UNDP Zimbabwe is recruiting a National Evaluation and Election Expert – Individual Consultant to paticipate in the mid-term evaluation of the first phase of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission Capacity Building (ZIM-ECO) project.
Since the first phase of ZIM-ECO is coming to an end in August 2022, the project’s mid-term evaluation is being carried out to assess the progress made by the project against the project outputs and indicators. In-depth analysis will be needed to review the results achieved under the ten project activities as outlined in the project document.
The mid-term evaluation should establish the relevance, sustainability, effectiveness and efficiency of the Project. To this end, the evaluation should measure the impact of the project towards increased citizen participation in democratic process (UNDAF Outcome 2).
The analysis and recommendations presented by the evaluation mission will be useful to ZEC, development partners and UNDP in measuring the contributions made by the project and in guiding future support for strengthening electoral system and processes in Zimbabwe, notably through ZIM-ECO Phase Two.
Firstly, the evaluation will assess the effectiveness of the implementation strategy to ascertain whether the specific and overall interventions and approaches including the theory of change were appropriate and effective. This will include:
- The implementation modalities, in particular the effectiveness of the funding approach;
- Partnership arrangements, institutional strengthening, and beneficiary participation;
- Cost effectiveness and efficiency as well as sustainability of the Project; and
- Linkages, synergies and coordination with other Projects/programmes.
Secondly, the evaluation will also assess the Project design and assumptions made at the beginning of the Project and the development process. In this regard, the evaluation will place emphasis on:
- The extent to which the Project results have been achieved, partnerships established, capacities built, and cross cutting issues such as gender equality have been addressed;
- Whether the Project implementation strategy has been optimum and recommend areas for improvement and learning;
- Assess the project contribution to achievement of UN Country Programme Documents (CPD), UN Strategic Plan and Government of Zimbabwe development goals and results;
- Assess the relevance and strategic positioning of this project’s support in the context of Zimbabwe as well as the overall contribution of the project to democracy in Zimbabwe;
- Draw, based on above objectives, lessons and recommendations for sustaining the project results, and providing guidance for the future strategic direction;
- The capacity building approach including training design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation initiatives will also be evaluated;
- Programme accountability in as far as communication and visibility is concerned.
Scope of the Evaluation and Timeframe: Twenty-seven working days over a period of 2 months.
Coverage: At national and sub-national level (two field visits to provinces).
Target Groups and Stakeholder Coverage:
- National level stakeholders: ZEC officials, other government officials working on electoral issues, development partners (notably the project partners EU, France, Japan), electoral experts, civil society organizations, including the Electoral Resource Centre (ERC) and the Zimbabwe Electoral Support Network (ZESN), other electoral stakeholders, UN agencies and UNDP projects
- Local level stakeholders: District Election Officers, relevant government officials and civil society representatives
The tentative schedule will be the following:
- Desk review and preparation of design (home based) – 2 days;
- Briefing by Development Partner/UNDP – 1 day;
- Finalizing design, methods & inception report and sharing with reference group for feedback – 3 days;
- Stakeholders meetings and interviews – 5 days;
- Field visit(s) outside Harare – 5 days;
- Analysis, preparation of draft report, presentation of draft findings – 5 days;
- Stakeholder meeting to present draft findings – 1 day;
- Finalize and submit report (Home Based) and review brief – 5 days.
Methodology of the Evaluation
The evaluation should be based on the five criteria laid out in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development – Development Assistance Committee (OECD-DAC) Principles for Evaluation of Development Assistance, as defined in the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) guidelines.
The evaluation should be based on an analysis of secondary and primary data collected from various sources, including project quarterly reports, implementing partners’ (IPs) reports, minutes of project board meetings, interviews with key informants and focus group discussions (FGDs) with project beneficiaries. The evaluation will take a “theory of change’’ (TOC) approach to determining causal links between the interventions that have been supported and observed progress at the country level. The evaluation exercise will be consultative and participatory, ensuring representation of both women and men, entailing a combination of comprehensive desk reviews, analysis and interviews, as highlighted above.
During the evaluation, the team is expected to apply the following approaches for data collection and analysis, but not limited to the below:
- Desk review of relevant documents (project document, EU evaluation, annual reports, ZEC strategic plan, ZEC Gender and Inclusion Strategy);
- Briefing and debriefing sessions with the Election Commission, development partners, current and former project staff, UNDP, UN Women as well as other partners;
- Interviews with partners and stakeholders (including gathering the information on what the partners have achieved with regard to the outcome and what strategies they have used);
- Field visits to selected provinces and discussions with Election Commission and other stakeholders;
- Consultation meetings.
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