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AJIRA MPYA TANZANIA 2021 | NAFASI MPYA ZA KAZI 2021
International Consultant for Final Evaluation of the UN Women Tanzania Country Office Strategic Note (2017 – 2022)
Advertised on behalf of
: UN Women
Location : Home based with travel to Dar es Salaam, if necessary
Type of Contract : Individual Contract
Post Level : International Consultant
Languages Required :
English
Starting Date : (date when the selected candidate is expected to start) 10-Nov-2021
Duration of Initial Contract : Thirty (30) working days
Expected Duration of Assignment : Thirty (30) working days within four months duration
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UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

Background
UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.
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The United Republic of Tanzania is a middle-income country of 59.4 million people (NBS) with women constituting 30.3 million (51.9%) and men 29.1 million (48.9%). The Tanzania Bureau of Statistics in 2020 indicated the country’s annual Gross Domestic Product growth rate was at 4.8 percent and the Per Capita growth at USD 1,157 in 2020. A total 13.9 million people live below the poverty line (HBS, 2017/18). Agriculture remains a major source of livelihood providing an estimated 77 percent of total employment, 26.9 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and 65 percent of inputs to the industrial sector. Subsistence farming is a source of livelihood for an estimated 80 percent of women, although only 25 percent own land. The feminization of poverty is a real challenge in Tanzania where more than half of the female population (60%) live in extreme poverty, which can be attributed to limited opportunities for participation in the mainstream economy. Men are more likely than women to be employed in the formal sector, with women more likely to be engaged in employment with lower income and less security. There is, additionally, a wide gender gap in the national mean monthly income (USD $120 for men vs. $71.5 for women).

Tanzania is signatory to numerous international and regional human rights conventions and development frameworks, such as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), Protocol of the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa, the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa, the African Union Agenda 2063 ‘The Africa We Want’ and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

UN Women’s Tanzania Country Office’s Strategic Note 2017 - 2021 (SN) is a forward-looking programmatic document that translates the UN Women global Strategic Plan 2018-2022 to the country level. The SN outlines the overall strategic direction and plan of action for the UN-Women Tanzania Country office to support efforts to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls, including women’s full enjoyment of their human rights for the years 2017 - 2021. The document also includes a Development Results Framework (DRF) and an Organizational Effectiveness and Efficiency Framework (OEEF) with expected results and targets/ indicators/ baselines. The Tanzania Country Office (CO) Strategic Note (SN) was approved by the Deputy Executive Director of UN Women in 2016. The Tanzania SN will be extended to June 2022 to be in line with the new UNDAP III (UNSDCF), the development strategies of Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar.

As of 2007, Tanzania has been one of eight countries piloting Delivering as One (DaO) initiative of the UN Reform. UN Women as part of the UN System in Tanzania is operating under the UN Development Assistance Plan (UNDAP II) and participating in the development and delivery of joint work plans, joint budgets and common results. UN Women’s program interventions are aligned to the Five Year Development Plan (FYDP) III for Mainland and the Zanzibar Successor Strategy and to United Nations Development Assistance Programme (UNDAP) II and more specifically, with the gender responsive results and targets outlined in the following UNDAP II Thematic Results Outcome Groups: Democratic Governance, Women’s Leadership and Political Participation, Violence against Women and Girls, Inclusive Growth, Resilience, Environment & Climate Change and HIV/AIDS. The Country Programme has adopted three UN Women Flagship Programme Initiatives: Women’s Political Empowerment and Leadership; Prevention and Access to Essential Services to End Violence against Women; and Making Every Women and Girl Count – Supporting the Monitoring and Implementation of the SDGs through Better Production and Use of Gender Statistics. In relation to its normative and coordination role, UN Women continues to promote the accountability of the UN system, supporting the government and mobilizing civil society organizations, private sector and other stakeholders, for the effective and accelerated implementation of the global and regional instruments and commitments to gender equality and the empowerment of women. In the context of the 2030 Agenda of ‘leaving no one behind’, UN Women’s interventions target the most vulnerable groups including rural women, women with albinism, women with disabilities, women pastoralists, and HIV positive women. Through the HeForShe campaign, engaging with men and boys is a cross-cutting issue in all interventions.

Duties and Responsibilities
1. Purpose

Under UN Women’s policies and procedures in relation to programme management, a final evaluation is mandatory in the final year of the Strategic Note. The final evaluation provides an opportunity to take stock from a perspective of accountability and learning. Most importantly, it will provide recommendations for the development and strategy of the next Country Office’s Strategic Note 2022-2025.
The primary users of this evaluation are:
• UN Women Tanzania CO, UN Women Regional Office, and UN Women HQ.
• Donors and development partners.

