Evaluative UN High Commissioner for Refugees Vacancy for Review of UNHCR’s Policies and Procedures on the Prevention and Response to SEA

The UNHCR Evaluation Service solicits submissions for the positions of review Team Leader (1 position) and Team Members (3 positions). Individuals can submit applications for either position or jointly as a team (the Team Leader and Team Member (-s) together).

UNHCR strives for gender balance and diversity in its Evaluation Teams, therefore the Evaluation Service encourages submissions from female applicants and geographically diverse teams.

Introduction

The prevention of, and response to, Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) has been a UNHCR priority for many years. UNHCR’s longstanding commitment to protecting refugees and other persons of concern from SEA is reflected in a series of measures including prevention, awareness-raising, effective investigation, victim and witness protection, and robust action against those found to have engaged in SEA.

SEA is the result of (an abuse of) fundamentally unequal power relations, such as those that exist in humanitarian operations between the beneficiaries and the providers of assistance. The risks of SEA increase in situations of forced displacement, often characterized by large scale separation of families and a disruption of habitual protective social structures. The decreased social control, and a (perceived) lack of rule of law in the areas of displacement, further aggravate the risks of SEA for displaced populations.

UNHCR has continuously taken measures to improve the Prevention of and response to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) of persons of concern. As part of these efforts, the UNHCR High Commissioner decided to commission an evaluative review of “UNHCR’s existing procedures and policies on sexual exploitation and abuse, to identify lessons learned, identify gaps, inform our ongoing response, and make recommendation for improvements.”

Purpose, objectives and expected use of the evaluative review

The evaluative review is meant to benchmark and compare UNHCR’s policies and guidance on PSEA with the current standards within the UN, selected NGOs, and the international aid system to establish where improvements, or new approaches, are needed.

The review will also assess the extent to which resources assigned to PSEA, the organizational structure to advance PSEA, and the activities and plans to prevent and respond to SEA are adequate and appropriate.

Missions to a limited number of country operations will allow a review of the extent to which UNHCR’s prevention and response activities are effective and timely.

The primary users of the results of the evaluative review will be UNHCR senior management, including but not limited to Deputy High Commissioner, Assistant High Commissioner (Operations), Assistant High Commissioner (Protection), Senior Coordinator for PSEA, Director of DHRM, Directors of Regional Bureaus, Inspector General etc.

The Terms of Reference is available here and it provides a short background, as well as the Key Evaluation Questions.

Organization, management and conduct of the evaluative review

The review will be undertaken by 4 independent consultant(s), familiar with UNHCR’s mandate, as well as its protection and programme role and functions. One of the consultants will act as team leader and will be responsible for the design of the evaluation and the drafting of the various reports.

The team is expected to produce high standard analytical and written products (i.a. analytical framework for the evaluation; inception and final report). All the evaluation deliverables are expected to be informed by evidence and triangulated data and analysis, copy-edited, and free from errors.

The UNHCR Evaluation Service will manage the contract, in line with the Evaluation Policy and its principles of independence, impartiality, credibility and utility. Following agreement on fees and charges, the independent consultants will enter into a standard contract with the Evaluation Service stipulating terms and conditions regarding payment and travel.

The UNHCR Evaluation Manager is responsible for managing the day to day aspects of the review process; acting as the main interface with the team of consultants; and for providing the consultants with required data and facilitating communication with relevant stakeholders.

Functional requirements for the individual consultants:

Evaluation Team Leader:

  1. University degree (in the areas relating to humanitarian action, social science) plus 17 years of relevant professional experience in humanitarian contexts, or a post-graduate degree plus min. of 8 – 10 years of professional experience in monitoring and evaluation of humanitarian operations responding to displacement.
  2. Minimum of 5 years of evaluation/review experience in topics related to the analysis of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in humanitarian operations, and/or situations of displacement, and a proven track record of leading (preferable) or participating as senior Team member in such a process.
  3. Advanced knowledge of the humanitarian system, mandates, (lead) roles and responsibilities, related literature, relevant analytical frameworks, programming approaches and standards.
  4. Knowledge of UNHCR’s mandate and modi operandi.
  5. In depth knowledge of and proven experience with various data collection and analytical methods and techniques used in evaluation and operational research.
  6. Extensive experience in analysing and conveying complex qualitative information in a clear and compelling way, including through using graphics, schematic visualisations.
  7. Fluency in English.

