Vacancy Announcement: Consultant for Independent Evaluation of the Fellowship Programme
Title: Consultant for Independent Evaluation of the Fellowship Programme
Project: UNAOC Fellowship Programme
Duty station: Home-based
Section/Unit: Intercultural Engagement
How to apply: Send the requested documents to firstname.lastname@example.org by 27 December (see application requirements below)
1. General Background
The UNAOC Fellowship Programme aims at fostering intercultural exchange and understanding by engaging with young civil society leaders and professionals from Europe, North-America (EUNA), the Middle East and North-Africa (MENA). Framed around two-week exchange trips between EUNA and MENA countries, the Programme sends participants from each geographic area to their counterparts’ region.
The Fellowship provides participants with first hand exposure to diversity and with the opportunity to experience cultural immersion while interacting with a wide range of local actors and partners. In every country visited, participants are being provided with comprehension tools to help them understand the plurality of their surroundings, and to get an extensive grasp of host countries’ culture, politics, society, religion, media and more.
Since the creation of the Fellowship in 2010, UNAOC has launched 12 editions and exposed 269 participants from 50 countries to 18 countries across Europe, North America, the Middle East and North Africa.
In addition to activities and discussions revolving around intercultural dialogue, the Fellowship has also started in 2015 to focus on more specific themes in line with to the UN global agenda and UNAOC mission. This has allowed UNAOC to refine the agenda and organize meetings with stakeholders and experts working in specific fields. This has also allowed to refine and improve the selection process and led to cohorts of Fellows professionally involved in similar areas of expertise.
2. Purpose and Scope of Assignment
The consultant will work with an identified focal point at UNAOC. His/her duties will include:
- Review documents provided by UNAOC regarding the Fellowship, including files related to the Programme’s background; documents related to the implementation of the different iterations and Alumni activities; surveys shared with participants; reports/projects produced by participants in relation to their participation to the Fellowship; video/photo footage; findings of UNAOC M&E conducted in the past; calls for applications and selection process documents, etc.
- Conduct phone or Skype interviews with relevant UNAOC employees, UNAOC partners involved in the implementation of the Programme, as well as Fellowship participants.
- Prepare and submit a final report, that will include an independent assessment of the Fellowship Programme design, quality and outcomes; lessons learned and recommendations on the way forward with the Fellowship Programme planning and execution. 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.
- Remain available for any follow up questions, which UNAOC may have in relation to the final report content and key recommendations.
3. Monitoring and Progress Controls
- Milestone 1: Submission of a draft report structure and a detailed timeline for information-gathering activities.
- Milestone 2: Completion of information-gathering activities.
- Milestone 3: Submission of a draft final report.
- Milestone 4: Submission of a draft final report.
4. Qualifications and Experience
Education: Master’s degree in in political science, social science, or any related field preferably including evaluation or social research.
- Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in programme/project evaluation in an international development context;
- Experience of results-based monitoring and evaluation;
- Ability to design and plan evaluation approaches and research methodologies, including quantitative and qualitative research methods.
- Informed by relevant subject matter knowledge and experience such as intercultural and youth engagement, to ensure the evaluation design and research methods are as relevant and meaningful as possible given the aims and objectives of the project and the context in which it is being delivered;
- Ability to design, manage and implement primary research that may include the design of surveys, in-depth interviews, focus group and other research methods;
- Demonstrated understanding of the intercultural dialogue and youth engagement and related issues, preferably in Europe, North America, and the MENA region
- Ability to produce well written, analytical reports in English.
- Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.
- Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
- Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
- Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
- Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them.
- Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
- Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
- Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
- Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.
Interested candidates should send us the following documents to email@example.com by 27 December:
- GPRS profiles: kindly go to www.unops.org and create a profile. The profile needs to be in English. Once done, download the PDF version.
- Education document (a copy of diploma)
- 2 professional references (kindly note they must be direct supervisors)
- Bank Information form – Please complete and return. Kindly ensure that you provide all the relevant details within the form including SWIFT and IBAN (for international transfers) and sign the bottom.
- Designation of Beneficiary – Please complete this form and return. Kindly ensure that the form also bears the signature of a co-signing witness.
- Pension Review Form for ICA Personnel – Mandatory completion by all ICAs aged 55 and above.
- Acknowledgement of obligations regarding financial and conflict of interest disclosure – Please read and return a signed copy.
- A scanned copy of your passport or other type of government-issued identification (with photo).