National Consultant – End of Project Evaluation: Women’s Leadership, Empowerment, Access, and Protection (LEAP) in Kenya- UN Women – Kenya
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|25-Aug-23 (Midnight New York, USA)
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|I. UN Women Organizational Context/ Background.
The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. UN Women provides support to Member States’ efforts and priorities in meeting their gender equality goals and for building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.
UN Women operationalizes this through Flagship Programming Initiatives (FPIs) developed to achieve transformative results for gender equality and women empowerment. One such FPI is the Leadership, Empowerment, Access & Protection (LEAP in crisis response). Project implemented in Turkana County – which hosts Kakuma Refugee Camp and Kalobeyei Integrated Settlement, and in Garissa County – which hosts Dadaab Refugee Camp.
In May 2021, UN Women received funding from the Government of Japan to implement a two-year LEAP program that aimed at ensuring that women in refugee and host communities lead and participate in peace, security and humanitarian processes, and vulnerable women and girls benefit from protection mechanisms and enhance resilience and self-reliance through women’s economic empowerment. The project builds on the results achieved and lessons of previous projects supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan Supplementary Budget, specifically “Women’s Leadership, Empowerment, Access and Protection (LEAP) in Crisis Response: Regional Response to the South Sudan Displacement and Refugee Crisis (Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan)”(2018-2019) and “Women’s Leadership, Empowerment, Access & Protection in Crisis Response (LEAP): Promoting the Empowerment of Women and Girls within the Humanitarian- Development Nexus in Kenya”(2019-2020). The project contributes to the goal of gender, peace and security as envisioned in the 2030 Development Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – particularly SDG 1 (no poverty), 2 (zero hunger), 5 (gender equality), 8 (on decent work and economic growth), and 10 (reducing inequality), 16 (peace, justice, and strong institutions) and 17(partnerships). The Programme also responds to the UN Secretary General’s Comprehensive Regional Prevention Strategy for the Horn of Africa and the UN Priority Agenda on Prevention and Sustaining Peace. It also contributes to the UN Women Kenya Country Strategic Note (2019-2022) strategic objective 4, Women in Peace and Security and Humanitarian Sector and is premised on UN Women Global Strategic Plan, Outcome 5, “Women and girls contribute and have greater influence in building sustainable peace and resilience and benefit equally from the prevention of natural disasters and conflicts and humanitarian action”.
At the national level, the project has a strategic alignment to national development priorities of Kenya Vision 2030, the Medium-Term Plan (MTP) III (2018-2022), and the Big Four Government development agenda28, which is translated in the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) Strategic Result Area (SRA) I on Transformative Governance; outcome 1.3: “People in Kenya live in a secure, peaceful, inclusive and cohesive society” and SRA II on Human Capital Development, Outcome 2.8: “By 2022, individuals and communities in Kenya have reduced exposure to risks and are more resilient to disasters and emergencies”.
II. Program Overview / Description of Results
Kenya has been affected by regional instability and spill-over effects from politically unstable countries in the region, Somalia, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, and Eritrea. These counties have remained in the top origins of international forced displacement for approximately three decades, resulting in the long-term existence of refugee camps in Kenya.Kenya currently hosts two refugee camps: Dadaab Refugee Camp, established in 1991 with 218,873 refugees as of July 2020; and Kakuma Refugee Camp, established in 1992 with 196,666 refugees. The duration of displacement is becoming longer, and refugees spend 17 years on average living in refugee camps in Kenya.
This project is the third phase of interventions in refugee and host communities in Kenya and contributes to strengthening women’s engagement in peace and security and economic capacities for sustainable development for both refugee and host communities, which will lead the country to a more stable and sustainable society.
“The Project for Enhancing Women’s Resilience in Refugee and Host Communities” was designed to contextualize the global LEAP (Leadership, Empowerment, Access & Protection in Crisis Response) framework, UN Women’s flagship programme, into Turkana County – which hosts Kakuma Refugee Camp and Kalobeyei Integrated Settlement, and in Garissa County – which hosts Dadaab Refugee Camp. The two counties recorded the highest poverty and gender inequality levels in Kenya, are prone to inter-communal and transboundary violent conflicts, as well as food insecurity and displacements.
