Background and Context:
UN-Habitat, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities. It is the focal point for all urbanization and human settlement matters within the UN system. UN-Habitat envisions well-planned, well-governed, efficient cities and other human settlements with adequate housing, infrastructure and universal access to employment and basic services such as water, energy and sanitation. To achieve these goals, derived from the New Urban Agenda endorsed in October 2016, UN-Habitat has set itself a medium-term strategy approach for each successive six-year period. The current Strategic Plan 2014-2019 has a strategic result “environmentally, economically and socially sustainable, gender-sensitive and inclusive urban development policies implemented by national, regional and local authorities have improved the standard of living of the urban poor and enhanced their participation in the socio-economic life of the city. The focus of the Strategic Plan targets support to governments and local authorities with the ultimate result to improve the standard of living for the urban poor. The connection between sustainable cities and other human settlements is also emphasized in the New Urban Agenda and Sustainable Development Goal 11.
As articulated in the final draft (October 2014) of UN-Habitat’s Regional strategy “Arab States Regional Strategy for Sustainable Urbanization” developed in response to the challenges to the region and identified in the State of Arab Cities 2012, the following priorities for common action are prioritized for future action:
- Improving the Integration of Comprehensive Urban Strategies in their National and Regional Development Plans
- Responding to Demands for Inclusive Economic Opportunities, Affordable Housing, and Access to Services for all
- Improving Urban Management and Promoting Participatory Governance
- Mitigating Climate Change.
UN-Habitat has been in present in Lebanon since 2006. UN-Habitat’s Lebanon Programme focus on interventions that underscores the economic, social and environmental inter-relationship and interdependence that exist between rural and urban areas vital to sustainable development at a national level.
The three primary deliverables for this evaluation are:
- Inception Report with evaluation work plan. Once approved, it will become the key management document for the evaluation, guiding evaluation delivery in accordance with UN-Habitat’s expectations throughout the performance of contract.
- Draft Evaluation Reports. The evaluation team will prepare evaluation report draft(s) to be reviewed by UN-Habitat. The draft should follow UN-Habitat’s standard format for evaluation reports. The Report should include a section on the overall Programme evaluation as well as separate sections on the evaluation of each of the 4 projects.
- Final Evaluation Report (including Executive Summary and Appendices) will be prepared in English and follow the UN-Habitat’s standard format of an evaluation report. The report should not exceed 40 pages (excluding Executive Summary and Appendices).
The evaluation will be conducted over the period of four months, including the desk review, to be completed by July 2019. The consultant is expected to prepare an inception report with a work plan that will operationalize the evaluation. In the inception report understanding of the evaluation questions, methods to be used, limitations or constraints to the evaluation as well as schedules and delivery dates to guide the execution of the evaluation should be detailed.
Evaluation Criteria/Work Experience:
- Extensive evaluation experience. The consultant should have ability to present credible findings derived from evidence and putting conclusions and recommendations supported by the findings. Example of evaluation report produced by the evaluator to be included in expression of interest;
- Country specific knowledge and understanding of UN-Habitat’s mandate and the organizational context of the Lebanon Programme;
- More than 15 years of experience in results-based management, professional project management and monitoring and evaluation;
- Experience in working with projects/programmes in the field of urban development, local governance, housing or infrastructure. Familiarity with post-conflict environment is required;
- It is envisaged that the consultant would have a useful mix of experience and academic training from various similar tasks and jobs;
- Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter. Good research, analytical and problem-solving skills. Conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results.
- Excellent and effective written and oral skills. Ability to present information in a concise and accurate manner, proven ability for preparing comprehensive documents and reports.
- Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals. Solicits input by valuing others ideas and expertise and is willing to learn from others.
Planning & Organizing:
- Proven ability to plan, coordinate and monitor own work and that of others. Ability to work under pressure and uses time efficiently. Identifies priority activities and assignments, adjust priorities as required.
- Advanced academic degree in political science, international relations or social sciences or field of urban development, housing, infrastructure, local governance or similar relevant fields;
- The Consultant should be proficient in English and Arabic.
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