Grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the UN, UN Women 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. Placing women's rights at the center of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations System efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States' priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.
The Women’s Leadership and Political Participation Project, (WLPP) (Wanawake Wanaweza) Phase II (2017-2021) builds on Phase I (2014 – 2017), promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women as per UN Women’s global mandate and supports the Government of Tanzania as a Member State to the United Nations to implement international standards, providing suitable technical and financial assistance. The second phase of the project aims at achieving the overarching goal/impact “Women lead and participate in decision-making at all levels”. The project is also in line with the United Nations Development Assistance Plan (UNDAP) II Outcome “Women and girls increasingly participate in political and public life and are elected to leadership positions”; the UN Women Global Flagship Programme Initiative on Women’s Political Empowerment and Leadership; the National Gender Policy, the SDGs (in particular, Global Goal 5 dedicated to ‘achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls’), The Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women CEDAW and other international and regional commitments, such as the African Union Agenda 2063. The project was supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, Government of Sweden, USAID, and Switzerland.
Objectives of the Assignment
UN Women Tanzania is planning to conduct the end of project Evaluation of the Women‘s Leadership and Political Participation, (WLPP) Wanawake Wanaweza II. To that end, UN Women is seeking to hire a qualified National Consultant, to be paired with an international Consultant who will lead the evaluation.
The evaluation will be conducted according to the Development Assistance Committee of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD/DAC) criteria on relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact, and sustainability. In 2019, the OECD revised the DAC evaluation criteria and introduced an additional standard around “coherence” to the initial 5 criteria. The evaluation will include the coherence criteria and ask questions around the compatibility of the programme with other interventions in the country and potential duplication of efforts in this area.
Specific Objectives of the End Projection Evaluation:
Take stock of current programme achievements, challenges, and opportunities
Evaluate the continued impact, relevance, and sustainability of the project
Assess the programme design, objectives, strategies, and implementation arrangements including proposed plans for sustainability.
Present the key findings, draw the lessons learned, and provide a set of clear and forward-looking recommendations to inform management decisions and stakeholders and to strengthen programming of the next project.
The Main Clients of the Evaluation are:
Relevant staff in partner government institutions.
Implementing Partners to this project.
Women caucuses of Parliament and Zanzibar House of Representatives (ZHoR), namely Tanzania Women Parliamentary Group, (TWPG) and Umoja wa Wanawake Wawakilishi Zanzibar, (UWAWAZA) the Association of Women members of Zanzibar House of Representatives.
National NGO’s and CSOs.
WLPP Phase II beneficiaries.
Relevant staff in UN agencies, particularly UNDAP II Outcome Group members.
UN Women at country, regional and HQ level.
Development partners and particularly the main donors (Finland, Sweden, USAID and Switzerland).
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of Consultancy Assignment:
Under the direct supervision of UN Women Programme Specialist in Tanzania Country office, with technical support from the Program Specialist - Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation in Tanzania Country office. The National Consultant will be responsible for supporting the International Consultant to complete the following specific tasks:
Assess progress made towards the achievement of results at the outcome and output levels for the 2017-2021 Wanawake Wanaweza II Project.
Assess the cost-effectiveness of the project results.
Assess performance of the project in terms of the relevance of results, sustainability, shared responsibility and accountability, appropriateness of design, methodology, partnerships, resource allocation, and informed and timely action.
Identify best practices and lessons learned and provide recommendations for guiding UN Women future programming.
To achieve these requirements, the Evaluators (international consultant and national consultant) are expected to produce these deliverables:
Conduct the following Workshops during the assignment:
Presentation of Inception report including the evaluation methodology to the reference group. Inception report that includes a detailed evaluation work plan with clear timelines, methodology, design outlining key questions, data collection and analysis methods. This inception report will be shared for feedback with the Evaluation Reference Group.
Stakeholders Validation Workshops. One stakeholder’s validation workshop to validate the draft evaluation report, will take place with key stakeholders to validate and seek stakeholder’s views and opinion and contribution to the documents.
Produce the following documentation:
Draft Evaluation Report: draft report on Wanawake Wanaweza II to be submitted for review to UN Women.
Final Evaluation Report; Final Report within one (1) week of receiving UN Women comments on the draft report and incorporating inputs from stakeholder’s validation workshop.
