Hiring National Consultant for Final Evaluation of Human Rights Programme

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Job Description

JOB DESCRIPTION

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

BACKGROUND

UNDP Bangladesh has been supporting the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) to find innovative solutions to its development challenges and build national institutions’ capacity to implement policy reforms. In human rights, UNDP has been supporting the Bangladesh government for nearly a decade to strengthen the Human Rights architecture. UNDP undertook human rights-related programming primarily for the five years through the Bangladesh National Human Rights Commission Capacity Development Project (BNHRC-CDP), which ended in December 2015. Based on the successes of BNHRC-CDP, among other things helping to professionalize the work of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) through institution-building; supporting steady progress in complaints handling; investigation, and mediation; developing extensive media contacts for the Commission; and helping to produce a wide range of research studies and policy papers on key human rights issues, UNDP continued its efforts and designed the Human Rights Programme (2016-2020).

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The Human Rights Programme (HRP) was designed to operate with a broader group of human rights stakeholders, including law enforcement agencies, public universities, community radios, Bangladesh Betar, youths, Human Rights Defenders (HRDs), CSOs, and CBOs, in addition to the NHRC to foster human rights work at all levels and promote a cohesive human rights dialogue in Bangladesh. The HRP has been building the capacity of existing human rights architectures in Bangladesh, focusing on working with vulnerable and marginalized groups, including women and girls, children and young people, ethnic and religious minorities, people with disabilities, Dalit and other minorities. It has been building gender equality initiatives, strengthening civil society activities for women and girls, and building the position of the NHRC as an important partner for gender equality within Bangladesh. The development objective of HRP is to develop and implement improved social policies and programmes that focus on good governance, reduction of structural inequalities, and advancement of vulnerable individuals and groups. The outcome of the project is “justice, and human rights institutions are strengthened to better serve and protect the rights of all citizens, including women and vulnerable groups.”

The project outputs are:

UNDP is implementing HRP with the engagement of CSOs/CBOs in support of the National Human Rights Commission, which includes i) institutional development, strategic engagement, and coordination, ii) research, advocacy, and awareness, iii) Human Rights monitoring and reporting, iv) Strengthen capacity and coordination of CSOs and its coalitions to promote human rights. Small grants support to CSOs/CBOs enable people to raise voices, advocate for Human Rights issues in the post COVID situation, and enhance the capacity and engagement of HRDs in HRV monitoring and reporting at the grassroots level. It also works for i) better inclusion of LNOB (including ethnic and excluded minorities) in local decision-making structures, local resources, and services, ii) enhancement of the institutional capacity of Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) (police) to protect and better respond for Human Rights, iii) strengthened collaboration with LEAs (Police) to commission action researches to advance human rights, and iv) policy dialogues with LEAs, NHRC, Judiciary, National Legal Aid Services Organization (NLASO) on different emerging issues in the post-COVID-19 situations.

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It is not only limited to i) strengthening institutional engagement of NHRC to better advocate for women and child rights, ii) enhancing engagement of CSOs in advancing self-reliance of women (linking women with domestic sectors, migrant workers, and informal sectors), iii) continuing collaboratives actions of NHRC, CSO, and other platforms in addressing women’s rights and Gender-Based Violence (GBV), and iv) better engaging National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB) in reviewing the curriculum with human rights and gender lance. It also i) enhances the collaboration of national institutions and stakeholders in promoting rights of the ethnic and excluded minorities (including LNOB), ii) promotes ethnic rights awareness and education in an ethnic inhabited area, iii) strengthens research and knowledge management on LNOB and Human Rights Issues, iv) enhances capacity and engagement of youth leaders in HRs awareness, education and advocacy initiatives, v) better engage students’ clubs in promotion of Human Rights at Educational Institutions, vi) promotes peace, tolerance and social harmony for assuring peaceful co-existence (in the post-COVID-19 situation), and vii) strengthens justice delivery institutions and effective remedies for justice-seeking LNOBs.

The total resource allocation for HRP is USD 10,597,570, which has been mobilized through DANIDA, SIDA, SDC, and UNDP.

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  • While currently, the project is running at the ultimate stage of the project tenure and achieved several key results as planned in the project document. The first 18 months’ Inception phase review was completed, and the report has also been submitted to the donors. The inception phase assessment of the programme concluded that all the components of the programme continued to be relevant for strengthening human rights architectures in Bangladesh. It continued to require UNDP and/or international support to carry forward the ongoing human rights advocacy in Bangladesh.
  • To assess the level of understanding, awareness, perception, attitudes, and behavior of the public, including women, ethnic minority people, youth, school students, and other specific target groups (disaggregated by gender, ethnicity, age), on key issues of Human Rights and National Human Rights Commission’s existence and roles in Bangladesh particularly in Project areas and NHRC working areas and to assess results focusing on outcomes and impacts of targeted human rights education and awareness-raising initiatives by the NHRC with support of UNDP and provide strategic recommendations, the HRP has conducted a perception survey. The programme will also be evaluated at the end of the tenure.