The project builds on gains, results and lessons learned from the implementation of the “Women’s Leadership, Empowerment, Access & Protection in Crisis Response (LEAP) -South Sudan Displacement and Refugee Crisis” (through JSB FY 2018), namely LEAP I, and “Women’s Leadership, Empowerment, Access & Protection in Crisis Response (LEAP): Promoting the Empowerment of Women and Girls within the Humanitarian- Development Nexus in Kenya” (through JSB FY 2019), called LEAP II, in cooperation with the Government of Japan. Specific lessons factored in designing this project include: i) the need for UN Women to continue empowering women economically to increase their resilience and ii) the need to strengthen protection mechanisms for SGBV victims and (iii) evidence generated on the need for gender-responsive preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE) efforts to overcome vulnerability of women in Dadaab refugee camp and host community to violent extremism.
This project is the third phase of the intervention in refugee and host communities in Kenya and will contribute to strengthened women’s engagement in peace and security and economic capacities for sustainable development for both refugee and host communities, which will lead the country to a more stable and sustainable society. The project will be implemented in partnership with a wide range of strategic partners to sustain project outcomes beyond the project period.
The partners include the Government of Kenya, County Governments in Turkana and Garissa, UN agencies as well as non-state actors, including women’s organizations, civil society organizations (CSOs), media and the private sector.
THEORY OF CHANGE:
If (1) women participate and influence decision-making processes related to peace and security and humanitarian action; and If (2) women and girls have access to services and economic opportunities during and post-conflict and disasters and in humanitarian settings; If (3) mechanisms are in place to protect women and girls’ basic human rights and are free from sexual and gender-based violence; Then (4) women and girls will be resilient to the impact of disasters/emergencies and conflicts; Because (5) peace and security efforts and humanitarian response will address the rights and needs of women and girls who will be at the centre of peace and security and humanitarian assistance, livelihood opportunities and GBV protection. This will in turn contribute to women being empowered to play crucial roles in the establishment of peaceful, sustainable, resilient, and cohesive societies.
The overall goal of the proposed project is “Women in refugee and host communities will lead and participate in peace, security and humanitarian processes, and vulnerable women and girls benefit from protection mechanisms and enhance resilience and self-reliance through women’s economic empowerment.
The program aims at achieving the following Outcomes:
Outcome 1: Women meaningfully participate and influence peace and security initiatives and humanitarian processes.
Output: 1.1: Women’s capacity to participate and influence policymaking and programming on conflict prevention, peace and security and humanitarian action increased.
Sub-Output 1.1: An enable environment is created for women to participate and influence policy making and programming on conflict prevention, peace and security and humanitarian action increased.
Outcome 2: Women are economically empowered, have access to humanitarian services, and their protection and safety is strengthened against all forms of violence and exploitation.
Output 2.1: Refugee and host communities’ women and girls have new sources of income and economic opportunities through skills and livelihoods development.
Output 2.2: Vulnerable women and girls have increased access to effective services & protection mechanisms through social spaces in refugee and host communities.
III. Purpose of the Evaluation
The UN Women Evaluation Policy is the main guiding document that sets forth the principles and organizational framework for evaluation planning, conduct and follow-up in UN Women. These principles are aligned with the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) Norms and Standards for Evaluation in the UN System. The key principles for gender-responsive evaluation at UN Women are: 1) National ownership and leadership; 2) UN system coordination and coherence with regard to gender equality and the empowerment of women; 3) Innovation; 4) Fair power relations and empowerment; 5) Participation and inclusion; 6) Independence and impartiality; 7) Transparency; 8) Quality and credibility; 9) Intentionality and use of evaluation; and 10) Ethics.
The two-year LEAP Japan project whose implementation commenced in May 2021 will come to an end in December 2023 having received a no-cost extension from April 2023. In line with the project requirements and the UN Women evaluation policy, an end of Programme evaluation is to be conducted to assess the performance of the Project, provide accountability, and enhance learning. The purpose of this independent end-term evaluation is to assess the project’s achievements against the set objectives, identify and document lessons learnt (including design issues, lessons, and best practices that can be upscaled or replicated), and assess how the program contributed to gender equality and economic empowerment of women in Kakuma Refugee Camp and Kalobeyei Integrated Settlement Turkana County, and in Dadaab Refugee Camp, Garissa County.
