Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Development Policy Consultant
Department/Office: Resident Coordinator System
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 28 June 2022 - 05 July 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Resident Coordinator System-184686-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The lead responsibility to pull together the single policy paper from the 18 evaluation reports will be put on the English-speaking consultant, working in synergies with the French-speaking consultant.

2021 UNDAF evaluation countries in Africa

English
1. Erithrea
2. Gambia
3. Ghana
4. Kenya
5. Lybia
6. Nigeria
7. South Sudan
8. Zambia

French
1. Burkina Faso
2. Burundi
3. Cabo Verde
4. CAR
5. Chad
6. Gabon
7. Guinea
8. Mauritania
9. Niger
10. Togo

Work Location

Home based

Expected duration

20 days in a period of 3 months

Duties and Responsibilities

Background: A 2016 Joint Inspection Unit (JIU/REP/2016/6) Meta-Evaluation and Synthesis of United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) identified a number of challenges related to the evaluation process undertaken at the country level. Key weaknesses were identified were (i) Lack of commitment and stakeholder engagement; (ii) Low compliance with the requirement for undertaking an evaluation at the end of the programme cycle; (iii) Lack of coordination of evaluation activities undertaken by entities at the country level; and most importantly, (iv) Insufficient quality of UNDAF evaluations; and (v) Weak recommendations: deficient in addressing strategic issues and proposing actionable recommendations. As a management response to these findings, the United Nations General Assembly’s resolution 82 of the quadrennial comprehensive policy review (QCPR 2020/A/C.2/75/L.18) emphasized the need to ensure the independence, credibility and effectiveness of evaluations.
Promoting greater learning and operational improvement are overarching purposes of conducting CF evaluations as per the 2021 UNEG-DCO Cooperation Framework evaluation guidelines.

The DCO Regional Office for Africa was established in July 2019 at the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) compound in Addis Ababa. In 2021, 18 countries in Africa initiated UNDAF evaluations. To strengthen programming and conduct of evaluations, it has been decided to develop Annual Regional policy papers on CF evaluations, bringing together lessons learned and recommendations. This is indeed an essential tool to enhance evaluation efforts and inform CF programming globally while better taking into consideration the regional disparities and specificities. the regional policy papers informed by the 2021 UNDAF evaluations are expected to be ready by end of Q2/2022.
Purpose of the work: From the 2021 UNDAF evaluation reports (Africa countries), pull together lessons learned, conclusions and recommendations towards developing policy papers with a purpose to strengthen CF programming (start to end) as well as the conduct of CF evaluations.

Expected use: Essential tool to enhance evaluation efforts and inform CF programming globally while better taking into consideration the regional disparities and specificities.

Expected team of consultants: A team of 2 senior consultants (1 French and 1 English speakers) will be composed. The French speaking consultant will be in charge of the 10 francophone countries and the English-speaking consultant will lead on the 8 Anglophone countries.
The 2 consultants will work concomitantly and in synergies to produce a joint final policy paper not exceeding 5 pages.

Qualifications/special skills

The consultants should demonstrate extensive experience in programme policy development, having had high level strategic responsibilities and extensive UN work and living experience in Africa. They should demonstrate cultural, social and behavioral knowledge of Africa.

Academic Qualifications:
Minimum of Master’s Degree in public health, social sciences, development studies or a related field; A Ph. D will be an added advantage;

Experience:
• Minimum of 10 years’ experience in programme design and management.
• Familiarity with the UN reform and contribution to it is required.
• Solid experience with the United Nations in policy drafting is required.
• Extensive work experience, cultural, social and behavioral knowledge of Africa is required
• Solid experience of UN programming in Africa and fragile context is required
• Exposure to UNSDG work will be an added advantage.
• Demonstrate excellent communication, analytical and writing skills
• Solid experience in qualitative studies is an additional asset

Language:
Excellent written and spoken English/French Language skills. One consultant should be a native English speaker and the other will be a native French speaker. Each of them should have adequate understanding of the other language.

No Fee

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