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First EVALSDGs Insights Dialogue on “SDGs' implementation landscape

On behalf of EvalSDGs you are cordially invited to the first EVALSDGs Insights Dialogue on “SDGs' implementation landscape: VOPEs and Networks” holding on Thursday 5th March at 3PM CET/5PM EAT/9AM EST. See attached flyer for details.

EVALSDGs INSIGHTS (EIs) are produced by the Guidance Working Group (GG) of the EVALSDGs network. EVALSDGs is a global network formed to add value and learning to the SDGs. It works to support integration of evaluation into global and national SDGs review systems. EVALSDGs INSIGHTS are short, light and easy to digest notes on topics related to evaluation and the SDGs. They present ideas and new information and stimulate thinking to strengthen evaluation capacity. Seven EIs have been produced to date and six more are in the pipeline for 2020.

EI Dialogues are the mechanism devised by the GG for bridging the last mile, i.e. expanding access by bringing the messages in the EI to more audiences and in a more dynamic and interactive manner through the spoken word. This first EI Dialogue will show the evaluation practitioner how to navigate and engage with the complex and sometimes confusing world and reality of SDGs implementation landscape. 

 Ziad Moussa the Presenter has requested participants to send questions that they would like answered in respect of the topic of the dialogue. 

We propose that all questions be sent to Hayat <hayat.askar@gmail.com> no later than COB Monday 24th February, 2020.  

 PLEASE REGISTER HERE: 

 We look forward to our dialogue with you!

Evaluation Conclave 2020 – First Announcement

Making Evaluation Matter: Innovations and Partnerships
12-14 September, 2020; DHAKA, BANGLADESH

Innovations and partnerships in evaluations are critical to address the complex socio-environmental issues we all face. Also, the inter-connectedness and inter-dependence of the SDGs have challenged the evaluation community to move away from silo-like project evaluations to address how projects and programmes impact people, the environment and other sectors in planned and unexpected ways. To do so, we need evaluation approaches and methodologies that address such complex interactions. Although technocratic approaches to evaluation are important to bring rigour and evidence to the evaluation, the complex and diverse peoples and contexts we work in South Asia demands that we address not only ‘what works’ but also whether the project or programme has led to equitable social change. In one of the most populous regions of the world with various social cleavages such as caste, class, gender, ethnicity and others it is imperative to have innovative evaluation approaches that address this intersectionality and enable us to understand how various population groups are differently affected by programmes and projects. By doing so, we address the most vulnerable and assess who is left behind and why.

We also acknowledge that social change is political and needs to be locally led requiring, genuine participation and collaborative processes with diverse stakeholders to ensure sustainable and equitable solutions. We need to make our evaluations accessible and usable to make decisions. How do we do so with the populations we work with, decision-makers, civil society and diverse stakeholders? What evaluation approaches and methods are accessible, efficient and meaningful? What approaches do we need to democratize evaluation and ensure genuine participation of all stakeholders? What are our options for collaborative evaluation and what are the challenges in practice? What is the role of local wisdom in evaluation practice -local knowledge, philosophies and realities and how can it address people’s contextual and cultural realities? What lessons can we learn from both North-South and South-South collaborations and contribute to global evaluation theory and practice?

Gender and equity are cross-cutting themes across all evaluations especially in South Asia where the gender and equity gap is historical and must address cultural, social and gender norms. How can evaluations go beyond the mere disaggregation of data by gender and address social transformation across generations? How can we involve men and boys in the discourse for gender fairness and social justice? What are some of the approaches, methods and tools that have been particularly useful in the region and what have we learned from experience? How do gender-transformative or feminist approaches intertwine with other evaluation approaches and what are the challenges in using them? What capacities do evaluators need to be change agents and to use evidence for transformative decision-making across various stakeholders at household, community, market, state, and supra-state?

At the Evaluation Conclave 2020, we explore how evaluation theory and practice can address these challenges through innovation and collaborative processes. Innovation in evaluation could be new ways of bringing together existing tools and methods, or the use of new processes such as big data and social media or using techniques and tools adapted from other disciplines and sectors. We are also interested in understanding how evaluators are interpreting their role – their competencies, values and ethics in doing evaluations. How can we make evaluation more transparent, credible and accountable to all stakeholders? We look forward to learning from evaluation practitioners, commissioners of evaluation, academicians and decision-makers about how innovation and collaborative processes have and can enhance the value of evaluation in promoting equity and social change.

Evaluation Conclaves
The Community of Evaluators, South Asia is a consortium of evaluators from South Asia working together to strengthen the field of evaluation. It is South Asia’s largest network of Evaluators, and a platform for Evaluators to interact and engage with one another. It provides opportunities for knowledge building and sharing, capacity development, networking, advocacy, and developing protocols and standards for evaluation in South Asia. Its flagship event is the biennial Evaluation Conclave, held in collaboration with national evaluation organisations and the Government agency mandated with evaluation functions. Conclaves are primarily aimed at capacity development of evaluators and learning and exchange of information for evaluation field building. The Evaluation Conclave 2020 will be the fifth Conclave; the first was held in India (2010), second (2013) and third (2015) in Nepal, and the fourth in Bhutan (2017). The Conclaves 2015 and 2017 attracted 327 and 234 participants, respectively, from around the world. Notably, these were opportunities for developing the capacity of national evaluators.