It is a priority for UN Women that this end line program evaluation will be gender-responsive and will actively support the achievement of gender equality and women’s empowerment, with emphasis on UN Women key areas central to supporting women and girls’ empowerment in humanitarian action: Leadership and participation, Protection and safety, and Economic well-being.
The primary intended users of this evaluation are:
Primary intended uses of this evaluation are:
IV. Evaluation criteria and key questions
The Overall Objective of the final evaluation is to assess the extent to which the Project has achieved the intended and/or unintended outcomes, provide in-depth analysis and understanding of why certain intended or unintended outcomes have or have not occurred, analyse the challenges encountered, and document lessons for improving future projects in the area.
The specific objectives of the evaluation are to:
The evaluation will apply six UN Evaluation Group (UNEG) evaluation criteria (relevance, effectiveness-including normative, and coordination mandates of UN Women- efficiency, coherence and sustainability), as well as standards based on Human Rights and Gender Equality.
The evaluation will seek to answer the following key evaluation questions and sub-questions:
 UNHCR, “Global Trends: Forced Displacement in 2019”, https://www.unhcr.org/5ee200e37.pdf
 UNHCR, Registered refugees and asylum-seekers, https://www.unhcr.org/ke/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2020/08/Kenya-Infographics-31-July-2020.pdf
 UNHCR, Kalobeyei Settlement, https://www.unhcr.org/ke/kalobeyei-settlement
 World Bank, “Desk Review on Livelihoods and Self-Reliance for Refugees and Host Communities in Kenya,” http://documents1.worldbank.org/curated/en/685581553241680189/pdf/135485-WP-P169281-PUBLIC-Livelihoods.pdf
Duties and Responsibilities
|V. Scope of the evaluation
The evaluation is an end-of-project evaluation and will cover all project activities implemented from May 2021 – December 2023, following a no-cost extension from April 2023, in line with the results framework and the theory of change and against the UN Women Evaluation Policy and adhere to the United Nations norms and standards and criteria (relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, coherence, impact, sustainability, and gender equality and human rights). This is an end-term evaluation focusing on the achievements as well as recommendations for sustainability, learning and course correction for future programming. The evaluation will cover key stakeholders and beneficiaries’ representatives including members of host communities in the project counties.
The consultant is expected to undertake a rapid evaluability assessment in the Inception. This should include the following:
VI. Evaluation Approach and methodology
The evaluation will be an external, independent, and participatory exercise, which should be completed within a timeframe of 40 days spread over a period of two months beginning 15th September 2023. The final evaluation methodology will document and analyze the distinct achievements of outputs and outcome, while also assessing the ways in which efforts contributed to national implementation and program-level work influenced country advocacy and policy.
The evaluation shall provide evidence-based information that is credible, reliable, and useful and will be based on gender and human rights principles, as defined in the UN Women Evaluation Policy and adhere to the United Nations norms and standards for evaluation.
The evaluation methodology will employ mixed methods and an innovative approach for capturing results, while ensuring that the views of the most excluded groups of women are represented in the evaluation. An initial desk review and brief discussions with key stakeholders will support the refinement and finalization of the methodology and analytical framework. An important component of this evaluation will be the assessment of the LEAP Program’s Theory of Change and results framework to assess whether the project remained on track to achieve expected outcomes. The UN Women Rapid Assessment Tool for Evaluation of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Results in Humanitarian Context will be used as part of the data collection instruments.
The evaluation is expected to follow a collaborative and participatory approach ensuring close engagement with Project beneficiaries, implementing partners, county local government leadership, Humanitarian actors and other key stakeholders as will be informed by the stakeholder mapping process. The analysis of the application of human rights and gender equality principles in LEAP interventions will be an integral part of the evaluation. Integration of human rights and gender equality issues into the evaluation requires adherence to three main principles – inclusion, participation, and fair power relations.
