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Terms of Reference - Institutional Evaluation of three regional women's networks and capacity building training
United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)

Deadline: 30 August 2010

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Project Title: Institutional Evaluation of three regional women's network and capacity building training
Duration: September - December 2010
Reporting to: Deputy Regional Programme Director
Deadline: Proposals must be sent by 30 August 2010 to

1. Introduction

UNIFEM is the women's fund at the United Nations, dedicated to advancing women's rights and achieving gender equality. It provides financial and technical assistance to innovative programmes and strategies that foster women's empowerment. UNIFEM focuses its activities on one overarching goal: to support the implementation at the national level of existing international commitments to advance gender equality. In support of this goal, UNIFEM works in the following thematic areas: enhancing women's economic security and rights, ending violence against women, reducing the prevalence of HIV and AIDS among women and girls, and advancing gender justice in democratic governance in stable and fragile states.

One of the main objectives for UNIFEM Southern Africa Regional Office (SARO) is strengthening capacities of women's organizations, which together with gender experts, are UNIFEM's main implementing partners. It is essential that these are fully competent to deal with gender issues in order to ensure effective advocacy and realization of women's rights. As such, it is also crucial to ensure a solid track of activities and sustainable results as regards capacity building interventions supported by UNIFEM.

2. Justification

Under its Multi Year Funding Framework (MYFF) 2004-2007, UNIFEM supported the creation of three regional networks of women in Southern Africa. The networks were supported as a result of an organically driven process of engagement with key women's rights advocates within these areas of engagement specifically requesting this support. UNIFEM provided the technical and financial support to establish the networks to achieve their stated goals and objectives. UNIFEM provided institutional as well as programmatic support to the networks.

In line with UNIFEM programming principles namely Results Based Management and Human Rights Based Approach to Programming UNIFEM in consultation with the above networks, will conduct a post evaluation to assess inter alia progress since the end of the projects. The evaluation will assess to what extent the existence of these networks has continued to make a difference in policy and legal frameworks as well as in the lives of ordinary women in the respective countries of operation as well as regionally where applicable.

In this regard, UNIFEM SARO requires the services of an organization to evaluate the work and capacities of the three networks in line with their stated objectives and in particular in tracking the continuation if any of the activities supported under the UNIFEM sponsored component. The evaluation will include an analysis of the progress achieved in terms of institutional strengthening and specific areas of programme management and development, financial management/accountability and transformative leadership.

This evaluation will strategically track necessary changes in programmatic approach if any, capacity of the networks and at the same time it will identify skills and capacity gaps. Based on the evaluation findings and recommendations UNIFEM will support identified training needs in line particularly with programme and financial management and leadership skills building.

The organization and or consultancy firm will report directly to the UNIFEM Deputy Regional Programme Director and in close cooperation with the relevant Progamme Officers.

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