Evaluation Conclave 2020
The Evaluation Conclave, 2020 is scheduled to be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where the government is committed to uplift the socio-economic condition of people, particularly the vulnerable, leaving no one behind. Bangladesh is aspiring to be a developed country by 2041 and the development partners are shouldering to achieve this noble aim. Evaluation culture, in this context, is highly significant, in the Government, non-governmental and private sectors. Bangladesh has a vibrant Non-Government sectors and partnerships with international development community. Evaluation Conclave 2020 will provide unique opportunity for Bangladesh evaluators and policy makers, in particular young and emerging evaluators to participate, learn and share experiences with others from the region and from the evaluation community across the globe.

When?
The Community of Evaluators – South Asia (CoE-SA) is pleased to announce the 5th Evaluation Conclave (Conclave 2020) to be held at the Inter Continental Hotel, Dhaka, Bangladesh from 12-14 September, 2020 (both days inclusive). Conclave 2020 will be a collaborative Event of CoE – SA, the Ministry of Planning of the Government of Bangladesh, and the Bangladesh Evaluation Society.

Themes/Strands
Conclave 2020 will focus largely on innovations and partnerships with a view to demonstrate the importance of evaluations in development. Conclave 2020 will be a forum for government, civil society, donors, private sector, and the evaluation fora to deliberate on a number of fronts, such as:
• Use of context-specific innovative methods and tools in evaluations
• Fostering governance, accountability, credibility and transparency through evidence-based evaluations;
• Gender, equity and leaving no one behind
• Environmental sustainability and community participation
• Poverty reduction in changing scenarios
• Partnership and collaborations in evaluation

Conclave 2020 format
The Conclave 2020 will take the following format:
• 12 September, 2020: Pre-Conclave skills development workshops;
• 13 and 14 September, 2020: Conclave [Panels, keynote speeches, roundtables].

Sponsorship
The event offers sponsors and partners an opportunity to support the Conclave 2020 in a number of ways:
• Sponsoring a skills development workshop, including providing resource persons;
• Sponsoring a Panel discussion with speakers;
• Bursaries to support participation of emerging and/or professional evaluators who lack finances to attend the Conclave although able to contribute in training workshops and panel discussions (including airfare, accommodation and registration fees);
• Defraying the cost of participation of keynote speakers;
• General sponsorship towards the conduct of the Conclave

Further details
This is a preliminary notification, and further details will appear soon in the website <communityofevaluators.org>.
In the meantime, you are most welcome to contact Dr Ranjith Mahindapala, Executive Director, CoE SA by email <conclavecoe2015@gmail.com> for any enquiries.
Ver: 6 February 2020

Community of Evaluators - South Asia (CoE-SA) The Community of Evaluators – South Asia is a consortium of evaluators from South Asia working together to strengthen the field of evaluation. The member countries are: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka; however, membership is open to other nationals as well. Currently there are over 125 members in this network. It is South Asia’s largest network of Evaluators, and a platform for Evaluators to interact and engage with one another. CoE –SA provides opportunities for knowledge sharing, capacity development, networking, advocacy, developing protocols and standards for evaluation in South Asia.
Bangladesh Evaluation Society (BES) Bangladesh Evaluation Society is a national forum for evaluation practitioners, commissioners and policy makers and promoting the knowledge and practices of evaluation for evidence informed decision making in Bangladesh. Bangladesh Evaluation Society members are working across the government, NGOs, private sector and international development organizations, sharing knowledge, networking with similar organizations and building capacity for evaluation in Bangladesh. Bangladesh Evaluation Society is ready to host the 5th South Asian Evaluation Conclave 2020 in Dhaka and joins hands especially with CoE-SA, Ministry of Planning, Government of Bangladesh and network with the international evaluation community. Email

 

 

 

 

 

Evaluation to connect the SDGs with national priorities: a guide for evaluation commissioners and managers - NOW AVAILABLE

UNICEF, IIED, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, and EVALSDGs are pleased to announce that the new guidebook "Evaluation to connect the SDGs with national priorities: a guide for evaluation commissioners and managers" is now available. 

Bringing people together is powerful. The guide on “Evaluation to connect the SDGs with national priorities” was inspired by a workshop attended by thirty-three government representatives and evaluation specialists from twenty-two countries. Hosted in Helsinki in March 2019, the event was jointly organized by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, EVALSDGs, IIED and UNICEF.

The 2030 Agenda and the follow-up and review process have clear guidelines for reporting, but the workshop revealed that countries are still not clear on how to conduct evaluations in a country-led process. The four organizations decided to meet this need together, collaborating on a guide to country-led SDG evaluation.

With SDG evaluation in its infancy, this resource is necessarily provisional. But time is of the essence. Local and national evaluators need support now if they are to use SDG evaluation as an opportunity to improve policies and programmes closer to home, applying tailored approaches. Here, the guide will provide this support and to motivate evaluation that embodies the principles of Agenda 2030. The launch of the guide will trigger more countries to use country-led evaluations. 