The main recommended phases of the evaluation methodology are:
a) Inception Phase:
b) Data collection Phase
c) Analysis and Report Writing Phase:
VII. MANAGEMENT OF THE EVALUATION
The evaluation and quality assurance will be managed by UN Women Kenya Country Office (KCO). The Consultant will be accountable to UN Women on behalf of the team and report to the Kenya CO Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist. The evaluation will be conducted in accordance with UN Women evaluation guidelines and UNEG norms and standards. Upon completion of the evaluation, UN Women has the responsibility to prepare a management response that addresses the findings and recommendations to ensure future learning and inform implementation of their relevant programmes, especially the Leadership, Empowerment, Access and Protection in Crisis Response. For quality assurance, the evaluation report will be rated against the Global Evaluation Report Assessment & Analysis System (GERAAS).
The evaluation management structure will comprise of one coordinating entity and two consultative bodies: The Evaluation Management Group and the Evaluation Reference Group. The Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist will manage the day-to-day aspects of the evaluation. This evaluation will be a participatory process and the evaluation manager will ensure consultations with all the key stakeholders as required.
The Evaluation Management Group will be responsible for management of the evaluation. It will coordinate the selection and recruitment of the evaluation team, manage contractual agreements, budget and personnel involved in the evaluation, support the reference groups, provide all necessary data to the evaluation team, facilitate communication between the evaluation team and the reference group.
The Evaluation Management Group will include UN Women Deputy Country Representative, PME&R Specialist, the Project’s M&E Focal Point (Task Manager), Operations Manager, Team Leader and the Project Focal Point.
The Evaluation Reference Group will provide direct oversight, safeguard independence, and give technical input over the course of the evaluation. It will provide guidance on evaluation team selection and key deliverables (Inception Report and Evaluation Report) submitted by the evaluation team. It will also support the dissemination of the findings and recommendations. The Reference Group will include a select UN Women KCO and ESARO Team, Government Partners, Civil Society Partners, and the development partner the Embassy of Japan representative.
VIII.Time frame and Deliverables
The evaluation will be conducted between mid-September – November 2023. The primary evaluation deliverables are:
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Required Skills and Experience
|IX. QUALIFICATION AND EXPERIENCE
The selected consultant should fulfill the following requirements:
X. Application Process
Applicants are required to upload an electronic application in one single PDF on the UNDP job website not later than the date of the application deadline. The application should include the following documents/information.
XI. Ethical Code of Conduct
UN Women has developed the UN Women Evaluation Consultants Agreement Form for evaluators that must be signed as part of the contracting process, which is based on the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) Ethical Guidelines and Code of Conduct. The signed Agreement will be annexed to the consultant contract. The UNEG Guidelines note the importance of ethical conduct for the following reasons:
The evaluator is expected to provide a detailed plan on how the following principles will be ensured throughout the evaluation (see UNEG Ethical Guidance for descriptions): 1) Respect for dignity and diversity; 2) Right to self-determination; 3) Fair representation; 4) Compliance with codes for vulnerable groups (e.g., ethics of research involving young children or vulnerable groups); 5) Redress; 6) Confidentiality; and 7) Avoidance of harm.
Specific safeguards must be put in place to protect the safety (both physical and psychological) of both respondents and those collecting the data. These should include:
As with the other stages of the evaluation, the involvement of stakeholders should not interfere with the impartiality of the evaluation.
The evaluator has the final judgment on the findings, conclusions and recommendations of the evaluation report, and the evaluator must be protected from pressures to change information in the report.
If the evaluator identifies issues of wrongdoing, fraud or other unethical conduct, UN Women procedures must be followed, and confidentiality is maintained. The UN Women Legal Framework for Addressing Non-Compliance with UN Standards of Conduct and accompanying policies protecting against retaliation and prohibiting harassment and abuse of authority, provide a cohesive framework aimed at creating and maintaining a harmonious working environment, ensuring that staff members do not engage in any wrongdoing and that all allegations of wrongdoing are reported promptly, investigated, and appropriate action is taken to achieve accountability. The UN Women Legal Framework for Addressing Non-Compliance with UN Standards of Conduct defines misconduct and the mechanisms within UN Women for reporting and investigating. More information can be provided by UN Women if required.
CONFIDENTIALITY AND PROPRIETARY INTERESTS
The Consultant shall not, either during the term or after the termination of the assignment, disclose any proprietary or confidential information related to the consultancy service without prior written consent. Proprietary interests in all materials and documents prepared by the consultants under the assignment shall become and remain properties of UN Women.
In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women’s empowerment.
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