External Evaluation Expert

United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)

Home-based/Remote

Job Opening

  • Job Opening ID: 227925
  • Job Network : –
  • Job Family : IAE
  • Category and Level : Consultants, CON
  • Duty Station : YANGON
  • Department/Office : United Nations Human Settlements Programme
  • Date Posted : Feb 12, 2024
  • Deadline : Mar 1, 2024

Result of Service

The main purpose of this evaluation is to provide an assessment of the project performance and extent to which the Project’s objectives and expected accomplishments were achieved. The evaluation is conducted at the request of UN-Habitat and is part of UN-Habitat’s effort to perform systematic and timely evaluations of its projects and to ensure that UN-Habitat evaluations provide full representation of its mandate and activities.

Work Location

Home-based with possible travel to Yangon, Myanmar

Expected duration

1 Month

Duties and Responsibilities

UN-Habitat, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, is mandated by the UN 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 and supports member states in the development of sustainable cities and human settlements through its normative and operational work at global, regional and national and local levels. It also leads and coordinates the monitoring of and reporting on global progress in the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and Sustainable Development Goal 11 (SDG 11). Pursuant to its mandate, UN-Habitat aims to achieve impact at two levels. At the operational level, it undertakes technical cooperation projects at global, regional and country levels. At the normative level, it seeks to influence governments and non-governmental actors in formulating, adopting, implementing and enforcing policies, norms and standards conducive to sustainable human settlements and sustainable urbanization. Like other countries, Myanmar felt the impact of devastating pandemic of Covid-19, where urban centers were epicenter of the pandemic. Yangon Region was the epicenter of the Covid-19 in Myanmar. Residents of urban poor communities, including residents of informal settlements, were at great risk from Covid-19. The pandemic highlighted the importance of water, sanitation and hygiene, and solid waste management services at the heart of public emergency response. UN-Habitat, as the major UN agency engaged in informal settlements proposed the Project for “building resilience against Covid-19 through WASH and waste management support in urban informal settlements”, to fulfil the agency’s mandate and to support the vulnerable communities in Yangon and the joint UN effort to combat Covid-19. The project was designed based on the UN Socio-Economic Response Framework to Covid-19 in Myanmar (SERF) and the Country Preparedness and Response Plan (CPRP). This Terms of Reference (TOR) concerns the independent terminal evaluation of the project for building resilience against COVID-19 through Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and waste management support in urban informal settlements in Myanmar. The project is funded by the Government of Japan with a total budget of US$7,272,727. It was initially planned to start in March 2021 and be completed in February 2022. Due to COVID-19 pandemic and difficult operating environment caused by the political events in Myanmar, the project was delayed and extended twice at no cost extension until February 2024. The evaluation is line with UN-Habitat Evaluation Policy, which specifies that all projects and programmes of value of over USD1 million should be subject to an independent evaluation in addition, the project was designed with evaluation framework. Terminal evaluation was expected to take place towards the end of the project, to review efficiency, effectiveness, transparency and performance in terms of delivering what was planned. Results from the evaluation will inform UN-Habitat, Country team of Myanmar, the donor, implementing partners and key stakeholders on what was achieved and learned from the project. UN-Habitat Myanmar Office has been implementing the project entitled “Building Resilience against COVID-19 through WASH and Waste Management Support in Urban Informal Settlements”, with financial assistance from the Government of Japan since March 2021. It is being carried out in response to the COVID-19 survey of informal settlements in Yangon conducted in 2020. The project has a specific objective to contribute to the country’s effort to control and cut the transmission of COVID-19 by securing access to and sustaining the availability of WASH and solid waste management services in informal settlements including schools which are being attended by children of the residents. It also reaches out to the most vulnerable households with responsible information with the aim of preventing further expansion of the pandemic at home and in the community. Moreover, the project has been designed to improve the resilience of local communities to organize and work together with each other to ensure the efficacy of COVID-19 prevention interventions. and UN-Habitat has been implementing the following three inter-related components in 45 locations, 257 schools, and 42 community health clinics in eight townships, namely, Hlaing Thar Yar, Dagon Seikkan, South Dagon, Insein, Dala, Shwe Pyi Thar, Thanlyin, and North Okkalapa, in Yangon. Component A: Enhancing access to safe water and improved environmental sanitation in informal settlements Component B: Improving solid waste management in informal settlements Component C: Improving hygiene awareness and capacity of communities in informal settlements The evaluation is undertaken to assess the performance of the project in terms of its achievement, the extent to which it was relevant, coherent, efficient, effective, sustainable, as well as to assess changes as a result of the project. The evaluation will also assess how gender, human rights, youth, disability, and climate change were elements of the project. Duties and Responsibilities Under the supervision of the Chief, Evaluation Unit, UN-Habitat, the Evaluation Expert will: (i) Assess the design, implementation and achievement of results at the objective, outcomes and output levels of the project. This will entail analysis of actual versus planned results in the project document. (ii) Assess the project’s performance in terms of relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, sustainability, coherence and emerging impacts caused by the project. (iii) Assess the appropriateness of working modalities, coordination, partnerships, and management; in consideration for the political event on 1st February 2021 in Myanmar on the project. (iv) Assess the quality of implementation, adequacy of resources, financial management/ feasibility, and how they impacted the effectiveness of the project. (v) Assess how social inclusion issues of gender equality, youth, human rights, disability as well as social and environmental safeguards were integrated and impacted by the project. (vi) Taking into account intended users of the evaluation, identify lessons learned and provide recommendations for scaling up the pilot project or improving future programming of similar projects.

Qualifications/special skills

Advanced academic degree in Social Studies, Development Studies, Engineering, Urban Planning, Environment, or any other field relevant to the assignment is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. 7 years of project management experience in results-based management working with development projects/ programmes, proven experience in Programme Planning; implementation, training and Coordination with UN, INGOs, Donors, Government Departments, etc is required. Extensive evaluation experience. The lead consultant should have the ability to present credible findings derived from evidence and prepare conclusions and recommendations supported by the findings is required. Knowledge and understanding of UN-Habitat mandate, operations and experience of regional/ multi-country projects is desired. Previous experience with UN and/or international organization is highly preferred; Previous experience working in Myanmar is preferred.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in written and oral English is required.

Additional Information

Not available.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.


POSITION TYPE

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DEGREE REQUIRED

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