You can download the Guidebook from: 

IIED’s website:  https://pubs.iied.org/17739IIED/ 

EVALSDGs website:  Posting on EVALSDGs.org   or  Download the Guidebook

SenEval Bulletin d'information du mois de Février 2020

Le Groupe Thématique Evaluateurs émergents (GT Ee) de SenEval organise une session mini formation sur la
thématique « Méthodologie et outils de la gestion des connaissances organisationnelles », le samedi 29
février 2020. Cette session sera animé par M. Amos MENARD, Economiste et Senior Program Manager au
Centre régional de CLEAR pour l’Afrique francophone.
Les informations complémentaires relatives à cette activité seront communiquées dans les meilleurs délais.

Tous les détails 

Evaluation of the UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education

Terms of Reference
Evaluation of the UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education
The UNESCO Section of Education for Inclusion and Gender Equality (ED/ESC/IGE) is seeking a contractor for the work assignment “External Evaluation of the UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education (2016-2020)” to be carried out from February to April 2019.
I. Background
The UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education honours outstanding and innovative contributions made by individuals, institutions and organizations to advance girls’ and women’s education. It is the first UNESCO Prize of this nature and is unique in showcasing successful projects that improve and promote the educational prospects of girls and women and in turn, the quality of their lives.
Funded by the Government of the People’s Republic of China, the Prize is conferred annually to two laureates and consists of an award of USD 50,000 each to help further their work in the area of girls’ and women’s education. The Director-General of UNESCO awarded the Prize for the first time in 2016.

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End-evaluation of UNESCO project supporting gender-responsive teaching and learning in Asia and Africa

TERMS OF REFERENCE
End-evaluation of UNESCO project supporting gender-responsive teaching and learning in Asia and Africa

1. INTRODUCTION
1.1. About the work
Despite significant progress, evidence from research and practice indicates that in general, girls continue to have fewer opportunities than boys to gain access to, complete and benefit from education. There are also multiple reasons why girls are not accessing education, which are all interconnected in one way or another --- poverty, geographical isolation, early marriage and pregnancy, gender-based violence and other discriminatory socio-cultural practices, attitudes and perceptions about the role and status of girls and women. This is why UNESCO is prioritising gender equality in and through education but also considering education as a fundamental human rights and an essential lever for sustainable development.
The UNESCO-HNA Partnership for Girls’ and Women’s Education 2015-2020 was established in 2015 with support from the HNA Group and Hainan Chiang Foundation to address the multiple factors preventing adolescent girls from accessing, continuing and achieving in education, especially at the post-primary level. The project contributes to the overall advancement of UNESCO’s Priority Gender Equality Action Plan II (GEAP II) 2014-2021 and the UNESCO strategy for gender equality in and through education 2019-2025.
The partnership led to the launch of two projects in September 2015 for a duration of five years: one on “Enhancing the quality and relevance of education for adolescent girls in Africa and Asia through gender-responsive teaching and learning”, coordinated by UNESCO Headquarters and another on “Enhancing girls’ and women’s right to quality education through gender sensitive policy making, teacher development and pedagogy in South, Southeast, and Central Asia”, coordinated by the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education in Bangkok.
The terms of reference for this work focus on the project “Enhancing the quality and relevance of education for adolescent girls in Africa and Asia through gender-responsive teaching and learning.” This project has an objective to improve adolescent girls’ overall educational attainment in terms of access, participation and achievement in education at post-primary/secondary level.

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14TH EUROPEAN EVALUATION SOCIETY BIENNIAL CONFERENCE 2020 – COPENHAGEN, DK PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS: CALL FOR PROPOSALS

The EES professional development workshops will take place during the first two days of the conference on September 21 and 22, 2020. These workshops provide an opportunity for evaluators and evaluation stakeholders, to access high quality, up to date and practically oriented professional development sessions on the ever increasing and rapidly evolving body of evaluation theory and practice.

 

The professional development workshops are one day sessions and topics may include for example: evaluation approaches, evaluation designs, specific methods related to various themes, evaluation and use of digital technologies, evaluation as social practice, etc.

Innovative workshop submissions are encouraged and welcome.

 

For information on how to submit your workshop proposal (no later than 15 March 2020 ) and on the benefits associated with the provision of a professional development workshop, please visit

For the latest news about the conference please visit

 

Albine Guitard & Ian Davies, Co-chairs

EES Professional Development Workshops

Regional Adviser Evaluation, (P-5), Bangkok, Thailand

·         Regional Adviser Evaluation, (P-5), Bangkok, Thailand #51827

Location

: Asia and the Pacific: Thailand 
Work Type: Fixed Term Appointment
Closing Date: Thu Jan 30 2020 11:55:00 GMT-0500 (Eastern Standard Time) 

The position is located within the Regional Director’s section of UNICEF EAP Regional Office under the management oversight and guidance of the Regional Director, and the technical guidance of the Director of Evaluation. The position heads the Evaluation Unit of the regional office and also oversees the work of the Multi Country Evaluation Specialists in the region. The reach of the function covers 14 countries across the region. The position supports the regional key results for children and the UNICEF Strategic Plan. The Regional Office seeks to strengthen its role in the generation and use of evidence through evaluations, to boost continuous improvements in programme design and implementation, accountability and learning, and to support dialogue with partners towards achievement of results for children.

