Job Opening

Posting Title: Senior Evaluation Expert-Arab States
Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 20 May 2022 - 03 July 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-United Nations Human Settlements Programme-181656-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

End-of-project independent evaluation of the Arab Region Programme on Good Land Governance in Support to Inclusive Development, Peace and Stability

Work Location

Home Based

Expected duration

4 Months

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Background
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, UN-Habitat has adopted the Strategic Plan (2020–2023) which repositions UN-Habitat as a major global entity and a centre of excellence and innovation. In this respect, the organization is refocusing its niche position as the “thought leader” and the go-to programme for issues pertaining to its work, setting the global discourse and agenda on sustainable urban development.
The Land, Housing and Shelter Section (LHSS), within the Urban Practices Branch of UN-Habitat, hosts the secretariat of the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN). Established in 2006, GLTN is a network of over 80 international institutions working to promote secure land and property rights for all, through the development of pro-poor fit-for-purpose and gender responsive land tools within the continuum of land rights approach.
In order to address some of the key land governance challenges faced by the Arab states, in September 2016, GLTN, UN-Habitat and the World Bank have established the Arab Land Initiative. The Initiative joins efforts and coordinates streams of work on land governance through a BMZ-funded programme titled the “Arab Region Programme on Good Land Governance in Support to Inclusive Development, Peace and Stability” which runs until the end of 2022. The programme has four priorities: (1) promote collaboration and coordination; (2) develop and share knowledge; (3) develop capacities of individuals and organisations; and (4) support the implementation of existing land-related programmes and interventions in selected countries through the use of fit-for-purpose land tools and approaches. Through the Initiative, the programme has been empowering and improving the capacity of regional and national stakeholders in managing and administering urban, peri-urban and rural land in the Arab states to achieve inclusive social and economic development and foster peace and stability. Also, the alignment, coordination and collaboration on land-related matters in the region has been increased, new knowledge is being created, existing knowledge is being shared and the capacities of individuals and institutions in the region are being developed.

2. Purpose of the Consultancy
The senior consultant’s main task will be to conduct an end-of-project independent evaluation of the “Arab Region Programme on Good Land Governance in Support to Inclusive Development, Peace and Stability”. The specific objectives of the evaluation are to:
i. Assess the performance of the programme in terms the extent to which it achieved planned results at the expected accomplishment (outcome) and output levels;
ii. Assess the relevance, coherence, efficiency, effectiveness, impact outlook, sustainability and integration of cross-cutting issues;
iii. Assess the planning and implementation modalities, including working arrangements and how they may have affected the effectiveness of the programme;
iv. Identify lessons and propose recommendations for future programming of such pro-grammes.
Further, within the context of the Arab region, characterized, on one hand, by conflicts, volatility and fragile institutions, and on the other hand by a political, religious and cultural environment not always amenable to people´s participation and women´s empowerment, the evaluator will document in and analyze the following substantive issues:
- How the four priorities of the Programme, in line with the UN-Habitat-GLTN mandate, deal with the politically sensitive issue of land governance, especially at the country level and beyond the narrowly defined land administration institutions – with focus to the strategy and approach used in the face of stronger or weaker political will.
- How the Programme addresses women´s land rights, especially at the country and local levels – with particular attention to lessons learned and good practices.
- How the Programme addresses the challenges and conflicts related to pastoral and rangelands, and/or water rights – with particular attention to lessons learned and good practices.

