation manager/ Sustaining Peace in Mali (phase II) project manager

Evaluator

 17 September 2018

Zero draft report

Evaluator

Evaluation manager

 15 October 2018

Comments on zero draft

Evaluation manager

Evaluator

 22 October 2018

Draft report

Evaluator

Evaluation manager Sustaining Peace in Mali (phase II) project manager

 29 October 2018

Comments on draft report

Sustaining Peace in Mali (phase II) project manager

Evaluation manager

 12 November 2018

Final report

Evaluation manager

Sustaining Peace in Mali (phase II) project manager

 26 November 2018

Performance Indicators for Evaluation of Results

The performance indicators for evaluation of results for this assignment are the following:

  • Timely submission of deliverables;
  • Satisfactory quality of the evaluation report.

Reporting structure

The evaluation will be undertaken by an international consultant under the overall responsibility of the Manager, Planning, Performance Monitoring, and Evaluation Unit (PPME), UNITAR.

Duration of contract

The proposed timeframe for the evaluation spans from August to November 2018. While the assignment is administered on a lump-sum arrangement, the approximate number of work days per component/deliverable is calculated as follows:

 

Task/deliverable

Estimated number of work days

Comments

Desk study and submission of evaluation design/question matrix

5

 

Data collection

10

 

Data analysis and preparation of zero draft

10

 

Preparation of draft report

3

 

Final report

2

 

Total estimated

30

 

Qualifications

  • MA degree or equivalent in international relations, political science, development or a related discipline. Training and/or experience in the area of peace would be a clear advantage.  
  • At least 7 years of professional experience conducting evaluation in the field of capacity building, sustainable learning and peacekeeping.
  • Technical knowledge of the focal area including the evaluation of learning and peacekeeping missions.
  • Field work experience in developing countries.
  • Excellent research and analytical skills, including experience in a variety of evaluation methods and approaches.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Strong communication and presentation skills.
  • Cross-cultural awareness and flexibility.
  • Availability to travel.

Languages

Fluency in spoken and written English and French.

Remarks

  • General conditions of contracts for the service of consultants apply. Before initiating the assignment, the consultant shall sign the Evaluation Consultant Code of Conduct and Agreement Form (part of Annex 1).
  • Interested applicants who have worked for the Peacekeeping Training Programme Unit or the peoject or who may have a conflict of interest are not eligible for the assignment.

Annexes

Annex 1: Complete Terms of Reference

How to apply

Send a letter of motivation and P11 form or Curriculum Vitae to evaluation@unitar.org with the following subject line: “Independent Evaluation of the Sustaining Peace in Mali and the Sahel Region (phase II) project”

Due to the high number of expected applications, UNITAR will only contact shortlisted applicants.