 

Queries can be sent to: evalofficeapplications@unicef.org

Regional Adviser Evaluation, Fixed-Term, P-5, UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia

·         Regional Adviser Evaluation, Fixed-Term, P-5, UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia (ROSA), Kathmandu, Nepal #72258 (Not for Nepalese nationality)

Location: Asia and the Pacific: Nepal 
Work Type: Fixed Term Appointment
Closing Date: Wed Feb 05 2020 13:10:00 GMT-0500 (Eastern Standard Time) 

Under the management oversight and guidance of the Regional Director, and the technical guidance of the Director of Evaluation, the position heads the Evaluation Unit of the regional office and also oversees the work of the Multi Country Evaluation Specialists in the region. The reach of the function covers 8 countries across the region. The position supports the regional key results for children and the UNICEF Strategic Plan. The Regional Office seeks to strengthen its role in the generation and use of evidence through evaluations, to boost continuous improvements in programme design and implementation, accountability and learning, and to support dialogue with partners towards achievement of results for children.

Queries can be sent to: evalofficeapplications@unicef.org

Kyrgyz Republic Parliament adopts a Concept on Evaluation of Laws, Programs, Resolutions

On November 20, 2019, the National Parliament of the Kyrgyz Republic approved the Concept on Using Evaluation Tools to Carry out Parliamentary Supervision Functions.

The Parliament Resolution which approved the Concept was initiated by multi-party group of parliamentarians including Hon. Aaly Karashev (Social Democratic Party), deputy speakers Hon. Mirlan Bakirov (Onuguu-Progress Party) and Hon. Aida Kasymalieva (Social Democratic Party), and other parliamentarians.

The documents, including the Concept of Evaluation Use by Parliament, Methodological Guidelines for Evaluation of Laws and State Programs, was developed by parliamentarians together with local evaluation experts based on best international practice.

The document was discussed with representatives of civil society, government bodies and local governments. In 2019 the evaluation methodology was piloted by parliamentary committees with relation to the Law on Prevention of Offenses, Law on Protection from Family Violence, and Law on State Benefits.

Honorable Aaly Karashev, Kyrgyz Republic parliamentarian who was one of the initiators of the Evaluation Concept, noted in his presentation that the main objective is to make parliamentary supervision and control more effective and useful for the society. “Previously, reports from executive authorities focused on benchmarks and technical indicators that were understandable only to professionals and had limited relevance to the general population. The purpose of the evaluation is not only to show numbers and indicators, but, above all, to show how laws and programs impact the country, industry, and society. This is another step towards democratizing governance and increasing responsiveness and accountability of state bodies.”

Based on AKIPress article “Жогорку Кенеш принял концепцию по оценке действия законов, решений и государственных программ”, of November 20, 2019 retrieved from this site 

 

20th Anniversary of RedWIM

20th Anniversary of RedWIM

The Latin American and Caribbean Women in Management Network – REDWIM, member of EvalGender+ / EvalPartners will celebrate its 20th anniversary with an International Seminar open to the public: “Experiences in gender equity in organizations: Perspectives for Innovation and Sustainability”

 

Date: 26th August 2019

Place: Javeriana University, Cali, Colombia.

 

Free registration and information on the event at:

http://www.wim-network.org/encuentro-internacional-2019/ 

The event will be in Spanish.

Message from VOPE to members

Student evaluation case competitions are an excellent mechanism for developing evaluation capacity. They give students a hands-on experience with evaluation of a program or policy. This practical experience increases their understanding of the importance of evaluation and, in some cases, may be the starting point for a professional career in our discipline.

A pilot World Evaluation Case Competition was held last year with student teams from Chile, Czechia, England, Germany and Mexico. It was a highly successful event with positive feedback from the students, their coaches, the judging panel and the international advisory board. 

For 2019, the competition is open to teams from all countries in the world. 

Working in their home country, each student team has six to eight hours to prepare a written analysis of an evaluation case. It is submitted by email for judging by an international panel of evaluation experts. There is a full description of the Competition at www.worldcasecomp.one.  Follow on Twitter  @WorldCaseComp.

Please consider sharing and posting the attached call for applications from student teams (in English and Spanish)

Appel à soumissions

Appel à soumissions

FIFE2019 - Plus que 15 jours pour soumettre vos propositions d'interventions...

Plus que 15 jours pour nous adresser vos propositions d'interventions dans le cadre du FIFE2019 consacré à "L'évaluation au profit de qui et avec quelles valeurs ?". Six sous-thèmes sont proposés pour traiter cette question :

  • Les concepts structurants de l’évaluation sont-ils des vecteurs d’uniformisation culturelle?
  • Agenda 2030 cinq ans après.
  • L’évaluation dans un monde en crise humanitaire et migratoire : quelles approches pour quelles finalités ?
  • Évaluation de la coopération internationale dans un monde qui se reconfigure : enjeux et défis pour une appréciation indépendante.
  • Institutionnalisation de l’évaluation des pays de l’espace francophone : Etat des lieux, défis et perspectives.
  • Les défis de la professionnalisation dans l’espace francophone.

