Job Opening

Posting Title: Evaluation Team Member – Local Specialist for Bahrain SCF 2021-2024 Evaluation
Department/Office: Resident Coordinator System
Duty Station: BAHRAIN
Posting Period: 10 May 2023 - 23 May 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Resident Coordinator System-208754-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The objectives of the evaluation are to:

I. Assess the contribution of the SCF 2021-2024 to national development results as per the results framework through evidence-based analysis of the evaluation criteria and utilizing the principles of leaving no one behind and through the mainstreaming of gender, human rights, disability inclusion, youth and environmental sustainability concerns.
II. Identify factors that have affected the SCF 2021-2024 contributions; answer the question of why the performance is as it is; and explain the enabling factors and bottlenecks.

III. Reach conclusions concerning the UN contribution across the scope being examined.
IV. Provide actionable recommendations for improving the contribution of the SCF 2021-2024; especially for incorporation into the new SCF programming cycle. These recommendations should be logically linked to conclusions and findings of the evaluations and draw upon lessons learned identified through the evaluation.

The purpose for the evaluation is to:

I. Promote greater learning and operational improvement. The evaluation will provide important information for strengthening programming and results at the country level, specifically informing the planning and decision-making for the next SCF programme cycle and for improving UN coordination at the country level. The UNCT, Government of Bahrain, and other SCF 2021-2024 stakeholders can learn from the process of documenting good practices and lessons learned, which can then be shared with DCO and used for the benefit of other countries.
II. Support greater accountability of the UNCT to SCF 2021-2024 stakeholders. By objectively providing evidence of results achieved within the framework of the SCF 2021-2024 and assessing the effectiveness of the strategies and interventions used, the evaluation will also enable the various stakeholders in the SCF 2021-2024 process, including national counterparts and donors, to hold the UNCT and other parties accountable for fulfilling their roles and commitments.

Work Location


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Duties and Responsibilities

An evaluation specialist will work with the team leader to provide expertise in local development issues with sound understanding of Bahrain’s social and economic context. The evaluation specialist will take technical responsibility for specific thematic areas related to the four SCF strategic priorities and respective outcomes. Local specialist 1 will cover outcomes 1 (environment) and 2 (social services); and local specialist 2 – outcomes 3 (economy/governance) and 4 (international cooperation). The outcomes have been grouped based on a number of the contributing UN agencies and budget.

The evaluation specialist is expected to perform the following tasks:

• Review relevant reference documents that will constitute the library for this evaluation.
• Participate in the design of the evaluation methodology and provide inputs to the inception report.
• Conduct an analysis of the outcomes, outputs, joint work plans and carry out fieldwork and data collection as per the inception report and ToR.
• Draft related parts of the evaluation report as agreed on the division of labor with the team leader.
• Assist the team leader in finalizing the evaluation final report including incorporating suggestions received on draft related to his/her assigned sections.

Qualifications/special skills

A master's degree or equivalent in Social Sciences, Development Studies, Economics, International Relations, or any other related field is required.

All candidates must submit a copy of the required educational degree. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
A minimum of five years of relevant professional experience, including previous substantive involvement in programme/project evaluations and/or reviews is required.
Excellent knowledge of the United Nations system and programming processes is desired, understanding of UN Reform and its implementation implication at the country level, and understanding of multilateralism and the role of the UN System in development cooperation in the context of the country in question is desirable.
Good knowledge and experience with the national development strategies and the SDGs is required.
Sound knowledge of the country context and an in-depth understanding of at least one area of work of UNCT members, and well-established contacts with national organizations, including government, civil society, etc. is required.
Experience and background in gender equality/gender analysis and gender responsive evaluations is desirable.
Good understanding of the SDGs, other relevant regional or global frameworks and their implications for development cooperation is desirable.
Demonstrated analytical capacity, including on political economy and financing for development is desirable.
No conflict of interest such as recent or expected employment by UNCT members or implementing partners, private relationships with any UNCT members of staff or government counterparts or implementing partners; participation in the design, implementation or advising CF being evaluated, among others) is required.


Languages English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat; and Arabic is the working language of ESCWA.

For this position, fluency in English and Arabic is required.

Note: “Fluency” equals a rating of ‘fluent’ in all four areas (speak, read, write, and understand) and “Knowledge of” equals a rating of ‘confident’ in two of the four areas.

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