UNICEF Zimbabwe in partnership with the Government of Zimbabwe is inviting proposals from individual national consultants for provision of technical support in National Evaluation Capacity Building Readiness Assessment for Social Sector line ministries

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from UN Children's Fund
Closing date: 28 Jun 2018

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Introduction

The Government of Zimbabwe has taken a deliberate strategy to develop a national monitoring and evaluation policy, guided by the Integrated Results Based Management System (IRBM) that serves as a strategic and generic framework for the implementation of all Government policies, programmes and projects. The policy addresses the inherent systemic weakness in the results chain whereby the good polices formulated by Government are not matched with a robust implementation system. This has compromised the Government’s desire to achieve sustainable development and high standard of living for citizens. The M&E policy therefore comes at a time when the Government is seeking to improve public service delivery through the successful implementation of the economic blue print, the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (ZimAsset), underpinned by the Integrated Results Based Management (IRBM) System.

The Government of Zimbabwe is committed to ensuring a strong culture of monitoring and evaluation through learning from past and present experiences to achieve results. It also places importance on Management for Development Results (MfDR), an approach which adheres to the principles of Integrated Results Based Management (IRBM) system. This system ensures Government endeavour to manage public resources professionally as well as guarantee accountability, transparency, and quality service delivery.

On 7 March 2018, the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) with the support of UNICEF conducted an evaluation awareness raising meeting at Crown Plaza, Harare with the social sector line ministries. This was the first step towards National Evaluation Capacity Strengthening program which will be piloted with the social sector line ministries. At the meeting, it was highlighted that one of the key steps which is critical for developing a national evaluation capacity program is to conduct a readiness assessment. It is upon this background that OPC working in collaboration with UNICEF intends to conduct a readiness assessment for the social sector line ministries.

The readiness assessment will focus on providing baseline information on the current evaluation context among social sector line ministries. The readiness assessment will be based on the World Bank readiness assessment guidance and questions[1], UNDAF M & E readiness assessment questions and the EvalAgenda 2020 framework which focusses on four main priorities for evaluation capacity building which are: enabling environment, institutional and individual capacities and interlinkages between these three elements. The readiness assessment seeks to assist the government and development partners to systematically address the requisites (present or not) for a national Evaluation System. With the information gathered from this assessment, the government will develop an evidence based evaluation capacity building plan which will form the basis for collaboration between government and development partners, to push forward the national evaluation capacity building agenda.

The objectives of the readiness assessment

The main objective of the readiness assessment is to understand the existing evaluation environment, institutional and individual factors and contexts that will shape the design and creation of the national evaluation capacity building program for the social sector line ministries.

The specific objectives are to:

  • Provide a quick snapshot of the capacity and environment for evaluation among social sector line ministries
  • Provide an analytical framework for the rating of the social sector’s ability to evaluate its progress in achieving national development goals and SDGs.
  • Provide an understanding and determining where and how NECD efforts are best introduced and develop an NECD plan and more specifically for the social sector line ministries.

  • Proposed areas for evaluation readiness assessment

    Enabling environment

  • Evaluation culture
  • Evaluation policies, frameworks, guidelines
  • Evaluation systems including independent evaluation units; evaluation repository
  • Evaluation Resourcing
  • Evaluation use
  • Data availability for facilitating evaluations

    Institutional capacities

  • Evaluation Institutional arrangements
  • Supply of quality evaluations
  • Demand for evaluations
  • Human resource capacity
  • Evaluation infrastructure
  • Evaluation Management information systems
  • Incentives for evaluation responsibilities / function
  • ICT soft and hardware

    Individual capacities

  • Evaluation knowledge
  • Professionalism
  • Evaluation Readiness assessment Reference documents

    The consultants may refer to the following reference documents, but this is not the exhaustive list of reference documents. The consultant will be required to research and identify more reference document which will inform this readiness assessment.

    World Bank Readiness Assessment:

    https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/bitstream/handle/10986/10456/600910B...

    EvalAgenda 2020:

    https://www.evalpartners.org/sites/default/files/documents/EvalAgenda202...