Pour rappel, trois appels à soumissions ont été lancés : le premier relatif aux Forums et Exposés/Récits d’expériences, le second relatif aux Ateliers de perfectionnement et le troisième relatif aux Affiches/Posters. Merci de prendre le temps de lire le dossier d'appel à soumissionsavant de soumissionner.

Appels à soumissions

Webinaire

Le Réseau Francophone des Evaluateurs émergents organise un webinaire afin de partager des conseils aux évaluateurs-trices émergents-es souhaitant soumettre des propositions dans le cadre du FIFE2019.

Les évaluateurs émergents (Ee) sont des acteurs dynamiques dans le domaine de l’évaluation. Pourtant, ils ne sont pas toujours représentés lors des nombreuses conférences et événements qui ont lieu sur le sujet. Le RF-Ee a pour mission d’encourager la participation des Ee sur la scène internationale, et c’est pourquoi il souhaite donner aux Ee les outils nécessaires pour soumettre des résumés en vue de participer à ces événements.

Ce webinaire s’inscrit également dans la lancée de l’appel à contribution du RFE pour participer au troisième Forum international francophone de l’évaluation (FIFE), qui aura lieu à Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) du 12 au 15 novembre 2019...

Ce webinaire sera animé par MM. Moustapha Boulamine et Ibrahima Diouf (RF-Ee). Troisintervenants-es sont à l'affiche :

  • M. Benoît Gauthier (Vice-président du RFE, membre de la SCE - Canada).
  • Mme Kenza Bennani (Chargée d'évaluation, MAEE, membre du CC du RF-Ee et de la SFE - France).
  • M. Saturnin Zoetyandé (Économiste-statisticien, Évaluateur Junior, Membre du RéBuSE - Burkina Faso).
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IOCE AGM - 2018 in review

The AGM was held on Tuesday June 18, 2019 via webinar. Click here to listen to the recording and see the presentations that were made.

RFE - FIFE 2019

Le Forum International Francophone de l’Evaluation (FIFE) est un événement qui rassemble près de 300 participants-es, en provenance d’une trentaine de pays. C’est également une cinquantaine d’heures de travaux, de débats formels entre participants-es et intervenants-es : les parlementaires, les membres des gouvernements (nationaux, locaux) et les responsables administratifs, les partenaires techniques et financiers, la société civile, les universitaires et les évaluateurs.
 
Le FIFE2019 intervient dans un monde en profonde transformation et traversé par de multiples crises, notamment économique, humanitaire, migratoire et géostratégique, conséquence d’une reconfiguration des enjeux et d’un repositionnement des acteurs. Il se tient également  cinq ans après l’adoption par l'Assemblée Générale des Nations Unies, du nouveau programme de développement durable 2015 - 2030, qualifié d’Agenda Universel supposé conduire les efforts de l’humanité vers un modèle de développement inclusif et plus respectueux de la planète. Dans ce contexte où la prise de décision représente plus que jamais un enjeu crucial, l'Évaluation comme outil d’appréciation et de production d’une connaissance supposée éclairante, n’échappe pas au questionnement sur ses déterminants et ses  enjeux.  Qu’elle soit fortement institutionnalisée ou en voie de l’être, l'évaluation soulève ainsi de multiples questions, dont une souvent sous-jacente :  L’évaluation au profit de qui et de quelles valeurs?
 
Traiter d’une telle question exige de s'interroger sur les intérêts de chacune des partie prenantes impliquées dans l’évaluation, sur quels points ces intérêts sont-ils convergents ou divergents et au nom de quelles valeurs ces intérêts sont-ils portés?

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2019 WECC Team Recruitment

Call for Applications from Student Teams 
 
Do you want your country to be represented in an international event where teams of students compete in analysing a case involving evaluation of a program or policy? 
 
The 2019 World Evaluation Case Competition is now open for applications.   
 
Assemble a team of three to five students, graduate or undergraduate, and apply by September 15th, 2019.  
 
The competition is in English. Teams that work in another language will have extra time for preparing their analysis of the case. It is a virtual competition. No travel is required.  
 
The event will take place on Saturday, November 9th, 2019. For more information on the competition, and how to apply, please visit  www.worldcasecomp.one

Claremont Evaluation Professional Workshops in 2019

We are excited to announce that this August, Claremont Evaluation Center is offering its annual Professional Development Workshops, which provide working professionals and students with world-class practical and theoretical training in evaluation and applied research.

This year’s workshop series is scheduled for August 14-18, and will feature 14 seminars covering various topics in evaluation, grant writing, research methods, and more. Taught by leading academics and seasoned practitioners, this workshop series can be experienced onsite at Claremont Graduate University, or wherever you are, thanks to highly interactive online webcasts.

To see a full list of the workshops and to register, go to:

 https://research.cgu.edu/claremont-evaluation-center/professional-development-workshops/workshop-descriptions/

Claremont Evaluation Professional Workshops in 2019

We are excited to announce that this August, Claremont Evaluation Center is offering its annual Professional Development Workshops, which provide working professionals and students with world-class practical and theoretical training in evaluation and applied research.

