International Evaluation Team Leader, Home Based, Turkey

Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Country: Home-based

Closing date: Tuesday, 1 September 2020

International Evaluation Team Leader

Advertised on behalf of : Location : Home-based (with travel to provinces in Turkey), TURKEY

Application Deadline : 01-Sep-20 (Midnight New York, USA)

Additional Category : Gender Equality

Type of Contract : Individual Contract

Post Level : International Consultant

Languages Required : English

Starting Date : (date when the selected candidate is expected to start) 21-Sep-2020

Expected Duration of Assignment : until 18 December 2020


The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. Placing women’s rights at the center of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It provides support to Member States‘ efforts and priorities in meeting their gender equality goals and for building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors. In line with UN Women Global Strategic Plan (2018-2021), and its Country Strategic Note (2019-2022), in Turkey UN Women works towards three overarching goals: 1) Women lead, participate in, and benefit equally from governance systems. 2) All women and girls live a life free from all forms of violence 3) Women and girls contribute to and have greater influence in building sustainable peace and resilience and benefit equally from the prevention of natural disasters and conflicts and humanitarian action. Towards these goals, UN Women implements programmes and projects that aim to advance gender equality, improve women’s access to opportunities, rights and services in political, social and economic life and combat gender stereotypes, discrimination and violence, as required by international and national legal and policy commitments. UN Women collaborates with numerous partners - central and local level government authorities, civil society organizations, including women’s organizations and platforms, academia, private sector companies, other UN agencies. It commits itself to the Leaving No One Behind principle, by supporting targeted actions to remove the obstacles that marginalized and vulnerable groups of women face in accessing their rights and to promote them as agents of change. ‚Gender Equality in Political Leadership and Participation in Turkey‘ Project (2014 - 2020) is implemented by UN Women Turkey Office and the Project is generously funded by the Embassy of Sweden through Swedish International Development and Cooperation Agency (SIDA). The Project aims to contribute to women’s increased leadership and political participation in Turkey by focusing on key stakeholders and actors working in the field of women’s political participation. UN Women manages the programme implementation jointly with InterParliamentary Union (IPU). IPU is responsible for the implementation of activities targeting members of the Turkish Parliament under the oversight UN Women. The expected outcomes of the project are formulated as follows: Outcome

Legal frameworks and policies to advance gender equality and women’s right to participate in decision making are reformed/adopted and implemented Output

1 Enhanced parliamentary capacity to develop and monitor the implementation of legal frameworks and policies that promote gender equality Output

2 Improved access of the parliament to gender equality related knowledge products and tools to formulate and monitor the implementation of gender responsive legal and policy frameworks Outcome

Women’s leadership and participation in politics is promoted by gender responsive measures (parliamentary mechanisms, processes and services)


1 Strengthened capacity of the Committee on Equality of Opportunity for Women and Men (EOC) to ensure Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA) adopts policies, legislation and procedures that promote gender equality and women’s empowerment Output

2 Strengthened capacity of Parliament to enhance women’s increased participation in politics, including in leadership positions Output

3 Strengthened capacities of newly elected municipal council members in gender equality issues, the staff in equality units in municipalities, and potentially women community leaders. Outcome

Legal frameworks and policies to increase women’s leadership and political participation are influenced by gender equality advocates Output

1 Strengthened dialogue mechanisms and enhanced policy space to enable gender equality advocates and civil society to promote gender equality and women’s political participation? Output