Evaluation Purpose, Objectives, and Scope:

Purpose:

The purpose of the final evaluation is to assess achievements to date, document lessons learned, and propose ways forward to UNDP and its partners to develop future Human Rights Programme (HRP) in Bangladesh. Evaluation results will be key inputs for UNDP and its partners to develop the next phase of the Human Rights Programme and make informed decisions. In addition, the evaluation aims at critically reviewing and identifying what has worked well in the project, what challenges have been faced, what lessons can be learned to improve future HRP programming. The evaluation will also generate knowledge for wider uses, assess the scope for scaling up the current programme, and serve as a quality assurance tool for both upward and downward accountability.

Specific Objectives:

The specific objectives of this evaluation are to:

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  • Assess to what extent the HRP has contributed to addressing the needs and problems identified during programme design;
  • Assess how adequately the HRP has achieved its stated development objective and purpose;
  • Measure how effectively and efficiently the HRP outcomes and outputs have progressed in attaining the development objective and purpose of the project;
  • Assess both negative and positive factors that have facilitated or hampered progress in achieving the project outcomes, including external factors/environment, weakness in design, management and resource allocation;
  • Identify and document substantive lessons learned, good practices and also opportunities for scaling up the future Human Rights and Justice Project (HRP) in Bangladesh;
  • Provide forward-looking programmatic recommendations for UNDP support to the NHRC and justice system in Bangladesh
  • The evaluation will focus on six key evaluation criteria: relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact, sustainability, and coherence. The evaluation should provide credible, useful, evidence-based information which enables timely incorporation of its findings, recommendations and lessons into decision-making processes of UNDP and key stakeholders as well as assess the potential of the next phase of the project.

Scope of Evaluation/ Timing:

  • This final evaluation covers the project implementation from 28 April 2016 (the beginning of the HRP) to date. The final project evaluation shall be conducted from 20 December 2021 to 20 March 2022.

Utilization:

  • The primary users of the evaluation results will be UNDP and the NHRC, but the evaluation results will equally be useful to other relevant GoB ministries, development partners and donors, etc.
  • UNDP will consider all useful findings, conclusions, and recommendations from the evaluation, prepare a systematic management response for each recommendation, and implement follow-up actions as per UNDP Evaluation Resource Center guidance/policies.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The evaluation team consists of one international consultant (evaluator) and one national consultant (evaluator). The scope of work for the national consultant of this evaluation will include but not be limited to:

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  • Draft and finalize the inception report that will include detailed evaluation methodologies and the elaboration of the evaluation matrix (how each evaluation question will be answered along with proposed sources of data, and data collection and analysis procedures);
  • Design data collection tools (i.e., checklists/semi-structured questionnaires);
  • Collect data/information using various methods, including desk review, Key Informant Interviews (KIIs), and Focus Group Discussions (FGDs);
  • Conduct data analysis on data/ information collected, including triangulation;
  • Develop a draft final evaluation report;
  • Organize a meeting to share draft findings with UNDP and relevant stakeholders to solicit feedback;
  • Revise the draft report to address necessary feedback;
  • Finalize a final evaluation report.

Skills:

  • Strong leadership and planning skills
  • Experience in implementing a range of qualitative and quantitative data collection tools and methods in project evaluation.
  • Knowledge of current issues and innovation in results-oriented monitoring, including trends, principles and methodology.
  • Possess strong analytical and writing skills, with the ability to conceptualize, articulate, write and debate about governance issues.
  • Advanced level of proficiency in both written and spoken English.
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to work in the multi-cultural team environment and to deliver under pressure/meet deadlines
  • Ability to network with partners on various levels
  • The necessary computer skills with competence in MS office package

REQUIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

Academic:

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  • Minimum masters’ degree or equivalent (Ph. D. an asset) in Human rights/Statistics/International relations/social sciences/Political economy or other relevant fields;

Experience:

  • At least 7 years of experience in the field of democratic governance, preferably human rights;
  • Proven experiences in conducting evaluations or assessment of large-scale policies and programs in human rights and justice funded by the government, UN and/or donors;
  • Good knowledge of UN and/or UNDP’s mandate and socio-political context and human rights situation in Bangladesh.

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