Evaluation Team Members (2 positions):

  1. University degree (in the areas of humanitarian action, social science) plus 5-7 years of relevant professional experience, or a post-graduate degree plus a minimum of 3-5 years of relevant professional experience relating to humanitarian action.
  2. Proven knowledge of, or experience with, issues related to the prevention of, and response to, sexual exploitation and abuse, (including those candidates with experience in investigations).
  3. In depth knowledge with various data collection and analytical methods and techniques used in evaluation and operational research.
  4. Fluency in English.

Evaluation Team Member (1 position):

  1. University degree (in the areas of humanitarian action, social science) plus 5-7 years of relevant professional experience, or a post-graduate degree plus a minimum of 3-5 years of relevant professional experience relating to humanitarian action.
  2. Proven experience (min. 5 years) in supporting data collection and analysis for evaluation activities (preferable) or research on operational issues in humanitarian contexts.
  3. Knowledge of, or experience with, issues related to the prevention of, and response to, sexual exploitation and abuse (desirable).
  4. In depth knowledge with various data collection and analytical methods and techniques used in evaluation and operational research.
  5. Fluency in English.

Submission of proposals

In the application, the candidates must specify if they are applying as the Team Leader or Team Member; and in case of joint applications, the Team Leader and Team Member must be specified.

Applicants for the Team Leader position must submit:

  1. CV in P11 format including three professional references with contact information;
  2. Two examples of recent relevant (evaluative) work completed in the last 24 months;
  3. Technical proposal emphasizing the approach for the review; the approach should stipulate the methods and tools, timeline, and organization of the review.

Applicants for the Team Member position must submit:

  1. CV in P11 format including three professional references with contact information;
  2. Cover letter highlighting the required qualifications and experience;
  3. Samples of work relevant to the current review.

Contract duration and deliverables

The evaluative review is to be completed in 5 months from the date of signing the contract. UNHCR will pay agreed lump-sum amounts, after benchmark deliverables have been submitted by the consultants.

The deliverables include:

  1. Inception report / evaluation matrix.
  2. Data collection toolkit (including questionnaires, and details on the analytical framework developed for / used in the evaluation.
  3. Final review report including recommendations.
  4. Executive summary (drafted as stand-alone document).

The language of the review’s deliverables is English.

Selection

The selection of the candidates will be carried out by a review panel comprising of the Senior Coordinator for PSEA, the Evaluation Service, the Inspector General’s Office, the Ethics Office and the Department of International Protection. In line with the UNHCR evaluation policy, potential conflicts of interest will be assessed as part of the selection process.

Evaluation Quality Assurance (EQA)

The consultants are required to sign the UNHCR Code of Conduct, complete UNHCR’s introductory protection training module, and respect UNHCR’s confidentiality requirements.

In line with established standards for evaluation in the UN system, and the UN Ethical Guidelines for evaluations, evaluations/reviews in UNHCR are founded on the inter-connected principles of independence, impartiality, credibility and utility, which in practice i.a. call for: protecting sources and data; systematically seeking informed consent; respecting dignity and diversity; minimising risk, harm and burden upon those who are the subject of, or participating in the evaluation, while at the same time not compromising the integrity of the exercise.

The review is also expected to adhere with pilot ‘Evaluation Quality Assurance’ guidance, which clarifies the requirements expected for UNHCR evaluation processes and products.

The Evaluation Manager will share and provide an orientation to the EQA at the start of the evaluation. Adherence to the EQA will be overseen by the Evaluation Manager with support from the UNHCR Evaluation Service as needed.

HOW TO APPLY:

Contact info and deadline

The application, specifying the evaluation title in the subject line should be sent to [email protected]**. The deadline for submission is 31 May 2018 (midnight Geneva time).**