3. Specific Tasks and Responsibilities
Under the overall leadership of the Chief of the Land, Shelter and Housing Section and the oversight of the Regional Office of the Arab States, the Senior consultant will report to the Human Settlements Officer who is leading the GLTN Arab states portfolio. The senior consultant will be expected to undertake the following tasks and responsibilities: assess relevance, coherence, efficiency, effectiveness, impact outlook, sustainability and integration of cross-cutting issues of the programme in line with standards and norms of evaluation in the United Nations system (Annex 1: UN-Habitat Evaluation Model).”
- The evaluation will be guided by the standard UN-Habitat (and OECD) criteria for evaluation in terms of relevance, coherence, efficiency, effectiveness, impact outlook, sustainability and integration of cross-cutting issues and in line with standards and norms of evaluation in the United Nations system (Annex 1: UN-Habitat Evaluation Model).
- The evaluation shall be independent and carried out following the evaluation norms and standards of UN-Habitat and the United Nations System and it should specifically respond to the following:
Relevance
- How relevant are the project objectives, outcomes and outputs within current global frames (SDGs, VGGT, NUA, relevant EU and BMZ strategies and frameworks), regional and national priorities and global trends in the land governance sector?
- How relevant is the project to intended beneficiaries and partners?
- Do the planned project results respond to the gaps identified in the land governance sector at regional and national levels?
- How the four priorities of the Programme, in line with the UN-Habitat-GLTN mandate, deal with the politically sensitive issue of land governance, especially at the country level and beyond the narrowly defined land administration institutions – with focus to the strategy and approach used in the face of stronger or weaker political will.
- Is the project aligned with the GLTN approach and overall objectives of the UN-Habitat Strategic Plan?
- How relevant is the project and its outcomes to the German development policy?
Coherence
- To what extent is the design and implementation of the project consistent with the relevant international norms and standards and, when applicable, to national legislation and policies?
- To what extent the implementation of the project supports synergies and interlinkages with other projects of German development cooperation and other donors? To what extent has the intervention’s design and implementation been coordinated with other donor’s activities?
- To what extent do the interventions complement and support UN-Habitat and key partners’ efforts?
- To what extent has the intervention been designed to use existing systems and structures (of partners/other donors/international organisations) for implementing its activities? To what extent are these systems and structures used?
Effectiveness
- In accordance with the project’s theory of change, have the implemented activities resulted in the expected outputs? Do the outputs contribute to the achievement of the expected outcomes, or how likely are they to be achieved?
- What type of products and services is the project providing to target beneficiaries and what kind of positive changes have resulted from products and services delivered?
- How effective is the management structure of the programme to allow modifying project planning in accordance with the lessons learnt and the needs arising from the programme implementation?
- How effective is the Programme in engaging partners in the region, relevant international partners and other UN-Habitat offices and key stakeholders on its objectives and implementation? What factors contribute to or inhibit the effectiveness of the project?
Efficiency
- How efficiently have resources (both financial and technical) been used to deliver the outputs and outcomes of the project? And to what extent were the resources used to implement the project justified in terms of delivering on the outcomes?
- What factors or type of obstacles (institutional, political, administrative, financial and managerial) contribute to or inhibit the efficient implementation of the project affecting cost-effectiveness?
- What perceptions do partners, donors and key stakeholders have on the efficiency of the project?
- How was the project designed and implemented, and what have been the most efficient types of activities implemented?
Impact Outlook
- What emerging outcomes, if any, can be attributed to the implementation of the project? To what extent has the project attained or not (or is expected to attain) its objective and outcomes?
- What is the likelihood that the project will contribute to positive (or negative) impacts in the priority region primarily on land governance?
Sustainability
- To what extent can the results achieved so far by the project be sustained or replicated or scaled up?
- To what extent have partners been able to design, implement, sustain and build on the capacities developed through the activities’ implementation during the project?
- To what extent was the project able to implement capacity development and learning exchange effectively, including across the countries?
Integration of cross cutting issues
- How effective is the project in ensuring the inclusion of the needs of women and youth, and of other vulnerable groups, in the programme design, planning, implementation, reporting and monitoring?
- Were any context specific challenges encountered in ensuring the participation of women in the project implementation? If so, how and to what extent did this impact the overall outcome of the Programme?
- How the Programme addresses women´s land rights, especially at the country and local levels?
- How the Programme addresses the challenges faced by pastoralists and the conflicts related to pastoral and rangelands, and/or water rights?
- How effective is the project in meeting other crosscutting concerns such as capacity development, human rights, grassroots engagement and others in the project design, planning, implementation, reporting and monitoring? Did the political context impact the implementation of capacity development activities? If so, how and to what extent did this impact the overall outcome of the Programme?
Innovation, Learning and Knowledge Management
- Which approaches (more efficient/cost-effective processes, information systems, capacity development etc.) were innovative in the country context?
- To what extent the innovation, learning and knowledge from the project has been shared and disseminated within the Project (across countries), within the countries (among target groups, partners and other development partners); and within GLTN as a whole?
A variety of methodologies is suggested to collect information to achieve the above objectives, including desk review (review of related report and documents from various sources), key informant interviews and consultations and online focus group discussions (if applicable).

Remuneration

This is a lump-sum contract. Payments will be based on deliverables over the consultancy period.

Qualifications/special skills

Competency: Professionalism: Has extensive knowledge and understanding of programme design and evaluation, results framework and land governance issues in the developing countries and the potential innovative solutions or strategies to address them including on fit-for-purpose land administration. Has the ability to identify issues, analyse and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Has the ability to collect data using various methods. Has conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Has the ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. Shows pride in work and in 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Planning and Organising: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively in English; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; 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.

Judgement/Decision Making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation; and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; and makes tough decision when necessary.
Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in land administration, project management, development economics, agriculture, rural development, sociology or related area is a requirement.. A first-level university degree in combination with an additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Experience: • A minimum of ten (10) years’ related experience in programme evaluation in developing countries particularly in areas of land administration, agriculture and food security and natural resource management at the international level is required;
• At least five (5) years of experience in programme design and/or implementation of land and natural resources management programmes in developing countries is desirable preferred;
• Knowledge in addressing land sector issues in developing countries through policy and institutional changes, land tenure security, land tools and innovations is desirable;
• Previous experience with UN and/or international organization is desirable;
• Knowledge of the Arab Region would be desirable.
Language: Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of Arabic is desirable.

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