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National Consultant for Review of Joint Programme Implementation in Pakistan

Job Category:
UN Coordination
Career Level:
Job Type:
Full Time
Positions:
1
Agency / Project:
UN System
City/Location:
Islamabad
Country:
Pakistan
Posted On:
17 September, 2005
Last Date to apply:
24 September, 2005
Experience in years
2 to 4
Experience:

10 years

Description:
 

Background and Justification With the aim to improve UN coordination, effectiveness and efficiency in supporting the realization of national goals and outcomes, a number of reforms have been introduced to simplify and harmonize programming at the country level. These measures are intended to reduce transaction costs for governments, donors, and the UN, and strengthen how UN organizations programme jointly with governments. The Secretary-General’s 2002 agenda for further UN reform calls for increased joint programming and pooling of resources to further enhance the effectiveness of the United Nation’s system in developing countries, and to ensure the system’s combined resources are put to best use. Increasingly, national governments are requesting more efficient and effective work processes from the UN and partners, in order to rationalize the use of national resources and enhance development impact for the benefit of stakeholders. It is within this framework that UN agencies developed the Guidance Note on Joint Programming, to facilitate the development of joint programmes, which was finalized in December 2003 and issued in 2004. 
Numerous UN Resident Coordinator Offices and UN Country Teams have requested documentation of joint programme experience and lessons learned to improve joint programme design and implementation. Many Country Teams are also struggling with the implementation of the joint programme Guidance Note and seek further technical support and guidance from UNDGO, and their respective agencies. This case study review of joint programme experience seeks to provide much-needed lessons learned and recommendations for the future design and implementation of joint programmes.
UN agencies are also keen to document evidence of the efficiency and effectiveness of the joint programme funding modality. A number of donors noted during the First Regular Session of the 2005 UNICEF Board that joint programmes have not yet demonstrated that they are more efficient and effective and therefore, more evidence is needed. UNICEF and UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS have been requested to provide comprehensive reports to their Executive Boards on the implementation of joint programmes, and on the UNDG Joint Programming Guidelines “including information on experiences…and the resulting benefit in development impact or efficiency gains” at their Annual Session in June 2006. These Reviews of joint programme experience will be a key mechanism to filling this reporting requirement.
Aims and Objectives of the Review
-To determine how Joint Programmes are being used to contribute more efficiently and effectively to achieving national development results and national capacity building
-To learn from the experience and process of the implementation of the Joint Programme(s) to inform the development of future joint programmes
-To record the notable results or “development impact” of Joint Programmes (if this can be attributed/determined).
-To assess the efficacy of internal (UN) institutional mechanisms responsible for the development and promotion of Joint Programming at the Country Level

It is expected that the results of the review will serve as
-Guidance for the development of improved joint programming
-A key input to the review of the Guidance Note on Joint Programming, in 2006
-A key input for the development of a lessons learned document(s) and other materials on joint programme implementation for UNCTs and national partners
-A key input to 2006 UNICEF, UNDP, UNFPA Executive Board reporting requirements
-As a potential research input to the country Annual Review and UNDAF evaluation
-A basis for the enhancement of training and learning materials on Joint Programme(s)

Specific Tasks
-Identify Country Specific documents for review.
-Organize in-country logistics for the Review team, in collaboration with RC Office.
-Ensure Principal Consultant and UNDGO are kept abreast of evolving activities related to the Review
-Finalize key informant and focus group list of participants and coordinate activities with these participants
-Draft/Adapt Key Informant and Focus Group joint programme instruments (Guidance Sheets) specific to the joint programme and based on the Generic Review Questions in this Terms of Reference (in English).
-Finalize Key Informant and Focus Group joint programme instruments (Guidance Sheets) specific to the joint programme and based on the Generic Review Questions in this Terms of Reference (in English).
-Translate Focus Group discussion Guide and Key Informant Interview Guidance Sheets (as needed)
-Identify sub-national areas appropriate for Review, in collaboration RC Office, UNCT (as needed)
-Draft and finalise a country-level research workplan, in collaboration RC Office and Principal Consultant
-Presentation of Review Rational to UNCT (as needed by the RC Office)
-Conduct and document Key Informant Interviews
-Moderate, tape-record and transcribe focus group discussions
-Provide assistance in translation of Key Informant Interviews (as needed)
-Draft and Finalize Country Report according to Report outline

Key Milestones and Deliverables of Local Consultant
The Local Consultants are responsible for the following deliverables (shaded portion)
-Presentation of Review Rational to UNCT (as needed by the RC Office)
-Country-Specific list of proposed documents to Review
-Country-level key informant participants identified
-Development of draft key informant and focus group interview instruments in English
-Finalization of key informant and focus group interview instruments in English
-Translation of key informant and focus group interview instruments (as needed)
-Development of Review Workplan
-Focus Group/Key informant transcriptions
-Presentation of preliminary Review findings to UNCT
-Draft one of the Review Report
-Final Report

Tasks Dates
Presentation of Review Rational to UNCT (with RC Office) To be negotiated

Country-Specific list of proposed documents to Review
-do-

Country-level key informant participants identified
-do-

Development of draft key informant and focus group interview instruments in English
-do-

Finalization of key informant and focus group interview instruments in English
-do-

Translation of key informant and focus group interview instruments (as needed)
-do-

Development of Review Workplan
-do-

Focus Group/Key informant transcriptions
-do-
Presentation of preliminary research findings to UNCT -do-
Draft one of the Review Report -do-
Final Report -do-


A Table of the above Key Milestones/Deliverables and due dates will be developed for each joint programme Review.