The Final Evaluation Report should contain but not limited to the following analytical framework: Title page (1 page); Table of Contents (1 page); Acronyms (1 page); Executive Summary (2 pages); Background and Programme Description (2-3 pages); Purpose of Evaluation (1 page); Evaluation Objectives and Scope; Evaluation Methodology (1 page); Findings, Analysis, Conclusions, and Recommendations (no more than 20 pages) This section’s content should be organized around the TOR questions, and include the findings; Conclusions and recommendations for each of the subject areas to be evaluated.; Lessons learned (1-2 pages); Annexes: including the terms of reference, evaluation work-plan and any other relevant documents.
The draft and final inception report, as well as the draft and final evaluation report will be shared with the Evaluation Reference Group for closer review and feedback. Also, the final evaluation report will be independently assessed using quality standards outlined in the UNW Global Evaluation Reports Assessment and Analysis System (GERAAS).
Furthermore, the final evaluation report and evaluation management responses will be publicly disclosed in the UNW GATE system.
The Evaluators will assess the design of the Wanawake Wanaweza II project document 2017-2021, including the corresponding Development Results Framework, Organizational Effectiveness Framework, Monitoring, Evaluation and Risk Analysis Matrix. The evaluation will analyze the coherence of processes and strategies in place and provide early indications of achievements at the output levels of results. The evaluators will be responsible for developing the evaluation methodology and work plan in close consultation with the Evaluation Reference Group (see below) and the Regional Evaluation Specialist.
The findings of the evaluation process will inform the development of a new Project Document (phase 3) to ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political and public life and a Publication on Best Practices that can be replicated and or up scaled outside the current project sites and crops for lessons and experience sharing.
Key questions to be addressed include:
Design of and progress in the implementation of the 2017-2021 Wanawake Wanaweza Project and Annual Work Plan: Does the project have a clear and adaptable theory of change/logic model? Overall, is the results framework SMART, clear and logical? Are the formulated outputs and outcomes clear and realistic? Are they measurable and do they respond to the needs identified? Do all results have sufficient, clearly defined, and measurable indicators and targets? Does baseline information exist, or what are the provisions to generate baseline information? Does the project have a complete Monitoring, Evaluation and Research (MER) Plan to gather and systematize the information with defined responsibilities, sources, and periodicity? Does the design gather to the needs of disabled/young women: were their special needs identified in the beginning and taken into account when designing the project? How were the stakeholders involved in the design process?
Relevance and Coherence: To what extent the project results are consistent with beneficiary requirements that is, women leadership and Political Participation; how is UN Women positioning itself within the national needs and the UNDAP priorities? Has the project addressed the relevant needs in the country, including the special needs of disabled and young women? Have new, more relevant needs emerged that the project should address? Have the stakeholder’s taken ownership of the project concept?
Efficiency: Have resources been used efficiently? Have the project activities been cost-effective? How has the project monitored the cost-effectiveness throughout the project cycle? Have project funds and activities been delivered in a timely manner? If not, what were the bottlenecks encountered? Are there sufficient resources (financial, time, people) allocated to integrate human rights and gender equality, including needs of disabled and young women, in project design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
Effectiveness: Did the project make sufficient progress towards its planned outputs and outcomes spelled out in the AWP? Did the project achieve its planned outputs upon completion? How have stakeholders been involved in project implementation? Have the quantity and quality of the outputs produced so far been satisfactory? If not, what were the bottlenecks encountered? Do the benefits accrue equally to men and women? How effectively has the project engaged males? How did the project help empower stakeholder or prevent further discrimination and/or exacerbation of existing power relations? How has the project enhanced ownership and contributed to the development of national capacity?
Sustainability: Does the project design include an appropriate sustainability and exit strategy (including promoting national/local ownership, use of national capacity, etc.) to support positive changes in gender and human rights after the end of the project? To what extent were stakeholders involved in the preparation of the sustainability strategy? How do stakeholders show ownership of the project? To what degree did partners change their policies or practices to improve human rights and gender equality fulfillment (e.g., new services, greater responsiveness, resource re-allocation, improved quality etc.) If not, why not and what are the major obstacles?