This year’s workshop series is scheduled for August 14-18, and will feature 14 seminars covering various topics in evaluation, grant writing, research methods, and more. Taught by leading academics and seasoned practitioners, this workshop series can be experienced onsite at Claremont Graduate University, or wherever you are, thanks to highly interactive online webcasts.

To see a full list of the workshops and to register, go to:

 https://research.cgu.edu/claremont-evaluation-center/professional-development-workshops/workshop-descriptions/

Translating commitments into actions - Engagement of the Parliament of Tanzania in the development of a National Evaluation Policy

On 27-28 April 2019, the Parliament of Tanzania – a founding member of the African Parliamentarians Network on Development Evaluation (APNODE) and one of the 7 Parliaments in Africa that were signatories to the 2014 Yaounde Declaration of African Parliamentarians on Evaluation – collaborated with the Tanzania Evaluation Association (TanEA) to organize a workshop on the roles of parliamentarians in the development of national evaluation policy. The event was supported by UNICEF, as a partner of the Tanzania Evaluation Association (TanEA). One of the main objectives of the workshop is to support the Parliament of Tanzania to translate the commitments made in Yaounde Declaration into actions. Fifty six parliamentarians from 12 Parliamentary Committees participated in the meeting.

Speaker of the Tanzanian Parliament Hon. Job Y. Ndugai, opened the meeting and stated, “I would emphasize that evaluation is among functions of the Parliamentary Committees. This effort should be strengthened  by having a policy to be done at all levels in the Government as we implement the Five Year Development Plan and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).. We have to start thinking of a National Evaluation Policy as it has role in managing our development agenda. We can gauge the level of success or failures through proper monitoring and evaluation guided by the policy.”

The two-day event chaired by Hon. Immaculate Sware Semesi - Secretary of APNODE Tanzania and Dr. Francis Mwaijande – Chairman of TanEA, enabled participating parliamentarians to gain a better understanding of the role of evaluation for oversight functions and to deliberate on the engagement of parliamentarians in the process of developing a National Evaluation Policy for Tanzania. Global and regional experience and lessons learned  were shared and discussed by Evelyn Mpagi-Kaabule -Vice President  of APNODE and Asela Kalugampitiya - Secretariat for the Global Parliamentarians Forum for Evaluation (GPFE).

During the meeting, participants openly discussed and agreed on the ways forward. The APNODE Tanzania will take lead in convening further deliberations with extended members on the roadmap and concept note for the development of a national evaluation policy. In order to gain a stronger leadership in the Parliament, the APNODE Tanzania will follow up with the Speaker to get his guidance and support for the next steps.

Terms of Reference for Development of e-learning Module on DRG Evaluation

International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation
EvalPartners Global Initiative
Terms of Reference for Development of e-learning Module on DRG Evaluation

Calling applications from qualified consultants for this assignment until 6th June 2019.

EvalPartners, formed by the International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE) and the UN, is an innovative partnership whose members are Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Voluntary Organizations for Professional Evaluation (VOPEs). Together, these partners strive to influence policymakers, public opinion, and other key stakeholders into recognizing the need on effective evaluation as necessary to any important decision. EvalPartners has credibly demonstrated its capacity to bring together organizations from across the globe in order to enhance evaluation capabilities of VOPEs and individual members. Since 2013, EvalPartners and its partners have been working to promote and develop evaluation as a mainstream tool to be used by policymakers and decision-makers everywhere.

  • It created and launched e-learning resources on its website, easily accessible to anyone wanting to learn evaluation skills.
  • EvalPartners has also launched an online toolkit, with curated descriptions, tools, advice, examples, software and toolboxes developed by VOPEs and other organizations working to support non-profit organizations.
  • EvalPartners’ Peer-to-Peer (P2P) grant mechanism is an effective method in fostering South/South and triangular cooperation by encouraging two or more VOPEs to form partnerships to share advice and lessons learned when it comes to evaluation practices.
  • Networks have also been launched in order to strengthen evaluation practices for certain specific issues, such as integrating evaluation methods when measuring Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), gender-responsive evaluation, and promoting young evaluators to become future leaders in the field.

EvalPartners wants to continue and expand its work further, in order to reach a point where evaluation is no longer perceived as a second thought, but rather a vital step which needs to be taken when considering decisions that affect civil society, regional environments, and international policies. EvalPartners, with support from its members and partners, will continue its journey to ensure evaluation will develop and grow into an innovative and inescapable field.

The Project:

On behalf of EvalPartners, the International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE) was awarded a Cooperative Agreement to support Strengthening the Role of VOPEs in Democratizing Learning and Evaluation: Democracy, Human Rights and Labor as a Showcase by the U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL).

EvalPartners being a voluntary coalition, all management activities are done through volunteer work and the IOCE manages projects on behalf of EvalPartners. The overall project targets VOPEs and practicing evaluators in order to contribute to the objectives of: (1) documenting local solutions, (2) democratizing learning and evaluation, and (3) making evaluation a mainstreamed and necessary part of any decision-making process. The project period is twelve months starting from December 1, 2017. The project has four key activities to be accomplished in the project period:

  • Peer-to-Peer grants to eight North-South or South-South partnerships;
  • Innovation Challenge grants for three projects to pilot most viable innovations;
  • Development of E-learning module on DRG;
  • Development of a section on DRG in the VOPE Toolkit.

