Consultant - Evaluation of Project Saemaul Initiative towards Inclusive and Sustainable New Communities (ISNC)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
    Jun-05-2018
  • Posted
    May 22

Position description

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.

Project Background

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: 

  • identify proven approaches and policy options for inclusive and sustainable local development, drawing on the expertise of SMU and other relevant solutions from development partners, including those from the South;
  • achieve impact of the integrated local development approaches known as Inclusive and Sustainable New Communities at both the local and national policy levels through its application to an initial set of countries; and
  • facilitate South-South and Triangular cooperation and knowledge exchange through support to centres of excellence to disseminate evidence-based results and experiences from the initial applications, with the aim of achieving impact at the regional and global levels.

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.

Project Description  

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:

Project Title

Evaluation of the Implementation of the 2015-2017 Saemaul Initiative towards Inclusive and Sustainable New Communities (ISNC)

Project Objectives

The primary objectives of the evaluation are to: 

  • Assess the performance and results achieved or expected results by 2015-2017 Saemaul Initiative towards Inclusive and Sustainable New Communities (ISNC);
  • Assess the use of the Strategic Framework as a tool for guiding UNDP work and delivering on its mandate;
  • Assess the learning from the ISNC experience during the implementation period; 
  • Specifically, around planning and implementation processes;
  • Provide actionable recommendations in regard to the overall UNDP strategy and strategic planning process.

Qualifications

Competencies 

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.

  • Strong leadership and coordination in team settings; 
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in evaluation and evaluation methodologies, including theory of change;
  • Excellent ability to engage and communicate with a variety of stakeholders. 

Required Skills and Experience

Education 

  • Minimum requirement of an advanced university degree (Masters’ degree equivalent or above) in programme and project evaluation, social sciences, public administration/management.  (Higher points to be given for applicants having a degree related to project management and evaluation)

Experience 

  • Minimum of 10 years of demonstrated experience undertaking programme and project evaluations of community-driven development initiatives;
  • Knowledge of and experience working with UN Organizations;
  • Experience with UNDP country offices managing SSC projects will be considered an asset;
  • Demonstrated experience in setting strong relationships with clients, focusing on impacts and results for clients, and responding positively to feedback;.
  • Experience in assessing and reviewing programme results and performance in complex organizations; 
  • Experience and knowledge of evaluation culture and implementation of results reporting, specifically results based management;

Language requirements

  • Professional written and spoken English is required;
  • Spanish will be an advantage for the Bolivian portion of the Evaluation.

Application instructions

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