Job Opening

Posting Title: Evaluation Consultant
Department/Office: Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 14 September 2021 - 20 September 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Department of Economic and Social Affairs-162401-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

In line with the DESA project evaluation guidelines the external evaluator will assess the gender component's performance against the criteria of relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact and sustainability.
The assessment will cover the project implementation period from September 2016 until April 2021. It will focus on whether the component’s intended results were achieved in 18 target countries. As this is a summative assessment of performance particular attention should be given to learning from the experience. This means that the consultant needs to go beyond the assessment of “What” the project performance was and make a serious effort to provide a deeper understanding of “Why” and “How” the performance was as it was. This should provide the basis for the lessons that can be drawn from the programme's gender component. The In-depth assessment will be carried out using a human-rights based and gender sensitive approach with disaggregation of data and respondents by sex. Ethical concerns and how to address these, including the fact that human rights, gender and the principle of ‘leaving no one behind’ as part of the assessment will be guiding principles in how the In-depth Assessment is conducted.

Work Location

The assignment is home-based. The consultant is expected to conduct remote interviews with relevant stakeholders. Travel is not envisaged in connection with the assignment.

Expected duration

The duration of the contract will be five months starting as soon as possible.

Duties and Responsibilities

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) strives to be an interface between global policies and national actions in the economic, social and environmental spheres. DESA implemented a development account programme on data and statistics from 2016 - 2021. The programme was designed following the adoption of the 2030 agenda in September 2015 and the global indicator framework with over 230 indicators to monitor progress of countries towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. At the starting point of the 2030 agenda, governments saw the need to invest in obtain the relevant data enabling them to better assess whether their efforts in achieving the SDGs is moving into the right direction. The programme represented the joint efforts of 10 entities of the United Nations secretariat to strengthen the statistical capacity of developing countries to measure, monitor and report on the sustainable development goals in an accurate, reliable and timely manner for evidence-based policymaking.
The development Account is conducting a global level evaluation of the programme and an in-depth assessment of the component 4 on gender statistics and indicators.The component 4 aims to:
EA4 Strengthened capacity of countries to produce Tier I SDG gender indicators through better integration of a gender perspective into national statistics.
EA5 Enhanced capacity of target countries to adopt and apply statistical methods to assess gender gaps in selected key areas of women’s empowerment, classified as Tier II or III indicators in the SDG framework.
DESA is seeking an evaluation consultant to conduct the in-depth assessment of the gender component
The evaluation consultant will be supported by a senior statistician.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Master’s or higher degree in a relevant discipline (e.g., political science, economics, sociology, international relations, public policy, international development), or a first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience
Experience: • At least 10 years of relevant experience including 7 years in designing and conducting evaluations in the area of development
• Demonstrated ability to design and conduct qualitative and quantitative research and data collection methods, including desk reviews, interviews and surveys
• Excellent analytical and writing skills
• Knowledge of the United Nations Secretariat entities and their work in the area of development
• Experience working in diverse cultural settings and demonstrated cultural sensitivity, including working effectively through virtual communication channels
• Knowledge / experience in statistical capacity development is an advantage
Language: • Fluency in oral and written English (knowledge of other UN languages is an advantage)

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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