Terms of Reference:
Consultant for Independent Evaluation of the Young Peacebuilders Programme – MENA edition
Deadline: Wednesday, 21 November 2018, 5:00 p.m. EST
Guided by the principle that youth are key actors in achieving peace and social inclusion, the Young Peacebuilders Programme (YPB) supports young people as they gain skills that can enhance their positive role in issues of peace and security and in preventing violent conflict, while bringing visibility to the initiatives, actions, and projects initiated by young people towards peacebuilding and promoting diversity and human rights. The programme also equips them with tools to address stereotypes, prejudice, and polarization in order to build more inclusive and peaceful societies in their local communities and on a global scale.
This peace education programme consists of four parts. After an intensive online preparation process (1st phase), the young peacebuilders participate in a face-to-face-workshop (2nd phase) which is led by field experts and trainers, who help the young peacebuilders to analyze conflicts, practice peace-building tools to build bridges between cultures and religions, and design peace projects, which will be implemented in each participants’ community upon returning home (3rd phase). The final results are presented at a final symposium (4th phase) during which they share their experiences, lessons learned, achievements and recommendations with a broader audience of practitioners, policymakers, media and the general public.
UNAOC plans to implement YPB in different regions of the world to grow and strengthen the global movement of young peacebuilders. The first edition took place in 2016 in West Africa and the second edition is being implemented between October 2017 and June 2018 in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. After a competitive selection process, ten young women and ten young men between 18 and 25 years old from 12 countries across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region were selected to participate.
Implemented in collaboration with Generations For Peace, with the generous support of the Agencia Extremeña de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (AEXCID), UNAOC’s Young Peacebuilders Programme is a powerful example of a partnership that can strengthen the ground-breaking UN Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security, which recognizes that “young people play an important and positive role in the maintenance and promotion of international peace and security.” It also responds to the Secretary-General’s Plan of Action on Preventing Violent Extremism.
As part of the project agreement, the donor, AEXCID, has requested to conduct an independent evaluation of the Youth Peacebuilders Programme in the MENA region. UNAOC is seeking a consultant to lead that evaluation.
- Did the participants of the Young Peacebuilders Programme in the MENA region enhance their peacebuilding skills?
- How did the programme contribute to that?
- What is the reach and impact that the participants have had in their communities with the projects implemented in the context of the programme?
- Based on the design, implementation and impact of the programme, what recommendations do you have for the next editions of the Young Peacebuilders Programme?
Scope of Work and Responsibilities
The consultant will work with an identified focal point at UNAOC. His/her duties will include:
- Review documents provided by UNAOC regarding the Young Peacebuilders Programme, including: project proposal/design, implementation plan, selection process documents, curriculum of online learning programme and face-to-face-workshop, young peacebuilders’ action plans and final project reports, etc.
- Analyze the results of 3 surveys, taken by the young peacebuilders: the intercultural competence self-assessment tool (pre-post), the YPB survey-monkey (pre-post) and the participants’ satisfaction survey (post).
- Conduct phone or Skype interviews with young peacebuilders, their youth-led organizations and UNAOC trainers/staff.
- Prepare and submit a final report, which will include an independent assessment of the Young Peacebuilders Programme design, quality and outcomes and lessons learned/ recommendations for next editions of the Young Peacebuilders Programme. The final report needs to be a substantial document that provides findings and conclusions, which are based on robust and transparent evidence and supplements UNAOC’s own data with an independent research. It will follow the proposed structure and will contain, at least: an executive summary; an introduction (with the background, general data and objectives of the evaluation); the description of the evaluation object and its context; the methodological approach and techniques (questions and evaluation criteria, methodology and techniques applied, and conditioning factors of the evaluation performed); the analysis and interpretation of the information collected and the results of the evaluation; the conclusions of the evaluation in relation to the evaluation criteria; the recommendations; the actions undertaken to disseminate the evaluation; and, where appropriate, annexes.
- Remain available for any follow up questions, which UNAOC and/or the donor may have in relation to the final report content and key recommendations.
Skills and Qualifications
- Advanced university degree (Master of equivalent) in international relations, social and humanitarian sciences, law or in any field related to the UNAOC areas of work.
- 2 or more years of progressively responsible professional work experience in programme monitoring and evaluation, both at local and international levels; experience of working as an evaluator in the context of humanitarian, cultural, developmental projects is an asset.
- Solid experience in monitoring and evaluation methodologies.
- Strong knowledge about education sector and development soft skills
- Strong knowledge of project management, designing logical frameworks and risk analysis.
- Strong experience in issuing reports, recommendations and findings.
- Fluency in written and spoken English. Knowledge of the other UN language is an asset.
- Knowledge of global youth policies and priorities is an advantage.
|By 29 November 2018||Consultant to be appointed.|
|By 29 January 2019||Consultant approved by donor.|
|By 5 February 2019||Consultant hired.|
|By 12 February 2019||Initial discussion with UNAOC focal point and defining scope of the report through review of UNAOC’s documents and data. Submission of draft report structure and a timeline for information-gathering activities.|
|By 6 April 2019||Desk review and interviews are completed.|
|By 8 May 2019||Submission of a draft report for comments.|
|By 1 June 2019||Submission of a final report.|
Please submit your technical proposal to Bram Van Haver, Project Management Specialist – Youth and Education, at BramVH@unops.org, telephone: +1-929-274-6235 by Wednesday, 21 November 2018, 5:00 p.m. EST. Your proposal should include up to 3 examples of past work in delivering similar evaluation reports.
Please include your name and contact information (telepone, Skype ID, email) in the proposal.