The UNDP Country Programme Document (CPD) for The Gambia (2017-2021) is anchored on three major programme pillars, namely: i) Poverty and Inclusive Growth, ii) Governance and Human Rights and Environment and sustainable Development. Within the Governance and Human Rights pillar, UNDP support has focused on four elements including (a) the continued development of capabilities (knowledge, skills, systems, procedures, targeted actions) for managing the electoral cycle; (b) support access to justice by strengthening capacities of enforcement authorities in justice delivery and human rights institutions to provide services; (c) citizen participation and strengthen capacities of oversight and accountability institutions, the National Council for Civic Education, and the Association of Non-Governmental Organizations.; d) transparent and accountable management of public resources, specifically support to the establishment of a national anti-corruption agency and accompanying national anti-corruption policy and strategy, as well as development of the media, women’s groups and other civil society organizations to perform a “watchdog” role.
As part of programme cycle management, UNDP is commissioned an outcome evaluation of the Governance portfolio to capture and demonstrate evaluative evidence of its contributions to development results at the country level new initiatives. The evaluations will serve an important accountability function, providing national stakeholders and partners in Gambia with an impartial assessment of the results of UNDP governance support. The evaluation will also provide perspective on the changing post-transition landscape and how that is impacting on governance, accountability and institutional role play.
Towards this end UNDP has contracted an evaluation expert to undertake the evaluation. Noting the current COVID related constraints; UNDP Gambia seeks to recruit the services of research assistant to support the field related actions of the evaluation.
- Minimum Master’s degree in economics, political science, public administration, regional development/planning, or other social science;
- Minimum 10-15 years of professional experience in public sector development, including in the areas of democratic governance, regional development, gender equality and social services.
- At least 5 years of experience in conducting evaluations of government and international aid organisations, preferably with direct experience with civil service capacity building;
- Strong working knowledge of the UN and its mandate in Gambia, and more specifically the work of UNDP in support of government and civil society in Gambia;
- Sound knowledge of results-based management systems, and monitoring and evaluation methodologies; including experience in applying SMART (S Specific; M Measurable; A Achievable; R Relevant; T Time-bound) indicators.
Duration - The duration of the assignment will be 30 working days from the signing of the contract.
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