CONSULTANT VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT
Issued on: 09 November 2017
Consultant for the Evaluation of WASH in DPC Programme in northern Ghana
2 months over 4 months (December 2017-March 2018)
22 November 2017
Droughts, epidemic outbreaks, floods, and wildfires and other forms of disasters significantly impact vulnerable populations in disaster prone areas in the three Northern regions of Ghana. The impact of these disasters may lead to unnecessary losses of social and economic capital. In particular, recurrent flooding events, which are the most pervasive in terms of financial damages and the number of people who are affected, usually result in the disruption of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services. These lead to significant damages to properties and trigger other health emergency situations.
The overall objective of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Disaster Prone Communities Programme (hereafter referred to as the WASH in DPC Programme) in northern Ghana is to improve health and disaster preparedness in selected communities and schools in the Northern, Upper East and Upper West regions of Ghana by increasing access to resilient facilities and services for good drinking water and proper sanitation on a sustainable basis.
The ultimate outcome of the programme is to reduce the burden of WASH-related diseases among men, women, boys and girls in disaster-prone communities in northern Ghana. The project is designed to directly benefit 265 communities in twenty-four targeted districts.
The WASH in DPC Programme is being implemented by Partner UN Organisations (PUNOs) consisting of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) as the convening Agency, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the World Health Organization (WHO).
The PUNOs work in close collaboration with the relevant national institutions as well as private sector and non-governmental organizations involved in the WASH and Disaster Management sectors in the country. From the side of the Ghana Government, the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) (now Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources) leads the coordination for the implementation in close collaboration with the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) and the Ghana Education Service of the Ministry of Education, who are involved with aspects of the programme relevant to their mandates on WASH and the management of disasters and emergencies. The Joint UN team’s role is the provision of technical assistance, facilitation and funds management support.
This evaluation is undertaken in accordance with programme agreement between UN-Habitat, the PUNOs, and the donor, Global Affairs Canada that requests for an end-of-programme evaluation.
The evaluation will be a systematic review of the activities delivered by the programme. It will identify lessons and recommendations for improvement of similar future joint programmes. Best practices and lessons learned from this programme will be shared with key stakeholders including government bodies, other NGOs, and other stakeholders for further programming.
The forward-looking elements of the evaluation will play an instrumental role in shaping the focus for the agencies in planning, organizing/institutionalizing and implementing future WASH activities at country level as part of delivery of their programmes.
The period of the evaluation will cover the start of the WASH DPC programme in June 2014 up to the end of 2017 at the time of the evaluation and at a time when most of the activities in the programme are completed or nearly completed.
The evaluation will be conducted over the period of eight weeks spread over four months, including the desk review, 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 and stakeholders, and focus group discussions as well as survey and field visits.
The evaluation will be conducted by two consultants, one international consultant and one national consultant. The evaluators are responsible for meeting professional and ethical standards in planning and conducting the evaluation, and producing the expected deliverables.
The International 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 50 pages not including executive
summary and annexes.
Compliance with United Nations Evaluation Group standards and UN-Habitat evaluation report format is expected.
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 development, or similar relevant fields. .
Over 15 years of programme management, monitoring and evaluation experience build in the results-based management approach. Proven extensive evaluation experience and specific knowledge and understanding of UN organisation and the organizational context of urban basic services/ WASH are required. The consultant is expected to have specialized knowledge of projects or programme in the field of urban basic services, water, sanitation, hygiene and community engagement.
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.
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: 22 November 2017
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