    The World Bank: Global Expert Team (Public Sector Performance) GET Brief: Assessing Country Readiness for M&E: January 2011 Assessing Country Readiness for Results-Based Monitoring and Evaluation to Support Results Informed Budgeting: Jody Zall Kusek

    Open Data Readiness Assessment (ODRA):

    http://opendatatoolkit.worldbank.org/en/odra.html

    The approach to conducting readiness assessment

    This revaluation readiness assessment is a pilot of the national evaluation capacity building program and will focus on eleven social sector line ministries and agencies. The assessment will be done as follows:

    Self-administered questionnaire by social sector line ministries and agencies: The consultant will develop a questionnaire to be reviewed and approved by the Office of the President and Cabinet and UNICEF.

    Follow up interviews / discussions with social sector line ministries / agencies: The consultant will follow up with ministries or agencies for completion of questionnaires, further discussions and clarifications where necessary.

    Presentations to Office and the Cabinet and UNICEF, and the social sector line ministries: The consultants will present the readiness assessment deliverables to OPC, UNICEF and social sector line ministries as detailed in the task table below.

    Finalization of readiness assessment report and the costed National Evaluation Capacity Development Plan: The consultant will finalize the assessment report and the Coasted National Evaluation Capacity Building Plan based on inputs from OPC, UNICEF and the social sector line ministries. The final products will be approved by the Office of the President and Cabinet.

    Major tasks, Deliverables and Timeframe

    Task

    Deliverables

    No. of days

    Timeline

    1. Development of readiness assessment inception report including questionnaire for readiness assessment

    Inception report with questionnaire

    3

    Within 2 weeks after signing of contract

    2. Presentation of concept note and questionnaire to OPC and UNICEF

    PPT for presentation to OPC and UNICEF

    3. Conducting readiness assessment including following up questionnaires and follow up interviews with social sector line ministries

    Draft readiness assessment report

    Draft National Evaluation Capacity Development plan

    15

    Within 4 weeks after approval of concept note

    4. Development of draft readiness assessment report and sharing with social sector line ministries.

    Within 1 week after completion of data collection

    5. Presentation of draft readiness assessment report and evaluation capacity development plan to OPC and UNICEF

    PPT on key findings from the assessment and key proposed actions

    0.5

    Within 1 week after submission of draft report and draft proposed plan to OPC.

    6. Presentation of the draft readiness assessment report including the proposed national evaluation capacity building plan at a validation meeting.

    PPT for presentation at the validation meeting

    Draft readiness assessment report

    Draft Costed National Evaluation Capacity Development plan

    2

    Within 2 weeks after draft report and proposed plan review by OPC and UNICEF

    7. Incorporate comments from the validation meeting

    2nd Draft Readiness assessment report

    2nd draft Costed National Evaluation Capacity Development

    1

    Within 1 week after validation meeting

    8. Finalization and submission of Final readiness assessment report and NECD plan.

    Final Readiness assessment report

    Final Costed National Evaluation Capacity Development

    1

    Within 1 week after review by OPC and UNICEF.

    Timeframe

    The consultant is supposed to work for a total number of 22.5 working days in a period of 12 weeks commencing on 16 July 2018.

    Expected outputs

    Readiness assessment report in the following format:

  • Executive summary
  • Introduction
  • Methodology
  • Detailed analysis of each of the pillars (enabling environment, institutional and individual capacities) with a focus on demand and supply side as well.
  • Practical recommendations for each of the pillars with a focus on supply and demand.

  • A costed National evaluation capacity building plan for social sector line ministries with clear actions, milestones, target audience and responsibilities (with a focus on each of the pillars: enabling environment, institutional capacities and individual capacities)

  • Consultancy Requirements

    The required background and experience for the consultant is as follows:

  • At least a master’s degree in economics, social sciences and development studies.
  • 10 years’ experience in institutional development, including experience working with government institutions.
  • Recognized experience in national evaluation capacity building including working with government ministries.
  • Experience and or knowledge in leading the in-country implementation of readiness assessment focusing on evaluation capacity development.
  • Experience in distilling good practices and using a best-fit approach to developing capacity development programs.
  • Strong facilitation and communication skills.
  • Application Procedure

    If interested and available, please submit your application letter, CV, Technical and an all-inclusive financial proposal detailing daily professional fees and other miscellaneous expenses. Please note that the consultant will work from the UNICEF office in Harare and needs to have his/her own computer

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