Mapping - UNICEF's interventions in support to National Evaluation Capacities

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Mapping Exercise on National Evaluation Capacities Development (NECD) **

Date of the EOI: December 14, 2016

Closing Date of the EOI: January 6th, 2017


UNICEF’s Evaluation Office (EO) is seeking to contract two qualified evaluation professionals (one team leader and one team member) directly or through a firm, to conduct a Mapping on UNICEF’s interventions in support to National Evaluation Capacities.

The mapping is aimed at generating information on what UNICEF has done and achieved in terms of NECD since 2013, while taking achievements from earlier years into account. The mapping exercise will not only document the range of interventions which have been undertaken and the results achieved but will also examine how results have been achieved. The broader aim is the further development of an organizational strategy or framework on NECD. 2 BACKGROUND

UNICEF’s revised Evaluation Policy was approved in April 2013. In line with the Policy, the evaluation function aims to help UNICEF to continually improve its performance and results, by supporting organizational learning and accountability. The evaluation function is carried out at all levels of the organization, and it is applicable in all contexts from humanitarian to development.

The policy indicates that Evaluation at UNICEF also aims at contributing to National Evaluation Capacity Development (NECD), in order to strengthen not only the evaluation systems of national governments, but also those of civil society partners.

UNICEF has been contributing to NECD initiatives directly or in partnerships, since more than two decades ago. Notably, UNICEF played a key role in UNEG NECD initiatives and products. UNICEF, led the creation of EVALPARTNERS, a global partnership for national evaluation capacity development; currently, UNICEF plays a lead role in the leadership of EVALPARTNERS and EVALSDGs. 3 OBJECTIVES

By the end of the assignment, the following objectives are expected to have been achieved:

i) A clear and visual picture of the work that UNICEF has done alone or in partnerships in terms of NECD including, to the extent possible, an indication of results achieved at the:

a. Global, regional and country levels.

b. Enabling environment, institutional and individual levels.

ii) An analysis of UNICEF’s interventions in NECD disaggregated as far as possible

a. by geographical location or context;

b. by type, scale and cost of intervention;

c. according to UNICEF’s role;

d. by intervention target or level (e.g. enabling environment, institutional and individual; and humanitarian or development activities);

e. by attention to dimensions of human rights, equity and gender equality; and

f. by other relevant criteria to be determined.

iii) The analysis will provide information and evidence of the following:

a. The extent to which current NECD interventions are in line with UNICEF’s Evaluation Policy, the GA on National Evaluation Capacity Development and the GA on the Agenda 2030.

b. Strengths and weaknesses of UNICEF interventions;

c. The extent to which UNICEF and in what ways UNICEF has contributed to results at the enabling environment, institutional and individual levels.

d. The extent to which UNICEF has given attention to human rights, equity and gender equality in supporting NECD initiatives;

e. UNICEF’s comparative advantage in terms of NECD.

f. Good practices and lessons learned on NECD.

g. A set of realistic, affordable and practical recommendations to the Evaluation Office, Regional Offices and Country Offices.

iv) An indicative set of benchmarks for assessment of future progress in NECD.

v) A comprehensive database on NECD interventions supported by UNICEF, as recorded through this exercise. 4 SCOPE OF WORK

The Mapping will cover the work UNICEF has done on NECD since 2013, year when the corporate Evaluation Policy was released, until the end of 2016. However, recognizing that some important NECD activities have taken place in earlier years, the mapping should take these into consideration as setting the context for more recent efforts.

The mapping is expected to cover activities done by UNICEF alone or jointly with partners aimed at supporting Governments, civil society organizations, academia or other actors to:

i) Develop national evaluation policies or frameworks;

ii) Support the inclusion of evaluation in constitutions or other legal frameworks;

iii) Contribute to crafting national evaluation plans and agendas;

iv) Support the establishment of evaluation bodies within ministries or other national institutions;

v) Support the conceptualization and implementation of country-led evaluations;

vi) Develop training or awareness raising proposals or campaigns;

vii) Provide training and professional development opportunities

viii) Others

The mapping will identify the various kinds of interventions and assistance provided by UNICEF, such as training, technical advice, advocacy and dialogue with decision-makers, provision of funds to support the activities listed in the previous paragraph, as well as less direct interventions through partnerships and networks. The nature of UNICEF’s role should be examined, whether in a leadership or coordination role, or in a supporting role.

The mapping should also, as far as possible, report on results achieved, distinguishing between delivery of outputs and the eventual outcomes attained.

To the extent possible, the mapping will provide information by country type. This analysis will be based on a pre-determined country typology e.g. MIC, fragile, landlocked, etc. Scale of UNICEF expenditure and presence will also be informative.

Although the mapping exercise is expected to cover global, regional and country levels, it is recognized that a comprehensive exercise may be difficult to complete in the time available. It will therefore be important to develop

a clear approach to sampling, analysis and reporting which preserves a broad overview while highlighting examples of good practice and successful outcomes. 5 PERIOD OF ASSIGNMENT AND MANAGEMENT ARRANGEMENTS

The mapping will be managed by the Sr. Evaluation Specialist – Systemic Strengthening.

A reference group will be established to act as a sounding board to the mapping exercise. The Reference Group is expected to provide inputs to the inception and draft reports. The reference group will be made of representatives of the Regional M&E chiefs, EvalPartners and UNEG.

The mapping will be done in 10 weeks from February to March 2017. 6. DESIRED TEAM COMPOSITION AND PROFILE

Qualified institutions (consultancy firms, universities, etc.) or individual consultants(applying in pairs) that have the capabilities to meet the following requirements, and are available for the evaluation period indicated, are invited to submit an EOI. Team Leader

 Advanced post-graduate degree, at least Master’s Degree, in international development, social sciences or related fields;

 15 years of recognized international experience in leading evaluations or evaluative enquiries;

 Proven experience as a team leader.

 Experience in leading evaluations or evaluative studies on national evaluation capacity development.

 Knowledge of the UN System is highly desirable.

 Excellent communication and facilitation skills

 Strong analytical and writing skills / Ability to perform consultations

 Excellent written and oral English. Working knowledge of Spanish and French is desirable. Team Member:

 Advanced University degree i.e. Master’s in international development, social sciences or related disciplines.

 At least 7 years of experience in evaluation or in evaluative studies

 Strong analytical and writing skills / Strong ICT and data management skills

 Ability to perform consultations

 Excellent written and oral English. Working knowledge of Spanish and French is an asset. 8 SUBMISSION OF EXPRESSION OF INTEREST (EOI)

Interested institutions or individuals (applying in pairs) are encouraged to complete and submit the attached EOI form. EOIs should be sent to, no later than close of business on January 6th, 2017, and submit it together with:

a. Updated CVs/Resumes, and completed Personal History Profiles (P11) ),

b. Sample reports of similar exercise/subject or an evaluation report, with a clear indication of the consultants’ firm’s contribution in the report.

c. Availability and fees.

Candidates should also indicate in the email subject the consultancy they are applying for:

Mapping Exercise – Team Leader Or

Mapping Exercise – Team Member

Further details on the Mapping exercise (Terms of Reference, ToR) are attached to this EOI.

If you have any additional questions about this EOI, please email: NYHQ-EVL-Help Desk . Emails only, please; calls will not be returned. UNICEF Evaluation Office – Expression of Interest Form

Mapping Exercise on National Evaluation Capacities Development (NECD)

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