The Principal Consultant will monitor implementation progress.

Accountabilities

Local Consultant

The Local Consultant will
- Provide key deliverables in a timely manner as noted in table above
- Ensure Principal Consultant and UNDGO are kept abreast of evolving activities at the country level
- Organize and manage logistic and administrative arrangements for the Review, with the support of the RC Office

RC Office

The RC Office will
- Advocate for joint programme Review with national stakeholders
- Adapt Generic Local Consultant TOR according to local requirements
- Identify and hire local consultant
- Provide institutional Support to the Local Consultant
- Facilitate partner contacts for the Local Consultant
- Provide access to telephone to make in-country telephone calls
- Facilitate logistic and administrative arrangements
- Facilitate identification of country key informants
- Facilitate relevant literature to consultant for desk review
- Review draft Country Report and provide comments on report
- Organize stakeholder partner meetings to for presentation of preliminary findings by Local Consultant
- Review and comment on Draft Consolidated report of review findings written by Principal Consultant, in collaboration with UNCT and/or relevant agencies
- Disseminate research findings at the country level

Principal Consultant

The Principal Consultant will
- Ensure high quality and consistency (quality assurance) to Review planning, methods, and reporting 
-Provide key deliverables in a timely manner
- Develop generic Outline of the Country Review Reports
- Develop outline of Consolidated Report of 15 country Reviews
- Assist with Country Workplan development
- Develop key informant and focus group interview instruments based on generic Review questions
- Review and comment on all country adapted key informant and focus group instruments (Interview Guidance Sheets)
- Develop a Master Workplan for 15 Country Reviews
- Country specific key informant identification assistance/oversight
- Coordinate and report on country logistics to UNDGO and JPWG
- Correspond with and provide support to RC Offices regarding the Review, including drafting of emails, letters etc.
- Troubleshoot as necessary, with local consultants, RC Office and UNDGO
- Review and provide comments on 15 draft Review reports ensuring that Review Questions are answered and Report formats harmonized. (Consolidate the comments of UNDGO and JPWG in feedback to the Local Consultant)
- Develop draft and final consolidated report of joint programme experience, lessons learned, and recommendations, based on 15 country review reports
- Provide presentation of consolidated review findings to JPWG, UNDGO as requested
- Ensure UNDGO and JPWG is kept abreast of evolving activities related to the Review

UNDG Joint Programme Working Group

- Identify candidate joint programmes and countries for Review
- Contact Agency Representatives in selected countries to inform of Review
- Engage in in-agency consultations on the Review Terms of Reference
- Develop and provide comment on the Review Terms of Reference
- Participate in the identification of Principal Consultant
- Participate in selected Reviews (short Mission towards the beginning of implementation? Each agency will be responsible for own travel).
- Provide comments on Country Reports (draft 1)
- Provide comments on draft Consolidated Report of 15 country reports
- Disseminate Review findings within agency (method and strategy TBD) for training and learning and improved joint programme design and implementation

UN Development Group Office
- Develop first draft of Terms of Reference
- Identify candidate joint programmes and countries
- Contact RC Offices and UNCT to advocate for review
- Identify potential Principal Consultants to be considered by JPWG
- Hire Principal Consultant
- Provide access to telephone and videoconference facilities to Principal Consultant, as necessary
- Provide funding for country review exercise (amount to be specified, tbd)
- Oversee logistical and coordination arrangements with Principal Consultant
- Keep JPWG abreast of developments, in collaboration with Principal Consultant
- Participate in selected Reviews (Short mission towards the beginning of implementation)?
- Provide comments on country reports (draft 1)
- Provide comments on draft-consolidated report of 15 country reports
- Disseminate Review findings within agency (method and strategy TBD) for training and learning and improved joint programme design and implementation

Candidate Profile
- Ability to speak local language(s)
-High proficiency in ability to speak, read and write in English
-Experience in qualitative research methods (key informant interviews and focus groups)
-Experience in managing and conducting social science research  
-Experience working with government entities, NGOs and CBOs
-Very good knowledge of local socio-political situation and policy context
-Ability to problem solve, work independently and meet deadlines

Duration
The consultant will complete the assignment during the period of 2 months starting from 1 October 2005.

Reporting
The consultant will be based in the RC’s Office and will work under the supervision of the IASU Coordination Analyst.


Education
Must Degree Degree Level Country Description
YesMastersMasters DegreeAdvanced university degree in Social Science, Programme Managment or relevant studies.