UNDP is conducting an evaluation of the 2015-2017 Saemaul Initiative towards Inclusive and Sustainable New Communities (ISNC). The evaluation will provide accountability to both internal and external stakeholders related to the planning, implementation and results of the ISNC initiative as well as a learning opportunity for the preparation of a proposal for Phase II.
UNDP is seeking the services of a consultant to undertake the evaluation of its project: Saemaul Initiative towards Inclusive and Sustainable New Communities (ISNC) covering the period of 2015-2017.
In 2014, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea (ROK) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched a global initiative called “Saemaul Initiative towards Inclusive and Sustainable New Communities (ISNC)”. The initiative focused on scaling up local development solutions for sustainable livelihoods, drawing on the experiences of ROK’s SMU – New Village Movement – which was a rural development programme implemented in the early 1970s that significantly reduced rural poverty by increasing household incomes, improving basic infrastructure and services, revitalizing local communities and empowering women. The key principles of Saemaul Undong approach are: self-reliance, cooperation and can-do spirit.
The ISNC programme aimed to update, integrate and scale up elements of the Saemaul Undong (SMU) and its application into an exemplary systematic approach and effective platform for development cooperation and to create a critical mass of support to localizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It was intended to:
Overall, this programme aimed at demonstrating how various development cooperation modalities, Official Development Assistance (ODA), domestic resource mobilization, South-South and Triangular cooperation (SSC and TrC) can complement effectively within one development initiative and support the implementation of the 2030 development agenda.
In March 2015, ROK selected six countries to roll-out the ISNC based on field visits and research findings conducted by UNDP. Bolivia, Lao PDR and Uganda were selected as Type A countries and Myanmar, Rwanda and Viet Nam were selected as Type B countries focusing on different ways of adapting and scaling up the model.
Type A focuses on local level implementation while setting up linkages with national policies and programmes. Such implementation of ISNC is expected to produce impact at the local level and in creating national-local linkages that will have the potential in impacting polices at the national level based on the country’s policy environment. Converging entry points will not only help in selecting critical sites, but also in creating policy impact and ownership at the national level that will be sustainable it the long-run. Furthermore, this type of implementation may contribute to the improvement of relevant national policies, taking into account the lessons learnt from ISNC implementation.
Type B implementation focuses on policy advices and contribute knowledge to the centres of excellence. These are countries where numerous local development programmes have been conducted or being planned for already. Given the small-scale investment from the ISNC programme, targeted village level implementation will not likely add critical value to the country. Instead, building on existing programmes to develop policy advices, contributing knowledge to the model through centres of excellence, and promoting South-South Cooperation (SSC), will be comparative advantages of these countries. Additionally, UNDP, together with ROK and in collaboration with other development partners, will support to identify the scalable elements and solutions of previous and current applications of SMU projects in the countries, as well as to learn from the different local development projects by UNDP and partners, and package them for application, scaling up, and dissemination of knowledge and lessons learned regionally and globally.
UNDP is conducting an evaluation of the 2015-2017 Saemaul Initiative towards Inclusive and Sustainable New Communities (ISNC). The evaluation will provide accountability to both internal and external stakeholders related to the planning, implementation and results of the ISNC initiative as well as a learning opportunity for the preparation of a proposal for a Phase II.
A brief summary of the project:
Evaluation of the Implementation of the 2015-2017 Saemaul Initiative towards Inclusive and Sustainable New Communities (ISNC)
The primary objectives of the evaluation are to:
The assignment requires extensive expertise in the area of complex project and programme evaluation; with specific experience in evaluation of strategic planning efforts. The following is a list of the required qualifications.
Required Skills and Experience
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