YSF Independent Evaluator

UNOPS
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Dec 18

Position description

The UNAOC Youth Solidarity Fund (YSF) supports youth-led organizations that foster peaceful and inclusive societies by providing them with direct funding to implement their own projects promoting intercultural and interfaith dialogue. Established in 2008, the Fund responded to calls for action made by youth-led organizations around the world on the importance of establishing funding mechanisms for youth. 

In addition to funding projects selected through a competitive call for proposals, the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) offers technical support and capacity building in order to further promote the development of youth-led organizations working to advance the UNAOC mandate. 

Since 2008, UNAOC has launched five editions of the YSF and provided funding to 50 youth-led organizations based in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe. 

In the years 2015 – 2017, part of funding for YSF was provided to UNAOC by the Government of Finland. The donor’s contribution supported youth-led projects implemented by 12 youth-led organizations based in Africa and Asia. As part of the agreement concluded between Finland and UNAOC, the donor has requested to conduct an independent evaluation of the Youth Solidarity Fund programme in Africa and Asia covering the activities in years 2015 – 2017.  UNAOC is seeking a consultant to lead that evaluation.

The consultant will work with an identified focal point at UNAOC. His/her duties will include:

  • Review documents provided by UNAOC regarding the Youth Solidarity Fund, including the YSF background files; projects implementation plans; projects outcome reports and video/photo footage that corresponds to each project; findings of UNAOC M&E visits conducted in the past; calls for applications and selection process documents, etc.
  • Undertake a desk research of the 12 projects funded by the Government of Finland in MENA, Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. 
  • Conduct phone or Skype interviews with relevant UNAOC employees, YSF recipients and their beneficiaries as needed.
  • Conduct on-site visits to select locations to meet project beneficiaries and seek their feedback on the YSF projects’ impact. The exact timeline and locations of on-site visits by the evaluator will be discussed and determined upon consulting relevant UNAOC employees and in view of budget available for on-site visits.
  • Prepare and submit a final report, which will include an independent assessment of the YSF programme design, quality and outcomes; impact of projects funded by the Government of Finland; lessons learned and recommendations on the way forward with the YSF 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 and/or the Government of Finland may have in relation to the final report content and key recommendations.

TIMELINE

ACTION

By 5 February 2018

Consultant to be appointed. 

By 2 March 2018

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 31 May 2018

Desk review and on-site visits are completed.

By 24 July 2018

Submission of a draft report for comments.

By 20 August 2018

Submission of a final report.

  • Milestone 1:     Submission of a draft report structure and a detailed timeline for information-gathering activities and on-site visits.
  • Milestone 2:     Completion of a desk review and on-site visits to select locations.
  • Milestone 3:     Submission of a final report.

Qualifications

Education

  • Advance university degree (Master of equivalent) in international relations, social and humanitarian sciences, law or in any field related to the UNAOC areas of work.
  • 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.

 Work Experience 

  • 5 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 of project management, designing logical frameworks and risk analysis.
  • Strong experience in issuing reports, recommendations and findings.

Language

  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required 
  • Additional languages are an asset  

Application instructions

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