The Peer-to-Peer program and Innovation Challenge projects are already in implementation

Click here to read the full Terms of Reference.

How to apply:
Please send your applications (CV, cover letter and the proposed consultancy fee for the assignment) to lynn@ioce.net with copy to coordinator@evalpartners.org by 6th June 2019. The selected candidate will be notified by 18th June. The consultant is expected to start the work on 1st July 2019.

Terms of Reference for Development of Toolkit Module on DRG Evaluation for the VOPE Toolkit published by IOCE

International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation
EvalPartners Global Initiative
Terms of Reference for Development of Toolkit Module on DRG Evaluation for the VOPE Toolkit published by IOCE
Calling applications from qualified consultants for this assignment until 6th June 2019.

EvalPartners, formed by the International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE) and the UN, is an innovative partnership whose members are Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Voluntary Organizations for Professional Evaluation (VOPEs). Together, these partners strive to influence policymakers, public opinion, and other key stakeholders into recognizing the need on effective evaluation as necessary to any important decision. EvalPartners has credibly demonstrated its capacity to bring together organizations from across the globe in order to enhance evaluation capabilities of VOPEs and individual members. Since 2013, EvalPartners and its partners have been working to promote and develop evaluation as a mainstream tool to be used by policymakers and decision-makers everywhere.

  • It created and launched e-learning resources on its website, easily accessible to anyone wanting to learn evaluation skills.
  • EvalPartners has also launched an online toolkit, with curated descriptions, tools, advice, examples, software and toolboxes developed by VOPEs and other organizations working to support non-profit organizations.
  • EvalPartners’ Peer-to-Peer (P2P) grant mechanism is an effective method in fostering South/South and triangular cooperation by encouraging two or more VOPEs to form partnerships to share advice and lessons learned when it comes to evaluation practices.
  • Networks have also been launched in order to strengthen evaluation practices for certain specific issues, such as integrating evaluation methods when measuring Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), gender-responsive evaluation, and promoting young evaluators to become future leaders in the field.

EvalPartners wants to continue and expand its work further, in order to reach a point where evaluation is no longer perceived as a second thought, but rather a vital step which needs to be taken when considering decisions that affect civil society, regional environments, and international policies. EvalPartners, with support from its members and partners, will continue its journey to ensure evaluation will develop and grow into an innovative and inescapable field.

The Project:

On behalf of EvalPartners, the International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE) was awarded a Cooperative Agreement to support Strengthening the Role of VOPEs in Democratizing Learning and Evaluation: Democracy, Human Rights and Labor as a Showcase by the U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL). EvalPartners being a voluntary coalition, all management activities are done through volunteer work and the IOCE manages projects on behalf of EvalPartners.

The overall project targets VOPEs and practicing evaluators in order to contribute to the objectives of: (1) documenting local solutions, (2) democratizing learning and evaluation, and (3) making evaluation a mainstreamed and necessary part of any decision-making process. The project period is twelve months starting from December 1, 2017. The project has four key activities to be accomplished in the project period:

  • Peer-to-Peer grants to eight North-South or South-South partnerships;
  • Innovation Challenge grants for three projects to pilot most viable innovations;
  • Development of E-learning module on DRG;
  • Development of a section on DRG in the VOPE Toolkit.

The Peer-to-Peer program and Innovation Challenge projects are already in implementation

Click here to read the full Terms of Reference.

How to apply:
Please send your applications (CV, cover letter and the proposed consultancy fee for the assignment) to lynn@ioce.net with copy to coordinator@evalpartners.org by 6th June 2019. The selected candidate will be notified by 18th June. The consultant is expected to start the work on 1st July 2019.

Evaluation Officer (two positions), Office of Evaluation, OED

Job Posting

10/May/2019

Closure Date

31/May/2019, 9:59:00 PM Organizational Unit: Office of Evaluation, OED

Job Type

Staff position Type of Requisition: Professional Project Grade Level: P-3.

Primary Location

Italy-Rome Duration: Fixed term: one year with possibility of extension Post Number: 2007278/2007279 CCOG Code: 1A02e

The length of appointment for internal FAO candidates will be established in accordance with applicable policies pertaining to the extension of appointments

• FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender and nationality
• People with disabilities are protected from any type of discrimination during any stage of employment, including the recruitment phase
• All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality
• The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations depending on the evolving needs of the Organization

Organizational Setting

The FAO Office of Evaluation (OED) anchors the evaluation function in the Organization. Evaluation at FAO provides results accountability to both member countries and the Director-General, giving more in-depth understanding and objective basis for their decision-making and oversight. Evaluation also contributes to corporate learning, feeding lessons into a robust feedback loop. Evaluation provides a sound basis for improvements in the Organization's programmes in terms of their relevance to countries, definition of objectives, their design and implementation. The Office also participates in system-wide evaluation initiatives, thereby contributing to assessments of development effectiveness by the UN system.

