North America Regional Office
Development Group Cluster
The UNOPS Development Group Cluster is based in the North America Office and supports a diverse and complex portfolio including partners such as the United Nations Development Programme (the Bureau for Development Policy, the Human Development Report Office, and the Special Unit for South-South Cooperation), the United Nations Population Fund, the United Nations Capital Development Fund, the United Nations Secretariat and a broadening community of primarily New York-based UN partners in the delivery of project management, implementation and administration services.
In 2009 the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), together with UN Women and Belgium, launched the Gender Equitable Local Development programme (GELD). GELD advocates for gender-responsive planning, budgeting and programming at the local level, and helps ensure that development policy and public expenditures are gender-equitable.
The objectives of the final evaluation are:
The GELD Final Evaluation is scheduled to take place between January and April 2013:
GELD is a pilot joint programme, developed within the "One UN" principle that forges a partnership between UNCDF, UN Women and UNDP, to support local governments in five African countries to develop approaches to gender equitable development and improvement of women's access to resources and services at the local level through supporting local government in 7 districts to implement gender responsive planning, budgeting and programming. UNCDF, UN Women and UNDP have consolidated strengths and experience in supporting performance-based gender responsive planning and budgeting for local development, which can be drawn from various countries all over the world. These complementary perspectives are being brought together to generate empirical experiences on gender-equitable local development that could be replicated and up-scaled. The central objective is to construct a model that establishes linkages between planning intentions and policy outcomes in relation to achieving gender equality through equitable allocations.
The GELD programme goal is to achieve gender equitable local development (GELD) to improve women’s access to services and resources.
The outcome to achieve this goal is that gender responsive planning, programming and budgeting through institutional reforms, engendering and strengthening funding mechanisms and reflective policy debates, will be achieved in the GELD target countries.
The GELD programme is made up of three substantive components (a) planning and budgeting in which technical support is provided in strengthening local government planning and budgeting applying the ‘gender-lens’ and include sex disaggregated data and benchmarks and measures that support women’s empowerment; (b) equitable performance (systematic tracking of budget performance to ensure the realities of Local Government expenditure results in tangible benefits on gender equity. c) Knowledge generation and influencing policy, with emphasis on policy engagement, advocacy, communications and knowledge generation.
Evaluation framework and methodology:
The methodology used for the GELD Final evaluation is based on UNCDF’s core evaluation approach which involves testing the intervention logic/development hypothesis underlying a programme against evidence on its implementation performance. The evaluation will assess the coherence of the programme’s theory of change, its progress toward expected outcomes and lessons learnt to date on programme design and implementation.
UNCDF has developed a Local Development Finance (LDF) Evaluation Matrix based on the standard LDF intervention logic. The 8 key questions are organized around the UN/OECD DAC evaluation criteria of relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, likely impact and sustainability of results.
The evaluation matrix provides a clear framework for data collection, and includes a series of proposed indicators, data collection methods and sources of information for each question and sub-question which include key document analysis, structured and semi-structured interviews with key stakeholders, focus group discussions, site visits, etc. This will complement the secondary data from monitoring and reporting carried out to date.
During the inception phase consultants will be asked to validate this methodology and propose alternatives to the sub-questions or data collection methods.
The methodology proposed, data collection, analysis methods and the evaluation report is intended to be gender sensitive to the extent possible.
Language: Written and spoken English required. Working knowledge of French is essential. knowledge of Portuguese an advantage.