CONSULTANT VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT
Issued on: 9 November 2017
Consultant (2 consultants) for the Evaluation of GLTN Phase 2
1 ½ months over 4 months (December 2017-March 2018)
21 November 2017
The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities. It is the focal point for urbanization and human settlement matters within the UN system. The agency supports 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; Medium-Term Strategic and Institutional Plan (MTSIP) 2008-2013 and Strategic Plan 2014-2019.
UN-Habitat hosts the secretariat of the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN), which is a network of over sixty international institutions that was established in 2006 and since then has been working to promote secure land and property rights for all, through the development of pro-poor and gender appropriate land tools. The main objective of GLTN is to contribute to poverty alleviation and the Millennium Development Goals through land reform, improved land management, and security of tenure. With more recent policy initiatives, GLTN relates to the New Urban Agenda through urban and rural linkages with focus on equal access to land and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by bringing in the concept of confirmation of land rights and the social economic and financial dimension. GLTN is also working in collaboration with the Global Donor Working Group on Land to elaborate on land indicator 1.4.2 to measure tenancy security.
The GLTN Phase 2 programme serves the goal by ensuring that “International organisations, UN-Habitat staff and related land programmes/projects and targeted national and local governments are better able to improve tenure security of the urban and rural poor.” Phase 2 builds on the success of the first phase that came to an end in 2011. Phase 2 of the GLTN emphasizes prioritizing, pilot-testing and rolling out priority land tools and approaches at country level; integrating capacity development and training in tool development processes; implementing capacity development programmes and supporting tool implementation in targeted countries and/ or cities / municipalities; advocacy and knowledge management efforts; and mainstreaming gender equality, youth responsiveness, human rights and grassroots engagement in land work.
UN-Habitat is undertaking this forward-looking evaluation of the GLTN Phase 2 in order to assess the performance of the Phase 2 programme, 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 GLTN Phase 3.
The evaluation of the GLTN Phase 2 programme is to provide donors, partners and UN-Habitat with an independent and forward-looking appraisal of the GLTN Phase 2’s operational experience, achievements, opportunities and challenges based on its performance and expected accomplishments.
The evaluation will cover the period of the GLTN Phase 2 programme from January 2012 to the end of 2017 at the time of the evaluation.
The evaluation will be conducted over a period of four months, from December 2017 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 GLTN Phase 2, interviews (in situ and remote) with relevant UN-Habitat staff, key informant interviews and consultations with partners, donors and stakeholders, and focus group discussions as well as survey and field visits.
The evaluation will be conducted by two consultants, both international consultants. The evaluators are responsible for meeting professional and ethical standards in planning and conducting the evaluation, and producing the expected deliverables in accordance with UN-Habitat evaluation policy and norms and standards for evaluation.
The Lead 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 40 pages not including executive
summary and annexes.
Compliance with United Nations Evaluation Group standards and UN-Habitat evaluation report format is expected. Examples of evaluation reports are available from the website of the UN-Habitat Evaluation Unit: (https://www.unhabitat.org/evaluation).
Full details of the evaluation are provided in the attached Terms of Reference.
Professionalism: Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter. Good research, analytical and problem-solving skills. Conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results.
Communication: Excellent and effective written and oral skills. Ability to present information in a concise and accurate manner, proven ability for preparing comprehensive documents and reports.
Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals. Solicits input by valuing others ideas and expertise and is willing to learn from others.
Planning & Organizing: Proven ability to plan, coordinate and monitor own work and that of others. Ability to work under pressure and uses time efficiently. Identifies priority activities and assignments, adjust priorities as required.
Advanced academic degree in political sciences, social economy, land and governance, public administration, or similar relevant fields.
At least 10-15 years of programme management experience in results-based management working with projects/ programmes in the field of land, legislation and governance. Proven extensive evaluation experience and experience working with projects/ programmes in the United Nations system are required. The consultants should be familiar with the United Nations System and preferably specific knowledge and understanding of UN-Habitat and its mandate.
Fluency as well as excellent writing skills in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable.
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.
Applications should include:
Please also be advised that since April 15th 2010, applicants for consultancies must be part of the
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Deadline for applications: 21 November 2017
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