International Consultant - Evaluation Expert (OIO), Ukraine

Organization: OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe

Country: Ukraine

City: Kyiv

Office: OSCE in Kyiv, Ukraine

Closing date: Thursday, 2 December 2021

Background:

Please note that this is a delivery-based and home-based consultancy assignment with potential travel to Ukraine and of a temporary nature, with an expected duration of approximately 38 working days within the period December 2021 - May 2022.

The OSCE has a comprehensive approach to security that encompasses politico-military, economic and environmental, human aspects. It therefore addresses a wide range of security-related concerns, including arms control, confidence and security-building measures, human rights, national minorities, democratization, policing strategies, counterterrorism and economic and environmental activities. All 57 participating States enjoy equal status, and decisions are taken by consensus on a politically, but not legally binding basis. The OSCE Secretariat in Vienna assists the Chairmanship in its activities, and provides operational and administrative support to the field operations, and, as appropriate, to other institutions.

The Office of Internal Oversight (OIO) is part of the OSCE Secretariat in Vienna, Austria. OIO is responsible for planning and delivering internal audits, investigations, and independent evaluations of the Organization’s activities, including field operations. The work of OIO assures the adequacy of governance, risk management, and internal control, ensures compliance with the Organization’s internal control framework, and enhances performance and the efficiency and effectiveness of operations. The Evaluation Section of OIO further contributes to organizational learning and helps to ensure the quality and relevance of the OSCE’s work.

In March 2014, following a request to OSCE by the Government of Ukraine and a consensus decision by all OSCE participating States, the OSCE deployed a Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine. The SMM is an unarmed, civilian mission, present on the ground 24/7 in all regions of Ukraine. Its main tasks are to observe and report in an impartial, objective and transparent way on the situation in the country and to facilitate dialogue among all parties to the crisis.

SMM’s mandate has explicit human dimension tasks, which include the monitoring and reporting, inter alia, on the impact of the conflict on civilians; on legislative developments and conflict-related trials; as well as situations related to specific groups, including national minorities.

Objective of Assignment:

In line with its mandate and OSCE’s 2004 Action Plan for the Promotion of Gender Equality, and based on the understanding that existing gender inequalities are often exacerbated during times of conflict, the SMM also integrates a gender perspective in its monitoring and reporting. The aim is to better understand the protection concerns of civilian men and women, boys and girls, as well as their contributions to, and participation in dialogue and peacebuilding initiatives.

The Office of Internal Oversight (OIO) at OSCE is conducting an Evaluation of the SMM’s human dimension work and the mission’s contribution to gender equality. Its overall objective is to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of this work and to identify lessons learned and best practices that will serve to strengthen SMM’s monitoring and reporting activities, including gender mainstreaming.

The evaluation will focus on interventions implemented between 2015 and 2021.

The evaluation will be based on data from OSCE and SMM documents and financial records, in-person and focus group interviews of OSCE and SMM staff and special monitors in the field. This information will be further corroborated with direct observations and data collected through a country visit to Ukraine, including a visit to the SMM Head Office in Kyiv and to selected sites in the East and West of the country.

Provide subject matter expert support to the evaluation of the SMM’s Human Dimension Work and the Mission’s Contribution to Gender Equality.

Duration of Assignment:

December 2021 - May 2022

Tasks and Responsibilities:

Under the co-ordinating role of OIO’s Senior Evaluator and in close cooperation, the expert/consultant will:

Review relevant documents provided by OIO and monitoring reports and files provided by SMM, including open source information related to the subject;
Prepare an inception report, including the development of an evaluation methodology in collaboration with OIO;
Provide input to the elaboration of interview questions for the various stakeholders, and participate in video interviews with staff from OSCE Secretariat and SMM field missions;
Prepare interview notes with major takeaways from each set of interviews;
Participate in the field visit(s) to Ukraine and related interviews, and prepare summary notes on the efficiency and effectiveness of the human dimension work of the different structures and field operations of the Mission;
Write-up the draft evaluation report - max 40 pages (Excl. annexes);
Attend (virtual or in-person) post-evaluation debriefing meetings with OSCE stakeholders;
Integrate stakeholders‘ comments and prepare the final report and annexes;
Provide expert advice to OIO throughout the evaluation process as requested.

OIO will participate in the data collection, interviews and analysis throughout the evaluation process.

Deliverables:

Inception report and finalization of the evaluation methodology and tools, including interview questionnaires;
Draft evaluation report (40 pages);
Contribution to the final report with integration of feedback from the Reference Group, including a summary of Lessons Learned, and annexes to the report.

For more detailed information on OSCE, SMM and its Human Dimension Mandate, please see: https://www.osce.org/special-monitoring-mission-to-ukraine; https://www.osce.org/special-monitoring-mission-to-ukraine/156571

Necessary Qualifications:

A second-level university degree(Master) or higher-level degree in social sciences or a related field (conflict and peace studies, political sciences, global or international affairs, gender studies, evaluation, etc.);
A minimum of 10 years documented professional experience in evaluation and/or research work for international organizations, NGO’s or governments;
Documented experience in qualitative and/or quantitative analysis;
Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
Familiarity with gender issues (e.g., Gender-based violence, conflict-related sexual violence, gender policies and gender mainstreaming) czOc0LK Dh7qKS

Experience in conducting gender-sensitive evaluations would be an asset;
Experience with evaluations in conflict-affected areas.

Excellent report-writing skills and the ability to convey complex information in a logical, clear and concise manner as demonstrated by previous evaluation reports;
Professional fluency in the English language.

Working knowledge of Russian would be an asset;
Computer literate with practical experience using Microsoft applications.

Remuneration Package:

Remuneration will be based on the selected consultant’s/expert’s qualifications, experience, the tasks and deliverables for this position and in accordance with the OSCE established rates.

How To Apply

If you wish to apply for this position, please use the OSCE’s online application link found under https://vacancies.osce.org/.

If you are not a national of a participating State, you must apply by submitting an offline application form which can be found under https://jobs.osce.org/resources/document/offline-application-form.

The OSCE retains the discretion to re-advertise/re-post the vacancy, to cancel the recruitment or to offer an appointment with a modified job description or for a different duration.

Only those candidates who are selected to participate in the subsequent stages of recruitment will be contacted.

The OSCE is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all religious, ethnic and social backgrounds to apply to become a part of the Organization.

Candidates should be aware that OSCE officials shall conduct themselves at all times in a manner befitting the status of an international civil servant. This includes avoiding any action which may adversely reflect on the integrity, independence and impartiality of their position and function as officials of the OSCE. The OSCE is committed to applying the highest ethical standards in carrying out its mandate. For more information on the values set out in OSCE Competency Model, please see https://jobs.osce.org/resources/document/our-competency-model.

Please be aware that the OSCE does not request payment at any stage of the application and review process.

Additional Information

Issued by: OSCE Secretariat

Requisition ID: INT000005

Contract Type: Special Service Agreement (SSA) / Consultant

Grade: No grade

Job Level: Senior Professional

Job Type: Consultant

Number of posts: 1

Location: OSCE

Posting Date: Nov 19, 2021

Closing Date: Dec 2, 2021

Target Start Date: Dec 15, 2021

Employee Status: Short-Term

Schedule: Part-time

Education Level: Master’s Degree (Second-level university degree or equivalent)

Link to the organization’s job offer: https://unjobs.org/vacancies/1637343113252