CONSULTANT VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT
Issued on: 21 September 2017
28 SEPTEMBER 2017
United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) is looking for an external consultant(s) to carry out an evaluation of UN-Habitat-HIVOS Partner Contract Agreement, 2016-2017. This evaluation is in accordance with the UN-Habitat Evaluation Policy of 2013 and in line with Hivos. Contract agreement terms and conditions. The evaluation is a decentralized evaluation, managed by the Youth and Livelihood Unit and supported by the Evaluation Unit, UN-Habitat.
This evaluation is a process evaluation to assess the Innovate Counties Challenge – Giving a Voice to Marginalized Kenyan Youth with regard to country governance issues. These Terms of Reference (ToR) outline the evaluation background and context, purpose and objectives, scope and focus, approach and methodology, accountability and responsibilities, qualifications of the consultant (s) to conduct the evaluation, provisional time schedule, as well as expected deliverables and resources.
Kenya is home to a wide range of actors advancing different innovations, programs and ideas that encourage the use of ICT to enhance governance by and for youth. However, current efforts appear to have been limited by a lack of coordination necessary to translate them into structured, results-oriented and scalable action. In particular, there has been an absence of local government partnership in such initiatives, viewed by stakeholders as a key missing ingredient in enabling governance technology applications to have tangible impact at the community level. There is a need to create bridge building mechanisms among youth, community based organizations, county government, private sector and the local tech community in order to fulfill existing potential.
Developments in technology and innovation mean that government and citizens can interact like never before. Globally, citizens have fast-increasing access to tools that enable them to monitor government performance and express their views on government performance in real time.
The Making All Voices Count (MAVC) Programme is about harnessing this opportunity to promote transparency, fight corruption, empower citizens, and utilizing the power of new technologies to make government more effective and accountable. The aim of Making All Voices Count is not only to bring about change during the lifetime of the programme, but also to leave a legacy of learning that helps to ensure that future governance programmes that seek to capitalize on the transformative potential of innovation and technology are more informed, inclusive and impactful.
MAVC achieves the above by availing grants to support innovation and technology that has the potential to support better governance. MAVC supports research that helps to build a base of evidence about what works and why in using innovation for accountable governance and fosters working with policy makers, opinion formers and influencers to ensure that our learning has impact across the sector.
UN-Habitat received a grant from Hivos- Fund Manager of the Making All Voices Count Programme – to implement a project dubbed the Innovate Counties Challenge Project for 2016/2017.
The project is aimed at building the capacity of local government in Kenyan counties around the use of ICT as a tool for good governance, planning and youth engagement, and ultimately institutionalizing innovative solutions to enhance citizen engagement.
The main expected accomplishments (EA) of the project are:
EA 1. Increase youth participation in decision making processes at the local county government level.
EA 2. Increased transparency and accountability of local county governments
Purpose and Objectives
The evaluation has performance, learning, and accountability and policy issues. The aim is to determine the relevance and fulfillment of objectives, efficiency, effectiveness, sustainability and impact outlook. This evaluation should provide information that is credible and useful enabling the incorporation of lessons learnt into the decision-making processes of both implementers and donors. There are two primary audiences for this evaluation. First the fund manager, Hivos and the grant funders of MAVC and secondly, UN-Habitat Management.
The objectives of the evaluation are to determine the relevance, effectiveness and sustainability of the contract agreement as a whole, in relation to achievement of the expected results and to review the efficiency with which the delivery of programme activities and outputs were implemented.
Specifically the evaluation will:
- Assess the processes of project design, planning, implementation, delivery of the project.
- Assess what process was made toward achievement of what was planned.
- Review the benefits, examining the results chain, outcomes and results achieved to beneficiaries of the project
- Identify lessons and provide forward looking recommendations.
Scope and Focus
The duration of the consultancy is one month and the evaluation will be conducted in the month of October 2017. The consultant will be required to:
- Review the partner contract documents, agreements, progress and narrative and finance reports;
- Preparation of a detailed evaluation matrix;
- Preparation of detailed methodology, data collection tools;
- Review of effectiveness, efficiency, impact outlook, relevance and sustainability of the Innovate Counties Challenge;
- Identification of the areas where the project has made progress in terms of intended effects and has realized tangible results
Approach and Methodology
The evaluation will be structured in three consecutive phases: an inception phase, data collection and report writing phase. A variety of evaluation methods will be applied including but not limited to:
- Using a Results Based Framework;
- Desk review of relevant documents;
- Interviews with various stakeholders, including relevant UN-Habitat staff, HIVOS management and other relevant key stakeholders;
- Surveys to beneficiaries and key partners;
- Analysis and synthesis of information should be presented logically to give an overall assessment of progress and effects of the project.
The consultant(s) will be responsible for conducting the evaluation based on these TOR and applying UNEG norms and Standards. He/she has overall responsibility for producing the evaluation deliverables according to the quality standards of UN-Habitat for evaluation reports.
Deliverables expected are:
- Inception Report with Evaluation Work plan;
- Evaluation Reports Drafts;
- Final Evaluation Report
Communication – Speaks and writes clearly and effectively and exhibits interest in having two-way communication.
Client Orientation – Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view. Keeps client informed of progress or setbacks in projects evaluation and meets timeline for delivery of products to client.
Creativity – Offers different options to approaches and methods of evaluation to meet client needs; and promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas.
- University degree in IT, International Relations, social development or related fields.
- Experience in project evaluation is required and IT skills are required.
- Proven competency in quantitative and qualitative research methods, particularly self-administered surveys, document analysis, and informal and semi-structured interviews are required
- Fluency as well as excellent writing skills in English is required.
Payments will be based on deliverables over the consultancy period. There are set remuneration rates for consultancies. The rate is determined by functions performed and experience of the consultant. The fees will be paid as per agreement.
HOW TO APPLY
Applications should include:
Please also be advised that since April 15th 2010, applicants for consultancies must be part of the
All applications should be submitted to:
Deadline for applications: 28 September 2017
This article is culled from daily press coverage from around the world. It is posted on the Urban Gateway by way of keeping all users informed about matters of interest. The opinion expressed in this article is that of the author and in no way reflects the opinion of UN-Habitat.