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UNICEF recruits 01 Senior Consultants to Develop a Results Matrix for Spotlight

UNICEF recruits 01 Senior Consultants to Develop a Results Matrix for Spotlight

UNICEF Zimbabwe is inviting applications from Senior Consultants to Develop a Results Matrix for Spotlight – Baseline and Targets
Job Number: 520455 | Vacancy Link
Locations: Africa: Zimbabwe
Work Type : Consultancy
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1. Background
The overall vision of the Spotlight Initiative in Zimbabwe is that women and girls realize their full potential in a violence-free, gender-responsive and inclusive Zimbabwe.
The Spotlight Initiative will directly contribute to Zimbabwe’s achievement of two of the country’s prioritized Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): SDG 3 and SDG 5. The programme will contribute to the elimination of SGBV and HPs through the creation of a broad partnership with Civil Society, Government, Private Sector, Media, among others; and, build a social movement of women, men, girls and boys as champions and agents of change at the national, subnational and community levels.
A specific focus will be on reaching and including in the programme women and girls who are often isolated and most vulnerable to SGBV and HPs due to intersecting forms of discrimination. The programme also will seek to address the SRHR needs of all women and girls using a life-cycle approach.
2.  Introduction
Spotlight program Document for Zimbabwe is available along-with the indicator framework and budget for reference and use.
A program specific Spotlight results framework has been developed for the country with clearly identified indicators at various levels – which is drawn from the global indicator framework. However, many new indicators are being used and it is not clear if the information is available on the same at the country level. There is a need to map out the available information against this indicator framework to inform he program monitoring going forward.
To explain the indicators and what is being measured through them, Spotlight Secretariat has come up with various guidance documents like:
Spotlight Indicator Reference Matrix
Methodological Notes for each indicator on Spotlight Initiative
Tips and Guidance for Baseline Studies
 3. Objective (s)
During the contract period, the consultant is required to achieve the following objectives:
Develop results matrix for Spotlight initiative in Zimbabwe with baselines, targets, and milestones in consultation with spotlight technical working group
Identify the gaps in the results matrix, if any, and suggest methodology and costs for bridging those gaps through a baseline study
Develop the draft Monitoring Plan for Spotlight Initiative – with suggestions on tools, frequency of data collection on various indicators, ways and means for reporting on milestones, responsibilities, capacity building needs, etc.
4.  Methodology and Expected Output
Familiarize with the Spotlight documentation and the results matrix along with methodological notes and indicator reference matrix to develop clarity about the TOR  – if needed discuss the TORs with the focal points in UNICEF/other UN agencies
Develop a plan of action with clearly defined timeframe and deliverables and agree on the same with the supervisor
Undertake a desk review of data/information/research/studies available in public domain vis a vis Spotlight indicator framework and suggest which sources/values could be used for establishing the quantitative/qualitative baselines – along-with rationale justifying the same. Wherever there are more than one likely sources for the same indicator, the consultant should clearly elaborate why a source is being preferred over the other.
Look at the indicators proposed for Zimbabwe under Spotlight and « operationally define »  those indicators in Zimbabwe context after consultations with the technical focal points and M&E focal points for each pillar to clarify what exactly will be achieved for reporting that an indicator has been fully met. Methodological notes prepared by the Secretariat need to be referred for the same. For this, there may also be a need to look at the present status of the indicators and then prioritize what exactly need to be achieved under spotlight within a given timeframe
Analyze the past trends over time where data exists, look at the proposed interventions under Spotlight to suggest the tentative targets for each of the indicator and the yearly milestones against those. The milestones could be of two types – process and results depending upon the indicator chosen and will depend on the nature of interventions proposed. Methodological notes prepared by the Secretariat need to be referred for the same. Discuss with the technical focal points from various agencies as appropriate to seek their views on the targets and milestones before finalizing the draft document.
For those indicators, where baseline data does not exist, suggest the best ways and means to collect the information to establish the baselines. Suggest a methodology, frequency, and approximate cost of undertaking that exercise over program duration.
In consultation with the relevant focal points (designated focal points for M&E + the technical team members) from the spotlight UN agencies, develop a document which captures the Spotlight results framework with:
« Operational Definitions » for all the indicators, and
Clearly identified baselines, milestones and targets, for those indicators where data exists; and
For those indicators where data does not exist – a clearly defined methodology to collect the information with frequency/cost estimates
A costed monitoring plan (delineating the frequency, tools, responsibility, capacity building, etc. for establishing the monitoring system and collecting this information) to meet the requirements of reporting for the Spotlight initiative as per the discussions with the technical team members and M&E focal points
A technical note on Monitoring plan indicating the rationale and processes required to put it in place
Validate this document in a meeting of the Technical Committee and M&E focal points
Incorporate the comments provided and submit the final report
5.  Major Tasks, Deliverables and Timeframe
The assignment will be carried out from March and final report will due on Friday 26 April 2019. Below is an indicative schedule of activities:
Major Task
Deliverable
Timeframe (man-days)
Comments
Payment schedule
1.
Familiarize with the Spotlight documentation and the results matrix along with methodological notes and indicator reference matrixA plan of action with clearly defined timeframe and deliverables demonstrating an understanding of the TOR
3
Working closely with the Spotlight technical team members/ M&E Focal Points – RCO/UNWOMEN to facilitate

