Consultant - Midterm Evaluation - JLMP Priority project
The AU-ILO-IOM-ECA “Joint Programme on Labour Migration Governance for Development and Integration in Africa -JLMP (known as the Joint Labour Migration Programme,) is a long term joint undertaking among the four organisations in coordination with other relevant partners operating in Africa, development cooperation actors, private sector organisations and civil society representatives. It is the instrument dedicated to the implementation of the 5th Key Priority Area of the Declaration and Plan of Action on Employment, Poverty Eradication and Inclusive Development which was adopted by the Assembly of Heads of States and Governments (AU/Assembly/AU/20(XXIV)/Annex 3, January 2015) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Its strategy focuses on intra-African labour migration and supports achievements of the Agenda 2063 First Ten Year Implementation Plan, (FTYIP) 2014 - 2023 of the African Union (AU) and of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the UN. In addition, the JLMP is a critical instrument of implementing the Migration Policy Framework for Africa (MPFA) and Plan of Action (2018-2030) adopted by the AU Executive Council on 25-26 January 2018 in Addis Ababa.
In July 2018, the JLMP Project “Priority Implementation Actions of the AU-ILO-IOM-ECA Joint Programme on Labour Migration Governance for Development and Integration in Africa (JLMP Priority)” was launched. The project was developed in order to ensure a strong take-off for the JLMP and is being implemented from July 2018 – June 2021.
The overall objective of the JLMP Priority Project is drawn from the JLMP, namely: to contribute to improved labour migration governance to achieve safe, orderly and regular migration in Africa as committed in relevant frameworks of the African Union (AU) and Regional Economic Communities (RECs), as well as relevant international human rights and labour standards and other cooperation processes.
By March 2020, the JLMP Priority Project will have been implemented for a period of 19 months, and is due for a mid-term evaluation. The main objective of the evaluation will be to effectively capture lessons learnt and provide information on the nature, effectiveness, sustainability and potential impact of the JLMP Priority Project. Furthermore, the evaluation process will serve the accountability role to key stakeholders in their various capacities
To manage the independent midterm evaluation of the project AU, ILO and IOM have organised an Evaluation Advisory Committee (EAC) composed of evaluation officers of each institution, not involved in the project. This Committee is therefore looking for an individual consultant to undertake the mid-term evaluation of the JLMP Priority project through a home-desk assignment. The selected consultant will work closely with the AUC Programme Support Unit (PSU) Programme Officer and the IOM & ILO project managers in undertaking this assignment. The mid-term evaluation is in line with the JLMP Priority M&E Framework
- Assess the extent to which the project has achieved or is likely to achieve its stated objectives (outcome and impact levels) and outputs while identifying the supporting factors and constraints that have led to them.
- Identify unexpected positive and negative results of the project.
- Assess the effectiveness of the implementation strategy (i.e. implementation modalities, issues of coordination and partnership arrangements, and synergy between the project as well as other initiatives/programmes)
- Assess the management and financial efficiency of the project
- Assess the extent to which the project outcomes will be sustainable and contribute towards the objectives of the JLMP.
- Establish the relevance of the project design and implementation strategy in relation to continental, regional, national development frameworks (i.e. SDGs, GCM, the MPFA, AU-FMP, AfCFTA, UNDAFs etc.), including assumptions behind it.
- Identify lessons learned and potential good practices that can be applied further.
- Provide recommendations to project stakeholders for improvements and learning and support further development of the project outcomes. • Due to the COVID-19 restrictions on travel, the evaluation will be carried out through two primary data collection activities: i) Review of documents and ii) Preliminary virtual interviews with key stakeholders.
Deliverables and Detailed Timelines: The consultant will deliver the following outputs:
- Inception report detailing the evaluators understanding of the evaluation and how the questions of the assessment will be addressed. The inception report will include the evaluation matrix summarising the design, methodology, questions, data sources and collection analysis tool for each data source and the measure by which each question will be evaluated.
- Draft evaluation report (30-50 pages): The consultant will prepare a draft Evaluation Report that will be submitted to the JLMP EAC for methodological review and circulation among stakeholders to provide comments on factual errors and clarifications.
- Final evaluation reports: The final report (30-50 pages) will address comments from relevant partners or will document those comments not addressed and the reasons in a Comments table.
Timeframe for JLMP Priority project Mid-Term Evaluation The evaluation will be conducted from May – July 2020 for an estimated 33 working days, as detailed below:
Task and Estimated consultant working days (Time)
- Engagement of Consultant 0 1-5 June
- Produce inception report/ stakeholders review and agree ,5 working days, 8-12 June
- Consultations, data collection and debriefing to the Project Team and Evaluation Advisory Committee, 21 working days, 15 June – 13 July
- Produce a draft report, 5 working days, 14 July – 20 July
- Methodological review and circulation of the draft report among stakeholders 21 July – 04 August
- Finalisation and approval of the report, 5 working days, 6 August
Dissemination of the final MTE report to partners- Week of 10 August
Total number of days 33
The consultant shall be paid the consultancy fee upon completion of the following milestones. • 20% after approval of the inception reports by the Evaluation Advisory Committee (EAC) • 20% after completion of data collection and approval by the EAC of the draft reports • 60% after the approval of the final report by the EAC The consultancy fee instalments will be paid as Lump Sum Amounts inclusive of expenses related to the consultancy. The contract price will be fixed regardless of changes in the cost components. The evaluation will be technically managed by the EAC in consultations with the Project Team, and financially by IOM as the JLMP Priority project Administrative and Convening Agency.
· Master’s degree in Law, Public Policy and Management, Public Administration, Development Studies, International Development, or any other relevant university degree.
· Extensive expertise, knowledge, and experience in the field of labour migration Governance, inclusive participation, access to justice, human rights promotion, gender, conflict prevention and peacebuilding and support to democratic governance initiatives with a focus on citizen participation and empowerment, media development and elections.
· At least 7 years of experience in working with the AU, RECs, international organisations such as ILO and IOM or others agencies of the UN System and donors in the fields of Programme formulation, monitoring and evaluation of similar or related projects (covering Africa will be an asset).
· Experience of at least 7 years in evaluating similar or related programmes and projects.
· Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English. Fluency in spoken French will be an added advantage.
- English, fluent
- Knowledge of French would be an asset.
The incumbent is expected to demonstrate the following values and competencies:
- Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.
- Integrity and transparency: maintains high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.
- Professionalism: demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.
Core Competencies – behavioural indicators
- Teamwork: develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results.
- Delivering results: produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner; is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.
- Managing and sharing knowledge: continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.
- Accountability: takes ownership for achieving the Organization’s priorities and assumes responsibility for own action and delegated work.
- Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.
How to apply:
Interested candidates/firm are invited to submit their application written in English via our e-mail address RECADDIS@IOM.INT by May 27, 2020 the latest, referring the position title and Vacancy number in the subject line of your email. Applicant who doesn't follow the required application procedure will automatically be disqualified from the competition.
a. Letter of Confirmation of Interest, availability and no conflict of interest.
b. Personal CV indicating all experience from similar evaluations, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references.
c. Two relevant evaluation reports in which the consultant has been the team leader or sole evaluator.
d. Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment, and a methodology, if applicable, on how they will approach and complete the task.
e. Technical Proposal
f. Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as provided.