Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultant for the Independent Evaluation of the Implementation of UNEP's Policy and Strategy for Gender Equality and the Environment, 2015-2020
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 14 December 2021 - 23 December 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-170834-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The consultant will submit a concise evaluation report and an additional power point presentation

Work Location

Home-Based

Expected duration

The consultant will be hired for three months from January 2022 to March 2022.

Duties and Responsibilities

Org. Setting

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations system’s designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional levels. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action. UNEP is responsible for driving the UN system's gender equality mandate within its environmental assessments and analyses, norms, guidelines, and methods.

The Evaluation

The aim of this Evaluation is to assess UNEP’s progress in mainstreaming gender at the institutional level and throughout UNEP activities, and UNEP’s efforts so far in promoting equality among women and men in terms of access to, and control over, environmental resources. The Evaluation will cover the implementation of UNEP's Gender Policy and Strategy during the period 2015 – 2020, primarily focusing on its implementation mechanisms, including the guidance provided by the UNEP Gender and Safeguards Unit, tools that have been developed, and the resources that have been made available to operationalize the Policy.

The Evaluation Team

The overall responsibility for managing the Evaluation will rest with the UNEP Evaluation Office (EOU) Office in collaboration with the Gender and Safeguards Unit. The Evaluation, however, will be conducted by an experienced, independent consultant selected by the UNEP Evaluation Office.

Specific Responsibilities

Under the Evaluation Office's guidance and overall supervision, the consultant will perform the duties listed below. He/she will function as part of the Evaluation Office core team managing and conducting the evaluation.

Contribute to the data collection and analysis phase of the Evaluation:
• conduct further desk review and in-depth interviews with UNEP staff and partners. Ensure independence of the Evaluation and confidentiality of the interviews;
• administer a perception survey and analyse its findings;
• regularly report back to the Evaluation Office on progress and inform of any possible problems or issues encountered.

Contribute to the Reporting phase:
• draft the Main Evaluation Report, ensuring that the Evaluation report is complete, coherent, and consistent with the UNEP Evaluation Office guidelines both in substance and style;
• liaise with the Evaluation Office on comments received and finalize the Main Evaluation Report, ensuring that comments are taken into account until approved by the Evaluation Office;
• prepare a Response to Comments annex for the main report, listing those comments not accepted by the Evaluation Consultant and indicating the reason for the rejection; and
• prepare a Brief (2-page summary of the evaluand and the key Evaluation findings and lessons)

Managing relations, including:
• maintain a positive relationship with Evaluation stakeholders, ensuring that the Evaluation process is as participatory as possible but at the same time maintains its independence; and
• communicate in a timely manner with the Evaluation Office on any issues requiring its attention and intervention.

The Consultant will also submit an extra deliverable - To develop a proposal for the Evaluation office dissemination of the Gender Evaluation Report, including a PowerPoint presentation of key strategic findings and their implications to be presented to the UNEP Senior Management Team.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree in Environmental Science/Studies, Business Administration, Planning, Management, Social Sciences, Political Science, Auditing or the equivalent combination of education and experience in a relevant field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Experience: A minimum of eight (8) years of progressively responsible experience in the field of evaluation, including evaluation work experience with the UN or other international agencies, is required.

Understanding of, and experience on gender issues and how gender is addressed during the evaluation process is required.

Experience in designing and conducting strategic or corporate evaluations preferably including evaluating large, regional or global programmes and in using a Theory of Change and results-based management approach is desired.

Experience in assessing gender mainstreaming initiatives, policies, and strategies within the UN system and/or International Development agencies is desired. Understanding of the UN system-Wide Action Plan (UN-SWAP) on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women is an advantage.
Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in oral and written English is required.

No Fee

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