Evaluation Process and Methodology
The evaluation will follow the gender equality and human rights approaches, and it will be conducted according to the UN Women Evaluation Policy and UNEG Norms and Standards, accessible at http://www.unwomen.org/ about-us/accountability/evaluation/. The details about the gender and human rights responsive evaluation approaches are outlined in the UNW Evaluation Handbook “How to manage gender-responsive Evaluation” and in the UNEG Guidance “Integrating Human Rights and Gender Equality in Evaluation.” The evaluation will apply the principles outlined in the above references.
The management arrangements for the evaluation will ensure the effective participation and engagement of programme stakeholders. The Evaluators will collect secondary data from desk review and verify them with primary data from field visits, interviews, and workshop. During the process of data gathering, the Evaluators will compare, validate, and triangulate data of different sources (programme staff, programme implementing partners and beneficiaries) and different methodologies (desk review, site visits and interviews). All data collected should be sex-disaggregated and different needs of women and men should be considered. A mixed-methods approach will include qualitative and quantitative methods and will seek to offer diverse perspectives to the evaluation and promote the inclusion of different groups of stakeholders. Stakeholder inclusion will help to address the issue of biases such as gender bias, distance bias (favoring the more accessible), class bias, power bias etc. It will also help to identify groups that may have been negatively affected by the programme. The methods should include a wide range of data sources e.g. programme documents, work plans, progress and monitoring reports, institutional information systems, financial records, as well as KIIs and FGDs with key stakeholders. The Evaluators are expected to develop a sampling frame and specify how it will address the diversity of stakeholders and potential limitations of the sample. Due to possible travel restrictions, it is expected that the methods include creative options for virtual and online participation as well as data collection.
The Evaluators will work in close consultation with the Evaluation Reference Group which will help to identify the key stakeholders to be interviewed. The stakeholders will include representatives from Government Ministries, implementing partners including the women caucuses of Parliament and ZHoR, donors, UNDAP II Outcome Group members, CSOs, beneficiaries, community-based organizations, so that their engagement and involvement in the evaluation process can be arranged in a timely manner. The participation of stakeholders will enhance the credibility and ultimately ownership of the evaluation findings. Once finalized the evaluation report will be quality-assessed based on the UN Women Global Evaluation Reports Assessment and Analysis System (GERAAS). GERAAS standards and GERAAS rating matrix are available at http://www.unwomen.org/en/ aboutus/evaluation/decentralized-evaluations.
The Evaluators are expected to follow the Code of Conduct for Evaluation in the UN system and sign the UN Women Evaluation Consultants Agreement Form accordingly prior to commencing work.
Stakeholder participation is fundamental to UN Women programme evaluations. The Evaluators are expected to conduct a participatory evaluation by providing for a meaningful involvement by project partners, beneficiaries, and other interested parties. Stakeholder participation is to be an integral component of evaluation design and planning; information collection; the development of findings; evaluation reporting; and results dissemination.
Work Plan and inception report
18 July 2022
Draft Evaluation Report to be submitted to UN Women for review
15 August 2022
Validation Workshop of draft evaluation report.
25 August 2022
Final End of Project Evaluation Report. Within two (2) weeks of receiving UN Women comments on draft report
30 August 2022
Respect for Diversity
Creative Problem Solving
Leading by Example
In-depth knowledge of gender equality and women's rights issues
Experience in Programme formulation, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation skills
Knowledge of Results Based Management
Ability to gather and interpret data, reach logical conclusions, and present findings
Good knowledge of technical area
Good organizational skills and ability to pay close attention to detail
Ability to use ICT based solutions
Strong analytical and presentation skills
Required Skills and Experience
Master’s Degree in political science, sociology, gender studies and law, international relations, public policy, or a related field.
Skills and Experience
At least 7 years of experience in the international development field.
At least 5 years practical experience in conducting evaluations of international policies and programmes.
Full understanding of UN results-based management orientation and practices; track record in the design, monitoring, and evaluation of development projects.
Substantial professional experience (at least 5 years) related to women leadership and political participation, particularly in electoral processes and gender responsive legislation.
Experience of utilizing a wide range of approaches and methods including utilization focused, gender and human rights responsive, and mixed methods.
Previous experience conducting evaluations in Tanzania Mainland and/or Zanzibar is required.
Fluency in English and Kiswahili (written and oral) is required.