2 Strengthened capacity of gender equality advocates to promote gender equality, women’s leadership and political participation The Project has a diverse range of beneficiaries and stakeholders. The Committee on Equality of Opportunity for Women and Men of TGNA, the Strategy Development Department of TGNA, women candidates and women municipal councilors at selected provinces and selected municipalities are the primary beneficiaries of the project. The members of TGNA, professional staff of other parliamentary committees and bodies which have direct or indirect responsibilities for mainstreaming gender equality within legislation and parliamentary work including the parliamentary secretariat, legislative experts, as well as other professionals providing support to the members of parliament carrying out their legislators‘ mandates and responsibilities are the secondary beneficiaries of the project. In addition, the municipality staff who benefit from the gender responsive budgeting initiatives and university youth at selected provinces who receive gender responsive media trainings are the secondary beneficiaries of the project. There are also indirect beneficiaries which would include broader spectrum of political stakeholders, particularly leadership of political parties, as well as gender advocates from civil society both at national and local level, gender experts from academia, media personnel and broad public to be targeted by awareness raising efforts. As indicated in Monitoring, Evaluation and Research Plan of the Strategic Note 2018-2021 of the UN Women Turkey Country Office, a final evaluation with a special focus on lessons learnt will be conducted towards the end of implementation period of the ‚Gender Equality in Political Leadership and Participation in Turkey‘ Project. The main purpose of this final evaluation is to assess the programmatic progress and performance of the above described project considering the following evaluation criteria: relevance, effectiveness, impact, organizational efficiency, coherence, human rights and gender equality and sustainability. The evaluation will not be able to fully assess the programme’s performance, as some activities will still be ongoing when the evaluation takes place. The findings of the evaluation are meant to contribute to effective programming in the organization and to refine future organizational approaches to women’s political participation in Turkey. The evaluation process aims to foster organizational learning and accountability, and to inform the overall implementation of the Strategic Note of the UN Women Turkey Country Office for the period 2018-2021. It will also be a key input to knowledge management on women’s leadership and participation into politics as well as gender responsive planning and budgeting. The findings of the evaluation will moreover be used to engage policy makers and other stakeholders at local and national levels in evidence-based dialogues and to advocate for increasing women’s leadership and political participation at both local and central level as well as for developing gender responsive plans and budgets both at local and national level. Targeted users of the evaluation include the project beneficiaries; the members of the EOC of the TGNA, the women parliamentarians of the TGNA, SDD of the TGNA, the government counterparts at local and national levels, CSOs as well as the programme’s responsible party - IPU, donor - Embassy of Sweden, UN Women Turkey Country Office’s staff, other UN agencies, donor community and development partners present in Turkey. The evaluation should also provide specific recommendations as to the priority areas that should be considered to inform future programming in this area in Turkey. This would include interventions that require continued support, successful interventions for expansion, and recommendations on prioritizing interventions to maximize impact. It should also define recommendations to improve project management and maximize ownership by partners/beneficiaries in the country. Please refer to the detailed Terms of Reference for Final Evaluation of the Project ‚Gender Equality in Political Leadership and Participation in Turkey. EVALUATION SCOPE and METHODOLOGY

Scope of the evaluation The final evaluation of the ‚Gender Equality in Political Leadership and Participation in Turkey‘ Projectwill be conducted in the final stage of its implementation and will cover the period from to 15 December 2014to 31 August 2020. The evaluation is scheduled between September 2020 and December 2020. The evaluation includes one data collection mission to Ankara and up to three additional selected programme locations in Turkey (in total duration of 8 days to Izmir, Gaziantep, Mugla and Samsun).*

* It is initially assessed as data collection in the field. However, considering the current movement limitations, this might need to be revised. This will be discussed and agreed during the inception phase and methodology will be revisited accordingly if alternative data collection methods will finally need to be considered. The selected provinces might change during the inception period, as well.

Evaluation methodology

The evaluation will be a transparent and participatory process involving relevant UN Women stakeholders and partners in Turkey. The evaluation will be based on gender and human rights principles and adhere to the UNEG Norms and Standards and Ethical Code of Conduct and UN Women Evaluation Policy and guidelines. The evaluation is a final project evaluation and both a summative approach focusing on capturing the lessons learned during the implementation and assessing the achievement of the results at output and outcome levels, as well as a formative, forward-looking approach assessing the applicability of the results will be employed. The evaluation methodology will furthermore follow a ToC approach and employ mixed methods including quantitative and qualitative data collection methods and analytical approaches to account for complexity of gender relations and to ensure participatory and inclusive processes that are culturally appropriate. Methods may include but are not limited to: