Issued on: 08 December 2017
Consultant for the Evaluation of the project “Strengthening national capacities to formulate and adopt housing and slum upgrading strategies”
1 month over 3 months (January 2018-March 2018)
19 December 2017
The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities and improve access to adequate housing for all. It is the focal point for all urbanization and human settlement matters within the UN system. The agency is to support national and local governments in laying the foundation for sustainable urban development.
UN-Habitat envisions well-planned, well-governed, and efficient cities and other human settlements, with adequate housing, infrastructure, and universal access to employment and basic services such as water, energy and sanitation. To achieve these goals, derived from the Habitat Agenda of 1996, UN-Habitat has set itself a medium-term strategy approach for each successive six-year period; the Medium-Term Strategic and Institutional Plan (MTSIP) 2008-2013 and the Strategic Plan 2014-2019.
This project enables the practical roll-out of the Global Housing Strategy (GHS) and the development of capacity in six countries of which five are least developed countries. The project will draw on global processes to formulate housing and slum upgrading strategies and implementing UN-Habitat’s Global Housing Strategy at country-level.
The project has a regional approach to capacity building. The GHS approach is expected to result in an increased commitment of additional countries towards the progressive realization of the right to adequate housing, and the principles of inclusive, rights-based and gender-based policy development.
At the global level, it is expected that this approach results not only in the repositioning of housing within the global contemporary debate on economically viable, environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive cities but also on critical outputs such as shift in thinking and practice; stronger policy frameworks; systemic reforms promoted; strengthened linkages of housing with other parts of the economy; and decentralization of housing production and delivery systems.
The project is focused on developing capacity in six least developed countries to formulate and implement sustainable, inclusive and adequate housing, slum upgrading and prevention policies, strategies and programmes. The final selection of countries included one non-LDC country (Sri Lanka), in response to the strong demand from the government to strengthen its housing policy framework.
This evaluation is mandated by the rules for UNDA 9th trance projects. It is also in line with the UN-Habitat evaluation policy (2013) and the Revised UN-Habitat Evaluation Framework (2016).
UN-Habitat is undertaking this evaluation of the project in order to assess the performance of the project, to what extent it has been relevant, efficient and effective, and sustainable, as well as assess changes at outcome level and emerging impact to identify lessons to inform the implementation of future projects.
The evaluation will be conducted over the period of four weeks spread over three months, including the desk review, from January 2018 to March 2018.
The evaluation shall be independent and carried out in line with the evaluation norms and standards of the United Nations system. A variety of methodologies will be applied to collect information during the evaluation. These include review of documents relevant to the project, interviews (with relevant UN-Habitat staff, key informant interviews and consultations with partners and stakeholders, and focus group discussions, surveys and if feasible field visits.
The evaluation will be conducted by one consultant. The evaluator is responsible for meeting professional and ethical standards in planning and conducting the evaluation, and producing the expected deliverables.
The consultant has overall responsibility for producing the deliverables according to the quality standards of UN-Habitat for evaluation reports.
Among the deliverables expected, there will be:
- Inception Report with Evaluation Work plan;
- Evaluation Reports Drafts;
- Final Evaluation Report not exceeding 25 pages not including executive
summary and annexes.
Compliance with United Nations Evaluation Group standards and UN-Habitat evaluation report format is expected.
Professionalism: Shows pride in work and achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Good research, analytical and problem-solving skills. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timelines for delivery of products or services to client.
Advanced academic degree in political sciences, social economy, land and governance, public administration, or similar relevant fields.
8-10 years of programme management experience in results-based management working with projects/ programmes in the field of housing, land, legislation and governance. Proven extensive evaluation experience. Specific knowledge and understanding of housing issues and UN-Habitat and its mandate.
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.
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