2. Objectives
The overall objective of the UN Women Tanzania SN evaluation is to assess the UN Women Tanzania’s strategic positioning and the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, coherence, and sustainability of the CO portfolio with reference to the Strategic Note cycle of 2017-2021. This will also provide a basis for distilling lessons which will be used in developing the next Country SN.

Specific objectives of the final evaluation are as follows:
  • To examine the SN’s theory of change.
  • To assess the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, and sustainability of UN Women thematic areas, country interventions and programmes, and the integrated mandate.
  • To assess the level of synergy and multiplying effect between the various thematic areas and the integrated mandate, including leveraging opportunities with country partners.
  • To assess the effectiveness of CO functions and services including oversight mechanisms.
  • To assess how and in what areas UN Women Tanzania’s programmatic focus needs to be further improved to make greater impact and to contribute to SDGs in those areas where UN Women has comparative organizational strengths.
  • Analyze how human rights approach and gender equality principles are integrated in implementation.
  • To analyze the level of organizational effectiveness and efficiency results including risk mitigation measures, resources stewardship, organizational structure, and results-based management.
  • To assess quality of partnerships with both implementing and technical partners
  • To assess and understand unexpected results, both positive and negative, during the SN implementation (2017 – 2021)[1].
  • Identify and validate lessons learned, good practices, and examples of innovation that support gender equality and women’s empowerment.
  • To help the CO to be more responsive to new UNSDCF processes, which will inform the new SN for Tanzania.
  • To provide actionable recommendations to feed into the development of the forthcoming Strategic Note.

The evaluation will follow a transparent and participatory process. To achieve this, the evaluation methodology will involve all relevant UNW staff in the COs as well as partners and stakeholders at the national level. The evaluation will follow gender and human rights principles as defined in the UNW Evaluation Policy and the UNW Evaluation Handbook. It will adhere to UN Evaluation Group (UNEG) Norms and Standards for Evaluation in the UN System. The evaluation will be quality rated based on the UN Women GERAAS evaluation report quality checklist and the UNEG Technical Note on the SWAP Evaluation Performance Indicator.

In line with UNEG Norms and Standards, a management response will be prepared for this evaluation to enhance the use of evaluation findings and follow-up to the evaluation recommendations. The management response will identify who is responsible, what are the action points, and deadlines. The evaluation including the management response will be published on the UN Women GATE website.

3. Scope of the Evaluation
This evaluation will cover the current Strategic Note for the period 2017 – 2022. The Strategic Note includes a Development Results Framework (DRF) and an Organizational Effectiveness and Efficiency Framework (OEEF). The OEEF includes performance indicators on coordination and strategic partnership, organizational effectiveness, communications, and financial management that the evaluation is expected to use for assessing organizational performance. The evaluation team is expected to establish the boundaries and specific focus for the evaluation during the inception stage through a participatory consultation process.

4. Evaluation questions
The evaluation will apply five OECD/DAC evaluation criteria [relevance, coherence, effectiveness (including normative, and coordination mandates of UN Women), efficiency, and sustainability] and Human Rights and Gender Equality as additional criteria. The evaluation will seek to answer the following set of preliminary key questions. These will be fine-tuned during the evaluation inception stage:
[1] The Tanzania SN will be extended to June 2022 to be in line with the new UNDAP III (UNSDCF), the development strategies of Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar, etc.

Required Skills and Experience
Education:

  • Advanced degree preferably in Economics or International Development studies, Law or gender and development, social services. Preferably a PhD holder.
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Experience:
  • At least ten years of planning, programming, evaluations and/or evaluation experience, seven years of which in planning/evaluations in development programs related to human rights, gender, and results-based management.
  • Knowledge and experience with the national development, policy, and legislative frameworks.
  • Extensive experience with UN programming the UNSDCF.
  • Knowledge of issues concerning women’s human rights and gender equality.
  • Tech-savvy with capability to organize and host virtual meetings and effective usage of MS Word and Excel.
  • Experience in working on gender issues in East Africa required with experience in Tanzania preferred.
  • Proven experience in guiding and documenting reviews and evaluations.
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Language Requirements:
Excellent command of English at native speaker level (written and oral) is required, knowledge of Kiswahili is desirable.
Application Deadline
: 07-Nov-21 (Midnight New York, USA)