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United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)
30 August 2010
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Institutional Evaluation of three regional women's network
and capacity building training
September - December 2010
Reporting to: Deputy Regional Programme Director
Deadline: Proposals must be sent by 30 August 2010 to firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
and or consultancy firm will report directly to the UNIFEM Deputy
Regional Programme Director and in close cooperation with the relevant
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