 

2.
Undertake a desk review of data/information/ research/studies available in public domain vis a vis Spotlight indicator framework 

A data mapping Matrix

3
Working closely with the Spotlight technical team members/ M&E Focal Points – RCO/UNWOMEN to facilitate
3.
 “Operationally define” the Spotlight indicators in Zimbabwe contextA matrix with operational definition of all the indicators3Consultations with the Spotlight Pillars might be needed – RCO/UNWOMEN to facilitate 
4.
Fix Targets and Milestones for all the indicators for which data is availableA matrix with targets and milestones3Consultations with the Spotlight Pillars might be needed – RCO /UNWOMEN to facilitate
5.
For those indicators, where baseline data does not exist, suggest the best ways and means to collect the information to establish the baselines. Suggest a methodology, frequency, and approximate cost of undertaking that exercise over program durationA matrix with indicators and methodology, frequency, approximate cost, etc.3Consultations with the Spotlight Pillars might be needed – RCO /UNWOMEN to facilitate
6.
Develop a costed monitoring plan to meet the requirements of reporting for the Spotlight initiative and a technical note on Monitoring plan providing the rationale and processes required to put it in place

 

M&E Plan and a technical note on the same5Consultations with the Spotlight Pillars might be needed – RCO /UNWOMEN to facilitate
7.
Develop the draft document capturing the outcomes of the above consultationsDraft Report2To be shared with all stakeholders with at-least one week in advance of the validation meeting
8.
Validation Meeting and revision of the reportRevised Final report2RCO /UNWOMEN to facilitate100% on submission of final report
The schedule of payment is 24-working days upon 100% on submission of final report.
6.  Timeframe
The consultancy will begin in March and end on 15th of May but date for submitting final report is Friday 26 April 2019. The required number of days may be spread over a period of two months, but the consultant will be paid only for the agreed number of days agreed with him /her as per his/her technical proposal.
7.  Consultant Requirements
Education
Advance University degree in social sciences, statistics or other relevant disciplines
Specialized course on Results Based Management /Monitoring & Evaluation of development programmes, etc. would be advantageous
Work Experience
At least ten years hands-on experience with developing/implementing results-based management/ M&E related processes, development/Implementation of monitoring systems/indicator frameworks.
Experience of working with UN agencies on establishing/managing M&E system for joint programmes will be an added advantage
Previous experience of working on national/sub-national statistics, with ZimStat /other government agencies and departments, on establishing data-systems /databases/ would be very useful
Proven experience as a professional facilitator of discussions around log-frames/results frameworks
Sound knowledge and experience of UN system and program in Zimbabwe
Understanding of core M&E principles and concepts
Good understanding of Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs) and Millennium Declaration and associated goal frameworks
Good understanding of the process for development and monitoring of national development plans
Excellent communication skills
Excellent analytical skills
Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to work in a multi-cultural environment
8.  Supervision
The Chief of PME will be supervising the Consultancy. Additional support supervision will be provided by the Deputy Country Representative.
9.  Consultancy Classification
This is a senior level national consultancy. The competitive market rates should apply. No travel outside Harare is visualized.
10.  Other consultancy Costs and Payment Modalities
The consultant will be engaged for a total number of 24 working days between March and 15th May, 2019. Interested consultants must submit a cover letter, CV, technical and all-inclusive financial proposal.
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
Remarks:
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
Closing Date Sun Mar 17 2019 22:55:00 GMT+0100 (Afr. centrale Ouest)

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