Reporting Lines

The Evaluation Officer reports to the Director, OED.   Technical Focus
Programme and project evaluations.   Key Results

The planning and conduct of evaluation assignments, thereby contributing to enhanced results-accountability to FAO stakeholders; as well as contributions to improved results-based management by the Organization, and the development of evaluation function and methodologies in OED.   Key Functions
• Leads evaluations of programmes, programme components or clusters of projects;
• Composes and manages project evaluation teams;
• Prepares evaluation reports and related materials;
• Presents findings, conclusions and recommendations of evaluation reports to key stakeholders;
• Contributes to quality assurance process, quality controls and assists in quality enhancement of evaluations conducted by others;
• Keeps abreast of methodological developments in evaluation and contributes to the development of evaluation methodologies and tools;
• Liaises and collaborates with other units of the Organization with a view to promoting results-based evaluation culture and enhanced learning from evaluations;
• Liaises and collaborates with the evaluation units of other United Nations organizations as well as professional evaluation bodies;
• Performs other duties as required.

HOW TO APPLY  

• To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications and language skills;
• Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile;
• Once your profile is completed, please apply and submit your application;
• Your application will be screened based on the information provided on your online profile;
• Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list;
• Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments and authorization to conduct verification checks of past and present work, character, education, military and police records to ascertain any and all information which may be pertinent to the employment qualifications;
• Incomplete applications will not be considered;
• Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered;
• Vacancies will be removed from the recruitment portal at 23:59 Central European Time (CET) on the deadline for applications date;
• We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

Click here to read the full job posting.

If you need help, or have queries, please contact: Careers@fao.org

UNESCO External Evaluation - Call for Quotations - RFQ KMI/2019/4392

Seeking external evaluator/evaluation team to undertake an evaluation of the UNESCO project ‘Digitizing UNESCO’s Institutional Memory’.

UNESCO and the Government of Japan concluded a Funds-in-Trust agreement for 567GLO0001 Digitizing UNESCO’s Institutional Memory (also referred to as ‘Digitizing Our Shared UNESCO History’) on 8 November 2017 for a duration of 2 years. The Funds-in-Trust was set up in the amount of USD 1 549 969. The scheduled end-date of the project is 31 October 2019.

The rationale for the conclusion of the agreement was the joint wish of both UNESCO and the donor to make UNESCO’s institutional memory more accessible to stakeholders around the world by digitizing content and making it available online with state-of-the-art-technologies.

UNESCO’s archives and historical audiovisual collections are a record of the Organization’s mission to contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information. The collections tell the story of the ideas and actions, the programs and projects, and the efforts undertaken to fulfil that mission.

The archives and historical audiovisual collections also document more than UNESCO itself. They provide evidence of a history of international cooperation; of individual countries and newly independent states participating in and developing activities relating to education, communication, culture and sciences. With the ability to readily search and discover records within digital catalogues, users can increase and extend the use of UNESCO’s invaluable documentary heritage.

UNESCO’s oldest archives are some of the most frequently consulted materials in the Reading Room at the Organization’s Paris Headquarters. After decades of physical handling, records have started to show signs of wear and tear. Also, the multiplicity of analogue formats in the audiovisual collections, which include films, videos, audio recordings and photos dating as far back as the 1940s, have made use and consultation of these materials a major challenge for years, and in some cases impossible. Digital surrogates contribute to the continuity of and access to the content, as well as to the preservation of the original materials by reducing the risk of damage incurred through handling, extending their longevity and historical value.

The outcomes of the project contribute to meet objectives and expected results in the UNESCO 39 C/5 Programme and Budget – Preserve and provide access to institutional memory.

The main stakeholders are:

  • Member States, since the archives of UNESCO capture the history of all Member States’ relations to the Organization
  • Global scholarly community who wish to critically examine the Organization’s activities and impact through a study of archival records
  • UNESCO itself since this digitization project with state-of-the-art technologies feeds into and inspires the Organization’s ongoing work by providing long-term analyses of its programmes and activities over time
  • The general public with an interest in UNESCO’s past work

In accordance with the UNESCO Administrative Manual 5.4, and IOS Guidance Note IOS/EVS/PI/126, all projects over USD 1,500,000 are subject to an external evaluation.

Click here to read the full RFQ.

Your electronic offer comprising of a technical proposal and a financial proposal, attached in two (2) separate files, shall be sent to the following email address no later than Monday, 13 May 2019, 23:59 CET: a.cowling@unesco.org

For any requests for clarification, please contact Mr Adam Cowling (a.cowling@unesco.org).

Qualified Evaluators sought for the Evaluation of PAHO's Regional Office of Technical Cooperation in the Caribbean

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is recruiting an independent evaluator for the evaluation of the Regional level of Technical Cooperation in the Caribbean. The objectives of this assignment are to examine the extent to which technical cooperation needs are being met, review human resources and determine whether functions match what is needed. and to make recommendations to improve processes, methods and policies.  Evaluators should have a good understanding of the health situation in the Caribbean and have experience in organizational governance, managerial approaches and institutional strengthening. CVs and brief proposals should be sent to evaluation@paho.org by April 26, 2019Click here to view the ToR with more information.

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