Team Leader – Consultant

Organization: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Closing date: 11 Dec 2017

Organisation: UNHCR

Job Title: Team Leader

Project Title: Independent evaluation of the 2013 – 2017 UNHCR and partner response to South Sudanese refugees in White Nile State, Sudan.

Location: Sudan (Khartoum, White Nile State); Home-based.

Duration: 60 person days (between January 2018 and April 2018).

Contract Type: Individual consultancy

BACKGROUND

The continuing influx of South Sudanese refugees began in late 2013, mainly into White Nile State, and early 2016 into East and South Darfur, and is driven by deteriorating food security and continuing violence in South Sudan. To date, close to 400,000 South Sudanese refugees have sought safety in Sudan. The majority of refugees arriving since 2013 are women and children often suffering from poor nutrition and health conditions with very few opportunities for livelihood and subsistence activities. Relief items, including food, nutrition and emergency household supplies have been provided to almost all new arrivals and personal hygiene kits distributed to pregnant and lactating women. However, overcrowded conditions continue to prevail at many sites, and malnutrition rates recorded through surveys in 2016 are above emergency levels in White Nile State.

UNHCR Sudan and key supporting donors have agreed that there are lessons that may be learned from the refugee response in White Nile State. As such, UNHCR is commissioning an independent evaluation of the UNHCR and partner response to the South Sudanese refugee influx in White Nile State (WNS) between December 2013 and June 2017.

In addition to assessing the overall effectiveness of the response, the evaluation will focus in particular on strategy, coordination, management and operational arrangements – with emphasis on the semi-remote management context – quality assurance (including capacity building), protection and the WASH, public health and nutrition sectors. The evaluation is intended to generate lessons learnt and recommendations that will support improved coordination and contingency planning, and that will contribute to strengthening the quality of the response to the South Sudanese refugee influx. Evaluation results may also help inform strategic direction for the wider UNHCR and partner response for South Sudanese refugees across Sudan as it evolves in 2018 and beyond.

The evaluation should provide insights for field operations, the Regional Bureau for Africa and other concerned Divisions/Services on the status of the refugee response to date as a basis to agree upon recommendations for future action. It should also be a useful tool for future donor resource mobilisation.

It is envisaged this evaluation will involve a mix of desk-based and field-based work, including travel to Khartoum and White Nile State in Sudan. The Evaluation Team Leader will ideally help recruit, and manage, an evaluation team which may include local consultants with relevant sectoral expertise. The Team Leader will be expected to oversee data gathering, including developing data collection tools and providing orientation guidance and support as necessary, and will lead on data analysis. The Team Leader will be responsible for drafting all evaluation-related deliverables, including the inception report with detailed methodology and final evaluation report.

The evaluation is intended to be undertaken by a diverse (i.e. multidisciplinary, multinational and gender-balanced) team, selected individually by means of a competitive bidding process. It is anticipated that the team will consist of no less than two people, working on either a full or part-time basis for the duration of the project.

TORs

Please refere to the following link for the ToRs**.** http://www.unhcr.org/5a0d8af74

Guidelines for submission of applications

UNHCR wishes to engage the services of an individual consultant as Team Leader for this evaluation. The Team Leader must have proven expertise in refugee operation reviews, refugee protection and the work of UNHCR and other humanitarian and protection organizations. In depth technical knowledge of WASH, public health and nutrition would be highly desirable. In line with the UNHCR Evaluation Policy, prior to hiring the consultant(s), any actual or potential conflict of interest will be assessed. The Team Leader is expected to be an expert evaluator with the following essential skills and experience:

§ Extensive evaluation experience in humanitarian approaches and programmes, especially in the area of refugee response.

§ Experience of remote/semi-remote management contexts desirable.

§ Proven experience and institutional knowledge of UN and NGOs, at both headquarters and field locations and of refugee response coordination mechanisms at the HQ and field level.

§ Knowledge of the sub-regions geo-political and operational contexts.

§ In depth knowledge and proven experience of various data collection and analytical methods, particularly in relation to evaluation and operational research in humanitarian contexts.

§ Proven expertise in facilitating participatory workshops/focus groups for similar organisations involving a range of participants, including affected people.

§ Extensive experience in leading similar exercises, including experience in country case studies, lessons learnt, and real-time approaches.

§ Technical expertise in at least one of the following technical areas would be highly desirable: protection, WASH, public health and nutrition.

§ Extensive experience conveying complex evaluation analyses clearly and compellingly, including through the use of clear graphics and visual media.

§ Proven analytical skills, and excellent drafting and communication skills in English (to publication standard).

§ Willingness and ability to travel to Sudan and White Nile State.

Applicants are required to submit a concise technical proposal and maximum 2-page motivation letter. The technical proposal for Team Leader should include, but not necessarily be limited to:

· Details of the proposed evaluation approach, and proposed methods for data collection and analysis, which should enable the team to (i) collect information from Persons of Concern (PoC) and other local stakeholders in Sudan, and (ii) collect information from a wide range of stakeholders, including those not, or no longer, located in Sudan, and (iii) systematically triangulate primary data with relevant and reliable secondary sources.

· Presentation of a work plan based on the timeline presented in the TOR.

Interested applicants are also required to submit a motivation letter (maximum 2 pages), which includes but is not necessarily limited to:

· Details of how they meet the ‘essential skills and experience’ requirements, including description of past professional experience and evidence of their capacity to lead this evaluation.

· Reference to at least two recent samples (within the last 24 months) of other evaluations and/or research that pertain to refugee response, forcibly displaced populations, refugee protection and/or other related topics (which should also be attached).

· Up-to-date contact details for three professional referees.

· Confirmation of the applicants’ ability to begin this evaluation in January 2018. If the applicant is NOT available to begin work in January 2018, it is critical that their soonest likely availability is confirmed in the motivation letter.

UNHCR will contact referees for feedback on services provided to them by the consultants. Applicants may be asked to provide additional information at the proposal assessment stage.

Duration

UNHCR estimates that 60 person days, over a period of four months, would be necessary to undertake this evaluation. Rates will be guided by UNHCR’s Policy on Individual Consultants. All rates are fixed, and will be paid in line with agreed milestones. This evaluation would ideally commence in January 2018.

Awarding the contract and payment

Applicants will be assessed on the quality and relevance of their technical proposal and consultant qualifications. Short-listed applicants may be requested to participate in a telephone interview, or supply additional references and/or samples of work.

How to apply:

Interested applicants should submit their completed P11, motivation letter and technical proposal with the subject ‘Team Leader: White Nile State Evaluation’ to the UNHCR Evaluation Service email address hqevaser@unhcr.org

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS is Monday 11 December 2017

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